USM basketball player joins team on memorable trip home for the holidays

Posted on January 30, 2012 by jneill in Sports, Sports Feature

USM men’s basketball player Jeremy Jackson hadn’t been in his hometown just outside of New Orleans since August. But Jackson joined his teammates for a holiday tournament in the Big Easy over Christmas break, and the team was able to take away much more than just wins and losses from its trip.

2011-2012 Basketball Preview: Men’s team off to fast start while women look to build on last year

Posted on November 27, 2011 by jneill in Sports

Senior guard Kim Rivet drives to her right while freshman guard Stephanie Gallagher defends her in a practice on Nov. 13. The women’s basketball team have begun the season 3-2.

Men’s basketball team: Last season the USM men’s basketball team won five of their first six games, which was one more win than they had in the entire 2009-2010 season. The Huskies have already repeated their early-season success in 2011-2012 by starting 3-0, and they have a bevy of returners that seem eager to erase […]

A man in his own class

Posted on November 15, 2011 by jneill in Sports Feature

Costello accepts a cake from the USM Athletics Department during a ceremony after winning his 200th game as women’s coach in 1987. The win made him the only NCAA coach to eclipse 200 wins in both men’s and women’s basketball.

In 1987, legendary USM men’s and women’s basketball coach Doc Costello accomplished something no other NCAA coach had done before, but it was his kindness and class toward everyone he came across that stood out far beyond his success and triumphs.

USM athletics looks to future with new field and website

Posted on October 04, 2011 by jneill in Sports

The new $1.16 million Hannaford Field, now home to the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse teams, replaced the former grass surface behind the Costello Sports Complex in Gorham earlier this month.

As I walked into USM Athletic Director Al Bean’s office last week, pictures adorned the wall, a bat leaned against the far wall with a furry USM Husky golf head cover over the knob and a graduate assistant and an intern were hard at work. Below me I felt my foot drag on a what […]

Words of wisdom from a Free Press veteran

Posted on September 05, 2011 by jneill in Perspectives, The Neill Spiel

Joel Neill, previous Sports Editor for the USM Free Press

As I approach my final year of school and my final year contributing to The Free Press, I’ve realized one theme remains consistent at USM: Students aren’t motivated to get involved.

Men’s and women’s outdoor track take home LEC Titles

Posted on May 01, 2011 by jneill in Sports

Junior Bethany Dumas helped lead the way for the women's outdoor track and field team en route to their 12th straight LEC/NE Alliance title on Saturday at Fitchburg State. The men's team took home their fourth straight.

The USM women’s and men’s outdoor track and field teams took home some more hardware on Saturday as they won their 12th and fourth straight Little East Conference Titles, due in large part to the usual suspects: Bethany Dumas and Matt Harmon.

Free Press Sports Editor: A lucky gig

Posted on May 01, 2011 by jneill in Sports, The Neill Spiel

Sports Editor Joel Neill

As a former athlete at USM, I can attest to the nostalgia of watching sports that I once played competitively, but I feel I have been truly lucky to have the help from the USM Athletics Department, and the dedicated people who work in it during my four semesters as sports editor.

The Free Press’ Sports Year in Review

Posted on April 30, 2011 by jneill in Sports

Sports Editor Joel Neill

Along with the ebbs and flows of a college athletic season, there are performances and accomplishments that stand out among others. In honor of The Free Press’ last issue of the academic year, the Sports staff has compiled the top ten USM sports performances of the 2010-2011 year. Sit back and enjoy.

New bat standard yet to hamper USM baseball’s plate production

Posted on April 22, 2011 by jneill in Sports

USM sophomore Nick Grady hits with a new BBCOR standard bat that the NCAA implemented into college baseball this spring. The new bats are similar to wood bats, and one of the standard's goals is to create a balance between offense and defense, which is something that it hasn't achieved with USM's offense as they've been even more potent at the plate in 2011 than in 2010.

The NCAA’s new BBCOR bat standard was implemented in college baseball this spring, but it hasn’t taken long for programs to get used to the new bats, with USM being one of them.

Kobe Bryant’s actions question veteran integrity

Posted on April 22, 2011 by jneill in Sports, The Neill Spiel

Sports Editor Joel Neill

Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the best NBA shooting guards of all-time, but his actions and attitude show hints of immaturity.