USATHSS Fifth Quarter Football Top 10 and POTW

(NEWS CENTER) - Week 2 of the high school football season about to kick is our Top 10 Poll of teams. Remember...NEWS CENTER's poll is the only statewide poll, with representatives from both regions, all 4 classes and all 8 divisions.

Thursday is also the day we announce the winner of our Fifth Quarter Play of the Week! Check it out and see the winner.

Fifth Quarter Forecaster XCountry-Field Hockey Week 2 Top 5

(NEWS CENTER) - Week 2 of our Fifth Quarter/Forecaster Top 5 polls for the sports of field hockey and cross country as those teams have been working hard in the early season....Check out this week's polls.

Vote on Syria a tough call for Maine's members of Congress

SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Members of Maine's congressional delegation continue to struggle with their votes on military action in Syria.

At a ribbon cutting Monday morning, Senator Angus King (I-Maine) said he had lost sleep over making his decision. He says he's trying to figure out whether it's a bigger risk to go into Syria or stay out.

"This is an important decision that could have ramifications that could go on for years either way, so it deserves a deep thoughtful consideration. I didn't sleep very well last night," King said.

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) also has not made up her mind, nor has Congressman Mike Michaud (D-ME2). Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME1) has said she is "inclined to vote no," though she plans to listen to briefings this week before making a final decision.

Fit at Five: Walk Across America

You never know where the road will take you and for Bernie McDonald that's okay. He is going to enjoy his journey one step at a time.

"I'm just a curious guy and I travel around out of curiosity. You learn a lot about people and life by walking through places."

Over the next year Bernie plans to walk across the country sharing his love of yoga in different communities, building awareness of living a healthy lifestyle, and to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. His journey began on August 25th in Portland and in two weeks he has already he has made the trek 94 miles to Salem Massachusetts. His route is based on the networks of people in the yoga community he meets along the way. You can follow his journey and learn how to make donations through his Berndog Yoga Facebook page. We have posted a link for more information.

USATHSS Fifth Quarter Week 1 Football Play of the Week nominees

(NEWS CENTER) - Week one is in the books and after the dust is settled, the NEWS CENTER staff picked the 5 best plays we saw on Friday and Saturday.

Follow this LINK to vote on our USA TODAY High School Sports site and vote!

While you are there, we have some other active polls we'd love for you to vote on. We are very interested in your opinions.

Fifth Quarter, Week One: Full Show

(NEWS CENTER) - Lee Goldberg, Csaba Sukosd, and Jessica Gagne have the highlights from 15 games across Maine, including the upset of top-ranked Thornton Academy, plus the rest of the scores from around the state.

T.A. unanimous #1 in 'Fifth Quarter' preseason poll

(NEWS CENTER) - The Thornton Academy Trojans open 2013 the way they ended 2012:  on top.  The reigning Class 'A' champs (11-1 in 2012) were a unanimous selection to as the number one team in the 'Fifth Quarter' preseason poll. 

The team in second is the program that finished second to T.A. in the 2012 Western Maine final:  Cheverus (10-1 in 2012). 

The Portland Bulldogs (6-4), who lost to Cheverus in the Western Maine semifinals came in at third. 

In fourth, are the 2012 runners-up in Eastern Maine Class 'A', the Cony Rams.  Cony finished last season with a record of 8-3.

The team they lost to, the two-team reigning Eastern Maine champs from Lawrence are fifthy.  The boys from Fairfield have been bumped to 'B' with the expansion to a four-class system.