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.

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  • Published
    February 19, 2012

    EASTERN A BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Bangor knocks off Lawrence

    AUGUSTA — Beat the Bangor High School boys basketball team once in a season, and you’re doing something right. Beat the Rams twice, and you’re in rare company. Beating Bangor three times is next to impossible. On Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center, Lawrence couldn’t quite pull off the feat.

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    February 18, 2012

    Eastern A boys: Third time is no charm for Lawrence

    After two regular-season wins over Bangor, the Bulldogs fall in the quarterfinals, 48-31.

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    February 18, 2012

    EASTERN B BOYS BASKETBALL: Gardiner knocks off Nokomis in overtime

    BANGOR — With Nokomis playing excellent defense on Gardiner’s top-scoring duo, guard Jake Palmer and center Aaron Toman, somebody else had to step up for the Tigers.

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    February 17, 2012

    EASTERN A BOYS BASKETBALL: Too close to call

    As the top seed with a 17-1 record, Hampden Academy is the favorite entering the Eastern Class A boys basketball tournament. But after a regular season in which a number of good teams regularly beat each other up, Hampden wears the favorite title loosely.

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    February 17, 2012

    CENTER COURT: Gardiner, Nokomis hope to make run at MDI

    Gardiner Area High School boys basketball coach Jason Cassidy and his staff sat in the bleachers and scouted Wednesday night’s preliminary round game between Waterville and Nokomis. Cassidy was glad to not be playing in a prelim game himself.

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    February 15, 2012

    EASTERN CLASS B BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Pearl foul shot lifts Nokomis to win in Eastern B prelim

    NEWPORT — Everybody involved with the Nokomis and Waterville boys basketball teams had seen this movie. It ran eight days ago in Waterville’s gym. Waterville guard Chris Hale takes the last shot. Eight days ago, Hale’s buzzer beater went in, giving the Purple Panthers a two-point win over the Warriors.

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    February 14, 2012

    HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL: Defense lifts Madison to MVC title

    AUGUSTA — If the Madison Area Memorial High School girls basketball team used the Mountain Valley Conference championship game as a tune-up for the Western Class C playoffs, the Bulldogs left the Augusta Civic Center floor knowing this: If they play defense in the tournament as well as they played defense in the second half Monday, the Bulldogs will make a run deep into the tournament.

  • Published
    February 13, 2012

    Madison girls win conference title

  • Published
    February 12, 2012

    TRAVIS LAZARCZYK: Heal points how-to guide

    The high school basketball playoffs are here. Preliminary round games are Tuesday and Wednesday, and we hit the neutral sites in Bangor, Augusta and Portland on Friday.

  • Published
    February 11, 2012

    KVAC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Panthers still the favorite

    In recent years, the Waterville Senior High School indoor track and field teams have dominated the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet. The Purple Panthers will be the Class B favorites in both the girls and boys meets today at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, but they’ll face some strong competition, the girls from a deep Winslow team and the boys from Erskine and Belfast.