Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

Sports Director/Reporter
ajackson@wvii.com

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 ajackson@wvii.com.

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Husson Football Holds Second Scrimmage

BANGOR, Maine - Coach Gabby Price put Husson through its final preseason scrimmage Thursday afternoon at Winkin Sports Complex.

Price put his team through a normal gameday experience, starting with the pregame routine - a team stretch followed by position drills and special teams work.

The scrimmage consisted of nine drives, with the first two series starting at the home team's 35-yard line and the final seven beginning at the 40. The first team offense and defense were only on the field for the first series, giving plenty of chances for the younger players to get reps.

The Eagles offense scored touchdowns on four of the nine series, including the first three, starting when Logan Steward capped a 10-play drive with a two-yard run into the endzone on second and goal. The highlight of the possession came on third and 12 when Joe Seccareccia hit Greg Moore for a 38-yard completion. After a 14-yard run by John Smith down to the one, Steward hit paydirt two plays later.

The first big play of the second series came on third and 12 when Stephen Day picked up the needed yardage on a run up the middle to move the chains. Cory Brandon connected with Tyler Bassett on a 31-yard pass play several plays later before Brandon called his own number on a 13-yard keeper. Two plays later, Brandon found A.J. McLaughlin on a six-yard touchdown pass, capping a nine-play drive.

The third possession ended on the fourth play when Matt Martin hit Tom Eppich in stride for a 47-yard touchdown pass.

The defense was not to be outdone, as Quan Soyini intercepted a pass on fourth and 12 to end the fifth drive.

The seventh drive included three sacks by the defense, two of them coming from Dominic Boulrisse. Boulrisse's second sack was followed by a Sam Thomas sack on fourth and 13, halting the Eagles offense.

The offense was able to find the endzone on the last play from scrimmage Thursday when Steven Davis caught a 49-yard touchdown pass.

After two practice sessions Friday, the Eagles close preseason camp Saturday morning with a practice in full pads, followed an hour later by the team's annual picture day, all in preparation for the season opener Saturday, Sept. 5, against Alfred (N.Y.). Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET.

Eagles Prepare for Thursday Scrimmage

BANGOR, Maine - Husson prepared for its final preseason scrimmage scheduled Thursday with an afternoon practice in shell gear Wednesday at the Winkin Sports Complex. 

The full squad went through a two-hour session, with the first 30 minutes devoted to special teams, followed by individual position group work – all focused on the team's two-hour stadium scrimmage Thursday starting at 3 p.m. ET.

After two practice sessions Friday, the Eagles will close preseason camp Saturday morning with a practice in full pads, followed an hour later by the team's annual picture day, all in preparation for the season opener Saturday, Sept. 5, against Alfred (N.Y.). Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.

Husson was selected as the unanimous preseason favorite to repeat as the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference champion Tuesday, marking the first time in league history a team has garnered all first place votes.

The offense features six starters of at least five games from a year ago: quarterback Joe Seccareccia, tailback John Smith, wide receiver Deon Wiggins and linemen Matt Archer, Seth Batty and Jon Walker.

The defense includes nine starters back from 2014: linemen Matt Pellerin, Luke Washburn and Jeff Turcotte, linebackers Ellis Throckmorton and Bryant Wade, safeties Rick Orio and Kenny Sweet, and cornerbacks Jordan Hersom and Marquis Jiminez.

Husson Unanimous Preseason Favorite

CASTLETON, Vt. - Husson has been selected as the unanimous preseason favorite to repeat as the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference champion in a vote conducted by the league's coaches, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. This marks the first time in league history a team has been picked unanimously to win the league title.

The Eagles, who went 7-0 in league play a season ago, received all eight first place votes and 64 points after finishing 8-2 during the 2014 season and reaching the NCAA Division III National Championship. Fifteen players who started at least five games in 2014 and 78 letterwinners return for the 2015 campaign. The returnees include six position starters and 39 letterwinners on offense and nine starters and 39 letterwinners on defense.

The offense features six starters of at least five games from a year ago: quarterback Joe Seccareccia, tailback John Smith, wide receiver Deon Wiggins and linemen Matt Archer, Seth Batty and Jon Walker.

The defense also includes nine starters back from 2014: linemen Matt Pellerin, Luke Washburn and Jeff Turcotte, linebackers Ellis Throckmorton and Bryant Wade, safeties Rick Orio and Kenny Sweet, and cornerbacks Jordan Hersom and Marquis Jiminez.

Kick returner Dylan Walton is the team's top returning specialist.

Norwich (Vt.) placed second in the poll receiving 52 points followed by Castleton (Vt.) and Mount Ida (Mass.). The trio tied for second place with identical 5-2 marks in league play last season. SUNY Maritime (N.Y.) placed fifth followed by Gallaudet (D.C.), Becker (Mass.), and Anna Maria (Mass.).

Husson kicks off the year at Winkin Sports Complex, hosting Alfred (N.Y.) on Sept. 5.

Rank Team Votes (First Place)
Last Year
1 Husson 64 (8) 7-0
2 Norwich 52 5-2
3 Castleton 49 5-2
4 Mount Ida 42 5-2
5 SUNY Maritime 29 3-4
6 Gallaudet 24 2-5
7 Becker 16 1-6
8 Anna Maria 12 0-7

Women's Soccer 2-0 to Start Season

Orono, Maine -- The University of Maine women's soccer team recorded its second shutout of the weekend and the second win of its season on Sunday, Aug. 23 against Fordham.

