Friday, December 14, 2018

WMS teams get it done against Moore Middle School

Dani Iaconeta

By Matt Pascarella

The Windham Middle School (WMS) Lady Eagles seventh and eighth grade basketball teams took on Moore Middle School on Thursday, December 6 at Windham.

Seventh grade:
Windham was a little slow to start in the first quarter, but once they were warmed up in the second quarter, they couldn’t be stopped. The Lady Eagles were moving the ball around well, up and down the court. They had high intensity and teamwork with shots on Moore’s basket. Windham was working hard and capitalizing on mistakes Moore made which equaled several turnover and rebound opportunities for the Lady Eagles. Windham had good offense and defense.

Half: 10-4, Windham

Abby Llyod
In the second half, these girls just kept that intensity up. The had excellent passing, continued shots on Moore’s basket, and kept the pressure on. After giving it their all, they earned the ‘W.’ Scorers included: Abby Llyod, #1, Hannah Peterson, #4, Katie Collins, #5, Kelsey Theberge, #11, Georgia Nolan, #12, Maddie Dumont, #14, Mallory Muse, #20 and Shawna Edwards, #21.

Final: 26-20, Windham 

“We find our edge and get into it...once we find each other’s strength’s we really excel. I expect really good things. It’s nice to see scoring come from a variety of people in different games; each game has been a different [player] stepping up, which has been nice,” remarked Coach Deb Lebel.

Eighth grade:
Mallory Muse
Just like the the seventh grade team, Windham was a little slow to start, too. They quickly found their groove and ran with it – and could not be caught. These Lady Eagles were fast, with excellent ball movement, taking shots on Moore’s basket and capitalizing on Moore’s mistakes. Windham had strong offense and defense. And once they got going, they kept lighting up the scoreboard.

Half: 22-14, Windham

Windham did not let up in the second half. Their excellent teamwork gave them a steady lead that resulted in a win. They had great offense and defense, and kept the baskets coming, keeping Moore from being able to catch these Lady Eagles.
Scorers included: Abbey Thornton, #22, Gianna West, #11, Casey Downing, #20,  Kylie Garrison, #10, Monique Dakin, #15, Morgan Hammond, #14, Dani Iaconeta, #13, Ashlynn Moorehead, #21, Rhianna Mattox, #23, Liz Talbot, #30 and Elizabeth Levesque, #12.

Final: 48-23, Windham

“It’s a fast-paced team, so as soon as they warm up, they’re always looking down the floor for a fast break,” said Coach Lisa Hodge. “They’re all supportive of each other,” observed Manager Laura Broadbent.



Windham/Westbrook hockey works hard but falls to Brunswick


By Matt Pascarella

The Windham/Westbrook hockey team hit the ice at the University of Southern Maine for the first game of the season at home against Brunswick on Saturday, December 8.
Windham/Westbrook started out doing pretty well in the first period with nice teamwork and going after the puck. They took several shots on Brunswick’s goal and managed to keep Brunswick from scoring until, with roughly three minutes left in the first period, Brunswick scored.

First intermission: 1-0, Brunswick

Cole Washburn
Windham/Westbrook came out with intensity in the second period. Although Brunswick scored twice within the first three minutes, Windham/Westbrook persevered, but needed to be crisper offensively, said Coach Greg LeClair.

One of the highlights of the game was freshman Cole Washburn who helped to contribute by taking the only shot on goal in the second half. “He worked hard, skated hard and was positive on the bench,” commented LeClair.

Second intermission: 4-0, Brunswick

In the final period, Windham/Westbrook looked to turn the game around. They were moving the puck nicely and while they did get a few shots on goal,  nothing went into the net.

Final 6-0, Brunswick

“Not the start we were hoping for tonight...when you’re not first to the puck, you’re not going to be successful. We as a team need to be better defensively and quicker to the puck. If you take care of those two things, a lot of other things just fall into place,” observed LeClair. “We’ll get better, we’re still young. We’ve got to do some different things to matchup against teams; we’ll get there; it’s a process and we’d all like the process to be instantaneous and sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”




Friday, December 7, 2018

Rep. Fay to hold local office hours


Rep. Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, will hold in-district “constituent hours” in Casco, Poland and Raymond in December.

These meetings will be held at the following places and times:

Poland - Monday, December 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ricker Memorial Library (downstairs conference room) at 1211 Maine Street.

Casco - Tuesday, December 11 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Casco Town Office, 635 Meadow Road.

Raymond - Wednesday, December 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road.

