The availability of Mount Desert Island’s most veteran boys basketball player for the rest of the season and postseason is uncertain.
Senior guard Andrew Phelps, who led the Trojans in scoring during last March’s Class B state championship game when MDI of Bar Harbor defeated Wells to win the school’s first boys basketball state title, is recovering after undergoing an appendectomy early this week.
“I have not heard a firm timetable for his recovery,” said MDI coach Justin Norwood via email. “It will most likely depend on how he feels over the next two weeks. (We’re) just glad that he figured out what was wrong with him and it sounded like everything went fine during the surgery.”
Phelps, who quarterbacked the MDI football team to the 2016 Class C North championship as a junior, has played a similar leading role for a fairly young basketball team this winter in leading the Trojans to a 12-3 record.
He saw his last action on the court last Saturday afternoon, scoring six points as MDI defeated Presque Isle 63-46. Phelps had amassed 10 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds a night earlier as the Trojans defeated Caribou to start their annual weekend home doubleheader against their Big East Conference foes from Aroostook County.
Phelps was on the bench in street clothes Wednesday night when the Trojans fell to top-ranked and undefeated Hermon 45-33 at Parady Gymnasium in Bar Harbor.
Playing again without Phelps, the Trojans moved back into second place in Class B North with a 63-48 victory over Orono on Thursday night.
MDI is scheduled to travel to Dover-Foxcroft on Friday night to face Foxcroft Academy before concluding its regular season with home games against Old Town next on Feb. 6 and Ellsworth on Feb. 8.