BANGOR — Sadie Redman is admittedly not a morning person. Then again, not a lot of teenagers enjoy rising early.
But when it comes to playing soccer, even on a dreary day, the Bangor High School senior doesn’t mind rising out of bed at 6 o’clock in the morning.
“Just getting together, seeing everybody, getting moving again [is great],” Redman said upon arriving at practice.
Even though Redman saw some raindrops falling when she peered out her window, it didn’t once cross her mind that practice would be put on hold.
“No, I knew we’d be out here [with] Mr. Johnson,” she said of Bangor head coach Joe Johnson
Monday was somewhat wet throughout the state but that didn’t stop high school soccer, field hockey, football, cross country, cheering and volleyball teams from opening preseason workouts.
The first countable games are Sept. 1 for field hockey while the other sports will follow on Sept. 3. Teams in Aroostook County have been practicing for a couple weeks while a few have already played their first game because they take a break for the potato harvest in a few weeks.
The weather was damp and fairly chilly as Johnson’s Bangor Rams rolled into the Union Street Complex around 7:45 on Monday morning for an 8 a.m. practice, the first of two sessions on the day, but there was a great deal of enthusiasm to go around.
“Everyone that I’ve talked to is pretty excited and is looking forward to what we can do this year,” said Redman, who was one of the first players to arrive, along with classmate Kim Jordan.
Bangor had another strong season in 2009, earning the No. 2 seed in Eastern Maine Class A but fell in a semifinal in overtime to Waterville.
With a talented returning cast the Rams are expected to field, a deeper postseason run could be in the works, and Redman and Jordan are particularly riding somewhat of an athletic momentum after aiding Bangor’s run to the Class A softball state championship game.
The Rams have their top scorer returning in dynamic sophomore Grace Maclean, along with other offensive threats in Jordan and junior Ashley Robinson.
Bangor also brings back goalkeepers Mia Smith and Meri Wicks.
Like a lot of teams, Bangor expects to work on some conditioning exercises the first few days and break in the incoming freshmen.
Bangor opens its season Sept. 4 at Brewer, with the playoff rematch with Waterville set Sept. 14 at home.
Bangor alumni game Friday
The Bangor girls will host the fourth annual Danielle Marie Thompson memorial alumni soccer game on Friday night at the high school field.
The game starts at 6 p.m., and all Bangor alumnae are welcome to participate.
The contest will pit the alumnae against the 2010 Rams’ varsity squad.
Thompson was a 2003 graduate of Bangor who played soccer, and died in 2007 of bacterial meningitis while attending the University of New Hampshire.
All proceeds from the contest will benefit the Danielle Marie Thompson Scholarship Fund.
Alumnae who wish to play must sign up by Thursday, and the $20 fee includes a T-shirt.
For more info on the game, contact Pam Tweedie at 947-7245.