The office hours will provide residents with an opportunity to hear updates from Augusta, ask questions about policy making and share opinions on state matters. Office hours also serve as an opportunity for residents navigating state agencies to voice their concerns.

Fay, who represents part of Casco, part of Poland and part of Raymond, was sworn in for her second term on December 5. She serves on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.



Frost sisters bring their knowledge to WYBA

Stephanie (far left) and Samantha (far right)
By Matt Pascarella

Stephanie and Samantha Frost have basketball in their veins. They each played Windham Youth Basketball when they were in elementary school as well as playing on their high school teams for Windham and during college. Now, the sisters are hitting the court in a different way, as coaches for the Windham Youth Basketball Association.

Stephanie and Samantha have played basketball together and even talked about coaching together. When their younger sister, Emma, began participating in Windham Youth Basketball, “it sparked something in both of us and we just wanted to take it on together,” explained Samantha Frost.

Windham Youth Basketball was very positive for both Stephanie and Samantha. Samantha remembers the number of people who would show up for the games and the level of experience between teams. She also remembers the togetherness of the community and the friendships made. In Samantha’s senior year in high school, she had the same five girls playing on the court beside her as she did in third grade.
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“Looking back, the coaches you have in your life are role models, you look up to them and they become a big part of your life,” recalls Stephanie. “I wanted to be one of these people who have a positive impact on these boys and girls’ lives...to be able to share my love of basketball.”

They wanted to become coaches now because of their love of the game “and our dream of always wanting to...coach and finally having an opportunity to do that with our younger sister; being involved in her life and then giving back to a program that has given so much to us, in a community that has done the same.” says Stephanie.

“It’s a great opportunity to get back with the game again. Even after the first practice, I walked away thinking this is awesome,” noted Samantha.

Their younger sister, Emma, is in the fifth grade and has been participating in Windham Youth Basketball since first grade. Stephanie and Samantha want to experience as much of Emma’s youth as they can, so for Stephanie and Samantha to be a part of the program and see what Emma experiences while being able to be there for her games is a great family experience for all of them.

The Frost sisters think Windham Youth Basketball is important because it gives kids a fun, safe place where they can let loose, make and build friendships and establish a real feeling of community. It teaches kids discipline and that you can work hard and have fun at the same time. You have to challenge yourself. Discipline, patience and not “going through the motions” makes for a good basketball player.

https://www.facebook.com/WillowTreePrimitiveShop/“Steph and Sam are truly a wonderful example of giving back to a sport that helped shape them into the women they have become,” said Pat Moody president of Windham Youth Basketball Association. “Their parents are also coaching this year and were very involved in Windham Youth Basketball when the girls were young. It is clear that basketball is a passion for this family and established the foundation for their love for the game.”







Varsity girls’ basketball team ready to make it happen this season


By Matt Pascarella

The varsity girls, basketball team took on Skowhegan in a preseason game at Windham on Tuesday, December 4.

Windham was aggressive right out of the gate, with strong teamwork, moving the ball around their opponents nicely. Skowhegan jumped to a small but early lead and it didn’t take the Lady Eagles long to pull ahead. Windham gave 110%, keeping the two teams close, with only a few points separating the score in the first half. It was neck and neck with Windham up 10 to 9 at one point in the second quarter, then the score was tied at 12.

Half: 14-13, Windham

Both teams were giving it their all at the start of the second half. The Lady Eagles had pulled out to a small lead, but Skowhegan was right behind them, even leading at one point 19 to 18. Windham quickly turned the tables, leading 25-21. Windham’s good offense and defense kept Skowhegan from taking a serious lead.

The Lady Eagles were not slowing down. They continued to move the ball around well, taking multiple shots on Skowhegan’s basket. Windham lead by five, but there was still four minutes left on the clock. A short time later, Windham lead by three with 57 seconds left. At the final buzzer the Lady Eagles had taken this one 42 to 37.

Top scorers included Meghan Hoffses, #2, and Hannah Talon, #11. Anna Drummond, #13, sunk a three pointer in the fourth quarter.

“The girls played alright,” remarked coach Brody Artes. “It’s early in the season, so they made some mistakes, but overall, I think our experience came through at the end; we held it together when we needed to and we did alright.” In the upcoming season, “we can look forward to a quality basketball team that’s fun to watch...score some points and really play lockdown defense; should be a fun year.”
The girl’s first home game is Tuesday, December 11 against Portland. JV plays at 5:30 p.m., Varsity at 7 p.m.



