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 Field Hockey Loses Heartbreaker

EAST LANSING, Michigan -- The University of Maine field hockey team dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to 16th-ranked Michigan State on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears move to 1-1 on the season. Michigan State, which opened the season with a loss to fourth-ranked Duke in overtime, improves to 1-1. 

The first half featured an offensive barrage. The Spartans struck first with a goal at 5:10 when Megan Fenton found the back of the cage from Abby Baker. MSU added to its lead less than two minutes later when Claire Johnson scored on an assist from Allie Ahern at 6:52. 

Cassidy Svetek (Burlington, Ontario) notched her third goal of the season at 17:29 to put the Black Bears on the board, however, the Spartans answered right back when Abby Barker netted a goal at 20:24. 

Maine then exploded for three goals in just over 10 minutes to take a 4-3 lead into halftime. Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) got the scoring started with an assist from Jessica Skillings (Skowhegan, Maine). It was the second goal of the season for Stewart. The knotted the score just 46 seconds later when Danielle Avani (Surrey, British Columbia) notched her second goal in as many games. Zoe Berkey (Duncan, British Columbia) assisted on the Avani goal. 

Nicole Sevey (Skowhegan, Maine) put the Black Bear ahead when she notched her first goal of the season at 32:30 as Maine took a 4-3 lead at the half. 

Megan Fenton scored the lone goal of the second half for the Spartans to tie the score at 4-4. Becky Stiles assisted on the goal. 

The two teams went to overtime where Michigan State won it 1:54 in on a penalty corner. Allie Ahern beat Maine goalie Emily Corbet (Listowel, Ontario) to give the Spartans the victory. 

Michigan State outshot Maine 28-13 in the game. The Spartans had an 11-5 edge in corners. Maine goalie Corbet made 17 saves in goal and moves to 1-1 on the season. Sierra Patton stopped six shots for MSU. 

Maine returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 4 when they face Stanford at 5 PM at the University of New Hampshire.

VIDEO - Nokomis Two-A-Day

Nokomis football is our latest two a day. Still in the building phases under second year head coach Matt O'Connell, the Warriors are looking to prove they're ready to transition back to class B next year.

VIDEO - Bucksport Two-A-Day

We being our Two-A-Days segment with reigning Class D Eastern Maine Champion Bucksport. The Golden Bucks have plenty of turnover this season, but have some major motivation and a chip on their shoulder.

 

VIDEO - Old Town Two-A-Day

Another year, another new coach in Old Town. But now the Coyotes have some momentum to build off of from last season, and expectations are high.

Breaking: Ordman Alley Denies Sexual Abuse Claims

Here's the latest regarding longtime Jonesport Beals coach Ordie Alley's ouster from the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.

In a press release from his lawyer, Brett Baber, Alley denies the allegations of sexual abuse that have forced his removal. "I have heard these allegations before and they are completely without merit...Neither organization contacted me for my perspective before they reached an unfounded conclusion."

 

He added both women making claims have tried to disparage his name in the past, including a paternity test and a letter in 2005 claiming sexual abuse, and says he's "exploring my own options of bringing legal action against those who have slandered me."

 

At last weeks Maine Basketball Hall of Fame ceremonies we asked board chair Steve Pound why Alley was no longer included on the induction list, but Pound simply said he had no further comment at this time.

 

Attached is Alley's full statement regarding the allegations.

Sox Add Big Free Agent

Some exciting news for Red Sox fans in a season that's been anything but. They've signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. A 7 year 72 million dollar deal that is a record number for a free agent amateur, though to be fair if he is what people expect he'll be a bargain. He'll likely be put in center field, which could very well spell the end of the Jackie Bradley era really before it even fully begins. Perhaps most exciting is that, according to sources, Castillo will likely join the team this season, though there will be some paperwork to fill out first.

Black Bear Women's Soccer Wins Season Opener

ORONO, Maine -- Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec) scored on a direct kick at 82:22 to lead the University of Maine women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Quinnipiac in the season-opener on Friday afternoon, in a game played on Mahaney Diamond. It marks the second straight season that the Black Bears have been victorious in their first game of the year. 

The first half of the game was equally played, with neither team having a distinct advantage in possession. Both teams had a couple of great chances early in the second half, with each keeper, Maine's Claudia Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) and Quinnipiac's Natalia Grodzki, coming up big to keep the game a scoreless tie. 

With less than 10 minutes to play in regularion, Maine was awarded a direct kick just outside the penalty box. Achille rocketed a shot into the upper right hand corner of the goal, past Quinnipiac keeper Grodzki. 

The goal proved to be the game-winner as the Black Bears earned the 1-0 win. 

Quinnipiac outshot Maine 11-7 in the game, however, the Black Bears had a 7-5 edge in corner kicks. 

Dube-Trempe made three saves in goal to record the shutout. Grodzki made a pair of save for the Bobcats. 

Maine returns to action on Sunday, Aug. 24 when it hosts Bryant at 1 PM on Mahaney Diamond. 

Maine Field Hockey Picked to Finish Third

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Maine Black Bears were picked third in the America East preseason poll released by the conference on Tuesday, with only UNH (second) and Albany (first) as the squads picked ahead of the Black Bears.

"We have an experienced and talented team that competes hard each and every game and we are excited to take on the 2014 season," head coach Josette Babineau said. 

The Great Danes were selected first receiving a unanimous five votes and 25 points with New Hampshire garnering 20 points. The third-place Black Bears team that returns 17 players from last years' squad, were picked third with 18 points and one first place vote in the poll.

Fairfield took fourth with 13 points with UMass Lowell (eight points) and Vermont (six points) taking fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Black Bears open their 2014 slate with a two-game road trip to Michigan beginning on Aug. 29 playing Central Michigan and following it up with a Sept. 1 matchup with Michigan State. The Black Bears will kick-off their home slate in Orono, Maine, on Sept. 20 against Bryant.

Maine enters 2014 as a veteran-laden team with only three newcomers that weren't apart of the team during the 2013 season. Belfast, Maine native Madison Cummings will follow in her sister's (Brittney Cummings) footsteps and play for the squad, while the Black Bears welcome Appalachian State transfer and Belgrade, Maine native, Lynnae Lettuich and Old Dominion transfer Emily Corbett

Maine leading scorer and 2013 All-American, Annabelle Hamilton along with Canadian National team-member, Holly Stewart highlight Maine's long list of returners.

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