Friday, March 27, 2020

Are high school athletes role models?

Riley Beem
By Matt Pascarella

I was reading an article on about the top 30 arguments and debates in sports and #1 was ‘should athletes be role models?’ I would phrase this differently to ‘are athletes role models? ’The article was talking about professional sports, and the writer’s answer was yes. But what about on a smaller scale? Are high school athletes role models?

My answer is yes. I think most high school athletes are examples to be admired, especially for the
younger kids and athletes. I see many elementary and middle school kids come to varsity games to watch the ‘bigger’ kids play. I think this means they already look up to and aspire to be these varsity players someday.

Being an athlete means you have to keep your grades up and that alone sets a good example for younger generations. Sports are fun, but academics should come first.

In Windham, many of the varsity teams help out the community and the younger athletes, by donating their time.

During the winter season, the boys and girls’ varsity basketball teams help out the elementary school
kids by assisting them in basketball drills on weekends.

Seniors Ivan Kaffel and Hannah Talon both won the Little Eyes Award last season, for demonstrating a commitment to youth in the community.

The football and lacrosse teams have a Leadership Council where the purpose is to set up what the expectations for the season as well as expectations in the community. The athletes set the tone as to what they want to see as teammates. Everyone has a say and coach Matt Perkins said the council has been a great way to get rid of negative actions and promote positive behaviors.

Emma Yale volunteered with an organization called ‘Farm to Table’ with Riley Beem and Lily Savard in November; Emma coached Little Lax (lacrosse) last spring, she helped set up at the craft fair; she volunteered at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Polar Express through Key Club. Yale participates in PowerServe, every year; which brings students, family members, and residents together to serve those in need in our community.

Last Spring, Ben Elliot was a volunteer assistant coach on a boys’ lax team which was pretty remarkable because he did it while his season was going on.

Former Windham athletes and alumni have come back to the town they grew up in and/or the school they graduated from to coach various sports in the community. There are many, but just to name a few: Chad Pulkkinen, class of 2002, was a star athlete and returned as the varsity boys’ basketball coach. Samantha Frost, class of 2014, and Stephanie Frost, class of 2012, played Windham Youth
Basketball when they were younger, as well as high school basketball and are now coaches with Windham Youth Basketball.

So, are high school athletes role models? Well, if you’re talking about Windham athletes, the answer is a resounding yes. And they’re going to continue giving back year after year.

Friday, March 20, 2020

We could use Tom Caron’s advice right now

Tom Caron speaking in 2018 at WHS
By Matt Pascarella

I racked and racked my brain for a sports topic this week. The high school spring sports season has been pushed back to April 27th and there is still another week left of school closures. It has been a stressful couple of weeks with social distancing, bare supermarket shelves and general uncertainty emerging faster than before. So much is postponed or cancelled. It’s very strange to see mass cancellations without 12 feet of snow on the ground.’ve had many amazing experiences since I started with The Windham Eagle as a Sports Reporter. There are so many things I never considered being a part of but has been part of my experience as a result – and I’ve loved it all. One of those experiences was when I got to meet and sit down with NESN sportscaster, Lewiston native and Lewiston High graduate, Tom Caron when he spoke at a ‘Meet the Coaches’ night in 2018. A Massachusetts’ resident, Caron has deep seeded Maine roots as he’s worked for WBLM, WGME, WPXT and, when they were here, called play-by-play for the Portland Pirates hockey team and writes a column for the Press Herald.

When he addressed the students and coaches, he stressed kindness and helping others, in order to make the team(s) the best they could be. These two characteristics are important to remember in times of high stress.
He emphasized that being prepared is important, though he wasn’t referring to toilet paper. When I sat down to interview him, he couldn’t have been nicer; he was very patient and friendly. I remember him telling me teamwork (in the TV studio) was something he fell in love with right away. He also stated to give people the benefit of the doubt – you don’t know what kind of day someone might be
having. Right now, a lot of us are having strange days.

