Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

Sports Director/Reporter
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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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Maine Wrestling Qualifies 11 for Nationals

Below are the 11 qualifiers that will be headed to NCWA nationals for the Black Bears. But they need your help to get to Texas the 12th through the 14th. To donate, click here.

2014- 2015 University of Maine
National Qualifiers

Samantha Frank 105

Tyler Everett 141

Jack Clark 141

Patrick Kane 157

Joshua Thornton 165

Jacob Powers 174

Russell Wilson 185

River Robertson 185

Richard Gorton 235

Zachary Ragot 197

Neal Harrison-Billiat 165

 

Husson Men to Host ECAC Tournament This Weekend

BANGOR, ME - Husson University is the host institiution for the ECAC New England Men's Basketball Championship this weekend. The Eagles are the second seed for the tournament.

The tournament opens on Saturday at 3 p.m. when Husson plays third-seeded Fitchburg State (15-12 overall, 6-6 MASCAC) in the first semifinal. The second semifinal features top-seeded Southern Vermont College (23-4, 16-0 NECC) taking on fourth-seeded Anna Maria College (14-12, 12-6 GNAC) at 5 p.m. All games will be held on the Husson University campus in Newman Gymnasium.

The semifinal winners will play Sunday at 1 p.m. in the championship contest. 

Admission is FREE to all games!

Maine Men Lose Heartbreaker on Senior Night

Bangor, Maine -- The University of Maine men's basketball team dropped its second meeting against Hartford 63-60 in Zarko Valjarevic's last game at home as a Black Bear Wednesday night at the Cross Insurance Center.

Hartford had a tremendous amount of support from their bench producing 26 points and were lead by John Carroll who had 15 points. Kevin Little led the Black Bears with 22 points while Till Gloger added 13 points.
Maine drops to 3-25 on the season and 2-13 in America East play while Hartford improves to 14-14 and 7-8 in America East play.
 
Hartford started the game with a 6-0 run. The Black Bears then answered with tough, suffocating defense that forced turnovers to narrow the score to 8-6 Hartford. Off of a Kevin Little three, the Black Bears took their first lead of the game, 11-9.
 
The turning point of the half for Maine was the 19-6 run that brought the scored to 19-12. The run was fueled by a pair of Little threes and one by Valjarevic.
 
Maine was able to increase its lead to five, 29-24, after a Shaun Lawton steal led to a dunk of his own.
 
Just like the previous meeting against Hartford earlier this season, Maine was able to take a 29-24 lead into halftime.
Gloger lead the Black Bears with 10 points in the first-half shooting 5-of-5 from the field. Little added eight points and Troy Reid-Knight chipped in with four.
 
Hartford started the second-half converting on three consecutive three point field goals to erase the Black Bear lead and take a 33-32.

For the majority of the second half it was back and forth action that featured three lead changes. Maine was able to penetrate the paint to create some easy bucks by Little and Lawton to cut the Hartford lead 53-52.  

The Black Bears found themselves down by four following two Hartford free throws for a 59-55 lead when Little drove in for an easy layup to bring the score to 59-57 with 40-seconds remaining.
 
A call that was originally signaled a Hartford turnover was overturned late in the half and the Black Bears had to foul to preserve time. With Maine down three and 15-seconds remaining, Little was able to drive to the paint again to bring the score to 60-59 with 7.5 seconds remaining.
 
The Black Bears fouled again which brought the score to 62-59. Little was then fouled with 3-seconds remaining and converted on the first shot while trying to purposely miss the second. The ball went off of a Maine player for Hartford's ball. The Hawks inbounded the ball and were instantly fouled, converting on the first shot and missing the second to force a Maine shot from half court that was waved off as time expired.
Maine returns to action on March 1 at 1 p.m. versus America East rival New Hampshire.

Vesey Named Hockey East ROW Again

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- University of Maine men's ice hockey freshman Nolan Vesey (North Reading, Massachusetts) was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday, Feb. 23. It marks the second time this season that Vesey earned the honor as he was also named Hockey East Rookie of the Week on Jan. 5.

