Tourney recap: leadership award for Trevor Lyford, coaching honor to Mark Reed, and Mount Rushmore nominees

Some Tourney Week thoughts and observations from press row…

— How many time have you heard someone say “you have got to make your free throws”?  Old Town’s Garvey Melmed made his.

— How many different ways can Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard twist and turn his body to make shots?

— Washburn’s Carsyn Koch just might be the best athlete in the best athlete in the state.

— I swear one of those jumpers from Lee’s Cherif Fall scraped the Cross Center ceiling.

— It is incredible how the Hampden boys team simply dominated the field at the Augusta Civic Center.

— Is there a smoother player on the floor than Calais guard Madison McVicar?

— Biggest smiles of the tourney might have come from the MDI girls after Saturday’s championship game.

— While it stings right now, I bet the Presque Isle girls play better next year without the weight of “the streak.”

— The finest leadership performance of the week — Penquis senior Trevor Lyford in that overtime game against WA.

— What were you doing when you were a high school freshman? If you were Bryce Harmon, Lauren Chadwick, Grace Bickford, Sydney Robertson, Kayla Toppin, Emma Alley, Jackson Mathers, Nolan Altvater, Andre Rossignol, et al, you were helping your team at tourney time.

— Eight teams entered Tourney Week as the No. 1 seed…three survived.

— Something tells me Old Town senior Zack Bartlett was helping his Coyotes more than anyone knows by being in uniform and his left arm in a sling.

— I wonder who is quicker…Dayne Savage or Donovan Savage.

— Perhaps the best coaching job goes to Hermon boys coach Mark Reed.

— They didn’t stay long in the tourney but I really liked that Oceanside boys team.

— Hardest worker award goes to Houlton’s Jake Drew. Need a rebound? A stop? Someone to calm things down? He was the guy.

— The Mr. Calm Award goes to Calais girls coach Dana Redding.

— Here is my Mount Rushmore East boys and girls tourney players ’14…

Boys: Zach Gilpin/Hampden, Kyle Bouchard/Houlton, Chris Hudson/Hodgdon, Kyle Johnson/Calais.

Girls: Hannah Shaw/MDI, Parise Rossignol/VB, Madison McVicar/Calais, and Washburn (pick a player).