Bulldog pride 2018

Members of the Lawrence boys sixth grade travel team are, front row, left to right, Riley Leary, Gavin Wilson, Dane Zawistowski, Gavin Lunt, Aiden Jackson-Heath and Dominic Clifford. Back, Bailey Pepin, Hayden Folsom, Cameron Blodgett, Brandon Watson and Jacob York. Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

Huard’s Karate team member tops in New England

Huard’s Sport Karate team member Landon Nunn, 12, of Skowhegan, captured first place in New England for point fighting for the 2017 season.
Photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography

Winslow Girls KVAC champions

Winslow Girls Basketball. Front row, Haley Ward, Paige Trask, Lauren Roy, Bodhi Littlefield and Jennifer Ferry. Back, Weslee Littlefield, Hailey Grenier, Justice Picard, Silver Clukey, Alexa Petrovic, Maeghan Bernard, Emily Glidden, Olivia McCaslin, Jenna Veilleux, Madison Roy, Broghan Gagnon and Sarah Guimond. Photo courtesy of Central Maine Photography staff

The Winslow High School girls basketball team defeated Maine Central Institute, of Pittsfield, 57-31, on February 2 to make it into the KVAC championship game. Winslow prevailed again, 62-40, during the rematch for the title.

Erskine Academy wins national three-point challenge

The Erskine Academy Varsity girl’s basketball team recently participated in, and ultimately won, the National High School 3-point Challenge which is part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program. On February 13, Coach Donar was presented with a mock check to represent the funds raised for this event.

A letter from from Brian Casalinova, Northeast Region of the American Cancer Society, Inc., to the school, read:

“I am proud and thrilled to be reaching out to congratulate Erskine Academy on winning the National High School 3-Point Challenge! You, your girls and the Erskine community really did something pretty special over these past 30 days! Congratulations! You competed against over 330 other schools across the country, many of them more than four times the size of Erskine Academy, and you crushed it! Way to go! Everyone at the American Cancer Society is so impressed with what you accomplished and we have been celebrating your victory in our Topsham office all day! In my five years of overseeing the Coaches vs Cancer program in New England, no single school has raised more funds in one season that you and your girls this January! Thank you!

“Mitch, I know that you have been recently hit hard by this terrible disease. Please know that you made a significant difference in the fight against cancer! Thank you for helping us deliver on our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the world in the fight to end cancer!”

Graicen earns first competition pin

Graicen Giroux, 7, from Benton, got his first pin in wrestling this weekend at the Mid-Coast Youth Wrestling Club Youth Opener, the first tournament for the season. Graicen wrestles for Skowhegan youth wrestling.
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Winslow’s Wildes wins multiple awards

Michael Wildes, of Winslow High School, received several Division II Northern Maine Class B awards at the 44th annual Maine Coaches All-Star Banquet. Wildes accepted the Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars and the soccer ball for All New England awards. Photo by Dan Cassidy

Accepts northern and southern Maine regional and New England soccer accolades

Dan Cassidyby Dan Cassidy

The 44th Annual Maine Soccer Coaches All-Star Banquet was held at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor, Sunday, December 3.

Awards were presented by coaches of Northern Maine Class A, B and C, and Southern Maine Class A, B and C. The Presentation of awards included the 23rd Mane Soccer Coaches Senior Bowl MVPs, Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars, Northern and Southern Maine state teams. Maine Soccer “Coach of the Year” Awards, NSCAA Region One Coach of the Year, Class “Players of the Year” Awards, All New England Awards, and All America Award presented to both boys and girls All-Star teams.

Michael Wildes, a senior at Winslow High School and a Class B Northern back soccer player earned multiple awards in the Northern and Southern Maine Regional All-Stars and All New England Awards. Jake Lapierre, a Winslow High School student was also awarded recognition. He was not present to accept the awards.

Wildes played four years of soccer. “I am really proud of my coaches and players at Winslow High,” he said. He is looking at attending one of several colleges: Babson, Assumption, or Saint Joseph’s College.

The event honored over 150 players and coaches at the All-Star Banquet.

China baseball player working to crack lineup at Newbury College

Dylan Presby taking a swing during a fall game at Newbury College.

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

Dylan Presby, of China, tried other sports in high school, but he settled on baseball when he realized he needed more time in the off season to work on improving his skills in baseball rather than play other sports that would not be beneficial to him.

China resident Dylan Presby

At Erskine Academy, in China, Dylan became an integral part of a baseball team that was laden with talent. There was Winkin Award finalist in pitcher Nate Howard, co-ace Noah Bonsant, and a formidable presence in hitter Cody Taylor, one of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference premier hitters.

