Ernie Clark


Maine Black Bears head coach Bob Walsh watches his team.

Major conference foes dot 2017-18 UMaine men’s basketball schedule

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 22, 2017, at 6:46 p.m.
The Black Bears’ 2017-18 regular-season schedule begins with a nonconference slate that includes opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, Big East and three opponents from the Atlantic 10.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Conor McGregor at Mayweather Boxing Club.

Area experts find Mayweather-McGregor clash a battle of intrigue

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 22, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
“There’s a likely chance that some head butts are going to happen whether Mayweather tries to avoid it or not, because with the way an MMA fighter fights I think dirty boxing’s going to play a big role.”
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown reacts to a call by referee Ed Malloy (14) during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Is a new chapter near in Brown’s Philadelphia story?

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2017, at 5:21 p.m.
Brett Brown’s first four years as a head coach in the National Basketball Association have been a study in patience and at times an exercise in frustration.
BANGOR, Maine -- 08/20/2017 -- The members of the 2017 Class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame pose for a group photo prior to Sunday's induction ceremony and banquet held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Pictured are (front, from left: Kissy Walker, Terry Spurling, Cam Brown, Tim Bonsant, Paul Cook, Jim Stephenson, Bob Nagle (father of Diane Nagle Linde), Bob Cimbollek and Cathy Iaconeta. Rear (from left), Scott Parady (son of Bernard “Bunny” Parady), Tom Maines, Wally Russell, Kelly Butterfield and Gary Fifield, Rick Clark and Dick Giroux. Absent: Terry Carr and Derrick Hodge

Generations blend at basketball hall of fame induction

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2017, at 4:23 p.m.
South Portland's Liv Walsh swings at a pitch during the inaugural Maine State Little League Challenger Jamboree at Demeyer Field in Ellsworth on Saturday.

Challenger baseball program promotes being ‘accepted for who you are’

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to provide an opportunity for youngsters with physical and mental challenges to play baseball.
Orono third baseman Connor Robertson applies the tag to Lisbon's Lucas Francis on an attempted steal during the sixth inning, June 17, 2017.

Officials groups unable to keep pace with growth of Maine sports

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 19, 2017, at 1:11 a.m.
Officials’ organizations for nearly every interscholastic sport in Maine have dealt with a shortage of members in recent years, leaving some sub-varsity contests understaffed or having to be rescheduled to dates when there are enough available officials to provide full coverage.

Former Penobscot Valley standout to join Maine wrestling hall of fame

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:51 p.m.
University of Maine's Wes Myers (right) tries for two past Central Connecticut State University's Eric Bowles during their basketball game in November 2016.

Former UMaine guard joins South Carolina men’s basketball team

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 17, 2017, at 1:10 a.m.
Former University of Maine guard Wes Myers will play his final season of college basketball next winter at the University of South Carolina.
Gavin Penny

John Bapst standouts among 15 Husson men’s soccer recruits

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 16, 2017, at 11:36 a.m.

‘His upside is awesome:’ Oxford Hills junior pitcher commits to UMaine

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 15, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
Bruce Boyington (left) is kicked by Nate Andrews.

Boyington stopped in second round of nationally televised MMA bout

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 12, 2017, at 1:41 p.m.
The loss was the third straight after five consecutive wins for Bruce Boyington, who drops to 14-11.
New locker-room facilities at the Rams’ home field, Cameron Stadium, are near completion and expected to be ready for the team’s Sept. 1 Class A season opener against Edward Little of Auburn.

Cameron Stadium locker rooms near completion

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 11, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The Bangor High School football team won’t have to take a bus trip to its home games this fall.

Husson men’s basketball team adds Arizona guard

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 10, 2017, at 2:49 p.m.
Derrick “DJ” Bussey, a guard from Arizona who played at the postgraduate level last winter at New York International Academy, has committed to the program.

Schenck, Stearns seek collaboration on fall sports teams

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 10, 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
The closing of paper mills in the Katahdin region has fueled talk for years of consolidation between Stearns High School of Millinocket and neighboring Schenck High School of East Millinocket.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts main event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, April 11, 2015.

Boyington faces tough televised challenge

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 09, 2017, at 11:19 a.m.
Bruce Boyington has had an interesting year in the combat sports world.

Two more schools to leave NAC

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 08, 2017, at 7:17 p.m.
The North Atlantic Conference will shrink to six teams in the 2018-19 academic year with the recent losses of New England College and Green Mountain College.
The University of Maine held the first of its three scrimmages on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium on Monday afternoon. The Black Bears ran 61 plays with all four quarterbacks seeing action. UMaine will open its season at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, Aug. 31 in Durham, New Hampshire.

Running backs, wide receivers look good in UMaine’s first football scrimmage

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2017, at 8:38 p.m.
Nigel Beckford, who led the Black Bears in rushing in 2015 and 2014, rattled off a number of impressive runs as did sophomore Josh Mack, redshirt junior Joe Fitzpatrick and true freshman Ramon Jefferson.
Carlton Charles

Former UMaine football player makes successful transition to MMA

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
When Carlton Charles visited football practice at the University of Maine last Friday, his presence was a mystery to some.
Members of the Orono High School baseball team and their fans celebrate after Connor McCluskey scored the winning run to cap a four-run, seventh-inning rally to beat Lisbon 4-3 in the Class C baseball state championship game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor, June 17, 2017.

Hosting regional tourney may portend future Junior Legion baseball growth

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2017, at 6:49 a.m.
The final day of organized youth baseball for the summer at Mansfield Stadium had a low-key aura compared to recent years, even though a title was at stake.

Bangor Coffee News ousted from American Legion regional

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 06, 2017, at 2:55 p.m.
Shrewsbury Post 97 rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Bangor Coffee News Comrades in an elimination game of the American Legion baseball Northeast regional tournament Saturday.