December 15, 2012

Sports Digest

BASEBALL

Boles back for Sea Dogs, Gedman to be hitting coach

Kevin Boles will return for a third season as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs.

Boles, 37, has a two-year record of 127-156 with the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, a winning percentage of .449. This marks his sixth season in the Red Sox system and 13th as a manager in professional baseball.

Also returning to the Sea Dogs is pitching coach Bob Kipper, 48, for the fourth year in a row and sixth overall with the Sea Dogs.

New to Hadlock Field is hitting coach Rich Gedman, 53, who was promoted after two years as a Class A hitting coach. A Massachusetts native, Gedman spent 13 years in the majors, including a decade with the Red Sox.

He was behind the plate for the 1986 World Series team and also caught the 20-strikeout performance by Roger Clemens that April.

Brandon Henry also returns for his second season as team trainer.

HIGH SCHOOLS

BASEBALL: Dan Stefanilo has been hired as the Bonny Eagle High head baseball coach. He replaces Marc Sawyer, who left to become Westbrook High athletic director. Stefanilo was the head coach at Mt. Blue High in Farmington for three years and was selected Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2011. He was the associate head baseball coach at the University of Maine at Farmington for one year and an assistant coach at Bates College, also for one year.

SNOWBOARDING

WORLD CUP: Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott won his first World Cup snowboardcross event in four years in a photo finish over Alex Pullin of Australia at Telluride, Colo.

In his second race back since a season-ending knee injury in January, Wescott exchanged leads with Pullin four times in the finals before edging him at the finish.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal extended his recent dominance in speed races with a super-G win by a large margin at Val Gardena, Italy. Italians Matteo Marsaglia and Werner Heel finished second and third.

Lara Gut of Switzerland made the most of good conditions to win a World Cup downhill while Lindsey Vonn's bid for a fifth straight win in speed events this season ended in a crash at Val D'Isere, France,

Vonn has won two downhills and two super-Gs this season.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: South Africa's Charl Schwartzel shot a second-round 64 to surge into a share of the lead on day two at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Maleland, South Africa.

JOHOR OPEN: Spain's Sergio Garcia birdied five of his first 12 holes to tie for the lead in the suspended second round at Johor, Malaysia.

AUSTRALIAN PGA: Daniel Popovic maintained a share of the lead after the second round while Geoff Ogilvy posted another solid round at Coolum, Australia.

SWIMMING

NEW RECORD: Ryan Lochte broke his own world record in the 200-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships at Istanbul, and he celebrated by giving his medal to a boy in the crowd. "To see that smile on that little face means everything to me," Lochte said.

TENNIS

NEW RECORD: The U.S. Open tennis tournament is moving the women's final to Sunday and men's final to Monday in 2013, building in a day of rest ahead of each title match for the first time.

The U.S. Tennis Association said the change is only for next year.

PREP SCHOOLS

GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Torie St. Pierre scored 17 points to help Berwick Academy (4-2) rally from a 21-18 halftime deficit to take a 47-42 win over St. Mark's School in a semifinal of the Berwick Academy Holiday Classic.

The Bulldogs will face Middlesex School in the final on Saturday.

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