David Barber

Asst. Sports Editor


O’Toole builds big lead, powers Scarborough past Skowhegan for Class A state softball title

By Dave Barber on June 15, 2013, at 5:40 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Scarborough High School softball coach Tom Griffin said he was “flabbergasted” when his second baseman, Marisa O’Toole, didn’t make the SMAA all-stars first team. She still had a venue left to display her value. “She got a chance right through the playoffs to really show what she …
First baseman Kennadi Grover of Oceanside High School scoops up a grounder while preparing for Thursday’s Eastern Maine Class B softball title game against Gardiner at Coffin Field in Brewer Thursday. Oceanside went on to beat Gardiner 11-4 and will battle Greely for the state title at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

Bucksport, Penobscot Valley to defend softball state crowns; Oceanside, Skowhegan on hunt

By Dave Barber on June 14, 2013, at 9:30 p.m.
The Bucksport Golden Bucks will seek to defend their Class C state crown Saturday behind the same strong right arm of senior pitcher Cassidy Adams, a finalist for the Miss Maine Softball award. The Eastern Maine champion Bucks will take on West titlist Madison at noon at …
Bangor's Skyler Cassum pitches against Skowhegan on Thursday during the Class A regional championship. Skowhegan won 2-0.

Skowhegan’s Therriault one-hits Bangor 2-0 for Eastern Maine Class A softball title

By Dave Barber on June 13, 2013, at 10:36 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Skowhegan scored twice in the first inning and Kaitlyn Therriault made them stand up as the Indians edged Bangor 2-0 in the Eastern Maine Class A softball final Thursday night at the Cony High School field. The East No. 4 seed Indians (14-5) will take on Western …

Maine Junior Golf Tour opens July 1 at five courses

By Dave Barber on June 13, 2013, at 7:21 p.m.
WEST ENFIELD | Mike Clendenning, the co-owner and pro at Barnes Brook Golf Course, is getting set to conduct a Maine Junior Golf Tour this summer. The tour, for boys and girls ages 11 to 17, is an outgrowth of the Maine Junior Golf Club, which had a tournament …

Two more Seacoast Blackbear youth soccer teams win state titles

By Dave Barber on June 12, 2013, at 7:27 p.m.
BANGOR | The Seacoast United Blackbear United youth soccer club has two more teams that have won Maine State Cup titles and earned spots in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships later this month Blackbear swept the 14-and-under titles on June 2 with the boys team, coached by …

Penobscot Valley beats Woodland in Class D softball semifinal

By Dave Barber on June 10, 2013, at 8:13 p.m.
HOWLAND | Shaelyn Jones of Penobscot Valley High School said she had been struggling at the plate for a couple of games entering Monday afternoon’s Eastern Maine Class D semifinal contest with Woodland. After drawing a walk in the first inning, Jones doubled in the third, then posted an …
Skowhegan's Morgan Buker (right) and Taylor Johnson (left) congratulate Anne-Marie Provencal (center) after she scored a run in Saturday night's Eastern Maine Class A softball semifinal at Coffin Field in Brewer. The Indians won 5-2.

Skowhegan scores 4 in sixth, tops Brewer in Class A softball semis

By Dave Barber on June 08, 2013, at 11:10 p.m.
As top-seeded Brewer tried to rally in the seventh inning Saturday night to keep its softball season going, Skowhegan’s Lyndsi Merrill dropped back to deep center to try to track down a high fly ball off the bat of the Witches’ No. 3 hitter, Morgan Small. Her …

Former Ellsworth standout Tim Scott named Hampden Academy girls basketball coach

By Dave Barber on June 07, 2013, at 5:28 p.m.
Tim Scott, a former star athlete at Ellsworth High School and second baseman for the University of Maine who now resides in Hampden, won school board approval Wednesday night to be the new Hampden Academy girls basketball coach. “We had a large number of applicants, I think …

Brewer hammers out 23-2 Class A softball quarterfinal win over Erskine

By Dave Barber on June 06, 2013, at 7:22 p.m.
Cassie Harvey rapped a pair of two-run singles in a 15-run second inning as the Brewer Witches hammered out a 23-2 Eastern Maine Class A softball quarterfinal victory over Erskine Academy of South China at Coffin Field on Thursday. “I would love to have one of those …
Bangor’s Skylar Cassum delivers a pitch against Brewer during a game earlier this season. Cassum helped the seventh-ranked Bangor Rams upset No. 2 Cony 6-4 in an Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal Wednesday, earning Bangor a noon Saturday semifinal against No. 6 Oxford Hills in South Paris.

‘Fearless, relentless’ Bangor earned softball upset over Cony

By Dave Barber on June 06, 2013, at 4:01 p.m.
Bangor pitcher Skylar Cassum stood in the circle during the seventh inning of Wednesday afternoon’s Class A softball quarterfinal game in Augusta against Cony. Cassum had just given up a two-out, two-run homer to opposing pitcher Arika Brochu that trimmed Bangor’s lead to the final score of …
Hermon's Kaitlin Saulter, center, pulls away from the field in the final stretch of the 400 meter during Saturday's Class B state championship meet at Morse High School in Bath.

