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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Maine Field Hockey Adds to Roster

University of Maine head coach Josette Babineau announced two new additions to the field hockey team for the 2014-15 season, as Madison Cummings (Belfast, Maine/Belfast HS) and Emily Corbett (Listowel, Ontario/Old Dominion) have joined the squad. Cummings plays as a forward while Corbett will slot in in as a goalkeeper.

Cummings attended Belfast High School from 2010-14 and accumulated 49 career goals and 35 assists. Her best season came in her junior year when she tallied 20 goals and 10 assists and set the school record for most goals in a season. Cummings helped Belfast earn a state championship as well as a state runner-up finish in her high school career. As far as individual awards are concerned she was named team MVP her final three years at Belfast as well as earning All-Rookie and All-State awards. She also earned an All-Academic award for her work in the classroom.

Cummings competed for the Maine Majestix club team and won a National Festival U19 championship as well competing at NIT's and the Disney Showcase. She also participated in the futures program since 2007 playing in National Futures three times (2010, 2011 and 2012). The new Maine forward was also a part of the 2011 junior Olympics.

Cummings was a multi-sport athlete playing softball, basketball as well as varsity track and field. Her sister, Brittney played field hockey from 2007-11.

Corbett transfers to Maine from Old Dominion having played field hockey, ice hockey, soccer and track and field at the Listowel District Secondary School, in Listowel, Ontario Canada. She was a two-time captain on the field hockey team in 2011 and 2012 and earned team MVP honors during her senior year. Corbett was a member of the Ontario Provincial U18 team, which won gold in 2011, and silver in 2012. She was also part of the Ontario Provincial U23 team in 2013.

The Black Bears will open the season on the road, as they will head to Michigan, playing Central Michigan and Michigan State on Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. and on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m., respectively. Maine won't hit their home field until Sept. 20 when they host Bryant for a 2 p.m. showdown.

Maine Open Crowns Champion

Augusta - History made at Augusta  country club, as an 18-hole shootout determined the Maine Open champion.
In all the years the tournament has been played, it has never come down to just one round..
With Monday's weather, organizers were forced to wash out all scores -- including Mike Van Sickle's round of 61 -- before half the field even teed off. That extra day worked to benefit some while hurting others. Andrew Mason pulled away from the pack late this evening, winning with an 8 under. Officials saying they made the best of a bad situation.

Maine Football Preseason Schedule

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine has released the 2014 preseason football practice schedule. The Black Bears will hold their first practice of the season on Monday, Aug. 4 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All practices will be held on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium.

The preseason is highlighted by the scrimmages on Monday, Aug. 11 and Tuesday, Aug. 19. The annual "Meet the Bears" night will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

For a printable version of the full practice schedule - please click here.

FULL PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Monday, Aug. 4: 3:15-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 5: 8:45-11 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 6: 8:45-11 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 7: 8:45-11 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 8: 8:45-11 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 9 (Double Day): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:25 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 10: 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 11 (Scrimmage #1): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:30 p.m. *(Scrimmage 4 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 12: 7:15-8:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 13 (Double Day): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:25 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 14: 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 15 (Double Day): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:25 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16: 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17 (Double Day): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:25 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 18: 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 (Scrimmage #2): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:25 p.m. *(Scrimmage 4 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug. 20: 6-8 p.m. (Meet the Bears Night)

Thursday, Aug. 21 (Double Day): 8:05-10 a.m./3:30-5:25 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22: 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Schedule subject to change

Greater Bangor Open Day 1

VIDEO - It was a record breaking day at Bangor Municipal Golf Course. Mike Van Sickle, the son of Sports Illustrated golf writer Gary Van Sickle, shot a course record 60 pm day one of the Greater Bangor Open. Gary meanwhile shot a 72. Watch the video to hear from Mike about his round.

