February 4, 2005
Billy Russo, freshman forward for the University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals had to spend last season on the sidelines for the Bengal Men's Basketball Team following a pre-season wrist injury. This year, he's making up for lost time by grabbing a few boards.
The Red-Shirt Freshmen from Farmington, Maine currently leads the Sunrise Conference, the State of Maine, and all of NAIA Division II with 11.14 rebounds per game.
Russo had 14 points and 16 rebounds in a loss against conference number one U-Maine Machias recently. He is on pace to challenge the freshmen record at UMFK (he currently has 234).
He has the athletic department scrambling to find old records for rebounds per game, single season marks, and career totals.
Russo recently was in contact with UMFK class of 1984 alumni Chris Brinkman who stated that Billy had some work to do to match his mark of around 19 per game in the early 1980s.
Brinkman was Russo's assistant coach in high school at Mt. Blue, and is now giving his former player something else to work towards.
After a long road trip, the Bengal men and women will be playing on their home court at the UMFK SportsCenter for a few games and then they are back on the road again.
The Lady Bengals will play a home game against UMPI on Wednesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.
On Saturday, February 12, the Lady Bengals will play against College of St. Joseph at 1:00 p.m. followed by the men against College of St. Joseph at 3:00 p.m.
The Bengals will again play on their home court against Lyndon State on Sunday, February 13. The Lady Bengals will begin the action at 12:00 noon followed by the Bengal Men at 2:00 p.m.