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Spanish sharpshooter commits to UMaine women's basketball team

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 15th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The international contingent on the University of Maine women’s basketball team will grow to eight next season..Blue Star Europe reported on Saturday morning that coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears have received a verbal commitment from Aida Santana. The 5-foot-11, left-handed sharpshooter from the Canary Islands plays for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias in Spain.

“I chose Maine because I believe at that sports level I can contribute much to the team and also compete at a high level,” Santana said in an interview conducted in Spanish via Twitter and email.

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Transfer propels UMaine baseball team to two wins

Sport: University Of Maine Baseball  Message Board

Posted: March 14th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Brett Chappell knocked in five runs with four hits on Friday, sparking the University of Maine baseball team to two victories at Chain O’ Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. Chappell stroked two game-tying hits in the Black Bears’ 5-4, 10-inning win over Illinois State, then delivered a tying home run in a 6-4 victory over Bowling Green. UMaine (7-13) wraps up its southern swing with Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. contest against Cornell. In the first game, Christian Garabedian hit an RBI single with two out in the bottom of the 10th to lift UMaine to the win...

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UMaine senior selected for national basketball coach program

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 14th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

ORONO, Maine — Courtney Anderson has known for several years that she wanted to become a coach once her playing career was over. As that day rapidly approaches, the University of Maine senior will have a good chance next month to further her desires. Anderson has been selected to participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s 13th “So You Want to Be a Coach” program. The former Leavitt High School standout from Greene will be among a group of 58 student-athletes who will attend the three-day workshop to be held April 3-5 during the WBCA National Convention in Tampa, Florida. “It’s an opportunity to learn from coaches all over the country and to be part of the national convention that a bunch of coaches go to every year,” Anderson said. “It’s an opportunity for me to network and get to meet new people and hopefully be able to work some areas to get a job.”...

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Bouchard and Storey named Mr. and Miss Maine Basketball

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 14th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Seniors Kyle Bouchard of Houlton and Ashley Storey of Greely are chosen as the state's top basketball players...A four-time WMC all-star, she became the first Greely girls’ player to score 1,000 points in her career. She will attend the University of New Hampshire on a full basketball scholarship. “It was a lot of hard work and effort and encouraging everyone and being a leader,” she said. Hannah Graham of Presque Isle and Victoria Lux of Thornton Academy were the other Miss Basketball finalists. “Winning Miss Basketball is pretty special because only one person gets to win it,” Storey said. “I’m just really excited and honored that they chose me. There were a lot of great girls that deserved it as well.”...

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Houlton's Bouchard, Greely's Storey earn Mr., Miss Basketball honors

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 14th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

BANGOR, Maine — Kyle Bouchard played basketball with a secret throughout his senior season at Houlton High School — a torn ligament between two fingers of his left hand. “It happened during an [AAU] practice last March, and I was just hoping no one would figure out that I couldn’t go to my left,” the 6-foot-5-inch forward said. “I guess now that the season is over I can let the secret out.” What wasn’t a secret was Bouchard’s long-standing candidacy for the state’s top individual basketball award thanks to a shining four-year resume that began adding up the minute he stepped onto the court as a freshman for the Shiretowners in late 2011. The pursuit of that dream finally was celebrated Friday night as Bouchard and Ashley Storey of Greely High School in Cumberland Center were named the 28th recipients of Maine’s Mr. and Miss Basketball...

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Last-minute choice paid off for Safford, Bates

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

...Tournament pressure is only new to Safford at the college level. He starred in high school at Camden Hills, where he helped the Windjammers to a Class B championship in 2009, and Hampden Academy. Basketball provided refuge while Safford’s father, David Hollis, fought a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He succumbed on Christmas 2010. Safford bears a tattoo of a cross and the day of his dad's death on his left bicep. During those challenging days, Safford declined a scholarship offer from Division I Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and signed with Bates. The decision came during the Bobcats’ “early decision” period, but there’s no denying it was a last-second decision, as well...

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Bates' road to Final Four goes through Boston

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

By KALLE OAKES.. LEWISTON — It is uncharted territory, but Bates men’s basketball won’t be dealing with unknown quantities in the NCAA Division III sectional round this weekend. The Bobcats collide with NESCAC rival Trinity (Conn.) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Staake Gymnasium on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Bates and Trinity have met 44 times over the past 68 years, including the Bantams’ 66-59 win Jan. 16 in East Hartford. Bates won’t look beyond that, but if it survives, it would face either No. 4 Babson or No. 15 Johns Hopkins on Saturday night with a berth in the final four at stake. The Bobcats handed the host Beavers one of their two losses this season. “I think we had an advantage in some ways playing these teams that had never seen us play, Bates coach Jon Furbush said. “Scouting is a really big factor in some of these outcomes. Now there’s going to be some familiarity with (Trinity), and them with us.”...

