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Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan will have her first official UFC bout on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas.

Bangor native Kagan slated for Dec. 12 UFC bout

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 06, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Bangor native Emily Peters Kagan will make her official Ultimate Fighting Championship debut Friday night on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 finale to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. That card, most of which will be televised by Fox Sports …
Bangor's Trey Kenny (left) goes up for two past Lewiston's Quintarian Brown during their basketball game Friday at Bangor.

Bangor Rams edge Lewiston Blue Devils 36-32 in boys basketball season opener

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 05, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
The basketball artistry may have been lacking at times — certainly not uncommon for the first game of a new schoolboy basketball season. But few could deny the competitive level apparent on Friday night as Bangor outlasted Lewiston 36-32 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A …

Cheverus star Fitzpatrick named state’s top football player

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 05, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
Cheverus of Portland senior Joe Fitzpatrick, who rushed for more than 2,000 yards while leading the Stags to the Eastern Maine Class A championship game, has been named the 2014 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound running back and linebacker rushed for 2,071 yards and 27 …

Maine high school basketball rule changes address hand checks, free-throw rebounding

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 04, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
The biggest rule change facing high school basketball players this winter isn’t really a change. It’s more like the ultimate accentuation of the hand-check rule as a point of emphasis. Instead of continuing to stress such fouls as merely a priority for game officials, the National Federation of State High …
Old Town’s Eric Hoogterp shoots over Poland’s John Fossett during the Class B state final on Feb. 28 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Hoogterp returns this season to help the Coyotes defend their crown.

Modern opportunities ease rivalries, but matchups remain intense for Maine boys basketball season

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 04, 2014, at 2:34 p.m.
Technology and travel teams have helped foster a profound change in many high school sports rivalries. Intensity that once prevailed on a 24-7 basis is confined largely to the actual competitive experiences between the schools, otherwise, opponents with similar athletic passions routinely exchange text messages, team up in off-season club …
Winslow's Dylan Hapworth (right) runs past Leavitt players during their Class C football state championship game at Alfond Stadium in Orono in this November 2014 file photo.

Maine Principals’ Association takes step toward mandatory running-time rule for football blowouts

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 03, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
Lopsided outcomes have motivated considerable conversation and frustration within the state’s high school football ranks in recent years. Offenses have grown more complex since the turn of the century, making defense a much more challenged aspect of the game with higher-scoring contests the inevitable result. And with more and more …

Husson tops Thomas in conference opener

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 02, 2014, at 9:38 p.m.
WATERVILLE | The Husson University Eagles raced out to a 40-9 halftime lead and cruised past Thomas College 65-24 in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night. Samira Cruz led 1-2 Husson with 12 points and five rebounds, while Chandler Guerrette and Victoria McIntrye added 11 points …

Earlier date set, revised format possible for Senior League World Series

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 02, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Changes are looming as the Senior League World Series approaches its 14th year in the Queen City. Already announced is a move of the Little League Baseball world championship tournament for 15- and 16-year-olds from mid-August to early in the month beginning next summer. Also being discussed …
Augusta native Julia Clukey announced last spring she would compete in the luge for one more year during a press conference.

Clukey, U.S. luge team prepare for Lake Placid World Cup stop

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 02, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
LAKE PLACID, New York — Augusta’s Julia Clukey and the rest of the U.S. women’s luge team are back on home ice for this weekend’s Viessmann World Cup tour stop at the team’s training base on the 1980 Winter Olympics course. Preparation for the event, the second stop on the …

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 …
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