Pete Warner

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Freshman tailback Nigel Beckford (40) is among the key players as the University of Maine football team plays host to eighth-ranked Richmond on Saturday afternoon.

8th-ranked Richmond visits UMaine in CAA title quest

By Pete Warner on Nov. 07, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
The University of Maine seeks to play spoiler and Husson University eyes a record-setting victory, highlighting Saturday’s games involving Maine college football teams. The Black Bears come off an open date to face eighth-ranked Richmond in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup, while the Eagles hope to continue their success with …
Husson University forward  Conor Adams (44)  gets a hand in the way of Maine player Till Gloger (25) in the first half of their exhibition game in Bangor, Maine, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014.

UMaine men’s basketball team responds with 98-58 win over Husson

By Pete Warner on Nov. 06, 2014, at 9:50 p.m.
BANGOR | There was absolutely no chance the University of Maine men’s basketball team was going to take Husson University lightly. Five days after a head-shaking loss to Division III University of Southern Maine, the Black Bears made a much better showing on Thursday night. Sophomore Garet Beal led …
Bangor Christian High School's Dean Grass (left) and Ashland Community High School's Cody Blair (right) battle for the ball during the Class D Eastern Maine Championship game in Bangor Thursday. Bangor Christian won the game 1-0.

Freshman Welch lifts Bangor Christian boys to a 1-0 victory over Ashland for 6th straight Eastern Maine soccer crown

By Pete Warner on Nov. 06, 2014, at 6:45 p.m.
Bangor Christian coach Aaron Wilcox admitted he wasn’t sure how his young team, with five freshman starters, would react to big-game pressure on Thursday afternoon. The Patriots, with only two seniors and a former football player in goal, confronted an Ashland team that featured nine upperclassmen. Bangor …

Ashland Boys Soccer 0 at Bangor Christian 1

By Pete Warner on Nov. 06, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Bob Walsh is the men's basketball head coach at the University of Maine.

UMaine men’s basketball coach wants better approach, effort from team against Husson

By Pete Warner on Nov. 05, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Bob Walsh had hoped that playing an exhibition game at the University of Southern Maine would provide his University of Maine men’s basketball team with some important experience while exposing the program to fans in Greater Portland. The Black Bears learned some important and tough lessons from Saturday’s 78-73 loss …
The University of Maine women's basketball team gathers for a final salute on Saturday evening after earning an 81-41 exhibition win against McGill University of Montreal at Memorial Gym in Orono.

UMaine women work on 2-3 matchup zone in win over McGill

By Pete Warner on Nov. 03, 2014, at 11:23 a.m.
One of the more noticeable elements of the University of Maine women’s basketball team’s exhibition win over McGill University on Saturday was its implementation of a 2-3 matchup zone defense. The Black Bears played some player-to-player defense, but worked extensively on the matchup zone. “We tried to put it in …

Southern Maine beats UMaine men’s basketball team in exhibition game

By Pete Warner on Nov. 01, 2014, at 10:35 p.m.
If there was any doubt whether Bob Walsh had his work cut out for him in inheriting the University of Maine men’s basketball team, it was erased on Saturday night. Turnovers helped turn the tide as the University of Southern Maine executed down the stretch to earn a 78-73 victory …
University of Maine women's basketball coach Richard Barron diagrams a play during a timeout in Saturday evening's exhibition game against McGill University at Memorial Gym in Orono. The Black Bears cruised to an 81-41 victory.

Balance, depth carry UMaine women’s basketball team past McGill

By Pete Warner on Nov. 01, 2014, at 9 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine women’s basketball team figures to have a lot of options during the 2014-2015 season. Black Bear fans got a good look at the squad on Saturday evening. UMaine exhibited cohesiveness and confidence at the offensive end, placing 12 players in the scoring column …
Mary Butler of Bangor (right) waits for the ball to come down before making a play on it under pressure from Mt. Ararat's Summer Gray during Saturday's Eastern Maine Class A girls soccer semifinal at Bangor High School. The Eagles shut out the Rams 5-0.

Motivated Mt. Ararat girls shut out top-seeded Bangor

By Pete Warner on Nov. 01, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
The Mt. Ararat girls soccer team had plenty of motivation going into Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class A semifinal game at Bangor High School. Coach Sam Chard’s Eagles had been eliminated in the playoffs by the Rams each of the last two years, including the 2013 regional final …
Belfast's Kelsey Meheuren (17)  tries to block a clearing move by Gardiner's Madison Beaulieu in front of the net in the first half of their Eastern Maine Class B field hockey championship Thursday night in Hampden.

Lovely’s OT goal lifts Gardiner past Belfast for East Class B field hockey crown

By Pete Warner on Oct. 30, 2014, at 9:32 p.m.
HAMPDEN | Throughout the second half, Belfast kept top-seeded Gardiner pinned in its own end, fending off repeated challenges. Despite some quality scoring chances, the No. 7 Lions could not get the ball into the cage. Once the game went into overtime, it was the Tigers who were able …

College roundup: Husson women shut out UMPI

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2014, at 10:35 p.m.
Husson 4, UMPI 0 BANGOR, Maine Desir’ee Hamler notched a goal and assist and Anna Wolterbeek made eight saves to lead Husson University to a 4-0 women’s soccer win over the University of Maine-Presque Isle on Wednesday evening at Boucher Field. Leah Hibbad scored off a Mollie Roy assist, Katey …
University of Maine cheerleaders perform a routine during the University of Maine's game against Villanova at Alfond Stadium in Orono in this October 2014 file photo.

