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Telegram's boys' basketball All-State team

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The best of the best this season..Stephen Alex, Portland, senior forward: Alex was co-player of the year in the SMAA. He averaged 16.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, and led the league with 4.0 steals per game. He played in two Class A state finals, winning as a junior and losing as a senior. He was outstanding on the fast break. Drew Bartlett, Marshwood, senior guard: Bartlett led the SMAA in scoring at 22.1 points and made 66 3-pointers, 17 more than anyone else. Portland Coach Joe Russo said, “We put a guy in his face in both games and he still had 18 and 20 points against us.” Bartlett finished with 740 career points, 407 as a senior. He will play at Emmanuel College in Boston.

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Fifth class for basketball could create new rivalries

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

One reason Maine Principals’ Association committees have proposed adding a fifth class to the state’s high school basketball ranks beginning next season is to reduce the student enrollment differential between the largest and smallest schools in each class. The idea is to give the smallest teams in a class a better chance to be competitive against the bigger schools, since the larger schools wouldn’t start with an advantage based on the overall number of students from which to draw athletes...

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Hartford takes series opener from UMaine baseball team

Sport: University Of Maine Baseball  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Ryan Lukach belted a two-run home run to highlight a four-run sixth inning Saturday that carried the University of Hartford to a 10-5 victory over the University of Maine in an America East baseball matchup at Fiondella Field in West Hartford, Connecticut. The two teams played only one game after …

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Improving UMaine women's basketball team poised to become a champion

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

There was no storybook ending, but the 2014-15 season marked a bright chapter in the resurgence of the University of Maine women’s basketball team. The Black Bears, who were knocked out of the America East tournament in the semifinals by Hartford, closed out the campaign on Friday with a 71-60 …

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Mayo named Gatorade Player of the Year

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 21st, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Division I-bound senior helped turn Messalonskee basketball around..Something struck Nick Mayo when his coach at Messalonskee, Pete McLaughlin, called him Thursday night and asked him if he could be at the high school bright and early Friday morning. “He told me to meet him at the school at 6:45 a.m.,” Mayo said. “I knew something was up.” His suspicions were confirmed when he arrived in McLaughlin’s classroom to find not only his coach but his parents, Scott and Jennifer, waiting for him...

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Villanova's 3-point barrage ends UMaine women's basketball season in WNIT

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 21st, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Villanova University torched the University of Maine defense early and often on Friday night, building a 19-point halftime advantage on the way to a 71-60 basketball victory in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Wildcats (20-13), who were knocked out …

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Longtime basketball official, tourney director will be missed

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The state’s sports scene lost one of its most enduring contributors with the death of Bob Whytock on Sunday in Augusta at age 83. While Whytock turned in standout seasons as a tight end on the University of Maine football team in the early 1950s before embarking on a long, successful career as a Cony High School educator, my memories of him are as a longtime high school basketball official and director of the Western Maine high school basketball tourneys in Augusta...

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UMaine hockey team expects difficulty replacing two players

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The struggling University of Maine men’s hockey program has suffered a significant setback with the departure of 2013-14 second-team All-Americans Devin Shore and Ben Hutton. Head coach Red Gendron and assistants Jay Leach and Ben Guite knew this was the likelihood and prepared for it during their recruiting. Even though neither player had the type of season they hoped for, they will be difficult to replace on a team that has a 14-22-3 record to overcome. Both passed up their senior years to sign pro contracts: Shore with Dallas and Hutton with Vancouver...

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Nick Mayo of Messalonskee wins Gatorade boys basketball honor

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Nick Mayo has parlayed a dominant senior season at Messalonskee High School of Oakland into selection as the 2014-15 Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-8-inch, 225-pound forward from Belgrade becomes the second Messalonskee player to earn the award, which was announced Friday morning, joining 1991 recipient …

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Buzzer-beating shot in overtime lifts Hampden by Lisbon for unified basketball state title

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

LEWISTON — Maine’s first officially sanctioned season of unified basketball was an unqualified slam dunk. Perhaps fitting, then, that it ended with the next-best thing — a buzzer-beating hook shot in overtime. Hampden Academy senior David Manzo’s flick of the wrist found nothing but net as the horn sounded, …

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Former UMaine player Devin Shore earns All-Hockey East second-team honors

Sport: University Of Maine Hockey  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

University of Maine junior center Devin Shore, who recently signed a contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, was named to the All-Hockey East second team at the league’s awards banquet in Boston on Thursday night. Junior defenseman Ben Hutton, who has signed with Vancouver, was named as an honorable mention. …

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Fournier named to All-Eastern Maine Class A team

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Sophomore goaltender Derek Fournier was among six members of the Bangor High School hockey team to earn All-Eastern Maine Class A honors. Senior Jake Fournier and junior Trevor DeLaite, both forwards, were chosen to the first team along with junior defenseman Ben Crichton and goalie Fournier. Senior forward Nick Graham and senior defenseman Sam Huston were picked to the second team. Lewiston’s Jamie Belleau and Lawrence-Skowhegan’s Ted Fabian were named the co-coaches of the year...

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Kramlich wins Spear Award

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Western Maine Class B Coaches Associations held its annual awards banquet Sunday in Portland. Greely goaltender Kyle Kramlich was named the Evan Spear Award winner as the most outstanding player in Western Class B. The award was established to memorialize Evans spirit and passion for the sport of hockey. …

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Patriots scout evaluates UMaine players pursuing elusive NFL dream

Sport: University Of Maine Football  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

ORONO | Earning a spot on a National Football League roster is the goal of many Division I college players. For most, the quest goes unfulfilled. On Thursday morning, a group of seven former University of Maine football players and another from Southern Connecticut State University tried to prove …

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With pressure off, UMaine women's basketball team shoots for more offense against Villanova

Sport: University Of Maine Basketball  Message Board

Posted: March 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The University of Maine women’s basketball team was on a tremendous roll during the America East Conference season. The Black Bears registered 14 consecutive victories before losing their regular-season finale at New Hampshire. While coach Richard Barron’s team continued to play good defense, it appeared to lose its offensive mojo …

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