Friday, May 17, 2019

Windham’s softball slugger, Junior Chloe Wilcox breaks record

Chloe Wilcox (image by Melissa Foss)
By Matt Pascarella

Softball has always been a part of Chloe Wilcox’s life. She started playing when she was four and hasn’t stopped since. Wilcox recently broke Windham High’s record for most home runs hit during a high school softball career. The original record, 13 home runs, was set by Liv Mora (class of 2017). 

Wilcox has hit 16 home runs during her career; nine of which have been this season.

“She’s a hard worker,” stated her dad and coach, Fred Wilcox. “As a catcher, she understands pitchers. She’s educated on what pitches may be coming and she’s a numbers kid. As a lefty, pitchers will work the outside corner of the plate, She’s got really quick hands to work the inside and she’s a smart, smart player; very strong with great hand eye coordination.”

Chloe was surprised when she found out she had broken the career record.“It felt really good” she explained. "It wasn’t something I was expecting or aiming for but getting the phone call that I just broke the record was a surreal moment. I’ve been looking up to these girls [her teammates] my entire life, I never thought I’d be one of the girls.”

Wilcox got to this point through a lot of hard work, training in the winter and the fall and she adds she is in so much debt to the game and that it’s given her so many opportunities on and off the field. She’s made friends up and down the East Coast because of softball. For Wilcox, getting to meet people and coaches and get their perspective on the game is really eye opening.

Chloe stressed she could not be where she is without the support of her coaches and teammates.
Her varsity coach last year, Travis Demmons was Chloe’s little league coach. Demmons knew Chloe as a player and a person. When she would get down on herself, he’d say, ‘hey, you know who you are, you know what you can do’ and that really helped her.

Chloe describes her teammates as beyond amazing and says they truly are like a bunch of sisters. At the end of the day, they all love each other and are there for each other.

“My dad and I - we talk softball all the time,” she said. “We talk strategy and we talk how I need to go up to the plate against certain pitchers, which is great because I get in that mindset and when we get to that game, I know what to do.”

“Her work ethic is amazing; not just in sports, but academically,” stated Fred. “That’s where it starts with her. She’s highly motivated and as a parent, it’s awesome to watch happen, as a coach it’s impressive.”
“I love playing for people,” added Chloe. “I play for myself obviously, because I love the game, but I like the feeling I get when my teammate just relied on me and I know I can rely on them. There is the sisterhood and the friendship I get from this game and it is really amazing; I love it.”

Varsity baseball keeps pressure on against Deering

Ryan Sargent
By Matt Pascarella

The boys’ varsity baseball team played Deering Monday, May 13 at Windham.
The Eagles started strong right away. Bryce Afthim, #22, was on the mound and in the top of the first brought three batters to the plate and sent three batters away, with back-to-back strikeouts and a pop fly to second base.

Windham really stepped it up in the bottom of the first. After Bryce and Brady Afthim, #2, both walk, Ryan Sargent, #20, walked making the bases loaded. Bryce stole home on a wild pitch, 1 to 0. Brady stole third and Sargent stole second. Caleb McCartney, #26, walked and bases were loaded again. After a balk, a pitcher pretending to pitch when he had no intention of so, Brady took home. Sargent advanced to third and McCartney took second. Garrett Peeples, #21, grounded out to second and Sargent scored. McCartney took third. A line drive by Tyler Thornton, #12, brought in McCartney, 4 to 0 - Windham.

Bryce brought three batters up in the second and sent three away. Windham had a lot of chatter and cheering as they worked to add runs to the scoreboard and prevented Deering from doing the same.
Jump to the bottom of the fourth, where after William Brooks, #10, got a base hit and quickly stole second. Bryce popped out to right field and Brooks tagged up to advance to third. After a wild pitch, Brooks took home, making the score 5 to 0 -Windham.

Multiple innings featured three Deering batters coming to the plate and going right back to the dugout.

In the top of the seventh, Deering’s last chance to turn the game around, they were able to get one run before the Eagles ended the game.

Final 5 to 1, Windham

“They just kept the pressure on,” remarked coach Cody Dube. “Bryce had a quick tempo, which was nice, throwing a lot of strikes; just attacking. Nobody let up today. [Windham] kept the pressure on and [Deering] couldn’t do much with it.”

Westbrook no match for Windham tennis

By Matt Pascarella

The boys’ tennis team took on Westbrook on Monday, May 13 at Windham.

