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 Women to Play in Gulf Coast Showcase

ORONO, Maine -- The 2015-16 University of Maine women's basketball team will be one of eight women's basketball teams to participate in the third annual Gulf Coast Showcase, staged at Germain Arena in Estero, Fla. from Nov. 27-29.

"We are thrilled to be included in the next Gulf Coast Showcase field," commented head coach Richard Barron. "There are some of the top programs in the nation included in the tournament and we are honored and excited to be considered worthy of the invitation. With such a strong group of returning players, we are eager to test ourselves against nationally ranked competition."

The full field consists of eight teams, including four - Dayton, Louisville, LSU, and Stanford - that competed in the NCAA Tournament and three that advanced to the WNIT (Maine, Marist, and Missouri State). Purdue went 11-20 last year and made it to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. 

Maine returns all five starters and 14 letterwinners from its team which went 23-9, earned the top-ranking in the America East tournament and a spot in the WNIT.

"The mission of the Gulf Coast Showcase is to annually showcase the best teams in women's hoops," ESPN analyst and Gulf Coast Showcase host Debbie Antonelli said. "Last year, UConn rolled to the tournament title but we have eight great programs for 2015 and any of those eight could be playing for the crown on Sunday night."

All ticket information and match-ups will be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit the Gulf Coast Showcase website here and stay tuned to GoBlackBears.com

New Coach for Husson Women's Soccer

Bangor, ME - The Husson University Department of Athletics announces the appointment of Kate Thomas as its eighth Head Women's Soccer Coach in program history.

Thomas comes to Husson from the Brockton Rox Baseball Club in Brockton, MA where she has served as Assistant General Manager.   She was the Head Women's Soccer Coach at SUNY-Canton from 2009 to 2013 and had assistant coaching stints at Springfield College (on two different occasions), SUNY – Potsdam, and Keuka College.  

"We are delighted to have Kate join our coaching staff," said Husson Director of Athletics Frank Pergolizzi.   "Her background in coaching soccer and in competitive athletics in general made her an outstanding candidate from the very beginning of the search."

"I'm excited for the opportunity to be taking over a strong program with a good history, on a campus with fantastic facilities, and to become a part of a well-supported athletic department and academic community at Husson University," said Thomas. "I am grateful to have been selected as the next Women's Soccer Coach and thank Frank Pergolizzi and the rest of the athletic department for their warm welcome.  I look forward to leading the team to new heights within the North Atlantic Conference, as well as on a regional and national level."

Witham Speaks Out Regarding Resignation

Former Orono girls basketball coach Jess Witham has decided give more details regarding her resignation.

In an email to us she attached a copy of her resignation letter to the school. In that document she says she is concerned about the administration in regards to their handling of the girls basketball program. In particular she believed that certain protocols and procedures were not followed at the end of the season regarding potential parent and player concerns.

She went on to say "they have caused irreparable damage to my relationships with the players on the team and my reputation. For these reasons i feel I can no longer lead the Orono High School girls basketball program effectively." You can view her full statement below.

Now we did speak to RSU 26 superintendent Joanne Harriman regarding the allegations. She says the school is legally unable to comment on any personnel matters.

I also spoke with athletic director Mike Archer, who reiterated that statement while adding they hope to have a new coach in place by the first week of May. He also says he wishes Witham the best in her future endeavors.



April 4, 2015
Re: To be read at the next RSU 26 School Board meeting
Dear Ms. Harriman:
I am resigning from my position as Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Orono High School effective immediately.

I am concerned about the administration of the girls basketball program, specifically in regard to the Athletic Administrator and the Principal. In my opinion, procedures and protocols in the Co-Curricular Contract were not followed when concerns were brought to the administrators’ attention at the end of the 2014-15 basketball season. Player and parent concerns were handled without any regard to my initial input, and without the opportunity for me to be present for an open, honest discussion. Instead, I found out through phone calls and forwarded emails from caring, respectful parents, who felt I deserved to know what was happening. When I contacted the Athletic Administrator, I was told conflicting stories. I also feel that the conflict of interest with the Principal played a role in why protocol was not followed.

