Warriors in need of snow scoops, volunteers to help clear field for regional championship games

FORT KENT, Maine — Members of both the Warrior girls and boys soccer teams were getting in an extra workout Monday scooping snow from the University of Maine at Fort Kent soccer field where their Class C North championship games will be played Wednesday.

But more scoops and volunteers to help would be helpful.

The top ranked Fort Kent boys and third seeded Warrior girls both have home field advantage for the games. However, bouts of frost and a heavy snowfall Saturday night rendered the field at Fort Kent Community High School unsuitable for soccer action.

“The high school field is not gonna take another game. It’s pretty torn up,” said SAD 27 Athletic Director Eric Werntgen.

The Warriors will host the regional championship games instead at the University of Maine at Fort Kent soccer field, located outside the UMFK Sport Center. That field is in good condition, but covered by snow, which Werntgen began clearing on Monday morning with a snow scoop.

Warrior boys head coach Kalusha Kotes and UMFK Bengal Men’s head soccer coach Oniqueky Samuels also were helping clear the field, as well as are groups of CHS soccer players and other CHS students during their PE classes and study halls.

“Welcome to northern Maine,” Werntgen said while passing over the field with a scoop. “We’ll do whatever we can to host.”

A local resident attempted to help clear the field with his tractor, but that endeavor pulled up too much grass from the field, according to Werntgen.

“We need to find more scoops,” Werntgen said.

He asked Monday that anyone with scoops to lend bring them to the UMFK soccer field. He also said volunteers are welcome to help scoop the snow off the field.

Kotes said he is looking forward to his team playing on the UMFK field, which is larger than the high school field.

“Hopefully this adds to our advantage. Our guys, they are fit. They have the stamina to play on this field; they did last year,” Kotes said. “Everything is looking good for the guys, the girls too. It’s exciting that both teams play at home the same day.”

The Warrior girls will take on Penquis at noon and the Warrior boys will play Orono at 2 p.m. at the UMFK field on Wednesday.

The winners of those games will compete in the Maine State Class C Championships.

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