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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lacrosse snapshots by Stephanie Coffin

Belle Skvorak fights for the ball
Drew Potter drives through Scarborough's defense
Liam McCusker takes a shot on goal
Mya Manette fights against the defense

Baseball snapshots by Nikki Morrison

Batter (Caleb Young) Catcher (Fisher Allen) 
Connor Gallant 
Eric Bowen 
Fisher Allen 
Graham Herald 
Jacob Earle 

Girls on the Run has arrived in Windham by Jess Weatherbee

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a transformational physical activity based, positive youth development program for girls in third to eight grade; designed to develop and enhance girls’ competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. 

There are two programs within the organization: Girls on the Run (grades third through fifth) and   
Heart and Sole (grades sixth through eighth). The mission of Girls on the Run is to ‘inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running’.

This spring Girls on the Run Windham had an amazing turnout with a team of 20 girls. The goals of the program are to develop and improve competence, unleash confidence through accomplishment, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community, all while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.  

Last week on May 16, the girls with the support of their family, friends and teachers, participated in a practice 5K. The team has been practicing for 9 weeks and on Sunday June 4 will celebrate their accomplishments, along with other GOTR teams across the state, at the final Celebratory 5K at Cumberland Fair grounds.  

GOTR Windham 2017 team members include: Emma Alden, Bella Bragdon, Kendra Chalmers, Claire Chartier, Madison Cook, Zoe Dries, Sasha Funk, Ava Gerrity, Jenna Gray, Ava Lamkin, Zocia LaWind, Ella Lewis, Delilah McLaury, Avery Mentzinger, Lucy Rich, Olivia Saucier, Riley Small, Grace Snow, Maddison Vaillancourt, and Riley Yates.  The girls are coached by Linda Berry, Jess Carle, Rachel Pelletier, and Jess Weatherbee.  

Our vision for Windham is to ultimately have a Girls on the Run and a Heart and Sole Program in place so that more girls can have the opportunity to be a part of a team and work towards the Girls on the Run Mission.  

Please visit to learn more!   

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pictures from Windham High School Track by Nini Bennett

100 dash race James Mannette and Orion Beer  
Louis Geller Runs the 300 meter hurdles

The one mile race. Windham team are Ben Breton ,Jeremy Bennett ,Hunter Dionne and Jordan Piechowski. Jeremy Bennett and Ben Breton are both qualify for state.
Pole Vault Jaron Preston
The senior boys team left to right Ben Breton James Mannette Jeremy Bennett Dalton McClure Evan Coughlin Louis Geller and Orion  Beers

Athlete of the Week: Tanner Bernier

Tanner Bernier, a junior at Windham High School is the Aroma Joe’s Athlete of the Week. The 17-year-old, who participates in football and baseball believes kids should play sports because it is a way to keep active and helps to build good relationships with other people.

“Tanner has recently put the baseball team on his back,” stated one of his coaches. “In the recent game with Bonny Eagle, he threw a complete game allowing one run.” 

Bernier said that teamwork is the most important thing he has learned playing sports and believes it will help him later in life. During his down time, he enjoys fishing, swimming and hanging out with friends.

When he graduates from high school, Bernier’s goal is to attend a four year college.
Bernier lives at home with his mom (Lisa), dad (Scott) and sister (Taylor).

RSU14 gets moving with Project ACES by Elizabeth Richards

Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) was the inspiration for schools throughout the district to get everyone up and moving last week. “Participating in this international event is one fun way to help build healthy habits in students,” said RSU14 Wellness Coordinator Donna Morton.
Project ACES is a signature program of the Youth Fitness Coalition, Inc. Created in 1989 by physical education teacher Len Saunders in order to motivate children to exercise, the annual ACES event takes place on the first Wednesday in May as part of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. 

According to their website, the media has labeled the event “the world’s largest exercise class.”  On this day, children all over the world exercise together beginning at 10 am. Each school sets up the program however they wish – walking, jogging, dancing, aerobics or any other form of exercise. The program doesn’t have a specific routine, so it’s left to participants to be creative. 

The Project ACES website states, “Project ACES aims to educate children about the importance of lifelong fitness, and to end the negative stereotype that children are physically unfit. Exercise can lower the chances of coronary heart disease, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and physical inactivity. Project ACES makes fitness fun!”

Although weather and logistics prevent all schools in RSU14 from participating simultaneously, each school participates in whatever way they can, with the goal of building healthy habits across the district. The connection to a larger event, even when circumstances prevent real-time participation, motivates children. “Even more motivating is seeing everyone in their school get involved. When students, teachers, custodians and administrative staff are all participating, the kids realize that fitness and good health is for everyone,” Morton said. “Seeing teachers and staff modeling these healthy behaviors is good for the kids”, she added. “It’s not just teachers saying we’re doing this because it’s Phys Ed. It’s something that everybody needs to do,” she said.

RSU14 has been participating for a couple of years in the ACES day. As the wellness coordinator, she sends a note to each building as the day approaches. How each school participates varies from year to year. Last year, for instance, staff and students at Jordan Small Middle School met in the gym for a line dance. This year, the high school Health Fair Day had activities built into the schedule; Manchester School participated by walking the track together; and at Raymond Elementary School, the physical education teacher led a circle of activities that included stretches, running in place, jumping jacks, push-ups and more. With 900 students at Windham Primary School, Morton said it’s a challenge to get the kids all doing something at the same time. The rain and inclement weather this year didn’t make it any easier, but staff got the students out and moving as they were able.

Participating in the ACES event is just one way the district promotes healthy habits. Another program they support is: 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go, which encourages children to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, have 2 hours or less of screen time, 1 hour of exercise and 0 sugary drinks per day. 

Anything the district can do to get kids moving, build healthy habits and make fitness fun is important, Morton said. “Healthy body, healthy mind - they go hand in hand,” she added.

Students from RSU14 will be going to the Special Olympics State Meet in June by Jill Thornton

On April 28, over 500 athletes competed in running, throwing, and jumping events at the Cumberland County Special Olympics, hosted by Bonny Eagle.  It was a beautiful day where there were no worries for the participants and a day where everyone was proud of their efforts and personal accomplishments. 

Thirty-three participants from K – 12 represented Windham/Raymond School District. 
In June, ten of them will be moving on to the State Meet at the University of Maine at Orono.  

Good Luck!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Athlete of the Week: Sierra Guite

Sierra Guite, a freshman at Windham High School is The Windham Eagle’s Athlete of the Week. The 14-year-old, who participates in volleyball as well as indoor and outdoor track, believes kids should play sports because it is a way to meet new people, be competitive and a fun way to stay active.

“Sierra was instrumental in our team’s recent success and she is a true team player,” stated her coach, Jeff Riddle.

Guite enjoys running, volleyball and hanging out with friends.

She has learned that sports are something you can do your entire life. “There is no downside to participating in them” Guite said. “They have taught me how to push myself and set goals.”

Guite plans to get a degree in medicine and work in a hospital.

She lives at home with her mom (Jen), dad (Todd), her brother (Josh) along with her dog, Fenway.