Fleming named Gatorade Maine Player of the Year

Andrew Fleming of Oxford Hills High School was named the Gatorade Maine Player of the Year for boys’ basketball on Thursday.

Fleming, a senior forward, averaged 27.8 points, 14.4 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.7 steals for the Vikings, who finished 15-5 and reached the Class AA North semifinals.

Fleming, the first player from the school to receive the award, was the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class AA North Player of the Year.

Fleming, a National Honor Society member and volunteer for area youth sports programs, is a finalist for the national award to be announced later this month.


PGA: Jason Day one-putted his last seven holes and had a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando, Florida.

Adam Scott, coming off two straight victories, relied on a solid short game to join a large group at 67 that included Henrik Stenson and Marc Leishman.

Rory McIlroy made a pair of double bogeys and opened with a 75.


IDITAROD: A musher who was on track to be the last to finish Alaska’s 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race this year has been withdrawn from the competition.

Iditarod officials said 55-year-old Ellen Halverson of Wasilla was withdrawn from Thursday afternoon at the Unalakleet checkpoint because of race rules dealing with competitiveness.

Mushers who haven’t scratched or been withdrawn are allowed to continue to Nome, and the city welcomes each until the red lantern – carried by the last-place musher – arrives.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: David Goffin defeated Marin Cilic 7-6 (4), 6-4 to reach the semifinals at Indian Wells, California, the best result so far of the Belgian’s career.

n Daria Kasatkina, an 18-year-old Russian seeking her first WTA singles title, beat 18th-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 to reach the women’s semifinals.


EUROPE: A stunning solo goal by Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool eliminate great rival Manchester United from the Europa League, while titleholder Sevilla and tournament favorite Borussia Dortmund also reached the quarterfinals.


WORLD CUP: Lara Gut won the season-long super-G title, finishing second behind Tina Weirather at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and overtaking the injured Lindsey Vonn, who had clinched the downhill title before her crash last month.


BASKETBALL: Hampden Academy beat Lisbon 36-27 to defend its unified basketball state championship at Lisbon Falls.

Isaiah Palmer had 15 points to lead the way for Hampden, while Kenny Brewer-Frazee added 13.

Amanda Mason was the leading scorer for the Greyhounds with eight points.

– From staff and news services

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