Just last week, Caron tweeted:
As the world continues to get weirder, remember to:
-Be kind
-Give physical, emotional and financial help to those who need it
-Don’t spread rumors
-Stay home when you can
-Call your parents. They’re probably freaked out, too
-Keep your fingers crossed. But wash your hands first

Let’s take Caron’s advice and do whatever we can to help make things better/easier for yourself and
others. We’re all in this together and, if we pull together, we will make it through.
Stay safe everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Fifth-grade Travel Basketball wins championship game

By Matt Pascarella

The fifth-grade travel basketball team got a championship win with six wins, no losses during the Westbrook Paper City Classic Thursday, March 5th through Sunday, March 8th.

During the tournament, Windham got wins over Scarborough, Gray New Gloucester, Five Towns-Camden, St. Brigids, Sheepscot Valley, and beat Yarmouth by three in the finals. Everyone on the team played hard defense and outperformed the competition. Colin Jarvrin was named tournament MVP (Most Valuable Player).

Nice job guys!

Standing: Coach Josh Kranis, Preston Brown, Coach Ryan Brown, Luke Drottar, Colin Janvrin, Kevin Tshibungo, Cam Drapeau
kneeling: Carson Brown, Landon Wyman, Boston Kranis, Jackson Drapeau
missing Cole Robie and Mitchell Greer

Excellent end of season effort by Unified Basketball

Kayla Fillinger
By Matt Pascarella

The Unified Basketball team played their final home game of the season against Gorham on Monday, March 9th. It was also Senior Night; seniors Whitney Wilson, #4, Brianna Webber, #5, Natalle Medina, #14, Riley Silvia, #25, Ben Silva, #41, Cameron Malone, #44, and Nate Hall, #50, were each presented with a small gift to thank them and their parents for their years of dedication to Windham sports.

Windham came out with intensity right from the start. AJ Mains, #34, went in to make a basket right away and a short time later scored two to put Windham on the board. Malone had strong defense as he grabbed several rebounds and scored twice. Medina also put the ball up to add more points to Windham’s score. The Eagles had great defense, as they blocked shots and stole the ball any opportunity they got. Hall sunk a mean three pointer. Austin Rice, #3, snagged several turnovers and scored two baskets during the first half. Kayla Fillinger, #23, scored four points during the half.
Half: 25-23, Windham

Silva scored back-to-back baskets early in the second half. The game was tied at 29. Then 33. Then 35. Mains scored a couple baskets during the half, Webber put eight points on the board during the half. Dani Iaconeta, #2, scored two baskets. Hall sunk another three-pointer. The Eagles continued to get rebounds and add to the scoreboard. Windham had pulled away, but Gorham was not far behind. With less than a minute left, Gorham was up by one and after a great effort by everyone, Gorham snuck by.

High scorers: Hall, Silva, Mains, Webber

Final: 57-54, Gorham

“This was a great end of season game,” observed coach Anne Blake. “Everyone made gains this season; they made gains in their defense, they made gains in their offense and just learning to work together as a team and work together and pass the ball.”

Congrats to the team on a fantastic season!

Local woman conquers competitions

By Matt Pascarella
Caroline Connors. Photo by  Ted Bonenfant (@misfitmediaman)

For Windham resident Caroline Conners, staying active through working out has always been important for her. She describes it as more of a passion than a hobby. When she discovered CrossFit, a high intensity fitness regime, with a variety of strength training exercises, she was hooked. That eventually led to her coaching classes at CrossFit MisFits in Windham and Portland; helping others to better themselves, meet new people, gain confidence and become healthier. In the Open CrossFit competition held last year, Conners ranked first in Maine, for the third consecutive year, 32nd in the U.S. and 69th worldwide.

jasonweatherby@hotmail.comBefore becoming associated with CrossFit, Conners would work out on her own and got to the point where she wanted to work out with others. A friend introduced her to CrossFit, she jumped in, tried a class and knew it was just what she was looking for. She’s been part of CrossFit MisFits since 2014.

A friend of hers by the name of Drew Crandall, along with a couple of other owners started Crossfit MisFits in Crandall’s garage. This is where Conners was first introduced to it. Popularity grew and grew so much that Crandall was able to open a location on Warren Ave in Portland. Then, they opened their sister location in Windham.

