PORTLAND, Maine – At news conferences in Portland, Augusta and Bangor today, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) announced the AA/A/B North and South, and C/D North and South player selections for the 2017 Maine McDonald's® High School Senior All- Star Basketball Games.
Players representing more than 100 high schools from across the state have been honored with selection to the All-Star teams. The All-Stars were selected based upon ballot returns in a statewide high school basketball coaches’ vote conducted by the MABC in January.
"Each spring the owner/operators of Maine's McDonald's restaurants look forward to supporting one of Maine’s premiere sports events and recognizing student athletes across the state,” said Rich Hogan, owner/operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Maine. “We salute the Maine McDonald's All-Star selections for their dedication to academic and athletic excellence, sportsmanship and team spirit."
The 2017 Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games are scheduled for Saturday, March 11, at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor. The game-day program will feature head-to-head competition between top players in the state in North vs. South basketball action.
Tip-off times for each of the March 11 All-Star Games are as follows:
8:30 – 9:00 am 9:15 – 10:30 am 10:45 – 12:00 pm 12:00 – 12:15 pm 12:15 – 12:30 pm
State Foul Shooting Championship Girls AA/A/B Game
Boys AA/A/B Game
MABC Presentations / RMHC of Maine Presentation
Maine Athletic Fundraising Three Point Shooting Competition
12:30 - 12:45 pm 1:00 - 2:15 pm 2:30 - 3:45 pm
Dr Pepper® Slam Dunk Competition Boys C/D Game
Girls C/D Game
All-Star players and All-Star coaches, members of the All-State Academic teams, Regional Foul Shooting Champions, Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients, MABC Contributor Award honoree, and Mr. and Miss Basketball will be honored at an awards banquet on Friday, March 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. the Anah Shrine Hall in Bangor.
All-Star game tickets may be purchased at the door on Saturday, March 11, and are good for all four games. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and children age 12 and under. More information about the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games is available at Mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org.
The finalists for Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball will be announced the week of Feb. 27. Committees are also choosing the recipients of two $2,000 academic scholarships awarded to one boy and one girl member of the All-State Academic Team, and two Spirit of the Game Award winners who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff, and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries.
The 2017 All-Star Games mark Maine McDonald’s 29th consecutive year as lead sponsor of this event. Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine. Last year’s All-Star Weekend raised a record $40,000 for the Charities. Since its founding in 1998, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $3 million to more than 250 non-profit organizations that positively impact the health and well-being of children and families in Maine and eastern New Hampshire. More information is available at www.rmhcmaine.org.
In addition to underwriting the cost of planning and executing the event, the Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, a collaboration of nine local Maine McDonald’s
franchisees, works hand-in-hand with the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and these sponsors to make the event possible. Premiere Title Sponsors: University of Southern Maine, Dr Pepper, Maine Athletic Fundraising. Major Sponsor: Coca-Cola. Supporting Sponsors: Bangor Savings Bank, McCain Foods. Contributing Sponsors: Coastal T-Shirts of Auburn, Holiday Inn Bangor and Bronson Audio/Visual. And, Media Partners: WLBZ-2, Bangor and WCSH-6, Portland.