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On Deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 23, 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.


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.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Harbor House Community Service Center in Southwest Harbor invites the girls and boys junior high and high school basketball teams to register for the 22nd annual Great Harbor Shoot-Out basketball tournament March 14-16, at gymnasiums at Mount Desert Island, Trenton and Ellsworth. Tournament is a fundraiser for Harbor House. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, at the door, running clocks and selling concessions. Sponsors will be listed in the event program and on the Harbor House website. Sponsorships may be mailed to Harbor House at P.O. Box 836, Southwest Harbor 04679. Coordinator Diana Novella, 244-3713 or diana@harborhousemdi.org.


BREWER — Brewer Parks & Recreation Department will offer Tee Time Tune-up golf lessons, noon-1 p.m. beginning Thursday, March 13, at Brewer Auditorium Gymnasium. Lessons are designed for players of all levels, from fundamentals to fine-tuning. Instructor will be Mark Hall, PGA professional. Cost is $35 for residents and $45 for non-residents. Class size will be limited to the first 10 registered. Call 989-5199 to register.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Snow Golf Tournament 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Foxcroft Golf Club, to benefit Pine Tree Hospice. Snow golf uses tennis balls instead of golf balls. Scramble format with two players per team. Other family activities including tug of war, snowball toss, snow coloring, freeze tag and more. The cost for playing snow golf, which includes lunch, is $25 per person with a student rate of $15. Lunch is $5 separately. Family rate for lunch and activities, $20. To ensure a spot in the tournament, RSVP at 564-4346


ORONO, Maine — The Friends of Maine Hockey will present the annual “Skate with the Bears” 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Alfond Arena. Fans are invited to come watch a live men’s ice hockey team practice 1:15-2:15 p.m., then skate with the men’s and women’s teams. Photos with players and other activities are planned.

PRESQUE ISLE — The Presque Isle Gentlemen’s Hockey League is sponsoring a Ladies and Gentlemen Learn to Play Hockey Night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Presque Isle Forum. Cost is $5. Some equipment is available. Instructors will lead sessions on skating, shooting and stickhandling. Call Bob Davis at 227-2849 for more information.


TOPSHAM — Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion “MTB” Mike Thomas Brown will hold an MMA seminar at Raio’s First Class Fitness and MMA gym at 637 River Road in Topsham from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Cost for the seminar is $50 for those who pre-register and $55 for those who sign up on the day of the event. Fans may pre-register by contacting Raio at 766-6406 or e-mailing newenglandfights@gmail.com for more information.


ROCKPORT — Go! Malawi’s second race of the 5K Race Series is the Luv ME 5K at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St. as a kickoff to the group’s annual fund drive. Walkers, runners and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Registration 8:30-10 a.m. the day of the race at The Samoset or at RunSignUp.com or Active.com or via www.go-malawi.org

The annual 5K race series is organized by local volunteers from Team Go! Malawi. If you are interested in running for the team or joining Team Go! Malawi contact race director Andrew Bonarrigo @masonman321@yahoo.com, or board members Reade Brower at Reade@freepressonline.com or Janet Littlefield at Janet@go-malawi.org.

HOULTON — The 30th Annual Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run, Saturday, Feb. 15, walk at 10:45 a.m., run at 11 a.m., race-day registration, 9-10:30 a.m. at Millar Arena Large Event Room, Houlton Community Park, preregister to: Larry Tonzi, 396 Benn Hill Road, Linneus, ME 04730.


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

BANGOR — The Penobscot Ski Bash will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Bangor Municipal Golf Course, 278 Webster Ave. Penobscot Ski Bash is a free, family-focused ski event designed to encourage skiers of all ages and abilities to enjoy cross country skiing. Cross-country skis will be available to rent at no charge. Try out laser biathlon, radar speed skiing, a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course, and more. Hot cider, snacks and a bonfire will be available for those who want to warm up after skiing.This event is a collaboration between the Penobscot Valley Ski Club, Maine Winter Sports Center, and Bangor Parks and Recreation Department. Check for updates at www.pvskiclub.org/penobscot-ski-bash

FALMOUTH — Olympic and World Cup Alpine skier Julie Parisien will set the pace for the 12th annual Break the Sound Barrier ski race on Sunday, March 2, at Shawnee Peak. Race registration begins at 8 a.m.; race starts at 11 a.m.; and awards at 1:30 p.m. Event proceeds benefit hear ME now, Maine’s leading auditory oral education center for children and adults with hearing loss, their families and their communities. Parisien will take photos with registered racers, and will present awards. For more information, contact hear ME now at 781-7199 or visit www.hear-me-now.org.

NEWRY — Sunday River will be host to the third stop of Team Athletes Multisport Partnership’s Winter Wild eight-race series 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The Winter Wild Race asks participants to go uphill, rather than downhill. Winter Wild format is broken into four categories by age group. No sleds or blades are allowed in this event. Awards. Registration $20 pre-race, at http://www.newinterwild.com/ or $25 the day of the race. Registrants can save $5 by using the coupon code “wintermotivation” online through Thursday, Jan. 23. Check in at the White Cap Lodge before 6:40 a.m.


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.

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