TV, web streaming mix are the future of the state’s tourney broadcasts

The opportunity to participate in Maine Public Broadcasting Network Network’s televising of the state high school basketball tournaments during the late 1900’s and early 2000’s was indeed a personal pleasure. Whether serving as the roving reporter — or “Floor Boy’ as one pundit labeled the position, no doubt out of considerable jealousy — or a […]

Juggernauts, upstarts spice up football season

A few thoughts through two weeks of the high school football season: … Three teams already have established dominance within their respective divisions before the first day of autumn: Thornton Academy of Saco, Winslow and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield. Thornton Academy, the defending Class A state champion, has outscored Sanford and Cheverus of Portland […]

Letter of the rules vs. spirit of the game

More than one coach at this year’s Senior League World Series expressed disappointment with the tournament’s change in format. Rather than utilizing the pool-play approach featured during the event’s first 13 years in Bangor, Little League opted for a modified double-elimination format, in part to bring the SLWS into conformity with other Little League championship […]

SLWS thrives amid fine-tuning, new features

The Senior League World Series has carved out a substantial niche on the summer sports schedule in Eastern Maine. And if Little League officials have anything to say about it, little will change in the foreseeable future. “We’re very satisfied,” said Steve Keener, Little League’s president and chief executive officer, during a visit to Bangor’s […]

A changing reality for the Senior League World Series

  After watching the recent blind draw for this year’s Senior League World Series, I was tempted to invite Nick Cowperthwaite and Jesse Colford to join me for the rest of the day at Hollywood Casino. The two Bangor Senior League baseball players, representing Maine District 3, had been just that good at alternately picking […]

Fundamentals, subtleties fuel Bangor’s successful title defense

The recent decrease of power hitting in high school baseball due to the introduction of safety-conscious BBCOR bats has left most teams searching for ways to manufacture offense to compensate for the lack of the long ball. Few have done it better the last two years than Bangor High School, perhaps making it no surprise […]

Bangor-Brewer baseball: To move or not to move?

The games hadn’t even been played yet, and already the question was being asked. If Bangor and Brewer both won their semifinals Saturday, would the Maine Principals’ Association consider moving Wednesday’s Eastern Maine Class A baseball title game between the two rivals from Augusta to Bangor? To me, supposing such an eventuality at that point […]

Pitching strategies vary for Eastern A baseball survivors

The four teams that advanced to Saturday’s Eastern Maine Class A baseball semifinals employed four different pitching strategies to get there. Top-seeded Bangor used the pitching-by-committee approach in its 6-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Brunswick, as aces Trevor DeLaite and Andrew Hillier each pitched three innings before James Prescott came on to work a […]

Statistically speaking, OT’s Hoogterp rules PVC Class B baseball ranks

Old Town High School star Eric Hoogterp is headed to the University of Southern Maine this fall with an eye toward playing on the Huskies’ basketball team. It’s a more than reasonable goal given his resume in the sport — the 6-foot-2 guard was a Mr. Basketball semifinalist and Bangor Daily News All-Maine honoree last […]

With caveats aplenty, time to pick Eastern Maine baseball champs

The high school baseball playoffs may be the most difficult sports postseason to project. So many variables separate the end of this season compared to other sports, particularly those contested during the fall and winter. Most of the seniors playing in baseball’s postseason either are busy with graduation-related activities or already have graduated, which at […]