Ernie Clark

Reporter

 
Maine Central Institute's Willie Moss (left) fights for yards against Oak Hill's Colby Spencer during their Class D football state championship game at Alfond Stadium in Orono in this November 2015 file photo.

Changes create 2-game differential between Class D North, South schedules

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:14 p.m.
Attrition and divisional shifts have created a unique scheduling scenario for the upcoming high school football season.
Jackson Coutts pitches in a Zone 1 American Legion baseball playoff game at Husson University in Bangor in 2014.

Versatile Orono High standout to play baseball at URI

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 23, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Jackson Coutts also considered James Madison University, Northeastern, Hartford and the University of Maine before opting for Rhode Island.
Foxcroft Academy’s Jason Gould hauls in a pass as Boothbay Region’s Jason Tilton defends in this November 2007 file photo of the Class C state final in Portland. Boothbay has opted to drop from varsity status to the club level for this season.

Low turnout, safety concerns prompt Boothbay football program to drop to club status

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 22, 2016, at 7:20 p.m.
“Football is one of the original sports we had at the school when we formed in 1955 so it wasn’t an easy decision, but you’ve got to put kids’ safety first.”
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

Wrestling Hall of Fame inducts Josh Pelletier

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 6:11 a.m.
The Maine Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted the third in line in a family with Fort Kent roots.
Maine Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Fern Masse (left) poses for a photo with Hall of Fame board of directors chairman Tony Hamlin, also a 2016 inductee, during Sunday's induction ceremony at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

New Maine Basketball Hall of Fame class represents generational shift

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2016, at 4:10 p.m.
BANGOR | The metamorphosis of a basketball Hall of Fame involves multiple factors, among them recognizing greats of the past before it’s too late for them to appreciate the honor and acknowledging achievements in different phases of the game and various levels of the sport. The third annual induction …

Maine’s Boyington loses decision in MMA main event in Russia

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 21, 2016, at 9:40 a.m.
Bruce Boyington’s mixed martial arts foray into Russia ran head first into a veteran wrestler Saturday.
The 1947 Patten Academy boys basketball team was honored at a banquet hosted by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad at the Penobscot Hotel in Bangor after beating Boston Latin 35-32 at the Boston Garden in the New England Basketball Tournament. From left are Carroll Hatt, manager Jack Seely, Thurston Townsend, captain Lloyd Wilson, coach Willis Phair, Donna Phair, Harley Dow, Howard Cunningham, Hollis Bates, Gilman Rossignol and Kenneth McCourt. Team member Lynn Vickery did not return with the team.

Maine basketball hall to honor giant-killing 1947 Patten Academy team

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 19, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
“We just felt like nobody could beat us,” said former Patten Academy player Thurston Townsend.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington of Brewer 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.

Maine fighter ready for main event in Russia

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 18, 2016, at 7:52 a.m.
Bruce Boyington’s mixed martial career will take an international twist Saturday as he fights in the main event of ACB 43 at the Diesel Arena in Penza, Russia.
Bangor High School football players go through warmup drills in Bangor in this August 2015 file photo.

New guidelines being considered for single-session preseason football practices

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 17, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
“We’re looking to make [single sessions] more of a viable option, to leave alone what’s already there but have an another option for schools.”
Emma Alley (left) of Stearns High School in Millinocket, pictured playing in the 2016 Class C North basketball tournament in Bangor, is among several students at the school who hope to play soccer on a cooperative team at Lee Academy. The team has secured funding for buses, fuel and drivers to be able to make the 80-mile round trip several times per week during the fall season.

Donors help Stearns girls afford 2-hour bus trips to play soccer with Lee Academy

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 16, 2016, at 5:03 p.m.
“I just really like soccer and I’m really glad I get to play, so I look at the travel like that,” said Emma Alley.
Gold medalists Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, Amanda Polk, Lauren Schmetterling, Tessa Gobbo, Meghan Musnicki, Ellie Logan (top, middle), Amanda Elmore and Katelin Snyder of the USA pose with their medals.

Boothbay Harbor rower wins third gold medal

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 14, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor savored yet another shining Olympic moment Saturday, helping the U.S. women’s eight crew win its third straight gold medal in the 2,000-meter final on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas racecourse in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Old Town's Andre Miller (left) avoids a tackle by a Foxcroft Academy player during their football game on Sept. 25, 2015, in Old Town.

Old Town football star to play at Husson

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 12, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
One of the state’s more prolific high school football wide receivers of recent vintage has found a collegiate home.
Windham native Jamie Harrison (right) reaches for a takedown attempt against Bruce Boyington of Brewer during their NEF XVII mixed martial arts main event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston in this April 2015 file photo.

Bruce Boyington agrees to four-fight deal with World Series of Fighting

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 10, 2016, at 3:53 p.m.
BREWER | Bruce Boyington will leave for Russia on Monday for his next mixed martial arts adventure. After that, he’ll seek to conquer the world — or at least the World Series of Fighting. The 37-year-old Boyington, who has won his last five fights and eight of his last …
Maine Little League umpire Steve Schwartz.

For Portland lawyer at Little League Softball World Series, umpiring a stress reliever

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 10, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
Steve Schwartz is one of 11 volunteer umpires from around the world selected to work at the 2016 Little League Softball World Series that began Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.

The biggest challenge for these Maine soccer players is getting to the field

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 09, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
“The options are really thin,” Stearns assistant principal and athletic administrator Fredy Lazo said.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor will be competing with the U.S. rowing women's eight team when that event gets underway Monday morning at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mainer on US women’s rowing team seeks to win 3rd Olympic gold medal

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 07, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
Elle Logan of Boothbay Harbor has the chance to make some individual history and become the first American woman to win three Olympic gold medals in rowing.
The US Central team celebrates its 7-2 victory against Asia-Pacific of Melbourne, Australia, in the Senior League World Series championship game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on Saturday.

Illinois tops Australia for Senior League World Series crown

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 06, 2016, at 7:38 p.m.
Clear Ridge becomes the first Senior League World Series champion from Illinois in the tournament’s 55-year history, and the first winner from the U.S. Central region since Urbandale, Iowa, in 2005.
Young's MMA's Josh Harvey (right) lands a kick to the face of Zenon Herrera during their featherweight bout as part of the reality program "Dana White: Lookin' For A Fight" event on Friday in the grand ballroom at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Five Bangor-area fighters were on the card.

UFC’s Dana White watches Maine fighters turn in strong efforts

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 05, 2016, at 9:55 p.m.
New England Fights brought its promotion to the Queen City for the first time in three years and was greeted by a boisterous, sold-out crowd of 1,200.
Asia-Pacific's Rydge Hogan yells in elation after winning the Senior League World Series semifinal baseball game against Maine District 3 champion Bronco-Hermon, 7-6, on Thursday in Bangor.

Asia-Pacific champs product of Little League growth ‘Down Under’

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 05, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.
Australia will send teams to the 2016 Little League, Junior League and Senior League World Series — and has become the first Asia-Pacific representative country to reach the SLWS final since the tournament was moved to Bangor in 2002.
Asia-Pacific's players collapse into each other in elation after winning the Senior League World Series semifinal baseball game against Maine District 3 champion Bronco-Hermon, 7-6, on Thursday in Bangor.

Australia’s Senior League World Series rise features drama, setbacks

By Ernie Clark on Aug. 05, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Australia’s debut at the Senior League World Series didn’t go quite as planned.