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 Women's Soccer Ends in 0-0 Stalemate

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's soccer team battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie with league-leading Hartford on Thursday night at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. It is the fourth time in five games that Maine has gone to double overtime. 

The Black Bears move to 3-7-5 on the season and 1-1-4 in America East action. Hartford sees its record move to 8-2-4 overall, 4-0-1 in conference play. 

Maine had a great chance in the 19th minute when Jordan Pellerin (Waterville, Maine) got a step on the Hartford defense, got the ball past Hawks keeper Jessica Jurg, but saw a defender kick the ball away just prior to it crossing the goal line. 

Hartford's Chanel Johnson had a great breakaway opportunity with 20 minutes left in regulation, but Maine keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) made an outstanding save to keep the game scoreless.

Maine nearly won the game at the end of regulation, but a header by Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec) went just over the cross bar. 

The Hawks had another great chance in overtime when they came close to a breakaway, but Dube-Trempe outraced the attacker to the ball and kicked it away outside the penalty area. 

Maine had a 12-11 edge in shot. Dube-Trempe made four saves in route to her sixth shutout of the season. She moves to 3-2-5 overall. Jurg made six saves and moves to 6-0-1 on the campaign. 

The Black Bears return to action on Sunday, Oct. 19 when they travel to UMass Lowell. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 PM. 

Old Town Basketball Player Joins UMaine

You can probably expect to see a few more Old Town high school fans at Maine men's basketball games this season. Coyotes guard Garvey Melmed, last years tournament hero, has made the team as they get closer to beginning the season.

Maine Soccer Stalemates With Vermont

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's soccer team battled to a double overtime 1-1 tie with Vermont on Thursday night at Mahaney Diamond in Orono, Maine. The Black Bears move to 3-6-4 on the season with the tie and 1-0-3 in America East play. Vermont sees its record move to 3-8-2 overall, 1-2-1 in conference action.

Vermont struck first, scoring at 27:43. Rylee Osgood had a shot that Maine keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) made a diving save on, but the ball lay in the box. Bre Pletnick fired it into the goal before Dube-Trempe had a chance to recover. The goal halted the lengthy 377:47 scoreless streak by Dube-Trempe and the Black Bears. 

Maine tied the game on a penalty kick with just 18 seconds remaining in the first half. Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec) had a great scoring chance that resulted in a collision with Vermont goalie Ally Ramos. A penalty kick was called and Achille scored on the play. For Achille, it was her fifth goal of the season. 

The remainder of the game featured a physical battle, but no goals. Each team had great scoring chances. Dube-Trempe made a game-saving stop late in the battle. Achille had several chances to win it for the Black Bears.

Maine finished with an 18-13 edge in shots. Dube-Trempe made seven saves and moves to 3-2-4 on the season. Ramos made eight saves and moves to 2-5-1.

Maine returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 12 when it travels to defending America East champion UMBC. Kick-off against the Retrievers is set for 1 PM. 

Husson Freshman Named Rookie of the Week

Husson freshman goalkeeper Abby Greenleaf (Newfield, Maine) has been selected Corvias ECAC Field Hockey Co-Rookie of the Week for New England in addition to receiving NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Greenleaf stopped eight shots in the Eagles' 5-0 shutout of Castleton on Saturday. The keeper helped her team maintain their undefeated streak in NAC play and ranks in the top five goalkeepers in the NAC in goals against, goals against average, and save percentage this season.

Maine Field Hockey Wins Big Over Dartmouth

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine field hockey offense was clicking on all cylinders on Tuesday afternoon with Danielle Aviani leading the charge, as the Black Bears defeated Dartmouth, 5-2 at the UMaine field hockey complex. The Black Bears reached .500 for the first time since the beginning of the season as the team improved to 6-6 overall and Dartmouth fell to 3-6.

Aviani entered the contest as the team leader in goals and chipped in two more as she now has nine in 2014. Meanwhile Zoe Berkey, Nicole Sevey and Annabelle Hamilton also notched markers.

Emma Cochran who has come into her own as the season has worn on improved to 4-2 overall as she made four saves on six shots on goal and allowed two goals in the win. Ellen Meyer got the start and dropped to 3-6 overall as she made three saves on eight shots on goal.

The Black Bear offense, despite the goal output, held a slight edge in shots, 12-11 and trailed in penalty corners as Dartmouth led that category, 7-1. 

The Big Green drew first blood in the game as Janine Leger scored the first of her two goals in the sixth minute, as Ali Savage fed her a ball on the far right side of the cage and she beat a sprawling Cochran to make it 1-0. 

Maine then went on a three-goal run that brought the squad into halftime with a 3-1 lead. 

The run started with Aviani as she connected on a Hamilton centering pass to knot it up at 1-1 at the 9:21 mark.

