Sports briefs for June 30, 2015

By Staff and Wire Reports on June 30, 2015, at 7:35 p.m.
Dunkin’ Donuts adds $23,000 prize purse to TD Beach to Beacon CAPE ELIZABETH — Dunkin’ Donuts, in partnership with its local franchise owners, has signed on as a new sponsor of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race and will provide prize money for a new American-only runner category, …

Sports briefs for June 29, 2015

By Staff and Wire Service Reports on June 29, 2015, at 6:42 p.m.
Ex-UMaine field hockey player to compete in Pan Am Games Former University of Maine field hockey standout Holly Stewart of North Vancouver, British Columbia, has been named to the Canadian Field Hockey team that will compete as part of the 2015 Pan Am Games. Stewart was one of 16 women …

Sports briefs for June 28, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on June 28, 2015, at 5:10 p.m.
Pierce opts out of Wizards contract Forward Paul Pierce will not exercise the final year of his contract with the Washington Wizards and will become a free agent. Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld confirmed to The Washington Post on Saturday night that Pierce opted out of his contract. Pierce was …

Maine Central Institute graduate wins New England golf championship

BDN staff reports on June 26, 2015, at 5:22 p.m.
Recent Maine Central Institute graduate Gavin Dugas of Pittsfield is the new New England interscholastic boys golf champion. Dugas shot a 2-under-par 70 at the Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, New Hampshire, earlier this week to score a one-stroke victory over two other golfers in the 25th annual event. Dugas, …

On Deck, a sports calendar for June 26, 2015

on June 26, 2015, at 9:56 a.m.
BASEBALL ORONO — University of Maine Baseball Day Camp, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 6-10, Mahaney Diamond, open to participants ages 6-12. Lunch included. Cost $265. Visit for information or contact assistant baseball coach Nick Derba at or 581-1097 if you have any questions. BASKETBALL FORT FAIRFIELD — This …
Karl-Anthony Towns walks off stage after being picked first in the 2015 NBA draft Thursday night by the Minnesota Timberwolves at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Timberwolves go to Towns; Celtics pick Rozier

By Larry Fleisher, The Sports Xchange on June 25, 2015, at 9:42 p.m.
NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected University of Kentucky forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick Thursday night at the NBA Draft. Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 39 games as a freshman and was the Southeastern Conference’s first-year player of the year. He helped Kentucky …
Sierra Tapley of Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor, pictured shooting over Gardiner’s Mary Toman in a tournament game last February, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a basketball scholarship starting in 2016.

MDI guard commits to play for UMaine women’s basketball team

By Larry Mahoney on June 25, 2015, at 8:45 p.m.
Mount Desert Island High School basketball standout Sierra Tapley, a third-team Bangor Daily News All-Maine selection this past season, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on a full scholarship. The 5-foot-8 guard averaged 16.3 points, three rebounds, four assists and 3.5 steals per game in leading the …
Mary Butler.

Bangor’s Butler earns $5,000 Red Barry Scholarship

By Larry Mahoney on June 25, 2015, at 6:47 p.m.
Mary Butler has spent the last four years playing in the Red Barry Gymnasium at Bangor High School. The gym is named after the legendary Bangor High School boys basketball coach and athletic director. There also is a $5,000 scholarship named in his honor and, earlier this month, Butler was …

Sports briefs for June 24, 2015

By The Sports Xchange on June 25, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
Saints owner’s family appeals mental competency ruling NEW ORLEANS — Three relatives of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson on Wednesday appealed a ruling by a state court judge who declared the 87-year-old billionaire mentally fit to control his major league sports teams and other businesses. Benson’s daughter, Renee Benson …

NCAA proposal would allow NBA draft entrants back in school

By The Sports Xchange on June 24, 2015, at 5:56 p.m.
College underclassmen who declare for the NBA draft would be able to return to school if a proposal by the NCAA men’s basketball oversight committee gets adopted. The new proposal by the committee Wednesday in Indianapolis would need to be adopted by the NCAA membership in January. Committee chair Dan …

