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Roger Reed’s Life Defined by Humility, Class

39 seasons.  573 wins.  8 gold balls and 11 Eastern Maine championships.  The numbers are impressive indeed.  When talking about veteran basketball coach Roger Reed, the numbers don’t begin to tell the story. In a profession rife with egos, Coach Reed carries himself with a humility and level of class few others exhibit.  Make no […]

2015 Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon Hits Home

The year was 1948.  Twelve-year old “Jimmy”, as was his alias on Ralph Edwards’ nationally broadcasted radio program “Truth or Consequences”, was in a Boston hospital bed battling cancer.  “Jimmy’s” wish was to have a television so he could watch his beloved Boston Braves play.  During the broadcast, a number of Braves players visited “Jimmy” […]

Nice Guys Finish First at Senior League World Series

You can describe the West University Place, Texas’ Senior League contingent with a plethora of adjectives.  Athletic, talented, skilled, and disciplined all come to mind.  Following the final out of Saturday’s 8-1 victory over Holmes County, Ohio at Mansfield Stadium, you can also call them back to back world champions.  The squad from this Houston […]

Does Today’s High School Coach Face Greater Challenges?

June 20th’s state championship tilts in baseball, softball, and lacrosse concluded another year of high school athletics in the Pine Tree State.  The 2014-15 school year produced highlights galore, memorable individual performances, with many other contests soon to be forgotten. Guiding the young participants on the fields, courts, and rinks were the coaches.  Some thrived, […]

Summer Basketball: Are You Practicing Enough?

As the 2014-15 school year comes to end, with it the comes the close of another high school sports calendar.  Accompanied with this hiatus should be some down time for our state’s student-athletes.  Or so it would seem.  Anyone who has participated in or closely followed the sports happenings in our state, or most other […]

Maine High School Sports are not Big Time….And That’s Okay

High school football, well football in general, for many states in the deep south is religion.  Actually, many would say it is much more important than that.  Recently, I read an article posted in where Hoover, Alabama’s high school football coach, Josh Niblett, became the state’s highest paid head coach.  At a whopping $125,000 […]