Patrick Stewart, the leading scorer and rebounder for the Bangor boys basketball team this winter, will continue his athletic and academic pursuits at Colby College in Waterville beginning next fall.
Stewart, a 6-foot-6 senior forward for the Rams, opted for the Mayflower Hill campus after being accepted on an early decision basis.
“It came down to Colby, Bates and Wesleyan and ultimately I liked the staff at Colby and I liked the players,” he said. “I took a visit and it was closest to home so everything worked out.”
Stewart is especially happy to have his college selection process completed.
“I applied early decision and I got in,” he said. “Now I’m looking around at everybody and they’re all worrying about their college applications and everything else and I’m all set.”
Colby, an NCAA Division III program, is 6-17 overall this season under first-year head coach Damien Strahorn, 1-9 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. This year’s team includes three Mainers on its roster, senior forward Kyle Donovan of Deering of Portland, junior forward Gordon Fischer of Camden Hills of Rockport, and first-year guard Connor O’Neil of Cheverus of Portland.
Stewart is one of at least two current Maine schoolboy players who plan to continue their careers at NESCAC schools beginning next season. Liam Langaas, a 6-3 guard from York High School, plans to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Stewart, also the top-ranked singles player for the Bangor tennis team, also is mulling the possibility of trying out for that sport at Colby.
“I was recruited by the basketball team, but I’m definitely thinking about it,” he said. “I haven’t talked to the coach or anything, and I frankly don’t know if I’m good enough to play there, but I might give it a try.”
Leavitt’s Hersom to attend Springfield
Jordan Hersom of Leavitt of Turner Center, the recently named winner of the Fitzpatrick Trophy symbolic of the state’s top high school senior football player, will attend Springfield College in Massachusetts next year where he hopes to play both football and basketball.
The 6-foot-4 Hersom selected Springfield after also considering attending the University of Maine, Holy Cross and Ithaca.
Hersom was recruited to Springfield as a quarterback after starting there for Leavitt the last two years and leading the Hornets to back-to-back Eastern Maine Class B titles. He also started at wide receiver at Leavitt as a sophomore when coach Mike Hathaway’s team won the state championship.
Hersom has compiled a unique set of statistics as a senior at Leavitt between the two sports. Last fall he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and passed for more than 1,000 yards in football, and this winter he surpassed both 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds for Leavitt, which completed its regular season with a 14-4 record, good for fifth place in the final Western Maine Class B Heal point ratings.
USA Football to award turf grants
USA Football and FieldTurf have announced that applications are being accepted for $400,000 in Field Building Grants.
For the second consecutive year, USA Football will award a total of $400,000 through its Field Building Grant program. Municipalities, school systems and tax-exempt youth leagues are eligible for grants to be used toward the purchase of a FieldTurf product.
Applications are available at usafootball.com/fieldgrants and will be accepted through March 20. Grants will be awarded in April based on merit and need.
USA Football awards up to eight Field Building Grants annually, each in the form of a $50,000 credit toward the purchase of a FieldTurf product. The sport’s national governing body in the United States, Indianapolis-based USA Football also is the only organization in the NFL’s 92-year history to be the official youth football development partner of the league and each of its 32 teams.
USA Football members — youth football coaches, players, league commissioners and game officials — reside in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Approximately 3 million American children age 6-14 play organized youth tackle football, placing it among the country’s most popular youth sports.
FieldTurf has installed thousands of football fields at the high school and municipal levels throughout the United States in addition to more than 100 football fields for NCAA Division I schools along with game and/or practice fields for 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams.