David Barber

Asst. Sports Editor

Alexa Grindle of Brewer High School sets up before delivering a pitch against Messalonskee in Oakland on Friday, May 3, 2013. Grindle is looking at her catcher and has both feet on the rubber. Consequently, she can have her hands together and avoid an illegal-pitch call.

Illegal-pitch calls didn’t bother Old Town softball senior Kendra Hayward

By Dave Barber on May 08, 2013, at 11:57 a.m.
Two illegal-pitch calls last week on her ace pitcher, Kendra Hayward, left Old Town softball coach Jenn Plourde with questions. Hayward had been pitching the same way against the Eagles in Ellsworth as she had been pitching through the defending Class B state champion Coyotes’ first …
Mattanawcook Academy's Nicole Ryder (right) makes the pickoff catch as Calais's Miranda Moffett dives late to first base during the game in Lincoln Monday.

Calais downs Mattanawcook in matchup of unbeaten softball teams

By Dave Barber on May 06, 2013, at 8:14 p.m.
LINCOLN | Calais took advantage of five straight walks and a fielder’s choice in the second inning to score three runs that powered the Blue Devils past Mattanawcook Academy 7-1 Monday afternoon in a battle of undefeated Eastern Maine Class C teams. Calais pitcher Olivia Smith held the Lynx …

Big innings power Hermon softball past Central

By Dave Barber on May 04, 2013, at 8:29 p.m.
CORINTH | By its score, Saturday afternoon’s high school softball contest pitting Class B Hermon against Class C Central was a resounding victory for the visiting Hawks. Hermon downed the Red Devils 16-1 in a game halted after five innings due to the 12-run rule, but both sides were …

Brewer softball remains undefeated with win over Messalonskee

By Dave Barber on May 03, 2013, at 8:04 p.m.
OAKLAND | Brewer pitcher Alexa Grindle scattered five hits and clouted a two-run homer as the Witches shut out Messalonskee 9-0 in a battle of unbeaten Class A softball teams Friday afternoon. The Witches, who were tied for first place with Messalonskee in the Eastern Maine Class A Heal …
Old Town's Kelsey Heseltine (right) slides to second base beating the tag by Ellsworth's Hailee Lancley during the game in Ellsworth Thursday.

Speed final key to power Old Town softball past Ellsworth

By Dave Barber on May 02, 2013, at 8 p.m.
The undefeated Old Town Coyotes pounded out 16 hits, scored 13 runs and got a fairly strong outing from ace pitcher Kendra Hayward, but Ellsworth coach Rick Roberts pointed in a different direction to credit for the Coyotes’ 13-0 softball victory over his Eagles in six innings …
Larry Brooks (left), Mike LaChance (center) and Kolby Brooks relax on the new couches at Pine Hill Golf Club in Brewer. Larry Brooks is the father of Jason Brooks, who is leasing Pine Hill Golf Club along with fiancee Katie LaChance, Mike LaChance's daughter. Kolby Brooks is Jason Brooks' son.

Pine Hill Golf Club lessees seeing work pay off; number of members up dramatically

By Dave Barber on April 30, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.
BREWER | Both Jason Brooks and his fiancee, Katie LaChance, expected that preparing Pine Hill Golf Club for this season was going to take a lot of work. “It held up to that expectation, if not more,” said LaChance. “We’ve put in a lot more hours since we opened,” …

Penobscot Valley softball rolls to 16-1 victory over Bangor Christian

By Dave Barber on April 26, 2013, at 7:57 p.m.
HOWLAND | After a slow start, Penobscot Valley ace Kayla Dube struck out 13 of the final 17 Bangor Christian batters as the Howlers posted a 16-1 softball victory over the Patriots on Friday afternoon. “I was nervous for some reason,” said Dube, a senior who led the Howlers …
Bangor's Skylar Cassum winds up a pitch against Brewer on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Bangor High softball team young, athletic, competitive and improving daily, says coach

By Dave Barber on April 25, 2013, at 7:48 p.m.
Don Stanhope knows he has a work in progress as coach of a young Bangor High School softball team, but he likes their progress. “We use the analogy of, in archery, a quiver on your back that holds all your arrows,” said Stanhope, in his eighth year …

Penquis’ Larson to play women’s basketball at Central Maine Community College

By Dave Barber on April 25, 2013, at 7:24 p.m.
AUBURN | Lexi Larson of Penquis High School of Milo has committed to play basketball for Central Maine Community College in the fall. Larson is a first-team All-Penobscot Valley Conference player, averaging 12.5 points, five rebounds and four assists a game. She joins Gabby Foy of Mt. Blue in …
Bangor's Emily Reilly makes contact with a pitch against Brewer onon Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Houp’s RBI single triggers Brewer softball victory over rival Bangor

By Dave Barber on April 24, 2013, at 8:48 p.m.
Senior shortstop Lindsay Houp’s RBI single triggered a four-run seventh inning that carried the Brewer High softball team to a 9-6 victory over rival Bangor on Wednesday afternoon at the Bangor High field. “These kids are tough,” said Brewer coach Skip Estes of his Witches. “They showed …
Brewer High School softball player Emily Gilmore during practice in Brewer.

