Tuesday, 10 July 2018 19:44

Hampden's Scobie ready for challenge at UMaine

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HAMPDEN - Former Hampden Academy field hockey standout Claire Scobie does not hold back on her words to describe the University of Maine field hockey team.

"The program has just become amazing," she said Tuesday.


Now, she will join the Black Bears in Orono, as she was one of six names UMaine announced as part of its freshman class ahead of next season. Scobie committed to Maine in 2016 before her junior year, and her thoughts about attending the school have not wavered.


"It's surreal," she said. "I'm excited to start feeling uncomfortable again. Sort of like, playing with older girls who are so great and having amazing stick skills and knowledge, and who are just in top shape."


The challenge is part of the parth for Scobie, who embraces having to rise to play at a higher level.


"I'm a person who's really about personal growth," Scobie said. "So for me, I really feel challenged and I'm happiest when I'm being challenged and when I have structure. And that program has a lot of structure."

Jon Alba

Anchor/Sports Director
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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

In the past, Jon has worked at MLB Network, alongside MLB Advanced Media. Additionally, his work has been featured on AOL Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @JonAlba.