Here’s how we pick our All-Maine basketball teams — and you can help

Hampden Academy's Cindy Rand (right) was a member of the first BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team in 1977.  (BDN File Photo by Jack Loftus)

Hampden Academy’s Cindy Rand (right) was a member of the first BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team in 1977. (BDN File Photo by Jack Loftus)

That slight disruption some may have felt in cyberspace today may have been my fault as I sent out a mass email to basketball folks around the state asking them to vote on the BDN’s All-Maine high school boys and girls basketball teams.

Compiling the teams is a tradition we value here at the BDN as we selected our first All-Maine boys team in 1956 and our first All-Maine girls team in 1977.

I am sharing the process on how the teams are selected in hopes that more will take the time to provide input in selecting our teams.

We have sent out nearly 400 ballots via email to high school and college coaches, school administrators, basketball observers and our peers in the media. We ask those recipients to forward our email to others whom they believe could assist with voting for the teams.

We don’t provide a list of players to the voters, instead we ask them to submit their top 10 players in order of priority with No. 1 being the top pick, then No. 2, and so on.

They can vote for both teams or one.

We could also use your help with selecting the teams.

We’re giving fans the opportunity to submit their votes for the teams. Also, if you fit into one of the above categories of coach, administrator, basketball observer or media and have not received a ballot, then please take the time to send us one.

Pick your top 10 and then email the list to: bdnsports@bangordailynews.com and yes, we do ask that you sign your name. For the conspiracy theorists out there, please be assured that this is not an attempt to gather email lists for a marketing campaign.

Instead, I’m hoping you’ll take the time to help us continue our tradition of picking our All-Maine teams, the 39th girls team and the 60th boys squad.

We’re asking that ballots be submitted by March 20. We then compile the ballots and our sportswriters follow up by contacting coaches for more input and comments on the players. Larry Mahoney will be doing the story on the girls team and Ernie Clark will be writing the boys story.

If all goes well, then we will post and publish our teams in early April.

For the trivia buffs out there, here are the lists of our first All-Maine boys team in 1956 and first All-Maine girls team in 1977:

BOYS — First Team: Ed Marchetti, Morse; Paul Davenport, Houlton; Pete Scott, Cape Elizabeth; Danny Drinon, Bangor; Dick Bishop, Morse.

Second Team: Terry Spurling, Ellsworth; Karl Daigle, Bangor; Bob Napolitano, Cheverus; Ron Gagne, Lewiston; Don Sturgeon, Old Town.

Third Team: Barry Tapley, Easton; Dick Gardner, Rockland; Bob Moran, Cheverus; Wes DeCapus, Morse; Bunky Davis, Solon.

GIRLS — First Team: Jeanne White, South Portland; Cindy Rand, Hampden; Karen Schwarz, South Portland; Jill Pingree, Mt. Blue; Shirley Averill, Bangor.

Second Team: Kelly Kimball, Lake Region; Monica Martin, Van Buren; Debbie DiConzo, Dirigo; Joan Leavitt, Hermon; Karen Downes, Bangor.

Third Team: Mari Warner, Thornton Academy; Kim York, McAuley; Karen Nadeau, Wisdom; Cathy Swift, South Portland; Brenda Beckwith, Lawrence.

Joe McLaughlin

About Joe McLaughlin

McLaughlin (right) is a Stearns High School and University of Maine graduate who worked for three years at the Aroostook Republican and News in Caribou as a reporter and editor. He has worked on the BDN sports desk for 30 years, the last 18 as sports editor. McLaughlin and his wife, Kathy Schwigan, live in Brewer and have three adult children: Ryan, Matthew and Tess.