Friday, November 8, 2019

Volleyball battled hard against Falmouth

Meghan Harmon
By Matt Pascarella

After winning the quarterfinal game against South Portland, the Lady Eagles travel1ed to Falmouth, to take on the Yachtsmen, on Wednesday, October 30th.

To say there was high energy during these sets is an understatement. So much energy, that the gym sounded like one big roar.

Windham came out strong and got the first point. They were on fire, soon it was 4-0, Lady Eagles.
Windham was aggressive with great volleys and returns. They set and spiked the ball well and took a lead, but then the game was tied at eight. The set was close and intense. When Falmouth hit hard, Windham hit harder. The game was soon tied at 19. Windham’s momentum didn’t stop. Windham had match point. A spike from the Lady Eagles gave them win #1: 25-20.’s intensity never faltered. Falmouth took an early lead in set #2, but the Lady Eagles were still in it. Windham battled, with tough defense; Falmouth spiked the ball hard and Windham returned the ball to catch their opponent off guard. The Lady Eagles did their best, but fell in set #2, 25-8.

Set #3 started with Windham scoring first. They were aggressive and took an early lead. Falmouth pulled ahead, but the Lady Eagles were not far behind. Windham spiked the ball well and had excellent teamwork with exceptional volleys. Falmouth took this set 25-14.

Set #4 began with both team’s neck and neck, but Falmouth pulled ahead. The Lady Eagles blocked multiple shots and began to make a comeback. Windham’s aggressive playing style never slowed down. The Lady Eagles gained momentum, but Falmouth won set #4. 25-14

“Our drive and motivation in the past few games have just been more than anything we’ve seen in a long time,” stated Team Captain and Senior Megan Fleck. “I think we did good. The first set showed how we could play and the next two we got hesitant with ourselves, the last one we really picked it back up at the end.”

“We came out on fire; after our quarterfinal match,” said coach Chris Cloutier. “The girls felt like they deserved to be here, and they certainly did. They pushed all season, we worked pretty hard...overall the girls did a great job. [Falmouth has] some good players who can hit the ball pretty hard, but we were ready for was good to have that happen.”

Another great season for Windham cross country

Hannah Langstaff
By Matt Pascarella

Windham cross country competed at the state competition at Twin Brook Recreation in Cumberland on Saturday, November 2nd. Windham had seven runners competing.

Windham finished ninth out of 15 teams. Windham was also the 13th fastest team in Maine overall; against all Classes, A, B, and C; with a total of 36 teams at States. Nicely done!

Freshman Elise Schultz placed 66th and dropped 17 seconds off her Regional Championship time, in a State Championship Meet to finish with a time of 22:32.39!

“Throughout my season, I prepared my body for regionals and states by increasing my mileage, but I always lacked confidence and doubted my ability to run at a faster speed,” Schultz explained. “At the state meet, I discovered my true potential and my ability to overcome my largest mind.” the 111 Class A runners, sophomore Estella Inman was 23rd, with a finish time of 20:51.00 and was 35th of 299 runners overall in Maine. All in her first year ever running cross country!

“It was kind of hard racing the same course,” observed Inman. “It was also helpful because you knew what was going to be next, so it went by very fast. I’m really excited for next year and I want to do even better than this year.”

Senior Hannah Langstaff placed 42nd and finished with a time of 21:48.70.

Senior Hailey Applebee placed 55th and finished with a time of 22:13.00.

Right behind her, was sophomore Camille Culpovich who placed 59th with a time of 22:15.19.
Sophomore Eve Schultz finished 86th with a time of 23:34.66.

Diane Ingalls wasn’t far behind Schultz, as Ingalls finished 89th with a time of 23:46.09.

Senior Hailey Applebee reflected on the race and the future of cross country for her. “The whole time I’m thinking I got to do it for my team...perform the best that I can and that I’m mentally prepared for this...make the most of it.” She plans to run in college.

“The Lady Eagles team pursuit began in early July,” remarked coach Jeff Riddle. “Their progression taught them to run united, with a mental edge, and with grit and determination. Saturday at the State Championship meet was a very successful day for Windham High School Cross Country.”

“We had a growing year on the boys’ side with diverse levels of experience on the team, and our season was a great one for our seniors, an investment season in learning for our underclassmen to set new goals for 2020.”

Friday, November 1, 2019

Girls’ soccer gives it all against Gorham

Emma Millett
By Matt Pascarella

Fifth seeded Windham faced off against fourth seeded Gorham in the Class A South Quarterfinal playoff game, played at Massabesic High School in Waterboro on Tuesday, October 29th.