Varsity boys’ basketball starts strong in pre-season game


By Matt Pascarella

The Windham Eagles hit the court for a pre-season game against Freeport on Friday, November 30 at the South Portland Community Center.

The Eagles took control immediately, scoring multiple times in the first half and maintaining a
Eric Weisser
comfortable lead with the score being 20 to 9. The team came out with high intensity and did not let that intensity drop. Windham had a solid defense, staying ahead of Freeport for all of the game, though Freeport was not far behind.

Windham was working well together and moving the ball around nicely, with fast passing and taking shots on Freeport’s basket. Dierhow Bol, #10, had a nice slam dunk and Eric Weisser, #20, sunk a three pointer at the buzzer to end the first half with Windham up 34-15.

Windham did not let up in the second half. They continued to move the ball around well. The Eagles kept their lead and had good offense and defense, with Windham keeping a ten-point lead for most of the second half.

Although Freeport got several turnovers against Windham; the Falcons couldn’t stop the Eagles with the final score 48-37. Top scorers included Bol and Chris Naylor, #25. Kaleb Cidre #5 and Sean Cunniffe #14 each sunk three pointers.

“Our guys are getting better every day,” commented Coach Chad Pulkkinen. “The guys were up off the bench...excited when players are sacrificing for the team, that’s what we want to be about. These guys are aiming that style of togetherness. We talk about it every day, to stick together no matter what and tonight...the players worked hard and I couldn’t be prouder of them with their effort.”
The boy’s first home games are Friday, December 7 against Cheverus with first team at 4 p.m., JV at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Windham High teacher is living her dream

Melissa Dubois
By Matt Pascarella

Melissa Dubois was drawn to teaching through her love of athletics. Dubois has taught in Maryland and at Freeport High as an Educational Technician and next year will celebrate her 20th year at Windham High School.

Dubois developed a passion for coaching early in her college career. When she went to college at Radford University in Virginia, she knew she wanted to play field hockey but was undecided on her major. Eventually she figured out she wanted to be a health teacher. “Physical education and health education majors were housed in the complex where the athletes were. I was always in an environment of passionate teachers. It just kind of happened; it was a stroke of fortune,” she explains. “As I’m falling into teaching I’m thinking ‘I can coach’ I can do this. I can have my dream and live it.”

Dubois got her undergrad from Radford University in Health and Physical Education and started teaching physical education and coaching right out of college at St. Mary’s County in Maryland. She led the Saint Mary’s field hockey team to become state champions, she led the shot put, high jump, discus and triple jumper to set school records; as well as taking their basketball team, the Chopticon Braves, to regional playoffs many times.  

http://windhampowersports.com/After coaching and teaching for nine years in Maryland, she met and married a gentleman from the Coast Guard who was stationed in Maryland at the time but was originally from Maine. When her husband wanted to move home, Dubois saw moving to Maine as an adventure and she has never looked back. She started teaching at Windham High School in 1999 as a health and family consumer science teacher. She partnered with former teacher and coach Terry Christy and eventually transitioned to head field hockey coach at Windham High for five years, and then started a lacrosse program. Dubois left coaching altogether two years ago to spend more time with her family.

Dubois says she has stayed at Windham High not only because of the love of her students, but she also works with phenomenal colleagues and goes on to say the building oozes compassion. They are a group that takes care of and looks out for one another.

Recently, she received the Gay/Straight Alliance Club’s first ever ‘Ally of the Year’ award. “This is the best award I’ve ever received in my life,” exclaims Dubois. “I love everyone and embrace their mission, so I guess I kind of acted like their godmother.” She helped the club organize events, get t-shirts and supported them in any way she could. She was presented with the award during one of her classes and she’s very proud of it.

Dubois would like to get back on the field, as a referee, but only when the time is right. She lives on Sebago Lake with her husband, her yin, as she describes him. She has a son who is in college in Colorado and a son who is a junior at Bonny Eagle and two dogs. She loves four-wheeling and the outdoors. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Coach Fred Wilcox takes the reins of the varsity softball team


Fred Wilcox
By Matt Pascarella

As varsity softball coach Travis Demmons is stepping down, assistant coach Fred Wilcox, will take his place for the spring season.

Wilcox became interested in coaching through his children, which is how he met Demmons. Wilcox became a coach when his girls, Ella (now in eighth grade) and Chloe (now a junior at Windham High) played little league and he coached their little league teams. Demmons was the inspiration for Wilcox deciding to coach at the varsity level.

