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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 […]

Junior Varsity Coaches Manage Delicate Balance

Why do coaches coach?  Ask this question and many will reply they have a passion for the sport they teach.  Through this love they want to give back to the game which has enriched their lives so much.  Couple that with a desire to work with young people in an area they are naturally passionate […]

The Value of Team Extends Well Beyond the Games

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”- President John F. Kennedy, January 20th, 1961 Flash forward fifty-five years.  We would be wise to hearken back to that great inaugural speech.  We live in a day where those who run for public office, […]

Tourney 2016: Ten Questions Awaiting Answers

Every tournament week is a blank canvas awaiting the artists’ color to create a new masterpiece.  Which players will leave their indelible marks in tourney lore? As we await with unabated anticipation another tournament week, we all wonder what will be in store as we make our annual pilgrimages.  As we prepare for tourney 2016, […]