Saturday March 02, 2013 | 05:55 PM

On Friday in the pep rally for the 53 students who attend Forest Hills High, Coach Anthony Amero dialed up a miracle.

The move, Miracle, is about the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team's victory over Russia. He focused the video on the pep talk Coach Herb Brooks gave his team in the locker room before the game, zeroing in on the line: "One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight.''

Eastern teams had won nine consecutive Class D state titles. Amero focused on the 10th, telling his players, "This will be our one. Miracles happen all the time.''

And Forest Hills came through, beating Central Aroostook 55-48 for the school's first title.

When it was over, Amero raced across the court, nearly knocking over the press table, to high-five Forest Hills fans.

"I've been known to be a little excited,'' he said. "I just love basketball.''

And his team. When he took the job in Jackman 16 years ago, he was told by just about everyone that the Tigers could never win a Gold Ball. Now?

"What they've overcome to do this says a lot about the hard work and discipline of these kids,'' he said. "They don't ask for anything and they work for everything.''

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Tom Chard is a Portland native who has covered high school sports and golf for the Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 38 years. A three-sport athlete at Deering High, Tom's chief athletic pursuit is chasing the little white ball. He played in his 20th Maine Amateur Golf Championship in July.

Glenn Jordan came to Maine in 1994 to cover the nascent Portland Sea Dogs. After eight baseball seasons and three children – the last two within 18 minutes of each other – he became a part-time writer. Among the sports he covers are now are tennis, skiing, swimming and running. He has a degree in philosophy from Dartmouth, a decent forehand and a penchant for checkers.

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