According to Erskine coach Lars Jonassen, Presby took on the role to be content to give the spotlight to the other players by simply doing whatever the Eagles needed to win. Jonassen called Presby “our best player.”

Jonassen continued by saying, “He was an unsung hero, and didn’t care that he never got any recognition.”

Presby wanted his senior year to be something special. “I needed to work on my hitting, and not settle for being a decent fielder.”

The team was expected to do well during the season, with forecasts they would go deep into the playoffs.

Dylan began the year by hitting a home run in the season opener against Gardiner. That was followed by multiple multi-hit games. At that point, he knew that season would be special. They captured the regional championship when Presby responded with a bases-loaded triple in a 7-6 win over Hermon. Previously, he had gone 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and three runs batted in en route to a key victory over Waterville.

During his senior season, Presby batted .490, and went 4-2 as a pitcher with two saves. His regular position is second base, although he did fill in playing center field.

Prior to that season, Dylan played for the Maine Lightning in the Elite Baseball League and prepared himself to play at a higher level. “ That really helped me get my swing down, get my mechanics ready for my senior year, and I felt like that really helped me out to start the season.”

For his accomplishment at Erskine, Presby was named the Kennebec Journal’s Baseball Player of the Year, an accolade that, it is believed, has never been given to a China resident before.

Dylan Presby, center, with parents, Dave, left, and Michelle, of China.

But, that was high school. He has now moved on to a higher level of competition. He has taken his baseball skills to Newbury College, in Brookline, Massachusetts, a Division III school that plays in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).

The 18-year-old freshman reflected on his high school experience and his coach, explaining that Jonassen kept drilling into Presby the importance of staying focused with the task at hand. And Presby attributes the way he plays with the persistence of his coach.

But, in college, he found more of the same, and then some. “The major changes between high school and college is how in-depth the college coaches critique your every move. I felt I was learning something new every day even though I have been playing ball ever since I can remember.”

His goal was to go to college and enjoy the experience. “Being on the baseball team only makes the experience better,” he said. He chose Newbury College because of the small school environment and the location of the campus.

According to Newbury College head coach Kraig Kupiec, “Dylan is doing great here at Newbury and, as a freshman, is fighting for playing time in a very congested and competitive outfield.” When the regular season begins in the spring, Dylan will be wearing #7 on the varsity roster for the Nighthawks.

Last season, Newbury College finished fifth in the conference with a 7-11 record, and 18-18-1 overall.

Dylan credits his parents for playing a huge role in his development as a baseball player. “My dad was able to drill commitment in my head ever since I was younger. There was no excuse to miss practice. No excuse on why I can’t put extra swings off the tee. My dad was able to contribute to my maturing as a man, as I grew to understand my priorities.”

What about mom? “Mom helped me better myself every practice and every game because she is my number one fan and I always wanted to make her smile when I played.”

His love of baseball started at a young age. He played Little League in China since T-ball and was an all-star from ages 9-12 years old.

Outside of baseball, Dylan has realized that life outside of China, Maine, is much different, especially now that he is going to school in Massachusetts. “China is a small town where everyone knows everyone. I always like that because I love running into old friends.”

So what’s next for Dylan?

“I am not expecting to play baseball after college, but you never know what is held in the future.” He is majoring in sports management and communications.

Dylan is the son of David and Michelle Presby, of China.

First place in grappling for Waterville’s Grayson Wilder

Huard’s Martial Arts student Grayson Wilder, 6, of Waterville, captured first place in grappling at the Maine Skirmish Grappling Tournament held on Sunday, November 5, at Winslow High School. Photo by Mark Huard

Huard’s Karate Kreatures

Huard’s Martial Arts Little Dragons Halloween class. Photo courtesy Central Maine Photography

Fairfield PAL Junior Division champions

Fairfield PAL football league Sonny’s Pizza team captured the 2017 Junior Division championship with a 12-0 win over VFW on October 22. Front row, from left to right, Lane Chapman, Jeffrey Clark, Hunter Curtis, Damion York, Evan Greene, Jonathan Higgins, Joseph Greene and Landas Mansfield. Middle row, Trey Leclair, Noah Garza, Aiden Noble, Evan Sargent, Gauge Getchell, Ethan Sargent, Leighton Bradford, Benjamin Murphy, Rylan Smith, Brayden Mullen Xayvier Garcia, Dawson Moore, Tristyn Picchiotti and Garrett Leclerc. Back row, Coaches Jamie Foster, Mark Murphy, Mark Bradford, Justin Moore and Brady Leclerc.

Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff