Here Are The 10 Most Popular Stories On Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket For 2015
We here at the Ticket were all over the state covering local sports, and 2015 was a good year.
From our coverage of the Maine High School Basketball Tournament to a visit from former Red Sox star Johnny Damon to our weekly picks of the NFL games, we've been busy.
Here are the 10 most popular stories on our website for 2015. As we look back, we're also looking forward to a 2016 full of local sports news.
It's no wonder so many of you participated in our Pigskin Pick 'Em this year. We've given out tons of weekly prizes so far and the season winner will get a pellet grill from Granville Stone and Hearth plus a chance at $10,000! This page has been seen more than 12,000 times so far this season and 2015 marks the biggest turnout with more than 400 people participating! You can still get in on the weekly contests. Here's where to enter.
More than 7,000 people checked out our 2015 Million Dollar Bracket Challenge in March. Don't worry, we'll do it all again in March 2016, so make sure you follow college basketball this year. Make sure you like us on Facebook so you know when we launch next year's contest!
Our McDonald's High School Athlete of the Week feature is very popular, but no installment was more popular than when we asked you to pick the most valuable players of the 2015 Maine High School Basketball Tournament. It was a close vote in both the boys and girls with Houlton's Kolleen Bouchard and Medomak's Nick DePatsy coming out on top after more than 6,000 people checked out the post.
From the newly crowned state champions made at the Maine High School Basketball Tournament, we had three nominees for the week’s McDonald’s High School Athlete of the Week. Hampden's Brendan McIntyre had a double-double against Portland, helping him claim athlete of the week honors. Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on our poll.
When Allenfarm Fence Company helped us bring former Red Sox star Johnny Damon to Bangor in January, it was a sold-out event. Damon relived the team’s magical 2004 season along with hundreds of baseball fans at Husson University's Gracie Theater, talking about his time with the Sox and the Evil Empire.
When the Boston Red Sox bid farewell to Don Orsillo, we brought you the video of the fans sending off the longtime broadcaster and showing their appreciation. Orsillo is now headed to San Diego, and we wish him well.
When Houlton Shiretowners star Kyle Bouchard was on the receiving end of several hard fouls against Mattanawcook Academy in their Jan. 23 match-up, a firestorm erupted about what was perceived as a lack of sportsmanship. The videos that documented the flagrant fouls have since been removed from Facebook, but there were repercussions when the Lynx coach resigned and two players were suspended.
The Hampden Academy Broncos left little doubt who was the best team in Class A in 2015, handily defeating Portland and avenging last year's loss to the Bulldogs in the state title game. Hampden came out of blocks hitting 3-pointers and led from start to finish, claiming their second state title in four years with a convincing 70-50 win over Portland.
The Orono Red Riots were not expected to beat the defending state champion Houlton Shiretowners in the 2015 High School Basketball Tournament. Orono, who came into the tournament as the No.7 seed, took the lead for the first time with less than a minute remaining and came away with a 42-38 win over the No. 3 Shiretowners.
In November, two of Eastern Maine’s top high school pitchers signed on the dotted line to play college ball for the UMaine Black Bears. Bangor’s Trevor DeLaite and Brewer’s Matt Pushard were Orono bound. We'll be following their careers at UM, so be sure to stay tuned.