June 19, 2018
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Hampden boys, Bangor girls eye KVAC Class A soccer titles

By Ernie Clark, Special to the BDN

FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference will crown its Class A boys and girls soccer champions with a doubleheader Thursday at Lawrence High School in Fairfield.

Top-ranked Bangor (13-1) will face No. 2 Mount Ararat of Topsham (12-2) for the girls title at 4 p.m., followed at 6 by the No. 1 Hampden Academy boys (13-1) against second-seeded Lewiston (11-1-2).

The three-time defending Eastern Maine champion Bangor girls extended their current winning streak to five matches Tuesday evening with a 3-1 victory at Hampden. Coach Joe Johnson’s Rams defeated Mount Ararat in their only regular-season meeting, shutting out the Eagles 1-0 at Bangor on Sept. 27.

Mount Ararat had won six straight matches by shutout since that loss until dropping a 3-2 decision at Brunswick in its regular-season finale Tuesday.

The Hampden Academy boys extended their winning streak to 12 matches with a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Bangor on Tuesday night.

Coach Josh Stevens’ Broncos defeated Lewiston 4-0 during the regular season in their first match after suffering their lone loss of the fall, a 2-1 homefield decision to Bangor on Sept. 14.

Lewiston has gone 9-0-2 since losing to Hampden, including a scoreless tie with rival Edward Little of Auburn to close out its regular season Tuesday.

Tardy, Brann fill MCI hoop posts

Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield has filled its boys and girls varsity basketball coaching vacancies with the respective hirings of Josh Tardy and Wes Brann.

Tardy, a veteran assistant boys basketball coach at neighboring Nokomis of Newport, is perhaps better known as an attorney and the former minority leader of the Maine House of Representatives, a post he held from 2006 to 2010 during his eight years serving in the state Legislature.

Tardy also has been active as an AAU basketball coach over the years.

Tardy replaces Mike Susi, who coached the Huskies’ boys squad for the last two seasons.

Brann is a former girls varsity basketball coach at Hall-Dale High School who also served as a sub-varsity girls basketball coach at Nokomis last winter.

Brann replaces Jason Allen, who guided the MCI girls squad for the last seven years.

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