Journal Tribune

Hope for the new year can lead us to improvements

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.

Early surge helps Rams ground Falcons

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.

The top 5 games of 2013

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.

Progress on military assaults is promising

Figures released last week showing a 50 percent increase in the number of sexual assaults reported across the military’s branches are at once heartening and disturbing.

Huot holds his own in holiday shutout

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.

Clearing snow, careful heating make winter safer

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.

Third-quarter run sends Warriors past Falcons

WELLS — Many times, the biggest shots in a basketball game are taken at the end of a half.

York County poised for growth in new year

2013 has been a year full of change, and as 2014 begins, we should all remember the good and make note of how to learn from the not so good.

Schroder’s double-double leads Spartans past Tigers

BIDDEFORD — Sanford boys basketball coach Paul Nolette has a simple phrase for the energetic style of senior forward Josh Schroder: “Schroder being Schroder.”


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.