Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

Sports Director/Reporter

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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Barnies Going Back Overseas

ORONO, Maine -- Former University of Maine men's basketball standout Troy Barnies has signed a new deal with Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary), Hungarian's 'A' division professional team in the European League.

Barnies will begin his fifth professional season after spending stints with four different teams. Barnies started his professional career with Istanbulspor (Turkey) before moving on to play for the Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland), BK Jekabpils (Latvia) and BK Ventspils (Latvia). Last season, Barnies, the second leading scorer on his squad, guided BK Ventspils to a 20-2 season while averaging 11.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Barnies, a native of Auburn, Maine, played for the Black Bears from 2007-11, averaging 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds in 110 career games.

Husson Assistant Coach Wins Maine Women's Amateur

SACO, Maine — Staci Creech, assistant women's golf coach at Husson, played a near-flawless final round Wednesday to win the Maine Women's Amateur golf championship at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club.

Creech shot a 2-under 70 – the only sub-par round of the tournament – for a three-day total of 222, seven strokes better than Emily Bouchard, who was playing on her home course.

The two were tied with six holes remaining, but Creech posted a birdie and five pars to claim the title.

Creech was playing in her first Maine Women's Amateur and captured her first state amateur victory.

Creech parred hole 15, while Bouchard posted a double bogey, giving the Greensburg, Pa., native a four-stroke lead with three holes remaining.

Creech became a Class A Member of the PGA of America in 2004, but regained her amateur status in 2008 so she could continue playing as an amateur. She has since played in the US Women's Mid-Amateur in 2008, 2011, and 2013, and in 2009, she was selected to represent North Carolina in the USGA Women's State Team Championship.

Eagles incoming freshman Kelsie Dessent tied for 13th with a three-day score of 252. In 2014, the Fairfield, Maine, product won the Maine Junior Amateur Championship and Women's Janet Drouin Memorial Championship.

The Husson women's golf team begins its inaugural season with the 16th annual St. Lawrence Golf Invitational Sept. 5-6 at Oliver D. Appleton Golf Course.

Tom Brady Releases Statement

Below is Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady's statement regarding the denial of his appeal to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.

Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was “probable” that I was “generally aware” of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused. He dismissed my hours of testimony and it is disappointing that he found it unreliable.

I also disagree with yesterdays narrative surrounding my cellphone. I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances. As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.

Most importantly, I have never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January. To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong.

To try and reconcile the record and fully cooperate with the investigation after I was disciplined in May, we turned over detailed pages of cell phone records and all of the emails that Mr. Wells requested. We even contacted the phone company to see if there was any possible way we could retrieve any/all of the actual text messages from my old phone. In short, we exhausted every possibility to give the NFL everything we could and offered to go thru the identity for every text and phone call during the relevant time. Regardless, the NFL knows that Mr. Wells already had ALL relevant communications with Patriots personnel that either Mr. Wells saw or that I was questioned about in my appeal hearing. There is no “smoking gun” and this controversy is manufactured to distract from the fact they have zero evidence of wrongdoing.

I authorized the NFLPA to make a settlement offer to the NFL so that we could avoid going to court and put this inconsequential issue behind us as we move forward into this season. The discipline was upheld without any counter offer. I respect the Commissioners authority, but he also has to respect the CBA and my rights as a private citizen. I will not allow my unfair discipline to become a precedent for other NFL players without a fight.

Lastly, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the support of family, friends and our fans who have supported me since the false accusations were made after the AFC Championship game. I look forward to the opportunity to resume playing with my teammates and winning more games for the New England Patriots."

Maine Football Picked to Finish 7th in CAA

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The University of Maine football team has been selected to finish seventh in the preseason Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) poll as voted on by coaches and sports information personnel and announced at CAA Media Day on July 28 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Individually, Maine received three preseason All-Conference selections in defensive end Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine), center Bruce Johnson (Rochester, N.Y.) and linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (Laval, Quebec). This is the second-straight year all three have been featured on the Preseason All-Conference team.

Villanova was selected as the preseason favorite, receiving 14 first place tallies. The Wildcats were followed by James Madison with five first place votes and defending CAA champions New Hampshire, also with five first place nods. William & Mary was selected fourth with Richmond and Delaware placing fifth and sixth, respectively. The Black Bears were selected seventh for the second-straight year with Stony Brook, Towson, UAlbany, Rhode Island and Elon rounding out the 12 team league.

Maine will look to improve on its 5-6 mark, 4-4 in CAA play, and seventh place league finish from a year ago. The Black Bears return 38 letterwinners, including 21 starters (11 offense, 9 defense and one specialist) featuring both starting quarterbacks, Dan Collins and Drew Belcher, their entire offensive line and leading rusher Nigel Beckford. Defensively, the Black Bears front seven will be a point of strength, centered around All-Conference selections Trevor Bates and Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga; Maine's top tackler over the past two years.

Last season, Mulumba Tshimanga earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Conference First Team honors and was named Maine's Most Oustanding Defensive Player. The linebacker led the Black Bears with 95 tackles (42 unassisted), recorded 12+ tackles in four games and finished with 8.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception, one pass breakup and forced a fumble. Mulumba Tshimanga ranked fifth in the league in tackles per game (8.6) and fourth on the team in tackles for loss (8.0).

