High School Sports

Brewer athletic director Dave Utterback prepares to drag the infield Thursday at Coffin Field in Brewer. The softball field will be ready for the Witches home opener against Bangor on Friday, April 24, Utterback said.

Maine high school athletic administrators prepare for spring sports season

By Ernie Clark on April 16, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
BANGOR | Steve Vanidestine is no different from any other high school athletic administrator in northern and eastern Maine during early April. “Our whole life is predicated on the weather,” he said Wednesday from his office at Bangor High School. Recent weather trends around the state have left Vanidestine …
 Hermon's Claire Petersen (center) moves the ball around Presque Isle's Emma Kinney (left) and Emily Wheaton during their soccer game on Oct. 1, 2014, at Hermon.

Hermon High, Brewer standouts to play college soccer

By Larry Mahoney on April 15, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
Hermon High School’s Claire Petersen, an All-State soccer player, is going to attend NCAA Division I Jacksonville State University in Alabama to play soccer this fall. The Gamecocks, 11-10-1 last fall, are in the Ohio Valley Conference. The midfielder was a perennial all-conference player who finished her Hermon High career …
Hermon pitcher Allessa Oakes winds up a pitch against Old Town on  April 23, 2013, in Old Town.

Defending state softball champ Hermon loses standout pitcher for season

By Larry Mahoney on April 15, 2015, at 2:57 p.m.
HERMON, Maine —- Junior Allessa Oakes, part of the dynamic right-left pitching duo with Karli Theberge that led Hermon High School to the state Class B softball title last season, recently underwent surgery on her throwing arm and may never play softball again. Oakes also was the Hawks’ starting shortstop …
Orono High School head coach Jessica Witham (kneeling in center) huddles with her Red Riots players before the start of the second period of a game on Dec. 13, 2011, at Old Town High School.

Orono basketball coach blames resignation on school officials

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2015, at 3:05 p.m.
Orono High School Principal Jim Chasse and athletic administrator Mike Archer failed to follow proper school protocol, which ultimately led to the resignation of girls basketball coach Jessica Witham after nine years at the helm, according to her resignation letter. Witham, an Orono High School Sports Hall of Famer, guided …
Houlton boys basketball coach Robert Moran

Houlton boys basketball coach resigns

By Ernie Clark on April 13, 2015, at 8:51 p.m.
Rob Moran, who guided the Houlton boys basketball team to the 2014 Class C state championship, has resigned as the Shiretowners’ head coach after four seasons. He cited work responsibilities for his decision. Two years ago, Moran was named executive director of Community Living Association, a Houlton-based …
Old Town's basketball co-captains, Don Sturgeon (left) and Skip Chappelle (right), along with Coach John Killilea, admire the huge trophy presented to the team by the State Department of American Veterans of World War II in recognition of the Indians' State Class L championship.

BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball history: Photos, lists of past teams

on April 10, 2015, at 9:37 p.m.
Here’s our past 60 BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball Teams along with some photos of the players. 1956 First Team: Ed Marchetti, Morse; Paul Davenport, Houlton; Pete Scott, Cape Elizabeth; Danny Drinon, Bangor; Dick Bishop, Morse Second Team: Terry Spurling, Ellsworth; Karl Daigle, Bangor; Bob Napolitano, Cheverus; Ron Gagne, Lewiston; Don …
Mt. Ararat High School forward Mallory Nelson (left) tries to shoot around Bangor High School's Mary Butler on Wednesday at the Class A Eastern Semifinal basketball game in Augusta.

Topsham-area sports teams add slots for charter school players

By Darcie Moore on April 10, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
Harpswell Coastal Academy students can be members of interscholastic sports teams at Mt. Ararat High School and other School Administrative District 75 schools. SAD 75 includes Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell and Topsham. That resolution came at the SAD 75 board meeting Thursday night, which saw several parents speak …

Former Bangor athlete named Orono High field hockey coach

By Larry Mahoney on April 10, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
Breianna Tocci, who played field hockey at Bangor High School under former University of Maryland field hockey coach Sue Tyler, has been approved as the new field hockey coach at Orono High School. Tocci will replace legendary coach Dodi Saucier, who retired after coaching the Red Riots for 20 seasons …
Kyle Bouchard, Houlton

60th BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball Team

By Ernie Clark on April 10, 2015, at 11:52 a.m.
Houlton’s Kyle Bouchard and Messalonskee of Oakland’s Nick Mayo, winners of the state’s top individual awards in their sport, lead the 60th annual BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball Team. Other first-teamers are Hampden Academy’s Nick Gilpin, Jack Simonds of Falmouth and Stephen Alex of Portland. Second-team honorees are Justin Martin of …

BDN All-Maine Boys Basketball Team stats and honorable mentions

on April 10, 2015, at 11:52 a.m.
First team Name, school, class, height, position, stats per game averages Nick Mayo, Messalonskee, Sr., 6-8, F, 24.2 ppg, 13.4 rpg, 3.3 blocks per game Kyle Bouchard, Houlton, Sr., 6-5, F, 21.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 4.4 apg Nick Gilpin, Hampden Acad., Jr., 6-3, G, 16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 7.6 apg …
Orono High School head coach Jessica Witham (kneeling in center) huddles with her Red Riots players before the start of the second period of a game on Dec. 13, 2011, at Old Town High School.

