Bates receives first-ever invitation to NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

on March 02, 2015, at 9:34 p.m.
LEWISTON | For the first time in team history, Bates College men’s basketball has been invited to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Bobcats received one of 20 at-large berths Monday in the 62-team tourney, which begins Thursday. Bates (19-6) will face St. Vincent College (22-6) of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, …

Sports briefs for March 2, 2015

By Staff and Wire Reports on March 02, 2015, at 8:49 p.m.
UMaine swimmer sets school record PITTSBURGH — University of Maine junior Matt England set a UMaine record in the 100 backstroke, racing to time of 49.4 seconds during the trials at the ECAC Championships over the weekend at the University of Pittsburgh. The Bangor High graduate finished in eighth place …

Husson men’s basketball team to host ECAC New England championship

on March 02, 2015, at 7:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Husson University will host the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference New England Men’s Basketball Championship this weekend at Newman Gym. Husson (20-7) is the second seed and will open the tourney against third-seeded Fitchburg State (15-12) at 3 p.m. Saturday. The second game will feature top-seeded Southern Vermont …
Miami Heat forward Anthony Mason (left) drives past Dallas Mavericks center Shawn Bradley (right) during first half action at Reunion Arena in Dallas in this 2001 file photo. Mason died Feb. 28, at the age of 48, ESPN and other media reported. One of Mason's sons said earlier this week that his father's health was improving after multiple heart surgeries.

New York Knicks star Anthony Mason dies

By Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg on March 02, 2015, at 5:49 a.m.
NEW YORK — Anthony Mason, a mainstay on the defensive-minded New York Knicks team that finished one win from a National Basketball Association title in 1994, has died. He was 48. The Knicks announced his death on the team’s website Saturday, calling him “an iconic member of the franchise during …
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) controls the ball while being defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half Sunday night at TD Garden in Boston.

Warriors rally from 26-point deficit, snap Celtics’ three-game winning streak

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on March 01, 2015, at 9:16 p.m.
BOSTON — The Golden State Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA, spotted the Boston Celtics a 26-point, first-half lead but roared from behind and ended the Celtics’ three-game winning streak with a 106-101 victory on Sunday night. Down 56-30 almost halfway through the second quarter and …

Sports briefs for March 1, 2015

By Wire Service Reports on March 01, 2015, at 6 p.m.
NFL rosters could expand to 55 The NFL Competition Committee will consider expanding in-season rosters from 53 players to 55, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. The report said that opposition to larger rosters previously came from the fact that some teams were having trouble staying under a salary …

UNH, Maine women’s basketball summary

on March 01, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
COLLEGE New Hampshire 61, Maine 46 Maine (22-7) 47 Swan 0-4 0-0 0, Wood 9-18 0-0 19, Heise 0-2 0-0 0, Weckstrom 1-6 0-0 3, Koizar 6-14 0-0 13, Charles 2-6 0-0 6, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Gustafsson 3-4 0-1 6, Bodine 0-2 0-0 0, Jones 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: …

UNH women’s basketball team snaps Maine’s 14-game winning streak

on March 01, 2015, at 5:14 p.m.
DURHAM, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire Wildcats outscored the Maine Black Bears 9-0 in the last 3 minutes, 31 seconds of the first half and went on to post a 61-47 America East women’s basketball victory in a regular-season finale Sunday at Lundholm Gymnasium. UNH snapped Maine’s 14-game winning …

College roundup: Colby-Sawyer eliminates Husson men’s basketball team in NAC semifinal

on March 01, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
NEW LONDON, New Hampshire — The Colby-Sawyer Chargers opened the second half with a 16-7 scoring run and went on to beat the Husson University Eagles 86-73 in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal Saturday. Husson led at halftime 37-30. Husson took a 47-46 lead on a pair of Aaron Willis …
The Calais High School boys celebrate their 57-43 victory over Dirigo High School of Dixfield in Saturday night's Class C basketball state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Calais won 57-43.

Calais boys shut down Dirigo to capture ‘C’ boys state crown

By Pete Warner on Feb. 28, 2015, at 11:06 p.m.
BANGOR | The motto of the Calais High School boys basketball team is emblazoned on the back of their warmup shirts. “Hard hats and boots. All out. All game. All season.” Now, the Blue Devils can add: “All the way to a state championship.” Calais demonstrated grit, cohesiveness and …
The Hampden Academy Broncos celebrate after winning the Class A state basketball championship game in Augusta on Saturday. Hampden Academy bested Portland High School 70-50.

