ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men’s basketball team has received a national letter of intent from junior college guard Terrance Mitchell.
The 6-foot-3 Milton, Fla., native averaged 20.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala. He was a first team All-Region 22 pick and a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honorable mention.
Maine head coach Ted Woodward calls Mitchell “an explosive scorer who shoots high percentages, can shoot the three with high efficiency, and as a strong, athletic defender and rebounder.”
He will be eligible to play this fall and has two total years of athletic eligibility.
Two incoming freshman players from Canada led their Under-19 Canadian National Team to the Mondial Junior Tournament championship in France. Michael Allison, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds while Murphy Burnatowski, a 6-6 forward, averaged 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in the tourney.
Both players also played for the Canadian National Junior team at he World Junior National Tournament in New Zealand last month.
Turcotte, Barber All-Americans
University of Maine football players Jared Turcotte of Lewiston and Matt Barber of Gaithersburg, Md., were named FCS Preseason All-Americans by College Sporting News.
Turcotte, a sophomore fullback, was named to the first team after leading the Black Bears in rushing last year with 625 yards and seven touchdowns. Barber, a 6-3, 303-pound offensive lineman is a two-year starter at guard, was named to the CSN third team.
Turcotte has now been named to the Consensus Draft Services All-American second team and the All-Colonial Athletic Conference preseason first team.
The Black Bears open their season at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at home against St. Cloud State in Orono.
Babineau new UMF soccer coach
Saint Joseph’s College has a new men’s soccer head coach now that Windham native Steve Babineau has been hired for the job.
The former two-year assistant coach for the University of New England women’s soccer team (2007-08) and University of Southern Maine women’s soccer assistant (2004-06), graduated from the University of Maine-Presque Isle with a Bachelor’s Degree in therapeutic recreation and earned a Master’s Degree in sports management from the California University of Pennsylvania.
UMFK No. 8 in preseason
The University of Maine-Fort Kent men’s soccer team will start out the 2009 season as the No. 8-ranked team in the nation in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 Poll. The ranking is the highest-ever for the Bengals, who went 20-1-2 and advanced to the NAIA elite eight last year.
Defending NAIA national champion Bethel (Tenn.) received all 19 of the 21 first-place votes to rank first.
UMFK will begin the season Sept. 3 and try to extend a 37-game win streak with a home game against NCAA Division III team Husson University.
Davis back at UMF for volleyball
Kika Nigals has been hired as the women’s volleyball coach at the University of Maine-Farmington.
Nigals replaces Sara Thurston, who resigned for personal reasons after two seasons. Under Thurston, the Beavers ent 20-254 and made an appearance in the North Atlantic Conference semifinals.
Nigals served as UMF’s volleyball coach from 1995 to 1998.
UM wireless with U.S. Cellular
The University of Maine and U.S. Cellular have agreed on a three-year sponsorship agreement to make U.S. Cellular UMaine’s official wireless provider. U.S. Cellular will sponsor the UMaine ice hockey, football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball teams, and the UMaine athletic department will utilize U.S. Cellular BlackBerry and cell phone services.
UM holds fourth LobsterFest
The Friends of Maine Hockey and the Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth are hosting the Fourth Annual LobsterFest with the UMaine ice hockey team Sept. 27 on South Street.
Players will be on hand for a social hour at noon with dinner served at 1 p.m. The menu includes lobser, mussels, cole slaw, potato salad, corn on the cob, rolls, berry crisp and ice cream. Barbecued ribs may be substituted for lobster. Reservations are limited to 80 and accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Reservations are $55 per person and available by calling Anne Britt (667-5989), Lisa Panepinto (581-1106) or going online at www.goblackbears.com