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Field hockey: Sister act at Mt. Blue

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online

FARMINGTON — Kaitlyn and Meghan Bullen looked at each other and laughed.

Simultaneously, the sisters, two years apart at Mt. Blue High School, blurted out, "We can read each others minds."

They giggled again.

The answer left no mystery to the question they'd been presented, which pertained to how the pair knew so well what the other was doing on the field hockey pitch.

"She's always there, wherever I hit it," Kaitlyn said.

Kaitlyn, a senior, and Meghan, a sophomore, will suit up and see significant time this season on the Cougars' varsity front line. Coach Jeannine Paradis is hoping that obvious connection will result in significant gains for the team as a whole.

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Maineiacs bounce back to win final preseason test

Sport:   Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Staff Writer

A bit road-weary and plenty angry after a lopsided loss to Saint John on Monday, the Lewiston Maineiacs mustered up what energy they had left Tuesday and fired back at the Sea Dogs in a home game played at Fredericton, New Brunswick's Willie O'Ree Place.

Stefan Fournier collected two goals and three points and Eric Gelinas had one of his best games of the preseason with a goal and a helper to lead the Maineiacs to a 6-1 victory over Saint John in their final preseason tuneup of the summer.

"One of things we saw and we were most impressed with is how hard these kids battled tonight when they were so tired," Maineiacs' coach Don MacAdam said. "This was their fourth game in six nights, and they played very well."

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Football: Maranacook honors Gibson

Sport: Football  Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Maranacook honors Gibson

READFIELD -- Ricky Gibson III was already in their minds. Last week, he finally got on their helmets.

In what first-year coach Joe Emery described as a moving experience, the father of Gibson, Ricky II, distributed the decals that the Black Bears will wear on their helmets this season.

The decals will honor Ricky Gibson III, who died in April after complications due to an inoperable brain tumor.

"I thought it was appropriate," Emery said. "There was nothing like it. It really hit home with the players again. We're such a tight-knit group."

The Black Bears this season will play on the newly lit Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams. It was Gibson's wish that lights would be installed at the school's football field. Thanks in part to a $6,000 donation from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, his dream became reality.

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UMaine gets chance to work out kinks in opener

Sport:   Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The Black Bears face a Division II team as they try to sustain the momentum of 2008's playoff season.

By JENN MENENDEZ, Staff Writer

The University of Maine football team will open its 2009 season at 7 tonight by hosting Division II St. Cloud State.

That's right, the football team.

The Maine hockey team has played St. Cloud State seven times in the last 22 years, going 5-1-1, but the schools have never met on the football field.

"We're hoping to get a win and give us momentum into the season," said Black Bears quarterback Michael Brusko. "I want us to come out and be sharp, be as disciplined as we can. It'll be our fault if this game comes back to haunt us."

St. Cloud State was a late fill-in on the Maine schedule. The game wasn't added until April.

Maine originally was scheduled to open at Florida State on Saturday, but ESPN wanted the Seminoles to play Miami on Monday night.

So, Maine agreed to alter its schedule and play Syracuse this year as its Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. That game is on Sept. 26, which Syracuse had available.

That meant Maine had to scramble to find an opponent for Labor Day weekend or start off on the road and not open at home until October.

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Red Claws: They're starting to take shape

Sport:   Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By RACHEL LENZI, Staff Writer

The Red Claws begin the task of creating a roster by picking 10 players in an expansion draft.

PORTLAND — It's taken more than a decade to bring professional basketball back to Portland.

But within 35 minutes Wednesday, the Maine Red Claws began the process of trying to assemble a roster that will take the floor at the Portland Expo this fall.

Via a teleconference call at the team's offices, the Red Claws selected the rights to five forwards and five guards in the NBA Development League's expansion draft.

"I'd say this was harder than I expected," said Red Claws Coach Austin Ainge. "It's easy to judge talent but it's difficult to judge talent and availability. We tried to do the best we could to anticipate the talent level that was there and each player's availability."

Maine's picks included James White, a 6-foot-7 guard from the University of Cincinnati who averaged 25.9 points in 34 games with Anaheim of the D-League last season. He recently signed with the NBA's Houston Rockets and will open training camp there.

Another was John Lucas III, a former Oklahoma State standout and the son of former NBA player and coach John Lucas II. The younger Lucas spent last season with the D-League's Colorado 14ers and with Tau Ceramica, a professional team in Spain.
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Sea Dogs take their new role seriously

Sport:   Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By KEVIN THOMAS, Staff Writer

Portland plays the spoiler with a win one day after getting eliminated from playoff contention.

