The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s promotional motto is “north of ordinary.”
“Four miles north of Lisbon” would be accurate, as well. And that makes the look of the Owls’ women’s basketball roster unique.
Eleven players suit up for UMPI each night, and three of them were products of the program at Lisbon High School.
The Moore sisters, Emily and Renee, and Amber Cloutier led the resurrection of a Greyhounds program that once lost 115 consecutive games only a few years before their arrival.
After turning Lisbon into a tournament fixture in recent years, they’ve turned their attention to putting UMPI on Maine’s Division III basketball map.
UMPI (8-11) had a three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in the Lisbon ladies’ closest trip to home this winter, a 88-51 loss to Bates College.
All three performed well in the loss. Renee Moore, a sophomore forward, scored 11 points. Emily Moore, senior point guard and co-captain, added eight.
Freshman guard Cloutier chalked up some of her longest playing time of the season, dishing out four assists in a 20-minute stint.
Renee Moore has been a model of consistency for the Owls. While her season-high is 13 points against both UMaine-Fort Kent and SUNY-Canton, the 11 at Bates represented her eighth double-digit game of the season. She tallied 12 last Sunday in a home rout of Fisher.
Currently the younger Moore is third on the team with 8.4 points and second with 5.4 rebounds per contest.
While the older sister’s primary role is playmaker, she has shown explosiveness as a scorer. Emily Moore erupted for 18 points against UMaine-Machias, 17 versus UMFK and 11 each against Fisher and UMaine-Augusta.
In addition to her 6.7 points per game, Emily Moore leads UMPI with an average 3.5 assists and hauls down just under four rebounds a night.
Also at Presque Isle, former Leavitt skier Justin Fereshetian led the Owls to an unprecedented feat in the University of New Hampshire Carnival on Jan. 29.
The senior from Turner finished 28th in the classical sprints. Together with teammate Joey Bard in 16th, it represented the first time in team history that UMPI has placed two men among the top 30 in that event at an Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association race.
A few days earlier, Fereshetian also competed in the Bates Carnival at Black Mountain in Rumford.
The breakout season continues for two celebrated tri-county athletes at the University of Maine.
Courtney Anderson of Greene (Leavitt) remains a staple in the women’s basketball starting lineup as a freshman.
Her importance to the Black Bears’ rebuilding process may be best evidenced by minutes played. Anderson ranks second on the team in that category, averaging more than 27, with fewer rest breaks as the season has progressed.
Anderson played a season-high 37 minutes in Maine’s last game, a 48-47 victory over Binghamton. She hit two free throws down the stretch to protect the lead.
Maine beat Vermont, 70-60, on Jan. 16 behind Anderson’s 10 points. The Black Bears are 3-3 in their last six conference games and have won six in all, surpassing their total of four last season.
Anderson’s 2.9 assists per game lead the team. She has nailed 18 3-pointers, second on the squad, and is tied for third with 18 steals.
On the ice, Lewiston sophomore Mark Anthoine has emerged as the Black Bears’ chief threat on the power play. Eight of his nine goals this season have come on the man-advantage.
Anthoine also has a short-handed goal and two game-winners for streaking Maine, which has surged to 14-8-3 overall and 11-7-2 i9n Hockey East after a rocky start.
WIN FOR SCHWINN
Hamilton College junior Muriel Schwinn of Auburn (Edward Little HS) won the long jump for the Division III Continentals in the multi-divisional Colgate Invitational on Jan. 28.
Schwinn covered a distance of 15 feet, 9 3/4 inches to earn the win. She also narrowly missed out on the finals of the 60-meter dash, falling shy of the top six by one spot with a time of 8.53 seconds in the preliminaries.