‘It’s something they’re passionate about’: UMaine cheerleaders overcome challenges to share school spirit

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
ORONO | They have been a fixture at University of Maine athletic events for decades, sharing their energy and enthusiasm with the Black Bear fans. They practice 12-14 hours per week, even though they receive no athletic scholarship money and only minimal program funding. They are the UMaine cheerleading …

Seniors power Hampden boys soccer past Edward Little 3-0

By Pete Warner on Oct. 28, 2014, at 9:27 p.m.
The seniors on the Hampden Academy boys soccer team have been playing together for a long time. Their chemistry, especially up front and in the midfield, is unmistakable. Tristan Gardner, Noah Parker, Dan Good and company showed off their relentless, attacking style on Tuesday night, setting the …
Quarterback Drew Belcher of the University of Maine drops back to pass during Saturday's game against the University of Rhode Island at Kingston, Rhode Island. The freshman accounted for 235 total yards in leading the Black Bears to a 20-14 win.

UMaine football freshmen Belcher, Beckford show promise

By Pete Warner on Oct. 27, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
The challenges have been numerous this season for the offensive unit of the University of Maine football team. The group’s overall inexperience has been exacerbated by injuries, including the loss of the starting quarterback, tailback and two guards. Even so, the Black Bears demonstrated progress again on Saturday afternoon as …
Aaron Calixte, University of Maine men's basketball

UMaine men’s basketball team intense during Chappelle Scrimmage

By Pete Warner on Oct. 25, 2014, at 11:55 p.m.
ORONO | Former University of Maine basketball standout and longtime head coach Skip Chappelle was among some 100 fans in attendance for Saturday morning’s preseason scrimmage that now bears his name. He greeted first-year Black Bears coach Bob Walsh with some encouraging words upon completion of the intense session …
Nigel Beckford (40) of the University of Maine looks for running room while being chased by Rhode Island's Andrew Bose during Saturday's game at Kingston, Rhode Island. UMaine's Jordan Dunn (11) blocks on the play. Beckford ran for 107 yards and a touchdown and the Black Bears won 20-14.

Freshman QB Belcher rallies UMaine football team to win at Rhode Island

By Pete Warner on Oct. 25, 2014, at 12:05 p.m.
All season, the defense has shouldered the lion’s share of the workload for the University of Maine football team. The unit did its job again on Saturday afternoon, but it was the offense that finally demonstrated significant growth. Freshman quarterback Drew Belcher engineered the decisive scoring drive late in the …

Narraguagus Volleyball 0 at Machias 3

By Pete Warner on Oct. 24, 2014, at 8:49 p.m.
Quarterfinal No. 2 Machias (13-2) def. No. 7 Narraguagus (4-11) 25-13, 25-11, 25-16 Narraguagus: Kelli Kennedy 6/6 serving, 2 kills, 1 dig; Brynn Jellison 3/3 serving, 1 ace, 1 kill; Kayla Dinsmore 1/3 serving, 2 assists; Kayla Toppin 5/6 serving, 4 assists, 1 dig; Jenny Matthews 8/10 serving, 3 aces …

Bucksport Volleyball 0 at Woodland 3

By Pete Warner on Oct. 24, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
Quarterfinals No. 4 Woodland def. No. 5 Bucksport 25-7, 25-16, 25-14 Woodland: Jaycie MacArthur 5 for 6 serving, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 dig; Sierra Barnes 11 for 11 serving, 2 aces, 20 assists; Daynah Brown 20 for 22 serving, 9 aces, 8 kills; Sara Boies 25 for 26 serving, …
The University of Maine’s Damarr Aultman (right) catches a pass in front of the University of Albany’s Kyle Sakowski during their game last Saturday at Alfond Stadium in Orono. Aultman (27 catches, 315 yards, 1 TD) is Maine’s leading receiver heading into Saturday’s game at Rhode Island.

UMaine, Rhode Island facing similar challenges going into Saturday football clash

By Pete Warner on Oct. 24, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
The University of Maine football team has been dealing with inexperience and injuries as it tries to develop some offensive consistency this season. Ditto for traditional New England rival Rhode Island, which has encountered similar difficulties during what thus far has been a winless season. “It all starts, with both …
Jeff Ondish of the University of Maine makes a kick during a September game at Bryant University.

UMaine punter shares passion for learning, teaching through football

By Pete Warner on Oct. 24, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
ORONO | Playing football at the University of Maine has been an important educational experience for Jeff Ondish. The senior from Elkton, Maryland, has learned numerous lessons on the field in addition to time spent in the classroom. Among them, Ondish realizes that one must be open to the …
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