There won’t be any change of coaching strategy come the spring season. “Demmons built a great program and I don’t want to change that; it’s been trending upwards since he took over” says Wilcox. Although the team lost seven seniors last year, Wilcox says the program is so good it will have many great girls stepping in to fill the spots left by last year’s seniors. “I don’t really see us changing a lot except going out there and working hard, having a great season.”

http://windhampowersports.com/Wilcox does have a philosophy when it comes to coaching; he calls it the responsible coach approach. He likes to see the girls having a good time throughout the season, but also wants to make sure they’re learning technical skills and building their confidence. It is important to make them believe in themselves, so they can overcome obstacles whether it’s on or off the field. Having fun and learning about the game is key, as well as winning ball games along the way.

Wilcox is a graduate from Scarborough High School and now lives in Windham with his wife, Natalie and two daughters. He has played in a variety of baseball and softball men’s leagues and has always had a real love of the game.

Wilcox has coached in multiple Amateur Softball Association organization teams for quite a few years and has witnessed a certain amount of high-level playing. He’s learned much from the girls on the varsity softball team and from being near good coaches over the years. 

“Windham is one of the best communities I’ve been around,” stated Wilcox. “They really love the game of softball...I can’t wait to get out there and get after it. I know these girls, I know where they’re at and I know we’re going to hit the ground running [in the spring].”

Freshman Jason Scott recognized nationally for football talent

Jason Scott
By Matt Pascarella

This summer, freshman Jason Scott Jr. competed in the Middle School Showcase games in Arlington, Texas. It has been announced that Scott was recently picked to play in the International Bowl at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in January 2019. 

Playing in the Middle School showcase over the summer helped Scott Jr. to prepare for the International Bowl because it let him know what to expect from the coaches, as well as what kinds of players he’ll be meeting. Scott has a better sense of what kind of atmosphere to expect. He says there is a lot of energy at these national games both on the field and in the stands.

How was he picked? He started a couple years ago at a Boston development camp, then he went to the Georgia Regional Development games. This year, he did the Boston camp again and was then invited to Texas where he played this summer. “I was chosen from roughly a dozen tight ends because a mixture of coaches and scouts working for USA Football and the United States National Football Team thought I did the best job,” explained Scott Jr.

He was chosen for the national team to play against Mexico on the U16 team. The scout went back and looked at the filmed games and chose Scott Jr. “It makes you extra proud” says dad, Jason Scott Sr. In talking with the coaches, they said Scott Jr’s natural talent and his coachability was one of the biggest reasons Scott Jr. got picked.

Scott will play on January 18 in a game against Mexico on a team with other kids his age from the United States. “I feel very proud...they could have picked any person...it’s a good first start,” stated Scott Jr.

https://www.egcu.org/homeTo prepare, Scott has been doing a lot of training with his dad and with a trainer five days a week. Scott is doing a lot of intense workouts to help his footwork, working on speed and agility. He’s also lifting and working on blocking and passing.

Scott Jr. said he’s not that nervous, in part because he’s been down a similar road before (playing on a national stage) and, while he was on the varsity football team this season he was going up against bigger, older kids from schools like Bonny Eagle, Thornton Academy and Portland. Scott Jr. feels like going up against kids his own age won’t be too bad, especially because he’s been training and working hard to get his body in shape for these games. “I’m confident in my ability to outperform other teams; I’m not intimidated,” Scott Jr. explained. “This is the biggest game of my life...I’m not as nervous as the first time I was there.”

He’s now officially on the U16 United States National Football Team (USNFT). If Scott Jr. keeps it up, there’s no reason he can’t keep going. Several NFL players have come up through the ranks of the USNFT. There are currently four active players who are USNFT alum. “The exposure is huge...and it’s such a platform for kids to be able to shine,” stated Scott Sr.

Scott is looking to get into a Division 1 school after high school where he can play football and get noticed. “I want to thank my mom, dad, uncle, aunt and grandfather who have helped me a lot,” Scott Jr. said.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Coach Travis Demmons steps down from varsity softball

By Matt Pascarella

Winter sports may be gearing up, but come spring, the current varsity softball coach, Travis Demmons, will be stepping down and a new coach, Fred Wilcox, will become the head coach for the varsity softball team.

Coach Demmons will be stepping aside as added responsibilities with his employer, the United States Navy, no longer allow him to miss as much work.

Coach Travis Demmons
Demmons, who was head softball coach for four years at Windham got interested in coaching because of the great coaches he had in soccer and baseball growing up in Bangor. After joining the Navy, he met even more great coaches who also doubled as role models.

