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Bucs roll past Redskins in intense affair

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Nicole Hawkes

Click here to view photo gallery from this game. Georges Valley (2-0) kept the ball rolling against visiting Wiscasset (0-2) during Monday afternoon’s varsity girls soccer matchup at Sam Pendleton field.  The Bucs came away with a 2-1 victory, outlasting the Redskins in an intense second half of play.

Scoring for Georges Valley in the first half was Holly Ames-Allan.  Danielle Frye scored in the second half, and both goals were assisted by Bethany Snow.

Wiscasset’s goal came on an unassisted score from Haley Grant.

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Dirigo slides past Madison in holiday matchup

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes

It may have been a holiday for some, but many high school girls and boys had games to play this holiday and the Dirigo (1-1) girls traveling to Madison (0-2) was just one of many. The Cougars made it worth their while as they traveled home with a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs.

Dirigo received two goals from Emily Chase in the first half. The first at 28:22 from Jane Hebert and the second from Lindsey Brann at 26:43.

“The veteran front line of Chase, Brann and Moretto applied the pressure and cashed in on two in the first half,” said Dirigo coach Art Chamberlain. “Sound play in the midfield and good defensive support especially from Kirstin Blood at sweeper short circuited many scoring tries from Madison.”

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Greyhounds stop Ramblers

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes, Staff Writer

LISBON — Lisbon High School admittedly is still trying to solve its identity as a girls' soccer team this fall.

The problem for the rest of the Mountain Valley Conference is that it's having an even tougher time figuring out who the Greyhounds are, much less how to beat them. And by the time the league deciphers those clues, it might be too late.

Ashley Beaulieu scored a goal in each half Monday afternoon, and a still-developing Lisbon defense performed admirably from start-to-finish in a 3-0 victory over Winthrop.

"I thought it was going to be a little tough in the beginning of the season, because we lost a lot of seniors," said Lisbon co-captain Renee Moore.

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Football: Bangor Rams cruise to victory over Skowhegan

Sport: Football  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Bangor Rams cruise to victory over Skowhegan
By Skip Hawkes

BANGOR-Before the season began all the hype was how good the Bangor Rams football team was going to be in 2009, and if their opening game was any indication of how the rest of season will go the Rams backed up that hype with an impressive 41-12 victory over 2008 Eastern Maine Class A defending champion Skowhegan at Cameron Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The game was part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NFL pre-season game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers on September 5, 1959 played at Garland Street field (Cameron Stadium), and the Rams opened the game jumping out to a 21-0 lead.

Lonnie Hackett opened the scoring with a 30 yard scamper off a shuffle pass from quarterback Joe Seccareccia with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Bangor made it 14-0 with 3:19 remaining in the quarter when Josiah Hartley blocked a Skowhegan punt and Nate Henigan picked it up and took it 52 yards for a touchdown.

In the second quarter Hartley made it 21-0 Bangor on a nine yard run into the right corner of the end zone with 11:20 left on the clock. Skowhegan got on the score board on a 30 yard TD reception from quarterback Jordan McGowan to Devon Withee to cut the Bangor lead to 21-6. A Skowhegan 37 yard drive ended abruptly when McGowan fumbled a snap on the Bangor 22 and the Rams recovered.

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Football: Nokomis downs Windjammers in first official varsity game

Sport: Football  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes
NEWPORT — It was a beautiful day for football Saturday as the Windjammers traveled to Newport to face off against Nokomis in the season opener for both teams.

When it was all said and done the Warriors came out on top 27-12 to spoil the first official varsity game in three quarters of a century for the Windjammers

“Nokomis’ big play to open up the game and at the end of the first half was essentially the difference in this evenly matched contest,” said Camden Hills coach Linwood Downs. “‘Jammers played hard in opening game, too many mistakes and penalties to overcome against tough Nokomis team. Will regroup and get back at it with this weeks practice, getting ready for Leavitt.”

The Windjammers got some good yardage on the ground and in the air as they combined for 273 total yards; rushing, Jake Powers (12 carries, 47 yards), Downs (5-90), Adam Landwehr (1-0), Owen Mahan (1-7), and Jake Halberg (1-3); passing, Downs (5-8, 64 yards, 1 TD, 1 INTt), and Landwehr (8-10, 62 yards). receptions, Denman, (4-56), Cam Gartley (3-32, TD), Landwehr (1-8), Powers (2-16), Thomas Kennedy (2-10), and Summers (1-4).

