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East & West split inaugural Maine Winter Classic

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Bragging rights in the first ever Maine Winter Classic were shared between Eastern and Western Maine as the East won the Class 'B' game with the West winning in Class 'A'. 

Messalonskee's Dan Condon, who helped the Eagles win their first state title the week prior, scored two goals for the Class 'B' Eastern All-Stars in a 4-2. 

Drew Lavigne of Thornton Academy scored a hat-trick for in the Class 'A' contest as they won a shootout, 7-5.  

All of the proceeds from the charity event were raised for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. 

Cable barriers have big impact in preventing serious accidents

YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Yarmouth Fire Chief Michael Robitaille has seen many serious accidents along the seven mile stretch of Interstate 295 his department covers, but says the recent addition of median cable barriers has made the highway safer.

"They are certainly a life saver as far as I am concerned," he stated. 

"It actually brings that car down slower," explained Robitaille.  "There is a lot less damage to the vehicles.  There certainly is a lot less injuries is what we are finding."

The Maine Department of Transportation started installing median cable barriers in 2010 along sections on I-295 and U.S. Route One where the median was less than fifty feet wide between the northbound and southbound lanes of travel.

"Medians were originally designed as a safety cushion, but we are finding, on medians that are under 50 feet wide, something more is needed," said MDOT Safety Manager, Duane Burnell.

WBB: UNE women eliminated on buzzer-beater, CMCC falls in national final

NEWS CENTER - The UNE women's basketball team had to two chances to advance to their first ever Division III NCAA "Sweet 16, " but couldn't capitalize on either as 6th ranked Tufts beat the Nor'Easters with a last-second three. 

UNE had the ball with a chance to go ahaed at the end of regulation, but ran down the clock to the point where they had to settle for a forced and contested shot. 

The scenario unfolded in overtime when the Nor'Easters didn't even get a shot off and turned the ball over on a shot clock violation.  The Jumbos subsequently inbounded the ball to Liz Moynihan near mid-court with 4.3 seconds left and pulled up for the last-second game winner. 

Sophomore guard and Windham alum Meghan Gribbin had a team-high 19 points in the losing effort.   

UNE finished the season with a program record 27 wins (27-3). 

Sally Beauty Supply data breach

BIDDEFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Sally Beauty Supply, which operates several stores in Maine, appears to have become the latest retailer to be the victim of a data breach.

According to Brian Krebbs, an industry expert, as many as 280,000 credit and debit cards which may be linked to Sally Beauty Supply's store payment systems have been detected for sale on the internet. The retailer first noticed suspicious activity around Feb. 24.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., which reported $3.6 billion in revenue last year, issued a statement yesterday saying that it had detected an attempted intrusion by hackers at the end of February.

The Secret Service said it is not involved in an investigation of Sally Beauty Supply at this time.

Five Maine teams make the NCAA D-III basketball fields

NEWS CENTER - Three Maine basketball programs were guaranteed a berth in Division III's version of the "Big Dance."  Two more teams received a bid to battle at the national tournament. 

The Bowdoin men and women, who each lost in the NESCAC tournament, will join the UNE (Coastal Colonial Conference) and St. Joseph's women (Great Northeast Athletic Conference), and Husston men (North Athletic Conference), who won their respective conference tournaments. 

The Bowdoin women will host their four-team regional.  The UNE and St. Joseph's women will play in back-to-back games at the Tufts regional. 

All five games will be played on Friday evening: 

Men

Husson (26-2) vs. East Connecticut St. (22-6) in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Friday TBA

Bowdoin (19-5) vs. Richard Stockon (23-4) in Radnor, Penn.  Friday TBA

Women

Fire chiefs educate students on the keys to success

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thirteen fire departments from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts responded to a call for assistance at Southern Maine Community College this afternoon, but the aid they rendered was not for emergency purposes.

"It is a huge commitment for them and a it is a great benefit for us," explained Steve Willis, Chair of SMCC's Fire Science Department. 

The fire chiefs and various department representatives met with students to talk with them about the skills and qualities they are looking for in their departments in an effort to educate the students about the tolls they'll need to successfully land a job after they graduate.

"They are only going to have a 5 to 10, maybe a 15 minute interview, so they really have to have the skills to make a positive first impression, and that is really what we are focused on here," stated Willis.

HS Boys Hockey regional semi-final schedule/results

NEWS CENTER - Only 16 teams are left to vie for state championships in boys hockey.  A pair of regional semi-finals get the weekend underway on Friday with the other six scheduled for Saturday. 

FRIDAY

CLASS 'B' WEST SEMI-FINAL

(2) Camden Hills    2
(3) Greely            3  F

(1) Gorham        1
(5) Kennebunk     0 F

SATURDAY

CLASS 'A' WEST SEMI-FINAL

(1) Falmouth      5
(4) Noble/Wells     4  F  

(2) Scarborough         7
(3) Thornton Academy  1  F

CLASS 'A' EAST SEMI-FINAL