Last week, I received 27 pictures from Berlin and Gorham high schools’ awards ceremonies and we were able to get many of them in this past Tuesday, including some individual ones of the student/athletes who did receive awards as well as group photos.

Two things we didn’t get in were the Berlin High School Tennis Award, which went to Haley Coulombe and the Derek Hodgeman Scholarship, which went to Sawyer Sanschagrin.

Also recognized at the event were several three-sport athletes: Kolbe Delafontaine, Nathan Fecteau, Brandon Weeks, Haily Knapp, Arianna Smith, Allison, Theriault, Jenah Arsenault, Samantha McCann and Jessica Vien.

This weekend, the Berlin/Gorham Cal Ripken League will host the District III, 12 and Under Tournament beginning Friday, June 21, with Berlin playing Game 1 against the Great North Woods team on the American League Field at 6 p.m.

Game 2 will be Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m., with Littleton  playing the winner of Game 1.

Then at 3 p.m., Game 3 will have the loser of Game 1 playing the loser of Game 2.

The finals will be held on Sunday, June 23, beginning at noon, with the winner of Game 2 playing the winner of Game 3.

A 4 p.m. game will be held if necessary, should the winner of the losers bracket win that first game of the finals.

Stop by for some great baseball action.

The Berlin-Gorham Road Warriors Babe Ruth Baseball Team has been hitting the ball lately as evidenced by their 13-4 win over Plymouth (including 17 hits) and 12-1 win over Hampton (18 hits), and even though they lost to Exeter, 10-8, they still managed to get into double-digits with 11 hits.

Coach Duane Johnson has connected me to a new game summary system that I have yet to master, but I did manage to figure out that in the win against Plymouth, Kam Huntoon, Brody Labounty and Carter Poulin had two hits apiece, while Ean Steady pitched three strong innings, and Labounty and Jerimyah Dow pitched an inning each to finish up.

Berlin-Gorham scored four runs in the first inning and five in the third to take a commanding 10-0 lead after three innings, and they never looked back.

In the Hampton game, Labounty had four hits, followed by Kolin Melanson, three hits; and  Dow, two, to lead the hit attack.

Jacob Mercier, Ben Estrella and Kolin had two runs batted in apiece and Dylan Bisson pitched six strong innings to get the win.

Berlin-Gorham trailed in the Exeter game, 6-1, early but the locals scored four runs in the fourth to trail by only one run, but Exeter scored four more runs to Berlin-Gorham’s three to win by two runs. Dow pitched 2.1 innings; Labounty, 2.0; and Steady, 1.2, in the game.

Upcoming games include a special game tonight at 6 p.m. on the Gorham Common against Plymouth and a doubleheader (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) this Saturday at Woodsville. Their record stands at a very respectable 7-4.

There are plenty of sporting activities going on in the North Country and if anyone ever says they are bored, all they need to do is look around.

Head over to the race tracks in Groveton for go-kart racing or regular Saturday night at the track, as well as action in Oxford Plains Speedway, co-ed softball,  and Youth Soccer in Gorham and Berlin, summer instructional baseball in Berlin, Bobcat Softball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Coos Cycling Club races at Great Glen, there has to be a basketball camp either presently going on or soon to start, ATV activities, hiking, Cal Ripken All Star District and State Tournaments, and I’m sure a few others I left out.

Any sporting event or organization looking to get a little print can send me material on results, summaries, highlights and upcoming schedules, as well as pictures, and I will do the best I can to include them here.

I am hoping to also do some specials relating to human interest stories centered around sports, with some already in the making, but always looking for more. In the meantime, enjoy the summer, which begins tomorrow (Oh no, the days are going to begin to get shorter after Friday!)

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