The Lady Eagles came out aggressive and ready to play. Less than 2:30 into the first half, Emma Millett, #4, rocketed the ball past the keeper and put Windham on the board very early on. The Lady Eagles worked to be first to the ball, had strong offense and defense and kept up their intensity during the half.

Half: 1-1

Windham began the second half intense, pressuring Gorham right from the start. They passed the ball well with excellent defense and offense, taking multiple shots on goal. The Lady Eagles worked extra hard and left everything on the field, but Gorham managed to get by.

Final: 2-1, Gorham

“Getting that first goal right away was huge,” observed coach Deb Lebel. “In terms of shots, we did outshoot them, I do feel like we had some momentum. We came together as a full team...this was not the same team that started in September. Kids have stepped up; great group of kids...the future is bright for the girls next season.”

Varsity football ends season with powerful win

Left to Right Anthony Gugliuzza, Jayden Gonsalves, Ian Swann,
Ben Elliott, Will Segler II, Matty Babb
By Matt Pascarella

In their last home game of the season, varsity football took on Falmouth/Greely on Friday, October 25th. It was Senior Night; seniors from the cheerleading squad and the football team were presented with a gift and those seniors and their families were thanked for the time and effort they had put in throughout their high school careers.

Windham was fired up and it didn’t take long for that energy to result in points on the scoreboard.
Falmouth/Greely received the kickoff but didn’t get very far as the Eagle’s defense tackled them hard and multiple times throughout the game. Windham got the ball all the way to Falmouth/Greely’s two-yard line before the end of the first quarter.

Four seconds into the second quarter and Ben Elliot, #27, scored a touchdown. After the extra point was missed, 6 - 0, Eagles. Windham’s defense never wavered as they knocked passes intended for their opposition away. With less than one-minute left in the half, Elliot caught a pass at the 20-yard line and it’s first and ten. 37 seconds left. Derek Palow, #21, scored the touchdown and Matty Babb, #13, put the ball in the endzone for the two-point conversion.

Half: 14-0, Windham
Palow kept it going in the third quarter when he ran from one end of the field to the other and scored an 85-yard touchdown! 85 yards!

Toward the end of the fourth quarter, the offense moved the ball closer and closer to the Falmouth/Greely endzone, but the final buzzer went off before either team had scored.

The Eagles took this game 21-7 and are headed to the quarterfinals to play Skowhegan, at home, on Friday, November 1st at 7 p.m.

“We have a young group, we only have six seniors, but we have some really good seniors that know what our goal is; they’ve been through the good times and last year was some rough times...they are very good leaders,” explained coach Matt Perkins. “They work hard every day and they preach the message. We’ve had some really close games. They kept showing up and we kept grinding and I’m really proud of them tonight, they played a pretty perfect game.”

Fall ball season is a grand slam

Carolina Blue and Windham Navy teams
By Matt Pascarella

The 12U (10-12-year olds) teams Windham Carolina Blue and Windham Navy hit the field against each other for the final game of the Fall Ball season, played at Ciccarone Field at Lowell Field in Windham on Saturday, October 26th.

Carolina Blue had first ups. Cayden McCartney, #7, walked; Graham Herald, #4, got a base hit. Later, McCartney scored. Liam Kalakowski, #8, singled. After Liam Holivan, #6, was hit by the pitch, the bases were loaded. Bailey Ammons, #2, was hit by a pitch and Herald scored. Kalakowski stole home. Zach Kampi, #6, walked and scored.

Windham Navy player Josh “Just Josh” Tom, #12, jumped and made a stellar catch at first base to get an out.
On Windham Navy’s up, Alex “The Prodigy” Pastore, #8, got a base hit and stole home. 4-1, Carolina after one inning.

In the second inning, after three walks the bases were loaded. McCartney got a base hit and Aaron Sanborn, #11, scored, then Dawson Carlberg, #5, scored. Two more runners scored.

8-1 after two innings.

Fast forward to the fourth inning and Ammons doubled, Sam Redlon, #10, got a base hit, Kampi walked. Ammons scored. And Windham Navy left Carolina Blue runners on base to end the inning. Windham Navy took the plate, after a walk, Dominic “the Dominator” Cataldi, #1, got on base, Ethan “Got Him” Clapp, #2, is hit by a pitch, bases loaded. Calvin “Thunderstruck” Bartz, #11, scored. Aiden “Clutch” Lister, #7, walked and Cataldi scored to end the inning.

