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.
SAINT JOE’S BASEBALL PITCHER PAT MORAN IS THE CONFERENCE PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR THE 2nd TIME THIS SEASON…..THE JUNIOR FROM WINTERPORT LEADS THE CONFERENCE WITH 53 STRIKEOUTS AND IS 3rd IN E-R-A…..
The New England Patriots will play oneof the toughest schedules in the NFL in 2009, and they now know thedates for each game. After opening the season with a previously announced Mondaynight game against Buffalo on Sept. 14, the Patriots will travel toNew York the following Sunday to face the Jets. Other highlights of the schedule released Tuesday night includea trip to Denver on Oct. 11 to play the Broncos, now coached byformer New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. As previously announced, the Patriots will travel to London onOct. 25 to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That will be followed bythe team’s bye week. The second half of the season includes three prime-time games:Sunday, Nov. 15 at Indianapolis: Monday, Nov. 30 at New Orleans:and Sunday, Dec. 6 at Miami. The regular season ends Sunday, Jan. 3 against the Texans inHouston.
Maine with a doubleheader sweep of Hartford on Monday. The Black Bears won the opener 14-1 behind pitcher Pat Quinn, and they took game two 14-4.Tony Patane had three doubles in game two and six hits on the day. Brothers Ian and Justin Leisenheimer each had five hits on the day.
PLENTY OF BUBBLING WATER FOR THE SOUDABSCOOK STREAM RACE…BIB NUMBER FIVE WORN BY RYAN LINEHAN, THE OVERALL WINNER AT 54:30…FASTEST CANOE, MATT DINGLE OF CARMEL AND J.D. BURKE OF NEWBURGH…55:06MOST PEOPLE CHOOSE THE TREE LINE AT EMERSON MILLS…SOME PEOPLE WITH A CLEAN RUN WHILE OTHERS HAD THEIR TROUBLES…37 BOATS RAN THE EIGHT MILE COURSE….
UMaine has picked up a verbal commitment from a post player from Rochester, New York. Corinne Wellington averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks this past season. She had 18 double – doubles. The late signing period for letters of intent starts next Wednesday.BRITTANY BOSER IS MOVING ON WITH HER LIFE… THE JUNIOR HAS GIVEN UP HER FINAL YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY…SHE FINISHED HER ACADEMIC CAREER AND WILL GRADUATE EARLY. BOSER LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING WITH 10 POINTS A GAME LAST YEAR.
Maine goalie Dave Wilson has been suspendedfrom the team after being charged with domestic assault forallegedly attacking his former girlfriend in an Orono bar. Police say the 21-year-old woman accused Wilson of grabbing herby the neck and pulling her back when she tried to walk away fromthe Bear Brew Pub on April 2. Wilson was arrested the next day at his apartment after thewoman filed the complaint. He was released that day and isscheduled to appear May 28 in Bangor District Court. Wilson, a junior from Caledon East, Ontario, played in 14 gameslast season, recording 338 saves and posting a goals-againstaverage of 2.82.
TWO MAINE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WOUND UP ON NATIONAL TELEVISION TODAY…PATRICK THIBODEAU OF GREELY HIGH SCHOOL, AND JOSH TITUS OF EDWARD LITTLE HIGH SCHOOL WERE MANAGERS OF THEIR SCHOOLS’ BASKETBALL TEAMS.THEY FIRST MADE NEWS AFTER THEY WERE PUT INTO THEIR TEAMS’ FINAL GAMES OF THE YEAR. THEY BOTH SCORED.THIBODEAU HAS DOWN SYNDROME, AND TITUS IS AUTISTIC.
HUSSON UNIVERSITY NAMED A FIELD HOCKEY COACH TODAY. KATIE FLAHERTY WILL TAKE OVER THE PROGRAM. FLAHERTY IS JUST 25 YEARS OLD BUT HUSSON ATHLETIC DIRECTOR CINDY CONNELLEY AND THE SEARCH COMMITTEE SEE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE FORMER UMAINE PLAYER. SHE HAS A MASTERS DEGREE AND WILL ALSO HEAD THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM AT THE BANGOR SCHOOL.
NFL TEAMS CONTINUE TO SHOW INTEREST IN MAINE’S JOVAN BELCHER… NEXT MONDAY HE’S TAKING A ROAD TRIP TO WORK OUT FOR THE BALTIMORE RAVENS…NOT DONE THERE….THEN TWO DAYS LATER BELCHER WORKS OUT FOR THE BENGALS… BELCHER COULD BE A LATE ROUND PICK IN THE NFL DRAFT APRIL 25TH.
THE NOMINEES FOR THIS YEARS MAINEGOLF HALL OF FAME HAVE BEEN RRELEASED.THERE ARE SEVEN CONTRIBUTORS ON THE LIST INCLUDING A FEW FROM THIS PART OF THE STATE.HUSSON UNIVERSITY HALL OF FAME GOLFER NED COLLINS IS ON THE LIST ALONG WITH HIS GOLF COACH AT THE TIME KEITH MAHANEY. THE OTHERS ARE FRANK BARTASIUS, JOE WILLIAMSON, TOM WINSTON SENIOR, FERDINAND ROMANO AND DAVE MAZZEO.
HAMPDEN ACADEMY BASKETBALL WILL BENEFIT FROM SOME KIDS MOVING THIS SUMMER.KATELYN DERAPS IS MOVING FROM LINCOLN TO HAMPDEN. SHE STARTED FOR MATTANACOOK.AND GRAHAM SAFFORD IS LEAVING CAMDEN HILLS AND BECOMING A BRONCO.BOTH ARE SOPHOMORES THIS YEAR.THE BRUINS ARE TRYING TO KEEP GOALIE TIM THOMAS AROUND FOR AWHILE. THE SIDES HAVE REPORTEDLY AGREED TO A THREE YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION.THE BRUINS HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN THE CONFERENCE.THE GIANTS RELEASED PLAXICO BURRESS TODAY. THE FORMER SUPERBOWL HERO FACES FELONY WEAPONS CHARGES.
A COUPLE OF MAINERS WILL BE PLAYING SOCCER FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE NEXT YEAR…THEY ARE PART OF NINE ATHLETES ON THE NEW RECRUIT LIST…ADAM BLANCHARD A GOALIE FROM SCARBOROUGH, AND JORDAN MYERS FROM JOHN BAPST.MYERS WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE CRUSADERS THE LAST TWO YEARS. HE’S A MIDFIELDER FROM EDDINGTON AND WAS NAMED TO THE MAINE ALL STATE TEAM.LAST SUMMER MYERS WAS THE YOUNGEST PLAYER ON THE MAINE STING.UMAINE COACH PAT LAUGHLIN SAYS THE NEW PLAYERS WILL PUSH THE RETURNING PLAYERS FOR PLAYING TIME.