June 18, 2018
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Two more Seacoast Blackbear youth soccer teams win state titles

By Dave Barber, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Seacoast United Blackbear United youth soccer club has two more teams that have won Maine State Cup titles and earned spots in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships later this month

Blackbear swept the 14-and-under titles on June 2 with the boys team, coached by MJ Ball, defeating Seacoast Mariners Showcase 2-1. The girls squad, coached by Mike Saulter, edged Seacoast Mariners Showcase 1-0.

Those teams, along with Ball’s Seacoast Blackbear 16-under girls, will compete among 256 teams in the Region I tourney at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston starting June 28. Round-robin play will continue June 29 and 30, the semifinals will be held July 1, followed by the finals on July 2.

Region I champions in 13-under through 19-under advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series July 23-28 in Overland Park, Kan. They will be joined in the 15U through 18U age groups by the top two teams in each gender from the US Youth Soccer National Leagues.

Seacoast United, based in New Hampshire, has a Maine branch in southern Maine in addition to Blackbear United. Seacoast United and Blackbear United merged almost a year ago but still maintain their own teams.

Seacoast United placed teams in 13 of the 14 State Cup finals for boys and girls in age groups 12-under through 18-under, filling 17 of the 28 spots and including four all-Seacoast finals. Seacoast teams won 10 of the 14 State Cups, and MCU Portland Phoenix, which had nine teams in the finals, won the other four. Central Maine United and Velocity Premier each had one team advance to the finals.

The other State Cup champions are — 12-under: MCU Portland Phoenix Elite girls and Seacoast Mariners Showcase boys; 13-under: MCU Portland Phoenix Elite girls and Seacoast Mariners Showcase boys; 15-under: Seacoast Mariners Showcase girls and MCU Portland Phoenix Elite boys; 16-under: Seacoast Mariners Showcase boys; 17-under: Seacoast Mariners Showcase girls and MCU Portland Phoenix Elite boys; 18-under: Seacoast Mariners Showcase girls and Seacoast Mariners Crew boys.

CMTA summer league

The Central Maine Tennis Association is holding free clinics at 1 p.m. June 16 and June 23 at the Hermon High School tennis courts.

Clinic participants ages 18 and under can sign up for the high school summer league at either session, but registration is not required for the clinics. Parents are also invited to participate in the clinics.

People planning to attend the clinics are asked to contact CMTA director Paul Ciarrocchi at 207-478-4793 or centralmainetennisassociation@gmail.com,

The league will hold its matches at 1 p.m. each Sunday from June 30 and through July 28. Teams will be co-ed with a minimum of six players consisting of at least three boys and three girls.

Players in the league must be U.S. Tennis Association members, but clinic participants do not.

The league fee is $28 for current USTA members or $48 for nonmembers, which will include the USTA junior membership of $20 a year. Players can also register for the league online at http://tennislink.usta.com/teamtennis. Registrants who are not USTA members will be prompted to join before finishing registration.

Deadline for league registration is June 30. Contact Ciarrocchi for more information.

Fields4Kids golf outing

Fields4Kids, an indoor sports facility behind Beal College on Farm Road in Bangor, will hold a fundraising golf tournament on July 12 at Hermon Meadow Golf Club.

The cost is $75 per person or $275 for a foursome. Hole sponsorships are $250, and green sponsorships are $100. A corporate sponsorship, which includes a foursome plus a hole sponsorship and a green sponsorship, is available for $450.

Registration and the driving range open at 8 a.m., and play begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Participants get 18 holes of golf plus a cart, breakfast; lunch; hole-in-one, long-drive, nearest-the-pin and putting contests and a goodie bag; use of the driving range and a coupon for 18 holes of golf.

Money raised will go toward a need-based financial assistance program to help offset player tuition fees in any of the sports offered at Fields4Kids, a larger storage facility at the current site as well as a fund to help purchase land for a larger multi-sport facility.

For more info, visit www.fields4kids.org.

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