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Three-on-three basketball adds energy to Muskie Derby/Ploye Festival

FORT KENT, Maine — A day of what seemed like old school pick-up games took place at the basketball court at Riverside Park on Friday evening as community members gathered under the hot sun to watch a three-on-three basketball tournament which was a new addition to the Fort Kent International Muskie Derby and Ploye Festival this year.

Maine School Administrative District 27 educator and athletic director Eric Werntgen organized the Pelletier Florist Muskie Derby 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, with the help of some Valley Rivers Middle School girls basketball players.

“It was a great success. We organized it to bring back attention to outdoor basketball and specifically the great game of three on three,” Werntgen said. “It’s an awesome weekend with the Ploye Festival and Muskie Derby going on so it worked out great.”

Out of 15 total teams who registered in the adult and youth divisions, four teams emerged victorious, although the brackets for the adult teams will forever remain unfilled, as players from the two final teams in that category left the basketball tournament to participate in an alumni soccer game that evening.

Those teams were the “Flint Tropics,” which consisted of Caleb Delisle, Austin Delisle and Austin Plourde and  “Sauce,” comprised of Josh Soucy, Camden Jandreau, and Eden Paradis.

The winning youth teams were “Tri-Com”: Abbie Lerman, Olivia Ouellette, Larissa Daigle and Lilly Roy, and “The Hoyas,” whose members were Keegan Cyr, Will Morneault and Sam Lausier.

Pelletier Florist of Fort Kent sponsored the tournament and provided T-shirts to the players. The $500 in money raised from registration fees will support SAD 27 athletics, according to Werntgen, who said the tournament will return to next year’s Muskie Derby/Ploye Festival.

“We plan to make it an annual event,” he said.  

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