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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Hayes Named Hockey East ROW

University of Maine freshman Malcolm Hayes (Atlanta, Ga.) was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday, Dec. 15. Hayes had a goal and an assist as Maine split its weekend series with rival New Hampshire. 

On Friday, Hayes scored the game-winning goal in Maine's 5-2 win over New Hampshire. The goal came late in the second period. He finished the game with four shots. On Saturday, Hayes assisted on a goal by Cedric Lacroix (Shefford, Quebec) which tied the game at 3-3 midway through the second period. 

Hayes has three goals and two assists for five points on the season. He ranks second among rookies in scoring and his three goals are tops among first year players on the Black Bears. 

Hayes and the Black Bears return to action on Friday, Jan. 2 when they host Canisius at 7 PM at Alfond Arena.

Maine Hockey Ends Losing Streak

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The University of Maine men's ice hockey team scored four straight goals to overcome a 2-0 deficit and defeat the University of New Hampshire 5-2 on Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
 

Blaine Byron (Manotick, Ontario) and Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) each had a goal and an assist in the game, while Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) finished with three assists.

 

Maine improves to 4-12-1 on the season, while UNH falls to 4-10-1.

 

UNH took a 1-0 lead 4:58 into the first period when Collin MacDonald scored on the rebound of a Dylan Chanter shot from the point. Maxim Gaudreault also assisted on the goal for the Wildcats.

 

New Hampshire extended its lead to 2-0 at 6:44 of the second period when Chanter fed Shane Eiserman, who in transition beat Maine goalie Sean Romeo (Cary, North Carolina), five hole.

 

Maine answered right back. After multiple passes in the offensive zone, Dan Renouf (Pickering Ontario) found Hutton on the blueline. He fired a shot that UNH goalie Adam Clark stopped, but the rebound went right to Byron and he fired it into the back of the net.  For Byron, it was his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

 

The Black Bears tied the game just over two and a half minutes later with a power play goal.  Byron found Shore in the face-off circle. Nolan Vesey (No. Reading, Mass.) tipped the Shore shot past Clark to tie the game.  For Vesey, it was his second goal in as many games.

 

Maine took the lead at 17:01 of the second period. Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine) shot the puck from the blueline and Cedric Lacroix (Shefford, Quebec) redirected to Malcolm Hayes (Atlanta, Ga.) just outside the crease. He shot the puck just inside the goalpost to give the Black Bears their first lead of the night. For Hayes, it was his third goal of the season.

 

The Black Bears extended their lead to 4-2 3:29 into the third period. Andrew Tegeler (Sewell, N.J.) found Shore who had the initial shot. Clark made the save, but was unable to stop Will Merchant (Eagan, Minn.) who directed the loose puck into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

 

Hutton scored Maine's fifth goal of the night at 9:21 of the third period on the power play. A Maine defenseman went to clear the puck, but Shore stole it back and passed with Hutton on the blueline. Hutton then unleashed a shot that found nothing but the back of the net. For Hutton, it was his third goal of the season.

 

Maine finished the game with a 34-28 edge in shots on goal. The Black Bears were 2-for-3 on the power play, while New Hampshire was scoreless in four opportunities.

 

Maine goalie Sean Romeo stopped 26 shots in net and improves to 2-8-0 on the season. Clark made 29 saves for UNH and falls to 4-10-1.

 

The two teams return to action on Saturday, Dec. 13 with a game at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine. Puck drop is set for 7 PM.

Maine Men Keep It Close Versus Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Senior Zarko Valjarevic recorded a season-high 22 points shooting 7-of-13 from the field but Boston College slipped past the University of Maine men's basketball team, 85-74 at the Conte Forum on Thursday evening. The loss drops the Black Bears to 1-8 while Boston College improves to 5-3.

The Black Bears shot an impressive 54 percent in the second half knocking down 12-of-22 shots from the field but Boston College outscored the Maine 43-40 in the final frame to seal the victory.

Valjarevic bested his previous season-high of 17 points which he scored against Wagner earlier in the year as he was an efficient 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. He also chipped in two rebounds and three assists.

