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On deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 9, 2014


ORONO — Nick Derba and Jason Spaulding, assistant baseball coaches at University of Maine, are offering specialized instruction. Lessons are available for hitting, pitching and catching. Special holiday packages are available. Contact Nick or Jason at 581-1098 for more information.

BANGOR — Zoneradio, 100.3 FM WKIT, AM-620 WZON the Pulse and 103.1 FM WZLO will present their annual Red Sox Hot Stove Night Monday, Jan. 27, at Cross Insurance Center. The event, presented by Varney GMC, is the 11th year that Stephen King’s Bangor radio stations have hosted the event. Red Sox Radio announcers Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien will be featured. Comedian Bob Marley will warm up the audience at 6:30 p.m. for the two Red Sox broadcasters. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are free but necessary for entrance. Details will be on the three radio stations or at www.zoneradio.com. Free ballpark food and drink. Auction to benefit Jimmy Fund. Cash bar.


HOWLAND — Fellowship of Christian Athletes will sponsor a Free Throw Contest at 8 a.m. Jan. 18, at Penobscot Valley High School for grades 5-12. Registration is free. Door prizes, giveaways, raffles, music, food and more. Trophies awarded to all who place first or second for each grade. Early registrations will be entered to win a gift certificate from Sweet Frog. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/FCAfreethrowfundraiser.

FORT KENT — University of Maine-Fort Kent Athletics will offer a Winter Basketball Clinic. The Bengal Basketball Cubs clinic is open to grades Pre-K through grades 12 and will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, at UMFK Sports Center. The clinic rates are $15 per session or $85 for all seven sessions. The clinic staff will include UMFK college men’s and women’s coaches and players. For reservations or information, contact Eric Werntgen at 834-7828 or via e-mail at werntgen@maine.edu.


NEEDHAM, Mass. — Registration for the 35th annual Pan-Mass Challenge, which benefits cancer research, opens Jan. 15. PMC weekend, set for Aug. 2 and 3, will raise money to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. This year, more than 5,500 cyclists are expected to raise $40 million. The PMC contributes 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the Jimmy Fund. The event will offer 13 routes that range from 25 to 190 miles over one or two days. Fundraising minimums range from $500 to $4,300. For more information about the PMC, or to register to ride, visit pmc.org. Like the Pan-Mass Challenge on Facebook or follow the annual bike-a-thon on Twitter, @PanMassChalleng.


ORONO — Mid Maine Golf Expo, patterned after the Portland Golf Expo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at New Balance Recreation Center at University of Maine, Orono. Sign up at www.midmainegolfexpo.com.


BREWER — Learn to play hockey clinic for adults at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Penobscot Ice Arena. Full equipment required. New players or players who haven’t played in a while and want to get back on the ice are welcome. $15 for an hour of practice followed by a game. Contact coach Jon Davis at 852-1736 for more information.

BREWER — Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey will be held for children ages 3-15 at 12:40-1:40 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 9, at Penobscot Ice Arena, 90 Acme Road. This is sponsored by Brewer Youth Hockey. The cost is $99 and rental gear is available. For more information, contact George Bishop at 944-5965.


WATERVILLE — The Alfond Youth Center ice rink, at 126 North St., is open to the public. Support from the Languet family and Waterville Fire Department has made it possible. The rink is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. with evening lights surrounding the rink, seven days a week, no fees.


ORONO — Black Bear 14K and 4K XC Ski Race, 11 a.mm start, Sunday, Feb. 9. All early entries must be received at Campus Recreation Center, no later than 4 p.m., Feb. 7. Late registration and number pick-up will take place starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Campus Recreation Center. Registration cost is $10. For information, contact Thad Dwyer, 581-1234 or visit www.umaine.edu/campusrecreation


NORTHPORT — Dutch Soccer Academy’s indoor soccer program is under way Fridays and Saturdays, at Northport Point Lookout gym, for children ages 3 and up. The cost is $75 per session, with a one-time registration fee of $15. For information, or to register, contact www.dutchsocceracademy.com or email Tammy Krul at: dsa@dutchsocceracademy.com.


GORHAM — University of Southern Maine Huskies’ softball team and coaching staff will hold a series of four Winter Softball Clinics for softball players ages 8-18 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9, and March 9, at Costello Sports Complex Fieldhouse in Gorham. Focus on pitching and hitting from fundamentals to advanced techniques. Each clinic $20 per player or $75 for all four clinics. Pitching clinics to feature USM Head Coach Sarah Jamo and her pitching staff; hitting clinics to feature Huskies Assistant Coach Bob Grinnell. Registration forms are available online at http://southernmainehuskies.com/fanZone/clinics


CAMDEN — Registration is open for the 2014 U.S. National Toboggan Championships to be held Feb. 7-9, in Camden. A total of 425 teams vie for mahogany trophies and bragging rights for being the fastest on traditional wooden toboggans down the 400-foot-long chute. This event sells out every year and registration closes Jan. 24, 2014. The cost is $30 per person. Experimental teams are $100 and can consist of two, three or four people on the sled. All money raised benefits the Camden Snow Bowl, which will undergo a major renovation in the coming seasons to include new chair lifts and a new lodge. The racing will be held Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Feb. 8, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


FREEPORT — The 2014 Lobsterman Triathlon and Aquabike will be held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Winslow Park. If you sign up for the Lobsterman and the Boston Triathlon, receive a 10 percent discount on both entries.


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