Articles by Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal

Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya won the Beach to Beacon 10K with a time of 28:28.2 on Saturday.

Nearly 6,500 compete in Beach to Beacon 10K

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Aug. 01, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
CAPE ELIZABETH | Two of the most celebrated runners-up in the history of the TD Beach to Beacon 10-kilometer road race finally broke through Saturday morning. Stephen Kosgei Kibet of Kenya pulled away in the men’s race, while Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia used a strong finishing kick to claim …
Emily Bouchard (left) and Staci Creech bump fists after sinking their putts on the 12th hole during the Maine Women's Amateur golf tournament Wednesday at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club in Saco.

Veazie golfer captures Maine Women’s Amateur title

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on July 29, 2015, at 7:58 p.m.
SACO | You will never, ever, see a golf tournament end with a seven-stroke margin of victory yet pack as much drama and shot-making into a final round as Wednesday’s conclusion to the Maine Women’s Amateur. Staci Aber Creech of Veazie survived a barrage of birdies by three-time champion …
Dave Bartasuis of Poland reacts as his putt for birdie on the 17th hole just misses during Monday's opening round of the 2015 Charlie's Maine Open at the Augusta Country Club in Manchester.

Virginia golfer’s 6-under 64 tops Maine Open’s first round

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on July 27, 2015, at 7:37 p.m.
  MANCHESTER | Brian Agee is first alphabetically among the 144 golfers in the Charlie’s Maine Open. It’s his first time in Maine. He’s been assigned to the first group of the opening day in both tournaments during his visit. And in keeping with the theme, he’s the first …
Davis Turner (left), linebacker for Oxford Hills, and Matt Ring, defensive end for Windham High School, take a break from practice at the Lobster Bowl Media Day July 14 at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

UMaine-bound linebacker set to lead East in Lobster Bowl

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on July 17, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Thirteen pounds. Those are the first things noticeable about Davis Turner’s appearance at Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl XXVI camp this week. He’s substantially bigger than the high school senior who dominated games at linebacker for Oxford Hills last September and October. And before you rush to judgment, let …
John Hayes IV chips onto the green during Wednesday's second round of the Maine Amateur golf championship at Waterville Country Club in Oakland.

Golfers two generations apart in battle for Maine Amateur title

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on July 08, 2015, at 8:41 p.m.
OAKLAND | When he was 5 years old, John Hayes IV had front-and-center seats just behind the velvet rope for the U.S. Amateur golf championship. Not just any U.S. Amateur, either. It was the one in which a celebrated Stanford freshman named Tiger Woods struggled to shake off Mark …
John Hayes IV chips out of a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the Maine Amateur golf championship on Tuesday at Waterville Country Club in Oakland.

Cape Elizabeth golfer surges to first-round Maine Amateur lead

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on July 07, 2015, at 8:32 p.m.
OAKLAND | After an attempted banana cut that proved fruitless, leading to a double bogey Tuesday morning, John Hayes IV didn’t panic. Two-over par, merely three holes into the 96th Maine Amateur, might have looked like a dreadful start. However, the gamble fit into Hayes’ risk-versus-reward scheme. “I was …

South Portland defeats Portland in West ‘A’ baseball final

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on June 17, 2015, at 8:17 p.m.
STANDISH | Henry Curran was almost unhittable his first time through the Portland lineup Wednesday afternoon. He was indomitable on the second journeys and unflappable on the third. The results are indisputable: South Portland is Class A West baseball champion for the first time in 24 years. Curran survived …

Lisbon boys, girls teams sweep Mountain Valley Conference track titles

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on May 30, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Different season, different gender, same parade of speculative calculations and sleepless nights. A year ago, the Lisbon boys made their coaches and community sweat it out until the final event before the Greyhounds could lay claim to a sweep of the Mountain Valley Conference track and field …
Matt Martin of Hampden, pictured during a 2013 game, was the tough-luck loser Wednesday in a season-opening, 1-0 Class A baseball setback at Lewiston.

Lewiston lefty Emerson outduels Hampden ace Martin in baseball opener

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on April 23, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Sure, it’s April, when the infield dirt is rugged as plywood, the outfield grass is brown and saturated, and the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. If Eddie Emerson exhibits the same control and velocity his left arm wielded Wednesday at Deschenes Field, however, Lewiston will be …
Messalonskee's Dan Condon (left) protects the puck from Yarmouth's David Clemmer in the first period of the Class B Winter Classic on Saturday at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena in Gorham. The game was a West versus East of Class B school's all stars.

