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Bangor pitcher Sam Bedore named Miss Maine Softball

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 30th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff
Sam Bedore better have a huge trophy case in her home, because the accolades just keep pouring in for the Bangor High School pitcher.
The Rams’ righthander, the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year who led Bangor to its first-ever Eastern Maine Class A championship, was named Miss Maine Softball Tuesday night, given to the state’s top senior player.
Bedore was presented with the award after she played for the Maine squad in the Maine-New Hampshire senior all-star game at St. Joseph’s College in Standish.
The Maine All-Stars defeated their Granite State counterparts by a 10-1 score.

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Legion baseball: Six-run second propels Northern Oxford County

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 29th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Bob McPhee, Staff Writer
RUMFORD-When Northern Oxford County team comes together and plays as a unit good things will happen and that was certainly evident Monday evening in an American Legion baseball game.

Connor Blais tripled to jump start a six-run second inning picked up the win on the mound in a 9-2 triumph over Swasey-Torrey The contest was stunning because rosters consisted of the same players that had Dirigo mercy rule Mountain Valley twice during the high school season.

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Dirigo searching for new boys' soccer coach

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: June 29th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Kevin Mills, Staff Writer

The Dirigo High School boys' soccer program is looking for a new coach and hopes to line up candidates for interviews this week.

Dennis Hanson stepped down this spring after four seasons with the Cougars.

"We're trying to get the interviews done ASAP on it," said Charlie Swan, Dirigo's athletic administrator.

Hanson declined to be interviewed and stated in an email that he had "changed jobs and moved on from Dirigo." He stated that he preferred to keep his decision and reasons private.

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Yarmouth boys' lax coach steps down; Craig Curry won four state titles in seven years

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Posted: June 29th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Michael Hoffer

Craig Curry, who inherited a Yarmouth boys' lacrosse program on the cusp of greatness and led it to six regional and four state championships in seven seasons, has stepped down.

Curry led the Clippers to the pinnacle in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009 and in his three other seasons was denied by a single goal in the final game. He won 97 of 107 games in his tenure.

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Basketball: MBR 17u-Townsend fundraises for national event

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: June 28th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

by Tom Nolette, MBR

MBR Basketball Club                                                           
P.O. Box 251
Poland, ME. 04274
Phone: 207-210-1823
email: tom@mbr.org

June 2010

Dear Basketball Enthusiast,
The MBR17u basketball team competes during the off-season AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) program. The team has been practicing and playing since March. The team recently qualified to represent Maine at the weeklong AAU National Tournament.  We are writing in hopes that you may help us defray part of the players' cost to attend the week long National event with your tax deductable contribution.
The MBR 17u team is made up of 11 players from 7 different schools.  The roster represents some of the best High School players in Maine.  Matt Townsend coaches the team.   The roster is as follows:        

Name                  School                  Height  Year of Graduation
Zach Bean           Scarborough            6’3”  2011
Griffin Brady        Cheverus                 6’5”  2011
Vann Brazz          Kennebunk              6’5”  2011
Nick Burns            Cheverus                 6’2”  2011
Matt Dube           Kennebunk              6’1”  2011
Edwin Grant          Westbrook              6’3”  2011
Fred Knight          Hampden Acad.       6’7”  2012
Soren Madsen      Windham                6’5”  2012
Christian Mccue    Hampden Acad.       6’0”  2012
Connor O'Neil      Cheverus                6’2”  2011
Dennis Ross        Deering                  6’3”  2011

This year's team will compete at the prestigious National 17u AAU Tournament in Orlando, Florida. This is a great opportunity and a wonderful experience for these fine players.  The opportunity to compete against the best players in the country is something that they will always remember.  The opportunity also provides them a chance to see where they stack up against these top players. 
The 6 days of competition at the National tournament will cost each player an average of $800.00 excluding meals.  We are now in the process of raising money.  If you wish to make a tax deductable donation your kindness would be greatly appreciated.  Checks can be made out to MBR Sport/MBR17u-Townsend and can be mailed to: MBR.ORG, P.O. Box 251 Poland, ME. 04274. or use your visa or mastercard on MBR.ORG secure server and make contributions in increments of $20 at:  http://www.mbr.org/products.php?p=57  If you have any questions feel free to contact Tom Nolette at 207-210-1823. 

Thank You!!

West Gardiner boy to throw out 1st pitch at Fenway

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 28th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Gary Hawkins 

Jackson Hickey will be on the mound Tuesday night at Fenway Park, not as a replacement for the battered Red Sox staff but to throw out the first pitch.

The 11-year-old from West Gardiner will be center stage on disability awareness night prior to Boston's game against Tampa Bay. Jackson's mother, Jayne, entered her son's name into a contest promoted by Exceptional Parents Magazine and got a response within 24 hours.

