May 20, 2018
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Rams open season on renovated tennis facility

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

As the Bangor boys and girls tennis teams begin regular-season matches this week, they do so on refurbished home courts.

During the offseason a renovation of the existing four-court, on-campus tennis complex was completed, according to Bangor athletic administrator Steve Vanidestine.

Two of the four courts were replaced, with new asphalt laid down and new net posts installed.

Several trees located near the courts also were removed, as in conjunction with the annual frost their root systems were causing cracks in the nearby courts. One pine tree in particular also spilled needles onto at least one court.

The other two courts were resealed, and all four courts were painted in traditional colors for modern tennis facilities, blue and green, and new posts and nets were installed, Vanidestine said.

Vanidestine recalled the courts being resurfaced during the mid-1990s, but said this was the first major restoration project of its kind for the facility during his tenure as the school’s athletic administrator, which began in 1984.

He added that players liked the new, more open setting at the tennis facility, which is located adjacent to the high school softball field.

The Bangor girls tennis team dropped a 3-2 decision to Cony of Augusta in its home opener Monday, while the boys team — a 5-0 winner at Cony on Monday — is scheduled to host Messalonskee of Oakland at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

New mantra — “no pressure”

The Bangor High School baseball team, off to a 3-0 start heading into Wednesday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A game at Skowhegan, has adopted a new slogan used by players and coaches when they break huddles.

“No pressure” are the encouraging words, referencing the notion that despite the fact that Bangor High School already has won state championships in soccer, basketball and men’s swimming this year and an Eastern Maine title in football after many members of the baseball team reached the championship game of the Senior League World Series last summer, baseball is a season unto itself.

Senior outfielder Josiah Hartley said the slogan suggests that this year’s baseball team is not trying to live up to the success achieved in other sports, but merely seeking to write its own chapter in school history.

“That’s something we started this year,” said Hartley after the Rams’ 13-3 win over Hampden Academy on Monday — the team’s third straight win shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. “Everybody’s talking about the hype because we won the other  state championships already, but [baseball coach Jeff] Fahey’s telling us that we’ve really got nothing to worry about because he comes into every baseball season looking to win.”

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