Friday, June 23, 2017

Undefeated Raynor Shine Painting Little League Team wins championship by Andrea Schmuck

Every spring, hundreds of young men and women get ready for the baseball and softball season here in Windham, through the Windham Little League. This spring of 2017 was no different! 

As we waited for the snow-melt that never seemed to come, we looked forward to those spring and
summer games, the crack of the bats and the joy of watching our kids play ball. This was true for the coaches, players and parents of the Raynor Shine Painting Majors Little League Team. 

Well, what a season it would turn out to be!

Our team was coached by three volunteer dads, Scott Raynor, Brian Marden and Hal Foley. They donated their time, experience and caring to help our boys get ready for the season and to help them have an enjoyable season.  

The team consisted of the following 11 boys: Collin Casserly, Ethan Barker, Colby Raynor, Tate Chork, Logan Marden, Tommy Casserly, Landon Schmuck, Nathan Jordan, Sam Rogers, Sheamus McDougall and Aiden Foley.  

The team jelled very well and played marvelously as a team! They went undefeated in the regular season, beating most teams by 10 runs or more on most occasions. They played great offense and defense and were great sports towards each other and the other teams.  

Then they boys went into the playoffs as the number one seeded team. They sat out the first round and then went on to win both playoffs games on their way to the Championship Game!

The rest of the teams were great teams with great kids and they all played really well. On June 14, the boys played the Championship Game against MPM Sealcoating which they won 11-1!

Way to go Raynor Shine Painting!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Athlete of the Week: Alex Wilkins

Alex Wilkins, a junior at Windham High School is Aroma Joe’s Athlete of the Week. The 16-year-old believes kids should play sports because it establishes a sense of cooperation and it teaches kids to set goals.

“Alex is the 2017 Class A State Champ in the Triple Jump,” stated coach Paula Pock. “[Receiving athlete of the week] is a well-deserved honor for a fine young man.”

Wilkins, who enjoys fishing and skiing, stated that he has learned to work as a team and to support others as a result of his participation in track and soccer.

He names his parents as the most influential people in his sports career. “They have driven me to always do my best,” Wilkins said. 

He plans to go to college and get a degree in medicine. 

Wilkins lives at home with his mom (Susan), dad (Rick) and his two dogs.

Special Olympic athletes celebrate a job well done at State Competitions by Anne Blake

Nine RSU 14 athletes competed at the State Special Olympics on June 9 to 10, 2017. All athletes are grades 6-12.

Athletes brought home a lot of medals and ribbons and a great time was had by all who attended.
The weekend was capped off with a dance with Motor Booty Affair. A special thanks to all the coaches and all who helped fund the trip especially the RSU 14 Boosters.

Back Row from Left to Right: Cameron Malone James Tucker Ben Silva. Middle Row: AJ Mains Kayla Fillinger Anne Stuchbury Ginger Whiteside Front Row: Dani Laconeta and Austin Rice

Friday, June 9, 2017

Olivia Mora leads Windham High Softball to the first playoff of the season by Stephanie Coffin

Collecting 100 hits in a high school softball career is the equivalent of scoring 1,000 points in a high school basketball career. Obviously it takes a level of skill that not every athlete has, but it also takes consistency and the athlete has to remain healthy enough to stay on the field to help her teammates. 
Over the course of the last four years, Olivia Mora, senior at Windham High, has embodied
consistency and has always been on the field to help her teammates succeed. Her skill level is unquestionable and has been recognized by coaches around the State of Maine – first with four consecutive all-conference selections and finalized by being nominated for Miss Maine Softball.

Last week, in her final regular season home game, Mora clobbered a first inning pitch over the fence in centerfield for her 100th hit which provided her team with an early 3-0 lead over fifth-seeded Noble.  

The home run left Mora one home run shy of the Windham school record, but Windham would go on to defeat Noble 7-6. The win improved Windham to 13-3 on the season; good enough for the fourth-seed in Southern Maine Class A, a first round bye. Mora’s personal accolades continue to grow, she and her teammates know that it takes the entire team pulling in the same direction to accomplish the ultimate goal: bringing home some hardware!  

The marathon is now a sprint for these young ladies, their first playoff game is Thursday, June 8 against either Maine Girls Academy-Falmouth or Noble; with the winner advancing to the semifinal round on Saturday, June 10.  

Regardless of the outcome of our playoff run, it’s been an exciting, and memorable, season and I’m extremely proud of this team and our program.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Track highlights by Nini Bennett

Congratulations to all who reached their personal best record (PR)

4 by 100 Relay boys got PR  -  Sam Cole. Abbotoni Connor .Louis Geller and Orion Beers
400 Dalton McClure got PR
400 James Mannette also got PR
800 Ben Breton got PR
Congrats to Alex Wilkins who is SMAA champ in the Triple jump, with a 2 12 PR
One mile Jeremy Bennett got PR
Sam Cole triple jump

Softball snapshots by Stephanie Coffin

Erin Elder jumps to catch the fly ball against Noble
Lauren Talbot dives in an attempt to tag Noble player out at second
Taylah Piazza stopping the ground ball at second

Boys lacrosse snapshots by Stephanie Coffin

Ben Elliott with a save on goal
Griffin MacVane flies by the Westbrook defense
Seth Wall with a catch down field