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Wind whips the flag at the first hole at Bangor Municipal Golf Course in this April 2012 file photo. The course opens Tuesday.

Bangor Municipal Golf Course opening Tuesday

By Larry Mahoney on April 27, 2015, at 4:58 p.m.
The 51st season for the Bangor Municipal Golf Course will kick off at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Pine Hill Golf Club in Brewer and the Rocky Knoll Country Club in Orrington have just opened, while Va Jo Wa Golf Course in Island Falls will open its front 9 on Saturday. …
Felicia Lennon of the University of Maine is mobbed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning that closed out the Black Bears' 8-0 softball victory over Hartford at Kessock Field in Orono on Saturday.

Senior pitcher guides UMaine softball team to three-game sweep of Hartford

By Larry Mahoney on April 25, 2015, at 8:17 p.m.
ORONO | The University of Maine softball team had its hands full with a University of Hartford team that entered Saturday’s doubleheader with an overall record of 3-37 and an 0-11 America East mark. But the Black Bears, in the midst of an intense battle for a playoff spot, …

900 wins and counting: USM coach wants 10 more years

By Larry Mahoney on April 24, 2015, at 7:14 p.m.
Ed Flaherty is in his 30th year as the head baseball coach at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, but he has the same enthusiasm now as he had when he first started. “I love it. I look forward to going to work every day,” said Flaherty, who notched …

‘Seniors Weekend’ critical for UMaine softball playoff hopes

By Larry Mahoney on April 24, 2015, at 6:13 p.m.
ORONO | Six seniors will play their final games at Kessock Field for the University of Maine softball team on Saturday and Sunday and the Black Bears have a golden opportunity to enhance their America East playoff hopes. Maine, 16-17 overall and 5-4 in America East, will entertain a …
The Old Town High School softball team poses in front of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex logo in Orlando, Florida. Coach Jenn Plourde's Coyotes returned to Maine with a 4-3 record.

Old Town High School softball team values Florida trip

By Larry Mahoney on April 24, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
HERMON | The Old Town High School softball team had its season opener against Hermon rained out on Thursday. Even so, Old Town was able to get some exhibition games under its belt during a six-day trip to Orlando, Florida. The team returned home on Wednesday. In Florida, the …
Olivia King, who will be a freshman at Old Town High School this fall, played for the Fredericton, New Brunswick-based Under-15 Varsity-Red Prospects girls team in the Geneva Futures Hockey Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland. The 14-year-old King was the only American on the Canadian team.

Old Town girl plays for Canadian team in Swiss hockey tourney

By Larry Mahoney on April 23, 2015, at 4:30 p.m.
Olivia King’s hockey education involved an accelerated class earlier this month. The 14-year-old King, who will be a freshman at Old Town High School this fall, played for the Under-15 Varsity-Red Prospects girls team, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in the Geneva Futures Hockey Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland. She was …

Favorable conditions expected for Kenduskeag Stream race

By Larry Mahoney on April 23, 2015, at 2:04 p.m.
BANGOR | The water will be high for Saturday’s 49th annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race but not unusually high, and the fact the race was pushed back a week for the first time in its history will prove a wise decision. That was the word from Bangor Parks and …
Brewer High School third baseman Alexis Getchell (standing), pictured during a 2014 playoff game, is among Witches players dealing with injuries this spring. Three teammates are out for season with knee injuries.

Brewer softball team plagued by injuries

By Larry Mahoney on April 21, 2015, at 7:01 p.m.
Brewer High School softball coach Skip Estes had a youthful team a year ago but still managed to carve out an 11-6 campaign. Several of his youngsters received valuable playing time which would serve them well this season. However, three knee injuries and a shoulder ailment have …
Seniors Cordelia Stewart (left rear) and Emily Reilly (not pictured) will join classmate Skylar Cassum (right) to give the Bangor High School softball team three proven pitchers this season.

Bangor softball team features experienced pitching staff

By Larry Mahoney on April 21, 2015, at 5:38 p.m.
BANGOR — Every softball coach, like any baseball coach, would love to have an ace. It is even more significant in softball because the pitching motion isn’t as taxing on the arm, so pitchers can throw more innings. Bangor High School softball coach Don Stanhope finds himself in an enviable …
 Senior EmJ Fogel (right) is among the veterans who lead the University of Maine softball team against Stony Brook in the Black Bears’ first home series of the season this weekend.

UMaine softball team to play at home after 30 straight road games

By Larry Mahoney on April 17, 2015, at 7:43 p.m.
ORONO | After playing 30 games outside the state, the University of Maine softball team will finally play its home openers this weekend against Stony Brook. Maine, 15-15 overall and 4-2 in America East, hosts the Seawolves (19-12, 5-1), for a doubleheader at noon Saturday and a single game …
Travis Benjamin salutes fans at Oxford Plains Speedway after winning the 2014 Oxford 250. He’ll be among the top drivers at the track on Sunday for a season-opening Super Late Model showdown featuring the Pro All Stars Series and the American-Canadian Tour.

