Larry Mahoney


University of Maine hockey head coach Red Gendron yells instructions to his team during a game against Merrimack College on March 8 at Alfond Arena in Orono.  University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech wants to boost attendance at men’s hockey games.

Creech exploring ways to put more fans in seats at UMaine hockey games

By Larry Mahoney on April 20, 2014, at 9:22 a.m.
University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech wants to fill Alfond Arena for Black Bear men’s hockey games. And he said he won’t leave any stone unturned in his quest to do so. Maine’s average attendance of 4,092 this past season, which included 15 regular-season games and the Hockey East …

48th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Results

By Larry Mahoney on April 19, 2014, at 9:55 p.m.
  Open Class (33 craft):1. Rick O’Donald, Paul Brown, Bill Anderson, Bronwen Pierson, Chip Loring, Old Town, Justin Wardwell, Hampden, Rod McClain, Newburyport, Mass., 1:521:47; 2. Zeb Hills, Greg Door, Bangor; Ralph Robertson, Bucksport, Bill Deighan, Newburg, Dan Littlefield, Belfast, Bill Anderson, Prospect, Ben Lounsberry, Orrington, John Alsop, Cornville, Eve …
Six Mile Falls tips another team during the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race on Saturday. The participants are Peter Delong, Kristyn Frohock and Catherine Rich, all of Orono.

Cochrane captures Kenduskeag Race division with daughter 40 years after winning with dad

By Larry Mahoney on April 19, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
KENDUSKEAG, Maine — Greenville native Chip Cochrane had originally intended to attend the 48th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race to support his wife, Lani Love-Cochrane, and her paddling partner Shelley Koenig. But, three days before the race, when 17-year-old daugher Czari expressed interest in entering the race for the first …
Chris Strout of Bar Harbor takes practice runs with his paddle board at 6-Mile Falls on the Kenduskeag Stream on Friday while practicing for the 48th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.

High tides cause Kenduskeag canoe race to be shortened by 1 mile

By Larry Mahoney on April 18, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — For only the second time in 48 years, the annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race will be shortened. On Friday afternoon, Bangor Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Willette and Debbie Gendreau, the superintendent of the department, made the decision to shorten the race, from 16.5 miles to 15.5 …
In this June 2013 file photo, Penobscot Valley third baseman Shaelyn Jones wears a face mask while playing close to home plate against Richmond in the Class D softball state championship in Standish.

Penobscot Valley girls seek third straight Eastern Maine Class D softball title

By Larry Mahoney on April 18, 2014, at 3:57 p.m.
One would be hard-pressed to find many high school softball teams that have won 37 games over the past two seasons. The Penobscot Valley girls from Howland can make that claim, having gone 37-3. The Howlers won its first-ever state Class D softball championship two years ago, beating Richmond 4-2. …

Wiscasset Speedway to open for racing

By Larry Mahoney on April 18, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
Wiscasset Speedway will open for racing Saturday afternoon as Richard and Vanessa Jordan begin their second season owning the track. The couple will drop the green flag at 2 p.m. The Jordans bought the track in July 2012 for $130,000 in a foreclosure auction. Doug White had owned it but …
Former University of Maine All-America goaltender Jimmy Howard, pictured in an April 11 game, leads the Detroit Red Wings into their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Bruins beginning Friday night at TD Garden.

Former UMaine All-America goalie Howard hopes to spark Red Wings to playoff upset vs. Bruins

By Larry Mahoney on April 17, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Ten years ago, Jimmy Howard took center stage at TD Garden in Boston. In what is considered one of the best finals in Hockey East history, Howard made 63 saves as the University of Maine beat Massachusetts 2-1 in triple overtime. He led that Black Bears team to a berth …
Tony Hamlin

Penquis Valley High School drops softball team, but hopes to bring it back next spring

By Larry Mahoney on April 16, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
Penquis Valley High School of Milo will not field a softball team this spring due to low numbers. Penquis athletic director Tony Hamlin said that just eight players showed up for practice on Monday and that prompted him and Penquis principal Matt Hackett to pull the plug on the program …
Tim Whitehead

Former Maine men’s hockey coach Whitehead leads Kimball Union Academy to title

By Larry Mahoney on April 16, 2014, at 7:17 a.m.
Tim Whitehead made a smooth and successful transition to coaching at the prep school level. Whitehead, who was fired after 12 years as the head coach at the University of Maine last April, led his Kimball Union Academy team to its second New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Small School …
Brewer High School softball coach Skip Estes talks to the players during practice last season.

