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Brooks Law '15 profiles Foxcroft AD Tim Smith and six of the coaches he's hired

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: March 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Foxcroft Academy senior Brooks Law is interested in studying journalism in college next year and has been writing articles for the FA website throughout this year. For this assignment, he wanted to feature Foxcroft Academy Athletic Director Tim Smith and several of the school’s many successful coaches. He chose to focus on the two coaches he’s played for all four years–wrestling coach Luis Ayala and baseball coach Mark Chevalier–and football coach Danny White, track coach Rob Weber, field hockey coach Stephanie Smith, and girls’ basketball coach Blake Smith...

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Brewer High School swim coach receives national award

Sport: Swimming  Message Board

Posted: March 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Brewer High School swimming coach Kathy Cahill received the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches’ Association Outstanding Service Award Saturday evening at the association’s national meeting held at NC State in Greensboro, North Carolina, site of the NCAA Division I national swimming and diving championships. No more than five service awards are …

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UMaine football hires defensive line coach, promotes another

Sport: University Of Maine Football  Message Board

Posted: March 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football program has served as a pipeline for the coaching staff at Old Dominion University in Virginia. This spring, the Black Bears are on the receiving end of a former Monarchs assistant. UMaine head coach Jack Cosgrove on Monday announced the hiring of Corey Hetherman as the defensive line coach. Cosgrove also has promoted defensive assistant Greg Webster to a full-time position as the defensive backs/safeties coach. Hetherman, a Massachusetts native, comes to UMaine after one season as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Pace University. There, he developed the defensive game plan and kick-blocking schemes and handled the recruiting for the defense...

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Year of prep school proving to be beneficial for Hampden's Zach Gilpin

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Zach Gilpin, who helped lead Hampden Academy to three straight Eastern Maine Class A titles and a state crown, decided to go the prep school route this past season at Bridgton Academy under veteran coach Whit Lesure. Gilpin is a two-time first-team member of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine team, a 2014 Mr. Basketball finalist and Maine’s 2013-14 Gatorade Player of the Year. He decided to go to prep school to decide what type of education he wanted to pursue and to access his next step in college basketball. Many basketball experts in Maine thought he was a Division I prospect right out of high school and definitely do after his year at Bridgton. “Of course he’s a DI player, Bentley doesn’t recruit too many that aren’t,” Lesure said...

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The Hot Corner: Maine youth sports calendar needs some work

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Can’t vouch for any scientific method of quantifying it, but I’m certain I’ve heard multiple mental health professionals proclaim March “the most depressing month to live in Maine.” Most of us didn’t require such a revelation, of course. I celebrated Friday’s alleged first day of spring by thawing a frozen pipe underneath my kitchen sink. In other, unseasonably warm years, the extra hour of spring-ahead daylight merely gives us extra time to examine the ankle-deep mud and barren trees and wonder when any real signs of life will emerge. Miserable stuff, on its own merits. Now try being a high school athlete, or try being one of the fans or ink-stained wretches who chase them around and celebrate their exploits. Or maybe I’m the only person who has noticed that Maine’s co-curricular calendar is completely messed up, but I doubt it...

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Ford fights back from gruesome injury

Sport: Skiing  Message Board

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Giant slalom is Tommy Ford’s race. The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, set for Sugarloaf later this week, are his event. “It will be nice to defend my GS title,” Ford said, hesitating to allow room for the punch line. “Of course, a couple other guys have won it since the last time I did.” Ford can smile now, having emerged from the darkness of a career-threatening crash that cost him almost two full seasons. His last national giant slalom came in 2011. He hasn’t competed for a U.S. title at all since 2012, the result of a spill while freeskiing at La Clusaz, France, in January 2013...

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Golf course operators optimistic despite snow

Sport: Golf  Message Board

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Some courses in southern Maine expect to open about the same time as last year, and in better shape.. The calendar says it’s spring, though the snow on your lawn says otherwise. Which leaves golfers anxious to get outside asking two questions: How soon will courses open? And, what kind of shape will they be in? Golf course superintendents are confident courses have come through the winter in good condition, despite a snow pack in Maine that still measures more than 24 inches in some areas. A year ago, fluctuation in temperatures created havoc for many courses. Thawing and refreezing caused thick ice to form, damaging greens. For some courses, the greens did not to recover until summer. But February’s record-setting cold may have aided Maine’s courses this year. The heavy snow of late January served as a blanket, protecting the grass. The snow is still deep, but ice damage appears to be minimal...

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Casco track star hurdles over diabetes to national championship

Sport: Track And Field  Message Board

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Kate Hall has enjoyed a welcome chance to rest this week. And that rest was well earned, as the 18-year-old from Casco recently completed a remarkable indoor track season by soaring to a meet record in the long jump while winning the national high school championship in that event at the New Balance Nationals in New York City. Her winning effort of 20 feet, 11 ¼ inches was the fourth-longest ever by an American high school girl in competition, and her six jumps in the final also included two leaps of 20-10 and another of 20-9 ¾ — all exceeding the runner-up’s best. “My goal that day was to become a national champion,” said the 5-foot-4, 125-pound Hall, a senior who is homeschooled but competes for Lake Region High School in Naples. “That had been my goal since the previous year when I got second place. I really, really wanted that title.”...

