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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Postponements for Husson Basketball

Bangor, ME - Due to the impending winter storm scheduled to hit much of the east coast across the next few days, the Husson University men's and women's basketball games scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, have been postponed.

Women's basketball, scheduled to host Colby at 7:00 PM, will now play on February 10. The Eagles will host the Mules for a 7 PM tip-off.

Men's basketball, scheduled to travel to Bowdoin, will now play on the road on February 16. Tip-off will also be at 7 PM.

For the latest news on all of the Husson contests, stay locked on to HussonEagles.com, follow us on Twitter @HussonEagles and "like" us on our Husson Eagles Athletics Facebook Page.

Mattanawcook Basketball Coach Resigns

LINCOLN - Mattanawcook boys basketball coach Ryan Libby has resigned from the program amidst allegations his team tried to injure an opponent.  It happened last Thursday against  the Houlton Shiretowners. Some players from Mattanawcook appeared overly aggressive towards Houlton's Kyle Bouchard, and two of those players have been suspended from the team for the remainder of the season. School officials say their investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of coach Libby, but he's decided to resign anyway.

Principal Henry Pietras tells us the administration was embarrassed by the fans reactions to the two players ejected, and that the school will have additional chaperones on hand for remaining games. A statement warning fans will also be read before games. The Lynx were scheduled to play at Orono this evening but have chosen to forfeit that game.

Black Bears Beat UNH at Alfond

ORONO, Maine – Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) and Steven Swavely (Reading, Pa) each had two goals to lead the University of Maine Men's ice hockey team to a 6-4 win over The University of New Hampshire Friday Night at Alfond Arena. 

Maine improves its record to 9-15-1 overall and 4-7-0 in Hockey East play. New Hampshire, which entered the game coming off of a win against UMass, drops to 8-13-2 overall and 3-7-1 in Hockey East play.

Maine started the game with a goal 47 seconds into the first period by Swavely, his fifth of the year. The goal was assisted by Liam Pecararo (Canton, Massachusetts) and Shore. 

Maine's lead didn't last for long as UNH responded 54 seconds later, with a shot that found the back of the net by Kyle Smith. John Furgele and Richard Boyd earned assists on the play.  

UNH broke the tie mid-way through the first period on a power play goal scored by Cameron Marks for his first goal of the season.

Five minutes later the Wildcats scored their third unanswered goal off of a rebound by captain, Matt Willows, for his 10th goal of the season. The marker was assisted by Harry Quast and Andrew Poturalski.

Maine broke UNH's string of goals with one of its own 17:29 into the first period on a power play marker by Nolan Vesey (Reading, Massachusetts). Vesey's goal sent the Black Bears to the first intermission down 3-2.

With 6:44 into the second period Maine tied the game with a goal by Conor Riley (Massena, N.Y.), his third on the season and was assisted by Cam Brown (Natick, Massachussetts) and Jake Rutt (Scarborough, Maine).

The Black Bears also had a streak of three unanswered goals which began 14:25 into the second period. Shore capitalized on a power play opportunity for the Black Bears as he scored his seventh goal of the season.

Maine continued its streak of goals 12 seconds into the third period as Shore scored his second of the game placing it just beyond Danny Tirone's reach. 

The Wildcats answered late into the third with a goal by Casey Thrush for his fourth of the season to pull UNH within one goal. 

UNH tried to complete the comeback by pulling Tirone for the extra attacker, but Swavely scored on an empty net goal with 1:18 remaining in the game to seal the win for Maine. The win is the second victory over UNH this season.

Maine outshot UNH 37-33 in the game. Meanwhile Sean Romeo stopped 29 of 33 shots to improve his record to 6-10-0 on the season.

The two teams conclude its two-game weekend series on Saturday, Jan. 24 with a game at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.

Wood Drops 30 on Catamounts

BANGOR, Maine -- Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) scored a career-high 30 points to lead the University of Maine women's basketball (13-6, 5-1 America East) team to a 74-46 victory over visiting Vermont (3-15, 0-6 AE) on Thursday evening at the Cross Insurance Center.

Maine, which picked up its fifth-straight win, also picked up its largest margin of victory on the season with a 28 point decision. The Black Bears' 74 points were also their most in a single game this season.

