Fort Kent Warriors prepare for State Games

The Fort Kent boys and girls soccer teams left for Bangor today. Both Warrior teams will be playing for State titles tomorrow. Both coaches feel it is special to be battling for State titles at the same time
(Doug Cyr):" It is very special. We have only done it one other time in 2010. To go the State Championship is a testament to our hard work and the community.

(Kalusha Kotes):" Coming from the college I am used to going to the National Tournament with both teams. Coming to the High School and experiencing the same thing is a wonderful feeling."

The Warriors have been very successful over the years, but this group of girls had never won a quarterfinal game.
It is expected to be a very wet day on the soccer field in Hampden on Saturday, Cyr says his team is ready to play in any type of weather

Cyr:" Faced with tons of different weather. Inclement weather snow we had to shovel the field off to play our Northern Regional."

The boys captured their second straight regoinal Championship. Last year they lost a tough 1-0 game to Maranacook and Kotes says the team is hungry because of that heart breaking loss

Kotes:"They talked about last year when they played in the rain. They are ready they are mentally ready they are focused. They are ready to go."

The girls have a mix of youth and veterans they have two senior starters and also have a number of freshman on the team. This is Cyr's first year as head coach, but he knows this group of players very well

Cyr:" I coached a lot of these from pee to rec and saw them through the middle school. It is a reward to be able to see them and coach them at the varsity level."

Kotes is in his first year as boys head coach. He says that he has talked to every player on his team about being a leader

Kotes:" Whether your are a freshmen, a sophomore, a junior or a senior everyone should be a leader. That is the thing with our team is we are well rounded. Everyone can talk to anybody and make a decision."