When the Old Town and Orono baseball teams square off Saturday night at Mahaney Diamond on the campus of the University of Maine, they’ll also have a former friend, teammate and rival in mind.
Cody Hamm would have been a senior on the Old Town baseball team this spring, but died at age 16 in a car accident on March 7, 2010.
During Saturday’s game, a bucket will be passed among fans in attendance seeking donations to help establish a Cody Hamm Memorial Scholarship.
That scholarship, said Old Town baseball coach Dave Utterback, will be presented to the recipient of the team’s annual Cody Hamm Coaches’ Award.
“We thought it would be a good way to honor his memory as well as to honor the seniors from both Orono and Old Town,” said Utterback. “They all knew Cody and played with him or against him coming up through.”
Game time is 7 p.m., and the donation bucket also will be passed around during a softball game between the two schools that afternoon.
“The boys can go to the softball game and support them, and at the same time raise awareness that we’re trying to generate money for this scholarship,” said Utterback.
Both baseball teams are fighting for playoff berths with two games each left in the regular season.
Old Town is 9-5 and ranked 12th in Eastern Maine Class B after Friday’s 8-7 victory at Bucksport in eight innings. Orono is 6-7-1 and is ranked ninth in Eastern C.
The top 10 teams in both Eastern B and C will qualify for postseason play.
Ndoye chooses St. Bonaventure
Youssou Ndoye, a 6-foot-9 senior center from Dakar, Senegal, and the Lee Academy postgraduate basketball team, has accepted an athletic scholarship to continue his playing career at Division I St. Bonaventure (N.Y.) University beginning in the fall.
Ndoye averaged seven points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots per game for Lee last winter, and selected St. Bonaventure after also considering Duquesne, Tulsa, Washington and Illinois State.
As a junior, Ndoye helped the Lee undergraduate team advance to the 2010 Eastern Maine Class C semifinals before the Pandas were ousted by Calais.
Ndoye was a member of the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEEDS) program in Senegal that helped guide him to the United States. The academy provides educational opportunities for youth, creating social awareness and encouraging economic development through the vehicle of sports.
Ndoye becomes the second member of coach Andrew Papaefthemiou’s Lee postgraduate team to sign with an Atlantic 10 Conference school for the coming year. D.J. Peterson, a 6-5 postgrad from Minnetonka, Minn., committed to attend LaSalle University in Philadelphia earlier this month after averaging 15 points, six rebounds and four assists per game for Lee last winter.
St. Bonaventure finished the 2010-11 season with a 16-15 record overall, 8-8 in A-10 play.