Fort festival sports champs named

15 years ago
By Kevin Sjoberg  
Staff Writer

    FORT FAIRFIELD – Everything from a junior girls’ softball tournament to a regatta, and a three-on-three basketball tournament to a golf scramble, were available to either watch or participate in as part of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival last week. 

    The softball tourney, played last Tuesday, kicked off the busy festival sports slate. It featured eight teams consisting of players between the ages of 9 and 12, with Washburn defeating Presque Isle in the championship, 6-3. Madawaska, Limestone, Caribou, Ashland, Fort Fairfield and Houlton were the other participating teams.
    The 25th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament also took place Tuesday, with Chris Czosnek of Presque Isle and Shane Durost and Craig Durost, both of Mars Hill, taking the title by going undefeated in the seven-team event. The runners-up was the team of Travis Noyes, Ryan Helstrom, Jake Kenneson and Matt Rochford, all of Fort Fairfield, and Jay Knight of Presque Isle.
    Last Wednesday, the annual Potato Blossom swim meet was held, featuring five Aroostook County recreation swim teams. Presque Isle was the winner with 875 points, followed by Caribou with 354, Fort Fairfield with 259, Fort Kent with 196 and Mapleton with 77.
    High-point winners in their respective age divisions were: 8-and-under girls, Kate Goulet, Presque Isle; 8-and-under boys, Carter Rice, Presque Isle; 9-10 girls, Sara Boyer, Caribou; 9-10 boys, Leigh Buck, Presque Isle; 11-12 girls, Kaleigh Kinney, Presque Isle; 11-12 boys, (tie) Brandon Goulet, Presque Isle and Ethan Plourde, Caribou; 13-14 girls, Laura Lusardi, Caribou; 13-14 boys, Isaac Estey, Mapleton; 15-18 girls, Erica Hemphill, Presque Isle; 15-18 boys, Kyle Gilson, Presque Isle.
    Despite steady rain throughout the morning, 45 threesomes took part in the golf scramble Saturday at Aroostook Valley Country Club. First place in the first division were Brad Trombley, Sean Smith and Justin Sappier of Nackowic, New Brunswick with a 60. In second were Mark Fitzherbert, Irvin Chase and Roger Campbell of Plaster Rock, New Brunswick with a 62. The third place team consisted of Mark Crawford, Blair Crawford and Sean Crawford of Tobique, New Brunswick with a 62.
    In the second division, the winners were John McCrea, Tony Ugone and Brian McCrea of Fort Fairfield with a 65. In second were Rick Christiansen, Brian Shannon and Chris Murchison of Perth-Andover, New Brunswick with a 67. Coming in third with a 68 was the Fort Fairfield trio of Dave Ricker, Brian Manter and Clint Williams.
    The annual Potato Blossom 5-Miler road race was also held in wet conditions Saturday morning. Judson Cake took the title in 25 minutes and 44 seconds. He finished ahead of Erik McCarthy (26:25), P. J. Gorneault (26:45), Evan Graves (27:26) and Spencer McElwain (27:51) for the top spot. The top females were Marie Strouse (32:21, 10th overall) and Rene Laliberty (34:58, 17th overall).
    Sixty four runners and six walkers competed. Taking first place for walkers was Bill Flannery in 1 hour, 1 minute and 35 seconds. Joe Doherty was second in 1:02.17 and Katie Russell third in 1:07.18.
    Age group winners for runners were: 14-and-under female, Jordann Coiley; 15-18 female, Kelly Kashian; 19-29 female, Susan Plissey; 30-39 female, Laliberty; 40-49 female, Angela Ewings; 50-59 female, Connie McLellan.
    Also, 14-and-under male, Trevor Levesque; 15-18 male, Logan Thibeau; 19-29 male, McCarthy; 30-39 male, Gorneault; 40-49 male and first Fort Fairfield resident, Jeff Ashby; 50-59 male, Leo Kashian; 60-69 male, Larry Tonzi; 70-and-older, Art Thompson.
    The Spud Cycle Classic bicycle race was Sunday. Forty seven cyclists participated, with Devin Higgins  of Presque Isle winning the overall title and Paul Magoon of Cornville finishing as runner-up. The fastest female was Sara Gahagan of Presque Isle, who was followed by Stephanie Caverhill of Caribou.
    Also Sunday was the Aroostook River Regatta, an event postponed from the previous day due to the weather. Of the 46 participants, Ron Bomberger of Pennsylvania was the overall winner. Corey Park of Presque Isle was the runner-up, followed by Dale Cross of Presque Isle in third. The female champion was Crystal Nason of Houlton.
    The Maine Potato Blossom Festival Spud Challenge Triathlon results were compiled based on individual results in the road race, the bicycle race and the regatta. Corey Park was the champion, followed by Tom Towle of Fort Fairfield in second and Thomas Beckum of Caribou in third.


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    5-MILER TOP THREE – Finishing in the top three positions at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival 5-Miler road race were, from left, Erik McCarthy, second place; Judson Cake, first place; and P. J. Gorneault, third place. The event featured 64 runners and six walkers. 






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    CARTER RICE of the Presque Isle swim team competes in the individual medley for his 8-and-under age division at last Wednesday’s Maine Potato Blossom Festival swim meet. Rice won the race and also captured first in his age division.