Ernie Clark


Bangor High School first baseman Andrew Hillier fields a throw to force out Messalonskee's Trevor Gettig during fifth-inning action of the Eastern Maine Class A final Tuesday at Morton Field in Augusta.

Bangor tops Messalonskee to win Eastern A baseball crown

By Ernie Clark on June 17, 2014, at 9:01 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The shaving-cream pie to the face momentarily left Justin Courtney with a stinging sensation in his eyes, while the bucket of ice poured over Jeff Fahey brought a brief chill to an otherwise warm day. But those were merely the postseason inconveniences of a long-awaited celebration for …

Middleweight fight for Bangor UFC show features ‘Ultimate Fighter’ cast member

By Ernie Clark on June 16, 2014, at 2:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A third bout has been announced for the UFC Fight Night mixed martial arts card scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Cross Insurance Center. “Smilin” Sam Alvey, a recent Ultimate Fighting Championship signee who had been the reigning Maximum Fighting Championship middleweight title holder, will take on …
Colleen O'Donnell of Waterville, pictured during the Purple Panthers' June 11 Eastern Maine Class B championship victory, was her team's only winner during Saturday's 4-1 state title loss to Greely of Cumberland Center.

Greely girls outlast Waterville, Cape Elizabeth boys sweep Camden Hills in Class B tennis state finals

By Ernie Clark on June 14, 2014, at 9:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Anna Collins’ experience at Saturday evening’s Class B tennis state championship meet mirrored those of most of her Greely High School teammates. A sport often known more for the shot-making skills required had evolved into a survival of the fittest, with four of the Rangers’ five matches …

Waynflete sweeps Class C tennis state titles

By Ernie Clark on June 14, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — It’s become a rite of spring for the Waynflete Flyers — winning state tennis championships. The Portland school’s boys and girls teams swept the Class C titles for the fourth straight year Saturday at The Racket and Fitness Club, as Waynflete secured its fourth straight girls crown …
Boxer Brandon Berry of West Forks.

Undefeated West Forks boxer eyes sixth pro victory on Portland card

By Ernie Clark on June 13, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
Brandon “The Cannon” Berry proved he could fill a room earlier this spring when the undefeated light welterweight from West Forks headlined a boxing show that lured a sold-out crowd of 1,000 fans to Carrabec High School in North Anson. On Saturday night, Berry will head from his home in …
Zach Gilpin

Hampden basketball star Zach Gilpin to attend Bridgton Academy

By Ernie Clark on June 12, 2014, at 9:20 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Bridgton Academy bills itself as “The Year that Makes the Difference,” and Hampden Academy basketball star Zach Gilpin hopes that’s the case. Gilpin, named the state’s 2013-14 Gatorade Player of the Year after leading the Broncos to their third consecutive Eastern Maine Class A championship last winter, …
Bangor High School's Justin Courtney pitches during an East Class A playoff game against Brunswick High School at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Thursday afternoon.

Bangor tops Brunswick to end baseball quarterfinal playoff frustrations

By Ernie Clark on June 12, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor High School baseball team’s two years of first-round postseason frustration ended Thursday with a 6-3 Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal victory over Brunswick at Mansfield Stadium. Oh, there were moments of concern — five in particular, matching the number of errors committed by the Rams’ …
Telstar's Josef Holt-Andrews

Telstar running star poised for Div. I future at Iowa State

By Ernie Clark on June 12, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
While Ellsworth distance runner Dan Curts spent the late stages of the indoor track season and much of the spring shattering records, his future college roommate and fellow scholarship athlete at Iowa State University this fall has been battling a knee injury. But that didn’t stop Josef Holt-Andrews, a senior …
Messalonskee's Devin Warren is tagged out sliding into third base by Bangor's Carl Farnham on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Bangor Christian’s Collins among seven Mr. Baseball finalists

By Ernie Clark on June 12, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Cody Collins of Bangor Christian and Devin Warren of Messalonskee of Oakland are among seven finalists Thursday for the 2014 Dr. John Winkin “Mr. Baseball” Award symbolic of the state’s top senior high school baseball player. The names of the finalists were announced by Nick Caiazzo, president …
Trevor Lyford

Penquis Valley three-sport standout named academic All-American

By Ernie Clark on June 12, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Penquis Valley of Milo three-sport standout Trevor Lyford has been named to the National High School Coaches Association Academic All-American team in recognition of athletic and academic excellence during his four-year high school career. Lyford was one of 127 student-athletes selected to the NHSCA Academic All-American team from around the …
 Waterville's Jayme Saulter (left) and Emma Cristan defeated Sierra Bloom and MacKenzie Myers of Mount Desert Island in the first singles match at the Eastern Maine Class B tennis championship on Wednesday at Colby College in Waterville.

