Gorham High School softball coach Chris Partenope informed me that Maddie Rivard was selected to the NHIAA Division IV second team and Alexis Kruskie received honorable mention.

Also, at the recently held Gorham High School Spring Sports’ Award Ceremony, Alexis Kruskie received the Coaches Award, Maddie Rivard, the Offensive Award, Anna Roberge the Hustle Award, Bryanna Poirier, defensive player, and Halery Desilets the first-year stand-out award. Congratulation to all of these award winners!

 In other interesting NHIAA Tournament play, the No. 6 White Mountain Regional High School Baseball Team upset No. 2 Gilford and No. 4 Hopkinton defeated No. 1 Belmont in the semi-finals and then the regional went on to defeat Hopkinton, 7-3, to win the Division III Baseball Title.

In New Hampshrie high school track and field, Mya Dube (with roots in Berlin/Milan) of Kearsarge High School, continued her dominance in the 1,600-meter run, winning the Meet of Champions Race and then repeating that feat the following week with a first place finish in that same event at the New England High School Track and Field Championships in Saco, Maine.

She won that final race with a time of 4:55.03, besting 28 of the top runners in all of New England and with the second place runner “slightly” behind her with a time of 4:56.93.  That is an amazing accomplishment for Mya and I personally send my highest regards to her for that.  There is a very strong possibility that you will be hearing that name in her upcoming senior year and down the road in some prestigious NCAA Divison I college.

Other notable competitors in that meet included three athletes from White Mountain Regional High School.  Jack Parker finished in fifth place in the high jump, Kevin Schanlaber 19th in the triple jump and Taima Ronish 27th, also in the triple jump.  Great performances by all!  

Congratulations to Gorham’s Kathy Corrigan for being awarded the Gorham Rec Department’s Volunteer of the Year Award (see related story) for her work with youth in the Gorham area for 42 years, coaching numerous sports at all levels during that time — well deserved for sure.

Due to the generosity of the Northern Human Services of Colebrook and with money raised in a recently held golf tournament up there, a number of Berlin guys were able to attend a Fisher Cats Baseball Game in Manchester. Those guys included: Richard Glover, Craig Eichler, Tom Gill and George Koxarakis. They were accompanied to the game by Don Chavarie and Mike Legere. I’m sure they had a grand time!

While in Colebrook with Melinda, and Tim and Tammy Eastman, I bumped into old friend Woody Crawford, who was just returning from playing in that benefit tournament, not really knowing until later, at Dunkin’ Donuts in Berlin what the benefit was for.

I recently learned that some local men attended the N.H. State Annual Candlepin Bowling Tournament sponsored by the Eagle’s Club, which was held in Concord. Bob Middleton (71.1 average for three games), Leo Lambert (74.1), Jim Couhie (84), Don Chevarie (100) and Mike Horne (108) competed.

Mike’s average was the high single and triple and first in the state. Not bad results from guys who don’t get to candlepin bowl much anymore up in this neck of the woods, with some of them, such as Bob (25 years) and Mike (17 years), not having bowled competitively for those number of years.

Babe Ruth baseball

The Berlin-Gorham Road Warriors Babe Ruth team split four games last week and weekend.

They won a game against Obeliski Enterprizes, 11-9, with Keija Morton leading the charge with three hits, followed by two hits each from Carter Poulin, Kolin Melanson, Jacob Mercier, Jeremiah Dow, and Anthony Pizzuto.

Poulin was the winning pitcher in that game.

The Road Warriors also beat Goffstown, 11-5, with Poulin getting three hits, Dow a couple and Melanson, not only smacking out two hits, but driving in five runs.

Dow got the win on the mound.

In their two losses, the Obeliski Team came back from an earlier loss and not only shut out the locals but no-hit them, too, as Berlin-Gorham ran out of gas and were short a few players in the loss. Ean Steady was the hard-luck loser in that game.

Then against the Whalers, the boys from the North Country were defeated by a close 3-2 score. Five guys got one hit apiece, and they came off the bats of Poulin, Melanson, Mercier, Landyn Croteau and Haden Poulin. Dylan Bisson pitched well in the loss.

We will be looking to publish the remainder of their summer schedule once we receive it.

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