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Wahlstrom opts out of verbal commitment to UMaine

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: July 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Oliver Wahlstrom has decommitted from University of Maine men’s ice hockey team according to Providence Journal writer Mark Divver.

 

It appeared that Wahlstrom would follow in his father’s footsteps after he made news in January 2014 that he had committed to the Black Bears as a 13-year-old. It was believed he was the first 2000-born college hockey recruit, making him the youngest player to commit to an NCAA Division I college.

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A changing reality for the Senior League World Series

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

After watching the recent blind draw for this year’s Senior League World Series, I was tempted to invite Nick Cowperthwaite and Jesse Colford to join me for the rest of the day at Hollywood Casino.

 

The two Bangor Senior League baseball players, representing Maine District 3, had been just that good at alternately picking baseballs out of a golden bin to place teams in the two brackets that comprise the modified double-elimination format to be used for the SLWS for the first time this year.

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Maine Majestix sending central Maine players, teams to Pennsylvania

Sport: Field Hockey  Message Board

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Months and months of practice dating back to the raw, damp days of autumn paid off over a couple of warm weekends in early June for the Maine Majestix field hockey club. For the first time, both its under-16 and U19 teams qualified for the National Club Championship next month.

 

The Waterville-based teams —with players from Cony, Lawrence, Messalonskee, Mt. Blue, Skowhegan, Winslow and Winthrop — both reached the championship game in their respective tournaments. The top two teams from the New England/New York region earned automatic bids to nationals.

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Changes needed. At the old ball game

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 2nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

It’s easier to get boys out to a skate park than a ballpark these days. For that matter, it’s easier to get them to go to a state park, national park, dog park, amusement park, water park, animal park, marine park and Jurassic Park before they will set foot on a baseball field with a ball, bat and glove in hand.

 

This isn’t going to be a eulogy for baseball because, despite what you’ve heard for the last 20 years or so, baseball isn’t dead. It isn’t even on life support. But it is getting knocked on its keister by a brushback pitch from whatever we’re calling the generation that has the rotten luck of calling my generation Dad.

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Maine Baseball Report: Greenberg, defense shine in victory

Sport: Baseball

Posted: July 1st, 2015 by Matt Boutwell

SANFORD, Maine – The Sanford Mainers (8-9) outlasted the perennial NECBL power Newport Gulls (11-7) in a pitching duel with Mainers starterBen Greenberg (Fordham University)  tossing six scoreless innings against the league’s top offensive unit in a 1-0 win Tuesday night at Goodall Park. 

 

In part of big defensive plays for the Mainers and Greenberg’s (1-2) six scoreless innings of two-hit baseball with five strikeouts, the Moose were able to cling to the 1-0 victory in a 2014 NECBL Championship rematch.

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College: York football star will tackle rugby in the fall at Maine-Farmington

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: July 1st, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Randy Small has coached hundreds of kids in his 19 years at the helm of the York High School football program.

 

Some kids he remembers more than others, while there are some that, when he hears their name, a wide smile goes across this face.

 

Jack Neary is one of those former players — a player who still, even though he graduated earlier this month, is a role model for the younger players in the York football system.

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Post 188 bats go suddenly silent

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 1st, 2015 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — In June, the shift from spring to summer can be subtle, not defined by a day on the calendar as much as a state of mind.

 

For the Eliot Post 188 baseball team, that line of demarcation has been a little more stark. A team that hit all spring is not hitting now.

 

Made up of many of the players who led Marshwood High School to title contention in Western Maine Class A, Post 188 was held to just four hits Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to Saco-Biddeford Savings on the final day of the month.

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Stearns seeks third head football coach in as many years

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: July 1st, 2015 by Tom Nolette

MILLINOCKET, Maine — Stearns High School is scrambling to line up a new head football coach for the second straight summer.

 

John Jamo, the program’s longtime assistant coach who ascended to the Minutemen’s head position last summer, tendered his resignation June 1 citing personal reasons.

 

Jamo had replaced Chris Preble, whose 13-year tenure as head coach ended last Aug. 12 when he was named assistant principal and health teacher at Winslow Junior High School.

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State's high school softball players relish opportunities to compete in ASA

Sport: Softball  Message Board

Posted: July 1st, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Watching good pitchers compete on other teams in an Amateur Softball Association tourney a few summers ago in Maryland served as a motivating factor for Bangor High School softball player Emily Reilly.

 

“It made me want to work harder as a pitcher. I saw how hard they threw and how much spin they put on the ball and I wanted to be like that.

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Rogers Post suffers first defeat in shutout to Augusta

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: June 30th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUBURN — The pitching and the defense were there for Rogers Post on Monday at Auburn Suburban.

 

The offense was not.

 

Rogers Post couldn't solve Augusta pitcher Thomas Foster in a 1-0 loss to the visiting Elks in an American Legion Zone 2 contest. Rogers Post strung together five hits, but stranded eight base runners.

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LEGION NOTEBOOK: Zone 2 team Andy Valley forfeits rest of season

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: June 30th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

GARDINER — Franklin County of Farmington and Gardiner squared off at Gardiner Area High School on Monday night in a reunion of old Zone 2 teams.

 

Each team went into the game having won two of its first three games, but Franklin County already had an extra win in hand before the first pitch was even thrown. That’s because a team in the new Zone 2 has already called it a season due to lack of players.

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Ted Hart commits to Yale

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: June 30th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

LEWISTON – Yale was Ted Hart’s school of choice to further his academic and hockey career.

 

That opportunity opened up earlier this year for the Cumberland native when he decided not to attend Providence College in which he committed in January of 2014.

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North Yarmouth native Ben True places second twice at US track championships

Sport: Track And Field  Message Board

Posted: June 30th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Ben True not only qualified for the 15th IAAF world track and field championships over the weekend, he gave himself some options.

 

The 29-year-old North Yarmouth native and former Greely High School standout, who trains out of Hanover, New Hampshire, finished second in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races at the USATF Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon.

 

Those results set True up to compete in the world championships slated for Aug. 22-30 in Beijing, China.

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Ten Tips to Survive a Track Meet

Sport: Track And Field  Message Board

Posted: June 30th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

School is finally out. Summer has officially flowered. And for hundreds of area youth track season has begun. What this means to parents are long hours in the hot sun (or freezing rain) in order to watch a few minutes of their child’s event. Listed below are a few tips on how to survive and even flourish during these hours.

 

1. Prepare for a long stay. Track meets can last up to five or six hours so pack a cooler full of cold packs, water and healthy snacks like fruits, nuts and even cheese puffs. Concessions are generally available but do you really want your kid running a 1600 after wolfing down two slices of questionable cheese pizza or clean up the aftermath? Also, pack a bag with books, toy cars, a soccer ball, whatever will help keep your participant entertained between events…which can be a long time.

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Track and field: True finishes second in 5,000 at U.S. championships

Sport: Track And Field  Message Board

Posted: June 29th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Ben True was already assured of a trip to the track and field world championships after his second-place finish Thursday in the 10,000 meters at the U.S. championships in Eugene, Oregon, but he’s made it clear all along his preferred race is the 5,000.

 

Now, after another runner-up finish Sunday in the 5,000, the North Yarmouth native may soon have to choose which event to run at the world championships later this summer in Beijing.

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