State-By-State 2015 High School Track & Field Coaches of the Year Announced

Congratulations, Coach Libby named 2015 USTFCCCA Girls High School Track & Field Coach of the Year

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Monday the state-by-state winners of its second annual High School Coach of the Year award for track & field.

One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia – as seen in the lists below – were honored for their successes during the 2015 track & field season, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.

State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2015 track & field season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, the number of different events in which student-athletes were qualified, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (ex. First title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).

Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.

The winners from each state are in consideration for the association’s National High School Track & Field Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced later this month as the national winners.

In addition to earning a trophy as the national winner, the two 2015 track & field honorees will be recognized alongside the two 2014 National High School Cross Country Coaches of the Year, Bill Aris (Fayetteville Manlius HS/New York) and Bill Miles (Wayzata HS/Minnesota).

Coach White was named Maine’s Girls Cross Country Coach in January 2015 by this same organization

RSU 26 opens Monday, August 31st for grades k-9 and new students

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Make this a great year!

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Philosophy Across the Ages featured in Maine Policy Review

Our thanks to Mr. Chasse for the link to an MPBN interview with Kristen Jacobson broadcast on August 10th. Irwin Gratz spoke with Kirsten Jacobson, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Maine. Jacobson wrote about a program called “Philosophy Across the Ages,” which has undergraduate students hold seminars with students from Orono High School or members of the Dirigo Pines Retirement Community.

Her article published in Maine Policy Review describes her 6-year involvement with Orono students and Mr. Bulteel. The sessions which began in the school library have moved to the UMaine campus.

The school library features a small section of philosophy books many which were donated by members of the UMaine philosophy program at the urging of Ms Jacobson.



In our final week of SYNC discovery is key! – Free audio downloads

SYNC Returns ~ Summer 2015!


Download the free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic
pair from SYNC here »

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free August 6 – August 13 at 7am ET

Under a War-Torn SkyBy L.M. Elliot
Read by Elizabeth Wiley
Published by Tantor AudioL.M. Elliott’s critically acclaimed and deeply beloved novel Under a War-Torn Sky explores the heartbreak of war, the strength of the human spirit, and one young man’s struggle to protect the things he loves.

“Wiley’s true-to-life German and French accents, characterizations, and performances of moving hymns and war songs add to the atmosphere of this fine novel.”
– AudioFile Magazine




The Old Brown SuitcaseBy Lillian Boraks–Nemetz

Read by Sofia Newman
Published by Post Hypnotic Press

At age fourteen, Slava comes to Canada with her parents and sister and a suitcase filled with memories of a lost childhood, memories that now haunt her new life. She cannot forget the hunger, stench and disease in the Warsaw Ghetto, nor the fear and humiliation of being incarcerated behind a high brick wall. She cannot forget her extraordinary escape from the Ghetto when she walked alone through the gate while the guards were looking the other way. Nor can she forget being swallowed up in a strange and unknown place to survive under a hidden identity.

“Narrator Sofia Bunting Newman moves confidently through a range of accents and languages to tell the story of Slava Lenski, a girl we meet during her childhood in Poland in the early days of WWII.”
– AudioFile Magazine

Thank you to Tantor Audio and Post Hypnotic Press for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time:
Remember — download these titles before they expire on 08/13/2015! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

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Kellen Doyle, OHS ’18 and Jeff Owen at world championships on the Nantahala

2 Bangor area youths paddling in world championships


Hannah Rubin of Bangor (left), Kellen Doyle of Orono, and coach Jeff Owen of Orono pose at the U.S. Wildwater National Championships in North Carolina. Both Rubin and Doyle were named to the U.S. Junior National team and are competing at the world championships this week. (Courtesy of Peggy McKee)

In fact, until this spring, Doyle hadn’t even been in a canoe on a river.

And his path to the world championships began in a swimming pool at the University of Maine in Orono.

“In the pool we practiced rolling [wildwater boats], flipping them and getting them back upright,” Doyle explained. “That was where I first started the paddling lessons.”

