Bob Sinford of Machias was presented the 2014 State Award of Merit by the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association on Wednesday during the state conference for athletic administrators at Samoset Resort in Rockport.

The award is provided annually by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association for recognition of meritorious dedication to high school and middle school athletics.

Sinford has been an NIAAA member for the past 16 years and is a Certified Athletic Administrator.

The University of Maine graduate has coached the Machias varsity boys soccer team for 27 years and earned his 300th career victory in 2012. Sinford’s teams have won four Eastern Maine soccer championships and two state titles.

Sinford is president of the Downeast Athletic Conference and is a member of the MIAAA. He also serves on the Maine Principals’ Association Advisory Committee, Maine Principals’ Association Rule Review Committee and Maine Principals’ Association Basketball Committee.

He was selected by his peers to receive the Robert Boucher Seventh Player Service Award.

The NIAAA is the national organization for high school and middle school athletic administrators with more than 8,500 individual members. The NIAAA membership consists of athletic administrators from organizations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and internationally.

Class B state final football coaches to meet at Lobster Bowl

The two head coaches involved in last November’s thrilling Class B football state championship game will be leading the East and West squads in the 25th annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic all-star game to be played July 19 at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford.

Rob Vachon of Augusta’s Cony High School will guide the East team in the contest, while Joe Rafferty of Kennebunk will serve as head coach of the West squad.

The two coaches squared off in last year’s Class B state final at the University of Maine in Orono, with Fitzpatrick Trophy-winning quarterback Ben Lucas driving Cony 99 yards in the game’s final five minutes to lift Cony to a 30-23 victory and its first state championship since 1932.

Lucas, who will continue his playing career at the University of Maine this fall, is expected to be on the Lobster Bowl’s East squad. Preliminary rosters have been selected, but players and cheerleading have a fundraising obligation to meet in order to play in the game.

Net proceeds from the game benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Last year’s game, won by the East 25-13, generated a record $94,000.

MCI powerlifters win Maine Games honors

Twenty powerlifters from Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield took top honors at the recent Maine Games state powerlifting championships at the Skehan Recreation Center in Hampden.

In addition, the Huskies’ Willie Moss was presented the Luke M. Thompson Award for the best performance by a first-time competitor.

MCI lifting coach Woody Moore and his squad also helped raise funds to sponsor the team competition awards and meet medals as part of a community service project. Cianbro Corp. sponsored the team at this year’s meet.

Members of the MCI powerlifting team are Moss, Brandon McKenna, Clark Morrison, Jeff Boutwell, P.J. Plummer, Allison Hughes, Cassie Miller, Brianna Losse, Greg Vigue, Nick Deckert, Ryan Henry, Aaron Schanck, Caleb Gilbert, Deklan Thurston, Briar Bussell, Gus McWilliams, Heidi Duncombe, Eric Hathaway, Adam Bertrand and Alex Bertrand.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...