The match was broken into singles and doubles. Each individual match is best of three games and the
Gabriel McPhail
entire competition is best of five of all the matches played.

The boys were aggressive right out of the gate. They were playing with determination and were focused. They were playing smart, being watchful of the ball with quick footwork.

The singles matches featured Stephen Sepulveda, Vireak Tray and Ben Smith who took win after win after win against their opponents, with Sepulveda winning 6-0 and 6-0, Tray winning 6-3 and 6-0 and Smith winning 6-1 and 6-1.

For the doubles matches, the team of Andrew Wing and Gabriel McPhail crushed Westbrook 6-0 and 6-0. They remain undefeated with seven consecutive wins.

Hayden Bilodeau and Devon Harnden partnered up and also reigned victorious, with scores of 7-5, Windham; 5-7 Westbrook and 7-5 Windham.

Final: 5 to 0, Windham

“I think we are coming together as a team. It's been hard to get going with all the bad weather this spring,” remarked coach Garry Stone. “The guys are hitting their stride and playing their best tennis of the season. We're 5[wins] 2[losses] right now and hoping to keep it going for our last five matches and into the playoffs.”

Friday, May 10, 2019

Opening day for Windham Little League gives preview of exciting season

Joe Donnelly

By Matt Pascarella

Opening Day for Windham Little League was held at Ciccerone Field at Lowell Field in Windham on Saturday, May 4. Majors teams Ice Cream Dugout and CR Tandberg played first.

CR Tandberg was off to a great start with Philip Traina, #9, getting a double. After Ben Shaw, #4, was hit by the pitch, Josh Tum, #12, got a base hit and Traina scores. A triple by Lukas Hammond, #8, brought in Tum and Shaw. Hammond stole home and the inning ends 4-0.

The bottom of the first for Ice Cream Dugout had Caleb Hayman, #,2 getting a single. Preston Brown, #3, made it all the way around the bases after a passed ball. Brown brought in Hayman.

Camden Gardiner, #9, hit a double. After a pop fly, Gardiner tagged up and scored, 4-3, CR Tandberg.

Jump to the third inning, and Shaw of CR Tandberg and Tum got base hits. Joe Donnelly, #5, got a single too. Shaw stole home. Hammond singles and Tum scored. Ice cream Dugout got it going when Seamus McDougall, #10, hit a ground ball to the third baseman and reached first. Hayman and Gardiner both single. McDougall scored; 6-4, CR Tandberg. Tandberg had a small lead, but Ice Cream Dugout wasn’t done yet. In the top of the sixth, Traina singled, then Shaw walked. Tum doubled and Traina scored. Shaw stole home and it was 13-5, CR Tandberg.

Tum scored after a ground out.

When Ice Cream Dug Out took the plate, Gardiner got a base hit. Grant Coppi, #8, walked, Bradyn Woodward, #4, singled. Bases loaded. Conor Janvrin, #12, doubled to center and stole third; bringing in Gardner, Coppi and Woodward; 14-8, CR. Janvrin scored. Wyatt Washburn, #5, walked, stole second base, then scored. Ice Cream Dugout made an excellent attempt, but CR Tandberg held onto their lead.

Final: 14-10

“Focusing on the baseball is what helped the team win today,” remarked Coach Dave Donnelly. “Also, doing what we’ve done in practice; it’s all the little fundamentals that count.”

Coach Raquel Gerry has made a life out of softball

Raquel Gerry

By Matt Pascarella

Raquel Gerry knows softball and it has been a big part of her life. She is the assistant coach for the Windham High School varsity softball team and has been coaching softball for ten years, beginning when her oldest daughter was playing t-ball. Gerry has coached at all levels from t-ball to recreation to travel and now high school.

Gerry started playing at a very young age and has had many coaches that made a lasting impression on her playing days and her life. When she was playing softball early on, she knew she would eventually coach. “I wanted to coach girls and have an impact on their life and give back to the sport of softball, which gave me so much in my life,” she explained.

She became interested in softball and wanted to coach because of the competitiveness of the sport, wanting to be a positive influence. Gerry stated that to watch and see her girls come together on the field has been and continues to be very rewarding.

