Congratulations to the sixth grade
2015-2016 basketball champions from Windham. The league was through the
Portland Boys and Girls Club and the team played several town teams along with
AAU teams. The winning score in the final game was 46-33.
The team is: (L to R) Coach Bill
Mannette, Jason Scott, Will Mannette, Jakob Emery, Tayshawn Lindsay, Fisher
Allen, Alex Willings, Chase Wescott and coach Damion Lindsay. Front row:
The team ended the season with a 23 wins
and 7 losses.
High School senior Gage Chenard is the Aroma Joe’s athlete of the week. The
17-year-old is on the hockey team and the lacrosse team. He also enjoys skiing
and fly fishing.
much fanfare, Gage has quietly put together a terrific senior season totaling
11 goals and 10 assists. Gage has put in a ton of time off the ice to better
himself and the team,” said his coach Greg Leclair.
sports hero is Brad Merchand. He finds balancing sports and school a challenge.
“It is always a challenge to balance academics and athletics. Staying on top of
grades is just as important as the game itself,” he said.
it comes to teamwork, Gage has a winning philosophy. “The recipe for success is
having a good overall team chemistry and knowing that you can always trust your
teammates,” he said.
plan is to attend Bridgton Academy next year.
is the son of Randy Chenard and Jennifer Davies.
The RSU14 grounds crew has won two
Fields of Excellence awards for the past year. One was for the football field
for the 2015 season and the other was for the softball fields for the 2015
“Thanks for all the support over the
years and we will continue to try to stay at the top,” said grounds coordinator
Mike DiDonato, CSFM.
Windham High School was one of only four
schools in the nation to be selected for more than one field. A total of 84 awards
were given out from Pioneer Athletics, a company that sells products for sports
“Faced with tightened budgets and being
asked to do more with less, the field crews of these schools and organizations
exemplified team work and dedication in 2015,” said Pioneer Athletics. “It’s the space we’ve created to honor great work and to
foster school pride and community spirit in the process.”
schools that enter the competition send an essay on why their fields should be
honored and send pictures of the fields.
“We, in the softball program, are well
aware of the state of our field and appreciate all the hard work Mike, and his
crew, put into making it arguably the best facility in Maine (colleges
included).The field of excellence award
validates what we've known for years!” said softball coach Travis Demmons.
Last Saturday the Windham High School girls swim team
competed in the Class A State Meet.
“The girls had some awesome swims and several best times,”
said coach Kyle Rasmussen. A couple of highlights from the meet included best
time swims in the 200 IM (2:43.43) and 100 fly (1:11.68) by Maelah Nadeau. Her
finish in the 200 IM was 24th and in the 100 fly was 18th place. Another
highlight came from the last event in the meet, the 400 free relay. The relay
team of Sophie Simonson, Elizabeth Lucas, Abbi Libby and Taylor Colangelo
finished in 17th place with a time of 4:34.83. Other competitors included
Monica Landry and Olivia Verrill. Monica Landry competed in the 200 medley
relay (19th place) and 200 free relay (21st place). Olivia Verrill competed in
the 200 medley relay (19th place), 100 fly (24th place), and 200 free relay
(21st place). The team finished tied for 26th place in the
The Boys Class A State Meet took place Monday of vacation
week. “This meet also was filled with personal best times and awesome
swims,” said Rasmussen. Highlights included a 15th place finish in the 200 free
relay with swimmers Jack Blake, Frank Farinella, Francis Watson and Ryan
Plummer. The 400-free relay team of Josh Labrecque, James Mannette, Ryan
Plummer, and John Giberti finished in eighth place. James Mannette also had an
excellent swim in the 200 free where he swam a personal best time of 2:03.63
that resulted in a 12th place finish. John Giberti had a really good meet with
a sixth place finish in the 200 IM (2:12.01) and an eighth place finish in the
100 free (52.31). Josh Lebrecque had a fourth place finish in the 100 free
(50.94) and brought an individual state title to Windham with a first place
finish in the 100 back (56.05). The team finished in 11th place.
The Windham boys’ indoor
track team finished 8th this past Monday, at the Class A State track
meet. Ernie Ruby led the scoring by winning the 55m, in school record time.
Ernie also placed 4th in the 200m.
Rory Sullivan had a big day
by scoring 7th in the long jump and 6th in the pole
vault. Sophomore, Alex Wilkins didn’t jump as well as he wanted in the long
jump, but came back with a personal record of over 41 feet in the triple jump,
which was good for 3rd place. Senior, Thomas Sappier, finished 3rd
in the shot put and he and Ernie will have an opportunity to improve their
season best at the New England Track & Field Championships later this
On the girls’ side, the
Windham Eagles finished 16th as a team.Ali Wintle finished 3rd in the
high jump and triple jump and has qualified for New Englands.
The 15-year-old sophomore is a triple
threat on the soccer, track and baseball teams, where he is a goalie, jumper
“Alex qualified for states in the long
jump and is one of the top performers in the junior division for the high jump,
long jump and triple. He’s a hard worker, great kids and always looking to
improve,” said his coach Paula Pock.
Mixing sports and school work, Alex sums
it up with, “It is honestly not that hard to balance the two. It is all about
timing things, and if you do it efficiently, then they fit together,” he said.
Alex also likes to play sports with his
friends and going to the beach in the summer. His sports hero is Lionel Messi.
“I want to be a great player like him in soccer,” said Alex.
“I’ve learned that teamwork is all about
knowing your team and using that knowledge to help the team grow,” he said.
