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 Hockey Continues to Struggle With Lead: Falls to BU on Road

Boston University scored a power play goal 2:40 into overtime to defeat the University of Maine 3-2 in men's ice hockey action on Friday night at Agganis Arena in Boston, Mass. 

 

Maine opened the scoring at 7:33 of the first period. Liam Pecararo (Canton, Mass.) got the puck to Cam Brown (Natick, Mass.), who had a shot that BU goalie Matt O'Connor saved. The rebound went to Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) who fired the puck into the back of the net from the left face-off circle. For Hutton, it was his second goal of the season.  

 

Maine added to its lead with a short-handed goal just 56 seconds into the second period when Connor Leen (Chester, N.Y.) notched a goal in his fourth straight game. He got the puck in the neutral zone and falling to the ice, slid the puck inside the left goal post and past BU netminder O'Connor.

 

Boston University cut into the Maine lead at 4:50 of the third period with a goal on a rush. Jack Eichel made the pass to Ahti Oksanen who beat Maine goalie Sean Romeo (Cary, North Carolina) for his fifth goal of the season. Danny O'Regan also assisted on the goal for the Terriers.

 

BU tied the game at 9:03 of the third period when Matt Lane got the puck on the goalpost. He faked a shot before sliding the puck into the back of the goal.

 

BU won the game in overtime when Eichel got the puck behind the BU net, carried it the length of the ice and unleashed a shot from the left face-off circle that beat Romeo.

 

Boston University outshot Maine 36-28 in the game. The Black Bears were 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Terriers converted one of their four opportunities.

 

Maine falls to 3-8-1 on the season and 2-4-0 in Hockey East play. Boston University, currently ranked second in the nation, improves to 7-1-1 overall, 5-1-1 in conference play.

 

Romeo made a career-high 33 saves in goal for the Black Bears. He falls to 1-5-0. O'Connor made 26 save in net for the Terriers and improves to 6-1-0.

 

Maine returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 22 when it travels to Boston College for a game with the Eagles. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM.

Husson Football Receives Plethora of Honors

BANGOR - Continuing their record setting season, Husson Football has received a number of awards heading into their Saturday playoff game vs. MIT. Below is a list of their honors.

ECFC Coach of the Year: Gabby Price

ECFC Rookie of the Year: John Smith

ECFC Defensive Player of the Year: Stephan Dance

ECFC Offensive Lineman of the Year: Alex Young

12 All ECFC Honorees:

First Team Offense John Smith (RB), Alex Young (OL), Deon Wiggins (WR), Matt Archer (OL), Shabashe McIntosh (KR).

First Team Defense Stephan Dance (S), Ellis Throckmorton (LB).

Second Team Offense Joe Seccareccia (QB), Caleb King (TE).

Second Team Defense Matt Pellerin (DL), Luke Washburn (DL), Kenny Sweet (DB).

 

VIDEO - Having Fun With Husson Football

Husson football continues to make history, and Saturday will become the first ECFC team to ever host a tournament game. They found success with the return of Bangor coaching legend Gabby Price.
I decided to ask the players what makes him so special, while also having a little fun.

Maine Women Fall to UMass

AMHERST, Mass. -- Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) and Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) each tallied 12 points for the Black Bears but it would not be enough as the University of Maine women's basketball team (1-2) dropped a 68-60 decision at UMass (1-2) on Wednesday evening.

Gustafsson was efficient from the field, going 5-for-6 from the floor and knocking down a pair of 3-point attempts on her way to a 12 point night while Koizar totaled double-figured for the third-straight game.

UMass used a solid shooting night to build its lead as the Minutewomen were 24-for-42 (57.1-percent) from the floor while hitting 16-of-21 free throws. Maine struggled to find a rhythm on offense as it finished 23-for-59, including an 11-for-36 showing from beyond the arc. UMass held a significant advantage down low, outscoring Maine 34-16 in the paint.

The Black Bears got off to a hot start as they began the game on a 9-2 run to take an early seven point lead. Bella Swan (Farmington, Ut.) started the early Maine sprint with a jumper off a feed from Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) before hitting a shot to cap a nine-straight point sprint.

UMass had an answer as they put an end to the Black Bears' momentum with an 19-4 run over the next six minutes to take a 21-9 lead at the midway point of the first half.

Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) ended the Minutewomen run with a 3-pointer to cut the lead down to eight before a jumper from Koizar brought the Black Bears within four.

