Wisdom girls win at UMFK Summer Classic
FORT KENT, Maine — The Wisdom Middle/High School girls basketball team has been on a roll the past few years and shows much promise for the upcoming season after winning the UMFK Summer Classic tournament.
Although the team from the small school often relies on eighth-grade students to fill its roster, the Pioneers beat out nine other teams from across Maine to top the girls division at the tournament held June 24-26.
University of Maine at Fort Kent assistant athletic director and men’s basketball coach Tom Bird has organized the high school tournament for the past seven years as a fundraiser for the Bengal men.
This year’s tournament also saw 21 boys teams compete, including one from Lynn, Massachusetts, and another from Everett, Washington.
“The Wisdom girls’ success is a testament to their coaches and their dedication,” Bird said. “They are going through a stretch of athletics that is just awesome for them in all sports, and winning this gets them another step further in hopes of winning a championship next winter.”
Ahead of his sixth year coaching the Pioneer girls, Coach Scott Pelletier said the Summer Classic provides an opportunity for the players to hone their skills and prepare for the upcoming season.
“It makes for competitive games with schools we typically don’t play in the regular season,” Pelletier said. “I have a team that is resilient and works really hard. We compete this way in each game we play. They play tenacious defense and play so well together. These girls have a winning mentality.”
The Pioneers entered the tournament coming off a highly successful winter season where they advanced to the Class D North final.
At the Summer Classic, the Wisdom girls defeated Easton, Calais and Belfast before taking down Caribou 33-30 to secure the championship.
“The win is nice and we feel good about where we are headed, but there is still work to do,” Pelletier said.
In the boys brackets, the Everett team took first place followed by Lee Academy.