Friday, January 11, 2019

Jordan-Small Middle School girls’ basketball team plays well despite loss

Kylugh Hovey
By Matt Pascarella

The Jordan-Small Middle School (JSMS) girls’ basketball team hit the court against North Yarmouth Academy in their first home game of 2019, on Monday January 7.

Marlie Ennis
JSMS started out aggressive, but North Yarmouth Academy jumped to an early lead. JSMS kept up their efforts, with great teamwork, moving the ball around. They had excellent defense, keeping North Yarmouth Academy from making this game a runaway. The second quarter brought more hustle from the girls and more shots on North Yarmouth Academy’s basket, which meant more points on the scoreboard for JSMS. They were playing smart, with more passing and blocking, as well as JSMS fighting for the ball.

Half: 24-10, North Yarmouth Academy

JSMS threw it into high gear in the second half. They were working together to get rebounds and continued fighting for the ball; with quick hands moving to snatch the ball away from their opponent. Raymond capitalized on any mistakes made by North Yarmouth Academy. This resulted in JSMS getting turnover opportunities, taking the ball to the hoop. Marlie Ennis #14 sank a nice shot at the buzzer to end the third quarter. North Yarmouth Academy was still ahead, JSMS was aggressive in closing that points gap in the fourth quarter. Their defense slowed North Yarmouth Academy down a little and JSMS put more points up on the scoreboard in the fourth than any previous quarter. Although North Yarmouth Academy took this one, 38-26, the JSMS girls played a great game. Top scorers: Marlie Ennis #14 and Kylugh Hovey #32.

“I think they played awesome. We started out slow. The last three quarters we brought our energy up and moved the ball really well. We made some good plays on defense, implementing a full court press and there was a strong finish,” said coach Ryan Roderick.

Hard work evident in wrestling team’s matches

Andrew Martin
By Matt Pascarella

The Windham/Gray New Gloucester wrestling team had a match against Marshwood and Cheverus at home on Wednesday, January 2.

Starting out in the 145-weight class, after Windham suffered a couple losses early, Andrew Martin fought hard to pin his opponent. Martin was keeping his head up and was aggressive in going after Marshwood; lunging at them, working to throw them off balance. Although no one was pinned, after three periods Martin gets the win.

Gabe Gendreau
In the 132-weight class, DJ Pelletier was working hard to control his opponent’s arms and get Marshwood flat on the mat. Pelletier did a solid job of trying to get his opponent down, by lunging to get him off balance. Unfortunately, Marshwood took this match.

Final score: 39-16, Marshwood

Peter Petersen began the match in the 138-weight class. Peterson was keeping his weight low and had his arms around his opponent’s waist to try and flip Cheverus on to the mat. Petersen slams Cheverus to the mat and gets the win.

A JV match featured Kyle Walker working to lift up his opponent and slam them to the mat. Walker was able to flip and pin Cheverus, getting the win. JV match had Gabe Gendreau winning after three periods.

In the 220-weight class, Garrett Allen stayed alive for six periods before Cheverus eventually got the win.

In the 152-weight class, George Butts showed immense effort for three periods with his arms locked over his opponent’s chest. Butts had him in a headlock, keeping himself from being forced to the mat. After three periods, Cheverus wins.

Final score: 48-15, Cheverus

“We knew that it was going to be a battle against Marshwood, they’re smaller this year, but the kids they do have are tough – there’s a lot of state finalists and state champs on their team but I thought we battled them hard. [We’ve seen] Cheverus so many times this year...we had a couple of moves that didn’t work out. The kids are working hard and they are improving. We’re going to learn from it and keep building and get to where we need to be,” observed coach John Nicholas.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Varsity boys’ basketball close 2018 with a win

Eric Weisser
By Matt Pascarella

The varsity boys’ basketball team took on Massabesic on Monday, December 31 at home continuing the trend set by the girls’ varsity team, scoring in the first few seconds on gameplay.

Windham was pressuring and capitalizing on rebound opportunities from Massabesic’s missed shots, which lead to the Eagles throwing some serious points up on the scoreboard. Although Windham had pulled out ahead early on, Massabesic wasn’t far behind.

Half: 27-16, Windham

The Eagles came out with intensity in the second half, with Eric Weisser #20 and Ivan Kaffel #15 sinking a few three pointers early in the half. Windham continued widening the points gap, with a 12-point lead at the end of the third quarter. The points gap went back and forth in the fourth and final quarter, with Massabesic down by 9, with roughly four minutes left. widened the gap and the Eagles were up by 12, then Massabesic showed they were not going down without a fight and they were only trailing by 8, with less than a minute left.  
After some foul shots were made by the Eagles, they were up by 10 with a mere 10 seconds left in the game. Top scorers: Dierhow Bol #10, Weisser and Chris Naylor #25.

Final: 50-40, Windham

“We came up...trying to improve, some guys did some good things tonight; we moved the ball a lot better, we got better shots...we did a good job tonight taking a step forward with our play. It was a good night for our guys to see a win and we just have to continue to improve,” remarked coach Chad Pulkkinen.

Varsity girls’ basketball overtake Massabesic in year end game

By Matt Pascarella

Alanna Joyce
The varsity girls’ basketball team played Massabesic on Monday, December 31 at Windham and it was a game not to be missed.

The girls started strong scoring in the first few seconds of the game. The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early lead, with strong defense. Unfortunately, Hannah Talon #11, left the game in the first quarter after a possible pulled hamstring. Windham kept up the intensity ending the first quarter ahead. The girls were working to keep distance on the scoreboard, but Massabesic was catching up fast and the half ended with the score tied at 15.

In the second half, Windham turned up the offense and defense. The Lady Eagles were aggressive, pulling away from Massabesic, in order to secure the win. Massabesic was not going down without a fight, though.

After the game was tied at 26, Meghan Hoffses #2 sunk a three pointer seconds before the end of the third quarter. It was a back and forth game with the score 33-31, Windham, at four and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Sarah Talon
Then, a minute later, the game was tied at 34. This was followed by another back and forth and was scoreless for a short time until Sarah Talon #12 sunk a foul shot giving Windham a one-point lead.

Tara Flanders sunk two baskets after getting fouled by Massabesic. She then got two more foul shots and Windham was up by four. With 19 seconds left, you could here hearts racing as the clock wound down. At the buzzer, the Lady Eagles took the game, 38-34.

“It was tough for the kids to see [Hannah] go through that, but they did a good job of rallying and trying to keep their composure and push through and I thought they did a good job...some kids out there who typically haven’t been out there in those situations really stepped up and did a good job overall,” commented coach Brody Artes.