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Steve Craig reports primarily about Maine’s active high school sports scene, working to bring the passion and dedication of athletes, coaches and communities to readers. In some ways his career has come full circle. His first newspaper job was covering Maine high school sports in 1986 working out of a tiny office at the front of a hand-sewn shoe shop in Skowhegan. After 12 years as a sportswriter in Dover, New Hampshire, he wrote two books, had a multi-year stint as the Press Herald's freelance motorsports columnist and taught fifth grade. In 2012 he was happy to make a working return to Maine as a staff writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. A graduate of Michigan State University and Southern New Hampshire University, Steve can be forgiven for living in Hampton, New Hampshire. He and his wife Deb, two daughters, and numerous dogs and cats have lived there for nearly 25 years and he still hasn’t finished painting their 150-year-old home.

  • Published
    March 29, 2013

    Junior Pirates build to their best for hockey nationals

    The girls’ U19 team — 14 players from nine area programs — earned the right to play in California.

  • Published
    March 28, 2013

    College Connections: Regan Flaherty continues on path of family’s baseball excellence

    Regan Flaherty knows in the baseball world he’s still Ed Flaherty’s son and Ryan Flaherty’s little brother. That’s the way it goes when his dad has won two Division III national titles at the University of Southern Maine and his brother is fighting for a roster spot with the Baltimore Orioles. “There are always a […]

  • Published
    March 26, 2013

    The real sign of spring

    Flowers, grass, birds singing? No, you can tell the season has changed when spring sports athletes bust out of the gym.

  • Published
    March 21, 2013

    Low blow quickly ends Maine fighter’s prime-time match

    Home boy Marcus Davis brings Waachiim Spiritwolf to his knees, but illegally, the ruling goes.

  • Published
    March 21, 2013
    Marcus Davis, Jess Liaudin

    No more inner conflict to this born fighter

    AUBURN – For the longest time, Marcus Davis felt he had to be two different people. In the cage, the mixed martial arts fighter gained international recognition as The Irish Hand Grenade, capable of exploding fists and kicks into an opponent’s face at a moment’s notice. At home he fought hard to suppress — or […]

  • Published
    March 21, 2013

    Lewiston’s a good home for MMA

    Five shows put on by New England Fights at the Colisee have averaged more than 3,000 fans.

  • Published
    March 19, 2013

    College Connections: Jenni Roberts reaches goal, now wants more

    Jenni Roberts is making her first trip to the NCAA women’s swimming & diving championships as a University of New Hampshire Wildcat. But the Springvale resident and 2010 Sanford High grad is no stranger to the event. Roberts was an honorable mention All-American last season in the 200 free relay for the University of Maryland […]

  • Published
    March 14, 2013

    College Connections: Coulombe adjusts to playing with the big girls of the ACC

    Alexa Coulombe said it didn’t take long for her to figure out that basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference was a whole new ballgame. “As soon as I subbed into games it was obvious. These girls are so much different,” the 6-foot-2 Coulombe said Wednesday, a few days after the completion of her freshman season […]

  • Published
    March 10, 2013

    Telegram All-State Wrestling: Building on family’s success

    Gardiner’s Daniel DelGallo combined talent and hard work to become a feared wrestler, like his brothers.

  • Published
    March 7, 2013

    College Connections: Together at Greely and Bates, but not the nationals

    James LePage knew his school-record 800-meter run for Bates College earned him a spot at this weekend’s NCAA Division III track and field championships. Until a few hours before the team left Wednesday for Naperville, Ill., LePage thought his run also created an NCAA spot for his hometown buddy and former Greely High teammate, Mark […]