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 […]

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 […]