Fort Kent boys competing as a team

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Warrior boys are looking forward to a full season this year and are ready to compete in the tough Class C North region.

“I believe we will be very competitive this season, as long as we stay focused and continue to improve on our weaknesses,” Coach Chad Cyr said. 

One of the biggest strengths of the Warrior boys this season is the respect they have for one another and the fact that they play well as a team, Cyr said. 

“There are no players looking for all the credit or the glory,” Cyr said. “It takes each and every athlete on the team to become successful regardless of how many minutes each plays in a game. They understand that and it makes my job that much easier.”

In his third year coaching the Warrior boys, Cyr said key points for improvement will be on defense and transition offense. 

“Transition always starts on the defensive end so they both go hand in hand, but if we can continue to improve in both those areas as the season goes on, we will hopefully be very competitive when playoffs roll around,” Cyr said. 

The Warriors will return four starters from last year — Austin Delisle, Evan Deschaine, Collin Bennett, and Keegan Cyr. 

“Austin is a fundamentally sound ball player. He is our strongest rebounder and sees the floor very well. He is a great shooter, post up player, and just flat out knows how to score,” Cyr said. “Evan is a workhorse and gives 100 percent every game. He is also one of our strongest rebounders with a high shooting percentage from 15 feet and in. Collin has a high basketball IQ, plays under the rim but can also shoot from outside. Keegan is a very strong on-ball defender with extremely quick hands. He can handle the basketball and is very hard to beat up and down the floor.”

Cyr has not decided on a fifth starter, and said in fact that all starting positions could be up for grabs depending on how things progress during the beginning of the season. 

“It’s a new year and the hardest working, most efficient players with the best attitudes will be the ones to earn playing time,” Cyr said. 

The Warriors lost Ethan Bouley to graduation last spring. Cyr described Bouley as a team leader with quickness and ability to finish at the rim. 

Cyr said it is difficult to gauge who will be the most difficult teams to beat this year. 

“I think all teams have the potential to climb the rankings and make a deep tournament run this year,” Cyr said. “The whole state I’m sure is excited and hopeful that things proceed as planned and we all get the opportunity to compete for playoffs, whether it be in Bangor or Portland.”

The Warrior boys are: seniors Allen Huang, Evan Deschaine, Austin Delisle, Xander Gervais, and Collin Bennett; juniors Keegan Cyr, Tyler Ryder, Ethan Raymond, Bryce Valcourt and Lance Gagnon; sophomores Drew Deschaine and Ethan Daigle. 

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