BY MATT DIFILIPPO

Staff Writer

Cony’s Mia Diplock and Mt. Blue’s Cam Sennick were both the focus of their highly successful teams this season. Now they’re among the six finalists for another honor.

Diplock is one of three finalists for Miss Maine Basketball, while Sennick is one of three finalists for Mr. Maine Basketball. The awards are given annually to the top seniors players in the state.

Other finalists for Miss Basketball are McAuley’s Alexa Coulombe and Windham’s Meghan Gribbin. Bonny Eagle’s Cole Libby and Hampden’s Christian McCue are the other finalist for Mr. Basketball. The winners will be announced at the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Awards Banquet, which will be held Friday evening at Husson University.

Sennick averaged 16.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game during the regular season, and also led the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A in blocked shots. Mt. Blue lost to Hampden in the Eastern A final.

“His physical skills were many, of course,” Mt. Blue coach Jim Bessey said. “I think that’s the small part of the picture. He was the best player, the hardest worker, a great leader, a great role model for younger players.

“The way I think of him is what he is as a young man, and how he transfers that to the basketball court, and makes it part of the game.”

Bessey said the 6-foot-6 Sennick is looking at several colleges, including Coast Guard Academy, Norwich, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the University of Maine.

“He’ll play in college, for sure,” Bessey said.

Diplock and the Rams will play McAuley in the Class A girls final at 4 p.m., today, at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Cony coach Karen Magnusson said Diplock was also a superior leader.

“Her leadership, her confidence on the court — just the confidence she has in herself and her teammates — causes a lot of great things to happen,” Magnusson said.

Diplock, who plans to play for Colby College next season, hit the game-winning basket in the Eastern A final against Edward Little, and averaged 16.2 points and 4.8 assists per game this season.

“She’s just had an outstanding senior year,” Magnusson said. “She really broke out. Those are the numbers that you can look at and say, ‘She’s a helluva player.’ But it’s all those other little things that not only made our team better, but allowed us to get where we are.”

The Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Games will be played Saturday, March 10 at Husson University. The girls C/D game will be at 9:15, the girls A/B game will start at 11 a.m., the boys A/B game will be at 1:15 p.m., and the boys C/D game will start at 3 p.m.

There will also be foul shooting, three-point shooting, and slam dunk competitions. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, and are good for the entire day. The proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243

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