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High school athletics should teach life lessons, life skills

By Bob Cimbollek, Special to the BDN on Nov. 28, 2011, at 7:55 p.m.
I was going to write about the Maine Principals’ Association’s sports season policy today, but a timely article in the BDN Sports section on Thanksgiving Day, “Penn State’s illustrates the influence of sports,” really caught my attention, so I changed my mind. With this being the second week of the …

Some basketball questions to ponder for the off-season

By Bob Cimbollek on April 11, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
  With the middle school, high school and college basketball seasons now completed, let’s look at some questions to ponder for the off-season. HIGH SCHOOL Who will be the high school players and high school teams to watch for next season? Which players will transfer? AAU, MBR. and MAC are …

Here’s my all-time All-Maine schoolboy basketball team

By Bob Cimbollek on April 04, 2011, at 6:05 p.m.
The Bangor Daily News selected its first All-Maine Team of the 15 best schoolboy basketball players in the state in April of 1956 and will be announcing its 2010-11 team on April 16. I have reviewed the teams and am selecting my overall All-Maine team, with 15 honorable mentions, of …

Several factors contribute to tourney upsets

By Bob Cimbollek on March 21, 2011, at 5 p.m.
The upsets started on the first day of March Madness. Morehead State, a No. 13 seed, upset No. 4 Louisville, No. 12 Richmond upset No. 5 Vanderbilt, and No. 11 Gonzaga beat No. 6 St. John’s. Who can forget last year’s run by Butler to the Final Four? Duke just …

Poor shot selection produces low scores in today’s game

By Bob Cimbollek on March 14, 2011, at 5:31 p.m.
It is ironic that I should be writing about why low scoring high school basketball games have become more prevalent in recent years. When I coached, I was accused of keeping the scores of my games intentionally low The reasons the scores are so low today are because of the …

It could be time to bring back the New England tourney

By Bob Cimbollek on March 07, 2011, at 6:43 p.m.
In 1962, 49 years ago this March, the original six-state New England Schoolboy Championship held its last tournament at the old Boston Garden. Outstanding Eastern Maine players, who turned in great games and were named to the All-New England tourney teams, included John “Swisher” Mitchell of Waterville, Danny Drinon of …

Here’s how to prepare for a state championship game

By Bob Cimbollek on Feb. 28, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.
As eight Eastern Maine coaches look forward to state championship games this weekend, I would like to offer some tips that might be helpful in preparing for these games. For the coaches, the first thing to do is not waste time celebrating an Eastern Maine title. Planning for the state …

Officials make calls differently in tourney

By Bob Cimbollek on Feb. 21, 2011, at 4:47 p.m.
  Three days into the Eastern Maine tournament at the Bangor Auditorium, now comes that often-asked question. Are the tournament games officiated any differently than regular-season games? I have been asked by many basketball fans here in Eastern Maine this very question. My observations are strictly based on my experience …

Down memory lane: 55 years of EM tourneys at the Bangor Auditorium

By Bob Cimbollek on Feb. 14, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
 The Bangor Auditorium opened its doors in the fall of 1955 and the Eastern Maine Tournament held the next February had Bangor winning the Eastern Class L, Lincoln taking Eastern M and Beals capturing Eastern S.  There have been many exciting memories over the past 55 years in the nearly …

The best team wins on the Bangor Auditorium floor

By Bob Cimbollek on Jan. 31, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.
  Here's a trivia question about the Bangor Auditorium or the "Mecca" or the "Old Barn" as many have referred to the historical Bangor basketball landmark: Since it opened in 1955 what two organizations have used the Bangor Auditorium every year?   Having spent 21 years as a basketball coach …

Defense in basketball wins championships

By Bob Cimbollek on Jan. 24, 2011, at 6:32 p.m.
Defense has been called the “Desire to Perspire.” It is hard, unappreciated work in a game where high scorers are glorified. Good defense ultimately leads to state titles. I always started my five best man-to-man defensive players regardless of their offensive skills. Excellent high-percentage shot selection is the start of …

Some basketball rules coaches, players and fans should know

By Bob Cimbollek on Jan. 17, 2011, at 6:17 p.m.
 Having officiated more than 5,000 basketball games at all levels from elementary school to Division III college games, I find there are still important rules that coaches, players and fans do not know and cause them to get upset.  They yell out what they think is the so-called rule.  The …

It’s difficult for a Maine basketball player to land a scholarship

By Bob Cimbollek on Jan. 10, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
 Each Maine high school basketball season, many players have the dream of becoming a scholarship player at a Division I college. How realistic is this dream?   There are usually just one or two Maine high school players each year, from the boys and girls senior classes, who get offered a …

Maine high school basketball should use a shot clock

By Bob Cimbollek on Jan. 03, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.
The shot clock was first introduced into basketball in the NBA in the 1950s to speed up the game and to make it more exciting. After all, the NBA is entertainment. The time limit was set at 24 seconds and has remained that in the NBA. The NCAA also added …

Holiday basketball tournaments come at key juncture of season

on Dec. 27, 2010, at 5:29 p.m.
Holiday basketball tournaments during Christmas vacation started in the ’60s and are still going today. From the ’60s through 2008 there was no MPA policy, as there is today, limiting schools to only five countable dates for preseason or exhibition games including holiday tournaments. While coaching at Orono from 1962-69, …

John Wooden’s coaching style is best one to follow

By Bob Cimbollek on Dec. 20, 2010, at 4:30 p.m.
Every basketball coach has their own coaching style. There are some “D1 Wannabe High School Coaches” who try to act like Division I college coaches by trying to work the officials, prancing up and down the coaching box and implementing a very physical and athletic game. There are the John …

Regional conferences, playoffs should replace Heal points

By Bob Cimbollek on Dec. 13, 2010, at 4:44 p.m.
With another high school basketball season under way, teams are already closely watching the Heal point standings and checking their team’s seeding. The Heal point system determines which teams qualify for tournament. It has been in place in Classes A and B since 1961 and in all four classes since …

Four Cardinal Rules will help coaches

By Bob Cimbollek on Dec. 06, 2010, at 4:44 p.m.
High school basketball is now in its second week of preseason and most squad selections have been made. Many players and parents have signed parent, player, coach and school contracts to participate. As a basketball coach I always had “Four Cardinal Rules” that parents were expected to follow. I also …

Consistency needed in officiating high school basketball

By Bob Cimbollek on Nov. 29, 2010, at 4:53 p.m.
Last week’s column ended when I touched on the subjects of basketball brawl, bully basketball and basketball in comparing the teams of yesteryear with the teams of today. I’d like to take a further look at those subjects in relation to Maine high school basketball contact rules and how the …

Maine high school basketball: Past vs. present

By Bob Cimbollek on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.
The ongoing debate comparing high school basketball teams and basketball players always makes for interesting discussion. Having played high school and college basketball in the 1950s and coached in all five decades since then and officiated through the same period, I can make some legitimate comparisons. There is no question …
 
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