Sports Editor

Football: Coach Andy Hager’s program showed a big turnaround following a tough 2016 season. The Rams went 3-4 in the regular season, earning a playoff berth. On September 1, Gorham dropped a tough fought season-opener nail-biter, 14-13, to Mt. Ararat. The following Friday night, under the lights and in front of the home town crowd, the Rams trounced Noble 35-7. The victory ended an 18-game losing streak, and the guys rolled into a new and improved streak, taking Medomak 20-6 the following Friday. The Rams ended the regular season on a high note, with a 42-19 home victory over Westbrook. The team’s quarterfinal game and well-done gridiron time concluded with a 35-9 loss to Kennebunk.

Golf: Coach Scott Nevers wrote: “The season went well, and very fast! We finished with a record of 7-3, and we beat the top team, Thornton Academy. We were able to qualify for states and compete with the state’s best teams. Ryan Kaczmarek played great at Natanis (October 7) shooting a 78, while Lucas Roop shot an 80. We will definitely miss Roop, and Kaczmarek, but the future looks bright. We had
32 kids on the golf team, with a handful of underclassmen playing well this season.” Roop qualified for the state individual tournament, held at Natanis on October 14, and placed third with a score of 72.

Cross Country: On October 21, the girls’ team WON the Class A Southern Maine Regional Championship held at Twin Brook Recreation Area, racing to a 72-101 gap over runner-up Falmouth. The first five Ram finishers impressively placed in the top 22 of 122 girls. They were: Anna Slager (fourth), Iris Kitchen (ninth), Kate Tugman (16th), Sarah Johnson (21st) and Meadow Fortier (22nd). The boys team also qualified for the October 28 State Meet.

Photo credit Hal D’Amico
Gorham girls cross country had numerous scorers at the regional meet on October 21. Pictured (l to r) are Kate Tugman, Carson Battaglia, Hayley Bickford, Sarah Johnson, Anna Slager, Meadow Fortier and Iris Kitchen.

Look for more cross country, volleyball, field hockey and soccer recaps as well as the Fall Sports Awards in the next issue.