Wood's 30-point night was the first in Black Bears' history since Ashley Underwood matched the total on Feb. 7, 2007 against UAlbany. Wood, who hit five 3-pointers in the opening half, finished the game 11-for-20 from the floor with six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) and Chantel Charles (London, UK) each chipped in nine while Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) added five points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Maine finished the contest 12-for-35 from 3-point range (34.3%) and shot 27-for-60 (45.0%) from the floor. Maine added a season-high 23 assists while turning the ball over just five times and forcing 20 Catamounts mishaps.

The Black Bears' offense took a while to get into a rhythm but 10-straight points from Wood at the 11:32 mark gave the Black Bears a 14-7 edge.

Vermont, who cut the lead down to three at the 9:30 mark, trailed by six with 4:50 left in the half. Maine responded, ending the half on an 11-2, capped on Wood's fifth 3-pointer of the half with six-seconds left, to take a 32-17 advantage into the break.

Wood ended the first half 8-for-12 from the floor, including a 5-for-8 showing from 3-point range, for a 21-point total over the opening 20-minutes of play.

The Black Bears' offense continued its sharp play as Maine's lead extended to 20 on a 3-pointer by Weckstrom, 2:04 into the second half.

Vermont made a 7-0 run to cut the Maine lead back down to 13 with 15:39 remaining.

Maine had an answer as 3-pointers from Charles and Parise Rossignol (Van Buren, Maine) began a 7-3 run to push the lead back to 20.

With 6:19 left to play and Maine still leading by 20, the Black Bears put together a 10-4 run to take its largest lead of the contest, 72-44, on another 3-pointer from Rossignol.

The Black Bears would go on to take the victory, 74-46, for their fifth-straight victory.

Maine continues league action on Sunday, Jan. 25 when it travels to meet UMBC at 1 p.m.

Maine Women Win 4th Straight

BANGOR, Maine - Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) and Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) each tallied double-doubles as the University of Maine women's basketball team improved to 4-1 in conference play with a 70-48 win over Binghamton.

Koizar paced Maine's scoring with 17 points and 11 rebounds, going 7-for-11 from the floor, while Wood added 16 points and 11 boards. Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) matched a season high with 12 points.

The Black Bears' bench outscored Binghamton's reserves 22-0 while Maine continued to control the paint, outscoring the Bearcats 32-18 down low.

Maine shot 48.3 percent from the floor (29-for-60), hitting nine shots from behind the arc.

Binghamton's freshman duo of Jasmine Sina and Imani Watkins tallied 14 points apiece and combined for eight assists. Sherae Swinson added a double-double for the Bearcats with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Black Bears opened the game on a 7-0 run thanks to points by Wood, Gustafsson and Koizar as the squad raced out to the early lead. 

The Bearcats fought back, going on a 14-6 run to take the lead thanks to a Kim Albrecht jumper at the 12:00 mark of the first half. 

Out of a media timeout, Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) regained the lead for the Black Bears as she drained a jumper to make it 15-14 with 10:48 remaining in the half. 

Heise's bucket sparked a new run for the Black Bears as they reeled off seven unanswered points. The streak was halted by a Jasmine Sina trey at the 6:00 mark of the first half to make it 20-17. 

Another trey two possessions later had Binghamton within two, 22-20, but the Black Bears once again distanced themselves with an 11-0 run to make it 31-20 with under two minutes remaining in the half.

The Black Bears kept the offensive pace up as the squad took a 33-24 lead into halftime.

Gustafsson gave Maine a 15 point lead with 12:34 remaining as she took a feed from Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) and laid in a bucket to make it 49-34. 

Bella Swan (Farmington, Ut.) gave Maine its largest lead to that point, recording a steal on the defensive end, breaking up court and laying in her second bucket of the game to make it 65-43.

Parise Rossignol made the lead greater still as her layup with just under a minute put Maine over the 70 point plateau as the Black Bears secured the victory, 70-48.

The Maine women's squad will be back in action on Thursday when the team hosts another double-header with the men's team. The Black Bears welcome Vermont to the Cross Insurance Center for a 5:30 tip before the men meet UMBC.

Wood's Triple Double Paces Black Bears Past Riverhawks

BANGOR, Maine -- Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) posted her first career triple-double as the junior led Maine's offensive attack with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to help propel the Black Bears over UMass Lowell by a score of 68-54 on Wednesday evening. Maine climbs to 10-6 on the year and 2-1 in the America East while UMass Lowell drops to 7-9, 1-3 in league play.

