Daniel McCue of Hampden has been a contributor again this season for the third-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology men’s basketball team.

The 6-foot-3 senior guard is a member of the Engineers squad that has advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.

McCue is averaging 2.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.1 minutes per game for 27-1 MIT. The Engineers are preparing to face the College of Staten Island on Friday at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

The victor takes on the winner of the Amherst-Franklin & Marshall contest on Saturday.

McCue’s younger brother, Christian, helped lead Hampden Academy to an Eastern Maine Class A title and a state runner-up finish this season. Daniel has played the last two seasons for MIT after missing the previous two campaigns because of hip injuries that required five surgeries.

UMaine selling football tickets

The University of Maine has begun selling season tickets for the Black Bears’ 2012 football season.

UMaine finished 2011 ranked No. 8 in the national polls after reaching the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision national quarterfinals. Coach Jack Cosgrove’s Bears have five home games scheduled for next season.

They include a Sept. 22 nonconference home opener against Albany, a Sept. 29 Colonial Athletic Association contest against Villanova and a Homecoming meeting with border rival New Hampshire on Oct. 20.

UMaine also plays James Madison on Nov. 3 at Alfond Stadium, then closes out the home slate with a Nov. 10 game against first-year CAA program Georgia State.

Season tickets start at $40 and may be purchased by calling 581-2327 or 800-756-8326.

UMaine ‘Pro Day’ set March 22

Scouts from the National Football League, the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football Leagues are expected to be on hand March 22 in UMaine’s Mahaney Dome for the Black Bears’ football “Pro Day.”

UMaine players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility will be put through their paces in several weightlifting, running and agility tests — all in the hope of continuing their careers at the professional level.

Bears’ senior safety Jerron McMillian will be among the players under scrutiny after he participated recently in the NFL Combine at Indianapolis.

While there, McMillian set the standard among defensive backs with his vertical leap of 36½ inches.

Spring football begins April 5

The UMaine football team kicks off its spring season April 5 with a 3:45 p.m. practice at Alfond Stadium.

The Bears are scheduled to conduct 15 on-field sessions in April, culminating April 28 at 10 a.m. with the annual Jeff Cole Spring Scrimmage on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium.

All of UMaine’s practices are open to the public as the Bears try to reconfigure the lineup to fill the voids left by graduating seniors.

Small-college honors announced

Rashell Saucier of the University of Maine at Presque Isle is one of three Owls selected for the NCAA Association of Division III Independents’ “All-Independent Team” for 2011-12.

The sophomore from Washburn was a unanimous first-team pick after averaging 12.1 points and 10.6 rebounds as a 5-foot-8 post player. She also averaged two assists and two steals.

UMPI senior Emily Moore of Lisbon was named to the second team. The team captain averaged four assists while playing the point for the Owls.

UMPI center Patrick Manifold was chosen for the Association of Division III Independents’ All-Independent second team. The junior from Great Britain averaged almost 16 points and eight rebounds.

USCAA announces All-Americans

Katie Poirier of the University of Maine at Augusta has been named an All-American by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

The senior forward was the only player from Maine to be accorded All-America recognition by the organization, which sponsors competition for numerous small colleges across the country. Poirier averaged 15.2 points, leading the USCAA with a .539 field-goal percentage.

She also contributed 11.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per contest for the 18-8 Moose.

Saucier of UMPI and UMA’s Jennifer Lola and Ashley Peaslee were All-America Honorable Mentions.

On the men’s side, Manny Odugbela and Jeremy Thomas of UMaine-Fort Kent and UMPI’s Manifold were honorable mentions in Division I. Zach Amstrong of UMaine-Machias and Thelbert Green of Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor were Division II honorable mentions.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...