Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

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Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.

In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].

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Husson Men's Basketball Lands 3 Standout In-State Players

Bangor, ME - Husson men's basketball program has received three commitments for next season.  Justin Martin (6-6 forward), Winslow HS, Kyle Johnson (6-0 guard) Calais HS, and Garett Libby (6-3 forward) Old Town HS (2013)will join the Eagles next year.  

"This is a good start to our recruiting class.  Justin, Kyle, and Garrett are quality student athletes who work hard and have a passion for basketball. " says head coach Warren Caruso.   

Martin led Winslow HS to the Eastern Maine finals this season and a 19-3 record.  The 6-6 forward averaged 19.8 points and 14.8 rebounds.  Martin was also the starting tight end and linebacker on the football team who went undefeated and won the Class C State Football Championship.  "Justin is very competitive.  He is long and athletic with the ability to shoot the 3 and mix it up inside".  Caruso states.  Martin was a member of the Maine McDonald's All Star team.  

Johnson helped Calais HS to a 20-2 record and a Class C State Championship.  The 6-1 guard averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.  He was a member of the Maine McDonald's All Star team.  "Kyle has really good basketball instincts at both ends of the floor.  He can play both guard positions and has very  good skill set".  Caruso says.  

Libby is a 2013 graduate of Old Town HS.  He was a 2 time Big East Player of the Year and a 3rd Team All State his senior year.  The 6-3 forward went to MMA (2013-14) out of high school and took last year off.  During his senior year he averaged averaged 22.2 points per game.  "Garrett is a great shooter with good size at the wing position.  We like Garrett's maturity and he has experience at the college level".  Caruso says.  

The Eagles finished 20-8 this season and played post season in the ECAC New England Tournament.  This was their 8th straight season playing in the post season (NCAA – 09, 11, 13, 14 ECAC – 08, 10, 12, 15).   Husson has now had 30 consecutive winning seasons and three straight 20 win seasons (66-20).  This past season Caruso reached a coaching milestone with his 400th career win.  His career record is now 411-191 and his career .682 winning percentage ranks him 32nd among NCAA III active coaches.    

"We have some work to do as we need to reshape our roster.  This is a good beginning.  Our program has a lot to be proud of over many years, but this season we fell short of what we thought we could accomplish.  We have a lot of work to do to get back on top".

Eagles Baseball Undefeated in Conference Play

Bangor, ME – Husson Eagles (8-7; 6-0 NAC) snagged two more North Atlantic Conference (NAC) wins on Sunday afternoon against Colby-Sawyer College (0-14; 0-6 NAC) by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

Game 1 – Husson 6, CSC 1

The Eagles got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Curran scored on a Kyle Bishop ground out to the short stop, JT Whitten brought home Brandon Gendreau on a sacrifice fly to right field, and Darik Messier scored from second on a shot up the middle by Christian Corneil.

The Chargers got back a run in the top of the third as Drew Inglesi plated Tim Donovan on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Husson added three more runs in the bottom of third with Jordan Carter driving in one with a single up the middle. Zach Sugar drove in the other two off a double to right field.

Ben Walls pitched a solid six innings for the Eagles, improving to 2-1 on the season after allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Seth Freudenberger pitched the sixth inning for Husson registering two strikeouts.

Michael Fazio picked up the loss for the Chargers, falling to 0-2 on the season.

Game 2 – Husson 6, CSC 0

Husson picked up where they left off from the first game, plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning. 

Andrew Curran scored off a JT Whitten drive through the left side. Darik Messier notched the second RBI on a fielders choice ball hit to the short stop, Brandon Gendreau scored from third.

Christian Corneil cleared the bases with his third homerun of the season, hitting a bomb into the netting over the left field fence.

Zach Sugar added the sixth and final run of the afternoon, plating Darik Messier off a single to right field. 

Ben Holmes picked up his first win of the season, improving to 1-1. Holmes pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and one walked batter. Brandon Grabkowski pitched the sixth inning and Steve Hanscom pitched the seventh.

Chris Hood fell to 0-3 on the season.

The Eagles will be back on the diamond on Tuesday, March 31st has they play host to St. Joseph's College for a non-conference double header. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:00pm.

Video: Day One of the Nature Valley Championships in Sugarloaf

Experience and youth are colliding the rest of this week at Sugarloaf.
They're playing host to the Nature Valley National Championships, with some skiers looking to make a name for themselves, others looking to continue success. Our Brittany Devane breaks down the competition from day one on the slopes.

