University of Maine Black Bear Sports

University of Maine track standout Jake Leithiser (right) races in this recent photo. He hopes to run under 1 minute, 50 seconds in the 800-meter run during the upcoming outdoor season.

UMaine men’s track team features versatile veterans, promising newcomers

By Sam Bonsey, Special to the BDN on March 30, 2015, at 5:27 p.m.
ORONO | Track and field teams need versatile athletes to be competitive, and the University of Maine men’s team features several for the spring season. Jake Leithiser, a redshirt junior who graduated from Old Town High School in 2011, has already put himself into the record books at UMaine. …
University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech

Q&A with UMaine athletic director Karlton Creech

By Larry Mahoney on March 30, 2015, at 7:33 a.m.
Editor’s note: University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech met with the BDN’s Larry Mahoney on Saturday to answer questions, some light and some heavy, in a question and answer format. Q: What is the best part about living in Maine and the worst part? A: The best part is …

Bangor pitcher earns first college victory as UMaine baseball splits with Albany

By Pete Warner on March 29, 2015, at 1:05 p.m.
ORONO | Justin Courtney couldn’t remember the last time he pitched in relief. The former Bangor High School ace likely won’t forget the first time he came out of the bullpen for the University of Maine. The freshman right-hander made his Mahaney Diamond debut with 3⅔ strong innings of …
Shane Bussey, University of Maine baseball

UMaine infielder returns from suspension intent on overcoming off-field issues

By Pete Warner on March 28, 2015, at 6:19 a.m.
ORONO | Shane Bussey was a changed man when he returned to the University of Maine campus last August. He had a fresh outlook on his life and his role as a student-athlete, a privilege which he nearly squandered during the previous school year. “I was very excited about …
Holly Stewart

Former UMaine field hockey players relish experience on Canadian national team

By Larry Mahoney on March 27, 2015, at 8:35 p.m.
Holly Stewart decided a year ago that if she wanted to realize her lifelong dream of playing field hockey for Team Canada in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she would have to finish up her University of Maine degree a semester early. That meant taking …
University of Maine senior outfielder Sam Balzano

Home sweet home: UMaine baseball team plays host to Albany

on March 27, 2015, at 8:04 p.m.
MAINE vs. ALBANY Time, site: Sunday (2), 1 p.m., Monday, 2 p.m.; Mahaney Diamond, Orono Records: Maine 8-14 (0-1 America East), Albany 4-7 (0-0) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 34-27, Maine 7-0 on 5/11/14 Key players: Maine — 1B Brenden Geary (.429, 1 home run, 5 runs batted in), 2B …
Annabelle Wilson

UMaine women’s track team eager for snow to melt, competition to begin

By Sam Bonsey, Special to the BDN on March 27, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
ORONO | Despite several inches of snow still covering the outdoor track at the University of Maine, the women’s team has found alternative ways to train in preparation for the upcoming track season. After a spring season where the Black Bears finished eighth out of nine teams at the …
Eddie Emerson of Lewiston High School delivers a pitch against Edward Little during a game last season. 

Late-blooming Lewiston left-hander commits to UMaine baseball program

By Pete Warner on March 27, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
Less than a year ago, Eddie Emerson’s best prospects for playing college baseball were at the Division III level. On Wednesday, the former Lewiston High School pitcher made a verbal commitment to accept a partial scholarship from the University of Maine. It will be a welcome homecoming for the 6-foot-3, …

Husson baseball team set to play six games in three days

By Larry Mahoney on March 26, 2015, at 7:46 p.m.
The Husson University Eagles baseball team will play three consecutive North Atlantic Conference doubleheaders at the Winkin Complex beginning Friday. They will be using a portable fence provided by Allan Farm Fence Co. of Hermon because the Winkin Complex still has a few inches of snow on its warning track. …
University of Maine men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh is spending three days in Beirut, where he is the featured speaker at clinics for Lebanese players.

UMaine coach visiting Middle East to speak at basketball clinics

By Pete Warner on March 26, 2015, at 2:26 p.m.
Bob Walsh seldom passes up the opportunity to talk basketball or to promote his men’s program at the University of Maine. Starting Thursday, the Black Bears’ first-year head coach planned to do both — in the Middle East. Walsh is spending three days in Beirut, where he is the featured …
Maine women's basketball coach Richard Barron (center) claps for the team's efforts in the first half of the college basketball game against Vermont on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Maine won 74-46.

