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Friday May 22, 2015

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  • Wednesday May 06, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    Tight ends shined, but stars of spring for Maine were on the line

      The Maine football team got 13 receptions from tight end Jeremy Salmon last year. And that was it in terms of offensive production out of that position. So it was amusing to watch as Sean Reuss and Jason Simonovich became the biggest playmakers on offense during Saturday’s spring game in Orono. A pair of breakout stars? A dramatic shift in philosophy for the Black Bears? “We believe in that […]

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    Friday May 01, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    Offense promises to pack a little more punch at Maine spring game

    The annual Maine football spring game is Saturday morning, and once again it figures to be heavy on defense. I’ll have more on that side of the ball in my story for the Sunday newspaper, but wanted to take a moment to address the Black Bear offense, which will be under a microscope from now until the opening game at Boston College. It starts at quarterback, where Dan Collins and […]

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  • Monday Apr 13, 2015 | 4:35 pm

    Wood has big plans for summer, sees a bright future for Rossignol

        I interviewed Maine forward Liz Wood last week for a story about the season that was and what lies ahead for the women’s basketball team. Wood was one of the first players to correctly predict a breakout season for Sigi Koizar last year, so I asked her to give me the Black Bear player most likely to emerge this winter. Her answer: “I don’t know if it’ll be next year, […]

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  • Monday Mar 30, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    Black Bear baseball team boosted by 2 new faces, left with 1 big hole

    I focused my story about the Maine baseball team in today’s Press Herald around its pitching issues, particularly with a group of starters who have failed to work deep into games, thus putting pressure on a bullpen that has actually been quite good. The Black Bears are 9-15, despite averaging 5 runs per game. The culprit has been a staff with a 5.73 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. That’s not sustainable. […]

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  • Saturday Feb 28, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Black Bears’ postseason fate hinges on solving Providence

    As the Maine hockey team owns Merrimack, Providence College owns Maine. The Black Bears have lost five straight to the Friars after Friday night’s 5-2 pounding. And there’s been nothing fluky about any of them — Providence College has simply been the better team, led by the stout goaltending of South Portland’s Jon Gillies, but also by a defensive corps that features three NHL draft picks. It was amazing how […]

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    Thursday Feb 26, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    Maine hockey team has loose grip on 8th place entering final weekend

    The Maine hockey team has already hosted its Senior Night, bidding adieu to Alfond Arena with a terrific performance and a 6-3 win over Northeastern on Saturday. The Black Bears are technically in the driver’s seat to host a playoff series at the Alfond next weekend, but it will be a long road back. Maine visits No. 13 Providence College this weekend and realistically needs at least a split to […]

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  • Sunday Feb 08, 2015 | 11:34 am

    Bigger, faster, stronger? Gendron implies Black Bears aren’t there yet

      It was the closest Maine hockey Coach Red Gendron has come to saying his team faces a talent gap relative to the rest of Hockey East. After Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Notre Dame at Alfond Arena, Gendron was asked why the Black Bears seem to have so much trouble putting together back-to-back strong performances, or even to play a full 60 minutes of quality hockey. “If you don’t have […]

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    Friday Feb 06, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Black Bears add 22 football players, now wait to see what they’ve got

      The first thing that Maine football Coach Jack Cosgrove said when I spoke to him on the phone Wednesday afternoon was how overblown “signing day” has become. I think I had asked him if it was a busy day for him, and he was quickly off and running. And absolutely right. Recruiting is a year-round process for college coaching staffs, so when it culminates on signing day the work has all been done. […]

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  • Saturday Jan 31, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Overtime has brought nothing but agony to Black Bear hockey team

    College hockey’s overtime rules are so unforgiving. There is no automatic reward for going toe to toe with an opponent for 60 minutes. Slip up once in the extra 5 minutes, and it all becomes, literally, a pointless exercise. The victor gets all the spoils. The Maine hockey team has had its share of lopsided losses — eight of its 16 have been by three goals. But the Black Bears […]

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