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Bangor's Ben Crichton (left) makes it safely back to first before Oxford Hills' Tyler Curtis can make the catch during their game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Friday.

Derrah dashes home to lift Bangor baseball team past Oxford Hills

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 8:53 p.m.
Baserunning is one of those second-tier basics of baseball behind pitching, hitting and defense. But it can make the difference in a game between peers. Jordan Derrah raced all the way home from first base after an errant throw in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday, …
Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth celebrates after winning the 2014 MPA girls' singles championship at Bates College in Lewiston on June 2, 2014.

High school tennis singles tourney begins Saturday

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 4:57 p.m.
Postseason play for Maine high school tennis commences Saturday with singles tournament qualifying rounds for boys and girls at several venues around the state. Early round matches will be held at five regionals: Region 1 (Caribou High School), Region 2 (Bangor area), Region 3 (boys at Buker Courts, Augusta, and …
Old Town's Eric Hoogterp (center) drives to the basket past Ellsworth's Alex Braley during their basketball game on Jan. 13 at Old Town.

Old Town’s Hoogterp to play basketball at USM

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 2:03 p.m.
Eric Hoogterp, a Bangor Daily News All-Maine honoree who helped Old Town win the 2014 Class B state championship, will continue his basketball career this fall at the University of Southern Maine. “I went down there for a visit a couple of months ago, and I …
Madawaska's Ian Lee pushes the ball ahead of a Maranacook player during the Class C state final on Nov. 9, 2013 at Hampden.

Former Madawaska star Lee to play soccer at Husson

By Ernie Clark on May 15, 2015, at 7:22 a.m.
Former Madawaska star Ian Lee, who set the record for career goals by a Maine schoolboy soccer player before graduating in 2014, plans to continue his career in the sport at Husson University in Bangor this fall. Lee spent the 2014-15 academic year at the University of …

Early uprising again propels unbeaten Old Town baseball team past Foxcroft

By Ernie Clark on May 14, 2015, at 8:41 p.m.
The Old Town Coyotes have done a good job eliminating late-inning drama from their baseball games this spring. And early uprisings are one reason coach Brad Goody’s club is the lone remaining undefeated team in the state. Old Town scored seven runs in the bottom of …

Five former Class C schools join Big East Conference basketball ranks

By Ernie Clark on May 13, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
Deliberations leading up to the passage of a five-class system for Maine high school basketball beginning next winter delayed the generation of regular-season schedules for the 2015-16 season. But with that proposal approved by a 67-29 vote of the Maine Principals’ Association general membership on April 30, school and conference …

Former Dexter standout takes over as Nokomis boys basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on May 13, 2015, at 1:44 p.m.
NEWPORT | It won’t be a homecoming for Ryan Martin as he takes the reins of the Nokomis Regional High School boys varsity basketball team — but almost. Martin, the boys junior varsity basketball coach at Messalonskee of Oakland the last four years, recently was hired at Nokomis to …

Pitching, defense help Bangor baseball team outlast Mt. Blue

By Ernie Clark on May 12, 2015, at 8:29 p.m.
More than halfway through its regular season, the Bangor High School baseball team is still waiting for its offense to click. In the meantime the Rams are proving themselves fairly proficient at relying on other phases of the game. The defending Class A state champions improved their …
Josh Pelletier of Charleston, Maine, and the Liberty University wrestling team.

Maine wrestler battles back from injuries, excels on national stage

By Ernie Clark on May 12, 2015, at 12:29 p.m.
CHARLESTON | Josh Pelletier was home last weekend preparing for the next stage of his life. The newly minted graduate of Liberty University wasn’t on the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus accepting his diploma only because there was a job interview pending in New Hampshire. And for the 26-year-old Pelletier, it’s …
Steven McCarthy (right) of Greene and Connor Wagner of Orrington run side by side in the Sugarloaf Marathon on May 18, 2014.

