The Madawaska Owls are back in the State Championship game for the first time since 2007.The Owls are a veteran team starting six seniors and five juniors and Coach Dean Gendreau feels the Senior leadership helped keep the team focused all season.
“With the seniors we have this year we are really excited about coming up close the last couple of years. This year they put it on their shoulders to accomplish their goal.”
Ian Lee has been the Owls leading scorer all year, he broke the State scoring record earlier this season, In every interview this year he has credited his teammates and said that winning the Eastern Maine Title is a chance for the rest of the team to get some exposure
” This is great the other guys on the team get the spotlight It’s nice to have all of them winning Eastern Maine Championship. and going to the State and trying to win a Gold Ball is another great step.”
Senior Sam Cyr hurt his ankle in the Eastern Maine Semifinals, but was able to play the entire Championship contest. He said winning the title is very sweet
” It feels great just knowing I could play in the last game with my ankle. Everyone just does their part and we were able to get that big win yesterday.”
“There are 8 seniors on the team several living in the same neighborhood. When they were in Elementary and Middle School many of them would get together and play World Cup Games they would chase down spotlights so they could keep playing after dark . Jake Gendreau says that makes the win even more special
“It’s very special we have been playing since Elementary School together. It’s a great accomplishment for us to have.”
The Owls will play against Maranacook on Saturday at 12:30 in Hampden. The players know their fans will be there on the sideline cheering them on.
“When we walk on that field with all the fans and all the people from Madawaska rooting us on. I mean it is going to be hard not to come out with so much energy knowing the fans and everyone are behind us.”