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Football: Tigers rout Red Riots in season opener on the gridiron

Sport: Football  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes

ROCKLAND — The Rockland (1-0) football team got off to a great start to the 2009 season with a solid outing against Orono (0-1) at Wasgatt Field Friday night before a good sized crowd of enthusiastic fans.

The Tigers came on strong after punting the ball on their first possession and finished the game with a 34-0 victory.

The defensive line for Rockland was just too powerful for the Red Riots as the Tigers crashed through the line time and time again putting pressure on Orono’s quarterback Bryce Mehnert not allowing hm to get set on any plays and forcing him to get rid of the ball before being sacked.

Tyler Fogg led the rushing for the Tigers (159 yards, 26 carries), Dylan Meklin (25-2), Donald Prescott (24-6), Coby Boutot (22-5), Dan Hendricks (21-3), Raheem James (18-4), Jared Meklin (14-2), Sam Meklin (8-2), Jake Ortiz (1-1) and Henry Marsh (1-1)

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Football: Crusaders squeak out season opening win over Bucksport

Sport: Football  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Crusaders squeak out season opening win over Bucksport
Sunday, September 6, 2009
By Skip Hawkes

BANGOR—Saturday night at Husson University, Bill Wetherbee scored the go ahead touchdown in the closing seconds of the third quarter and Mark Dieuveuil notched a perfect point after that would prove to be the winning point as the John Bapst Crusaders squeaked out a 19-18 victory over Bucksport in the mutual season opener. The game was a home contest for Bucksport on the schedule, but due to field problems at Bucksport the game was moved to a neutral site.

With the game tied 12-12 in the third quarter, Wetherbee punched across the goal line from two yards out with just 38 seconds left to play in the quarter. Dieuveuil then sent the ball through the crossbars for a perfect point after that gave the Crusaders a 19-12 lead.

Bapst held on to the 7-point lead through the fourth quarter until Alex Giosia scored on a 1-yard run with 1:08 left in the game to cut the Bapst lead to 19-18. The Golden Bucks, struggling in the kicking game, had tried the 2-point conversion unsuccessfully twice during the game and had an opportunity to win the game on their third attempt. Quarterback Sam Carmichael tried a bootleg around the left sideline only to be pushed out of bounds within inches of the goal line pylon allowing the Crusaders to hang onto the one point lead. On the Bapst final possession, quarterback Shane Hass took a knee on all four downs allowing the clock to run down and give John Bapst the opening game victory.

Pre-season struggles continued right into the opening game of the season for the defending 2008 LTC Class C State Champion Crusaders. With 15 wide receivers listed on the roster, Bapst is having problems finding someone who can catch the ball. This was very evident in the opening quarter, along with a number of penalties including one that called back a 43 yard touchdown run by Hass. Bucksport struggles with the kicking game, and that proved costly with three failed conversion attempts when no one was available to kicj an extra point.

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Golf Notebook: Young Erskine off to 'encouraging' start

Sport:   Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


Unlike other Erskine teams that seem to bounce from Class A to Class B every couple years, the Eagles' golf team is a fixture in Class A. So when the Eagles had early matches with Bangor and Messalonskee, they were aware of what awaited them.

"We knew that early in the season we were going to face some tough teams," Erskine coach Mike Soule said. "Basically, we wanted to be competitive. We lost 9-0 and we lost 7-2, but we wanted to be competitive score-wise, and a lot of those matches came down to the last couple holes."

Senior Kelin Kruithoff has been Erskine's No. 1 player since the beginning of his junior year, and Soule said Kruithoff shot a 35 in a recent practice and is consistently around 40. Sophomores Simon Rollins and Paden Pillow have found a groove in the low 40s.

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Cross Country: (preview) Monmouth looking for another run to glory

Sport:   Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse, Staff Writer
MONMOUTH —Anyone familiar with the history of Monmouth cross country would have a hard time imagining the Mustangs as a "Cinderella story," but that's exactly what they were in 2008 when they won the Class C boys' state championship.

  "The last five races leading up to states we had people sick, we had people out, so it looked like we were nowhere near ready," senior Elliott Kahl said. "We got lucky it all ended up coming together."

