Travis Lazarczyk has covered sports for the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. A Vermont native, he graduated from the University of Maine in 1995 with a BA in English. After a few years working as a sports information director and in the ski industry, he began his journalism career at the Berlin (N.H.) Reporter in 1999. Over the years, Lazarczyk has been honored with numerous state, regional, and national awards for his work, including a first place for column writing from the Associated Press Sports Editors in 2011, and inclusion in Notable Sports Writing of 2009 in Best American Sports Writing. When not working, he can be found, reading, hiking, or drinking too much coffee.

  • August 10, 2011

    Gay beats Plummer to advance to match play semis

    MANCHESTER — Top seed Ryan Gay won a pair of close matches on Wednesday, to advance to the semifinals of the Maine State Golf Association’s Match Play Invitational at the Augusta Country Club

  • August 10, 2011

    MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Tournament going according to plan

    MANCHESTER — There weren’t many surprises during the first round of the Maine State Golf Association’s Match Play Invitational. Only two of the 16 matches were won by the lower-seeded player. There also wasn’t much suspense during the opening round, as just one of the 16 matches made it 18 holes, and nine matches were decided in 15 holes or fewer.

  • August 9, 2011

    GOLF: Change of pace at match play tourney

    AUGUSTA — Expect some aggressive play during the Maine State Golf Association’s Match Play Invitational, especially from Ryan Gay.

  • August 5, 2011

    TRAVIS LAZARCZYK: Football season is here

    PORTLAND — Jack Cosgrove, the head football coach at the University of Maine for nearly 20 years, paused just after he stepped to the podium. He looked at his notes, then out at the room, and smiled.

  • August 4, 2011

    TRAVIS LAZARCZYK: Good end to tourney

    FARMINGTON — On the final day of the New England Babe Ruth 13-15-year-old tournament, the teams from Trumbull, Conn., and Braintree, Mass., more than made up for the lack of sportsmanship on display the previous night at Hippach Field. After Trumbull’s 3-1 win in the tournament’s championship game, after all the trophies and plaques had been handed out, the last two teams standing posed together at home plate while friends and families from both sides snapped pictures and mingled.

  • August 3, 2011

    13-15-YEAR-OLD BABE RUTH NEW ENGLAND REGIONALS: Braintree advances to finals

    FARMINGTON — The 1 hour, 45 minute rain delay before the start of Tuesday’s New England Babe Ruth tournament game between Manchester, N.H. and Braintree, Mass., did nothing but prolong Braintree’s incredible run out of the loser’s bracket and into the championship round.

  • August 2, 2011

    BASEBALL: Former big leaguer, known for elbow surgery, visits Harold Alfond Fenway Park

    OAKLAND — Wyatt Viles listened to every word Tommy John had to say. The 10-year old from Strong watched John cock his left arm in a throwing motion, then mimicked the motion as best he could, twisting his left hand so the baseball turned from his body, then twisting his hand towards himself as he threw.

  • August 2, 2011

    BABE RUTH: Central Maine is 2-0 in 13-year-old regional

    The Central Maine 13-year old Babe Ruth team is 2-0 in the New England tournament, and coach Butch Cunningham doesn’t think his team has played its best baseball yet.

  • August 1, 2011

    13-15-YEAR-OLD BABE RUTH NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT: Franklin County ousted

    FARMINGTON — When one thing went bad for the Franklin County 13-15 year-old Babe Ruth team on Sunday, everything went bad. Whether it was hitting, pitching, or defense, nothing worked right for Franklin against Braintree, Mass. Braintree capitalized on Franklin’s collapse in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs to take an 11-1 win in a game shortened by the mercy rule.

  • July 31, 2011

    TRAVIS LAZARCZYK: Loser’s Bracket no place to be

    On Saturday morning, eight state flags hung from the left field wall at Hippach Field in Farmington. By late Saturday afternoon, there were six.