Pete Warner

Asst. Sports Editor

 
University of Maine teammates Danny Diaz (left) and Scott Heath tap gloves during warm-ups for Thursday's America East Baseball Championship opener at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. Maine went 0-2 in the tourney and finished with a 24-28 record.

Thin pitching, inconsistent offense hampered UMaine baseball success

By Pete Warner on May 24, 2015, at 4:52 p.m.
The University of Maine baseball team closed out its season Friday with an 11-2 loss to Hartford in the America East tournament. Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears made a strong stretch run to qualify for the tourney, but they did not pitch effectively or produce enough offense this spring to …
Carsyn Koch of Cedarville University.

Washburn runner tops in 800 meters at NCAA Division II championships

By Pete Warner on May 22, 2015, at 8:27 p.m.
Carsyn Koch of Cedarville University in Ohio was the top qualifier Friday in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The freshman, who is a product of Washburn District High School, led …
Senior Scott Heath of Westbrook delivers a pitch during Friday's America East baseball elimination game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. Hartford beat the University of Maine 11-2 to end the Black Bears' season.

Hartford ousts UMaine from America East tourney

By Pete Warner on May 22, 2015, at 11:51 a.m.
LOWELL, Massachusetts — The University of Maine baseball team went out with an unexpected whimper Friday afternoon. The Hartford Hawks piled up 16 hits and received strong pitching from Sam McKay on the way to an 11-2 victory over the Black Bears in the elimination round of the America East …
University of Maine starter Justin Courtney delivers a pitch in an America East tourney game against University of Maryland Baltimore County Thursday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Pitching woes plague UMaine baseball team in tourney loss to UMBC

By Pete Warner on May 21, 2015, at 4:37 p.m.
LOWELL, Massachusetts — The pitching staff has been precariously thin this season for the University of Maine baseball team. So when when usually dependable starter Justin Courtney struggled early in Thursday’s postseason opener, the Black Bears were not able to stop the bleeding. The University of Maryland Baltimore County scored …
UMaine baseball players (from left) Shane Bussey, Brett Chappell, Danny Diaz, John Arel and Christian Garabedian play a game during warmups on Thursday prior to their America East tournament game against Maryland Baltimore County at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

UMaine baseball team looks to Heath to change tourney fortunes

By Pete Warner on May 21, 2015, at 2:45 p.m.
LOWELL, Massachusetts — The University of Maine’s season will be on the line Friday afternoon. Coach Steve Trimper’s No. 3 Black Bears will face fourth-seeded Hartford in a 1 p.m. elimination game at LeLacheur Park. UMaine is coming off Thursday’s disappointing 9-5 loss to No. 2 Maryland Baltimore County. Senior …
Luke Morrill

UMaine players gain America East baseball honors

By Pete Warner on May 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
Luke Morrill and Scott Heath each garnered first-team honors on Wednesday evening as the 2015 America East Baseball All-Conference Teams were announced during the league’s awards banquet in Lowell, Massachusetts. Justin Courtney of Bangor and Logan Fullmer each picked up two awards in the voting of the conference’s coaches. Both …

UMaine pitcher Justin Courtney of Bangor talks about successful freshman season

By Pete Warner on May 20, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
Freshman Justin Courtney of Bangor has been a key contributor as a pitcher for the University of Maine baseball team this season. The Black Bears open the America East Baseball Championship at 5 p.m. Thursday against Maryland Baltimore County at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Justin Courtney, UMaine baseball

Poised Bangor freshman anchors UMaine pitching staff

By Pete Warner on May 20, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
ORONO | Pitching coach J.P. Pyne has worked extensively with Justin Courtney since his arrival at the University of Maine last fall. As with any freshman, the staff has tried to polish Courtney’s mechanics and help him refine his repertoire to keep hitters off balance. Yet Pyne said the …
Verona was among the sightseeing stops on Tuesday for the University of Maine women's basketball team, which is touring Italy this week in a cultural and basketball exchange.

UMaine women’s basketball player describes seeing Casa di Giulietta during Italy tour

By Pete Warner on May 19, 2015, at 7:17 p.m.
Editor’s Note: Anna Heise of the University of Maine has agreed to write a blog during the Black Bears women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy. The senior center from Halle, Germany, will provide readers with a student-athlete’s perspective on the experience as the team enjoys the history and culture of …
The University of Maine's Scott Heath (left) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run against Albany in the second game of a doubleheader at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.

