The Machias Bulldogs hoist the championship plaque after beating Easton 53-42 in the Class D North championship on Feb . 22 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Credit: Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

Down East basketball fans already are talking about the future of a Machias boys basketball team that starts three sophomores and two freshmen.

The young Bulldogs and coach Jim Getchell hope the future is now — beginning at 2:45 p.m. Saturday when Machias faces Forest Hills of Jackman for the Class D state championship at the Augusta Civic Center.

Machias, 9-8 during the regular season, upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Jonesport-Beals in convincing fashion during the North semifinals, then topped Easton 53-42 in last Saturday’s regional final.

The Bulldogs have been led during postseason play by tourney MVP Kashman Feeney, a sophomore forward who averaged 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during postseason play, and 5-10 freshman guard Ethan Foss (16.7 ppg).

Kyle Anderson, a 6-4 sophomore forward, provides an active front court presence as the Bulldogs seek their first state crown since 2017.

Forest Hills is after its second straight gold ball and its fourth in eight years under coach Anthony Amero, who earned his 300th coaching victory earlier this season.

The undefeated Tigers (21-0) won their 43rd consecutive game over the past two seasons with a 74-44 victory over Greenville in the D South final. Junior guard Parker Desjardins, the tournament’s outstanding player-sportsman, led the way with 27 points and 17 rebounds, while senior forward Hunter Cuddy had five of his team’s 12 3-pointers and scored 21 points.

Both Desjardins and Cuddy are 1,000-point scorers.

Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...