PHOTOS: Winslow travel soccer U-13 & U-10

Winslow U-13: Front row, from left to right, Nixon Souviney, Charles Theobald, Noah Solomon, Scott LeClair, Bode Carlson, Jack Flaherty and Luca Churchill. Second row, Evan Barlow, Eliott Stepp, Carter Calvo, