Ernie Clark


Comrades pitcher Justin Courtney delivers a pitch to the plate in the fourth inning of their American Legion Championship game against Bessey Motors at Husson University Sunday, August 3, 2014.

American Legion state champion Bangor leads Zone 1 postseason honors

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor’s American Legion baseball team had its best season in 35 years this summer, and on Tuesday night the Comrades were rewarded for their work within the state’s Zone 1 ranks. Pitcher-outfielder Justin Courtney shared player of the year honors and teammate Trevor DeLaite was named pitcher …
Dan O'Connell

Coaching brothers at John Bapst and Nokomis to honor mother with ‘Mrs. O’ Bowl

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 27, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When the John Bapst Crusaders host Nokomis of Newport in an exhibition football game at Husson University on Saturday night, it will mark the final test run for the teams before they begin their regular seasons. And while the 7 p.m. encounter also will be a matchup …
Ryan Bader (red gloves) leaves the octagon after defeating Ovince Saint Preux (blue gloves not pictured) during light heavyweight bout at Cross Insurance Center.

Maine MMA supporters seek to build on UFC’s Bangor appearance

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
Matt Peterson watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s recent show at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor from multiple perspectives. He’s been attending UFC mixed martial arts cards around the country for more than a decade, and the Democratic state legislator from Rumford sponsored the legislation that led to the sport …
Ordman Alley hollers to his players during a game on Feb. 17, 2003.

Former Jonesport-Beals basketball coach Ordman Alley denies abuse allegations

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 25, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Former Jonesport-Beals High School boys basketball coach Ordman Alley on Monday strongly denied allegations of sexual abuse levied against him, which led to his recent removal from two Maine athletic halls of fame. In a press release issued by Alley’s attorney, Brett Baber, Alley called the accusations …

Former Stearns High School football star named team’s head coach

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — John Jamo’s been pretty busy this week conducting double sessions with the Stearns High School football team. But presumably he was going to find time to turn in a signed contract to Frank Boynton, Millinocket superintendent of schools, that officially would make him the Minutemen’s new head …
Jonesport-Beals basketball head coach Ordie Alley ready with his team before a game at the Bangor Auditorium in this February 2005 file photo.

Maine Basketball Hall of Fame rescinds induction of former Jonesport-Beals coach

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As many of the most notable people in the state’s basketball community converged on the Cross Insurance Center for the inaugural induction ceremony for the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday afternoon, much of the surrounding conversation involved who wouldn’t be there. Longtime former Jonesport-Beals High …
John "Swisher" Mitchell (center) stands with Dick Whitmore at Whitmore's retirement party at Colby College in Watervile in this June 2011 file photo.

Point guard who helped Waterville win New England Championship in 1944 to be inducted into Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:51 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The impact of basketball on Johnny Mitchell’s life is ensconced in the nickname he’s carried since helping Waterville High School win the New England championship 70 years ago: “Swisher.” To many basketball fans of the day he was Bob Cousy before there was Bob Cousy, the former …

Bangor football team to resume playing night home games

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 20, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Work is continuing on upgrades to Cameron Stadium, home of the Bangor High School football team and numerous other local athletic entities. After playing all their home games on Saturday afternoons last season while the stadium’s electrical and lighting system was being upgraded, the Rams will play …
Chris Hudson

Hodgdon basketball star transferring to Massachusetts prep school

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:43 p.m.
Chris Hudson, a 6-foot-5-inch forward who led Hodgdon High School to the Class D state championship in boys basketball last winter, will attend prep school in Massachusetts for the next two years. Hudson, a third-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection after averaging 24 points, 16 rebounds, five blocked shots and …
UFC President Dana White sets up a photo with two fighters during the weigh-ins on Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

UFC president says Bangor event an artistic success, but future shows in Maine uncertain

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 18, 2014, at 5:21 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White brought his mixed martial arts promotion to this small-market city knowing that its economic benefit to his company would be minimal — at best. But that was of secondary importance to the 1987 Hermon High School graduate, who had visited his …
A bloody Tim Boetsch lands a punch on Brad Tavares and ends up knocking Tavares out Saturday night during the UFC Fights at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Saturday night.

