First week in school sports

by Phil Stuart

The high school sports season got under way before the regular school year even began and several teams got into action early.

The Washington Academy Raider football team snapped a long losing streak and opened their 2017 season against the Orono Red Riots in Orono. Jared Talbot ran for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns carrying the ball 21 times in a 32 - 0 victory over the Riots in Orono.

Finn Furth added 42 yards rushing for the 1-0 Raiders. Joe Paul led the Riots with 35 yards rushing.

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Action shots of Narraguagus Knights Soccer

See full photo spread in September 20 issue on newsstands now or download the Digital Version.  See pages 16-17.

Brantley Kane controls the ball for Narraguagus.

An agile Colby Poirier takes the action sharply left.

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Clipper squads open season

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias men’s and women’s soccer squads opened their 2017 season on Sept. 2 at home against the Central Maine Community College Mustangs while the volleyball squad traveled to Bangor for a match-up with the College of St. Joseph’s at Newman Gym on the Husson University campus.

New UMM men’s soccer coach picked up his first win coaching the Clippers on opening day when his team hosted the Central Maine Community College Mustangs of Auburn.

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Mugford captures tourney win

by Phil Stuart

Nate Mugford of Bucks Harbor recently captured the Annual Jim Merrill Tournament at Barren View Golf Club in Jonesboro with a low gross score of 72. Mugford won by five strokes over by runner-up Lenny Espling of Jonesboro.

Harry Beal of Columbia Falls supplemented his income with a big payday finishing with a low gross score of 59 and a two stroke advantage over Cooper’s Tom Viselli.

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Cards-Bruins in 1965 final

by Phil Stuart

The top seeded Cutler Cardinals and the second seeded Machias Bruins squared off in the 1965 Quoddy Base League final after semi-final wins over Pleasant Point and Bucks Harbor Air Base. Cutler finished the regular season with 10-2 record followed by Machias 9-3, Pleasant Point 9-3 and Bucks Harbor Air Force 7-5. Cutler journeyed to Pleasant Point to start the 1965 playoffs with a double header against the Indians.

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Action shots of Washington Academy Lady Raiders Soccer

All photos by  John Rogers.  See full photo spread in this week's issue pages 16-17.  Digital version here.

Hailey Wood gets the pass to a leading teammate.

Made Tanggahma battling a Lady Dragon the possession of the ball.

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Fall sports season starting

by Phil Stuart

The 2017-2018 high school sports season is upon us which includes cross country, golf, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball.

Cross country is hard to predict but it would be fairly safe to say that Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals would be favored to win the DAC championship and that WA, Machias and Narraguagus would be the only schools capable of fielding fall teams.

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Ladies Soccer Starting – Action Shots of Shead Tigerettes

Tigerette Jacquelyn Cook looking for a teammate while handling the ball.

Halle Sullivan makes a nice pass to a teammate for Shead.

Sara Bartlett sends the ball into the middle.

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UMM Action shots of Washington Academy Boys

WA Raider driving past the defense into the paint.

Taking the baseline against the Bulldogs.

Driving strong down the lane.

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Upswing in baseball

by Phil Stuart

Baseball is a sport that seems to be on a downward spiral in many areas, especially at the high school level.

Many small schools have all they can do to field a team and many of those that do play only to participate so the school can continue offering the sport.

Very few kids are seen playing catch in their backyard, and even fewer are having pick up games at a local ball field.

This really shows up when they get into a real game. The fundamentals just aren’t there.

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