Washburn winter athletes recognized | Print |
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:10

    WASHBURN — The Washburn District High School winter sports awards night was held recently. The evening began with Athletic Director Ron Ericson introducing the coaching staff, which included cheering coaches Heather and Mikayla Bragg, girls’ basketball coaches Diana Trams and Tammy Tatlock and boys’ basketball coach Michael Hartford. The other boys’ coach, Randy Norsworthy, was unable to attend due to illness.
    Tatlock presented certificates to members of the JV girls’ basketball team. Receiving awards were Tori Koch, Rachel Driscoll, Mariah Davis, Kamryn Irving, Kristen Sarmiento, Mackenzie Vaughn, Brittany Corey, Liza Durette, Jessica Aube, Danielle Cyr, Kaitlyn Maynard and manager Tyra Shaw. Koch received the Rookie of the Year award, Rachel Driscoll was named the winner of the Coach’s Award and Brittany Corey was named Most Improved Player. 

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When you can’t fish yet, it’s time to fix up gear | Print |
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:07

    Some folks call it an old fashioned winter, others call it names I can’t repeat in a family paper and everyone agrees that enough is enough! The first day of spring has come and gone weeks ago, past is the first day of open water fishing season too. Aptly named April Fool’s Day, any Aroostook angler venturing forth in search of a spot to cast on April 1 certainly fell in that category this year.
    In the meantime, I’m going stir crazy, as I’m sure other anglers are as well, so to help pass time I’m fine-tuning my fishing gear inventory. It’s no cure, but it salves the symptoms!
    I’ll spend a few minutes here and there, night and weekends, going over my rods and reels, sorting through my tackle and checking over fly boxes, doing an annual equipment check and fix-up. Nothing is more irritating than to call a buddy, set up an outing, and arrive to find he hasn’t a clue where his fishing gear is, or worse, it’s right where he dropped it in full disrepair at the end of last season. Then he buzzes around like a hummingbird with a tail wind doing things that should already be done, and delaying the fishing trip. Don’t be that guy, plan ahead and locate and check out your equipment before you actually need it. It’s a shame to miss one minute of fishing due to broken or malfunctioning gear.
    To calm my irritation and frustration with Mother Nature, I’ll spend a couple of hours each day during weekends rearranging my tackle box, and tying a few streamer fly patterns for ice out stream and lake fishing. Perhaps some other Aroostook anglers need a few more flies, I suggest some tandem streamers as well as a few long shank, Carrie Stevens-style, single hook patterns.

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Owls struggle on weekend | Print |
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:07

    The University of Maine at Presque Isle softball and baseball teams were back in action over the weekend, with neither able to return home with a victory.
    The softball squad was beaten in both ends of a doubleheader against Southern Maine Community College Saturday in South Portland.
    In the first game, the Owls recorded nine hits but turned them into only two runs in an 8-2 loss. Taylor Cochran and Katie Patenaude had two hits each to lead the UMPI offense, while Krista Coffin struck out 14 batters in her six innings of work.
    Game two saw UMPI jump out to a 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but SMCC battled back for the 9-5 victory. Amanda Allen, Shannon Brown, Brittany Luetjen, Whitney Donovan, Patenaude and Coffin had two hits each for the Owls. One of Luetjen’s was a triple and she also scored two runs. After a strong start, Donovan was tagged with the pitching loss.

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UMPI coach seeks improvement | Print |
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 09:06

    First-year University of Maine at Presque Isle baseball coach Mike Pankow is looking for consistency from a veteran squad that has nine seniors who have experience with the difficulties of playing a collegiate baseball schedule while based in northern Maine.
    Pankow, a hurler in his college playing days, is working hard with a pitching staff that has struggled in the early going. The group is anchored by Jordan Perry, Andrew Barlett and freshman Isiah Straubel.  Other Owls who have started are Josh Brazier, Ghaz Sailors and Dylan Worster. 
    Seniors Ryan Thompson and Lucas Molloy will work out of the bullpen, as will sophomore Tommy Collins and freshman Mitch Thayer. Molloy will provide leadership to his pen mates as he was named a co-captain for his solid, team-first attitude.

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BDN announces girls’ All-Maine hoop team | Print |
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:43

    Presque Isle junior Hannah Graham made the Bangor Daily News All-Maine schoolgirl basketball team as a second-teamer, while junior Mackenzie Worcester of the Washburn Beavers earned a berth on the third team.
    The elite squad was released over the weekend by the newspaper. Coaches, administrators, officials and media members were involved in the voting.

