Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, along with players on the team spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article on the one year anniversary of an Interstate 95 bus crash the team was involved in. The players and coach recalled the crash and spoke about its lasting effects. “I think because we all survived it and without long-lasting, permanent injuries, it was something that we looked at as having brought us together and that we endured,” Barron said. “That’s probably something that strengthens our team.”
The University of Maine announced on Tuesday that Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) of the field hockey team, Kelton Cullenberg (Chesterville, Maine) of the cross country and track and field teams and Marcus Wasilewski (Kulpmont, Pa.) of the football team are the recipients of the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Awards. The awards are presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service.
Stewart, a kinesiology and exercise science major with a 3.984 grade point average, finished second on the field hockey team in scoring her junior season with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.
Cullenberg, the first UMaine male runner to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship since 1979, has been named to the Dean’s List six times and has posted a perfect 4.0 grade point average four times.
Wasilewski capped his senior season by leading Maine to the CAA Title and a first-ever home NCAA playoff game and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference First Team. He also earned the New England Football Writers Gold Helmet of the Year.
The “M” Club Dean Smith Award was first presented as the “M” Club Scholarship Award in 1980. The award was renamed to honor Dean Smith in 1993. Dean Smith was a recipient of the Walter Byers Award presented by the NCAA. Smith combined the top grade-point average among senior electrical engineering majors with the NAC scoring title as the captain of the 1989-90 men’s basketball team.
In addition, the University of Maine Athletic Department named its sixth annual “Team Maine” representing the top sophomore, junior or senior achieving the highest grade point average for the calendar year 2013. Representing “Team Maine” for 2013 are:
Logan Fullmer, Baseball, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Till Gloger, Men’s Basketball, Business Administration
E. Kelton Cullenberg, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE — Exercise Science *
Arron Achey, Football, KPE — Exercise Science
Kyle Williams, Men’s Ice Hockey, Finance
Robert Bickford, Men’s Swimming, Biochemistry
Megan Smith, Cheering, Nursing
Rachele Burns, Women’s Basketball, KPE — Teaching and Coaching
Holly Stewart, Field Hockey, KPE — Exercise Science *
Brianne Kilgour, Women’s Ice Hockey, KPE — Teaching and Coaching and KPE M. Ed. (Grad)
Katelyn Massey, Women’s Ice Hockey, Psychology *
Stephanie Wood, Softball, Biology
Abigail Linn, Women’s Swimming, Sociology
Taylor Cunningham, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, English and Anthropology (DM) Honors College
Darien Lewis, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science – Honor College
Carolyn Stocker, Food Science and Human Nutrition — Honors College *
Rachel Wilkinson, Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field, Food Science and Human Nutrition *
Ashten Hackett, Women’s Track and Field, KPE Exercise Science
Lisa Bijman, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science *
Meaghan Bradica, Women’s Soccer, KPE Exercise Science #
The Bangor Daily News reported on the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Award winners at the University of Maine. The honor is given to the top male and female student-athletes who have displayed outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service. UMaine field hockey player Holly Stewart, cross-country and track team member Kelton Cullenberg, and quarterback Marcus Wasilewski were selected as this year’s award recipients.
The Portland Press Herald published an in-depth Q&A session with Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s new director of athletics. Creech spoke about his past, UMaine’s hockey and basketball programs, campus facilities and his goals for his new position.
The University of Maine announced 261 student-athletes will be honored and recognized for their academic success at the Scholar-Athlete Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2014 in Wells Conference Center.
At the ceremony, 195 student-athletes will be recognized as scholar-athletes for achieving a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the 2013 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Sixty-six first-year student-athletes will be honored as rising stars for earning a 3.0 GPA or higher in their first semester at UMaine.
Now in its 25th year, the awards have been presented annually since 1989 and 3,189 medallions have been awarded. This is the 10th year in a row that more than half of the university’s student-athletes have been honored. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine Foundation, University Credit Union, the M Club and the Alumni Association.
“Recognizing over half of our student-athletes as scholar-athletes is an impressive accomplishment,” says UMaine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. “This group exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete, excelling in both the classroom and in their sport. I congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.”
At the reception, UMaine will honor the student-athletes and also announce the annual recipients of the M Club Dean Smith Award, presented to the top male and female scholar-athlete. Team Maine will also be announced, honoring the sophomore, junior or senior from each team who has achieved the highest grade point average for the 2013 calendar year.
All scholar-athletes will receive a medallion, the color of which represents the number of years a recipient has earned the award. This year, 97 student-athletes will receive bronze medals signifying the first time they have received the award, 56 will receive silver medals signifying the second time they have won the award, and 36 will receive gold medals signifying the third time they have received the award. Four student-athletes will receive double gold medals for their fourth award.
A list of the student-athletes to be honored is available online.
WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) spoke with Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s new director of athletics, during his first week on the job. Creech, who was previously the senior associate director of athletics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), said he has already seen a strong passion and pride for the university and the state of Maine which makes his job easier. He also said he plans to take it upon himself to make sure student-athletes are successful and to create a positive atmosphere for UMaine athletics.
The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the University of Maine women’s basketball team’s Play 4Kay game. The team raised $13,585 for the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Coach Richard Barron, who dyed his hair pink for the game, made good on his promise to shave his head if the team met its goal of $10,000. Play4Kay is named after Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.
The Bangor Daily News reported three former University of Maine hockey players will take part in the winter Olympics. Goalie Jimmy Howard, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings and played for UMaine from 2002 to 2005, will play for Team USA in Sochi. Howard’s Detroit teammate Gustav Nyquist was named to the Swedish Olympic team. Matthias Trattnig, a member of UMaine’s 1999 national championship team, will make his second Olympic appearance as an assistant captain for Team Austria. The Portland Press Herald carried an Associated Press report on Nyquist being named to the Swedish team.
Fifty-six University of Maine student-athletes were named to the 2013 fall America East Honor Roll for obtaining a semester grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher.
A conference-record 708 student-athletes competed in fall sports for America East institutions, and 68 percent of all competitors garnered honor roll recognition.
Student-athletes from the UMaine women’s cross-country team took the title for most Black Bears named to the list, as 19 student-athletes qualified. Women’s soccer was next highest with 15, followed by field hockey with 13 and men’s cross-country with nine members qualifying for the honor.
Below is a full list of Maine’s honorees:
*Denotes Commissioner’s Honor Roll
The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) were among news organizations to report on the University of Maine’s unveiling of the renovated New Balance Field House. The construction included the installation of a new track with an added fourth lane, a second long jump/triple jump pit, a permanent throwing circle with retractable cage, new netting, an updated air circulation/heating system and ADA accessibility. Members of the UMaine track and field team and coach Mark Lech spoke about the building’s changes. Lech said the field house now fulfills all of the team’s needs. Will Biberstein, UMaine’s associate athletic director, told the BDN the field house is essential for UMaine and the whole eastern Maine community.