Coach who revived UMaine women’s basketball team nears final year of contract

By Pete Warner on March 25, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.
Coach Richard Barron has directed the University of Maine women’s basketball program back to league prominence during his four seasons in Orono. The Black Bears, who languished under coaches Ann McInerney and Cindy Blodgett, are again among the most respected teams in the America East Conference and New England. UMaine …

UMaine football team to kick off spring practices

on March 24, 2015, at 5:48 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine football team will begin its spring practice schedule at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Alfond Stadium. The Black Bears are coming off a 5-6 season, and 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. All practices are open to the public as the Black …

UMaine hockey team lands point-producing Minnesota defenseman

By Larry Mahoney on March 24, 2015, at 6:18 a.m.
Defenseman Sam Becker, who leads the Minnesota Magicians in scoring and is third among the North American Hockey League’s defensemen in points, has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine in the fall. The 6-foot, 180-pound Becker has eight goals and 38 assists in 53 games for the Magicians. …
John Hetherman

UMaine football hires defensive line coach, promotes another

on March 23, 2015, at 5:03 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine football program has served as a pipeline for the coaching staff at Old Dominion University in Virginia. This spring, the Black Bears are on the receiving end of a former Monarchs assistant. UMaine head coach Jack Cosgrove on Monday announced the hiring of …
Scott Heath hit a three-run home run but took the loss on the mound during the University of Maine's 10-5 baseball defeat at Hartford on Saturday.

Chilled out: Hartford beats UMaine baseball in opener; Sunday games canceled

on March 21, 2015, at 6:41 p.m.
Ryan Lukach belted a two-run home run to highlight a four-run sixth inning Saturday that carried the University of Hartford to a 10-5 victory over the University of Maine in an America East baseball matchup at Fiondella Field in West Hartford, Connecticut. The two teams played only one game after …
University of Maine women's basketball coach Richard Barron addresses his team prior to their America East quarterfinal game March 7 at Vestal, New York.

Improved UMaine women’s basketball team eager to take next step in resurgence

By Pete Warner on March 21, 2015, at 6:37 p.m.
There was no storybook ending, but the 2014-15 season marked a bright chapter in the resurgence of the University of Maine women’s basketball team. The Black Bears, who were knocked out of the America East tournament in the semifinals by Hartford, closed out the campaign on Friday with a 71-60 …
Chantel Charles (left) of the University of Maine has her shot contested by Villanova University's Taylor Holeman during Friday night's WNIT first-round game at Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Villanova’s 3-point barrage ends UMaine women’s basketball season in WNIT

By Pete Warner on March 20, 2015, at 6:31 p.m.
Villanova University torched the University of Maine defense early and often on Friday night, building a 19-point halftime advantage on the way to a 71-60 basketball victory in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Wildcats (20-13), who were knocked out …
Senior Luke Morrill of South Thomaston is among the catalysts for the University of Maine baseball team, which opens its America East schedule against the University of Hartford with a doubleheader on Saturday.

UMaine opens America East schedule with series at Hartford

By Pete Warner on March 20, 2015, at 1:07 p.m.
Baseball MAINE vs. HARTFORD Time, site: Saturday (2), noon, Sunday, noon, Fiondella Field, West Hartford, Connecticut Records: Maine 8-13 (0-0 America East), Hartford 6-9 (2-1) Series, last meeting: Maine leads 86-31, Hartford 2-1 on 4/7/14 Key players: Maine — 1B Brenden Geary (.452, 1 home run, 5 runs batted in), …
University of Maine defenseman Dan Renouf (left) may be called upon next season to help fill the void left by Ben Hutton, who passed up his senior year to sign a pro contract.

UMaine hockey team expects difficulty replacing two players

By Larry Mahoney on March 20, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
The struggling University of Maine men’s hockey program has suffered a significant setback with the departure of 2013-14 second-team All-Americans Devin Shore and Ben Hutton. Head coach Red Gendron and assistants Jay Leach and Ben Guite knew this was the likelihood and prepared for it during their recruiting. Even though …
The University of Maine's Devin Shore takes a shot on goal against the University of Connecticut during their game on Jan. 30 at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Former UMaine player Devin Shore earns All-Hockey East second-team honors

By Larry Mahoney on March 19, 2015, at 9:43 p.m.
University of Maine junior center Devin Shore, who recently signed a contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, was named to the All-Hockey East second team at the league’s awards banquet in Boston on Thursday night. Junior defenseman Ben Hutton, who has signed with Vancouver, was named as an honorable mention. …

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