Tuesday night’s games included two big wins for the Gorham soccer teams, a 3-0 win for the girls and a 7-1 win for the boys, both at home, both with Groveton as the opponent.  

The Gorham boys’ extended their recent winning record, going four for five after beating Groveton.

“The Groveton boys have been having their own struggles but showed up ready to play, showing grit and determination,” coach Tina Binette said.

Gorham struck quickly when Aiden Etienne scored off a pass from Logan Durand just after the 2-minute mark. Etienne would continue to be a presence and scored again at 7:23 and 14:30.

Into the 26th minute, Lex Mayerson narrowly missed the right corner of the net but Durand was there to knock the ball in, making it a 4-0 game.

Cullen Anderson then popped two quick goals in at 23rd and 27th minutes.

“Groveton continued to dig deep and demonstrated nice speed up the field, but Gorham midfield and defenders adjusted and moved the ball well,” Binett said.

In the second half, Gorham worked hard on team passing and possession skills. Teagan Leclerc scored at the 46:30 mark off a pass from Chase Malia.

Shortly after, Groveton’s Chris Corliss drove towards Gorham’s net and was able to get the ball past Gorham keeper Ben Harmon. With 20 minutes left, the game was called due to weather.

The final score was 7-1. Harmon had two saves, while Groveton keeper Aiden Whiting had 10.

Gorham’s record improves to 5-5-1 while Groveton falls to 1-9.

The Gorham High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams are on a good roll right now. They will entertain Littleton tomorrow.  

Berlin soccer

Meanwhile, Berlin boys’ soccer team tied Interlakes, 1-1, and will be in action today at Bishop Brady.  

The Berlin girl’s soccer lost to a strong Gilford team by a 7-0 score, with things not getting much easier as they head to Belmont also today.

Cross-country

The Berlin High School cross-country teams will be at Kennett on Saturday, and Gorham cross-country team will be running a special 10 kilometer race on Saturday.

Last week the eighth annual Steve Enman Middle School Cross Country Invitational Race was held at the Maurice Wheeler Track.

Newfound, under the watchful eye of former Berlin High School alumni and cross-country runner Ken Cutting, won both the girls’ and boys’ meets. The girls scored 32 points, followed closely by Plymouth, with 34 points and Kennett, third with 67 points.  

Piper Lopusharski from Kennett was first with a time of 16:25.  

Berlin Middle School runners were as follows:  Zoey Bowman, 19th at 21:11; Madison Leberge, 20th at 24:15; and Clarisa White, 26th at 30:07.  

On the boys’ side of things, all teams were close with Newfound at 47 squeaking by Kennett (51), followed by Berlin (57) and Plymouth (65).

Nathanial Gervez of Kennett was first at 14:10, with three Berlin runners finishing: fifth, Caden Kempen, 17:08, sixth Max Bowman, 17:15; and seventh, Brenden Palkovich, 18:04.  

Following them were teammates Addison Roger, 17th, 20:43; Jackson Campbell, 26th, 33:23; and Chris Bousquet, 27th, 38:57.  

Berlin Coach Krystal Bunnell was thankful for all competitors, coaches, fans and those who volunteered to help out with everything.  

George “Buddy” Trask

Congratulations to Colebrook’s long-time teacher, coach, athletic director and New Hampshire Athletic Association member George “Buddy” Trask for receiving the first annual Tony Urban Unsung Hero Award for “going above and beyond when it comes to supporting student athletes and embodying the ideals of the NHIAA.”

It was a wonderful legacy and recognition of Mr. Urban’s decades of service to the association and student athletes throughout the state.”  

I wonder how many trips Buddy made from Colebrook to Concord in all kinds of weather and all times of the day and/or night for NHIAA meetings and events over the past 30-plus years?

Hockey hall of famers

On October 20, six people will be inducted into the New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame, including locals Rod Ross (media)  Denis Martin (player)  and Downing Potter Brown (hockey builder and promoter), along with Tom Carroll (coach), Freddy Meyer and Deron Quint (players).  More on the local guys at a later date.  (Denis, if you read this, please get in touch with me; my number is in the phone book).

Remembering Louis Perreault

Berlin’s field hockey team was scheduled to host Kennett yesterday and travel to Gilford on Saturday.

With that being said, our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Coach Nicole Arguin and the entire, extended Perreault family on the loss of a very special man, their dad, Louis Perreault. His obituary said it all.  

He was definitely a family man as evidenced by 13 siblings, his wife, Lorraine (65 years married) his children, their spouses, and extensive grandchildren, great grandchildren, as well as friends, relatives and his military family. He was a true patriot, having served with distinction in the Marines, was a decorated Korean War veteran and later served in the National Guard.

He was a genuine servant to all he knew and came in contact with.  There is no way to even begin to measure and calculate he number of games, events, family and military functions, and so forth that he attended and was part of.

 I saw him at games and as a color guard at military ceremonies and parades, and whenever there was a Toys For Tots promotional event or collection going on, there Louis was.  And the two pictures of him in the Sun were priceless and inspiring to say the least.  It was a privilege and an honor to know such as man.

Clarification

Item No. 1 includes a clarification on a scoring blunder in the Berlin-Gorham boys’ soccer game, in Tuesday’s edition of Steve’s Sports Shorts.

We included the second goal (and game-winner)  that Gorham had  twice in two paragraphs, one with 53 minutes and 40 seconds left in the game and the other at 26 minutes and 20 seconds gone in the game.  

For me it is easier to look at the scoreboard and write down how much time is left (because I don’t want to do the math!), while, I guess, officially it is supposed be how much time expired. Regardless, Gorham only scored their second and winning goal once.

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