To my knowledge, for the first eight years of my tenure as Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, the school board policies and procedures in the “Parent/Staff Communication Policy” section of the Orono High School Co-Curricular Contract were followed, to ensure protection for all parties. I am not sure what changed, and why the process was not followed this year. Furthermore, I have asked this question to the Athletic Administrator and Principal in multiple emails since I became aware of this situation. They have chosen not to directly answer my question.

After thinking about and processing these happenings over the past few weeks, I have concluded that had the protocols for handling player and parent concerns been followed, the program would have moved forward in a positive direction. Instead, the administrators handling this situation poorly caused it to unnecessarily escalate. I am very disappointed in the administration, and I feel that because of the way they handled this situation, they have caused irreparable damage to my relationships with the players on the team, and my reputation. For these reasons, I feel I can no longer lead the Orono High School girls basketball program effectively. There needs to be accountability, and I would hope this situation would be investigated.

I am a proud alumnus of Orono High School. I thank you for the opportunity to serve the program as Girls Varsity Basketball Coach for the past nine years. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some wonderful young ladies, parents, and staff.
I wish the program nothing but the best.


Jessica Witham

Cc: Jacob Eckert, RSU 26 School Board Chair


Maine Baseball Beats Thomas

ORONO, Maine – Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the University of Maine baseball team to a 9-2 win over Thomas College on Wednesday night at Mahaney Diamond.


Maine improves to 10-17 on the season with the win, while Thomas falls to 4-11.


Thomas struck first with a run in the top of the first inning. Anree Benitez walked, stole second and then scored on a RBI single by Nik Beeson. Thomas added a run in the top of the third inning when Benitez tripled to center field and scored when Derek Kane hit a sacrifice fly.


Maine took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) led off the inning with a bunt single and Shane Bussey (Boynton Beach, Fla.) followed and was hit by a pitch. Heath drew a walk to load the bases. Luke Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine) drove home the first run of the game with a line drive that hit off the glove of the Thomas pitcher Matt Rutherford. Bussey scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Chappell (Rock Falls, Ill.). Heath scored the third run of the inning when Geary singled to left field.


The Black Bears added a run in the bottom of the fifth. Bussey reached on an error and scored when Heath singled to right field.


Maine added four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) and Bussey each drew walks and then stole bases. Doran scored when Heath singled. Bussey scored on an error on the play. Morrill followed with a single and then stole second. Heath scored when Chappell singled. Christian Garabedian (Miami, Fla.) drove home Morrill with a single to left.


The Black Bears capped the scoring with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Balzano singled and scored when Morrill reached on a fielder's choice.


Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) got the start for Maine and allowed one run on three hits while striking out four. Jakes Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) allowed one run on one hit over two innings of work. He moves to 1-3 on the season Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) allowed one hit over two innings while striking out a pair. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) also went two innings and did not allow a hit while striking out four. Connor Johnson (Taunton, Mass.) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Black Bears, fanning one.


Matt Rutherford got the start for Thomas and went five innings. He allowed four runs, just three of which were earned, on four hits. He falls to 0-2 on the season. Jordan Johnson, Peyton Kennison, Rob Casarez and Rett Adams all also saw time on the mound for the Black Bears in the game.


Maine returns to action on Saturday, April 11 when it travels to UMass Lowell for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.

Husson Baseball Win Streak Snapped

Bangor, ME - Husson baseball dropped a tough non-conference matchup with the University of Southern Maine Tuesday, falling by a final score of 17-3. The Eagles kept it tight for the first few innings but errors and tough hitting were too much for Manager Jason Harvey's squad.

"It was a tough day playing a good team," Harvey said. "We need to get back to doing the things that brough us success as we head back into conference play." 

Paul McDonough scored in the second for USM on a Damon Wallace single and then drove in a run of his own in the third to make it 2-0 Huskies.

In the fourth, the #21 Huskies piled on six runs on three hits and two Husson errors to jump out to an 8-0 lead after the top half and added seven more runs between the fifth and sixth innings to extend the advantage to 15-2. 

The Eagles added their runs in the fourth and the fifth. Ryan Rebar singled to left center that moved Dan Whitney to third and scored Christian Corneil for the first Husson run. 

In the fifth Corneil reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and advanced to second. Kyle Bishop scored on the blunder and JT Whitten moved to third and scored as Corneil advanced.

