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 Competes in NCAAs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – University of Maine track and field standout Alexander Parenteau (North Yarmouth, Maine) competed in the javelin throw at the 2015 NCAA Track and Field East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday afternoon.

 

Parenteau finished 26th overall in the competition among 48 competitors with a throw of 209'06" (63.86m). He finished fifth in his flight. The top 12 qualified for the NCAA Championships.

 

Parenteau had an outstanding senior season, finishing third at the IC4A Championships with a PR of 216'08" (66.04m) which was the second best throw in Maine history. He placed second at the 2015 America East Championships.

 

The East Regionals continue tomorrow in Jacksonville, Fla. where Robyn McFetters (Barrington, R.I.) will compete in the hammer throw scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Bangor Basketball Has New Coach, Same as the Old Coach

Bangor boys basketball has a new head coach. Former Nokomis head man Carl Parker, who left the Warriors after this past season, will take over the Rams. Parker is largely known for his work in the AAU circuit, and coached Bangor 30 years ago before Roger Reed took over the program. He says that's a large part of the reason he came back.

"Probably some unfinished business i would say. In my opinion it's one of the premiere jobs in the state of Maine. I'm happy, I'm excited, it's a great school and a great opportunity. Hopefully it will turn out well for all of us."

Three Black Bears to Compete in NCAAs

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine track and field team has three student-athlete competing in the 2015 Outdoor Track and Field East Regional May 28 through 30 in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

Robyn McFetters (Barrington, R.I.) will compete in the hammer throw, while Jake Leithiser (Old Town, Maine) will compete in the 800m run and Alexander Parenteau (North Yarmouth, Maine) the javelin.

 

McFetters won the hammer throw at the 2015 America East Championships and the 2015 New England Championships. She was fifth in the ECAC Championships. McFetters had season-best throw of 60.50m at the 2015 Penn Relays, which broke the Maine school record. She is scheduled to compete on Saturday at 1:30 pm.

 

Leithiser set a personal record in the 800m run at the 2015 LSU Alumni Gold meet with a time of 1:49.34. It ranks as the second best time in Maine history. He placed second at the 2015 America East Championships with a time of 1:51.01. He is scheduled to compete on Friday at 7:15 pm.

 

Alexander Parenteau recorded a throw of 66.04m in the javelin at the IC4A Championships to place third. The throw was the second best javelin throw in Maine history. He placed second in the 2015 America East Championships with a throw of 59.86m. Parenteau is scheduled to compete at 12 pm on Friday.

Husson Football Announces Captains

Bangor, ME – Husson Football is pleased to announce the election of Josiah Hartley (Bangor/Bangor, ME), Rick Orio (Cony/Stoneham, MA), Ellis Throckmorton (Bangor/Bangor, ME) and Matt Archer (Mt. Blue/Chesterville, ME) as captains for the upcoming 2015 season.

"The Husson football team has selected four outstanding young men to lead them in 2015. Rick, Josiah, Ellis and Matt are all strong and committed leaders. Each is unique but all possess a great love for their teammates and Husson Football," said Head Coach Gabby Price. "They will be surrounded by an outstanding group of returning players who will also be called upon for their leadership skills. Our captains are excited to guide, mold and motivate their teammates to achieve great success."

Maine Baseball Falls to UMBC

LOWELL, Mass. – The University of Maine baseball team fell to UMBC 9-5 on Thursday evening in the first round of the 2015 America East Tournament at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

 

Maine falls to 24-27 on the season, while UMBC improves to 33-18.

 

UMBC struck in the bottom of the second inning. Jamie Switalski singled up the middle and Connor Hax followed with a home run over the right field fence.

 

The Retrievers added two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Vince Corbi singled to left field and Anthony Gatto followed and doubled off the left field fence. Corbi scored on a balk. Hunter Dolshun and Switalski drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Gatto scored when Andrew Casali reached on a fielder's choice.

