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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Husson Baseball Sweeps Thrilling Doubleheader

Bangor, ME - Husson baseball used two solid pitching performances Friday afternoon at the Winkin Complex en route to 1-0 and 2-1 victories. Game two featured a 1-0 Husson lead heading into the seventh, where UMF tied the game and Husson scored in the bottom half on another Beaver miscue to walk off with the win.

Game 1:

The Eagles took game one by a final of 1-0. The Eagles scored the lone run of the game, that took just an hour and sixteen minutes, in the bottom half of the third. Dylan Foster singled to third advancing Cody McInnis who scored on the same play on a throwing error by the first baseman and moved Foster all the way to third.

Dennis O'Neil went the distance on the mound for the Eagles, giving up just four hits and a walk while striking out two. O'Neil improves to 2-2 on the year.

Jimmy Neal picked up the tough loss for the Beavers to fall to 2-1. Neal allowed just the one run (unearned) on three hits and three walks and struck out six.

Dylan Foster picked up two more hits in three at bats along with J.T. Whitten's solo hit. Cody McInnis' two walks led the lone Husson run.

Game 2:

The story of game two came down to the final two innings. Husson plated a run in the bottom of the sixth to go ahead on a wild pitch. Jory Humphrey, now 0-4, threw a wild pitch that scored the Husson slugger for a 1-0 lead.

UMF didn't allow Husson to feel comfortable very long, scoring in the top half of the seventh to knot the game at 1-1.

Centerfielder Tom Grady doubled to left with one out to start the final inning charge for the Beavers. Grady advanced in the next at bat on a wild pitch and scored on a Dustin McCrossin single to right moments later.

In the bottom half of the final frame, after a Brandon Gendreau fly-out to center, Andrew Curran singled to center. McInnis laid down a bunt in the next at bat to move Curran to second and then scored on an RBI single by none other than Dylan Foster to win the game in walk-off fashion.

Tim Nason improves to 4-0 with the win, giving up one earned run on five hits and a walk while fanning two.

Jory Humphrey falls to 0-4 in 6.2 innings after giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out one.

Foster and Whitten led the charge yet again for the Eagles with three hits and two hits respectively.

Manager Jason Harvey said after the wins: "We got two great pitching performances today and it was nice to earn two conference wins. I'm proud of the way the guys found a way to win in both games."

Husson improves to 16-9 and 11-4 in conference while Farmington drops to 6-18 and 5-9 in the NAC.

The Eagles took little time before turning their focus on Saturday's opponent, Endicott College. Husson boarded a bus for Beverly, MA just over an hour after Friday's double dip. First pitch for Saturday's twin bill is 12:00 noon.

Eagles Led by Starting Pitching

Standish, ME - Husson baseball picked up its second consecutive non-conference win in as many days with a 9-4 win over long-time rival St. Joseph's College (ME). Zachary Yates tossed the final seven innings of scoreless relief to help the Eagles come back from 4-1 deficit early in the game.

Dylan Foster started a very efficient day at the plate for Husson in the first, walking in his first appearance and later scoring on a J.T. Whitten single through the right side of the defense to make it 1-0.

The Monks scored two of their own in the bottom half of the first off Husson starter Dan Whitney. Whitney lasted just two full innings giving up four runs (three earned) on eight Hits.

From there on out the Eagles used timely hitting and the dominant performance of Yates for the win.

In the third the visiting Eagles tied the game at four after sending all nine hitters in the lineup to the plate. Cody McInnis walked to start things off and moved to second after Foster was hit by a pitch to reach for the second straight time. Brandon Gendreau then wore a Keenan Lowe pitch of his own to load the bases with no one out. Whitten knocked in his second RBI of the day on a sac fly to center in the next at bat to score McInnis and move Foster to third. After a Dennis Meehan strikeout, Foster tacked on another run when Kyle Bishop singled to left and Josh Gaudett walked to reload the bases with two outs. Jordan Carter walked to drive in the third run and knot the game at 4-4.

Foster scored yet another run in the fourth after walking and advancing on a single and a passed ball when Dennis Meehan singled to first to make it 5-4 Husson.

The Eagle offense managed four more runs in the top of the sixth on five hits, including Foster scoring his fourth run of the day after singling to lead off and moving to third on a Whitten single. Kyle Bishop and Meehan both had RBI in the inning, while Meehan scored moments later on a passed ball. Bishop moved to third on yet another passed ball and scored on a Carter single.

