THE JOHN BAPST SOFTBALL TEAM PLAYED A REGULAR SEASON GAME AGAINST CENTRAL BUT THINGS WERE A BIT DIFFERENT….IN AN ATTEMPT TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH THE JOHN BAPST SOFTBALL TEAM WENT PINK…..THE PLAYERS WERE IN PINK, THE FIELD WAS LINED IN PINK, THE BATTERS BOX AND BASES PINK…THEY GAVE PINK SHIRTS TO MEMBERS OF CENTRAL.The CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH WAS THROWN OUT BY CANCER SURVIVORS DIANE ROLLINS AND DODI SAUCIER…. CENTRAL PRESENTED THEM A CHECK WORTH 368 DOLLARS AND A TOTAL OF 647 HAS BEEN RAISED WITH MORE TO COME…THE ENTIRE GAME WAS THE BRAIN CHILD OF SHANNON WHITING COACHING THE CRUSADERS…..
After 41 years of coaching at Husson University Bruce MacGregor has stepped down as the Golf coach.Â MacGregor guided the golf program for the past 17 years, including 10 appearances at the National Tournament (7 NAIA and 3 NCAA), including three straight NCAA III appearances.Â The Eagles have won five straight State of Maine Collegiate titles and four NEIGA (New England Intercollegiate Golf Association) Championships (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005) under his guidance.Â This past fall, Coach MacGregor was awarded the â€œGordon McCulloughâ€ Award, established in 1992 for recognition of outstanding service to New England golf as the â€œNew England Coach Honoree.â€Â Â MacGregor coached basketball for 26 seasons (1968-1994) tallying 545 wins upon his retirement in 1994.Â He guided the program to 7 appearances in the NAIA National Tournament: in 1994 he ranked in the top 10 nationally for wins and winning percentage for NAIA coaches.Â In 1992, he was named NAIA Male Administrator of the Year.Â MacGregor has been inducted into four Hall of Fames: Husson University Sports Hall of Fame, New England Basketball Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Hall of Fame, and NAIA National Basketball Hall of Fame.Â The Husson University Sports Hall of Fame Room was dedicated â€œThe D. Bruce MacGregor Sports Hall of Fame Roomâ€ in the fall of 1998.Â Husson University golf team will travel to the NCAA III National Tournament.Â The National Tournament will be held May 13-16 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Luce, Florida.Â Â Â â€œCoach MacGregor has had a storied coaching career in both golf and basketball.â€Â States Athletic Director Cindy Connelley.Â â€œMacGregorâ€™s successes demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to student-athletes.â€Â
Two University of Maine football playershave signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams after they werepassed over during the NFL’s weekend draft. After the draft ended, defensive end Jovan Belcher signeda contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Linebacker Andrew Downeysigned with the Detroit Lions. Belcher, who is expected to play linebacker in the NFL, was theColonial Athletic Association’s defensive player of the year lastseason. Downey was a second-team all-conference selection.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TRAVIS BARTLETT… HE WON HIS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT….HE DROPPED HIS OPPONENT 27 SECONDS INTO THE FIRST ROUND…AND NOW HE IS THE UNTAMED FULL FORCE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. BARTLETT GREW UP IN DEXTER.
13 STRIKEOUTS FROM ABBY BURTON AND PCHS BEATS PENQUIS VALLEY 6-5…THE OLD TOWN SOFTBALL TEAM BREAKS OUT THE START OF THE 2009 SEASON WITH A WIN…12-0 THE FINAL OVER ORONO…THE HAMPDEN ACADEMY GIRLS BEAT MESSALONSKEE 5-3….THE ORONO BASEBALL TEAM BEAT OLD TOWN 6-0….
THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH AT ST. JOE’S…. DEB REARDON HAS STEPPED DOWN AFTER FIVE YEARS…REARDON EXACTLY 65-65 IN HER TENURE WITH A COUPLE OF PLAYOFF APPEARANCES….
WHAT A SCORE FOR THE CITY OF PORTLAND…. THE PORTLAND PIRATES WILL BE THE HOST TEAM FOR NEXT YEAR’S AHL ALL STAR GAME… THE TWO DAYS OF FESTIVITIES WITH SKILLS COMPETITION, STUFF FOR FANS, AND THE GAME WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY… TICKETS ARE GOING FROM 42 TO 49 DOLLARS A POP….
