Ernie Clark



Ireland filling shortstop void for Bangor baseball team

on April 22, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
Mattanawcook Academy's Cameron Fournier throws to first to try to get a Katahdin player out during their baseball scrimmage at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Tuesday. Three years ago Fournier was involved in a shop class accident, severing several fingers on his left hand.

Nearly 3 years after saw accident, senior pitcher returns to the mound

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Cameron Fournier had not seen game action in nearly three years, after having his left (non-throwing) ring finger severed and his pinky finger and thumb damaged in a table saw accident in a woodworking class.
Bangor's George Payne (right) celebrates with teammate Tyler Parks after scoring a run against Lewiston during their baseball game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Friday.

Bangor baseball team holds off Lewiston in season opener

By Ernie Clark on April 21, 2017, at 8:03 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team battled through raw, damp conditions and a pesky challenge from Lewiston to open its season with a 7-5 victory.

UMaine men’s basketball team lands Lee Academy prep center

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
Cheerleaders perform a routine during the 27th Maine Lobster Bowl Classic held at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford in July 2016. The 2017 game has been moved to Thornton Academy in Saco because the bleachers at Waterhouse Field have been condemned.

Shrine Lobster Bowl to be played at Thornton Academy

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
The 28th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic will return to the site of the event’s debut when it is played this summer at Hill Stadium on the campus of Thornton Academy in Saco.
Mar 21, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; 
Jim Boylen (second left), a former standout at the University of Maine, is now an assistant head coach under Fred Hoiberg  (left) with the NBA's Chicago Bulls. Boylen's ties to UMaine and the state have helped him enjoy a long, successful coaching career.
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UMaine ties that bind: Former basketball standout savors NBA grind

By Ernie Clark on April 18, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
Old Town High School's Ethan Stoddard slides to the home plate as Orono High School's Connor McCluskey waits for the late throw during the game in Orono Monday.

Old Town opens baseball title defense by beating Orono

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
Three pitchers backed by errorless defense combined to throw a four-hit shutout and eight different batters contributed to a 15-hit offense as Old Town scored a 13-0 victory over Orono.
Young’s MMA’s Josh Harvey (right) of Young’s MMA lands a kick to the face of Zenon Herrera during an August 2016 bout as part of the reality program “Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight” event in Bangor. Young’s MMA studio has been displaced because of the sale of the Bangor YMCA building where it has been for the last 2 1/2 years.

‘It was really upsetting:’ Bangor mixed martial arts gym homeless after building sale

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2017, at 1:49 p.m.
One of the most well-known mixed martial arts facilities in the Northeast is likely to be without a home as of Wednesday.
George Stevens Academy's Beckett Slayton pitches to Houlton.

Veteran George Stevens baseball squad remains top threat

By Ernie Clark on April 14, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
“They’re good, solid athletes who like to compete and win. Who doesn’t like to win? They’re a confident bunch but they know it’s a different game and they know we have some tough opponents out there so nothing’s a given.”
Dover-Foxcroft native Derek Shorey celebrates after a victory at CES MMA victory in Connecticut in September 2016. Shorey is fighting later this month to help raise money for his children, whose home and belongings were lost in a recent fire.

Fighting fire with his fists: Shorey returns to cage to help family

By Ernie Clark on April 14, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
The sudden urgency for his return to action came in the aftermath of a recent two-alarm fire that put four of his children and their mother out of their home.
Raheem Anderson of Husson University in Bangor has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the Eagles again next season. He sustained a season-ending injury early in the 2013-2014 campaign.

Husson basketball star granted waiver to play a fifth season

By Ernie Clark on April 13, 2017, at 1:03 p.m.
Raheem Anderson played eight games as a freshman for Husson before suffering a broken ankle during Christmas vacation in 2013, sidelining him for the rest of the season.
Old Town celebrates after defeating Hermon during their Class B North championship baseball game in June 2016 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Veteran Old Town baseball team eyes championship repeat

By Ernie Clark on April 13, 2017, at 8:11 a.m.
The current crop of baseball-playing seniors at Old Town High School has won 36 of 38 games at the high school level during the last two seasons and last spring captured the Coyotes’ first regional title in the sport since 1993.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor, a three-time gold medal winner for the United States Olympic rowing team, has been named a finalist for the prestigious Thomas Keller Medal.

Olympic gold medalist of Maine a finalist for top rowing award

By Ernie Clark on April 12, 2017, at 1:08 p.m.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Eleanor Logan of Boothbay Harbor is one of six finalists for what is described as the most prestigious medal awarded in rowing: the Thomas Keller Medal.
Bangor's George Payne (right) celebrates with teammate Derek Fournier after scoring a run against Brewer during a Class A North baseball semifinal at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor in June 2016.

New leader, same mindset as Bangor baseball seeks 4th straight state title

By Ernie Clark on April 12, 2017, at 9:59 a.m.
Bangor High School has been home to the state’s dominant baseball program for the last three years.
Participants in the Northern Maine Lacrosse Club recently held a practice session at Houlton Middle-High School. The club is gearing up for its inaugural spring season.

Youth lacrosse finally arrives in Aroostook County

By Ernie Clark on April 11, 2017, at 6:41 a.m.
The Aroostook County presence now exists through Northern Maine Lacrosse, a fledgling program that offers the sport for more than 30 youths in grades 3-6 from Smyrna to Mars Hill.
The newest team on the Maine lacrosse scene this year is a cooperative venture between Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Nokomis Regional High School of Newport. It will be the northernmost of the state.

This Maine high school sport continues northward expansion

By Ernie Clark on April 11, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
“I think schools are now starting to realize what a great sport lacrosse is and how popular it is.”
Ted Heroux

Legendary Belfast High wrestling coach dies at 74

By Ernie Clark on April 10, 2017, at 3:25 p.m.
Ted Heroux, who guided the Lions to a state-record 602 victories along with eight state championships during a 45-year career, died Saturday.
Taylor Schildroth

Moss, McDevitt top 62nd BDN All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Team

By Ernie Clark on April 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Moss and McDevitt are joined on the BDN All-Maine first team by Jack Casale of Cheverus of Portland, Taylor Schildroth of George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill and Ruay Bol of South Portland.
Maine Maritime Academy men's basketball coach David Muchnick (right) has resigned after three seasons.

Maine Maritime men’s basketball coach resigns after three seasons

By Ernie Clark on April 07, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
MMA went 13-62 during David Muchnick’s tenure, including a 4-14 North Atlantic Conference finish during the 2015-2016 season that was the program’s best since 2011.
Justin Thompson (right) of Schenck High School in East Millinocket, pictured during a Feb. 21 tournament game in Bangor, will attend Husson University in Bangor next season.

Schenck standout to play basketball at Husson

By Ernie Clark on April 07, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
The leading scorer in Schenck High School of East Millinocket’s storied boys basketball history will continue his playing career at Husson University in Bangor beginning next fall.