NBA stats creator Pollack dies at 93

By The Sports Xchange on June 24, 2015, at 5:34 p.m.
Harvey Pollack, the Philadelphia 76ers’ director of statistical information and the longest-tenured NBA employee, died at the age of 93 Tuesday. Pollack was the last original employee of the NBA’s inaugural season of 1946-47 who still was working in the league. Pollack, a native of northeast Philadelphia, was known as …

TV, radio schedule for June 25, 2015

on June 24, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
BASEBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE BALTIMORE at BOSTON, 1:30 p.m., NESN-TV; WZON Bangor 620 AM, WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM), WHOU Houlton (100.1 FM), WQDY Calais (92.7 FM), WYBA Rockland (105.5 FM), WSYY Millinocket (94.9 FM), WEGP Presque Isle (1390 AM), WKTJ Farmington (99.3 FM), WALZ Machias (95.3 FM), WLOB Portland (1310 AM), …
Nia Irving of Lawrence High School (right) drives past Thornton Academy’s Abigail Strickland during the Class A basketball state championship game in March. The BDN All-Maine forward has verbally committed to Boston University for the 2016-2017 season.

Fairfield basketball star realizes dream, commits to Boston University

By Larry Mahoney on June 22, 2015, at 9:12 p.m.
Lawrence High School basketball sensation Nia Irving said she “fell in love with Boston University when I was in sixth grade.” Now she will realize her dream by spending four years there beginning in the fall of 2016. Irving, a three-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A Player of the …

Bentley hoop standouts propel team to Clark Noonan memorial tourney

on June 22, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
Led by veteran Bentley College players Keegan Hyland, Alex Furness, Tyler MacFarland, along with Falcons incoming freshman Kyle Bouchard and Bates College star Graham Safford, the Keep-on-Keeping On team won the fourth annual Clark Noonan Memorial Basketball Tournament held last weekend at Bangor High School’s Red Barry Gym. A total …
Barry Terrill, Washington Academy coach

Orono native named Washington Academy boys basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on June 22, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
EAST MACHIAS | The first full day of summer provided no respite for Barry Terrill. First he organized 10 Washington Academy football players for their trip to the LTC football camp at Orono High School on Monday evening. Then there was the local youth basketball program to administer, followed …

UMaine women’s basketball team adds transfer guard

on June 22, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine women’s basketball team is going to have a lot of holes to fill once the 2015-2016 senior class graduates next spring. Coach Richard Barron has filled one of those spots with a Division I transfer. Barron on Monday announced that 5-foot-10 guard Tanesha …

Bryant adds boys varsity basketball to his coaching duties at Mattanawcook Academy

By Ernie Clark on June 19, 2015, at 8:46 p.m.
LINCOLN | Chris Bryant hopes to bring some of the success he recently experienced as a first-year varsity baseball coach indoors next winter at Mattanawcook Academy. The 31-year-old Bryant, who guided the MA baseball team to a 14-4 record this spring, was approved as the Lynx’ new boys varsity …

On Deck, a sports calendar for June 18, 2015

on June 18, 2015, at 8:50 p.m.
BASEBALL WATERVILLE — The 14th annual Fantasy Baseball Trip to benefit the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville will be held Wednesday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 2. Games will be July 29, White Sox at Red Sox; July 30, Tigers at Orioles; July 31, Braves at Phillies; Aug. 1, Braves at Phillies, and …

Sports briefs for June 18, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on June 18, 2015, at 8:17 p.m.
Benson keeps control of Saints, Pelicans Tom Benson, the 87-year-old owner of the NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA Pelicans, was ruled to be mentally competent on Thursday and will maintain control of his teams and $1.7 billion fortune. An eight-day trial concluded last week, and the ruling was issued …

Decorated USM wrestler named head coach of school’s wrestling team

on June 18, 2015, at 6:10 p.m.
GORHAM | After five seasons as assistant coach, former University of Southern Maine All-American wrestler Michael Morin has been named the head coach of the school’s wrestling program. “Mike Morin is the perfect choice to be our next head coach and to take on the leadership of the USM …
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