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Maine native brings Croatian team on tour of U.S.

PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) - Mt. Blue alum Mike Soucie is coaching in the Portland for the Expo Christmas basketball tournament, which doesn't sound unusual on the surface, except that he's the coach of a Croatian high school team. 

Soucie, who moved to the Balkan country back in 2001, is on a two-week basketball tour with his team throughout New England.  Among the sightseeing will be attending NBA, Division I and III college basketball games, as well as playing against at least five Maine varsity teams.  The purpose is one part cultural growth and another gauging themselves against their American counterparts. 

Fifth Quarter Hoops Polls: Class 'C' & 'D'

NEWS CENTER - In the fourth edition of the NEWS CENTER/MBR top 5 polls for Classes 'C' and 'D', the Limestone girls were the biggest story going from unranked to number one. 

Class C Girls:

1. Calais        (2-0) 
2. Orono         (5-0)
3. Madison       (5-1)
4. Dexter        (5-2)
5. Dirigo        (5-1)
 
Class D Girls

1. Limestone     (4-0)
2. Rangeley      (4-0)
3. Forest Hills  (7-0)
4. Machias       (5-0)
5. Van Buren     (4-1)

NEWS CENTER / MBR Top 5 Poll: Class 'C' & 'D'

NEWS CENTER - Week three of the NEWS CENTER/MBR top 5 basketball polls for Classes 'C' & 'D' saw the biggest shakeup for the 'D' Girls.  The top-ranked boys teams in 'C' and 'D' play head-to-head Wednesday.

Class C Girls:

1. Calais (2-0)
2. Orono (4-0)
3. Waynflete (3-0) moves from 5 to 3
4. Dirigo (4-0)
5. Madison (4-1)

Class D Girls:

1. Van Buren (3-0) moves to top with win over Washburn, 66-63
2. Rangeley (4-0)
3. Machias (5-0)
4. Forest Hills (5-0)
5. Washburn (3-1) loss to Van Buren, drops to 5
 
Class C Boys:

1 Houlton (3-0) at Hodgdon on Wednesday
2 Lee Academy (3-0)
3 Dirigo (3-0)
4 Waynflete (3-0)
5 Calais (2-1)

Class D Boys:

Tuesday's high school sports postponements

NEWS CENTER - With a growing list of cancellations due to Tuesday's snowstorm, here is a list of high school sports postponements from across Maine. All make-up times listed are approximate varsity starts.

BOYS BASKETBALL

SOUTH PORTLAND @ THORNTON ACADEMY - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

SEARSPORT @ PENOBSCOT VALLEY - PPD

BOOTHBAY @ MOUNT ABRAM - PPD TO 5:30 PM MONDAY

DIRIGO @ MONMOUTH - PPD

WAYNFLETE @ TRAIP - PPD TO DEC. 23RD

NOBLE @ SCARBOROUGH - PPD TO WEDNESDAY 7 PM

BONNY EAGLE @ MARSHWOOD - PPD TO 6 PM THURSDAY

YORK @ GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER - PPD TO 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY

BIDDEFORD @ WESTBROOK - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

GREELY @ YARMOUTH - PPD

FRYEBURG ACADEMY @ KENNEBUNK - PPD

WELLS @ LAKE REGION - PPD

WINDHAM @ SANFORD - PPD TO 7 PM WEDNESDAY

CONY @ MT. ARARAT - PPD TO WEDNESDAY

CHEVERUS @ MASSABESIC - PPD

Friends of fish helping get new ideas, waterways flowing

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine is a water rich state, with thousands of miles of rivers and streams cutting through our fields and forests.  There are also thousands of miles of public and private roads and trails that dissect the state, but in the past when it came to building crossings over those waterways the thought often was about how to get water from one side of the road to another, not about the fish trying to cross under the roads.

Now the Fisheries Improvement Network (FIN), a collaboration between land owners, government agencies and environmental groups, is working to educate people about ways to build better passage ways and improve the habitat for fish, and for overall stream health.