Ernie Clark

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Toe2Toe Fights plans Saturday MMA show in Portland

By Ernie Clark on May 04, 2015, at 12:11 p.m.
The southern Maine-based Toe2Toe Fights promotion is scheduled to hold its second mixed martial arts show Saturday at the Portland Exposition Building. The card, set to start at 6 p.m., will feature four professional bouts and eight amateur contests. Headlining the card will be a featherweight rematch between Vovka Clay …

Bangor baseball team rebounds from loss by edging Lawrence

By Ernie Clark on May 01, 2015, at 8:43 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team wasn’t in the best of collective moods Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours removed from a rare loss. And any frustration — at least from an offensive perspective — was exploited by Lawrence left-hander Cody Martin as he dueled Bangor righty …

Where, oh where should our tournaments go?

on May 01, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
High school basketball is now a five-class world in Maine, so just where will we determine all the champions? One benefit of the expansion from four classes that gained final approval from the Maine Principals’ Association general membership Thursday is that with a fifth class, two additional state champions — …

Clukey named to national luge team

By Ernie Clark on May 01, 2015, at 11:31 a.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey is one of eight Olympians named to the USA Luge national team this week. A Vancouver Olympian in 2010, Clukey overcame numerous physical issues to become USA Luge’s top-ranked woman racer and sixth-ranked in the world during the 2012-2013 season, which was highlighted by a World Cup …
 Hampden's Nick Gilpin shoots over Bangor's Liam Harrigan during a basketball game last December in Hampden. Bangor will play in Class AA next season while Hampden will play in Class A after the Maine Principals' Association members approved a five-class plan for high school basketball Thursday.

Maine high school basketball to expand to five classes

By Ernie Clark on April 30, 2015, at 9:50 a.m.
ROCKPORT | Chris Young has worked on the front lines of the battle among Maine’s smallest high school basketball programs to remain competitive against ever-increasing odds. The assistant principal and athletic administrator from tiny East Grand School in Danforth has watched his teams struggle to keep pace as larger …

LIVE UPDATES: Maine Principals’ Association vote on five classes for basketball, other issues

By Ernie Clark on April 30, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
ROCKPORT | Keep checking here for live updates on the Maine Principals’ Association’s membership vote on whether to approve five classes for high school basketball and other proposals.
Brewer's Tyler Williams (second from left) reaches first before the throw from Hampden's Jordan Dysart (second from right) to Hampden pitcher Tommy Farrar (left), who covered the base on the bunt, during their game Wednesday at Hampden Academy.

Seventh-inning rally lifts Brewer baseball team past Hampden

By Ernie Clark on April 29, 2015, at 8:40 p.m.
The Brewer High School baseball team used some small ball late Wednesday afternoon to mount a big rally en route to its first victory of the season. Two bunts, one a suicide squeeze, were pivotal points of a five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning …
Mercedes Hammond of Belgrade hits a two-handed backhand.

Tennis journey leads Belgrade teen from pro ranks to university scholarship

By Ernie Clark on April 29, 2015, at 2:58 p.m.
Mercedes “Sadie” Hammond admits tennis didn’t immediately come easily after she began playing the sport competitively at age 10. But she’s been a quick study. Now 17, the Belgrade native has lived and trained in Florida for more than a year and a half, competed in numerous professional tournaments, gained …

Motivated Old Town baseball team surges past Foxcroft

By Ernie Clark on April 28, 2015, at 8:46 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Motivation comes easily to the Old Town High School baseball team this spring. The veteran Coyotes, having graduated just two starters from a year ago, need only think back to June 18, 2014, when Caribou snatched the Eastern Maine Class B championship game from them with a …
Hampden Academy's Jake Black (second from right) and Bangor's Andrew Hillier (right) battle for a rebound during their basketball game on Dec. 10, 2014 in Hampden. Bangor would play in Class AA and Hampden in Class A under the Maine Principals' Association's five-class proposal.

Close vote expected for Maine high school basketball five-class proposal

By Ernie Clark on April 28, 2015, at 2:34 p.m.
More than two years of surveys, feedback, contemplation and fine-tuning will come to a head Thursday morning, when the general membership of the Maine Principals’ Association votes whether to expand the state’s high school basketball ranks from four to five classes beginning next winter. The five-class proposal is one of …
Bangor District 3 umpire Troy Lare monitors the action from second base during a Little League all-star game in Bangor on June 30, 2011.

