Ernie Clark


Head coach Don Farnham coaches the Brewer football team during a scrimmage in 2010.

Brewer football coach Don Farnham steps down

By Ernie Clark on March 25, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Don Farnham, who guided Brewer High School through a series of transitions within Maine’s high school football landscape during the last eight years, has stepped down as the Witches’ head coach. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” said Farnham. “I’ve just come to a …
Washburn's girls basketball team celebrates with the gold ball after defeating Richmond 75-55 in the Class D state championship on Saturday, March 2, at the Bangor Auditorium.

MPA to conduct survey to gauge interest in 5-class format for high school basketball

By Ernie Clark on March 25, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A possible five-class format for Maine high school basketball will be among the topics on a survey the classification committee of the Maine Principals’ Association soon will distribute to school officials around the state. Declining student enrollments and the southward migration of the state’s population have swelled …
Bangor High School’s Justin Courtney fires a pitch against Lewiston during a game last May at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Courntey and the Rams started preseason workouts Monday at Red Barry Gym in Bangor.

High school pitchers, catchers start preseason workouts despite lingering winter conditions

By Ernie Clark on March 24, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Record-breaking low temperatures buffeted by chilling northwest wind gusted over fields of play blanketed by a deep, hard pack of snow — not exactly ideal conditions for the boys of summer as the last full week of March commenced. “It was really cold,” said Justin Courtney, a …
Zach Gilpin plays with a basketball in his room at his family's home in Hampden on Sunday.

Hampden’s Gilpin perseveres through family tragedy

By Ernie Clark on March 23, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — Perhaps no basketball game during the last three winters epitomizes the fullness of Zach Gilpin’s personality more than this year’s Eastern Maine Class A final. Yet the career-high 38 points he scored while leading Hampden Academy past Oxford Hills of South Paris were but a modest part …
Marshwood High School running back Brett Gerry (44) tries to run around the defense during the 2012 Class B State Championship game in Portland.

New high school football rule tackles safety; measure penalizes hits to the head

By Ernie Clark on March 22, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
Reducing the risk of concussions and other forms of head trauma has been one of the major topics of conversation within all levels of the football world in recent years. Now the National Federation of State High School Associations has addressed it through its rulemaking process. Seeking to limit contact …
Matt DesRoches (left) fights Jon Lemke during their MMA bout at the Bangor Waterfront last July. DesRoches won the fight. Lemke of Team Irish MMA in Brewer will mark his comeback to the cage in a lightweight bout against Devin Powell on May 10 in Lewiston.

Title fights, comebacks mark New England Fights XIII card

By Ernie Clark on March 21, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Two title fights and two comeback attempts are among the 20 bouts announced this week for New England Fights’ next mixed martial arts card scheduled for May 10 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Six professional bouts and 14 amateur matchups are slated for NEF XIII, which is …
Zach Gilpin

Hampden’s Gilpin named state’s Gatorade boys basketball player of the year

By Ernie Clark on March 21, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
Zach Gilpin, who led Hampden Academy to its third consecutive Eastern Maine Class A championship this winter, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year on Friday morning. The 6-foot-5-inch senior forward is the first Hampden player to win the statewide Gatorade award for boys basketball. …
Bangor Daily News photo by John Clarke Russ  Ellsworth High School's Aleta Looker kicks to a second place finish in the Eastern Maine Girls' Class B Cross Country Championship race in Belfast Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Ellsworth High School runner Looker shines at indoor track nationals

By Ernie Clark on March 19, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
Ellsworth High School senior Aleta Looker established a new state-best time in the 800-meter run over the weekend while racing to a seventh-place finish at the New Balance Indoor Nationals track and field championships at the New York Armory. Looker was timed in 2 minutes, 11.58 seconds while placing sixth …
Dave Utterback

Brewer High School developing athletic hall of fame

By Ernie Clark on March 19, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Dave Utterback is in just his second year as the athletic administrator at Brewer High School, but it’s been long enough for him to get a strong sense for the passion that follows the history of the school’s athletic program. That’s prompted Utterback and others in the …
Maine/New England mixed martial arts fighter Ryan Sanders trains at Young's MMA in Bangor on Thursday.

After victory over Davis, Brewer’s Sanders looks ahead to New England Fights MMA title bout

By Ernie Clark on March 14, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — “The” Ryan Sanders is busy preparing for his New England Fights welterweight title rematch against Brazilian Gil de Freitas, but it’s hard for him not to reflect occasionally on his most significant mixed martial arts victory to date. For while the end came suddenly, the Brewer fighter’s …
Allie Clement

McAuley’s Allie Clement wins second straight Gatorade girls basketball player of the year honor

By Ernie Clark on March 14, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Allie Clement has added yet another postseason award. The senior guard from Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, who last Friday was recognized as the state’s Miss Basketball after leading the Lions to their fourth consecutive Class A state championship, has been named the Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Player of …
Bangor Christian’s Seth Pearson puts pressure on Easton’s Logan Halvorson during an East Class D tourney game on Feb. 15 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Easton boys team is the winner of the Maine Red Claws/Maine McDonald’s Team of the Year Award.

