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    June 7, 2021

    Vinalhaven's Hamilton pitch-perfect for high-flying Ravens

    Hunter Hamilton made a lifetime memory — and, perhaps, a bit of recent Midcoast history — on Saturday, June 5 and the young islander did it one pitch at a time from his strong, accurate and trusty right arm. The 12-year-old Vinalhaven youngster turned in a remarkable pitching performance in an Oceanside Little League baseball game played on the mainland. In a regular-season contest against the Lions at the …

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    May 3, 2021

    Vikings back in game: Vinalhaven splits with Rangeley to start

    They had missed so much over the last year plus. No baseball and softball in the spring of 2020, no soccer in the fall of that same year, followed by no basketball in the winter of 2020-21. So, with those missed experiences behind them, Vinalhaven Viking student-athletes happily and joyfully took to the diamonds far from their Penobscot Bay home on Saturday, May 1 at Mount View High School. The islanders were in …

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    March 29, 2021

    Updated with video routines: Medomak Valley runners-up, Mount View 15th, Belfast 20th at state cheering

    Medomak Valley literally, figuratively and, of course, in the age of COVID-19, virtually finished within a smidgen of winning the coveted state Class B high school cheering championship on Saturday, March 27. That is because the Panthers fell a few precious points behind powerhouse Hermon when the teams’ video performances were reviewed, scored and results revealed by the judges. Belfast placed 20th in the same …

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    March 26, 2021

    Pinned down by pandemic: Wrestlers reflect on lost mat season

    If there is one group of student-athletes who has felt left out, lost, perhaps even abandoned, in the high school sports world during the unpredictable, year-long pandemic, it is those who make or break their success on the wrestling mat. None more than the upperclassman who love slipping into a singlet, snapping on headgear and stepping onto the mat for an often grueling, one-on-one duel of strength, stamina, …

  • Published
    February 26, 2021

    High school competition wrestling canceled for 2020-21

    It is official: there will be no high school wrestling competition for 2020-2021. The Maine Principals’ Association sent a memo on Friday morning, Feb. 26 to member high schools that offer wrestling which stated time had run out on an opportunity to hold a competition mat season. It was the latest negative COVID-19 news to impact school and youth sports. The pandemic has had a profound affect on schools, education…

  • Published
    January 28, 2021

    Smooth as ice: Camden Hills back in game, approved to play other schools

    For the Camden Hills Regional High School hockey team the positive news was akin to skating on a new sheet of ice. The start of a new period. New chapter. A significant change to what had been a disappointing realization and weekly mode of operation. After trying to accept — and cope with — the fact the pandemic, and guidelines, made it impossible to compete against opponents from other high schools, the Windjamme…

  • Published
    November 6, 2020

    MPA, state agencies, Mills' administration set winter timelines

    It appears, at this point, high school winter athletics in Maine will be played, in some form or fashion, within a specific step-by-step schedule, which, ultimately, will lead to interscholastic competition among teams from the same geographic area, as was the case with fall sports. The keys to the latest winter sports update are: Safety precautions for indoor athletics will be developed and maintained, there …

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    October 23, 2020

    Waldo County's 'yellow' distinction forces races from Belfast

    COVID-19-related changes seemingly happen daily — often hour to hour — and the pandemic has caused the cancellation of one county’s fall high school athletic seasons and one secondary educational institution’s planned ability to host large postseason cross-country meets. Due to the recent increases in positive coronavirus cases in Waldo County, the Maine Department of Education has deemed the county in the …

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    October 3, 2020

    Rainy, slick fun under Friday night lights for Lions, Mariners

    The much-needed rain began to fall about game time, which, ultimately, made for slick footballs and difficulty throwing and catching. However, that did not stop Oceanside and Belfast student-athletes from their appointed fun during another, much different installment of Friday night lights. In the end, the visiting Lions enjoyed a bit more fun than the Mariners en route to a 24-0 victory at damp Wasgatt Field. It …

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    August 27, 2020

    Back on top: Maine Cat sails past Benchwarmers for championship

    In sports, teams that play their best later in a season often go home with the hardware. On a sunny, beautiful, but cool, summer night, Maine Cat clearly demonstrated another example of that hard-to-dispute adage. Maine Cat finished the 13-team Mid-Coast Co-Ed Softball League regular season in sixth place and it might have been a bit uncertain how it might fare in the double-elimination playoff tournament. As it …

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