Yates picked up the win in seven impressive innings. The senior hurler allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out four, three of which in the final two innings.

Charged with the loss is Thomas Fortier. Fortier gave up five runs, four earned and a walk on six hits with a K.

Husson improves to 14-9 on the year while St. Joe's drops to 18-9. Husson will play again on Friday at home as they host UMF in a doubleheader starting at noon.

Eagles Beat Polar Bears With Late Inning Rally

Brunswick, ME - Husson baseball overcame a 4-0 deficit after the first two innings at Bowdoin to win 6-5 Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field. First-year pitchers Ryan Rebar and Ben Walls toed the rubber for the Eagles and pitched well enough for a big non-conference win.

In the first two innings the Polar Bears used two hits, a ground out and an error to score four runs and take a commanding lead.

The visiting Eagles came back with two runs of their own in the third to cut the BC lead to 3-2. Dennis Meehan walked, advanced to second on a fielders choice for Kyle Bishop, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on the same play after a throwing error by the catcher after retrieving the ball at the backstop.

Rebar managed to keep the Bowdoin hitters at bay over the next three innings before Husson batted in the top of the sixth.

Bowdoin may have second guessed pulling starter Michael Staes for Kevin McDonough. McDonough retired Brenden Holt on a ground out to start the inning, but struggled with little help from his defense. Dylan Foster singled, followed by Cody McInnis reaching on a error by the shortstop. J.T. Whitten added a single moments later pushing McInnis to second and scoring Foster. Whitten and McInnis advanced after McDonough plunked Dennis Meehan ending his afternoon after just a third of an inning.

Sam Herzig entered the one-out sixth to give up a sac fly to Kyle Bishop, scoring McInnis and advancing Whitten to third. Josh Gaudette reached and moved to second in the next at bat on an error by the center fielder. Both Whitten and Meehan scored on the Polar Bear gaffe. 6-4 Husson.

The Polar Bears added a solo run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, but couldn't manage more than the one run on two hits, leaving two on base.

Rebar didn't earn a decision, allowing Walls to pick up the win in four strong innings. Walls gave up just the one run on six hits and two strikeouts while striking out one. Rebar fanned one as well in his five innings, along with three earned, four runs and two walks on six hits.

Husson handed McDonough the loss, as Bowdoin used five different pitchers in the losing effort.

Eagle manager Jason Harvey noted: "We had two first-year pitchers throw the ball very well today. We took advantage of a few miscues by Bowdoin and capitalized. It was a very cold day to play but the guys were able to battle through it and pull out a big win. This is definitely a good start to a very busy stretch for us."

HU improves to 13-9 overall and will be back in action this Friday at home vs. UMaine Farmington at 12:00 noon and 2:30pm.

Maine Softball Player Named Pitcher of the Week

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine junior pitcher Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) has been named the America East Co-Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon. Bogdanovich went 1-0 over the weekend, tossing 9.2 innings without surrendering a run.

Bogdanovich went 1-0 over the weekend, picking up a shutout victory over visiting UMBC on Saturday afternoon. In the win, Maine's junior starter went the full 6-innings in an 8-0 victory, scattering just three hits while striking out seven. Bogdanovich returned in a relief role in game two on Saturday, tossing 3.2 innings of no-hit ball.

Maine is scheduled to play Husson on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 PM before traveling to Harvard for a single game on Thursday, April 17. The Black Bears return to America East action on Saturday, April 19 when they meet Stony Brook for a three-game set beginning at 12 PM.

Woodward Statement on Being Let Go

It has been an honor and a privilege to be the Head Coach of the Maine Men’s Basketball team for the past 10 years, and be associated with the program for the past 18.  My family and I have been blessed to be a part of the Maine Basketball family, the University of Maine Black Bear Athletic Department, the entire university community, and the community of Orono.

 

I want to express the great appreciation for all of the wonderful people who have helped me and our program at UMaine during my time at the school.  I am thankful for all of the tremendous support staff, university colleagues, administrators and fans I have been fortunate enough to be associated with.

