Sports in brief . . .

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Fat Tire Festival set for this weekend

    The fourth annual TAMC/NHSC Fat Tire Festival is slated for Saturday and Sunday. 

    Taking place on the trails of the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, the event has something in store for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities.
    On Saturday, Aug. 1, the Mountain Bike Fun Day will feature tours of the Nordic Heritage Center trails, a bike rodeo and mountain bike biathlon, bike maintenance clinics and demos, as well as a spaghetti feed and bonfire that evening, all at no cost to participants. For a nominal fee, riders may also feed their competitive hunger by registering for the downhill races.
    The Sunday, Aug. 2 schedule will mark the third event in the Maine Mountain Bike Association’s point series of races. Riders from throughout Maine will join local riders from Aroostook County and New Brunswick to race for points in novice, sport, and expert categories.
    Local bike shops and food vendors will be on hand both days.
    To register for the festival, please visit

Sirois aces hole at Presque Isle CC

    Bob Sirois of Presque Isle shot the second hole-in-one of his career last Tuesday, July 21 at Presque Isle Country Club.
    Sirois used an eight-iron on the 148-yard eighth hole for his ace, which was witnessed by Ann Sirois, Whitney Sirois and Scott Liston.

UMPI Athletic Dept. golf tourney scheduled

    The third annual UMPI Athletic Department Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, July 30 beginning at 9 a.m. at Presque Isle Country Club.
    The entry fee for the two-person scramble is $40 per person, which includes lunch. Men’s and women’s teams are welcome and the minimum team handicap is 12. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first place gross and net winners. Second and third-place teams will also receive prizes. Closest to pin and longest drive competitions will also be held.
    For more information, contact Alan Gordon at 768-9473.

 Tryout dates for SAD 1 fall sports announced

    SAD 1 is holding tryouts for its high school and middle school fall sports teams beginning in early August.
    Student-athletes are not allowed to try out for any sport unless they are cleared by the SAD 1 Health Office. Call 764-1805 or 764-6507 for more information.
    Girls JV and varsity soccer tryouts will take place beginning Aug. 3 at the Johnson Athletic Complex from 4-6 p.m. Boys JV and varsity soccer tryouts will be held the same day from 6-8 p.m., also at the Johnson Athletic Complex.
    Girls and boys cross country running tryouts will begin Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. at Presque Isle High School. Varsity golf tryouts are set for Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at Presque Isle Country Club. Varsity fall cheering tryouts take place Aug. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the PIHS upper gym.
    Middle school girls soccer tryouts begin Aug. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Johnson Athletic Complex. Boys tryouts are held from 8-10 a.m. that same day.
    Boys and girls cross country running tryouts for middle school-level students will be held beginning Aug. 17 from 3-4 p.m. at the Johnson Athletic Complex.

Woodland Dragons win County Shootout

    The Class C Woodland Dragons defeated Class C Narraguagus Knights in the finals of the fifth annual Pepsi Bottling Group County Shootout girls’ basketball tournament, held in Fort Fairfield Friday and Saturday.
    Sixteen girls teams competed in the tournament that had four divisions of four teams each. Big crowds were on had all weekend to watch some outstanding play by all teams. Woodland, Stearns, Narraguagus and Fort Fairfield came out of their division play with 3-0 records, followed by Central Aroostook, Southern Aroostook and Madawaska, who then played in the quarterfinal, semifinals and finals to determine the champion.
    Woodland ended up 7-0 on the weekend, while runner-up Narraguagus ended at 6-1.
    Other teams playing in the event included Fort Kent, Limestone, Penobscot Valley High School, Greater Houlton Christian Academy, Shead, Easton and Hodgdon.
    An all-tourney team was selected by the coaches that consisted of Ariel Knights and Ashley Laking from Woodland, Brooke Beaulieu from Fort Fairfield, Vicki McIntyre from CAHS, Kirsten Marter from Stearns, and Mackenzie Foss and Andrea Perry from Narraguagus.
    Shead’s Hailee Harris won the three-point shooting contest.

Ernie and the Automatics is varsity club fundraiser

    The Presque Isle High School Varsity Club is pleased to present the Boston-based rock and blues band Ernie and the Automatics on Friday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in the PIHS Auditorium.
    Members of Ernie and the Automatics have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The band features guitarist Barry Goudreau and drummer Sib Hashian, both former original members of the multi-platinum selling band BOSTON.

    Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at Bradley’s Citgo, the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce, Presque Isle High School and from members of the SAD 1 Music Boosters.
    For more information, contact Mark White by email at