USM tacked on two more in the final two innings for the final score of 17-3.

Both teams used and array of pitchers as USM utilized nine arms throughout the nine inning contest and Husson trotted out six. Dennis O'Neil picked up the loss going three innings giving up eight runs (three of which earned) on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts.

The Huskies Nick George earned his second win of the season going five strong allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits, four walks while striking out three.

Overall the Eagles have their 12-game winnings streak snapped and fall to 14-8 while the nationally ranked Huskies move to 12-6. 

Husson plays at home on Thursday against Thomas in a doubleheader staring at 2:00pm that will be home games for the Terriers.

Marsh Stream Canoe Race Changes Date

Winterport - More changes are coming to area canoe races. The Marsh Stream Canoe race in Winterport has been moved from this coming weekend to Sunday, April 19th, the day after the Kenduskeag canoe race. The sprint will be at 10 am, with the downriver race starting at 12:30. Sign up will be at the Winterport Snowmobile Club.

Maine Baseball Swept in Doubleheader

ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Stony Brook on Friday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond in Orono. The Black Bears fell in the first game 8-5 in 13 innings before dropping the nightcap 3-1. 


Maine falls to 9-17 on the season with the losses and 1-4 in America East play. Stony Brook improves to 12-11 overall, 6-2 in America East action. 


In the first game, Maine took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. The Black Bears had runners on first and second and Brian Doran (Ayr, Ontario) singled to left center field scoring Kevin Stypulkowski (Lake Worth, Fla.) from second base. Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) moved to third on the play. Geary scored when Sam Balzano (Portland, Maine) singled to center.


Maine extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third inning. Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) doubled and scored when Brett Chappell (Rock Falls, Ill.) hit a sacrifice fly.


The Seawolves got on the board in the top of the fifth inning. Andruw Gazzola singled, moved to second on a wild pitch, third on a balk and scored on a ground out.


Maine added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Stypulkowski doubled and scored when Doran reached on a fielder's choice.


Stony Brook added a pair in the top of the seventh inning. Gazzola reached on a fielder's choice and scored on an error. Bobby Honeyman scored the second run of the inning to make it a 4-3 game. The Seawolves tied the game in the top of the eighth when Tobi Handley singled and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Johnny Caputo.


Stony Brook took the lead in the top of the 12th inning. Tobi Handley tripled to right field and scored on a fielder's choice.


Maine tied the game in the bottom of the frame. Heath doubled and scored when Chappell doubled.


Stony Brook won the game with three runs in the top of the 13th inning. Bobby Honeyman singled and Peragine drew a walk. Honeyman scored when Handley singled. Parenty drove in both Peragine and Handley with a double.


Justin Courtney (Bangor, Maine) got the start for Maine and went 6.2 innings. He allowed three runs, just one of which was earned, on seven hits while striking out three. Logan Fullmer (Lebanon, Pa.) went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on nine hits. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) went the final inning and allowed three runs on four hits to suffer the loss. He falls to 1-3 on the season.


Tyler Honahan got the start for the Seawolves and went five innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Chad Lee replaced Honahan. Lee went two innings and allowed a run on two hits. Ryley MacEachern pitched a scoreless eighth inning Teddy Rodliff went five innings in relief to earn the win and improve to 1-0 on the season. He allowed one run on five hits.


In the second game, Maine took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Balzano singled to left field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Heath.


Stony Brook knotted the score at one in the top of the second inning. Rob Chavarria doubled, advanced on an error and scored when Caputo singled.


The Seawolves took the lead in the fourth inning when Chavarria walked and scored when Malcolm Nachmanoff singled. Stony Brook added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Peragine singled and scored when Handley tripled to right field. 


Scott Heath pitched the complete game for the Black Bears and allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out four. He falls to 3-3 on the season. 


Kevin Kernan went four innings and allowed one run on four hits. He improves to 2-0 on the season. Cameron Stone went the final three innings for Stony Brook to earn the save. He struck out eight batters in three innings. 


Maine and Stony Brook are set to complete their three-game America East series with a single game on Saturday at 1 pm. Check www.goblackbears.com for any schedule changes due to the weather. 

