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Frame, Taylor, Sorrell, Burchill, Manduca selected to first team

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: April 11th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin
BDN Staff

Waterville’s Morgan Frame stands high above the rest for several reasons.

Among the 15 players named to the 33rd annual Bangor Daily News All-Maine girls basketball team, the 6-foot-1 senior center, who annexed Maine Gatorade Player of the Year and Miss Maine Basketball honors, is the lone returnee from the 2007-08 squad.

Joining Frame on the first team are York sophomore Nicole Taylor, Noble of North Berwick senior Sloane Sorrell, Deering of Portland senior Diana Manduca and Deering sophomore Kayla Burchill.

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Fairchild back on diamond

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


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It didn't take Tip Fairchild long to find a new baseball team.

Released 10 days ago by the Houston Astros organization, Fairchild signed a contract this week with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.

The former University of Southern Maine pitcher and Monmouth native was en route to his new team, based in Bridgewater, N.J., on Thursday to get in some preseason work. The Patriots are scheduled to begin their season April 23.

"While I'm feeling good like this I've got to keep pitching," Fairchild said. "I didn't want to wait for the Can-Am League."

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Flaherty to lead Husson field hockey team

Sport:   Posted: April 10th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Larry Mahoney
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Katie Flaherty has high expectations for her Husson University field hockey team and is excited to be part of a school that is “thriving and growing.”

The 25-year-old former University of Maine field hockey captain was introduced as Husson’s coach on Thursday.

She will replace Sharon Tracy, who resigned in January after six years. Tracy led Husson to a 43-47 record and five straight North Atlantic Conference postseason berths.

“Our first goal will be to win the NAC. If you win the NAC, that puts you into the NCAA Tournament. We don’t just want to go [to the NCAA Tournament] and say ‘Yea, we made it.’ We want to go and be competitive and, maybe one day, reach the top,” said the Winslow native

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Winthrop nearly drops the ball

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 9th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kevin Mills  ,  Staff Writer
Thursday, April 9, 2009

WINTHROP - For the better part of two weeks, the Winthrop softball team practiced.

It wasn't until last Friday that the Ramblers knew exactly what they were practicing for.

"For awhile we thought we'd come to practice and not have anything to do after," said senior outfielder Emily Ellis.

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Morin ready for final season at Thomas

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette


As a college senior, Brittany Morin already has one foot in her future world.

Morin, a Winslow High School graduate, is working part-time with the Falmouth Police Department. She's already completed basic training, so this is just something to keep what she learned fresh in her mind before she becomes a police officer after graduation.

"With school and playing softball, it makes it difficult," Morin admitted. "But I'll be working the rest of my life once I graduate, so I'm soaking up the time right now, you know?"

Cheerleading is in the Scripture

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes  ,  Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

LEWISTON - Cheering at an international sports competition is an endeavor that traditionally has involved cowbells and air horns.

Now you can add dance, somersaults and aerial stunts to the mix.

Amanda Scripture of Raymond is one of 60 men and women from across America - and the only one from Maine - involved in permanently changing that definition

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LaPointe is Hall of Fame inductee

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

by Bob McPhee
RUMFORD - For Steve LaPointe, the passion still burns deeply and after four memorable decades, his commitment and dedication are being recognized by the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame.

LaPointe is slated to be inducted into the MBHOF during ceremonies on July 26 at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The Rumford native has worn a number of different hats throughout the years, however, regardless of the situation his intentions were geared to enhancing the beauty of the sport.

Blood resigns after one year at Brewer

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: April 7th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

BREWER, Maine — The Brewer High School boys basketball program will have its third varsity coach in as many seasons next winter after the recent resignation of Clayton Blood from the post after one year.

Blood, an English teacher at the school, took a Brewer team that finished 6-12 in 2007-08 and led it to a 14-4 regular-season record in his only season at the helm. That was the team’s best regular-season finish in 25 years —- since Brewer finished 17-1 in 1984.

For a good cause

Sport: Football  Posted: April 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Randy Whitehouse  ,  Staff Writer
Monday, April 6, 2009

LEWISTON - It's going to be played on a new day and time this year, but as the 150 or so participants in the 20th Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic and their families found out Sunday, the game still has the same profound meaning.


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Nick Arthers fuels offense for Husson Eagles

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 6th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Larry Mahoney
BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Husson University catcher Nick Arthers had a weekend to remember.

Lyndon State College’s Hornets are just thankful he’s a senior.

Arthers went 10-for-12 with two homers, a triple, four doubles and 13 runs batted in as Husson capped a four-game sweep with 6-5 and 20-1 triumphs on Sunday at the Winkin Baseball Complex.

Husson took Saturday’s twinbill 11-1, 10-1.

Arsenault pitching strong for Mules

Sport: Softball  Posted: April 5th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes  ,  Staff Writer
Sunday, April 5, 2009 Sometimes a year away from your sport is career-ending.

The competition dramatically improves its game. Your team changes its approach, and suddenly there's no longer a place on the roster. Or maybe the requisite rust is too much to overcome.

Colby College and its softball foes have only one question about comeback kid Randi Arsenault these days.

Arthers brothers compete together for first time

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 4th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes
Associate Sports Director/Photo Editor

BANGOR (April 3): Both of the Arthers siblings were standout athletes at Belfast Area High School, but they never got the chance to compete together on the same team. Now both Nick, a senior, and Jake, a freshman, are on the same baseball squad playing together at Husson University in Bangor.



MacDonald released from Blue Jays, signs with Angeles

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 4th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Mark Haskell
Village NetMedia Sports Reporter

Mike MacDonald's five-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays organization has come to an end.

The 27-year-old pitcher, who has split time during the past five years in many of Toronto's minor league affiliates, was released by the Blue Jays March 27, according to Blue Jays Director of Minor League Baseball Operations Charlie Wilson.

In his five years in the Toronto organization, MacDonald compiled a record of 39-32 with a 3.87 earned run average. He started 104 of his 135 games played and racked up 405 strikeouts during that time.

MacDonald was not unemployed for long, as he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim less than a day after his release. According to MacDonald's father, Paul, MacDonald appears to be in the running for a spot in the starting rotation on the Angels AAA squad, the Salt Lake City Bees.

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Rogers on the mend

Sport: Baseball  Posted: April 4th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Bob Conn, Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK — To say that former Mt. Ararat High School pitching standout Mark Rogers has had a frustrating time of it since being drafted fifth overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft would be an understatement.

Following consecutive lost years after two shoulder surgeries, Rogers is attempting another comeback with the Brewers this spring.

However, for the first time in a long time, the 23-year-old fireballer is pitching pain-free and looking for a successful, injury-free season.

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Football coming to Hermon

Sport: Football  Posted: April 4th, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Ernie Clark
BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — Step by step, Hermon is becoming a football community.

The town’s school committee voted unanimously this week to approve fielding a football team at the high school next fall.

That team, which will start out competing on the junior varsity level, will be evaluated annually and funded separate from the school budget.


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