THE BEST TEAM IN DIVISION THREE BASEBALL IS THE USM HUSKIES…. THE TEAM HAS WON 16 STRAIGHT AND IS 28-3…. THE TEAM HAS BEEN RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE LATEST DIVISION THREE POLL….THEY RECEIVED 10 FIRST PLACE VOTES AND PLAY AT BATES TOMMORROW…THEY HAVE COMBINED THE SUGARLOAF MARATHON AND THE MDI MARATHON INTO A COMPETITIVE SERIES CALLED THE SUMMIT TO SEA MARATHON SERIES. THE MAN AND WOMAN WITH THE FASTEST COMBINED TIMES IN BOTH MARATHONS WILL BE CROWNED THE SERIES CHAMPION. THE SUGARLOAF MARATHON IS MAY 17, THE MDI MARATHON OCTOBER 18TH…CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNA WILLARD…. THE GREENWOOD NATIVE WHO NOW LIVES IN CALIFORNIA WON THE INUAGURAL BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL MILE. WILLARD WHO RAN IN THE LAST OLYMPICS WON WITH A TIME OF 4:38:6….THEY RAN THIS RACE BEFORE THE BOSTON MARATHON.
JUST DAYS AFTER HE HAD TO MAKE SLASHING CUTS IN THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT’S BUDGET…UNIVERSITY OF MAINE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR BLAKE JAMES IS INTERVIEWING TODAY FOR THE SAME JOB AT FLORIDA GOLF COAST UNIVERSITY…JAMES IS ONE OF SIX FINALISTS. THE SEARCH COMMITTEE WILL RECOMMEND THREE OF THE SIX BY THE END OF THE WEEK…..JAMES IS ONE OF SIX FINALIST OUT OF THE ORIGINAL 172 CANDIDATES.
WHAT A RUN FROM EVAN GRAVES NOW LIVING IN PRESQUE ISLE. GRAVES WAS THE TOP MAINER IN THE BOSTON MARATHON. HE FINISHED 32ND OVERALL WITH A TIME OF 2:26:11. GREAT FINISH FROM MATT FRONGILLO OF BAR HARBOR, FINISHED 88TH 2:34:29….. MATT DUNLAP OF FARMINGTON 142ND…. 2:38:24FOR THE WOMEN… SAMANTHA MATOUSH OF BANGOR FINISHED 708TH…3:26:05…
DRIVING OVER I-95 TOOK A PEEK OVER THE GUARDRAIL AND AT ABOUT 3 O’CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON A RED CANOE BENT AROUND A ROCK AT FLOUR MILL DAM….510 BOATS IN THE RACE…951 COMPETITORS… BIB NUMBER ONE … THE WAR CANOE OF JAMES MABEE, LESLIE WINCHESTER MABEE, TAMMY KELLEY OF LAMOINE, BILL SMITH OF LAMOINE, ANDER THEBAUD OF MT. DESERT AND JOHN CANGELOSI OF BANGOR..WITH A GREAT TIME OF 2:36:05…TREVOR MACLEAN, A SENSATIONAL PADDLER OUT OF NOVA SCOTIA THE FASTEST BOAT OF THE DAY WITH A TIME OF 2:17:58…HIS 8TH RACE AND FIFTH OVERALL TITLE…THE BEST TWO MAN CANOE…JEFF OWEN OF ORONO AND STEVE WOODWARD OF CUMBERLAND…THEIR TIME 2:29:08… OVERALL IT WAS BONEY AND A BIT MORE TECHNICAL BECAUSE OF THE LOW WATER.
DAREN STONE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED BY THE NFL FOR THE FIRST FOUR GAMES OF THE SEASON. THE LEAGUE OFFICE SAYS HE VIOLATED POLICY, BUT THEY HAVE YET TO ANNOUNCE WHAT RULE HE BROKE.STONE ACTUALLY ISN’T WITH A TEAM RIGHT NOW. LAST WEEK HE BECAME A FREE AGENT WHEN THE BALTIMORE RAVENS DIDN’T OFFER HIM A CONTRACT MAKING HIM AN UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT.THE 23 YEAR OLD WAS DRAFTED BY ATLANTA TWO YEARS AGO. HE WAS RELEASED BY THE FALCONS AFTER AN OUI LAST SUMMER.
Evan Graves of Bar Harbor continues preparations for his fourth boston marathon. Graves has has success at the race in the past finishing in the top 60 on several occasions and he is looking forward to the race from Hopkinton to Boston again.
