ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine baseball team received 10 commitments for its Class of 2014 on Thursday, including Bangor High School pitching standout Justin Courtney, while the women’s basketball team received three commitments that included Van Buren High star Parise Rossignol.
The recruits have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UMaine.
“The 2014 class will undoubtedly help to continue a strong tradition of quality student-athletes to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field,” Maine coach Steve Trimper said in a news release. “We are excited and pleased to add a blue chip group to carry on the tradition of high standards of all former Black Bears.”
Courtney, a 6-foot-4 righthander, has starred for Bangor High as a first-team selection in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, as a first-team Zone 1 American Legion pick for the Bangor Comrades, and for Bangor’s team in the Senior League World Series.
“Justin has continued to impress our staff over the last few years, and took a huge jump physically this summer,” said Trimper. “His fastball has jumped up into the high 80s and he really knows how to pitch, not just throw. I truly believe Justin has not even come close to his full potential and think he has a chance to have a great career with us.”
Jonah Normandeau, a 6-1 righty from Greely High in Cumberland, also will play for the Bears.
“After a stellar career at Greeley HS, Jonah will play this coming season for Aaron Izaryk at Bridgton Academy,” said Trimper. “Although recovering from an elbow injury, we are confident he will be 100 percent when he arrives on campus and can add a power righthanded arm to our staff.”
The recruiting class includes four other righthanded pitchers: John Arel of Burlington, Conn.; Ivan Clough of Dublin, N.H.; Clay Conway of Georgetown, Del.; and Chris Murphy of Billerica, Mass.
Other Maine recruits are infielders Bobby Brennan of Fort Myers, Fla., and Christian Garabedian of Miami, Fla.; catcher Andy Moser of Ben Salem, Pa.; and catcher/infielder Kevin Stypulkowski of Lake Worth, Fla.
For the Maine women’s basketball team, Rossignol will be joined in the fall of 2014 by Kirsten Johnson of San Diego and Janessa Fauntroy of Gaithersburg, Md.
“All three are skilled players with strong work ethics,” Maine coach Richard Barron said in a news release. “They are excellent students and of great character. We expect them to fit in nicely with our players and the university community.”
Rossignol, a 5-foot-8 guard, has compiled 1,847 points in three seasons at Van Buren and is a three-time BDN All-Maine selection.
“Parise is a tremendous shooter and creates her own shot well,” said Barron. “She is accustomed to facing double teams and finding the open teammates.”
Johnson is a 6-2 forward and Fauntroy is a 6-0 small forward.
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to UMaine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Cony coach to take Thomas track post
Cony High School indoor track coach Peter Marsh has been named the head coach of the Thomas College outdoor track team, Thomas athletic director David Roussel announced in a news release Wednesday.
Marsh will direct the club track and field program which will begin its inaugural season this spring.
Marsh currently serves as Cony’s head coach for its indoor program and assists with the outdoor program.
“I am very excited to take on this new role in a developing program. The enthusiasm and excitement of the students, administration, and entire Thomas community will allow this program to hit the ground running,” said Marsh, who is a University of Southern Maine graduate.
Marsh competed in track at the University of Southern Maine, receiving all-conference and All-New England Honors.