In November 2019, Conners competed in the Open CrossFit competition, in order to qualify for the CrossFit Games; a goal of any competitive crossfitter. In order to qualify for the Open competition, you need to place in the top 20 worldwide. The competition is online and open to any registered CrossFit athlete. Once they’ve signed up, each week one workout is announced, and everyone does the exact same workout. They input their scores and that gets them on the leaderboard. If you do not make it in the top 20, you can qualify in other ways, which is to go to sanctioned events. Conners attended one in January and will attend the Atlas Games on Friday, March 13th in Montreal. The winner of this event goes on to the CrossFit Games.

“It’s pretty cool. When I first started CrossFit I didn’t have any desire to compete. I didn’t know what it was all about, I was just doing it because I liked working out,” recalls Conners. “Once I realized there was potential to get good enough, that’s when I really started to get more serious about competing and put in more time and effort.”

In her first couple years, her goal was to be first in Maine. “And now it’s just trying to stay on top of that. Honestly, worldwide is what I’m thinking about. Being on the top has boosted my confidence a little bit; it’s really see your hard work pay off, because it is a lot of work and it’s a lot of time and commitment.”

Friday, March 6, 2020

SMAA All-Conference selections from WIndham High School

Congratulations to SMAA (Southern Maine Activities Association) All-conference selections from Windham High School. The banquet was held at Keeley’s Banquet Center in Portland on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Hannah Talon: 1st Team
Sarah Talon: 2nd Team
Carly Morey: All Rookie Team

Chris Naylor: Honorable Mention
Will Mannette: All Rookie Team
Hannah Talon and Chris Naylor will also represent Windham in the SMAA Senior All-Star Game.

A sports photo proves “Eagle Pride” is alive and well

By Matt Pascarella

I took this photo roughly a year ago at boys and girls lacrosse games at Saint Joseph’s College. Whenever I see this photo, I’m reminded of that day. As you may have guessed, it was raining. But not like a drizzle or even a steady light rain, it was a torrential rain; a rain that left a few inches on the ground. The games were played at Saint Joseph’s College because their field doesn’t have actual grass. This did not keep the water from accumulating, though.

While of course I have photos from the actual games, I took and kept this photo because I think it’s a perfect illustration of some of the story behind the game. It was cold. It was very wet. And no matter where you stood, or even if you moved only a little, your clothes got soaked. In between the girls and boys games, I ran out to my car and quickly put on a dry sweatshirt, although it was 60% soaked before I got to the field. What’s the significance of this photo? Two words: Eagle Pride.’s fan base is dedicated no matter the conditions. Supporting your team in any condition is awesome. There’s something about showing up to cheer on your family, friends or student athletes in an intense rainstorm that made an impression on me.  

Looking back, I know this wasn’t the first-time fans and family had shown support in bad weather, but it was one of the first times I had seen it in such extreme conditions.

Windham fans show up no matter the weather or how far away a game is. It may seem somewhat inane for the guy who covers Windham sports to say Windham has the best fans, but I’m going to anyway. We have great athletes, coaches and fans; when it comes to athletics, Eagle Pride couldn’t be more apparent. And this photo is a great indicator of that.

As we gear up to head into the spring sports season, I just want those dedicated Windham fans to know, while my main focus is on the players, I’ve noticed you, too. Keep up the good work.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Windham leaves it all on the court against GNG

Kayla Fillinger
By Matt Pascarella

The unified basketball team took on Gray New Gloucester (GNG), at home, on Tuesday, February 25th.

Windham began by getting several turnovers, stealing possession from GNG. Cameron Malone, #44, put Windham on the board after he made his first basket. Kayla Fillinger, #23, kept it going as she made the next basket. Windham took an early lead. Natalle Medina. #14, grabbed several rebounds and sunk a basket too. Brianna Webber, #5, also sunk a basket. Austin Rice, #3, had a great steal and moments later sunk a shot from very close to the three-point line. Nate Hall, #50, went in for the layup and added another two points to the scoreboard. The game was close. Dani Iaconeta, #2, made a fantastic basket, not once, but three times in the first half. Ben Silva, #34, added another two points to Windham’s score. Hall sunk a three pointer. Seven points separated the two teams. Before the end of the first half, it was slightly narrower.

Half: 29-26, Windham was nice passing by Windham at the start of the second half. Rice made a basket, after he faked a pass and fooled his opponent. GNG was not far behind. The game was then tied at 36. AJ Mains, #42, made a sweet shot. Windham had strong offense and defense. Silva had several rebounds and took possession from GNG. After a solid effort by Windham, GNG got the win, 63-44.

