Ernie Clark


EL’s Titus epitomized the spirit of basketball

on April 07, 2016, at 3:47 p.m.
Josh Titus loved basketball, but no doubt he loved people even more. I know when it came time for me to cover the Maine McDonald’s senior all-star basketball banquet each year I never had to seek him out, like clockwork he’d greet me in a corner of the hall where …

Schenck’s King of the Day: A lesson in composure

on Feb. 18, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Here are a few thoughts from the boys side of the North region high school basketball tournament as it enters the home stretch: — The best moment so far? Hard to argue against the buzzer-beating shots from Ellsworth teammates Bryce Harmon and Bruce St. Peter in the same game, but …

McFarland, Mayo able modern ambassadors for Maine basketball

on Dec. 10, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
Two former Maine high school basketball stars, one starting his final season at the next level and the second just beginning his college career, have emerged as top ambassadors for the game as they learned it in the Pine Tree State. Tyler McFarland of Rockport, the state’s 2011 Mr. Basketball …

TV, web streaming mix are the future of the state’s tourney broadcasts

on Nov. 04, 2015, at 2:38 p.m.
The opportunity to participate in Maine Public Broadcasting Network Network’s televising of the state high school basketball tournaments during the late 1900’s and early 2000’s was indeed a personal pleasure. Whether serving as the roving reporter — or “Floor Boy’ as one pundit labeled the position, no doubt out of …

Juggernauts, upstarts spice up football season

on Sept. 14, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
A few thoughts through two weeks of the high school football season: … Three teams already have established dominance within their respective divisions before the first day of autumn: Thornton Academy of Saco, Winslow and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield. Thornton Academy, the defending Class A state champion, has outscored …
Southwest players celebrate after defeating Central during their Senior League World Series championship game on Aug. 8 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Southwest won 8-1.

Letter of the rules vs. spirit of the game

on Aug. 19, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
More than one coach at this year’s Senior League World Series expressed disappointment with the tournament’s change in format. Rather than utilizing the pool-play approach featured during the event’s first 13 years in Bangor, Little League opted for a modified double-elimination format, in part to bring the SLWS into conformity …

SLWS thrives amid fine-tuning, new features

on Aug. 10, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
The Senior League World Series has carved out a substantial niche on the summer sports schedule in Eastern Maine. And if Little League officials have anything to say about it, little will change in the foreseeable future. “We’re very satisfied,” said Steve Keener, Little League’s president and chief executive officer, …

A changing reality for the Senior League World Series

on July 02, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
  After watching the recent blind draw for this year’s Senior League World Series, I was tempted to invite Nick Cowperthwaite and Jesse Colford to join me for the rest of the day at Hollywood Casino. The two Bangor Senior League baseball players, representing Maine District 3, had been just …

Fundamentals, subtleties fuel Bangor’s successful title defense

on June 23, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
The recent decrease of power hitting in high school baseball due to the introduction of safety-conscious BBCOR bats has left most teams searching for ways to manufacture offense to compensate for the lack of the long ball. Few have done it better the last two years than Bangor High School, …

Bangor-Brewer baseball: To move or not to move?

on June 14, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
The games hadn’t even been played yet, and already the question was being asked. If Bangor and Brewer both won their semifinals Saturday, would the Maine Principals’ Association consider moving Wednesday’s Eastern Maine Class A baseball title game between the two rivals from Augusta to Bangor? To me, supposing such …

Pitching strategies vary for Eastern A baseball survivors

on June 12, 2015, at 1:51 p.m.
The four teams that advanced to Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class A baseball semifinals employed four different pitching strategies to get there. Top-seeded Bangor used the pitching-by-committee approach in its 6-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Brunswick, as aces Trevor DeLaite and Andrew Hillier each pitched three innings before James Prescott …

Statistically speaking, OT’s Hoogterp rules PVC Class B baseball ranks

on June 10, 2015, at 8:34 a.m.
Old Town High School star Eric Hoogterp is headed to the University of Southern Maine this fall with an eye toward playing on the Huskies’ basketball team. It’s a more than reasonable goal given his resume in the sport — the 6-foot-2 guard was a Mr. Basketball semifinalist and Bangor …

With caveats aplenty, time to pick Eastern Maine baseball champs

on June 08, 2015, at 2:14 p.m.
The high school baseball playoffs may be the most difficult sports postseason to project. So many variables separate the end of this season compared to other sports, particularly those contested during the fall and winter. Most of the seniors playing in baseball’s postseason either are busy with graduation-related activities or …

Some five-class fallout

on May 11, 2015, at 1:09 p.m.
A few thoughts from the nearly two years spent watching Maine’s high school basketball scene expand from four classes to five … … There’s little doubt Mother Nature will stretch out the new five-class regional tournaments beyond the final days of February vacation at some point during the next few …

Where, oh where should our tournaments go?

on May 01, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
High school basketball is now a five-class world in Maine, so just where will we determine all the champions? One benefit of the expansion from four classes that gained final approval from the Maine Principals’ Association general membership Thursday is that with a fifth class, two additional state champions — …

Pitching rules in Eastern Maine, not Boston

on April 27, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
Young pitchers hoping to emulate their Major League heroes should do everything they can to avoid watching the Boston Red Sox staff at work on the mound these days. The ace-less Red Sox rotation saw its collective earned run average escalate to a major-league worst 5.75 per nine innings Sunday …

Boston Marathon thrives amid new normal

on April 21, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
My most memorable Boston Marathon experience had little to do with running. It was 22 years ago when a buddy and I went to the annual Patriots’ Day baseball game at Fenway Park — so long ago, in fact, that the starting pitchers were the Red Sox’ John Dopson and …

Sweet dreams in the Octagon

on April 16, 2015, at 12:51 p.m.
The word “choke” in a most athletic senses has come to mean something more mental than physical. But in some combat sports, the word still primarily defines a specific physical activity in which the successful choker emerges victorious and the chokee wakes up seconds later to fight another day. Guillotine …

Featured MMA bout Saturday night becomes non-title clash

on April 11, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
Bruce Boyington’s scheduled second defense of his New England Fights lightweight championship won’t be a title fight after all Saturday night — though it’s not his fault. The Brewer resident will still take on Jamie Harrison in the main event of the NEF XVII mixed martial arts card slated for …

Kohtala’s resignation a tough call for a compassionate coach

on April 10, 2015, at 2:35 p.m.
As an undergraduate at the University of Maine, Ed Kohtala was a manager and practice player for the men’s basketball team who tried twice unsuccessfully to earn a roster spot. That inability to earn a Black Bears’ jersey was a personal disappointment of his own playing days that no doubt …