East, West hockey senior all-stars split games in first Winter Classic

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on March 16, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
GORHAM | Clay Rowland was a defenseman playing in a hockey all-star game. As assignments go, it’s up there with being asked to clean the lion’s cage just before the end of his nap. Still, the Leavitt Area High School senior felt like he ended his career with a …

Saint Dominic’s defeats Lewiston High School in Class A East hockey semifinal

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on March 01, 2014, at 10:17 p.m.
LEWISTON — There’s a reason rivals at higher levels of hockey play best-of-seven series. Emotions swing violently. Confidence spikes and wanes accordingly. And the pipes and sticks that provide friendly bounce one night break your heart the next. The third time was a convincing charm for Saint Dominic Academy, which …

Wells girls knock off previously unbeaten Spruce Mountain

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Feb. 20, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | Eight seniors strong, Wells has that look in its eye this girls basketball postseason, one that combines confidence and talent with something that borders on fury. As was the case with previous victim Gray-New Gloucester, the corresponding countenance of Spruce Mountain was one of anxiety, then timidity, …

Seniors carry Wells girls by Gray-New Gloucester to berth in West Class B semifinal

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Feb. 19, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
PORTLAND | The drastic difference between Wells and Gray-New Gloucester’s two girls basketball encounters this winter can be explained by hunger and desperation. Round one, early in the regular season, the Patriots exhibited both. Embarrassed a night earlier by York, they clamped down and shocked the Warriors, who were …

Keene’s eye helps Spruce Mountain survive Fryeburg in West B girls quarterfinal

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Feb. 19, 2014, at 4:08 p.m.
PORTLAND | To say that Emily Keene is a perfectionist is a matter of both principle and performance, especially when she’s standing at the free throw line. A year ago, Keene was startlingly close to perfect when she swished 49 of 50 free throws to win the annual McDonald’s …

Poland headed to semifinals for first time ever after foul-filled game against Spruce Mountain

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Feb. 15, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
PORTLAND | It has been a 15-year journey, but Poland Regional High School finally finds itself in the land of Greely, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth and company. The Knights advanced to the Class B West boys’ basketball semifinals for the first time in school history Saturday, defeating Spruce Mountain, 77-69, …

Bangor boys ‘bomb’ way past Edward Little

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Dec. 13, 2013, at 10:10 p.m.
AUBURN | Three-pointers were contagious in the Bangor boys’ basketball camp Friday night. If you didn’t believe it after Alex Campbell and Xavier Lewis combined for three in the final 94 seconds of the first half at Edward Little, maybe the message was delivered when Campbell’s father sank a …

Junior QB rallies Bonny Eagle by Cheverus in Class A state football final

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Nov. 23, 2013, at 4:50 p.m.
PORTLAND | Another day, another dramatic drive to win a high school football state championship. This one was engineered by Bonny Eagle and junior quarterback Zach Dubiel, whose 6-yard scamper with 22 seconds remaining steered the Scots to a 31-28 win Saturday over Cheverus in the Class A final …

Portland golfer Greenleaf rallies past Walp for MSGA match play title

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Aug. 22, 2013, at 8:21 p.m.
AUBURN | Thursday’s conclusion of the fourth-annual Maine State Golf Association Match Play Invitational served nicely as the dictionary definition of the format. Matt Greenleaf dropped two of the best shots of his life onto the 17th and 18th greens at Fox Ridge Golf Club. Joe Walp, try as …
Joe Alvarez hits his ball out of the rough on the fourth hole during 2013 Maine Match Play Invitational at Fox Ridge Golf Course in Auburn on Wednesday.

Portlanders Greenleaf, Walp reach final of Maine State Golf Association match play

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on Aug. 21, 2013, at 8:22 p.m.
AUBURN, Maine— There haven’t been separate brackets for beards and peach fuzz at the Maine State Golf Association Match Play Invitational this week. It has only worked out that way. Two Portland men reached the present-meets-the-future championship round of the fourth-annual tournament at Fox Ridge Golf Club. Matt Greenleaf, he …
Black Mountain ski area in Rumford

Ski area’s closure ‘devastating’ to local sports

By Kalle Oakes, Lewiston Sun Journal on June 27, 2013, at 5:39 a.m.
RUMFORD | It wasn’t quite an avalanche, but the domino effect of Wednesday morning news from Black Mountain of Maine set off a foreboding rumble in the local sports community. The Rumford ski area’s management team announced that it will cease alpine operations immediately. While the Maine Winter Sports …