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 AL.com where Hoover, Alabama’s high school football coach, Josh Niblett, became the state’s highest paid head coach.  At a whopping $125,000 […]

Parker a Slam Dunk Choice for Bangor Basketball

1985.  Ronald Reagan was beginning his second term as Commander in Chief.  Germany was still divided into East and West.  A gallon of gas cost about $1.25 per gallon, which was considered high.  Microsoft was releasing it’s first version of Windows, with the unveiling of Version 1.0. For the Bangor Rams boys basketball team, they […]

Should Maine’s Private High Schools Compete in their own Class?

Recently, the membership of the Maine Principals’ Association opted to divide its 138 basketball playing schools into five classes from four.  Since then I had an interesting conversation.  It was a debate I’ve engaged in periodically with others.  While we are in the process of reclassifying, should private schools be competing on the same plane […]

Rams, Witches Scheduled to Renew Gridiron Rivalry

While those of us in the northeast begin to enjoy the anticipated warm weather, football league officials are finalizing schedules for the upcoming fall season.  A few schools and conferences have prepared and released their calendars for the 2015 campaign.  In perusing the Brewer Witches schedule for the fall, one intriguing contest sticks out in […]

Rivalries Renewed as Maine Basketball Shifts to Five Classes

Last Thursday’s decisive vote by the Maine Principals’ Association’s membership spawned a new era for the state’s high school basketball programs.  Teams will be separated into five classes from the traditional four beginning this upcoming season.  Whether you agree or disagree with the change in format, this modification will be in place for at least […]

Baseball Success the “Bangor Way”

The 2015 edition of the Bangor High School baseball team began their quest in earnest this week to win a second consecutive state championship.  The Rams appear to have picked up where they left off a season ago when they shutout Windham in the state title game.  Armed with strong starting pitching, Bangor shutout Hampden […]