Also tallying double-figures was Till Gloger who shot 6-of-10 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, tallying 17 points. Troy Reid-Knight also had a season-high in this game as he posted 13 points as he also recorded three rebounds and two assists.

Forward Aaron Brown led Boston College as he posted 21 points for the Eagles. BC also had four other players register double-figure points as Dennis Clifford (19), Patrick Heckmann (13) Dimitri Batten (12) and Olivier Hanlan (10) all broke 10 points apiece.

As a team the Black bears finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field while BC edged Maine with a 53 percent mark. In the battle of the glass, Maine won out coming down with 30 boards to the Eagle's 27. Maine did however turn the ball over 17 times BC only committed seven giveaways.  

Boston College opened up the game on a 17-8 run through the first five minutes of the game but Maine fought back to get the deficit to just seven thanks to an Ethan Mackey Layup, which made it 22-15 with just over 10 minutes left to go.

BC once again got the lead out to double-digits, holding the largest lead of the half at the 3:42 left, as Hanlan dashed into the paint and laid in a bucket to make it 38-23.

Maine fought back and scored the final points of the half as Mackey struck again with Calixte firing a pass into the paint and Maine cut the lead to just eight, 42-34. That's how the half would end.

Maine started off the second half hot getting the lead down to just five capped by a 3-point play by Valjarevic who got the score to 50-45.

BC went on a run of their own to push the lead to 13 capped by a trey by Brown to make it 55-42 with 14:04 left in the game.

The game would tilt back and forth as Maine cut the lead to within six points three times and had the game down to five late at 4:49 mark of the final frame but the Eagles finished out the game with the lead, winning 85-74.

The Black Bears now take several days off before heading back to the road as the squad takes on Army on Dec. 21 with the game beginning at 1 p.m. 

Worcester Named NAC Rookie of the Week

BANGOR, ME - Husson University men's basketball player Mitch Worcester has been named the North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Week.

Worcester, a first year guard from Washburn, ME, averaged 10.5 points, two rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game as the Eagles recorded two conference wins.

He netted 11 points, grabbed two rebounds, and earned two steals in Husson's 80-69 victory over Thomas. Worcester added 10 points on .600 (3-of-5) shooting from the floor with two rebounds and one steal in only 18 minutes of play in the Eagles' 91-70 win over Maine Maritime.

Husson returns to action on Friday when they host Green Mountain at 7:30 p.m.

 

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John Huard to be Inducted Into NFF Hall of Fame

ORONO, Maine -- The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced that ESPN3 will carry live the two main events associated with the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Former Black Bear John Huard will be one of 16 inducted into the this year's Hall of Fame class.

Viewers will be able to watch the morning press conference, starting at 9 a.m., and then at 8 p.m. fans can view the entire Annual Awards Show, which included the induction of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 25th William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards.

Huard, a two-time first team All-American, guided Maine to the Tangerine Bowl in 1965. A two-time first team All-Yankee Conference selection, Huard recorded 22 tackles in his first game in 1964. Named one of the top 20 athletes in the history of the state of Maine by Sports Illustrated, Huard was the first football player inducted into the Maine Athletic Hall of Fame ('86) and the first member of Alfond Stadium's Ring of Honor.

Huard was selected by the AFL's Denver Broncos in the fifth round of the 1967 NFL Draft and went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the Broncos and the New Orleans Saints. Following his playing career in the professional ranks, Huard became the head coach at Acadia University where he led the Axemen to Canadian National Championships in 1979 and 1981. After his time at Acadia, Huard spent time as the head coach at Maine Maritime Academy before serving at the helm of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Huard returned to the University of Maine as its offensive line coach in 1974-75.

Away from the field, Huard is an active member with the National Football Foundation's State of Maine Chapter as well as volunteering with both the Boys and Girls Club and the Susan Curtis Foundation. A Waterville, Maine native, Huard is currently the President of Northeast Turf, Hue, Inc., and serves as the Northeast representative for FieldTurf.

