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  • Monday Aug 24, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    It’s proving day for UMaine quarterbacks, but Tuesday scrimmage holds other intrigue

    The Maine football team holds its second and final summer scrimmage at 2 p.m. Tuesday, and if that’s not exactly D-Day for the two quarterbacks vying to be The Man, it’s certainly getting close. Coach Jack Cosgrove admitted as much when we talked after the first scrimmage last Monday, although he stopped short of saying that Tuesday’s live-action rehearsal for the season will be followed by him anointing either Dan […]

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  • Wednesday Aug 12, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    ‘Ooch’ and backups must help UMaine D-line be a strength

    I wrote a little about defensive tackle Uchenna Egwuonwu (“Ooch”) out of Monday’s opening day of practice for the Maine football team. Here are some more thoughts about the redshirt freshman, and what looks to be a terrific and deep defensive line corps for the Black Bears heading into the 2015 season: The starters figure to be Trevor Bates and Michael Kozlakowski at end, a pair of terrific athletes who […]

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  • Thursday May 28, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    After another ugly finish, it’s clear: Maine baseball needs influx of talent

    The Maine baseball season ended with an awful two-game stretch and a sweep at the America East Conference tournament last week in Lowell, Mass. On the surface, there was no improvement from the 2014 version of Black Bears that also dropped two quick games in Lowell. That team finished 24-29; this year’s version was 24-28. This year’s team had slightly more pop offensively, scoring 271 runs as compared to 251 the […]

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    Wednesday May 27, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    A big blue line? Cochrane may be a trend-setter at defense for UMaine

    They would make a decent-sized NBA backcourt, but instead they were defensemen skating side-by-side this month in Foxboro, Mass., at a hockey showcase event. Stephen Cochrane is 6-foot-6, 220 pounds; Patrick Holway a mere 6-5, 195. Both are en route to Orono to play for Maine, although Cochrane will arrive a year earlier. Are you playing the right sport? I asked Cochrane after his “Tropics” team won a quarterfinal game at […]

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  • Friday May 22, 2015 | 10:18 am

    Workhorse Heath gets the call to keep UMaine baseball season alive

    For the third time this spring, UMaine senior Scott Heath will take the mound against Hartford. This time, he’ll carry the weight of an entire season with him. Heath and the Black Bears will take on the Hawks at 1 p.m. Friday in the first elimination game of the America East Conference baseball tournament at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. Maine, which was swept out of this tournament a year […]

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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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