May 28, 2018
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Balloting begins on WZON/BDN story of the year

BDN staff reports

Bangor radio station WZON, the Bangor Daily News and Crusader Communications have teamed up for the 13th edition of the WZON/BDN Maine Sports Story of the Year.

WZON (620 AM), the BDN and Crusader Communications invites their listeners, readers, and viewers, respectively, to cast their votes for the top stories on their respective websites:, and

The ballots for the story can be found on the BDN site at:

WZON and the BDN have worked together on the story of the year for the past 12 years and welcome Crusader Communications as part of this year’s project. Crusader Communications, a media production company based in Bangor, produces the Sunday Sports Page each week on Bangor TV station ABC-7.

The hour-long sports talk show, which is airing Sundays at 11 a.m., features highlights from the week in local and regional sports, interviews, and a BDN roundtable discussion with co-hosts Pat Spekhardt and Brian Sullivan and BDN sportswriters.

For the third straight year, this year’s edition of the WZON/BDN Sports Story of the Year also features balloting for the top individual and team performances in Maine this year.

The online balloting includes the following selections:

Story of the year

—Seth Wescott defends his Olympic gold medal in snowboard cross with a come-from-behind win

—Bangor All-Stars advance to the Senior League World Series championship game where they fall 8-1 to Aruba

—A resurgent UMaine men’s hockey team, led by Hobey Baker Award finalist Gustav Nyquist, advances to the Hockey East championship game, losing to eventual NCAA champion Boston College in overtime

—Alfond Foundation donates up to $5.5 million as UMaine raises money to renovate Alfond Arena and retrofit Memorial Gymnasium and the field house

Team of the year

—Stearns, the smallest school in the state with a football program, powers unbeaten to the Eastern Maine Class C title before suffering a 34-6 loss to Yarmouth in the state game

—Bangor boys soccer team goes undefeated at 17-0-1 and earns the state Class A title with a 3-2 victory over Portland

—Fort Fairfield girls basketball wins first state basketball title, boys or girls, in school history

—Bowdoin field hockey wins its third NCAA Division III national championship in four years

Individual performance of the year

—MMA running back Jim Bower, with 1,916 yards, leads the nation in rushing for the second straight year

—Sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist of the UMaine men’s hockey team, the top scorer in NCAA Division I, is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award

—Phil Frost, who finished with a team-high 26 goals for the season, scores all 3 Bangor goals as the Rams defeat Portland for the state Class A boys soccer title

—Matt Stairs, a resident of Bangor and a member of the San Diego Padres, sets the major league baseball career record for pinch-hit home runs

—Riley Masters of Bangor is the first runner to break the 4-minute mile for UMaine, competes in the NCAA outdoor championships for the second time and is named an All-American

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