Hampden boys surge to 2nd Class A state championship in 3 years

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 28, 2015, at 10:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A fast start and dominant finish sparked Hampden Academy to its second Class A boys basketball state championship in three years Saturday night. Coach Russ Bartlett’s club — outscored by Portland 22-5 in the first quarter of last year’s state final loss — turned the tables in …

Saturday’s state basketball summaries

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 9:10 p.m.
GIRLS Class A LAWRENCE 50, THORNTON ACAD. 43 Thornton Acad. (19-3) 43 Hart 6-12 2-5 14, McCrum 3-12 0-7, H. Campbell 1-3 1-2 3, Robinson 1-1 0-0 2, Strickland 0-2 2-2 2, Howe 3-7 1-2 8, Lux 2-9 3-9 7. Totals: 26-46 9-20 43. Lawrence (21-1) 50 Boudreau 0-3 0-0 …
The Houlton High School girls basketball team celebrates its victory over Maranacook Community School in the Class C state championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday evening . Houlton won 59-51.

Houlton girls pull away from Maranacook to claim Class C state championship

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 28, 2015, at 9:03 p.m.
BANGOR | Kolleen Bouchard was understandably a tad antsy when she picked up her third foul early in the third quarter of Saturday night’s Class C state championship game and was relegated to the bench. But there was no look of panic on the Houlton freshman’s face, and it …
Morgan Boudreau (left) and Paige Belanger of the Lawrence High School Bulldogs celebrate after their win in the Class A state championship basketball game in Augusta on Saturday. Lawrence defeated Thornton Academy 50-43.

Irving leads Lawrence past Thornton Academy for first Class A girls basketball state title since 1994

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 28, 2015, at 7:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Nia Irving and Dominique Lewis weren’t born when Cindy Blodgett revolutionized Maine schoolgirl basketball during her four years at Lawrence High School during the early 1990s. But now they share something new in common with the phenom from Clinton — the title of state champion. Irving and …

New Hampshire beats UMaine men in regular-season finale

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:35 p.m.
DURHAM, New Hampshire — The University of Maine men’s basketball team dropped their regular season finale to conference rival New Hampshire 65-56. Matt Miller led the Wildcats with 24 points on the day, the Senior who already leads America East in three point percentage made 6-of-8 from behind the arc …
Washburn fans cheer on their girls team to a 60-54 victory over Rangeley on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Worcester scores record 37 points to lead Washburn past Rangeley for ‘D’ title

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:33 p.m.
BANGOR | Washburn High School senior guard Mackenzie Worcester didn’t expect to reach the 2,000-point plateau for her career because she thought she entered Saturday’s State Class D championship game against Rangeley needing “40 or 50 points.” But her father, Larry, informed her Saturday morning that she was just …

Forest Hills-Fort Fairfield boys summary

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 6:30 p.m.
FOREST HILLS 51, FORT FAIRFIELD 45 Forest Hills (22-0) 51 D. Daigle 0-2 2-2 2, Petrin 8-12 0-0 16, Ouellette 3-9 2-4 8, Turner 3-10 3-4 11, T. Daigle 5-8 4-6 14, Moffitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 11-16 51 Fort Fairfield (18-5) 45 Theriault 4-8 0-0 8, Daigle 0-4 …
Fort Fairfield's Johnny Theriault (2) drives inside past the defense of  Dawson Daigle (3) of Forest Hills during the Class D state championship Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Seniors spearhead Forest Hills past Fort Fairfield for ‘D’ boys title

By Pete Warner on Feb. 28, 2015, at 5:31 p.m.
BANGOR | Forest Hills High School hadn’t had a legitimately tight game all season. Their average halftime lead was 27 points and the closest contest was a 14-point win over Hyde in the Western Maine final. That meant the starters seldom played anywhere near 32 minutes. On Saturday afternoon, …

Former NBA player Anthony Mason dead at 48

By Reuters on Feb. 28, 2015, at 10:14 a.m.
Anthony Mason, a former player with the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks, has died at the age of 48, the team said Saturday. The 13-year NBA veteran had severe heart problems, his son, Anthony Mason Jr., said in a statement quoted on the Knicks’ website. “As you all would …

Cape Elizabeth, Medomak Valley basketball summary

on Feb. 27, 2015, at 11:06 p.m.
BOYS Class B Cape Elizabeth 44, Medomak Valley 42 Medomak Valley (19-3) 42 Vail, Beck 2-0-5, Williamson 2-5-9, Spear 1-0-2, Starr, DePatsy 6-1-14, McMurrin, Allaire 5-2-12, Cole. Totals: 16-8 42. Cape Elizabeth (19-3) 44 O’Rourke 4-0-11, Murphy 5-2-13, Hewitt 0-2-2, Guerette 2-0-4, Bowe 3-0-7, Galvin 2-0-4, Bottomley 1-0-3, Donnelly. Totals: …
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