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Former UMaine field hockey players relish experience on Canadian national team

By Larry Mahoney on March 27, 2015, at 8:35 p.m.
Holly Stewart decided a year ago that if she wanted to realize her lifelong dream of playing field hockey for Team Canada in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she would have to finish up her University of Maine degree a semester early. That meant taking …
Drivers compete in the Outlaw 100 at Spud Speedway in July 2014 in Caribou.

Longtime County driver to keep motors racing at Spud Speedway

By Larry Mahoney on March 27, 2015, at 5:25 a.m.
There will be racing at Caribou’s Spud Speedway this season thanks to Limestone’s John Albert. The 74-year-old Albert, who is still driving race cars at Spud Speedway, has agreed to lease the track from owner Troy Haney. The lease is for one year with a renewal clause. Albert and Haney …

Husson baseball team set to play six games in three days

By Larry Mahoney on March 26, 2015, at 7:46 p.m.
The Husson University Eagles baseball team will play three consecutive North Atlantic Conference doubleheaders at the Winkin Complex beginning Friday. They will be using a portable fence provided by Allan Farm Fence Co. of Hermon because the Winkin Complex still has a few inches of snow on its warning track. …
Workers shovel snow out of the grandstand in this recent photo at Hadlock Field in Portland.

Harsh winter won’t affect Portland Sea Dogs home opener

By Larry Mahoney on March 25, 2015, at 6:29 p.m.
The harsh, snowy winter won’t derail any plans for the Eastern League’s (AA) Portland Sea Dogs to open their baseball season against Reading on April 9 at Hadlock Field. Chris Cameron, the assistant general manager and public relations director for the Sea Dogs, said snow removal began on March 1, …
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Former UMaine hockey star takes Pioneers to second straight NCAA tourney

By Larry Mahoney on March 25, 2015, at 7:04 a.m.
It is always difficult to step in after the departure of a highly successful coach. That’s what former University of Maine All-American and all-time scoring leader Jim Montgomery did a year ago when he took over as the head coach at the University of Denver for George Gwozdecky, who was …

UMaine hockey team lands point-producing Minnesota defenseman

By Larry Mahoney on March 24, 2015, at 6:18 a.m.
Defenseman Sam Becker, who leads the Minnesota Magicians in scoring and is third among the North American Hockey League’s defensemen in points, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in the fall. The 6-foot, 180-pound Becker has eight goals and 38 assists in 53 games for the Magicians. …
University of Maine defenseman Dan Renouf (left) may be called upon next season to help fill the void left by Ben Hutton, who passed up his senior year to sign a pro contract.

UMaine hockey team expects difficulty replacing two players

By Larry Mahoney on March 20, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
The struggling University of Maine men’s hockey program has suffered a significant setback with the departure of 2013-14 second-team All-Americans Devin Shore and Ben Hutton. Head coach Red Gendron and assistants Jay Leach and Ben Guite knew this was the likelihood and prepared for it during their recruiting. Even though …
Ryan Gay blasts out of the sand trap on the second hole during the Paul Bunyan Golf Tournament on June 2, 2013 at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono.

Two amateur golf tourneys to tee off same weekend in June

By Larry Mahoney on March 20, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
The 51st annual Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament will switch to a new venue, and a new tournament will go head-to-head with it June 13 and 14. The Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono’s new partner for the two-day, 36-hole Bunyan will be the Falmouth Country Club. The course it …
The University of Maine's Devin Shore takes a shot on goal against the University of Connecticut during their game on Jan. 30 at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Former UMaine player Devin Shore earns All-Hockey East second-team honors

By Larry Mahoney on March 19, 2015, at 9:43 p.m.
University of Maine junior center Devin Shore, who recently signed a contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, was named to the All-Hockey East second team at the league’s awards banquet in Boston on Thursday night. Junior defenseman Ben Hutton, who has signed with Vancouver, was named as an honorable mention. …

Fournier named to All-Eastern Maine Class A team

on March 19, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
Sophomore goaltender Derek Fournier was among six members of the Bangor High School hockey team to earn All-Eastern Maine Class A honors. Senior Jake Fournier and junior Trevor DeLaite, both forwards, were chosen to the first team along with junior defenseman Ben Crichton and goalie Fournier. Senior forward Nick Graham …

Gagne still having fun at 70

on March 19, 2015, at 7:51 p.m.
Seventy-year-old Norm Gagne has coached 1,010 high school hockey games at five different schools. “But I still get excited before every game. I even get butterflies sometimes, depending upon who we play,” said Gagne, who guided Scarborough High School to its first ever state Class A championship last weekend, when …
Bangor's Jake Fournier (left) moves the puck around Brunswick's Andrew Eno during their Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal hockey game Feb. 24 at Sawyer Arena in Bangor.

