A Mid-Year Exam for the High School Sports Enthusiast

Many of the state’s high school athletic teams will be taking a bit of a break from competition this week for the all-important mid-year exams.  This week I thought it would be fun to put on the professor’s hat and give a little mid-year exam of my own.  Of course, this test won’t cause as much angst or have the same consequences as those our students will take this week.  Go get out a fresh sheet of paper and a number 2 pencil.  To avoid giving an unfair advantage to other test takers, please do not write anything in the comment section.  You may send me a direct email with your answers if you’d like.  Good luck!

1.  Bangor High School is home to the Rams and Brewer has its Witches.  There are six high schools in Maine who have a nickname that does not end in the letter S.  Name them.  (6 Points)

2.  Which four Eastern Maine basketball playing schools have competed in all four classes?  (4 Points)

3.  Winslow High School football has had only three head coaches since 1958.  From earliest to latest, name them. (3 Points)

4.  Legendary football coach John Wolfgram’s Madison Bulldogs won a share of the 1974 state title.  Since then his teams have won nine state titles at three different schools.  From earliest to latest, name the schools and number of state championships won at each under Wolfgram’s leadership. (3 Points)

5.  Caribou High School’s only state boys basketball championship was decided by a shot beyond half court at the buzzer.  In which year did they win the title, who was their opponent, and who hit “the shot heard ’round the state”? (3 Points)

6.  Speaking of thrilling half court plus buzzer beaters, a 1995 Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal game was decided on a similar heave.  Who won, lost, and who was the player that nailed the winning basket? (3 Points)

7.  The late Ron Brown holds the distinction of coaching varsity basketball at nine different high schools in Eastern Maine.  Name the schools he has coached at. (9 Points)

8.  Where was the last Class A state football championship played that was not at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland?  Name the winning and losing teams in that contest.  The game began with a kick-off return for a touchdown.  Who returned the opening kick-off to the end zone? (4 Points)

9.  Name the five girls basketball programs since the MPA sponsored the sport in 1975 to win four consecutive state championships.  (5 Points)

10.  Cindy Blodgett helped lead Lawrence to an 84-4 record from 1991-1994.  Three schools beat the Bulldogs during her tenure.  Also name the school that beat Lawrence twice during that time. (4 Points)

11.  Which now defunct school won consecutive state titles in 1978 and 79 and also lost in state game appearances from 1983 through 1985?  The former school is now home to the Maine State Police Academy.  What player was first team all-state in 1985 and went on to play at the University of New Hampshire? (2 Points)

12.  Which boys basketball program, regardless of class, has won the most consecutive state championships?  How many titles in a row did they win?  During this school’s run they also had a 101 game winning streak.  Which school broke the streak?  Which school broke the streak of consecutive state titles?  Which player during that era is now the head coach at the school? (5 Points)

13.  Coach Bob Kelley served as Bangor’s head baseball coach from 1969 to 2000.  How many state titles did his teams win?  Name the former major league pitcher who helped lead his team to titles in ’94 and ’95.  At which high school does he now coach?  Who did the Rams beat in those ’94 and ’95 state games? (4 Points)

14.  Who is the only boys basketball coach to win state titles at both an eastern and western Maine school?  Which schools did he win gold at?  (3 Points)

15.  Under football’s three class system used from 1987 through 2012, only twice did an Eastern Maine team win a class A state championship.  Name the schools to accomplish this. (2 Points)

16.  In the 1992 Bangor vs South Portland boys state championship game, won by the Red Riots in five overtimes, Bangor led by 12 with 2:30 left in regulation when a player fouled out for South Portland.  Who was the sharp shooter who came off the bench to sub for the disqualified player?  Who was the high scorer for South Portland as well as for Bangor?  (3 Points)

17.  There are seven boys basketball coaches who have led teams to five or more state championships.  Name them and the number they have won. (7 Points)

18.  What coach has won three girls state basketball titles and two state titles coaching boys?  What school did he coach at? (2 Points)

19.  What female coach led her boys team to four consecutive tournament appearances from 1995-98?  Where did she coach? (2 Points)

20.  Name the three girls basketball coaches who have led their teams to five or more state championships since the MPA sponsored the girls tournament in 1975. (3 Points)

21.  In Gabby Price’s final season as Bangor High School’s head football coach, which school was his final victory against?  Which team beat the Rams in his final game and who was their head coach?  Who was the quarterback who led his team on an 80 yard drive in the game’s final minutes and won the Fitzpatrick Trophy that season? (4 Points)

22.  Who was the last team to win a boys state basketball championship in their first year of existence?  Who did they beat in the state championship game and who were the two head coaches in that game? (4 Points)

23.  I am a 1990 graduate of Bangor High School.  During the 1989-1990 basketball season, sixteen schools competed in Eastern Maine Class A.  Out of those sixteen schools, nine of them no longer compete in class A.  Name those nine schools. (9 Points)

24.  The 1986 Eastern Maine Class A tournament featured one of the greatest upsets of all time in the boys final when seventh-seeded Lawrence knocked off the top seed and defending state champion Waterville.  The two teams met in the final regular season game that season.  Within five points, give the margin of victory in their regular season contest.  What freshman player hit a shot at the end of regulation in the championship game to force overtime?  What school did this player eventually become a head coach at? (3 Points)

And Finally…..

25.  From the TV show Married…With Children, which character helped lead his high school football team to the Chicago city championship in his glory days?  What actor played this role?  Which high school did he play for?  How many touchdowns did he score in one game to lead his team?  (4 Points)

Of course, as a benevolent teacher there will be partial credit given for each question.  The answers to the exam will be published on Wednesday.



Bob Beatham

About Bob Beatham

Bob, a lifelong Bangor resident, has just completed his 21st season as the Public Address Announcer at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Bob is also the public address voice for John Bapst Crusader football. He also currently serves as the scorekeeper for John Bapst basketball. Bob is an avid follower of Maine high school athletics, particularly football and basketball. The University of Maine at Farmington graduate is the service coordinator at Aging Excellence, which provides in-home care for seniors..