University of Maine's Blanca Millan (right) defends against University of Massachusetts Lowell's Markayla Sherman during their basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in February.

Young UMaine women’s team overachieves; Barron’s health status still uncertain

By Larry Mahoney on March 14, 2017, at 1 a.m.
UMaine’s accomplishments are even more impressive considering that head coach Richard Barron went on medical leave on Jan. 6 and did not return.

Cancer-stricken Narraguagus senior earns McDonald’s Spirit of the Game award

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Chad Perry was honored with the Josh Titus Spirit of the Game Award at Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star banquet last Friday in Bangor.
Craig Jipson (center), pictured during a game in February 2013, has stepped down after 12 seasons coaching the girls basketball team at Edward Little High School in Auburn.

Longtime Edward Little basketball coach steps down

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 13, 2017, at 2:41 p.m.
After 20 years on the sidelines, the last 12 at Edward Little High School, Jipson is ready to enjoy the game from a new perspective.

Celtics hand Bulls fifth straight loss

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on March 12, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.

Maine McDonalds’s all-star game summaries

on March 12, 2017, at 3:56 p.m.
Jackson Mathers (right) of Southern Aroostook and the North team puts up a shot past the South's Dustin Crawford of Carrabec during the Maine McDonald's Senior All-Star Class C-D basketball game in Newman Gym at Husson University in Bangor on Saturday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Boys all-stars show skills, provide thrills in McDonald’s senior games

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 11, 2017, at 5:34 p.m.

South Senior All-Stars sweep McDonald’s girls basketball games

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 11, 2017, at 5:23 p.m.
Raheem Anderson of Husson University in Bangor has been named the ECAC Division III New England Player of the Year.

Gardiner wrestler wins Division III national title

on March 11, 2017, at 5:07 p.m.

Greely’s McDevitt, Gorham’s Esposito named Mr., Miss Basketball

By Ernie Clark on March 10, 2017, at 10:22 p.m.
The University of Maine's Laia Sole drives to the basket past the University of Albany's Tiana-Jo Carter during the America East championship game at SEFCU Arena on Friday in Albany, New York. Albany won 66-50.

Albany overcomes slow start to beat UMaine for sixth straight America East title

By Larry Mahoney on March 10, 2017, at 7:59 p.m.
Husson University's Chandler Guerrette (left) goes up for two past University of Maine at Farmington's Elizabeth Ferry in a December, 2015 game.

Husson senior named ECAC New England player of year

on March 10, 2017, at 4:40 p.m.
Guerrette, a senior guard from Presque Isle, also was named to the ECAC first team.
Coach John Donato, pictured on the sidelines with his Lawrence High School team  in February 2016, has announced that he is retiring from teaching and coaching after 40 seasons in Maine.

Successful Lawrence High School girls basketball coach retires

By Larry Mahoney on March 10, 2017, at 2:19 p.m.
Donato is also stepping down as a science teacher at the Fairfield-based school.

Philly tough: UMaine transfer adjusting nicely to basketball, life in Orono

By Larry Mahoney on March 10, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Sutton credits her aggressive nature to her days playing playground ball in Philadelphia.
Hampden Academy's Jaron Baude (center) goes up for two past Foxcroft Academy's Austin McKenna (left) and Riley Poisson during their unified basketball game at Hampden Academy on Thursday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

‘A great life experience:’ Unified basketball’s true value shines through

By Ernie Clark on March 09, 2017, at 8:42 p.m.
Boston's Kelly Olynyk (41) dunks the ball during Wednesday night's NBA game against Golden State at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Celtics defeated the Warriors 99-86.

Celtics surge past Warriors in fourth quarter

By The Sports Xchange on March 09, 2017, at 3:37 p.m.

On Deck, a sports calendar for March 9, 2017

on March 09, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.
University of New Hampshire's Aliza Simpson (left) reaches to block a shot by University of Maine's Sigi Koizar during a game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in February.

UMaine women’s basketball team faces Albany for spot in NCAA tournament

By Larry Mahoney on March 09, 2017, at 12:42 p.m.
UMaine and Albany met in last year’s America East women’s basketball tournament championship game.
University of Maine associate head coach Amy Vachon yells instructions to her team during their basketball game against University of Maryland Baltimore County at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on March 7. Vachon has led the Black Bears to an 11-6 record and a spot in the America East title game in the absence of head coach Richard Barron, who is on medical leave for an undisclosed illness.

Interim coach builds on Barron’s foundation, guides UMaine women’s basketball team to title game

By Larry Mahoney on March 09, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
Amy Vachon didn’t want to make her collegiate head coaching debut under the circumstances she did.
Cheverus' Brooke McElman (right) blocks a shot from Bangor's Abby Houghton during their Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal game at Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on Feb. 16.

Potential Class AA changes could send Bangor teams to Portland for basketball tourney

By Ernie Clark on March 09, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
Maine’s five-class format for high school basketball recently completed its second year, but momentum is building for changes to the large-school class.
Purdue Boilermakers head coach Sharon Versyp works the bench in the second half during the women's Big Ten Conference Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Purdue won 71-60.

Cancer diagnosis not slowing former UMaine women’s basketball coach

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 08, 2017, at 2:28 p.m.
Versyp has continued to direct Purdue’s fortunes despite dealing with breast cancer.