A glance back at the past year in local sports: Part I

16 years ago
January 2007
• Mild winter weather impacted local ice fishing. Anglers were warned to be cautious on the waters, checking ice conditions by walking from shore and testing the ice with a chisel before heading across it either by foot or snowmobile.
• SAD 29 opened its fitness room to benefit its staff and students. The exercise room is equipped with four treadmills, an elliptical, two spin cycles and free weights, along with peck improvement machines, squat machines, two bench presses, a sit up board, military press and tricep machine, as well as two mounted digital televisions.
• The Houlton High School cheerleaders were runners-up at the Penobscot Valley Conference Cheerleading Competition held for Classes C-D in Millinocket. Taking the top three positions were Central of East Corinth, followed by Houlton and Dexter.
• The Houlton High School cheerleaders were Eastern Maine runners-up. Washington Academy was first and then taking third was Central of East Corinth.
• A local motocross team consisting of Ben Corey, Jon Corey, Tia Scott, Micah Swallow and Sara Corey traveled to East Windsor, Ct. to compete in the first race of the New England Motocross Series.
February 2007
• Kyle Dicker of East Grand School scored 1,000 high school basketball points on Jan. 22.
• The Houlton High School cheerleaders improved their placing in their third competition of the season, taking top honors in the County Cheerleading Championships. They beat out Caribou, Fort Fairfield and Central Aroostook.
• The Houlton High School cheerleaders finished their competitive season with a state Class C runner-up title, as Washington Academy captured the championship, while St. Dominic of Auburn was third and Traip of Kittery was fourth.
• The Houlton Lady Shires suffered a 65-58 overtime loss to Fort Kent in the Class C quarterfinal round of the Eastern Maine Basketball Tournament in Bangor, while the Southern Aroostook Lady Warriors also lost to Washburn Beavers, 43-32 in their Class D match up.
• The Katahdin Cougars were routed 85-44 by the eventual state champion Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners in the Class D quarterfinals, as the Lady Cougars also lost to the eventual state champion Lee Academy Pandas, 66-43.
• The Peabody Lawn and Leisure Atoms were runners-up in the 2007 Winter Break Tournament, losing 3-1 in the championship game to Presque Isle.
• The Houlton Shiretowners had beaten Orono 59-56 in their Class C quarterfinal, but were overtaken by the eventual state champion Calais Blue Devils in the semis, 54-45.
• The Houlton-Hodgdon Black Hawks season ended with an 8-3 loss to Brewer in the Class B Eastern Maine quarterfinal round.
• The Greater Houlton Christian Academy Lady Eagles dropped their Eastern Maine Class D semifinal game to Washburn, 49-47.
• Megan Korhonen of the GHCA Lady Eagles was named to the Bangor Daily News All-Tournament Team
• 34th Annual Southern Aroostook Jr. High Basketball Tourney ends in a close game with Southern Aroostook boys squeaking out a victory over Katahdin. On the girls side Southern Aroostook beat out Hodgdon 51-28. Janel Rockwell and Cody Robinson, both of Southern Aroostook, took home MVP crowns.
• Houlton’s Drew Farrar makes class C all-tourney team at Bangor, while sophomore James Bates takes honorable mention.
• The Houlton grade 3-4 boys’ Aroostook Youth Basketball team played 12-game tournament in Bangor. Houlton captured the title after defeating Dixfield in championship game 29-27.
• 9-year-old Lauren Rockwell wins the Maine Elks Association State Hoop Shoot competition. Moves on to regional contest in New Hampshire.
• Abby Kinens, daughter of Leanne and Rob Kinens, is chosen to represent Maine at the New England District Festival for hockey in Burlington, Vermont on March 23-25.
April 2007
• Harlem Rockets basketball team visits Houlton to play in a fund-raising game against senior athletes at Houlton.
• Young Shires win Aroostook Youth Basketball League by winning their final game against Caribou on Friday, March 6 and finish the season undefeated.
• New Youth Football Association holding call-out/meeting on May 4 for any young eager football hopefuls.
• Annual Meduxnekeag canoe race is pushed back to May, instead of the usual April date, and will be in memory of the late Ron Muir.
• April 14 marked the official beginning of the 2007 season for the Northern Penobscot Pullers’ Association. (NPPA)
• Sherman native Matt Fithian takes home a bronze medal in whitewater kayak boater-cross from the Collegiate Nationals competition for adventure sports, which took place April 14-15.
May 2007
• Senior Michael Cleary throws a no-hitter and goes 4-4 in the Shires baseball season opener against Fort Kent. Houlton outscored the Warriors 9-0, with triples by both Cleary and Houlton junior Hunter Caron.
• The Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race draws 169 paddlers and raises $2,800 for the local Dollars for Scholars chapter. Fred Ludwig was the race’s overall winner, completing the 8-mile course in 1:07:06.
• The Houlton Shires tennis team moves to 7-3, ranked fourth in their division. Meanwhile, singles player Sam Carter remains undefeated at 10-0
• Hodgdon’s Lady Hawks softball team holds GHCA scoreless in a 10-0 victory. Amanda Scott struck out 10 Lady Eagles in six innings of pitching, while Hodgdon’s Brianne McGary belted a 2-run homer for the Lady Hawks.
• The Houlton Shires tennis team ends the regular season in third place at 8-4. Sam Carter finished the season without a loss, going 12-0 during his senior year regular season.
June 2007
• The Shires baseball team and GHCA softball team both move on to quarterfinal match-ups in their divisions. Both teams went into the playoffs in the third seed.
• Shires boys’ tennis team loses in an upset to the Madawaska Owls in their quarterfinal matchup. The third ranked Shires lost 3-2 to the sixth-ranked Owls.
• Sixty young racers from throughout the County gather for the Northern Maine Soap Box Derby. Houlton’s Lucas Grant took the title in the stock division, while Mars Hill’s Brooke Smith topped the Super Stock division.
• First Citizen’s Bank tops Mooers’ Reality to win the 9-10-year old division championship in Cal Ripken baseball. Kyle Bouchard hit an inside the park grand slam to erase a 3-run deficit and put First Citizen’s over the top.
• Eight Aroostook County softball players are chosen to play on the C-D East senior all-star team. GHCA’s Megan Korhonen came home from the all-star game as the C-D East Player of the Year Award.