Guerrette, Blood, Merchant, Bell, Saucier commit to Husson basketball program

Presque Isle senior Chandler Guerrette celebrates after the Wildcats won the Class B basketball state championship March 1 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. Guerrette is among five players headed for Husson University in Bangor.
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Presque Isle senior Chandler Guerrette celebrates after the Wildcats won the Class B basketball state championship March 1 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. Guerrette is among five players headed for Husson University in Bangor.
Posted March 06, 2013, at 5:52 p.m.
Last modified March 07, 2013, at 12:58 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine – Chandler Guerrette of Presque Isle High School, who helped spearhead the Wildcats to the Class B basketball state championship last week, is among five players who will continue their careers at Husson University in Bangor.

Taylor Blood of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, Morgan Merchant of Jonesport Beals, Jessica Bell of Piscataquis Community in Guilford and and Rashell Saucier of Washburn all have paid their initial deposits to attend Husson in the fall of 2013, according to a press release.

“We are very excited to have landed these five recruits. All five young women are quality student-athletes who we look forward to seeing contribute to the team,” said head coach Kissy Walker.

Guerrette, a BDN All-Maine third-team pick last season, is a 1,000-point scorer and a four-time selection to the All-Big East Conference team. She is a two-time winner of the BDN’s Owen O. Osborne Award as the Eastern Maine Class B tournament MVP.

Guerrette averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 assists and 3.4 steals per game while shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the foul line this season.

“She is a crafty point guard who can penetrate, shoot and distribute the ball,” Walker said. “She sees the floor well and controls the offense. She is the missing piece we needed to complement our team.”

Blood was an All-Penobscot Valley Conference third-teamer as a junior and this winter earned a spot on the EM Class C all-tourney team. She shot 75 percent from the foul line.

“Taylor is more of a quiet player who sees the floor well and makes others around her look good.” Walker said. “She is very unselfish, but can score when she needs to.”

Merchant was a three-time Downeast Athletic Conference all-star who reached the 1,000-point scoring milestone this season. She averaged 18.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 3.2 steals and 1.4 blocked shots per game.

“Morgan will outwork anyone on the floor,” Walker said. “She is a tough competitor.”

Bell was a four-year starter at PCHS, where she garnered All-PVC second-team honors while averaging 10 points per game, including 26 3-pointers in 13 games.

“Jess can light it up. She averages at least two 3-pointers a game, which keeps teams on the lookout for her.”

Saucier is a transfer from the University of Maine-Presque Isle, where she played for two seasons, most recently in 2011-12. She was UMPI’s leading scorer, averaging 12.5 points, and pulled down 10.6 rebounds per contest.

“I am very excited to explore new land, very excited to meet new people, get into my occupational therapy degree, and play for Coach Walker and my new team,” Saucier said in a release.

UMPI’s Fosnaes heads to NCAAs

Eirik Fosnaes of the University of Maine-Presque Isle has earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Skiing Championships in Ripton, Vt.

The sophomore from Baerum, Norway, is only the second Owl skier ever to reach the championships. Fosnaes will compete Thursday in the men’s 10-kilometer Classical race at 10 a.m., then is scheduled to race in the 20K Freestyle at noon Saturday.

Coach Paul Stone is with Fosnaes this week in Vermont as he prepares for the competition.

“Eirik has skied at a pretty high level in almost every race this season,” Stone said in release.

“If Eirik finishes in the top half of the field in either race it will be a successful weekend,” he added. “The field is really strong. More than half the field are NCAA Division I teams.”

Husson’s Tessier recognized

Renee Tessier of Husson has been selected to the 2012 Division III Scholars of Distinction field hockey team.

To be included, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the academic year.

Tessier, a first-year nursing major from Northfield, N.H., played in 19 games for the Eagles last fall. She posted one goal, one assist and one defensive save.

Husson field hockey players honored

Eight members of the Husson field hockey team have been named to the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team.

The squad recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the academic year.

Juniors Mariah Arno of Dover-Foxcroft, Samantha Blanchard of Corinth and Liz Noddin of Skowhegan, sophomores Chrissy Larrabee of Brooks, Melissa Souza of East Bridgewater, Mass., and freshmen Emily Tessier of Northfield, N.H., and Renee Tessier of Northfield, N.H., were honored.

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