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Skowhegan Indians: What’s in a Name

Over the past fifteen years, a number of schools throughout our state have grappled with the issue of Native American mascots.  At the crux of the matter is a desire by some to hold on to tradition.  Does the need to maintain custom supersede the respect of all?  What offends one does not bother all […]

Maine High School Basketball: A State of the Game Address

Sports fans have developed a number of favorite pastimes over the years.  Tailgating in the stadium parking lot before the big game.  Playing armchair quarterback on Monday morning.  Filling out the bracket following Selection Sunday.  Bragging about your knowledge of college basketball until your bracket is busted by the same time the following weekend. Another […]

It Takes a (Sports) Village to Raise an Adult

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb In 1996, First Lady Hillary Clinton borrowed this phrase and authored a book based on this premise.  What seemed like an innocuous treatise at the time turned out to take on a life of its own.  Of course, what else is new in the […]

MPBN’s Lisa Richards Sees Growth in Girls Basketball

This is the second of a two-part series with MPBN’s Lisa Richards. Lisa Richards has provided thoughtful insight for the viewers of MPBN’s Eastern Maine girls tournament coverage for the past thirty years.  During that time and even dating back to her playing days at MDI High School, Richards has seen significant change in the […]

Unified Basketball Fosters Friendship On and Off the Court

The pep band belted out the school song.  Cheerleaders fired up the crowd from their space behind the end line.  The large student section chanted away.  Parents were scattered throughout the stands cheering on their young offspring. Such was the scene this past Tuesday afternoon at Hampden Academy.  It is a spectacle that takes place […]

Tourney 2015: Upsets and a Fan’s Dilemma

Forty-two games are in the books and the curtain has come down on the 2015 Eastern Maine B, C, and D basketball tournament at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.  As with every year, the tournament featured exciting finishes, teams just excited to be there, as well as the drama that unfolds as squads play for the […]

Tournament Basketball: A 30 Year Addiction

Officially the tournament got underway with preliminary round games earlier this week.  When we think of the tournament, especially in Eastern Maine, thoughts turn to the Cross Insurance Center and formerly the Bangor Auditorium. This season marks my thirtieth attending tournament games.  A lot has changed in thirty years.  The shorts were well, short.  The […]