Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ted Woodward career summary

Woodward began his career at UConn in 1986 under Coach Jim Calhoun, and also had assistant coaching stops at Harvard and CCSU before arriving in Orono. As Coach John Giannini’s top assistant and chief recruiter, the Black Bears achieved 2 20-win seasons including the 1999-2000 season where they set a school record 24 wins. In 2004, Associate Coach Woodward was named Head Coach of the Black Bears program.

Woodward led the Black Bears for 10 seasons as a Head Coach, and 8 as an assistant. He has been a part of more basketball games at Maine other than legend Skip Chappelle, (over 500 total games). He is the 3rd coach in New England and the 2nd Woodward’s team registered many significant wins during his tenure including 4 wins (which led the America East) v. Atlantic 10 teams, URI (Woodward’s first win in 2004), URI again in 2011, Fordham in 2009, and UMass in 2010.

In addition, Woodward led the Black Bears to victory over ACC foe Boston College in 2011, the only AE win over the ACC in a 5-year span. Furthermore, he led the Black Bears to a victory over Big Ten Conference school Penn State. The Black Bears under Woodward have had more high-major wins than anyone else amongst present AE schools during the past decade, with 6. He also won the 100 Club Classic tournament at Kennesaw State in 2008, only the second time a Black Bear Basketball team has won an in-season tournament in the past 30 seasons.In 2009-10, Woodward led the Black Bears to a 19-win season, 3rd wins in Maine history.

The Black Bears followed up with another 3rd the following year, marking only the second time in the past 25 years the Black Bears had back-to-back top-3 finishes, and only the 6th and 7th top-3 finishes since 1980. For his leadership, Woodward was named the CollegeInsider.Com America East Coach of the Year in 2010, and was also selected as a National Finalist for the Skip Prosser Man-of-the-Year award that same season. The Black Bears also earned  votes in the Mid-Major top 25 poll for 3 consecutive weeks.

Woodward also led his Black Bears to a career record of 15-6 v. rival UNH, including 6 series wins and 5 sweeps in 10 seasons. He also is the only Coach in UMaine history to have a winning record v. former Yankee Conference foes URI (2-1) and UMass (1-0).

Woodward has also led the Black Bears to great success off the court. Every senior for the past 9 seasons has earned his degree from Maine, in total 27 of the 28 seniors who played for him. In addition, Woodward was instrumental in past players returning to Orono to achieve their graduation. His teams achieved perfect APR scores on many occasions. Several of his players earned academic accolades including America East All-Academic Selections, NABC Honor Roll recipients, and UMaine academic achievement awards. Furthermore, Andrew Rogers earned the Dean Smith Award in 2012, the only Dean Smith award winner for men’s basketball in the past 20 years. Maine’s basketball team also registered perfect code-of-
conduct years with 0 violations on several occasions including 0 total points for 4 consecutive years, 2009-2013. longest-tenured Division I head  longest-tenured in the America East.

Several of his former players have gone onto playing professional basketball, or into coaching, including 2 members of his present staff Jon Sheets and Associate Coach Doug Leichner, and 2 other former players who returned to be a part of the staff at Maine.

Woodward has also served for the betterment of the University of Maine, the America East, and the country in basketball and other circles. He was instrumental in increasing revenue amounts from Men’s Basketball bringing in over $2 million the past 7 years. He was a 2-time member of the Athletic Advisory Board at UMaine, on the Memorial Gym renovation planning committee, served as the America East Coach’s Liaison, and is presently a sitting member of the Division I Men’s Basketball Issues Committee.

He also served nationally as a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee and on the USA Today Voting Board. He also was the Men’s Golf Coach at Maine from 1997-2001. He has been heavily involved in community service during his time at UMaine including Special Olympics, YMCA, school visits on reading days and nutrition days, amongst many others. Furthermore, the Men’s Basketball program has a staunch record of NCAA Compliance under Woodward’s tenure.

Statement from Ted Woodward

It has been an honor and a privilege to be the Head Coach of the Maine Men’s Basketball team for the past 10 years, and be associated with the program for the past 18. My family and I have been blessed to be a part of the Maine Basketball family, the University of Maine Black Bear Athletic Department, the entire university community, and the community of Orono.

