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On Deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 15, 2015

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 8:01 p.m.
BASEBALL GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team and coaching staff, led by Ed Flaherty, will hold its 25th annual Winter Clinic 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Feb. 22, and its Advanced Clinic 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Costello Sports Complex Fieldhouse. The Winter …
Hampden Academy's Nick Gilpin (second from right) shoots past Brewer's Kobe Rogerson (right) during their basketball game at Hampden on Thursday.

Hampden avenges season-opening loss by beating Brewer 84-47

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 08, 2015, at 10:02 p.m.
The Hampden Academy boys basketball team had run off eight consecutive victories since a season-opening loss at Brewer. So combine the revenge factor with the determination to speed up its game to address a underwhelming offensive effort through the first half of the schedule, and perhaps it’s …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 8, 2015

on Jan. 08, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
BASEBALL ORONO — The University of Maine’s Senior and Junior Winter Baseball Clinics will be held Saturdays through Feb 8. Please visit for more information or contact Nick Derba at 581-1097 or GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team and coaching staff, led by Ed …

Bangor High School hockey team to strengthen offense, scoring

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 06, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
The Bangor High School hockey team, Eastern Maine Class A finalists a year ago, are off to a 5-2 start with its only losses coming at the hands of defending two-time state champ Falmouth and St. Dominic of Auburn, the Eastern A titlist. Falmouth is currently 8-0 and St. Dom’s …

Piscataquis girls basketball team looking to make long tourney run this season

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 06, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
There were high expectations for the Piscataquis Community High School girls basketball team this season. The Pirates were coming off two consecutive trips to the Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinals after a 17-year drought. But season-opening losses to Narraguagus of Harrington (53-44) and Stearns High of Millinocket (54-53) left the …

Local sports results for Jan. 1, 2015

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 8:17 p.m.
Today’s games HIGH SCHOOL Girls Basketball Belfast at Maine Central Institute, 6:30 p.m. Buckfield at Vinalhaven, 5:30 p.m. Camden Hills at Nokomis, 1 p.m. Dirigo at Carrabec, 1 p.m. Erskine at Leavitt, 6:30 p.m. Forest Hills at Valley, 5:30 p.m. Fort Kent at Central Aroostook, 5:30 p.m. Foxcroft at John …
Lawrence High School girls basketball coach John Donato in this undated photo.

Lawrence girls basketball coach joins exclusive 500-win club after weekend victory

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
John Donato admitted that he hasn’t had much time to reflect on reaching the 500-win plateau as a high school girls basketball coach. The Lawrence High School of Fairfield girls coach said “maybe if I wasn’t coaching, I would have time to reflect on it. But I’ve been so busy …
Bangor's Katie Butler (right) shoots for two past Skowhegan's Cailee Manzer during their basketball game Thursday at Bangor.

Aggressive, tight play help Bangor girls basketball shut down Skowhegan 36-13

By Pete Warner on Dec. 18, 2014, at 9:40 p.m.
Opponents are quick to realize that Bangor High School is a tall basketball team. Yet the Rams don’t sit back in a zone. They go after teams aggressively. Bangor exhibited excellent ball pressure on the perimeter and choked off the middle effectively on Thursday night, setting the …
Bangor's Trey Kenny (left) goes up for two past Lewiston's Quintarian Brown during their basketball game Friday at Bangor.

Bangor Rams edge Lewiston Blue Devils 36-32 in boys basketball season opener

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 05, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
The basketball artistry may have been lacking at times — certainly not uncommon for the first game of a new schoolboy basketball season. But few could deny the competitive level apparent on Friday night as Bangor outlasted Lewiston 36-32 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A …

Hampden girls basketball bests Brewer Witches 35-30 in season opener

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 05, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
BREWER, Maine —- The youthful Hampden Academy girls basketball team, with four freshman starters, squandered a 12-0 lead but rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Brewer 35-30 in a mutual season-opener at the Brewer High Gym Friday night. Two of the Bronco freshmen, forward Sophie …

Snowstorm wreaking havoc with high school soccer regional championship games

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 03, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
The early November snowstorm that dumped 12 to 18 inches of snow on much of Eastern and Northern Maine has created a major headache for athletic directors whose natural grass fields won’t be playable on Wednesday when the regional soccer championship games are supposed to be held. Four of the …
The University of Maine baseball team players and coaches held a free baseball clinic at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Monday.

