Winners of Eastern Maine Class B Titles Practice in Portland 

The first state final in high school basketball tips off in Portland just over 24 hours from now. Nokomis plays in the Class B Girls game at 7:00 and Camden Hills plays in the Class B Boys final at 8:45. Prescott Rossi caught up with both teams as they get ready to play for a gold ball.Each team in the state championship is allowed one practice on the floor they will play on. Even for three time defending regional champions Camden Hills, the floor at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland takes some getting used to.Jeff Hart – Camden Hills Head Coach”Well, it’s different, it’s different but these guys have played so much in different places.”Keegan Pieri – Camden Hills Senior”I really like this atmosphere, it’s a little tough to get used to with the background, but once you do, I like it down here.”Last year, Camden Hills lost in overtime to Falmouth in the state final. The memories of that loss have been a continuing source of motivation to the Windjammers.Tyler McFarland – Camden Hills Senior”It’s what motivated us in the offseason, in the preseason, and now in the season and postseason to get better and to get to the point where we don’t have to have that same feeling again.”On the girls side, Nokomis is in the state final for the second year in a row. They say they have unfinished business after losing last years state final to York.Kori Dionne – Nokomis Head Coach”Last year was just an accomplishment to get here this year we feel like we have something to proove and it’s really not good enough for us to just be here.”Nokomis will face Leavitt in this years state championship. The Warriors lost to the Hornets once in the regular season and they will try to get some payback as well as bring back a gold ball to Newport.Julie Smith – Nokomis Senior”Kristen Anderson can shoot from NBA range. They’re just a hard working team but it’s going to be a battle I’m glad we’re playing them.”