Races at Sugarloaf attract record field

By Ernie Clark on May 11, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
CARRABASSETT VALLEY | A record field has registered for the 33rd annual Sugarloaf Marathon and 15K scheduled for Sunday morning. This year’s races have attracted 1,527 registrants, up slightly from last year’s total of 1,474 and marking the fifth record field for the two races in the last six …

Some five-class fallout

on May 11, 2015, at 1:09 p.m.
A few thoughts from the nearly two years spent watching Maine’s high school basketball scene expand from four classes to five … … There’s little doubt Mother Nature will stretch out the new five-class regional tournaments beyond the final days of February vacation at some point during the next few …
UFC middleweight Tim Boetsch prepares to strike a shield held by coach Marcus Davis on April 9 at Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy in Brewer. Boetsch is training for an upcoming fight.

Maine fighter’s UFC bout gains main-event status

By Ernie Clark on May 11, 2015, at 11:09 a.m.
Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch’s mixed martial arts career has featured its share of notable achievements. There was the come-from-behind victory over Yushin Okami in Tokyo that elevated the Lincolnville native to a top-five ranking in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division. Then there was his homecoming fight last August at …
Bangor High School’s Cordelia Stewart (center) draws contact from Edward Little High School’s Eraleena Hairston (right) during an Eastern Maine Class A semifinal on Feb. 18 at the Augusta Civic Center. Bangor and Edward Little are in the new Class AA North, which will play its tourney games next season in Augusta.

Maine Principals’ Association panel approves basketball tournament sites

By Ernie Clark on May 08, 2015, at 5:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A nearly two-year push to update the state’s high school basketball environment achieved a final step Friday as a Maine Principals’ Association panel approved regional tournament sites for the five-class format set to be implemented next winter. The Maine Principals’ Association’s Basketball Plenary Committee, which includes tournament …
Messalonskee's Nick Mayo fire a pitch to a Bangor hitter during Tuesday's game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Messalonskee senior pitches in one last time before Division I college basketball future

By Ernie Clark on May 07, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
BANGOR | Nick Mayo made a big sporting choice last spring. Rather than rejoin the Messalonskee High School baseball team in its quest to win a third consecutive Eastern Maine Class A championship, the 6-foot-8-inch pitcher opted to focus his athletic attention on AAU basketball. It turned out to …
Eli Olson (right) of Foxcroft Academy connects with the ball in front of Hermon catcher Conner Farmer during their baseball game Wednesday in Dover-Foxcroft. The Ponies won 10-0 in six innings.

Balanced Foxcroft baseball team beats Hermon for sixth victory

By Ernie Clark on May 06, 2015, at 8:17 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Here’s a pretty good recipe for victory at any level of baseball — shutout pitching, a 15-hit attack and three double plays on defense. The Foxcroft Academy Ponies found it to be a near-perfect blend Wednesday afternoon, riding Abe Simpson’s four-hitter and an eight-run second inning to …

Washington Academy boys basketball coach steps down after six seasons

By Ernie Clark on May 06, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
EAST MACHIAS | Steve Pineo, who guided the Washington Academy boys basketball program to its first state championship in 2010, has stepped down as the head coach after six seasons. “It was a family decision, and I certainly have mixed feelings about it. I’ve been [coaching] for 25 years,” …
Messalonskee's Jared Cunningham slides back to first ahead of a pickoff tag from Bangor's Andrew Hillier during action at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on Tuesday.

Undefeated Messalonskee baseball team holds off Bangor comeback

By Ernie Clark on May 05, 2015, at 9:17 p.m.
The Messalonskee of Oakland and Bangor High School baseball teams have taken turns as the state’s best over the last three years. The two rivals took turns at similar dominance within the course of the same game Tuesday. But while Bangor mounted a late rally that brought …
Connor Archer (left) walks the track with Old Town High School teacher Steve Dexter, his mentor, who was his cross country coach in middle school. They were on hand at the Victory Field complex on the Old Town High School campus on May 18, 2014 for a fundraising event Archer organized, Courageous Steps.

Fundraiser to help Old Town teen share story of coping with autism

By Ernie Clark on May 05, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
Connor Archer prefers the competitive patience of long-distance running as a member of the Old Town High School cross country and track teams. His favorite event: the 1,600-meter run. “It’s just the right amount of distance,” said Archer of the metric mile. “It’s not too fast, …

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 …
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