MMA sports roundup

first_img Bio The athletic directors of the eight conference institutions voted in the summer to name the trophy for Mottola, who had a four-decade association with the conference and served as its commissioner for eight years.MMA is one of only two remaining charter members of the NEFC dating back to 1965, and is the only member with a presence throughout its existence.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe dedication was held at halftime of MMA’s 34-9 exhibition game football win over Holland College of Prince Edward Island, Canada.The Mottola Trophy, commissioned by Endicott College President Richard Wiley, will be held for one year by each team that wins the NEFC championship. The name of every champion dating back to 1965 is engraved on the trophy.The MMA football team will open its conference season on Saturday at Anna Maria College.Women’s soccerMMA’s Lady Mariners scored a 1-0 win over the University of Maine – Presque Isle on Friday, the opening day of the Terrier Women’s Soccer Classic hosted by Thomas College.Morgan Libby provided the winning goal, heading in a corner kick cross from Briana Obshatkin in the 87th minute of the game.The Lady Mariners fell 1-0 to the University of Southern Maine in the final round of the classic.MMA held the Huskies scoreless for nearly 84 minutes until C.C. Pelletier scored on an assist from Analies Ross-Dyjak.The 2-2 Lady Mariners are slated to host the University of Maine – Fort Kent today (Thursday).Men’s soccerThe Mariner men notched their first win of the season on Saturday, nipping the University of Southern Maine 1-0 in the final round of the Husson University Eagles Challenge Cup tournament in Bangor.The game-winning goal came in just the sixth minute of play when Gabriel Warren scored on an assist from Christopher Gilman.The Mariners outshot the Huskies 27-2.In the opening round of the tourney, MMA fell 1-0 to Gordon College on Friday.VolleyballThe still-winless Lady Mariners dropped a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday at Colby College in Waterville.Colby scored a 3-1 victory over MMA with game scores of 25-16, 16-25, 25-15 and 25-13.For MMA, Gillian O’Neal had 12 kills, Sydney Robertson had 10 kills and Betsy Trenckmann had 22 assists and 11 digs.In a 3-2 loss to Gordon College, MMA rallied from a two-game deficit before falling in the final decisive contest.Game scorers were 25-13, 25-17, 15-25, 23-25 and 15-6.O’Neal had nine kills and Molly Marcotte had eight for the Lady Mariners.Cross-countryMMA freshman Zachary Kinsman placed second at Saturday’s Husson Harrier Classic with a time of 29:34.70 in the eight-kilometer cross-country contest.Two other Mariner men also placed among the top 10 as MMA finished second as a team, just four points behind the University of Southern Maine.MMA’s Wyatt LePage was eighth in 31:13.96 and Chase Hughes was ninth in 31:37.09.For the Mariner women, who were third in their team competition, Jessica Faltings led the way with an eighth place finish in 24:39.20 over the five-kilometer course.GolfIt took a fifth player to give the University of Maine – Presque Isle a win over MMA in UMPI’s season-opening golf invitational on Friday in Presque Isle.The two teams completed the match with identical scores of 323, but UMPI’s fifth man, Eric Depner, carded an 81 to best MMA’s Karson Eaton, who had an 87.For MMA, Dan Mackenzie led the way with 77, followed by Keenan Kalthoff 78, Kevin Pepin 82 and Liam O’Leary 86. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts CASTINE  — A new New England Football Conference championship trophy was dedicated Saturday to Bill Mottola, a longtime coach and athletic director at Maine Maritime Academy. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

USC basketball freshmen look to bring fire

first_imgFreshman Kevin Porter Jr. will bring his athletic talents to the men’s basketball squad in their upcoming season. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics)The 2018-19 USC men’s basketball team has a lot of production to distribute. With the departures of starters Chimezie Metu, Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, there are plenty of holes to fill on the roster.However, all is not lost. USC has improved its basketball recruiting in recent years, and its advances can be seen in this year’s crop of 2018 freshmen. Here’s what you need to know about the incoming recruits.Kevin Porter Jr.Shooting GuardSmall ForwardThe highest-ranked freshman in USC’s class, Kevin Porter Jr. earned a five-star ranking and was named the 28th-best player in the country by 247Sports. The Seattle native averaged 28 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in his senior year, leading Rainier Beach High School to the 3A Washington state championship game.At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Porter is an explosive athlete. He’s fast, he’s quick and he can get up off the floor. This natural talent has made for a fair number of highlight dunks, and USC fans should get used to seeing Porter throw down this season.Porter also has the potential to be the go-to scorer the Trojans sorely missed last season. The lefty showed the ability to score at all three levels in high school, with the ability to finish at the rim with either hand and a nice shooting stroke off the dribble. Porter is also a crafty ball-handler, with a powerful ability to get to his spot against any defender.The biggest questions facing Porter have to do with his passing ability and consistent intensity. If head coach Andy Enfield can get Porter to move the ball and go all out on every possession, the Trojans could have a star on their hands early this season.Elijah WeaverGuardWeaver, a combo guard from Rockledge, Fla., is the 37th-ranked player in the nation according to ESPN, three spots higher than Porter. A four-star recruit, Weaver averaged 23.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists in his final high school season. He was honored as Florida’s Class 6A Player of the Year. Although he possesses the same strong, 6-foot-5 frame as Porter, Weaver fits the model of a pure point guard more than his new teammate. Also a lefty, he’s a talented passer, using his height to see over the defense and passing lanes. He’s also very adept at driving the lane and finding the open man. These could be a crucial skills in the absence of graduated point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who ranked fourth in the country in assists last season and ran the offense.Weaver also uses his frame to his advantage on defense. His long arms and smooth athleticism make his abilities hard to limit, and were certainly part of the reason he averaged 4.3 steals per game in his senior season.To unlock his full potential, Weaver will need to improve his jumper. It’s not that the shot is broken, but adding a deadly shot to his arsenal will make Weaver virtually unstoppable.J’Raan BrooksPower ForwardThe final of USC’s three four-star or better recruits, Brooks was a star at Garfield High School in Seattle, the school that defeated Porter’s in the 3A state title game. Brooks decommitted from USC following the FBI probe involving former player De’Anthony Melton and former assistant coach Tony Bland, but recommitted after Melton declared for this summer’s NBA Draft.Brooks, ranked 83rd nationally by 247Sports, was a key cog on a Garfield team that finished the season as the 11th-best team in the country. At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Brooks made his mark on both ends of the floor. He’s noted as a tenacious rebounder and rim protector with a high motor. He is also a skilled offensive player, with a capable mid-range jumpshot and good footwork and touch around the basket.Brooks lacks an elite skill. He’s not an amazing athlete or a one-on-one scorer. He’s solid in every area of the game, but he might not be a difference-maker. The best way for him to improve would be extending his range to the 3-point line, as it would help the Trojans’ spacing immensely.Brooks’ return, along with Porter, gives the Trojans the two best players in the class from Washington. Unlike Porter and Weaver, though, Brooks has a clear shot to start; unlike the backcourt, the Trojans lack depth in the frontcourt, especially after losing Metu.The most important thing to know about these three is that they can all be culture setters. All three are competitive and work hard, important qualities for freshmen. They may show it in different ways — Porter is fiery and emotional, Weaver is cool as a cucumber, and Brooks puts his emotion into cleaning the glass — but all want to win badly. If they can channel that in the correct way, the Trojans can continue to compete in the Pac-12.last_img read more