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MPBN's Lisa Richards Sees Growth in Girls Basketball

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

This is the second of a two-part series with MPBN’s Lisa Richards..Lisa Richards has provided thoughtful insight for the viewers of MPBN’s Eastern Maine girls tournament coverage for the past thirty years. During that time and even dating back to her playing days at MDI High School, Richards has seen significant change in the girls game. Not only in the way the game is played by the participants on the court but by the manner the contests are received by fans at large...

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Maine Sunday Telegram Athletes of the Year: Winter 2014-15

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The staff of the Maine Sunday Telegram selects the best of the best in each of 11 sports.

- Jack Simonds
BOYS’ BASKETBALL | FALMOUTH

- Ashley Storey
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL | GREELY

- Ben Bragg
BOYS’ HOCKEY | SCARBOROUGH

- Sami Shoebottom
GIRLS’ HOCKEY | SCARBOROUGH

- Cody Hughes
WRESTLING | MARSHWOOD

- Hany Ramadan
BOYS’ INDOOR TRACK | DEERING

- Kate Hall
GIRLS’ INDOOR TRACK | LAKE REGION

- Nate Samson
BOYS’ SWIMMING | BRUNSWICK

- Leila Johnston
GIRLS’ SWIMMING | MT. DESERT ISLAN

- Curtis Paradis
BOYS’ SKIING | BIDDEFORD

- Kaelyn Woods
GIRLS’ SKIING | GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER

full story and PPH All-State teams

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U.S. Skiing: Shiffrin enjoying success at early age

Sport: Skiing  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

In just four years on the World Cup circuit, Mikaela Shiffrin has accomplished more on the ski slopes than most in her sport will throughout their careers. Shiffrin, who turned 20 earlier this month, has become the queen of the slalom. She is the reigning Olympic, World Cup and World Championship title holder in the event. The Vail, Colo., native burst onto the scene in 2012 and hasn't slowed down. Shiffrin is fresh off her third consecutive slalom Crystal Globe, awarded to the World Cup season champion. In the process, Shiffrin became the first woman to win the discipline's world title and the overall crown in successive seasons. She defended her World Championship crown at Beaver Creek, Colo., in February. ..

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U.S. Alpine: Slalom, GS specialist Chodounsky looks to defend national title

Sport: Skiing  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

And edge here. A rock there. The wrong line on a closed gate. Each can mean the difference between being elite and just being really, really fast, particularly in slalom ski racing. From a young age, David Chodounsky gravitated to the slalom and its close cousin, the giant slalom, because of the complexity of the discipline. The Minnesota native embraced the intricacies of the sport at a young age, and Chodounsky has become one of the best technical racers in the United States. “My forte is definitely the technical events, the slalom and giant slalom,” Chodounsky said. “It just really kind of fell into place over the years that slalom is my best event. It’s a lot of fun.”..

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Skiing: Morse, U.S. National team a match made at Sugarloaf

Sport: Skiing  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Nestled unobtrusively south of the blinking light on Route 27 at the base of Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley Academy fancies itself a cradle of champions. Perhaps nothing demonstrates the double meaning more graphically than Morse family photos of younger son, Sam, a month shy of his second birthday, balancing himself on skis and preparing to descend a bunny slope. “It’s definitely a significant part of our lives, as it is for every kid who lives in the Valley,” said Ben, Sam’s elder by four years. “It’s what you do. It would be a long winter without it.” For a select few, the two-lane road out of town leads to equally majestic peaks in Alaska, or Chile, or Norway...

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U.S. Alpine Championships: Best skiers in the country take aim at Sugarloaf

Sport: Skiing  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

For the fifth time in its history, the small town of Carrabassett Valley will be the place to be for skiing aficionados across the country wanting to see the top skiers in the U.S. compete. Seven years removed from its last turn in the spotlight, the U.S. Alpine Championships will take over Sugarloaf Mountain and the roughly 800-person town that surrounds it beginning Wednesday. "It's a good thing for Sugarloaf, it's a good thing for our area, it's a good thing for Maine in general," Sugarloaf Director of Marketing and Chief of Press Ethan Austin said. "Sugarloaf has a really rich history in ski racing. It really puts the spotlight on Maine and the Maine ski industry and shows the caliber of event we can host here."...

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UMaine men's basketball team looking at better conditioning, several prospects

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Coach Bob Walsh wants his Black Bears bigger and healthier, and that means offseason workouts.

...Maine was overmatched too often in Walsh’s first season, by larger, more experienced teams, but also because there were times when the Black Bears could assemble only six healthy players. To Walsh, that’s not just a sign of bad luck. It also indicates that conditioning was problematic...

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