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 […]

Random basketball thoughts amidst the snowflakes

A few random sporting thoughts while recovering from that refreshing walk through the snow out to the mailbox to get Thursday morning’s paper and thinking about the shoveling ahead … … I don’t know what the national high school basketball rulemakers have in mind, but it’s time for that semi-circle in the lane near each […]

Fitzy nominations produce unintended consequences; better process needed

Those behind the state’s top individual awards for high school athletes — such as the Fitzpatrick Trophy in football — generally have the best of intentions. But in an effort to ensure a pristine quality among the chosen ones, recognition that originally was centered on athletic achievement now sometimes serves to cast an unintended and […]

Private fundraising efforts, pay-for-play concepts are worth considering at Nokomis

I would not want to be a freshman or sophomore student-athlete at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport these days. A significant portion of that school’s sports program has fallen victim to the budget ax this week after RSU 19 voters opted not to approve a $3.6 million loan to bail out the financially strapped […]

High school football’s regular season has been full of outstanding highlights

It’s already been an interesting season of high school football in Eastern Maine, and the playoffs haven’t even started. Here’s one view of a few of the brightest moments. Individual performance of the year: Jared Jensen, Brunswick. Few sports fans had heard of Jensen away from the wrestling mat — where he is a two-time […]

Bapst football team pays homage to fallen friends

BANGOR, Maine — Members of the John Bapst football team have added two decals to the back of their helmets to memorialize two members of the Crusaders’ community who recently died on the same day. One decal, “SL,” honors Frederick “Smokey” Lawrence, a longtime sports official in the area who also operated scoreboards and game […]

Maines’ resignation as Scarborough girls basketball coach rekindles public-private issue

The debate concerning whether public- and private-school interscholastic athletic teams should continue to compete against each other or have separate postseason tournaments arose again this week with the decision by veteran coach Tom Maines to resign after one season of guiding the Scarborough High School girls varsity basketball squad. Maines guided the Red Storm to […]

Bangor-Lawrence rivalry may become casualty of current population trends

It may be too much to label Friday night’s Pine Tree Conference Class A football game between the Lawrence Bulldogs and Bangor at Keyes Field in Fairfield the end of an era. There’s a reasonable chance these schools — winners of five of the last six Eastern Maine Class A championships — could meet again […]

Title picks for Eastern Maine football: Lawrence, Leavitt, Foxcroft

At the dawn of a new high school football season, all teams have hope — some more than others, to be sure. Here’s one thought of how the arriving campaign may evolve from the heat of late summer to the chill of mid-autumn in Eastern Maine. Pine Tree Conference Class A: Defending champion Lawrence of […]