Gaining some ground

Waterville Youth Football third and fourth grade team member Ethan Sirois breaks for a sizable gain in a game against Skow­hegan on Sep­tember 23, in Waterville. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Football is in the air in central Maine – from youth to an old rivalry

Winslow’s Marek Widerynski (2), attempts to block for ball carrier Cody Ivey (22), while Waterville’s Anthony Singh (21), Kody Vallee (23), and Jack Lloyd (73), move in for the tackle. Winslow won the annual Battle of the Bridge, 54-23, on September 15. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Kennebec Timber Framing PAL player Noah Cole, 7, of Benton, runs for a touchdown during Super Sunday on September 2 at the PAL Field in Fairfield. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Winslow’s Bryce Gunzinger (32), sweeps for a touchdown against Waterville on September 15, with Waterville’s Trent Andreozzi in pursuit. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

2018 Senior Bulldogs girls soccer players

The 2018 Lawrence High School senior girls soccer players are, front, Emma Robilliard and Emily Curtis. Back, Captain Ashley Rhoades, Eran Dowd, Captain Riley Hanson, Kiana Joler, and Captain Brianna Meader. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Lawrence soccer seniors 2018

The 2018 Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, boys soccer seniors and coaches are, from left to right, Coach Bob Towne, Drake Zimba, Alex Owens, Christian Adams, Nick Ellis, Jackson Dudley, Sebastian Nebauer and Coach Ryan Mountain.(Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

13th Annual Football Camp

13th Annual Football Camp (photo by Central Maine Photography)

Senior Logan Fortin, PAL Director John Stewart, and senior Kyle Carpenter working on blocking techniques during the Central Maine Football Camp. (Photo by Central Maine Photography staff)

Area U18 girls capture title at international soccer tourney

The Winslow U18 travel soccer team includes, front row, from left to right, Hannah DelGiudice, Mia Velazco, Paige Lord, Katie Doughty, Siara Martin, Ashley Rhoades, Mya Velazco, and Olivia Hallee. Back, Coach Gary Walker, Coach John DelGiudice, Riley McRaven, Lily Wilkie, Autumn Weeks, Shauna Clark, Ally Stabins, Aaliyah Wilson Falcone, Sara Doughty, Katie Brittain, Julie Lapierre, Karma Mantor, Coach Wayne Doughty, Coach Chris DelGiudice. (Contributed photo)

by Mark Huard

The Winslow-based U18 girls travel soccer team recently traveled to San Marino, Italy, with Gary Walker and All Pro Soccer Tours to participate in the San Marino Soccer Cup. The team had a truly amazing experience!

The U18 team is made up of 18 players from 12 different central Maine high schools, competing against teams from all over the world.

The team advanced from their bracket in group play having won all three games. They went on to win the quarter final game against a team from Canada and then won their semi-final game against an Italian team. Having advanced to the final game, they beat FCF Como 2000 Italy, a regional championship team from Italy, to win the overall championship.

The Winslow team defeated, Milton Magic, Canada, 2-1; ImoleseF & M ACD, Italy, 2-0; King City United, Canada, 1-0; CSR D. Azalee, Italy, 5-3, on penalty kicks; and FCF Como 2000, Italy, 1-0, in the championship game.

8th annual Battle for Breast Cancer tourney raises over $34,000

Group photo of the teams from Dexter, Lawrence, of Fairfield, Maine Central Institute, of Pittsfield, Messalonskee, of Oakland, Mt. Blue, of Farmington, Nokomis, of Newport, Skowhegan, Winslow and Winthrop. Photo by Cheyenne Paron, Central Maine Photography staff

by Mark Huard

On July 21, field hockey teams from Skowhegan, Messalonskee, Mt. Blue, Nokomis, Winslow, Dexter, MCI, Lawrence, and Winthrop, in Central Maine, participated in the 8th Annual Battle For Breast Cancer Tournament at Thomas College, in Waterville. Now in its eighth year, more than $163,600 has been raised since 2011 for the beneficiary, the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, a program of Franklin Memorial Hospital, in Farmington. Diagnostic breast imaging, biopsies, lab services, surgical consultations, and post-surgical garments are just some of the examples of how the money has been used.

“One hundred percent of the money raised is used to support those with breast cancer living in Central Maine,” said organizer Paula Doughty. “And new this year are platinum through bronze sponsorship opportunities with special recognition in the event’s program and during the opening ceremony.”

This year’s event was another huge success and all of the teams together helped raise $34,126.85, the most yet in a single year.

A breakdown of the last seven years:

2011 – $16,655
2012 – $20,858
2013 – $25,936
2014 – $18,831
2015 – $25,105
2016 – $23,666
2017 – $32,563.

Local martial arts students claim title belts

Huard’s Martial Arts students Skye Pollis, left, and Ely Yang, won prestigious Grand Champion Title Belts at the Black Fly Kids Brazilian Jiu jitsu championships, in Rangeley, held on June 23. Huard’s Martials Arts dojo is located in Winslow. (Photo by Mark Huard)

Waterville hosts regional Cal Ripken tourney

Spencer Brown scores a run

Above, Spencer Brown, of Waterville, runs out a ground ball during the New England Regional Cal Ripken 12U baseball tournament held at Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville, last weekend. Teams participating were from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Below, Ben Foster, high fives his dad and coach, after Ben scored.

Photos by Cheyenne Paron, Central Maine Photography staff

Ben Foster and his dad

Seagulls claim championship

Front row, left to right, Preston Roy, Ryan Brown, Gaige Martin, Jaiden Berube, Connor Brown and Colby Nadeau. Second row, Mike Stewart, Braden Littlefield, Nash Corson, Parker Higgins, Matix Ward and Wyatt Gamache. Back, coaches Joel Littlefield, Nick Nadeau, Mike Corson, Matt Ward and Chuck Roy. Contributed photo

The Albion Seagulls captured the Fairfield PAL majors baseball championship recently. The team entered the tourney as the No. 1 seed. They took the opening game, 20-11, over Yankee Trophy, and put the title game away, 15-1, over Wright’s Dairy.