Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New England Preparatory School Athletic Counil Class C Championship.

Hebron Academy beat Millbrook 8 - 1. Hebron has won this two years in a row. In the center (in purple) is Goalie, Keith Mank - a Junior from Raymond, ME. CONGRATULATIONS!

Windham Eagles are a strong team despite the State Championship outcome by Matt Pascarella

The Eagles worked very hard all year and it came down to this: the State Championship against
Braxton Cassidy ensures the Red Storm player is down
Scarborough. The game took place last Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field in Portland. This was a well-earned game for the Eagles who had worked vigorously all season to get there. The crowd was pumped from well before the game started to the very end, cheering Windham on.

Windham came out with intensity, ready to take on Scarborough. A fast touchdown from the Red Storm at the start of the game did not discourage the Eagles. Scarborough was pressuring Windham early as they added another touchdown to the scoreboard. With plenty of time left, the Eagles kept their heads up.

Hunter Coffin catches a pass for Bernier
As the first half continued, Scarborough pressured Windham, scoring a couple more touchdowns. This only made fans cheer louder and players work even harder.

An intercepted pass thrown by Scarborough and caught by #89, Cameron Additon, showed the Eagles were working to turn this game around. Windham was giving it their all, but despite their efforts at the end of first half, Scarborough led 36-0.

This was not the start to the game Windham wanted, but they fought (and made it) this far and they weren’t giving up now. The Eagles worked fiercely both offensively and defensively. They had several great plays that had the potential to result in scoring opportunities, but were blocked by Scarborough. Tanner Bernier, #20, got the ball within 10 yards of Scarborough’s end zone. If Scarborough was going to win, they were going to work for it. 
Watson and Kilgallon take Siena Red Storm player

It’s tough to see the points rise on your opponent’s scoreboard, but Windham is a strong team. Despite this obstacle they did not let it get them down. Were they happy about it? No. But when that happens, you just work harder. And the Eagles did just that.

Scarborough didn’t let up though, scoring several more touchdowns in the second half. Windham fought hard and fought strong, giving it their all and leaving nothing on the field. In the end, Scarborough became Class A champs. Final score: 57-0.

Nate Watson with the catch from Bernier
“I think our guys played their hearts off, they have all year,” said Coach Matt Perkins. “Scarborough is one of the best high school football teams . . . they do a really good job; hats off to them. [They] represent Maine football very, very well.” 

He continued, “I’m just very proud of my guys, they . . . played with class all [season] . . . they did a good job . . . I’m very proud of them and the way they battled all year.”

We’ll be watching when Windham returns next year to makes us proud once again.
Congrats to the Windham Eagles football team for a great season and being Class A North Champions and State Class A Runners Up!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Windham Eagles win Class A Northern Regional Football Champions by Matt Pascarella

Dylan Varney tackles the Bulldogs
The varsity boys took on Portland last Friday for what was probably one of the coldest games I’ve ever been to. The temperature was below freezing with very strong winds. However, the low temperature wasn’t stopping the fans and players from giving it their all.

Shortly after the game started, I heard one player announce, “We came to play!” after Windham got off to a great start, almost scoring on Portland within seconds of the first half. The Eagles did come to play, and their intensity started from the first second and didn’t end until after the game was over.

Right out of the gate Windham scored touchdown number one of the first half. Tanner Bernier, #20, ran it into Portland’s end zone with #16, Liam McCusker, getting the field goal. From that point on, the Eagles did not let up on the Bulldogs until the end of the game. 

Windham had strong offense and defense throughout both halves, keeping Portland from scoring for most of the game and putting the pressure on them by scoring touchdown after touchdown. 
By the end of the first half, Windham had scored three more touchdowns. Treva Valliere, #34, ran the ball in and McCusker got the field goal. Bernier scored for a second time, running the ball in and passing it to #81, Matty Babb, who got the two-point conversion. 

Right before the end of the first half, #25, Nathan Watson, caught a pass from Bernier and McCusker got the field goal. At the end of the first half, the score was 29-0, Windham.

The cold, which hadn’t gotten much better, didn’t affect the Eagles’ enthusiasm as they began the second half with just as much force as the first. They continued to show Portland, this game belonged to the Eagles. Windham’s excellent teamwork resulted in two more touchdowns before the final whistle. Watson ran the ball in for his second touchdown, but the kick was no good. #21, Stuart Salom, ran the ball in and McCusker got the field goal. The final score: 42-6, Windham.

Coach Matt Perkins spoke about the team and their season, “The heart of the [se] guys . . . how they battled adversity all year has just been so impressive. I’m very, very proud . . .  [of] the coaches [and] the players . . . and the passion has just been through the roof.”

After the game, Athletic Director, Rich Drummond presented the team with a plaque for being the Class A Northern Regional Champions.

