Pete Warner


Run emphasis, more imagination would bolster UMaine’s offensive success

on Sept. 27, 2012, at 8:06 p.m.
Through the first three games of the 2012, the University of Maine football team still appears to be in a bit of a feeling-out period with new starting quarterback Marcus Wasilewski. Toward that end, there are a couple of ways the Black Bears coaching staff might be able to take …

Setting the record straight on UMaine football

on Sept. 19, 2012, at 1:55 p.m.
Sports fans in Maine are fortunate to have plenty of teams to watch in various different sports. Statewide, there a high school and small-college teams playing — usually accessible by a short drive. The folks in southern Maine are blessed with three professional teams. They include the Portland Pirates of …

UMaine basketball clinic provides rare chance to learn from all-time greats

on Sept. 14, 2012, at 5:40 p.m.
I am not a basketball coach — and I don’t play one for the BDN. If I was interested in learning the game from some of the most accomplished coaches in its history, I would be spending most of Sunday in Orono. The University of Maine will host some college …

Top moment in UMaine football’s 999-game history a ‘no-brainer’

on Sept. 06, 2012, at 10:49 p.m.
Saturday’s game at Boston College is a milestone for the University of Maine football program. The Black Bears’ contest against the Eagles of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Bowl Championship Subdivision, is No. 1,000 in program history. UMaine athletics this week counted down what it recognizes as the top …

UMaine athletics an important investment for campus, community, state

on Aug. 29, 2012, at 1:41 p.m.
Those who read last week’s BDN story about the finances of the University of Maine athletic department probably had mixed reactions. Yes, $16.5 million seems like a lot of money to run a department of 400 student-athletes and 90 coaches, administrators and staff. Yet when compared to the overall UMaine …

UMaine’s Ferguson addresses football team, eyes better fan experience

on Aug. 17, 2012, at 8:30 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — One might expect a college president to take a few minutes to address his school’s football team after a championship victory. On Friday afternoon, University of Maine President Paul Ferguson instead made a preseason appearance at Alfond Stadium. With the Black Bears poised to pose for photographs …

Addition of Albany, Stony Brook helps solidify UMaine’s presence in CAA football lineup

on Aug. 13, 2012, at 8:04 p.m.
It seems fitting the Colonial Athletic Association Football Conference has again looked northward to help solidify its ranks. The recently announced additions of Stony Brook and the University at Albany for 2013 speaks volumes about the quality of football being played in the Northeast. It also seems to indicate those …

CAA football likely to expand soon — with more Northeast schools

on Aug. 01, 2012, at 12:44 p.m.
With training camps set to open in less than two weeks, the silence is deafening in the Colonial Athletic Association football ranks. Despite the impending departures of Old Dominion and Georgia State to the Bowl Championship Subdivision ranks and Rhode Island’s switch to the Northeast Conference in 2013, there may …

Football enjoys continued growth with positive influences on college campuses

on July 11, 2012, at 1:01 p.m.
Football is alive and well in the United States. The trend can be seen on a small scale in the continued growth at the high school level in Maine, but it has been even more dramatic at the college level. Critics of the high cost of collegiate athletics invariably target …
Pete Warner

America East postseason ban of Boston University unfortunate, but warranted

By Pete Warner on July 04, 2012, at 6:59 p.m.
Boston University’s athletic program has been the class of the America East Conference in recent years. Seven consecutive times, the Terriers have earned the Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner’s Cup, which is awarded to the the most successful program based on the number of sports sponsored, winning percentage and postseason achievements. …

America East’s postseason ban of Boston U. teams unfortunate, but warranted

on July 04, 2012, at 4:21 p.m.
Boston University’s athletic program has been the class of the America East Conference in recent years. Seven consecutive times, the Terriers have earned the Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner’s Cup, which is awarded to the the most successful program based on the number of sports sponsored, winning percentage and postseason achievements. …

Riley Masters takes first step on long, difficult road to future spot on U.S. Olympic team

on June 29, 2012, at 7:13 p.m.
Earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic track and field team is an incredible accomplishment. That fact was brought home Thursday night as I watched the finals of the men’s 5,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Wash. The race included a strong effort by former Greely High …

Stony Brook’s storybook season provides inspiration for Northeast baseball

on June 10, 2012, at 11:15 p.m.
From 1976-1986, the University of Maine baseball team made six trips to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. During the next 13 years, as the NCAA continued to alter the Regional pairings and the format that determined the CWS field, the Black Bears program slowly faded back into college …

Barron’s aggressive, creative recruiting efforts could revitalize UMaine women’s basketball team quickly

on June 01, 2012, at 8:39 p.m.
The University of Maine women’s basketball team will be virtually unrecognizable next season. That isn’t a bad thing, given the Black Bears’ recent futility in the America East Conference and beyond. Richard Barron wasn’t about to allow the struggles to continue; not if his name is going to be attached …

Playing in Portland provides potential to pump up interest in UMaine athletics

on May 16, 2012, at 2:39 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — While it may only be a two-hour drive from Portland to Orono, there is a much greater gap between the University of Maine athletic department and its fans in the southern part of Maine. That is why events such as Tuesday’s baseball game between the University of …

Pressure is off UMaine baseball team for America East stretch run

on May 09, 2012, at 12:50 p.m.
The University of Maine had visions of hosting the America East Baseball Championship this spring. Instead, the Black Bears will again be packing their bags for Long Island, as Stony Brook University is likely to earn the No. 1 seed and the right to play the tournament at Joe Nathan …

Cosgrove’s UMaine football program producing pros, winners

on May 01, 2012, at 11:10 a.m.
The University of Maine football program again garnered considerable attention during the last several days in conjunction with the annual NFL Draft. UMaine safety Jerron McMillian topped the news when he was selected in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers. He was the 133rd pick overall in the …

Student-athletes demonstrate impressive growth during college years

on April 25, 2012, at 1:14 p.m.
It is incredible the amount of growth one can achieve in four short years. That is especially true of students who head off to college as mere kids at age 17 or 18 and depart campus as productive young adults in their early 20s. Even looking on from the outside, …

Re-emergence of Gibbs key to UMaine baseball fortunes

on April 18, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.
It’s early in the America East baseball season, but the University of Maine appears to be positioning itself to make a strong bid for a second straight conference title. The factor that will determine whether the Black Bears can defend their championship, not surprisingly, is going to be their pitching …

Bangor’s Masters flourishing against top competition for Sooners

on April 11, 2012, at 4:41 p.m.
Riley Masters appears to be taking his running to the next level. Last December, he announced that he was transferring from the University of Maine to University of Oklahoma to continue his running career. The move is already paying dividends for the former Bangor High School star. Last Friday at …