Ernie Clark


Bruce "Pretty Boy" Boyington of Brewer (right) deflects blows from Josh Parker during a previous mixed martial arts fight. Boyington will compete in a New England Fights match April 11 in Lewiston.

‘I’m feeling on top of the world’: Old Town native awaits MMA title defense

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 19, 2015, at 12:25 p.m.
Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington, the Old Town product who won two regional mixed martial arts championships in 2014, will make his 2015 debut in the main event of NEF XVII scheduled for April 11 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Boyington, 10-7 and the winner of five of his …
Hampden Academy's Conary Moore (left) and Ian McIntyre (right) double team Messalonskee High School's Nicholas Mayo during their Class A semifinal on Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Hampden to return to finals after topping Messalonskee in boys Class A semifinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 18, 2015, at 9:53 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nick Gilpin was deferential to more experienced teammates during his first two years of high school basketball, a posture that helped Hampden Academy win one state championship and two Eastern Maine titles. But the junior point guard is the most veteran of the Broncos, and his assertiveness …
Bangor High School's Mary Butler (right) shoots over Edward Little High School's Callie Murray during their Eastern Maine Class A semifinal basketball game on Wednesday at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta.

Second late escape advances Bangor girls to Class A final

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 18, 2015, at 7:27 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Bangor girls basketball team has two tournament victories by a combined three points. But all that matters to the Rams is that they’ll play for the Eastern Maine Class A championship on Saturday afternoon. “I think we’ve definitely kept it interesting over the past two games, …
Old Town's Mitchell Cole shoots after Poland's Derek Michaud falls down during the Class B state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this 2014 BDN file photo.

After hard foul, Old Town basketball player may sit out tourney semifinal

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 16, 2015, at 7:22 p.m.
Old Town High School senior Mitchell Cole’s availability for Wednesday night’s Eastern Maine Class B boys basketball semifinal is uncertain after he absorbed a hard foul late during the Coyotes’ quarterfinal victory over Caribou last Friday night at the Cross Insurance Center. Cole’s mother, Terri Stewart-Cole, …
Fort Fairfield's Hunter Beaulieu (second from left) takes a shot against Schenck during an Eastern Maine Class D quarterfinal Monday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Fort Fairfield, Southern Aroostook boys score Class D quarterfinal victories

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 16, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
BANGOR | Stout defense was the common denominator as No. 2 Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook and No. 3 Fort Fairfield advanced in the Eastern Maine Class D boys basketball tournament with quarterfinal victories Monday afternoon. In the first game of the day at the Cross Insurance Center, Robbie …
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 …
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