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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Local University in Search of Soccer Talent

Bangor, ME - Husson women's soccer will be holding a High School Prospect Identification Day on Sunday, September 21, at Boucher Field on Husson's campus. Registration will begin at 10:30 AM, and the clinic will run from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

The Husson University High School Prospect Identification Day is open to female players who are in high school grades 9-12 and have the desire to play college soccer. The ID Day is designed to allow the players to experience college level training. The areas of focus will be: soccer speed, agility, technique, and tactics, with a special breakout session for any goalkeepers in attendance. The clinic will be run as a training session with instruction in all aspects of the game.

Husson women's soccer head coach Carly Gettler and assistant coach Meg O'Neil will be running the training session. Attendees will be provided with lunch and an Admissions tour. Parents and guardians are invited to a question and answer session in Newman Gymnasium immediately following the event at 3:30 PM.

Advance notice is required to reserve a spot, and the cost is $50. Please contact Coach Gettler at [email protected] or 207-404-5642 for additional details and

Husson University to Honor Dr. John Winkin

BANGOR, ME - Husson University will be hosting a remembrance service and a jersey retirement ceremony for former head baseball coach Dr. John Winkin on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. The ceremony will be at the Winkin Baseball Complex and is open to the public.

Former players and colleagues will speak on the influence of Dr. Winkin in their lives, and his son, David, will spread his ashes near the field. Dr. Winkin's jersey #5 will also be retired.

Dr. Winkin was one of the most-accomplished coaches in the history of college baseball. 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, Mark Sweeney and Mike Bordick.

Became an assistant coach at Husson College in 1997

Mainer Matt Mulligan Cut by Bears

The Chicago Bears have cut ties with Maine native Matt Mulligan. In total three players leaving the team in order for them to bring players up from their practice squad.
He's now considered a free agent and can sign with any NFL team, including resigning with the Bears.

Mayo, Bouchard Make College Choice

Two high school basketball stars in the state of Maine have made decisions about their future.
Messalonskee forward Nick Mayo, who's stock has risen dramatically in recent months, has verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky. That's according to ESPN and other reports. And Houlton star Kyle Bouchard has opted to join division 2 Bentley.
The team already boasts multiple players from Maine including Camden Hills star Tyler McFarland.

Husson Men's Soccer Falls to Colby

BANGOR, ME - The Husson University men's soccer team fell in a hard fought contest to Colby 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Boucher Field. Husson falls to 2-3-0 on the season while Colby goes to 2-1-0.

The Mules got on the board first in the 40th minute when Tim Stanton hit a cross from the right to left that Brandon Fahlberg ran onto and headed by Husson goalkeeper Brian Potter (Waterville, ME).

Stephen Berenyi (Levant, ME) would knot the game up for the Eagles when he volleyed home a cross from Josh Bean (Ellsworth, ME) in the 62nd minute.

Colby would net the game-winner in the 87th minute when Matt Ayers found Charlie Dupree and he hit a low shot that snuck by Potter.

"We came out slow and Colby was very sharp in the first half," said Husson head coach Jeff Gettler. "After Colby's goal, all we needed was one good play and willed ourselves back in the game with the goal. We lost a tackle and Colby scored off it. We had a chance to win but Colby played very well and we have to learn from this."

Potter finished with eight saves while Colby goalkeeper Cody Funkhouser made four stops.

Husson Volleyball Falls

Gorham, ME - Husson University volleyball fell to undefeated University of Southern Maine 3-0 in a non-conference match Tuesday night at the Warren Hill Gymnasium. USM was led by first year Jessica Williamson (Goffstown, N.H.) and junior Jessica Garrett (Las Vegas, Nev.), who combined for 25 kills.

The Huskies' (8-0) victory equaled the school record for consecutive wins (8) set in 1970 and tied in 1976. The Eagles slip to 3-6 on the season. The two sides will meet again at Husson on October 9.

Rookie middle hitter Bailey Cote (Biddeford, Maine) led the Eagles with four kills on 13 attacks. First-year setter Kayla Hannon (Salem, N.H.) passed out 12 assists. First-year Nia Arranaga (San Jose, Calif.) chipped in with two kills and had four digs.