Johnson was the anchor on Maine's offensive line and earned CAA All-Conference First Team honors. Maine's center, who started all 11 games, was named the team's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. Johnson played a large part in building Maine's run game which produced 100+ yard rushers in two of its final three games.

Bates was a force coming off the edge all season for the Black Bears, earning a spot on the All-CAA second team and Maine team MVP honors. A defensive end, Bates started all 11 games and ranked 10th in the league with three interceptions, 46th in the league, second among defensive linemen, with 5.5 tackles per game, and was sixth in the CAA in pass deflections. Bates finished the year with 60 tackles, third highest on the team, 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a 33-yard fumble recovery and three interceptions, including one for a 23-yard score.

Maine opens the 2015 season on Sept. 5 at Boston College and will host Rhode Island on Sept. 26 in its home opener at Alfond Stadium. Black Bear season tickets are on sale NOW at 207-581-BEAR or by visiting GoBlackBears.com

2015 CAA Football Predicted Order of Finish (1st-Place Votes)

1. Villanova (14)
2. James Madison (5)
3. New Hampshire (5)
4. William & Mary
5. Richmond
6. Delaware
7. Maine
8. Stony Brook
9. Towson
10. UAlbany
11. Rhode Island
12. Elon

Legion Scores Friday

Brewer 2

RH Foster 1


Bangor 3

Post 51 2

Brewer will play RH Foster tomorrow at 4. The winner plays Bangor in the championship game.

Women's BBall Announces Non Conference Schedule

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team has announced its 2015-16 non-conference schedule, highlighted by a home game against Clemson, trips to Minnesota, Purdue and North Carolina, and an appearance in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Six of Maine's non-conference opponents made the 2014-15 NCAA Tournament.

"This is a very challenging schedule but we believe that we are prepared," said head coach Richard Barron. "With 13 players returning and eight seniors, there is no better time to measure ourselves against some programs with great tradition from some of the top conferences in the country. We believe that we will be well prepared for America East play after our non-conference slate."

Maine opens the season with a pair of exhibition contests. The Black Bears will meet Vanguard University for a neutral site showdown in Gorham, Maine before taking on Stonehill College at the Cross Insurance Center.

The Black Bears, who went 3-1 last season against the Ivy League, will travel to take on Harvard on Nov. 13 before looking for their second-straight victory over Boston College on Sunday, Nov. 15 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Maine continues on the road when it travels to take on NCAA Tournament participant Minnesota on Nov. 20 and close out the midwest road swing with a date at North Dakota State on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Maine returns home to battle Central Connecticut State on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The Black Bears will be one of eight high-caliber teams who will travel to Estero, Fla. and take part in the 2015-16 Gulf Coast Showcase from Nov. 27-29. Maine will join Dayton, Louisville, LSU, Marist, Missouri State, Purdue and Stanford at the tournament. Four of the eight teams (Dayton, Stanford, Louisville, LSU) made the 2014-15 NCAA Tournament with Dayton making it all the way to the Elite Eight.

Maine opens December with a home date against in-state rival Colby on the first of the month before traveling to take on Northeastern (Dec. 4) and Dartmouth (Dec. 6).

The Black Bears return home for a meeting with Bryant on Saturday, Dec. 12 before hosting Atlantic Coast Conference member Clemson on Friday, Dec. 18.

The Black Bears finish their non-conference run on the road at Purdue of the Big Ten Conference on Dec. 21 before closing the month against another 2014-15 NCAA Tournament member, at North Carolina, on the 31st.

Wood Receives Conference Recognition

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine women's basketball student-athlete Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) has been named the America East's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league office on Thursday, July 16.

Wood, the first Black Bear to receive the honor, was selected from a group of eight student-athletes who were tabbed Scholar-Athletes in their respective female sports by a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives. The committee each year elects a male and female Scholar-Athlete in each of the league's 18 championship sports following the fall, winter and spring seasons. Wood was the women's basketball honoree.

On the court, Wood earned America East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and America East first team accolades. Wood led the Black Bears to an America East regular season championship and a berth in the WNIT after starting all 32 games and averaging 13.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 steals. Wood, a member of the league's All-Defensive Team, also recorded eight double-doubles and Maine's first-ever triple-double.

In the classroom, Wood carries a 3.93 GPA as a biology major with a pre-med concentration. She was an America East All-Academic choice and has been a Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient. Wood, Maine's SAAC Co-President and the America East's National SAAC representative, was named UMaine's 2015 "M" Club Dean Smith Award winner. The award is presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.

The University of Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. In conjunction with this, the athletic department will celebrate 150 student-athletes achievements over the next year. You can follow these achievements at www.goblackbears.com/150achievements

VIDEO - Mic'd Up At Lobster Bowl Practice

Practices for the 2015 Lobster Bowl, featuring the best football players in the state of Maine, are being held at Foxcroft Academy this year. We thought we'd give you an inside look as coaches Danny White and Dan O'Connell get the east squad prepared for Saturday.


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