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 […]

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, […]

Mayo’s college basketball route takes coaching turn

The whirlwind romance between Messalonskee of Oakland basketball star Nick Mayo and a Division I basketball future went in an unanticipated direction this week. Mayo’s prospective college coach, Jeff Neubauer, left his job at head coach at Eastern Kentucky University after 10 years Monday for a similar post at Fordham. Neubauer certainly earned the promotion […]

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 NortheastMMA.net’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 […]