Voting begins for top Maine sports story

Posted Dec. 12, 2008, at 10:21 p.m.

Bangor radio station WZON and the Bangor Daily News have teamed up for the 11th edition of the WZON/BDN Maine Sports Story of the Year.

WZON (620 AM) and the BDN invites their listeners and readers to cast their votes for the top stories on their respective Web sites, zoneradio.com and bangordailynews.com.

Click here to go directly to the ballots.

This year’s edition has a new twist as it also features balloting for the top individual and team performances in Maine this year.

“The idea for adding the new feature came from WZON program director Dale Duff and his folks and it’s a great one,” BDN sports editor Joe McLaughlin said. “It gets more stories out there and enables more recognition by the fine athletes and teams in Maine for their accomplishments in 2008.”

The online balloting includes the following selections:

Story

• The University of Maine, Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy football teams each earn postseason berths.

• Maine basketball coaching legends Paul Vachon of Cony High, Dick Barstow of Katahdin High and Gary Fifield of the University of Southern Maine all retire from coaching.

• The University of Maine men’s hockey team misses the Hockey East playoffs for the first time since 1996-97.

• Maine Olympians capture three gold medals and a bronze in the Beijing Games — gold: women’s eight rowers Anna Goodale of Camden and Elle Logan of Boothbay; swimmer Ian Crocker in the 4×100 medley relay; bronze: men’s eight rower Wyatt Allen of Portland.

• Easton High basketball player Sean Daniels returns to play after suffering a farming accident that claimed his left hand and forearm.

Individual performance

• Ryan Gay, 17 of Pittston, wins the Maine Amateur Golf Championship and the Maine Junior Golf Championship.

• Bucksport High running back Nate Warren records 2,420 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns while leading his football team to Eastern Maine Class C final.

• Ryan Martin of Maranacook High is named Mr. Maine Basketball after leading his team to the Class B state title and finishing his career with 1,899 points.

• Bangor resident Matt Stairs of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a pinch-hit home run that helps the Phillies beat the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.

• Gardiner High shortstop and pitcher Kyle Stilphen is named Mr. Maine Baseball after leading the Tigers to the state Class B title.

Top team

• The Brewer High softball team wins the Class A state title, the first ever for the school.

• The John Bapst High football team wins the Class C state title, the school’s first in 32 years.

• The Calais High football team qualifies for the postseason it its first season of varsity play.

• The Husson University football team earns a postseason berth in an ECAC bowl game.

• The University of Maine football team advances to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

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