USATHSS Fifth Quarter 2012 Football Play of the Year

(NEWS CENTER) - So...NEWS CENTER got to a lot of games last year, so we had a tough time getting to 5 of the best plays in football last season. We know there may have been others, these are the ones that made our Top 5. Please take a second and click on this BOLD LINK to our USA TODAY High School Sports site and vote for your favorite.

Play 1 is Traip Academy Rangers running back Corey Aldecoa. He took on what seemed to be the entire Yarmouth defense for a spectacular 80 yard TD run.

Play 2 is Waterville Purple Panthers receiver Nick Danner. Danner caught a tipped ball thrown by Aidan Fitzgerald and raced 65 yards for a touchdown.

Play 3 is Lawrence Bulldogs returner Beau Grenier. Beau collected a bouncing, slick squib kickoff and raced 79 yards for the TD.

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(NEWS CENTER) - Well folks, the high school sports season is upon us and as usual, we at NEWS CENTER are ready to provide our fans with the best coverage in the state!

USATHSS Fifth Quarter 2012 Highlights Preview

(NEWS CENTER) - The USA TODAY High School Sports Fifth Quarter Season preview is coming up fast!

Mark your calendars and set your DVRs (because you are going to want to watch it more than once) for NEWS CENTER on Saturday August 31st at 7:30PM. The 2013 high school football season proves to be another fun one for players, cheerleaders, coaches, officials and fans of the game all around.

As always NEWS CENTER is poised to bring you loads of exciting high school football content. Our USA TODAY High School Sports site is new and improved and ready to be more interactive than ever. We also have a few tricks up our sleeve at NEWS CENTER...but you are going to have to wait for those items to be announced.

LePage, House Speaker disagree on transportation bond

NORTH BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Appearing at an employee appreciation event for workers at Pratt & Whitney manufacturing facility, Governor Paul LePage and Speaker of the House Mark Eves agreed to disagree over the handling of a proposed $100 million transportation bond.

Governor LePage had written a letter to Democratic leaders encouraging the legislature reconvene in August to pass a transportation bond, paving the way for the proposal to be voted on at the polls in November. 

He says instead of contacting him to discuss the matter, they issued their own press release saying they will take the matter up in September and have the bond issue appear on the ballot in June instead, a move the governor says will have an impact on road construction projects next year.

MPA Football Committee decides on championships

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine Principals' Association football committee met in Augusta today to finalize Championship plans for the new four class system which will begin with the 2013 football season.

As NEWS CENTER reported earlier, the proposal on the table was to hold one championship game at Morse Field, Alfond Stadium at The University of Maine in Orono on Friday night and three games at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland on Saturday. Those plans were approved by the committee Tuesday.

The 2013 Class B Championship will be held Friday night, November 22 at Morse Field. Classes A, C and D will take place Saturday November 23 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The committee also finalized the plan to rotate the Class B, C and D games in Orono over three years and keep the Class A game in Portland.

Mainers drop playoff opener, on brink of elimination

NEWPORT, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - A night after Sanford played their way into their sixth straight New England Collegiate League playoffs, the Mainers are once again one loss away from ending their season. 

Sanford dropped the opening game in their best-of three series against Newport by an 11-4 final.
Game two will take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Goodall Park in Sanford.