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on April 26, 2015, at 10:47 a.m.
COLLEGE (Saturday’s First Game) MAINE 8, HARTFORD 0 Hartford 000 000 — 0 2 0 Maine 000 017 — 8 6 0 Bird and Fried; A. Bogdanovich and Harvey E: none; 2B: DeMarco; Burk; HR: Leonard (4), Lennon (3); LOB: Hartford 3, Maine 5; SB: Lennon 2; SH: Byron; Repeat …
Louis Sockalexis poses in his Poland Spring uniform during the summer of 1894.

Mainer confronts Cleveland Indians execs in quest to honor Penobscot Indian player

By Ed Rice on Sept. 01, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
As my plane winged its way to Cleveland last week, on my way to give a library talk in praise of Maine Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis and against the Cleveland Indians’ continuing use of Chief Wahoo, I began imagining myself as being something like the Jimmy Stewart character in “Mr. …

Maine hockey team now has a blueprint for success

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 05, 2013, at 6:51 p.m.
The difference between success and failure in sports is often more mental than physical. It is a matter of believing in yourself, your teammates and your coaching staff. It is also believing in the system or style of play that the coaches employ for the specific purpose of giving you …

To make the playoffs, Maine hockey team needs to overcome its lack of a difference-maker

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 15, 2013, at 6:12 p.m.
Some call them difference-makers. Others call them game-changers. But they are one in the same. What they do is make plays at critical times that lead their team to victory. It proves to be the turning point in the game. It requires talent, leadership, a fierce competitive nature and a …

The classy Holmes leaves his legacy at Belfast

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 04, 2012, at 6:49 a.m.
Allen Holmes always “got it.” You know that little two-word phrase that refers to someone who thoroughly understands his responsibilities and implements them with remarkable consistency. In his 40 years as the field hockey coach at Belfast High School, the recently-retired Holmes not only developed one of the most consistently …
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 …

Montgomery pulling for Black Bears’ resurgence

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 27, 2012, at 7:04 p.m.
Jim Montgomery gets emails from people he doesn’t know. University of Maine hockey fans disgruntled with coach Tim Whitehead and the team’s 2-9-1 start want the general manager and head coach of the Dubuque (Iowa) Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League to return to Orono and restore the …

Shots at the goalie pads, quick releases and more offensive movement could help anemic Bears

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 26, 2012, at 8:46 p.m.
The Bowdoin College Polar Bears had dominated the first period of their men’s ice hockey game against archrival Colby College several years ago but despite a lopsided shots-on-goal margin, they found themselves trailing 1-0. But Bowdoin found the net in the second and third periods and left Colby’s Alfond Arena …

Orono native Butterfield could be joining Farrell in Boston as a Red Sox coach

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 23, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.
Orono native and Toronto Blue Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield could follow John Farrell to Boston. Farrell left his managerial position with the Blue Jays to take over for Bobby Valentine as the Red Sox skipper and was introduced as the new Sox manager Tuesday. Butterfield, a former three-sport …

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 …

College hockey in final season before major facelift

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 17, 2012, at 4 p.m.
College hockey is in its final season before it undergoes a major renovation. There won’t be a Central Collegiate Hockey Association beginning next season as the Big Ten begins its first season with new member Penn State joining former Western Collegiate Hockey Association members Minnesota and Wisconsin and former CCHA …

Bangor High has evolved into soccer school

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 25, 2012, at 5:41 p.m.
The Bangor High School girls soccer team’s winning streak was snapped at 25 by Brunswick 2-1 in overtime last Friday night. A 25-game winning streak is an impressive accomplishment. Soccer is one of those sports in which the best team doesn’t always win. It is difficult to score goals and …

UMaine athletic director relieved with Albany, Stony Brook football joining the CAA

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 09, 2012, at 7:02 p.m.
That huge sigh of relief heard earlier this week in Orono came from University of Maine athletic director Steve Abbott. When it was announced by Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Tom Yeager that Stony Brook and Albany were accepted into the league beginning with the 2013 season, Abbott was guaranteed his …
Pete Warner

America East postseason ban of Boston University unfortunate, but warranted

By Pete Warner on July 04, 2012, at 6:59 p.m.
Boston University’s athletic program has been the class of the America East Conference in recent years. Seven consecutive times, the Terriers have earned the Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner’s Cup, which is awarded to the the most successful program based on the number of sports sponsored, winning percentage and postseason achievements. …

Strike zones should be larger in high school softball

By Larry Mahoney on May 22, 2012, at 8:30 p.m.
The official definition of the Major League Baseball strike zone reads as follows: “The strike zone is that area over home plate the upper limit of which is a horizontal line at the midpoint between the top of the shoulders and the top of the uniform pants and the lower …

Maine missed a great opportunity for a win in the NCAA Tourney

By Larry Mahoney on March 25, 2012, at 5:24 p.m.
WORCESTER, Mass. — There are times when a team leaves a rink after a loss and simply faces reality. The better team won. But I’m not sure the University of Maine’s hockey team left Saturday night’s 5-2 loss in the Northeast Regional to defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth with that mindset. …

How did Maine turn around its season?

By Larry Mahoney on March 12, 2012, at 4:29 p.m.
The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team all but ensured its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since the 2006-2007 season with its quarterfinal series win over Merrimack over the weekend. Maine will play Boston University on Friday night in the Hockey East semifinals. What has been the most important …

Magic moments, memories define Tourney Week 2012

By Ernie Clark on March 01, 2012, at 5:20 p.m.
The Eastern Maine basketball tournament seemingly had it all this year — good crowds, tightly contested games, upsets and dramatic moments. There also was a growing sense of nostalgia for those attending the B-C-D tourney at the Bangor Auditorium as they passed by the framework of the new arena that …

Should all state basketball finals in 2013 be at the Bangor Auditorium?

By Larry Mahoney on March 01, 2012, at 2:04 p.m.
The Bangor Auditorium, which opened on Oct. 1, 1955, and has been home to Maine schoolboy and schoolgirl basketball tournaments ever since, will hold its final tournaments next season as it will be replaced by a new auditorium in the fall of 2013. The current state championship basketball games are …

‘Two Maines’ is a tale of the Eastern and Western tourneys

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 23, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.
— One need look no further than the scheduling of the Class D basketball regional tournaments to see a different example of the “two Maines,” with the Western D tournament relegated mostly to morning sessions while the Eastern D event gets its share of prime time — and prime attendance …