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First-inning home run lifts Messalonskee to 'A' softball crown

Sport: Softball  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Messalonskee Eagles managed just one hit in the Class A softball state championship game.

 

And as far as they’re concerned, it’s still soaring through the air.

 

Kristy Preglovisk’s first-inning home run and the two-hit pitching of Kirsten Pelletier propelled Messalonskee to a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated Scarborough in Saturday’s state final at Cony High School to earn the Eagles their first championship since 2005.

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Marshwood looks to make history with state title

Sport: Lacrosse (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — About an hour before the Marshwood High School girls lacrosse team stormed its home field, rejoicing in the first regional championship in program history, Messalonskee was doing the same some 200 miles North on the campus of Thomas College in Waterville.

 

First-time Marshwood vs. first-time Messalonskee. If you’re looking for a fun storyline entering today’s Western Maine Class A championship game, that one should do the trick.

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Messalonskee girls lacrosse continues to persevere in honor of teammate Cassidy Charette

Sport: Lacrosse (Girls)  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

OAKLAND — Before each game this season, Messalonskee High School girls lacrosse coach Ashley Pullen wrote three points of emphasis for her team on a dry-erase board.

 

The specifics of the first two fluctuate from game to game, but each generally is related to either the team’s offense or defense.

 

The third always remains the same: “Play like it’s your last.”

 

It is a lesson the Eagles came to know all too well this offseason. Last October their teammate Cassidy Charette was killed in a hayride accident in Mechanic Falls. Pullen and members of the team said they have continued to keep Charette in their minds and have found ways to honor her both on and off the field.

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Messalonskee set for Scarborough showdown

Sport: Softball  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUGUSTA — Messalonskee softball coach Leo Bouchard knows it’s going to take a monumental effort for his Eagles to topple undefeated Scarborough in the Class A state title game Saturday at Cony High School.

 

He also says that counting the Eagles out would be a mistake.

 

A big, big mistake.

 

“I really think my pitching can hold them at bay,” Bouchard said. “I think my defense can do the job, too. I really think we match up well. We are very confident. This is the most confident group I’ve ever had. Everyone is on the same page. They all exude that confidence. I mean, who in the beginning of the season thought we could beat Bangor three times? I am sure those same people are thinking we can’t beat Scarborough.

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Tilton happy to be part of Richmond dynasty

Sport: Softball  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

RICHMOND — For the vast majority of Richmond’s softball players, returning to St. Joseph’s College’s Richard W. Bailey Field for the Western Class D championship on Tuesday brought back a flood of memories of last year’s regional championship win over Greenville and other success they’ve had on that field.

 

Most of the reminiscing had to do with getting a hit or making a catch in last year’s 7-2 win over Greenville. For freshman catcher/pitcher Sydney Tilton, though, the memories were of being a spectator watching the Bobcats win five Western D titles and a state championship over the last five years.

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Scoville helps Scarborough make all the plays, big and small

Sport: Softball  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

SCARBOROUGH — Tom Griffin, the Scarborough High softball coach, tries to make sure his players are ready for any situation. So he puts them through a variety of drills in practice each day.


Among them is one he calls “bomb the first baseman.”

 

It’s really simple. “One after another, the other kids rifle the ball at her,” said Griffin. “And they throw bad balls – in the dirt, high, wide. We want our first basemen to catch and react. It’s a great way to get them so that they don’t have to think so much.”

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The Dragons take on South Portland for the Class A state title Saturday.

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

BRUNSWICK — They were fourth-graders back in 2007, when Brunswick won its first Class A boys’ lacrosse state title.

 

“I was actually on the (sideline) for the second half so I was pretty pumped up about that,” said Cameron Glover, now a senior and the eldest son of Coach Don Glover. “It was awesome growing up, watching those guys.”

 

Turns out that was the only state title for the Dragons, runners-up to Scarborough and Portland the following two seasons, and to South Portland last year.

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Bryant adds boys varsity basketball to his coaching duties at Mattanawcook Academy

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

LINCOLN, Maine — Chris Bryant hopes to bring some of the success he recently experienced as a first-year varsity baseball coach indoors next winter at Mattanawcook Academy.

 

The 31-year-old Bryant, who guided the MA baseball team to a 14-4 record this spring, was approved as the Lynx’ new boys varsity basketball coach by the RSU 67 board of directors Thursday night.

 

“My goal was to be a head basketball coach, and I was hoping to do it before 30 but I guess 32 is not bad,” said Bryant, whose birthday comes at the end of June.

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EL and UMaine Alum Troy Barnies on Z105.5's "Breakfast Club"

Sport: Basketball (Boys)  Message Board

Posted: June 20th, 2015 by Matt Boutwell

Troy Barnies, former Red Eddies and Black Bears basketball star, has been playing pro basketball overseas, including the last two seasons Latvia. He stopped by Z105.5's Breakfast Club for a wide-ranging interview. Check it out below. 

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Eight Maine teams await chance to win state baseball gold

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: June 19th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Eight high school baseball teams from around Maine will pursue the same goal Saturday — a state championship.

 

Bangor will seek to repeat as the best of Class A when it faces South Portland at 3 p.m. at Morton Field in Augusta, and Camden Hills of Rockport will try to win its first state title against defending Class B champion Greely of Cumberland Center at 4:30 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

 

The Class C final is set for a 3 p.m. first pitch from Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium with Bucksport squaring off against Saint Dominic Academy of Auburn. Stearns of Millinocket and Searsport will meet for their battle for Class D honors at 1 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s College.

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Telstar peaks at the right time

Sport: Softball  Message Board

Posted: June 19th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

STANDISH — Nearly every hitter in the Telstar softball lineup trudged back to the dugout during the team's first meeting with Madison this season.

 

The Rebels struck out 11 times, and only two hitters in the order avoided the sting of a strikeout in a 2-1 loss.

 

That was something the Rebels knew they had to correct if they saw the Bulldogs again.

 

"We've got to make them get 16 or 17 outs," Telstar coach Jim Lunney said. "We had to put the ball in play.

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Class C baseball championship: Saints no underdog, but they wear label well

Sport: Baseball  Message Board

Posted: June 19th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

AUBURN — Not many high school baseball teams knock off the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in a region to reach a state championship game.

 

We know Saint Dominic Academy has never done it in a baker’s dozen years of excellence under the watchful eyes of Coach Bob Blackman, because, well, the Saints are always one of those two clubs atop the bracket.

 

Whether or not the Saints are really a dark horse going into Saturday’s Class C final against Bucksport at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor (3 p.m.), they have played the role with award-winning flair.

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