Conference cross country champs run down momentum heading into regionals

In any sport – cross country included – generating momentum is a vital part to postseason success. As the three-week postseason kicked off over the weekend with conference championship action throughout the state, the Mount Desert Island, Orono, Brunswick and Maranacook girls and  Mt. Blue, Lincoln Academy, Caribou and Orono boys have established some early […]

UMaine senior Orach fourth at New England Cross Country championships

Postseason meets kicked off for the University of Maine cross country teams over the weekend, as coach Mark Lech’s teams participated in the New England championships in Boston on Saturday. Black Bears’ senior Jesse Orach continued his torrid senior year in leading UMaine to a top-five finish against a field of New England’s top runners. […]

What we learned from the Festival of Champions: Tia Tardy, Luke Laverdiere primed for strong stretch drive

Every year, the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions, the state’s largest cross country invitational run annually at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, serves two purposes. For one, it provides Maine teams to compete against out-of-state schools from Rhode Island to Vermont, and even Canada, while blazing a trail on the same 3.1-mile […]

UMaine men, New Hampshire women victorious at cross country meet

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men and University of New Hampshire women used a common denominator in their victories in an America East dual cross-country meet Friday afternoon. Pack power. Led by senior Jesse Orach’s first-place finish and four other Black Bears finishing in the top six, coach Mark Lech’s club was easily […]

Black Bears roar to victory in UMass Cross Country Invitational

Even though the cross-country season is in its early stages, early-season meets can be of significant importance as teams gradually prepare for the championship season. The University of Maine men took an important early-season step on Saturday at the UMass Invitational in Amherst, Massachusetts, against six other East Coast teams. Coach Mark Lech’s Black Bears […]

Sunday Hat Trick: UMaine football impressive in new coach’s debut

Sometimes, you learn more from losing than you do from winning. The University of Maine football team, picked to finish 9th in the Colonial Athletic Association, arguably the best conference in the Football Championship Subdivision, sought to prove something in their opener at FBS foe Connecticut on Thursday. Even though the Black Bears were on […]

Fall prognostications: Maine hockey will host playoff series; Pats will play in Super Bowl 51

The mild, August-like weather may not suggest it, but the leaves are slowly changing colors, Halloween merchandise is filtering back into stores, and high school, college and professional athletes are thinking about fall and winter sports. The always-too-short Maine summer flew by like a comet this year – that tends to happen when you have […]