Pete Warner


Decision on new AD tops UMaine athletics holiday ‘wish list’

By Pete Warner on Dec. 19, 2013, at 2:39 p.m.
Santa Claus is at the North Pole preparing to make his annual mad dash around the globe to deliver presents to all the good girls and boys. Here in Maine, Christmas shoppers are jamming the stores in search of that must-have item for a loved one. Here are a few …

UMaine’s Wood deserving of America East top rookie honor

on March 07, 2013, at 12:50 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — There wasn’t a great deal about which fans could get excited this winter in regard to the University of Maine women’s basketball team. Liz Wood was one of the notable exceptions. Wood’s name was called Thursday evening when the America East Conference handed out its annual women’s …

Toothaker, McFetters pace UMaine track and field teams

on Feb. 26, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — It was a productive weekend for the University of Maine indoor track and field teams during the New England Championships held in Boston. The Black Bears men finished eighth out of 32 teams, headed by a trio of third-place finishes. Justin Gagne of Biddeford took third in …

UMaine standouts shine at America East championships

on Feb. 13, 2013, at 6:42 p.m.
The University of Maine was well-represented this week as it competed in the America East Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The men’s squad finished fourth and the women’s team placed sixth. Albany swept the team championships. Distance specialists Corey Conner and Kelton Cullenberg …

Former CAA stars key contributors in Ravens’ run to Super Bowl championship

on Feb. 04, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens are a team lots of football fans love to hate. I am among those who would have preferred to see San Francisco take home the Lombardi Trophy, especially given the Ray Lewis dynamic. Even so, as the Ravens players celebrate their first day as …

Barron, women’s basketball team score with community involvement despite on-court struggles

on Jan. 30, 2013, at 5:15 p.m.
The University of Maine women’s basketball team continues to struggle. Coming off Tuesday night’s loss at New Hampshire, the Black Bears have a 2-19 overall record that is among the worst in program history. Coach Richard Barron and his staff are trying to rebuild the program almost from scratch, having …

‘Beach Night Money Madness’ hopes to entice UMaine students to men’s basketball game

on Jan. 22, 2013, at 12:24 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — Back when I was attending the University of Maine in the early 1980s, basketball games were a social event. Attending Black Bear games at Memorial Gym was a no-brainer for me, because as an avid sports fan who grew up in Bangor, I had always been around …

UMaine, Cosgrove should finalize contract extension, end speculation about coaching position

on Jan. 14, 2013, at 3:05 p.m.
Barely three weeks remain before the National Letter of Intent signing period begins for NCAA Division I football. When Feb. 6 arrives, high school prospects will start signing on the dotted line to play at the college of their choice. It might be good if the University of Maine’s head …

PVC/EMITL performers setting strong pace as indoor season hits halfway mark

on Jan. 11, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.
It might seem as though the high school indoor track and field season has just started, but the state championship meets are barely a month away. That said, there are several athletes from the Penobscot Valley Conference/Eastern Maine Indoor Track League who are setting the pace statewide in the respective …

Whitehead’s future uncertain as UMaine men’s hockey seeks turnaround

on Jan. 02, 2013, at 1:06 p.m.
The first three months of the winter season produced dismal results for the University of Maine’s hockey and basketball teams. The most troubling is the men’s hockey situation. Coach Tim Whitehead’s Black Bears (4-11-2) ended 2012 on an upbeat note when they doubled their previous win total by capturing the …

Experience key missing ingredient as UMaine women’s basketball team seeks improvement

on Dec. 18, 2012, at 12:01 a.m.
There has been much ado about the early-season struggles of the University of Maine’s winter sports teams. Admittedly, it has been brutal, but anyone who has followed any of these programs closely shouldn’t be that surprised about how things have gone thus far. The overall record of the basketball and …

Conspicuous by her absence, URI coach Cindy Blodgett still impresses

on Dec. 10, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — It’s a shame people never get to see the other side of Cindy Blodgett. Like the thoughtful Cindy who fielded my call last week to talk about her most recent basketball endeavor as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island. Cindy, who turns 36 this …
UMaine's Jovan Belcher performs in the timed dash portion of the NFL scout evaluation for  signing with a pro football team, Thursday, March 26, 2009, in the Mahaney Dome at the University of Maine.

Belcher murder-suicide demonstrates fragile, unpredictable nature of life

By Pete Warner on Dec. 03, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.
ORONO | Unfathomable. There is no other way to describe the horrific events of Saturday morning in Kansas City. A 25-year-old man gets into an argument with his girlfriend, at the time they should have been sitting down together at the kitchen table to enjoy some bacon and eggs …

UMaine women’s basketball honors Barbara Bodwell; late benefactor, husband started Cindy Blodgett Fund

on Nov. 26, 2012, at 1:37 p.m.
The University of Maine women’s basketball team is honoring a longtime donor and supporter of the program and the university by wearing a patch on their uniforms. The Bears’ uniforms have a small black patch with the letters “BB” on it in memory of Barbara Bodwell, who died in October …

138-point scoring effort shows lack of respect for team, opponent, game

on Nov. 22, 2012, at 10:58 p.m.
On Tuesday, a player at Division III Grinnell (Iowa) College established an NCAA basketball record by scoring 138 points in a 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College. The performance by sophomore guard Jack Taylor left a lot of people shaking their heads, me included. In my case, it was …

Older UMaine sports fans deserve a small perk: a convenient place to park

on Nov. 04, 2012, at 10:45 p.m.
It is time for the University of Maine athletics department to show a little good will to some of its most dedicated fans. During a recent Black Bears exhibition basketball game at Alfond Arena, an older gentleman (he was maybe 70) stopped me as I hurried toward the concession stand …

Youthful UMaine women’s basketball team shows promise, future brighter

on Oct. 28, 2012, at 9:04 p.m.
ORONO — In only takes one look to realize things are going to be different with the University of Maine women’s basketball team — and sooner than later. Coach Richard Barron put the 2012-13 team on display Saturday morning during the annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage in Memorial Gymnasium. One glorified …

University of Maine basketball supporters cry foul as planned Memorial Gym renovations get tied up

By Pete Warner on Oct. 17, 2012, at 10:34 p.m.
ORONO | A lot of people who care deeply about University of Maine basketball have spent the last several years on a mission. Their goal is to help the university raise enough money to give the Black Bear men’s and women’s basketball programs an improved venue in which to …

UMaine basketball supporters cry foul as planned Memorial Gym renovations get tied up

on Oct. 17, 2012, at 8:10 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — A lot of people who care deeply about University of Maine basketball have spent the last several years on a mission. Their goal is to help the university raise enough money to give the Black Bear men’s and women’s basketball programs an improved venue in which to …

Out for the season: Injury to UMaine’s Cole reminder of often cruel, unforgiving nature of football

on Oct. 10, 2012, at 12:10 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Football can be a cruel game. If you don’t believe that, just ask Michael Cole. The University of Maine’s hard-charging defensive end turned in perhaps his finest performance in Saturday’s 26-3 Colonial Athletic Association victory at 15th-ranked Delaware. The junior from North Brunswick, N.J., was in on …