KENNEBUNK — Heading into Friday night’s boys basketball game against Freeport, Kennebunk senior captain Austin Sandler admitted he had some nerves about the way his team would fare at the start considering the amount of off time the team has had over the past few days.
A new year is supposed to bring with it a spirit of hope for the future. That famous countdown and ball dropping is a time to set goals for improvement, to make positive changes and embrace new experiences. That’s what the energy at New York City’s Times Square is all about each Dec. 31, as people crowd together in the cold to commemorate what was and join each other in celebrating the possibilities of a new year.
Over the course of 2013, my role as a sports writer allowed me cover over 130 high school sports events – be they baseball, lacrosse, basketball, football, field hockey or soccer games; track, cross country, wrestling or swimming meets; and even a few tennis matches.
While it took some time for the Thornton Academy boys hockey team to get in sync against Edward Little last Thursday, junior goalie Andrew Huot was in tune from the start. Huot stonewalled a Red Eddies attack that spent plenty of time in the attacking zone and posted a shutout in the Trojans’ 4-0 win in the Yankee Ford Hockey Holiday Classic at USM Ice Arena in Gorham.
Winter can be a dangerous time of year, with extreme weather that can turn daily activities into hazards. Simply going for a walk during the winter puts one at risk for slips and falls, which can be especially damaging for the elderly.
Thumbs up to York County government on its improved rating by Standard & Poors. The county got an uptick in its rating about a year and a half ago, and now, it’s at AA – a full point increase. Ratings are important as they signify the organization, business or government’s financial health. Having a good rating – like having a good credit score – improves the interest rates available when the entity borrows money – and its borrowing ability.