Bangor radio station WZON and the Bangor Daily News have teamed up for the 12th edition of the WZON/BDN Maine Sports Story of the Year.
The ballots for the story can be found on the BDN site at: http://www.bangordailynews.com/2009sportspoll.html
For the second straight year, this year’s edition also features balloting for the top individual and team performances in Maine this year.
The online balloting includes the following selections:
• The Maine Red Claws start an NBA D-League franchise in Portland with an affiliation with the Boston Celtics.
• The Maine Maritime Academy football team earns its first-ever NCAA Div. III playoff berth with the nation’s No. 1 rushing attack.
• Gabby Price steps down as the Husson University football coach after six seasons and bringing football back to the school. He is replaced by Niles Nelson.
• The Bangor High School football team beats Lawrence to end its 35-game PTC winning streak and goes on to win the Eastern Maine Class A title.
• The Waterville High School girls basketball team wins its third straight title and extends its winning streak to 66 games.
• The Maine Maritime Academy football team earns its first-ever berth in the NCAA Div. III tourney.
• The Bangor High School boys soccer team allows only one goal during the regular season and goes on to earn a berth in the regional final, finishing with a 16-1 record.
• The Presque Isle High School hockey team wins its first Eastern Maine Class B title in its 19-year history, the lowest seed (No. 4), to ever do so.
• The Woodland girls and boys basketball teams capture Class D state titles.
• The Waterville girls basketball team wins its third straight Class B state title.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
• MMA running back Jim Bower becomes the nation’s No. 1 rusher in NCAA Div. III by averaging 160 yards per game.
• University of Maine quarterback Chris Treister of Cape Elizabeth completes 40 of 46 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns in his first collegiate start, a 41-17 victory over Rhode Island.
• Bangor High School football player Lonnie Hackett becomes the first runner in school history to rush for more than 2,000 yards as he finishes with 2,227 in leading Bangor to an Eastern Maine Class A title.
• Husson University’s Shelby Bradford completes three standout seasons in basketball, soccer and lacrosse.
• Dirigo High School senior Tom Knights leads his team to the Western Maine Class C title after accepting a scholarship to attend Notre Dame. He is named Mr. Maine Basketball and the Maine Gatorade Player of the Year.