Witches off to strong start in pursuit of East Class A title after two near misses

By Dave Barber on April 24, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
BREWER | Coach Harold “Skip” Estes has seen his team reach the Eastern Maine Class A softball championship for the last two years, and he finds this year’s Witches more focused on getting over that hump and reaching the state final in June. “The kids who have been on …
Old Town pitcher Kendra Hayward winds up a pitch against Hermon on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Old Town holds off Hermon in big Class B softball matchup

By Dave Barber on April 23, 2013, at 8:42 p.m.
Two big scoring bursts in the middle innings gave the Old Town High School softball team enough of a cushion to withstand a Hermon rally in the seventh and post a 12-9 victory Tuesday. The game was a key early season Class B matchup of two …
LPGA Legends Tour golfer Sherri Turner acknowledges applause at the Hannaford Community Challenge Tournament in Falmouth on Sunday June 24, 2012. Turner won, coming in six under par.

LPGA Legends Tour golf event returning to Maine in September

By Dave Barber on April 22, 2013, at 7:35 p.m.
FALMOUTH | The Legends Tour, consisting of more than 100 LPGA pros age 45 and above, will be holding its second golf tournament in Maine in September. Harris Golf Co. is the lead sponsor of this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 12-15 at Falmouth Country Club, one of 10 …
Senior pitcher Rachel Frye is shown last year.

Star pitcher is early key as Oceanside softball undergoes makeover

By Dave Barber on April 18, 2013, at 10:52 p.m.
THOMASTON | The Oceanside High School softball team has had to do some extensive remodeling in its bid to avenge last year’s early end to its Class B tournament run. Fortunately for the Mariners, they still have some key players, especially a strong, experienced pitcher in senior Rachel Frye. …

Grover home run gives Oceanside softball 7-5 win over Nokomis

By Dave Barber on April 17, 2013, at 5:06 p.m.
NEWPORT | Kennadi Grover of the Oceanside High School of Rockland/Thomaston felt relieved to finally make solid contact in an at-bat this spring. Grover’s three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning lifted the Mariners to a 7-5 softball victory over Nokomis on Wednesday afternoon. “It felt nice …

Bangor, Pine Hill, Barnes Brook golf courses to open; Dexter also open

By Dave Barber on April 16, 2013, at 10:12 p.m.
Bangor Municipal Golf Course and Pine Hill Golf Club in South Brewer both will open for the season at 8 a.m. Wednesday, and Dexter Municipal is open as well. At Bangor, all greens and tees will be in play. No riding carts will be allowed out at …

Marshwood sophomore earns national wrestling title

By Dave Barber on April 16, 2013, at 9:47 p.m.
SOUTH BERWICK | Cody Hughes, a sophomore wrestler at Marshwood High School in South Berwick, already is a two-time Class A individual state champion. Now he’s also a national champion. Hughes recently won the sophomore 152-pound weight class title at the 24th annual National High School Coaches Association wrestling …
The Bangor Christian High School baseball team celebrate after defeating the Buckfield High School baseball team to win the state Class D championship in Bangor on Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Bangor Christian eyes new ‘D’ baseball title quest

By Dave Barber on April 16, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.
The Bangor Christian boys soccer team has been on a stellar run in recent years, winning the last four Class D state championships. Now the Patriots’ baseball team is hoping to mount a modest title streak of its own. Bangor Christian returns all but two players from …
Heath Cowan

Skowhegan seeking two high school varsity basketball coaches

By Dave Barber on April 16, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.
The turnover rate among Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A northern division basketball coaches is unusually heavy this spring. Vacancies include the boys and girls varsity posts at Cony of Augusta, the girls varsity job at Hampden Academy, the boys varsity seat at Lawrence of Fairfield and …

Red Sox’ Joel Hanrahan shelved with hamstring issue

By Dave Barber on April 15, 2013, at 10 p.m.
Turns out, there’s a reason for Boston Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan’s recent struggles. Hanrahan has been dealing with soreness in his right hamstring since his second appearance of the season in New York, manager John Farrell revealed Sunday. And although Farrell termed the situation “manageable,” he conceded that it …