UMass ran its lead back out to seven late in the first half before Wood pulled down a defensive board and soon found Koizar for three, chopping the lead back down to four. The Minutewomen matched the three with one of their own to take a 32-25 lead into the break.

UMass started the second half strong, beginning with a 6-0 run to take a 38-25 advantage with just 1:31 off the clock.

Maine responded with a quick layup from Wood before Lauren Bodine's (Louisvilly, Ky.) 3-pointer brought the Black Bears within eight. UMass extended its lead back out to 13 before another three from Bodine cut the lead back down to 10.

The Minutewomen continued to pull away as a 6-0 run gave them their largest lead of the contest, 58-42, with 5:38 left in the second half.

Maine looked for a late comeback as a pair of free throws and a three from Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) spearheaded a 5-0 run, closing the lead down to 11.

The Black Bears finished strong, hitting a trio of 3-pointers to end the game on a 9-3 run but it would be too late as Maine fell to 1-2 with a 68-60 decision.

The Black Bears return home looking to go 2-0 at Cross Insurance Center when they host Sacred Heart on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m.

Mainer Back in the NFL

Former Black Bear and Enfield native Matt Mulligan has a new NFL team. He's signed on with the 9 and 1 Arizona Cardinals. They make the move after putting one their tight ends on season ending injured reserve. Mulligan has had stints with the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots and, most recently, the Chicago Bears. The Bears cut the blocking tight end earlier this season.

VIDEO - High School Basketball Season Begins

To the high school basketball season now, tryouts now under way across the state.
Staying close to home, there are high expectations for the Orono Red Riots.While defending class B champion Old Town now has a target on their backs.

Husson Field Hockey Falls in NCAA Tournament

SOUTH HADLEY, MA - The Husson University field hockey team fell to #13 Mount Holyoke by the score of 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon in an NCAA First Round contest. The Eagles finish their season 9-9 while Mount Holyoke goes to 17-3.

Mount Holyoke got first half goals from Sarah LaQuerre and Anna Hartman and played solid defense to thwart any Husson chances. 

Britt Mellor (Belfast, ME), who notched the game-winning goal for Husson in the NAC Championship, notched three shots to lead the Eagles' attack. 

Kaitlin Dolloff (Richmond, RI) made six saves for Husson while Liz Dicesare made four saves for Mount Holyoke. 

Husson finishes an impressive year that included going 5-0 in league play and not giving up a goal to a NAC team until the NAC semifinals, as well as capturing its first NAC title and NCAA berth since 2011.

Maine Men's Basketball Adds New Recruits

Maine men's basketball has some new recruits coming in for next season.
The first is Ilija Stojiljkovic, a 6'7" from Lee Academy's post graduate program.
He comes from Serbia, and is said to be a highly skilled offensive player.
The second is Devine Eke, a New Jersey forward originally expected to go to Fairleigh Dickinson before deciding to reopen his options. He's also 6'7" and is a highly athletic player.
There's no comment from the university at this time, though an announcement regarding new recruits is expected in the coming days.

Husson Falls to Maine Men

The Husson University men's basketball team fell to the Division I University of Maine by the score of 98-58 on Thursday evening in an exhibition contest at the Cross Insurance Center. Husson was led by Trevon Butler (Waterbury, CT) who had 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

The Black Bears opened a 14-6 lead, but Husson came back to go on a 14-6 run and knot the game at 20 on a Butler three-pointer with 10 minutes remaining.

Maine scored the next nine points, but a Mitch Worcester (Washburn, ME) three with seven minutes left broke the run. 

The Black Bears would slowly go on a run to take a 44-31 lead at halftime.

The Eagles were led in the first half by Butler who had 13 points and three steals while Raheem Anderson (Everglades, FL) added four points, four rebounds and four assists. Garet Beal led Maine with 18 first half points. 

Husson shot 35.1 percent in the first stanza to Maine's 40.9 percent.

Butler canned a three to open the second half, but Maine would slowly extend its lead to 70-50 midway through the period.

The Eagles continued to battle, but the Black Bears rode hot shooting and a rebound advantage to the win.

Worcester and Eli Itkin (Providence, RI) each finished with 11 points while Anderson added nine points, five rebounds and five assists.

Beal finished with 26 points while Ethan Mackey added 10 points and nine rebounds for Maine.

The Eagles shot 30.9 percent from the field while the Black Bears shot 51.2 percent for the contest.

Husson begins its regular season on Thursday, Nov. 20 when the Eagles St. Joseph's at 7:30 p.m.

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