"At the state meet, seven guys had the race of their lives," co-coach Tom Menendez said. "We were kind of in the shadows before that. The state meet is when it all came together."

Catching anyone by surprise is pretty much out of the question this year. The Mustangs are expected to compete with favorites Boothbay and perennial power Lisbon for Mountain Valley Conference and Class C supremacy.

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Cross Country: Caribou boys, girls win Ellsworth Invitational

Sport:   Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Dacie Manion underwent an interesting training experience this summer.

The Old Town High School junior took six weeks off from running and did some hiking with her family in Colorado, which she figured would help with discipline and toughness in her mentally challenging sport.

So far, so good, as Manion outkicked a pack of some of the region’s top runners Saturday to win the individual girls title in 18 minutes, 13.38 seconds at the season-opening, 2.84-mile Ellsworth Invitational.

In the boys race, Gabe Stewart, a sophomore at John Bapst High of Bangor, won with a different plan, leading from wire to wire and winning going away in 14:54.16.

The Caribou boys and girls went on to win the team competitions, also in contrasting fashions.

The Viking girls moved up late in the race to push past John Bapst 58-62 in a battle of Class B contenders.

Presque Isle and Ellsworth each

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Easton 7, East Grand 1

Sport: Soccer ( Boys)  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Corey White scored four goals as Easton defeated East grand 7-1.
Holden Turner tallied three goals and assisted on two of White’s goals for Easton. Cody Tompkins made five saves on six shots. Andrew Gilman scored off a Logan Crone assist for East Grand,  Abe Brittain and Alex Brittain combined to make 25 saves on 32 shots.

Red Claws Name Assistant Coaches

Sport:   Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Red Claws Release: 
Red Claws Name Assistant Coaches