 

UMBC added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jake Barnes doubled to right field and Mitchell Carroll followed with a single up the middle. Barnes scored when Kevin Lachance singled to right field. Gatto was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Dolshun followed with a single through the left side scoring Carroll. Lachance scored when Switalski reached on a fielder's choice.

 

UMBC added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Barnes doubled to left field and scored when Carroll singled down the right field line.

 

Maine got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Alex Cabrera (Miami, Fla.) doubled down the right field line and moved to third when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled up the middle. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Chappell (Rock Falls, Ill.) that was dropped.

 

UMBC tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 9-1.

 

Maine added two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Heath and Chappell drew back-to-back walks. Doran singled to right field to load the bases. Stypulkowski followed with a double to right field scoring both Heath and Chappell. Doran scored when Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly.

 

Maine tacked on a run in the top of the ninth inning. Cabrera singled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Chappell.

 

Justin Courtney (Bangor, Maine) allowed four runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of play. He suffers the loss and falls to 5-6 on the season. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) allowed three runs on four hits over 1.2 innings. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) allowed a run on two hits over one inning. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) allowed one run over an inning of action. Clay Conaway (Georgetown, Del.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Black Bears. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

 

Conrad Wozniak allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings. He improves to 4-1 on the season. Hax allowed two runs in relief. Switalski allowed a run on two hits over one inning. Cory Callahan allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning.  

 

Maine next faces Hartford at 1 PM on Friday, May 22 in an elimination game at Lowell's LeLacheur Park.

Bangor Muni to Add Kid Friendly Course

Ask most coaches and they'll tell you. Getting kids involved at a young age is key to the success of any sport.

With that in mind Bangor Municipal Golf Course has announced some new endeavors. First, in combination with other area courses, is a PGA junior league, a chance for youth to compete against other teams. Stop by the clubhouse to learn more or sign your child up.

Second is an addition to the course itself. A new, 4 hole course will be added near the practice green behind the 7th and 9th green. Each hole will be for kids, and range from 40-70 yards. They hope to begin construction on the family friendly course by next week.

Courtney Wins Rookie of the Week Award Again

ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine freshman pitcher Justin Courtney (Bangor, Maine) was named America East Rookie of the Week on Monday. It is the second time in three weeks that Courtney has received the honor. 

Courtney allowed just one unearned run on six five hits over six innings in a 4-1 win over Albany on Friday. 

Courtney is 5-5 on the season with a team-best 2.83 ERA. He has struck out 37 batters in 70 innings. In conference play, Courtney is 4-1 is 2.13. He ranks third in America East in ERA in conference games and third in wins. 

Courtney and the Black Bears return to action on Thursday, May 21 when they face UMBC in the America East Tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM from LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Maine Baseball Clinches Tournament Berth

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University of Maine baseball team clinched a berth in the 2015 America East Tournament with a doubleheader sweep of Albany on Friday afternoon. Maine won the first game 4-1 behind an impressive pitching performance by rookie Justin Courtney (Bangor, Maine). The Black Bears took the second game 3-1. Jake Osborne (Burlington, Ontario) led the offense with three hits.

 

Maine improves to 24-25 on the season and improves to 10-9 in America East play. Albany falls to 13-28 overall, 6-13 in conference play.

 

In the first game, the contest remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Hinchy reached on an error and moved to third base on a single by Craig Lepre. Hinchy scored the first run of the game when Garrett Longhurst hit a sacrifice fly.

 

Maine answered with four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) led off the inning and drew a walk. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) doubled to right field. Morrill stole third base and scored when Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) struck out, but reached on a wild pitch. Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) drew a walk. Stypulkowski and Geary pulled off a double steal, putting runners on second and third. Steven Adam (Tecumseh, Ontario) walked. Stypulkowski scored on a passed ball and Geary scored on a double steal.

