Ernie Clark



Falmouth, Waynflete seniors win high school state singles tennis titles

By Ernie Clark on June 01, 2015, at 5:32 p.m.
Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth won her third straight high school girls tennis state championship, while Isaac Salas of Camden and Portland’s Waynflete School earned the boys crown for the first time Monday at The Racket and Fitness Club in Portland. The semifinals and championship matches, originally scheduled to be played …
Rece Poulin of Hampden fires a pitch during a recent practice.
He has learned to pitch left-handed after having surgery last year on his right arm.

Change from right to left preserves Hampden teen’s pitching career

By Ernie Clark on June 01, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
Rece Poulin’s first two opportunities to pitch this spring admittedly left room for improvement. “Accuracy is my struggle right now,” said Poulin, an eighth-grader at Reeds Brook Middle School who turns 14 on Tuesday. But those who monitor Poulin’s pitching progress closest may be forgiven for a …
Lee Academy tennis player Luka Stevic.

Strength, composure fuel tennis championship quest for Lee Academy’s Stevic

By Ernie Clark on May 31, 2015, at 4:59 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Luka Stevic came to America late last summer in part to experience a different culture and to fine-tune his academic standing. When he departs for his native Serbia next weekend, the senior boarding student from Lee Academy hopes to have to make room in his luggage for …

Top seeds stay true to form at state singles tennis tournament

By Ernie Clark on May 30, 2015, at 7:53 p.m.
WATERVILLE | Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth moved closer to her third consecutive championship while Mount Ararat of Topsham’s Nick Mathieu made a strong play for his first title as the top seeds advanced Saturday during Round of 16 and quarterfinal play in the high school state singles tennis tournament …
Foxcroft Academy's Dylan Richards (right) finishes just before Keenan Collett of Orono in the boys 4x100 meter relay at the PVC Small School Championship meet at in Dover-Foxcroft Saturday.

Orono sweeps PVC small-school track championships in meet delayed by balloons

By Ernie Clark on May 29, 2015, at 9:48 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Not even a hot-air balloon flyover gone haywire could prevent the Orono Red Riots from dominating Friday’s Penobscot Valley Conference small-school track and field championships at Oakes Field. The three-time defending Class C state champion Orono girls team featured four-event winner Lauren Stoops and superior depth in …

Marshwood pitcher-third baseman named Maine’s Gatorade baseball player of year

By Ernie Clark on May 29, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
Zach Quintal, a pitcher-third baseman for Marshwood High School of South Berwick, has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Maine Baseball Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. Quintal, who has signed a National …
Richard Durost

Maine among first states with transgender sports participation policy

By Ernie Clark on May 29, 2015, at 10:49 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Dick Durost was attending a national conference a few years ago when the idea of developing a policy to facilitate transgender high school students participating in interscholastic sports came to the forefront. By March 2013, Maine was one of a handful of states across the country with …
Veteran AAU and high school basketball coach Carl Parker has been named the new Bangor High boys basketball coach.

30 years later, Parker returns as Bangor High School boys basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on May 28, 2015, at 9:11 p.m.
A familiar face is returning to lead the Bangor High School boys basketball program next season. Carl Parker, 64, a longtime Queen City resident who first guided the Rams for two seasons three decades ago, was appointed as the team’s boys varsity coach during Thursday night’s Bangor …
Bangor's Andrew Barrowman (right) kicks the ball past Lawrence's Max Marin (left) and Zachery Peters during a game on Sept. 24, 2013.

Former Bangor soccer player gains national team exposure

By Ernie Clark on May 28, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
Andrew Barrowman II left a mark on the state’s soccer scene while a sophomore at Bangor High School during the 2013-14 academic year. The midfielder was named to the Eastern Maine all-star team after helping the Rams advance to the Class A regional semifinals. “I had an …

Lewiston hires new varsity football coach

By Ernie Clark on May 27, 2015, at 4:53 p.m.
Bruce Nicholas has been hired as the new varsity football coach at Lewiston High School, according to the Lewiston Sun Journal. Nicholas, the Blue Devils’ defensive coordinator for the last two years, was promoted to replace Bill County, who retired after 16 years of guiding the Lewiston program. The 56-year-old …
Bangor's Trevor DeLaite pitches to Cony during their Eastern Maine baseball semifinal game Saturday at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor in this June 2014 file photo.

