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Hermon High School performs during the East Maine Class B regional cheerleading competition Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Hermon shakes off challenges to repeat as Eastern B cheering champ

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 24, 2015, at 9 p.m.
BANGOR | Like most high school athletic teams this week, the Hermon cheering squad came face to face with end-of-semester stresses and mid-winter illness. So ravaged was the team by the latter issue that Hawks coach Kristie Reed cancelled Thursday’s practice with the Eastern Maine Class B championship meet …
Central Aroostook Jr./Sr. High School cheerleaders hold up the championship trophy after winning the East/West Maine Class D regional cheerleading competition Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Successful start propels Central Aroostook to Class D regional cheering title

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 24, 2015, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR | Most fans might not be able to tell by watching, but there can be an element of momentum to a high school cheering routine. So when perennial power Central Aroostook Jr./Sr. High School of Mars Hill successfully completed its first stunt of Saturday’s Class D regional cheering …

Resurgent Central boys basketball team tops Dexter for 11th victory

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 23, 2015, at 10:24 p.m.
CORINTH | Though he’s just a sophomore, Caleb Shaw recalls some of the darker days of the Central High School boys basketball. They weren’t that long ago. From his sixth- through eighth-grade years, he witnessed two straight winless seasons at the varsity level, followed by a five-win campaign in …
Dakota Clement (left), 16, shoots the ball in during unified basketball practice on Jan. 15 at Hampden Academy.

‘Everybody’s trying to help each other’: Unified basketball blends inclusion, competition at Maine high schools

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 23, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
HAMPDEN | At the end of their second preseason practice, members of the Hampden Academy unified basketball team left the school’s gymnasium both excited about the season to come and, indeed, being unified. “We mesh together really well as a team,” said Broncos’ senior David Manzo. “It’s really surprising …

Beaton helps Hermon boys basketball team snap Old Town’s 23-game winning streak

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:31 p.m.
Junior guard Tyler Beaton scored 26 points Thursday night as the Hermon boys basketball team defeated defending Class B state champion Old Town 54-49 at MacKenzie Gymnasium to end the Coyotes’ 23-game winning streak. Beaton was hot from the perimeter early in the game, making 6 …
Central Aroostook's Logan McLaughlin moves the ball downcourt during boys Class D Eastern Maine final against  Jonesport-Beals at Bangor Auditorium Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2011.

Dramatic finishes nothing new for first-year Fort Fairfield boys basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:54 a.m.
Logan McLaughlin witnessed one of the more memorable shots in recent Maine high school basketball history nearly seven years ago. That’s when his teammate at Central Aroostook High School of Mars Hill, 5-foot-7-inch guard Manny Martinez, lofted a short floater over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-10-inch Richmond center Marc Zaharchuk …
 Bucksport's Devin Darveau (center) works on his moves with Foster Ashmore during wrestling practice Wednesday in Bucksport.

Wrestling with a numbers crunch: Maine Principals’ Association proposal would reduce sport from 3 to 2 classes

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:34 a.m.
Ed Hatch recalls the days barely a decade ago when wrestling flourished at Bucksport High School during the winter months. “When I first started teaching here, we had 30 kids on the wrestling team, and there were kids who wrestled off every Tuesday and Friday for the Wednesday and Saturday …
Hampden Academy's Brendan McIntyre (center) goes up for a basket past Brewer during their basketball game on Jan. 8 in Hampden.

Hampden boys basketball team faces grueling road swing

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 21, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
The Hampden Academy boys basketball team has continued to dominate its Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference brethren on its home court, extending a winning streak at home that spans more than five years to 46 games with a 68-59 victory over previously undefeated Edward Little of Auburn on Monday afternoon. But …
Bangor Christian High School's players celebrate their goal against Ashland Community High School during the Class D Eastern Maine Championship game in Bangor.

Bangor Christian coach narrowly beats deadline, wins regional soccer honor

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 21, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
Aaron Wilcox has won numerous awards during his 17 seasons as boys varsity soccer coach at Bangor Christian School. But his recent selection as Region 1 Northeast coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaches Association almost didn’t happen, and it …

Calais survives late Ellsworth comeback for 11th boys basketball victory

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 19, 2015, at 9:48 p.m.
The Calais boys basketball team was in dire need of an energy boost as the seconds wound down in Monday night’s interclass battle of contenders with Ellsworth at Katsiaficas Gymnasium. The Blue Devils already had seen their 11-point fourth-quarter lead vanish, and only when Tyler Niles hit …
Hampden Academy's Conary Moore (left) drives on Edward Little High School's Elijah Roe during the first half of the game at Hampden Academy Monday afternoon.