PORTLAND — No longer contenders, the Portland Sea Dogs have taken on a new role:


The Sea Dogs hindered Trenton's pursuit of an Eastern League playoff spot with a 5-3 victory Wednesday night at Hadlock Field.

Ryan Kalish tied the game with a two-run triple in the sixth, and then scored the winner on Jorge Jimenez's single.

The Sea Dogs, who were eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night, improved to 64-72.

"After (Tuesday) night, it would have been easy to ride and hide and finish it up," Sea Dogs Manager Arnie Beyeler said. "But the guys are working hard and getting after it."

Trenton (67-69) fell two games behind New Britain (69-67) in the battle for the final playoff berth in the Northern Division. The Rock Cats beat Reading 11-6 Wednesday night.

Trenton, a New York Yankees affiliate, has five

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Cross Country: Cougars are poised for EM championship run

Sport:   Posted: September 3rd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

When reading Mt. Blue High School senior Melody Lam’s weekly training blogs on the running Web site Milespit, it’s pretty easy to see why the Cougars’ frontrunner is exuberant for this cross country season.

The Cougars from Farmington not only have one of the state’s top individuals back for another run at a top finish this fall, but the main reason Lam and coach Kelley Cullenberg are beaming with excitement is the lethal pack of gold-and-blue runners that will make Mt. Blue one of the favorites in Eastern Maine Class A.

“That’s a good sign, and we do have some additions that have shown a pretty decent amount of potential. That’s nice to see, too,” said Cullenberg.

Mt. Blue graduated one senior off a team that finished second in the KVAC and Eastern Maine championship meets.

In addition to Lam, the Cougars return sophomore Addie Cullenberg, juniors Shelby Aseltine, Gwen Beacham and Caitlin Douglass and senior Lindsey Keenan.

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Presque Isle downs Caribou

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Chandler Guerrette and Megan Ireland scored second-half goals to break the tie and lead Presque Isle (1-0) to an opening day victory over Caribou (1-2) Wednesday night in Caribou.

Kelsey Park faced nine shots and earned the shutout for Presque Isle.

Brittany Doak held off 25-of-27 shots for Caribou.

Basketball: ( Keegan Hyland) Sniper Setting Up Visits

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Sniper Setting Up Visits
by Dave Telep of www.scout.com
September 1, 2009 at 3:09pm ET

Keegan Hyland Profile

Need a shooter? How about heading up to Maine, it’s beautiful this time of the year.
South Portland High is home to 6-foot-4 sniper Keegan Hyland. The senior wing is a dedicated craftsman, getting in 1,000 makes a day. “Some days I’ll go less, some days I’ll go more,” Hyland said.

Last Friday he visited Vermont unofficially and he’s heading to William & Mary Sept. 12 for an official. Over 20 schools have offered. Rhode Island and Elon are next up on the visit list. Wright State called and has made an impression.

Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Northeastern, Holy Cross, Boston U., Columbia, Quinnipiac, Rhode Island, Fordham and St. Bonaventure have shown interest.

“I might take an official to Vermont, Northeastern’s in the mix and Fordham too. Wright State talked a good game.”

Last year Hyland scored 28 points a game and shot it over 40 percent from downtown.


Football: MBR.ORG / WGME 13 Top 10 H.S. Football Poll!

Sport: Football  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

MBR.ORG / WGME 13 Top 10 H.S. Football Poll!

The High School football season kicks off Friday night! Please  Click to watch video  of our preseason Top Ten H.S. Football poll!

Preseason top 10

1. Windham( Eagles)
2. Lawrence(Bulldogs)
3. Bonny Eagle(Scots)
4. Skowhegan( Indians)
5. Bangor(Rams)
6. Mountain Valley(Falcons)
7. Thornton Academy(Golden Trojans)
8. Cape Eliazbeth( Capers)
10. Morse(Shipbuilders)

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Wadsworth powers Bucs past Tigers in preseason hockey

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
By Ron Hawkes

Watching the Georges Valley and Rockland field hockey teams battle it out to a 2-1 Georges Valley win Tuesday afternoon you had to sit and wonder what these two schools combined would produce for a field hockey team. While the combination of the two schools from RSU13 may be a few years away, the prospects of a bright future for both of these teams was evident in the style of play and the intensity both teams brought to a preseason game.

