Gorham girls to take on Fort Kent in friendly exhibition game

FORT KENT, Maine — Aroostook roots spread far and wide in Maine and this weekend some old friends and those who undoubtedly are about to become new friends will meet up in Fort Kent as the Gorham High School varsity girls basketball team takes on the Warrior girls in a friendly exhibition game at Fort Kent Community High School.

Pierre Michaud and his wife Michele (Harvey) Michaud are especially looking forward to attending the game as their daughters, Olivia and Sophia, both play for the Gorham team. Pierre grew up in Madawaska where he played for the Owls back in high school, as well as at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Michele, a Fort Kent native, played for the Warriors.

“My wife’s parents (Gary and Louise Harvey) still live in Fort Kent and my parents (Don and Lynn) have a summer camp on Long Lake in Madawaska where they spend four months a year,” Pierre Michaud said.

The Gorham coaches also have Valley ties and will be traveling 300 miles with their Rams for the second year in a row to play the Warriors.

“Gorham girls basketball has won two class AA state titles in the last three years and was runner up last year,” Pierre Michaud said. “Needless to say, Gorham girls basketball has had some great success in the last decade led by the coaching efforts of former Fort Kent high-school basketball standouts Laughn Berthiaume and Neile Joler Nelson.”

Former Fort Kent Warrior Aaron Ouellette also helps coach the Gorham team.

Gorham’s Mackenzie Holmes, daughter of Lenny Holmes of Presque Isle, signed her national letter of intent to play basketball next year for the Indiana Hoosiers, according to Gorham head coach Berthiaume.

“She was ranked No. 53 in the country for her recruiting class by ESPN The Magazine and she scored her 1,000th point last season as a junior,” Berthiaume said.

Warrior girls coach Kelly O’leary said he enjoys the friendly matches between his Warriors and the Rams.

“On our side, it’s fun to play an early game with no points on the line. As a coach, I get to experiment a lot to see what works and and what doesn’t. I also get to see what they are doing and talk shop a little,” he said. “It’s a great way for the two ends of the state to come together with good will and friendly comradery.”

“With all the Fort Kent connections this Gorham team has, the game has become a very special event for both towns,” Pierre Michaud added. “The family atmosphere and Fort Kent/Gorham ties surrounding this exhibition game is what makes it a must see for all who are basketball fans.”

The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Fort Kent Community High School. Admission is free.

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