Articles by Randy Whitehouse

Oxford Hills' Anna Winslow hauls in a rebound between Messalonskee's Mikayla Turner, left and Delaney Collier during Wednesday afternoon's Eastern Class A semifinal girls basketball game between Messalonskee and Oxford Hills at the Augusta Civic Center.

Eastern A Girls’ Semifinal: Oxford Hills Vikings escape Messalonskee Eagles’ grasp

By Randy Whitehouse on Feb. 20, 2014, at 8:40 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Oxford Hills’ 2-3 zone controlled most of Wednesday’s Eastern Class A semifinal against Messalonskee. But it was powerless to stop the Eagles in the final five seconds. Fortunately for the Vikings, Sophia Holmes’ 3-point try bounced off the front of the rim, and Kelsey Mayo’s putback attempt …

Welcome to ‘The Capital.’ Augusta the new center of high school hoops

By Randy Whitehouse on Feb. 16, 2014, at 1:20 p.m.
Welcome to the Augusta Civic Center, the new capital of Maine high school hoops. “The Capital.” I like it. “The Mecca,” aka the Bangor Auditorium, is nothing but a memory. And not a moment too soon. The Cross Insurance Center stands in its place and, from all …
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson (7) during the first half at TD Garden Nov. 28.

If the Red Claws are getting Rajon Rondo, they aren’t talking about it

By Randy Whitehouse on Jan. 01, 2014, at 10:05 a.m.
PORTLAND | If the arrival of Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is indeed on their horizon, the Maine Red Claws aren’t talking about it. On Monday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens raised the possibility of Rondo, who tore his ACL in February, rehabbing with the Red Claws. Team officials say …
Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott rides down the "Gondola Line" trail in 2008 at Sugarloaf.

Seth Wescott among 200 competing at Sugarloaf

By Randy Whitehouse on March 23, 2013, at 6:39 a.m.
On Monday, an excavator rolled up Sugarloaf’s Sidewinder trail to break up the snow patted down by a long winter’s worth of snowboarders and begin preparations for the third annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom. Hours later, 15 to 18 inches of fluffy new powder fell on the slope, as if Mother …

Dirigo wrestling team easily defends Western C title, but still may run wind sprints

By Randy Whitehouse on Feb. 03, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.
BUCKSPORT — Dirigo’s wrestlers made a wager with coach Doug Gilbert before Saturday’s Western C wrestling championships. The Cougars will have to wait until Monday’s practice to find out just how friendly a wager it was. Dirigo easily defended its regional crown at Bucksport High School, posting seven individual champions …
Foxcroft Academy quarterback Chris Shorey gets the ball away while being chased by John Bapst’s Kurt Massey during a game in a game in October 2011. Massey is the defensive lineman recipient of the 2012 Frank J. Gaziano Lineman Awards.

John Bapst’s Massey, Thornton Academy’s Begin named state’s top linemen

By Randy Whitehouse on Jan. 27, 2013, at 9:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Bobby Begin’s dream football season didn’t end in November when he and his Thornton Academy teammates raised the gold ball at Fitzpatrick Stadium. In some ways, it was just getting started. Begin and John Bapst’s Kurt Massey were named the winners of the 2012 Frank J. Gaziano …

Kansas City Chiefs sign former Hebron Academy star

By Randy Whitehouse on Dec. 06, 2012, at 6:47 a.m.
Former Hebron Academy star Jose Gumbs has been signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and added to their practice squad. The Chiefs announced the signing of Gumbs, a 2007 Hebron graduate, on Wednesday. The 5-foot-10-inch, 210-pound safety fills the roster spot created after the Chiefs activated fullback Patrick DiMarco last …

Red Claws to wear Celtics green for Friday’s home-opener

By Randy Whitehouse on Nov. 30, 2012, at 9:40 a.m.
Maine Red Claws fans are accustomed to seeing green. They will see more green than ever before when the Maine Red Claws open their NBA Development League home schedule 7 p.m. Friday against the Los Angeles Defenders at Portland Expo. The Red Claws are now all about the green of …

Dodge helps Belfast football team knock off Leavitt

By Randy Whitehouse on Oct. 27, 2012, at 12:28 a.m.
TURNER — Carl Dodge had two seconds to go two yards and give the Belfast Lions a win they will never forget. Luckily Dodge had another second, a second effort, when the Lions needed it most. Dodge took the handoff from QB Zach Collier and followed senior guard Peter Kelley …
Some of the friends, family and faculty that were gathered on the Bates College football field Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2012, comfort each other during a moment of silence for Troy Pappas, 18, of Eliot, who died Friday from a stairwell fall six days earlier.

Bates campus somber; respects paid to student who died after fall down stairwell

By Bonnie Washuk and Randy Whitehouse, Sun Journal on Oct. 07, 2012, at 8:54 a.m.
LEWISTON | The mood on Bates College campus Saturday was sad and quiet as the community paid homage to Troy Pappas, 18, of Eliot, who died Friday from a stairwell fall six days earlier. This weekend is parents weekend at Bates. As parents and their students walked to and …

Coaches were right, Western C football will be a grind

By Randy Whitehouse on Sept. 20, 2012, at 12:09 p.m.
Dirigo may be 3-0, but the Cougars are aging their coach in dog years with every win. “The kids are driving me crazy. They’re making me nervous. I’m not going to have any hair left,” a smiling Dave Crutchfield said after the Cougars pulled off their third comeback win in …