Fifth Quarter Forecaster XCountry-Field Hockey Week 2 Top 5

(NEWS CENTER) - Week 2 of our Fifth Quarter/Forecaster Top 5 polls for the sports of field hockey and cross country as those teams have been working hard in the early season....Check out this week's polls.

USATHSS Fifth Quarter Week 1 Football Play of the Week nominees

(NEWS CENTER) - Week one is in the books and after the dust is settled, the NEWS CENTER staff picked the 5 best plays we saw on Friday and Saturday.

Follow this LINK to vote on our USA TODAY High School Sports site and vote!

While you are there, we have some other active polls we'd love for you to vote on. We are very interested in your opinions.

Fifth Quarter, Week One: Full Show

(NEWS CENTER) - Lee Goldberg, Csaba Sukosd, and Jessica Gagne have the highlights from 15 games across Maine, including the upset of top-ranked Thornton Academy, plus the rest of the scores from around the state.

T.A. unanimous #1 in 'Fifth Quarter' preseason poll

(NEWS CENTER) - The Thornton Academy Trojans open 2013 the way they ended 2012:  on top.  The reigning Class 'A' champs (11-1 in 2012) were a unanimous selection to as the number one team in the 'Fifth Quarter' preseason poll. 

The team in second is the program that finished second to T.A. in the 2012 Western Maine final:  Cheverus (10-1 in 2012). 

The Portland Bulldogs (6-4), who lost to Cheverus in the Western Maine semifinals came in at third. 

In fourth, are the 2012 runners-up in Eastern Maine Class 'A', the Cony Rams.  Cony finished last season with a record of 8-3.

The team they lost to, the two-team reigning Eastern Maine champs from Lawrence are fifthy.  The boys from Fairfield have been bumped to 'B' with the expansion to a four-class system. 

USATHSS Fifth Quarter Preseason Football Schedules

(NEWS CENTER) - High school football teams around the state get to lace them up against an opponent one more time before the regular season starts September 6th. Here is the complete schedule around the state for Friday and Saturday.

Overloaded circuits sparked Bucksport fire

BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Overloaded power strips and electrical cords sparked the fire that left dozens of people looking for a new place to live in Bucksport.

Sunday's fire was devastating to the building and the State Fire Marshal's Office was called in to try and determine a cause.

Investigators found that a bedroom in Apartment #1 had overloaded extension cords and power strips. One of the strips failed, sparking the fire.

Investigators say that the power company had shut off power to that apartment several weeks earlier and the tenants were getting their electricity from other parts of the building.

No humans were injured in the fire, but two cats and a dog died.