Ernie Clark


A referee gets too close to the action and is taken down by Husson's John Smith (right) and Anna Maria's Jeavin Milhouse during their football game at Winkin Sports Complex in Bangor Saturday.

Husson football team shatters records in rout of Anna Maria

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 22, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Orono's Zack Pinto (left) celebrates with his coach after making an interception during their football game against Dexter on Friday in Orono.

Orono holds off Dexter in key LTC clash

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 21, 2016, at 11:24 p.m.
Orono rallied from a pair of early two-touchdown deficits to outlast the Tigers 27-26.
Foxcroft Academy head coach Stephanie Smith (center) amps up her team before their field hockey game against Hermon in Dover-Foxcroft Wednesday.

Undefeated Foxcroft field hockey team winning the numbers game

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 20, 2016, at 2:25 p.m.
Foxcroft joins two-time defending Class B state champion York as the only undefeated, untied teams statewide this year.
Sophomore David Kirshkaln has no doubt which team has the football after an MCI fumble in the first quarter (to the right is senior Chandler Perkins), Oct. 10, 2016.

Dexter, Orono meet in LTC football clash among key games with playoff implications

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 20, 2016, at 11:59 a.m.
Week 8 marks the final opportunity for teams around the state in Classes A, B, C and D South to stake their claim on first-round byes, home-field advantage or merely a postseason berth.
Field hockey sticks lay on the ground while the Foxcroft Academy team is announced before the start of their game against Hermon in Dover-Foxcroft Wednesday.

Foxcroft field hockey team ousts Hermon to remain undefeated

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 19, 2016, at 7:49 p.m.
“Obviously we put the ball in the cage, which is what we needed to do,” said Foxcroft coach Stephanie Smith.
Houlton players celebrate after defeating Gray-New Gloucester in the Class B girls state championship basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this February 2016 file photo.

Class B basketball state finals moved to Augusta

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 19, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
Bangor Christian School’s Erik Gorczok (left) takes control of the ball from Schenck’s  Dylan Danforth during their soccer game at Bangor Christian School on Monday.

Footloose in Bangor: Soccer teams shine on Broadway

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 19, 2016, at 1:30 a.m.
Brewer’s Matt Pushard delivers a pitch against Bangor in May 2015 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. The Maine Principals’ Association has developed a pitch-count proposal that will face a membership vote on Nov. 17. BDN File

MPA panel develops pitch-count proposal for high school baseball

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:33 p.m.
“We’re going to send this proposal back to the sports medicine committee to see if there’s anything they want to tweak.”
University of Maine linebacker Sterling Sheffield (left) sacks University at Albany quarterback Neven Sussman on a key fourth-quarter play during Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association football game at Alfond Stadium in Orono. The Black Bears knocked off the No. 17 Great Danes 20-16.

Surging UMaine football team knocks off No. 17 UAlbany

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 15, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
Keep it here all afternoon for live updates from the University of Maine’s Colonial Athletic Association football game against No. 17 Albany at Alfond Stadium.

MCI football team outslugs Orono for coach’s 100th win

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 14, 2016, at 10:37 p.m.
MCI used a powerful running game and a prideful defense to hold off Orono 35-25 in a battle of unbeatens at Alumni Field on Friday night.
Devin Powell (right) fights Team Irish MMA Fitness Academy's Jon Lemke during their catchweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event at the Cross Insurance Center grand ballroom in Bangor, Aug. 5, 2016.

Bangor-area veterans to highlight NEF 26

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 14, 2016, at 2:04 p.m.
Two former teammates will clash in the main event of New England Fights’ Nov. 19 mixed martial arts card at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.
Players from Madison and Carrabec high schools (pictured, right) are teaming up again this fall to field a Class D football team. The Maine Principals' Association is considering a proposal that would make it easier for schools fielding cooperative programs to play and remain competitive by basing their combined enrollment on the percentage of students participating from each school.

How cooperative sports teams could boost participation

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 14, 2016, at 6:23 a.m.
Some high school sports in Maine — including ice hockey and football — are feeling a numbers crunch, but a proposed policy revision making its way through Maine Principals’ Association committees could provide schools more flexibility in joining forces to more fully fill out undermanned rosters.
Bangor High School pitcher Trevor DeLaite adjusts the ball for a pitch during practice in Red Barry Gym in Bangor in this March 2016 file photo.

American Legion baseball adopts pitch-count limits

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 13, 2016, at 2:18 p.m.
When the 2017 American Legion baseball season begins next June, it will be the pitches that are counted, not the innings.
Jackson Coutts (19) of Orono High School tries to elude the rush of Foxcroft Academy's Ryan Dankert during an Aug. 28 game in Dover-Foxcroft. Coutts leads the Red Riots against Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on Friday night in a battle of Class D North unbeatens.

MCI, Orono to battle for LTC lead in BDN Game of the Week

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 13, 2016, at 12:27 p.m.

Bangor boys soccer team tops Hampden to extend winning streak

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 11, 2016, at 9:26 p.m.
“I just think we’re starting to click. The guys are all playing well together, and the chemistry is improving.”
Sophomore David Kirshkaln (left) has no doubt which team has the football after an MCI fumble in the first quarter in this recent game.

A late-season look at Maine’s North football playoff races

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 11, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
Cory Trial (red) competes against Aaron Lacey (blue) in a 145lbs bout during New England Fights 25 at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in September.

Proposed televised Lewiston MMA fight card canceled

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 03, 2016, at 12:31 p.m.
“We are disappointed that this event didn’t materialize as planned.”
Camden Hills' Colby Arau (center) tries to break away from Lewiston's Sadiki Valens (right) while Camden Hills' Morgan Mercier looks on during their Class A North soccer game on Friday at Camden Hills Regional High School.

Late goal edges Lewiston boys soccer team past Camden Hills

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 30, 2016, at 8:45 p.m.
Hampden Academy's Casey Sudbeck gets pushed out of bounds by Brunswick's Alex Demars  during a season-opening game at Hampden Academy on Sept. 2.

New QB a calming influence for rebuilding Hampden Broncos

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 29, 2016, at 2:57 p.m.
“He’s very, very competitive, he’s fearless and athletic, but he’s also got this calmness about him.”
Bob McPhee of Dixfield poses with two state championship trophies won by the Dirigo High School baseball team in 2012 and 2013. McPhee, who was paralyzed in 1976 as the result of a football injury while at Rumford High School, is an assistant coach for the Cougars and is a longtime sportswriter for the Sun Journal in Lewiston. McPhee will be inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Quadraplegic sportswriter, coach continues to inspire decades after football injury

By Ernie Clark on Sept. 29, 2016, at 2:43 p.m.
“Everyone says I am so inspiring. Well for me it’s just my life.”