Williamson of USM had an outstanding match with 14 kills, a .545 hitting percentage (14-2-22), three service aces and a match-high 15 digs. Garrett, using an assortment of shots at the net, had 11 kills, a .529 hitting percentage (11-2-17), two service aces and two solo blocks.

First year Monica Raymond (Sanbornton, N.H.) added nine kills on 20 attacks for USM. Sophomore setter Megan Nilson (Granby, Conn.) quarterbacked the offense passing out 32 assists and had seven digs.

The first two sets were punctuated with long rallies and well-contested points. The Eagles took early leads in both sets before the Huskies' offense came to life. Williamson converted for nine kills, and Raymond had four, in the second set.

The Huskies dominated the third set roaring out to a big early lead. Williamson opened the set serving for four points. Garrett would tally six kills on six attacks in the set.

Southern Maine finished the night hitting for a .405 percentage (43-9-84) while Husson had for a minus .056 percentage (13-17-72). USM also had nine service aces, six coming in the final set.

Southern Maine hits the road on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) to play Framingham State University and Newbury College at Newbury. The Eagles will take on Babson College and Tufts University on Friday (6:00 p.m.) as part of the MIT Invitational.

Maine Men's Basketball Takes Part in 5k Race

BANGOR, Maine - The University of Maine men's basketball program took part in the 9/11 Heroes Run 5k race which took place by the Bangor waterfront on Sunday Morning. The race was designed to honor veterans, first responders, and remember the sacrifices of the men and women during the Sept. 11 tragedy.

"What a great event to be a part of," head coach Bob Walsh said. "You think you are doing something to help out others, and then you realize it is the other way around. It's a great reminder of the sacrifices so many have made, and how lucky we are."

Assistant coach Zak Boisvert was the first Maine runner to finish, as he placed sixth overall with a time of 20:38. Boisvert bested Walsh, who was the next fastest Black Bear entrant, as the first-year head coach finished with a time of 20:55. 

Junior Ethan Mackey finished as the fastest player as he came in with a time 21:48, with Beals Island native, Garet Beal, finishing with a time of 21:55.

Bangor is one of 48 communities across the US that will hold such an event along with three international events. The proceeds of the race go to the Travis Manion Foundation and the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine. 

If you'd like to donate to the Travis Manion Foundation visit the website HERE

Maine Field Hockey Held Scoreless vs. Stanford

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of Maine field hockey team (1-2), which came into week on a scoring tear having notched eight goals in two games, were smothered defensively by No. 12 Stanford (3-0), getting shutout 1-0 in a neutral-site game in Durham, New Hampshire, Thursday night. The Black Bears were held to just four shots through the 70 minutes of regulation after averaging 13.5 shots per game through their first two contests.

Stanford controlled play throughout the match holding the Black Bears to just one shot in the first half and three in the second, while recording 12 total as a team. Maine also was edged in penalty corners to the tune of 7-2. 

Sophomore Emma Cochran got her chance to start for the Black Bears and made the most of it registering a career-high six saves on seven shots in the loss. Meanwhile Dulcie Davies was once again flawless registering her second shutout of the season.

Sophomore Danielle Aviani led the team in shots with two, both of which were on frame, and Annabelle Hamilton and Zoe Berkey tallied one apiece.

The Cardinal broke through late in the half in what was a tightly contested frame, as Clemence Couteau notched the lone marker of the game from 10-yards out, scoring a reverse-stick goal at the 30:09 mark.

The Black Bears are in the midst of a tough non-conference stretch where three of their first four games have been against ranked opponents. In the two games that Maine has played ranked opponents, they have lost by just one goal in both, falling to No. 16 Michigan State in overtime last Sunday (5-4) and to Stanford (1-0) today.

That streak will conclude on Friday as the Black Bears will face No. 10 UMass at 4 p.m. in Amherst, Mass.

Video - John Bapst Two-A-Day

This year the John Bapst Crusaders find themselves in an unfamiliar spot.
Under coach Dan O'Connell the team has been a perennial contender, but last years 2 and 6 record left them at the bottom of the LTC

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