 I am extremely proud of the Black Bear basketball program. I have put all of my energy, heart and soul into it during my entire career at Maine.  I have enjoyed every minute of recruiting and coaching the young men who have gone though these halls as Black Bears, and am proud of the many things we accomplished both on and off the court, along with the many things that these men have become upon their graduation from our program.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win enough to achieve some of our goals.  There are certainly some significant challenges and adversity we face, yet an abundance of rewards.  I have been proud to come to work everyday for the past 18 seasons – it has been incredibly special!   It’s been a great journey that I will cherish forever.

We have had some things go against us this year, and I respect Karlton’s decision.  The program, and what is best for the program, is always the most important element.  It has never been about any person or individual.  Furthermore, I am highly encouraged by many of the young men in our program that are now growing into the core of our team.  I think this is a team that will challenge for an America East Championship in the immediate future.  We have great kids, tremendous characters, fantastic students, and outstanding individual potential with a passionate work ethic.  In addition, a mindset of unselfishness, basketball IQ and a strong mentality.  Black Bear fans will enjoy this group during their careers.  As they grow, they will have a chance to be special, and I look forward to the future success of this program.  I love Maine, and the entire Orono community, and will always be a Black Bear.

Finally, I would like to thank the young men who I have had the pleasure to coach, and the outstanding coaches I have fortunate enough to work with daily.  These people have given their all everyday to pursue success, and I am proud to have been associated with them.  And last (but certainly not least), I would like to thank my family, my wife Linda and my children Jillian and Tommy.  They have sacrificed so many things for my career and our program’s success – I love them very much and am very blessed.

 

Maine Hockey Players Honored

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine standouts Ben Hutton (Prescott, Ontario) and Devin Shore (Ajax, Ontario) were named CCM Hockey Division I All-Americans on Friday. Both were named to the 2013-14 AHCA/CCM Hockey Men's Division I All-America Second Team. The honors are just the recent in a long list of honors for the two sophomores.  

Earlier this month, Hutton was named the recipient of the Bob Monahan Award, presented annually to the top defenseman in New England. Hutton, along with classmate Shore, each earned a spot on the 2013-2014 New England Hockey Writers Association Division I All-Star Team. Hutton and Shore were both named to the Hockey East First Team. 

They are the first All-Americans since Spencer Abbott earned the honor in 2012. It is the first time since 2006 that Maine has had two All-Americans.

Hutton scored a team-high 15 goals and added 14 assists for 29 points in his sophomore season. His 15 goals set the school record for goals in a season by a defenseman. In addition, he became the first defenseman in Maine history to lead the team in goals scored. He leads all defenseman in the country in goals scored with 15, ranks sixth in points per game by a defenseman (.83) and tied for 12th in power play goals with nine. His nine power play goals are tops among the nation's defensemen. Hutton had three multi-goal games and finished the season with six multi-point games. 

Shore led the team in scoring with 14 goals and 29 assists for 43 points. He scored three power play goals, three short-handed tallies and a pair of game-winning goals. It is the second season in a row that Shore has led the team in scoring. He has 20 career goals and 49 assists for 69 points in 73 career games, having never missed a game the past two years. Following the season, Shore was selected captain of the 2014-15 team. 

Shore was named Hockey East Player of the Week twice this season and earned Hockey East Player of the Month honors in December. He ranks tied for fourth in the nation in short-handed goals with three, 10th in assists per game, averaging .83 per contest and tied for 15th in the nation in points per game, recording 1.23 per contest. 

Shore and Hutton highlight a talented group of players who will return to the Black Bears for the 2014-2015 season. In addition, Maine returns 11 of its top 12 scorers from this past season. 

 

UMaine Cheerleaders Excel on National Stage

UMaine's cheerleading squad is in Daytona Beach Florida right now.
Competing in the small school co-ed division of the National Cheerleaders Association Championship.
They have made it out of prelims and into the finals. They're one of five teams that will perform tomorrow for the championship.

Husson Softball Wins Doubleheader

Castine, ME - Husson won a pair of North Atlantic Conference softball games against Maine Maritime Wednesday. The Eagles won the first game 8-0 and took the nightcap 21-8. The Eagles improved to 4-0 NAC, 12-4 overall, while the Mariners fell to 0-4, 2-8.

Game 1: Husson 8, Maine Maritime 0

Lyndsay Merrill gave the Eagles an early 1-0 lead with a solo shot to left center field. Husson made it 2-0 in the third when an error plated Mallory Conary before adding four on the board in the fifth inning.

