Basketball

 
Justin Thompson (right) of Schenck High School in East Millinocket, pictured during a Feb. 21 tournament game in Bangor, will attend Husson University in Bangor next season.

Schenck standout to play basketball at Husson

By Ernie Clark on April 07, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
The leading scorer in Schenck High School of East Millinocket’s storied boys basketball history will continue his playing career at Husson University in Bangor beginning next fall.
Former Old Town High School basketball star Don Sturgeon (left) blocks a shot during a game against John Bapst. Sturgeon was a member of the BDN's first All-Maine Schoolboy Basketball Team in 1956.

Basketball memories still resonate with first BDN All-Maine boys team

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
More than 60 years after being named to the BDN’s first All-Maine boys team, Terry Spurling is watching his grandchildren, Kyle Bouchard and Kolleen Bouchard, build storied careers of their own.
University of Maine associate head coach Amy Vachon yells instructions to her team during their women's basketball game against University of Maryland Baltimore County at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Jan. 7. Vachon, a former UMaine star from Augusta, has been leading the program in the absence of head coach Richard Barron, who is on medical leave for an undisclosed illness.
Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Vachon appointed UMaine women’s basketball coach for 2017-2018; Barron remains in treatment

By Larry Mahoney on April 05, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
University of Maine women's basketball head coach Richard Barron, pictured in March 2016, has relinquished control of the program for the 2017-2018 season to deal with significant health issues for which he has taken extended medical leave.
BDN File

UMaine coach Barron speaks out on health issues

on April 05, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.
Stony Brook's Akwasi Yeboah (left) battles for rebound against the University of Maine's Ryan Bernstein during their Jan. 14 basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Bernstein, a nonscholarship player from New York, has announced his intention to transfer. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Walk-on Bernstein leaving UMaine men’s basketball program

By Ernie Clark on April 04, 2017, at 12:44 p.m.
North Carolina's Justin Jackson (44), Isaiah Hicks (4) and Joel Berry II (2) celebrate with seven seconds left during the second half of UNC's victory over Gonzaga in the NCAA Division I men's basketball national championship game on Monday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels won 71-65.
(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

North Carolina beats Gonzaga for NCAA men’s basketball title

By Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange on April 04, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
Boston's Gerald Green (30) shoots over New York's Chasson Randle during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Brad Penner | USA TODAY Sports

Celtics rout Knicks to remain in first place

By Everett Merrill, The Sports Xchange on April 02, 2017, at 5:51 p.m.
Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs head coach Vic Schaefer hugs guard Morgan William (2) in front of forward Breanna Richardson (3) after the game against the Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals of the women's Final Four at American Airlines Center. The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs defeated the Connecticut Huskies in overtime 66-64.

Mississippi State ends UConn’s 111-game win streak

By Chad Conine, The Sports Xchange on April 01, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
Mississippi State brought Connecticut and its 111-game winning streak crashing down.

41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list
Bangor's Katie Butler (right) drives up for two past Cheverus' Brooke McElman during their Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal game at Augusta Civic Center in Augusta. Due to low attendance in Augusta, all semifinals and regional championship games will now be played at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

MPA adopts new ‘AA’ basketball format, eyes better tourney experience

By Ernie Clark on March 31, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The MPA approved a two-year plan that will retain two Class AA regions but stage all semifinals and regional championship games in Portland.
The Harlem Globetrotters' Ace Jackson (left) helps a young fan spin a basketball on her finger during their appearance at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Thursday.
Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Globetrotters provide high-flying basketball entertainment for Bangor fans

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 30, 2017, at 9:51 p.m.
Hampden's Cindy Rand (30), pictured during an Eastern Maine semifinal game against Presque Isle in 1980, was a member of the BDN's inaugural All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team in 1977.
BDN File

1977 All-Maine team helped set tone for 40 years of girls basketball growth

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 30, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
“[Opportunity] just wasn’t available to us back then … It’s obviously a different atmosphere for them now.”
Boston's Marcus Smart (left) battles Milwaukee's Greg Monroe under the basket during the second half of Wednesday's NBA game at TD Garden in Boston. The Bucks won 103-100.
Winslow Townson | USA TODAY Sports

Bucks knock off Celtics

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on March 29, 2017, at 10:36 p.m.
Central head coach Diane Rollins cheers on her team during their basketball game against John Bapst at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Rollins steps down as Central girls basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on March 29, 2017, at 8:32 p.m.
Rollins’ decision marks the end of a coaching tenure that lasted more than a quarter-century with state championships in two sports.
Nick Mayo of Belgrade (left) is pictured playing for Eastern Kentucky in December 2015. He is among only a handful of Maine players who have been able to earn a spot on a Division I college basketball roster in recent years.
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Mainers pursuing college basketball opportunities face daunting odds

By Ernie Clark on March 29, 2017, at 12:17 p.m.
Only 0.6 percent of Maine girls high school players and 0.4 percent of boys high school basketball participants continued playing at Division I programs.
Junior Kolleen Bouchard of Houlton (right), pictured during a 2017 tournament game in Bangor, is a two-time Bangor Daily News All-Maine honoree. The 41st edition of the BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team, the state's best 15 players regardless of position or class, will be published on Saturday.

BDN to unveil 41st All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team on Saturday

on March 28, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News will honor the elite girls basketball players in the state when we unveil the 41st BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team.
Faith Sjoberg of Presque Isle is presented the first-place trophy for the 12-13 year-old girls' age division during the New England Elks Hoop Shoot awards banquet held in South Portland March 25. At left is Andrew Bolz, president of the Maine Elks Association. Sjoberg hit 24 of 25 free throw attempts to advance to the national finals in Chicago on April 22.

Presque Isle girl wins New England free throw title

on March 27, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.
Faith Sjoberg, a seventh-grader at Presque Isle Middle School, made 24 of 25 attempts, which was two better than the runner-up.
Boston's Kelly Olynyk (left) knocks over Miami's Tyler Johnson during the first half of Sunday's NBA game at TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics won 112-108 to earn a virtual first-place tie with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics beat Heat, move into virtual tie with Cavaliers

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on March 27, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.

Suns’ Booker scores 70, but Celtics prevail

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on March 24, 2017, at 10:41 p.m.