BANGOR – There’s nothing like watching your daughter play basketball on the grandest stage.
“There’s always tears, every time they say her name,” Traci Morey, Deer Isle-Stonington high school guard Kaylee Morey’s mother said.
In fact Tracy Morey is just one of many parents, former players, and parents of former players who flocked from the island to the cross center. To watch the Mariners make history.
“It’s just absolutely amazing to see when these kids get on the floor and to see how many people follow them, whether they’re at home watching on TV, whether they’re live streaming it from different state they’re being supported from California to Florida all the way back up to Maine and it’s unreal,” Traci Morey said.
While the Mariners faithful watched its team fall short of its gold ball aspirations to Woodland, the support did not go unnoticed.
“I could see like in today’s game people I played with two years ago or like people who I go to church with or go to school with and it’s like just everyone in the community comes out and it’s just awesome,” DISHS center Orly Vaughn said.
“They just support us so much it’s like that at home games too so it makes it easier to play here,” DISHS guard Lillian Gray said.
The Mariners return a boatload of talent next season. Whether it leads to a gold ball, or another undefeated regular season remains to be seen. But as Bangor learned, the island will always follow it’s Mariners wherever they go.
“Our hometown is here to support them and it just encourages them and being a former player I know that feeling,” former DISHS player Allyson Eaton said.
“We have sign that says last one off the island turn off the lights, I think everyone does,” Kaylee Morey said.