‘Mentoring Women in Sports’ set

Posted March 16, 2009, at 10:33 p.m.

The Maine Principals’ Association and the New England Council of Secondary Schools Principals’ Association will host the 11th annual “Mentoring Women in Sports Conference” in Augusta on March 27.

The purpose of the event is to assist coaches in honing their skills working with female student-athletes.

Colby College women’s basketball coach Lori Gear McBride will be the keynote speaker while former longtime Cony High School girls basketball coach Paul Vachon, the athletic director at the Augusta school, will facilitate a panel of high school and college coaches who will discuss recruiting, choosing a level at which to compete and the role of the coach.

Attendees will partake in the following sessions:

• “Injuries and the Female Athlete” with Dr. Katie Snow and Dr. William Heinz;

• “Dealing with Declining Numbers: The Impact of Travel Teams and Youth Development Programs” with Vachon and Searsport athletic administrator Ruth Fitzpatrick; and

• “The top 10 list of how to deal with coaching female athletes” with Edward Little of Auburn girls basketball coach Craig Jipson and former University of Maine star Amy Vachon, an assistant at Greely High in Cumberland Center.

Coaches of all levels are welcome to attend. The cost is $60 per person. Registration brochures are available at www.mpa.cc.

MTCCA clinic this weekend

The Maine Track and Cross Country Coaches Association will host its 14th annual coaches clinic this weekend.

The clinic will take place Friday and Saturday at the University of Southern Maine field house in Gorham.

It runs from 5-9:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Clinicians include Thornton Academy track and field coach George Mendros, Maine Running Company owner John Rogers, MPA assistant executive director Michael Burnham and seven-time All-American and Yarmouth native Matt Lane, who was fourth in the Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004 in the 5K.

The fee is $75 and includes a lecture notes packet, a Saturday lunch and a coaches’ portfolio bag to the first 150 who sign up.

Boisse gets her moment

When she tore her anterior cruciate ligament earlier this winter, Georgia Boisse figured her high school basketball career was over.

But the Massabesic High senior got one last chance to shine in Saturday’s McDonald’s All-Star games in Bangor.

With the A-B West team leading big late in the second half, and Boisse sitting on the bench, she was asked if she wanted to go in to shoot a couple of free throws after a teammate was fouled and said she was injured so Boisse could get a chance to participate.

“I was really happy, [coach] came over and asked me if I could shoot and I was like, yeah,” said Boisse.

Boisse got her shining moment, sinking the two free throws cleanly.

“It means a lot because basketball is what I do, it’s my life,” she said. “I was excited, my hands were shaking.”

rmclaughlin@bangordailynews.net

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