York contributing at Cedarville

Posted May 13, 2010, at 11:25 p.m.

Former Central Aroostook of Mars Hill standout Andrew York is having an impact season as a junior pitcher-infielder for the Cedarville (Ohio) University baseball team.

York is leading the Yellow Jackets in batting with a .400 average heading into Friday’s first-round game of the National Christian College Athletic Association Midwest Regional at Winona Lake, Ind.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound York has one home run, seven doubles and 13 RBIs in 34 games for Cedarville, which carries a 25-25 record into postseason play.

The second-year player for the Yellow Jackets also has pitched in five games this spring, compiling a 1-0 record in 16ª innings.

York helped Central Aroostook win the 2003 Eastern Maine Class D title and was a two-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine basketball player who led the Panthers to the 2005 and 2006 Class D state championships in that sport.

He finished his basketball career as the school’s career scoring leader with 1,491 points.

He then attended Division I Liberty University for a year as a basketball redshirt, then transferred to Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Va., where he began his college baseball career.

UMFK athlete is valedictorian

Yair Gal, a key member of the basketball team at the University of Maine-Fort Kent the last four seasons, was honored as the institution’s valedictorian during UMFK’s 128th commencement exercises held Saturday.

Gal, a native of Asdod, Israel, graduated summa cum laude and also was recognized with the Business Management and Behavioral Science Awards as well as the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence.

Men’s soccer player Emlyn Jacoby of Johannesburg, South Africa, also was honored for his academic achievements.

Jacoby, who graduated magna cum laude, earned the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence and received the UMFK Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award.

Basketball standout Goran Nagradic of Kutina, Croatia, graduated magna cum laude and was presented with the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, while Carissa Carter of Bangor, who served as a student athletic trainer at UMFK, earned the Grindle Award.

April Miller of Houlton, who worked four years in the athletic training department at UMFK was named to the Nursing Honor Society.

Former Bengals basketball star and volleyball player Ashley Ames of Dexter graduated cum laude.

Hackett, Stonehill gain Regional

Scott Hackett of Bangor was instrumental in helping Stonehill College win the Northeast-10 Conference baseball championship last weekend.

The senior third baseman hit a two-run home run Sunday in the Skyhawks’ title-clinching 5-4 victory over Franklin Pierce on his way to all-tournament recognition.

Hackett went 5-for-16 with three RBIs and three runs scored as Stonehill extended its winning streak to 11 straight and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Championship.

The Skyhawks earned the NE-10 automatic bid and will face host New Haven today in the NCAA East Regional.

Hackett has started 41 of Stonehill’s 45 games this season. He ranks fifth on the team with a .269 batting average and has two home runs, 18 RBIs and five stolen bases.

Bates returns to NCAA rowing

The rowing team at Bates College in Lewiston has earned its fourth straight bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Championships.

The competition will be held May 28-29 in Gold River, Calif.

The Bobcats, coached by Peter Steenstra, were the NCAA runners-up a year ago.

Captains Danica Doroski, Alison Frye and Ellen Patterson headline the squad.

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