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Pirates fall to Worcester, 5-3. Former Maine coach Roy Sommer of the Worcester Sharks sets an AHL record by coaching his 1,275th game.

Sport: Portland Pirates

Posted: March 27th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Glenn Jordan..LEWISTON — On a night when the visiting coach – a former Maine Mariner – made history, the Portland Pirates continued their futility inside the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The Pirates fell into an early hole and couldn’t climb out, losing 5-3 to the Worcester Sharks, whose coach

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Steve Solloway: There's a puzzling piece missing from Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

Sport: Basketball (Girls)

Posted: March 27th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

Cindy Blodgett deserves to be in the first class. Uh-oh. The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame revealed the list of its inaugural inductees Wednesday and Cindy Blodgett’s name wasn’t on it. What, the player who was the face of women’s basketball in Maine for four years at Lawrence High of Fairfield, then four more at the University of Maine, didn’t make the grade?... 

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Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 27th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its inaugural Hall of Fame class. Each of the Inductees is well known to Maine basketball fans and all have left a legacy of excellence and accomplishment on Maine’s basketball history. The first class, which represents all regions of the state, will be inducted in a ceremony on August 21st at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.   Players : ...

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Inaugural Maine Basketball Hall of Fame class turns heads

Sport: Basketball (Boys)

Posted: March 27th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

by Michael Hoffer..PORTLAND—The inaugural class of the long-awaited Maine Basketball Hall of Fame was unveiled to the public Wednesday morning at a ceremony at the Cumberland County Civic Center. And is it ever an impressive group. In all, 16 players, five coaches, one official, one contributor and one team will... 

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Forecaster Country: It was a starry winter indeed (part 1)

Sport: Basketball (Boys)

Posted: March 27th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer..After a winter season of so much triumph and drama, it's no surprise that an abundance of standout athletes from Forecaster Country found their way on to postseason all-star lists. Here's a glimpse:  

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Girls hockey: Portland Jr. Pirates advance to second straight Tier II U-19 national championship

Sport: Hockey (Girls)

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Jay Pinsonnault..Kendall Carr said she was a little surprised with the caliber of play at last year's Tier II U-19 girls hockey national championship in California...

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Hermon All-American to play soccer at the University of Maine

Sport: University Of Maine Soccer

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Larry Mahoney...Dynamic Hermon High School soccer player Kaitlin Saulter, who was named the state’s girls soccer All-American by the Maine Soccer Coaches Association, will play the sport at the University of Maine next fall. Saulter, a striker/attacking midfielder...

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Maine athletes maintain significant presence on UMaine's Division I team

Sport: University Of Maine Football

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Pete Warner..ORONO, Maine — Cindy Blodgett. Billy Swift. Eric Weinrich. Bob Warner. John Huard. Heather Hathorn. Jesse Labreck. They are among the most celebrated athletes ever to play at the University of Maine. All were products of Maine high schools. Best known for its men’s ice hockey, baseball, football and women’s basketball teams, UMaine is the state’s only Division I...

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Who is taking care of your athletes?

Sport: Baseball

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Richard B. Garini..It is often the decisions made in the moments immediately following an injury that can have the greatest impact on the athlete’s recovery and even the severity of the injury. What type of injury is it, how severe and whether can the athlete be safely moved off the field or can the athlete return to play are questions that must be answered immediately in order to keep the athlete safe and minimize the risk of further injury...

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MPA to conduct survey to gauge interest in 5-class format for high school basketball

Sport: Basketball (Boys)

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark..AUGUSTA, Maine — A possible five-class format for Maine high school basketball will be among the topics on a survey the classification committee of the Maine Principals’ Association soon will distribute to school officials around the state. Declining student enrollments and the southward migration of the state’s population have swelled …

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Brewer football coach Don Farnham steps down

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark..BREWER, Maine — Don Farnham, who guided Brewer High School through a series of transitions within Maine’s high school football landscape during the last eight years, has stepped down as the Witches’ head coach. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” said Farnham...

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Gray-New Gloucester, Dirigo name new coaches

Sport: Football  Message Board

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

by RANDY WHITEHOUSE..A veteran head football coach and a first-timer have filled a couple of local coaching vacancies. Former Portland assistant Mark Renna is the new head coach at Gray-New Gloucester. He replaces Jim Hersom, who was confirmed as the new head coach at Dirigo on Monday...

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Portland slopestyle skier Kilbride going to Italy for Junior Worlds

Sport: Skiing

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Glenn Jordan..As a slopestyle skier, Keegan Kilbride is used to catching big air. But flying all the way to Italy? That was something of a surprise. An 18-year-old Portland native who is a senior at Carrabassett Valley Academy, Kilbride beat out a field of 16 to win the Junior National slopestyle championship two weeks ago in Park City, Utah...

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Steve Solloway: More than a sliver of shiver

Sport: Lacrosse (Girls)

Posted: March 26th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

The USM women’s lacrosse team so wanted a win, and a hot shower. Katie Grenier was cold and getting colder. The senior defenseman for the University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse team couldn’t pretend she was warm any longer. She started to shiver...

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High school pitchers, catchers start preseason workouts despite lingering winter conditions

Sport: Baseball

Posted: March 25th, 2014 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark..BANGOR, Maine — Record-breaking low temperatures buffeted by chilling northwest wind gusted over fields of play blanketed by a deep, hard pack of snow — not exactly ideal conditions for the boys of summer as the last full week of March commenced. “It was really cold,”...

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