She coached travel softball with head varsity coach Fred Wilcox and former varsity coach Travis Demmons. She saw the great things the two of them were doing with the Windham High School softball program. In 2017, there was an opening at the middle school for a softball coach and she applied, knowing she wanted to be involved with the up and coming program and surround herself with great players and coaches. She coached that team for one year. In the spring of 2018, she became the Windham High School junior varsity softball coach. This year she has moved up to the varsity level.

What does Gerry want her players to walk away with after a season? She said the lessons learned from adversity and success on the field are great preparation for future experiences. “When you step between these lines, nothing else matters except being with your teammates and having fun playing the game of softball.” Gerry explained that you must always be a student of the game and never stop learning.

The culture and atmosphere of softball in Windham is changing and I am excited to be a part of that,” she added.

A Casco resident, Gerry is married with two daughters. She is a special education teacher at Dodge House School, a residential day treatment school in Bridgton, where she enjoys working with the children. Softball keeps her family busy. Both her daughters play summer travel softball. However, whenever there is the chance, Gerry and her family like to camp and ride ATVs.

Girls’ lacrosse maintains significant lead over Lake Region

Alanna Joyce

By Matt Pascarella

The girls’ varsity lacrosse team hit the field against Lake Region, on Monday, May 6 at Windham.

The Lady Eagles wasted no time as Riley Beem, #1, scored within the first minute of play. Windham was pressuring, with strong offense and defense. The girls were aggressive, taking advantage of any misstep on Lake Region’s part. The Lady Eagles were communicating well, and the score reflected that. Alanna Joyce, #4, put one in the net. 

Emma Yale, #24, put the ball in three times in the first half. Windham was moving the ball around nicely and were first to the ball. Lake Region had slowly started to make a comeback, but Windham still had a decent lead. Beem scored before the end of the half.

Half: 6-3, Windham’s intensity didn’t diminish in the second half as the Lady Eagles came onto the field ready to get that ‘W.’ While Lake Region was slowly gaining, Windham was making sure they held onto their lead. The Lady Eagles continued solid offense and defense. Multiple players scored in the second half including: Yale and Beem and Belle Skvorak, #10. Lake Region did manage to score a couple goals, but the patience, teamwork and skill of the Lady Eagles allowed them to gain a more than comfortable lead and secure the win. Top scorers: Emma Yale and Riley Beem.

Final: 13-5, Windham

“We have a philosophy, with the speed we have and the athletes we have, we can wear teams down,” explained coach Matt Perkins. “We just got to keep working and keep pressing. It was 6-3 at halftime...and we started cleaning up some of the things we were having issues with. I thought we did a good job of fixing those, I thought we did a good job pressuring...I think we did a great job.”

Girls U9 Windham Youth Soccer skyrocket to win

By Matt Pascarella

The Windham Youth Soccer U9 girls’ team played against the U9 Kennebunk girls at Gambo Field in Windham on Sunday, May 5.

As soon as the whistle blew, Windham was off to a great start and scored within the first few seconds. Then they scored again shortly after that. Windham had strong teamwork and excellent communication. They had powerful defense with the U9 Windham girls keeping the ball away from the Windham half of the field.

There were several nice blocks and stops by Windham’s keeper. Kennebunk did manage to get one through the posts, but Windham didn’t let Kennebunk score many goals during the game. Windham’s U9 girls showed great skill on the field. They were moving the ball around nicely and passing well to each other. Windham kicked it into high gear toward the end of the first half. The U9 Windham girls scored three goals; one after another after another, showing unlimited teamwork.

At the half: 5-1, Windham

Windham’s U9 girls didn’t slow down in the second half; their consistent offense and defense did not waiver. Windham’s keeper kept up the quick hands, blocking several shots and only allowing Kennebunk to score one time for the remainder of the game. Windham had great hustle throughout the entire game and the score reflected that. Windham put two more goals in before the final whistle and with less than two minutes left on the clock, the Windham U9 girls scored a final time.

Final score: 8-2, Windham

“We work a lot on discipline and holding their positions, so they’re aware where they need to be when the ball comes to them. Also, passing and holding positions is allowing us to do a good job,” commented coaches Ken Clark and Jason Bowie.

Friday, May 3, 2019

New little league AAA division helps build skill

By Matt Pascarella

The Minors division of Windham Little League is for ages 7 to 11 who didn’t make the majors division. Until recently, if a player did not make the majors, there was no division between minors and majors where a player could work on  skills and be ready for the majors division the following year. Until now.

