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..

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 […]

Australians Teach Lessons of Friendship at SLWS

One week.  Nineteen Games.  Moments that will be engraved in memory banks for years to come.  The 2016 Senior League World Series had more than its share of highlight reel moments.  Mark Mailloux’ full extension catch near the tarp in right field will forever be etched in tourney lore.  The acrobatic feat helped thwart a […]

To the Class of 2016: The Best is Yet to Come!

Dear Graduates: Twenty-six years ago I donned the cap and gown, marching in step down the aisle in the steaming old Bangor Auditorium.  Up on the stage I went, clutching that Bangor High School diploma, earmarking the culmination of thirteen years of formal schooling.  Like the vast majority of you, I received no decorated honors […]

An AD’s Best Friend in 2015-’16: Mother Nature

For Maine’s high school athletic directors, or athletic administrators as is the updated vernacular, the job can seem never ending.  From event coverage, to scheduling, to dealing with the over zealous parent, to budgeting, and so forth, the hours can certainly be long indeed.  On days when the weather outside is frightful, an AD’s workload […]

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 […]