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Richard Garini

Who is taking care of your athletes?

By Richard B. Garini, Special to the BDN on March 25, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
Injuries including sprains, strains, fractures and even concussions are all too common in the world of athletics, regardless of the athlete’s age. The Center for Disease Control reports that high school sports account for more than two million injuries, 500,000 doctor’s visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year and concussion rates …
An operator uses a Zamboni to smooth the rink surface at Penobscot Ice Arena in Brewer.

Players, coaches relishing ‘100 percent turnaround’ at Penobscot Ice Arena

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 28, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
BREWER, Maine — There was a time when Kevin Audibert, president of the Brewer Youth Hockey Association, didn’t know what to expect when he would show up at the Penobscot Ice Arena in Brewer for a practice or a game. Until George and Linda Bishop bought the facility from Roger …
Members of the Russian Youth and Junior Biathlon teams have spent the last two weeks training at the IBU World Championship host venue in Presque Isle.

Athletes from 31 countries arriving in Presque Isle for IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 22, 2014, at 4:50 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — With less than a week to go before the start of the IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships, teams are arriving from around the globe to train at the host venue. More than 400 athletes and coaching staff from 31 countries will participate in eight days of …
Members of the Russian Youth and Junior Biathlon teams have spent the last two weeks training at the IBU World Championship host venue in Presque Isle.

Preview of IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships in Presque Isle

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 22, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
Athletes from 31 countries arriving in Presque Isle for IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships

Texas ‘Tykes’ football coaches suspended; pushed kids to hurt, swear

By Jim Forsyth, Reuters on Feb. 04, 2014, at 7:06 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two volunteer coaches of the 8- and 9-year-old football players featured on the reality TV show “Friday Night Tykes” have been suspended for encouraging dangerous play or bad behavior, league officials said on Tuesday. The Texas Youth Football Association featured in the Esquire Network series that …
Damien Spencer of the Old Town/Orono Black Bears competes for the puck with Messalonskee's Dan Condon on Friday night at the Alfond Arena in Orono in front of a mostly Old Town student body. The Old Town/Orono varsity team is made up of 16 players from Old Town High School and six players from Orono.

On thin ice? High school hockey turns to co-ops against declining numbers

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 22, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Maine high school hockey has grown dramatically since the 1970s, but a sluggish economy and the sport’s high expense have forced several schools to form cooperative teams so their players have the opportunity to play. “In order to survive, people do things they never thought they would have to do,” …

Alfond Foundation donates $250,000 to Maine youth football fund

on Jan. 21, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Harold Alfond Foundation has made a $250,000 grant to the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation to support youth and amateur football in Maine. The fund, formerly known as the “Coach Mac Fund” in honor of Old Town native and longtime coach Richard “Dick” MacPherson, …
The Bangor Soccer Club's U-13 team captured the state title in its age division on Nov. 3 in Yarmouth. The members of the team (from left) are: coach Andrew Varisco, Miah Cassum, Kiera Campbell, Bella Varisco, Abby Houghton, Lilly Morris, Malorie Baines, Brooklynne White, Oliviah Damboise, Yvonne Barrowman, Grace Martin, Soleil Skehan, Jacey Harrison, Maddie Brookings, Alexis LeBreton, Sarah Dumas, Eliza Quinones, Kathleen Greenlaw, Libby Spekhardt, and assistant coach Mitzi Skehan.

Maturity, mental toughness propel Bangor Soccer Club team to its first girls state title in 20 years

By Jon Ouellette, Special to the BDN on Nov. 12, 2013, at 6:14 a.m.
The Bangor Soccer Club started in 1993 as the contrivance of local parents who were simply trying to find other soccer opportunities for their children outside the realm of middle school and recreational soccer. In the club’s 20 years, no BSC girls’ team ever discovered what it felt like to …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Oct. 3, 2013

on Oct. 03, 2013, at 5:33 p.m.
BASEBALL Oct. 5-6 At Auburn, Central Maine Community’s Coaches Clinic, for all levels, presenters and on-court demonstrations, starts 10 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, for more info visit cmmustangs.com Monday, Oct. 14 At Orono, University of Maine baseball program’s Elite High School Prospect Camp, starts 9 a.m. at Mahaney Diamond; …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Sept. 19

on Sept. 19, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.
BASKETBALL Shooting lessons At Bangor, Individual Shooting and Player Position Play Lessons, $30 for one-hour sessions per player, two players $15 per hour, site provided, for info contact Bob Cimbollek at 356-6787. Basketball Officials Class At Winterport, Reeds Brook Middle School, Room 164, Eastern Maine Board 111 of the International …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Sept. 12, 2013

