Oh the Sounds of Maine High School Football

Attending a high school football game on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon is an experience in sensory overload.  The sights of young men competing on the gridiron, the cheerleaders exhorting those in the stands.  The games are a great place to people watch as many from all walks of life attend each week.  The […]

Why the Disparity in Maine High School Football?

70-7.  65-0.  60-0.  The beat goes on.  Those were some final scores of high school football contests played this season.  According to the website Maine High School Football, through the first three weeks of the season over 35% of games were decided by thirty-five or more points.  This number doesn’t even begin to take into account the […]

High School Student Athletes Lose When they Drink

My kid would never (fill in the blank).  Why, our school has great kids, who perform very well academically.  Many are involved in the community and do tremendous things.  There’s not a problem with alcohol abuse in our school. We’ve probably all heard these sorts of statements from parents and school leaders.  The statistics say […]

Why Me? (No I’m Not Throwing a Pity Party)

In the nearly three years since I’ve been writing this weekly column, ideas for future topics have flowed through my brain at peculiar times and places.  The impetus for this week’s piece came from of all things, a trip to the men’s room.  How can a trip to relieve oneself result in a seven-hundred some […]

Senior League World Series Leaves Bangor: Now What?

The Senior League World Series has been a summertime staple in Bangor for the past fifteen years.  With Little League Baseball’s decision to abolish their Big League division, the SLWS will be held in Easley, South Carolina beginning in 2017.  The world series’ departure leaves an incredible void for the greater Bangor baseball community. So […]

Heartbroken: Senior League World Series Leaves Bangor

“It is a kick to the teeth”.  That’s how Senior League World Series tournament director Mike Brooker described the feeling when Little League officials recently delivered some devastating news.  The 2016 Senior League World Series would be the final one held in the Queen City, at least for the foreseeable future. The news came as […]

For High School Football Players: The Time is Now

High school football in Maine marks changes unlike any other season in Maine.  Sitting at Doyle Field in Brewer on a balmy late summer Friday night, thoughts turned to twelve weeks from now.  My game day attire will likely be significantly different.  Gone will be the t-shirt and shorts.  As summer fades and a cool, […]

Little League Rules Seek to Maintain Fair Ball

For eleven days a community about the size of Bangor, tucked away off the beaten path in central Pennsylvania, is the epicenter of the baseball world.  Crowds, of which many of their major league counterparts would be envious of, will storm upon its two stadiums.  Millions more around the world tune in to watch the […]