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Bowdoin College in Brunswick is the last Maine school still playing as the Division III basketball season winds to a close.
The University of Maine-Machias women had their season come to a screeching halt Wednesday when they suffered a 102-27 loss to Davenport University at the NAIA Division II national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.
Coach Adrienne Shibles’ Bowdoin Polar Bears (24-5) have advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship, where they will face Babson College Friday at 5 p.m. at Amherst College.
The winner takes on the Amherst-Muhlenberg winner Saturday at 6 p.m. for the right to compete in the Final Four.
Bowdoin, which earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after finishing as the runner-up in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, features four Mainers on its squad.
The Polar Bears are led by senior guard Katie Bergeron of Bradley, who is averaging 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals. She is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the foul line.
Jill Henrikson, a junior guard from Bath, has been another key performer. She is averaging 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists and is shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers and 78 percent from the foul line.
Bowdoin also has received contributions from junior guard Amy Hackett of Bangor (6.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg) and freshman backup guard Kirsten Prue of Auburn.
The Polar Bears will be making the program’s ninth Sweet Sixteen appearance and its first under Shibles, who is in her third season.
Brewer’s Bissell shines at Gallaudet
Former Brewer High School star Billy Bissell is off to a fast start this season with the Gallaudet University baseball team.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound pitcher-outfielder leads the Bison with a .581 batting average through the team’s 6-4 start. Bissell is 18 for 31 at the plate with two home runs, 16 RBIs and 14 runs scored as coach Curtis Pride’s club already has exceeded its win total for the 2010 season (four).
Bissell, who missed nearly all of his first season of baseball at the Washington, D.C., school due to a knee injury, went 7 of 11 at the plate last weekend as Gallaudet earned doubleheader sweeps over Valley Forge Christian College and Lancaster Bible College. He had two homers, nine RBIs, six runs scored, two doubles and a triple during the four games.
After hosting Stevenson (Md.) University for a single game Wednesday, Gallaudet will return to action Sunday in a 10 a.m. game against Husson University as part of the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational tournament at Pat Thomas Field in Leesburg, Fla.
LEC reveals 25th Anniversary teams
The University of Southern Maine basketball programs boast 12 players and one coach on the Little East Conference 25th Anniversary Teams announced recently.
Each team, men’s and women’s, is made up of 25 student-athletes and one coach. To be considered, players must have been a conference player of the year award winner or have been a two-time, all-conference, first-team pick.
The Huskies had nine players named to the women’s team, including Joanna Brown, Diana Duff, Allison Gagnon, Stacey Kent, Tracy Libby, Nancy Love, Ashley Marble, Julie Plant and Megan Myles. USM’s Gary Fifield was the honoree as the women’s coach.
The LEC men’s team includes USM standouts Tim Bonsant, Jeff Bowers and Mike Fennessy.
UMFK hall of fame inductions Saturday
The University of Maine-Fort Kent will induct its 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame class Saturday during a banquet and ceremony at the UMFK Sports Center Gymnasium.
UMFK will honor former St. John Valley Times writer, editor and publisher Emery “Legs” Labbe (Classes of 1951 and 1967), four-sport standout Larry Violette (1966), soccer star Michael Charette (1989) and soccer standout Emlyn Jacoby (2010).
For more information, contact the UMFK Alumni Affairs office at 207-834-7557 or by e-mail at email@example.com.