Bangor places six on Eastern Maine Class A hockey all-star team

By Larry Mahoney on March 18, 2015, at 7:55 p.m.
Sophomore goaltender Derek Fournier was among six members of the Bangor High School hockey team to earn All-Eastern Maine Class A honors. Senior Jake Fournier and junior Trevor DeLaite, both forwards, were chosen to the first team along with junior defenseman Ben Crichton and goalie Fournier. Senior forward Nick Graham …
University of Maine's Erin Bogdanovich of South Portland pitches at softball practice at Mahaney Dome in Orono Tuesday.

Family’s deep athletic roots aid sisters’ growth on UMaine softball team

By Larry Mahoney on March 18, 2015, at 7:36 a.m.
ORONO | They are sisters, roommates and pitchers for the University of Maine’s softball team. One is a right-hander and the other is a lefty. The Bogdanovich sisters, Alexis and Erin, are products of an impressive athletic blood line. Their late grandfather Ed is in the University of Maine …
Amy Jones was named the interim head coach of the University of Maine at Farmington softball team on Feb. 10.

Former UM-Farmington softball standout, 23, lands dream job

By Larry Mahoney on March 17, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
Amy Jones said her dream job is to be a college softball coach. That dream has come true, although she certainly didn’t expect it to happen at age 23, a little less than a year after completing her senior season at the University of Maine at Farmington. Jones has gone …
Snow covers the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on Friday.

State’s golf courses should be on par this season despite heavy snow

By Larry Mahoney on March 17, 2015, at 6:49 a.m.
Some may think the unusually heavy snowfall covering the state’s golf courses is a concern for golf pros. But after last winter’s acute ice issues, which ravaged several courses and left them with temporary greens for an extended period, the pros see the snow as a positive because it provides …
The University of Maine's Ben Hutton (right) gets tripped up trying to clear the puck past the University of Connecticut's Trevor Gerling during their hockey game on Jan. 30 at Alfond Arena in Orono.

UMaine junior defenseman signs with Vancouver Canucks

By Larry Mahoney on March 16, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
University of Maine junior defenseman Ben Hutton, a second team All-American a year ago, has signed with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. He is expected to report to Utica of the American Hockey League, the Canucks affiliate. Hutton was a fifth-round draft pick of the Canucks in 2012, the 147th overall …

Cunningham named Eastern Class B Player of the Year

on March 15, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
BREWER — Junior center Jared Cunningham, who racked up 79 points in leading the Messalonskee High School Eagles to their second straight state Class B championship, was named the player of the year in Eastern Maine Class B at the league’s annual banquet Sunday at Jeff’s Catering. He follows older …
Messalonskee junior center Jared Cunningham (left) has been named the player of the year in Eastern Maine Class B hockey.

Messalonskee junior center named East B hockey’s player of the year

By Larry Mahoney on March 15, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
BREWER | Junior center Jared Cunningham, who racked up 79 points in leading the Messalonskee High School Eagles to their second straight state Class B championship, was named the player of the year in Eastern Maine Class B at the league’s annual banquet Sunday at Jeff’s Catering. He follows …
The University of Maine's Connor Leen (left) and Canisius' Logan Roe battle for the puck during their hockey game on Jan. 3 at Alfond Arena in Orono.

UMaine senior forward signs with Bakersfield Condors hockey team

By Larry Mahoney on March 13, 2015, at 9:02 a.m.
University of Maine senior left wing Connor Leen has signed a contract with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL. Leen had 10 goals and 7 assists in 37 games this season. He was the team’s seventh-leading point-getter. He was third on the team in shots on goal with 102 and …
Bangor head swim coach Phil Emery watches as the Rams compete against Mount Desert Island in a meet at Husson University in Bangor in this January 2010 file photo.

Hall of Fame Bangor High School swim coach retires after 46 years

By Larry Mahoney on March 12, 2015, at 6:09 p.m.
After earning a degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Phil Emery had his heart set on obtaining a master’s degree in oceanography from San Diego State University. But John Coombs, the director of the Bangor YMCA, told him he should contact Bangor Superintendent of Schools Wendell Eaton about a science …
 
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