Final 13-3, Carolina Blue

“Overall, Fall Ball beat expectations on both the softball and the baseball side,” stated Mike Butterfield, Windham Little League Fall Ball coordinator and Coordinator for District 6. “We had six new towns join this year. In Windham, we fielded two 12U baseball teams...two 10U baseball teams and...four 8U (which was coed) baseball teams; that was over 100 kids. Big shout out to Bill Ciccarone for having the field ready for us every week in beautiful condition. It was amazing. Fall Ball doubled [participation] from 2018; it’s only going to grow from here.”

Friday, October 25, 2019

12U softball wins against Portland

Bottom Row - Chloe Edwards, Ashley Cloutier, Lacie Higgins, 
Caitlyn Marsh, Addison Leger
Top Row -Oriah Doucette, Rachelle Cloutier, 
Sophia Kalogerakis, Alayna Baldwin-Dagnese, Taylor Bernier
Coaches- Ronnie Higgins,  Shawn Leger, Ryan Edwards
By Matt Pascarella

The 12U softball team, comprised of 10 to 12-year olds, played their last home game, against Portland, on Sunday, October 20.

Portland scored one run in the first, and Windham answered back with a slug fest. Chloe Edwards,
#6, got a double. After Taylor Bernier, #2, got hit by the pitch, #7 Lacie Higgins bunted and got on base, Edwards scored.

Alayna Baldwin-Dagnese, #1, got hit by the pitch and now the bases were loaded. Bernier scored after Rachelle Cloutier, #3, got hit by the pitch. Caitlyn Marsh, #11, got a base hit and Baldwin-Dagnese and Bernier made it to home plate.

5-1, Lady Eagles.

Windham’s defense was sound as more than once the inning ended with Portland runners on base.

In the third, Baldwin-Dagnese got a base hit, then scored; 7-1, Windham.

In the fourth, Edwards doubled and scored. Fast forward to the sixth inning where Portland had started to make a comeback, but Windham put a stop to it and took the game, final: 9-6.

“This year we’ve expanded [fall ball participation] and it’s been a pretty good success overall. 

There’s been a lot of versatility with learning different positions and creating a good experience for the kids,” replied coach Ron Higgins. “Coaches Ryan Edwards and Shawn Leger bring knowledge, experience and a positive vibe to the group. This has been the second year for Windham with Fall softball and it seems to be a hit!”

Volleyball teams end seasons with a spike of excitement

By Matt Pascarella

Seniors: Back row: Emma Ward, Jessica Brooks, Megan Fleck, Meghan Harmon, Sierra Guite, Sarah Elder, Morgan Proulx, Angela Spiller. Front row: Lauren Kluwas, Maya Gaudet
The volleyball teams played Bonny Eagle, at home, on Tuesday, October 22nd.


Bonney Eagle won the first set, 25-17. Windham was neck and neck with teamwork and solid volleying in the second set. Windham pulled ahead, scored match point and won 25-22. Bonny Eagle had a lead in set three, Windham caught up, spiked the ball skillfully as enthusiasm rose. They battled, but Bonny Eagle won, 15-11.“They learned a lot about defense and coverage,” stated Coach India Ross. “The team grew a lot and I’m really proud of them.”

It was senior night; seniors and their parents were acknowledged and thanked. Windham started with a significant lead. They were aggressive and took set one 25-20.

Bonny Eagle won set two 25-17. Windham won set three, 25-22.

In a high energy set four, Bonny Eagle got several shots blocked by Windham. Windham tied the game at 7 and ran away with the lead: 15-10, 20-11, then match point and the Lady Eagles won 25-12.

“The girls pulled out the matches that were important for us,” Coach Chris Cloutier commented. “I think, overall it was a really good season.”

Jordan-Small Middle School soccer: Learning and having fun all season

Taylor Juhase
By Matt Pascarella

In their last home game and second to last game of the season, the Jordan-Small Middle School boys and girls got back-to-back wins against Fryeburg. The teams and players have been learning, improving and having fun all season long.

“We started our season losing pretty big,” observed girls’ coach, Adina Baseler. “They worked really hard, and now we’re ending the season [on a better note.] They’ve come quite a way.”

When it comes to experience, this is a mixed group. There are a couple who play on travel soccer teams, but Baseler has five players who this is their first time ever playing soccer. The remaining players have varying levels of experience. describes her girls as ‘the true meaning of team.’ They support one another, they are always encouraging, and they have become a little family.

