The ball-hunting seagull should have been the hint for Phil Mickelson that he was going to have a wild back nine on Friday at Pebble Beach.There were birdies all around, and bogeys, too, as Mickelson recorded only three pars on the incoming nine, and he still managed to be on the fringe of contention in the U.S. Open.The San Diegan shot 2-under-par 69 and stood at 1 under overall, eight shots off the lead of Gary Woodland heading into the weekend. The back nine got off to a bizarre start after Mickelson split the fairway with his drive at the difficult par-4 10th. As the golfers left the tee, Fox television cameras caught a seagull strolling up to Mickelson’s ball. The bird examined it and plucked it off the grass, only to drop it a few seconds later. An official was on hand to help Mickelson replace his ball.Of course, Mickelson followed the birdie with a birdie on the hole, draining a 27-foot putt.From there, Mickelson made bogey at 12, birdies at 13 and 14, and bogeys at 15 … [Read more...] about Mickelson’s U.S. Open drama: birdies, bogeys, seagulls, oh my!
Saving old seagulls
Eliza Hotham of Gray-New Gloucester High School pulls down a rebound between Alexa Thayer, left, of GNG and Julia Clark of Old Orchard Beach during the first half in Gray on Tuesday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)GRAY — Gray-New Gloucester came out in a full-court press defense on Old Orchard Beach’s first possession and kept that same intensity throughout the first half and cruised to a 56-19 girls’ basketball win Tuesday. The press created turnovers and turned them into efficient offensive possession, and helped the Patriots (12-1) amass a 45-6 halftime lead. “This was maybe our best half of offensive basketball of the year,” Gray-NG coach Mike Andreasen said. “We don’t put up a lot of points, but we put up 45 at half. I thought we moved the ball well, we made good decisions, and our press was the key to all that working.” The Patriots made eight steals in the first half alone thanks to the full-court pressure. Gray-NG’s Bri Jordan … [Read more...] about Girls’ basketball: Gray-New Gloucester puts pressure on, routs Old Orchard Beach
For California tourist Liam Colwell, it wasn’t a choice. He knew there was only one thing to do: the bird must live, he thought. The 17-year-old spotted the struggling seagull while walking Green Lake on Monday with his family, visiting from the Bay Area. Overnight freezing temperatures were rising, but still below 40 degrees. The bird was tangled in a fishing line attached to a nearby tree, so he sprang into action. “The seagull was going to die if nobody did anything,” Colwell said in an interview. “If I have the ability to save the seagull or let it die, I don’t know why I would just let it die.” The high-school senior scaled the tree, hoping to take down the line and pull the bird to shore. Instead, the branch snapped, falling into the lake. Colwell took off his jacket and waded into the chilly waters, nearly up to his chest at one point. While Colwell reeled in the fishing line, his sister ran to a nearby restaurant to borrow a pair of … [Read more...] about Tourist braves chilly Green Lake to rescue seagull tangled in fishing line
Eight-man football could be coming to Maine as soon as 2019. It’s just a matter of which high schools might opt for it. “At first glance, I’d say most of Class E and seven teams in Class D North,” would be willing to make the switch, said Dean Plante, Old Orchard Beach High’s athletic director and football coach. “It’s something we’re very, very strongly going to consider. We would be foolish not to. Our numbers are never terrible but we have a small school with limited student-athletes.”The Maine Principals’ Association is exploring the possibility of an eight-man football league that would play for a championship – an alternative for some schools playing the traditional 11-man version of the sport. Seventeen states offered eight-man football in 2016, according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations. The key reason for eight-man football, obviously, is that fewer players are needed to … [Read more...] about Eight-man football could be a viable option for several schools
There’s a reason Cole Porter’s songs are often referred to as “standards.” The composer-lyricist set an enduring benchmark with his show tunes, no more so than in his 1934 musical “Anything Goes.” The score to the shenanigans-at-high-seas story includes a bevy of old-school delights, including the messianic barn-burner “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” the whimsically romantic “It’s De-lovely” and the unstoppable title tune. Music Theater Works’ Broadway-sized revival of “Anything Goes” does a fine job delivering that delightful score. Directed by Rudy Hogenmiller with music direction by conductor Roger L. Bingaman, the lavish production looks and sounds great. But not even Bingaman’s 16-person orchestra can drown out a libretto that’s aged badly. The original book (by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse) has been revised at least three times. Hogenmiller uses Timothy Crouse … [Read more...] about Aboard a ship of fools, ‘Anything Goes’ provides a musical high-water mark