“I wanted to pay it forward and having a daughter who played softball, along with my prior baseball knowledge, the fit seemed perfect,” he explains. He coached Windham Little League for five years and was vice president of softball as well as president of the Little League board over the years. He coached softball for two years at Windham Middle School before becoming head coach of the varsity softball team in 2014.

One highlight during Demmon’s softball career includes breaking a seven-year drought and having the Lady Eagles make it into the playoffs in 2015. That year, his team challenged Scarborough in a semifinal game and although Windham lost, the team made it farther than many thought they could. “The girls believed, and that was all that mattered to me and my staff,” he recounts. “My day to day interactions with the girls were absolute highlights as was the support provided by Windham High’s athletic director Rich Drummond. I could not have picked a better man to have as my athletic director.”

Demmon’s daily interactions with the girls is what he will miss most. He thinks of them as his daughters. When they put on that Windham uniform, they were one unit and he truly adored them. The games were fun and were certainly an adrenaline rush, but “it was and always will be about the girls for me.” He hopes to this day that his girls feel they can reach out to him for advice, a recommendation or whatever they might need. Without a doubt, they had a family mentality and stuck together, even when times got tough.

http://windhampowersports.com/Demmons says he can’t take all the credit. Each of these community members contributed in some manner and for that Demmons is very thankful: Fred Wilcox and Eric Mora, who were his assistant coaches through the years; Mike Flanders, Wayne Nelson, Jason Elder, Jeremy Wilson, Dave Fielding, Joe Troiano, Todd Hunter, Dave Field, Su Hammond and Pat Tardiff, who were contributors to Windham/Raymond Little League either as coaches and/or umpires.

Demmons will still be coaching some of the ladies on weekends with the Southern Maine River Rats travel ball organization. He’ll be around as much as possible, but as a fan. He will enjoy watching Coach Fred Wilcox and his squad continue to make Windham proud.

“They are in very good hands though; Coach Wilcox has been in the program for years and I know that he will continue marching the girls toward that gold glove.”

Thanks Coach Travis Demmons for all you’ve done and all you will continue to do!


Windham Youth Basketball Association: An ideal way for kids to learn the game

Tate Robinson and Jack Henry
By Matt Pascarella

The colder weather is on its way and it’s time to start thinking about winter sports. The Windham Youth Basketball Association (WYBA) is a non-profit organization run by volunteer mothers and fathers of past and current participants of WYBA; as well as generous contributions from community sponsors. Windham Youth Basketball Association provides recreation level competition, skills training and travel basketball for boys and girls from grades pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.


The WYBA volunteer board and coaches help provide various opportunities for recreation and travel basketball in the town of Windham. These include skills and drills training for pre-kindergarten to first grade; skills and drills training that is coordinated with high school coaches and players. 

Recreation level teams from Windham, Gray and Raymond include second and third graders as the beginner leagues, third and fourth graders are junior leagues and fifth and sixth grade are senior leagues. Fifth and sixth graders also have a travel league that plays competitively against other local communities.

https://whsfallmusical.weebly.com/Seventh and eighth grade offers ‘D League’ which is a coed league that does not have a regular practice time but plays games on Saturday afternoons. The season starts with open gyms in mid-December and then they formalize teams and start the season in January.  

Pat Moody, president of WYBA for almost 10 years, has been involved in WYBA since he was a participant in fifth grade and it was organized by the Windham Recreational Department. As a young adult he organized a kindergarten through second grade skills and drills program which he ran for a number of years. Shortly after Moody’s daughter Hayleigh was born, he began helping Tim Blackie and other board members to organize and set up the beginnings of what is today Windham Youth Basketball. That was roughly 15 years ago. In addition to managing the logistics of WYBA, Moody is very proud to be coaching his 10-year-old son, AJ, and his friends on the fifth grade boys travel team this year.

“There have been many folks who contribute to the success of WYBA over the years at it shows with the volumes of kids participating at all levels. It takes a lot of volunteers and a lot of their time to make our program run smoothly and I know Windham parents and kids greatly appreciate the time and efforts,” says Moody.  

The deadline to register for the pre-kindergarten to sixth grade programs is Saturday, November 10. You can register by visiting www.windhamyouthbasketball.com. The middle school D league registration will be open until mid-December. 

For more information please visit www.windhamyouthbasketball.com or email windhamyouthbasketball@yahoo.com. If you are interested in volunteering, coaching or becoming a board member they are always looking for community members to help. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

First Fall Ball season exceeded expectations

 AJ Sweet 
By Matt Pascarella

The boys’ Little League and girls’ softball teams had a great Fall Ball season, with 72 boys and girls participating. The 12U softball team had six wins, one loss and one tie.

