The year of sport – July to December 2021


The second half of 2021 showcased the talents of the athletes of the Saint-Jean Valley in golf, football, cross-country and soccer. He also presented many poignant stories where success was not found on a scoreboard.

Editor’s Note: The following is the second of two articles highlighting some of the best sports stories of 2021. This article highlights events from July through December. The first opus appeared in the December 29 issue.

Compiled by Jessica Potila and Emily Jerkins

The second half of 2021 showcased the talents of the athletes of the Saint-Jean Valley in golf, football, cross-country and soccer. He also presented many poignant stories where success was not found on a scoreboard.


Eagle Lake Selection Council hired a summer recreation director and approved plans for the recreation program to provide a variety of outdoor activities for children. The new program included arts, crafts and sports and selected men discussed the possibility of adding a boat ride on Eagle Lake, a picnic at Hedgehog Mountain, a visit to Northwoods Nectar, a movie at the Century Theater in Fort Kent and an educational walk in the woods.

Competitors gathered for the seventh edition Grand Grand Isle Flat Water Canoe and Kayak Race. The race takes place over 10 miles between the Madawaska landing stage and the Grand Isle landing stage. The participants were cheered on by the organizers and were greeted by a barbecue at the finish line.

Graduated from Fort Kent High School and University of Maine at Fort Kent Thomas Enerva joins as center for the Midcoast Sternmen, a Professional Basketball Association team based in Rockland. Enerva played under coach Tom Bird at UMFK for the 2017-18 season, which he met during an open try for the Sternman.


Mom Madawaska, Barb Pineau-Robinson, surprised her daughter, Grace Robinson, with a hike through the Hundred Mile Wilderness on soft sound 16. Although the two now view the experience with varying degrees of affection, neither of them wants to go hiking again anytime soon.

Presque Isle man caught five of the winning fish, including first place in the tournament, at the 2021 Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. Scott Haggerty won first place in the annual tournament with a 46 ⅜ inch muskellunge weighing 25 pounds, 6 ounces. He also caught the fourth, eighth, ninth and 13th largest muskellunge for a total of $ 3,600 in prize money.

Scott Haggerty of Presque Isle caught this monster fish in the Saint John River to win the 2021 Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

the 31st Annual Tour of the Valley raised $ 13,000 including $ 5,000 in pledges and the remainder in sponsorships and donations. The event invites cyclists, walkers and runners to collect donations in exchange for participating in cycling lessons as well as running races. Profits from the event are donated to help local populations fighting cancer.


Van Buren’s Joey, Ken and Ralph Dumond raised $ 600 to create a new welcome sign on the outskirts of town along Route 1. The new sign includes plaques for each of Van Buren’s State Championship teams since City’s first basketball championship victory in 1977.

VAN BUREN, Maine – September 3, 2021 – Joey Dumond and his brothers, Ken and Ralph, have raised funds to install a new sign commemorating Van Buren’s athletic exploits. (Hannah Catlin | St. John Valley Times)

Student-athletes from three Aroostook high schools with too few players to form golf teams met for a game that was about competing with their personal best scores rather than with each other. Madawaska and Fort Kent had two players per school, and Hodgdon only three players, which falls short of the minimum of four players required by the Maine Principals Association. All three teams worked on their individual scores during a meeting at Fort Kent.

Dozens of high school athletes in northern and central Maine participated at the invitation of Caribou cross-country meet. Presque Isle, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Ellsworth, Foxcroft, Old Town and Fort Kent all competed, but didn’t have enough runners to score as a team.


A Madawaska soccer player was enthusiastically received by his teammates when he income of having knee surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. Cameron Migneault suffered injuries in a downhill skiing accident, but still supported the Owls on the sidelines during the fall soccer season.

MADAWASKA, Maine – August 28, 2021 – The Madawaska boys’ varsity soccer team rushes to meet teammate Cameron Migneault, who had just returned from major knee surgery, at halftime of a home game against Easton. (Courtesy of Kerry O’Brien)

Childhood friends who grew up showed a certain courage when they cycled over 600 miles together from Kittery to Fort Kent. Alain Ouellette and Norman Guerette were both 67 years old when they made the trip.

