Articles from Bangor Daily News

No. 1 Maranacook boys barely sneak past Freeport

Top-seeded Maranacook of Readfield on Friday night earned a tight 59-57 victory over No. 8 Freeport in their Class B South boys basketball quarterfinal game at the Portland Expo.

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The Black Bears (17-2) take on No. 5 Lake Region (8-10) in a 7 p.m. semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 18, also at the Expo.

Defending champ Hampden Academy girls beats Nokomis in A North quarterfinals

Top-ranked Hampden Academy took the first step toward defending its 2019 Class A North girls basketball championship in impressive fashion Friday night with a 66-29 quarterfinal victory over Nokomis of Newport at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Broncos (18-1) will advance to next Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 4 Lawrence of Fairfield (12-7).

Ellsworth boys beat Winslow to earn B North semifinal spot

When the game is on the line and you have a player as big, strong and talented as Jackson Curtis, you get him the ball.

Ellsworth High School’s rugged senior leader exerted his influence near the basket, scoring seven of his team’s last eight points on Friday night to help the Eagles escape with a 58-51 Class B North quarterfinal victory over Winslow at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

“We pound the ball inside, get easy shots and that’s basically the way we do it,” Curtis said.

Lake Region tops Mountain Valley in B South boys action

Lake Region of Bridgton moved on to the Class B South boys basketball semifinals on Friday night with a 60-37 victory over Mountain Valley of Rumford at the Portland Expo.

The No. 5 seeded team (9-10) plays the winner of the game between No. 1 Maranacook (16-2) and No. 8 Freeport (10-8) in a 7 p.m. semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 18, also at the Expo.

Fourth-seeded Mountain Valley finished the season with a 9-10 record.

Lawrence girls top Erskine to reach semifinals

Fourth-ranked Lawrence of Fairfield clamped down defensively on No. 5 Erskine Academy of South China during the second half Friday night and went on to a 48-41 victory in their Class A North girls basketball quarterfinal at the Augusta Civic Center on Friday evening.

“Hard work and grit has been Lawrence basketball, and I just told the girls that’s one that we won the old-school Lawrence way,” Bulldogs’ coach Greg Chesley said.

Washington Academy boys defeat Maine Central Institute in B North quarterfinal

The No. 3 Washington Academy boys held off a strong push by No. 6 Maine Central Institute 56-45 Friday evening in a Class B North quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center.

The Raiders of East Machias improve to 14-5 on the season and advance to the semifinals where they will take on winner of No. 2 Ellsworth (15-3) versus No. 7 Winslow (11-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

No ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.

The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak.

Gardiner girls punch their ticket to A North semifinal

After defeating the Medomak Valley girls basketball team 58-30, No. 2 Gardiner will advance to the Class A North semifinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Gardiner improves to 16-3. Medomak Valley will end their 2020 season with a 6-13 record.

Gardiner will tip off against Skowhegan on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

Both teams were eliminated in the 2019 quarterfinals.

Cape Elizabeth tops Spruce Mountain in boys B South quarterfinal

Seventh seeded Cape Elizabeth upset second-seeded Spruce Mountain on 44-35 on Friday night.

Cape Elizabeth carries an 8-11 record into its semifinal matchup against No. 6 Wells. They will play at the Portland Expo Center on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Spruce Mountain ends its season with a 14-5 record

Both teams were eliminated in the 2019 tournament quarterfinals.

Maine bill would limit use of pesticides linked to bee deaths

A bill making its way through the Maine Legislature seeks to restrict — or limit — the use of four specific pesticides, all belonging to a class known as neonicotinoids, which are considered threats to honey bees and other pollinators.

Clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid or thiamethoxam are highly toxic to honey bees and bumblebees,” Rep. Nicole Grohoski, a Democrat from Ellsworth, told members of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry committee Thursday.