Black Bears Caught Underage Drinking on Sand Beach

Some Maine football players in a bit of hot water. These photos were taken Saturday at Sand beach. Park rangers approaching the Black Bears because they were drinking alcohol on the beach, which is prohibited. Quarterback Dan Collins, pictured here with his citation, Benjamin Davis and Sean Reuss all caught underage drinking.
They'll all have to go through Maine's disciplinary system. We'll have more information on this story as it becomes available...

Aultman Named to Watch List

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine kickoff returner Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) has been named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Kickoff Returner Award Watch List, as announced on Tuesday, July 22.

"Congratulations to Damarr Aultman on earning a spot on this year's watch list," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "Aultman enters the 2014 season as one of the most dynamic players in the FCS."

In 2013, Aultman returned 25 kickoffs for 625 yards and a touchdown. The senior returner ranked third in the CAA in kickoff return yards per game and averaged 25.0 yards per return. Aultman's return touchdown came in a season-long 88 yard kickoff return for a score in Maine's NCAA playoff game against New Hampshire. Aultman finished that playoff game with 143 return yards.

The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

CFPA is now entering its seventh season of recognition. The CFPA's player and team performance index ranks success in all three phases of the game -- offense, defense, and special teams.

The full list of 2014 CFPA winners will be announced January 14, 2015.

Dr. John Winkin Remembered

Waterville, ME - Dr. John Winkin, one of the most revered coaches in Husson’s history, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, just short of his 95th birthday. A service will be held later this week with details to come.

Winkin coached at Husson from 1997-2008, serving as head coach from 2004-2008. He went 93-7 at Husson and earned his 1,000th career win on March 12, 2006, as the Eagles defeated Drew by a score of 6-3. He was respected throughout the state of Maine and beyond, and he coached at the University of Maine for 22 years, leading the Black Bears to six NCAA Division I College World Series appearances. He coached at Colby College for 20 years before that.

Current Husson baseball coach Jason Harvey played for Winkin and succeeded him in 2008 as head coach for the Eagles, following Winkin’s stroke in 2007. Harvey said of Winkin’s passing, “Coach Winkin was an ambassador for the game of baseball in the state of Maine. He did so much for young kids here, and I was very fortunate to have played for a true legend. He has influenced my style of coaching and that of many others. It's an honor to say that I played for him.”

He was inducted into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, and, most recently, Winkin was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Additionally, Husson’s Winkin Complex, home to the baseball, field hockey, and football teams, is named in honor of Coach Winkin, as his vision and generous donations helped transform Husson's baseball field into a multi-sport complex.

Below is a snapshot of Coach Winkin's storied career:

  • Served in World War II as a Lt. Commander in the Navy.
  • Founding Editor of Sport Magazine.
  • Earned his Bachelor's degree from Duke where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer.
  • Earned his Master's and Doctorate from Columbia University.
  • Thesis for his doctorate was on statistical possibilities of the double play.
  • Served as a scout for the Boston Red Sox for several years.
  • Worked with Ted Williams at his summer baseball camp for 15 years.
  • Was bridge partners and close friends with Vince Lombardi.
  • Was once a pre-game announcer for the New York Yankees.
  • First man to host a pregame TV show (with Mel Allen and Curt Gowdy).
  • Head Coach of Colby College from 1955-1974 (301-202-5).
  • Named National Coach of the year in 1965.
  • Head Coach of the University of Maine, 1975-1996 (642-430-3); went to the College World Series 6 times: 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986.
  • Won College Division I National Coach of the Year.
  • Coach of the 1983 U.S. National Team that included Mark McGwire.
  • Winkin's UMaine assistant Stump Merrill went on to manage the New York Yankees.
  • Wrote four books, including the Baseball Coaching Bible and Maximizing Baseball Practice Indoors that are still available and marketed in print and/or on video.
  • Coached Major Leaguers Bert Roberge, Bill Swift and Mike Bordick.
  • Became an assistant coach at Husson College in 1997, Head Coach in 2004

Old Town Football Names New Head Coach

There's a new coach at Old Town High School. Coyote football will now be led by Lance Cowan.
The Orono grad most recently coached with Brewer as an assistant, and his father is the school's trainer.
He says he's excited for the opportunity to be a head coach for the first time, and will be tailoring his game plan to the talents of the team.

