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‘Taking that first step’: State’s concussion management efforts continue on several fronts

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 17, 2014, at 7:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA | It’s an injury sometimes treated with virtual darkness, but efforts continue to bring light to the battle against concussions in Maine. A state law required all school boards statewide to develop concussion management policies by mid-2014, mandated training for coaches, athletic administrators and other school personnel in …
Messalonskee's Nate Violette (right) drives the lane past Hampden Academy's Nick Chase during their basketball game Tuesday night at Hampden.

Gilpin, Broncos outlast Mayo, Messalonskee in overtime

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:08 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Nick Mayo came to town Tuesday night and showed local basketball fans why the 6-foot-8-inch forward will be playing in the Division I college ranks next year. But Hampden Academy had its own star power — its own Nick, in fact — who came up biggest in …
 Bangor High School boys basketball player Trey Kenney (22) gets triple-teamed by Edward Little players Thomas Cedre (23), Ian Mileikis (5) and Llewellyn Jensen (4) in the second half of Friday night's game in Bangor.

Edward Little overcomes Bangor comebacks to remain undefeated

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 12, 2014, at 10:22 p.m.
One reason the Edward Little of Auburn boys basketball team was picked first in this year’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A preseason poll was because of the Red Eddies’ veteran leadership. Coach Mike Adams’ club needed all of that experience Friday night to remain unbeaten through …
Phil Exner (left) fights Mike Crespo during the New England Fights in Lewiston in this May 2014 file photo.

Toe2Toe promotion to expand opportunities for Maine mixed martial arts fighters

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 11, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
BANGOR | “The” Ryan Sanders is among numerous mixed martial arts practitioners in Maine who would like to fight more frequently, but those opportunities are limited by the paucity of promotions in the state. Lewiston-based New England Fights has averaged five cards per year since becoming the first and …
Maine Central Institute's Eric Hathaway (left) pushes past a tackle attempt from John Bapst' Spencer Baron during their football game at Husson University in Bangor on Sept. 26, 2014.

How much contact is too much in high school football?

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 11, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA | How much contact is too much in high school football? That topic came up before the Maine Principals’ Association football committee this week in the form of a position paper released Sunday by the National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion Summit Task Force. That 24-member …
Hampden's Nick Gilpin shoots past Bangor's Liam Harrigan during their basketball game on Wednesday in Hampden.

Nick Gilpin, defense lead Hampden boys basketball team past Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 10, 2014, at 10:04 p.m.
The offense hasn’t come quite as easily yet this season for the Hampden Academy boys basketball team as it did during the Broncos’ runs to the last four Eastern Maine Class A championships. Yet the attention to defense that played perhaps an even larger role in that …
Bangor's Karl Gurschick (left) looks to get the ball back into play during their game against Lewiston Friday night at Bangor. Bangor and Lewiston would play in a "Super A" class under a five-class proposal approved by the Maine Principals' Association's Classification Committee. The proposal would need to be voted on by the MPA's full membership.

Five-class format for Maine high school basketball gains committee approval

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 10, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A plan to add a fifth class for Maine high school basketball beginning next season moved another step toward reality Wednesday. The Classification Committee of the Maine Principals’ Association gave unanimous approval Wednesday to a proposal that would add a single-division “Super A” class involving the state’s …
Foxcroft Academy’s Peter Boyer has been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.

Foxcroft, Bucksport standouts earn conference football awards

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 10, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
The two-way play of Foxcroft Academy football standout Peter Boyer was recognized in two significant ways last weekend. The senior halfback-linebacker was named a semifinalist for the Fitzpatrick Trophy, and then he was named the Big Ten Conference (Eastern Maine Class C) player of the year. Boyer led the Ponies …

Lobster Bowl football training camp moving to Foxcroft Academy

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 09, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | The Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic has found a popular home at historic Waterhouse Field in Biddeford, where it has been located since the game’s second edition. But when the state’s top high school senior football players gather in mid-July to practice for next summer’s 26th annual …
Hampden Academy soccer player Tristan Gardner has been named to the All-New England team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Waterville’s Elias, Deering’s Ochan earn state’s All-America soccer recognition

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 09, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
BANGOR | Pilar Elias of Waterville and Stephen Ochan of Deering High School in Portland have been recognized as the state’s high school soccer All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Elias and Ochan were among all-stars from throughout the state honored during the Maine Soccer Coaches …
Members of the Camden Hills football team huddle before the start of a game in September 2010. Camden Hills is seeking Maine Principals' Association approval to move down to Class D in football.

Struggling high school football programs challenge MPA reclassification process

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 08, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Camden Hills Regional High School has a vibrant fall sports program, including three boys soccer teams, three girls soccer teams, cross country, golf, mountain biking, sailing and football. This autumn alone, 152 boys donned the Windjammers’ red and white school colors. But while many of those teams …
Bucksport quarterback Matthew Stewart has been named one of 13 semifinalists for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy symbolic of the state’s top senior student-athlete in football.

Thirteen high school football seniors selected as semifinalists for Fitzpatrick Trophy

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 06, 2014, at 9:31 p.m.
Recently named Gatorade Maine high school football player of the year Joe Fitzpatrick of Portland’s Cheverus High School is among 13 semifinalists announced Saturday for the 44th annual James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy symbolic of the state’s top senior student-athlete in the sport. Fitzpatrick is one of five nominees from Class …
Julia Clukey of Augusta competes during the FIL women's Luge World Cup at Utah Olympic Park last year. Clukey finished in the top 10 Saturday during a World Cup event at Lake Placid.

Augusta’s Clukey scores top-10 finish at World Cup luge stop

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 06, 2014, at 7:48 p.m.
Four Americans, including Augusta’s Julia Clukey, secured top-10 finishes Saturday as the Viessmann Luge World Cup circuit stopped at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York. Reigning Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won the women’s singles event amid heavy snow by nearly a half-second on the 1980 Olympic …
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 …
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