This year, Windham Little League along with its Board of Directors, Vice President of the minors division, Mike Butterfield, and the league’s many devoted coaches are introducing a ‘triple A’ (AAA) division to the league. The AAA division could also be referred to as mid-majors, but it’s still the minors division and its goal is to get kids ready for that next step, which is moving up to the majors division.

Part of the reason for the addition of the AAA division is the Little League International organization changed the eligibility age which in turn makes the whole league younger.

“Last year we played baseball with kids ages 7 to 11 on the same team playing under the same rules. What we found out was the skillsets were totally different,” explained Butterfield. He spoke with his coaches as well as coaches from other towns. “We needed to come up with a way to enhance the skillsets of the older kids of that division.”

AA is a developmental league. It’s geared towards kids ages seven to nine who are coming from coach pitch or are in their first or second year of the minors division who aren’t ready for the competitiveness or have the skillset for the AAA division.

All the coaches in the AAA division are returning coaches from Minors baseball. The AAA division will feature five teams: Windham Powersports, Jet Ski Guy, MPM Sealcoating, Top to Bottom and new this year, the league will be adding a Raymond team, Sunset Variety. There will also be some interleague play with the town of Gray.

The AAA division is set up for ages 9 to 11 for kids who didn’t make it into the majors division. The AAA division will get kids ready for majors by teaching them skills such as base stealing, bunting and leading.

In order to understand the new league better and gain a better appreciation of the game, coach Chris McDonald and coach Dustin Bartz of Windham Power Sports took an umpire training, detailing rules and play procedure.

“From a coaching end of the game, it’s really important for us to understand all the rules,” explains McDonald. “For us to go through the umpire training puts us in a much better, clearer understanding of how we need to run our boys and what we need to teach our boys to be ready for majors. Prior to the AAA division it was almost like a light switch; it was black and white. When you were in minors, you were in minors and when you went to majors it was pretty much completely different. Having the AAA division gives us a gray area.”

“Knowledge always give you an advantage,” said Bartz. “Umpire training has made me a better coach, given me more confidence and affected the strategies we use in games.”

The AAA teams will gain the strength and skill needed to compete at the Majors level as well as a full understanding of how to play the game.

Boys’ lacrosse teams victorious over Sanford

Greg Simpson
By Matt Pascarella

Boys’ varsity and JV lacrosse teams hit the field against Sanford, at home, on Monday April 29.

The Eagles wasted no time after taking the field. In the first quarter they scored 13 goals alone. Windham was aggressive and pressured Sanford the entire first half. They had great communication and solid offense and defense. Windham was moving the ball around nicely, too; giving multiple players the opportunity to put one between the posts. The Eagles were scoring one after another after another after another.

Half: 20-0, Windham

The second half was like the first in that there was no lack of intensity and communication between the Eagles. They continued their strong offense and defense, keeping Sanford from getting any goals past the keeper. They really meshed as a team, and the scoreboard reflected that. Top scorers: Tyler Woolston #7, Matty Babb #13, Connor Cummings #17 and Seth Wall #12.

Final: 24-0, Windham

“We played Massabesic on Saturday [April 27]; we were able to control some parts of that game. We knew we had to tighten up some of our systems, both defensively and offensively. Our whole goal was our systems needed to click and we accomplished that,” remarked coach Peter Small.

Windham wasted no time with several players putting the ball in the net early in the game as Windham jumped to quick lead. The Eagles had strong communication as well, moving the ball around and putting the pressure on Sanford. Windham had good offense and defense. The Eagles didn’t let up, with multiple players scoring in the first half.

Half: 12-1, Windham

The second half found Windham not slowing down and continuing to put pressure on Sanford. Despite the Eagles substantial lead, they continued to keep the strength up and prevented Sanford from getting many goals past the Windham keeper. Several Windham players added to the scoreboard. Top scorers: Will Woolston #4, Greg Simpson #24 and Liam Heckman #6.

Final: 17-2, Windham

“We were moving around really well. We started to move off the ball – that I think was key. Our attackmen were seeing the cuts from the mid-field really, really well. Defense was great; won the midfield, which is huge in every game. I think that attributes to how we played today,” stated Coach Seth Fournier.

Varsity softball shuts down Westbrook

Erin Elder
By Matt Pascarella

In a day where many games were canceled due to rain and bad field conditions, the varsity softball team traveled to Westbrook on Saturday, April 25 to take on the Blue Blazes.

