There are many things going on in the sporting news of the north country, so much so that I am going to have just enough room to highlight them all and not much more. And, to me, all local sporting news is important to mention, albeit of length.

I will start with the mystery photo from last Tuesday: It was the swimming part of the Half Ironman Competition held at Old Orchard Beach, Maine a few weeks back. Those little black dots along the outside edge were swimmers. The Morin Twins sent it to me and it was taken by Extreme Aerial Photography.

Elaine Kelley of Berlin shared with me that Larry Jodrie’s reference to Manchester basketball player Craig Finefrock, brought back memories for her when she was a flower girls at Craig’s parents, Charley and Martha Finefrock’s wedding down in Southern New Hampshire many years ago. Also, long-time coach Jim Couhie’s first coaching job (basketball) was at the Tech in Berlin in 1981, with Peter Evans as the athletic director. Jim also student taught at Ed Fenn school in Gorham.

Former Berlin High student/athlete, Holly Sullivan of Twin Mountain, was recently honored along with 1,300 other Division I, III and III ice hockey players, including eight from St. Michael’s College by the American Hockey Coaches Association, as part of the All American Scholar Program.

To be eligible for this award, players must maintain at least a 3.6 grade-point-average, every semester and participate in at least 40 percent of the hockey games their team plays. Congratulations, Holly, for a great college career (academically and athletically) at St. Michael’s College.

Today is the 18th anniversary of the passing of Jesse Cowan, former student and friend of mine as well as a very good athlete, mainly in the sport of boxing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family on this solemn occasion.

This coming Saturday, the family and I will be in Standish, Maine, to attend a dinner/ceremony to honor and induct the 2006 St. Joseph College Baseball team, of which sons, Dan and Luke were members of, into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame. It should be a nice event and will be good to catch up with some of the players and families that we were closely connected with for five years!

 The other day, Melinda and I had a chance to stop and visit three special people in Lancaster, including Don Rich, who follows his great granddaughters sport’s accomplishments in Berlin, Brad Holt, who is a very serious Red Sox and Patriots fan and for Berlin sprinting star Shawn Cooney. There was some sports talk for sure with those three guys.

Krystal Bunnell is the new Berlin Middle School cross-country coach and she invited me to speak to her team about the joys (and agony) of running, plus I shared her achievements as a cross-country runner under my guidance when she was in junior high a few years back. Thanks, Krystal, for that opportunity!

The 21st annual Mt. Washington Valley Cross Country Invitational, renamed the Paul Letarte Memorial Great Glenn Invitational Cross Country Invitational eight years ago was held this past Saturday, Sept. 7. Details of that race that featured close to 300 junior varsity and varsity runners will be included in Thursday’s edition of The Berlin Sun.

Chris Partenope’s Gorham Girls soccer team lost their first two games of the season, 2-1 to Pittsburg-Canaan and 4-1 to Portsmouth Christian Academy.

Gorham struggled offensively in the first half of both games, then picked up the offensive pressure is the second half. They amassed 24 shots and 16 shots in the two games but couldn’t finish like they needed to. Ella Watson scored the two Gorham goals, assisted by Madi Buteau in the first game and Bryanna Poirier in game 2. Goalie Karly Cordwell was credited with 8 saves in game 1 and 15 in game 2.

Nicole Arguin’s Berlin field hockey team traveled to Enfield last Friday and lost to Mascoma Valley by a 4-1 score. Kaelyn Blais scored the lone goal with an assist going to Cienna Langlais. The game was scoreless after the first half and at one point in time things were tied at 1-1, before Mascoma scored three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to win it. Olivia Boucher had nine saves, while on the offensive end Berlin had only four shots on goal.

 Berlin’s girls soccer team lost to powerhouse Kennett 7-0 Friday night in North Conway.

Upcoming games: Today: Berlin Boys soccer hosting Kennett, 4pm, Gorham boys and girls soccer hosting Profile, 4 p.m. Wednesday: Berlin Girls soccer at Interlakes 4 p.m.

 If you like sports and life lessons, I might recommend you see the movie “Overcomer” in your local movie theaters.

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