Hidden Meadows to Host Junior Open

The annual Old Town Junior Open is this Friday, July 18th. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. This is open to all boys and girls, ages 8-17 years old. The 8-11 year old division will play 9-holes, the 12-14 and 15-17 year old divisions will play 18-holes. There will be trophies and prizes for each division. The entry fee is $20, and includes green fees and lunch. Call the pro shop to sign up at 827.4779.

Maine Hockey Adds New Recruits

ORONO, Maine-- University of Maine men's ice hockey coach Red Gendron announced today that his program has received seven commitments for the 2014–2015 season. Malcolm Hayes (Atlanta, Georgia/Cushing Academy), Mark Hamilton (Winthrop, Massachusetts/Vernon Vipers), Cedric Lacroix (Shefford, Quebec/Sioux City Musketeers), Jack Musil (Hull, England / New England Wolves), Liam Pecararo (Canton, Massachusetts/Waterloo Blackhawks), Sean Romeo (Cary, North Carolina/Youngstown Phantoms) and Nolan Vesey (North Reading, Massachusetts/South Shore Kings) will join the Black Bears in the fall of 2014. 

"Ben Guite and Jay Leach have done an exceptional job of addressing our relative lack of size," said Maine head coach Red Gendron. "They have landed forwards that we believe will generate offense for us while improving our ability to be more effective near the enemy net. On defense, Ben and Jay have found us size, toughness, and skill. Added to that mix is a very talented young goalkeeper and we have the makings of a very important class that will improve our team in both the short term and long term."

Hayes is a 6-2, 220 pound defenseman from Atlanta, Georgia. He played for Cushing Academy last season, scoring six goals and adding eight assists for 14 points. "Malcolm Hayes provides our team tremendous size, explosive power, and a significant offensive upside," said Gendron. 

Hamilton is a 6-3, 220 pound defenseman from Winthrop, Massachusetts . He played last season for the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL. In 24 games, he tallied three goals and added a pair of assists from the blueline. "Mark Hamilton brings to our defense corps size, strength, and an enormous compete level," said Gendron. "His game is efficient if not flashy."

Lacroix is a 6-1, 180 pound forward from Shefford, Quebec. He played for the Sioux City Musketeers last season where he tallied eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 54 games. "Cedric Lacroix is big, physical, and plays with an edge," said Gendron. "He will not be pleasant to play against."

Musil is a 6-1, 180 pound forward from Hull, England. He scored an impressive 101 points on 47 goals and 54 assists last season in 51 games with the New England Wolves. "Jack Musil's greatest attributes are stick skill and hockey sense," said Gendron. "He combines this with a burning desire to become a great player."

Pecararo is a 5-11, 164 pound forward from Canton, Massachusetts. He notched 20 goals and added 41 assists for 61 points last season for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL. "Liam Pecararo was one of the top forwards in the USHL last season," said Gendron. "He has exceptional speed to go along with very good play making ability and the ability to finish."

Romeo is a 6-1, 165 pound goalie from Cary, North Carolina. He played for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL last season. He posted a 3.42 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in 30 games. "Sean Romeo is very athletic and has enjoyed good success in the USHL," said Gendron. "He will compete with Matt Morris and Nik Nugnes for the number one starter's spot on our team."

Vesey is a 6-2, 210 pound forward who was recently drafted in the sixth round, 158th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. A native of North Reading, Massachusetts, he scored 26 goals and added 40 assists for 66 points last season for the South Shore Kings.  "Nolan Vesey combines good size along with excellent sense and scoring ability," said Gendron. "He has shown himself to be very good around the net."

The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse. 

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