June 18, 2018
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John Bapst to induct eight into athletic hall of fame

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

John Bapst Memorial High School will induct eight new members into its athletic hall of fame during halftime of Saturday’s home football game against Mount View of Thorndike at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.

Alumni scheduled to be recognized at halftime of the game are Thomas (Cy) Gallant ’49, Ken Rassi ’93, Benjamin Pratt ’97, Kristi Millard ’99 and Catherine Delvecchio ’01.

Three former coaches at the school, Robert Cimbollek, Kenneth Perrone and Bruce Pratt, also are slated for induction.

In previous years, John Bapst inducted new members of its athletic hall of fame during halftime of its annual homecoming game. This year, in order to devote more of the halftime program to the induction ceremony, the school has dedicated a special “Hall of Fame” game for this purpose.

The opening kickoff Saturday is set for 1 p.m.

To see a list of current John Bapst Athletic Hall of Fame members or learn how to nominate a deserving contributor to the John Bapst athletic program for the hall of fame, visit the John Bapst website at www.johnbapst.org.


All systems — electrical and otherwise — are go for Saturday night’s Pine Tree Conference Class A football showdown between Bangor and Lawrence at Cameron Stadium in Bangor.

The lights have been restored at the facility after a power outage on Sept. 2 forced the suspension of that night’s game between John Bapst of Bangor and Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln in the fourth quarter.

The teams returned the next morning and completed the game, with John Bapst earning a 35-6 victory.

“It was a circuit breaker that snapped off, and once we got looking at it and opened the box, we now know where that is,” said Bangor High School athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine. “We needed an electrician to deal with it, but it was a simple circuit breaker.”

Game time for the Bangor-Lawrence contest is 7 p.m.


Bangor High School has begun charging admission for its home boys and girls soccer games and swim meets.

Admission to those events, like it is with other sports for which the school sells tickets, is $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.

But in an effort to offset those costs for fans, said Vanidestine, a yearlong athletic pass is available to provide entry to all of the school’s home athletic contests in sports for which an admission is charged — football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, ice hockey and swimming.

The passes are $30 for adults and $15 for students, and provides entry to 50 to 55 regular-season contests in those sports, Vanidestine said. Preseason and postseason games aren’t covered by the pass.

“We have noticed that over the years other schools have begun to charge for soccer, some for many years,” said Vanidestine. “We held out as long as we could, but we felt now was the time to do it because we offered the pass at such a good rate that if someone goes to games on a regular basis, you can see the savings.”


SAD 1 in the Presque Isle area has joined an increasing number of schools statewide in entering into a new partnership with the Maine Concussion Management Initiative to offer preseason physicals of the brain using the Immediate Past Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test to athletes in the school district.

The 20- to 25-minute test is presented in video-game format and establishes cognitive baseline levels on the athlete’s memory, reaction time, speed and concentration. If the student-athlete suffers a head injury and a concussion is suspected, the athlete will be referred to a physician or clinician for an evaluation. The physician or clinician may recommend that the athlete take the post-injury ImPACT test. The athlete’s baseline (preseason) and post-injury data will be compared to determine the severity of the concussion, treatment of the concussion and a timeline for the athlete’s return to full athletic participation.

The test is not mandatory and requires parental permission, according to SAD 1 athletic administrator Mark White.

SAD 1 has received a two-year grant from the MCMI to offer baseline and post-concussion testing.

The testing will be administered by County Physical Therapy, and the Presque Isle High School boys and girls varsity soccer teams will take the baseline test on Sept. 13.

Other Eastern Maine schools that have partnered with the Maine Concussion Management Initiative include Bangor, Belfast, Brewer, Camden Hills of Rockport, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Hampden Academy, Lawrence of Fairfield, Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Madison, Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor, Mount View of Thorndike, Washburn and Winslow.

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