South Portland’s Chris Markwood has joined Northeastern University’s men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach.

Markwood, who played at Notre Dame and the University of Maine, was an assistant at Vermont the last three years. Vermont won at least 20 games in each of those seasons, earning one berth to the NCAA tournament and one to the NIT.

“I am grateful to have this chance to work alongside (Head coach Bill Coen) and, as a native New Englander, I am thrilled to now call Boston home,” Markwood said in a press release. “There is great potential here and I am excited to work together with the staff and players to build on the solid foundation.”

Markwood was the 2000 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year out of South Portland, where he scored over 1,000 career points. He played two seasons at Notre Dame before transferring to Maine. He was a two-year starter for the Black Bears, appearing in 45 games while averaging 6.7 points and 3.0 assists.

After his career ended, Markwood served as an assistant at Maine for five years before going to Vermont.

MEN’S HOCKEY: Josh Henke is leaving Maine after a freshman season in which he had eight points.

The university’s compliance office confirmed Thursday that the forward is not returning to school, but no one in the men’s hockey office was available to comment.

Henke, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound native of Trenton, Michigan, had one goal and seven assists in 21 games.

He was recruited by former coach Tim Whitehead, and told the Maine Hockey Journal that he felt he didn’t fit into new coach Red Gendron’s philosophy.

“Ultimately, I didn’t have a say in it,” Henke told the Journal. “(Red) didn’t like the way I played, I guess. I didn’t fit with the team, I guess. Ultimately, it was his decision to let me go. I had the opportunity to stay and not play hockey and honor my scholarship. I consider myself a hockey player and so I wanted to continue that and I am going back to juniors.”

Henke is planning to return to the New Jersey Hitmen of the U.S. Premier Hockey League, for whom he scored 70 points in 2012-13.


EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs announced they have postponed their July Fourth postgame fireworks show because of Friday’s weather forecast.

The show has been rescheduled for Saturday, following their 6 p.m. game against the New Britain Rock Cats.

Friday’s 6 p.m. game is expected to be played.

Fans with tickets to Friday’s game can exchange them for tickets of equal or lesser value to Saturday’s game, based on availability.

FCBL: Max Kuhns went 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBI to lead the Raging Tide (9-15) in a 15-5 rout of the North Shore Navigators (9-17) at Old Orchard Beach in a game that was ended after eight innings because of rain.


PORTLAND BOXING CLUB: Russell Lamour Jr. will defend his newly won New England middleweight championship on July 26 against John Hutchinson of Dorchester, Massachusetts, at The Royale in Boston.

Lamour won the title with an eighth-round TKO over Laatekwei Hammond of Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 14 at the Portland Expo.

Hutchinson, a recent transplant from Donegel, Ireland, has only one loss, which was for the Irish national championship.

For ticket information, call 761-0975.

– From staff reports