Berlin Hockey player Jillian Hallee stands proudly with her teams' state championship plaque during a parade on May 17. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
May 20, 2020BERLIN — It was a unique winter for Berlin athletes when three teams brought home state championship gold. Both girls' and boys' hockey teams along with the unified basketball team each earned the number one spot during the playoff season. Due to Covid-19 concerns, a championship celebration never took place.
That all changed this past Sunday when a parade complete with fire trucks, police cars, sirens and several parents made stops to each athlete's house. Heard loudly throughout Berlin was the quintessential Queen song "We are the Champions" as the parade made its way up and down the city's streets.
Athletic Director Craig Melanson had the plan in the works for quite some time, commenting "It was an awesome day and it was great to see all of the athletes and their families again. You don't realize how much we miss these people."
Melanson added, "The coaches did an amazing job along with Lefty Enman and Keith Roberege of the Coos County Sheriff's Department, Josh White from the Berlin Police Department, Mark Santos of the Gorham Police Department, Pat Tremblay of the Berlin Fire Department, the Gorham Fire Department and Ambulance Service, Norman Frechette of the Milan Fire Department, Barbra Tetreault, Steve Enman from the Berlin Daily Sun, Superintendent of School Julie King, Berlin Principal Mike Kelley, Gorham Principal Jen Corrigan and Gorham Athletic Director Billy Goodrich and Virginia Grondin."
The Athletic Director said that everyone contributed from holding banners and blasting music.
"It was a great day for our athletes and coaches and community to finally get the recognition they deserved," said Melanson.