Maine's league-leading defense continued to shine as it forced 23 UMass Lowell turnovers, swiping 13 steals for the second-game in a row, and turning the 23 River Hawk mishaps into 26 points.

Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) was Maine's high scorer as she posted 14 points. For Koizar, it was her third-straight game hitting the double-figure plateau her the 13th time she's reached the mark this season. Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) added 11 points while Chantel Charles (London, UK) added a season-high 10.

Following back and forth action early, UMass Lowell went on an 8-2 run to take a 14-9 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the half. A Wood layup fed by Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) broke the trend and started the Black Bear resurgence.

Wood's bucket started a 21-3 run that spanned well over 10 minutes as the Black Bears took hold of the game, pushing its lead out to 30-17. The run was snapped at the 5:21 mark of the frame as Shannon Samuels drained a trey to make it 23-14. 

UMass Lowell began to mount a come back in the final minutes as Brianna Rudolph and Shannon Samuels combined for six points to cut the deficit to four, capped by a Samuels free throw make.

Maine pushed the lead back out to 10 before half when Charles capped the half hitting a deep 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining to send the Black Bears into the break up 36-26.

The River Hawks mounted a comeback to start the second half, cutting the lead to five thanks to a 5-0 run in the first three minutes to make it 36-30.

A three from Lauren Bodine, which looked as if it were going to rim out, took a fortuitous second bounce and gave Black Bears a 15 point lead with 9:10 left in the contest as Maine led 49-34.

A pair free throws from Charles gave Maine its largest lead of the game as it led by 19, 55-36 with 6:29 remaining the half.

Maine's lead never sank below 15 the rest of the way but a little history would be made in the closing minutes. Freshman Parise Rossignol's (Van Buren, Maine) 3-pointer off a feed from Wood gave Wood her first career triple-double with just 1:08 remaining in regulation.

The Black Bears held on to the victory, defeating UMass Lowell 68-54 for their second-straight league victory.

Maine continues America East action on the road when it travels to take on Stony Brook on Saturday at live on ESPN3.

Caruso Wins 400th Game at Husson

Bangor, ME – Husson University men's basketball opened their 2015 North Atlantic Conference slate with a victory over Maine Maritime Academy, 78-64, at Newman Gym on Saturday afternoon. The victory marked Coach Warren Caruso's 400th career win and improved the 23rd-ranked Eagles to 9-2 (5-0 NAC). The Mariners fall to 1-10 (0-5 NAC) with the loss.

In the opening five minutes, the teams were deadlocked, Husson went up 11-10, and MMA responded with eight unanswered points to gain an 18-11 lead. The Mariners held the lead until a Josiah Hartley (Bangor, ME) layup tied things up at 21-21 with 6:30 remaining on the clock. With just under five minutes remaining, an Aaron Willis (New York, NY) three-pointer gave Husson the lead at 26-24, but the teams continued to battle. Dylan Price (Madison, ME) scored at the buzzer to give the Mariners a 36-34 lead heading into the half.

Both teams kept it close in the second half, and with 9:01 remaining the score was knotted at 55-55. The Eagles jumped out to a 62-56 lead with seven minutes remaining off a Jacob Moore (Hampden, ME) three. MMA fought back to 62-60 with five remaining with baskets from Tyler Thayer (Hermon, ME) and Brendan Newcomb (Holden, ME).

With two minutes remaining, the Eagles held a 71-64 lead. Foul shots from Matt Talbot (Portland, ME) increased the lead to 73-64, and Talbot sunk a jumper and one more foul shot to put Husson up 76-64. Raheem Anderson (Miramar, FL) sunk two more from the line to make it 78-64, and the Eagles walked away with the victory.

Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) and Talbot led Husson with 16 points each. Willis and Eli Itkin (Pawtucket, RI) contributed 13 points apiece.

For the Mariners, Nick Holt (Ellsworth, ME) had a game-high 21 points. Thayer and Newcomb each contributed 10 points.

Husson will next face the University of Maine-Farmington in another home NAC contest on January 13 at 7:30 PM. Maine Maritime will host Thomas on Tuesday, also at 7:30 PM.