The girls have learned how to communicate and that will definitely benefit them come next sport or next season. They’ve also learned how to fill the spaces on the field, which is not an easy skill to learn, but is very important.

“I learned to try my best and not give up,” explained eighth grader Taylor Juhase. “I play travel soccer and it’s definitely I need to learn it’s a different atmosphere.”

The girls ended the first half up after Maya VanHise, #12, put two between the posts. They played strong and moved the ball well, being aggressive. VanHise scored once more and Jordan Small took this game 3-1.

The boys also lost their first game, but after trying their new formation and, as Coach Jim Beers described it, “[the team] learning to play with each other”, things got better from there. During the following practices after that first game, Coach Beers stressed the importance of getting in the right spots and playing with each other and learning how to pass. “The biggest key to our success is passing the ball and looking for each other,” added Beers. since they learned to play together, it’s clicked up and down the field. Now they look for each other as a group, instead of one player wanting to be the team superstar every game. On a team of 22 guys, 14 of them have scored during a game.

“I think they learned possession and how to play as a ten-person group,” Beers continues. “It’s getting them disciplined that is important.”

“Coach has taught me a lot about sports including soccer, like dribbling, or to be on the field and I’ll use that a lot in basketball...and in soccer next year in high school,” said eighth grader Login Desrochers.

Fryeburg scored early and the boys were down. Toward the end of the first half, Login Desrochers, #20, scored. The boys were aggressive and took several shots on goal in the second half. Noah Mains, #34, Hunter Simpson, #9, and Jake Gagne, #13, all got one by the goalie and Jordan-Small won, 4-1.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Varsity golf does well in State Championship

By Matt Pascarella

After finishing second out of 18 teams at the 8-hole golf Qualifier played at Natanis Golf Course, a par 72, in Vassalboro on Monday, September 30th, the Windham High School golf team qualified to play in the SMAA Team Championship on Saturday, October 5th.  Evan Glicos, Drew Mathieu, and Ryan Sargent also qualified to play in the SMAA Individual Championship on October 12th.
Left to Right: Zach Loftis – Co-Captain Evan Glicosm, Co-Captain Ryan Sargent, Nolan Kent, Ryan Silva, Coach Adam Manzo, Drew Mathieu (Jr). 

The championship was also played at Natanis Golf Course. The team finished T8 at the Class A team championship. Individually, Evan Glicos came in eighth place, Ryan Sargent came in tenth place, and Drew Mathieu came in 21st place.

“After missing out on team states two years ago by five strokes and last year by one stroke, this was a highly successful season for Windham golf,” said Coach Adam Manzo. “We were selected as a preseason team to watch and we certainly lived up to those expectations. I am incredibly happy for these kids that they got to experience playing in a team state championship.  They have put in a lot of work over the past four seasons and to be rewarded for their efforts is pretty awesome.”

U13 boys’ soccer defeat Bangor to win Falmouth Fall Classic

By Jason Weatherby

Windham U13 Boys played a fierce competitor in the finals at the 2019 Falmouth Fall Classic.  Windham hit the field on Monday, October 14th, to play the undefeated Bangor Soccer Club's U13 Boys team.

Bangor came out strong and scored in the first five minutes of the game slipping one through the fingers of the goalie. Windham was struggling to get to the ball and find feet with their passing.

Half time: 0-1 Bangor

The half time speech from Coach Michael Cunniffe proved to be a beneficial one as Windham came out strong. Opportunities began to present themselves. Windham was a different team.

Coaches: Left to Right: Michael Cunniffe, Chris Trafford, Jason Weatherby 
Players: Top left to Right: Zach Noonan, Luke Cunniffe, Creighty Dickson, Garrett Crossman, Andrew Hare, Oliver Weatherby, Zach Trafford, Bottom left to Right: Connor Gallant, Andrew Young, Carter Engleman, Logan Inman, Evan Yale, Luke Hammond, Sam Rogers, Ben Shaw, Gabe Glass, Rory Good. and hard work paid off.  Playing to open space, a through ball from Zachary Noonan to Sam Rogers would put Windham on the board with a shot low and in the corner.  Tied 1-1.  Windham used the momentum and had Bangor on the run.

Bangor, now pressuring Windham in an attempt to maintain their fading control, proved to be a false hope. With a shot on net, Goalie, Luke Hammond makes another save and quickly releases the ball back over Bangor's team to Oliver Weatherby.  A break away from Weatherby and he finds the back
of the net.  2-1 Windham.

