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 Baseball Players Find Success in Summer Play

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine baseball players Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) and Lou Della Fera (Colts Neck, New Jersey) won the 2014 West Coast League Championship on Monday, Aug. 18 with the Bellingham Bells. The Bells defeated Corvallis 3-2 on Monday night at home before 2,821 fans. Bellingham finished the season 37-17. 

Heath went 2-for-4 in the championship game, while Della Fera was 1-for-3 with a run scored. 

Heath batted .293 this summer for the Bells with 31 runs scored and 33 RBI during the regular season. He had seven doubles to go along with four home runs. In the playoffs, he hit .444 with three runs scored and three RBI. He had two doubles and a triple. He finished third in the league in hitting in the playoffs and tops among players who played in more than two games. Earlier this season, Heath earned a spot on the the West Coast League All-Star team. 

Della Fera hit .230 on the season with 19 runs scored and 14 RBI. He had a double and a triple. Della Fera scored four runs in the 2014 playoffs, which tied for second most in the league. 

Heath, who was named to the America East First Team as a designated hitter and the America East Second Team as a first baseman, was also a All-New England selection this past season. He started his junior by picking up a victory in Maine's win over #13 Miami. He was also named to the America East All-Tournament Team. 

Della Fera hit .286 in 19 games during his rookie season, scoring five runs.

Maine Women's Ice Hockey Adds Assistant

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine head women's ice hockey coach Richard Reichenbach announced recently that he has has added Kendall Newell to the coaching staff. She spent the past four seasons as head coach of the Banff Hockey Academy Female Prep team in Banff, Alberta. 

During her time with Banff, Newell compiled a 109-76-8 coaching record, winning back-to-back regular season championships in the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League and a Central Alberta Hockey League championship.

Prior to her time at Banff Academy, Newell spent a season (2009-2010) as an assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans of the Alberta College Athletic Conference and one season with the St. Cloud Icebreakers (2007-2008) Varsity and Junior Varsity Teams in Minnesota High School Hockey League.

Newell, a goaltender, spent four seasons with the St. Cloud State University women's hockey team. She was voted most valuable player on her team for the 2007-08 season as well as being named to the WCHA All-Academic Team the same year. In 65 career games, she posted a 24-26-9 record with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .908 save-percentage along with five shutouts.

The Phoenix, Arizona product also spent one season with the Calgary Oval X-Treme of the Western Women's Hockey League where she led the league with nine wins, a 1.60 goals-against average and three shutouts.

Newell graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and double major in psychology and communication studies from St. Cloud University. She has also recently completed her Hockey Canada High Performance I coaching certification.

Maine Women's Soccer Picked to Finish Top 3

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Maine women's soccer team has been selected third in the 2014 America East Preseason Poll, released on Wednesday, August 13. The Black Bears received 49 points in the poll.

UMBC, the defending America East champion, was selected to repeat, as the Retrievers received 59 points in the poll. Stony Brook came in a close second, as the Seawolves received 58 points. Maine followed with Hartford being selected fourth with 47 points. New Hampshire was fifth with 32 points, followed by Vermont with 30 points and Binghamton with 26 points. Albany and UMass Lowell rounded out the poll, as each received 13 points. 

Maine finished 9-5-5 a year ago and was in contention to win the 2013 America East title until the final week of the season. The Black Bears return 16 letterwinners, including five of its top seven scorers from a year ago.

Eve L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) led the team in scoring with five goals and three assists for 13 points. She was followed by Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec) and Jordan Pellerin (Waterville, Maine) who each had four goals and one assist for nine points. Joanie L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) finished with a goal and three assists for five points. Camille Varin-Treblay (St.-Hubert, Quebec) added a pair of goals.

Lauren Swant (Oakville, Ontario) returns to anchor the keeper duties. She was 9-5-3 last season with a 0.87 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. Swant had five shutouts. Claudie Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) played in three games a year ago.

Maine has eight newcomers on its roster for the 2014 season. The Black Bears kick off the 2014 campaign when they host Quinnipiac on Friday, August 22 at 4 PM.

Maine Baseball Adds Assistant

ORONO, Maine - University of Maine head baseball coach Steve Trimper has announced the addition of assistant coach John Schiffner. Schiffner joins the Black Bears after most recently completing his 22nd year at the helm of the storied Chatham Anglers of the historic Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL).

"Having Coach Schiffner join our staff will be an excellent resource for players not only around the game of baseball, but through his expertise as a great mentor," said Trimper. "Coach Schiff is one of the most respected men in baseball, both at the college and professional level. Schiff and I have been close friends for years, and now I am extremely excited and fortunate to have a chance to work beside him and better the Black Bear Baseball program."

