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Waterville's DeRosby is 'Mr. Steady' for top seed Seawolves

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Southern Maine City College is preparing for the USCAA Division II tournament..Waterville native Jordan DeRosby plays for Southern Maine Community College, perhaps the best men’s basketball team in USCAA Division II. When SMCC coach Matt Richards calls his point guard, “Mr. Steady,” it also refers to DeRosby’s personality. “He’s one of those guys who never really shows the highs of the highs or the lows of the lows,” Richards said. “If we have a big run, you might get a fist pump, but that’s about it. If we’re struggling, you can’t really tell by his reaction. He’s just calm, cool, and collected.”...

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Skowhegan grad Poland finds fit at SMCC

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Seawolves are preparing for the USCAA national basketball championship in Pennsylvania this week..Jaimi Poland’s list of colleges is a string of capital letters comparable to an angry person typing on Twitter: USM. KVCC. EMCC. SMCC. “I actually transferred quite a lot,” Poland said. “It was about the program I wanted.”Poland, a Skowhegan native, started off at the University of Southern Maine before moving on to Kennebec Valley and Eastern Maine Community Colleges. For the past three years, she’s been at Southern Maine Community College, playing on the women’s basketball team. The Seawolves are the No. 6 seed at the USCAA national championships in Uniontown, Pa., and face No. 3 seed Penn State Lehigh Valley at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. “Once I got to know the people here and the team, obviously that was a big part of me coming here and staying here,” Poland said. “The people here are just really welcoming.”...

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History comes full circle for Messalonskee hockey

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Coaches Joe Hague and John DelGiudice were both part of the first Eagles varsity team, nearly 20 years ago..OAKLAND — For Messalonskee coaches Joe Hague and John DelGiudice Tuesday’s 8-3 win over Winslow in the Eastern Class B boys hockey championship was nearly 20 years in the making. In the 1995-96 season — the second such for Messalonskee hockey as a varsity team — Hague was a senior captain for the Eagles, while DelGiudice was one of three coaches along with Danny Bolduc and Dick Young. That year they went 17-2-1 during the regular season in Eastern B and had hopes of challenging traditional power Winslow for the regional title behind players like Nick Bragg, Nate Ponitz, Ryan Ridky and Hague. Only they never got the chance. According to DelGiudice, the Eagles ran into a hot goaltender in the semifinals and dropped a 2-1 decision to Stearns — whom they had beaten handily just a few weeks prior. So there the two were Tuesday night in Alfond Arena at the University of Maine, Hague in his first year as head coach of the Eagles with DelGiudice his assistant...

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Waterville girls soccer coach Wilson steps down

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Ian Wilson will focus on his new position as assistant track coach at Colby College..Ian Wilson goes by the old saying that you can be okay at three things, good at two and great at one. With that in mind, Wilson pared down his coaching responsibilities to one team on Wednesday, announcing that he would be stepping down after eight seasons as head coach of the Waterville High School girls soccer team. The move will allow him to devote more time as an assistant track and field coach at Colby College. Wilson, who coached ...

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Gorham rallies past Kennebunk to reach state final

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Sixth-seeded Gorham gets a late goal from Trevor Mansir and earns a berth in the Class B state championship. LEWISTON — Travis Mansir scored with 1:20 remaining to give sixth-seeded Gorham a 5-4 comeback win over top-ranked Kennebunk in the Western Class B boys’ hockey championship game Wednesday night at the Colisee. “He’s been clutch throughout the playoffs,” Gorham Coach Jon Portwine said of Mansir, a senior who has five goals and four assists in three postseason games. Gorham (14-5-2) will be in the Class B state title game for the second straight year, at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Colisee. The game will be a rematch against Messalonskee (19-1), the defending champion. The Eagles defeated Gorham 6-1 last season.Gorham got goals from five players – Carl Bear, Michael Chapin, Jordan Ward, Matt Hooker and Mansir...

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Gorham comes from behind to defend Western Class B title

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Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

LEWISTON – Travis Mansir netted the go-ahead goal with 1:20 remaining in regulation as the sixth-seeded Gorham Rams came from behind to defeat the top-ranked Kennebunk by a score of 5-4 in the Western Class B final Wednesday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. Kennebunk (15-3-2) dropped last year’s Western Class B semifinal to Gorham, 1-0, with 1:27 left in the game. Wednesday night, Kennebunk led on three different occasions – 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 – throughout the game, but weren’t able to fend off Gorham (14-5-2) and put the game away when it mattered. “This one hurts way more than last year,” said Kennebunk’s head coach Sean Smith. “We battled hard, came out pretty good there in the first period, we just couldn’t hang onto it. A couple penalty calls there really really hurt us. It was certainly frustrating with some of those.”...

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Late surge carries UMaine baseball past Bethune-Cookman

Sport: University Of Maine Baseball  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Scott Heath’s two-run double highlighted a four-run, eighth-inning uprising Wednesday night that lifted the University of Maine baseball team to an 11-8 victory over Bethune-Cookman at Daytona Beach, Florida. Even though the Black Bears pitching staff surrendered 20 hits, the bullpen turned in a strong performance as four relievers combined …

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No. 1 Albany ends UMaine men's season in America East quarterfinals

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Junior guard Evan Singletary scored 14 of his game-high 19 points during a 26-9 run to open the game and regular-season champion Albany never looked back as it cruised to an 83-66 America East quarterfinal victory over the University of Maine on Wednesday night at Albany, New York. Top seed ...