DANIELLE CLARK HAS HER TEAM IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES IN HER PRO LEAGUE IN GERMANY. THE BASKETBALL PLAYER FROM CORINNA SCORED 25 POINTS AND HIT A GAME WINNING THREE TO PUT THE TEAM IN THE FINALS.SHE HAS FAMILY GOING OVER TO WATCH THE STAR OF THE FINALS ON SUNDAY.
TWO TRACK ATHLETES FROM EASTERN MAINE ARE SURPRISING EVEN THEMSELVES WITH THEIR SUCCESS THIS YEAR…..JESSE LABRECK AND RILEY MASTERS CONTINUE TO BETTER THEIR PERSONAL BESTS…..BOTH FRESHMAN THEY’VE QUALIFYED FOR THE JUNIOR NATIONALS AND WILL COMPETE AGAINST A VERY GOOD FIELD AT LSU THIS WEEKEND…..
MATT DUFFY HAS TEAMED UP WITH A COUPLE OF FORMER BLACKBEARS… DUFFY SENT TO THE FLORIDA EVERBLADES OF THE ECHL AFTER THE AHL SEASON CAME TO A CLOSE….ANDREW SWEETLAND AND PETER METCALF BOTH THE EVERBLADES ROSTER… THE TEAM LOST TONIGHT IN THE PLAYOFFS TO THE GWINNETT GLADIATORS 3-2.
As part of its response to budgetary issues necessitating expenditure reductions of $8.8 million for the next fiscal year, the University of Maine will suspend its volleyball and men’s soccer programs, effective June 30, 2009.Individual UMaine units — including the athletics department — are responsible for developing budget reductions accounting for $7 million of the total, for annual budgets beginning July 1.The athletics department’s share of that cut is $253,000, an amount based on its allocation of the university’s base budget.On top of that cut, the athletics department’s budget is adversely affected by other economy-related factors, including endowment losses, reduced annual gifts, declines in ticket sales, and lower-than-expected merchandise receipts and otherexternally generated revenues. Those factors will create shortfalls totaling another $618,000 in the upcoming fiscal year. All factors combined create an overall athletics department budget shortfall of $871,000 for the next year.The soccer and volleyball program suspensions will result in a projected first-year saving of approximately $600,000 and eventual ongoing annual savings of more than $900,000. The rest of the first-year budget reduction total ($271,000) will be metthrough internal revenue-generating and cost-saving procedures, such as schedule reductions, guarantee games and other adjustments.”This is the option of last resort,” says Athletic Director Blake James. “We place a high value on the opportunities that all of our sports create for our student-athletes and we recognize the commitment of coaches, support staff and fans. We havetaken these steps after exhausting every feasible option for managing these unprecedented budget challenges.”UMaine will honor its scholarship commitments to current volleyball and soccer student-athletes who wish to continue work toward a UMaine degree. Recruited scholarship student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent to play one of thesesports will be eligible for one year of scholarship funding if they choose to attend UMaine. Per NCAA guidelines related to discontinued sports, UMaine will grant any institution permission to contact an affected student-athlete by circulating an all-inclusive transfer release message to NCAA member institutions. In addition, NCAAguidelines allow student-athletes who transfer to be immediately eligible for financial aid, practice and competition provided they meet all academic requirements and are not under disciplinary suspension.In 2008-2009, the Black Bear men’s soccer had 26 players on its roster: the volleyball team had 15. Soccer provided 7.5 scholarships: volleyball, 12. The savings will result from those scholarship budget lines, in addition to operating costs(coaches’ salaries, recruiting expenses, travel expenses and other miscellaneous expenditures). Each team had one head coach and one assistant coach.”Like every institution, business and family, UMaine is faced with very significant financial challenges that require substantial responses,” says UMaine President Robert Kennedy. “We regret the impact of this move on those individuals, especiallyour students, who are affected by this decision.”James says that the decision follows his review of all Black Bear sports, looking carefully at issues such as gender equity and requirements related to NCAA and conference membership. Seventeen Black Bear programs remain following the suspension ofthese two sports.
TV5 has learned that two sports teams have been suspended at the University of Maine, the school will be cutting it’s volleyball and men’s soccer program.The cuts are part of its response to budget issues. The university is cutting $8.8 million for the next fiscal year.The suspension of the two programs will result in saving $600,000 in the first year and $900,000 in the following year.UMaine said it will honor its scholarship commitments to the 12 volleyball players, and the 7Â½ scholarships to soccer players who wish to continue to work toward a degree.