BANGOR – On paper, the No. 1 Hermon Hawks boys basketball team looked like the team to beat in Class B North coming into the season. But after Saturday afternoon’s 51-38 regional final victory over Mount Desert Island, the ink on said paper has finally dried.
While names like Mr. Maine Basketball nominees Keenan Marseille and Jacob Godfrey typically dominate the headlines for the Hawks, it was the team’s fabled depth that helped carry the Hawks to their first regional championship in 18 years. Juniors Cody Hawes and Garrett Trask led the way for Hermon with 16 and 11 points respectively, combining their offensive attack with tenacious defense to derail an MDI comeback effort towards game’s end.
“They’re sleepers man. They’ve been like that all year,” Marseille said. “And you know, their names don’t really get out but thank God they came today, because their names are out.”
“This team, anybody can have a night like that. And it just happened to be my night. I hit my shots, and it went how we wanted it to,” Hawes said.
Trask, who also served as the quarterback for a resurgent Hermon football team this past fall, credited the team’s attitude for bringing the best out in him on the biggest stage.
“It means the world to me,” he said. “I just do the best for my team, and we pulled the win out.”
Up next for the Hawks will be Wells, a powerhouse in Class C boys basketball. But even just a few years ago, being in that position would have seemed like a long shot for Hermon, and the team believes its turnaround can be attributed to the support and blue collar mentality the town’s community brings to the hardwood.
“We’ve got amazing people here, and that shows with the way we play and how we play,” Marseille said.
“The kids that are coming behind us that are young right now,” head coach Mark Reed said. “They’ve got to adopt that mentality and be able to look out on the floor and see what’s made this group successful. And that’s their hard work.”