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St. Dom's Berube, Labrie named Travis Roy Semifinalist

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Brad Berube and Caleb Labrie of Saint Dominic Academy were two of eight semifinalist announced on Tuesday for the Travis Roy Award. The award is handed out annually by Maine Class A Coaches Association to a senior playing in Class A boys’ high school hockey that embodies off-ice sportsmanship with ...

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Falmouth considers adding high school cheerleading team

Sport: Cheerleading  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Falmouth School Board spent a good chunk of its nearly two-and-a-half-hour workshop Monday in continuing discussion about the Pay to Participate program. It also referred a proposal for a sanctioned high school cheerleading squad to its finance committee. The proposal, similar to one last year in …

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Houlton, Lawrence should be solid threats to defend girls basketball titles next year

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Houlton High School girls basketball team accomplished a rare feat on Saturday. The Shiretowners captured the Class C state championship without a senior on their roster. And Lawrence High School from Fairfield, which won the state Class A championship, will return three starters. Among the four Eastern Maine titlists, …

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Eight semifinalists named for Maine's top high school hockey award

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Bangor High School’s Jake Fournier and two members of East regional finalist St. Dominic Academy of Auburn are three of the eight semifinalists for the Travis Roy Award, which is given to state’s top senior Class A hockey player. Fournier is joined by St. Dominic’s Bradford Berube and Caleb Labrie as East semifinalists, along with Cody Martin of Lawrence/Skowhegan. The West semifinalists are Biddeford’s Brandon Daigle, Falmouth’s Isac Nordstrom, Noble/Wells’ Dean Pratt and Andrew Whipple of South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete. Fournier has been a four-year varsity player for Bangor and led the Rams this season with 18 goals and 10 assists while serving as the team’s captain...

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Maine football panel proposes classification changes for 2015 season

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA, Maine — Amid conversation about tiered scheduling and even a five-class proposal for its sport, the football committee of the Maine Principals’ Association approved modest changes to its recommended plan for the next two-year reclassification cycle on Tuesday. One change was to adjust the minimum number of students for a Class A football-playing school from 840 to 845, which likely would result in Class A having two seven-school divisions next season. Other proposed changes would shift Oceanside of Rockland-Thomaston from Western C to Eastern C and Camden Hills from Western D to Eastern D. That would leave the state’s 77 varsity football-playing schools divided in the following manner: Eastern A and Western A (seven schools each), Eastern B (10), Western B (12), Eastern and Western C (10 schools each), Eastern D (12) and Western D (9)...

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Local TV stations to air Maine-Vermont Hockey East playoff series

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

ORONO | The University of Maine announced Tuesday that the men’s hockey team’s first-round Hockey East series against Vermont will air live on local television affiliates WVII and WFVX out of Bangor and Portland’s WPME. The best-of-three series kicks off 7 p.m. Friday, with the game airing on WFVX...

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America East using new basketball tournament formats

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

America East Conference men’s basketball coaches believed that teams should be rewarded for their performance during a 16-game regular season. They finally got their wish. The America East Men’s Basketball Championship gets under way Wednesday at four sites as the league implements a new postseason format. This season, America East is using a home-court format for all three rounds of the eight-team tournament. The top four teams in the regular-season standings each earned a quarterfinal round playoff game. The winners will then be re-seeded, with the two highest seeds earning a semifinal home contest...

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Rivals St. Dom's, Lewiston battle for regional crown

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

LEWISTON — When it comes to high school hockey in Maine, there is no better rivalry than St. Dominic Academy and Lewiston High School. The two schools are decorated with a tradition and they have an expectation of winning. They have 44 state titles between them and a slew of regional titles dating back to 1938. The rivalry has become a family tradition, with parents and grandparents of current players participating in the crosstown clash when they were high schoolers. Since the Saints' transition to Eastern A following the 2009 season, the road to the state title game has each year but one brought the two programs together for a final, high-stakes postseason clash. St. Dom's and Lewiston have met in the playoffs four of the past five years, but haven't met in the regional final since 2012. The Saints have won three of the four meetings, including the the past two...

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Freshman Bates filling role on experience-laden St. Dom's

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Gavin Bates is in a class all by himself. On a team with 20 upperclassmen, Bates is the lone freshman listed on St. Dominic Academy's varsity roster. He is just one of four underclassmen. That hasn't stopped him from making his presence felt in his first year with the Saints. The team was decimated with injuries throughout the season, and Bates made the most of his opportunity helping his team to the Eastern Class A final against Lewiston. "First thing I think about with Gavin is his extremely high compete level and the no-quit type approach," St. Dom's coach Steve Ouellette said...

