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16U Firecrackers at USJN Day 3: Firecrackers Storm Back

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: July 25th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

After late games (4:00pm and 9:00pm) in which the Firecrackers fell short twice yesterday, the Mainers had a gut check moment at 9:00am today against the perrenial strong Jersey Cardinals. The Firecrackers showed sound character by coming out with good energy but it didn't pay dividends as the ball refused to drop into the twine after numerous quality shot opportunities. Trailing 6-0 early, Kelsey Shaw had a freight train finish before Katie Butler made an immediate impact upon checking into the game with an offensive rebound and putback while having her head band ripped off. Butler scored again on a nice feed from Kelsey Shaw to make it 14-6 but the only other offense they were able to muster was a Mackenzie Holmes spin move and finish to go with 2 Jess Willerson foul shots and the Firecrackers trailed 17-11 at the half due to a 4-24 shooting slump. Coaches from Duke, BC, American, and Marist all looked bored but the Maine kids righted the ship in the second half.

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Zone 2 Legion Tournament: Tri-Town rips 16 hits, eliminates Pastime Club, 11-1

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — The bashers showed up Thursday afternoon for Tri-Town American Legion baseball.

All of them. Early and often. On the same day. With exquisite timing.

 

Sixteen hits, six of them for extra bases, staked Tri-Town to an 11-1 rout of Pastime Club in an elimination game of the Zone 2 tournament at McGuire Field.

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Wild pitch during intentional walk leads Bessey Motors past Augusta Elks in Zone 2

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — A zone tournament isn’t the place to revisit regular-season nightmares, but Augusta found itself doing just that on the final play of Thursday’s Zone 2 American Legion winners bracket game with Bessey Motors.

 

Brady LaFrance dashed home on a wild pitch during an intentional walk in the bottom of the ninth to give Bessey Motors a 4-3 win over Augusta, bouncing the host team into the losers bracket.

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Maine Field Hockey Festival set for Thomas College

Sport: Field Hockey  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

WATERVILLE — The seventh annual Maine Field Hockey Festival will draw 38 teams and the top graduated players from around the state to Thomas College for a day of field hockey and fundraising on Saturday.

 

Games start at 8 a.m. and continue through the late afternoon, stopping only mid-day for the annual Moe McNally Senior All-Star Game.

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Staples beats Biddeford for Zone 4

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — It was a walk-off win in more ways than one.

 

There wasn’t a ton gained when catcher Luke Stankovich drove the ball the other way and over the fence in left-center in the bottom of the seventh inning, a grand slam that ended Thursday’s Maine American Legion Zone 4 championship game via the 10-run rule.

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Former Deering High star shows the world his basketball skill

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH PORTLAND — Nik Caner-Medley had finished the second of his two daily workouts, a regimen he’s been following five days a week this summer.

 

“Some guys don’t touch a basketball at all during the offseason and go to training camp looking to get in shape,” he said last week at the fitness center at Southern Maine Community College. “This is a contract year for me, so it’s important to stay healthy and have a good season.”

 

Caner-Medley, 31, has played professional basketball overseas for nearly a decade. The former Deering High and University of Maryland star signed a two-year contract in 2014 with BC Astana for $2 million. Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan, a central Asian nation that was formerly part of the Soviet Union. The team plays in the VTB United League and the Euro Challenge League.

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Top-seeded Post 51 beats R.H. Foster in Legion baseball tourney

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

BANGOR, Maine — A.J. Godin scattered four hits over 8 ⅓ innings as top-seeded Post 51 of Oakland defeated No. 4 R.H. Foster of Hampden 5-1 in a first-round game of the American Legion Zone 1 baseball tournament at Husson University on Thursday evening.

 

Godin, a recent Waterville Senior High School graduate, yielded only singles by Zach Nash in the second and fourth innings and ninth-inning singles by Tyler Beaton and Casey Sudbeck while striking out six batters and walking three before getting ninth-inning relief help from Devin Warren.

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Bangor native fires 64 to take lead at Greater Bangor Open

Sport: Golf  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor native Jesse Speirs had his putter working on Thursday and it resulted in a five-under 64 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the 49th annual Greater Bangor Open Golf Tournament at Bangor Municipal Golf Course.

 

The 28-year-old Speirs, who now lives in Memphis, Tennessee, had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey during his round on the comfortable, partly cloudy day, which also featured some gusty winds.

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Saco all-stars capture ages 9-10 Little League baseball state title

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Will Palmer earned a pitching victory and aided his cause with a triple and single to lead Saco by Westbrook 8-3 to capture the Little League baseball state title in the ages 9-10 division Thursday in Ellsworth.

 

Will Davies chipped in with a triple and single for Saco while AJ Thibodeau added two singles. Bradon Camire contributed with a triple and Brady Graffam had a double.

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Bangor defeats Brewer in Legion baseball tourney

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

BANGOR, Maine — Trevor DeLaite has thrown plenty of pitches between leading Bangor High School to its second straight Class A baseball state championship this spring and helping Coffee News of Bangor have a chance to defend its 2014 American Legion state title this summer.

 

But has that workload taken a toll? Hardly — the left-hander welcomes the chance to take his turn on the mound each week, much to the detriment of opposing teams.

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Champions Tour caddy takes a week off to play Greater Bangor Open

Sport: Golf  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

BANGOR, Maine — Don Robertson is taking a week off from his regular job to play in the Greater Bangor Open.

 

He began playing in the Greater Bangor Open in 1977 and has made most of them ever since.

 

The Texan could be missing out on a sizeable paycheck by playing in the Greater Bangor Open and then playing in the Maine Open at the Augusta Country Club on Monday and Tuesday because his regular job is serving as the caddy for Champions Tour regular Scott Dunlap.

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Maine U17 team wins opener at AAU national tournament

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — The MBR U17 boys basketball team from Maine began play at the AAU Division I 11th-Grade National Championships on Wednesday with a 71-57 victory over TBC Elite of Kentucky.

 

Andrew Fleming of Oxford Hills in South Paris led coach Rick Moore’s MBR club with 28 points, while Tom Coyne of Falmouth scored 14 points, Conar Moore of Hampden Academy added 13 and Jake Black of Hampden and Hunter Smith of Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft combined for 11 points.

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Guerrette resigns as Central Aroostook athletic director

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: July 24th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

MARS HILL — One of the most respected athletic directors in Aroostook County is stepping down after eight years on the job.

 

Ryan Guerrette’s last day at Central Aroostook Junior-Senior High School is July 31. He also gave up the reins of the Panthers’ varsity softball coaching position — one he held for the last five years. He made his decision to resign because of family considerations. His wife, Jamie, accepted a full-time job in Presque Isle, so Guerrette felt the need to “be more flexible and available” for his two school-age children.

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Cole Anderson impresses at IMG Junior World Golf Championships

Sport: Golf  Message Board

Posted: July 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

RANCHERO SANTA FE, CALIF. — Not only can 14-year-old Cole Anderson of Camden golf, he can golf with the best in the world.

 

And he proved it again Tuesday through Friday, July 14-17 at the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships at the Morgan Run Club & Resort.

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'Go Get It,' Lady Seahawks prep for Lobster Jam

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: July 23rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Summertime in Boothbay for your average teenager typically involves trolley rides, multiple trips to the Ice Cream Factory, the occasional afternoon at Barrett Park, and of course, balancing the fun stuff with one of your first summer jobs.

 

Members of the Boothbay Region High School Lady Seahawks basketball team partake in all these endeavors. They also meet twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, for summer scrimmages, attend a weekend team camp at Colby College, and work together to host and play in their own 16-team basketball tournament, the fifth annual Lobster Jam.

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