See below for a full timeline of events:

57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Timeline: (All Times Eastern and Approximate)

8:00 p.m. - Welcome by ESPN studio host & NFF Dinner Emcee Rece Davis
8:02 p.m. - Presentation of the Legacy Award to Mike McNeely
8:05 p.m. - Introduction of the college coaches in attendance
8:10 p.m. - Chris Schenkel Award presented to Frank Beckmann
8:14 p.m. - John L. Toner Award presented to Kevin White
8:21 p.m. - Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award presented to Jim Host
8:27 p.m. - The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments
8:58 p.m. - The 25th William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments
9:05 p.m. - The NFF Gold Medal presented to George Weiss
9:09 p.m. - The NFF Gold Medal presented to Dr. Tom Catena
9:15 p.m. - The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class
9:50 p.m. - Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony
9:55 p.m. - Closing Remarks and God Bless America

NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Timeline:

9:00 a.m. - NFF Major Award Winners
9:45 a.m. - College Football Hall of Fame Class
10:40 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews
10:55 a.m. - Wuerffel Trophy Announcement
11:05 a.m. - NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments
11:55 a.m. - Break for one-on-one interviews

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#1 BC Skates By Maine Women's Hockey

ORONO, Maine --- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team lost to #1 Boston College 8-1 at the Alfond Arena Friday evening. Maine falls to 7-9-2 on the season, while Boston College improves 16-0-1.

 

Maine opened the scoring in the first period with a scrum in front of the goal at (14:20). Brooklyn Langlois (Steinbach, Minnesota) fired a high shot that Katie Burt stopped with her shoulder, but Jillian Langtry (Fort Frances, Ontario) crashed the net and stuffed the rebound home for her first goal of the season. Emilie Brigham (Anoka, Minnesota) picked up the secondary assist on the play.

 

Three minutes later the Eagles equalized with their first goal of the day. Lexi Bender ripped a slap shot from the blue line at (17:15) on a pass from Tori Sullivan. Emily Pfalzer also assisted Bender's even strength goal.

 

Boston College controlled the majority of the play in the second by scoring four unanswered goals. Kristyn Cpizzano, Emily Field, Haley Skarupa, and Alex Carpenter each had a goal in the second period.  Andie Anastos, Emily Pfalzer, Kenzie Kent, Emily Field, and Alex Carpenter, respectively, all were credited with an assist in the period.

 

The Eagles did not let up in the third period. Megan Keller, Haley Skarupa, and Dana Trivigno each added a goal to expand their lead to 8-1.  Dana Trivigino, Toni Ann Miano, Kenzie Kent, and Kate Leary earned assists in the third.

 

Meghann Treacy (Lake Peakskill, New York) saved 26 of 33 shots on goal, and Mariah Fujimagari (Markham, Ontario), once substituted into the game, saved 4 of 5 shots on goal. Katie Burt saved 12 of 13 shots on goal for Boston College. The Black Bears were 0-2 on the power play, and Boston College had zero goals in two opportunities.

 

The Black Bears return to action December 12th at Union College. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Class A All Conference Team

2014
Eastern Maine Class All-Conference Teams

OFFENSE:                                            DEFENSE:
QB  - Jordan Talbot, Portland H.S.            DL – Langston Hamer-Nagle, Bangor H.S.
RB – Joe Fitzpatrick, Cheverus H.S.             DL – Frank Curran, Cheverus H.S.
RB – Dane Johnson, Bangor H.S.                DL – Jerimiah Israel-Copeland, Portland H.S.
RB – Liam LaFountain, Cheverus H.S.            DL – Tyrell Gullatt, Windham H.S.
RB – Dylan Koza, Windham H.S.                DL – Stone Colby, Lewiston H.S.            
WR –Drew Lashua, Edward Little H.S.            DE – Griffin Jacobson, Windham H.S.
WR – Dom Bernard, Deering H.S.            DE – Zordan Holman, Cheverus H.S.
WR – Pat Viola, Deering H.S.                LB – Evan McAuliffe, Bangor H.S.
TE –  Ryan Ruhlin, Portland H.S.                LB – Zach Handley, Cheverus H.S.
OL – Josh Sullivan, Portland H.S.                LB – Davis Turner, Oxford Hills Comp. H.S.
OL – Josh Clement, Bangor H.S.                LB – Zach Davis, Windham H.S.            
OL – Dan O’Brion, Cheverus H.S.                LB – Joe Esposito, Portland H.S.        
OL – Dominic Dimillo, Portland H.S.            DB – Jacob Coon, Deering H.S.
OL – Julian Smedley, Lewiston H.S.            DB – Eric Webb, Windham H.S.
OL – Jerry Valliere, Windham H.S.            DB – Kenny Drelich, Cheverus H.S.
Utility – Hunter Martin, Edward Little H.S.        DB – Tanner Laberge, Windham H.S.
Kicker – Josh Dugas, Windham H.S.            DB -  William Curry, Lewiston H.S. 

