HS Sports

Gridiron glory regained

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Southern Maine Raging Bulls are reaping the rewards of their hard work and dedication, by hosting a home playoff game for the first time in years.

The Raging Bulls play in the New England Football League, and play at the highest level of amateur football in the country.  On Saturday at 3pm, they face off against the Mill City Maulers in their first round playoff match up at Deering High School's Memorial Field.

"They put a lot of time and effort into this and they are all great men," stated head coach Ronnie Bates.  "To me, football is a microcosm of life.  It really is.  If you go out there and put in your honest effort and become better, as you would in your life, then you are going to see the rewards of it on the field."

The team is made up of forty-two players who range greatly in their ages and experience.

Cheerleaders mentor their younger counterparts

STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For years the high school cheerleaders at Bonny Eagle High School have taken their grade school counterparts under their wing to teach them the finer points of cheering.

"I think it is pretty rewarding, cause you learn a lot from the kids and you learn stuff about yourself that when you were little you might not have known," explained junior cheerleader Whitney Phillips, who herself was a participant in the cheering program starting in 2nd grade.

"It is something that I see like a life lesson," she added.  "To see what they had to go through with us, and now having to go through it personally, it is like a really good experience."

"They absolutely love the program," gushed Carrie Walker, president of the Bonny Eagle Cheering Boosters.  "We start in 2nd grade and go through 8th grade, and we have more parents calling us, how soon can my child get involved."

Officials needed at all levels of high school sports

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Looking to make some extra cash, be more physically active and work with kids?  Then becoming an official might be for you.

"We are always looking for good new people to come in to the officiating business and get the training and climb the ladder to the varsity level," stated Dick Durost, executive director of the Maine Principals' Association

"Almost always there's enough officials on a board available to do the varsity games," explained Durost.   "The JV level, the freshman level, and certainly down into the middle school level, that's the training grounds.  That's where we need, across the state, new people interested in building the skills, and knowledge to go with it, and provide the training ground for those officials that ultimately do the varsity games."