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that Randy Livingston and Mike Procopio have been named assistant coaches. The announcement was made by Red Claws General Manager and President Jon Jennings.
"The addition of Randy Livingston and Mike Procopio, along with Head Coach Austin Ainge, gives the Red Claws an outstanding coaching staff as we enter our inaugural season," said Jennings. "Randy Livingston brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach at the NBA D-League and NBA level. Mike Procopio rounds out our staff with his exceptional background as a player development coach. It is a testament to what we are building here in Maine that coaches of their caliber wanted to be a part of the Red Claws."
RANDY LIVINGSTON: Randy Livingston, 34, led the Idaho Stampede to the 2008 D-League championship, retiring at the end of the season following a 12-year playing career to become the team's associate head coach under Bryan Gates, now a Sacramento Kings assistant coach. Once the top rated high school player in the country, Livingston's college and pro careers were hampered by injuries. Utah Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor referred to Livingston as "Not a good player - a great player" telling a Deseret News reporter "he was (among) the Jason Kidds of the world back then" before knee injuries curtailed his college career at Louisiana State. After being limited to just 29 games at LSU, he entered the 1996 NBA Draft and was selected in the second round (42nd overall) by the Houston Rockets. Over the next 12 seasons, he saw playing time with the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and Utah Jazz.
During his playing career, Livingston also spent time in the Turkish basketball league, playing for Galatasaray, and with the CBA's Sioux Falls Skyforce and Idaho Stampede. The Idaho Stampede is where Livingston made his mark. Following a five-year playing career with the team, which joined the D-League in 2006, Livingston announced his retirement after leading the Stampede to the 2008 D-League championship.  The 2006-07 D-League MVP left the team as its all-time leader in total points (2,428), assists (1,517) and games played (163). On April 10, 2009, Livingston became the only player in Stampede team history to have his jersey retired when his #32 was raised to the rafters of Qwest Arena near the 2008 championship banner. Mayor David Bieter proclaimed April 10 as "Randy Livingston Day" in the city of Boise. Following his retirement as a player, Livingston joined the Stampede as associate head coach, helping to lead the team to a 31-19 record and a second place finish in the West Division this season.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have a coach of Randy Livingston's caliber to help me," said Red Claws Head Coach Austin Ainge.  "Randy knows the game, knows our league, and has experience at every level of basketball.  I trust Randy's instincts and basketball IQ implicitly and will rely heavily on his opinion."
MIKE PROCOPIO: Considered among the top player development coaches in the country, Mike Procopio is a sought-after commodity among basketball's elite, including Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Paul Pierce (Celtics), Devin Harris (Nets), Mike Finley (Spurs) and Dwayne Wade (Heat), who seek out his expertise to refine and develop their games. His drills focus on footwork and technique, teaching players the advantages of explosive footwork, scoring off the dribble, taking advantage of a defender's weakness and eliminating wasted motion, among other skills.
A Revere, Massachusetts native, Procopio is the Director of Basketball Operations for Attack Athletics in Chicago, Illinois, a 65,000 square foot gym that trains approximately 80 NBA players and 20 top level college players each summer. Attack Athletics provides a cutting edge platform for athletes to sharpen their skills and become more effective players, using the latest research and technology. Along with current NBA players, Attack Athletics works with many of the top draft picks with a pre-draft program that emphasizes skill training and how to showcase their skills during camps and workouts.
Owned by Tim Grover, who was Michael Jordan's personal trainer for fifteen years, Attack boasts a clientele that includes Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade and Andre Iguodala. Procopio, who has been with Attack Athletics for four years, made headlines this past season as a personal strategic game management coach to Kobe Bryant. Procopio, 34, would provide Bryant with statistical information on his upcoming opponents and give him scouting reports on how utilize his own skills as well as his teammates to be successful. As Bryant told Yahoo! Sports in June "To have someone as dedicated to the game as (Procopio), it was great for me. He could see things from the outside looking in that sometimes get a little cloudy when you're in the moment of the battle. ... All the time he would send me things I hadn't thought about."
A Suffolk University graduate, Procopio spent four years with the Boston Celtics as a scout primarily overseeing overseas players before joining Attack Athletics. He traces his current career back to his start as an assistant for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club under Leo Papile, Rick Pitino's then assistant coach at Boston University who later became the Celtics' director of player personnel, where he began working with the BABC players including Chris Herren. As word spread, he began working out players from area colleges. Procopio's experience also includes stints as a high school coach at Revere High School and Notre Dame Prep, both in Massachusetts.
"Along with having four years of NBA front office experience, Mike Procopio regularly works out some of the best players in the NBA," Ainge said. "His experience and ability to develop players should make our team a desirable place for every player looking to make a jump to the next level.  As soon as I got this job, Mike was one of the first calls I made because of his experience teaching the game."
SEASON TICKET UPDATE: The Red Claws have now sold 1,203 season tickets and continue to lead the 16-team NBA D-League in ticket sales and revenue. The Red Claws also presented five additional fans with a free season ticket after they successfully sunk a half court during this past weekend's Pick-A-Seat open house.
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Football: Keefe helps Bapst stop Bucksport

Sport: Football  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Wetherbee leads offense in Crusaders’ victory

By Andrew Neff
BDN Staff
BANGOR, Maine — A year ago, John Bapst senior Dan Keefe was all that stood between a winning touchdown for Bucksport and bitter defeat for the Crusaders.

Saturday night, he found himself in an eerily similar situation, once again with the game on the line.

In 2008, Bucksport back Nate Warren ran through him to give Bucksport a one-point victory, but this time around, Bapst’s 5-foot-8, 150-pound defensive back made the play of the game.

“Last year, we were in overtime and it was the last play. Nate Warren came up and I hit him, but he ran over me and scored the touchdown,” Keefe said. “Tonight, I thought they were going to throw it, then I thought they’d run up the middle, but they made it a bootleg.”

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Penobscot Valley 2, PCHS 1

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Katie Whitten scored on a second-half rebound during a goal-mouth scramble to break a 1-1 tie in a mutual season-opener. Jordan Leveille had tied the game in the first half after PCHS’s Sammi Brown had opened the scoring.

Jocelyn Thomas made nine saves on 18 shots for the winners while Meranda Hunt finished with 17 stops on 28 shots for PCHS.

DI-Stonington 1, Schenck 1 (2OT)

Sport: Soccer ( Girls)  Posted: September 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

Laura Nicholson scored the tying goal with 36:18 remaining in the game as the Wolverines and Deer Isle-Stonington battled to a tie through two overtimes.

Kira Burleigh stopped 13 of 14 shots for Schenck.

Meaghan Robinson scored for the Mariners in the first half on an assist from Esther Adams. Chelsea Brown made 16 saves on 19 shots.

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