His coach, Orono High School teacher Jeff Owen, explained that wildwater boats — sleek, lightweight canoes with a covered deck — are very difficult to maneuver and keep upright. The pool sessions were necessary before allowing paddlers onto moving water.

“These boats are so tippy that it takes an hour just to learn to get into one and take a few strokes without tipping it over,” said Owen, who also coaches Rubin. “The leap [Doyle] has made this year is just phenomenal.”

Doyle will be a sophomore at Orono High this fall.

“We definitely tipped over a lot when we first got in the water on an actual river in the spring,” Rubin said. “The current’s pushing you and the boat’s so tippy, but it doesn’t tip the way you’d expect, the way an open canoe would. It tips both ways, because the bottom is round.”
Rubin has a little more experience on whitewater. She began training with Owen about three years ago. She said actual wildwater paddling has been another adjustment after racing in open canoes. And she said the lessons in the pool paid dividends, but didn’t mean everyone had their skills mastered.

Rubin said two girls were selected to represent the U.S. on the Junior National team, and only she and one other competitor were in her class. Still, she had to successfully make her way down the challenging course on the Nantahala River in order to secure a spot in the world championships.

“The competition here is ridiculously stiff,” Owen said after Tuesday’s races in North Carolina. “This is very strongly a European sport and the United States fields a team … [but] U.S. boats are near the bottom of the results list.”
At the world championships, which are also being staged on the Nantahala, both Doyle and Rubin have been exposed to paddlers with much more experience, Owen said.

Rubin said her interest in the sport began to develop because of where she grew up.

“I live really close to the Kenduskeag, so I’d always see the paddlers go by and it looked like so much fun that I wanted to join in,” Rubin said. “Then I got the opportunity and I loved it, so I kept going and did all the paddling I could.”

Owen runs an outdoor club for Orono High students through which Doyle was introduced to paddling. He said the sport was a natural fit for him.

“I’m a swimmer during the winter, so anything with water is always nice, but I just like the fast nature of the sport, and the competitiveness,” Doyle said. “I like sports where I can kind of race my own race. And it goes hand-in-hand with swimming.”

Owen said Doyle has made remarkable progress in a short period of time.

Kellen Doyle. (Photo courtesy of Peggy McKee)

“[He has] a pretty neat combination of characteristics,” Owen said. “He’s very athletic. He has incredible balance. And by being such a talented swimmer, he understands how objects move through water and when he tips over, he’s not afraid of being underwater. He can take that extra few heartbeats to get composed and try to roll back up. And he’s just really smart. He’s been able to learn very quickly.”

Rubin is also smart — she has been accepted to Dartmouth College and will attend the school in Fall 2016 after taking a “gap year” off.

“I just want a year of fun and paddling,” Rubin said. “I’m going to go on an Outward Bound course, and I’m going to spend a few months in New Zealand.”

And while in New Zealand, you can bet she’ll be spending a lot of time on the water.

“I’m going to be working in an outdoor center, so there will be paddling nearby,” she said.

Review results of Kellen’s races.

Past posts of Orono students on the Nantahala.

Athletic trainer JP Stowe, shares some Preseason Sports Tips-WABI TV

Healthy Living: Preseason Sports Tips

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Newest member of the Healthy Living team, Athletic trainer JP Stowe, shares some Preseason Sports Tips.

High school sports in Maine are right around the corner, and before you know it, the athletes will be out on the fields twice a day working towards that one common goal of winning a state championship. Are you ready for that grueling two-week stretch in late August? Have you healed from that nagging injury from the last sports season? Here are some tips to properly prepare for the seasons ahead.