The Lady Eagles started strong and early, with Whitney Wilson, #7, hitting a home run in the first at bat. Chloe Wilcox, #22, kept up Windham’s momentum by hitting an inside the park home run to right field. After Erin Elder, #24, walked, later in the inning she was able to score, leading the Lady Eagles three to zero.

In the top of the second, Windham could not be stopped. Kayla Gorman, #15, slammed a double into left field. Wilson got a base hit, and Gorman scored. Wilcox hit another home run, this one outside the park. Wilcox and Wilson scored, six to zero - Windham. Wilcox got another homer in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the second inning, Whitney Wilson brought three batters to the plate and sent three batters away on a pop fly and two strikeouts.

Fast forward to the top of the fourth inning, Windham was up ten to zero. Brooke Phillips, #10, hit a single, Amanda Foss, #5, got a base hit on a ground ball and Lily Beaton, #12, got a single. Phillips and Foss scored. Beaton scored after Wilcox grounded out to first base. Erin Elder singled and brought in W. Wilson and Ellen Files, #8. Ellie Wilson, #2 got a base hit. Sarah Elder, #9, hits an inside the park home run E. Elder and E. Wilson scored to bring Windham’s total to an impressive 18 to zero.

The bottom of the fourth had W. Wilson bringing three batters up and sending three batters away via a ground out and back-to-back strikeouts.

W. Wilson repeated this in the bottom of the fifth and final inning to close the game and throw a no-hitter, with the final score remaining 18-0.

“They had to get in the mindset that we had to come out and play; both teams were playing in the same weather. Whitney threw an awesome game today, really good control of the ball and everybody contributed offensively, defensively; just great all-around game,” stated Coach, Fred Wilcox.

Monday, April 29, 2019

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New varsity baseball coach brings knowledge of the game to Windham

By Matt Pascarella

Cody Dube will be taking the place of coach Brody Artes as the boys’ varsity baseball coach. Dube, a Windham High graduate and former player was coached by Coach Artes during summer baseball. Dube also played in the minor league (Single A) and got to pitch against greats like Pablo Sandoval.

“I think it’s awesome being able to coach at the high school you played” stated Dube. He has kept in
Cody Dube
touch with athletic director Rich Drummond and knows many of the teachers at the high school. Dube says the relationships make it easier and there are a lot of great people in the Windham system.

“I’m excited for the season and I think we have a really good staff,” Dube said. Kevin Wilson, who helped with a lot of Dube’s strength training when Dube was playing baseball will help with the strength and conditioning, with catchers and hitters, and in game decisions.

Jack Herzig who also graduated from Windham, will help with catchers and hitters as well as giving input on game decisions. 

“We have a young coaching staff but I’m really excited about the guys that we have, I think the team is excited about it too,” says Dube.

Dube wants his players to develop a good work ethic and a lot of discipline both during and after the season. He also wants his players to have a lot of fun. He adds that there are those times when you are going to have to work hard and do some things that may not be your favorite, but he thinks there are ways you can incorporate fun into the game and make it less repetitive; such as a different goal or focus each day.

Dube and the assistant coaches try to mix up their conditioning program, changing from movement work to injury prevention to core work to running routes while catching baseballs. This can help take the repetitiveness away. 

Dube reiterates that fun brings out the best in his team and stated that the team is looking good and sees no lack of effort in his players.

 “I really have no idea what this is going to be like, I’ve always been on the other side of the game, this is a great opportunity.”

A graduate from Keene State College in New Hampshire with a degree in Safety and Occupational Health, Dube works at Langford and Low Construction in Portland. He loves winter sports, like snowmobiling and skiing and has started playing softball in the summer.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Girls' lacrosse is unstoppable with back-to-back wins

Emma Yale

By Matt Pascarella

The JV and varsity girls’ lacrosse teams travelled to Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, to take on Portland, for their first games of the season on Monday, April 22.

The Lady Eagles had tough defense right from the start blocking Portland’s shots on goal. Windham was pressuring with high intensity; working to be first to the ball and succeeding. Natalie Lynch, #34 ,scored shortly into the first half. As the rain started to come down harder and harder, Windham’s offense was just getting started. The Lady Eagles had great teamwork, moving the ball around nicely with strong communication.