Hermon’s Saulter breaks her own 400-meter dash state record

By Dave Barber on June 05, 2013, at 8:29 p.m.
As Kaitlin Saulter of Hermon High School approached the finish line of the 400-meter dash Saturday at the Class B state track and field outdoor championships, she could see her chance of breaking the state record she already held was within reach. “The last 100 meters I …

Hermon softball powers past Caribou in Class B prelim

By Dave Barber on June 04, 2013, at 8:03 p.m.
Two big hits in the first inning propelled Hermon High School to a 13-1, six-inning softball victory over Caribou in an Eastern Maine Class B preliminary round game Tuesday at the Hermon High softball field. Fourth-seeded Hermon (16-1) will play the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. …
Waterville High School's Bethanie Brown set records in the 800-, 1,600-, and 3,200-meter runs during the Class B state track and field championships Saturday at McMann Field in Bath.

Waterville outdoor track and field should continue to be strong

By Dave Barber on June 04, 2013, at 4:12 p.m.
BATH | After sweeping the boys’ and girls’ titles in Saturday’s Class B state championship track and field meet at McMann Field, the Waterville High School program appears to be primed for another run next spring. The Purple Panthers will graduate nine of the 30 competitors on this year’s …
Ricky Jones contemplates a shot on the second hole during the Paul Bunyan Golf Tournament at the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono Sunday.

Jones fires 71 at PVCC, wins Bunyan golf tourney by seven strokes

By Dave Barber on June 02, 2013, at 7:34 p.m.
ORONO | Ricky Jones of Thomaston won his fifth Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament after firing a 1-under-par 71 on Sunday at Penobscot Valley Country Club. His two-day total of 4-under-par 138 following an opening-round 67 at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor on Saturday gave Jones a …

Jones leads Gay by 2 after first round of Bunyan golf tourney

By Dave Barber on June 01, 2013, at 10:07 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Ricky Jones of Thomaston fired a 3-under-par 67 Saturday at Kebo Valley Golf Club and holds a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s final round of the 49th Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament. Jones, a four-time Bunyan winner, and two-time winner Ryan Gay (69) of Pittston are …
Hermon's Kaitlin Saulter, center, pulls away from the field in the final stretch of the 400 meter during Saturday's Class B championship meet at Morse High School in Bath.  To her left, finishing second, is Old Town's Kelsey Maxim.

Waterville girls, boys sweep state Class B track titles

By Dave Barber on June 01, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.
BATH | Thanks to the efforts of Bethanie Brown and Nick Danner, the Waterville High School boys and girls outdoor track and field teams swept the Class B state championships Saturday in sunny 90-degree weather at McMann Field. “I don’t have words how it feels right now. It’s awesome,” …
Michael Poulin (left) of Dexter, David Frederick (center) of Orono and Norton Revell of Orono stand on the podium after receiving their medals in the javelin throw in the Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Track and Field Championships at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft on Monday, May 27, 2013.

Orono High pole vaulter Frederick passing his ‘bar’ exams

By Dave Barber on May 30, 2013, at 6:40 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | In search of a Penobscot Valley Conference record in the pole vault at the PVC Small School Championships on Monday, Orono High School standout David Frederick spent a lot of time standing around. Enough time for the entire running of the 1,600-meter race walk (almost 12 minutes) …
Ryan Gay putts on the first hole during the second round of the Harris Golf Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono in June 2011. Gay posted a 3-under-par 69 for a two-day winning total of 1-under-par 141.

Catell, Harris renew attempt to win Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament title; Gay, Jones, Harvey top challengers

By Dave Barber on May 30, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
ORONO | Casey Catell of Orono and JJ Harris of Bath will renew their attempt to win a Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament title outright when the 49th edition of the event kicks off Saturday. The tournament, which is put on by Harris Golf Co., is being conducted over …

Bangor Youth Hockey, Penobscot Valley Hockey Conference merge; Brewer declines offer

By Dave Barber on May 29, 2013, at 5:23 p.m.
The board of directors of Bangor Youth Hockey and the Penobscot Valley Hockey Conference have merged their organizations into one for the upcoming season. “This should make us more competitive and offer our kids a greater ability to play with kids from other towns,” said Shane McCannell, …

Madawaska Girls Tennis 1 at Fort Kent 4

By Lee Theriault on May 29, 2013, at 4 p.m.
Singles: Abby Stevens (FK) def. Emily Collins 6-0, 6-1; Lindsey Lavoie (M) def. Lauren Doak 6-2, 6-0; Kelsey Pelletier (FK) def. Cassie Nelson 6-0, 6-1; doubles: Amelia Guimond-Alexa Pelletier (FK) def. Sarah Ringuette-Lori Guerrette 6-2, 7-5; Rudy Martin-Alli Prescott (FK) def. Nathalie Cyr-Allison Cyr 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2