I want to express the great appreciation for all of the wonderful people who have helped me and our program at UMaine during my time at the school. I am thankful for all of the tremendous support staff, university colleagues, administrators and fans I have been fortunate enough to be associated with.

I am extremely proud of the Black Bear basketball program. I have put all of my energy, heart and soul into it during my entire career at Maine. I have enjoyed every minute of recruiting and coaching the young men who have gone though these halls as Black Bears, and am proud of the many things we accomplished both on and off the court, along with the many things that these men have become upon their graduation from our program. Unfortunately, we didn’t win enough to achieve some of our goals. There are certainly some significant challenges and adversity we face, yet an abundance of rewards. I have been proud to come to work everyday for the past 18 seasons – it has been incredibly special! It’s been a great journey that I will cherish forever.

We have had some things go against us this year, and I respect Karlton’s decision. The program, and what is best for the program, is always the most important element. It has never been about any person or individual. Furthermore, I am highly encouraged by many of the young men in our program that are now growing into the core of our team. I think this is a team that will challenge for an America East Championship in the immediate future. We have great kids, tremendous characters, fantastic students, and outstanding individual potential with a passionate work ethic. In addition, a mindset of unselfishness, basketball IQ and a strong mentality. Black Bear fans will enjoy this group during their careers. As they grow, they will have a chance to be special, and I look forward to the future success of this program. I love Maine, and the entire Orono community, and will always be a Black

Finally, I would like to thank the young men who I have had the pleasure to coach, and the outstanding coaches I have fortunate enough to work with daily. These people have given their all everyday to pursue success, and I am proud to have been associated with them.

And last (but certainly not least), I would like to thank my family, my wife Linda and my children Jillian and Tommy. They have sacrificed so many things for my career and our program’s success – I love them very much and am very blessed.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nik Beeson leads Thomas baseball to extra inning win over Castleton

BANGOR- Nik Beeson had four hits, including the game winning single in the 12th inning to lead the Thomas college Terriers to a 3-2 victory over Castleton at Winkin sports complex on the campus of Husson university on Saturday afternoon.

Beeson got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning when he ripped a double that scored Anree Benitez. Castleton got on the scoreboard when Macyn Clifford drilled a solo homer during the top of the fourth inning.

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Mt. Ararat high school softball preview

The Mt. Ararat Eagles softball team just missed making the class A playoffs last season. This year, they will have a young squad that should improve as the season goes on.

Brooke Cox and Allen Graffam were recently named Co-Coaches to lead the Eagles. Cox was formerly rec director for the town of Bowdoinham and organizer of the Ararat Nation ASA softball teams. Graffam has been an assistant softball coach at Mt. Ararat high school for the past ten years.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Morning buzz- April 11th

Red Sox lose series opener to Yankees- from Boston Globe

Husson baseball falls to #6 USM- from Husson University

Husson softball swept at USM- from Husson University

UMaine softball to host UMBC in home opening series- from University of Maine

Buchholz looks a little like his old self- from Boston Globe

Bruins suffer another shootout loss- from Boston Globe

Losing taking its toll on Rajon Rondo- from Boston Globe

Will Middlebrooks on the mend- from Boston Herald

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Morning buzz- April 10th

Presque Isle boys tennis preview- from examiner.com

Oceanside baseball preview- from emsportsblog.com

Brandon Spikes goes off on Patriots- from emsportsblog.com

Taylor Trask has 10-0 record at Saint Anselm- from BDN

Oceanside seeking state championship in class B softball- from BDN

David Ortiz's homer rallies Red Sox to win-from Boston Globe

David Ortiz comes to Red Sox rescue yet again- from Boston Herald

Jake Peavy opens year 2-for-2- from Boston Herald

Sox, Yankees renew rivalry with four-game set- from Boston Globe

Big night for Clay Buchholz- from Boston Herald

Celtics squander another late lead- from Boston Globe

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brandon Spikes Goes Off On Patriots

Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes went a little crazy on Twitter on Wednesday comparing his time with the Patriots to slavery. Spikes, who left new England for the Buffalo Bills this offseason, said he will be happy to hand the Patriots two losses this upcoming season. He even called Patriots fans Massholes.

Okay Spikes isn't the first athlete to lose his mind on twitter and he won't be the last I'm sure, but to go so far as to call yourself a slave well you are getting paid a boatload of money is ridiculous. As for handing the Patriots two "big losses" next season I will believe that when I see it. The Bills haven't had a winning season since 2004 and the last time they swept the Patriots was in 1999.

