Ernie Clark


Competitive drama of Maine high school basketball as strong as ever

on Jan. 16, 2013, at 4:30 p.m.
Much has been blogged, tweeted, text messaged, and otherwise written and said about the alleged declining quality of high school basketball in Maine. And much of the current chatter is the same as it was a year ago and the year before that and the year before that. It’s a …

Young’s MMA of Bangor receives awards for 2012 bouts

on Jan. 11, 2013, at 8:55 p.m.
Young’s MMA of Bangor received plenty of recognition in’s recent 2012 year-end awards, being cited in four categories in the fan voting. Ray “All Business” Wood won two awards, as amateur fighter of the year and for his role in the fight of the year. Wood went 2-1 in …

A Saturday of great basketball matchups could ease your winter doldrums

on Jan. 04, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.
The holidays are over, and now the long wait begins for high school basketball fans with an eye toward February vacation and the final Eastern Maine B, C and D tournament to be held at the venerable Bangor Auditorium. But a glimpse at Saturday’s schoolboy basketball schedule reveals at least …

Random basketball thoughts amidst the snowflakes

on Dec. 27, 2012, at 3:02 p.m.
A few random sporting thoughts while recovering from that refreshing walk through the snow out to the mailbox to get Thursday morning’s paper and thinking about the shoveling ahead … … I don’t know what the national high school basketball rulemakers have in mind, but it’s time for that semi-circle …

Fitzy nominations produce unintended consequences; better process needed

on Dec. 06, 2012, at 1:24 p.m.
Those behind the state’s top individual awards for high school athletes — such as the Fitzpatrick Trophy in football — generally have the best of intentions. But in an effort to ensure a pristine quality among the chosen ones, recognition that originally was centered on athletic achievement now sometimes serves …

The tentacles of a four-class proposal for football

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 28, 2012, at 8:49 p.m.
Here are a few notes left over from Wednesday’s meeting of the Maine Principals’ Association football committee. • A move to a four-class format for Maine high school football beginning next year would mean the addition of a fourth state championship game, and the MPA already has held preliminary discussions …

East seeks to turn title tide in football

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 15, 2012, at 4:57 p.m.
The news has been rather ugly in recent years for Eastern Maine high school football fans when it comes to the biggest day of the season, Super Saturday at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium. The West swept the East in the three state championship games a year ago, winning the Classes A, …

Private fundraising efforts, pay-for-play concepts are worth considering at Nokomis

on Nov. 08, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.
I would not want to be a freshman or sophomore student-athlete at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport these days. A significant portion of that school’s sports program has fallen victim to the budget ax this week after RSU 19 voters opted not to approve a $3.6 million loan to …

High school football’s regular season has been full of outstanding highlights

on Oct. 25, 2012, at 3 p.m.
It’s already been an interesting season of high school football in Eastern Maine, and the playoffs haven’t even started. Here’s one view of a few of the brightest moments. Individual performance of the year: Jared Jensen, Brunswick. Few sports fans had heard of Jensen away from the wrestling mat — …

The hard lessons of concussions

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 11, 2012, at 3:43 p.m.
The passing of Alex Karras on Wednesday brought back a flood of memories, particularly the good old days of “Monday Night Football” or his role as Mongo in the movie “Blazing Saddles” when he knocked out a horse with a single punch. But the death of Karras, a four-time All-Pro …

Bapst football team pays homage to fallen friends

on Sept. 27, 2012, at 12:52 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Members of the John Bapst football team have added two decals to the back of their helmets to memorialize two members of the Crusaders’ community who recently died on the same day. One decal, “SL,” honors Frederick “Smokey” Lawrence, a longtime sports official in the area who …

Resignation of Scarborough girls basketball coach rekindles public-private issue

on Sept. 14, 2012, at 1:46 p.m.
The debate concerning whether public- and private-school interscholastic athletic teams should continue to compete against each other or have separate postseason tournaments arose again this week with the decision by veteran coach Tom Maines to resign after one season of guiding the Scarborough High School girls varsity basketball squad. Maines …

Bangor-Lawrence rivalry may become casualty of current population trends

on Sept. 06, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.
It may be too much to label Friday night’s Pine Tree Conference Class A football game between the Lawrence Bulldogs and Bangor at Keyes Field in Fairfield the end of an era. There’s a reasonable chance these schools — winners of five of the last six Eastern Maine Class A …

Title picks for Eastern Maine football: Lawrence, Leavitt, Foxcroft

on Aug. 30, 2012, at 11:28 a.m.
At the dawn of a new high school football season, all teams have hope — some more than others, to be sure. Here’s one thought of how the arriving campaign may evolve from the heat of late summer to the chill of mid-autumn in Eastern Maine. Pine Tree Conference Class …
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Trade a breath of fresh air for Red Sox

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 25, 2012, at 12:58 p.m.
Just when things couldn’t have gotten any uglier inside the Red Sox clubhouse, a breath of fresh air arrives. And Red Sox nation have Magic Johnson and the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new ownership group to thank. The Red Sox and Dodgers have completed an absolute blockbuster of …

Players, town relishing renaissance of The Ballpark in OOB

on Aug. 02, 2012, at 4:02 p.m.
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — The players on the field were far too young to remember the glory days of The Ballpark, a baseball field of dreams tucked in behind the local police station that a quarter-century ago brought Triple-A baseball to the outskirts of this tourist haven. And while …

Football provides a civics lesson in Biddeford

By Ernie Clark on July 26, 2012, at 2:22 p.m.
A refreshing example of Americana — one usually missing from the dialogue concerning interscholastic sports — took place Wednesday night at Biddeford High School. With that school considering whether to have its football program continue to compete in Class A or move to Class B by enrollment under a proposal …

Reed’s decision to resign coaching post was a tough call for him and Bangor

on June 21, 2012, at 12:13 p.m.
The article had been on the website for just a few moments, and already the phone was ringing. The talk show types wanted to know about Roger Reed’s decision to step down as Bangor High School’s boys basketball coach after being urged to commit fully to the program rather …

Senior League World Series alumni the talk of MLB training camps

By Ernie Clark on March 22, 2012, at 2:27 p.m.
More evidence of the baseball jewel that is the Senior League World Series held each August in Bangor is that two of the major storylines in Major League Baseball’s spring training camps this year involve alumni of the weeklong event that brings some of the top 15- and 16-year-old players …

A shot clock isn’t necessary for Maine high school basketball

By Ernie Clark on March 15, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
Each year, it seems, slowdown tactics employed by coaches during a tournament game or two spur renewed conversation about adding a shot clock to high school basketball in Maine. While the National Federation of State High School Associations has voted against a national rule to institute a shot clock as …
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