Berkey chipped in next marker in the 19th minute as she blasted a shot past Meyer after Stewart poked the ball back to her to give Maine its first lead of the game.

Sevey capped the run at the 23:41 mark as she scored the goal after inserting on the squads lone penalty corner. After centering the pass, Becca Paradee stopped it and Hamilton fired to the left side to the cage and the Skowhegan, Maine native tipped it past Meyer.

Leger struck again in the second half as she notched her second of the game at 52:41 mark scoring off a penalty corner. Savage once again received an assist.

The Black Bears answered right back nearly four minutes later as Aviani tallied her second of the game as she scored of a scramble on the right sight of the net with Stewart recording her second assist of the game.

Hamilton capped the Black Bears scoring in the 58th minute as she drove down the far left side of the cage stopped, spun around and fired a shot that beat Meyers to make it 5-2.

The five goals ties the most that the Black Bears have scored this season, with the first time coming this past weekend as the squad upended Vermont, 5-1. In its last six games Maine has outscored its opponents 22-9.

The Black Bears continue their three game home stand on Friday when they welcome conference foe, Fairfield to the UMaine field hockey complex. The squad then plays Yale on Saturday to complete the weekend. The game times are slated for 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively.

Husson Golf Struggles at Maine Fall Classic

Gorham, ME - Husson University golf took fifth place in the University of Southern Maine Fall Classic on October 5-6. The Eagles were led by Greg Martin (Ellsworth, ME), who finished tied for individual second. The teams competed at Gorham Country Club, which is a par 71 course.

Martin shot a 145, hitting a 76 on Day 1 and an impressive 69 (-2) on Day 2. Greg Pike (Pomfret, CT) was the next best finisher for Husson and shot a 150 (74-76) to tie for seventh. 

Endicott College shot a team score of 598 to win the Fall Classic, with Austin Teal shooting a 145 and taking medalist honors. Southern Maine, UMass Dartmouth, and Castleton State were the next three finishers ahead of Husson.

Full results are available here.

The Eagles will return to the course on October 11 for the start of the ECAC Championship at Crumpin Fox CC in Bernardston, Massachusetts.

Maine Soccer Wins Thriller

 

STONY BROOK, New York - Evé L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) tallied the lone goal of the game early in the second half as the University of Maine women's soccer team defeated conference foe Stony Brook 1-0 on Thursday night at Lavalle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. 

Maine becomes the first team to defeat Stony Brook at home this season. 

The Black Bears struck at 49:31 to take a 1-0 lead. Maine had a free kick that keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) took. Camille Varin-Tremblay (St. Hubert, Quebec) flicked the ball to Evé L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec), who got a step on the Stony Brook defense, and beat Seawolves keeper Ashley Castanio. For L'Abbe, it was her first goal of the season. 

In addition to picking up her first career assist, keeper Dube-Trempe recorded her fourth shutout of the season and improves to 3-2-2. She recorded five saves in the game. Castanio stopped a pair of shots for the Seawolves and falls to 3-8-0 on the season. 

Maine improves to 3-6-2 on the season, 1-0-1 in America East action. Stony Brook falls to 3-8-0 ovearll, 0-2-0 in conference play. 

Maine returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 5 when it hosts New Hampshire at 1 PM at Alumni Field in Orono, Maine. 

Husson Men's Soccer Tripped up by Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Husson University men's soccer team fell to Bowdoin by the score of 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field. The Eagles fall to 6-4-0 on the year while the Polar Bears improve to 4-3-0.

Bowdoin's Sam Ward scored the first goal in the 26th minute off a Connor Keefe assist before Ben Citrin gave Bowdoin a 2-0 lead just before halftime. 

Citrin assisted on Eric Goitia's tally in the 54th minute and Colton Hall's goal in the 61st minute as well.

Brian Potter (Waterville, ME) and Steven Paquette (Ferrisburgh, VT) combined to make 12 saves while Bowdoin's Stevie Van Sicien and Ian McNamara made a pair of saves.

Husson returns to the field on Saturday when the Eagles host Maine Maritime at 7:30 p.m.

Husson Announces New Inductees Into HOF

BANGOR, ME – Husson University is pleased to announce the 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class. This year’s class includes: field hockey and softball player Dawn Doucette-Kaplan; volleyball’s Anne Polk; Tom Coughlan from men’s basketball and soccer; baseball’s James Zukowski; football’s David Chase; and the 1989 men’s basketball team. The group will be inducted on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn located in Bangor. 

"We are excited to announce this year's Sports Hall of Fame class,” said Husson University Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi. “This group constitutes individuals and a team that hold special places in Husson 's athletic history. We look forward to spending the evening with them on the 21st.”

