Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.
During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.
Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.
In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.
ORONO - Maine wrestling is a club program that has only been around for three years, but it's one that is making waves on a national scale.
After sending six wrestlers to the NCWA National Championships last year, the Black Bears will send 10 this time around. The tournament gets underway Thursday in Orlando, Florida.
Head coach Aaron James spoke with Jon Alba about the upcoming tournament and how far the team has come.
ORONO - With less than a week before the America East Championship Game, the Maine women's basketball team faces a harsh reality. Despite an efficient regular season that saw it dominate conference opponents, it will play for a ticket to "The Dance" on the road.
"Well I think if you're going to have a conference tournament, it ought to be on a neutral site," head coach Richard Barron said.
The Black Bears went 13-1 in America East play, losing just once to Albany at home. However, they dealt the Great Danes their lone loss in conference games as well when they beat them by 12 Jan. 15, leaving both teams with the same slate. After a series of tiebreakers, Albany clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament with an advantage via RPI, despite the two sharing the regular season title.
ORONO - Last year, the Maine women's basketball team seemed prime for a deep run after winning a share of the America East regular season championship.
Then, in the the semifinals of the conference tournament against Hartford, the shots didn't fall. And like that, the season was over.
"I think if anything, you just feel the sense of pressure and urgency and it can get you tight." head coach Richard Barron said. "That's what happened to us at Hartford. We didn't make shots. We played great. We executed really well. We just didn't make shots."
BREWER - Baseball and softball season is now underway, meaning hitters everywhere are trying to get in their last cuts before the grind of games actually begins. While some may rely on tees or soft toss to warm up their eyes, the Sluggers facility in Brewer is trying to help hitters in a different way.
The Home Plate Simulator provides hitters, in particular, softball players, with a unique opportunity.
Using a projector to a show an image of a pitcher, players get a realistic hitting experience when they step into the cage. Sluggers instructors load up a DVD featuring a variety of different pitchers (lefties or righties), allowing for the hitter to read and react to the pitch they are about to see.
It's time for this week's edition of "Jon's 3-Point Play!"
"The Great American Race" was held this past weekend and saw a historic finish. Who took the crown in dramatic fashion?
Turning towards the Tourney, find out which team put up a tremendous defensive performance en route to the Class C title.
And who will take home the prize? Find out!
STATEWIDE - The 2016 edition of the MPA State Basketball Tournament has reached its final stages. So far, we've seen upsets, buzzer-beaters and Cinderella stories.
But just before the final 24 hours, Jon Alba takes a look at what is ahead in this epic preview of Championship Weekend.
It's time for a special tournament edition of "Jon's 3-Point Play!"
In this week's episode, Jon takes a look at the dominating performance by UMaine-commit Andrew Fleming against Bangor in the Class AA North Quarterfinals. How many points did he score?
Then, hear how the pep bands are providing the soundtrack to the tournament. Do you have a favorite tune?
And who will take home the honors this week? Find out!
BANGOR - ABC 7 and FOX 22 will broadcast two games as part of the "Tourney 2016" coverage on Wednesday. The games were announced on the 6 p.m. newscast Monday.
The first game will be between the No. 3 Wildcats of Presque Isle and the No. 7 Hermon Hawks in Class B girls basketball action from Cross Insurance Center. The contest will air on ABC 7 at 2:05 p.m. Hermon took down No. 2 Mount Desert Island in an upset last week to earn a spot in the regional semifinal.
At 5:30 p.m., No. 1 Lawrence will play host to No. 5 Hampden Academy in a Class A girls semifinal at Augusta Civic Center. The game will be broadcast on FOX 22. It had originally been slated for a 4 p.m. start, but has since been delayed due to weather.
Both matchups will be streamed by the NFHS Network.
Additional games will be broadcast on Thursday and Friday. The matchups are still to be announced.
BANGOR - You know how the saying goes. 'You've got a nailbiter on the court, and the only prescription is more cowbell."
"We try to take it and move and groove as we can," Houlton pep band director Kevin Mania said. "And we try to give as much energy as we can to the whole entire arena."
That's the job of the pep band during not just the tournament - but any high school game. And this week, when all eyes are turned to the hardwood to watch the best in the state play, it's the band's time to shine as well. And they are prepared to step to the plate.
"Oh my word, " Houlton flute/piccolo player Kyliegh Tyler said. "I can't even begin to talk about how much dedication it takes."
BANGOR - Former WWE and TNA Superstar Billy Gunn came to Bangor Wednesday night, entertaining wrestling fans across multiple generations with stories from throughout his career.
The event was held as part of the new "Tales From The Top Rope" series, where stars from the professional wrestling world come to Seasons and interact with fans. Last month saw WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart host a Q&A, while next month will see current TNA agent Al Snow join the party.
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