Half: 5-1 Windham

Early in the second half, Amelia Mortero, #39, gets one by the goalie. Then Isabelle Babb, #30, puts the ball in the net twice. Sidney McCusker, #20, scores next. After that, to say Windham was aggressive is an understatement. One Lady Eagle after another was putting the ball between the posts. Windham was literally unstoppable as they were first to the ball and Portland only scored once more during the game. Windham didn’t let the slick conditions slow them down.

Final: 15-2, Windham
“Everybody spreading the ball around...communicating with each other and being unselfish [contributed to this win],” observed coach Rusty Babb.

Windham was aggressive from the start; pressuring with solid offense and defense. They weren’t slowing down, being first to the ball. Emma Baker, #12, scored. Then Emma Yale, #24, scored three times in the first half, followed by Riley Beem, #1, who scored back-to-back.

Half: 6-2, Windham

Within the first five minutes of the second half, Carissa O’Connell, #23, puts one in. Yale then scores three more times, giving Windham a commanding lead. The Lady Eagles didn’t let up their intensity as a steady rain started up again. Belle Skvorak ,#10, gets one by the goalie. Portland was slowly gaining and had scored several times towards the end of the game. Windham was able to keep Portland at Bay and took this game 11-6.

“Our patience was key,” began Coach Matt Perkins. “We’ll just keep getting better. Our work ethic is great, and these kids are wicked coachable and really got each other’s back.”

Friday, April 19, 2019

Sophomore lacrosse athletes to compete in national tournament

Emma Yale
By Matt Pascarella

Sophomores Emma Yale and Riley Beem have been teammates since third grade. They have not only played travel soccer together but have also played lacrosse through the Windham Youth Lacrosse Organization since they were eight. Yale and Beem were recently selected to participate in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland on May 25 and 26.

When Yale and Beem were in eighth grade, they realized they really wanted to focus on lacrosse and they did; playing year-round with club teams, and premier lacrosse teams like Maineiaxs, a Portland based club for grades 2 through 12. Maineiaxs aims to improve skills and help grow an individual’s game. Matt Perkins, realizing their potential, recommended Yale and Beem tryout for the tournament. “Emma and Riley are returning starters who continued to work on not only their game but also their strength and athletic abilities,” explained Perkins. “Along with great work ethics and never being satisfied with where they are, they are extremely coachable. The other thing that’s impressive about both of them is that they put the team first.”

During the tryouts, held at Falmouth High school, there were over forty girls from all over the state vying to make it to this tournament. The girls were broken into teams and did drills and scrimmages to test their abilities. Only eighteen girls and a couple goalies were chosen out of the group.
“It’s really exciting and cool to be selected,” both athletes agreed.

While they’ve also played in tournaments before, this tournament is a higher competition level and they’re playing against very skilled players.

Yale and Beem have been working very hard to prepare for this tournament. They’ve both been working on controlling the lacrosse stick and getting better at shooting the ball, getting more comfortable overall in training for not only the tournament but for regular season games too.

“I think it’ll be a really exciting experience. We know most of our teammates, because they play club with us.” remarked Beem. “There’s a lot of good chemistry and it’s going to be fun.”

Reilly Beem
“I think it’s really cool that now we get to work towards competing and see how much better we can get...and look broader and really stand out,” noted Yale.

They both have the goal to play lacrosse in college and are obviously working very hard to do so. There is no lack of talent or effort for either of these athletes.

Good luck in Maryland!

Varsity softball has strong start before regular season

Whitney Wilson
By Matt Pascarella

The girls’ varsity softball team played a preseason game against Lake Region High School on Tuesday, April 16 at the Gorham Sports Center.

The Lady Eagles were off to a strong start, with Whitney Wilson, #7, pitching in the top of the first inning. Three Lake Region batters came up to plate and three Lake Region batters were turned away, with a ground out, a strike out and a line out.

Windham got things going in the bottom of the first with Wilson getting a single early on. After a couple walks, Windham loads the bases and a base hit by Ellie Wilson, #2, brings in Wilson. Windham leads 1-0.

townmanager@fryeislandtown.orgThe top of the second had Windham bring three Lake Region players up and send three Lake Region players away.

The Lady Eagles kept it going in the second after Amanda Foss, #5, and Shyler Fielding, #4, walk while Wilson brings Fielding to third base. Chloe Wilcox, #22, creams a double to center field bringing in Fielding and Wilson. 3-0, Eagles.

