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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 18:16

Another clutch kick from Kenny

If you were to just look at the numbers, you might not be that impressed with the season that University of Maine kicker Kenny Doak is having. Doak currently sits seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association in field goals made, having converted five of his eight attempts on the season to go with a 13-for-15 conversion rate on extra points. It’s a perfectly fine season, but nothing to write home about.

Yet it’s a safe bet that these days, head coach Joe Harasymiak wouldn’t trade him for any kicker in the country. Because in this case, it’s not about quantity, but quality. And let’s be clear – Kenny Doak is giving UMaine QUALITY.

The placekicker from Perkaskie, Pennsylvania has drilled game-winning kicks as time expired in the last two Black Bear victories.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:53

The Brice-Cowell Musket returns to UMaine

ORONO - It’s an old flintlock rifle made by a guy named Ebenezer Nutting sometime in the 1700s and named after a couple of coaches who did their best work during the Coolidge administration. It was largely forgotten for decades until Jack Cosgrove made it a thing again during his tenure as boss of the Black Bears. Oh, and it’s spent the better part of the last decade and a half on a shelf in Durham, New Hampshire, providing a tangible reminder to the Wildcats of their domination of the football rivalry with the neighboring state university.

And now, it’s found a new/old home in Orono, after a 35-7 opening night stunner by the Black Bears in the “Thursday Throwdown.”

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:30

UMaine alum Brian Gaine named Houston Texans GM

HOUSTON – The newest general manager of the NFL’s Houston Texans has ties to the University of Maine.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 12:16

Calling football at Fenway Park

BOSTON - When you talk about the iconic stadiums in football history, places like Lambeau Field, the Rose Bowl and “The Horseshoe” at Ohio State come to find. Fenway Park would rank near the top of any list of similar baseball venues, but many forget that the home of the Green Monster has also hosted football since, well … before the Green Monster.

Published in Sports

“Belief in each other.”

University of Maine football coach Joe Harasymiak calls that a fundamental component of his program and as “Coach H” gets ready to kick off his second year as Black Bear boss, he and his staff believe they’re prepared to make continued progress this season after doubling the team’s win total last year.

Published in The Sports Edge

One of the most overused cliches in sports is “this team is a family”. Every team seems to throw that out there but it rarely rings true. However, this past weekend I got to see an example of not only a team, but a program that truly is a family.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:45

UMaine player selected in CFL draft

Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga picked by Edmonton Eskimos

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:49

The Sports Edge Exceeding Standards

Last Saturday, the season ended for the University of Maine football team with a disappointing 24-21 loss at home to the New Hampshire Wildcats. The game marked the 14th time in 15 meetings that the Cats have won the rivalry game, offering the Bears only a fleeting glance at the elusive Brice-Cowell Musket as they raised it aloft in celebration.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:07

The Sports Edge - Some big game #Hunters

Not long after becoming the youngest Division I head football coach in America, Joe Harasymiak began using the #Hunters hashtag in social media conversations about his Black Bears team. More than just a slogan, it was a way of doing business for coaches and players alike, with the clear message that they had specific goals in mind and would be determined in that quest.

Published in The Sports Edge
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 12:19

Photos from UMaine's upset over Albany

A selection of Kevin Bennett's photos from UMaine's 20-16 win over Albany on Oct. 15.

Published in Sports
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