Sources: Orono girls basketball coach had conflicts with parents

By Larry Mahoney on April 09, 2015, at 9:01 p.m.
The resignation of Orono High School girls basketball coach Jessica Witham on Wednesday apparently occurred after she encountered problems with some parents of her players. Sources close to the program, who asked not to be named, said there were conflicts between Witham, an Orono High School Sports Hall of Famer, and …
Bangor High School boys basketball coach Ed Kohtala calls a timeout in the second half of a game against Edward Little on Dec. 12, 2014, in Bangor.

Bangor boys basketball coach leaves post after three seasons

By Ernie Clark on April 09, 2015, at 6:05 p.m.
When Ed Kohtala called a meeting of his Bangor High School boys basketball team after school Thursday, the rumored reason was that the Rams head coach was going to announce his intention to join Rick Barnes on the coaching staff at the University of Tennessee. The two …
Orono High School head coach Jessica Witham, (kneeling in center) huddles with her Red Riots players before the start of the second period of a game in 2011.

Orono girls basketball coach resigns without explanation

By Larry Mahoney on April 08, 2015, at 9:38 p.m.
Jessica Witham, who coached the Orono High School girls basketball team to 128 wins in nine seasons and led them to three Eastern Maine Class C basketball championship game appearances in the last five years, has resigned. Witham would not discuss the reasons for her resignation. “I would rather not …

New head coach hopes to continue Bangor football tradition

By Ernie Clark on April 08, 2015, at 8:19 p.m.
Al Mosca has been an active part of the Bangor football community since he started playing in the city’s Pop Warner program as a sixth-grader. Now he’ll get the chance to lead that community. Mosca, whose coaching resume in the Queen City spans more than two decades, …

Five scholar-athletes to receive $5,000 Maine Sports Hall of Fame scholarships

on April 05, 2015, at 4:02 p.m.
PORTLAND | Five outstanding high school student-athletes will receive $5,000 scholarships from the Maine Sports Hall of Fame at its 40th annual awards luncheon at noon Sunday, May 3, at the Augusta Civic Center. The scholar-athletes recipients are Caleb Abbott of Freeport High School, Kevin Barrett of Thornton Academy …
Central Aroostook head coach Tim Brewer huddles with the team during a timeout in the third quarter of their Class D Eastern Maine final against Jonesport-Beals at the Bangor Auditorium on Feb. 26, 2011.

Central Aroostook’s Brewer leaves door open for return to coaching

By Ernie Clark on April 03, 2015, at 3:08 p.m.
MARS HILL | Tim Brewer’s recent decision to step down as the boys varsity basketball coach at Central Aroostook High School was not unexpected. He merely wanted to see his son, Chandler, through his high school playing days before concluding a 15-year tenure at his alma mater highlighted by …
Nia Irving, Lawrence

39th BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl basketball team

By Larry Mahoney on April 03, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
Lawrence High School junior forward Nia Irving, the Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, and Greely High School senior forward-center Ashley Storey, who won the Miss Maine Basketball award, headline the 39th annual Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team. The team is chosen via votes from coaches, administrators, media …

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

on April 03, 2015, at 9:52 a.m.
(Name, school, class, height, position, statistics per game) FIRST TEAM Nia Irving, Lawrence, Jr., 6-1, F/C: 22.5 points, 14.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1 blocked shot Ashley Storey, Greely, Sr., 6-3, F/C: 20.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 3.8 apg Victoria Lux, Thornton Academy, Sr., 6-1: 11 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 apg Mary …
Dean Grass of Bangor Christian School, pictured during the 2014 Eastern Maine Class D baseball title game, was among three eighth-graders on the Patriots’ roster last season. The Maine Principals’ Association is considering a change that will allow more small high schools to include eighth-graders on their teams.

Proposal could increase use of eighth-graders on Maine’s high school sports teams

By Ernie Clark on April 01, 2015, at 5:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Van Buren boasts a proud high school soccer tradition. Its boys team won the Class D state championship as recently as 2006 and its girls squad earned Eastern Maine titles in 2010 and 2011. But the Crusaders are experiencing the same enrollment decline faced by virtually all …
Hampden Academy's Jake Black (left) drives to the basket against Lewiston's Ryan Bell in the Eastern Maine Class A basketball final on Feb. 21 in Augusta.

Maine’s largest basketball high schools seek to maintain regional tournaments in five-class plan

By Ernie Clark on March 27, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | When the Lewiston High School boys basketball team played in last month’s Eastern Maine Class A championship game, the achievement far transcended the court’s 94-by-50-foot dimensions. Lewiston is Maine’s version of Hockeytown, after all, and its boys basketball program hadn’t won a regional crown since 1966 and …
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