ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine baseball coaching staff has worked hard in recent years to attract the top talent from southern Maine.
Zack Quintal is the most recent example of those efforts.
Quintal, a junior at Marshwood High School in Eliot, has verbally committed to attend UMaine beginning in the fall of 2015.
“I feel like if I go up there, there’s a chance I can compete for a starting job right away,” Quintal said Thursday evening.
He also mentioned the importance of UMaine’s scholarship offer in his decision.
“With the scholarship, there’s a chance I can walk out of there with very little or maybe no debt,” said Quintal, who added UMaine’s facilities are the best he has seen in his travels around the northeast.
UMaine head coach Steve Trimper is prohibited by NCAA rules from talking about a recruit until the school has received a signed National Letter of Intent. Quintal won’t sign until November 2014.
The right-handed-hitting Quintal was the third baseman for coach Eric Fernandes’ Marshwood squad that finished as the Western Maine Class A runner-up last spring. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster batted .367 with 11 runs batted in.
Quintal hit six doubles, legged out three triples and stole nine bases in nine attempts. He scored 19 runs and committed only three errors in 40 chances (.930).
He is excited about the prospect of helping the Black Bears chase America East championships.
“UMaine consistently has a chance of making it to the [NCAA] regionals or even further. Year in and year out, they’re a threat to win America East.”
Quintal plays American Legion ball for Staples Cross of South Berwick, which reached the state tournament this summer. He also competes for the USA Mavericks summer travel squad based in Newington, N.H.
Quintal, who had two Marshwood teammates sign with Division I teams in 2012, is looking forward to representing the southernmost part of the state.
“Orono’s a college town. Everything there is UMaine,” he offered.
Carver-Watson earns MMA post
Tricia Carver-Watson, Maine Maritime Academy’s head coach for volleyball and softball, has been appointed the athletic department’s NCAA Senior Woman Administrator.
“It has been clear since her arrival that coach Carver-Watson is a positive and influential leader,” Director of Athletics Steve Peed said in a press release. “She is an outstanding role model for the young women in our department, and I can’t think of a better person to help lead the Mariners into the future.”
As the Senior Woman Administrator, Carver-Watson will help shape policy and assist in the daily operations of Maine Maritime’s athletic department. She will also provide assistance with planning and managing the department’s budget, in addition to providing oversight of the budget as it relates to gender equity.
Carver-Watson’s role will expand in the 2014-2015 academic year when her coaching load is reduced to volleyball alone. At that time, she will take on athletic compliance responsibilities.
“The opportunity to enhance female involvement, and encourage women’s perspectives in the world of intercollegiate athletics here at Maine Maritime Academy, is too great an opportunity to pass up,” said Carver-Watson, a Beals Island native and former three-sport star at Jonesport-Beals High School.
“Just one generation ago, my mother’s generation, women were asked to participate, not compete,” she said. “Young women enjoy much greater opportunities now, and I am eager to do my part to elevate their growth and involvement in the ways an SWA is able.”
Husson cheerleaders help at race
The Husson University Cheerleaders helped out this past weekend at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Bangor.
The cheerleading team has participated in the Race for the Cure over the past several years as a way to show their support in the community.
“The Race for the Cure is held very near and dear to our hearts, for breast cancer has unfortunately affected so many lives,” said head cheering coach Buffie McCue.
The cheerleading team cheers on the racers and serves as “cureleaders” by yelling chants like “Start the fight by living right, I am the Cure.” The cheer team helped with the warm up, and then proceeded to the starting line to greet the finishers.
“They received the most satisfaction when they were cheering at the finish line as the survivors crossed. It is such an inspiration for young ladies and a great promise of hope,” McCue added. “We will continue to support the cause in years to come and we have great hope for a cure for future generations.”