Ellsworth cheerleaders capture state title

Posted March 14, 2012, at 12:37 a.m.

The Ellsworth Peewee Cheering team captured its second state title during the elementary and middle school competition held at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday.

The team finished first in its division for the second year in a row and first overall while the Ellsworth Falcons Glam finished second in its division and the Ellsworth Falcons Believe finished first in its division.

The Ellsworth Peewee team also finished third overall and third in its division during a national cheering competition held in Boston on Feb. 25.

The team is coached by Kelli Mitchell and Jane Stackpole, and assistant Morgan Barkhouse. Team members are: Kaitlyn Tracy, Khristi Sinford, Rachel Barnes, Maggie Frederick, Emily Birdsall, Brenna Patten, Emma Whitney, Lydia Hart, Abby Bland, Sydney Garrity, Mackenzie Chipman, Olivia Robidoux, Stephanie Trowbridge, Maddie Neale, Grace High, Amelia Hayden, Anna Brown, Alli Dorr, Maddie Nida, Katherine McKee, and Sophia Petros.

Acadia Christian teams receive sportsmanship awards

The boys and girls basketball teams at the Acadia Christian School in Trenton have received the sportsmanship awards from the Eastern Maine Basketball Board 111 officials.

The Greenville High girls and boys basketball were the runner-ups.

Tryouts set Saturday for boys AAU team

BANGOR — Tryouts for the Central Maine Pride, a 15-and-under AAU boys basketball team, will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Maine Community College’s Johnston Gym.

The team will consist of players from Bangor, Brewer, Old Town, Orono, Lincoln and Millinocket. There is an $85 fee for team members.

Those seeking more information may contact Matt Schilmoeller at 207-478-4461 or mshooka42@aol.com.

UMaine pep rally set Wednesday for hockey team

ORONO — The University of Maine will host a pep rally Wednesday at noon. in the Memorial Union for the men’s ice hockey team as they travel to Boston, Mass. for the Hockey East semifinals on Friday night.

Members of the team as well as coaches and the band will be in attendance.

Panel upholds penalties against Chad Knaus

CONCORD, N.C. — The crew chief for five-time champion Jimmie Johnson lost his appeal Tuesday challenging penalties for failing the opening day inspection at the Daytona 500.

The three-member committee heard testimony from Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR, then ruled unanimously in favor of the sanctions against Chad Knaus.

NASCAR said Knaus presented a car that had illegally modified sheet metal between the roof and the side windows. Knaus maintains NASCAR made that determination with a visual inspection, the No. 48 Chevrolet never even made it to the templates at Daytona, and the car had been used at all four restrictor-plate races in 2011.

Team owner Rick Hendrick said the team will appeal to the National Stock Car Racing chief appellate officer, and Knaus will work this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway during the appeal process.

“I don’t accept it,” Hendrick said outside NASCAR’s R&D Center. “Period.”

Voters to decide on Fighting Sioux nickname

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s secretary of state says backers of the University of North Dakota’s Fighting Sioux nickname have enough petition signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

Al Jaeger says nickname supporters had about 1,500 signatures more than they needed to have a June statewide vote on the nickname.

The law says UND has to use the Fighting Sioux nickname and an American Indian head logo. The NCAA says the nickname and logo are demeaning to American Indians.

The issue is also in front of the North Dakota Supreme Court. The state Board of Higher Education says the law is unconstitutional, and the board is suing Jaeger in an attempt to block the June vote.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the issue Thursday.

Syracuse’s Fab Melo out with eligibility issue

PITTSBURGH — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says the Orange will be “ready to play” without sophomore center Fab Melo, who has been ruled ineligible for the NCAA tournament.

The university announced Tuesday that the 7-foot Brazilian, who did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for the second- and third-round games, won’t take part in the tournament due to an eligibility issue. The school did not elaborate.

Melo missed three games earlier this season because of an academic issue.

As he left the bus in front of the team hotel Tuesday, Boeheim at first said he nothing to say. He then told The Associated Press that “all we can do is be ready to play with the guys we have.” Boeheim has not decided who will start in Melo’s place.

Penguins’ Crosby to return vs Rangers on Thursday

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Sidney Crosby is ready to give Broadway its latest revival act.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star plans to play on Thursday against the New York Rangers, his first game in more than three months following a second lengthy bout with concussion-like symptoms. The 24-year-old went through an arduous workout with his teammates on Tuesday and got bumped around enough that he feels prepared for the grind that awaits over the final month of the regular season and beyond.

“You’re not going to get hit to the extent that you would in a game,” Crosby said. “But you’ve got to test that as best you can.”

The dizziness and headaches that have plagued Crosby since the symptoms resurfaced in early December have abated. Crosby believes he’s in better shape now than he was during a brief comeback from a 10-month layoff last fall, when he collected 12 points in eight games before heading back to the injured reserve.

Veteran NBA assistant Dick Harter dies at 81

INDIANAPOLIS — Dick Harter, a veteran NBA assistant who led Penn to two NCAA tournament appearances and was the Oregon coach when the Ducks ended UCLA’s 98-game home winning streak, has died at the age of 81.

A spokesman for the Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head, S.C., said Tuesday that Harter died Monday night at a community hospital. The cause of death wasn’t immediately released and funeral arrangements were pending.

Harter was the Charlotte Hornets’ first head coach. He was also an assistant with the Indiana Pacers three times before retiring in 2010. He was the defensive coach under Larry Bird when the Pacers reached the NBA Finals in 2000. Before that, he assisted Chuck Daly in Detroit, Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and P.J. Carlesmo in Portland.

Through more than half a century, the man respectfully referred to as a “sarge” by former Pacers president Donnie Walsh. never lost the ability to connect with young players.

“He was a great coach, really a defensive-minded coach, and he taught us a lot,” Pacers forward Da

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