Senate Republican Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Left: Machias Basketball Team, Rep. Will Tuell, Sen. Joyce MakerRight: James Mersereau, Sen. Joyce Maker
AUGUSTA – On Thursday, March 23, members of the Machias Memorial High School Boys Basketball Team traveled to Augusta to receive a Legislative Sentiment before the Senate from Senator Joyce Maker (R-Washington), recognizing the team’s recent Class D State Championship victory.
Members of the team include players Alex Wentzell, Russell Hanscom, John Massaad, Camon Johnson, Jordan Grant, Alessandro Marotta, Jacob Godfrey, James Mersereau, Noah Albert, Mark Anthony, Cody Eaton, Evan Dray, Mark Mersereau, Tyler Wentzell and Jakob Holland; managers Megan Preston and Jacob Sinford; volunteers Carlton Bragg and Logan Wood; assistant coach Dustin Getchell; and head coach James Getchell.
Also during the visit, Sen. Maker also presented James Mersereau, a player on the team, with a Legislative Sentiment recognizing his accomplishment of scoring his 1,000th career point.
“I was so pleased that the reigning Class D Boys Basketball Champions, the Bulldogs of Machias Memorial High School, were able to join us in Augusta,” said Sen. Maker. “This is a very talented and dedicated group of young men. We all know that you do not reach a state championship game without months, and really years, of hard work. And you do not win a state championship game without each team member pitching in and playing their part. That is how the Machias Bulldogs were able to finish this season with the coveted title of state champions. The Machias boys’ basketball program had not won a state championship since 1995, so this win is even sweeter.”
“The team reached other milestones this season as well. James Mersereau, a senior on the team, scored his 1,000th career point and head coach Jim Getchell secured his 100th victory.
“Our community is so proud of this group of athletes. Fans have rallied around them and truly enjoyed the experience of cheering them on this season. This is a season that I know our county and your community will remember for many years to come.”