University of Maine men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh continues to reload his backcourt for the 2017-2018 season.
The Black Bears announced Thursday the signing of 6-foot-1 guard Trae Bryant of Wilmington, North Carolina, who previously had committed to UMaine.
Bryant comes to UMaine from Cape Fear Community College. He began his college career at UNC-Asheville, which won the Big South Conference championship and made an appearance in the 2016 NCAA tournament, where it took on eventual national champion Villanova.
Bryant will have two years of eligibility at UMaine.
“Trae is a talented scorer who can play either guard position,” Walsh said in a release. “He’s efficient on the offensive end and can knock down 3-point shots, get into the paint and finish at the rim. He also has a great feel for the game and is a natural passer who finds the open man. He’ll have the chance to make an impact right away.”
At Cape Fear, Bryant averaged 18.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists and shot 50.7 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from 3-point range.
UMaine sends 2 to NCAA regional
Two UMaine throwers are headed to the NCAA Track and Field East Regional championships at the University of Kentucky next week.
Hammer thrower Rachel Bergeron and javelin thrower Kelby Mace of the men’s squad will begin competing on May 25.
Bergeron, a Waterville native, will compete at 11:30 a.m. and Mace, who hails from Readfield, at noon.
Bergeron ranks 34th regionally and 64th nationally in the hammer, and owns a season best of 195 feet even.
Mace is seeded 86th nationally and 46th regionally in the javelin, and has thrown 209-6 this spring.
UMaine athletes honored
Six University of Maine student-athletes have been named America East
The honorees include track and field’s Jake Osborne (3.99 grade point average), women’s basketball player Sigi Koizar (3.97), track’s Kayla Marquis (3.91), runner Eve Boissoneault (3.80), field hockey’s Sydney Veljacic (3.77), and swimming and diving’s Cecelia McEachern (3.76).
America East honored 56 student-athletes, a conference record.
Husson players feted
Husson University freshman softball player Bri Brochu was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Rookie of the Year, while classmate Tamara Aunchman earned a spot on the ECAC All-Star Team.
Brochu is the first Husson player to receive the recognition. She led the North Atlantic Conference in on-base percentage (.556), runs per game (1.03), batting average and total bases (71) and was second in slugging percentage (.634).
She logged 18 multi-hit games and recorded at least one hit in 29 of 38 contests.
Aunchman, a NAC first-teamer, batted .343 with six doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBIs for Husson. Her seven homers led the conference and her 27 RBIs ranked second.
UNE unveils Hall of Famers
Three former student-athletes, one head coach, one administrator and one team will be inducted into the University of New England Hall of Fame during an Oct. 20 ceremony on the school’s Biddeford campus.
The Class of 2017 includes former student-athletes Richard Herlihy (1978), Lizzie Wareham (2012) and Kelley Paradis (2012), current head cross country coach Ron Ouellette, current senior associate director of athletics Curt Smyth; and the 1993 women’s volleyball team.
Herlihy played four years of varsity ice hockey, four years of varsity baseball and ran cross country for one season. A three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics First-Team All-Star in ice hockey, Herlihy registered 95 goals and 81 assists in his four-year career.
Wareham, who graduated in 2012, becomes the first UNE swimmer in the Hall of Fame. She was a seven-time All-New England selection at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships, and she was the first UNE swimmer to qualify for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship. Wareham holds four individual team records and is part of four record-holding relay entries.
Paradis, a 2012 graduate, was the catalyst for some of the most successful UNE women’s basketball teams in program history. She finished her career with 1,467 points (6th all-time), 278 steals (2nd) and 118 blocked shots (2nd). Paradis was a three-time, first-team, all-conference selection and was voted the Commonwealth Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year her junior and senior seasons.
Ouellette, a Biddeford native, has guided the Nor’easter men’s and women’s cross country teams for 17 seasons. He is an eight-time CCC Coach of the Year and has led the women’s team to five consecutive conference titles. Ouellette is a member of the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honor.
Smyth, UNE’s Sports Information Director since 1997, served as the head coach of three different sports (women’s basketball, golf and softball) prior to assuming a solely administrative role in 2007. The women’s basketball program won 142 games in 10 seasons, including the Nor’easters’ first CCC title and NCAA championship appearance.
The 1993 women’s volleyball team posted a 22-12 record en route to the NAIA District 5 championship. UNE went on to take the NAIA Bi/Tri-District 13 title to earn a trip to the NAIA National Championship held in San Diego. The Knights were led by first team all-district selections Joyce Bisson and Leslie Collins.