Vesey recorded a hat trick in Maine's 6-3 win over Northeastern on Saturday night. He ranks fifth on the team in scoring and tops among freshmen with 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points. 

He is the first Black Bear to score a hat trick since Matt Mangene accomplished the feat on Jan. 21, 2012 against Boston College. He is the first Maine rookie to score a hat trick since Tuomo Jaaskelainen scored one in Maine's 7-2 win over UMass Lowell on Dec. 12, 1997. 

Vesey and the Black Bears return to action on Friday, Feb. 27 when they travel to Providence for the final series of the 2015 regular season. Maine currently sits in eighth place and is looking to clinch a home playoff berth for the first round of the Hockey East playoffs.

Maine Women's Basketball Wins 13th Straight

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (21-6, 13-1 America East) picked up its 13th straight victory, defeating Binghamton (4-23, 2-13 AE) by a score of 70-56 on Saturday afternoon. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) led the Black Bears as she tallied her 15th career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) also chipped in 17 points as she went 5-for-7 from 3-point range for her season-high point scoring effort. Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) add 11 points as Maine featured two double-figure scorers off its bench.

Maine went 28-for-58 from the floor (48.3%), including a 7-for-22 showing (31.8%) from 3-point range. The Black Bears, who are now a perfect 7-0 on the road in conference play with one road contests remaining, outscored Binghamton 40-18 in the paint.

The Black Bears, who picked up their 13th conference victory, move a half game ahead of idle UAlbany in the America East standings. Maine's 13th straight victory matches its longest run since 2004-05.

Maine's offense got off to the quick start it was looking for, stringing together a 10-0 run out of the gate. The Black Bears' early success came down low as it worked the ball inside on quick touches, getting six points on the run from Wood to build an early advantage.

The Black Bears went outside with their offense and found success, piecing together a 9-2 run on a pair of 3-pointers from Bodine and one from Wood to lead 19-7 midway through the half.

Maine's pressure defense limited Binghamton to just six field goals in the first half as the Bearcats shot 26.1-percent in the opening half. Maine took advantage of the poor shooting and capitalized on the opposite end as Wood's layup from Bodine gave Maine its largest lead of the half, 29-13, with 4:52 remaining in the half.

Maine held its advantage through the final five minutes, taking a 33-19 lead into the halftime break.

The offense came out of the break and opened the second half much as it did in the first. Keyed on a 3-pointer from Bodine, the Black Bears went on a 12-4 run over the first 6:25. Wood ended the sprint with a tough make while drawing the foul. The junior completed the old fashion 3-pointer play with a made free throw as Maine's lead reached 45-23.

Maine and Binghamton traded runs over the next seven minutes, beginning with an 8-2 spring by the Black Bears. Bodine knocked down her fifth 3-pointer of the game as a part of the sprint which saw Maine's lead balloon out to 55-30.

Binghamton answered, cutting the Black Bears' advantage down to 59-43 with a 13-4 run of its own.

The Bearcats continued to charge and chip away but the Black Bears were able to hold on, picking up their 21st win on the season by a score of 70-56.

The Black Bears return home on Thursday, Feb. 26 when they host UMBC on Senior Day at  7 p.m. Prior to the game, Maine will recognize its lone senior, Courtney Anderson. The game will also be a beach themed event so come dress in your best beach attire!

