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On Deck: Dec. 20, 2012


USM Holiday Clinic

At Gorham, the University of Southern Maine baseball team will host a holiday clinic featuring Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles on Dec. 28 at the USM Field House, USM coach Ed Flaherty will lead baseball instruction, skills; Flaherty will work with players, autographs available; $50 for clinic, proceeds to USM spring trip; contact coach Flaherty 780-5474 or by email

Central Maine 11U AAU baseball tryouts

At Augusta, Central Maine 11U AAU Baseball tryouts 6-7:30 p.m., Jan. 5, and Jan. 12, Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St. Games from April to June. Won’t interfere with Little League, Cal Ripken or middle school baseball. For inforomation or to register, call Jim at 370-5654, Pete at 462-7913 or visit

13U AAU baseball tryouts

At Augusta, 13U AAU baseball tryouts 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St. Call Pete, 462-7913, or Sabastien, 320-0543


Co-ed Basketball Program

At Fort Kent, The Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department, 416 West Main St., offers a co-ed basketball program for students in grades 4-6. Practices and games will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday for six weeks starting the first week in January, at the Fort Kent Elementary School. The fee is $20 residents, $25 others. Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 3. All players must register, even if they played on a team last year. Player evaluation will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 3. Teams will be formed that evening. Adults interested in becoming involved as a coach, assistant coach, scorekeeper, referee or for general supervision are encouraged to contact Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Director Ann Beaulieu at 834-3730.

UMFK Winter Basketball Clinic

At Fort Kent, The 2013 Bengal Basketball Cubs Winter Basketball Clinic is open to prekindergarten through grade 3 and will run 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Dec. 29; Jan. 12, 19 and 26; and Feb. 2, 9 and 23, at the UMFK Sports Center. The cost is $15 per session or $90 for all seven sessions. The clinic staff will feature UMFK college men’s and women’s coaches and players. To reserve a spot or information, contact Eric Werntgen in the UMFK Athletic Department at 834-7828 or Or register on any clinic date at 8:45 a.m. Campers must show proof of insurance.


Sunday, Jan. 27

At Jefferson, Hidden Valley Nature Center will host a cross-country skiing and shooting race for youth and adults 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the center, with events for all ages. A mandatory shooting and gun safety clinic will be conducted 9-11 a.m. Guns will be provided. A ski clinic will be available before the races and some ski equipment will be available by reservation. To register,


Racing Development Program

At Hermon, Penobscot Valley Ski Club Alpine Racing Development Program for skiers ages 8-14, to improve ski technique and develop racing skills, Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Hermon Mountain, January through February, racers will be encouraged to participate in 4-5 optional junior races on Sundays through the season. Prospective participants should be independent in gearing up and riding lifts, no racing experience necessary, but skiers should be developing parallel skiing skills and be skiing independently on intermediate terrain, more details and registration materials available at, those interested in learning more about the program should email Lindsay at

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Programs

At Hermon, Penobscot Valley Ski Club and Hermon Mountain offering ski and snowboard lessons for adults and children of all abilities, programs consist of four lessons/lift tickets, lesson schedule: skiing for adults and teens Fridays at 6 p.m., snowboarding for adults and teens Fridays at 6 p.m., skiing and snowboarding for juniors ages 5-12 on Saturday or Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., and skiing for tots, ages 3-4, Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., rental equipment available at Hermon Mountain, first session Jan. 4, registration forms and more information at, deadline for registration for January sessions is Dec. 21, for info email Susan at

At Bangor, Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its 2013 Ski and Snowboard lessons at Hermon Mountain. Session 1 runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8-19. Session 2 runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. Feb. 5-March 5. Each session offers four one-hour lessons and up to an hour of free ski time. Transportation to and from the mountain is the responsibility of the participant. The cost is $75 Bangor residents, $85 others per session. The cost for snowboarding is $95 Bangor residents, $105 others per session. 992-4490 or register at

Queen City Gliders cross country ski program

At Bangor, Bangor Parks and Recreation Department will offer a cross-country ski program open to children in grades 3 through 8. The program will run 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-Feb. 28, at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The cost is $40 per person. Call 992-4490 or register at

Discounted ski tickets

The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department is offering discount lift tickets for Sugarloaf Mountain. The tickets are good for Saturday, Jan. 19, only. Participants travel on their own. A parks and rec staff member will hand out lift tickets at the mountain. The cost is $46, $36 young adults. A minimum of 20 participants is needed for the rates to apply. 992-4490 or register online at


Jr. Academy registration

At Bangor, Seacoast United Blackbear accepting registrations for winter and winter/spring Jr. Academy Program, also known as Jr. Blackbear, ages 7-12, development program in a training environment which emphasizes skill development through individual and small group activities and small-sided play, for more info visit or contact Billy Shannon at 922-1016 or by email at

Fields4Kids winter registration

At Bangor, register team for indoor soccer league, Winter 2 (January-March) sessions open and run 8 weeks, league fee $350 per team, leagues include coed, men’s over 30, women’s over 30, women’s open, boys high school, girls high school, boys middle school and girls middle school, for more info, visit, call/text MJ Ball at 207-991-8940 or email


Pitching, hitting clinics

At Orono, pitching and hitting clinics conducted through the winter by UMaine softball head coach Lynn Coutts and assistant coach Mike Coutts, pitching 4-5:30 p.m.on Saturdays Dec. 23-Feb. 16, in the Mahaney Dome, $225 a player, high school ages; hitting Thursday nights in Mitchell Hitting Pavilion Jan. 10-Feb. 21, 6-7 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., $150 per player, ages 14-18; for info call 581-2267 or email:

Sluggers Indoor Facility

At Brewer, 60 Acme Road, new baseball and softball training facility, accepting registrations for individual hitting and pitching instruction with veteran coaches; indoor winter league teams (ages 9-12); hitting leagues (ages 13-16); for info contact Director of Baseball Billy Kane, Director of Softball Terren Hall or General Manager Darrell Pluard at 951-2250 or

Skill Development Sundays

At Orono, head coach Lynn Coutts and University of Maine softball team to host Skill Development Sundays, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24, grades 5-12, five sessions per Sunday with groups being sorted by grades, Hitting I (grades 5-7) is 11 a.m. to noon, Pitching II (grades 8-12) also 11-noon, Hitting II (grades 8-12) and Pitching I (grades 5-7) is noon to 1 p.m., Infield/Outfield for all grades 1 to 2 p.m., cost: one session $20, two sessions $35, three sessions $45 or one week-all three sessions $45, two weeks-six sessions $90, three weeks-nine sessions $135, four weeks-12 sessions $180 or five weeks 15 sessions $225.

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