Maine Women Lose Second Straight

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- For the second-straight year, the University of Maine women's basketball team (8-6) and Yale (5-8) battled down to a final second shot. Yale's Tamara Simpson hit a layup with just 10.8 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 57-55 victory on Wednesday evening at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Maine featured four scorers in double-figures led by Sigi Koizar's (Vienna, Austria) game-high 14 points. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) was solid across the stat line as she added 11 points, seven rebounds four assists and three steals. Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) chipped in 11 points while Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) added 10; her third-straight game in double-figures.

Maine, which led 48-39 with 9:50 to play, controlled the game down low on offense as it outscored Yale 32-18 in the paint, leading to a 45.7 percent showing from the floor.

With the game tied at eight, Maine's offense began to click as it used a 9-0 run to take a nine point lead. Koizar broke out on a fastbreak and found Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) running the court for two to began the run. The Black Bears would go 5-for-6 from the free throw line during the run, extending their lead to 17-8 with 8:37 to play in the half.

Yale cut the lead back down to five before the Black Bears answered. Maine used an 8-2 run, started by a 3-pointer from Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) and ended on a long-distance field goal from Wood, to build its largest lead of the half, 26-15, with under five minutes left.

The Bulldogs again cut the lead to five before a 6-0 Maine run extended the lead back out to 11.

Nyasha Sarju's 3-pointer with a minute left in the half sent the game into the break with the Black Bears leading 34-26.

Maine kept working on its lead as Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) and Koizar scored the first two buckets of the half, extending the Black Bears' lead out to 12 just 1:53 into the second half.

Yale kept chipping away, using a 5-0 sprint to cut the Maine lead down to 48-44 with 6:34 left in regulation. Weckstrom had the answer for the Black Bears as her bucket put an end to a 3:45 Maine scoring drought.

With Maine leading by six, Yale continued to close the gap. The Bulldogs staged a 6-1 run, coming all the way back to trail by just one point with 2:37 on the clock.

Yale looked to take the lead until Wood came up with a huge steal which led to a tough leaning, layup from Koizar, extending Maine's lead to three with 1:36 to play.

The Bulldogs would regain possession and hit a free throw before forcing a Maine turnover. A fastbreak layup off a steal from Yale's Tamara Simpson would tie the game, 55-55, with under a minute left.

Maine's next possession would come up short and Yale would come down with the rebounds. The Bulldogs called timeout with 19.8 remaining. Out of the timeout, Simpson would drive the lane for a make to give Yale a two-point edge.

The Black Bears drove up court and had a last second jumper for the tie but the short came up short as Yale escaped with a 57-55 victory.

Maine returns to America East play when it travels to take on Hartford on Saturday, Jan. 10. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 PM.

Husson Men Crack Top-25 Before Falling to Colby

WATERVILLE, ME – The No. 23 Husson University men's basketball team fell at Colby by the score of 99-94 on Tuesday evening at Wadsworth Gymnasium. Colby improves to 7-4 while Husson falls to 8-2.

The White Mules took a 51-45 lead into halftime behind  58.8 percent shooting from the field, beating out Husson's solid shooting at 51.7 percent.  Eli Itkin (Pawtucket, RI) had an impressive first 20 minutes for the Eagles, making all five of his shots including going 4-4 from long range. 

Colby took a nine-point edge a minute into the second half at 54-45, but Husson responded with a 16-to-8 run the next five minutes to get within 62-61.

The White Mules answered with a 10-to-4 run taking a 72-65 lead with just under 11 minutes to go, but the Eagles fought back again, getting within two at 72-70 on an Aaron Willis (New York, NY) three-point play with a layup and free throw with just over nine minutes left. 

The Eagles would get within three twice more down the stretch, but the hot-shooting Mules converted free throws down the stretch to push the lead just out of reach of Husson.

Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) had a game-high 27 points to go with nine rebounds and seven steals. Itkin finished with 22 points as did Raheem Anderson (Miramar, FL).

Colby was led by Chris Hudnut who had 26 points. 

The Mules shot 59.0 percent for the game while Husson shot 50 percent.  Colby held the rebounding edge, 38-34, and went 23-32 from the free throw line while Husson went 18-28. 

The Eagles return to action on Saturday when they host Maine Maritime at 1 p.m.

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