Friday Tourney Schedule

2:05 PM PM CLASS C GIRLS SEMIFINALS
#2 HOULTON VS. #3 PISCATAQUIS

3:35 PM CLASS C GIRLS SEMIFINALS
#4 DEXTER VS. #8 MATTANAWCOOK

7:05 PM CLASS C BOYS SEMIFINALS
#3 HOULTON VS. #7 ORONO

8:35 PM CLASS C BOYS SEMIFINALS
#1 CALAIS VS. #4 CENTRAL

Tourney Scores Thursday

Class D Semifinals

Girls

#3 Fort Fairfield 45 #7 Van Buren 29 Final

#1 Washburn 70 #5 Machias 28 Final

Boys

#3 Fort Fairfield 71 #2 Southern Aroostook 52 Final

#1 Washburn 80 #5 Machias 64 Final

 

 

Late Jumper Gives Husson Men Win

FARMINGTON, ME – Raheem Anderson's (Miramar, FL) jumper with under a minute left proved to be the difference as the Husson University men's basketball team defeated UMaine-Farmington 81-76 on Thursday evening. Husson improves to 19-5 overall and 14-3 in NAC play while UMF falls to 8-16 and 7-10.  

After falling behind 76-75 on a pair of UMF free throws with 1:12 left,  Anderson converted the go-ahead jumper with 59 seconds left. 

The Beavers could not convert on their possession and the Eagles got the rebound. They fouled Aaron Willis (New York, NY) and he sank both free throws giving Husson a 79-76 lead with 17 seconds left.

UMF could not convert and had to foul Jacob Moore (Hampden, ME) who had grabbed the defensive rebound. He converted both free throws to seal the game.

Husson held a slim 37-36 halftime lead despite the fact the Eagles shot 42.4 percent and UMF shot 59.3 percent. Anderson scored 17 of his team-high 23 points in the first half. 

The Eagles couldn't shake a pesky UMF squad until Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) converted a layup to give Husson its biggest lead of the game at 63-54 with 8:49 remaining.

However, the Beavers went on an 11-to-3 run to close within one at 66-65 with 6:09 to go.

Anderson gave the Eagles a 68-65 lead with 5:15 left, but a Pet Sumner three-pointer for UMF knotted the game at 68. The teams went back-and-forth until Anderson's jumper gave Husson the lead for good.

Butler finished with 19 points and seven rebounds while Willis contributed 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Moore finished with 15 points and six rebounds. 

Nick Hilton had 26 points and seven rebounds for UMF.

UMF shot 55.4 percent for the game while Husson shot 46.6 percent.  Husson held a 30-28 edge in rebounding. 

The Eagles finish the regular season on Saturday when they host Thomas on Senior Day at 1 p.m

Tourney Scores for Wednesday

Boys Class C QF  -
 #3 Houlton 50 vs. #6 Washington Acad. 36 Final  -
  Boys Class C QF  -
 #7 Orono 68 vs. #2 GSA 57 Final  -
 Girls Class B Semi  -

 #2 Presque Isle 74 vs. #11 Hermon 53 Final  -
  Girls Class A Semi  -
 #2 Lawrence 62 vs. #6 Brunswick 52 Final  -
   Girls Class B Semi  -
 #9 Gardiner 53 #4 Camden Hills 42 Final  -
   Girls Class A Semi  -
 #1 Bangor 47 vs. #4 Edward Little 45 Final  -
 7 pm Boys Class A Semi  -
 #2 Hampden vs. #3 Messalonskee @ Augusta  -
 7:05 pm Boys Class B Semi  -
 #2 Winslow vs. #3 Old Town  -
 8:30 pm Boys Class A Semi  -
 #1 Edward Little vs. #4 Lewiston @ Augusta  -
 8:35 pm Class B Boys Semi  -
 #1 Medomak Valley vs. #12 MDI

Tourney Scores for Tuesday

Girls Class C QF  -
 #3 Piscataquis 52 vs. #11 Washington Acad.31 Final  -

Girls Class C QF  -

#2 Houlton 51 vs. #7 Central 37 Final  -

 Boys Class C QF  -
 
#4 Central 47 vs. #5 Piscataquis 37 Final  -
 
 Boys Class C QF  -
 
 #1 Calais vs. #8 Lee  -
 
 7:05 pm Girls Class C QF  -
 
#4 Dexter vs. #5 Calais  -

 8:35 pm Girls Class C QF  -

#1 Narraguagus vs. #8 Mattanawcook

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