Congratulations Eagles! Good luck this Saturday!
Eagles accept the Northern Class A Regional Championship Plaque
Justin Labrecque takes down several Bulldogs as Valliere goes in for the touchdown
Liam McCusker kicks for the field goal
Mattingly Babb catches the pass for the 2 point conversion

Friday, October 27, 2017

Boys Varsity Football team defeats Bangor High 48 to 6

Thanks to Stephanie Coffin for sharing her talent in sports photography!
Treva Valliere runs the ball in for a touchdown
Hunter Coffin catches a pass thrown by Bernier for a touchdown
Nate Watson catches a pass from Bernier
Senior night for 12 students was celebrated with a win

Friday, October 20, 2017

Former teammates compete

2017 High School graduates compete agains each other in the Maine State Cross Country Championsip last week. From left to right, Jeremy Bennet (Bates College), McKenzie Pepin and Analyse Harris (both at St. Joe's College) and Gween Baker (University of Maine - Farmington.)

Windham took on Westbrook last Saturday and the Eagles were in it to win it! By Matt Pascarella

#2 Jordan Lloyd hustles down the field and makes one in the net
Windham had great teamwork right off the bat, communicating with one another and putting pressure on Westbrook early, with several shots on goal at the Saturday game held at Westbrook on October 14. 
Windham had great offense and defense in the first half, keeping Westbrook at bay. The Eagles were really pressuring Westbrook. 

#9 Erin Elder demonstrates tenancity
Windham’s teamwork and hustle presented itself. Meghan Hoffses, #6, scored. Shortly after, after a tense bout directly in front of the Westbrook goal, Julia McKenna, #40, headed the ball into the net, making it 0-2, Windham. 

The Eagles did not let up for the remainder of the first half and at halftime the score was 0-3, after Maggie Lloyd, #10, scored.

The Eagles were just getting started. The second half began with Windham taking the field with tenacity. They wanted the big ‘W’ and they were going to get it. 

Their offense and defense continued to hold back Westbrook with the Eagles giving Westbrook’s goalie a workout. Meghan Hoffses was the first to put one in the net in the second half. Alanna Joyce, #1, followed, making it 0-5, Windham. The Eagles’ intensity was not done yet. Hannah Kaplan, #15, scored next and it was obvious Windham had opened the floodgates. Jordan Lloyd, #2, got one in to make it 0-7. 

Westbrook did manage to score once before the end of the second half, making it 1-7, Windham. The Eagles closed this away game, which they controlled most of, by Riley Beem, #7, getting one by the goalie, for a final score of 1-8, Eagles.

http://www.windhampowersports.com/“It was nice to see [seven] different girls score goals today,” said Coach Deb Lebel. “As a whole, the team played well and worked on some specific things that we needed to clean up before playoffs.”  

“We would like to be playing our best soccer when it counts,” added James “Jimmy” Stewart, Assistant Coach. “The team has been coming together as a unit and players are becoming more confident in their roles. We hope to peak when it means the most."

Friday, October 13, 2017

It was a tough loss - but well played varsity football game by Matt Pascarella

It was shaping up to be a perfect night for football as the crowds took to the bleachers to watch the Eagles (3-2) take on Scarborough (4-1) in Windham’s Homecoming game last Friday, October 6.

Family, students and spectators had their sweatshirts and blankets and were prepared to root for their Windham Eagles, as it was almost time for Friday Night under the lights. As the clock wound down to game time, excitement was in the air; Windham was fired up and ready. The Eagles took to the field with intensity.

Scarborough scored in the first quarter, which only energized Windham to come at Scarborough with more power.

Windham’s defense was tight blocking some key touchdown opportunities for Scarborough.
Scarborough scored a couple more touchdowns in the first half, but that did not diminish the mood of Windham players or the mood of their crowd.

Windham did not get discouraged after a couple Scarborough touchdowns; they were determined to turn it around.

I overheard one Windham player say to his team, “It’s not over . . .”

Another Windham player told his teammates, “Let’s go! Stop hanging your heads.”

After a personal foul on Scarborough at the very end of the first half moved the ball 15 yards in Windham’s favor, the tension was mounting as Windham was very close to Scarborough’s end zone.
With less than 2 seconds on the clock and the end of the first half, #34, Treva Valliere, scored a touchdown. #16, Liam McCusker, punted the ball to get the field goal. At the end of the first half, the score was Windham 7, Scarborough 52.

You may think Windham might have gotten a little down, but they definitely weren’t. 

“Let’s get fired up!” was overheard from a Windham player, only emphasized that they were not
ready to throw in the towel.

A quarter later, Windham fought the good fight, but in the end, the final score was Scarborough 66, Windham 7.

“I think the kids played hard, we had a lot of injuries,” observed Coach Matt Perkins.  “And young guys had to step up and I think they did a good job.”

This was a tough loss, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Keep up the good work, Eagles.
The Eagles next home game is Friday, October 20th vs. Bangor at 7 p.m.