Sideline Stories

Sideline Stories: Jeff Mannix, The Big JAB, Broadcaster

From my early childhood in Presque Isle, I think just about everyone around me knew I was destined to go into the family business. When I wasn’t organizing my adult family members for “game shows,” I was probably…

Sideline Stories: Kristina Cannon, Executive Director, Main Street Skowhegan

On September 17, 2015, I started a job that would change the trajectory of my career and my life—I accepted the challenge to lead Skowhegan revitalization efforts as the Main Street Skowhegan (MSS) Executive Director. During my first…

Sideline Stories: Adrienne Shibles, Bowdoin College Women’s Basketball

I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Maine.  Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I was fairly isolated and lonely as a young girl.  I learned a lot of important lessons around hard work…

Sideline Stories: Alissa Wetherbee, AxeWomen

Friends have always seemed fascinated as to how I became a professional logging sports athlete. To me, it always felt like a natural career path…I grew up here in Maine cutting firewood with my family. I’m pretty sure…

Sideline Stories: Adam Platz, Baxter Outdoors + Baxter Brewing

Whether you grew up in Maine, are from away, or have visited, there is a good chance you’ve experienced one of Maine’s State Parks during your time here. My foray into the state parks began at a young…

Sideline Stories: Coach Dave Gonyea, Director of Athletics, CMCC

I arrived at Central Maine Technical College in August of 1993, hired as the Director of Housing and Athletics. Frankly, I think the main reason I was hired was to clean up a residence hall that was experiencing…

Sideline Stories: Bucky Love, 100 Mile Wilderness Challenge

My running story is not a grand tale of overcoming a tragedy or regaining my health. I have been lucky on both those fronts. It has kept me healthy and helped me deal with the emotional turmoils that…

Sideline Stories: Mike Guarino, Maine Wilderness Guide Service, Snow Pond Center

Making Memories   Looking back, it all started at our family cottage on Lake Champlain in northern Vermont.  At the time, we lived next door to a sporting camp and I have fond memories of fishing with guests,…

Sideline Stories: Chad De Luca, Twitch

My career in the sports industry started in an unorthodox way. I was cut from the varsity team, however, unlike Michael Jordan, didn’t grow five inches and make the team the next year. I came to the realization…