Articles by Kalle Oakes


Lisbon boys, girls teams sweep Mountain Valley Conference track titles

By Kalle Oakes on May 30, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Different season, different gender, same parade of speculative calculations and sleepless nights. A year ago, the Lisbon boys made their coaches and community sweat it out until the final event before the Greyhounds could lay claim to a sweep of the Mountain Valley Conference track and field …
Matt Martin of Hampden, pictured during a 2013 game, was the tough-luck loser Wednesday in a season-opening, 1-0 Class A baseball setback at Lewiston.

Lewiston lefty Emerson outduels Hampden ace Martin in baseball opener

By Kalle Oakes on April 23, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Sure, it’s April, when the infield dirt is rugged as plywood, the outfield grass is brown and saturated, and the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. If Eddie Emerson exhibits the same control and velocity his left arm wielded Wednesday at Deschenes Field, however, Lewiston will be …
Messalonskee's Dan Condon (left) protects the puck from Yarmouth's David Clemmer in the first period of the Class B Winter Classic on Saturday at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena in Gorham. The game was a West versus East of Class B school's all stars.

East, West hockey senior all-stars split games in first Winter Classic

By Kalle Oakes on March 16, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
GORHAM | Clay Rowland was a defenseman playing in a hockey all-star game. As assignments go, it’s up there with being asked to clean the lion’s cage just before the end of his nap. Still, the Leavitt Area High School senior felt like he ended his career with a …

Saint Dominic’s defeats Lewiston High School in Class A East hockey semifinal

By Kalle Oakes on March 01, 2014, at 10:17 p.m.
LEWISTON — There’s a reason rivals at higher levels of hockey play best-of-seven series. Emotions swing violently. Confidence spikes and wanes accordingly. And the pipes and sticks that provide friendly bounce one night break your heart the next. The third time was a convincing charm for Saint Dominic Academy, which …

Wells girls knock off previously unbeaten Spruce Mountain

By Kalle Oakes on Feb. 20, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | Eight seniors strong, Wells has that look in its eye this girls basketball postseason, one that combines confidence and talent with something that borders on fury. As was the case with previous victim Gray-New Gloucester, the corresponding countenance of Spruce Mountain was one of anxiety, then timidity, …

Seniors carry Wells girls by Gray-New Gloucester to berth in West Class B semifinal

By Kalle Oakes on Feb. 19, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
PORTLAND | The drastic difference between Wells and Gray-New Gloucester’s two girls basketball encounters this winter can be explained by hunger and desperation. Round one, early in the regular season, the Patriots exhibited both. Embarrassed a night earlier by York, they clamped down and shocked the Warriors, who were …

Keene’s eye helps Spruce Mountain survive Fryeburg in West B girls quarterfinal

By Kalle Oakes on Feb. 19, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | To say that Emily Keene is a perfectionist is a matter of both principle and performance, especially when she’s standing at the free throw line. A year ago, Keene was startlingly close to perfect when she swished 49 of 50 free throws to win the annual McDonald’s …

Poland headed to semifinals for first time ever after foul-filled game against Spruce Mountain

By Kalle Oakes on Feb. 15, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | It has been a 15-year journey, but Poland Regional High School finally finds itself in the land of Greely, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth and company. The Knights advanced to the Class B West boys’ basketball semifinals for the first time in school history Saturday, defeating Spruce Mountain, 77-69, …

Bangor boys ‘bomb’ way past Edward Little

By Kalle Oakes on Dec. 13, 2013, at 10:10 p.m.
AUBURN | Three-pointers were contagious in the Bangor boys’ basketball camp Friday night. If you didn’t believe it after Alex Campbell and Xavier Lewis combined for three in the final 94 seconds of the first half at Edward Little, maybe the message was delivered when Campbell’s father sank a …

Junior QB rallies Bonny Eagle by Cheverus in Class A state football final

By Kalle Oakes on Nov. 23, 2013, at 4:50 p.m.
PORTLAND | Another day, another dramatic drive to win a high school football state championship. This one was engineered by Bonny Eagle and junior quarterback Zach Dubiel, whose 6-yard scamper with 22 seconds remaining steered the Scots to a 31-28 win Saturday over Cheverus in the Class A final …

Portland golfer Greenleaf rallies past Walp for MSGA match play title

By Kalle Oakes on Aug. 22, 2013, at 8:21 p.m.
AUBURN | Thursday’s conclusion of the fourth-annual Maine State Golf Association Match Play Invitational served nicely as the dictionary definition of the format. Matt Greenleaf dropped two of the best shots of his life onto the 17th and 18th greens at Fox Ridge Golf Club. Joe Walp, try as …
Joe Alvarez hits his ball out of the rough on the fourth hole during 2013 Maine Match Play Invitational at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Auburn on Wednesday.

