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Madison embracing transition to B East

By Joel Neill on Aug. 31, 2011, at 5:02 p.m.
MADISON — The folks in Madison have watched their Bulldogs compete in Western Maine Class C since the early 1970’s when they moved down from Class B. Now the Bulldogs find themselves in another stage of transition, this time moving the opposite direction. Madison is moving up a class to …

Waldo County Senior all-stars, Bangor Juniors prepare for regionals

By jneill on Aug. 03, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
Two eastern Maine teams are representing the state in their respective divisions’ Little League Baseball Eastern Regional tournaments, and they are relishing the opportunity to do so. Waldo County Senior League and Bangor Junior League each won its state tournament at Mansfield Stadium within the last week, punching their tickets …
Universty of Maine assistant baseball coach Billy Cather (center) and kids participating in the Hermon youth baseball clinic put their hands together at the end of the day Thursday. Cather is one of 13 University of Maine players and coaches and two high school coaches who teach in the four-week-long series of clinics in Southwest Harbor, Orono and Hermon.

UMaine baseball lends a hand to communities through instructional camps

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on Aug. 01, 2011, at 4:49 p.m.
The University of Maine baseball program’s overnight instruction camp attracts hundreds of kids every summer. But now head coach Steve Trimper and members of his coaching staff are taking the step to reach out to local communities and bring instruction to more kids, giving them and their parents a more …
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Laurie Hamilton and Laurie Stearns compete in the Junior-Senior class at the national whitewater championship last week on the Deerfield (Mass.) River. They went on to win their division.

Orono High students excel in national whitewater canoe competition

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on July 21, 2011, at 4:44 p.m.
Brothers Alex and Chris Introne of Orono have been canoeing and fishing with their father, Doug, for most of their lives, but they didn’t start paddling competitively until two years ago when they joined Orono High School’s GoActive Club, run by teacher Jeff Owen. Now the Introne brothers, and fellow …

Hermon wins 11-12 softball state title

By jneill on July 17, 2011, at 10:44 p.m.
WESTBROOK — Lefthander Karli Theberge tossed a three-hitter and capped a decisive three-run third inning with a two-run triple as Hermon captured the ages 11-12 softball state championship with a 3-1 victory over Scarborough on Sunday. Hermon earned a trip to the Northeast Regional which begins Friday in Bristol, Conn. …
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Holbrook Junior League team beats Houlton 13-1

By Joel Neill on July 16, 2011, at 6:42 p.m.
BANGOR | The Holbrook Junior League baseball team has options to work with. “It’s not very complicated with us. We’re a team with a lot of talent and we’re willing to work very hard,” coach Alan Spear said. Holbrook utilized its arsenal of arms Saturday as it put four …
Hampden's Cam Scott (left) tags out Brewer's Evan Riva (11) at second on a steal attempt in the third inning of their Junior League all-star game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Saturday. Hampden won 23-1.

Gardner, offense propel Hampden Junior stars past Brewer

By jneill on July 09, 2011, at 5:28 p.m.
BANGOR — The Hampden Junior League all-star team put an emphasis on its hitting in preparation for the District 3 baseball tournament. That priority stood out Saturday as the team backed pitcher Tristan Gardner with a 19-hit attack as he turned in a solid two-hit pitching performance, striking out six …
Hermon's Alessa Oakes waits for her turn to bat during a Little League all-star softball game last week in Hermon. Oakes and teammate Karli Theberge have used their identical pitching skills to put their team in title contention when the state Little League softball tourney opens Saturday.

Pitchers’ similar skills propel Hermon softball team to state tourney

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on July 08, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.
HERMON — When Hermon softball players Alessa Oakes and Karli Theberge got out of their car for a Little League game a couple of seasons ago, a Bangor parent asked, “Which one of the twins is pitching today?” Even though the girls aren’t related, they’ve become known as “the twins” …

Old Town all-stars notch second win in baseball tourney

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on June 30, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.
BANGOR — Kaleb Gifford began Old Town’s Little League matchup against Bangor East firing throws to first base from shortstop, but finished firing pitches and painting corners on the mound, helping his team complete a 7-4 second-round District 3 all-star baseball win at Taylor Field Thursday. “I felt pretty good …

All-star tourneys helping young players develop, gain experience

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on June 26, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR — Early evening weekday games, weekend doubleheaders, practices, having fun, inventing nicknames, and pizza parties are all part of the classic aura of Little League, which was formed in 1939 in Williamsport, Pa., by Carl Stotz. Baseball and softball Little Leaguers utilize their gloves, arms, and bats in the …

Cheverus’ Potthoff, Scarborough’s Hannan lead West ‘A’ title sweep

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on June 19, 2011, at 5:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA — Peter Potthoff credited Cheverus coach Mac McKew’s “see the ball, hit the ball — one-pitch-at-a-time” philosophy as a key teaching point in the Stags’ run this postseason. The senior displayed his coach’s principle nearly perfectly, going 3-for 4 — including a two-run home run — with five RBIs …
Deer Isle-Stonington shortstop Janelle Ciomei misses a tag on Ashland's Amanda Paradis at second base during the fifth inning of their Eastern Maine Class D final at Coffin Field in Brewer Tuesday. DI-Stonington won 28-2.

Ouzts leads DI-Stonington to EM Class D softball crown

By JOEL NEILL, Special to the BDN on June 14, 2011, at 6:17 p.m.
BREWER — Sydney Ouzts continued her dominant season in the circle with a one-hit, eight-strikeout performance Tuesday, helping Deer Isle-Stonington capture its second straight EM Class D softball title with a 28-2 victory over the Ashland Hornets at a rain-soaked Coffin Field. Deer Isle-Stonington coach Terry Siebert stressed the importance …
Old Town's Meagan Cousins slides around Caribou's Sare Damboise to steal second during the third inning of their Eastern Maine Class B semifinal at Old Town High School Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2011. Caribou won 4-2 in nine innings.

Staples leads Caribou softball team to second upset, berth in final

By Joel Neill on June 11, 2011, at 6:49 p.m.
OLD TOWN — Junior pitcher Emily Staples helped eighth-seeded Caribou pull off its second upset in three days when the Vikings knocked off the No. 4 Old Town Coyotes in ninth innings Saturday in an Eastern Maine Class B softball semifinal Saturday. On Thursday the Vikings eliminated top-seeded Medomak Valley …