Westbrook Elite Northern Stars
Cheerleaders in grades three through eight competed at its second competition
of the season at the Poland Spirit Invitational placing first in its division. The
joy of receiving this trophy brings spirit to all of the schools the team
represents, said one of the parents.
Team members Neverah Economeau of
Falmouth (left), Brooklynn Hennigar (center) and Kaitlyn Kennedy (right) both
of Windham hold up the trophy.
Windham High School girls hoop is just
finishing with two members of this year’s Lady Eagles team, selected to play in
the Southern Maine Senior All-Star game, sponsored by the Red Claws and Southern
Maine Community College Athletics. Sadie Nelson and Julia Linevitch both were
key contributors in this high scoring affair. Submitted story and photo.
The Aroma Joe’s athlete of the week is
Katharyn Lucas, an eighth grader at Windham Middle School. Katharyn is a
swimmer on the middle school team.
“Katharyn is a very hard worker in
practice. She is a very positive teammate. She is a very good swimmer and I
look forward to seeing her swim in high school,” said coach Brett Turenne.
Her sports hero is Olympic swimmer Katie
Ledecky. Katharyn has learned that “A simple good job can change someone’s race
around,” she said. She knows it’s important to have good time management skills
to get her work done.
Katharyn enjoys having out with friends
and listening to music. She would like to be a chef in the future.
Katharyn is the daughter of Abbey Davies
and Patrick Lucas. She has a sister Elizabeth.
You get married. Have a baby.
Move across the world. Start going to night school so you can get a degree. All
of these are life-changing events that make you a different person. But did you
know your life can change significantly just by spending some time strength
That’s right—if you’re willing to commit to strength training, your life will
change significantly in seven ways. Here they are.
Change 1: Toned
This one’s obvious for anyone who has ever stepped inside a gym. When you add
strength training to your routine, your body shapes up quickly. Working with a
trainer, you can determine an appropriate strength-training regimen that will
give your body the look you desire. When you look better, you feel better and
more confident. But lifting weights isn’t just about looking good…
Change 2: Health risks drop
Want to reduce your worry factor significantly? Then start lifting weights.
When you do, you’ll find your body has better defense against the common cold
and other everyday sicknesses. But that’s not all. By lifting weights and
staying healthy, you’ll be better able to sidestep countless diseases that
plague so many—from diabetes and cancer to heart disease and stroke.
Change 3: You’ll go longer
Ever just want to crash and burn after a hard day at work? Wish you had the
stamina to play a game of kickball with your kids on the weekends? Lifting
weights will help you improve your stamina so you can do just that. Once you’ve
lifted weights for a while, your muscles grow stronger and you learn how to
power through even when you’re feeling a bit worn out. Going longer, however,
isn’t reserved for the athletic field.
Change 4: Sex improves
Lifting weights may not transform you into some sort of sexual maniac, but it
will do lots of good things for your body that in turn translates to good
things for your sexual abilities. One way strength training does this is by
improving blood flow throughout your body, which is important for sexual
function. On top of blood flow, you will feel better about your body and become
less likely to struggle with sexual dysfunction.
Change 5: You can focus
Meetings aren’t the most exciting events in the world. They drone on for hours,
and your involvement does little to help those you’re meeting with find
solutions. Until you start lifting weights. Suddenly, your brain is getting the
blood flow necessary for optimal function and your brain even grows new cells.
Once your most important muscle kicks into overdrive, you’re ready to be alert
Change 6: You’ll smile more
Life is not easy. And when it comes at you full force, the stress can be too
much. When this happens, you may find yourself spiraling into a bout of sadness
or even depression. Lift weights regularly, however, and you’ll experience
something the prescription-producing world doesn’t want you to know. Lifting
weights gives your body what it needs to fend off depression. And you don’t
need a doctor’s appointment for a weight-lifting session.
Change 7: You live in the now
It is good to plan and know what you’re doing with your life. However, if you
spend all your life worried about what you’re going to do with yourself when
you retire in 23 years, you’re missing out on something very important: The
here and now. When you lift weights, you’re forced to focus on the task at
Otherwise, you’ll never get that final rep in. By incorporating strength
training, your life is changed for the better, because you finally learn to
live in the moment, a skill that translates to increased life satisfaction.
Samantha Frank left Windham High School as the national runner up her senior
year, she didn’t think she would wrestle again. As a nursing student at the
University of Maine at Orono, she knew she would be busy. However, the best laid
plans were put aside and Frank, now a sophomore at UMaine studying nursing is
heading to Kissimmee, Florida, with her team to defend her national
championship from her first college season.
should be ranked number one,” said coach Aaron James. “You have a huge target
on your back. The easiest title to win is the first.”