Portlanders Greenleaf, Walp reach final of Maine State Golf Association match play

By Kalle Oakes on Aug. 21, 2013, at 8:22 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine— There haven’t been separate brackets for beards and peach fuzz at the Maine State Golf Association Match Play Invitational this week. It has only worked out that way. Two Portland men reached the present-meets-the-future championship round of the fourth-annual tournament at Fox Ridge Golf Club. Matt Greenleaf, he …
Black Mountain ski area in Rumford

Ski area’s closure ‘devastating’ to local sports

By Kalle Oakes on June 27, 2013, at 5:39 a.m.
RUMFORD | It wasn’t quite an avalanche, but the domino effect of Wednesday morning news from Black Mountain of Maine set off a foreboding rumble in the local sports community. The Rumford ski area’s management team announced that it will cease alpine operations immediately. While the Maine Winter Sports …
Jesse Peterson from Central Maine BJJ celebrates after winning his title match against Cody Lightfoot at Saturday night's New England Fights Fight Night IV at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

MMA, evolved from sideshow to sport, captivates Maine

By Kalle Oakes on April 24, 2013, at 6:23 a.m.
U.S. senator and past presidential candidate John McCain delivered a breathtaking body blow to mixed martial arts’ reputation in its infancy. “Human cockfighting,” he labeled the developing sport. MMA wore those words from a respected political figure like a scarlet letter for years, even as it successfully built sanctioning bodies, …

There’s no magic formula for Maine men’s basketball team to duplicate Florida Gulf Coast feat

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on March 24, 2013, at 9:58 p.m.
Twitter blew up Friday night with lamentations of the University of Maine’s links to the Florida Gulf Coast upset of Georgetown. The first, and typical, response from this desolate haunt in which we always seem to be playing six-degrees-of-separation with the real world, was the observation that Maine beat FGCU, …
Lewiston High School cheerleaders pose for a team picture after successfully defending their title Saturday at the New England Spirit Championships in Lawrence, Mass.

Lewiston repeats as New England cheerleading champions

By Kalle Oakes on March 17, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.
One was fun, but twice is doubly nice. Lewiston High School cheerleading successfully defended its championship Saturday morning at the New England Interscholastic Spirit Championship in Lawrence, Mass. Maine schools went one-two in the competition. Lewiston’s score of 188 points easily outdistanced Marshwood’s 181.1. “It was even better than states,” …

Waynflete boys surge past Monmouth after slow start in WM ‘C’ quarterfinal

By Kalle Oakes on Feb. 18, 2013, at 9:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nearly six minutes into Monday’s Western Class C quarterfinal, the Waynflete and Monmouth boys’ basketball teams had generated a hockey score. That was the classic good news/bad news scenario for the Mustangs, who opened the game with a series of defensive stands they would have concocted in …
Ashlee Arnold (left) of Edward Little High School and Emily Quirion of Cony High School chase down a loose ball during the second period in Augusta on Friday.

Ninth-seeded Cony girls knock off No. 1 Edward Little in ‘A’ quarterfinal

By Kalle Oakes on Feb. 15, 2013, at 11:11 p.m.
AUGUSTA — Throw out the seeds. Throw out the record books. And cross No. 1 Edward Little out of your Eastern Class A girls’ basketball bracket, thanks to a tournament-tested Cony club that looked like anything but a No. 9. The defending regional champion Rams took the lead with their …
Taylor Pratt, right, celebrates with Erika Thibault after Lewiston High School won the Class A East Regional Cheering Competition at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.

Lewiston wins fourth straight EM ‘A’ cheering title; Bangor second, Brewer third

By Kalle Oakes on Jan. 26, 2013, at 7:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA — Saturday was just another building block in the championship pyramid for Lewiston cheerleading. Five days after pocketing their fifth straight KVAC title, the Blue Devils bagged a fourth consecutive Eastern Class A crown on the same Augusta Civic Center floor. Lewiston now chases its third state championship in …

Cheverus RB Donald Goodrich wins Fitzpatrick Trophy

By Kalle Oakes on Jan. 20, 2013, at 3:57 p.m.
It didn’t pan out this past high school football season, but playing for Cheverus is a good way to put yourself in the state championship conversation, at least. And if you’re the Stags’ star offensive player, it’s also becoming the tried-and-true way to walk off with the Fitzpatrick Trophy. Donald …
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