 

Justin Courtney was again impressive on the mound. He allowed one unearned run over six innings. He improves to 5-5 on the season and lowers his ERA to a team-leading 2.83. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went three scoreless innings in relief to earn his third save of the season.

 

Stephen Woods got the start for Albany. He allowed four runs, two of which were earned, on just two hits over 6.2 innings. He falls to 3-6 on the season. Joey Moore went the final 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit.

 

In the second game, Maine took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Morrill walked and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) followed with a single, moving Morrill to third base. He scored the first run of the game when Christian Garabedian (Miami, Fla.) singled up the middle.

 

Albany tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Trevor DeMerritt walked and scored when Hinchy drew a bases loaded walk.

 

Maine took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning.  Garabedian singled through the right side and Jake Osborne (Burlington, Ontario) followed with a single through the left side. Garabedian scored when Jonathan Salcedo (Providence, R.I.) singled to right field. Osborne scored when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice.

 

Heath got the start for Maine on the mound in the second game. He went five innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out five batters. Heath improves to 6-3 on the season. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) replaced Heath and went a scoreless innings. Fullmer pitched a scoreless ninth to record his second save of the day and fourth of the season.

 

Cameron Sorgie went seven innings for Albany and allowed three runs on 10 hits. He falls to 1-6 on the season.

 

The Black Bears and Great Danes finish their America East series with a single game on Saturday, May 16. First pitch is set for 12 noon.

Two Maine Athletes Finalists for America East Woman of the Year

ORONO, Maine -- The America East Conference has announced that the University of Maine's Naja Harvey (women's swimming) and Holly Stewart (field hockey) have been named finalists for the 2014-15 America East Woman of the Year award.

The honor recognizes the conference's senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

The three finalists were selected from a pool of the 11 America East institutional nominations. To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2015 spring season, received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2015 term and had a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale). The 2014-15 America East Woman of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, June 2 at the conference's annual awards dinner in Bretton Woods, N.H., the site of the conference's Annual Meeting.

Naja Harvey, Maine - Swimming & Diving - Orono, Minn.

  • Owns a 3.62 GPA in communication.
  • Three-time America East All-Academic selection.
  • Owns three individual school-records and four relay records at UMaine
  • Inducted into All Maine Women as a senior - a group of senior women selected on leadership, scholarship and service.
  • Placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2015 America East Swimming & Diving Championship, earning all-conference honors.
  • Volunteered with several organizations, including Relay for Life and Ronald McDonald House.
  • Co-President of SAAC

Holly Stewart, Maine - Field Hockey - North Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Graduated with 3.97 GPA in kinesiology & physical education – exercise science in December.
  • 2014 & 2015 Academic All-American.
  • Recorded 95 points in 73 starts at UMaine
  • Named an America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete in December.
  • Two-time first-team all-conference selection and an All-Region selection.
  • SAAC Member.

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

Maine's Adams Semi-Finalist for America East Man of the Year

ORONO, Maine -- Track & Field graduating senior Wilson Adams (Barrington, R.I.) has been nominated for the 2015 America East Man of the Year award.

Adams joins 10 other nominees for this prestigious award which honors those who best exemplified a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics during their collegiate careers. Adams is looking to be the second-straight receipient of the award, following Kelton Cullenberg who won the inaugural award in 2014.

Naja Harvey (women's swimming) and Holly Stewart (field hockey) received Woman of the Year honors for the Black Bears.

To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2015 spring season or received his undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2015 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

The nominees will be narrowed down to three finalists on Wednesday, May 13 via a release on the conference web site with the America East Man of the Year being announced at the conference's Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 2.

This is the second year the conference will hand out the Man of the Year award. The America East has awarded a Woman of the Year since 2006 with the winner moving forward for a chance to be named the NCAA Woman of the Year. Athletic Directors and administrators at the nine America East institutions voted to begin awarding a Man of the Year beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. Maine's Kelton Cullenberg was the first ever recipient of the honor last year.

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