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Basketball: Second Annual Matthew Budrow Memorial Tournament Successful

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: November 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Lincoln Academy hosted the second annual Matthew Budrow Memorial Basketball Tournament on Saturday with seven teams in attendance. The tournament was a fundraiser for the Matthew Budrow Scholarship Fund. The popular Eagle coach was killed in a tragic snowmobile accident in 2008.

Lincoln Academy boys defeated Wiscasset and Erskine. LA girls and Medomak girls defeated Wiscasset and lost to Brunswick. Wiscasset boys lost to Lincoln and Erskine.

A brief game summary of the tournament is as follows:

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FOOTBALL: Powers, Backus Fitzy semifinalists

Sport: Football  Posted: November 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


Mt. Blue High School's Ryan Backus and Lawrence High School's Christian Powers are among the 11 semifinalists for the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, given to the top senior football player in the state.

The top three vote getters will be named finalists in mid-December. The award will be handed out at the annual banquet Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Other semifinalists include: Nic Crutchfield of Dirigo, Ryan Curit of South Portland, Thomas Foden of Cape Elizabeth, Lonnie Hackett of Bangor, Jack Mallis of Windham, Ryan Stroud of Foxcroft, Eric Theiss of Leavitt, Steve Trask of Thornton and Bill Wetherbee of John Bapst.

Powers, a running back/linebacker, rushed for 1,207 yards and scored 27 touchdowns as Lawrence went 7-1 in the regular season in the Pine Tree Conference's Class A division. He was second in the conference in rushing behind Hackett, who ran for 1,491 yards and 18 TDs in the regular season.

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KENNEBEC JOURNAL GIRLS SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior leads surge in the game at Hall-Dale

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: November 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer

Meg Cousins admits she and her father Guy haven't always seen eye to eye on the soccer field.

Her dad is her coach at Hall-Dale High School and she is one of his top players.

"We butted heads a lot this year, but we both got something out of it," Meg said. "We just learn so much from each other. He's definitely my biggest role model and teacher."

Hall-Dale enjoyed its best season ever this fall, finishing at 13-2-1, losing only to eventual Class C champion Georges Valley. As senior stopper for the Bulldogs, Cousins anchored the defense and usually initiated the offense. While her father was coach on the sidelines, she was a coach on the field.

For her efforts, Cousins has been named Kennebec Journal Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Also considered were Cony's Tori Fowler and Gardiner's Ashley Abbott

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KENNEBEC JOURNAL GIRLS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR: Dineen leads Gardiner to banner year

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: November 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Staff Writer

Gardiner girls soccer coach Matt Dineen has yet to ask his players to ice the ball or shoot from the blue line. But he does incorporate principles of ice hockey, a sport he also coaches at Gardiner, when he's on the soccer field.

"I approach it exactly the same," Dineen said. "Systems work if players do their jobs within the systems."

Dineen played both sports in high school and college and sees further similarities.

"I like the movement," he said of soccer. "It's the same thing with hockey. It's all about flow and movement. And you've got to think to play."

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Football: TA quarterback named 1 of 10 finalists for Fitzy Award

Sport: Football  Posted: November 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Trask a finalist
In what is perhaps the biggest non-surprise to fans of Southern Maine high school football, Thornton Academy quarterback Steve Trask was named a semifinalist for the Fitzpatrick Award on Tuesday.

The award is presented every year to the most outstanding high school football player in the state.

Trask, a senior, has been a proven winner during his time with the Golden Trojans. In his two years as a starter, he has led the Trojans to a 19-1 record and two playoff appearances.

Trask was even a winner before making the varsity team, leading his freshmen football squad to an undefeated record.

His statistics make him a viable contender as well. In his career at Thornton Academy, Trask has run for

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Hockey: Fadrigon returns to Old Town as assistant

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: November 26th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Larry Mahoney
BDN Staff
Gene Fadrigon has come full circle.

The man who guided the Old Town High School hockey team to two state Class B championships during his 15-year tenure has returned to Old Town as an assistant coach.

He became the head coach at Old Town in the third year of the program after being an assistant there.