Alex lives with his mom Susan and his dad
Rick. He also has three dogs.
Fifteen-year-old Abigail Clinch is the
Aroma Joe athlete of the week. The ninth-grader is on the track and soccer
teams at Windham High School.
“Abigail has won two of her events at
the last meet (long and triple jumps) and is now qualified for states. She
holds the highest mark as a freshman in the league in both events. Very capable
and a job to have on the team,” said her coach Scott Rush-Donohue.
When it comes to teamwork, Abigail said
“I’ve learned that if we don’t’ work together then we really aren’t a team at
all. Teamwork really makes the dream work,” Abigail said.
Her sports hero is Bethany Hamelton
“because even though she went through a hard time, she defied the odds and
continually surprises people with what she can do,” said Abigail.
She has no trouble balancing sports and
school. “When I have practice or game I know I need to get my work done fast,
so I develop better time management skills,” she said.
She enjoys hanging out with her friend
and going to her camp in the summer.
She would like to go to college, but not
sure where. She’s considering marketing as a major.
She is the daughter of Pam and Scott
Clinch. She has a sister Kayleigh and a dog Katie.
On February 5th the Windham Eagles varsity
boys basketball team hosted the Gorham Rams in their last regular season game. The
boys knew that if they could win this game a spot in the playoffs was a possibility.
This was also senior night as the team honored both Kyle Kilfoil and Zach
Lacombe in their last high school varsity boys basketball game.
Both the Eagles and the Rams played strong throughout the
game; however, the Rams were able to pull ahead and keep on top of the score
board. Eagles senior Kyle Kilfoil walked away with 21 points in his last game
as an Eagle and sophomore Nick Curtis added 15 points. Lacombe, Coffin, Gilman
and Henderson also contributed in the last game of the season.
As the first season with a new head coach Coach Pulkkinen
had this to say about the season.
“I will never forget this year, being my first year as a
head coach and my return to Windham Basketball. When I took the position, I
heard a lot about it being a rebuilding year, a year to pay my dues etc. I
never believed that and our team never bought into that label. I think a lot of
teams throughout the course of the season started to respect what our team was
capable of and it’s a testament to the guys we have.
Although our season was cut short there was a lot to be
proud of. Coaching our two seniors Kyle Kilfoil and Zach LaCombe was a
pleasure. They were two guys who gave their all every day and lead by example. They
lead our team night after night with their effort and relentlessness to do
whatever it takes for the team to be successful. They will be greatly missed.
Our team gained some valuable experience this season as a
young team and a lot of guys contributed. We have a strong set of juniors and
talented group of sophomores who are all hungry for next season to start. We
created a culture we can now build off and we are all excited to see where this
team will be next year at this time. Until then there is a lot of work to do.”
By Paula Pock - Windham boys’ finished fifth in the SMAA championships
this past Saturday. Windham was led by senior Ernie Ruby who had a huge
day by winning the 55m, followed by third place in the 200, and a fifth in long
Sophomore Alex Wilkins also had a great day, finishing second
in the junior triple jump, with a new personal record. Alex also got third
place and fifth place in the high and long jumps.
Other scorers for Windham include senior Thomas Sappier –
second place shot put with a 3-foot personal record, Evan Coughlin- fourth in shot
put, Rory Sullivan received third in the pole vault, Jeremy Bennett finished
fourth in the 600yd and Wyatt Yost was sixth in the junior 800m. The junior
4x100 team of Sam Cole, Rick Brichetto, Josh Mora and Connor Abbatoni placed
The boys really all stepped up for the championship meet
and hope to carry on their momentum
heading into the state meet, which will be
held at USM on February 15.
Aroma Joe’s athlete of the week is Windham High School senior Greg Meader. The
18-year-old is a cross country runner, Alpine skier and tennis player for
Windham. In addition to those sports, he also enjoys biking, hiking, singing
and spending time with friends and family.
has stepped up in a big way this year. He is taking responsibility as a senior
to be a role model for his teammates. He has improved his skill and has
progressed from the bottom of the line up to a top skier on the team and conference,”
said coach Gavin Glider.
sports hero is skier Bode Miller. He didn’t find it difficult to balance school
and sports. “Sports allow me to focus and relax. They are great stress relief,”
Greg said. He also believes “teamwork is the foundation of success.”
is the son of Tom and Carol Meader, has a brother Brad, sister Dani and a cat.
He wants to major in civil engineering at the
University of Maine or Clarkson University in the fall.
Windham/Westbrook hockey hosted the
Lawrence/Skowhegan Bandits at USM on Saturday for last home game of the season,
which was senior night. The WW hockey team has a total of 14 JV and varsity
players that were honored by the crowd and families.
The first period was an even exchange of
back and forth action and nearly equal shots on goal. The second period
started out much the same way until half way into the period when Sam Craig
from the Bandits lit the lamp with a shot over the right shoulder of Alex
LeBlanc to get on the score board.
The teams went into the locker room at
the end of the second period with the Bandits up 1-0. WW poured on the
shots in the third with the Bandits goaltender Hunter Raye standing on his head
fending off 16 third period shots. The Bandits held tough the last 2
minutes a man down and the WW goalie pulled. There was a 6-on-4 situation
for about 45 seconds when they went down another. The last 19 seconds was
a 6-on-3 and the Bandits held it together for a hard fought win.
WW goes to 10-3 on the season and
Lawrence/Skowhegan earned their fourth win of the year to go to 4-8.