Ernie Clark


Bangor High School's Nick Graham (right) scrambles for yardage as Oxford Hills High School's Davis Turner tries to tackle him during the first half of the game in Bangor Friday evening.

Bangor regroups, ousts Oxford Hills in Class A football quarterfinal

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 31, 2014, at 10:34 p.m.
Consider it a return to normalcy for the Bangor High School football team. Dane Johnson rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and the Rams’ defense shut out Oxford Hills of South Paris until the game’s final seconds Friday night as Bangor secured a 24-7 victory over …
Middleweight Tim Boetsch looks for an opening to land a shot on his opponent Brad Tavavres during the UFC fights at the Cross Center in Bangor in August.

Lincolnville native to train in Maine for UFC 183 card

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 31, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Lincolnville native Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch will return to action Jan. 31, when he fights Brazilian Thales Leites in a battle of veteran middleweight contenders as part of the UFC 183 mixed martial arts card in Las Vegas. The bout was announced Wednesday and is expected to be part of …

John Bapst rallies past Orono to secure LTC football playoff berth

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 30, 2014, at 10:53 p.m.
Occasionally the best game plan is a strategy not shared. Not often, perhaps, but once in a while — such as when junior quarterback Spencer Baron ran a naked bootleg play 9 yards for a touchdown with 2:26 remaining at Alfond Stadium on Thursday night to lift …
Bangor High School's Nick Graham (right) is tackled by Oxford Hills High School's Zach Harris (left) and Kyle Dexter during the game in Bangor in this October 2014 file photo.

Maine high school football playoff teams to take first step on championship trail

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 30, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
After a tumultuous week off the gridiron, the Bangor Rams are looking forward to playing football again. So, too, are the other 37 high school teams statewide that will begin their postseason pursuit of a state championship in regional quarterfinals this weekend. Class A No. 5 Oxford Hills Vikings (4-4) …
Keenan Collett of Orono High School (32), pictured during a September game against Houlton, is among the key players for the Red Riots in Thursday night’s important LTC football matchup against John Bapst at the University of Maine.

Playoff prize awaits winner of John Bapst-Orono ‘Senior Night’ football clash

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 29, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.
The cooperation at the foundation of the annual joint Senior Night game between the Orono and John Bapst of Bangor high school football teams will give way to a clear sense of urgency when the LTC Class D rivals meet Thursday evening in their mutual regular-season finale …

Bangor edges out Mount Ararat to reach Eastern A boys soccer semifinals

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 28, 2014, at 9:47 p.m.
The Bangor boys soccer team picked an important time for a somewhat rare narrow victory. The fourth-seeded Rams made an early score by Eli Clein stand up for just their third one-goal win of the season Tuesday evening, a 1-0 survival of Mount Ararat of Topsham in …
Paul Butler, Bangor High School principal

Nine Bangor High School football players disciplined for locker-room incident

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 28, 2014, at 4:06 p.m.
Nine Bangor High School football players have been disciplined by the school as a result of their involvement in a locker-room incident after practice last week. School principal Paul Butler said Tuesday afternoon that the discipline consists of a one-game suspension, a one-day out-of-school suspension, a one-day …
The girls Class A cross country teams converge before going into the woods during their race in the Eastern Maine cross country championship in Belfast, Maine, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Hampden girls, boys sweep Eastern A cross country titles

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 25, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
BELFAST | Elizabeth Labun has experienced highs and lows while competing in the Eastern Maine Class A cross country championships over the last three years. As a sophomore she placed fourth and helped Hampden Academy win the 2012 title by a scant two points over Mount Ararat of Topsham. …
Ellsworth High School runner Haley Lawrence smiles as she sees the finish line on the final stretch in the girls Class B Eastern Maine cross country championship in Belfast, Maine, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

Caribou boys, MDI girls tops in Eastern B cross country; Orono sweeps Class C crowns

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 25, 2014, at 6:39 p.m.
BELFAST | As the top individual runners in the Eastern Maine Class B cross country race crossed the finish line Saturday, Roy Alden waited patiently. More than a minute after Chris Cote of Waterville posted his winning time of 17:12.94 for the 3.1-mile course at the Troy Howard Middle …
Oxford Hills High School's Brady LaFrance attempts to break a tackle by Bangor High's Tanner Goodine during their game at Cameron Stadium in Bangor Friday evening.

