Youth Sports

Medomak's Hannah Marks (center) floats a shot in past Hermon during their Eastern Maine Class B tournament quarterfinal basketball game Friday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Experience, balance help Hermon girls to upset Medomak Valley

By Pete Warner on Feb. 13, 2015, at 8:20 p.m.
BANGOR | Hermon had the chance Tuesday night to work out any postseason nervousness with a preliminary game win over John Bapst at the Cross Insurance Center. That helps explain why coach Amanda Gifford’s Hawks appeared so comfortable during Friday night’s Eastern Maine Class B basketball quarterfinal on the …
Bangor High School basketball standout Mary Butler said she feels the relationship between her team and its opponents is “respectful.”

Sportsmanship remains strong value on the high school basketball court

By Ernie Clark and Larry Mahoney on Feb. 07, 2015, at 5:57 a.m.
Just a few days remain until the high point of the annual high school basketball season — tournament time. Players have been battling since the start of preseason practices in late November for the opportunity to realize a championship dream, all played out before thousands of spectators in the state’s …
Calais coach Dana Redding in this 2013 BDN file photo taken at the Bangor Auditorium.

Witnesses: Calais girls basketball teammates exchanged obscenities, one pushed coach during game

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 01, 2015, at 9:05 a.m.
An altercation between two Calais High School girls basketball players during a recent game is believed to have sparked a controversy that prompted the superintendent of schools to tender his resignation, after the school board reduced his disciplinary action against the players. Two persons who attended the …

Old Town boys basketball team pulls off close victory against rival Orono

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 29, 2015, at 9:52 p.m.
Orono’s young guns tried to spoil Old Town’s Senior Night boys basketball celebration at MacKenzie Gymnasium on Thursday evening. But Adam Richardson wouldn’t let it happen. The 6-foot-3-inch senior forward scored 23 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots as the defending Class B state …

Orono High School boys basketball team awarded forfeit win over Mattanawcook Academy

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 29, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
The Orono High School boys basketball team has been awarded a forfeit victory over Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln by the Eastern Maine B-C-D Basketball Committee, Maine Principals’ Association executive director Dick Durost said Thursday. The game was scheduled to be played Monday night but was originally postponed in the aftermath …

Machias volleyball coach not deterred by ‘challenges’ of slim roster

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 29, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
One of a coach’s toughest decisions often comes long before a team begins playing games. Kelly Woodward hasn’t had to deal with the issue of cutting players from the Machias Memorial High School volleyball team in recent years, but the veteran head coach has made the most …
George Stevens Academy's Kelsey Allen shoots over Lee Academy's Devin Peters and Lewis Wang during an Eastern Maine Class C tourney game last February. Allen has helped lead GSA to 11 straight wins this season.

George Stevens Academy boys basketball surge fueled by balanced lineup, improved defense

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 28, 2015, at 4:32 p.m.
The depth of quality teams within the Eastern Maine Class C boys basketball tournament field can’t be understated with tournament time a little more than two weeks away. Perennial contender Calais and defending state champion Houlton hover at the top of the standings, while Central of Corinth, Piscataquis of Guilford …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 15, 2015

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 8:01 p.m.
BASEBALL GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team and coaching staff, led by Ed Flaherty, will hold its 25th annual Winter Clinic 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Feb. 22, and its Advanced Clinic 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Costello Sports Complex Fieldhouse. The Winter …
Hampden Academy's Nick Gilpin (second from right) shoots past Brewer's Kobe Rogerson (right) during their basketball game at Hampden on Thursday.

Hampden avenges season-opening loss by beating Brewer 84-47

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 08, 2015, at 10:02 p.m.
The Hampden Academy boys basketball team had run off eight consecutive victories since a season-opening loss at Brewer. So combine the revenge factor with the determination to speed up its game to address a underwhelming offensive effort through the first half of the schedule, and perhaps it’s …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Jan. 8, 2015

on Jan. 08, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
BASEBALL ORONO — The University of Maine’s Senior and Junior Winter Baseball Clinics will be held Saturdays through Feb 8. Please visit for more information or contact Nick Derba at 581-1097 or GORHAM — The University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team and coaching staff, led by Ed …

