Ernie Clark


Augusta native and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team Julia Clukey speaks before an auditorium of Biddeford High School seniors on April 29, 2014.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey 17th at luge world championships

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 15, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey finished 17th overall Saturday in the women’s singles final at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey, a 2010 U.S. Olympic team member, finished her two runs in a combined time of 1 minute, 25.378 seconds. Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won the gold …
Nick Gilpin (4), shown in action against Bangor in December, scored 20 points on Saturday to spark Hampden Academy to a 63-46 Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball quarterfinal victory over Brunswick at the Augusta Civic Center.

Hampden boys pull away from Brunswick in quarterfinal win

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 14, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Hampden Academy boys basketball team hasn’t lost at home for more than five years, with 47 consecutive victories on campus since Martin Luther King Day in 2010. But the Augusta Civic Center has become quite the home away from home for the three-time defending Eastern Maine …
John Shoppe of Lamoine waits for the end of a timeout during the Presque Isle versus Winslow Eastern Maine basketball tournament quarterfinal basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Friday.

Impending storm forces some tourney games to reschedule

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 14, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
BANGOR | The Maine Principals’ Association has announced Saturday’s two late Eastern Maine Class A boys basketball quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center have been postponed until Monday morning because of the impending blizzard. Under the revised schedule, No. 4 Lewiston will play No. 5 Cony of Augusta at …
Bangor's Mary Butler blocked a last-second shot to help secure the Rams' 41-40 victory over Hampden Academy in an Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal Friday night at the Augusta Civic Center.

Bangor girls hold off No. 8 Hampden Academy 41-40

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 13, 2015, at 10:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Mary Butler’s last-second blocked shot foiled a furious Hampden Academy comeback and enabled top-ranked Bangor to escape with a 41-40 victory over the youthful Broncos in their Eastern Maine Class A girls basketball quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center on Friday night. Bangor (18-1) advances to play …
Hampden Academy’s Nick Gilpin (center) shoots over Brewer’s Carter Smith (right) during their game on Jan. 8 in Hampden. Gilpin will lead the Broncos in their Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal against Brunswick on Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Maine boys basketball teams gear up for tourney time

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 12, 2015, at 3:52 p.m.
While higher-seeded teams have had a fairly successful track record in Maine’s high school boys basketball tournament over the years, the coaches who have guided their teams to such lofty regular-season heights are more than willing to share the mantle of favorite once postseason play arrives. It’s no different this …
Hermon's Keenan Marseille (left) and Maine Central Institute's Gunner Lovely battle for a loose ball during an Eastern Maine Class B prelim in Pittsfield Wednesday.

MCI defense stifles Hermon for first boys basketball postseason win since 2007

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 11, 2015, at 9:30 p.m.
PITTSFIELD | Mitchell Hallee had two athletic ambitions as he began his senior year at Maine Central Institute last fall. The first was to help the Huskies’ football team win the LTC title for the first time in 14 years and secure a berth in the Class D state …
Former Bangor High School boys basketball coach Roger Reed is one of 29 members slated for induction to Maine Basketball Hall of Fame this August.

Milestones, memories marked in new Maine Basketball Hall of Fame class

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 11, 2015, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR | Thousands of coaching victories, thousands upon thousands of points and perhaps even more memories are represented among members of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s second annual induction class announced Wednesday. Roger Reed, for one, is appreciative not only of being included in the hall’s Class of …

Brewer boys halt six-game skid, beat Mt. Ararat to reach quarterfinals

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 10, 2015, at 9:59 p.m.
The Brewer boys basketball team’s season was at its tipping point early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s Eastern Maine Class A prelim against Mt. Ararat of Topsham. Not only had the Witches’ eight-point halftime lead vanished, but a six-game losing streak spanning nearly a month …
Augusta native Julia Clukey of the United States competes during the FIL women's Luge World Cup at Utah Olympic Park in 2013. Clukey is still adjusting to new equipment heading into this week's world championships at Sigulda, Latvia.

Maine’s Julia Clukey preps for luge world championships with new sled

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 10, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
Julia Clukey hasn’t been as successful as she hoped to be so far during this World Cup luge season. But the 29-year-old Augusta native is focused on longer-range goals, which she hopes will get a jump-start this weekend at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey …
The Hermon High School cheerleading team gets pumped up before taking the floor in the State Class B Cheerleading Competition at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.  The Hawks cheerleaders won their fifth straight Class B state title.