Doubleheader at Oxford Plains Speedway kicks off Maine auto racing season

By Larry Mahoney on April 17, 2015, at 5:51 p.m.
With winter in the rear-view mirror, the stock car racing season kicks off with a Sunday doubleheader at Oxford Plains Speedway when the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model North and the American-Canadian Tour cars will each run a 150-lap feature. It will be the first time the two …
Former University of Maine pitcher Tommy Lawrence and former Black Bears teammate Jeff Gibbs are among the players who will try to further their pro aspirations as members of the fledgling Old Orchard Beach Surge. The independent team announced Friday that it is part of the six-team East Coast Baseball League.

Former UMaine pitchers to play for new pro team in Old Orchard Beach

By Larry Mahoney on April 17, 2015, at 11:53 a.m.
Righthander Tommy Lawrence won 19 games during his two seasons at the University of Maine and holds the school record for victories in a season with 11 in 2013. He will return to Maine as a member of the first-year Old Orchard Beach Surge, which will compete in the independent …

Hermon golf club open for season on Friday

By Larry Mahoney on April 16, 2015, at 2:45 p.m.
It has always been a source of pride for the owners of the Hermon Meadow Golf Club to be one of the first golf courses to open for the season. That will again be the case this year as the course will open at 8 a.m. on Friday. There is …
 Hermon's Claire Petersen (center) moves the ball around Presque Isle's Emma Kinney (left) and Emily Wheaton during their soccer game on Oct. 1, 2014, at Hermon.

Hermon High, Brewer standouts to play college soccer

By Larry Mahoney on April 15, 2015, at 4:19 p.m.
Hermon High School’s Claire Petersen, an All-State soccer player, is going to attend NCAA Division I Jacksonville State University in Alabama to play soccer this fall. The Gamecocks, 11-10-1 last fall, are in the Ohio Valley Conference. The midfielder was a perennial all-conference player who finished her Hermon High career …
Hermon pitcher Allessa Oakes winds up a pitch against Old Town on  April 23, 2013, in Old Town.

Defending state softball champ Hermon loses standout pitcher for season

By Larry Mahoney on April 15, 2015, at 2:57 p.m.
HERMON, Maine —- Junior Allessa Oakes, part of the dynamic right-left pitching duo with Karli Theberge that led Hermon High School to the state Class B softball title last season, recently underwent surgery on her throwing arm and may never play softball again. Oakes also was the Hawks’ starting shortstop …
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano watches his team in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers on March 7 in Florida.

Former UMaine star leads Islanders to dramatic 22-point turnaround

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2015, at 6:21 p.m.
There was pressure on New York Islanders head coach and Bangor resident Jack Capuano this season. The Islanders missed the National Hockey League playoffs with just 79 points in 2013-14, and it was their final season in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders, which have …
Orono High School head coach Jessica Witham (kneeling in center) huddles with her Red Riots players before the start of the second period of a game on Dec. 13, 2011, at Old Town High School.

Orono basketball coach blames resignation on school officials

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2015, at 3:05 p.m.
Orono High School Principal Jim Chasse and athletic administrator Mike Archer failed to follow proper school protocol, which ultimately led to the resignation of girls basketball coach Jessica Witham after nine years at the helm, according to her resignation letter. Witham, an Orono High School Sports Hall of Famer, guided …
Maine Basketball Hall of Fame inductees Maureen Burchill Cooper (left) and Emily Ellis talk during a press conference announcing the 2015 class on Feb. 11 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Wednesday afternoon.  Burchill Cooper and Ellis played against each other  during their college careers in the 1980s.

Q & A with former college, high school basketball star Emily Ellis

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2015, at 8:06 a.m.
Editor’s note: Former University of Maine and Mount View basketball star Emily Ellis takes part in a question and answer session with the BDN’s Larry Mahoney. Q: You are a small town girl from Brooks. Could you have ever envisioned a career like you’ve had, one that includes four Halls of …
Husson University's Christian Corneil (right) waits on first base with Southern Maine first baseman Anthony Capuano during their game on Tuesday at the Winkin Complex in Bangor.

Former Bangor baseball teammates enjoying first years at USM, Husson

By Larry Mahoney on April 10, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
Christian Corneil and Anthony Capuano got to relive a few memories on Tuesday night at Husson University’s Winkin Complex. Corneil and Capuano are former Bangor High School, Senior League World Series and American Legion teammates who have found some success this spring after transferring and debuting for …

Former Bangor athlete named Orono High field hockey coach

By Larry Mahoney on April 10, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
Breianna Tocci, who played field hockey at Bangor High School under former University of Maryland field hockey coach Sue Tyler, has been approved as the new field hockey coach at Orono High School. Tocci will replace legendary coach Dodi Saucier, who retired after coaching the Red Riots for 20 seasons …
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