Seventeen minutes to spare in the game and everyone was working hard.  Midfielders and defense were monumental in this victory.

Final Score: 2-1 Windham

Goalie Luke Hammond made 14 saves in total on a broken foot.

Windham is currently the top seeded team in the state heading into playoffs this weekend.

All Season record: 16-0

Windham kept lead against Biddeford

Ethan Wert
By Matt Pascarella

Boys’ varsity soccer hit the field against Biddeford at home on Tuesday, October 15th. It was Windham Youth Soccer Night; all the Windham Youth Soccer players and coaches were announced and took the field with the littlest players being announced onto the field with a varsity player.

The Eagles were aggressive right out of the gate. Owen Flibbert, #7, scored in the first six minutes.

Windham was passing well and had several shots on goal. Connor Langstaff, #30, scored partway through the first half. Ezra Smith, #15, headed the ball in goal off a corner kick.

Half: 3-1, Windham

Windham kept up their intensity and defense blocking shots and passes. Ethan Wert #20 scored before the final buzzer.

Final 4-1, Windham

“We came in with a pretty positive attitude...we played together as a team, we didn’t try to force things and it just kind of came together for us,” remarked coach Ben Schulz.

Strong efforts by WMS Field Hockey

Casey O'Connell
By Matt Pascarella

The seventh and eighth grade field hockey teams played Lyman Moore Middle School, at Windham, on Tuesday, October 15th.

Seventh Grade
Windham was aggressive and pressured right from the start. They were passing well and had several
shots on goal. The Lady Eagles were focused, worked to be first to the ball and stayed with the ball. Although Lyman Moore scored, Windham had terrific defense, and blocked several shots and passes.

Half: 2-0, Moore

In the second half, Windham turned up the intensity when Myla Vercoe, #22, rocketed the ball into the goal. The Lady Eagles continued solid passing and strong offense and defense. Windham took shots on goal and kept the pressure on Lyman Moore. Avi Webb, #9, sent the ball past the goalie and scored. Now the game is tied at two. Windham did not slow down. They left it all on the field, but Lyman Moore took this one 4-2.

“They played in a great way that was able to progress us offensively; they had great momentum on the corners, strong powerful hits,” commented Coach Jaimee Smith. “They really had been working on their spacing in practice, so I think today that showed...their ability to work together as a team was helpful...they played really, really well.”

cstlouis@spurwink.orgEighth Grade
Windham came out strong and passed the ball well. They were first to the ball with excellent offense and defense. Casey O’Connell, #38, scored early on. Then, less than two minutes later, ZZ Gurney, #11, fired the ball past the goalie. Windham was aggressive and stayed with the ball.

Half: 2-0, Windham

The Lady Eagles pressured Lyman Moore in the second half. They moved the ball nicely around the
field. Lyman Moore scored twice, and the game was tied with the clock winding down. Windham stepped up their defense and blocked shots and battled to break the tie. At the whistle, the final score remained 2-2.

“They had great passing, good momentum, good teamwork and they kept their sticks down in the circle,” observed Coach Lyndsay Stretch.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Eighth grade boys’ soccer win in second half

Blake McPherson
By Matt Pascarella

The eighth-grade boys’ soccer team hit the field against Lincoln on Friday, October 4th.

Windham pressured right away. They worked to be first to the ball. Windham had strong defense and kept the ball away from their own goal for most of the first half, and blocked Lincoln’s passes. The Eagles had solid offense too with several shots on Lincoln’s goal, one that hit the top post of the goal and almost went in.

Half: 0-0 came out more aggressive in the second half than in the first. They kept the ball in front of Lincoln’s goal and took several shots on goal, with another that hit the goal post and almost went in. Blake McPherson, #10, scored on a penalty kick. Nick Marion, #9, scored. Windham kept up their strong defense and prevented Lincoln from scoring in the half. The Eagles had a lot of intensity that did not waiver throughout the half. Marion scored again before the final whistle.

Final: 3-0, Windham

“Second half they focused a little bit more on passing the ball, trying to connect player-to-player; building up the pressure we had numbers back on defense - the second half it really clicked for the boys and we were able to find success,” said Coach Joel LeClerc.

Boys’ soccer put in a good effort against Cheverus

Vireak Tray
By Matt Pascarella

The boys’ varsity soccer team played Cheverus, during Windham Homecoming, on Saturday, October 5th.

Twenty-eight minutes into the first half, Cheverus was up, 1-0. Windham was aggressive going after the ball, moved the ball around and took shots on goal.