Fall Ball is a new fall season softball sport to offer more experiential practice and fun for both girls and boys, ages six to twelve according to the Vice President of League.

The 10U Eagles Black team also played well winning three games against Bonny Eagle and Gorham. The 10U Eagles Maroon team were newcomers, with three kids coming up from coach pitch and five kids that had never played before. They stayed in it every single game; getting a win in their final game.

Both 12U baseball teams played against stronger, older, more experienced teams from Falmouth, Gorham and Bonny Eagle. The 12U Black team gave 110% every game and the younger teams went full throttle, not backing down either.

“Overall, we, Windham Little League, exceeded expectations, had great teams, and a blast during Fall Ball. For this being our first year, it couldn’t have gone any better, and the future of Windham Baseball and Softball is bright,” said coach of the 10U Eagles Maroon team, Vice President Of Minors Baseball & Fall Ball Coordinator, Mike Butterfield.



Girls varsity soccer showed skill against Scarborough

Alanna Joyce
By Matt Pascarella

After Windham beat Bonny Eagle 3-0 in the quarterfinal game, #5 seeded Windham went up against #1 seeded Scarborough, at Scarborough, on Friday, October 26.

As I was watching the girls warm up, I saw focus, determination and a concentration ready to put everything they’d been working on all season into this game.

The Lady Eagles took the field with intensity. Right out of the gate they had strong defense and offense, not only keeping Scarborough from putting the ball into the goal but taking multiple shots on Scarborough’s goal. Windham was pressuring with excellent teamwork, giving their all. Scarborough was pressuring Windham right back.

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Windham didn’t slow down in the second half. They continued their tough defense; keeping Scarborough at bay. Offensively, the Lady Eagles didn’t let up either taking many shots on Scarborough’s goal. The clock was winding down with less than ten minutes left until the final buzzer. Windham left it all on the field, giving it everything they had. When the final buzzer went off, there had been 80 minutes of regulation play, against an undefeated team, and no one had scored.

Heading into overtime, the girls showed no signs of slowing down and took the field ready to keep going. Roughly 90 seconds into the overtime period, Scarborough managed to get one in the net, ending the game 1-0.

“We’ve improved so much, even from a week ago. This is a completely different team from what we saw back in August, early September...more composed, played together, really came together and really accomplished a lot. We just took a team that was 15-0 to overtime...I don’t think [Scarborough] has been challenged like this from many other teams, if any, in the league. [Windham] should be proud of the season they’ve had and how far they came,” observed coach Deb Lebel.

Windham cross-country teams rocked it and beat personal best at state championship

Hannah Langstaff
By Matt Pascarella

Saturday, October 27 was quite a day for the Windham High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams. They both competed in the state championship meet in Belfast at Troy Howard Middle School’s 5K course.

Senior, Mason Rosborough of the boys’ team and the entire Lady Eagles cross country team qualified in the state regionals in Cumberland on October 20. As a result, they were ready to show their competitors what Windham was made of at the state competitions.

Rosborough, in his final high school cross country race ran his all-time best, a personal record finishing the 5K with a time of 16 minutes 55 seconds and 55 one hundredths of a second. This knocked a full 20 seconds off his past personal record. Rosborough finished as the 24th best runner, out of 120 runners in the Class A competition. When compared with all the runners from each high school class (A, B, C, D) in Maine, he was 30th out of the 344 runners.

https://whsfallmusical.weebly.com/The Lady Eagles had an equally impressive showing. They finished 8th place as a team out of 116 Class A runners. Just like their sweatshirts say, these girls ‘Fight For It’ and let that Eagle Pride show.
The girls were ready to compete and took on teams that had beaten them in the Regional Championships. Individually, Senior Abigail Clinch finished with a time of 21 minutes 51 second and 93 hundredths of a second. Senior Morgan Colangelo finished with a time of 21 minutes 52 seconds and 58 one hundredths of a second. As a team, Windham beat Class A South teams like: Greely, Deering, Gorham, Marshwood and Kennebunk. They were only beaten by Bonny Eagle, Falmouth and Cheverus from Class A South.

When compared to all the runners from each high school class in the state of Maine, the girls, as a team, came in 12th of the 38 girls’ teams that competed on that day.


