Saturday Spotlight


The boys of summer move to the gridiron

By on July 30, 2010, at 11:47 p.m.
More high schools in Maine are using a seven-on-seven program during the summer.

Hunt Memorial 3K sparkles with history of speed, novelty

By on July 02, 2010, at 9:48 p.m.
It’s as much a Fourth of July staple in these parts as red hot dogs, jet skiing, baseball and softball. For three decades, runners young and old from all across the country and state have made the Queen City their July 4 destination for one reason: A fast 3-kilometer (1.9-mile) road race. One of Greater Bangor’s longstanding traditions, the Walter Hunt Memorial 3K, will celebrate its 30th birthday this weekend when hundreds of people line up on upper Wilson Street in Brewer for the fast, downhill journey to Pickering Square in Bangor.

Bears enjoy summer lessons

By Pete Warner on June 18, 2010, at 10:06 p.m.
There wasn’t much of a break for the members of the University of Maine baseball team after their season ended May 27 at the America East Championship. After a 56-game season with the Black Bears, team members quickly dispersed to participate in one of several summer collegiate baseball leagues. This year, there are again numerous UMaine players on summer league rosters in one of at least six leagues stretching from Sanford all the way to South Carolina.
Girls in the Bangor Soccer Club's U-11 spring travel team including goalie Page Cadorette, 11, (right) of Bangor help move the goal net at practice Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in Bangor. The club's spring recreation league has more than 700 kids participating in over 70 teams and is open to boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Youth teams keep soccer growing in Maine

By on May 21, 2010, at 9:13 p.m.
Kim Stephenson had an impressive career at the University of Maine that was capped by her being selected to the America East second team her senior year in 2008.

Rest saved Morin’s season

By on May 07, 2010, at 10:26 p.m.
Old Town High School pitcher Hannah Morin has battled through a knee injury to help lead the Coyotes to a 6-1 start.

For Black Bears, academic success a priority

By Pete Warner on April 30, 2010, at 10:36 p.m.
ORONO | Student-athletes at the University of Maine face challenges not only on the field of play but in the classroom.
All in all, the game is still the same as the regular season. The average age is lower than the regular season team's age, such as at this boys game at Northeast Harbor Elementary School, Saturday, March 18, 2010.   BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MICHAEL C. YORK

Harbor House event perennial hoop showcase

By on March 26, 2010, at 10:26 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | The first day of spring defied the traditional seasonal change on Mount Desert Island this year.
Bangor High's Nick George (#9) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the team's second goal in the second period of their match with Brewer High School at Sawyer Arena in Bangor Tuesday night, December 22,2009.   BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Lopez, George excel by getting defensive

By on Feb. 26, 2010, at 10:54 p.m.
Every successful hockey team needs a shutdown defenseman. They get tons of ice time. They play in every situation. They protect the front of their net, block shots, win battles for loose pucks, …
A musher and his dogs race away from a checkpoint in McGrath, Alaska as they continue along the Iditarod trail.  PHOTO COURTESY OF NADA LEPER

Students plan trip to Iditarod

By on Feb. 20, 2010, at 12:25 a.m.
By late February, ask most Mainers planning a trip where they’re headed, and you’ll probably hear names like Florida or Bermuda. But Nada Lepper, a teacher of third and fourth grade in …


Bangor High School diver Ashley Higgins works on her moves during practice at Husson University pool on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2010. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY KEVIN BENNETT

Bangor boasts diving success

By on Feb. 12, 2010, at 11:04 p.m.
“From the very beginning of Bangor swimming (nearly 50 years ago) diving has been an important component of program,” Bangor High swimming coach Phil Emery reflected. Emery has been associated …

Big effort paying off for small Baker

By Pete Warner on Feb. 05, 2010, at 10:22 p.m.
ORONO | Kristin Baker has spent her basketball career fiercely trying to prove she belongs.
Brewer sophomore sprinter Rachel Craig at a practice session in the UMaine fieldhouse, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2010.   BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MICHAEL C. YORK

Sodium deficiency fails to slow Craig

By on Jan. 29, 2010, at 10:53 p.m.
BREWER | Rachel Craig is a typical 14-year-old. The Brewer High School freshman is fairly shy and quiet, a diehard Boston Celtics fan, and steadily becoming one of the best sprinters in …
STOCKTON SPRINGS, ME -- JANUARY 4, 2010 -- Boxer Josh McAuliffe, who trains with Ken Wyman at Wyman's Boxing Club in Stockton Springs, is going pro. LINDA COAN O'KRESIK

Bangor’s McAuliffe driven to take ring career to pro level

By on Jan. 22, 2010, at 10:30 p.m.
Josh McAuliffe paused, and then let a little laugh escape when asked how he went from being a three-sport athlete at Bangor High School to becoming a successful amateur boxer. “You really want …
Bangor High School athletic trainer John Ryan (left) goes over the ImPACT or Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, exam with his son Nick Ryan, 17, a senior student-athlete on the football team at Bangor High School on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. According to John Ryan, the test, which he started using in the fall of this school year, is to "better manage athletes who [we] suspect have a concussion." Ryan also said that 30 Maine schools are currently using the program and that he and a group of other trainers and medical professionals are trying to get it into every high school in the state. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)

HS athletes focus of concussion study

By on Jan. 15, 2010, at 11:30 p.m.
Think of the brain inside an athlete’s head as an egg yolk within a shell.
Coach Tim Whitehead talks to Gustav Nyquist (right) during practice Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 at the Alfond Arena in Orono. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN

Swedish trio diversifies Bears

By on Jan. 08, 2010, at 10:34 p.m.
ORONO | In University of Maine sophomore left wing Theo Andersson’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, there is a Volvo Museum. Freshman center Klas Leidermark is from Gavel, Sweden, and …

Husson University senior Ben Estabrook of Bangor gets in some putting practice near the club house before Monday morning's round of the North Atlantic Conference Golf Championship at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)   (WEB EDITION PHOTO)

Golf still healthy, stable in Maine

By on Dec. 18, 2009, at 11:28 p.m.
As with most leisure pursuits, golf in Maine is trying to keep its head above water during the current recession, but many people involved in the game remain upbeat about the survival of the game and …
Chris Peverada from the North Park University Invitational last season. Courtesy of The University of Chicago

Peverada shows passion for pounding pavement

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 04, 2009, at 10:14 p.m.
Mental toughness and a drive to hammer out miles are just two of many a runner must possess to be successful.

Mainers helped legalize mixed martial arts

By on Nov. 27, 2009, at 10:18 p.m.
The Pine Tree State has had a unique association with the Ultimate Fighting Championship right from the 17-year-old, mixed martial arts organization’s infancy.
Bangor coach Mark Hackett congratulates his players as they come off the field during the Brunswick game , Nov. 13, 2009. Bangor Daily News/Michael C. York

Life lessons learned via ‘home’ school

By Joe McLaughlin on Nov. 20, 2009, at 10:45 p.m.
An early lesson in athletics that John Tennett learned didn’t occur on the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond. It happened at home. He was in fourth or fifth grade and …