Aaron Jackson

Aaron Jackson

Sports Director/Reporter
ajackson@wvii.com

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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Black Bear One Step Closer to Olympic Dream

ORONO, Maine -- Former University of Maine field hockey standout Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) has been named to the Canadian Field Hockey team that will compete as part of the 2015 Pan Am Games. Stewart was one of 16 women selected to the squad. 

The Pan American field hockey games will be held in Toronto July 10 -26 and serve as a 2016 Olympic Games qualifying tournament, with the winner earning a spot at the Olympic Games next summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

The following is a link to the Team Canada Schedule

Stewart wrapped up a remarkable career at the University of Maine this past fall. Earlier this month, she was named the 2015 America East Woman of the Year.

Mr. Baseball Named, Pushard Decides on School

Bangor -

Old Town shortstop Eric Hoogterp has been named the state's Mr. Baseball for the 2015 season.

The multi sport star batted over 600 his senior season for the Coyotes, who made it to the Eastern Maine semifinals.

And Brewer Witches starter Matt Pushard has chosen to attend the University of Maine. The junior says he expects to be a pitcher as of now for the Black Bears when he joins them after his senior year. He called the decision a dream come true.

Maine Hockey Announces 8 New Recruits

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's hockey staff is proud and excited to announce the 2015-2016 recruiting class, which consists of eight new Black Bears.
 

"I know this class will represent our University and State with pride," said Maine head coach Richard Reichenbach. "They are tough, competitive, hungry, skilled and ready for the challenge to move the program forward. Thank you to Sara and Kendall for their ability and effort to put this recruiting class together."

 
 

Carly Jackson, G, Cumberland County Blues Jr. B (Male)

 

Carly is fast, quick, competitive goaltender who has played for the Canadian U18 team, winning a Silver at the world championships, the Nova Scotia U18 team, winning multiple gold medals at the Atlantic Challenge cup and representing Nova Scotia and Team Atlantic at Canadian national championships.

 

Traits will make Carly an outstanding Black Bear: maturity, competitiveness and drive

 

Lydia Murray, F, Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats

 

Lydia'splay is far beyond her age as a high level forward.  She is able to think the game offensively at a high level but also defensively. Lydia attended the Canadian U18 Summer strength and on ice camps, and also she has led her Sault team to the semifinals of the Ontario provincial championships.

The traits that will make Lydia an outstanding Black Bear: energy, passion and strong desire to be elite.

 

Cailey Hutchison, F, Northwood School

 

Cailey is fast, strong and her development the last few seasons has been truly impressive.  Cailey has attending multiple USA Hockey national camps and is a fun player to watch every time she steps on the ice because she has a positive effect on the game every shift. 

 

The traits that will make Cailey an outstanding Black Bear: toughness, hunger and consistency  

 

Nicole Arnold, F, Madison Capitols


Nicole has great size and range; she is a player who is able to do it all.  She can play different positions up front and her play is consistent.  Nicole's agility and balance on the ice are her strengths.  In games she lives in the area's other players do not want to go. 

 

The traits that will make Nicole an outstanding Black Bear: love of life, focus and versatility. 

 
 
 Estelle Duvin, F, Le pÔle France de chambery
 
 

Estelle is an offensively hungry player who wants the puck on her stick at all times.  She finds many different ways to create offense whether she is making moves, shooting, screening, tipping or finding rebounds.  Estelle plays on the French National team and has represented France in numerous world championships.

The traits that will make Estelle an outstanding Black Bear: desire, creativity and drive.
 

Alyson Matteau, D, Northwood School

 

Alyson plays with a mentality that she wants to control the play when she is on the ice.  She leads by example with her hunger to win every game.  Alyson posses a strong shot, the ability to see the ice well and play with her head up. She represented Canada at the recent U18 World Championship where she won a Silver medal with Carly Jackson. 

The traits that will make Alyson an outstanding Black Bear: team first mentality, tenacious, poise.
 

Carly Menges, D, Gilmour Academy

Carly is a D who rushes the puck, looks to create offense and also plays a smothering style of D.  Her size and ability to skate give her a unique balance that few possess.  Carly is a complete athlete with great understanding of the game. 

The traits that will make Carly an outstanding Black Bear: confidence, persistence, love of Maine and wisdom
 

Cassidy Herman, D, Ottawa Jr. Senators

 

Cassidy gives an outstanding effort every shift that is rare to find.  She is full speed every shift for the entireshift.  Cassidy finished the regular season with five goals 14 assists for 19 points in 38 games. She's possesses elite skating ability with strength and balance. 

 

The traits that will make Cassidy an outstanding Black Bear: determination, intensity and work ethic.