Trailing 1-0 in the second half Georges Valley’s Ariana Wadsworth went to work applying pressure on Rockland goalie McKyla Follet knocking the ball off the boards twice to give Georges Valley the hard fought 2-1 win.

Wadsworth had three shots on goal, all in the second half, converting two of them, one with an assist from Brooke Fournier.

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Boys Soccer: Tigers and Bucs face off in preseason tie

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

 By Nicole Hawkes

The Rockland District High School boys soccer team played hard against visiting Georges Valley High School during Tuesday afternoons preseason match-up.  Both teams managed one goal apiece, ending the scrimmage in a 1-1 tie.

Scoring for Rockland in the first half of play was Aiden Hadley, assisted by Brandon Jiminez

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Field hockey: Defending champions have bulls'-eye once again

Sport: Field Hockey  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Jay Pinsonnault

Barb Marois said the bull's-eye has long been attached to the back of jerseys of her York High School field hockey team.

The Wildcats won their first Class B state championship last year and the success they have enjoyed in Marois' nine years as head coach has always meant they would get the best their opposition had to offer. Nothing is different this season.

"It seems like we're always wearing the bull's-eye with the success we've had in the past," Marois said.

The Wildcats return six starters from last year's historic team which went 14-3-1 overall and defeated Nokomis 1-0 in the state championship game at Hebron Academy for the program's first state championship. York lost to Belfast in three straight Class B state championship games in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

"Every year, it's a new group," Marois said. "It's a different mind-set. But we've been fortunate that whenever we've lost a lot of players, we've had the next group be able to step in and contribute."

Senior Ali Graziano, who scored the only goal in last year's title game, returns at midfield, along with seniors Kellee Cribby (forward), Stephanie Lomasney (forward), and juniors Hannah Keating (midfield), Shelly Potter (back), and Chelsea Morley (back).

Other members of team include senior Katherine Hird (forward), juniors Lindsey Contella (back), Emily Garry (back), Catie Keenan (back), Shaunna Peard (back), Shelly Potter (back), Carrie Prestridge (forward) and Beka Sarson (forward/midfield), sophomores Meghan Boria-Meyer (midfield), Elizabeth Florentino (midfield), Cari Posternak (forward/midfield), Haley Spencer (back) and Shelby Spencer (forward/midfield) and freshmen goalies Amanda Kasbohm and Olivia Drew.

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Football: York opens season Saturday at Falmouth

Sport: Football  Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Football: York opens season Saturday at Falmouth
By Jay Pinsonnault

Experience counts.

And York High School football coach Randy Small has a lot of experience to work with this season.

The Wildcats return 20 starters from last year's team which went 6-3 in the regular season and lost to Cape Elizabeth, 21-13, in the Western Maine Class B semifinals.

"We have a lot of depth at some good positions," said Small, who is entering his 13th year at the helm of the Wildcats. "We want to play well and get better as the season goes on and have an opportunity to play in Novembe (postseason)."

The Wildcats return their entire starting offensive line, which will block for a plethora of backs, including junior Brad Stevens, who was York's leading rusher in its final four games last season.

"He's an up-right runner with a very unorthodox style," Small said. "He goes against every grain of how to run the football, but he breaks tackles and is very powerful. He's a strong runner. Once he learns to lower his shoulder, he will be great."

Injuries gave Stevens the opportunity in the York backfield the final three games of the regular season and he didn't disappoint

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Relays give runners first chance to test racing readiness

Sport:   Posted: September 2nd, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By GLENN JORDAN, Staff Writer

Local schools take part in the Chandler Relays less than a week away from the first official meets.

CUMBERLAND — Emily Attwood checked her watch as she crossed the grassy finish line at Twin Brook Recreation Center, took a few steps, then fell to both knees. Clutching a table for support, she regained her footing and soon had her breathing under control.

Recovering from a cold the previous week and a night-before-school-starts completion of a Jane Eyre essay, Attwood capped the preparations for her final high school cross country season by breaking 12 minutes to win top individual honors Tuesday in the Bill Chandler Relays.

"Last year I ran 12:08," Attwood said. "I really wanted to beat my time from last year and, if possible, break the course record."

Attwood's winning time was 11:57, faster than the mark of 12:02 set in 2004 by fellow Cape Elizabeth runner Elise Moody-Roberts. But the course has undergone a few changes over the years and is now slightly shy of 2.0 miles.

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