Richmond girls win Class D title in PK's

HAMPDEN (NEWS CENTER) - The Richmond girls came into the Class D soccer final as two-time reigning state champs.  That experience ultimately was the difference as they outlasted state final debutants Washburn 2-1 on penalty kicks. 

It's Richmond's ninth state title in program history. 

Scarborough boys roll to Class A crown

HAMPDEN (NEWS CENTER) - A hat-trick from Dan Ornstein and another goal from Austin Downing sent Scarborough on their way to their ninth state championship 4-0 over Mt. Ararat.

Class A East: Lawrence remains unbeaten, coasts to final

FAIRFIELD (NEWS CENTER) - Top-seeded Lawrence (10-0) showed why they're the three-time reigning Eastern Maine Class A champs as they shutout Messalonskee (6-4), 27-0. 

The Bulldogs will host second-seeded Cony (8-2) in the regional final after the Rams knocked off Brunswick, 21-20. 

The Dragons (7-3) missed an extra point off the upright in the fourth quarter.

Downeaster makes first morning run from Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Passengers had to wait a little longer than expected to make the first morning run on the newly expanded Downeaster train service out of Brunswick.

The first daily train to Boston is scheduled to depart at 7:05 a.m.  But electrical problems delayed the train from reaching the station by more than an hour on Friday morning.

The technical glitch did not dampen the enthusiam of local leaders for the new service.  Brunswick Town Manager Gary Brown told NEWS CENTER'S Lee Nelson that he is hopeful the train will serve as a pipeline for tourists from the Boston area.

Mt. Ararat wins class B East crown in 2OT over Lewiston

TOPSHAM (NEWS CENTER)- Mt. Ararat was 46 seconds away from winning the Class B East title over Lewiston in regulation.  Instead, they had "settle" for the victory in double overtime, 2-1. 

Robbe Small's header off Ben Volk's throw-in 2:10 into the second OT clinched the Eagles (15-1-1) 6th trip to the state final, where they'll play Scarborough in Hampden  Saturday at 10 am. 

After a scoreless first half, Griffin Stockdale's goal was got things going 13 minutes into the second half. 

That lead stood until 46 seconds left in regulation when Abd Shariff-Hersi tied the match on a volley from the right sideline. 

The Blue Devils finish their season with a 13-2-2 record.

Downeaster begins rolling north to Freeport, Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After years of waiting, people in Mid-coast Maine finally have their train. Eleven years after coming to Portland, Amtrak's Downeaster officially started service between Brunswick and Boston.

Big crowds and high school bands turned out in both towns to welcome the train today. It was a special, inaugural train, filled with local and state leaders, railroad officials and people who have worked for years to bring train service back.

The trip actually began in Boston, with a ceremony that included Massachusetts transportation officials. A dance troupe from Portland, wearing "Maine" sweatshirts, performed for the crowd. The Downeaster is being marketed in Boston as "The Train to Maine", with special posters promoting shopping at L.L. Bean and visits to inns in Brunswick.

Sandy changes course for historic vessel's reconstruction

BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A reconstruction of the historic vessel Virginia has already survived a hurricane, and it hasn't even been built yet.

Volunteer shipwrights have been working with Morse High School students to reconstruct the Virginia for years.

Built in 1607, it was the first ship built in North America by English colonists at the Popham Colony, about 12 miles away from Bath.

Project managers from Maine's First Ship had planned to have the vessel complete in about four years, but Sandy had plans of her own.

Winds from the hurricane hit the project site hard on Monday, and destroyed the cover shed surrounding the vessel.

"I'd say it was worse than we expected," said Fred Hill, a member of the MFS board.

While the ship itself was not damaged, it is a set-back.