AutoNorth donation to Gladiators

AutoNorth of Gorham donated $1,000 to the Gladiators and Junior Gladiators football teams. The Gladiators are part of an independent football league. There is a high school team and a team for kids in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Pictured with the team are (l-r) Russ Otis representing the Junior Gladiators, George McDonough, Daryl Hensley and James Vickers representing the Gladiators, and Don Noyes and Shawn Hanlon of AutoNorth (BARBARA TETREAULT PHOTO).AUto North donation 2017

Ryan Millington heading to Fall Brawl at Speedway 51

BERLIN — Ryan Millington will be traveling from North Carolina to the Granite State to compete in one of New England’s most prestigious Late Model events at Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group, when he enters the Moms of Lancaster Fall Brawl on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Millington is coming off a spectacular year at the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway where the talented teen won 10 poles and 9 feature events and placed his name in the record books as the youngest Late Model champion in the 66-year history of the track. At 16 years and two weeks, Millington joins names like Ralph Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett and Harry Gant in the record book as track champions at the famed oval.
“I am really excited to race at Speedway 51,” said Millington. “My Dad has told me how tough the competition is and I am looking forward to racing against some of the best racers in New England and Canada. It has been a fantastic season this year and it would be awesome to bring home a trophy to North Carolina.”
“I won my first race at Speedway 51 in 1979” added his Dad, Scott Millington. “It is really exciting to have Ryan race at a track where I have so many great memories. He had a great season this year and it will be great to visit our family and race in the same week.”
Ryan Millington has been racing since he was ten years old, starting in dirt go karts, then on to US Legend cars where he won at 7 different race tracks throughout the southeast over a two-year period. Last year in his first year of NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing, all Ryan did was win his first ever start in a Late Model outdistancing Dale Earnhardt Jr. star driver Josh Berry in a 100-lap race. He went on to win three races and was crowned the North Carolina, NASCAR Rookie of the Year.
“This is definitely going to be exciting,” said Ryan. “I am not used to racing on high banked quarter mile tracks, but I feel like once I get comfortable I should be able to be pretty racy. I just want to meet as many fans as possible and enjoy my time in New Hampshire with my family.”
Along with the high powered North Country Ford Late Models, the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman, Caron Fabrication Street Stocks, A.B excavating Daredevils, White Mountains Community College Cyclones and the Twisted Tea Angels will all be in competition. Post time for the Oct. 7 event will be at 1pm. Grandstands open at 10 a.m., and the pits open up for Late Models at 8 a.m., and 9 a.m. for all other classes. Adults are just $25, Seniors and Military just $20, Teens 12-16 $10, and Kids 11 and under are free.
For more information on Ryan and this event and others, visit the website at, or call the new track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.

Mountaineers down Kennett in boys' soccer

By Travis Mitchell

BERLIN — It was an unusually warm day when the Division II Kennett Eagles came north of the notch to play the Berlin Mounties' boys' soccer team.

The Eagles were looking for their first win of the season, but after 80 minutes, that dream would not come true. Berlin downed the Eagles, 2-0.

The Mounties had a quick scare in the first couple of minutes when the Eagles fired a shot from the inside of the 18 yard line, but it was met by an amazing save by Mountie goalie, Hunter Fauteux. Then the Mounties took control of the play.

A short time later, senior Noah Cornish headed one past the Kennett goalie 13 minutes into the match off a throw-in from Joey Fodor. After that, all was quiet until the whistle blew, signaling the end of the half. At that point, the Berlin boys were up by one, but the Kennett offense still had 40 minutes to make something happen.

As the second half slowly ticked down, it seemed that the Eagles’ efforts were in vain. But then at 74 minutes, the Mounties delivered the death blow to the Eagles. This came when Hunter Fauteux took a free kick. The ball traveled all the way to the Eagles’ 18. Evan Arsenault was there to receive the bomb from Fauteux. The Eagles were still on the defense, though, trying to protect their net like it was a nest, but Arsenault prevailed and scored, putting the Mounties up 2-0.

With only 6 minutes left, the Berlin boys played tough defense until the final seconds ticked down. Victoriously, the Mounties celebrated their win, and took their extra point in the standings.

Travis Mitchell is a student at Berlin High School and is a member of Courtney High's publications' class.

Three Berlin Natives to be inducted in hockey's Hall of Fame W/PICS

Legends to Induct Seven – Three with Berlin ties

The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey is pleased to announce seven inductees for its 2017 Hall of Fame class.

On Sunday October 22, 2017, the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey will enshrine the following: the late Maurice Couture, Jim Griffin, Roger Letourneau, the late Wayne Pecknold and the late George Thurston are being inducted as players; Howell P. Campbell is being inducted posthumously as a coach; and Clarence T. Lessard is being inducted posthumously as a builder.

The Class of 2017 will be formally inducted during a luncheon ceremony at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on and the festivities begin with the social hour at 11:30 a.m., and Master of Ceremonies Bob Norton will kick off the induction and celebration at 12:30 p.m. The program includes Dennis "Red" Gendron, a Berlin native who twice had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup with the NJ Devils, as the keynote speaker. Gendron is a New England College alum of 1979, Legends Hall of Fame Class of 2007, and entering his fifth season as head coach at the University of Maine.

Here is a brief look at the three North Country inductees:

Jim Griffin. A standout youth player growing up in Berlin, Griffin went on to play for two years at New England College where he was the leading scorer as a sophomore before transferring to Plattsburgh. As a junior, he amassed 33 points as Plattsburgh reached the NCAA Division 2 championship game. As a senior, he recorded 24 goals and 32 assists and again the Cardinals were runners-up to the national champions in Division II. He was named ECAC West Division 2 playoff MVP that year and finished with 60 goals and 94 assists in 117 college games.

Clarence Lessard. A successful businessman, Lessard provided integral moral and financial support to the Berlin Maroons until his death in 1971, and was heavily vested in other aspects of hockey in town. He served as a director of the Berlin Athletic Booster Club and the Notre Dame Arena Corporation, and served as a mentor to many young players, encouraging them to develop career plans and life goals. In 1974, his contributions were recognized with a plaque dedication at Notre Dame Arena.

Roger Letourneau. A native of the province of Quebec, Letourneau enrolled at Berlin High School in the fall of 1965, and made an immediate impact once he was cleared to play on the school's hockey team the following February. He helped the team win the New Hampshire state championship in 1966, and the state and New England tournaments the following year, getting named New England tourney MVP. From 1968 to 1971, he was a standout player for the Berlin Maroons, compiling 117 goals and 76 assists. He received training camp invitations from the Boston Braves and Hartford Whalers, and later played for the Concord Eastern Olympics and finally the Concord Budmen during the 1975-76 season.

This annual event is open to the public and tickets must be purchased by October 15th. Tickets are $40 and checks should be made out to NH Legends of Hockey and mailed to Executive Director Jim Hayes at 329 Currier Road, Hopkinton, NH 03229. In addition to Jim, you can contact Allen Demers (603-397-7383).