Bangor High School hockey team to strengthen offense, scoring

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 06, 2015, at 4:34 p.m.
The Bangor High School hockey team, Eastern Maine Class A finalists a year ago, are off to a 5-2 start with its only losses coming at the hands of defending two-time state champ Falmouth and St. Dominic of Auburn, the Eastern A titlist. Falmouth is currently 8-0 and St. Dom’s …

Piscataquis girls basketball team looking to make long tourney run this season

By Larry Mahoney on Jan. 06, 2015, at 4:04 p.m.
There were high expectations for the Piscataquis Community High School girls basketball team this season. The Pirates were coming off two consecutive trips to the Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinals after a 17-year drought. But season-opening losses to Narraguagus of Harrington (53-44) and Stearns High of Millinocket (54-53) left the …

Local sports results for Jan. 1, 2015

on Dec. 31, 2014, at 8:17 p.m.
Today’s games HIGH SCHOOL Girls Basketball Belfast at Maine Central Institute, 6:30 p.m. Buckfield at Vinalhaven, 5:30 p.m. Camden Hills at Nokomis, 1 p.m. Dirigo at Carrabec, 1 p.m. Erskine at Leavitt, 6:30 p.m. Forest Hills at Valley, 5:30 p.m. Fort Kent at Central Aroostook, 5:30 p.m. Foxcroft at John …
Lawrence High School girls basketball coach John Donato in this undated photo.

Lawrence girls basketball coach joins exclusive 500-win club after weekend victory

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 30, 2014, at 5:25 p.m.
John Donato admitted that he hasn’t had much time to reflect on reaching the 500-win plateau as a high school girls basketball coach. The Lawrence High School of Fairfield girls coach said “maybe if I wasn’t coaching, I would have time to reflect on it. But I’ve been so busy …
Bangor's Katie Butler (right) shoots for two past Skowhegan's Cailee Manzer during their basketball game Thursday at Bangor.

Aggressive, tight play help Bangor girls basketball shut down Skowhegan 36-13

By Pete Warner on Dec. 18, 2014, at 9:40 p.m.
Opponents are quick to realize that Bangor High School is a tall basketball team. Yet the Rams don’t sit back in a zone. They go after teams aggressively. Bangor exhibited excellent ball pressure on the perimeter and choked off the middle effectively on Thursday night, setting the …
Bangor's Trey Kenny (left) goes up for two past Lewiston's Quintarian Brown during their basketball game Friday at Bangor.

Bangor Rams edge Lewiston Blue Devils 36-32 in boys basketball season opener

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 05, 2014, at 10:06 p.m.
The basketball artistry may have been lacking at times — certainly not uncommon for the first game of a new schoolboy basketball season. But few could deny the competitive level apparent on Friday night as Bangor outlasted Lewiston 36-32 in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A …

Hampden girls basketball bests Brewer Witches 35-30 in season opener

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 05, 2014, at 9:43 p.m.
BREWER, Maine —- The youthful Hampden Academy girls basketball team, with four freshman starters, squandered a 12-0 lead but rallied from a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Brewer 35-30 in a mutual season-opener at the Brewer High Gym Friday night. Two of the Bronco freshmen, forward Sophie …

Snowstorm wreaking havoc with high school soccer regional championship games

By Larry Mahoney on Nov. 03, 2014, at 6:31 p.m.
The early November snowstorm that dumped 12 to 18 inches of snow on much of Eastern and Northern Maine has created a major headache for athletic directors whose natural grass fields won’t be playable on Wednesday when the regional soccer championship games are supposed to be held. Four of the …
The University of Maine baseball team players and coaches held a free baseball clinic at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor Monday.

UMaine, Husson facilitate free day of fall baseball

on Oct. 13, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
BANGOR | Approximately 80 youngsters from Greater Bangor turned out at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor on Monday to participate in a free youth clinic conducted by coaches and players from the University of Maine and Husson University in Bangor. The players, ages 6 to 13, went through several stations …
Scott Phelps

Scott Phelps remembered as great athlete, positive influence as youth coach

By Larry Mahoney on Oct. 13, 2014, at 5:18 p.m.
Scott Phelps was an outstanding athlete who later positively impacted thousands of lives and was the father of a remarkable family. That was the consensus from people who knew Phelps, who died after an extended illness on Saturday night, six days after his 45th birthday. He is survived by his …
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