“I am pleased to announce that the Husson University Sports Hall of Fame Committee has selected five outstanding student athletes and an equally outstanding team for this year’s induction into its Hall of Fame,” said Husson Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Bruce MacGregor. “David, Anne, Dawn, James and Tom not only excelled in their respective sport, but they also served as role models for future student-athletes. The 1989 Men's Basketball Team (with a 35-3 record) set high standards for future teams and it is fitting that this team returns to campus for induction on its 25th reunion year.”

Dawn Doucette-Kaplan – Field Hockey and Softball

Doucette-Kaplan was part of the program’s first team in 1997 and led the team to winning records in three of her four years. She was named to the MAC All-Conference teams in 1999-2000, including earning Player of the Year accolades in 1999. She notched 20 goals and 20 assists in 33 games played while serving twice as team captain. She was also named All-Conference in softball in 1998 and was a two-time captain. Doucette-Kaplan is the first field hockey player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Despite only playing in 33 career games, Doucette-Kaplan ranks third in career assists (20), seventh in game-winning goals (6), eighth in points (60), 10th in goals (20) and sixth in season assists with nine in 2000.

Off the field, Doucette-Kaplan was a four-time member of the Dean’s List and earned Husson’s Business Award in 2001 while serving as the Student Government President in 2000-01.  She graduated in 2001.

Anne Marie Polk – Women’s Volleyball

Polk was a three-time First Team All-NAC selection (2003-05) on the women’s volleyball team. During those three years, the team achieved a record of 57-30 with Polk leading the team to the NAC semi-finals on three occasions.

She holds the school-record for attack percentage with 40.1 and is second in aces with 307. Polk also ranks third in program history with 821 kills and is seventh in total attacks with 1,625. Her 386 kills in 2005 are still a program-record as is her .483 attack percentage in 2005 and her 132 aces in 2004.

Polk graduated from Husson in 2007.

Tom Coughlan – Men’s Basketball and Men’s Soccer

Coughlan was Husson’s starting center on the Northeast College Conference championship teams in 1963 and 1964. He was named the winner of the Nelson Degrasse Awards for outstanding senior on the team after averaging 15.5 points per game during the 1963-64 season. He also set records at the time for most free throws made (10 vs. Ricker) and most rebounds in a game (22 against New Haven College) during his senior campaign.

Coughlan also starred on the soccer team as a senior. He was the starting goalkeeper and led the team to a 6-1 season while making 70 saves and an 89.7 save percentage and a pair of shutouts. His save percentage ranks third in program history. Thanks to Coughlan’s outstanding play, Husson captured the Northeast College Conference title. He is a 1964 graduate of Husson.

Coughlan is being inducted posthumously.

James Zukowski - Baseball

Zukowski, a pitcher, led Husson to the MAC Championship as a freshman in 1997, recording the win in the Championship contest. As a sophomore, he was named an NAIA All-Region and led the Eagles to a second conference title. The following season he was named All-Conference, All-Region, and honorable mention NAIA All-American as Husson finished as the MAC runner-up.

The following season as a senior, he helped lead the team to another spot in the MAC Championship game.

Zukowski ranks tied for third all-time at Husson for wins in a season (6 in 1999), third in complete games in a season (7 in 1998), tied for fourth in career wins (20), fourth in complete games (18) and fourth in innings pitched (221.2).

He graduated from Husson in 2000.

David Chase - Football

Chase was a two-time captain for the Eagles’ football team in 2005 and 2006 and led the team to a win over Division I-AA LaSalle in 2006.  He is the all-time leader in pass attempts (573), pass completions (256), passing yards (3,450), passing touchdowns (31) and pass yards per game (104.5).

Chase is a 2008 graduate of Husson.

1989 Men’s Basketball Team

Hall of Fame head coach Bruce MacGregor’s 1989 Husson men’s basketball team notched a program-record 35-3 record, reaching as high as a #4 ranking in the national polls.   

The team reeled off 16-straight wins to open the season, and went on to win the Western Maine Athletic Conference title, the NAIA District V title and advance to the NAIA National Tournament. The team averaged over 101 points per game while outscoring their opponents by an average of 35 points.

The team featured four Husson Hall of Fame members in: Mark Taylor, the leading scorer on the team with 22.2 points per game; Buster Frederick who nearly averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest; Shawn Bolden who pitched in with 10.4 points and 8.7 rebounds and Bobby Campbell who had 8.0 points per game.

The team still holds school-records for total points scored in a season (3,860), most field goals made (1,531), most attempts (3,084), highest three-point percentage (43.9 percent), most rebounds (1,766), most assists (988), most steals (561) and most 100-point games with (22).

The Sports Hall of Fame dinner will take place on Friday, Nov. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 250 Haskell Road in Bangor. The buffet dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m., with the inductions set to begin at 6:45 p.m. Attendees can RSVP online by Nov. 15 by clicking here or by calling Janice Clark at (207) 941-7026.

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