Easton boys, Falmouth girls honored with basketball ‘team of the year’ awards

By Ernie Clark on March 12, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
Good teamwork often transcends the specific arena of competition, a fact that led to the Easton High School boys basketball team and the Falmouth High School girls squad being named recipients of the annual Maine Red Claws/Maine McDonald’s Team of the Year Award. The awards are presented to one boys …
Emma Waddell, a Bangor High School swimmer who is an All-American, and will compete for Williams College next year.

Dedication, drive propel Bangor swimmer Waddell to All-American status

By Ernie Clark on March 11, 2014, at 4:26 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emma Waddell has rewritten record books and won numerous awards while emerging as an All-America swimmer competing for Bangor High School and the Bangor Y during the past four years. But in her final major meet before turning her attention to the collegiate ranks, the prize in …
Saint Dominic players Caleb Labrie (19) and Mitch Lorenz (21) congratulate Falmouth players during the awards ceremony on Saturday after Falmouth won the Class A state final 3-2 in Lewiston.

Grade’s overtime goal lifts Falmouth by St. Dominic for second straight Class A hockey state title

By Ernie Clark on March 08, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Jake Grade wasn’t always in the right place during overtime of Saturday night’s Class A ice hockey state championship game. First he was in the penalty box, then he was on the ice courtesy of a good hit by a St. Dominic of Auburn defender. But moments …

Messalonskee surges past Gorham to win first Class B ice hockey state crown

By Ernie Clark on March 08, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The difference between the Messalonskee Eagles and the rest of the state’s Class B ice hockey world is pretty basic — too much firepower. Brothers Jared Cunningham and Chase Cunningham scored second-period goals to snap a 1-1 stalemate and Messalonskee went on to add three late goals …
Dustin Cole

McAuley’s Allie Clement, Bonny Eagle’s Dustin Cole receive state’s Miss, Mr. Basketball awards

By Ernie Clark on March 07, 2014, at 9:58 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Allie Clement faced few pitfalls during her four-year high school basketball career. Her teams at Catherine McAuley High School of Portland finished with an 83-3 record, including a 56-game winning streak and a 16-0 mark in tournament play that led to four consecutive Class A state championships. …
When Cony’s Rachael Mack won the Miss Maine Basketball award in 2008, she became the third recipient from the Augusta-based school, the most for a girls basketball team.

State’s Mr., Miss Basketball awards sport rich history

By Ernie Clark on March 06, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Forty different Maine high schools have had a player named either Mr. or Miss Basketball since Tim Scott of Ellsworth and Julie Bradstreet of Central Aroostook of Mars Hill won the inaugural awards in 1988. When the 2014 recipients are announced Friday night, Hampden Academy or Catherine …
Old Town boys basketball fans cheer on their team as they defeat Caribou 43-41 on Feb. 22 in the East Class B final at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Approximately 4,200 fans turned out for the Class B championship games, the highest for a single session in more than a decade.

Attendance bump, positive reviews mark basketball tourney debut at Cross Insurance Center

By Ernie Clark on March 06, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Attendance for the Eastern Maine Classes B, C and D high school basketball tournament experienced a healthy increase during its first year at the Cross Insurance Center. While exact final figures aren’t in yet, tournament co-directors Jerry Goss and Norris Nickerson estimated an increase of 2,000 over …
Brewer High School senior Synclaire Tasker competes in the triple jump at the Maine Class A Indoor Track Championships in Gorham in this February 2014 file photo. Tasker finished third in the girls 55-meter hurdles last weekend at the New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships.

Maine athletes earn top-five finishes at New England track and field championships

By Ernie Clark on March 05, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
The third-place finish in the boys two-mile run turned in by Ellsworth’s Dan Curts at last weekend’s New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships was one of five top-five finishes by Maine competitors at the meet. Among the other top Maine performers, Brewer senior Synclaire Tasker finished third in the …
Presque Isle's Tyler Seeley gets up ended by Messalonskee's Dylan Burton during first-period action of the East Class B hockey final Tuesday night at Alfond Arena.

Second-period surge propels Messalonskee by Presque Isle for third straight Eastern B hockey crown

By Ernie Clark on March 04, 2014, at 10:13 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Messalonskee of Oakland is the class of Eastern Maine B ice hockey once again. Brothers Jared and Chase Cunningham combined for five goals and six assists Tuesday night and coach Mike Latendresse’s top-ranked Eagles used a five-goal second-period blitz to pull away from No. 2 Presque Isle …
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