After a 1-0 win against Fairfield during their season opener on Friday night, the Black Bears looked to continue their winning streak. With a total of eleven shots, Maine's offense looked strong and in control.

Maine's goal came from Vivien Beil, a freshman who scored her first career goal off a pass from teammate Jenna Soucy. Beil was able to capitilize off a corner kick, and recieve a pass from Soucy that she then kicked high and wide over the goalkeeper.

Claudia Dube-Trempe earned her second shutout of the season, and the Black Bears improved to 2-0 on the season.

Maine returns to play on Sunday, Aug. 30 to host Rhode Island at 1 PM on Mahaney Diamond before a four game road stretch.

Women's Soccer Wins Season Opener

Orono, Maine-- The University of Maine women's soccer teamed earned a 1-0 win in their home opener against Fairfield.

Coming off a 4-0 win against Holy Cross in exhibition action, Maine looked strong during their first game of the season. With a total of 19 shots to Fairfield's four, Maine's offense was in control of the game from start to finish.

Maine's first and only goal of the game was scored by #10 Charlene Achille. Kaitlin Saulter came in from the left, passing over the middle to Achille, who lofted it over the head of the goalkeeper.

Claudia Dube-Trempe earned her first shutout of the season with a total of two saves.

Maine hosts Fordham Sunday August 23 at 2PM.

Maine Goaltender Named to Watch List

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine women's soccer goalkeeper Claudia Dube-Trempe has been named to the New England Soccer Journal Watch List.

In 2014, Dube-Trempe was named the America East Goalkeeper of the year, as well as a member of the America East First Team. She started in 15 games for the Black Bears, and recorded seven shutouts.  She finished third in America East in goals against average, save percentage and shutouts and was a Maine Scholar Athlete award winner. 

Women's soccer opens its season Friday, Aug. 21 against Fairfield at 7 p.m.

Maine Field Hockey Selected Third in Preseason Poll

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine field hockey team has been selected third in the East Division in the 2015 America East Preseason Poll, released on Wednesday, Aug. 19 . The Black Bears received 11 points in the preseason coaches poll.

The defending America East Champions, UAlbany, who made it all the way to the NCAA semifinals a year ago, were selected to repeat as champions after earning 16 points and four first place nods in the poll. New Hampshire received one first place vote and 12 total points in the poll, followed by the Black Bears in third. Vermont (6) and UMass Lowell (5) rounded out the five team, East Division.

Standford was selected at the top of the newly formed West Division, earning nine points and three first place votes. Pacific received the remaining first place vote and was selected tied for second along with California and UC Davis.

The Black Bears return nine letterwinners and will look to build off from their 2014-15 season which saw them finish 10-10 overall and 3-2 in America East action. Maine returns four of its top six scorers from a year ago, highlighted by junior Danielle Aviani who was named to the America East Second Team after tallying 11 goals and a pair of assists for 24 points. Fellow America East Second Team selection and All-Region honoree Nicole Sevey also returns after notching six goals and three assists in 2014. Senior Jessica Skillings recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists last season while the Black Bears will also look to senior forward Cassidy Svetek who tallied four goals and an assists before missing the final 11 games due to injury. Maine welcomes in eight freshmen to the 2015 squad.

Maine returns both goalkeepers in Emma Cochran and Emily Corbet. The two split time in net a year ago, each finishing at 5-5 on the season. Cochran completed 2014 with a 1.81 goals against average and a .726 saves percentage while Corbet checked in with a 2.02 GAA and a .672 saves mark.

Maine opens its season on Aug. 28 when it takes on La Salle in a neutral site contest hosted by UMass Lowell at 3:30 p.m.

East Division
 1. Albany (4), 16 pts.
 2. New Hampshire (1), 12
 3. Maine, 11
 4. Vermont, 6
 5. UMass Lowell, 5

West Division
 1. Stanford (3), 9 pts.
 T2. Pacific (1), 5
 T2. California, 5
 T2. UC Davis, 5

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Meet the Black Bears Next Week In Orono

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine football team will host its annual 'Meet the Black Bears' Free Football Clinic on Wednesday, Aug. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. at Alfond Stadium.

All ages are welcome and participants will have the opportunity to meet players and coaches, get FREE posters and autographs as well take part in a FREE pizza party with the team, sponsored by Domino's, for all attending following the clinic.

To reserve your spot, please send all names and ages of participants to GoBlackBears@yahoo.com

For a preview of 'Meet the Black Bears' night, check out the video link below with footage from a past event.

Football 101 For Women Returning

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine head football coach Jack Cosgrove and his staff will host "Coach Cos' Football 101 for Women" on Thursday, Sept. 10 starting at 5:30 p.m.

The event is $25 for fans and $10 for UMaine students. Tickets can be reserved by clicking here! All who attend will receive a free t-shirt! All proceeds benefit the UMaine football program.

This interactive workshop is designed to teach women, who never got to play the game, the basics such as offensive and defensive strategies as well as what to look for when watching a game.

The first part of the workshop will feature light refreshments as Coach Cosgrove and his staff will go over the fundamentals of the game and have a question and answer session.

The second part will include a tour of the facilities (locker room, weight room, training room, and field) as well as a chance to participate in optional drills with the coaching staff and run plays on the field.

Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes for the walking tour and drills.

Participants are asked to please register in advance so enough t-shirts will be available upon arrival.

For more information please call 207-581-1086.

Deadline to sign-up is Monday, Sept. 7.

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