Ernie Clark



Mixed martial arts fighter returning to Maine for title defense against Bellator, WEC veteran

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 24, 2014, at 1:25 p.m.
Undefeated Ray “All Business” Wood, who recently moved from the Bangor area to South Carolina, will return to the Pine Tree State on Feb. 7 to defend his New England Fights featherweight championship at NEF XVI, a mixed martial arts card to be held at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in …
Maine Central institute head coach Tom Bertrand talks to reporters after his Huskies lost in the Maine Class D football championship game at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday to Oak Hill High School by a score of  41-21.

‘I love playing for my dad’: Bertrands share family ties, football brotherhood at MCI

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 22, 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
PITTSFIELD | All high school football teams fancy themselves as family, with the personal sacrifices players make for the benefit of the group in this most physical of sports serving to forge relationships that often extend far beyond mere blood, sweat and tears. Alex Bertrand knows that well. As …
Oak Hill High School's captain Samson Lacroix hoists the gold ball after beating Maine Central Institute in the Maine Class D football championship game at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday. Oak Hill beat MCI 41-21.

Mace leads Oak Hill to second straight Class D football state title

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 22, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine Central Institute’s bid for its first state football championship in 40 years fell victim to too many injuries at Fitzpatrick Stadium on Saturday — along with way too much Mace. That’s Alex Mace, to be exact, a senior halfback who scored three touchdowns and amassed 327 …
Winslow's Dylan Hapworth (right) runs past Leavitt's Christian Fowler during the Class C championship game on Friday night.

Dylan Hapworth’s seven touchdowns lead Winslow by Leavitt for Class C state football championship

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 21, 2014, at 10:01 p.m.
ORONO | Never in doubt, it was Winslow in a rout. The undefeated Black Raiders took out two years of previous championship-game frustration on Leavitt of Turner Center on Friday night, riding Dylan Hapworth’s seven rushing touchdowns and a dominant defense to a stunning 62-14 victory over the Hornets …
Winslow head coach Mike Siviski watches his team during their Class C football state championship game against Leavitt at Alfond Stadium on the University of Maine campus in Orono Friday night.

Success, consistency mark Winslow football coach’s 30-year tenure amid changing times

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 21, 2014, at 11:50 a.m.
Like other former Maine milltowns, the community at the confluence of the Sebasticook and Kennebec rivers needed to reinvent itself after the Scott Paper Co. facility closed in 1997. The mill’s smokestacks and empty buildings remain a prominent part of the scenery just to the west of …
Maine Central Institute's Greg Vigue (center) throws upfield past Bucksport during their Maine Class D Eastern Maine Championship game Saturday at MCI.

Commitment, accountability give MCI football team a chance at first state football title since 1974

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 21, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
PITTSFIELD | The Maine Central Institute football team will make its second visit to state championship game activities at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium in three years Saturday. This trip will match the undefeated Huskies against defending state champion Oak Hill of Wales for the Class D state title beginning at …
Maine Central Institute's Jonathan Santiago (center) fights a tackle from Bucksport's Asher Bowden (left) and Kyle Jackson during their Maine Class D Eastern Maine Championship game Saturday at MCI.

MCI football team seeks to complete worst-to-first journey at Class D state final

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 20, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PITTSFIELD | At the depths of their football growing pains, the Maine Central Institute football players identified a goal that may have seemed unlikely at the time. Barely 24 months later, the Huskies have evolved from a youthful, winless 2012 squad to a veteran team on the brink of …
Windham’s Kyle Houser (center) fights for yardage against Bangor’s Joe Johnson (right) during their game on Oct. 3 at Cameron Stadium in Bangor. Windham will take on Thornton Academy in the Class A  state final Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Windham, Thornton Academy to vie for Class A football crown, while Brunswick faces Marshwood in Class B

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 20, 2014, at 2:14 p.m.
Saturday’s annual high school football state championship tripleheader at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland kicks off with a Class A battle matching programs not far removed from carrying home the gold. Windham (9-1) is seeking its first gold ball since 2009, while Thornton Academy (9-1) of Saco is after its second …

Winslow’s state title hopes may hinge on pass defense in ‘C’ football final vs. Leavitt

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 20, 2014, at 12:21 p.m.
The undefeated Winslow High School football team has averaged a robust 44.3 points per game in its first 10 victories this season. But if the Black Raiders are to win an 11th game — and the Class C championship that would come with it in Friday night’s state final at …
Brandon Berry of West Forks will likely undergo surgery on his left shoulder.

West Forks boxer awaits possible surgery after shoulder dislocation

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 19, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
Try hunting deer without a rifle or playing tennis without a racket. Brandon “The Cannon” Berry’s sporting tools of choice are his fists, and a dislocated left shoulder suffered early during Saturday night’s boxing match against Freddy Sanchez at the Portland Exposition Building left him not only a one-armed combatant …
MDI High School's Leila Johnston, (facing camera) congratulates Bangor High School's Mariah Reading after Johnston and Reading took first and second, respectively, in the fifth and final heat of the girls 200-yard IM finals during the 34th Annual PVC Swimming & Diving Championships at Husson University Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.

