Pete Warner

Asst. Sports Editor


Major League Baseball’s new replay system good for a ‘Popsicle headache’

By Pete Warner on April 22, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a Popsicle headache from this new MLB replay system. Here is what I see so far… A manager doesn’t like an umpire call … he slowly heads out to the field, turning just right so he can see his dugout … the …
The University of Maine's Liz Wood (right) goes up for a shot over Yale University's Zenab Keita during their game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in January.

UMaine basketball teams attract larger crowds in first season at Cross Insurance Center

By Pete Warner on April 20, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine men’s hockey team may have experienced its lowest attendance in 22 seasons last winter, but things appear to be on the upswing for the Black Bears basketball programs. Attendance was up nearly 28 percent for women’s basketball, while the men’s program enjoyed a …
Maine native and current Standish resident Brian Butterfield congratulates David Ross as he rounds the bases after slugging the ball over the Green Monster at Fenway Park on April 13, 2013.

Butterfield, Kinney, Casavant among Maine Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

By Pete Warner on April 18, 2014, at 7:31 p.m.
The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome nine new members at its 44th Ceremony and Banquet, to be held Aug. 3 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland. The 2014 inductees into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame are: Brian Butterfield of Boston is the third base …
Bella Swan, a transfer from Salt Lake Community College, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Maine

Junior college transfer Bella Swan joins UMaine women’s basketball team

By Pete Warner on April 18, 2014, at 4:36 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women’s basketball program has announced that it has received a National Letter of Intent from junior college transfer Isabella (Bella) Swan. Swan transfers to the Black Bears from Salt Lake Community College. “We are all very excited about Bella joining us,” head coach …
The University of Maine men's basketball coaching staff in 2009 included Chris Markwood (second left), Doug Leichner, and Ted Woodward.

Leichner, Markwood, Sorrentine among possible candidates to fill UMaine men’s basketball post

By Pete Warner on April 16, 2014, at 7:35 a.m.
With Ted Woodward out as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine, speculation is rampant about a possible successor. Woodward had been a fixture in the Black Bears program, having served eight years as an assistant and the last 10 as the head coach. With the program …
Dimitry Akanda-Coronel

Former UMaine men’s basketball player heading to Bryant

By Pete Warner on April 15, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
It didn’t take long for former UMaine basketball player Dimitry Akanda-Coronel to choose his next school. College Basketball Magazine has reported on its Twitter feed that the 6-foot-5 guard has verbally committed to attend Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. On March 27, Akanda-Coronel became the first of three prominent UMaine …
Maine men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward calls a timeout and talks to his team during a game in December 2011. Woodward was fired by the university on Monday.

Player departures signalled internal problems with Woodward’s UMaine men’s basketball teams

By Pete Warner on April 15, 2014, at 6:26 p.m.
Ted Woodward’s tenure as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine was fairly typical compared to his two predecessors. His stint lasted longer than those of John Giannini and the late Rudy Keeling, but on Monday, Woodward became the first among them to be fired from the position. …
The University of Maine on Monday fired men's basketball head coach Ted Woodward, buying out his contract to end his 10-year tenure in the position.

UMaine fires men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward

By Pete Warner on April 14, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
UMaine President Paul Ferguson announced Monday that the university will buy out Woodward’s contract, ending his tenure as coach, effective immediately.

Organizers, paddlers negotiate high, fast water during Souadabscook Stream Race

By Pete Warner on April 13, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
There was no issue with low water this year for the 39th annual Souadabscook Stream Race in Hampden. Instead, the levels were so high, and fast in the whitewater sections, that race co-director Rick O’Donald had to make some adjustments. “I’ve been running that river for about 30 years. I …
Senior right-hander Tommy Lawrence pitched 7 2/3 innings Saturday in the University of Maine's 5-4 America East baseball victory over UMass Lowell at Lowell, Mass.

UMaine baseball team records weekend sweep over UMass Lowell

By Pete Warner on April 12, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
The University of Maine’s Jeff Gelinas and Scott Heath combined to four-hit UMass Lowell as the Black Bears defeated the River Hawks 2-1 on Sunday in baseball action to complete the weekend sweep at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Gelinas got the start and went six innings, allowing just one …
Matt Mulligan of Lincoln, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, speaks at Husson University's Gracie Theatre on March 24.

