Pioneering Maine female wrestler to be honored

Lisa Nowak Wilkins, who became the first girl to wrestle for a Maine high school, will be inducted into the New England Women’s Wrestling Hall of Fame on Saturday.

After winning the right to compete by pressing the Maine Human Rights Commission to overturn a ruling that allowed schools to ban girls from competing in wrestling, Nowak wrestled for Mt. Ararat from 1995-99. She went on to qualify for the women’s freestyle world championships and later was an assistant wrestling coach at the Hyde School in Bath.

Nowak Wilkins, who lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two children, will be one of three inductees. The event will take place at Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts.



NBA D-LEAGUE: Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 19 points, Asauhn Dixon-Tatum and Jalen Jones each had 18, and the Maine Red Claws beat the Erie Bayhawks 101-91 on Thursday night at Erie, Pennsylvania.

Dixon-Tatum also pulled down 10 rebounds. Damion Lee added 14 points and 12 boards for Maine (6-2) while Demetrius Jackson had 13 points.

T.J. Price and Stephen Zimmerman tallied 20 points each for Erie (1-6). Gabe York had 18.

Maine went ahead for good in the second quarter. Jason Calliste made a 3-pointer to give the Red Claws a 38-35 lead early in the quarter. After Ramon Galloway sank a 2-pointer for the Bayhawks, Maine went on a 12-2 run capped by Lee’s runner.

The Red Claws went on to a 64-56 halftime lead.



GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Jessa Smith scored in each period to lead York/Traip (2-0) to a 7-0 victory over Mt. Ararat/Morse (0-3) at Rochester, New Hampshire.

Emma Ford added a pair of goals and an assist, and Grace Campbell and Erin O’Donnell also scored. Sophie Blanchard assisted on two goals.


MATCH FIXING: Spanish authorities have detained 34 people, including six players, involved in a match-fixing network that made more than half-a-million dollars from lower-tier tournaments in Spain and Portugal.

Police said Thursday that Operation Futures probed several Futures and Challenger tournaments in Iberia for the past several months and found evidence that results were rigged.

The tennis players were not identified, but authorities said they were ranked between 800 and 1,200 in the world.



EUROPEAN TOUR: Australians Andrew Dodt, Harold Varner and Ashley Hall shared the Australian PGA Championship lead Friday at 7-under 64 after the rain-delayed first round in Gold Coast.

Dodt finished Thursday before lightning and a storm forced organizers to postpone play until Friday morning. Play resumed at 5:30 a.m., and Varner completed the round with birdies on his last two holes. Hall birdied four of his last seven.

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel birdied the last hole for a share of the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Malelane, South Africa.

The South African star tapped in on No. 18 to match Ireland’s Paul Dunne at 6-under 66 at Leopard Creek Country Club. Schwartzel has won the event three of the last four years and four times overall.

Dunne rebounded from a double-bogey 6 on No. 9.

– Staff and news service report

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