Ernie Clark

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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 on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Harrison won via first-round tapout with a rear-naked choke.

Brewer fighter suffers first-round defeat in NYC

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 31, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
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Max Mattson looks through binders full of cards and notes that people sent to him after his accident when he was younger at his home in Blue Hill recently. Mattson severely damaged his left hand, causing him to lose most of his fingers, in an accident when he was younger. That hasn't stopped him from continuing to play basketball, though.

When he was 9, he lost four fingers to a wood splitter. Today, he’s leading one of Maine’s best basketball teams

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 31, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Max Mattson’s overall contributions helped George Stevens win the Class C state championship last winter. The 17-year-old forward routinely grabs more than 10 rebounds a game. Amazingly, he does so with only six fingers.
Duke Blue Devils guard Luke Kennard (5) drives against Maine Black Bears guard Austin Howard (2) in the second half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Buffalo men’s basketball team sends UMaine to fourth straight loss

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 30, 2016, at 9:44 p.m.

Late basket lifts Hampden boys basketball team past Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 30, 2016, at 9:25 p.m.
The win improves coach Russ Bartlett’s Class A Broncos to 6-0 on the season. Class AA Bangor, playing its first home game, fell to 1-4.
Senior Sigi Koizar of the University of Maine (left) pictured during a Nov. 11 game in Bangor, suffered an apparent leg injury in Friday's game at Boston College. The Eagles won 64-53.

Boston College women’s basketball team rolls past UMaine

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:47 p.m.
Windham native Jamie Harrison attempts to apply a rear-naked choke against Brewer's Bruce Boyington during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts bout at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Harrison won the non-title fight via first-round tapout.

Bruce Boyington to fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 30, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
Boyington, a Milford native now living in Brewer, is set to take on undefeated Andre Harrison on the preliminary card of the World Series of Fighting 36 show Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Houlton's Jared Fox (left) watches to see if a free throw sinks with Foxcroft Academy's Max Santagata during their basketball game in Dover-Foxcroft Thursday.

Houlton boys top Foxcroft for third straight win

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:08 p.m.
“In the second half we had to come out and establish ourselves, and the key was the defensive stops.”
Foxcroft Academy's Alli Bourget (center) tries to get the ball past Houlton's Aspen Flewelling (left) and Kristen Graham during their basketball game in Dover-Foxcroft Thursday.

Houlton girls basketball team tops Foxcroft to stay unbeaten

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 29, 2016, at 5:05 p.m.
The Houlton girls basketball team turned up the intensity and surged past the Ponies 60-47.

UMaine women squander early lead in loss to Tulane

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:55 p.m.
UMaine suffered its second straight loss, and the 7-7 Black Bears will return to action at 2 p.m. Friday at Boston College.

Wednesday’s UMaine-Tulane women’s basketball summary

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:55 p.m.
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‘Fortis’ snows out overnight series between County, Down East rivals

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.

Second-half surge lifts Oceanside boys basketball past Brewer

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 27, 2016, at 10:41 p.m.
Aaron Lacey

NEF Fighter of the Year from Brewer goes undefeated, gets engaged

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 27, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
“I’d say 2016 was a good year for me.”
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Mount Desert Island's Devin Parlatore grabs a rebound away from Hermon's Colby Wittmer during their basketball game on Jan. 7, 2016. The Trojans hope to use the template from the school's football success during the basketball season.

Football success a template for MDI boys basketball team

on Dec. 27, 2016, at 10:56 a.m.

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 24, 2016, at 8:33 a.m.
Medomak Valley High School's Cameron Allaire shoots a free throw in the Class B State Championship basketball game in February 2015.

Medomak Valley survives tough early-season stretch unbeaten

By Ernie Clark and Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 21, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
Piscataquis head coach Jamie Russell (center) runs over a play after the first quarter during their basketball game against Stearns in Millinocket on Tuesday.

Coach passionate about preserving Maine basketball history

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 21, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
More recently, Jamie Russell has traveled the state procuring memorabilia for the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame’s exhibit at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.
Bucksport's Brody Boynton (left) tries to pin Foxcroft Academy's Dustin Simmons during the 152-pound championship match at the Penobscot Valley Conference Wrestling Championships at Ellsworth, Jan. 30, 2016.

Bucksport wrestling program pins hopes on building culture

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 21, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
Amid the effort by the community to redefine itself in the aftermath of the closing of its paper mill comes a return to tradition. That’s the case at Bucksport High School, where a Golden Bucks’ wrestling program that not long ago flirted with elimination is experiencing a renaissance.
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Medomak Valley working its way back to the top

on Dec. 21, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
University of Maine forward Andrew Fleming dunks the ball in front of Providence Friars guard Jalen Lindsey during the second half at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Tuesday night. The Friars won 79-59.

Fast start propels Providence men’s basketball team past UMaine

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 20, 2016, at 11:21 p.m.