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George Stevens Academy’s Taylor Schildroth (left) floats to basket past Bucksport’s Hayden Craig during their Class C North boys championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor last season. Schildroth is a top player to watch for the upcoming season.

North boys basketball: 10 players to watch

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 09, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Here are 10 North regional boys basketball players to watch this winter.
University of Maine's Ryan Bernstein (right) cuts the ball around Central Connecticut State University's Tyson Batiste during their basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Nov. 30, 2016.

Lineup moves boost intensity for UMaine men’s basketball team

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 09, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
For University of Maine men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh, the allotment of starting berths and minutes remain a work in progress as the Black Bears prepare for Saturday’s game at Dartmouth.
University of Maine's Sigi Koizar (from left), Fanny Wadling and Tanesha Sutton battle to gain control of a loose ball from Northeastern during their basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Wednesday.

UMaine basketball teams battle Dartmouth on Saturday

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
The Lady Black Bears played exceptional defense in their 69-49 win over Northeastern on Wednesday and will need to continue to do so against Dartmouth.
Class AA North Boys Basketball
Bangor’s George Payne (right) takes the ball to the basket while guarded by Oxford Hills’ Trevor Goodrich during a game last season. Payne is a senior guard for the Rams this season.

Depth an asset for Bangor boys basketball team

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 09, 2016, at 12 p.m.
The Bangor High School varsity squad is back with what may be a deeper, more experienced roster.
Class AA North Girls Basketball
Bangor’s Katie Butler goes up for two against Edward Little during a game at Red Barry Gym in Bangor last season. Butler, who is a senior this season, was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last year.

Class AA North girls division expected to be wide open

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 09, 2016, at 12 p.m.
“There aren’t any favorites,” said Bangor coach Joe Johnson. “It will come down to who plays better that night.
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Living in the golden age

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 7:07 a.m.
FOOD AND FITNESS FOR THE REST OF US

Holiday Survival Guide Part 2 — Busy, Busy, Busy . . .

on Dec. 09, 2016, at 7 a.m.

Avalanche continue to dominate Bruins in Boston

By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:38 p.m.
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Bob Ryan On Larry Bird’s 60th Birthday

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.

TV, radio sports schedule for Dec. 9, 2016

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 5:36 p.m.
Darla Morales (right), 21, and her boyfriend, Alonzo McCain, 22, who both play basketball at Husson University, talk about moving from California to study and play at the same college in Maine on Tuesday in Bangor.

California couple’s cross-country adventure produces basketball bliss in Bangor

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 08, 2016, at 3:22 p.m.
“My plan was to go somewhere where we both could play,” said Alonzo McCain. “Darla wanted to stick together, and I was all for it as well, so wherever we ended up, we were going to do it together.”
The lifts are pictured running at Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill on Friday, Dec. 2. Travis Kearney, general manager of Big Rock, said late Friday afternoon that the facility is preparing to open on Dec. 10, which is one week earlier than planned. “All of the trails are covered in natural snow this year, which is the first time that this has happened in years.”

Bigrock Mountain to feature natural snow on all ski trails for first time in years

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:35 a.m.
Mother nature dropped 22 inches of snow on northern Maine during the first week of December.
Emma Waddell, March 4, 2014

Husson swimmer sets record at GNAC championships

By Robby MacDonald on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:26 a.m.
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) holds the ball as Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) defends during the second quarter at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Bradley helps Celtics run away from Magic

By Tim Povtak, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) checks Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-3 in overtime.

Backstrom’s overtime goal ends Boston’s comeback

By Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
Ellsworth High School girl's softball pitcher Megan Hunt (19) delivers a pitch in the fourth inning of their game against Camden Hills in Ellsworth, June 5, 2012. Head coach Roberts resigned his position so he can work with Ellsworth pitchers, as well as those from other communities, outside the spring season.

Ellsworth softball coach resigns to better prepare Eagles pitchers

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
Softball coach Rick Roberts resigned his position so he can work with Ellsworth pitchers, as well as those from other communities, outside the spring season.
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MDI’s Tardy, Orono’s Lopez-Anido in Milesplit national rankings

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.
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The kid’s alright: David Pastrnak

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:07 a.m.

UMaine men’s hockey team set to host AIC

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:07 a.m.
The Black Bears are in desperate need of wins and the Yellow Jackets of first-year coach Eric Lang can’t be taken lightly.

Bradley helps Celtics run away from Magic

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:01 a.m.
Avery Bradley scored 23 points in leading the Boston Celtics to a 117-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at the Amway Center.