“Going into the game we were really pumped up, the kids have been practicing really hard on their shooting and especially their defense,” said coach Brittany Taylor. “They were positive, optimistic and by the end they did a really solid job, they were very consistent. GNG is a tough team; I feel like this was a good matchup...and [Windham’s] effort was...consistent from beginning to end."

The battle of the Trail Blazers v. Knighthawks

Austin White
By Matt Pascarella

Windham/Westbrook/Bonny Eagle (Trail Blazers) played Marshwood/Noble/Sanford/Traip (Knighthawks) in a Class A playoff game on Friday, February 21st at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

jasonweatherby@hotmail.comThe Trail Blazers were aggressive from the start, as they went hard after the puck; and worked to be first to the puck. Austin White, #34, headed straight to the goal, with no one but the goalie to stop him. White got close but didn’t get the puck between the posts. On more than one occasion, the Trail Blazers took several shots very close to the goal, as they worked to get the puck in.

After one period: 0-0

The Trail Blazers kept up the intensity in the second period. They continued to take shots on goal and skated hard as they got close to the goal, and tried to get the puck in. The Trail Blazers had strong defense and kept the Knighthawks from scoring for two periods.

After two periods: 0-0

Roughly 15 seconds into the third period, the Knighthawks scored. The Trail Blazers didn’t slow down as they worked to reverse the score. They continued to take multiple shots on the Knighthawks’ goal, and got the puck in the ‘goal crease,’ the blue area in front of the goal, but, unfortunately, not between the posts. After a solid effort, the Trail Blazers weren’t able to turn it around.
Final: 1-0, Knighthawks.

“Going into the game I thought we had a chance to have some success,” stated coach Greg Leclair. “Tonight, I think we outplayed them, for three periods and unfortunately, they got the one bounce it takes to win the game. I think our kids played tremendously well and just came up short.”

Friday, February 21, 2020

Windham/GNG performs well at Class A Tournament

Andrew Martin getting ready to pin down Sanford wrestler
By Matt Pascarella

The wrestling team had five qualifiers for the Class A State Tournament, held at Sanford High School on Saturday, February 15th. Qualifiers from all over central and southern Maine competed in this meet. The qualifying participants from Windham/Gray New Gloucester are: Gabe Rosado, Scott Ingalls, Owen McDuffie, Andrew Martin and Garrett Allen.

Rosado wrestled Marshwood in the 126-weight class. He threw Marshwood off balance, as he worked hard to get his opponent’s back flat on the mat. After a solid effort by Rosado, Marshwood won.

Scott Ingalls went up against Massabesic in the 138-weight class. He fought and tried hard, but Massebesic got the win. the 160-weight class, Andrew Martin took on Sanford. Martin was quick to get his opponent right to the mat. Martin pressured, as he kept Sanford’s shoulders to the mat and pinned Sanford for the win.

Owen McDuffie wrestled in the 152-weight class against top seeded Noble. McDuffie fought hard from the very beginning. He pressured, as he got Noble’s shoulders almost to the mat, he kept Noble down. Although McDuffie did not pin his opponent, he won the match 13-8.

“It felt really good, because I lost to that guy earlier in the year,” said McDuffie. “I was thinking I had to shoot low; I couldn’t really work upper body with that guy. He’s also really good upper body, so I didn’t want to play to his strength, I wanted to play to my strength, which is...getting to his ankle and getting to his leg.” Allen wrestled Massabesic in the 220-weight class and did well as he fought from being pinned. Allen maneuvered away from his opponent a couple times before Massabesic got the pin.
“Overall I thought everyone battled hard,” observed coach John Nicholas. “We won a couple that I wasn’t sure [about] and then lost a couple close ones. As a team we’re close. It’s all part of the learning experience. McDuffie and Martin still have a chance to get into the New England Qualifier, so we’ll hopefully keep the season going and if not, we’ll get back to work and keep plugging away.”