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5K road race set Saturday | Print |
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:42

    The 34th annual UMPI Spring Runoff 5K Road Race will be held Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The race is one of many fund-raising efforts for the UMPI Owls’ cross country and track and field programs, and is the second race in the Aroostook Musterds’ County Challenge Series.
    After the first race, the Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run in Houlton on Feb. 15, Kimberley Wright and Ty Thurlow are the overall leaders after capturing overall titles.
    Other series leaders after that first of the seven series races are Teagan Ewings (14 years of age and under), Chris Rines and Frankie White (19-29), Shawn Berry and Nicole Hanscom (30-39), Craig Dubay and Angela Ewings (40-49), Leo Kashian (50-59), Larry Tonzi (60-69) and Jana Shaw (walkers).
    After this Saturday’s UMPI Spring Runoff 5K, the series continues with the S.W. Collins 5K (June 22 in Caribou) followed by the Musterd Mile (July 11 in Caribou), The Potato Blossom 5-Miler (July 19 in Fort Fairfield), The County Open Half-Marathon (Aug. 16 in Island Falls) and the Caribou Labor Day Road Race 8K (Sept. 1 in Caribou).
     Despite the amount of snow still on the ground, race director Christopher Smith is hoping for a good turnout Saturday as he said “running seems to be undergoing another resurgence of popularity” in Aroostook.
    Proceeds from the race will support the UMPI varsity cross country teams as well as the track and field club program. Funds will be raised through sponsorships and entry fees.
    Registration begins at Wieden Gymnasium at 8 a.m. Walkers will start at 9:30 a.m. and runners at 10 a.m. Runners may compete in age-specific women’s and men’s categories as well as in a co-ed three-person relay division, which will allow inexperienced and shorter distance racers to participate.
    For more information, contact Smith at 768-9472 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Revamped fitness series slated for this summer | Print |
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:41

    PRESQUE ISLE — A growing interest in triathlon and run/walk events in Aroostook has brought together four County organizations, each working to improve the health and wellbeing of area residents, to present a series of activities in northern Maine this summer for all ages and ability levels.    
    After seeing the number of registrants more than double for triathlons hosted for both adults and youth from the first year they were offered in The County in 2012 to last summer, a second offering is being added for youth. Additionally, a swell in participation in 5K races and fun run/walks throughout the region has spurred a new such event, the return of one of the most popular and unique, and the introduction of a half marathon for running enthusiasts in the coming season.
    The County Fit and Fun Summer Series was announced at a press conference last Wednesday in the pool area of Gentile Hall at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Representatives from partner organizations UMPI, TAMC, CompetitorME and ACAP’s Healthy Aroostook Partnership were all present for the announcement, along with participants who will take part in the activity.

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Limestone’s Amanda Allen key player for Owl softball | Print |
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:39

    Despite several feet of snow still lingering on local ball fields, the University of Maine at Presque Isle softball team has been practicing daily since mid-January.
    Due to several injuries, third-year head coach Peter Coffin only has 11 players to handle an ambitious 40-game schedule. Given the small roster, perseverance will be key as the Owls recently wrapped up their spring break trip that included 17 scheduled games and more than 3,000 miles of travel in an extended week-long extravaganza of softball.

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UMPI squads struggle to win games during southern trip | Print |
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:39

    Ghazaleh Sailors pitched a six-hit complete game against Valley Forge Christian College Thursday evening in Phoenixville, Pa. to lead the University of Maine at Presque Isle to a 13-1 baseball victory.  With the five-inning stint, Sailors made history by becoming one of the very few women to start and record a pitching victory in NCAA play.
    Shortened to five innings because of darkness, the Owls took the lead in the first inning by scoring two runs on a Justin Bergeron lead-off hit, an error and a Cam Morrell RBI double. 

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Maine Sports Legends scholarships available | Print |
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:38

    It’s time for area senior scholar-athletes to apply for Northern Region of Maine Sports Legends scholarships. Applications have been mailed to all Aroostook area guidance offices and the deadline to apply is May 20.
    The Maine Sports Legends is a state-wide organization dedicated to honoring outstanding scholar-athletes who have met the prescribed standards in academics, have participated in their school’s varsity athletic programs along with possessing good character, completed community and civic involvement and shows strong leadership ability.

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