Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Before his team's Western Class A girls' quarterfinal with top-ranked McAuley, Westbrook Coach Chris Aube said he was going to have one of his players get a deliberate violation on the opening tip so his team could set up its defense.
When asked what would happen if it wasn't called, Aube said he was going to tell the refs.
Sure enough, a violation was called and Westbrook got back on defense, forcing a backcourt violation on McAuley's first possession.
The Blazes, who lost to McAuley by 30 in the regular season, came out in a stall. But it didn't help, as the Lions opened a quick 8-0 lead. Westbrook didn't score until Marissa Martel hit a shot at the buzzer ending the first quarter.
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Tom Chard is a Portland native who has covered high school sports and golf for the Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 38 years. A three-sport athlete at Deering High, Tom's chief athletic pursuit is chasing the little white ball. He played in his 20th Maine Amateur Golf Championship in July.
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 Olympics. When he has free time – Ha! – he likes to read, collect comic books and watch the grass grow from his hammock.