Friday, February 14, 2020

Swim team has great showing at Southwestern Meet

Chloe Desmond
By Matt Pascarella

The swim team travelled to Cape Elizabeth High School with the girls competing on Saturday, February 8th and the boys competing on Monday, February 10th for the Southwestern’s South Division meet. Windham competed against Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Freeport, Gorham, Kennebunk, Massabesic, Portland, Sanford, Thornton Academy, Waynflete, Wells and Yarmouth.

These Eagles left it all in the pool as they put every ounce of energy they had into their events.

Windham finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:54.42. They came in sixth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:15.61.

Katharyn Lucas finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:13.75. She also finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.44. Desmond finished tenth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:44.12.

Haley Theberge finished 12th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.88

Chloe Wilcox came in eighth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:25.11

Windham finished seventh with a score of 93 – 20 points above where they were seeded to finish.


Windham came in third in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:57.70. The Eagles also finished fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:48.43.

Sebastian Anghel finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:04.10. Lyden Fogg placed eighth in that same event with a time of 1:10.38. Desmond finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.11 seconds. He also placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.38 seconds.

Simon Gabaree finished eighth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:07.10.

Windham finished second with a score of 169. And every single kid on the boys’ team had a hand in scoring at least one point toward that total.

“Our team chemistry has been some of the best team chemistry top to bottom that we’ve ever had. You saw that with the girls...and the way they came together and exceeded their expectations,” observed coach Pete Small. “The guys really took momentum from the girls. They were really focused. These kids worked so hard... I couldn’t be more proud of what they did.”

Indoor track shows they are ready for States at Southwestern Championship Meet

Hannah Langstaff
By Matt Pascarella

The Indoor Track team competed in the SMAA (Southern Maine Activities Association) South Western Championship Meet at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus on Saturday, February 8th. Windham competed against Biddeford, Bonny Eagle, Cheverus, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Kennebunk, Marshwood, Massabesic, Noble, Portland, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, Thornton Academy and Westbrook.

The Eagles gave it everything they had and proved they were ready for the state meet as Windham finished in the top ten in many events.

Connor Langstaff finished first in the high jump junior division with a distance of five feet six inches. He also finished seventh in the 55-meter hurdles junior division with a time of 9.11 seconds.

In the triple jump junior division, Will Stewart finished third with a distance of 36 feet 4.75 inches and sixth in the long jump junior division with a distance of 17 feet 2.25 inches. Gushe finished tenth in the 400-meter dash senior division with a time of 56.22 seconds.

Windham finished eighth in the 4x200 meter relay open division with a time of 1:43.74. They finished fifth in the 4x800 meter relay open division with a time of 9:09.04.

The boys finished 11th overall, tied with South Portland, with 26 points.

“Overall, our performances were right where we expected them to be,” observed coach Paula Pock. “Our junior division had strong performances. We are hoping everyone is healthy and finishes their season with their personal best.”

Katelyn Smith
Hannah Langstaff finished first in the 600-yard dash open division and broke her school record with a time of 1:29.58. Langstaff also won the ‘Most Improved Senior Division’ award which she said gave her confidence for her races to come.

Katelyn Smith won the ‘Outstanding Field Event Senior Girls’ award which she said was nice to be recognized for all her hard work. Smith also finished first in the triple jump with a distance of 34 feet and 5.50 inches.

Sierra Guite finished fourth in the high jump senior division with a distance of four feet eight inches.
Windham finished seventh overall with a score of 46.50.

“I think we’ve done well,” stated coach Denise Curry. “Hannah Langstaff won the 600 and broke her school record by two seconds. We had two good awards. Katelyn [Smith] won second in the long jump. Our goal was to beat seventh, and I think we’re coming in right around seventh.”

Friday, January 24, 2020

Wrestling team shows strength at Cheverus Invitational

Assistant Coach Chris Smith, Jason Hart, Gabe Rosado, Andrew Martin, Owen McDuffie, Scott Ingalls, Garrett Allen, Head Coach John Nicholas. Submitted photo
By Matt Pascarella

Windham/Gray New Gloucester (GNG) travelled to Cheverus High School for the second annual Cheverus Invitational which took place on Saturday, January 18th. The meet had ten other competing schools/teams: Biddeford/Thornton Academy, Cheverus, Deering, Fryeburg Academy, Gardiner, Kennebunk, Monmouth, Mountain Valley, Oceanside and York.