Half: 1-0, Cheverus

In the second half, the Eagles offense turned it up several notches and gave the Cheverus goalie a workout, as Windham kicked the ball towards the goal many times before the final buzzer. Windham had a solid attempt to head the ball in the goal, off a corner kick, that was unfortunately, caught by the goalie. The Eagles passed the ball well with good defense, as goalie Cam Brown, #0, blocked several shots. Windham kept up their intensity and continued to boot shot after shot towards the goal.

Although Windham cranked up the offense in the second half, Cheverus took this game 3-0.“When we had a red card for a hand ball in the second half and had to play with ten men, we didn’t quit,” remarked Coach Ben Schulz. “I think we played harder; that really shows kind of the resolve and spirit of the team. A few bounces go our way and it’s a totally different game, but that’s why you play it. We got aggressive in the second half and we definitely put some pressure on and created some opportunities.”

Cross Country crushes it at the Festival of Champs

Hannah Lagstaff
By Matt Pascarella

The Festival of Champions is the largest cross-country race for high school kids in Maine. Eighty-three teams and close to 2,000 racers from New England and Canada came together at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on Saturday, October 5th. Eleven boys and 13 girls from Windham’s cross-country team participated in the race.

Windham runners were focused as they made their way around the 3.1-mile course, the dedication and concentration Windham put into their meets is amazing. Coach Jeff Riddle stated the team had prepared for the Festival of Champions, which in turn helped them prepare for other championship races, since June.“The last three weeks have been the three most strategic preparation weeks I’ve done in a long time. In the weight room doing circuits, doing very detailed running – it takes a long time to prep for this race. With 200-300 racers at the starting line, it’s a learning opportunity, they learn big race starts, they learn really how to test themselves, their body, their heart, their mind,” he added.

With the crowd cheering, Windham gave everything they had as they pushed through the course and then gave it their all as they crossed the finish line. The results directly correlated with the efforts put into training for this race.

Out of the 56 teams that competed, Windham finished 13th with a total time of 1:46:38.59.
Several runners set personal record (or PRs) times during the meet.
Niall Gushue
Sophomore Estella Inman finished 37th with a time of 20:15.85
Senior Hannah Langstaff finished 47th and set a PR with a time of 20:31.86
Senior Hailey Applebee finished 69th with a time of 21:07.16
Freshman Elise Schultz set a PR with a time of 22:18.76
Junior Diane Ingalls set a PR with a time of 22:24.96

In the Unseeded Section ‘A’ race, senior Dean Preston set a PR, came in 6th and knocked a minute off his time with a time of 20:17.67
In the same race, Junior Niall Gushue finished 16th and set a PR with a time of 20:53.37.
Junior Tristan Candelmo had the boy’s fastest time of 19:00.28. Emir Zhamalov finished 74th and set a PR with a time of 22:03.67.
In the Freshmen race, DJ Stephens and set a PR with a time of 21:20.62.

“I was super nervous before the race, because it was my first really big race. I had no idea what to expect and having Hannah, my teammate, right behind me really helped me push myself. She was always there supporting me, and it really helped a lot,” observed Estella Inman.
“I had a good race. I like having the big crowd and more people around you when you’re running to pace off with,” remarked senior Hannah Langstaff.

 “It was a good experience overall,” said junior Tavi Anghel, who got the boy’s second-best time of 19:35.45. “If you run a race the right way, it’s always going to be hard, but I had more preparation coming into this season, so I found it a little easier than the other times I ran it.”


Friday, October 4, 2019

Field hockey teams puts forth back-to-back solid efforts

Mya Bolk
By Matt Pascarella

The JV and varsity field hockey teams hit the field against Cheverus, at home, on Monday, September 30th.

Windham took a shot on goal almost immediately. The Lady Eagles had strong defense and kept Cheverus from scoring in the first half. The Lady Eagles blocked serval Cheverus passes throughout the half. Mya Bolk, #14, scored in the first three minutes. Windham had solid passing and moved the ball around nicely. Windham hustled hard and worked to be first to the ball. They were aggressive and took multiple shots on goal.

Half: 1-0, Windham

Windham continued their concrete defense in the second half. They blocked shots and passes from Cheverus. Windham took multiple shots on goal. With one minute thirty seconds left in the game, it was tied at one. 30 seconds...20 seconds...10 seconds; the pressure mounted, but at the buzzer the game headed into overtime.
Windham kept up the defense in overtime and the goalie, Molly McAllister, #33, had several great saves. The Lady Eagles pressured, and you felt the intensity in the air. At the end of overtime, neither team had scored.