Fadrigon was the head coach at Bangor’s John Bapst High School last season and led the Crusaders to a 16-2 record and their first-ever top seeding for the Eastern Maine Class B playoffs. Presque Isle, the fourth seed, upset John Bapst 5-1 in the semis en route to winning the EM title.

He had assisted Aaron King at Bapst the two previous years, but King and his family moved to North Carolina and Fadrigon took over the job.

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Don't expect every call to go your way

Sport:   Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The area on the basketball court where I spent most of my time as a player resembled more of a street fight than an athletic event. After considerable time spent "in the paint" I learned that every slap on the wrist or push in the back wasn't always going to be recognized. If I had expected the official to put me at the foul line every time I felt I deserved it, I would have been continually distracted and agitated and less likely to stay committed to my goal. In life, like in a basketball game, people will try to derail you from your goals, some will even try to do it dishonestly. You can spend your time complaining and letting everyone around you know about it, or take it all in stride and remain focused.


MORNING SENTINEL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Mt. Blue's Cullenberg steps up to friendly challenge

Sport:   Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY SCOTT MARTIN, Sports Editor

Kelton Cullenberg tries to be two different people on race day. Pre- and post-race Kelton catches up with the friends he has made during his cross country career. In-race Kelton wants nothing more than to beat those friends.

Beating those friends, however, isn't always easy. It seems the Mt. Blue senior's closest friends in cross country are among the best runners in the state. They include two-time Class A state champ Will Geoghegan and Liam Cassidy of Brunswick, Jason Kaake of Morse, and Jack Terwilliger and Taylor Dundas of Cheverus.

"I never expected this to happen," Cullenberg said. "We are really close."

Still, Cullenberg held his own in what Cony coach Shawn Totman called one of the most talented group of seniors "Maine high school cross country has ever seen." He finished third in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and Eastern Maine Class A regional championship meets, then finished fourth at the Class A state meet. Finally, he finished 10th at the New England regional.

For his outstanding season, Cullenberg has been named the Morning Sentinel Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Madison Area Memorial High School's Matt McClintock was also considered.

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Girls basketball: York announces varsity roster; captains named

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Jay Pinsonnault
The York High School girls basketball team was back on the floor last week for the first time since last February's Class B state championship loss to Waterville.

"It was nice to get back on the court," York head coach Rick Clark said.

Clark said about 40 girls came out to last week's tryouts.

"That's just about the same number as previous years," Clark said, "but we didn't have as much freshmen and had more juniors."

Clark announced his varsity roster last Wednesday, including four underclassmen. Freshmen Emily Campbell and Marquis MacGlashing and sophomores Andrea Mountford and Addie Labonte made the team.

Juniors include Stephanie Gallagher, Niki Taylor, Chelsea Morley and Lindsey Contella. Seniors are Emma Clark, Emily Graziano, Liz Cartier and Amanda Bouman. The team selected Clark, Taylor and Gallagher as the three tri-captains.

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Girls hockey: Wildcats ready for start of season

Sport:   Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Jay Pinsonnault
The York High School girls hockey team is more than ready to get back on the ice this season.

The Wildcats, entering their seventh overall season, played their first year associated with the Maine Principals Association last season, winning 11 games and placed fourth in the Western Maine Conference. The previous years they played as a club team.

York head coach Kevin Banfield is hoping to improve on last year's record in a season which York lost to Falmouth in overtime in the first round of the tournament.

"We're going to be respectable," Banfield said. "We have 18 games on the schedule, and I'd like to get at least 12 wins, one more than last year would be good."

Banfield said the team will dress 20 players and he will use four lines to go along with six defenseman.

"We have a strong team," Banfield said. "We have a very deep bench. We'll be using 20 girls every game and I think that will be an advantage for us."

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Basketball: Numbers rising for (York) boys basketball program

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Jay Pinsonnault
There were 23 athletes in the York High School boys basketball program when Randy Small took over as head coach at the beginning of last season.

One year later, 50 players showed up on the first day of tryouts.

"It's a good sign the program is going in the right direction," Small said.

Small said the first week of practice went a whole lot smoother than last year's opening week.

