Regardless of the competition the objective is to be prepared for the unexpected and Trevor Hebert certainly found out first hand how accurate that theory truly can be.
Hebert had been training diligently for a predetermined opponent, in the cage for a mixed martial fights in Biddeford, earlier this month. But, two days before the bout Hebert's opponent was forced to back out. This left two options, either fight against a fill-in fighter or sit ring side the entire night.
Hebert, an MV graduate, promptly decided on the former because he had trained hard and was ready to compete. It had been less than a month since Hebert had evened his amateur record at 1-1 after having to rally back on the New England Fights VIII card at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor.
Hebert of Topsham (nee Roxbury) accepted a major challenge against an experienced cage fighter, at Biddeford. In less than 48 hours, Hebert and trainer Brent Dillingham had to construct a new battle plan. It was well known that the opponent's background in jiu-jitsu; meaning that he excelled on the mat.
Hebert had utilized his striking ability by storming back to drop Stephen Desjardins (2-3), in Bangor. This time it was imperative for Hebert to remain upright and go toe-to-toe because the opponent had displayed average striking power in his previous fights. The best laid plans don't always pan out because Hebert was taken down and couldn't counter the ground and pound attack.
The opportunity to play baseball at the next level will be front and center for Adam Volkernick and Robbie Babb who have each committed to playing for Central Maine Community College.
Volkernick and Babb who graduated from Mountain Valley and Dirigo, respectively, this past spring, will compete for the Mustangs. The 14-game, six-week schedule, which will be played mostly on weekends, begins on September 5. Ryan Palmer is the head coach and will be assisted by Scott Underhill.