High School Sports

Hermon's Breanne Oakes pitches during Thursday's softball game against Old Town at Old Town. The Hawks won 7-4.
Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Hermon rallies in eighth inning for win over Old Town

By Larry Mahoney on April 27, 2017, at 9:51 p.m.
Longtime Bangor High School assistant coach Joe Nelson (left), pictured on the bench alongside boys basketball coach Roger Reed in 2011, has been hired as the head coach of the Rams’ girls basketball program.

‘A perfect fit:’ Longtime assistant named Bangor girls basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on April 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Joe Nelson has been an active part of the Bangor High School athletic scene since playing sports for the Rams during the mid- and late-1980s.
Bangor High School pitcher Trevor DeLaite adjusts the ball for a pitch during practice Thursday in Red Barry Gym in Bangor.

High school baseball coaches adapting to new pitch limits

By Ernie Clark on April 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine high school baseball officials spent much of 2016 working to comply with a national mandate to develop pitch limits. Implementation time has arrived.
Bangor senior Peter Kemble pitched a five-hit shutout on Monday in the Rams' 1-0 high school baseball victory over Brewer at Mansfield Stadium Monday. 
Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN

Kemble, Bangor outlast Brewer in pitchers’ duel

By Ernie Clark on April 24, 2017, at 8:21 p.m.
The University of Maine-bound right-hander threw a five-hit shutout as the three-time defending state champions edged their cross-river rivals 1-0 in a one-hour, 20-minute pitchers’ duel at Mansfield Stadium.

Freshman pitches Bangor softball team past Brewer

By Larry Mahoney on April 24, 2017, at 8:01 p.m.
Mattanawcook Academy's Cameron Fournier throws to first to try to get a Katahdin player out during their baseball scrimmage at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Tuesday. Three years ago Fournier was involved in a shop class accident, severing several fingers on his left hand.

Nearly 3 years after saw accident, senior pitcher returns to the mound

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Cameron Fournier had not seen game action in nearly three years, after having his left (non-throwing) ring finger severed and his pinky finger and thumb damaged in a table saw accident in a woodworking class.
Bangor's George Payne (right) celebrates with teammate Tyler Parks after scoring a run against Lewiston during their baseball game at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Friday.

Bangor baseball team holds off Lewiston in season opener

By Ernie Clark on April 21, 2017, at 8:03 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team battled through raw, damp conditions and a pesky challenge from Lewiston to open its season with a 7-5 victory.

Friday’s Bangor-Lewiston softball summary

on April 21, 2017, at 6:01 p.m.

Bangor softball team thumps Lewiston

By Larry Mahoney on April 21, 2017, at 5:27 p.m.
The game was shortened by the 12-run mercy rule.
Cheerleaders perform a routine during the 27th Maine Lobster Bowl Classic held at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford in July 2016. The 2017 game has been moved to Thornton Academy in Saco because the bleachers at Waterhouse Field have been condemned.

Shrine Lobster Bowl to be played at Thornton Academy

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
The 28th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic will return to the site of the event’s debut when it is played this summer at Hill Stadium on the campus of Thornton Academy in Saco.

Wednesday’s Brewer-Edward Little softball summary

on April 20, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
Edward Little's Taylor Depot (right) celebrates after getting Brewer's Jordan Goodrich out at second for the triple play during their softball game at Coffin Field in Brewer Wednesday.

Rare triple play helps Edward Little softball team beat Brewer

By Larry Mahoney on April 19, 2017, at 5:40 p.m.
Edward Little and Brewer wound up combining for 23 hits but it was two defensive gems by Red Eddies junior right fielder Maddie Thistlewaite that played huge roles in their 11-6 triumph.
Juniors Emily Lord (left) of Brewer and Lindy Bezgembluk of Bangor are expected to be key players for their respective teams during the 2017 high school softball season.

Bangor, Brewer softball teams relying on new pitchers

By Larry Mahoney on April 18, 2017, at 6:47 p.m.
“Over the first half of the season, we will use them in a rotation like baseball. That will help keep their arms fresh. Then we’ll see who rises to No. 1 at the end of the season.”
Old Town High School's Ethan Stoddard slides to the home plate as Orono High School's Connor McCluskey waits for the late throw during the game in Orono Monday.

Old Town opens baseball title defense by beating Orono

By Ernie Clark on April 17, 2017, at 5:46 p.m.
Three pitchers backed by errorless defense combined to throw a four-hit shutout and eight different batters contributed to a 15-hit offense as Old Town scored a 13-0 victory over Orono.
George Stevens Academy's Beckett Slayton pitches to Houlton.

Veteran George Stevens baseball squad remains top threat

By Ernie Clark on April 14, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
“They’re good, solid athletes who like to compete and win. Who doesn’t like to win? They’re a confident bunch but they know it’s a different game and they know we have some tough opponents out there so nothing’s a given.”

UMaine women’s basketball team lands junior college transfer

By Larry Mahoney on April 14, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
Ashlyn McDonald, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, played for Highland Community College in Kansas last season and averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes of playing time.
George Stevens Academy running star John  Hassett (center) signed a National Letter of Intent to run at the University of Maine on Wednesday. Flanking Hassett is his father, David, and GSA track and cross country coach Erich Reed.

George Stevens Academy running standout signs with UMaine

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 13, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
“My senior year of cross country was when I really realized I wanted to go to the University of Maine,” said Hassett.
Old Town celebrates after defeating Hermon during their Class B North championship baseball game in June 2016 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.

Veteran Old Town baseball team eyes championship repeat

By Ernie Clark on April 13, 2017, at 8:11 a.m.
The current crop of baseball-playing seniors at Old Town High School has won 36 of 38 games at the high school level during the last two seasons and last spring captured the Coyotes’ first regional title in the sport since 1993.
The newest team on the Maine lacrosse scene this year is a cooperative venture between Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Nokomis Regional High School of Newport. It will be the northernmost of the state.

This Maine high school sport continues northward expansion

By Ernie Clark on April 11, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
“I think schools are now starting to realize what a great sport lacrosse is and how popular it is.”
Ted Heroux

Legendary Belfast High wrestling coach dies at 74

By Ernie Clark on April 10, 2017, at 3:25 p.m.
Ted Heroux, who guided the Lions to a state-record 602 victories along with eight state championships during a 45-year career, died Saturday.