The start of another basketball season sparks a trip down memory lane

Fred Olson (left) of the Bangor Auditorium staff, Alton "Bump" Hadley, tourney floor director, and Woody Dumphy, chairman of the tourney committee, try to keep the Auditorium's floor dry during a roof leak at the Class B East final between Dexter and Rockland on Feb. 21, 1986.  The game ended at 12:18 a.m. when Dexter defeated Rockland in five overtimes 63-61. (BDN File)

Fred Olson (left) of the Bangor Auditorium staff, Alton “Bump” Hadley, tourney floor director, and Woody Dumphy, chairman of the tourney committee, try to keep the Auditorium’s floor dry during a roof leak at the Class B East final between Dexter and Rockland on Feb. 21, 1986. The game ended at 12:18 a.m. when Dexter defeated Rockland in five overtimes 63-61. (BDN File)

There is nothing quite like the history of Maine high school basketball. As the 2015-2016 season is ready to tip-off later this week, how about a trip down memory lane…

2011 (5 Years Ago) — The Washburn girls started their historic run of five consecutive state titles…The Washburn boys set a tourney record with 20 three-pointers in one game and lost to Jonesport-Beals…The Bangor boys won their 8th Class A state title under coach Roger Reed.

2006 (10 Years Ago) — The Class A East (now North) was moved from the Bangor Auditorium to the Augusta Civic Center…The Dexter girls won the Class C state title over Hall-Dale as the Tigers were in the midst of five straight state appearances…Falmouth’s Bryant Barr was a BDN 1st Team All-State player. He went on to play at Davidson with some other basketball player, perhaps you have heard of him – Steph Curry?

2001 (15 Years Ago) — The Joe Campbell tip-in! Do I need to say more? Bangor beats Deering 57-56 for the Class A state championship!

1996 (20 Years Ago) — The Dirigo and Calais girls began a great east-west state rivalry. Dirigo won 65-57 as these two programs would meet on state title day in six of the next seven years…The Central Aroostook boys set a points record that still hold today – 285 points in the regional tourney.

1991 (25 Years Ago) — A freshman player from Lawrence HS, Cindy Blodgett, helped start a four year run of state titles through Class A…The Houlton girls won the Class B state title. The Shires were in a stretch of winning 9 regional titles (4 states) in a 12-year period under coach John Donato.

1986 (30 Years Ago) — The year of the Bangor Auditorium leaky roof! I remember it well. It was Eastern Maine Championship night and the Houlton girls defeated Mt.View 46-38 and then the Dexter boys beat Rockland 63-61 in 5 overtimes! I can still picture MPA floor director Bump Hadley and others trying to keep that floor dry!

1981 (35 Years Ago) — The Westbrook and Gorham girls both finished four year runs of state championships. The Blue Blazes win over Presque Isle was their 70th consecutive win!…And, perhaps the greatest BDN All-State girls team ever in 1981 — Lisa Blais, Emily Ellis, Joanne Palombo and Maureen Burchill among the names — all now in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.

1976 (40 Years Ago) — Doug Roberts led Rumford to an 81-80 win over Lawrence for the Class A state title…The girls tourney (year two) is played at the same time as the boys tourney.

1966 (50 Years Ago) — The year the streak ended – the #1 Stearns Minutemen were riding an 81-game win streak when # 8 John Bapst pulled the upset in the Class A quarterfinal 72-64.

1956 (60 Years Ago) — In December of ’55 Bangor and Old Town played the first regular season game at the (new) old Bangor Auditorium. In February of 1956 teams rolled in for the first tourney at the ‘ole barn on Dutton Street’. (Mt.Desert vs East Corinth, Pemetic vs Hallowell, Island Falls vs Columbia Falls, Lubec vs Greenville, Beals vs Freedom, Lincoln vs Winthrop, Easton vs Albion and Corinna vs A.C.I.)

Now I’m ready for 2015-16 players, coaches and teams to add to the history, including the new Class AA!