Two Maine umpires selected for Little League World Series tourneys

By Ernie Clark on April 28, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
Two Mainers are among the 109 umpires who will work the nine Little League World Series events this summer. Troy Lare of Hermon and William Finley of Portland were among the honorees named Tuesday by Little League headquarters. Lare is scheduled to umpire in the Big League Baseball World Series …

Pitching rules in Eastern Maine, not Boston

on April 27, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
Young pitchers hoping to emulate their Major League heroes should do everything they can to avoid watching the Boston Red Sox staff at work on the mound these days. The ace-less Red Sox rotation saw its collective earned run average escalate to a major-league worst 5.75 per nine innings Sunday …
Andrew Hillier of Bangor High School, pictured during a 2014 game, pitched five strong innings and drove in five runs with three hits on Friday as the Rams beat Brewer 14-3 at Husson University in Bangor.

Hillier, Derrah lead Bangor baseball team past Brewer

By Ernie Clark on April 24, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team secured its first victory of the season earlier this week despite mustering just two hits. It took the Rams just two batters to equal that output Friday afternoon en route to a 14-3 victory over Brewer at Husson University’s Winkin Complex. …
Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) walks off the field as they lost in the ninth inning to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Thursday.

Rays score walk-off run to frustrate Red Sox 2-1

By Greg Auman, The Sports Xchange on April 23, 2015, at 10:52 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays got strong pitching from Jake Odorizzi in their first walk-off victory this year, beating the Boston Red Sox 2-1 in the ninth inning on an RBI single by catcher Rene Rivera at Tropicana Field. Rookie first baseman Allan Dykstra led off the …

New coach to guide young John Bapst baseball team

By Ernie Clark on April 23, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
BANGOR | The John Bapst baseball team will open its 2015 regular season against defending Eastern Maine Class B champion Caribou Saturday with a youthful roster and a new coach in Jason O’Reilly. O’Reilly, a former catcher at Columbia University who teaches U.S. history at the Bangor school, replaces …

Maine mixed martial arts promotion to begin crowning amateur champions

By Ernie Clark on April 23, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
The large majority of bouts during New England Fights’ three-plus years of staging mixed martial arts shows in Maine have involved amateurs getting their start in a sport still new to the Pine Tree State. During the promotion’s most recent event, NEF XVII held April 11, 13 of the 19 …
Hampden player Cam Scott (12) dives under a high throw to first base as he sidesteps Bangor first baseman Andrew Hillier (5) in the fourth inning of their game at Husson University in Bangor on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Bangor’s pitching leads season-opening win over Hampden

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team had six shutout victories in its last nine games last spring, including an 8-0 stifling of Windham in the Class A state final. That pitching staff had similar success during the American Legion and Junior Legion seasons that followed last summer, …
Sarah Shelton

Ellsworth outside hitter to play volleyball at UNH

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
Sarah Shelton never touched a volleyball before she got to high school. But her introduction to the sport was followed by four years on the sport’s fast track, leading to a chance to compete on the NCAA Division I level. Shelton, a 6-foot-1-inch senior outside hitter for …

Boston Marathon thrives amid new normal

on April 21, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
My most memorable Boston Marathon experience had little to do with running. It was 22 years ago when a buddy and I went to the annual Patriots’ Day baseball game at Fenway Park — so long ago, in fact, that the starting pitchers were the Red Sox’ John Dopson and …
Caribou native Spencer McElwain, pictured competing in the 2014 Flat Top 5K in Lamoine, was the fastest Maine finisher Monday during the 119th Boston Marathon. His time was 2 hours, 34 minutes, 3 seconds.

Fastest Mainers at Boston Marathon

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2015, at 4:41 p.m.
Spencer McElwain of Arundel and Kristin Barry of Scarborough braved periodic rain, a steady headwind and the 26.2-mile challenge from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Boston to emerge as the top Maine finishers Monday in the 119th Boston Marathon. Running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson of Freeport also had a big day, winning …
 
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