Scott Ingalls wrestled first in the 138-weight class against Kennebunk. Ingalls quickly escaped his opponent’s grip and after a short time pinned Kennebunk. Rosado wrestled Kennebunk in the 126-weight class. Rosado fought hard and locked his hands to keep his opponent in position. Rosado flipped his opponent and pinned him.

Owen McDuffie wrestled Gardiner in the 152-weight class. He was aggressive and slammed his opponent to the mat. McDuffie was quick and escaped the hold of his opponent. He pinned Gardiner for the ‘W.’

Jason Hart wrestled Cheverus in the 182-weight class. He got a take down and pinned for the win.
Garrett Allen took on Mount Valley in the 285-weight class.  He pinned his opponent less than 30 seconds into the first period.

In the 160-weight class, Dante Felix wrestled Biddeford/Thornton Academy. He pressured by lunging after his opponent. Felix took Biddeford/Thornton Academy right to the mat and held them there. Neither team was able to pin the other, but Felix got the win.

Andrew Martin wrestled in the 170-weight class against Deering. Martin’s intensity got a take down and held his opponent to the mat, until pinned.

Ingalls, Rosado, McDuffie, Hart, Allen and Martin all made it to the finals. After several good matches; Martin was the champion; McDuffie and Allen came in second; Ingalls third; Rosado and Hart fourth.

“It felt good to just feel dominant,” said senior Andrew Martin. “Coming out and winning a tournament for a school that’s coming up and making people [see] that we’re on the rise.”

“Any time you can bring home six medals with nine kids, is a pretty good day,” remarked coach John Nicholas. “I was happy with the day overall. The kids are working hard and we’re doing really well. The ultimate goal is to push as many kids through to states, so we still got a couple weeks to work it out.”

WMS basketball dominate against St. Brigid

Sarah John
By Matt Pascarella

The girls seventh and eighth grade basketball teams played St. Brigid School, at home, on Tuesday, January 21st. And, as the cheerleaders chanted, the Eagles ‘rocked the house’ both games.

Seventh grade
Windham had a slow start, but once they found their momentum, they could not be caught. The Lady Eagles grabbed rebounds and turnovers, with strong defense. Windham took a commanding lead as player after player added to the score. Hannah Lee, #15, and Stella Jarvais, #22, stole the ball from St. Brigid and took it all the way to the basket to score.

Half: 25-4, Windham

The Lady Eagles did not let up in the second half. Their score continued to rise as Windham snagged turnovers and took shots on basket. Their defense was stellar, keeping their opponents score low.
Top scorers: Madison Ladd, #3, Afomiya Timerga, #11, Sarah John, #21, and Jarvais,#22.

Final: 45-9, Windham

“Today we really focused on play as a whole team, get everybody to’s nice to see things coming together towards the end of the season,” observed coach Deb Lebel.

Eighth Grade
The Lady Eagles took an early 15-point lead as they got rebounds and moved the ball well. They blocked several shots. Hannah Peterson, #32 and Shawna Edwards, #30 sunk three pointers.

Half: 28-2, Windham

Windham worked well as a team as they sunk basket after basket, pulling away from St. Brigid. Alyssa Conley, #13, sunk a three pointer. Windham grabbed turnovers and kept up the strong defense.

High scorers: Mallory Muse, #14 and Edwards, #30.

Final: 41-11, Windham

“Everything we were doing on the floor was supposed to be could we play to get ready for that next team,” stated coach Lisa Anderson. “This group has just always stayed positive and they want to have a good time.”

Windham swim team goes hard against Greely/NYA

Chloe Desmond
By Matt Pascarella

The swim team travelled to Greely High School in Cumberland to compete against Greely/North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) in a meet on Friday, January 17th.

Windham hit the water ready to compete and had high energy throughout the entire meet. There was a roar of enthusiasm from fans, athletes and coaches as Windham put everything they had into their events, swimming with strength and speed. Several athletes qualifying and re-qualifying for the state meet.

Sebastian Anghel finished second in the 500-yard freestyle and qualified for states with a final time of 5:55.49. Lyden Fogg finished third with a time of 1:10.55 in the 100-yard backstroke, qualified for states and dropped four seconds off his previous time.

