On Monday, January 18, 2016, a dream was achieved.
Sadie Nelson a senior at Windham High School
scored her 1,000 point in her high school career for girls’ varsity
Sadie is such a
well-respected teenager, student, daughter, friend and person within the
Windham community that individuals from the ages of kindergarten to grandparents
packed the gym to watch and support her career record moment.
The girls’ varsity team (7-6) hosted the Auburn Eddies
(11-2) where the Lady Eagles handed Auburn their second loss 47-42.
Sadie started playing basketball in third grade; her
first team was through the Windham Youth Basketball Program and sponsored by
Chutes Family Restaurant, a local breakfast spot. Realizing her passion for the sport of
basketball while in the fifth grade, Sadie started taking it more
seriously. Deciding she wanted to better
herself and become a skilled ball handler while honing her defensive skill she
started to join some of the Maine Elite teams that were offered for young players
When Sadie entered high school as a freshman, Coach Brody
Artes was just beginning his coaching career of the Lady Eagles basketball
team. Making the varsity team as a freshman player, Coach Artes worked with
Sadie throughout her four years of high school.
Sadie stated “Coach Artes always pushed me to be better player and
motivated me to be the best that I can be. Coach has opened up so many
opportunities for me and has given me a lot to remember, I couldn't be more
thankful for all that he has done for me the past four years.”
Having so many memorable moments throughout her high
school career of playing basketball, listing a few of those that were standouts
is a challenge. One of the top moments
was her sophomore year when Windham beat Thornton Academy at the buzzer and then
followed it up by defeating Cheverus, which brought the Lady Eagles to the
Western Maine finals. Another memorable moment and most recent was scoring her
1,000 point along with getting a huge
win over Edward Little both in the same day.
Sadie’s inspirations have always been her parents, Wayne
and Kimberly Nelson. “I have always wanted to prove to them that I can be great
and that I can push myself to be great at anything I do. I couldn't have done it without them and I
owe them everything for putting so much of their time into my athletic career,”
Sadie is popular with both the kids and adults with her
good manners, attitude and behavior –When asked, “How does this make you feel
as her parent when you are out in the community and get to witness this
adoration for your daughter?” Wayne stated “Sadie’s always been pretty modest
when it comes to a lot of things, so it means the world to her mother and
myself to know how much she’s looked up to by the younger kids in our
community, and how the parents and her peers feel about her. There are not
enough words to describe this feeling. Sadie has always worked hard to achieve
the goals she has set for herself. I remember in the ninth grade, Sadie made
the varsity basketball team and I was at the gym waiting for her, as she walked
out of the gym she passed a young girl and her mom the girl was probably fourth
or fifth grade, the girl tugged on her mother’s jacket and said, ‘That’s Sadie
Nelson and she’s a varsity basketball player.’ I never really talked with Sadie
about it but I know she heard her, the glow that she had on her face from
hearing that – that’s what makes it all worth it. Sadie has had a lot of
great coaches over the years and we’ve met a lot of great parents along the
way. We couldn’t be more thankful to have Sadie in our lives. She makes
us proud every day and to know how the community feels about her is the
greatest feeling her mother and I could ever imagine.”
Another inspiration for Sadie is the little kids in the
community. Doing whatever she can do to
be involved in some part of their lives.
Sadie appreciates how they have cheered her on during her games, some
even traveling to watch her and the Lady Eagles play away from home. Speaking with them at their practices from
the Windham Youth Program up to the middle school teams is another passion for
“Anything to see them smile when they see me, it means
the world,” she said.
Sadie also plays goalkeeper for the varsity girls soccer
team and this spring Sadie will be playing for the varsity softball team to
wrap up her senior year at Windham before moving onto college where she will be
attending the University of New England to study athletic training. Sadie
will continue to play basketball for head coach Anthony Ewing at UNE, stating
“I'm more than thankful to be able to continue my basketball career.”
“Sadie has had a work ethic unlike any other basketball
player in Windham over the past four years.
More often than not, she would come in the gym at 6 a.m. and get 200
plus shots up before school started.
has traveled all over the east coast playing with her AAU program, competing
against some of the best competition in high school girls’ basketball.
She has received numerous honors from her
playing days here at WHS, including First Team All-Conference player for the
She has always been in the
conversation with the best high school girls’ basketball players in our conference
since she was a freshman,” said Coach Artes.
“With all of the aforementioned anecdotes about her work
ethic and her abilities on the court, Sadie’s most significant contribution to
the Windham girls basketball program is her love and desire to work with the
youth, a trait that will keep on giving for years to come. Sadie has been a great role model for young
athletes throughout her four years at Windham High School. The future of the program looks up to her as
a leader, as a captain, and as a stellar basketball player. She always makes time to go out of the way
talk to the younger kids, giving high fives or words of encouragement, and as I
mentioned before, that aspect of the person that she is will continue to be
immersed in the Windham Youth Basketball program even after Sadie graduates in
June,” Artes continued.
“Sadie has been the engine that has run our team for the
past four years. Teams will try to shut
down Sadie, preventing her from scoring, but she always seems to find a way to
get her usual 12-15 points a game.
Evidence of this was on Monday, as she struggled to shoot from behind the
arc, but found a way to score by driving hard to the basket and leading our team
to a hard earned, major heal-point victory.
During Sadie’s tenure at WHS, the Lady Eagles have made the playoffs
during her first three years and hoping to make it a fourth year this
February. During those three years,
Sadie has led us to a 5-3 playoff record, and an appearance in the Western
Maine Class A Final game during her sophomore year,” he said. “She is a
great kid to coach, will always give you her all, and has a passion for being a
positive teammate and a positive influence on everyone around her.”