Maine Football Spring Practice Schedule

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine football team will begin its spring practice schedule on Thursday, April 9 at Alfond Stadium starting at 3:45 p.m. All practices are open to the public!

The Black Bears are coming off a 5-6 season in which they went 4-4 in Colonial Athletic Association action. Maine finished strong, winning three of its last four contests, to close out the 2014 campaign.

All practices are open to the public as the Black Bears encourage any and all fans to come out and get an early glimpse at the 2015 squad. 

The Black Bears begin practice on Thursday, April 9 at 3:45 and run throughout April and into early May, ending with the annual Jeff Cole scrimmage on Saturday, May 2 at 10 AM.

A complete list of the spring practice schedule is listed below or by viewing this link. All practices will be held at Alfond Stadium unless otherwise noted.

DATE DAY EVENT TIME
April 9, 2015 Thursday Practice #1 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 10, 2015 Friday Practice #2 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 11, 2015 Saturday Practice #3 9:45 - 12:15 p.m.
April 13, 2015 Tuesday Practice #4 5:45 - 8:15 a.m.
April 15, 2015 Wednesday Practice #5 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 17, 2015 Friday Practice #6 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 18, 2015 Saturday Scrimmage #1 9:45 - 12:15 p.m.
April 21, 2015 Tuesday Practice #7 5:45 - 8:15 a.m.
April 22, 2015 Wednesday Practice #8 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 24, 2015 Friday Practice #9 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 25, 2015 Saturday Scrimmage #2 3:45 - 6:15 p.m.
April 28, 2015 Tuesday Practice #11 5:45 - 8:00 a.m.
April 29, 2015 Wednesday Practice #12 5:45 - 8:15 a.m.
May 1, 2015 Friday Practice #13 5:45 - 8:15 a.m.
May 2, 205 Saturday Jeff Cole Scrimmage 10:00 a.m.

*Dates and times schedule to change.

Hampden Unified Prepares for State Game

Another basketball team at Hampden Academy has a chance at a gold ball Thursday. A win in the state game against Lisbon brings home the hardware for Unified basketball at the school.
We went to their practice to talk about the big game and what their inaugural season has meant to them.

Maine Women Prepare for Villanova

Maine women's basketball is set to take on Villanova in the women's NIT. Tip off will be Friday night at 7. Black Bears were of course hoping to host a game, but a limited window of time at the Cross Center likely limited that possibility. As for the Wildcats, Maine sees a lot of similarities to themselves in Villanova.

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Maine Women Learn WNIT Fate

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (23-8) will travel to Villanova (19-13) to take on the Wildcats in the opening round of the 2014-15 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Friday, March 20. Game time will be announced on Tuesday, March 17.

"We are very excited to be in the WNIT field," commented head coach Richard Barron. "There are so many good teams represented and it is a great indicator of the progress that our program has shown. Playing at Villanova is a great test for our team and one that really excites us. Harry Parretta is one of the finest coaches in the country and I have copied much of what he does with his 5-out offense. In many ways, we will be playing a mirror image of ourselves and this will be a game that comes down to execution and shot-making. It will be a fun game to watch and to play.

Maine will be appearing in the post-season WNIT for the fourth time with previous trips coming in 1990, 2003 and 2005. The Black Bears are 1-4 all-time in the WNIT with their only win coming in 1990, a fifth place victory over Wyoming, 68-48. Maine last appeared in the WNIT in 2005 with a loss to West Virginia, 74-59, in the first round. Maine has never won a first round contest in the WNIT (0-3) with losses to Kentucky (76-66), Creighton (74-57) and West Virginia (74-59).

The WNIT appearance comes one year after the Black Bears partcipated in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) tournament. Maine went 1-1 in the WBI, defeating Bucknell 77-47 at home in the first round before falling in the second round to Fairfield, 63-50.

The Black Bears are 1-1 all-time against Villanova. Maine defeated the Wildcats 70-62 in 1995 and dropped a 65-60 decision in 1990.

"Villanova spreads the floor, shoots the three well with great frequency, and they take care of the ball better than any other team in the nation," added Barron. "This game will be about 1/2 court execution and who makes the hustle plays: loose balls, offensive boards, deflections, steals, etc."

Villanova (19-13, 12-6 Big East) finished third in the Big East regular season. The Wildcats lost in the semifinals of their league tournament to DePaul, 58-55.

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