Fitness day tops UMPI sports news

17 years ago

UMPI students plan fitness day for children

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — University of Maine at Presque Isle students in the Physical Education Majors Club have organized a play day for area children on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Gentile Hall.
    UMPI Fit and Fun Day, which is free of charge, is geared for students in grades 1 through 5. Activities will include cup stacking, scooter racing, dancing, parachute games, and such motor skill techniques as throwing with rubber chickens, frogs, and turtles. There will be other activities focused on health and fitness.
The multipurpose court will be set up for the various activities, where children will spend 20 minutes in each area before moving on to another activity. Several UMPI physical education and athletic training students will be facilitating the activities and helping children throughout the day.
“We’ve planned four of these events over the past two years and all have had tremendous community response. Through this community-based program, the UMPI students can practice interacting with the children through these teachable moments, and the children have fun through healthy and exciting activities,” explained Trevor Parent, a senior physical education major. “It is a good way to get children involved in fitness, and show them that being and staying healthy can be fun.”
For more information about the event, call Dr. Chris Standefer, 768-9457 or Parent, 540-1226.

Women pick up two wins

   PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The University of Maine at Presque Isle women’s basketball team picked up two big wins at home over the past week, beating UMaine-Fort Kent 56-48 and UMaine-Augusta 106-49.
Wednesday night, the Lady Owls never trailed as they picked up a win over county rival Fort Kent. Erica Davis led the team with 19 points and seven steals and Leah Joy added 11 points, five assists and three steals, but coach Richard Ward said that it was the defense that really earned the victory.
“We out-rebounded the larger Lady Bengals and held them to a 30 percent field goal average,” Ward said. “We have a lot of respect for Nicole Corbin and the rest of the UMFK team. This is a big win for us.”
The Lady Bengals were led by Ashley Ames and Dana Lemon with 12 points each.
The win resulted in a sweep of the season for UMPI against UMFK as it was announced later in the day that the Lady Bengals were forced to forfeit an earlier contest against the Owls due to an administrative oversight.
The Lady Owls took the momentum from the Fort Kent game into the weekend, translating it into a huge margin over UMaine-Augusta.
Leading 51-25 at the half, UMPI maintained a good full-court press which resulted in several fast-breaks. The entire bench contributed to the win and helped the Lady Owls close the year unbeaten at home.
Leah Joy, the lone UMPI senior, took advantage of Senior Day and poured in a season high 20 points, adding six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Erica Davis added 28 points and seven steals. Ashley Brooker put up 15 points, three assists and five rebounds.
UM-Augusta was led by Shammaine Clements with 20 points and Aleigh Mills added 14.
“Our defense is capable of carrying the team and is still very young,” Ward said. “I am pleased with the players’ ability to run a five-person motion offense with often forces the opposing defense to work very hard.
The Lady Owls have won seven straight and improve to 12-5 on the season. Next up for the team is St. Elizabeth and Fisher Colleges over the weekend.
In other news from the Lady Owls, Davis was named the Association of Division III Independents women’s basketball player of the week for the week of Jan. 22. In three UMPI victories, she averaged 25.3 points, 13 rebounds, 4.7 steals and two assists per game.
Men lose heartbreakers

  PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The University of Maine at Presque Isle men’s basketball team lost a pair of close games over the weekend taking an 87-85 heartbreaker to UMaine-Fort Kent and an equally hard 89-86 loss to UMaine-Augusta.
Wednesday, UMPI hosted county rival UMFK and led for most of the game, but the Bengals made 25 of 33 attempts from the foul line to UMPI’s 5-of-13 performace for the win.
Leading UMFK were Jimmy Lopez with 21 points and Hamill Bassue with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Michael Sandoval led the Owls with 17 points followed by Travis Hovey, Anthony Wingate and Mike Latchford with 16 points each.
Saturday’s game against UM-Augusta went back and forth but UMA got a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to break a tie and win the game.
Leading UMA was Deon Cheers with 29 points followed by Dan Duplissey with 17.
Wingate and Hovey led UMPI with 35 and 29 points, respectively.