High school football 2014 regional final predictions

As a group, the panel went 9-1 last week and is 81-19 through nine weeks. Robert Beatham, Toby Nelson, Frank Johnson, and David Mosley each went 10-0 with their picks last week.

Beatham has the overall lead with a mark of 82-18. Nelson and Aaron Howard are two games behind, while Skip Hawkes and Johnson are three games behind with two weeks remaining.

This week it is regional final time around the state. We will pick all eight regional championship games, one college game, plus one NFL game.

Husson field hockey has a date with Mt. Holyoke in first round NCAA tourney game

Brit Mellor scored her first goal of the season at just the right time for the Husson University Eagles field hockey team.

Mellor lifted the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the UMF Beavers in the North Atlantic Conference championship game when she put the ball past goalie Patricia Smith with 3:35 remaining in the second overtime.

Smith and outstanding defense kept the underdog Beavers in the game. Husson (9-8) out-shot UMF 67-2. Smith recorded 30 saves.

With the win, the Eagles advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011. Husson will travel to South Hadley, Mass for a first round NCAA game against the Mount Holyoke Lions on Wednesday, November 12th. The winner will advance to the semifinals where they will take on Bowdoin.

Class C soccer regional all stars

Alex Speed scored 29 goals this season and recorded 81 in her four year high school career at Piscataquis community high school (PCHS). That was more than enough to earn a spot on the Maine Soccer Coaches class C regional all-star team.

Speed has earned four Eastern Maine athlete of the week honors.

Danielle Pelletier and the Fort Kent Warriors will take on Sacopee in the class C state championship game. The senior was picked as an all-star by the coaches. Fort Kent defeated #1 Houlton and #2 Orono during the regional tournament.

Class C girls soccer regional all stars

Andrew Speed scored 23 goals this season for the Central Red Devils, including the game winning goal in overtime in a 2-1 class C semifinal victory over Washington Academy.

Speed and teammate Joe Nawojczyk both earned a spot on the Maine Soccer Coaches class C regional all-star team. Speed was the only non senior that made the class C regional all star team.

Kam Stockley provided leadership for the regional champions Orono Red Riots. Stockley earned a spot on the class C all star team.

Jeff Green leads Celtics to win over Sixers

Jeff Green scored 36 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 114-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday evening.

Rajon Rondo played his second strong game in a row for the Celtics.

Rondo recorded eight points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds.

Jared Sullinger scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

It is the third double/double in a row for Sullinger.

Brandon Bass also scored 19 points.

The Sixers won at Boston on a buzzer beater last week.

The. Celtics have now won two straight games.

Boston (17-33) will hosf the Kings on Friday evening.

The Red Sox and Stephen Drew

First of all let me introduce myself, my name is Darren Pare and Marc has invited me to write up some blog posts and I am quite grateful for the opportunity. I am a big baseball fan, a Yankees fan in fact but please don’t judge, and will be covering mostly the professional side of sports. I won’t be writing about the Yankees, but will often take a look at the Red Sox and I will do my best to be objective. I hope you all enjoy.

As I am sitting here writing this I am watching the snow pile up outside and I find it hard to believe that pitchers and catchers will be reporting in just ten days. As I look at the Red Sox roster I think it is pretty solid and can really make a serious run at a championship repeat. The starting pitching is probably the strongest in the division, the bullpen is solid, the catching duties are in the capable hands of veteran A.J. Pierzynski, and the right side of the infield is set.

Two things stand out as potential problems. The outfield isn’t the strongest but it will probably be good enough, much like last year. Then there is the left side of the infield. Will Middlebrooks took a giant step backwards last year and is far from a sure thing at third base and is Xander Bogaerts definitely ready for the big time? One question mark is fine, but two becomes a problem.

Of course this could all be solved if the Red Sox re-signed Stephen Drew to play shortstop,that way you only need either Middlebrooks or Bogaerts to come through, not both. It makes too much sense for the Red Sox not to make this move. I just keep waiting for news of the signing to cross the wire, just like I keep waiting for this darn snow to stop falling. If the Red Sox wait too long Drew might wind up somewhere else  and that would be a shame.

Former old town basketball standout

Bangor, ME – Logan Bouchard has committed to attend Husson University in the fall of 2013 and will play on the men’s basketball team. A local basketball star hailing from Old Town High School, Bouchard was a 2006 KVAC All Star, 2006 McDonald’s All Star, and received a Bangor Daily News All-State Honorable Mention in 2006. That year, as a senior, he averaged 22.5 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, and scored a career high 42 points.

“We are really excited to add Logan to our program,” said Husson’s head men’s basketball coach Warren Caruso. “We recruited him hard in 2006 and spoke with him again in 2010. He has matured and is ready to be successful in college. Logan is a gifted athlete with good basketball skills, he will be a tough match-up for teams every night.”

Bouchard spent 2007-2009 at Southwest Illinois Junior College, playing two seasons and redshirting one. He averaged nine points and five rebounds per game during his sophomore year, and he received numerous mid-level NCAA Division I offers.

Bouchard commented, “I am looking forward to going to Husson to get my education and joining the basketball program. I am excited to be able to play college basketball again and look forward to having a successful season.”

Bouchard will join a Husson team that went 20-9 last season, winning their third North Atlantic Conference Championship in five years and playing in the first round of the NCAA Division III national tournament.

Maine Para-Athlete Josh Kennison Brings Home a Bronze Medal From the IPC Athletics World Championships

orway, ME (August 2, 2013) – Josh Kennison, elite para-athlete from Maine, won the bronze medal in the 100m T43 sprint at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, on July 22. Kennison finished the race in 11.93 seconds, earning the first world championship medal in his career.