Jamie Louko finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.69 and second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:10.77. Ryan Bowden finished second in the 200-yard IM (individual medley) with a time of 3:18.61.
Haley Theberge finished second in the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 1:14.32, qualifying for states. Theberge also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.49 seconds.
Chloe Wilcox qualified for states in two events: the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:22.16 and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Katharyn Lucas finished first in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:24.85; she also finished second in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:39.62. Chloe Desmond finished third in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:49.36. She also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:28.66.

Final scores
Women: Greely 68, Windham 25
Men: Greely 55, Windham 36

“I couldn’t be more happy for how we swam today,” exclaimed coach Pete Small. “During the course of the season, we were trying to do different things and today was race...without question. We had a lot of swimmers drop a lot of time today, we always do. These kids have been working so hard, a lot of it is just clicking at just the right time.”

Thursday, January 16, 2020

JSMS basketball put a good effort against Lake Region

Ethan Fletcher

By Matt Pascarella

The Jordan-Small Middle School B basketball team travelled to Lake Region Middle School to take on the Lakers on Thursday, January 9th.

Raymond wasted no time, as they put points on the scoreboard shortly into the first half. Lake Region took the lead, but JSMS wasn’t far behind. Raymond took several shots on basket, passed the ball well and got rebounds and a turnover. Noah Campbell, #51, put the ball up twice for two flawless layups.

Half: 30-8, Lake Region

JSMS worked hard to put points on the scoreboard. They continued to move the ball well and got a few rebounds. Ethan Fletcher, #33, sunk a couple foul shots. Lucas Wood, #24, grabbed a nice turnover; Logan Inman, #25, put the ball up for two more points. Harrison Behnke, #31, did the same as he added more points to the scoreboard. Although Raymond turned up the offense in the second half, Lake Region got this ‘W.’

Final: 53-18

“We did a really good job with our passing, finding each other and moving without the ball,” observed coach Ryan Roderick. “What hurt us was our defense. We definitely can bring more intensity to our next game.”

Indoor track performs well as they head towards post season

Wyatt Flibbert
By Matt Pascarella

The Indoor Track teams competed against Biddeford, Kennebunk, Scarborough, Westbrook and South Portland at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus on Saturday, January 11th.

The Eagles gave it everything they had; pushing themselves to the limit as they worked to perform their very best.

Hailey Applebee finished first in the 800-meter, senior division, with a time of 2:42.38. Applebee also won the girls one-mile, open division, with a time of 5:59.25.

Molly Skvorak finished first in the pole vault, open division, with a height of seven feet six inches. Isabel Dionne finished fourth with a height of six feet.

Scarlette Sawyer finished first in the girls high jump, junior division, with a height of four feet eight inches.
Wyatt Flibbert finished first in the boys triple jump, junior division, with a distance of 35 feet and 10.25 inches. Coming in second was Connor Langstaff with a distance of 35 feet 9.75 inches.
Langstaff finished first in the high jump junior division with a distance of five feet, six inches.

In the 200-meter dash, senior division, Ethan Wert came in first with a time of 24.28 seconds. Wert also finished first in the 400-meter dash, senior division, with a time of 56.62.

Overall, the girls finished third with a score of 143. Overall, the boys finished third with a score of 119.

“We did really good; we had a lot of PRs (personal records),” observed coach Denise Curry. “We had a lot of qualifications for our regional meet. Scarlette Sawyer won the junior high jump for a PR; Hailey Applebee won the 800...that was really good. And Isabelle Dionne won the two mile which was...real big.”

Overall, the boys had solid performances, including multiple athletes qualifying for states,” remarked coach Paula Pock. “Top performers of the day: Connor Langstaff, who received athlete of the meet for the junior division, Ethan Wert, winning both 200 and 400 and Caleb Young with a tough double in the 600 yd/2 mile.”

School records were earned on January 12th at the Dartmouth Track & Field Relays by Hannah Langstaff & Katelyn Smith.

Hannah broke a 20 year old 400m record to place 3rd overall, with a school record of 1:01.63 and she won the 800 meter in 2:25.10; another school record!

Katelyn Smith again broke her own triple jump school record and placed second overall in the event, with a jump of 36 feet 8 inches.

The girls that competed at Dartmouth Relays came in 5th overall as a team.