Westbrook senior leader handles difficult double duty for UMaine baseball team

By Pete Warner on May 19, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
ORONO | Scott Heath of Westbrook arrived at the University of Maine in 2011 with the dream of being a two-way standout for the Black Bear baseball team. The grind of trying to be an everyday player and hitter along with a pitcher at the Division I level has …

UMaine men’s basketball team lands 6-foot-8 forward

By Pete Warner on May 18, 2015, at 2:43 p.m.
With four players having departed since the end of last season, the University of Maine men’s basketball team has a roster that features a large group of guards. The Black Bears coaching staff hopes to bolster its frontcourt with its latest recruit. UMaine has received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-8 …
Anna Heise, UMaine women's basketball

Absolutely Anna: Montreal stop kicks off UMaine women’s trip to Italy

By Pete Warner on May 16, 2015, at 11:59 a.m.
Editor’s note: Anna Heise of the University of Maine has agreed to write a blog during the Black Bear women’s basketball team’s trip to Italy. The senior center from Halle, Germany, will provide readers with a student-athlete’s perspective on the experience as the team enjoys the history and culture of …
Justin Courtney of Bangor, pictured during a May 8 game in Orono, worked five strong innings on Friday to help the University of Maine baseball team beat Albany 4-1 and clinch a spot in the America East tournament.

Bangor freshman helps UMaine baseball team clinch playoff spot

By Pete Warner on May 15, 2015, at 3:23 p.m.
The University of Maine baseball team’s place in the upcoming America East tournament has been secured. The Black Bears managed only three hits in Friday’s first game, but pitchers Justin Courtney and Logan Fullmer held the University at Albany in check to help UMaine post a 4-1 victory at Alumni …
Scott Heath, UMaine baseball

UMaine baseball eyes postseason games

By Pete Warner on May 14, 2015, at 6:14 p.m.
Once the school year ends, college student-athletes who are still playing breathe a deep sigh of relief. The members of the University of Maine baseball team are among those who are relishing the opportunity to concentrate solely on their sport for a while. Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears are completing …

Searsport Softball 16 at Vinalhaven 3

By Pete Warner on May 13, 2015, at 8:43 p.m.
At Vinalhaven, Brittany Ward had two home runs, a triple and a double to power Searsport to the win. Ward also notched the win, allowing five hits and three runs with 10 strikeouts. Melinda Ogden added a home run, triple and a single while Brianna Boyle had two doubles and …

Spruce Mountain Softball 1 at Lincoln Academy 6

By Pete Warner on May 13, 2015, at 7:27 p.m.
At Newcastle, Abby Farrin struck out 11, allowing just 3 hits and walking none over 7 innings as the Eagles defeated the Phoenix. Morgan Achorn had a bases-clearing triple in the third inning to cap off a 4-run inning. Christine Hilton added two hits. Kailee Newcomb singled twice for Spruce …
Erik Nissen

Two more players leave UMaine men’s basketball team

By Pete Warner on May 13, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
With Bob Walsh’s first year at the University of Maine having come to a close, the personnel overhaul continues. Two more veterans will not be with the the Black Bear men’s basketball program next season. Junior forward Erik Nissen plans to transfer, while senior Stefan Micovic will receive a medical …

Brady, Patriots got what was coming to them

on May 11, 2015, at 8:24 p.m.
It is disturbing to see how sports fans are willing to turn a blind eye to wrongdoing when it suits their particular whims. The most recent example is the outcry among National Football League fans, players and even the media in response to the so-called “DeflateGate” scandal involving the New …
Maine's Kevin Stypulkowski finishes touching all the bases after his second home run of the game against Binghamton during action Saturday at Mahaney Diamond in Orono.

UMaine baseball team on verge of clinching postseason berth

By Pete Warner on May 11, 2015, at 3:58 p.m.
ORONO | It has been an up-and-down season for the University of Maine baseball team, which has spent the last few weeks digging itself out of the America East cellar. With one weekend of conference play remaining, the Black Bears are in excellent position to secure a postseason berth. …
University of Maine second baseman Shane Bussey tries to reach a ball hit over his head during Saturday's game against Binghamton in Orono.

UMaine baseball completes sweep of Binghamton, climbs in AE standings

By Pete Warner on May 09, 2015, at 7:32 p.m.
ORONO | Saturday was a busy and emotional day for the seniors on the University of Maine baseball team. The six young men started their day by participating in the commencement ceremony at Alfond Arena. Then it was across the parking lot to Mahaney Diamond, where they played their …
 
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