Windham came out aggressive in the second overtime and worked hard to get the ball in the goal. With the clock winding down, Cheverus scored. Final 2-1.

“We’ve come a long way and they’re really good at communicating and reading where each other are going to be...and they’re working smarter, not harder, so they’re able to get it down the field,” commented coach Cory DiDonato. “There were some really good things: the passing, the talking, they support each other. I’m really proud of them.”

JV started strong with great passing as they moved up and down the field. Windham communicated well and had good offense and defense. They pressured the Stags and worked hard to be first to the ball. At the end of the first half Hannah Heanssler, #6, scored.

Half: 1-0, Windham

The Lady Eagles really turned it up a notch in the second half. They were aggressive and were first to the ball. Heanssler scored again. Windham continued strong communication and tough defense, preventing Cheverus from scoring at all. Before the end of the game, Heanssler scored a third time.

Final: 3-0, Windham

“They played really well today,” observed coach Tiff Theriault. “It was better communication; it was passing more and those were the two main goals and they did it perfect. It was a fun win.”

Friday, September 27, 2019

Lady Eagles soccer get back-to-back wins against Kennebunk

Ashly Clark
By Matt Pascarella

The JV and varsity girls’ soccer teams played Kennebunk, at Windham, on Tuesday, September 24th.

Windham hit the field aggressive and stayed aggressive for two halves. They moved the ball nicely and passed to each other, which created multiple shots on goal (and goals). They really gave the Kennebunk goalie a workout. The Lady Eagles pressured and communicated. Ashly Clark, #36, scored two consecutive goals. Riley Shaw, #30, got one between the posts before the end of the half.

Half: 3-0, Windham Lady Eagles pressured in the second half, with no sign of stopping. Early on in the half, Gracie Hodgkins, #31, scored on a penalty kick. Windham’s intensity never wavered. Nat Lynch, #38, fired the ball over the keeper’s head and then a short time later scored again. Clark scored a third time before the Lady Eagles continued their undefeated steak, defeating the Rams, 7-1.

“The kids are really playing as a team,” stated Coach Jeff Fish. “Everyone is very unselfish, and the kids are having a great time. Our passing, I thought, was phenomenal and we’re getting better and better at the passing game.”

Windham pressured right away, took shots on goal and was first to the ball. The Lady Eagles had great offense. Julia McKenna, #13, scored back-to-back in the first half. Windham’s defense gave Kennebunk few opportunities for shots on goal and kept them scoreless in the first half. Sarah Talon, #12, sent one in the net before McKenna scored again to close out the half.

Half: 4-0, Windham

Intensity remained high in the second half as Windham continued taking shot after shot on Kennebunk’s goal. Riley Beem, #1, sailed into the air and knocked the ball past the goalie. The Lady Eagles pressured, and Emma Millett, #4, scored Windham’s final goal of the game.

Final: 6-0, Windham

Julia McKenna
“Our loss [against Noble] on Saturday [the 21st] sparked some fire in a lot of them; and they figured out if we don’t give it 100%, we are going to lose some games,” explained coach Deb Lebel.

Goalie Riley Silvia stated in the post-game huddle that Kennebunk and Noble were similar teams and if Windham plays against other teams the way they played against Kennebunk, there’s no reason they won’t go to the state tournament.

JV football shows Brunswick they can compete

Harrison Boyle
By Matt Pascarella

JV football took on Brunswick, at Windham, on Monday, September 23rd.

The Eagles had strong defense right out of the gate and prevented Brunswick from gaining any serious yardage early on in the game. Shortly before the end of the first quarter, Brunswick scored, but Windham’s defense stopped them from getting a two-point conversion.

In the second quarter, Windham’s defense didn’t let up. The Eagles gained possession after Brunswick fumbled. Ryan Bernard, #83, intercepted a pass thrown by Brunswick and then made it to Brunswick’s 45-yard line. Colby Mizner, #32, made it all the way to the 15-yard line, but Windham wasn’t able to score before the end of the half.

https://www.schoolspring.comHalf: 6-0, Brunswick

The second half told a much different story for Windham than the first. Their strong defense didn’t let up, as Windham stopped Brunswick several times from getting closer to the endzone. Despite their strong defense, Brunswick scored again, 14-0. Alex Yeaton, #29, caught a pass at the 15-yard line and shortly after, Harrison Boyle, #9, scored and got the two-point conversion; 14-8. The Eagles were not done.