Well Done Eagles!

Trail Blazers get the win in overtime

Hunter Jellison
By Matt Pascarella

The Windham/Westbrook/Bonny Eagle varsity hockey team, the Trail Blazers, hit the ice against the Marshwood/Noble/Traip/Sanford Knighthawks at the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, New Hampshire on Monday, January 13th.

The Trail Blazers began strong, as they moved the puck nicely and pressured the Knighthawks right away. The Trail Blazers had strong defense and fought hard going after the puck. Halfway into the period, Hunter Jellison, #9, put the puck in the back of the net.

After one period: 1-0, Trail Blazers

Almost immediately into the second period, Knighthawks tied the game. The Trail Blazers continued to go hard after the puck and took multiple shots on goal.

After two periods: 1-1

Knighthawks took the lead at the start of period three. The Trail Blazers pressured and took many shots on goal. The Trail Blazers remained in control in the third period as they worked to tie the game and kept the Knighthawks from pulling away. A short time before the buzzer, Jordan Cantz, #27, slipped the puck around the post and past the goalie.

After three periods: 2-2 a pile of both Trail Blazers and Knighthawks found themselves in front of the Knighthawks’ goalie, less than 1:30 into overtime, it was Austin White, #34, who pushed the puck in and ended the game.

Final: 3-2, Trail Blazers

“Our discipline was fantastic,” said Coach Greg Leclair. “[Knighthawks] played a very physical game. They took some liberties at times and we’ve been fighting our discipline and not retaliating and tonight we had zero penalty minutes. That is a big step compared to our first game of the year. Our kids stayed composed and we stayed out of the box – and we got the result we needed.”

Friday, January 10, 2020

Basketball a big part of first team coach’s life

Doug Elder
By Matt Pascarella

Doug Elder is in his second year as high school first team basketball coach; comprised primarily of freshman with a few sophomores. He comes from a basketball family with older brother Darren being the first inductee to Windham High’s 1000 Point Club.

A graduate from Windham High, Doug says he was born into playing the sport, and as the years went on, he found his niche and he got to play with great players like Greg Merrill and Dan Giguere, taking Windham to the Class A tournament in 1996. Elder is also a seventh-grade math and social studies teacher at Windham Middle School.

Graduating in 1996, Elder never got to play alongside his brother, Darren. When Doug Elder went to the University of Maine at Farmington, he and Darren got to play beside each other. After college, Elder was ready to let the basketball piece of his life go, surmising it would find him again. Once he began working at the Middle School, it felt like it was the right time to get involved and back into it.
Elder’s interest in coaching and basketball came from being surrounded by the sport. he started teaching at the Middle School in 2016, he offered to do open gym to help the kids get more practice. Although he wasn’t on the coaching staff, he offered to do what he could and did some shooting clinics, alongside Pat Moody. After that, one thing led to another and the first team coaching position opened up and Elder threw his hat in the ring.

Elder got his degree in Elementary Education with a focus in American Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington. He described social studies as his ‘sweet spot.’ Elder and his family are the eighth generation to settle in Windham and go back to the 1720s/1730s. He really likes to focus on Maine and local history as well as Native American history. “Windham chose me...I just love talking about Windham’s history,” Elder stated.

Comradery and teamwork are two of his favorite things about being a coach. “There’s life lessons involved,” explained Elder. “Operating under pressure; some kids need to find out at some time in their life that they really operate well under pressure. And some kids don’t. If we insulate them from
pressure, they’ll never have the opportunity to realize that that’s where they thrive. I love the roleplaying piece: that we have to learn that we need each other – one person can’t do it all.”

Comradery from basketball has really stuck with Elder post-high school.

“When I see somebody that I’ve played with and haven’t seen in a long time, I feel like there’s still something there that we worked so hard together in order to reach certain goals. That’s where I’m coming from building that comradery and family atmosphere. That’s of the utmost importance to me.”

Elder wants his players to leave after a season being able to think under pressure and being somebody that can be counted on. “Depending on each other is big. I think that can take them a long way as they develop through the program.”

He feels blessed to have his wife, daughter and son supporting him every step of the way. Elder enjoys songwriting and playing music. He also enjoys deer hunting, campfire cooking and spending time with friends and family in remote Maine locations.