Camden Hills boys, Waterville girls win Eastern Maine Class B tennis crowns

By Ernie Clark on June 11, 2014, at 8:44 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — What a difference having your best tennis player available can make. Camden Hills of Rockport junior Austin Pohlman, who missed his team’s regular-season loss to undefeated Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston while singing at an all-state music festival, was back for the rematch Wednesday. His presence proved pivotal as …
Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch (above), pictured during a 2013 fight against C.B. Dollaway, has committed to fight in the Aug. 16 Ultimate Fighting Championship card at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Lincolnville native Tim Boetsch verbally commits to fight on Bangor UFC card

By Ernie Clark on June 11, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch is poised for a mixed martial arts homecoming on Aug. 16. Boetsch, the Lincolnville native ranked 13th in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division, has made a verbal commitment to fight 14th-ranked Brad Tavares as part of the UFC Fight Night card at …
Hampden Academy's Filip Bilek defeated Mt. Ararat's Mike Crawford in #2 boys singles at the Eastern Maine Class A tennis championship on Wednesday at Colby College in Waterville.

Mt. Ararat boys, Brunswick girls win Eastern A tennis titles

By Ernie Clark on June 11, 2014, at 2:20 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Joe Thomas knew the importance of first-set tiebreakers long before he faced that situation with an Eastern Maine Class A championship at stake Wednesday. “We haven’t had that many tiebreakers,” said Thomas, a senior who plays third singles for the Mt. Ararat of Topsham boys tennis team, …
Van Buren's Parise Rossignol makes a return to George Stevens Academy's Charlotte Reiter during their No. 1 singles match of the Class C girls Eastern Maine team tennis championships at Colby College in Waterville on Tuesday.

Van Buren girls, George Stevens boys retain Eastern C tennis championships

By Ernie Clark on June 10, 2014, at 5:28 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — Talent and experience were defining factors Wednesday as the Van Buren girls and George Stevens Academy boys successfully defended Eastern Maine Class C tennis championships at Colby College. Second-ranked and undefeated Van Buren defeated top-seeded George Stevens 4-1 to win its second straight girls’ regional championship, while …
Orono's Lauren Stoops (center) finishes first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.88 seconds during the Class C state track and field championships Saturday at Foxcroft Academy. Stoops also won the 200 and finished third in the 400 to help Orono capture the state title.

Orono girls, Lisbon boys capture Class C track state championships

By Ernie Clark on June 07, 2014, at 9:24 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Graduation was nearly a week removed, but for Orono seniors like Sherraiah Grace and Libby Spencer one rite of their high school experience remained unfinished. Fulfillment came Saturday at Oakes Field when they helped the Red Riots’ girls outdoor track and field team win its third consecutive …
Bangor Christian's Cody Collins is all smiles as he cradles the golden glove trophy after his team won the Class D State Championship in Standish  June 15, 2013.

Bangor Christian’s Collins eyes championship run, elbow surgery and college baseball career under former UMaine star Swift

By Ernie Clark on June 06, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — What has been a frustrating baseball season for Cody Collins at last has some clarity. The Bangor Christian senior, unable to pitch most of this spring for the two-time defending Class D state champion Patriots due to a lingering elbow injury, finally has a roadmap to recovery …
Bangor High School senior Kenny Colpritt has recorded a 13-0 record as the No. 3 singles player in his first season playing tennis.

Tennis novices give big lift to Bangor boys team’s championship quest

By Ernie Clark on June 05, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The search for afterschool recreation typically led Bangor High classmates Josh Landry and Kenny Colpritt to the golf course last spring. Nothing was at stake save for bragging rights between the best friends, also teammates on the Rams’ soccer team. But a chance flirtation with tennis last …

Seventh-inning outburst lifts Waterville baseball team past Camden Hills to earn playoff bye

By Ernie Clark on June 04, 2014, at 9:26 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Their battle for a preliminary-round playoff bye went down to the last inning of the last game. Then Waterville suddenly erupted for eight runs in the top of the seventh to snap a 4-4 tie and surge past Camden Hills 12-4 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference …
Connor Archer (left) walks the track with Old Town High School teacher Steve Dexter, his mentor, who was his cross country coach in middle school. They were on hand at the Victory Field complex on the Old Town High School campus on May 18 for a fundraising event Archer organized, Courageous Steps.

Successful fundraiser leads to scholarship fund, future initiatives for Old Town student with autism

By Ernie Clark on June 04, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Connor Archer revealed to his peers in honors health class earlier this year that he lives with autism. More recently, the Old Town High School sophomore, a distance runner on the Coyotes’ cross country and track teams, showed his classmates and his community that he’s not …

Camden Hills bleacher project nearing completion with addition of new sponsor

By Ernie Clark on June 04, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — Progress toward the installation of new bleachers as well as a press box and storage space at Don Palmer Field on the campus of Camden Hills Regional High School is continuing, with plans to install the seating this year. Camden National Bank recently became the latest major …
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