Rams, Witches will wear pink for good cause

Posted May 12, 2010, at 10:22 p.m.

The Brewer and Bangor high school softball and baseball teams will do their part for breast cancer awareness when the teams square off at Brewer on Friday night.

The softball teams will be wearing pink T-shirts during pre-game activities, according to Brewer assistant coach Deidra Davis, and the baseball teams will have pink wristbands.

A brief ceremony also is planned just before the start of the softball game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Coffin Fielid.

“For the last four or five years, the Brewer softball team has participated in the Relay for Life, but that didn’t fit into the schedule this year so we decided this would be a good thing to do,” said Davis.

Davis’ daughter Delaney and Alexis Stanhope, the daughter of Bangor coach Don Stanhope, will serve as official bat persons for the game.

They’ll also be passing a basket around during the game seeking donations to benefit breast cancer research, and those who donate may receive a baked goodie with pink frosting in recognition of their support.

NFF to honor Bangor’s Hodge

Former Bangor High School football coach Gerry Hodge will be among four individuals to be honored by the State of Maine Chapter of the National Football Hall Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., during their 23rd annual student-athlete awards banquet to be held at 6 p.m. on May 26 at Thorne Hall on the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

Hodge, who coached at Bangor for 18 seasons, will receive the Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Hodge guided the Rams to 116 victories and two state championships. He also coached at Mexico High School for two seasons, and compiled a 150-52-6 overall record with the two programs.

Others to be recognized during the banquet are Windham football coach Matt Perkins, referee Louis Barnes of Waterville and Commander Christopher J. Cassidy of York.

Perkins will receive the Maine High School Coach of the Year award for guiding Windham to an 11-1 record and the school’s first Class A state championship.

Barnes, a longtime high school and college football official in the state, will receive the Football Official Recognition Award, while Cassidy, an astronaut and Bronze Star Award winner, will receive the Distinguished American Award.

Tickets for the banquet are $30, and the general public is invited to attend. For ticket information, contact State of Maine Chapter president Howard Vandersea at 729-4210.

MBR wins 17U state hoop title

A star-studded MBR.org 17-and-under boys basketball team captured the 2010 AAU state championship in its age group last weekend to earn a berth at the AAU Division I Junior National Championship Tournament to be held July 26-Aug. 1 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The team, coached by Carl Parker of Bangor, includes Graham Safford and Wyatt Bisbee of Hampden Academy, Tyler McFarland and Keegan Pieri of Camden Hills of Rockport, Zach Blodgett and Tristan Thomas of Bangor, Ray Bessette of Brewer, Taylor Gross of Hermon, Cam Shorey of Calais, Joe McCloskey of Penobscot Valley of Howland, Devin DeLaite of Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, Stefano Mancini-of Falmouth, Sam Johnston of Greely of Cumberland Center, and Kyle Smith of Leavitt of Turner Center.

The MBR program has had a history of recent success at the nationals, qualifying for the medal round in both 2007 and 2008. The 2007 team finished 11th in a field of 153 teams.

The 2010 MBR team defeated MBNation of southern Maine 61-41 in the state championship game. MBNation was led by current Nokomis of Newport star Chris Braley.

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