Punter – Jordan Talbot, Portland H.S.

Coach of the Year:  Matt Perkins, Windham H.S.
Ass’t Coach of the Year:  Phil Rossetti, Windham H.S.
Lineman of the Year:   Zordan Holman, Cheverus H.S.
Player of the Year:  Joe Fitzpatrick, Cheverus H.S.

 

All-Academic Team

Matt Duff, Bangor H.S.                        Jacob Schott, Cheverus H.S.
Langston Hamer-Nagle, Bangor H.S.   Jacob Coon, Deering H.S.
Joe Johnson, Bangor H.S.                    Matt Krusiec, Deering H.S.
Jake Morrill, Bangor H.S.                    Ryan Rarn, Deering H.S.
Brian Pierce, Bangor H.S.                    Julian Smedley, Lewiston H.S.
Cullen Short, Bangor H.S.                    Sabin Lavorgna, Lewiston H.S.
Owen Trundy, Bangor H.S.                    James Flynn, Lewiston H.S.
Andrew Ye, Bangor H.S.                        Patrick Macro, Oxford Hills Comp. H.S.
Matt Gedaro, Cheverus H.S.                    Malik Geiger, Oxford Hills Comp. H.S.
Fritz Gemmer, Cheverus H.S.                    Ian Lejonhud, Oxford Hills Comp. H.S.
Zach Handley, Cheverus H.S.                    Ryan Ruhlin, Portland H.S.
Drew Harris, Cheverus H.S.                    Derek Howard, Windham H.S.
Liam LaFountain, Cheverus H.S.                    Daniel Kilgallon, Windham H.S.
Tom Lawson, Cheverus H.S.
Patrick Mourmouras, Cheverus H.S.
Nick Noyes, Cheverus H.S.

Cheverus Star Named Maine's Top High School Player

Cheverus running back Joe Fitzpatrick is the 2014 Gatorade Maine football player of the year.
The Stags' work horse rushed for a Class A state record 2-thousand-71 yards and 27 touchdowns this season, leading his team to an Eastern Maine final appearance.
He topped 250 yards five times and recorded 8 multi-touchdown games.
As a linebacker, he collected 16 tackles and a sack on defense.
Fitzpatrick maintains a b plus average while participating in numerous community service projects.

Maine Women's Basketball Completes Comeback Win

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (4-3), who at one point trailed by 17 in the first half, outscored Central Connecticut State (4-3) 48-22 in the second half to take a 72-58 victory on Wednesday evening.

Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) paced Maine's offensive efforts with 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists while Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) added 21 points and four boards. Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) hit five 3-pointers in the second half to total 15 points.

It was a tale of two halves for the offensive efforts as Central Conn. shot 60.9-percent in the first half before Maine came alive and posted a 69.2-percent (18-for-26) effort in the second stanza. For the contest, Maine went 27-fo-46  (58.7-percent) while knocking down 12 of 22 3-point attempts.

The Blue Devils were quick to take an early advantage before Maine's offense began clicking. Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) started a 7-2 Black Bears run to put Maine on top for the first time with 4:01 gone in the opening half.

With Maine leading by a pair, the Blue Devils answered with a 7-0 sprint to take a 15-10 lead with 12:36 remaining on the clock.

Following a layup from Wood, CCSU went on an extended 19-5 run to take its largest lead of the half at 34-17 with 3:40 to play in the half.

The Black Bears were able to tighten the gap down the stretch, closing the half on a 7-2 run as Maine trailed 36-24 at the break.

The Blue Devils went 60.9-percent (14-for-23) from the floor over the opening 20-minutes and 5-for-8 from the free throw line.

