All posts by Bob Beatham

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..

Glenburn Teen Rises through Umpiring Ranks

Glenburn’s Cody Lally saw a void and helped fill it.  As an aspiring baseball player nearing the end of his Little League playing days, he observed many of the games in his area was lacking a key component:  umpires.  He noticed a parent might fill in to provide some semblance of order to the proceedings. […]

Great Players Don’t Always Make Great Coaches

News was released this past week longtime Ellsworth boys soccer coach Brian Higgins will not be returning to the sidelines for a 43rd season this fall.  The state’s all-time leader in wins amassed well over five hundred victories in guiding the Eagles on the pitch.  The irony is Coach Higgins never played the game.  Conversely, […]

Tips for Sending your Athlete Upta Camp

For those still in grade school, this time of year brings with it the anticipation of quieter, less structured days.  Getting to sleep in late, freedom from the burden of deadlines.  Hanging by the pool with friends.  For the serious athlete, summer is anything but the lazy, hazy, crazy days.  Depending upon the age, summertime […]

Joe Deschaine Leaves Legacy of Service

Legacy.  How do we want to be remembered once we pass from this life?  If we could engrave our own epitaph, what would it say?  Most of us from time to time have pondered these questions.  Even those who claim they don’t care what others think of them, deep down in the crevices of their […]

Splash and I: Rekindling a Friendship Forged through Baseball

1,750 miles one way.  That’s the journey I’ll embark on beginning Friday.  Sunday I’ll be arriving at my destination:  Colcord, Oklahoma, population about 800.  It’s a pilgrimage to see a long time friend, a friendship formed as many of mine have over the years, through sports. Dick Mcquesten loves baseball.  Boy is that an understatement. […]

Has A.A.U. Benefited Maine’s Basketball Landscape?

Want to elicit some strong reactions from Maine’s basketball community?  Mention these three letters:  A.A.U.  In some circles the response will be akin to a skunk showing up at a lawn party, a fellow parishioner ripping a loud, juicy fart in church, or someone breaking out in uproarious laughter at a funeral.  You get the […]

Heal Points for Dummies Part II: Evidence the System Works

Since 1950, nations have crumbled while new nations have formed.  Technology has advanced and families have generally become smaller.  Despite the changes around the world, one constant on Maine’s high school athletics front has been Durward Heal’s point system.  First adopted to rank basketball teams for tournament play, this system has expanded to include all […]

Give a Little Respect to the Team Managers

One January night I arrived home from yet another high school basketball game.  It was probably about quarter to nine when I flicked on the remote to watch a little college hoops before shuffling off to bed.  This routine plays out most evenings during the winter in my home.  Unfortunately, watching NCAA basketball most nights […]

Imagine: A Life Without Sports

The month of March signals a time of new beginnings.  The final vestiges of winter still try to hold on yet the longer days and frequently warmer temperatures beckon us towards spring.  The greatest three weeks on the national sports calendar takes place with the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Yes, I will once again enter […]