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Success, consistency mark Winslow football coach's 30-year tenure amid changing times

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 by Tom Nolette

The Black Raiders beat Leavitt of Turner Center 62-14 in the Class C state championship in Orono on Friday night, a third-straight trip to the title game that can be attributed in large part to one of the links between past and present, Winslow head coach Mike Siviski. “I don’t know if you can put a finger on it, but there is a tradition that does exist and there’s an attitude that goes with it, and our players have picked up on the attitude,” said Siviski, a 1965 Winslow High School graduate, now in his 30th year as head coach at his alma mater...

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Commitment, accountability give MCI football team a chance at first state football title since 1974

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 by Tom Nolette

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The Maine Central Institute football team will make its second visit to state championship game activities at Portland’s Fitzpatrick Stadium in three years Saturday. This trip will match the undefeated Huskies against defending state champion Oak Hill of Wales for the Class D state title beginning at 2:36 p.m. The previous trip two years ago? Consider it a reconnaissance mission for a young team determined not only to put a winless 2012 campaign behind it, but to reverse that futility entirely...

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That brotherhood aspect': Former Bangor High players have key roles in Husson football success

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 by Tom Nolette

BANGOR, Maine —- Husson University football players Joe Seccareccia, Josiah Hartley, Ellis Throckmorton and Seth Freudenberger began their careers in the Bangor Youth Football program. “I think it was fourth or fifth grade,” recalled Seccareccia, the Eagles’ starting quarterback. “I actually played soccer up until then. My dad signed me up to play football halfway through the season. I played on the Huskers with Ellis...

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Huskies' Baseball to Host Holiday Clinic With Ryan Flaherty of the Baltimore Orioles

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Huskies’ baseball team and coaching staff will be hosting a Holiday Baseball Clinic on Sunday, December 28 for baseball players in grades 3-12. In addition to instruction from Huskies’ head coach Ed Flaherty and staff and the 2015 University of Southern Maine Huskies’ baseball team, the clinic will also feature instruction from Ryan Flaherty of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles...

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Marshwood's Rotsko has earned his stripes

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

“It’s funny,” said Caverly. “A couple of coaches came up to me and said, ‘You’re the most popular man in western Mass. You got Coach Rotsko to leave so now we have a chance to win.’” Like he did at Longmeadow, where he won 11 Super Bowl titles and went 184-39, Rotsko has done little but win since taking over the Marshwood team prior to the 2012 season. His squads have gone 29-5 and, on Saturday, will try to win the program’s first state championship since 1989 when...

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Raiders' family extends beyond football field

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

WALES — Camaraderie has been a point of emphasis for the Oak Hill football team this season. Whether it’s their motto of “one heartbeat” or their unselfish praise of teammates, the Raiders are a family — in more ways than one. “We all say we’re a family and most of us really are a family,” senior Adam Merrill, who has kicked his fair share of clutch extra points this postseason, said...

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MCI, Oak Hill vie for state championship Saturday

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Both Doucette and Bertrand said they are going to adapt to what the other team does, and they simply hope to put their players in the best positions to succeed. “We try to be pretty balanced,” Bertrand said. “We’ve run the ball quite a bit here but certainly we can throw the football. “One of the things that we do is see what the defense is giving us. We don’t have to try to force the issue.” While the Huskies want to stay balanced, the passing game could prove to be an edge for MCI...

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Winslow seeks redemption against Leavitt

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

This is the third consecutive state championship game for Winslow, which was Class C runner-up each of the last two seasons. Leavitt is in the state final for the fifth time in six years. The Hornets went to three consecutive Class B championship games from 2009-2011, winning the Gold Ball in 2009. While Winslow (10-0) was the favorite in Eastern C entering the season, Leavitt (10-1) was expected to have a rebuilding year. The Hornets lost a huge senior class to graduation...

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Eric Hathaway a two-way force for MCI football

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

The 5-foot-11, 225 pound Hathaway is a force on both sides of the ball for the Huskies. As a running back, he’s a verrsatile north-south runner who is tough to bring down. As the nose guard in the middle of MCI’s defensive line, he’s an agent of chaos. “I’m worried about just blowing the center off the ball and then drawing a double team so that my backers, and everybody else, is free to make the plays,” Hathaway said...

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UMaine senior forward relies on speed, grit on the ice

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Leen is a senior forward for the Maine hockey team, and he’s still being sent onto the ice with bigger people – without the fear these days. At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, the native of Chester, New York, relies on his speed and grit to battle with hulking opponents. He is second on the team with 32 shots on goal and will be at it again Friday night at Boston University and Saturday at Boston College. “I really look up to him,” said sophomore center Cam Brown...

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Offensive linemen finally getting their due in high school state finals

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Offensive line play is important throughout the season, but it’s magnified when state championships are on the line. “It doesn’t matter how good your skill players are,” said Thornton Academy Coach Kevin Kezal. “If the line doesn’t open the holes, the running backs aren’t going anywhere.” Windham Coach Matt Perkins calls the offensive line “the lifeblood of the team.” Dan Cooper, the Brunswick coach, calls the line “critical to the success of the team.” Here’s another term that comes to mind: unsung. “They don’t have a lot of tangible statistics like quarterbacks, running backs and receivers,” Kezal said. “Offensive linemen don’t hear their names announced.” Well, that’s about to change...

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Leavitt Path to the Championship: Big plays, both ways, hallmark of season

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Game 1: Cape Elizabeth 35, Leavitt 34, OT . In perhaps the wildest game of the Maine high school season, Leavitt took a 28-21 lead on Levi Craig’s second touchdown pass of the night to Gabe Seeley and a two-point conversion rush by Julian Kirouac with 17 seconds remaining. The ensuing kickoff left Cape with enough time to take at least one shot at the end zone, and one was all the Capers needed. Noah Wolfinger’s 61-yard bomb to Ben Ekedahl and Ekedahl’s ensuing extra point sent the game to OT. Wolfinger hit Justin Guerette and...

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Class C Football Championship Preview: 'Getting to know you' not necessary

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

It’s the second consecutive meeting with a Gold Ball in the balance for two powerhouse programs. Leavitt ripped open a close game in the fourth quarter and celebrated a 47-18 victory in Portland one year ago. “We know they’re seeking vengeance,” Leavitt junior receiver and defensive back Max Green said. “They want some blood after the state game last year. We know they’re going to come in with the mindset of let’s go out there and execute and kick Leavitt’s (butt), and we’re going to try say no and execute too.” ...

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Class D Football Championship Preview: MCI, Oak Hill different, but same

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

MCI (10-0) and Oak Hill (10-1) kick off at 2:36 p.m. as two teams that look a lot alike. Or do they? Certainly there are common denominators. Both teams have a two-headed, juggernaut backfield that has overcome season-threatening injury. Each side has a defense that grew tougher as the calendar page flipped into October, and again into November. Raiders coach Stacen Doucette isn’t seeing it. “I think they’re nothing like us. They’re a very physical team. They grind it out, kind of like an old-school team where we’re going to run right at you and you try to stop us,” Doucette said. “We can do that a little bit, but I think they’re a very old-school team. They’re well-coached and well-drilled...

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Dreams born on Sugarloaf reach the mountains of Japan for Seth Wescott

Sport: Skiing  Message Board

Posted: November 21st, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Carrabassett Valley’s own two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Seth Wescott has pretty much done it all in his roughly 25-year career. From Sugarloaf to Torino to Vancouver and back again, Wescott has been around the world and is still chasing new opportunities and new tracks of powder for the sport to which he has dedicated his life. This Friday the newest film from adventure cinematographer Warren Miller is debuting at Portland’s State Theater...

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