Schiffner has had the privilege of coaching over 100 major league players in his career while compiling 479 wins in the CCBL, ranking him as the all-time leader in wins among CCBL managers. Schiffner has dedicated over 30 years to the CCBL, beginning as an assistant coach in 1977.

Schiffner's extensive baseball coaching career began with an assistant role with the Harwich Mariners in 1977 before taking on the same role at Upsala College in 1978. From 1978-82, Schiffner served as an assistant for the Chatham Anglers before working as a scout with the Montreal Expos from 1983-1988. Following his time with the Expos, Schiffner became manager of the New Jersey A's in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League in 1989 before taking on his most recent role at the helm of the Chatham A's in 1993.

Schiffner retired from his long-time history teaching tenure in 2012 and finished his high school baseball coaching at Plainfield (CT) in 2011. Schiffner, who served as the Plainfield high school head coach from 1978-2011, guided the team to state tournament appearances in 31 of his 33 years at the helm. In 2001, Schiffner was named American Baseball Coaches Association, District I, Division III National High School Coach of the Year. In 2000, Schiffner was honored as the Connecticut High School Baseball Coach of the Year and ranked sixth in head coaching wins in Connecticut high school baseball history by the end of his career.

Born in Dover, N.J., Schiffner graduated from Providence College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies education before achieving his Masters of Science in human relations at Eastern Connecticut State University in 1986. While at Providence College, Schiffner captained the baseball team before playing with the Harwich Mariners in the CCBL.

Schiffner and his wife Martha share their home with their dog Bailey.

Former Black Bear Assistant Leichner Added to Iona Staff

one of Maine men's basketball's former assistants is already back in the college ranks. Doug Leichner has been hired on in  a similar role at Iona. He's most recently been overseas coaching the Great Britain under 20 national team, going 16-1 while there. He was also the Black Bears top recruiter, especially overseas, and worked largely with the forwards and centers on the team. The expectation is he'll be doing much of the same in his new job. "A lot of things kinda lined up," says Leichner. "One, Iona was looking for a recruiter that did international and also some kinds of prep schools a little bit different than what they had in the past. As they called around and did their work my name kept popping up as someone who has an expertise in the international market. And then also they're looking for a defensive guy as well as someone who can work with the bigs."

Bangor Legion

Bangor legion baseball will be headed to Connecticut later this week for the regional tournament after winning the state title Sunday. They play this Thursday at 4:30 pm against one of the teams from the Constitution State. We'll have much more on this story on Tuesday.

Legion Scores

Oakland 3 Staples Crossing 0

South Portland 8 Franklin County 5

South Paris 4, Brewer 0

Bangor 4 Lewiston 0

Maine Field Hockey Adds to Roster

University of Maine head coach Josette Babineau announced two new additions to the field hockey team for the 2014-15 season, as Madison Cummings (Belfast, Maine/Belfast HS) and Emily Corbett (Listowel, Ontario/Old Dominion) have joined the squad. Cummings plays as a forward while Corbett will slot in in as a goalkeeper.

Cummings attended Belfast High School from 2010-14 and accumulated 49 career goals and 35 assists. Her best season came in her junior year when she tallied 20 goals and 10 assists and set the school record for most goals in a season. Cummings helped Belfast earn a state championship as well as a state runner-up finish in her high school career. As far as individual awards are concerned she was named team MVP her final three years at Belfast as well as earning All-Rookie and All-State awards. She also earned an All-Academic award for her work in the classroom.

Cummings competed for the Maine Majestix club team and won a National Festival U19 championship as well competing at NIT's and the Disney Showcase. She also participated in the futures program since 2007 playing in National Futures three times (2010, 2011 and 2012). The new Maine forward was also a part of the 2011 junior Olympics.

Cummings was a multi-sport athlete playing softball, basketball as well as varsity track and field. Her sister, Brittney played field hockey from 2007-11.

Corbett transfers to Maine from Old Dominion having played field hockey, ice hockey, soccer and track and field at the Listowel District Secondary School, in Listowel, Ontario Canada. She was a two-time captain on the field hockey team in 2011 and 2012 and earned team MVP honors during her senior year. Corbett was a member of the Ontario Provincial U18 team, which won gold in 2011, and silver in 2012. She was also part of the Ontario Provincial U23 team in 2013.

The Black Bears will open the season on the road, as they will head to Michigan, playing Central Michigan and Michigan State on Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. and on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m., respectively. Maine won't hit their home field until Sept. 20 when they host Bryant for a 2 p.m. showdown.

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