In the top of the third inning, Lakes Region scores; 3-1, Windham.

Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth where Windham lit up the scoreboard. It was 6-1 after Callie Fielding #14 walks and a single by Wilson. C. Fielding is thrown out at third base. Shortly after, Wilson advances to third base and makes it home off a hit from Ellen Files, #8, who is thrown out at first; 7-1, Windham. Ellie Miller #3 walks and a base hit from Kayla Gorman, #15, drives Miller in; 8-1. Three more walks and Gorman scores; 9-1. Two more walks and Whitney Wilson and Wilcox score; 11-1.

Chloe Wilcox
Windham prevented Lake Region from scoring the rest of the game and took the game 11-1 after six innings.

“I think pitching is pretty consistent right now as early as we are in the season. They threw really well; bats are coming alive. We still have some work to do with base running, but they’re aggressive, so I think that helps,” commented coach Fred Wilcox. 

Two WHS seniors honored at SMAA Citizenship Awards Banquet

By Matt Pascarella

The 8th annual Southern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) Citizenship Banquet was held on Tuesday, April 9 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland.  The purpose of the banquet is to recognize two seniors who represent the qualities of citizenship, leadership and academic effort. 

Seniors, Bryce Afthim and Tara Flanders, were chosen from Windham High School. Other schools and their recipients from the league were present to receive this honor as well.
Athletic director Rich Drummond, Bryce Afthim, Tara Flanders, Principal Ryan Caron
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“They both are well respected and looked up to by many,” responded Windham High School Athletic Director Rich Drummond. “They both have done what coaches have asked and represented the school with the utmost class and dignity. They demonstrated they were deserving of this award through positive participation on and off the playing surfaces.”

Friday, April 12, 2019

Girls’ lacrosse off to a good start in the pre-season

Riley Beem

By Matt Pascarella

The girls’ lacrosse team played a preseason game against Thornton Academy on Wednesday, April 3rd at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish.

The very windy conditions did not slow the Lady Eagles down. Windham was aggressive right from the start, pressuring Thornton Academy. Emma Yale #24 scored shortly into the game. From that point on, Windham could not be stopped as their strong offense and defense only let Thornton score one goal. The Lady Eagles just kept going. Riley Beem, #1 got one by the goalie. Then Emma Baker, #12 scored. Windham worked hard, beating Thornton Academy to the ball and the score reflected it. 

Belle Skvorak ,#10 put two in the net. Baker got another one by the goalie. Windham did not let up. Morgan Colangelo, #25 put one in, Skvorak scored two more times and then Yale got one between the posts.

Final 10-1, Windham

“We had a really big improvement [from a previous game] and we really worked on the things that
we felt we weren’t good at,” observed coach Matt Perkins. “I’m really pleased about how we worked those practice and we already see the change today. They’re focused...and their coachability is what we’re looking for.”

Velocity Premier Soccer Club displays on field talent

Chloe Lariviere #7 rushes toward the ball
By Matt Pascarella

The Velocity U15 girls’ Premier soccer club played Dutch Soccer Academy (DSA) United, based out of Warren, Maine on Sunday, April 7 at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford.

Velocity Premier Soccer Club has the motto of “it’s not just all about soccer,” so we encourage the kids to play multiple sports, we encourage kids to be the best players, but more importantly the best girls they can become,” explained coach Matthew Bell. “This team is truly a family and I think that separates them from most premier clubs.”

The team is made up of Windham and Bonney Eagle players with a few players from Saco and
Biddeford. They came out aggressive and focused. They were pressuring DSA United right from the start. Velocity U15 girls had excellent teamwork and was working hard to be first to the ball and succeeding. U15 had strong defense and offense. The girls were giving it everything they had. Although DSA United scored in the first half, Velocity U15 answered with Chloe Lariviere #7 rocketing the ball past DSA’s goalie to tie the game at 1 at the half.

Velocity U15 showed no signs of slowing down in the second half. They were pressuring and kept up the defense, blocking several scoring opportunities from DSA United. Even when DSA United put one through the posts, to jump to a 2-1 lead, Velocity U15 didn’t waiver. They didn’t get discouraged
and continued working hard for the goal. They didn’t stop pressuring and going hard after the ball. 

Velocity U15 had several substantial attempts to put the ball in. Unfortunately, DSA United scored toward the end of the half to keep the lead and win the game.

