LEWISTON, Maine — The inspirational story surrounding the Lewiston High School boys soccer program will be told to a nationwide television audience later this fall.
The HBO program “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” has been in the city since last Wednesday filming a feature surrounding the program, Lewiston athletic administrator Jason Fuller said Tuesday.
The HBO crew’s last day in town was Tuesday as they were scheduled to cover the Blue Devils’ Class A North clash with crosstown rival Edward Little of Auburn.
Fuller said a match between Lewiston and Lawrence of Fairfield also was filmed for the show on Sept. 8.
The Blue Devils made history last fall, posting an undefeated record en route to the program’s first Class A state championship. Lewiston finished the season ranked among the country’s top 25 teams.
The state championship team, composed of athletes from the United States, Germany, Somalia, Congo, Turkey and Kenya, was honored last spring by the Maine Sports Hall of Fame for the teamwork, excellence and sportsmanship displayed during the run to the state title.
Fuller said the team has gone about its business while the HBO crew has been in the city, and the show’s filming has not been much of a distraction.
“It’s kind of [just] another day,” Fuller said. “They’ve done a great job working around our schedule.”
While Gumbel is on another assignment, veteran reporter Soledad O’Brien has been in town working on the story.
“It’s been great for our community,” Fuller said. “It’s bigger than just soccer.”
Fuller said the episode featuring the team and the community is scheduled to air later in September, although he wasn’t sure of the exact date.
Coach Mike McGraw’s team has won its first three games heading into Tuesday’s matchup with 2-1 Edward Little, which began the day’s play atop the Class A North Heal Point standings.
Fuller also went on to say he’s happy how his school’s other athletic programs have embraced the diverse community in the city.
Tuesday’s game was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Lewiston High.