In the fourth quarter, Yeaton got to the 40-yard line, then Boyle got to the 32-yard line, then just outside the five-yard line. Four minutes left in the game. It’s third and goal. Boyle scored the touchdown. The game is now tied at 14. As the clock wound down, neither team was able to break the tie and Windham shows one of the best teams, if not the best team in the conference, that they have what it takes to compete.

“They played hard from start to finish,” remarked coach Brandon Champion. “We had guys in positions they had never played before. They were willing to go out and do whatever they needed to do to help the team. Our guys showed a lot of grit in coming back [after being down two touchdowns]. The kids played really hard.”

Friday, September 20, 2019

Jordan Small Middle School soccer has strong games against St. Dom’s

By Matt Pascarella

The Jordan Small Middle School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams travelled to Auburn to hit the field for games against Saint Dominic Academy on Monday, September 16th.

The boys started strong with good defense right from the start. Raymond was aggressive with solid passing and communication. Raymond had multiple shots on goal and did a good job of keeping the ball mostly on the St. Dom’s side of the field for a large part of the first half. Raymond also had substantial offense with three goals in the first half. Hunter Simpson, #9, Dylan Hayes, #44 and Andrew Hare, #20 all scored.

Half: 3-0

Raymond continued pressuring, taking more shots on goal in the second half. Raymond commanded the field with great defense. Simpson scored again. 

Final: 4-1, Raymond

“We lost to Waynflete the first game of the year and today was a total 180,” observed coach Jim Beers. “The boys possessed the ball a lot better, passed to each other a lot better, didn’t have their heads down looking at their laces today. We had great sharing of the ball - and they came out and executed.”

The girls began strong too with nice passing and top-notch defense, preventing Saint Dominic’s from scoring the entire first half. The girls were working hard to get the ball to the Saint Dominic’s side of the field and succeeded several times but was unable to score in the first half. tied at 0

Raymond continued strong defense and was going hard after the ball. They worked to be first to the ball and got and kept possessions. Raymond gave it their all, but Saint Dominic’s took this game.

Final: 1-0

“Their ability to come together as a team [contributed to some of their successes]. The defense was super strong. They were able to close out some really heavy shooters. The forward line held it together really well and my midis did really well today. It’s about how they talk to one another. This team is pretty spectacular,” said coach Adina Baseler.

Varsity cross country does well at Southern Maine Classic Invitational

Jordan Piechowski
By Matt Pascarella

On a day that threatened rain, and for moments followed through with that threat, the boys’ and girls’ varsity cross country teams performed very well at the Southern Maine Classic invitational sponsored by Hoka shoes, Gorham Athletics Gorham Cross Country and Fleet Feet Maine Running. Eleven boys and 12 girls from Windham Cross Country, along with runners from all over the state participated in the early season invitational at the Narragansett School in Gorham.

A common theme among the Windham athletes was focus and determination. The Eagles were giving it everything they had; runners always had their ‘eyes on the prize’ and were striving to do their very best. All runners showed their strength as they ran the course and you could really see it when they dug deep and made that final push towards the finish line. A fantastic effort was made by all.
The girls placed ninth overall. Top runners were:

Sophomore Estella Inman, in her third race ever, placed 15th with a time of 20:09.30. To date, Inman is the Lady Eagles cross country top team finisher this season.
Senior Hannah Langstaff placed 27th with a time of 20:38.82. Langstaff knocked a full minute off her time compared to a year ago.

Senior Hailey Applebee placed 47th with a time of 21:32.29.
Sophomore Eve Schultz also dropped significant time from her race compared to a year ago with her current time of 22:22.55.

The boys placed 26th overall. Juniors Tristan Candelmo (18:51.99) and Tavi Anghel, led the boys’
Estella Inman
team as the top two finishers at the invitational. In 2018, Anghel ran the course in 21:47.83, but this year he ran 19:24.95; an impressive drop due to his summer and fall training. Sophomore Mark Mills (19.42.18), freshman Garan Laszok (20:42.22), senior Jordan Piechowski (20:46.46), who was off injured status for the first race of his senior year; sophomore Josh Guite, who dropped 30 seconds off his time (21.51.18), and freshman Derrick Stephens (22:12.59) were the top seven finishers of the day. 

“It was very exciting. We’ve been prepping all July,” explained Coach Jeff Riddle. “For those that can, come to our camps and it’s all about getting together and getting started. We had a great, great preseason together and now, here we go; we’re already in the performance stage of the season. Overall, it was great.”