GLENBURN – From humble beginnings.
“We lived right behind the University of Fort Kent’s gym and we’d always got to the gym after school or after supper whether it was making 10 foul shots in a row or it was making 10 elbow jumpers in a row or whatever it was and he’d cry because he’d be so frustrated that he couldn’t do it,” Chris Lausier, Hampden boys basketball guard Bryce Lausier’s dad, said.
Lausier has watched his son blossom into an all-state basketball player.
“You’re always breaking down into tears because you’re so proud of the accomplishments that he’s done and how respected he is throughout the community,” Chris Lausier said.
Saturday years of hard work gets crammed into one game, Hampden boys basketball versus York in the Class A title game. With it comes a side dish of bragging rights, between two old friends.
“I’d always text and I’d give him crap about different things like we’re coming for you if you even get there we’re coming for you and stuff like that,” Chris Lausier said.
Lausier and York head coach, Paul Marquis, grew up and played basketball together at Fort Kent.
“Gosh those were the days you walk around with your letterman’s jacket and after a game walk into the local pizza parlor and hang out for another hour after a Friday night game,” Marquis said.
In the late 90s Marquis moved from one end of the state to another and is vying for something he and his friend weren’t able to obtain back in the 80s.
“We played a double overtime game with Houlton and lost and missed the tournament by .001 of a point we’re both kind of experiencing a state final has been pretty exciting,” Chris Lausier.
The gold ball is in clear sight for No. 2, win or lose Saturday’s game is a bit more than just basketball.
“You know obviously it’s pretty cool that they have history and grew up together and everything they spent a lot of time together in their childhood and it’s going to be pretty cool to go up against him in one of the most important game of my career,” Bryce Lausier said.
“I’ll be the first to congratulate Bryce if they were to hoist the gold ball,” Marquis said.