Maine native Matthew Mulligan signs with Chicago Bears

By Pete Warner on April 08, 2014, at 9:49 p.m.
The Chicago Bears is one of the most storied franchises in the history of the National Football League. Next season, a Mainer hopes to make some history of his own at Soldier Field. Enfield native Matthew Mulligan confirmed Tuesday night that he has signed a one-year contract with the Bears. …
University of Maine junior guard Xavier Pollard is transferring from the school.

Top scorer Pollard latest to leave UMaine men’s basketball team

By Pete Warner on April 08, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
Xavier Pollard on Tuesday became the latest player to sever ties with the University of Maine men’s basketball program. The UMaine athletics department issued a brief statement saying it had granted the junior point guard his release, which clears him to transfer. Pollard, the Black Bears’ leading scorer this season …
The University of Maine's Jeff Gelinas pitches against the University of Hartford at Mahaney Diamond in Orono on Monday afternoon.

Saco pitcher turns in breakout start for UMaine baseball team

By Pete Warner on April 08, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine coaching staff may have some tougher decisions to make next weekend in regard to its pitching rotation. And it’s a good thing. Jeff Gelinas of Saco got everyone’s attention on Monday when he shut out Hartford for seven innings and allowed only two …
The University of Maine's Colin Gay (left) dives back to first base, beating the throw to the University of Hartford's Brady Sheetz, during the game at Mahaney Diamond in Orono on Monday afternoon.

Hartford rallies past punchless UMaine baseball team, completes series sweep

By Pete Warner on April 07, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Jeff Gelinas of Saco turned in a stellar pitching performance for the University of Maine on Monday afternoon. The Black Bears were unable to support him with adequate offensive production. Hartford reached reliever Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes for runs in the eighth and ninth innings to complete a sweep …
Brian Doran

Hartford’s Hunter 1-hits UMaine for sweep as Bears drop to league cellar

By Pete Warner on April 06, 2014, at 4:30 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine baseball team simply isn’t making enough plays to win games lately. That was the Black Bears’ mantra Sunday afternoon after the University of Hartford swept an America East doubleheader at Mahaney Diamond. The Hawks won the first game 6-4 in 11 innings, then …

Colby men’s basketball bench celebrations to be featured on ESPN College GameDay, SportsCenter

By Pete Warner on April 04, 2014, at 7:46 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Colby College men’s basketball team gained some notoriety last month, albeit for activities on the periphery of the court. The Mules’ players received mention on Gawker Media’s sports website, Deadspin, for having the “best bench celebrations,” and included a video that can be seen here on …
Sean Newcomb

Top lefty pitching prospect Newcomb leads Hartford into baseball series at UMaine

By Pete Warner on April 04, 2014, at 2:26 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Sean Newcomb has drawn comparisons from major league scouts to Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox and Oakland’s Scott Kazmir. For the moment, he’s dominating at the Division I level. On Sunday, eastern Maine baseball fans will have the opportunity to see one of the top …
UMaine Farmington's Brett Wallingford muffs the ball in foul ball territory during 3rd inning action on Thursday at Orono.

UMaine-Farmington takes one for the (Div. I) team, plays UMaine despite grueling baseball schedule

By Pete Warner on April 03, 2014, at 8:51 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine-Farmington baseball team wouldn’t have been too disappointed if Mahaney Diamond had remained unplayable on Thursday afternoon. The University of Maine desperately needed to play a game after having last weekend’s America East series against Hartford canceled because of field conditions. Since the FieldTurf …
Enfield native Matt Mulligan, formerly of the New England Patriots, speaks to students at Husson University's Gracie Theatre on March 24.

Mulligan imparts message of hard work, humility, sacrifice in quest to keep playing in NFL

By Pete Warner on April 02, 2014, at 6:40 a.m.
Matthew Mulligan doesn’t take anything for granted when it comes to his career in the National Football League. This spring, the Enfield native and former University of Maine tight end is training diligently, preparing for what he hopes will be his seventh NFL season. “I don’t really know where the …
Joe Harasymiak has been appointed as the defensive coordinator of the University of Maine football team in his third year on the coaching staff.

UMaine football names Harasymiak defensive coordinator

By Pete Warner on April 01, 2014, at 3:48 p.m.
Joe Harasymiak realizes that in coaching, there’s no substitute for experience. That’s why he plans to rely heavily on what he has learned from his predecessors as he takes over this spring as the defensive coordinator for the University of Maine football team. Harasymiak has been appointed to replace Paul …
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