Thursday, May 23, 2013
The winningest coach in Maine high school basketball, Dick Barstow (664 wins) was a spectator at the Bangor Auditorium for the first time since he got out of coaching a half dozen years ago. Barstow coached girls' basketball for over four decades at Katahdin, Presque Isle, Waterville and Central Aroostook. He now lives in Florida.
Barstow flew into Bangor with former Schenck coach Ron Marks, who also lives in Florida. Combined, Barstow and Marks have more than 1,000 career wins.
THE WASHBURN boys and girls won their quarterfinal games Monday, and the Worcester family accounted for 50 points. Mitch, a senior, scored 36 points in a 70-69 victory over Bangor Christian. MacKenzie, a sophomore, had 14 points in the girls' game – a 65-44 win over Limestone.
PERHAPS THE tallest mascot ever at the auditorium – the Fort Fairfield Tiger – was Arthur Robles, a 6-foot-5 senior at Fort Fairfield. Add the tiger's head, and you are talking a 7-foot tiger.
THE JONESPORT-BEALS vs. Easton boys' quarterfinal Monday night (8:30 p.m.) is a matchup of the two smallest schools in the Eastern Class D tourney. Jonesport-Beals has an enrollment of 58; Easton's enrollment is 60.
Five of the 11 players on the Jonesport-Beals boys team have a last name of Beal –Garet, Cole, Thomas, Kasden and Sterling. None of them are brothers. ... By the way, Beals High won the first Class S title ever played at the Bangor Auditorium back in 1956.
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Paul Betit is an Augusta native and graduate of the University of Maine. He has covered Maine high school sports for more than 30 years and is entering his seventh season as a beat writer covering the Portland Pirates. In his spare time, Betit writes mystery-suspense novels. Occasionally, he tries to sink his second career hole-in-one.
Glenn Jordan came to Maine in 1994 to cover the nascent Portland Sea Dogs. After eight baseball seasons and three children – the last two within 18 minutes of each other – he became a part-time writer. Among the sports he covers are now are tennis, skiing, swimming and running. He has a degree in philosophy from Dartmouth, a decent forehand and a penchant for checkers.
Mike Lowe is a Massachusetts native who feels he's lived long enough in Maine (since 1982) to have roots here. He graduated from Boston University and has worked in New Hampshire and Maine, covering everything from the Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. When he has free time – Ha! – he likes to read, collect comic books and watch the grass grow from his hammock.