UMaine, Husson facilitate free day of fall baseball

on Oct. 13, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
BANGOR | Approximately 80 youngsters from Greater Bangor turned out at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on Monday to participate in a free youth clinic conducted by coaches and players from the University of Maine and Husson University in Bangor. The players, ages 6 to 13, went through several stations …
Scott Phelps

Scott Phelps remembered as great athlete, positive influence as youth coach

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 13, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.
Scott Phelps was an outstanding athlete who later positively impacted thousands of lives and was the father of a remarkable family. That was the consensus from people who knew Phelps, who died after an extended illness on Saturday night, six days after his 45th birthday. He is survived by his …

Youth hockey: Dispelling the myth of the 4 a.m. practice

By Travis Baker, Special to the BDN on Oct. 01, 2014, at 1:04 p.m.
My eldest son, Zane, has participated in youth hockey since the age of 4. He’s 9 now and in those five years of skating and playing and having a great time as a Junior Black Bear not once have we had to get up at three in the morning to …

Local sports results for September 28, 2014

on Sept. 28, 2014, at 9:37 p.m.
Today’s games HIGH SCHOOL Girls Soccer Brewer at Bangor, 6 p.m. Bucksport at Washington Ad., 4 p.m. Dexter at Central, 4 p.m. George Stevens at Sumner, 4 p.m. Hermon at John Bapst, 4 p.m. Highview Chr. at Bangor Christian, 4 p.m. MDI at Ellsworth, 6 p.m. Old Town at Foxcroft, …
Parker Sanderson wipes down his hockey stick after putting on fresh tape in between periods of a preseason game.

Former Bangor hockey player earns spot to play for County Aces

By Tim Cox on Sept. 08, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
ST. STEPHEN, New Brunswick — The pieces are starting to fall into place for Houlton native Parker Sanderson, who is working his way up the ranks as a young, aspiring hockey player with the goal to play at the college level. Sanderson, 19, who transferred to Bangor High School for …
Maine District 3 champ Bangor celebrates their 3-1 victory over the U.S. West team from Hawaii Thursday evening at Mansfield Stadium. Bangor advances to the semifinals Friday.

Unbeaten Bangor defeats Hawaii to earn berth in Senior League World Series semifinal

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 14, 2014, at 9:22 p.m.
Brian Peirce had no idea he was going to pitch for District 3 champ Bangor in Thursday’s crucial Pool A game against U.S. West titlist Wailuku, Hawaii. But when manager Barrett Dionne decided early in the game to pull starter Nick Cowperthwaite after two innings so Cowperthwaite …

Virginia earns berth in Senior League World Series semifinals

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 8:27 p.m.
BANGOR | U.S. Southeast champ Dumfries, Virginia, beat Asia-Pacific champ Northern Mariana Islands 9-1 Thursday in the final day of pool play at the Senior League World Series to earn a berth in Friday’s semifinal round at Mansfield Stadium. Europe-Africa champ Italy shut out U.S. Central champ Grand Rapids, …
Connecticut first baseman Brad Burney gloves a throw but not before Latin America's Mairion Brunken safely reaches during Senior League World Series action at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Tuesday afternoon.

Michel homer helps Curacao roll by Connecticut for its second Senior League World Series win

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 12, 2014, at 9:14 p.m.
BANGOR | Center fielder Raysheandall Michel had his second consecutive two-hit game, including a rare Senior League World Series home run in the spacious confines of Mansfield Stadium, and Latin American champs Willemstad, Curacao moved a step closer to a berth in the semifinals with a five-inning 11-1 win …
Matthew (left) and Michael Nickles are identical twins who are playing for the U.S. Southeast champs from Dumfries, Virginia, in the Senior League World Series at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Twin brothers providing a double punch on mound, at plate for Senior League World Series team

By Larry Mahoney on Aug. 12, 2014, at 6 p.m.
BANGOR | Michael and Matthew Nickles are mirror image twins. If they faced each other, they would appear to be the exact reflection of each other. They are also two of the standout players for the U.S. Southeast champs from Dumfries, Virginia, currently playing in the Senior League World …
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