Friday, July 29, 2016

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Windham/Raymond Juniors Softball takes trophy as Maine State Champions

Windham/Raymond Juniors Softball team won the Maine State Championship, and is currently playing the Connecticut in the Eastern Regionals.  Not in any order: Jayden Edwards, Erin Elder, Sarah Elder, Callie Fielding, Emily Fone, Alexandra Hammond, Abigail Lumsden, Whitney Wilson and Ava York.

Photos submitted by Travis Demmons.

Windham Middle School welcomes new football coach - By Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Middle School is looking forward to the upcoming football season as they welcome new head coach Rick Forbush. Rick is not a stranger to coaching Windham youth, or football for that matter. He has been coaching football in Windham for the past 10 years as assistant coach. This year will mark his 11th year.

Rick, along with his wife and family, has lived in Windham since 2003. His two oldest children are students at the University of Maine at Orono and his youngest child is a sophomore at Windham High School.

What makes Rick’s coaching abilities exceptional? There are many reasons and his philosophy on coaching the Windham youth is at the top of the list. Rick said of his perspective, “Middle school sports are important to allow kids to become more well-rounded as they grow through the great game of football. They learn accountability on and off the field, leadership, and how to be part of a collective goal in the ultimate team sport.  There is no individual success here. They are part of achieving a team goal.”

Rick stated that he had a few goals as the new head coach that include teaching the players the game of football and instilling the “techniques and skills that promote health, safe play, and put kids in line to perform to the best of their ability.” Rick also mentioned that the ultimate team goal is to represent the great community of Windham and Windham football through sportsmanship. Sportsmanship, Rick explained, includes the ability to act with class and have “100 percent unwavering respect for parents, teachers, coaches, teammates, officials and opponents every Sunday this fall.” team is looking for talented, young, males or females, who will be entering into the seventh or eighth grade this fall and loves football, encourage them to participate in this year’s middle school football team. 

There is so much more to joining the Windham Middle School Football Team than the increased skills a young person will obtain. Their experience will teach the individual how to become a contributing and respectful member to their community and society as a whole. Additionally, if an individual decides that college is in their future, football scholarship possibilities will help pay for that future education.

There will be a player/parent informational meeting on Sunday, July 31st at 6:30 p.m. on Field 9. Football practice will begin on August 1st with the first game occurring on Sunday, August 28th. It will be a home game. Support the youth in Windham community and let them know you care about their successes, growth, and passions. Cheer them on this fall by attending a game or two. For more information about upcoming sporting events, check on the Windham Middle School website

Photo was taken by Karen Leavitt. 

3 on 3 basketball tournament largest to date - By Allison Talon

The fourth annual Sonic co-ed 3on3 basketball tournament took place last weekend with 46 teams competing for bragging rights and to remember former Windham High School basketball player Danny “Sonic” Giguere, a 1996 graduate that passed away tragically in a car crash leaving behind a wife and three beautiful boys and many friends in the Windham community. The tournament benefits Windham Youth Basketball, according to president Pat Moody. 

“Wanted to do something in his memory, so we created this fun tourney and named it after him,” Moody said. Dan was number 12 at Windham, and in Sonic’s Jersey on the logo, he is wearing Dan’s number.

The teams range in age from 9 to 50 years old and raised over $4,000, this year from sponsors and team entry fees. Windham Millwork, Bob The Screenprinter, Old Port Press and Walmart sponsored for the fourth year in a row, while new sponsors Maine Optometry and Robie Builders joined in the fun. 

This year the money will go towards replacing the much needed basketball systems at the primary school playground. WYBA will donate the hoops and installation to the RSU,” said Moody.

Some of the teams that were crowned champions were: Third/fourth grade - Luke Cunniffe, Sam Rogers, Lukas Hammond and Stella Jarvais. Fifth/sixth grades - Bryce Duarte, Petros Engelhardt, Jaelyn Jackson, Arianna Riel and Jaden Kimball. In the seventh/eighth - Dom Cambell, Kaleb Cidre, Hayleigh Moody and Jared Johnson. In the adult division the champions were Arsenio Santamaria, Danielle Clark and AL "Blackstone Jeff Duquette. 

For those who missed this tournament, Raymond is having its first annual 3 on 3 co-ed basketball tournament Saturday, August 6 at 2 p.m. on Mill Street. FMI or to register call Brenda Coquette at 207-615-2379.

Friday, July 22, 2016

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Annual Kora Shriners Lobster Bowl features two Windham High School athletes - By Michelle Libby

Cheerleader Analyse Harris and football player Dylan Koza were both chosen to play in the 27th annual Kora Shriners Lobster Bowl to represent the East team. The game was played at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford last Saturday.

Both kids had to raise at least $500 for the Shriners and they will both be headed off to 'camps' during the week of the 11th to learn routines (half time / side lines for cheerleaders - and plays for the football players), said parent Anastasia Harris. “It is an honor that they were nominated and chosen to represent their school - and these kids are talking a week out of their summer to support a great cause - in addition to the time they took to fundraise for this event.”
Harris and Koza both graduated from Windham High School this past June. 

The East won, 58-52, which was the highest score on record for the lobster bowl. East head coach was Bob Sinclair from Orono and the West head coach was Stacen Doucette from Oak Hill. 

The East lead until the final nine minutes when it was tied at 52. The East pulled off the win. Over the last 27 years the West has won 18 times to the 9 wins for the East. 

The MVPs of the game were Andre Miller from Old Town (East) and Zach Doyon from Marshwood (West).

Photos by Cheryl Kilfoil.

Babe Ruth All Star team plays in tournaments - By Jim Beers

The Windham 14-year-old Babe Ruth All Star team is poised to make a run in the state tournament. The boys had to play in a 3-team, District 4 bracket last week, (Portland, Scarborough, Windham), to determine who would go to states. Windham beat Scarborough in the first game, 10-2, behind a complete game on the mound from Chris Naylor, and the whole team coming up with key hits. Portland then beat Scarborough 3-2, which meant Windham and Portland advance to the state tournament.
Windham then had to play Portland to determine who was going to be District 4 champion, and Portland won that game 5-2. 

"The boys played very well", said Coach Brett Turenne. 

The state tournament started Thursday, July 14th, at the Field of Dreams in Harrison. Windham played their first game on Friday versus the District 2 Champion. They then played Saturday morning. The team is also was scheduled to play two games on Sunday. 

"We are excited about our chances at the tournament. We hope to play well and advance to regionals," said Turenne. 

The 14-year-old All Stars are: Brady Afthim, Max Lauzier, Chris Naylor, Anthony West, Ben Childs, Cameron Joyce, Nolan Kent, Caleb McCartney, Mason Rosborough, Ryan Sargent and Noel Redlon.
The team is coached by Turenne, Jim McCartney and Paul Kent.

Left to right: Brett Turenne (Coach) Anthony West, Ben Childs, Mason Rosborough, Dylan Raynor, Nolan Kent, Cameron Joyce, Max Lauzier, Chris Naylor, Ryan Sargent, Noel Redlon, Caleb McCartney, Brady Afthim, Jim McCartney (Asst. Coach) Missing: Garrett Peeples

Photo by Stephanie Coffin.