Nearly 1,100 athletes from 99 countries competed in the IPC Athletics World Championships July 19 through 28. Kennison was one of six competitors in his division for the 100m sprint, placing third just behind fellow American Blake Leeper who placed second. The winner of the race, Alan Fonteles Oliveira of Brazil, set a new world record with a time of 10.80. Kennison also competed in the 200m sprint, placing fifth with a time of 24.12. He qualified for the World Championships at the US Paralympic Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, and is now focusing on training for the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

“This was my first world meet, and I was just excited to go across the world to compete. Bringing home a medal was a plus,” Kennison says of his time in Lyon.  “I’m excited to get back into training in a few weeks and get ready for the 2014 season.”

Kennison’s future goals include becoming the best US sprinter in his class, medaling at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships and also winning a medal at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  For now, Kennison will take some time off from training to visit Camp No Limits, an organization he has been involved with since 2005 that supports children and families with limb loss. Kennison also works with the Never Say Never Foundation to provide support for amputees, and is a recipient of the 2010 Amway Hero Award.
Despite being born without feet, arms, tongue or half of his jaw, Kennison never let anything stand in his way. After becoming a member of the USA Paralympic Track Team, he won four medals at the 2010 Endeavor Games, and broke the world record for the long jump with a distance of 5.54 meters at the 2013 Desert Challenge Games. Even more remarkable than his athletic prowess is his positive spirit.

When asked about what words he lives by, Kennison remarked, “You can do anything you set your mind to as long as you have the right mindset.”

On Friday, August 16, 2013 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., fans can connect with Kennison at Norway Savings Bank located at 261 Main Street in Norway, Maine where he will be signing autographs. Norway Savings Bank is proud to sponsor Josh Kennison, and looks forward to seeing him continue to excel in the future.

Josh Kennison’s results from the World Championships are available for viewing at http://www.paralympic.org/events/lyon-2013/live-results. For more information about the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, please visit http://www.paralympic.org/Events/Lyon2013.

Schedules changes at the state legion tournament

AUGUSTA- Robbie Hamilton hit his third home run of the American Legion state tournament to spark Westbrook to a lead over the Bangor Comrades.

Hamilton added a run scoring single as Westbrook had a 7-0 lead going to the bottom of the fourth inning.

That is when the game was suspended due to heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The game will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning at Morton Field

Rain also forced postponement of the other two games that were scheduled for Friday.

EMCC basketball heading to national championship

By Matt Schilmoeller

Bangor, ME— If you have not had the chances to watch the Eastern Maine Community college (EMCC)  men’s basketball team play yet then you are seriously missing out.

They are playing well enough to be ranked #1, both in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) as well as #1 in the division II rankings for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

They have had some tough games where they have played and came back to win from behind.The athletes on the men’s basketball team have bought into the whole commitment instilled onto them by their coaches to do better; not only in the classroom, but on the court as well.

“In the past it used to be where they would have a sign up sheet in the cafeteria to recruit for a team,” athletic directer Kent Corey said. “There has been an increase in the amount of fans due to how well the team is doing.”

This group of players have been held accountable whether it’s on or off the court.

“Everyone is held accountable whether it’s on the court or off it,” coach Steven Rich. “The reason for the success was that they bought into the comradely as a team and because of this the team’s defense and being able to work as a team increase.They still have yet to put together a ‘full game’ and need to work on being more consistent both on the offensive and defensive end.”

EMCC finished the regular season  with an overall record of a 18 wins and 4 losses. They are heading to the USCAA (United States Small College Conference Athletic Association) National championship in Uniontown PA where they are going in as an ‘at large’ bid during the week of the 6th -10th of March. Let’s hope that the Emcc Golden Eagles Succeed down in the tournament and bring the national championship back to the Bangor area.

David McKusick is male athlete of the week

Each week during the high school sports season the Eastern Maine High School Sports Examiner and the Eastern Maine Sports Blog will announce a female and male athlete of the week. You can send your nominations to Marc @ easternmainesportsblog@yahoo.com. When you send your nominations include the athlete, name of the school, stats for the week of the nomination.  The male and female winner will each receive a t shirt

This is the last week that we will be doing athlete of the week for the winter season. Here is a look at previous winners. Hopefully we get just as many great nominations for the spring season starting in April.

Winter season- Week 7- January 30th- February 11th

Male

David McKusick- Dexter – David was instrumental in helping the Dexter Regional High cheering squad win the Eastern Maine Class C title. David is really the key to the team. He is strong and is able to provide excellent basket tosses and catches, he is very agile – he is by far the best tumbler on the team, and is always willing to do whatever to motivate his team. His team mates and school mates love and respect him. Since the Eastern Maine competition, McKusick spent 11 days in the hospital. He missed the state championship competition due to an infection in his heart.

Runner up

Jordan McLaughlin- Washburn- Basketball-  Recorded 42 points and seven steals in 82-43 victory over Fort Fairfield. Scored 21 points in 83-28 over Ashland. Scored 33 points in 94-62 victory over Southern Aroostook. Recorded 28 points and seven assists in 75-61 victory over Easton.

Third Place

Mitch Worcester- Washburn- Basketball- Recorded 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and seven steals in 82-43 victory over Fort Fairfield.  Scored 29 points including going 11-11 from the FT line in 94-62 victory over Southern Aroostook.Recorded 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 75-61 victory over Easton.