Monday, 12 February 2018 23:38

Making history not enough for Brewer girls basketball

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BREWER - The world was a different place 18 years ago. In fact, most of the Brewer girls basketball team wasn't even alive in 2000.

But it was also the last time the Witches were in the quarterfinals of the state basketball tournament. That is, until 2018.


"I mean we talked about that," head coach Chris Horr said, referring to the squad using the feat as motivation throughout the season. "We could do something that hasn't been done here in a long time, ad a lot of you are part of that foundation."

The Witches will face off with the Lawrence Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the A North tournament, and pose a threat this year once play begins. After an 0-4 start though, Horr said the team is not taking getting to this point lightly in the slightest bit.


"Whether you're a sophomore on the team or a senior on the team, you can always say that you were part of the team that hopefully brought Brewer basketball back, the girls basketball tradition back," he said.


Class A North is full of talent this year, with the likes of No. 1 Hampden Academy, a difficult Skowhegan team and the defending state champion in Messalonskee standing in Brewer's way. And while some would be merely happy to relish in the history, the Witches want to take a gold ball back home.


"I mean we want to see what the tourney is all about," senior guard Haley Robertson said Monday. "We want to see how far we can go and what we can do."


"It's not just about getting there, it's about winning for us as well," senior forward Seirra Strang added. "People were kind of like underwhelmed, and I think we just kind of kicked ourselves in the butt and realized that we needed to do this now or never. So we just wanted to get there for us and for our fans."

Brewer and Lawrence will tip-off Friday in Augusta.

Jon Alba

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.