Final: 3-1, DSA United

“Our positional play offensively went well; our wings stayed wide; we used the space out in the wings. I also thought we played with a lot of heart,” remarked coach Bell.

Bell goes on to say that this group of girls have been playing together for two years and have come together very well. “They are a family, they all care about each other, they talk to each other all the time, and that’s pretty cool.”

Bell enjoys coaching the team and says he thinks he has more fun than they do. “This group of girls and the girls that Windham Youth Soccer puts together are just great kids with great parents. I’ve been blessed in that I’ve always had talented teams, it makes it easy to coach. I also lucked out and have coach Jason Dakin with me for both youth soccer and here. He brings a ton of knowledge and a ton of fun to the game; he always has something to contribute and it’s always positive.”

Friday, March 29, 2019

Casey Sinclair enjoys working with athletes on and off the field

Casey Sinclair
By Matt Pascarella

March is also Athletic Training Month and the mission is to spread the word about the important work athletic trainers do.

If you’ve been to a high school game, you may have noticed her on the sidelines. Casey Sinclair has been the athletic trainer for Windham High School for eleven years. Her job is to help an athlete if they get hurt on the field or on the court. In addition, and just as important, Sinclair explained that being an athletic trainer is also about forming a relationship with the athletes during their high school career.

Sinclair’s journey in sports began in high school. She had three older sisters and “someone was always injured,” As a result, Sinclair took a real interest in sports medicine. “I liked medicine and I was debating between athletic training and nursing, but I enjoyed watching sports, so it was the best of both worlds – you get to watch sports and help with injuries,” she said.

While in high school, Sinclair spoke with her athletic trainers and they explained what the job entailed. After that, she knew it was what she wanted to do. graduated from the University of New England in Biddeford and worked at Falmouth High School for a year. When she saw the job opening for an athletic trainer at Windham High School, she thought it would be a better fit and she was absolutely right.

Sinclair’s favorite aspect of her job is working with the athletes. “You really get to know the athletes before they get hurt and sometimes while their injuries are developing. It’s a relationship you build that’s different than any other medical profession. You know the student, what they do, what they build a bond. You have four years with this athlete. It’s not like the doctor’s office where you come in, it’s ten minutes, you may never see them again.” explained her office is kind of a hang out for athletes before their practices. During this time, Sinclair gets the opportunity to talk about their day with them, see how they are doing, discuss any problems they might be experiencing and steering them in the right direction, if needed.

“It’s a fun job, it’s a different job working with the high school athletes, compared to a don’t have that disciplinary role; kids tell you a lot more, sometimes I hear too much,” she explained. “It’s fun in that aspect.”

She enjoys that relationship where there is a mutual respect between her, the athletes and the coaches.
A Windham resident; Sinclair really likes the community feel of Windham. She has two daughters, Sydney and Madison. As a family, they are really into watching sports and enjoy being outdoors, participating in activities like hiking and kayaking.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Annual Unified Basketball Festival competition includes pizza party

By Matt Pascarella

The unified basketball team participated in the annual Unified Basketball festival on Tuesday, March 12 at Gorham High School. The festival is composed of several teams who each play each other in fifteen-minute games and then after all the teams have played each other there is a pizza party.

Kayla Fillinger
These were very exciting games and by the looks on the player’s faces, they were having a good time. Windham played in three games against Fryeburg Academy, Gray New Gloucester and Gorham.

Fryeburg Academy
Windham had great offense and defense. They had excellent teamwork and did well passing the ball and sinking baskets. The Eagles fought hard during this game, but Fryeburg won 34-20.

Gray New Gloucester
Windham was consistent from game to game with their strong offense and defense. They had a lead early on and were doing well to maintain it. Windham had several solid steals, blocking shots and giving 110% on the court. The Eagles were able to hold off Gray New Gloucester and take this game, 18-12.

Windham wasted no time sinking baskets and getting rebounds. They were off to an early lead and were neck and neck with Gorham. Windham had nice hustle and were aggressive in going after the ball, keeping this game close. With the clock winding down, the game was tied at 20. With seconds left, Gorham gains possession and was able to score, winning 22-20.“It was a great end [to the season] we had three close matches and one strong win; fabulous games,” commented coach Anne Blake.

Austin Rice, Natale Medina, Brianna Webber, Jansen Dione, Kayla Fillinger, Cameron Malone, Ben Silva, AJ Mains and James all did a great job this season!