Ernie Clark



Sanders stops Lemke to win NEF lightweight title

By Ernie Clark on April 30, 2017, at 10:54 a.m.
Ryan Sanders of Young’s MMA captured the vacant New England Fights MMA pro lightweight title Saturday night, stopping fellow Bangor-area resident Jon Lemke in the second round of their scheduled five-round title bout.
Brunswick number one singles Dasol Kim returns the ball to Bangor's Dennis Stewart during their tennis match at Bangor Friday.

Experienced Brunswick tops Bangor boys tennis in battle of unbeatens

By Ernie Clark on April 28, 2017, at 8:07 p.m.
Second-ranked Bangor (3-1) held leads at stages of both doubles matches before Brunswick mounted comebacks.

Hermon baseball team serves notice with win over Old Town

on April 28, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
 Brewer High School's Trey Wood (left) escapes a tackle by Jason Barnes (center) with help from teammate Zac Duncan during their Class B high school football semifinal playoff game on Doyle Field, Nov. 4, 2016.

Brewer’s Wood to join UMaine football program

By Ernie Clark on April 28, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
The 6-foot, 240-pound halfback and linebacker will join the University of Maine football program as a walk-on beginning with the Black Bears’ preseason camp this August.

MPA eases cooperative team enrollment rule; adds classes for volleyball, lacrosse

By Ernie Clark on April 27, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
Perhaps the most significant change was the cooperative team policy, in which multiple schools are allowed to form collaborative teams.
Derek Shorey of Dover-Foxcroft celebrates after beating Pete Rogers Jr. in a Sept. 23, 2016 featherweight fight at the CES MMA 38 show in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Bangor fighters to highlight Saturday MMA card in Lewiston

By Ernie Clark on April 27, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Two fighters from Young’s MMA in Bangor will help headline a mixed martial arts show Saturday night in Lewiston.
Longtime Bangor High School assistant coach Joe Nelson (left), pictured on the bench alongside boys basketball coach Roger Reed in 2011, has been hired as the head coach of the Rams’ girls basketball program.

‘A perfect fit:’ Longtime assistant named Bangor girls basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on April 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Joe Nelson has been an active part of the Bangor High School athletic scene since playing sports for the Rams during the mid- and late-1980s.
Lawrence's Mason Cooper (center) blocks a shot from Brewer's Danny Davis (right) in a 2015 file photo.

Lawrence basketball standout headed to Eastern Kentucky

By Ernie Clark on April 26, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.

Nomadic Brewer baseball teams cope with soggy Heddericg outfield

on April 26, 2017, at 1:24 p.m.
Young's MMA's Aaron Lacy (right) tries to land a punch on John Santos during their featherweight 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.

Mixed martial arts gym, after being displaced, sets up shop in former Bangor roller rink

By Ernie Clark on April 26, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.
Young’s was forced out of its home of the last 2½ years after Penobscot County agreed to purchase the former Bangor YMCA for $825,000 this month.
Post 51's Zach Mathiev (left) avoids the tag at home past Comrades' Sam Huston during their American Legion baseball tournament game in July 2015 at Husson University in Bangor.

American Legion state tourney returning to Bangor

By Ernie Clark on April 25, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
The American Legion baseball state tournament will return to the Queen City this summer — a year earlier than anticipated.
Bangor High School pitcher Trevor DeLaite adjusts the ball for a pitch during practice Thursday in Red Barry Gym in Bangor.

High school baseball coaches adapting to new pitch limits

By Ernie Clark on April 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine high school baseball officials spent much of 2016 working to comply with a national mandate to develop pitch limits. Implementation time has arrived.
Bangor senior Peter Kemble pitched a five-hit shutout on Monday in the Rams' 1-0 high school baseball victory over Brewer at Mansfield Stadium Monday. 
Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN

Kemble, Bangor outlast Brewer in pitchers’ duel

By Ernie Clark on April 24, 2017, at 8:21 p.m.
The University of Maine-bound right-hander threw a five-hit shutout as the three-time defending state champions edged their cross-river rivals 1-0 in a one-hour, 20-minute pitchers’ duel at Mansfield Stadium.
Bangor's Zach Ireland throws to first to get a Lewiston player out during their baseball game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on April 21.  Ireland has stepped into the starting shortstop role for the Rams. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Ireland filling shortstop void for Bangor baseball team

on April 22, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
Mattanawcook Academy's Cameron Fournier throws to first to try to get a Katahdin player out during their baseball scrimmage at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Tuesday. Three years ago Fournier was involved in a shop class accident, severing several fingers on his left hand.

Nearly 3 years after saw accident, senior pitcher returns to the mound

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Cameron Fournier had not seen game action in nearly three years, after having his left (non-throwing) ring finger severed and his pinky finger and thumb damaged in a table saw accident in a woodworking class.
Bangor's George Payne (right) celebrates with teammate Tyler Parks after scoring a run against Lewiston during their baseball game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Friday.

Bangor baseball team holds off Lewiston in season opener

By Ernie Clark on April 21, 2017, at 8:03 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team battled through raw, damp conditions and a pesky challenge from Lewiston to open its season with a 7-5 victory.

UMaine men’s basketball team lands Lee Academy prep center

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
Cheerleaders perform a routine during the 27th Maine Lobster Bowl Classic held at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford in July 2016. The 2017 game has been moved to Thornton Academy in Saco because the bleachers at Waterhouse Field have been condemned.

Shrine Lobster Bowl to be played at Thornton Academy

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
The 28th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic will return to the site of the event’s debut when it is played this summer at Hill Stadium on the campus of Thornton Academy in Saco.
Mar 21, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; 
Jim Boylen (second left), a former standout at the University of Maine, is now an assistant head coach under Fred Hoiberg  (left) with the NBA's Chicago Bulls. Boylen's ties to UMaine and the state have helped him enjoy a long, successful coaching career.
John E. Sokolowski | USA TODAY Sports

UMaine ties that bind: Former basketball standout savors NBA grind

By Ernie Clark on April 18, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
Old Town High School's Ethan Stoddard slides to the home plate as Orono High School's Connor McCluskey waits for the late throw during the game in Orono Monday.

Old Town opens baseball title defense by beating Orono

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
Three pitchers backed by errorless defense combined to throw a four-hit shutout and eight different batters contributed to a 15-hit offense as Old Town scored a 13-0 victory over Orono.