MDI swimming star Johnston to pursue continued growth at Florida State

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 19, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Leila Johnston wasn’t convinced she wanted to further her education and swimming career at Florida State University — until she visited the campus. A recruiting trip to Tallahassee, Florida, in early September proved effective for FSU and attractive to Johnston, who recently signed a National Letter …
Maine Central Institute's Eric Hathaway (left) pushes past a tackle attempt from John Bapst's Spencer Baron during their football game at Husson University in Bangor on Sept. 26.

Recuperative skills help senior nose guard/running back aid MCI football team’s title run

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 18, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
PITTSFIELD | The LTC championship game represented the 2014 high school football season in microcosm for Maine Central Institute’s Eric Hathaway. The senior running back and nose guard missed several games due to injury midway through the schedule before returning in time for an exhibition game against Medomak Valley …
Sheldon Bang of Auburn (right) takes a hit to the face from Henry Clark during the 145-pound matchup on Saturday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Clark won his debut fight.

Brewer fighter retains NEF lightweight title with third-round victory

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 16, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington capped off a busy year in the cage by successfully defending his New England Fights lightweight championship during the main event of the NEF XV mixed martial arts card Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Boyington (9-7) scored a third-round victory by kimura …
Maine Central Institute players celebrate after defeating Bucksport during their Class D Eastern Maine Championship game Saturday at MCI. The Huskies won 21-7.

Second-half surge propels MCI past Bucksport for LTC championship

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 15, 2014, at 11:29 p.m.
PITTSFIELD | Just two years removed from an 0-8 season, the Maine Central Institute football team is the LTC champion. The undefeated and top-ranked Huskies won that Eastern Maine Class D crown in dominant second-half fashion at chilly Alumni Field on Saturday night, scoring 21 unanswered points after intermission …
Hampden Academy's Brendan McIntyre (right) and Messalonskee High School's Nick Mayo battle for a rebound during the boys basketball game in Hampden in this January 2014 file photo.

Messalonskee High School basketball standout signs with Eastern Kentucky

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
Messalonskee High School of Oakland senior Nick Mayo capped off one of the faster-paced college recruiting efforts for a Maine high school basketball player in recent years by signing a National Letter of Intent to play beginning next fall at Eastern Kentucky University, Colonels head coach Jeff Neubauer announced Thursday. …
Mixed Martial Arts fighter Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (left) gets his hands taped by teammate Ray Wood prior to his fight in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in this April 2014 file photo.

Brewer MMA fighter hopes to extend hot streak in the cage

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Few fighters have been busier during the past 12 months than Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington. He’s fought five mixed martial arts matches — winning four with the only loss a controversial stoppage against John “First Class” Raio when Boyington said he made a hand signal suggesting he was OK to …
Russell Lamour Jr. receives a New England championship belt after defeating Laatekwei Hammond on June 14 at the Portland Expo.

Portland’s Lamour continues on boxing’s fast track

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
Russell Lamour Jr. satisfied his early athletic passions in sports typical of teenage attraction. But once he discovered boxing, he found his calling. Now the Portland resident known in the ring as “The Haitian Sensation” is pursuing championships in the professional ranks. Lamour won the vacant USA …
Matt Peterson of Rumford, co-owner and matchmaker for New England Fights, said he thinks it was coincidental that a mixed martial arts event in Lewiston and a boxing event in Portland were scheduled for the same night.

‘It’s a free market’: Coinciding MMA, boxing events may measure fan base of state’s combat sports

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 14, 2014, at 7:49 a.m.
Just a few years ago, the state’s professional fight scene was virtually nonexistent. A boxing world that brought Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston together in Lewiston for their famous “phantom punch” heavyweight title rematch on May 25, 1965, and later brought world championship bouts featuring favorite son Joey Gamache to …
Oxford Hills Matt Beauchesne (left) looks to slow up Hampden's Nicholas Gilpin during first period action of Class A east championship at the Augusta Civic Center in this February 2014 file photo.

Edward Little, Hampden ranked atop KVAC Class A boys basketball preseason poll

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 13, 2014, at 6:42 p.m.
Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball coaches are anticipating a slight changing of the guard atop the Eastern Maine Class A standings this winter. Edward Little of Auburn, most recently the regional champion in 2010, was the choice to finish first in the division, according to the conference’s annual preseason …

Cheverus High seeking fourth regional football title in last five years

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 13, 2014, at 12 p.m.
The only team separating Cheverus High School from its fourth regional title in the last five years is the only team to defeat the Stags this year, the Windham Eagles. And Windham’s 35-7 beating of Cheverus in Week 4 — which ended the Stags’ 36-game regular-season unbeaten streak — was …
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