Left-hander adds versatility to Bangor baseball pitching staff

By Ernie Clark on May 27, 2015, at 4:22 p.m.
Trevor DeLaite may not be merely one of the state’s best high school baseball pitchers but one of the more versatile, too. The Bangor High School junior left-hander came on in a one-run game Tuesday afternoon to earn his second save of the spring. It was a …
The Bangor Rams and the Brewer Witches baseball teams faced off Tuesday afternoon at Mansfield Stadium. Bangor rose past Brewer for a 4-3 victory Tuesday.

Fournier hit rallies Bangor baseball past Brewer

By Ernie Clark on May 26, 2015, at 9:28 p.m.
As the goaltender for the Bangor High School hockey team, Derek Fournier was familiar with cutting off the angles for opposing shooters. Now the starting catcher for the baseball team, the sophomore used the shooter’s perspective of that hockey knowledge to deliver a go-ahead, two-run single with …
Bangor's Ben Crichton (left) makes it safely back to first before Oxford Hills' Tyler Curtis can make the catch during their game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Friday.

Derrah dashes home to lift Bangor baseball team past Oxford Hills

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 8:53 p.m.
Baserunning is one of those second-tier basics of baseball behind pitching, hitting and defense. But it can make the difference in a game between peers. Jordan Derrah raced all the way home from first base after an errant throw in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday, …
Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth celebrates after winning the 2014 MPA girls' singles championship at Bates College in Lewiston on June 2, 2014.

High school tennis singles tourney begins Saturday

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 4:57 p.m.
Postseason play for Maine high school tennis commences Saturday with singles tournament qualifying rounds for boys and girls at several venues around the state. Early round matches will be held at five regionals: Region 1 (Caribou High School), Region 2 (Bangor area), Region 3 (boys at Buker Courts, Augusta, and …
Old Town's Eric Hoogterp (center) drives to the basket past Ellsworth's Alex Braley during their basketball game on Jan. 13 at Old Town.

Old Town’s Hoogterp to play basketball at USM

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Eric Hoogterp, a Bangor Daily News All-Maine honoree who helped Old Town win the 2014 Class B state championship, will continue his basketball career this fall at the University of Southern Maine. “I went down there for a visit a couple of months ago, and I …
Madawaska's Ian Lee pushes the ball ahead of a Maranacook player during the Class C state final on Nov. 9, 2013 at Hampden.

Former Madawaska star Lee to play soccer at Husson

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 7:22 a.m.
Former Madawaska star Ian Lee, who set the record for career goals by a Maine schoolboy soccer player before graduating in 2014, plans to continue his career in the sport at Husson University in Bangor this fall. Lee spent the 2014-15 academic year at the University of …

Early uprising again propels unbeaten Old Town baseball team past Foxcroft

By Ernie Clark on May 14, 2015, at 8:41 p.m.
The Old Town Coyotes have done a good job eliminating late-inning drama from their baseball games this spring. And early uprisings are one reason coach Brad Goody’s club is the lone remaining undefeated team in the state. Old Town scored seven runs in the bottom of …

Five former Class C schools join Big East Conference basketball ranks

By Ernie Clark on May 13, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
Deliberations leading up to the passage of a five-class system for Maine high school basketball beginning next winter delayed the generation of regular-season schedules for the 2015-16 season. But with that proposal approved by a 67-29 vote of the Maine Principals’ Association general membership on April 30, school and conference …

Former Dexter standout takes over as Nokomis boys basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on May 13, 2015, at 1:44 p.m.
NEWPORT | It won’t be a homecoming for Ryan Martin as he takes the reins of the Nokomis Regional High School boys varsity basketball team — but almost. Martin, the boys junior varsity basketball coach at Messalonskee of Oakland the last four years, recently was hired at Nokomis to …

Pitching, defense help Bangor baseball team outlast Mt. Blue

By Ernie Clark on May 12, 2015, at 8:29 p.m.
More than halfway through its regular season, the Bangor High School baseball team is still waiting for its offense to click. In the meantime the Rams are proving themselves fairly proficient at relying on other phases of the game. The defending Class A state champions improved their …
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