Thursday, May 23, 2013
FARMINGTON -- Mt. Blue High School graduate Joe Staples has been named the head coach of the mens' and women's cross country at the University of Maine at Farmington, according to a press release from the school.
Staples, a 2010 graduate of the University of Maine, replaces Sarah Doscinski, who stepped down recently.
Staples was an assistant coach at UMF last fall. He also served as an assistant coach at Mt. Blue in 2012, according to the press release.
Colby College’s Patrick Stewart was named the Maine Men’s Basketball Coaches and Writers Association Rookie of the Week, while University of Maine at Farmington's Ben Johnson was named the Player of the Week.
Stewart is the third Colby player to earn the weekly honor. Chris Hudnut has earned the honor twice and Luke Westman once.
Stewart averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, shot 64 percent from the field and didn’t committ a turnover as Colby went 1-1 last week.
Johnson helped UMF to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. He had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebunds in a non-conference win over Bowdoin, then had 14 points and eight rebounds against Husson.
WATERVILLE — The Colby College women’s lacrosse team, which has made three straight appearances in the national quarterfinals, is ranked fifth in the 2013 Lacrosse Magazine Division III preseason rankings.
Colby, under sixth-year head coach Karen MacCrate Henning, ended the 2012 season ranked seventh nationally in the final Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll.
The Mules return most of their players from a team that went 15-3 last season. Two-time all-American Kate Pistel and defender Lisa Hoopes will be co-captaint this season.
A pair of local athletes were honored by the North Atlantic Conference.
Messalonskee graduate Mary Badeen, a freshman at Maine Maritime Academy, was named the conference women's basketball rookie of the week. She earned the same honor from the Maine Women's Basketball Coaches' Association. She had 12 points and six rebounds against UMF, then made a school-record seven 3-pointers on her way to 26-points vs. Johnson State.
Meanwhile, Maranacook graduate Ben Johnson, a junior at the University of Maine at Farmington, was named the men's basketball player of the week. Johnson shot 71 percent from the field and averaged 25.0 points and 11.5 rebounds as UMF beat MMA and Thomas. He scored 25 points on 12 of 17 shooting vs. MMA and 25 points on 10 of 14 shooting vs. Thomas.
CASTINE — Messalonskee High School graduate Mary Badeen was named the Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Rookie of the Week.
Badeen, a freshman guard at Maine Maritime Academy, scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a double-overtime loss to UMass Boston, then had 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a win over Elmira in her first two collegiate games last week.