Practice makes perfect

Lukas Blais, 6, of Vassalboro, trained with Nunchucks at the Huard’s Martial Arts boot camp in August. (photo by Carolyn Blais)

Martial arts boot camp

Cameron Beaster, 7, of Winslow, going through the Ninja Obstacle Course at the Huard’s Martial Arts Boot Camp held at Yogi Bear Campground, in Madison, on August 10-11. (photo by Mark Huard)

The Huards Martial Arts annual Bootcamp Weekend was another success. Students of varying belt ranks, ages and abilities all gathered together to enjoy a fun-filled weekend at the Yogi Bear Campground, in Madison. Mark Huard, owner and instructor at Huard’s Martial Arts, in Winslow, is the director of the bootcamp. He states that he has an amazing amount of help from parent and student volunteers, which make it possible for the camp to run smoothly and efficiently. All of the students slept overnight on Saturday in either tents or cabins, and participated in activities such as jiu jitsu, sword training, nunchaku training and much much more.

Local athletes compete in track and field

Robert Spears, of Sidney, competing in the 13-14 year old pole vault during the Winslow Summer Track and Field event in July. (Photo by Beth Fisher, Central Maine Photography staff)

Davanee Kimball, of Winslow, competes in the 400m at a recent Winslow Summer Youth Track meet. (photo by Beth Fisher, Central Maine Photography staff)

Larry Brown inducted to Cal Ripken Hall of Fame

Waterville coach Larry Brown, center holding plaque, was recently inducted into the Cal Ripken Baseball Hall of Fame. The group includes Coach Brown’s former players and coaches, Spencer Brown, Wyatt Gradie, Ben Foster, Garrett Gendreau, Gage Hibbard, Alex Spaulding, Pete Sack, Brendan Roderick, Dustin Hunter, Kody Vallee, Rick Gradie, Wayne Gendreau. (photo by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)

He shoots, he scores!

Central Maine Spartans player Chase Lawler, 7, scored a goal during the Central Maine LAX Jam on June 9. (photo by Sarah Fredette, Central Maine Photography staff)


(photo by Sarah Fredette, Central Maine Photography staff)

Lead drills at football clinic

Pictured are Waterville and Winslow high school players who participated. (photo by Mark Huard of Central Maine Photography)

Over 40 local youth took part in a free USA Football First Down clinic offered by Winslow Youth Football and Cheerleading, and Waterville Youth Football on June 22 at Poulin Field, in Winslow. Winslow and Waterville football players led the drills while coaches spoke about the importance of school and working hard in everything you do.

Area athletes show off skills

Jacoby Bragdon, 7, prepares to launch a ball in the longest throw competition. (photo by Beth Fisher, Central Maine Photography staff)

Gavin O’neal, 7, connects with a pitch during a tie breaker for most hits at this year’s hit-a-thon. (photo by Beth Fisher, Central Maine Photography staff)

Bryce Doyon, right, of Waterville, gets a high five from former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, during his recent visit to Waterville at a fund raiser for the Alfond Youth and Community Center. (photo by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)

Huard’s Sport Karate team member Jackson Jandreau, 6, of Clinton captured first place in fishgint and second place in forms at the KICKS USA Nationals at Gardiner High School recently. (photo by Mark Huard)

Huard’s Sport Karate team member Issa Citro, 10, of Waterville, captured first place in fighting at the Worcester Classic on May 4, and also at the KICKS USA Nationals in Gardiner recently. (photo by Mark Huard)

Local athlete gathers more accolades

Dylan Presby

After being presented with the prestigious male sportsmanship award at Newbury College, in Brookline, Massachusetts, Dylan Presby, of China, was recognized by being named to the Malloy All Sportsmanship team for the entire conference. The Nighthawks sophomore will transfer to LaSalle College, in Newton, Massachusetts, next season after Newbury closed at the end of the current school year. He is the son of David and Michelle Presby, of China.

Pelletier named NESCAC softball pitcher of the week

Bates College, of Lewiston, junior Kirsten Pelletier won NESCAC Softball Pitcher of the Week honors recently from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, headquartered in Hadley, Massachusetts, after propelling the Bobcats to a 4-0 week, including a three-game series sweep of rival Colby.

Pelletier, of Sidney, threw back-to-back seven-inning shutouts on Saturday, a one-hitter and a two-hitter, as the Bobcats completed a sweep of Colby. She gave up three runs in a complete-game victory against the Mules in the series opener on Friday, and on Thursday she earned a save with three shutout innings of relief at Saint Joseph’s College, in Standish.

Cal Ripken baseball opener

It was opening day for Cal Ripken baseball at Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville, on May 4, as Ken Walsh, left, and Fran Purnell greet the players. (Photos by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)