Oxford Hills tops undermanned Bangor football team

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 24, 2014, at 10:32 p.m.
The decision was easy for Mark Hackett. An investigation by school officials into an apparent locker room incident involving the Bangor football team won’t be completed until early next week, but the Rams’ 14th-year head coach knew what he had to do as his team prepared to …

Bangor football team under investigation for possible disciplinary infractions

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 24, 2014, at 5:44 p.m.
Some members of the Bangor High School football team are under investigation by school officials for an incident this week involving possible disciplinary violations. No specifics about the incident were offered Friday by Paul Butler, the school principal, or athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine, as the investigation is …
Hampden Academy soccer player Tristan Gardner (21) is mobbed in celebration by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime in the Eastern Maine Class A soccer championship against Lewiston in Hampden last year.

Hampden Academy soccer player selected for high school All-American game

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
Hampden Academy standout Tristan Gardner will conclude his high school soccer career competing with some of the top players in the nation. The Broncos’ senior striker is among 42 elite boys players from fall-playing soccer states around the country who will take part in the fourth annual …
Lily Koffman of Orono High School was among the front runners at the half-mile mark of the Eastern Maine girls' Class C cross country race in Belfast in this October 2012 file photo.

Orono girls cross country team poised for new championship run at Eastern Maine regional

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 23, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
BELFAST | The Orono girls cross country team entered last year’s regional championship meet as one of the top contenders in Eastern Maine Class C. But after edging Washburn for both the regional and state championships a year ago and then finishing second among 58 scoring schools at the …
Bangor senior Joe Johnson dives for the pylon as Cheverus junior Dan Baker holds on Saturday at Boulos Stadium in Portland. Cheverus defeated Bangor, which hosts Oxford Hills Friday in a regular-season finale.

Key Maine high school football matchups remain as regular season winds down

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 23, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
BANGOR | The Eastern Maine Class A football playoff race took a different turn last weekend. Part of that took place on the field, where Cheverus of Portland defeated Bangor 28-14 in a battle of once-beaten teams to regain the top seed in the division entering the final weekend …
The "White" team was a mix of Houlton and Stearns players at the JV jamboree in Orono, Maine, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.

JV jamboree fills void for small-school football programs

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 22, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
ORONO | It had many of the trappings of a varsity football game. Lineups were announced, cheerleaders were on hand to support the home team, a concession booth awaited those seeking sustenance to fuel their fandom and the stadium lights brightly magnified the scene amid the cool autumn conditions. …

Fast start, Gardner’s four goals lift Hampden boys soccer past Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 21, 2014, at 9:44 p.m.
Two goals 26 seconds apart early in the first half Tuesday evening seemingly provided sufficient momentum to carry Hampden Academy to a 5-2 boys soccer victory over rival Bangor in their mutual regular-season finale. But the truth is the Broncos were jacked up even before stepping onto …
Ray Wood is introduced before his fight against Lenny Wheeler at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on July 12, 2013.

Maine MMA fighter moves to South Carolina to pursue UFC dream

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 20, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
Ray Wood has the highest of aspirations for his mixed martial arts career. So the 25-year-old fighter known as “All Business” has opted to leave the Bangor area in part to chase that UFC dream. Wood, the undefeated New England Fights featherweight champion, and his girlfriend recently relocated to Gaffney, …

Hampden sweeps KVAC Class A cross country crowns as Maranacook boys, Morse girls tops in Class B

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 19, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Hampden Academy boys and girls cross country teams emerged as the best in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A ranks Saturday, racing to league titles at Cony High School. In Class B, the Maranacook of Readfield boys and Morse of Bath girls claimed conference crowns …
Competitors in the Penobscot Valley Conference girls cross country championships spring off the starting line during Saturday's meet in Bucksport.

MDI girls, Caribou boys win PVC large-school cross country crowns; Orono sweeps small-school titles

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 18, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
BUCKSPORT — Life as a cross country runner at Mount Desert Island High School has not been without its challenges for Caroline Driscoll despite her contributions to the Trojans’ recent run of three consecutive Class B state championships. “She’s one of those runners who had a horrible sophomore year, barely …

Bucksport battles past Mattanawcook

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 17, 2014, at 9:45 p.m.
LINCOLN | Senior quarterback Matthew Stewart passed for 155 yards and two touchdowns Friday night as the Bucksport Golden Bucks fought off Mattanawcook Academy 21-13 in an LTC Class C football matchup at Curry Field. The win improves coach Joel Sankey’s Golden Bucks to 5-1 on the season, while …
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