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 […]

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 […]

Sweet dreams in the Octagon

The word “choke” in a most athletic senses has come to mean something more mental than physical. But in some combat sports, the word still primarily defines a specific physical activity in which the successful choker emerges victorious and the chokee wakes up seconds later to fight another day. Guillotine chokes, rear-naked chokes, leg triangle […]

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 […]