Maine’s Top Sports Stories In 2019
2019 was filled with an incredible number of great sports stories and events in Maine and it's time to check out some that top the list...
#1 Sports Story: The Caribou Vikings boys basketball team knocked off defending state champ Hermon to win the Class B regional title and then beat Falmouth in overtime to claim their first state title in 50 years. The 1969 Mike Thurston half-court shot game was the last one until the VIkes did it in 2019.
#2 Sports Story: Camden Hills senior Kristina Kelly was named National Player of the Year by United Soccer Coaches. Kelly scored 59 goals as her Windjammers won a third straight Class A state championship.
#3 Sports Story: The UMaine field hockey team was at the center of national attention when the Black Bears game vs Temple at the Kent State field was ended in a scoreless tie because fireworks needed to be fired off for the Kent State football game.
The president of that school issued an apology and the matter started a nationwide debate on Title XI issues.
Other Top Stories: Bangor boys basketball claimed its first Class AA state championship with first year coach Brad Libby at the helm...Camden's Cole Anderson wins the 100th Maine State Amateur Golf Championship, the youngest player to win it...Longtime coach Gabby Price retires and Nat Clark takes over the Husson football program...Fort Kent's Austin Theriault became the first Mainer since Ricky Craven to race in the NASCAR' Cup Series...The G-League Maine Red Claws in Portland are purchased by the Celtics and the Tacko Fall watch continues...UMaine women's basketball wins another America East title but is ravaged by injuries to start the new season...Eight-man football becomes a reality in Maine high school football...Skowhegan High School field hockey wins yet another state title...Longtime sports reporters Bill Green and Tim Throckmorton retire...UMaine football battled injuries all season and end with a change at quarterback...Trevor MacLean keeps his long Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race win streak going...