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Robbins expected to join Black Bears men's hockey team next season

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The University of Maine received verbal commitment from forward Brendan Robbins for next season. The 19-year old native of Nashua, New Hampshire is 6-foot-2, 185-pounds and is in his third year with Islanders Hockey Club of the USPHL Premier League. He had 18 goals and 26 assists in 50 regular …

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Swedish prospect commits to Maine

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

In a few years, the University of Maine men’s hockey team will have an international flavor on the blue line. With Russian Konstantin Chernyuk verbally committed to the program, the Black Bears received a verbal commitment from 16-year old Swedish defender Alexis Binner for 2017, who is in his first season the Select Academy’s 18U team at the South Kent School in South Kent, Conn, “There was a couple of factors, the arena, and the fans were intense,” Binner said on why he chose Maine. “I watched a game and they lost but never gave up and (the fans) stuck with the team. You could tell they have a passion for it. I also know we have (other) really good (committed players). The coaching staff there will get us to great playing level and get us to the next level. My goal is to play in the NHL.”...

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Power forward commits to Maine

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: March 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The University of Maine men’s hockey team has added a forward with size and a scoring touch for next fall. Dane Gibson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound winger, has verbally committed to attend Maine as a scholarship athlete. He is one of the leading scorers in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League with 32 goals and 57 assists in 56 games for the Victoria Grizzlies. “He’s a power forward who has a real good touch. He has a lot of finesse in his game but he also had a lot of grit,” said Craig Didmon, head coach and general manager of the Grizzlies. “He’s the best player on the ice every night. He’s a pretty complete player. He’s smart defensively and has great offensive flair. He’s fun to watch,” added Didmon...

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The Hot Corner: Saints ... Devils ... playoffs ... as it should be

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

by KALLE OAKES..LEWISTON — Whaddya say, St. Dom’s and Lewiston hockey loyalists? Same time, same place, next year? Few administrative decisions in high school athletics elicit more hand-wringing, objection and outright bellyaching than Maine Principals’ Association class structure and assignment of schools. Even Tuesday, as hockey’s Class A final four prepared to lace it up at Androscoggin Bank Colisee, coaches and overseers elsewhere in the state were putting pen to paper or bloviating on behalf of other sports’ future playoffs. Do basketball and football, for example, require four classification levels, or five? And where is the East-West line of demarcation drawn? Or should we call it North-South? We see the politicking as it pertains to the puck, too. Hockey’s prevailing system has its detractors. Three classes would be fairer than two, some say. Others suggest a matrix that assigns teams according to recent success and long-term tradition rather than raw enrollment numbers...

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Lawrence/Skowhegan forward a Travis Roy Award semifinalist

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Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Cody Martin, one of the top seniors in Class A, is among eight finalists..FAIRFIELD — Cody Martin has been the football team’s starting quarterback and ace of the baseball team’s pitching staff in his career at Lawrence High School, but where the senior feels most at home is on the ice. “Hockey is my passion,” Martin said. “…I just get that feeling when I step out on the ice that it’s where I belong.” On Tuesday the first line center for the Lawrence/Skowhegan co-op boys hockey team (11-7-1) had his hard work recognized when he was named a semifinalist for the Travis Roy Award. Martin finished the season with 35 goals, 26 assists and a face-off winning percentage just under 90 percent in helping lead the Bandits to the No. 4 seed in Eastern A, where they lost to No. 5 Edward Little in the quarterfinals...

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Coach Gary Fifield calls final time out after superb USM career

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Fifield, 62, is retiring after a 27-year stint as one of the nation's most successful NCAA Division III women's basketball coaches..GORHAM — Gary Fifield kept his composure for the most part, at least until things got personal. As he thanked just about everyone at the University of Southern Maine athletic department for their support of his women’s basketball program, Fifield brought up his family: his wife of 34 years, Mary, and his 32-year-old son, Ashley. Then he choked up. “They’ve been very supportive and understanding and really made a lot of sacrifices so I could pursue a career in coaching,” Fifield said, fighting back tears. “You really miss a lot of family time when you’re a coach.” He’ll soon be making up for lost time. Fifield, 62, announced his retirement Tuesday after a 27-year stint as one of the nation’s most successful NCAA Division III women’s basketball coaches...

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Messalonskee's back in state title game

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 4th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Eagles pull away to beat Winslow 8-3 for their fourth straight regional championship..ORONO — Jake Dexter and Jared Cunningham felt right at home at Alfond Arena Tuesday night. The duo, making their third and fourth career Eastern Class B championship game appearances, combined for 10 points as the Messalonskee High’s boys’ hockey team cruised to an 8-3 win over Winslow for its fourth straight state finals appearance. Cunningham, a junior, finished with a goal and five assists, and Dexter, a senior, notched a pair of first-period goals to go along with two assists. Brandon Nale, the other first-line forward, had three goals. “We had about a three-minute collapse and they got a few points in, but overall I felt like we had good control of the game,” Messalonskee Coach Joe Hague said...

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