Category Archives: High School Sports

Some five-class fallout

A few thoughts from the nearly two years spent watching Maine’s high school basketball scene expand from four classes to five … … There’s little doubt Mother Nature will stretch out the new five-class regional tournaments beyond the final days of February vacation at some point during the next few years, if not on a […]

Where, oh where should our tournaments go?

High school basketball is now a five-class world in Maine, so just where will we determine all the champions? One benefit of the expansion from four classes that gained final approval from the Maine Principals’ Association general membership Thursday is that with a fifth class, two additional state champions — one boys team and one […]

Pitching rules in Eastern Maine, not Boston

Young pitchers hoping to emulate their Major League heroes should do everything they can to avoid watching the Boston Red Sox staff at work on the mound these days. The ace-less Red Sox rotation saw its collective earned run average escalate to a major-league worst 5.75 per nine innings Sunday after newcomer Wade Miley failed […]

Boston Marathon thrives amid new normal

My most memorable Boston Marathon experience had little to do with running. It was 22 years ago when a buddy and I went to the annual Patriots’ Day baseball game at Fenway Park — so long ago, in fact, that the starting pitchers were the Red Sox’ John Dopson and Alex Fernandez of the Chicago […]

Featured MMA bout Saturday night becomes non-title clash

Bruce Boyington’s scheduled second defense of his New England Fights lightweight championship won’t be a title fight after all Saturday night — though it’s not his fault. The Brewer resident will still take on Jamie Harrison in the main event of the NEF XVII mixed martial arts card slated for a 7 p.m. start at […]

Kohtala’s resignation a tough call for a compassionate coach

As an undergraduate at the University of Maine, Ed Kohtala was a manager and practice player for the men’s basketball team who tried twice unsuccessfully to earn a roster spot. That inability to earn a Black Bears’ jersey was a personal disappointment of his own playing days that no doubt added to Kohtala’s level of […]

In high school basketball, shooters gotta’ shoot

  Former high school basketball players of a certain age can recall them vividly. They’re the backyard hoops and anywhere else you could find to shoot around or play pickup games in the days before the sport’s offseason became more organized. In this case, that map included the second stories of several barns around town, […]

Competitive drama of Maine high school basketball as strong as ever

Much has been blogged, tweeted, text messaged, and otherwise written and said about the alleged declining quality of high school basketball in Maine. And much of the current chatter is the same as it was a year ago and the year before that and the year before that. It’s a wonder we have any kids […]

Young’s MMA of Bangor receives awards for 2012 bouts

Young’s MMA of Bangor received plenty of recognition in’s recent 2012 year-end awards, being cited in four categories in the fan voting. Ray “All Business” Wood won two awards, as amateur fighter of the year and for his role in the fight of the year. Wood went 2-1 in amateur bouts in 2012 before […]

A Saturday of great basketball matchups could ease your winter doldrums

The holidays are over, and now the long wait begins for high school basketball fans with an eye toward February vacation and the final Eastern Maine B, C and D tournament to be held at the venerable Bangor Auditorium. But a glimpse at Saturday’s schoolboy basketball schedule reveals at least five regular-season matchups of postseason […]