Maine Maritime wins Kennedy Cup, to represent U.S. in France

Posted Nov. 12, 2010, at 7:41 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 12, 2010, at 8:57 p.m.

The Maine Maritime Academy Offshore Sailing Team bested eight other teams to win the Kennedy Cup last weekend.

The victory earns the Mariners an invitation to represent the United States in the Student Yachting World Championships in France next year.

In the Kennedy Cup, MMA started the final day with a seven-point lead over California Maritime and a 12-point lead over Navy. The Mariners won the first race to clinch the win.

Members of the Mariners team listed on MMA’s website include 11 Maine natives: Harrison Bishpam of Sidney, Nicholas Cabral and David Markley of Kennebunk, Chris Carter of South Portland, John Joseph of Northeast Harbor, Cameron Murphy of Portland, Jake Newton of Georgetown, Benjamin Nichols and Kyle Robbins of Gray, Chris Poole of Falmouth and Zachary Vickers of Coopers Mills.

Other members of the team are Taylor Batton, Brittany Bridgham, Matthew Butcka, Lucas Campbell, Max Fleischfresser, James Gorman, Christopher Hulse, Andrew McHenry, Hadley Neale, Tyler Nemsdale and Hunter Sperry.

Cal Maritime got a good start in the second race to grab the win and take second overall.

Navy finished third followed by Coast Guard and Kings Point.

Three sign NLIs with UMaine

Three high school players signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University of Maine next season and play women’s basketball. The three players are forward Rebecca Knight, guard Kelsey Mattice and forward Danielle Walczak. Knight and Walczak are AAU teammates on the New England Crusaders.

“The 2011 class is going to fill multiple needs for us and is one of our most talented. They are a hard-working group, and they all love the game,” said head coach Cindy Blodgett.

Knight, a 5-foot-11 guard from Portland, was a second team All-Maine schoolgirl selection by the Bangor Daily News and an All-State selection by the Portland Press Herald last season after leading McAuley to the Western Maine Class A semifinals. She averaged 10.4 points per game and pulled down 7.4 rebounds per contest.

Mattice is a 5-5 guard from Cicero, N.Y., where she plays for Cicero-North Syracuse High School. She helped lead her team to a 21-3 record and a spot in the Class AA state quaeterfinals. Last season she averaged 10 points and six assists a contest.

Walczak, a 6-1 forward from Durham, N.H., plays for Oyster River High School. She is rated as the top player in the state by New Hampshire Notebook. Walczak was named the Class I Player of the Year last season. She also helped lead her team to a state title her sophomore season.

Barker invited to play in Senior Scout Bowl

University of Maine senior defensive back Steven Barker has been invited to play in the Football Championship Subdivision Senior Scout Bowl.

Barker, from Teaneck, N.J., was an All-CAA performer last season after ranking third in the league in passes defended. He currently ranks sixth on the Black Bears with 34 tackles and is second with four pass breakups. Barker is third in the CAA in kick return average with 25.1 yards per return. He was named a 2010 Preseason All-American Honorable Mention by Consensus Draft Services.

The Senior Scout Bowl selects 90 of the top FCS seniors in the country to participate in a North vs. South game format on Dec. 11 in Ramapo, N.Y.

Barker’s invitation marks the fifth consecutive season that at least one Black Bear has been invited to an All-Star game.

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