High School Sports

Orono High School's Ally Jones makes a catch during a game against Old Town High School in Old Town on Monday afternoon. On the right is Lizzie White.

Old Town softball uses pitching, big 1st inning to beat Orono

By Sam Bonsey, BDN Staff on April 27, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.
Old Town senior pitcher Rachel Martin pitched a three-hit shutout and senior Kayla Madden hit a two-run home run to help the Coyotes cruise by rival Orono 22-0 in five innings Monday in high school softball action. The Coyotes (3-0) batted around in the first inning …

Foxcroft baseball, softball both 3-0 heading into Tuesday’s matchup with unbeaten Old Town teams

on April 27, 2015, at 2:13 p.m.
Despite starting just one senior, the Foxcroft Academy softball team is off to its best start in years and has already provided a season’s worth of drama, walking off with an 8-7 win over visiting Dexter on Thursday and outlasting class B powerhouse Mount Desert Island 13-10 in 11 innings …
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 …
Andrew Hillier of Bangor High School, pictured during a 2014 game, pitched five strong innings and drove in five runs with three hits on Friday as the Rams beat Brewer 14-3 at Husson University in Bangor.

Hillier, Derrah lead Bangor baseball team past Brewer

By Ernie Clark on April 24, 2015, at 4:36 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team secured its first victory of the season earlier this week despite mustering just two hits. It took the Rams just two batters to equal that output Friday afternoon en route to a 14-3 victory over Brewer at Husson University’s Winkin Complex. …

TV, radio schedule for April 24, 2015

on April 23, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400, Practice, 11 a.m., Final Practice, 1 p.m., Qualifying, 5:30 p.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, XFINITY Series: ToyotaCare 250, Qualifying, 3:30 p.m., Race, 7:30 p.m., FS1-TV; WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM), WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio BASEBALL, COLLEGE MAINE at UMBC (double header), …
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 …

New coach to guide young John Bapst baseball team

By Ernie Clark on April 23, 2015, at 11:32 a.m.
BANGOR | The John Bapst baseball team will open its 2015 regular season against defending Eastern Maine Class B champion Caribou Saturday with a youthful roster and a new coach in Jason O’Reilly. O’Reilly, a former catcher at Columbia University who teaches U.S. history at the Bangor school, replaces …

Portland, Deering renew rivalry in softball opener

By Michael Hoffer on April 23, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
Portland and Deering’s softball teams are both hoping for bigger and better things this spring and in Wednesday afternoon’s season opener at Kiley Field, it’s clear that both squads have reason for optimism. The Bulldogs took advantage of early Rams’ mistakes to open up a 7-0 lead …

Falmouth boys win squeaker over Scarborough in lacrosse

By Michael Hoffer on April 23, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
Those who think that opening game results are meaningless had that opinion validated big-time Wednesday evening at the Kippy Mitchell Sports Complex. Host Scarborough, which was stunned by Westbrook on Opening Night, hosted Falmouth, which won its first game by 20 goals. The Yachtsmen were expected by …
Hampden player Cam Scott (12) dives under a high throw to first base as he sidesteps Bangor first baseman Andrew Hillier (5) in the fourth inning of their game at Husson University in Bangor on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Bangor’s pitching leads season-opening win over Hampden

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2015, at 4:49 p.m.
The Bangor High School baseball team had six shutout victories in its last nine games last spring, including an 8-0 stifling of Windham in the Class A state final. That pitching staff had similar success during the American Legion and Junior Legion seasons that followed last summer, …
Sarah Shelton

Ellsworth outside hitter to play volleyball at UNH

By Ernie Clark on April 22, 2015, at 2:53 p.m.
Sarah Shelton never touched a volleyball before she got to high school. But her introduction to the sport was followed by four years on the sport’s fast track, leading to a chance to compete on the NCAA Division I level. Shelton, a 6-foot-1-inch senior outside hitter for …
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 …
Foxcroft Academy boys basketball coach Dave Carey (center) is pictured addressing the team during a game last December. He stepped down after the season and the school has hired former Greenville High coach Tyler Erickson to fill the position.

Erickson named Foxcroft basketball coach

By Ernie Clark on April 20, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
Tyler Erickson was the only one of six siblings in his family not to have attended Foxcroft Academy. But now the Abbot resident and graduate of Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford will get the chance to coach there after being named to lead the Ponies’ boys varsity basketball program. …

Plan to move York football games to Saturday to avoid EEE falls flat

By Herb Perry, The York Weekly on April 20, 2015, at 10:29 a.m.
Concerned about mosquito-borne illnesses, two well-meaning and proactive York school administrators were nevertheless flattened when they suggested moving Friday night football games to Saturday afternoon. The proposal was part of a five-part plan to limit the possibility of contracting Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus. However, …
Brewer athletic director Dave Utterback prepares to drag the infield Thursday at Coffin Field in Brewer. The softball field will be ready for the Witches home opener against Bangor on Friday, April 24, Utterback said.

Maine high school athletic administrators prepare for spring sports season

By Ernie Clark on April 16, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
BANGOR | Steve Vanidestine is no different from any other high school athletic administrator in northern and eastern Maine during early April. “Our whole life is predicated on the weather,” he said Wednesday from his office at Bangor High School. Recent weather trends around the state have left Vanidestine …
 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 …
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 …
Houlton boys basketball coach Robert Moran

Houlton boys basketball coach resigns

By Ernie Clark on April 13, 2015, at 8:51 p.m.
Rob Moran, who guided the Houlton boys basketball team to the 2014 Class C state championship, has resigned as the Shiretowners’ head coach after four seasons. He cited work responsibilities for his decision. Two years ago, Moran was named executive director of Community Living Association, a Houlton-based …
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