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 Men's Lacrosse Prepares for Playoffs

Bangor, ME – Husson men's lacrosse has clinched the fifth spot in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Tournament, earning the right for a rematch with foe the University of Maine at Farmington.

Husso will travel to UMaine Farmington this Sunday, April 27th.

The Beavers beat the Eagles, for the first time in program history, earlier this month 10-8.

Nolan Brown (Waterford, CT) chalked up three goals with two assists for Husson in the first battle, while Vinny Visconti (North Andover, MA), Brandon Corbo (Merrimack, NH), Mark Nardelli (Norwood, MA), Brett Martin (Topsham, ME), and Kevin Nolan (Norwood, MA) all added one goal.

Beaver attackman Jake Linkletter scored two goals for UMaine-Farmington, while seniors TC Peters, Sean Berce, and Mike Foley, as well as sophomore Nathan Chase, all added one goal apiece.

Castleton State College finished the regular season unbeaten in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play and earned the top seed. The Spartans have earned a bye through the first round of the tournament, along with second-seed New England College. 

Maine Maritime finished the regular season in the third spot and will host the sixth seed, Thomas.

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Maine Baseball Falls to Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Maine baseball team fell to Holy Cross 10-5 on Tuesday afternoon in Worcester, Mass. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) and Alex Calbick (Burnaby, British Columbia) each had three hits for the Black Bears, while Nick Bernardo (Glenmont, N.Y.) belted a home run in the game.

 Maine falls to 14-22 on the season, while Holy Cross improves to 12-27.

Each team put up crocked numbers in the second inning. Maine scored a pair of runs in the top of the frame. Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) walked and scored when Jake Osborne (Burlington, Ontario) reached on an error. Osborne scored the second run of the inning when Doran singled to center field.

Holy Cross answered back with five runs in the bottom of the stanza. Connor Perry walked and Bill Schlich singled through the right side. Evan Ocello followed with a three-run home run to left field. Nick Lovullo walked and Jack St. Clair singled to left field. Brandon Cipolla then singled through the left side to load the bases. Anthony Critelli followed with a two-run singled to left field scoring Lovullo and St. Clair.

Bernardo belted a home run to right field in the top of the third inning to pull Maine to within two runs. For Bernardo, it was his first home run.

 Maine tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning. Osborne walked and Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) singled to left. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Osborne scored on a second wild pitch and Bussey advanced to third. Bussey scored when Troy Black (Mississauga, Ontario) hit a sacrifice fly.

 Holy Cross took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth. Cipolla singled, moved to third when Critelli doubled and scored on a balk. The Crusaders added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead to 8-5. Ocello doubled and Lovullo walked. Both runners scored when St. Clair singled through the left side.

 The Crusaders added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to push their lead to 10-5.

 Maine used seven pitchers in the game. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went 1.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) scattered three hits over 1.1 innings. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) surrendered three runs on four hits over two innings. He suffers the loss and falls to 0-1 on the season. Burk FitzPatrick (Berwyn, Pa.) did not allow a hit in two innings of relief. Chris Piteo (Middle Village, N.Y.) began the eighth inning and allowed two runs. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) replaced Piteo and did not allow a run on three hits.  

Holy Cross used six pitchers in the game. Justin Finan allowed two runs, one of which was earned, in 1.2 innings. George Capen allowed one run in 1.1 innings. Jeremy Perron surrendered two runs in a third of an inning. Zach Fox pitched a game-high three innings and allowed just three hits. Sean Gustin pitched two thirds of an inning and retired both batters that he faced. Collin Manning went two innings of scoreless relief.

Maine returns to action on Friday, April 25 when it starts a four-game series with NYIT. First pitch is slated for 5 PM from Mahaney Diamond. 

Maine Pitcher Named Player of the Week

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – University of Maine senior pitcher Tommy Lawrence (West Haven, Conn.) was named the America East Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Lawrence pitched a complete game shutout in Maine's 3-0 win over Binghamton on Saturday.

 

 Lawrence went the distance, allowing just six hits in the game. He fanned seven batters en route to his fourth win of the season.
 
Lawrence is 4-4 on the season with a 3.97 ERA. He has struck out 63 batters in 65.2 innings with a pair of complete games.

 

 The Black Bears return to action when they travel to Holy Cross on Tuesday, April 22. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM. 

 

 

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. 

 

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