 
 

The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

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Brady Appeal Heard

Tom Brady spending his Tuesday in a basement in New York after too many people attended the appeal of his fourth game suspension.

According to ESPN the patriots quarterback testifying under oath despite the fact the proceeding was not held in a court.

The appeal of course being heard by commissioner Roger Goodell, the hearing concluded Tuesday evening after almost 11 hours.

It's expected a conclusion from the meeting will be made within the next two weeks.

Lawrence's Nia Irving Chooses Boston University, Black Bears Add Transfer

Fairfield - The reigning Gatorade girls basketball player of the year for Maine is headed out of state for college. Despite receiving a scholarship offer from the University of Maine Nia Irving has verbally committed to become a Terrier after her senior season with the Lawrence Bulldogs.

Maine wasting no time filling her spot, picking up transfer Tanesha Sutton from Duquesne. Sutton, a sophomore, will be forced to sit out the next season before getting three years of eligibility.

"We are thrilled to add Tanesha to our program," said coach Richard Barron in a release. "We recruited her very hard out of high school and we are very happy she has picked Maine. Tanesha is extremely athletic and will have an opportunity to make a big impact a year from now. However, she will immediately make us better in practice and the year in residence will give her the chance to fully learn our system. This is a big signing for our program."

 

UMaine Sports Finish 3rd in Academic Cup Standings

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine student-athletes competing in the America East Conference posted a 3.21 cumulative grade point average this year to finish third in the 2015 America East Academic Cup standings. The women’s basketball team, the 2015 America East co-regular season champion, led all women’s basketball squads with a 3.39 GPA. They were one of just three teams to win a championship and finish with the highest GPA in their respective sport.

 

Hartford and New Hampshire tied for the 2015 America East Academic Cup, each posting a 3.23 grade point average. Maine was third at 3.21 followed by Vermont (3.16). Binghamton and UMass Lowell were tied for fifth, each recording a 3.10 GPA. UMBC and Stony Brook tied for seventh with a 3.08 GPA, while Albany compiled a 3.06 GPA.

 

It is the first time in America East Conference history that all schools compiled at least a 3.0 GPA. In addition, the conference average with a 3.14, marking the highest cumulative average in conference history. America East student-athletes have averaged greater that a 3.0 in each of the last 10 years.

 

In addition, 79% of America East teams (110-of 139) achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better. All nine of Maine’s women’s sports teams recorded a 3.00 GPA or better this season, led by women’s cross country and women’s ice hockey who each finished with a 3.46 GPA. Women’s basketball (3.39) and women’s swimming and diving (3.33) followed. Field hockey, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and soccer all finished with a 3.27 grade point average, while softball had a 3.25 GPA.

 

The men’s squads were led by the cross county team with a 3.31 GPA. They were followed by men’s ice hockey (3.21), indoor track and field (3.13), outdoor track and field 

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

BREAKING: Crash on Annis Road in Hermon Sends 3 to Hospital

HERMON - 3 people were taken to the hospital Thursday night after a single vehicle accident on Annis Road in Hermon. Authorities are in the process of re-creating the scene and are unsure at this time what caused the accident. All three passengers are said to have very serious injuries, some may even be life threatening.

Eastern Maine Finals Scores

Softball

Class A Messalonskee 3 Bangor 2

Class B Hermon 4 Gardiner 0

Class C Bucksports 6 Mattanawcook 2

Class D Stearns 12 Limestone 7

Baseball

Class A Bangor 1 Brewer 0

Class B Camden Hills 3 Winslow 1

Class C Bucksport 5 GSA 3

Class D Stearns 11 Southern Aroostook 3

Eastern Maine Final Schedule

EASTERN MAINE FINALS
BASEBALL @ MANSFIELD STADIUM

June 16            3:00––Winslow vs. Camden Hills                       

                       6:30––Southern Aroostook vs. Stearns

June 17            3:00––Bucksport vs. George Stevens Academy                       

                       7:30––Bangor vs. Brewer   

EASTERN MAINE FINALS
SOFTBALL @ BREWER/CONY
 June 16                        3:00––LCS/MSSM vs. Stearns (Brewer)                       

                                   7:00––Gardiner vs. Hermon (Brewer)

 June 17                        6:30––Mattanawcook vs. Bucksport  (Brewer)                       

                                    7:00 p.m.––Messalonskee vs. Bangor (Cony)

High School Tourney Scores

Baseball

Bangor 6 Brunswick 0

Old Town 9 Ellsworth 0

Brewer 3 Cony 1

GSA 10 Orono 1

S. Aroostook 15 Bangor Christian 8

Softball

Bangor 7 Brewer 3

Old Town 10 Ellsworth 1

Hermon 9 Winslow 6

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