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Frechette leading defensive charge for Lewiston

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The old and somewhat overused adage holds that defense wins championships. With six of Lewiston's nine defensemen being underclassmen, the Blue Devils knew the blueliners would have to develop quickly if they wanted to reach their ultimate goal of winning the program's 21st state title. Every defensive unit needs a leader, and as the only senior on the blue line, that role belongs to Joey Frechette. Through his four years with the Blue Devils, the assistant captain has continued his development on and off the ice. "Joey's worked really hard on his physical aspects of the game and the mental aspects of the game," Lewiston coach Jamie Belleau said. "He's a great kid...

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Lawrence, Forest Hills, got the red carpet treatment on the way back home

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The ride home following the state championship is one of the best parts of winning the Gold Ball. The Lawrence girls got the escort from Augusta to Fairfield after beating Thornton for the Class A title on Saturday, and the Forest Hills boys journeyed back to Jackman after defeating Fort Fairfield in the Class D game in Bangor. “Oh, the Eastern Maine parade and reception was great, but this was five times better,” Lawrence coach John Donato said. “We had more police. We had more fire engines. We had more people along the route. If you were there, you would have known that all Lawrence was there. They just packed the place. That’s a tribute to the community.”...

 

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High school basketball tournaments full of memorable moments

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Here's a look behind the scenes in Portland and Augusta.

- Cape Elizabeth last second heroics
- Trojans learn along the way
- No fear in Cape Girls
- Simonds makes a big impact
- Taking the next step ( B west girls)
- Hampden ready for another run
- Long wait, big reward ( Greely Girls )
- It’s not easy to defend...

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Western A hockey parity on display in playoffs

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The top four teams were close, with No. 2 Cheverus and No. 4 Scarborough reaching the regional final.. LEWISTON — Before the start of the Western Class A playoffs, Scarborough Coach Norm Gagne figured there was no established favorite among Falmouth, Biddeford, Cheverus and his team. “Any of the four – we’ve all battled each other pretty darn close,” Gagne said. “The parity is there. It’s who shows up and who gets the bounce.” So far, Scarborough is getting good bounces, with an overtime 3-2 win over Biddeford in the quarterfinals and a 6-5 comeback thriller over Falmouth in the semis. Now the fourth-seeded Red Storm (12-5-3) face No. 2 Cheverus (13-5-2) for the Western A championship at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Colisee. Scarborough did not beat the Stags this year, going 0-1-1. “That doesn’t matter a whole lot,” Gagne said. “We beat Biddeford and hadn’t beaten them (in the regular season). “You just got to go out and play.”...

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Messalonskee seeking fourth straight East Class B hockey title

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The defending state Class B champion Messalonskee High School Eagles from Oakland may have a new head coach this season in Joe Hague, but the team hasn’t missed a beat. Messalonskee will look for its fourth straight Eastern Maine B championship on Tuesday when it squares off with neighbors and Sukee Arena partners Winslow at the University of Maine’s Alfond Arena in Orono. The top-seeded Eagles, 18-1 after Saturday’s 12-1 trouncing of Brewer, beat the third-seeded Black Raiders (14-6) twice during the regular season: 6-5 on Dec. 10 and 5-1 on Jan. 10. Winslow advanced with a 3-2 win over Hampden Academy and a 5-2 victory over archrival Waterville....

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Here are my picks for the top plays, players and efforts in the state basketball finals

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

by Bob Cimbollek..

Best Game: girls, Washburn-Rangeley; boys, Cape Elizabeth-Medomak Valley.
Best all-around player: girls, Ashley Storey, Greely; boys, Gilpin.
Best individual offensive performance: girls, Mackenzie Worcester, Washburn; boys, Brendan McIntyre, Hampden.
Best 3-point offenses: girls, Greely; boys, Hampden.
Best inside game: girls, Rangeley; boys, Hampden.
Best coached teams: girls, Greely; boys, Hampden.
Best point guard: girls, Worcester; boys, Gilpin.
Best play: girls, Worcester scoring the basket to break the Class D state game scoring record and reaching her 2,000 career point on the same basket. Boys, Cape Elizabeth’s winning basket at the gun.
— From the players in the state games, I would pick these teams as my all-state teams:
Girls: Worcester, Storey, Lawrence’s Nia Irving and Dominique Lewis and Rangeley’s Taylor Esty. MVPs: Storey and Worcester.
Boys: the Hampden Academy team; MVP: Gilpin.
Congratulations to all players and coaches for their fine efforts.

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