HAMPDEN – Hampden boys basketball senior, Bryce Lausier, scored his 1,000th point in the team’s nail-biting 57-56 win over Brewer on Saturday, while the girls beat Brewer handily 58-15.
The wins came on a special night for Hampden as it held its cancer awareness night, one Lausier dedicated to Brady Nickerson, an eighth grader from Glenburn who passed away from cancer in the spring.
“I definitely wanted to get it tonight just cause you know the atmosphere the Hampden Brewer rivalry. It was cancer night I was playing for Brady (Nickerson) he’s from Glenburn he was in eighth grade last year and he got a rare breed of cancer and passed away. It was really emotional definitely was playing for him and was just a great game happy to get my 1,000th out of the way and have bigger things ahead,” Lausier said after the game.
Both the boys and girls basketball teams raised $1,100 for cancer care with proceeds going to Sarah’s House of Maine. The teams wore warm-up shirts and had the name of someone impacted by cancer on the back. Hampden girls basketball guard, Amelia McLaughlin, thought of the idea as she lost her grandma to cancer last year.
“It means a lot it’s not only for me but the whole community,” McLaughlin said. “We were actually really excited because I know a lot of us had been really touched by cancer like my great-grandfather passed away from it, Hampden girls basketball forward, Megan Deans, said.
“We’re just a community and we’re a community coming together for a great cause and it was amazing to see both of our teams come together and make this and especially have the names on the shirt for each one of us to dedicate a game it was pretty special,” Hampden girls basketball guard, Camryn Neal, said.