University of Maine guard Anne Simon is returning for a fifth season. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

University of Maine guard Anne Simon will return for a fifth season with Black Bears women’s basketball team, the school announced on Tuesday.

Simon, who was named the America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a junior during the 2021-2022 season, will take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes because of the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020-2021 season.

“I am so thankful for my teammates and coaches for being my family away from home,” Simon said in a press release from the school. “I appreciate all the support and love I have received from our fans during these four years. But we are not done yet. I’m coming back for another year.”

Simon played just 14 of Maine’s 30 games during the 2022-23 season, battling an ankle injury. She returned late in the season and averaged 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds for UMaine, which went 16-14 and lost in the semifinals of the America East tournament.

Simon, of Sandweiler, Luxembourg, is 11th on Maine’s all-time scoring list with 1,357 points.



BATES 12, KEUKA 4: Ella Maher was 3 for 3 with a triple, scored three runs and drove in one as the Bobcats (4-1) beat the Wolves (0-5) in a game shortened to five innings in Clermont, Florida.

Madison Hollis, Rachel Liazos and Grace Householter each drove in two runs for Bates. Cassidy Musco added three hits and scored twice.

WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH 7, BATES 1: Sophie Wery homered and drove in three runs as the Titans (14-0) beat the Bobcats (4-2) in Clermont, Florida.

Kenndy Jones had the lone hit for Bates, a two-out single in the first inning. Ella Maher scored on a fielder’s choice by Maggie Hillwig in the seventh.

GRINNEL 5, COLBY 3: The Pioneers (7-3) scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning to beat the Mules (5-3) in Winter Haven, Florida.

KC DeSarno had a two-run single in the second inning as Colby scored three times. Grace Gouin added two hits, scored a run and drove in a run.


ST. CATHERINE 12, BOWDOIN 6: The Wildcats (6-8) opened with five runs in the bottom of the first and rolled past the Polar Bears (6-8) at Winter Haven, Florida.

Ava Biasotti went 2 for 4, including a bases-clearing double for Bowdoin, while JK Bradley, Angelina Mayers, Katryna Dukehart and Shea Sullivan added two hits apiece.


ENDICOTT 15, ST. JOSEPH’S 0: Cale Shpur and TJ Liponis each had three hits and drove in three runs as the Seagulls (9-2) beat the Monks (2-9) in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Joseph Millar, Nicolas Notarangelo, Kyle Grabowski and Robbie Wladowski each drove in two runs for Endicott.

Jared Wilhelm and Luke Stephens had St. Joseph’s only two hits.


BOWDOIN SWEEPS LAWRENCE: The Polar Bears (6-3) scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the second and held on to beat the Vikings (4-6) 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader sweep in Davenport, Florida.

Edan Perez had two hits and two RBI for Bowdoin in the second game.

In the first game, CJ Brito-Tri hit a two-run double, Liam Foley and Nick Merrill each hit two-run homers as the Polar Bears scored 10 runs in the second inning to beat the Vikings 15-8.

Ben McKenzie had four hits and scored four times in the first game.


BOWDOIN 19, PLYMOUTH STATE 2:  Sophia Sudano scored twice in the first half as the Polar Bears (3-3) jumped out to a 7-0 lead and beat the Panthers (3-3) in Plymouth, New Hampshire.


Sudano finished with three goals and an assist,  while Maddie White and Courtney McKenna as Bowdoin received goals from 14 different players.

Olivia Croke and Megan Gaspa had goals for Plymouth State.

SOUTHERN MAINE 19, UM-FARMINGTON 2: Rachel Shanks had six goals and one assist as the Huskies (2-5) cruised to a win over the Beavers (0-3) in Gorham.

Maddie Kinney added two goals and four assists, while Emily Cloutier, Cierra Hill and Julia McKenna each had two goals for USM.

U. OF NEW ENGLAND 16, MAINE MARITIME 4: Barrie Guertin had four goals and an assists as the Nor’easters (5-2) beat the Mariners (3-2) in Standish.

Morgan White added two goals and an assist, while Sydney Balotin added two goals and two assists for the Nor’easters.

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