Defense, free throws help Hampden top Edward Little to extend home winning streak

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 19, 2015, at 5:02 p.m.
The Hampden Academy boys basketball team hasn’t lost a home game in more than five years — since Jan. 18, 2010, to be exact. So when undefeated Edward Little of Auburn came visiting for a showdown of the top two teams in Eastern Maine Class A on …
Marshwood High School running back Brett Gerry (44)  was named winner of the 44th Fitzpatrick Trophy on Sunday.

Marshwood High’s Gerry wins Fitzpatrick Trophy as Maine’s top senior football player

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 18, 2015, at 4:11 p.m.
Brett Gerry, a running back and linebacker from Marshwood High School in South Berwick, was named winner of the 44th Fitzpatrick Trophy on Sunday. The Portland-based award honors a top senior football player in the state for performance on and off the field. Gerry rushed for 2,263 yards, scored 32 …

Brunswick boys basketball team outlasts Brewer for key road victory

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 16, 2015, at 10:29 p.m.
It was a game that represented this winter’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A boys basketball ranks in microcosm. Both Brunswick and Brewer had their scoring runs and their cold spells, leading to mixed results at the free-throw line that left the result in doubt until the …
The Orono girls cross-country team takes a cool-down lap after competing in the Eastern Maine championship in Belfast in this October 2014 file photo.

Orono, Scarborough cross-country coaches honored

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 15, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
Orono’s Lin White and Scarborough’s Jim Harmon have been named the inaugural Maine high school cross-country coaches of the year as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states were honored for their …

Committee suggests Heal point change as part of five-class basketball proposal

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 14, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A proposal to expand the state’s high school basketball world from four classes to five beginning next season received some fine-tuning from the Maine Principals’ Association’s Classification Committee during a nearly four-hour meeting Wednesday. The proposal, which has been under consideration for more than a year, has …

Old Town-Ellsworth boys basketball summary

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 13, 2015, at 10:29 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL Old Town 61, Ellsworth 51 Ellsworth (7-3) 51 Braley 4-9 3-5 14, Domagala 2-6 1-4 5, Harmon 3-9 0-0 6, Maguire 2-4 0-1 4, Firestone, Bagley 2-6 0-0 6, St. Peter 3-8 0-0 6, Look 0-2 0-0 0, Henderson 0-0 10-12 10. Totals: 16-44 14-22 51. Old Town …
Ellsworth's Derek Look (left) and Old Town's Chad Bartlett watch to see if a free throw sinks during their basketball game Tuesday at Old Town.

Reserve Smart plays leading role as Old Town boys basketball team outlasts Ellsworth

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 13, 2015, at 10:19 p.m.
Championship-quality basketball teams typically rely heavily on star power while chasing that ultimate prize. But of equal value are the role players who step up when the need arises, role players such as Old Town senior Scott Smart. The rugged 6-foot-2-inch forward was both role player …
Russell Lamour Jr. (right) connects with a punch against Laatekwei Hammond during their bout at the Portland Expo in this 2014 file photo.

Portland boxer awaits televised title defense

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 13, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
Undefeated boxer Russell Lamour Jr. of Portland will receive some international television exposure Jan. 30 when he defends his USA New England middleweight championship as part of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card to be broadcast from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Lamour, 11-0 with six knockouts, will …
Houlton's Kyle Bouchard.

Houlton solves Lee’s defensive scheme for 9th boys basketball win

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 12, 2015, at 9:51 p.m.
The reigning Class C state champion Houlton boys basketball team nearly was taken by surprise on their home court three weeks ago, when Lee Academy devoted two defenders to All-Maine standout Kyle Bouchard while taking their chances with a three-player zone defense against the other four Shiretowners …
John Bapst's Andrew Catlin (left) and Jake Moore (right) bring down Camden Hills' Chris Weiss (4) in the second half of their game at Morse Field in Orono in 2011.

New coach seeks to develop Camden Hills football program

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 12, 2015, at 2:22 p.m.
ROCKPORT | The Camden Hills football program has struggled through its six years of varsity existence. The success and popularity of other sports ranging from soccer and basketball to mountain biking, as well as a relative abundance of fall sports offerings compared with many other schools its size, has …
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