Husson schedules John Winkin Day
BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University baseball team will be having a John Winkin Day on Saturday during their games against Castleton.
Winkin, who died last July, was a legendary Maine college baseball coach who coached at Colby College, the University of Maine and Husson. His guided his teams to 1,043 wins.
Saturday’s ceremony will start at 11:45 a.m. with the unveiling of Winkin’s No. 5 jersey, followed by the ceremonial first pitch and the start of the first game at noon.
Husson is playing a doubleheader against North Atlantic Conference foe Castleton. The Eagles are 16-8 overall and 12-0 in the league while Castleton is 9-7 and 2-3.
Ohio college basketball player who had rare brain tumor dies
Lauren Hill, an Indiana native who scored the first basket of the Mount St. Joseph University women’s basketball season in November while suffering from a rare inoperable brain cancer, died on Friday at age 19, officials said.
“We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus with her smile and determined spirit,” university President Tony Aretz said in a statement. “She has left a powerful legacy. She taught us that every day is a blessing, every moment a gift.”
Hill had an advanced-stage diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, but remained determined to play basketball for the small Cincinnati, Ohio, university, which received permission to move its first game up two weeks to ensure she could play.
Demand was so strong for tickets that the team’s Nov. 2 game against Hiram College was moved to Xavier University’s arena, where more than 10,000 saw Hill score the game’s first basket. Mount St. Joseph won 66-55.
After the game, Hill became an advocate for her condition, which according to Weill Cornell Medical College is diagnosed in about 300 people each year. Many of those diagnosed are children under the age of 10.
Sea Dogs postpone opener to Saturday
PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs have postponed Friday’s game against the Reading Fightin Phils at Hadlock Field due to unplayable field conditions.
It’s the second straight day the team’s opener has been postponed.
Friday’s game will be made up as part of a single admission doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets for Friday’s postponed game may be exchanged at the Hadlock Field ticket office for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any remaining 2015 Sea Dogs home game.
Tickets for Saturday are good for both games of the doubleheader.
UMaine women’s basketball event set April 28
ORONO, Maine — The Friends of UMaine Women’s Basketball are inviting family members, friends and fans to its postseason celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine.
The social gathering will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by April 21. Tickets are $30 per person and support the University of Maine women’s basketball program. For more info, call 581-1075.
Fired Bowling Green coach apologizes
Chris Jans, fired last week after one year as coach at Bowling Green, apologized Friday for the “inappropriate” behavior that led to his dismissal.
In a statement, Jans said, “On March 21st I made a mistake for which I sincerely apologize. After our final loss of the season I went to a bar to be amongst friends, became intoxicated and proceeded to act in a manner which was inappropriate.”
Bowling Green fired Jans on April 2 after an investigation into the incident. The school’s termination letter said Jans, a married father of two, admitted touching two women inappropriately and calling a third woman a derogatory name when she confronted him about his behavior.