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McDonald's and MABC Announce Media Award and Contributor Awards at All-Star Banquet

BANGOR, Maine (March 11, 2011) – This evening, the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches (MABC) presented its Ron Brown Media Award to Jeff Schools and Matt Boutwell of the Maine Sports Network (MESN).  The award for outstanding coverage of Maine high school basketball was presented at the 2011 Maine McDonald’s® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games awards banquet at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

“Thanks to Matt, Jeff and the producers at MESN, coverage of Maine high school sports has returned back to the radio airwaves,” said George Conant, Girls Varsity Coach at Scarborough High School. “We are honoring them this weekend with MABC’s Ron Brown Media Award for their commitment to exceptional high school basketball broadcasting and reporting.”

Jeff Schools and Matt Boutwell are native Mainers who started their unique coverage of local Maine sports in 2008. What started on the Internet has flourished not only online, but also on one of Maine's largest radio stations – 96.3 The Big Jab, Atlantic Coast Radio's #1 rated station.

Also honored at the MABC Awards Banquet were the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Players, Regional Foul Shooting Champions, All-
Star Coaches, members of the All-State Academic Team, the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award recipients, and the MABC Contributor Award honoree.

The 2011 Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Games will be played at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor on Saturday, March 12.  The game-day program will feature head-to-head competition between top players in the state's A/B and C/D Boys and Girls divisions. 

Game Day tickets are available at the door and are good for all four Games.
Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.

Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine.  RMHC of Maine is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.  Since its founding in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $1.6 million to local children’s programs that make a measurable impact in our communities. More information is available at www.rmhcmaine.org.

In addition to underwriting the cost of planning and executing the event, the Maine McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association, a collaboration of 13 local Maine McDonald’s franchisees, works hand-in-hand with the Maine Association of Basketball Coaches and lead sponsors to make the event possible: Hannaford, Maine Athletic Fundraising, Newman’s Own® Organics, McCain Foods, Coastal T-Shirts, WLBZ-2, Bangor and WCSH-6, Portland. In-kind sponsors include Transformit of Gorham and Headlight Audio/Visual of Portland.