Articles by Kalle Oakes


St. Dominic girls hockey outlasts Mt. Ararat

By Kalle Oakes on Jan. 20, 2013, at 6:05 a.m.
LEWISTON | Ten athletes strong, the Saint Dominic Academy girls’ hockey team has given itself a chance to make the Eastern Class A playoffs. And really, from a season that started with the death of its coach and eight losses in the first 10 games, what more could you …

Tracy scores three goals in Bangor’s 6-3 victory over St. Dom’s

By Kalle Oakes on Jan. 02, 2013, at 11:26 p.m.
LEWISTON — Question a soft spot or two on Bangor’s early schedule, if you wish. Wonder how the Rams would weather an unexpected, in-season coaching change, if you must. The Rams of January are no different than the Rams of November and December: Eastern Class A boys’ hockey co-favorites, at …
Jay's Jake Lord goes for the shot between Mt Abram defenders Kenny Moir (left) and Lincoln Dyar in a game played at Jay during Lord's high school basketball days.

Sister of Jay athlete who took his own life promotes awareness of head injuries

By Kalle Oakes on Dec. 30, 2012, at 12:25 p.m.
Jenna Lord remembers the little brother who made friends easily, was rarely seen without a smile on his face and approached sports, school and life with equal enthusiasm. The young man she encountered in the months prior to his death was an eerie shadow of that. “He had a lot …
Thornton Academy junior running back Andrew Libby (16) makes a break for it during the Class A Football State Championship game Saturday.

Thornton Academy overcomes Lawrence for Class A football title

By Kalle Oakes on Nov. 17, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.
PORTLAND | If this was the final Class A football championship of the three-division era, it was a rousing curtain call with momentum changes and huge plays aplenty. As for the end result, it was sobering and familiar. Thornton Academy scored two touchdowns in a 68-second span of the …

Mt. Blue holds off stubborn MDI football team

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 27, 2012, at 12:27 a.m.
FARMINGTON — After two years of trouncing Eastern Class B to the tune of Tecmo Bowl-quality yardage and points, Chad Luker and Mt. Blue weren’t expecting to see their high school football life flash before their eyes in a one-versus-eight quarterfinal game. “I’m in shock,” Luker said. “I’m still shaking.” …

Punter Thompson kicks it up a notch for Lisbon football team

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 19, 2012, at 12:58 p.m.
LISBON — It is high school football’s universal sign of temporary surrender. The marker between the two measuring stakes is flipped to ’4.’ Offensive playmakers trot dejectedly off the field and detach chin straps. Except for one, who drops back and punts the ball away. Unless we’re talking about Lisbon …
The green flag drops at the start of the late model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway in July 2012. Speedway owner Bill Ryan announced on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 that he has agreed to sell the track to Tom Mayberry.

Drivers react to sale of Oxford Plains Speedway with optimism, anxiety

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 16, 2012, at 3:36 p.m.
Dan Morris looked across the Oxford Plains Speedway oval Saturday from his vantage point in the pit area and witnessed something sobering, if not startling. He saw a sprawling main grandstand with room for more than 10,000 men, women and children, almost completely vacant. Yes, while an …
The green flag drops at the start of the late model feature at Oxford Plains Speedway in July 2012. Speedway owner Bill Ryan announced on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 that he has agreed to sell the track to Tom Mayberry.

Oxford Plains Speedway sold

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 14, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.
For only the third time in nearly 50 years, ownership of the region’s largest sports entertainment facility is changing hands. Bill Ryan announced Sunday afternoon that he has entered into an agreement to sell Oxford Plains Speedway to Tom Mayberry of Naples. The deal is expected to …

Chapman carries Bangor football team past Blue Devils

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 13, 2012, at 2:31 a.m.
LEWISTON — Six straight Pine Tree Conference losses. That’s the bad news for Lewiston football. Seven kick return touchdowns and two more years of eligibility for Quintarian Brown and Sheon James. That’s substantially better news. Lewiston bowed to Bangor on Friday night at Don Roux Field, 37-20, but not before …

Big plays carry Mt. Blue football team over Leavitt

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 06, 2012, at 12:31 a.m.
TURNER — When Mt. Blue needed big plays early Friday night, the Cougars got them. Twice backed up to its own goal line and requiring a turnover to stop Leavitt from gaining command, the Cougars grabbed those. Needing to bleed the final six minutes off the clock by converting not …

Case of Messalonskee football coach shows that swift reaction not always the right one

By Kalle Oakes on Oct. 01, 2012, at 12:10 p.m.
A football coach has lost his job, his reputation bruised for as long as the word Google is part of the American vocabulary. An undefeated team on the way to its school’s best season in years is forced to conclude that campaign under different leadership; good coaches without experience managing …

Post-game words usually have purpose

By Kalle Oakes on Sept. 13, 2012, at 2:57 p.m.
Covering high school football for a living every autumn sometimes leaves me feeling so… used. Hear me out. It’s the greatest job in the world. Free access to the sideline and all the action and camaraderie. The best seat in the house for some of the most intense sights and …

Bedard’s skills a Hornets’ nest for opponents

By Kalle Oakes on Sept. 07, 2012, at 12:01 p.m.
TURNER | “Slash” became part of the football vernacular not long after Brian Bedard was born. The original bearer of that nickname was Kordell Stewart, whom the 1990s Pittsburgh Steelers used as a wide receiver until he was deemed ready to be an NFL starting quarterback. It was then …
Lawrence running back Shaun Caroll (32) slips the grasp of Bangor's Nick Sherwood (83) and runs for a touchdown in the second half at Cameron Stadiuim in Bangor in 2011.

Lawrence, Bangor again expected to rule Eastern Class A football

By Kalle Oakes on Aug. 26, 2012, at 7:13 a.m.
Defending champion Lawrence welcomes back quarterback Spencer Carey and halfback Anthony Sementelli; Bangor battering ram Cody Chapman, a bruising fullback, and quarterback Carl Farnham will keep the Rams in the running.

Oxford driver burned in accident released from hospital

By Kalle Oakes on Aug. 21, 2012, at 6:35 a.m.
Kyle Hewins was being prepared for discharge Monday night from Maine Medical Center in Portland, only 48 hours after he was severely burned in a freak accident at Oxford Plains Speedway. That the Leeds driver walked out of the hospital under his own power is something family, friends and eyewitnesses …

TD Beach to Beacon: Marathon legends Rodgers, Shorter surprise entrants

By Kalle Oakes on Aug. 04, 2012, at 8:48 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | Tucked within the time frame of an Olympic track and field meet, coinciding with a major milestone year in the local and national running communities, the TD Beach to Beacon 10-kilometer road race probably deserved a little extra star power. That infusion came with a legendary …

Lewiston rolls to crown; Bangor captures 2nd

By on Jan. 25, 2009, at 7:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Second in a cheerleading championship meet isn’t the end of the world when the clear favorite lives up to, even exceeds, its advance billing. It’s even more palatable when …
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