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We saw the Pub and the Home Run Bulldogs both play well despite finishing at 1-2 in the recent Johnny Barron Softball Tournament. The Pub lost its first game 7-5, rebounded and won its next contest 3-1, in what Matt Soprano described as a "well-played game, where we were smart at the plate a…

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Just prior to my last minute Sunday night column writing the power went out in Milan and I was forced to wait until early Monday morning to write this, so it will be brief, which it should be anyway with the title of Steve's Sports' Shorts. Thank you goes out to Virginia Vachon and Diane Hol…

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The results of Monday night's Gorham Men's Softball League action had The Land continue its winning ways by defeating Berlin City 5-3 in the first game. The Land's Ryan Richard opened things up in the top half of first inning with a solo home run and Travis L'Heureux hit another shot two bat…

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My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Eric Piche, a local military and law enforcement hero and former student of mine from a few years back. Eric was always a respectful, hard-working kid, who not only gallantly served his country in the military, during o…

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Good Day to all of you. First and foremost my condolences go out to the family of the late George Tardiff, who passed away last week. George was an avid sports-minded person and back when we were able to sit, drink a cup of coffee and talk at a local coffee shop, he always had a story or two…

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BERLIN — Many of you may remember Mark Tilton, who first came to the Berlin area way back in 1964 when he was hired as a social studies teacher and coach at Berlin High School — two roles he would fulfill for 22 years before moving on do the same at New Hampton Prep School in New Hampton for…

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In Gorham Men's Modified Softball action Monday night, Berlin City scored five runs in the top of the first inning and added an insurance run in the second (which proved to be the game-winner), and held on to defeat Remax 6-5, in the early game, while The Land scored runs in four of the seve…

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BERLIN — Berlin High graduate (Class of 1967), old friend and sport historian Ben Napert was recently asked by an old friend, Bobby Rodrique, if he could write something up for Ronald Villeneuve who tended goal for Berlin High School around 1963 to 1967. Ben was a good friend of Ron's for ov…

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Today I am featuring Berlin's Dan Croteau as my next "Goalie Challenge" narrative. He is a guy I am familiar with and have been since my days of coaching him in Cal Ripken (minor and major leagues) All-Star teams. He had several things going for him as an athlete that always (and still does)…

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BERLIN — Tim Beaulac, born and brought up as a North Country boy, passed away last week after battling kidney cancer. A true loss for not only his family and friends but all of us here in the Berlin area. I didn't know him as personally as many of you, but I did know him through his wife, Ma…

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The Gorham Men's Softball League had two doubleheaders last Monday night with Remax winning two, a 10-2 win over Go Time, followed by an exciting 6-4, come-from-behind win over The Land in the nightcap. Meanwhile, The Land snuck by Berlin City 3-1, and later Berlin City beat Go Time 6-2.

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Berlin-Gorham Babe Ruth Coach DJ Johnson forwarded me the basic highlights of the past three No. 1 team games. Last Thursday, the locals beat Lakes Region 12-2 with Kolin Melanson and Jeremyah Dow combining for 10 strikeouts and surrendering one earned run. They also did the job at the plate…

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Today's highlighted goalie is Bob Rodrique, who was "proud and happy to participate in my 'goaltenders' challenge.” He had some extensive and fond memories of those days between the pipes, that I have had to edit somewhat. Rita Dube at the Sun Office was instrumental in getting Bob's handwri…