1. Complete your summer conditioning program.
Does your coach give you a summer conditioning program to complete during the summer? Though you may grumble and moan, it serves a very important purpose. It prepares your body for the stresses you are about to endure in the upcoming season. As athletic trainers we hear all too often “I just started running a mile two weeks ago; now I’m running ten miles a day and my shins are killing me.” The best injury prevention is preparation.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Did you know that you can lose as much as five pounds in one sports practice? Football players may lose even more with all of the equipment they wear! You have to replace the fluid that you lose, or it could lead to huge problems very quickly, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Water is by far the best way to hydrate for exercise. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association recommends that athletes drink 17-20 ounces of water two hours before exercise, 7-10 ounces every 10-20 minutes at practice, and complete fluid loss replacement within two hours after practice. Frequent water breaks and staying away from soda are the key. Supplementing with sports drinks is a great idea as well. They replenish lost electrolytes, but be sure to use them in moderation.
3. Eat well balanced meals and don’t forget breakfast.
Don’t skip breakfast! Your body fasts all night while you sleep, and if you don’t eat upon waking, your body will have no fuel for that morning practice. You’ll also feel very tired and lethargic all day. Eating even a small breakfast, like a banana or yogurt, will give your body the energy boost it needs and will rev up your metabolism for the day. Don’t forget to refuel after practice within 30 minutes as well with a meal full of protein and good carbohydrates. This aids in the repair of muscle damage that occurs during practices and workouts and helps you recover better.
4. Shower after every practice and wear clean clothes to every practice.
With the abundance of skin rashes, staph infections, and MRSA, don’t take the risk. Staph and MRSA are known to spread like wildfire around teams, and according to the CDC, there are about 80,000 MRSA infections each year. It’s an awful infection that is very easily preventable. Clean clothes and clean skin equals less bacteria to spread around. If you have an open wound, blister, or cut, get it covered up before practice.
5. If something hurts, don’t ignore it.
Go see your certified athletic trainer before it gets worse.
This is preseason. Your shins might hurt, your back might hurt, and that blister may be really annoying in those new cleats. It is a given that you will be sore and tired almost every day, and when your body breaks down, injuries will happen. Don’t be afraid to go see your athletic trainer. It is our job to help prevent injuries and get you better so that you can succeed on the field. Even though the pain may be small it can lead to worse injuries down the road that could have been prevented. Take care of your body now so you can have a full, and hopefully successful, injury free season.

In SYNC Week 13 we fight racism! – Free audio resources

SYNC Returns ~ Summer 2015!


Download the free YA Novel & Summer Reading Classic
pair from SYNC here »

This Week’s Audiobooks:
Available to download free July 30 – August 5

The True Story of the Triple Nickles

Courage Has No ColorBy Tanya Lee Stone
Read by J.D. Jackson
Published by Brilliance AudioThey became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II.

“Stone’s historical work describes what it meant to serve in WWII as an African–American soldier. JD Jackson’s performance melds with the text, further strengthening a solid piece of nonfiction.”
– AudioFile Magazine

John Ball’s

John Ball’s In the Heat of the NightAdapted by Matt Pelfrey
Read by Ryan Vincent Anderson,
Michael Hammond, Kalen Harriman,
Travis Johns, James Morrison,
Darren Richardson & Tom Virtue
Published by L.A. Theatre Works
Please note: Title contains strong and
racially charged language.A visiting black detective from California is pitted against a small Alabama town simmering with anger over desegregation. A fitting reflection of America in the 1960s.

“The performances deliver all the tension, humor, and grit of the original novel and film. As Vigil Tibbs and Police Chief Bill Gillespie, Ryan Vincent Anderson and James Morrison lead a fine cast whose characters must overcome their own prejudices and differences to solve the crime.”
– AudioFile Magazine

Thank you to Brilliance Audio and L.A. Theatre Works for generously providing this week’s titles.

Available for a Limited Time:
Remember — download these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 08/06/2015! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.

Downloading Tips:
Download the OverDrive app to deliver SYNC summer audiobooks to you. The app is available for every major desktop and mobile platform, including Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phones and tablets, Kindle, NOOK, Windows 8 PC and tablet, Blackberry and Windows Phone.