"We're so far ahead from last year," Small said. "The kids have an understanding of the system now and we can get a little bit more in detail of what we want to do. The kids really enjoy the up-tempo style of basketball. We want to play hard-nosed defense and run. The kids are understanding what we want to do."

Seniors Jared Prugar and Sam Leal are the team's two captains. Small expects to carry between 13 and 15 players on the varsity roster.

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Football: When Portland and Deering met on Thanksgiving in 1959, so much more than bragging rights was on the line.

Sport: Football  Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

The game they'll never forget  
By TOM CHARD, Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Fifty years ago, Deering and Portland high schools staged arguably the most memorable Thanksgiving football game in the 98-year history of the rivalry.

A crowd estimated at 12,000 descended on Portland Stadium, now Fitzpatrick Stadium, in anticipation of seeing something special. They weren't disappointed.

The Class A state championship was at stake when the teams, both with 7-1 records, squared off.

"When we came out onto the field and I saw the crowd, it gave me goose pimples," said Anthony Mancini, Portland's fine two-way tackle. "It was the most people I had ever seen at a game. It broke all kinds of attendance records."

Back in 1959, there was no high school football playoff system. State champs were based on best record and head-to-head competition. Each team had been upset: Deering lost to Lewiston 14-13 despite a 2-to-1 margin in yards, and Portland lost to Cony, 9-7.

On Nov. 26, 1959, the Rams and Bulldogs had the best records and there was little doubt they were the best in the state. Portland, with a senior-laden team, began the season as a state title favorite. Deering knew it had a talented team in preseason but wasn't sure how it would come together; the Rams had graduated some key players from the 1958 season.

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Girls Hockey: Saints, Devils battle to draw

Sport:   Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Justin Pelletier, Assistant Sports Editor, Online

LEWISTON — To be continued.

In the first meeting of the season between rivals Lewiston and St. Dom's on Tuesday, the only thing the teams figured out was that they each have a pretty darn good goaltender.

Nicole Keene stopped 42 of the 43 shots she faced for the Saints and Sarah Turner turned aside 18 of the 19 she saw in the Blue Devils' cage as the rivals battled to a 1-1 deadlock.

"All things considered, this early in the season, we're absolutely all right with a tie," Lewiston coach Ron Dumont said. "No one is pushing the panic button."

"For the start to the season we have on the schedule, to be where we are right now, we're pretty happy," St. Dom's coach Don Boucher said.

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KENNEBEC JOURNAL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Cony senior Fontaine gets out of funk to finish season strong

Sport:   Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BY SCOTT MARTIN, Sports Editor

The season started so well for Luke Fontaine.

The Cony High School senior geared up early in the preseason for the Scot Laliberte Invitational, the annual preseason meet which features many of the top runners in Eastern Maine. When he outran defending Class A state champion Will Geoghegan of Brunswick to the finish line, Fontaine knew he had taken his place in the history of Cony boys cross country.

The regular season progressed nicely after that until É Fontaine went into a funk. He and coach Shawn Totman have no other way to explain it. He just struggled.

For Fontaine, the lowest moment came when he finished 18th in the seeded race at the Festival of Champions.

"Festival of Championships was one of the worst races I have run," Fontaine said. "After that, I almost felt like giving up."

Fontaine didn't give up, he fought through it. Fontaine came back to finish fifth in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A meet, fourth in the Eastern A regional and sixth in the Class A state championship meet, competing against what Cony coach Shawn Totman called one of the most talented groups of seniors "Maine high school cross country has ever seen."

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Track: Bangor begins its indoor track workouts, New coach wants team acclimated

Sport:   Posted: November 25th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff
Even though Maine’s winter sports teams were allowed to open preseason practices last week, indoor track and field teams generally wait until after Thanksgiving to get going, since the first meets of the season usually fall at the start of Christmas break.

But Bangor decided to jump into the fire a tad early, as the Rams, armed with a new head coach in Jamie Cooke, kicked off their preseason on Monday.

“It was all light stuff, just to get them used to the training environment at Bangor and the warm ups,” said Cooke, who will be joined by assistants Shannon Fotter (sprints), Peter Sund (jumps) and other volunteer assistants.

The first Eastern Maine Indoor Track League meets are the weekend of Dec. 18-19.

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