on Sept. 12, 2013, at 5:34 p.m.
BASKETBALL Shooting lessons At Bangor, Individual Shooting and Player Position Play Lessons, $30 for one-hour sessions per player, two players $15 per hour, site provided, for info contact Bob Cimbollek at 356-6787. Basketball Officials Class At Winterport, Reeds Brook Middle School, Room 164, Eastern Maine Board 111 of the International …
Fans of the U.S. East team from Pennsylvania cheer on their team in the Senior League World Series semifinal game against Hawaii on Friday.  U.S. East won the game 9-4 and advances to the championship game on Saturday.

Slump-breaking hit comes suddenly for Pennsylvania Senior League outfielder

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 16, 2013, at 11:12 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Chris Tucker couldn’t recall his last chance to step to the plate against an opposing team’s pitcher. “It was a long time ago,” he said. The Kennett Square, Pa., left fielder doesn’t have to think back too far now, having marked his return to the batting order …
Maine District 3's Jordan Derrah (second from right) celebrates his home run with team members during a Senior League World Series game against U.S. West Thursday at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. U.S. West won 11-1 in five innings.

Seasickness aside, Hawaiian Senior League World Series contingent enjoys visit to Maine coast

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2013, at 10:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Growing up on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean seemingly would mean that members of the Pearl City, Hawaii, Senior League baseball team are comfortable with life on the water. But a brief sojourn on the Atlantic Ocean off Bar Harbor during their off-day …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Aug. 15, 2013

on Aug. 15, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.
BASEBALL Skowhegan seeks teams The 2013 Skowhegan Fall Baseball League for players ages 8-11 is seeking interested teams to play, schedule is six weeks of doubleheader games, Aug. 25 to Oct. 6, possible tourney, games at the Carl Wright Complex behind the Skowhegan Community Center, $200 registration fee per team, …
Alex Allain of Hermon has earned a spot on the Under-14 roster of the United States Region 1 roster.

Hermon 13-year-old earns prestigious berth on Region 1 national team soccer roster

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 14, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.
HERMON, Maine — Alex Allain began playing soccer when she was 4 years old in Madawaska. She and her family moved to Hermon four years later when her father, Luc, landed a job at Cianbro and Alex found herself immersed in a more intensified level of soccer. That led her …

Rain pushes Bangor Senior League World Series game to Wednesday night start

on Aug. 14, 2013, at 4:31 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Wednesday’s rain storms have caused changes in the schedule for games at the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium with the game involving Maine District 3 champ Bangor being pushed back to an approximate start of 7 p.m. The day’s first game between U.S. Southwest and …

Globetrotters to give local youth first chance to play basketball at Cross Insurance Center

on Aug. 13, 2013, at 7:15 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Youth in the Bangor area will be the first players on the basketball court at the new Cross Insurance Center with the help of the Harlem Globetrotters Friday, Sept. 20. Members of the Globetrotters will host clinics for children ages 6-14, Friday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. …

Strong defense, pitching propel Panama past Chicago in Senior League World Series

By Joe Sturzl, Special to the BDN on Aug. 11, 2013, at 7:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Timely hitting, excellent defense and an impressive pitching performance propelled Latin American champion Chitre Little League of Chitre, Herrera, Panama by U.S. Central champion Clear Ridge LL of Chicago 6-0 Sunday in the second game of the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium. Gertrudis Tello came …
Maine District 3 pitcher Justin Courtney of Bangor delivers to the plate against Team Canada in the fourth inning of the opening game of the Senior League World Series on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bangor won 8-1.

Courtney, Bangor top Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in Senior League World Series opener

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 11, 2013, at 4:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A picture-perfect Sunday afternoon served as the backdrop to a nearly perfect performance by the Bangor all-stars, who opened the Senior League World Series with an 8-1 victory over Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, at Mansfield Stadium. The Maine District 3 champions scored their fifth consecutive victory over …

Senior League World Series scores, schedule

on Aug. 11, 2013, at 11:31 a.m.
At Mansfield Stadium, Bangor Teams POOL A — Canada (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), Asia-Pacific (Makati City, Philippines), Maine District 3 (Bangor), U.S. Southeast (Martinez, Ga.), U.S. West (Pearl City, Hawaii) POOL B — Europe & Africa (Emilia, Italy), Latin America (Herrera, Panama), U.S. Central (Chicago), U.S. Southwest (Laredo, Texas), U.S. …
 
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