A trip to the AFC Championship: how much would it cost?

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- If you're a diehard New England Patriots fan and you were considering taking a last minute trip to Denver to watch the AFC Championship game this weekend, you may want to take a look at how much money you should have in your bank account.

Once a diehard fan gets out of every day life commitments, like work, tending to children and family members, and perhaps a few extracurricular activities, it's time to make a budget.

As of 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon, it would cost someone $1584.77 for a quick getaway weekend. That is if the diehard fan chooses the cheapest flight from Bangor to Denver ($1260.99), the cheapest hotel room in Denver ($50/night for two nights, averaging $111.68 with tax), and the cheapest ticket to the championship game ($212.10 on StubHub).

Wescott's Olympic status in jeopardy

NEWS CENTER - Seth Wescott's bid for a potential Olympic gold three-peat took a major hit on Sunday as he failed to meet the Olympic standard before the 2014 Winter Games. 

The Carrabassett Valley resident competed in his first Olympic qualifiers just this past weekend due to a torn ACL he suffered last April.  He failed to qualify for the final of Saturday's World Cup snowboard cross event in Andorra and only managed a 31st place finish the following day at the same venue.  There was one final race scheduled next weekend in Switzerland, but was postopned until after the Sochi Olympics due to a lack of snow. 

Fifth Quarter Friday: Jan. 3

NEWS CENTER - Even with the most recent snow storm, Fifth Quarter Friday had highlights from eight games across the state.  Here are all the finals and postponements.


H.S. basketball polls: Classes 'A' & 'B' , Week 5

NEWS CENTER - Here's are the high school basketball rankings in Class 'A' and 'B' for week five. 

Class 'A' Boys

1. Hampden (6-0)
2. Portland (7-0)
3. Bonny Eagle (7-0)
4. Bangor (4-2)
5. Falmouth (5-1)

Class 'B' Boys

1. Greely (6-0)
2. Caribou (6-0)
3. Oceanside (6-1)
4. Morse: (7-0)
5 Yarmouth (3-2)

Class 'A' Girls

1. Mcauley (6-0)
2.Edward Little (7-0)
3. Lawrence (5-1)
4. Thornton Acad. (5-1)
5. Portland (6-1)

Class 'B' Girls

1. Lake Region (5-1)
2. Nokomis (7-0)
3. Presque Isle (9-0)
4. Wells (5-1)
5. Mount Desert Island (6-1)
5. Spruce Mountain (6-0)

NEWS CENTER/MBR TOP 5 Poll: Class 'C' & 'D', Week 5

NEWS CENTER - Here's a look at the NEWS CENTER/MBR Top 5 polls fors Class 'C' and 'D' in boys and girls basketball

Class C Girls:
1. Calais (3-0)
2. Orono  (6-0)
3. Madison (5-1)
4. Dirigo (5-1) 
5. St. Dom's (6-1)

Class D Girls
1. Limestone (7-0)
2. Rangeley 5-0
3. Forest Hills (7-0)
4. Machias (6-0)
5. Van Buren(4-1)
Class C Boys:
1 Houlton  (7-0)
2 Dirigo (5-0)
3 Calais (5-1)
4 Waynflete (5-0)
5 Washington Academy (5-2)

Class D Boys:
1. Hodgdon (6-1)
2. Forest Hills (7-0)
3. Hyde (3-0)
4. Valley (5-1)
5. Easton (7-0 )

Gaziano award semi-finalists announced

NEWS CENTER - The Gaziano selection committed announced the 15 semi-finalists for the fourth annual award given to Maine's most well-rounded offensive and defensive linemen. 

Offensive Linemen

Brendan Moore, Bangor

Isaiah Reynolds, Bonny Eagle

Joshua Thibeault, Brunswick

Greg Grinnell, Cheverus

Matt Powell, Leavitt

Jedidiah Thomas Scott, Sanford

Ethan Liberty, Skowhegan

Ethan Petty, Windham

Defensive Linemen

Caelan Houle, Cape Elizabeth

Dylan Rasch, Greely

Colin Richards, Mt. Blue

Russell Wilson, Nokomis

Luke Washburn, Oak Hill

Jacob Fogel, Portland

Michael Pino, Scarborough