Friday, October 26, 2018

Windham U9 girls’ soccer team a force to be reckoned with

Maria Rose
By Matt Pascarella

The U9 girls’ travel soccer team went undefeated this season with seventeen wins, and one tie. This included six league games, four friendly games and two tournaments; a Labor Day tournament and the Falmouth Fall Classic. The girls played games against teams from Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Gorham, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Kennebunk, South Portland and Gray. 

The season had a smooth start as a lot of the girls had played together on the same team the previous year. As the season progressed and the girls ‘enthusiasm and work ethic increased, they proved they were up to the challenge of competitively battling other teams.
Coach Jason Bowie recalls a particularly close game under the lights at Westbrook: the girls were down by two at halftime and they rallied, tying the game and then, with about a minute left scored the game winning goal.

http://votesahrbeck.comCoach Ken Clark explains working together as a team can be a challenge. The team focused a lot on positioning. “We emphasized Wayne Gretzky methodology of being where the puck, or ball in this case, is going to be, not where it has been. The girls learned this more and more throughout the season and you could see it unfolding during games. The girls were dedicated to improving both their technical skills as well as their knowledge of the game.” 

The girls really gained a thorough understanding of positioning on the field and the role of offense and defense.

“This is special group of talented young soccer players that were an absolute joy to coach,” continues Clark. “The parents and coaches are extremely proud of the team for a memorable season.”
Coach and team mom, Wendy Wardwell, said, They started and ended strong with no in between because they work amazing as a team and all have such great attitudes. They always displayed great sportsmanship.”

Congratulations on an outstanding season and we look forward to seeing you play and making Windham even prouder in the coming years.

Girls’ cross-country team achieve goal

By Matt Pascarella

The girls’ cross-country team participated in and won the opportunity to advance as a team to the state championship after their placement in the state regional event on Saturday, October 20 at Twin Brooks in Cumberland.

Before winning the opportunity to advance to the state cross country championship, the journey to obtain this goal (or Fight for It! as the team sweatshirts say) began the previous year at the cross-country regional meet. Windham lost the opportunity to compete as a team in the 2017 state championship race. Coach Jeff Riddle decided to offer a cross country preseason summer training program and the athletes responded well.

markbryantwindham@gmail.comIn late June 2018 when Riddle and assistant cross-country coach and Windham High School and University of Southern Maine cross country alumni Cianne Plummer hosted a month-long cross-country summer training camp that offered opportunities each week for the runners to train; training wasn’t only running, but swimming and biking as well.

The goal was to build endurance, muscle and grit involving rollers and versa loop bands, like physical therapists use, to build and sustain muscle strength to outwit the stress of the sport on a body and prevent injury.

“It” paid off at the state regional class A event last Saturday when the girls came in the top 56th place and above out of over 120 runners in the Class A race.

“There is nothing more that I could have asked for my senior year and I am so proud of each and every girl on our team,” exclaimed Senior Team Captain, Morgan Colangelo.

Junior lead runner, Hailey Applebee expressed, “Not only is it a team, but it is a family. I could not be prouder of our team and how much everyone has progressed through the season. I am beyond excited for one final push...and I look forward to what is in our future. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing coaches, teammates, and parents who make everything possible.”

The State Championship takes place on Saturday, October 27 at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast; Class A boys’ race at 11a.m. and girls’ race at 11:45 a.m.

Windham U12 boys to advance to state semifinals

By Patrick Noonan

Over the past weekend, the Windham Boys U12 Weatherby team had an exciting finish to the preliminary bracket round of the 2018 Soccer Maine Fall Classic where they were ranked 7th overall going into the tournament (U12 Boys D1 division). In the prior weekend the team tied Oxford 2-2 after coming back from a 2-0 deficit with only 9 minutes remaining with goals by Sam Rogers and Andrew Hare. A forfeit from the York White team setup a penalty kick (PK) shootout early Sunday morning with the Oxford team. The first 5 kickers for the shootout yielded a 2-2 tie with both Carter Engleman and Andrew Hare scoring PKs.