Husson Men's Basketball Lands 3 Standout In-State Players

Bangor, ME - Husson men's basketball program has received three commitments for next season.  Justin Martin (6-6 forward), Winslow HS, Kyle Johnson (6-0 guard) Calais HS, and Garett Libby (6-3 forward) Old Town HS (2013)will join the Eagles next year.  

"This is a good start to our recruiting class.  Justin, Kyle, and Garrett are quality student athletes who work hard and have a passion for basketball. " says head coach Warren Caruso.   

Martin led Winslow HS to the Eastern Maine finals this season and a 19-3 record.  The 6-6 forward averaged 19.8 points and 14.8 rebounds.  Martin was also the starting tight end and linebacker on the football team who went undefeated and won the Class C State Football Championship.  "Justin is very competitive.  He is long and athletic with the ability to shoot the 3 and mix it up inside".  Caruso states.  Martin was a member of the Maine McDonald's All Star team.  

Johnson helped Calais HS to a 20-2 record and a Class C State Championship.  The 6-1 guard averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.  He was a member of the Maine McDonald's All Star team.  "Kyle has really good basketball instincts at both ends of the floor.  He can play both guard positions and has very  good skill set".  Caruso says.  

Libby is a 2013 graduate of Old Town HS.  He was a 2 time Big East Player of the Year and a 3rd Team All State his senior year.  The 6-3 forward went to MMA (2013-14) out of high school and took last year off.  During his senior year he averaged averaged 22.2 points per game.  "Garrett is a great shooter with good size at the wing position.  We like Garrett's maturity and he has experience at the college level".  Caruso says.  

The Eagles finished 20-8 this season and played post season in the ECAC New England Tournament.  This was their 8th straight season playing in the post season (NCAA – 09, 11, 13, 14 ECAC – 08, 10, 12, 15).   Husson has now had 30 consecutive winning seasons and three straight 20 win seasons (66-20).  This past season Caruso reached a coaching milestone with his 400th career win.  His career record is now 411-191 and his career .682 winning percentage ranks him 32nd among NCAA III active coaches.    

"We have some work to do as we need to reshape our roster.  This is a good beginning.  Our program has a lot to be proud of over many years, but this season we fell short of what we thought we could accomplish.  We have a lot of work to do to get back on top".

Eagles Baseball Undefeated in Conference Play

Bangor, ME – Husson Eagles (8-7; 6-0 NAC) snagged two more North Atlantic Conference (NAC) wins on Sunday afternoon against Colby-Sawyer College (0-14; 0-6 NAC) by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

Game 1 – Husson 6, CSC 1

The Eagles got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Curran scored on a Kyle Bishop ground out to the short stop, JT Whitten brought home Brandon Gendreau on a sacrifice fly to right field, and Darik Messier scored from second on a shot up the middle by Christian Corneil.

The Chargers got back a run in the top of the third as Drew Inglesi plated Tim Donovan on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Husson added three more runs in the bottom of third with Jordan Carter driving in one with a single up the middle. Zach Sugar drove in the other two off a double to right field.

Ben Walls pitched a solid six innings for the Eagles, improving to 2-1 on the season after allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Seth Freudenberger pitched the sixth inning for Husson registering two strikeouts.

Michael Fazio picked up the loss for the Chargers, falling to 0-2 on the season.

Game 2 – Husson 6, CSC 0

Husson picked up where they left off from the first game, plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning. 

Andrew Curran scored off a JT Whitten drive through the left side. Darik Messier notched the second RBI on a fielders choice ball hit to the short stop, Brandon Gendreau scored from third.

Christian Corneil cleared the bases with his third homerun of the season, hitting a bomb into the netting over the left field fence.

Zach Sugar added the sixth and final run of the afternoon, plating Darik Messier off a single to right field. 

Ben Holmes picked up his first win of the season, improving to 1-1. Holmes pitched five scoreless innings, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and one walked batter. Brandon Grabkowski pitched the sixth inning and Steve Hanscom pitched the seventh.

Chris Hood fell to 0-3 on the season.

The Eagles will be back on the diamond on Tuesday, March 31st has they play host to St. Joseph's College for a non-conference double header. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:00pm.

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They're playing host to the Nature Valley National Championships, with some skiers looking to make a name for themselves, others looking to continue success. Our Brittany Devane breaks down the competition from day one on the slopes.

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