Chelsea Brennan's single in the fifth brought in Merrill and Conary and Casey Lopes double scored both Brennan and Allie Hill. Merrill belted her second home run that scored Hayley Spiers to make it 8-0.

Hayley Rae paced the MMA offense with two hits.

Amanda Ryan improved to 5-3 with nine strike outs and scattered six hits in the complete game shutout and Abby Yeo fell to 1-4 for the Mariners.

Game 2: Husson 21, Maine Maritime 8

The teams combined for seven home runs in the second game in a contest that was fairly close for the first five frames.

Husson opened with a 2-0 lead on a double by Casey Lopes. The Mariners answered in the bottom of first when Erica Taylor launched a three-run that scored Rae and Andi Flanneryand gave Maine Maritime a 3-2 lead.

The Eagles tacked on four in the fourth on a single by Schultz, a double by Spiers, a fielder's choice and an error. The Mariners made it a one-run game, 6-5, in the fifth when Flannery stroked a RBI single and later scored on an error.

Husson added six more in the sixth on home runs from Merrill and Brennan, a triple by Conary, a double from Spiers and an error. Yeo belted her second round tripper of the season in the bottom of the sixth for MMA.

The Eagles started the seventh with consecutive home runs by Kayla and Lyndsay Merrill, singles from Jess Poulin and Kayla Merrill, a sacrifice hit by Conary, a wild pitch and a two-run jack by Hill.

Maine Maritime added two in the bottom of the frame when Taylor doubled and Yeo singled.

Kayla Merrill struck out 10 in seven innings to improve to 7-1, while Taylor pitched 5.1 innings and fell to 1-4.

Eagles' head coach Kristie Hawkins said, "Today our offense was strong, and it was nice to see it really break through the way it did. The Merrill sisters come out to play in a big way. We are hoping to carry this fire into the rest of the season, and if we do than great things will happen. It was nice to see everyone on board and in sync up to the plate tonight. Everyone contributed and that's all we can ask for."

Husson will travel to the University of Southern Maine on Thursday for a 3:30/5:30 doubleheader and will then host Lyndon State on Saturday and Johnson State on Sunday.

Xavier Pollard to Leave Maine Men's Basketball

Orono - Another Maine Men's basketball player is leaving the program.
Leading scorer Xavier Pollard just the latest to be granted his release from the Black Bears.
Pollard was the teams lone representative on the all conference list, making the third team.
He joins Dimitry Akanda Coronel, Justin Edwards, Ali Fraser and Jon Meshgna as starters to leave the program in just the last two seasons.
In a statement coach Ted Woodward says, "After meeting with Xavier today, we agreed it would be in his best interest to look at transferring."

Black Bears Early Season Struggles Continue

ORONO, Maine -- Hartford scored a pair of late runs to come from behind and defeat the University of Maine baseball team 2-1 on Monday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond in Orono, Maine. Rookie Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pitched seven scoreless innings for the Black Bears in his first America East Conferene start of the season. 

Maine jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled to right field with two outs. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) followed with a single to left field. Bussey scored the first run of the game when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled up the middle. 

Maine held the 1-0 lead until the top of the eighth inning when Hartford tied the game at 1-1. Chris DelDebbio led off the inning and tripled to right field. He scored when Brian Estevez reached on a fielder's choice. 

The Hawks scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Brady Sheetz led off the inning with a double to right field. Sheetz scored the second run of the game for the Hawks on a hit by James Alfonso. 

Maine had a pair of base runners with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but was unable to tie the game. 

Gelinas was impressive for the Black Bears on the mound. He allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He struck out seven batters in the game. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) replaced Gelinas and allowed two runs on three hits in two innings. He suffered the loss and fell to 0-2. 

David Drouin got the start for Hartford and went seven innings. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out seven as well. He was replaced by Sam McKay who pitched a scoreless inning in relief to earn the win. He improves to 4-1 on the season. Alex Gouin pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the season. 

Maine falls to 9-19 on the season with the loss and 1-5 in America East play. Hartford improves to 16-10 overall, 6-2 in conference action. 

Maine returns to action on Tuesday, April 8 when it hosts Thomas College at 5 PM at Mahaney Diamond.

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