“I was hoping to get back into this position,” Frank said.
year Frank has been working on little things to improve her technique. She
knows that other competitors are watching everything she does to be able to
defeat her. She is dropping a weight class this year from 110 which she weighed
last year to 101 and lighter this year.
impossible to put into words how difficult it is to do something like that.
You’re grumpy, hungry and tired,” James said. Frank has been doing two hour
practices and then extra cardio work for a month to keep her weight where it
needs to be. “But, the juice is worth the squeeze. She has a good head on her
pretty hard. I’ve always love eating and all food,” Frank said. She talked
about struggles to live in the dorms where pizza, pasta and bagels are the
foods of choice. “No thanks. I’ll stick to my can of tuna,” she said with a
laugh. She started the season at 117 pounds after a season of rugby.
plan in Florida is to win. “I plan to do what I did last year and not psych
myself out. I have a huge target because I’m a defending champion. I’ll have to
watch my back, staying unaware even though I’m fully aware of what’s going on,”
competition is a three day, double elimination tournament.
UMaine team is considered a club sport so there are no scholarships for the
athletes. Frank beat girls this season who were on full wrestling scholarships
to other colleges. This is the third year for the UMaine team and only has two
girls. However, women’s wrestling is the fastest growing college sport in the
last year or two, said James. It has grown by the thousands over the last 10
are going well,” Frank said. There are a lot of new wrestlers in the field and
that means that she has more people to practice against.
has put in so much time with me. Getting my cardio up and training, and one on
one practices,” Frank said. James told her that “If you work hard enough and no
one has worked harder than you, you’ll remember that when you are on the mat.”
He also told her that if she wants to be there best she has to train like it.
So she has.
Sam Frank and coach Aaron James and a team mate.
going to take one heck of a girl to beat her,” James said. “She’s tough.”
addition to her nursing classes and wrestling, Frank is now a resident
assistant (RA) and plays rugby. “It’s kind of hard to balance everything,” she admits.
tours the state speaking to local wrestling clubs and also coaches for wrestling
from the competition can be found on University of Maine Orono – NCWA Wrestling
Eighth-grader Andrew Martin is the Aroma Joe’s athlete of
the week. The 13-year-old Windham Middle School student plays soccer, track,
hockey and wrestles. When he’s not competiting he enjoys video games and
hanging out with friends.
“Wrestling is a physically demanding sport but demands even
more mental discipline. I have had the privilege of coaching Andrew in
wrestling for the past three years and have watched him grow not only in his
skill as a wrestler, but more importantly into a young man of character. I
pride Andrew in his ability to win and lose with the same integrity, and focus
on improving himself day by day. He is a joy to be around and I look forward to
seeing him grow as an individual in the years to come,” said coach Nathan
Andrew’s sports heroes are Logan Stieber and Kyle Dake, both
Balancing sports and school keeps Andrew on his toes. “You
have to focus on school work first, sports second,” he said. “Teamwork
motivates me not to think of myself first, but of my team instead,” he said
Andrew lives with his mom and dad Theresa and Jim Martin and
his sister, Katie Martin.
He would like to wrestle for Ohio State or Penn State after
he graduates from high school.
Appling Bulldogs defeated Scarborough
Fish and Game 1816 to 1335 in the Orions National BB Gun League Distinguished
Division. With the win, Appling Bulldogs is in first place, with a 4 - 0 record.
Appling Bulldogs is from Baxley, GA, and is coached by Jeffrey McLellan.
Scarborough Fish and Game dropped to 0 -
4 on the season. They are currently in eighth place. Scarborough Fish and Game
was led by James Loft from Standish, who shot a 306. The remaining contributing
members were Clayton Locke, Evan Gurry, Jon Loft (Standish) and Charlie Loker.
Scarborough Fish and Game is from Scarborough, ME, and is coached by Roy
Next up Scarborough Fish and Game will
compete against Buffalo 4-H from Kearney, NE. Buffalo 4-H currently has a 0 - 4
This match comes from week five of the
Orion National BB Gun League. Sponsored by the Orion Scoring System, is a
national team league for 4-H and junior rifle clubs. In an 8-week regular
season, teams from across the country compete in a round robin win-loss league
format. At the end of the season the top four teams will compete for the league
championship in a single-elimination tournament. For more information visit http://www.orionscoringsystem.com/BBGunLeague.