Hermon captures fifth straight Class B cheering crown

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 07, 2015, at 5:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Dezerae Peabody couldn’t help but peek through the curtain to catch a glimpse of what figured to be the biggest threat to Hermon High School’s stranglehold on the Class B cheering state championship Saturday. She was impressed with what she saw from Medomak Valley High School, the …
The Lisbon High School cheerleading team won the State Class C Cheerleading Competition at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.

Surprising Lisbon wins first Class C cheering state championship

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 07, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | When Mountain Valley Conference rival Dirigo High School of Dixfield was announced as the Class C cheering state runner-up Saturday, the Lisbon Greyhounds couldn’t predict who had defeated the Cougars. Certainly it wouldn’t be them, fourth-place finishers at the Western Maine Class C championships two weeks earlier. …
Bangor High School basketball standout Mary Butler said she feels the relationship between her team and its opponents is “respectful.”

Sportsmanship remains strong value on the high school basketball court

By Ernie Clark and Larry Mahoney on Feb. 07, 2015, at 5:57 a.m.
Just a few days remain until the high point of the annual high school basketball season — tournament time. Players have been battling since the start of preseason practices in late November for the opportunity to realize a championship dream, all played out before thousands of spectators in the state’s …
Hermon High School performs during the Eastern Maine Class B regional cheerleading competition Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Hermon went on to win the title.

Traditional powers hope to retain cheering state championships

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 06, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
The trophies symbolic of a state championship in Maine high school cheering have been reserved for a relatively few schools in recent years, regardless of class. Either Lewiston or Biddeford has won the Class A state title for the last seven seasons, with Biddeford winning in 2008, 2009, 2010 and …
Ray Wood is introduced before his fight against Lenny Wheeler at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor in this July 2013 file photo.

Maine native hopes homecoming title defense next step forward on mixed martial arts career path

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 05, 2015, at 3:41 p.m.
Ray “All Business” Wood’s last mixed martial arts bout marked a comeback, his second-round TKO of Gabriel Baino in September evidence of a healthy return from knee surgery that had sidelined him for more than a year. Now comes a homecoming, as Wood returns to Maine for his first fight …
Foxcroft Academy wrestler Brooks Law (top) competes in a recent match.

He’s a Maine high school wrestling champion and starting catcher. And he’s blind in one eye.

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 04, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Every now and then, Brooks Law will reach out for a door handle and come up empty-handed. Despite being legally blind in his left eye since birth, the Foxcroft Academy senior has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the significant history of the school’s wrestling …

Ellsworth boys basketball team defeats Hermon

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 03, 2015, at 9:54 p.m.
Neither the Ellsworth’s nor Hermon’s boys basketball team played or practiced much during the last week — victims, like virtually all other teams in Maine, of Mother Nature’s late-season intrusion. But the host Eagles rounded back into playing form much quicker when the two Big East Conference …
Thales Leites (red gloves) punches at Tim Boetsch (blue gloves) during their middleweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Lincolnville’s Boetsch suffers second-round loss at UFC 183

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 01, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Brazilian Thales Leites scored a second-round stoppage of Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch in their UFC 183 mixed arts bout held Saturday night before a crowd of 13,114 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Longtime former middleweight champion Anderson Silva won the UFC 183 main event, scoring …
Calais coach Dana Redding in this 2013 BDN file photo taken at the Bangor Auditorium.

Witnesses: Calais girls basketball teammates exchanged obscenities, one pushed coach during game

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 01, 2015, at 9:05 a.m.
An altercation between two Calais High School girls basketball players during a recent game is believed to have sparked a controversy that prompted the superintendent of schools to tender his resignation, after the school board reduced his disciplinary action against the players. Two persons who attended the …
Portland boxer Russell Lamour Jr.

Portland’s Lamour drops decision in New England middleweight title bout

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 30, 2015, at 10:54 p.m.
Challenger Thomas Falowo scored an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Russell Lamour Jr. of Portland on Friday night to win Lamour’s New England middleweight boxing championship. The fight was held at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, and televised live on ESPN2 as part of that network’s Friday …

Superintendent resigns days after panel reduces discipline against Calais basketball players

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 30, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
A disciplinary matter involving members of the Calais High School girls basketball team and its aftermath have left many community members disappointed and may have prompted the superintendent of schools to tender his resignation. Robert F. Moholland, a native of the area who was hired to the …
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