Zac Noonan, the goalkeeper for Windham stopped 2 shots, with one being a fingertip save on a ball
headed to the lower left corner on Oxford's fourth kick. The tie meant there would have to be a single goal sudden death round with each team getting a shot until the tie was broken.  With 4 additional kickers selected, it was Logan Inman, on the 7th kick putting one in the net for Windham. Oxford's 7th kick went wide which allowed Windham to secure the 3-2 PK shootout win and move on to the preliminary finals versus Yarmouth U12 Hayes. In the Yarmouth game, some strong defensive play and some key saves by goalie Carter Engleman secured the 3-1 victory. Logan Inman, Sam Rogers and Andrew Hare had goals in this game with Engleman ending up with 8 saves for the victory.

http://windhampowersports.com/Players for the Windham U12 Boys include Andrew Young, Andrew Hare, Ben Shaw, Carter Engleman, Charles 'CK' Kennedy, Chayse Caron, Logan Inman, Noah Campbell, Oliver Weatherby, Rylee Brooks, Sam Rogers, Wes Theriault and Zac Noonan. Coaches are Jason Weatherby, Peter Brooks and Pat Noonan. The team will face South Portland Morin this coming Sunday at 12:30pm at Freeport Middle School for the Fall Classic state semifinals. With a win, the team would move on to the championship game to face the winner of the Bangor/Acadia game at the Freeport Hunter Rd Fields at 3:45pm.

Varsity football plays with heart and determination all season

By Matt Pascarella

L to R Seniors Greg Simpson, Jack Hermansen, Braxton Cassidy, Logan Douglas, Jacob Cummings, Tyler Meade, Stuart Salom, Garrett Peeples, Cameron Lopez by Matt Pascarella
The varsity football team played their final home game of the season against Oxford Hills on Friday, October 19. It was senior night and the seniors were presented with a small gift. Both parents and seniors were thanked for the time and effort they had put in throughout each players’ high school careers. Seniors recognized were: Garrett Peeples, Stuart Salom, Greg Simpson, Cameron Lopez, Jacob Cummings, Jack Hermansen, Tyler Meade, Braxton Cassidy and Liam McCusker.

https://www.facebook.com/Tom-Tyler-for-Maine-House-374831959591528/Windham began with high intensity as I heard several players exclaim “we came to play!” and “let’s go!” The Eagles were putting in a good effort in the top of the first half. After two touchdowns early from Oxford Hills, Windham kept their heads up. Windham showed they were no push over with several good tackles of Oxford Hills players. Neither team was letting up; the crowd was cheering the Eagles. Windham did not let the score discourage them from giving their all.

Half: 42-0 Oxford Hills

In the second half, Windham’s defense allowed less touchdown opportunities for Oxford Hills. Windham was really working to get some points on the scoreboard. In the fourth quarter, Windham kicked it up a notch. Not only did the Eagles knock down several passes intended for Oxford Hills, but Salom #21 ran the ball in for a touchdown and Windham got the extra point putting the ball through the goal posts.

Final 55-7, Oxford Hills

“Going into this season we knew we had a lot of inexperienced guys and they played hard just like we asked them to. These guys are great kids...they gave us everything they had and I’m very, very proud of this group,” commented Coach Matt Perkins.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Windham U12 boys’ soccer skyrocket to victory

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By Matt Pascarella

The Windham U12 boys’ soccer team won the 24th Annual Falmouth Fall Classic soccer tournament at Falmouth High School on Monday, October 8.

The tournament consisted of 19 teams and Windham defeated two of the top six ranked teams in the state. To get to this championship game, Windham beat four youth soccer teams: Portland, Scarborough, Cumberland and Kennebunk blue team (ranked top six in the state). They then played the Kennebunk white team for the championship (also ranked top six in the state).

Teamwork was what this victory was all about as the championship game was tight, with both sides playing well.

Creighty Dickson #15 and Luke Cunniffe #12 controlled the game through the midfield making it harder for Kennebunk to get ahead of Windham.
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Defensively, Windham was strong with Zach Trafford #16, Rory Good #5, Griffin Richmond #10 and goalie Lukas Hammond #8, who only allowed 2 goals during league play this season.

Offensively, Garrett Crossman #20, Conner Gallant #50, Gabe Glass #17, Nolan Scanlon #21 and Ben Lydon #18, kept pressuring Kennebunk, not letting up for a minute.

Half: 0-0

Nine minutes into the second half, Glass broke free making it to the far left corner of the field. He passed to Crossman who fired it into the net.

With the clock winding down, Kennebunk would have to step up their intensity if they wanted to win, but Windham was ready to counter any attack Kennebunk might make.

With time running out, Kennebunk makes a last-ditch effort blasting a shot at goal. Thankfully, Lukas Hammond made an incredible save.

Final 1-0, Windham

“I am very proud of the team and all that they have accomplished together. They are truly a great group of boys,” said Coach Michael Cunniffe.

The boys will compete in the state playoffs Sunday, October 21 against Yarmouth at Gambo Field in Windham. Game time is 9 a.m.