Lincolnville native Boetsch rallies to knockout victory in UFC Bangor battle

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 17, 2014, at 1:29 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — It took a while for “The Barbarian” to re-emerge, but when it did it may have saved Tim Boetsch’s career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Battered and bloodied after more than a round-and-a-half of absorbing punishment, the Lincolnville native nicknamed “The Barbarian” used a left hook and …
Lightweight fighter Ross Pearson (left) finishes off Gary Maynard during the UFC fights at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Saturday night.

Wrestling roots propel Bader past Saint Preux in Bangor UFC main event

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 16, 2014, at 10:19 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Fighters typically accumulate a myriad of fighting skills during the course of their mixed martial arts careers. But sometimes it pays to go back to what worked first. For Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight contender Ryan “Darth” Bader, that flashback Saturday night involved a reintroduction to his …
UFC fighters Ryan Bader (left) and Ovince Saint Preux pose for a photo during the weigh-in at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Friday. Bader and Saint Preux will be the feature fight Saturday night.

‘I love fighting in front of new crowds’: Major-league MMA hits Bangor on Saturday night

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 10:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When Marcus Davis helped spur the passage of legislation that legalized mixed martial arts in Maine in 2009, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship contender had no idea what the future would hold for the sport in the Pine Tree State. Just five years later, the major leagues …
Maine native Tim Boetsch laughs during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Maine fighter Boetsch faces homecoming bout with sense of career urgency in UFC

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Tim Boetsch has done some fishing and renewed old acquaintances during his most recent homecoming to Maine, but the trip mostly has been about finding his inner “Barbarian,” the aggression and nastiness that lifted the Lincolnville native toward the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division …
Maine native Tim Boetsch (right) interacts with fans during open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Senior League World Series final, UFC event bring fans, economic opportunity to Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 6 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Baseball and mixed martial arts are seemingly two vastly divergent sporting interests. Baseball is decidedly old-school, a traditional athletic rite of passage for youngsters spanning generations. Mixed martial arts is definitely new-age, a recently developed combative concept featuring a blend of fighting disciplines that continues to grow …
Maine native Tim Boetsch answers questions from the media following open workouts at Hollywood Casino in Bangor on Thursday in preparation for UFC Fight Night.

Headliners Bader, Saint Preux motivated for Bangor UFC debut

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Neither Ryan “Darth” Bader nor Ovince Saint Preux had any reason to be familiar with the Queen City until two months ago, just after each scored his most recent mixed martial arts victory on the same Ultimate Fighting Championship card in Vancouver, British Columbia That’s when the …
Carl Parker of Bangor is a veteran AAU and high school basketball coach.

Straightforward approach, team focus mark Parker’s AAU coaching tenure

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 14, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Tom Knight rose from the rural western Maine town of Dixfield to the highest level of NCAA Division I basketball. And while Knight recently graduated from Notre Dame after being a contributing factor for coach Mike Brey’s Fighting Irish, the 6-foot-10-inch forward is nowhere near finished with …
Stearns High School is looking for a replacement for varsity football coach Chris Preble, who resigned Tuesday.

Stearns officials scramble to fill vacancy after football coach leaves for new job

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 13, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — With just a few days remaining until the start of preseason practices for the fall high school sports season, Stearns High School is in the market for a new varsity football coach. Chris Preble, who guided the Minutemen for the last 13 years, resigned Tuesday as the …
Zach Gilpin

Hampden Academy basketball star accepts scholarship offer from Bentley University

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — It’s on to prep school this fall for Zach Gilpin. But the recently graduated Hampden Academy basketball star knows his college destination beginning in the fall of 2015 after making a verbal commitment to accept a full athletic scholarship from Bentley University, an NCAA Division II school …
Tim Sylvia, left, connects with a left to Randy Smith during the main event of Fight Night III, a MMA Cagefighting event presented by New England Fights at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on June 17, 2012.  Sylvia knocked Smith out in 12 seconds of the first round.

Injuries force cancellation of New England Fights XIV main MMA event

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 12, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Injuries can have a destabilizing effect on a mixed martial arts show. The Maine-based New England Fights promotion is experiencing that reality with its Sept. 6 show at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee, as both fighters in its scheduled main event have had to back out due to …
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