"I filled out (a form) and I saw the Red Sox were an option," she said. "I said 'I'd really like to make his dream come true.' "

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Hoop Camp celebrates 40 years of basketball fun

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: June 27th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer

CASCO — The courts were surfaced. The cabins were clean. Fern Masse had used his vast basketball connections to assemble the top coaching and playing talent in the state — Len MacPhee, Dick Whitmore, Leroy Rand, Ray Miclon. Paul Bessey, Matt Donahue, and Barry Peaco — to serve as coaches or counselors.

A week before its first session in 1971, Hoop Camp had everything it needed for a grand opening.

Everything except hoops.

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Baseball: Oxford Hillsí Verrier garners Winkin Award

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 26th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

ORONO — Matt Verrier first came to the University of Maine as an eighth-grader to attend the Black Bears’ summer baseball camp.
He returned to campus Friday night to pick the state’s highest award in his favorite sport — the 19th annual John W. Winkin Award symbolic of Maine’s Mr. Baseball for 2010.
Winkin, the longtime for-mer coach at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson University, was on hand to make the presentation.
The award, and his participation in the Larry Mahaney East-West Senior Classic that followed, marked the climax to a whirlwind few weeks for the catcher from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris.

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Basketball: Tracy takes over at Poland

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: June 25th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer

If the foundation for a successful winter of basketball is built in the summer, Tyler Tracy should have a good head start in turning around the varsity boys' basketball program at Poland Regional High School.

Tracy is the new coach of the Knights, taking over for Gregg Rose, who stepped down after compiling a 9-27 record in two years with the Knights.

Poland co-curricular director Don King said Tracy "displayed energy and excitement throughout the (hiring) process," and apparently Poland's players are making the same impression on their new coach.

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Softball: West Senior All-Stars gain sweep over East

Sport: Softball  Posted: June 25th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Players show off offensive skills

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff
AUGUSTA — While a number of the top pitchers in the state were delivering heat Thursday night, plenty of balls were flying over the fence at Cony Family Field.
Maine’s top senior softball players strutted their stuff in fine fashion, and it was the West which came away with the sweep, taking the Classes A-B All-Star game 12-6 on a bright, sunny afternoon.
The Western C-D All-Stars earned a 10-3 triumph in 6½ innings in the first game. That contest was halted after the top of the seventh due to the 1-hour, 45-minute curfew rule to get game two started on time.
The games were co-sponsored by the Maine High School Softball Coaches Association and the Frozen Ropes Training Facility in Portland.

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McPhee's memoirs get new look

Sport:   Posted: June 24th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes, Staff Writer

Like any artist, Bob McPhee believed that his 2004 autobiography, "It Could Be Worse," could have been better.

"I was not satisfied," McPhee said, "because I realized there were so many omitted details and grammatical errors. I just felt I could have done better and that the readers deserved more."

Two years later, McPhee's longtime friend, coach and colleague, Ted Reese of Topsham, sensed the writer's lack of closure and offered his assistance as an editor and sounding board.

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Biddeford baseball players get back to work

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 24th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer

BIDDEFORD — Sometimes, the best way to get over something is getting back to work.

Just days after the Biddeford baseball team lost 1-0 in the Maine Class A state championship game to Oxford Hills, the players hit the field for its first American Legion contest of the season, beating York 2-1 on Tuesday night at St. Louis Field.

Biddeford head coach Casey Roy said it helps the group to get back on the field.

“Certainly it does, getting out here, starting a new season, getting back to baseball being fun,” Roy said. “You could hear the crickets chirping tonight, no fans in the background. It’s a little tougher to get motivated, baseball isn’t really a rah-rah sport, they did a good job tonight getting motivated enough to get the victory.”

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Daughter mirrors parentsí success in track

Sport:   Posted: June 24th, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff  
A frustrating feeling was setting within Alex Crocker after a disappointing 10th-place finish in the 400 meters at the Class C state track and field championships earlier this month. 

But a half-hour later, the Orono High School junior was the happiest person at Foxcroft Academy after repeating a feat her mother, Christine (Ocana) Crocker, accomplished in her senior year at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, winning the 300-meter hurdles.

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Baseball:UM-bound Verrier adds title to resume

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 23rd, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff
Matt Verrier has plenty to celebrate these days, but little time for celebration.
Already named the state’s 2010 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Verrier added state champion to his resume last Saturday as Oxford Hills of South Paris edged Biddeford 1-0 for the Class A title at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.
“This is the ultimate thrill,” said Verrier after the game. “We’ve wanted this for so long, and all the extra hit balls and all the other extra work have paid off.”
A fourth-year starter at catcher for the Vikings, Verrier batted .460 for coach Shane Slicer’s club this spring with two home runs, 28 RBIs, 17 walks and just four strikeouts.

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Baseball: Panthers quickly make baseball name for themselves

Sport: Baseball  Posted: June 22nd, 2010 by Tom Nolette

By Travis Lazarczyk

First, the Waterville Senior High School baseball team went 62 years between state championship game appearances.

After that Class A championship game loss to Deering in 2001, it took the Purple Panthers another nine years to make it back to the final.

Call it an educated guess, but it probably won't take Waterville nearly a decade to make it back to the championship game. It certainly won't take a few generations.

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