ORONO, Maine — For the third year in a row, Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron has issued a challenge to the Black Bear community: Raise $10,000 for the Play4Kay initiative and he will shave his head after his team’s annual Play4Kay game at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 against Binghamton.

All donations will go to the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research.

Barron has been active during his coaching career in the Coaches vs. Cancer effort. Play4Kay is named for Yow, the longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.

Barron knew Yow well through his affiliation with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

“Having known Kay and having coached at NC State in the two years after her passing, I can say that she was such a special person,” Barron said in a news release.

“Few coaches have had such an impact — not just with her players, but with her peers as well. Kay was incredibly brave, determined, positive, and grounded,” he added. “During her very long and public battle with breast cancer, and after watching her friend and fellow NC State basketball coach, Jim Valvano, die of cancer, Kay decided that she would help start this charity to raise money and awareness for breast cancer and cancer research. I have been involved with the Kay Yow Fund and Coaches vs. Cancer for close to 20 years and I am very excited about having Maine participate in this cause.”

Those seeking more information on the Play4Kay Initiative, may visit its home page, Play4Kay.

Husson soccer team gains honors

The Husson women’s soccer team has received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Gold Ethics/Sportsmanship Award and three members of the team have earned honorable mentions for the 2013 NSCAA College Division Women’s Scholar All-East Region Team.

Women’s soccer captains Marcy Francoeur, Becca Jones and Michael Bicknell received the honorable mentions.

To be nominated a student-athlete must meet several requirements, including at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average throughout their career and start more than 50 percent of all games.

Husson received the sportsmanship award by not receiving a yellow or red card during the season.

UMF soccer player receives national honor

University of Maine at Farmington women’s soccer senior Kayla Tuttle earned two more accolades Thursday when she was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Division Women’s Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention squad and the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association All-New England Third Team.

Tuttle finished her senior season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points and was the 2013 North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and a first team All-NAC selection.

Colby assistant named St. Nobert’s head football coach

Steve Opgenorth, offensive coordinator for the Colby College football team the past two years, has been named the new head coach at St. Norbert (Wis.) College.

Besides his offensive coordinator duties, Opgenorth also was the recruiting coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Mules.

“We could not be happier for Coach O. We are grateful for all that he put into Colby football during his tenure,” Colby head coach Jonathan Michaeles said. “It has been a wonderful relationship, one in which both parties benefited mutually.”

Opgenorth, 32, is the 10th head football coach for St. Norbert. He is a Green Bay native and a graduate of Green Bay Southwest High School. St. Norbert is about 6 miles from Green Bay.