Fort Kent Community High School Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team won second place at the Aroostook League Championships.

Wisdom College / Junior High School Abbie lerman scored his 100th soccer goal in his team’s last regular season game. Lerman has been the captain of the Wisdom football team since his first year and is also a member of the school’s basketball and softball teams.

A partially blind and deaf Madawaska qualified for the Boston Marathon. Dennis Lavoie ran so fast in the Chicago Marathon that he qualified for the 2023 Boston Marathon as a non-disabled runner.


Boys of wisdom football team upset seeded Bangor Christian to qualify for the D-Class North Regional Championship.

Wisdom Girls College Football Team Won Class D North championship after beating Penobscot Valley in the regional title game in Presque Isle.

The St. John Valley Mustangs beat the Berlin Gladiators 38-6 to win the 2021 Independent Football League Championship. Bottom row, from left, is Keedan Dalgo, equipment manager; Jesse Pettengill, coach; Zander McBreairty, Allen Huang, Jo Jo Garced, Ricky Huang, Nick Drake, Gabe Dubois, Giovanni Guillemete and TJ Barwick. Top, left to right, Ron Dalgo, coach; Beau Michaud, Frank Nadeau, Lucas Thériault, Hudson Labbe, Lucas Hebert, Xander Gervais, Zachary Jalbert, Alexander Pulk, Nathan Dionne, Gibson Ouellette, Dustin McBreairty, Boonie Thériault, trainer and Vince Malinauskus, trainer. (Courtesy of Nicole Thériault)

The Mustangs of the Saint-Jean Valley defeated New Hampshire’s Berlin Gladiators to win the 2021 Maine Independent Football League Championship. The championship game was held at Alfond Stadium in Orono, home of the University of Maine Black Bears.

The warrior boys of Fort Kent did not achieve their goal to win the Class C football crown, falling to Waynflete in the state championship. Although the Warriors narrowly missed their goal, coach Kalusha Kotes said the team’s biggest achievement was the way they bonded with each other and grew as football players and beings. humans throughout the season.


The organizers of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby have announced some changes for the 17th launch of the fundraising tournament, to be held in January. Updates include a new app to let anglers keep track of who’s ahead without leaving the ice, and an additional weigh station at Eagle Lake.

Wisdom Middle / High School girls’ college football coach Peter Clavette has been named North Coach of the Year by Maine football coaches. In just two seasons, coaching the college girls, Clavette led the Pioneers to a Class D North championship and an Aroostook League Division II championship, a playoff format changed last year due to the pandemic.

ST. AGATHA, Maine – December 10, 2021 – Wisdom Middle / High School Girls’ College Football Coach Peter Clavette has been named the Maine Football Coaches Northern Coach of the Year. Here, Clavette was taking a “selfie” photo of himself and his team spotting the competition during a playoff game between Madawaska and Fort Fairfield. (Credit: courtesy of Peter Clavette)

The Maine Football Coaching Organization appointed Carter Pelletier of Wisdom Middle / High School as Class D Player of the Year for the 2021 season. Wisdom Varsity Boys soccer coach Dom Rossignol said Pelletier is not only an exceptional athlete, but also a quality human being.

Lonesome Pine Trails, the only ski resort in the Saint John Valley, open for the season. Manager Mike Voisine said the resort has seen many new skiers as well as first-time season pass holders.

Acadia Pond Hockey Classic Organizers donated funds of the event to four minor hockey organizations. President Dean Collin said the purpose of the annual event is to reduce the financial burden of training equipment, clinics and registration fees for youth in the greater St. John Valley area.

Fort Kent Community High School Boys and Girls Ski Teams won all four races to a downhill ski meet at Lonesome Pine Trails. The St. John Valley skiers also topped the individual results table.


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