Young Brewer High softball team faces a challenge to stay on top in Class A

By Larry Mahoney on April 15, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
Brewer has been one of the state’s top high school softball teams over the last decade. Coach Skip Estes has guided his eight Witch teams to a 103-30 record and a state Class A championship in 2008. The Witches reached the Eastern Maine Class A title game two years ago …

Black Bear hockey team lands hard-nosed winger whose father played in NHL

By Larry Mahoney on April 15, 2014, at 6:23 a.m.
University of Maine men’s hockey coach Red Gendron continues to add size to his lineup for next season. Six-foot-one, 178-pound left winger Cedric Lacroix, son of former National Hockey Leaguer and current New York Rangers assistant coach Danny Lacroix, has verbally committed to attend Maine in the fall. Maine was …

Former Brewer High School three-sport athlete named school’s girls basketball coach

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
Chris Horr, who was the assistant girls basketball coach at Brewer High School this past season, has been elevated to head coach. He was approved by the Brewer School Committee on Monday night. Horr replaces Andy Nickerson, who resigned after nine seasons. Brewer went 2-16 this past season after going …
Husson softball player Chelsea Brennan stocks shelves at the Cressy Marketplace on the Husson University campus on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Husson softball players balancing athletics, academics, work schedules

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2014, at 7:43 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — When Mallory Conary isn’t running down fly balls in center field for the Husson University softball team, she’s chasing down change for a cashier who is low on quarters at Shaw’s Supermarket in Bangor, where she is a customer service representative/cashier. When Husson second baseman and soccer …
Former Bangor High School football coach Gerry Hodge, 86, is battling liver cancer.

Family, community and athletic experiences aid two Bangor coaches in their battles with cancer

By Larry Mahoney on April 13, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — In 1957, after spending four seasons as the head football coach at Mexico High School, Gerry Hodge came home and became the football coach at his alma mater, Bangor High School. “It was my dream job,” recalled Hodge. “I couldn’t believe it. At 27, I was coaching …
University of Maryland Baltimore County pitcher Taylor Hall delivers a pitch to a UMaine player on Friday at Orono.

Freshman lefty pitches four-hitter as UMBC ruins UMaine’s softball home opener

By Larry Mahoney on April 11, 2014, at 8:05 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maryland-Baltimore County went 3 for 7 with runners on base and all three hits produced runs while the University of Maine went just 1 for 8. The result was a 3-0 softball victory for the Retrievers in Maine’s home-opener at Kessock Field Friday afternoon. …

Greater Bangor area co-op team being explored for high school girls ice hockey

By Larry Mahoney on April 10, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.
Steve Cheff, coach of the Maine Freeze girls Under-16 club hockey team, is the driving force behind a movement to put the first Greater Bangor area high school girls co-op team on the ice this season. Cheff said the players would come from Bangor High School and John Bapst High …
University of Maine guard Shaun Lawton (left) goes to the hoop against Quinnipiac's Umar Shannon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this November 2013 file photo. Lawton is transferring from the UMaine team.

Fourth member of UMaine men’s basketball team is transferring

By Larry Mahoney on April 10, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
Sophomore guard Shaun Lawton has become the fourth member of the 2013-14 University of Maine men’s basketball team to fill out a transfer release form in order to leave the program for another institution. Eileen Flaherty, associate athletic director for compliance at the university, said Thursday that Lawton has filled …
Shaun Lawton (10) of the University of Maine, pictured during a Jan. 16 game in Bangor, may be the next Black Bear to seek a transfer out of the program.

Lawton could be next UMaine men’s basketball player to transfer

By Larry Mahoney on April 09, 2014, at 8:55 p.m.
Sophomore guard Shaun Lawton may have become the third prominent member of the University of Maine men’s basketball team to leave the program, according to reports Wednesday on WLBZ-TV 2 and WABI-TV 5 in Bangor. However, the BDN was unable to confirm that Lawton plans to transfer. “We do not …
Tayla Trask of St. Anselm College delivers a pitch during a 2013 softball game. The junior is 10-0 this season with a 0.71 earned run average.

Former Mattanawcook Academy pitcher has 10-0 record at Saint Anselm

By Larry Mahoney on April 09, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
The Saint Anselm College softball team is off to a 13-7 start this spring and one of the primary reasons is former Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln standout Tayla Trask. The junior right-hander is the ace of the pitching staff. She sports a 10-0 record with a 0.71 earned run average. …
Henry Owens

Portland Sea Dogs roster loaded with top Red Sox prospects

By Larry Mahoney on April 09, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
In 2005, the opening-day roster for the Portland Sea Dogs of the AA Eastern League included second baseman Dustin Pedroia, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitchers Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon. All have gone on to become stars in the major leagues. Pedroia, Lester and Papelbon helped the Red Sox win …
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