Maine came out of the halftime break on fire as it broke out a 16-0 run, coming all the way back to take a 40-36 lead with four minutes gone in the second half. Koizar began the run with five-straight points before an offensive board by Heise led to a three from Weckstrom. Wood's jumper gave Maine 10-straight unanswered before Koizar knocked down another three to give Maine a one-point edge. Weckstrom nailed Maine's fourth 3-pointer in the opening five minutes to put the Black Bears on top 40-36.

The Blue Devils put a stop to the run with a 3-pointer as they would get their first points half at the 14:28 mark.

Maine refused to relinquish its momentum as it answered with a 9-0 run, stretching its advantage to 49-39, 7:49 into the second half.

The second half offensive pressure kept charging for Maine as back-to-back buckets from Wood and Koizar inflated the lead out to 14. A make from the Blue Devils was answered with a 3-pointer by Weckstrom as Maine led 66-51 with 3:31 remaining.

The Black Bears took their largest lead of the contest at the 2:09 point when Weckstrom's fifth 3-pointer extended the lead to 18. Maine held on to take a 72-58 victory for its first road win of the season.

Maine returns to action in the first of a three game home stand as it hosts Harvard on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.

VIDEO: Buzzer Beater for Maine Men's Basketball

BANGOR, Maine – When the Black Bears needed senior leadership, the squad got it from its captain, Zarko Valjaervic, who notched a buzzer-beater jumper to lift the Black Bears to a 82-81 overtime victory over Wagner at the Cross Insurance Center. The win is the Black Bears first of the season as the squad improved to 1-5 this year while Wagner dropped to 2-4 overall.

 

The game looked to be in jeopardy when three free throw makes by Marcus Burton gave the Seahawks a three-point advantage with 1:06 left in the game.

 

However freshman Aaron Calixte helped Maine claw back to within one with 33 seconds remaining, recording a layup in the paint to make it 81-80. The Black Bears relied on a missed free throw by Greg Senat to set themselves up with one last possession, down by one.

 

A missed jumper by Valjarevic glanced off a Wagner defender and gave the Black Bears the possession with one second left and Lawton fed Valjarevic for the game winning-jumper as the clock struck zero.

 

The Black Bears finished the game with three players over 15 points with Till Gloger leading the way. Gloger shot 9-of-13 for 21 points along with three rebounds and two assists to pace the offense. Shaun Lawton was next on the list, notching 18 points, shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the stripe as he also recorded two steals and six assists in the process. For his career Lawton now has 100 steals. And has gone 12 straight games with at least one theft.

 

The contest's hero, Valjarevic finished with 17 points as he shot 7-of-14 from the floor including three long-range buckets. The Renaissance man also chipped in eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes of play.

 

Wagner was led by Burton who registered 25 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. Also in double-figures was Mike Aaman and Corey Henson who registered 15 and 10 respectively.

 

Both teams had an accurate day from the field as Maine shot 53.6 percent while Wagner was just over 50 percent with a 50.8 mark.

 

Wagner got the best of the rebounding game with 34 boards to Maine's 31, however Maine improved its turnover numbers limiting itself to 17 while Wagner notched 20.

 

For the second-consecutive game the Black Bears took a lead into halftime as Maine edged the Seahawks in scoring, 40-39. Gloger went off in the first frame notching 13 first-half points, shooting an impressive 5-of-8 from the field.

 

Coming out of the Break the Black Bears extended its lead to four with a Valjarevic jumper with 8:38 left to go to make it 59-55.

 

The Seahawks battled back to take the lead just minutes later as a trey by Henson at the 7:37 mark made it 61-59.

 

The two teams traded punches but Wagner took a lead into the final minute as Burton drained a pair of free throws to give them a 74-72 lead. On the next possession, Lawton drew a foul by Mike Aaman with 13 seconds remaining to put him at the line with the chance to tie. Lawton connected on both chances and the Black Bears defense held strong in the final 13 seconds to force the overtime period.

 

The Black Bears outscored Wagner with a slim 8-7 margin, notching the buzzer-beater to notch its first victory of the season. 

 

Maine will get back at it on Saturday when the team travels to Hanover, N.H., to play Dartmouth. That game is scheduled to tip off at 3 p.m.

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