College sports

Chris Ferguson will be the starting quarterback for the Black Bears in their season opener on Aug. 31 at the University of New Hampshire.

Large family helped UMaine quarterback develop competitive nature

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 22, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
“We knew he was coming along and he came along maybe a little quicker than we thought.”
BANGOR, Maine -- 08/20/2017 -- The members of the 2017 Class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame pose for a group photo prior to Sunday's induction ceremony and banquet held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Pictured are (front, from left: Kissy Walker, Terry Spurling, Cam Brown, Tim Bonsant, Paul Cook, Jim Stephenson, Bob Nagle (father of Diane Nagle Linde), Bob Cimbollek and Cathy Iaconeta. Rear (from left), Scott Parady (son of Bernard “Bunny” Parady), Tom Maines, Wally Russell, Kelly Butterfield and Gary Fifield, Rick Clark and Dick Giroux. Absent: Terry Carr and Derrick Hodge

Generations blend at basketball hall of fame induction

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.

UMaine, LIU Brooklyn battle to stalemate in soccer opener

on Aug. 20, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
Freshman quarterback Chris Ferguson (red shirt) prepares to hand off to running back Nigel Beckford (2) during a scrimmage in Portland, May 8, 2017.

Redshirt freshman wins UMaine starting quarterback job

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 20, 2017, at 9:35 a.m.
Chris Ferguson was named the starter by second-year head coach Joe Harasymiak Saturday morning.
Husson's Ellis Throckmorton (right) looks to make a tackle against Anna Maria during their football game at Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor, Oct. 22, 2016.

Husson adds trio to football coaching staff

on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Shawn Demaray, Matt Friedman and Ellis Throckmorton have been added to the football coaching staff at Husson University.
University of Maine's Wes Myers (right) tries for two past Central Connecticut State University's Eric Bowles during their basketball game in November 2016.

Former UMaine guard joins South Carolina men’s basketball team

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 17, 2017, at 1:10 a.m.
Former University of Maine guard Wes Myers will play his final season of college basketball next winter at the University of South Carolina.
Gavin Kane of Wilton, pictured coaching at Dirigo High School, has been hired as the head women’s basketball coach for the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Hall of Fame coach to direct UMPI basketball program

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Gavin Kane, a fixture on the western Maine basketball scene during most of the last three decades, is broadening his coaching horizons.
University of Maine running back Darian Davis-Ray, one of three players suspended for alleged violations of the university code of student conduct, recently was cleared to return to practice for the Black Bears.

Suspension lifted for UMaine football tailback

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 16, 2017, at 3:23 p.m.
Gavin Penny

John Bapst standouts among 15 Husson men’s soccer recruits

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 16, 2017, at 11:36 a.m.

‘His upside is awesome:’ Oxford Hills junior pitcher commits to UMaine

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.

UMaine cornerback looking for stellar sophomore year after impressive freshman campaign

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 12, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
Manny Patterson was chosen as UMaine’s Defensive Rookie of the Year last season as a true 18-year-old freshman after leading the team with 10 pass breakups.

Aussies, New Zealand native having major impact on UMaine field hockey team

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 10, 2017, at 11:27 p.m.
Australians Emily Hindle and Samantha Wagg knew they were coming to an area far different than their native land when they decided to play field hockey at the University of Maine.

Husson men’s basketball team adds Arizona guard

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 10, 2017, at 2:49 p.m.
Derrick “DJ” Bussey, a guard from Arizona who played at the postgraduate level last winter at New York International Academy, has committed to the program.

UMaine women tied for sixth in America East preseason soccer poll

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 09, 2017, at 5:29 p.m.
The UMaine women have begun preseason practice in preparation for their opener at home against LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
University of Maine football player Spencer Carey in 2014.

Fairfield native hoping to have memorable senior year for UMaine football team

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 08, 2017, at 7:42 p.m.
Fifth-year senior Spencer Carey will be playing his third position for the Black Bears as he makes the transition from safety to wide receiver to outside linebacker.
Husson University plays against Thomas College in a January 2017 contest.

Husson unveils men’s, women’s basketball schedules

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 08, 2017, at 7:27 p.m.
Husson’s women’s and men’s programs, both of which won North Atlantic Conference titles last season, unveiled their 2017-18 schedules Tuesday.

Two more schools to leave NAC

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 08, 2017, at 7:17 p.m.
The North Atlantic Conference will shrink to six teams in the 2018-19 academic year with the recent losses of New England College and Green Mountain College.
Dick MacPherson

Old Town native, College Football Hall of Fame coach Dick MacPherson dies at 86

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
Dick MacPherson, who died of natural causes at the age of 86 on Tuesday, had a two-year stint as the head coach of the New England Patriots.
Dick MacPherson

Dick MacPherson discovers life after football

By Michael J. Dowd on Aug. 08, 2017, at 6:41 p.m.
The University of Maine held the first of its three scrimmages on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Black Bears ran 61 plays with all four quarterbacks seeing action. UMaine will open its season at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Durham, New Hampshire.

Running backs, wide receivers look good in UMaine’s first football scrimmage

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2017, at 8:38 p.m.
Nigel Beckford, who led the Black Bears in rushing in 2015 and 2014, rattled off a number of impressive runs as did sophomore Josh Mack, redshirt junior Joe Fitzpatrick and true freshman Ramon Jefferson.