It has been a long time in coming for both the girls and
boys Basketball teams at Windham High School and to get this award in the
same season for the same sport is a recognizable event. Last
Saturday night both teams attended the Championship games at the
Civic Center to accept sportsmanship banners on behalf of Windham High
“To date WHS has won seven MPA good sportsmanship banners
this school year:Boys cross country,
girls cross country, golf, field hockey and volleyball.Recently we were notified that boys and girls
basketball are each recipients of this honor bringing the total for the year to
seven banners.To win one sportsmanship
banner in any given school year is a feat and something to be proud of but to
be a part of seven with the spring season still to go is something
special.It's always nice to have
competitive teams but to have competitive teams who add this to the mix is
outstanding," said RSU14 athletic director Rich Drummond.
Rich Drummond has been the main reason the athletic
programs have been honored with so many sportsmanship awards this year. He has
been vital in my first year as a coach and is consistently reminding me since I
was hired of the importance of sportsmanship,” said boys varsity coach Chad
The sportsmanship award isn't an individual award
but a team award, to have all the players work together can be a tough
“High school athletics teaches you how to deal with
adversity, and maintaining a positive attitude on and off the court allows you
to get over bumps in the road quickly and move on the next game," said
girls varsity coach Brody Artes.
"Coming in as a new coach, culture was the most important aspect I wanted
to build up within our team/program. All our coaches echoed my demands on
how we wanted to conduct ourselves at practice, on the bus, at home and at away
games and in the classroom. We felt if we continued to remind them of the
importance of body language, attitude and being good teammates that our culture
would strengthen. The kids really took ownership of their actions and
represented Windham positively throughout the season," said
Pulkkinen. “Zach LaCombe and Kyle Kilfoil never got rattled or showed any
signs of poor body language in any situation. They never lost their
composure. When you have that type of an example, especially with the
young team we have, it becomes contagious. I think that is a reflection of
the parents and how these kids are raised."
Artes agreed. "When coaching an athletic team it’s
important to make sure that you coach emotions as well as skills. It’s
important to foster a level of confidence in your players so that they can
compete at a high level, but it’s also equally important to prepare your
players for the emotional side of the game. Basketball is a game of runs,
and with each game comes those moments in which you go on an 8-0 run, or the
other team goes on a 10-0 run, and you have to be mentally prepared to handle
that and deal with that throughout the season. We talk a lot about what
our reactions should be to the physical mistakes that we make on the floor, and
a lot of times those physical reactions to mistakes have to come with a
positive mental reaction on the very next play."
"As their coach, I feel responsible for the way they
act on the court during the course of a game,”Artes continued, “but I also
think the girls did a very good job at maintaining composure this year and
holding each other accountable. We played at South Portland this year
when SMAA Player of the Year Maddie Hasson achieved her 1,000 career point, and
several South Portland parents, school officials and community members
approached me after the game saying how much of a class act our players were,
as well as our parents."
When a team shows an un-sportsmanship behavior it doesn’t
go unnoticed.In fact it can be talked
about beyond the game and beyond the season and effect a school and its
students as it trickles down into the schools other sports.One game in particular this season stands out
for Coach Pulkkinen which he comments on and how his team handled the
situation: “It is easier to lose your composure on the road as a player, especially
in a hostile environment. Our players were challenged from every aspect
in an away game this year that involved a very hostile crowd. A crowd,
quite frankly that was allowed to go over the line throughout the game.
Our players ignored the noise, never engaged in the crowd and stuck
together. After we were defeated, an opposing player approached an
underclassman on our team with an aggressive derogatory comment while in the
presence of one our coaches. A lot of emotions occur when you lose, when
you are on the road and when things do not go your way. Our young player
handled himself the best I have ever seen anyone handle themselves faced in
that situation. I was extremely proud of that player and the maturity he
showed in such a difficult scenario. His actions off the court that night
were bigger than any victory we had all season.”
“For the boys team to win this award for the first time
in over 20 years is truly a representation of our administration, athletic
department and the parents. Our student athletes at WHS are consistently
exemplifying what the school leaders and community is all about. It is an
unbelievable honor to achieve the first AA North Sportsmanship Award and I am
so proud of our guys for the way they handled themselves as student-athletes
throughout the year,” Pulkkinen said.
“At the end of the day, all of the adults involved
(coaches, parents, administrators, community members, etc.) in a player’s high
school athletics experience should hope that we prepare our athletes to be a
positive influence on society after high school, and if we work together to
achieve that for all of our student-athletes, then we have done our job –
regardless of the outcome of a game,” Artes concluded.