Maybe Spikes should get done meeting his new teammates before he starts making outrageous predictions.

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Oceanside high school 2014 baseball preview

photo from Oceanside baseball Facebook page

 2014 Oceanside Mariners Baseball  preview

2013 record- 10-7, #6 in Eastern Maine Class B, lost to Nokomis 6-3 in the Eastern Maine Class B Pre-lim 

Seniors .(3)..
 J.T. Tobin (Catcher); Nick Judge (Shortstop, Pitcher), Cole Chase (Outfield) 
Juniors (9)
Ryan Allender (Pitcher, Outfield, 3rd Base), Zac Roman (Centerfield), Zach Peaco (Outfield, 1st Base, Pitcher), Jimmy Strong (Pitcher, 2nd Base), Caleb Jacob (Pitcher, 2nd Base, Shortstop), Walker Ranney (Catcher, Outfield, 3rd Base), Travis Frye (Outfield), Scott Strong (Pitcher, Outfield), Mazlin Higbee (1st Base) 
Sophomores (4) ... 
Nick Mazurek (Pitcher, 3rd Base), Thomas Curtis (1st Base), Riley Sprague (Catcher, Outfield), Jacob Bartlett (Pitcher, Outfield) 
Preview info courtesy of head coach Don Shields
Team strengths: Our Pitching, led by Nick Mazurek and Ryan Allender, should be strong and we have a few others who will be fighting for innings including Jimmy Strong, Caleb Jacob, Nick Judge and Scott Strong. 

Our Catcher J.T Tobin was a first team All KVAC last year and is the best catcher in the conference. Our depth, as we have 12 guys who can start, many able to start at more than one position, and that gives us a lot of flexibility. 

We also have 11 returning players from last year’s team that really played well after a slow start, and I believe that what we learned last year will pay off big this season. 
Top teams in the conference: The KVAC has several very good teams. Waterville, Winslow, Camden Hills and Morse will be very good and return a number of starters, Nokomis and Gardiner are playoff teams from last year who should be solid this season, and Medomak Valley and Belfast are young but I believe they will be very tough and get better as the season unfolds. 

A comment on how tryouts/practices have been going and expectations for the upcoming season:. This team has the ability to be one of the top teams in Eastern Maine Class B as long as we continue to remember to do all of the little things and never take our opponent for granted. Pitching and Defense will be the key for us and I believe we will be a very good. Mazurek and Allender combined to win 10 games last season, and if they pitch as well this season, we should be in good shape.

Oceanside Pre Season Schedule 
Play Day #1 ...
Saturday April 12th ... 5 Innings or 90 minutes ... whichever comes 1st 
9 AM .-Oceanside vs. Brunswick 
10:45 A.M. -Medomak Valley vs. Foxcroft Academy 
12:30 P.M.-Medomak Valley vs. Brunswick 
2:15 PM -Oceanside vs. Foxcroft Academy
April 16th 
Oceanside host Skowhegan at 4 PM ... moved to Thomaston from Skowhegan 
Play Day #2 ... Saturday April 19th 5 Innings or 90 minutes ... whichever comes 1st 
9 AM ... Oceanside vs. Messalonskee 
10:45 AM ... Camden Hills vs. Brewer 
12:30 PM ... Camden Hills vs. Messalonskee 
 2:15 PM ... Oceanside vs. Brewer 
Monday April 21st Oceanside at Hermon at 4 PM 
Wednesday April 23rd Regular Season Begins when the Mariners host Camden Hills at 1 p.m.

Presque Isle boys tennis preview

PRESQUE ISLE--- The Presque Isle boys tennis team fell to MDI in the class B quarterfinals last season.

This year, the Wildcats are hoping to compete with MDI and the rest of the strong teams in Eastern Maine.

"Five of the seven players (on the roster) saw considerable match time last season, which should translate into the upperclassmen heavy Wildcats clawing their way to among the elite in class B PVC, "Presque Isle coach Brian Massey said. "Along with the experience, the blue and white Cats are going to rely heavily on a strong conditioning workout to help endure what could be long matches of equally matched opponents. Some much needed size and athleticism on the doubles teams will also add to the bulk of the Wildcat advantages going into this season."

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