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Cape Elizabeth residents quickly fill 600 Beach to Beacon slots

Sport: Running  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

General registration for the popular road race opens at 7 a.m. Friday..Cape Elizabeth residents grabbed 600 available bibs in a little under nine minutes Thursday morning as registration for the 18th Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race got underway.

Online registration for the general public is scheduled to open at 7 a.m. Friday with a limit of 4,000 runners. Last year’s slots filled up in four minutes, 32 seconds.

Another 1,950 bibs will be distributed through a lottery beginning immediately after online registration closes and continuing through March 22. Runners may enter as an individual or as part of a team of up to six members. The race charges a non-refundable $5 fee to enter the lottery. Winning names will be drawn March 24 and posted on the race website.

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Lake Region High's Kate Hall has national track title in sight

Sport: Track And Field  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The record-setting senior will compete in the 60-meter dash and the long jump at the national meet this weekend in New York. Kate Hall has had many goals through her high school career. Only one remains: to become a national champion. At the New Balance High School National Track and Field Championship this weekend in New York City, Hall will attempt to do just that. Last year, Hall finished second in the long jump (19 feet, 11 1/2 inches) and ninth in the 60-meter dash, and she’ll compete in both events again...

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Hall of Fame Bangor High School swim coach retires after 46 years

Sport: Swimming  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

After earning a degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Phil Emery had his heart set on obtaining a master’s degree in oceanography from San Diego State University. But John Coombs, the director of the Bangor YMCA, told him he should contact Bangor Superintendent of Schools Wendell Eaton about a science teaching position and coaching the Bangor High School boys swim team. Emery wasn’t interested. He didn’t sign the application. Assistant Superintendent Bill McIntosh then sent him another application. Emery caved. “I don’t know what made me do it. I had no interest in teaching. I just figured I’d put off grad school and teach and coach for one year,” said Emery. Emery fell in love with teaching and coaching...

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UMaine bids to host WNIT basketball games in Bangor

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

ORONO, Maine — Playing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament was postseason Plan B for the University of Maine women’s basketball. With their NCAA hopes having been dashed in Sunday’s 65-54 America East semifinal loss to Hartford at Vestal, New York, the Black Bears have embraced the chance to play in the postseason. “We just have to be excited about the opportunity to play in the WNIT,” said UMaine senior Courtney Anderson of Greene. “Obviously, it’s not what we were envisioning or what we had wanted for ourselves, but things don’t always work out the way you want them to.”

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Maine's girls basketballer of year

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

...“Great season, Nia,” Delle Donne says in the video. “I hope you’re ready for more. Congrats on winning the 2014-2015 Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year Award. Welcome to the Gatorade Player of the Year family.” “I had no idea I was up for it,” Irving said. “Coach Donato, my parents, and Mr. McManus, they all did a really good job of keeping it a secret from me.” Irving plays for the Maine Maniacs AAU team. After missing AAU last year with a knee injury, she’d like to see the season through to its end in July. That’s more her focus at this point than the process of selecting a college. “I’m really not rushing anything,” she said. “As of right now, I’m leaning more towards Division I.”...

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Lawrence junior standout wins Gatorade girls basketball award

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Lawrence High School junior Nia Irving, who led the Fairfield school to this year’s Class A state championship, has been named the 2014-15 Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot center, who averaged 22.5 points and 14 rebounds per game and shot 52.8 percent from the field while sparking the Bulldogs to a 21-1 record and their first gold ball in 21 years, is the second Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Lawrence. Cindy Blodgett was a three-time winner of the award in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Irving, the 2014 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, scored 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds in Lawrence’s state title-clinching, 50-43 win over Thornton Academy of Saco. She also connected on 77.8 percent of her free throws this winter. The award also recognizes high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court...

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Former Brunswick track star hasn't slowed down for Oregon

Sport: Track And Field  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Will Geoghegan is now among the nation's elite collegiate runners..In running, said Will Geoghegan, you don’t always realize just how much you’re improving. “It’s really funny,” Geoghegan said in a phone interview from Eugene, Oregon. “I remember when I was a freshman in high school thinking that running under 10 (minutes) in the 2-mile seemed impossible. “I don’t know if I ever envisioned where I am now. I just tried to get better every year and hoped eventually to be in a good place.” These days, Geoghegan is in a very good place. The 2010 Brunswick High graduate is heading into this weekend’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s indoor track and field championships as one of the top distance runners for the University of Oregon, where he is studying for his master’s degree in computer science...

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Basketball fundraiser helps Penquis coach's son battle cancer

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

MILO, Maine — Zak Mills couldn’t attend the benefit basketball game held in his honor last Friday night. But thanks to technology, the 11-year-old sixth-grader from LaGrange got the chance to witness firsthand a considerable outpouring of support on his behalf. Some 40 area high school coaches — peers of Zak’s dad, Penquis Valley High School boys basketball and soccer coach Jason Mills — converged on Oakes Gymnasium to play in a benefit game to help defray medical costs the family is facing while Zak Mills undergoes treatment for a cancerous tumor found in the radius near his right wrist late last year.

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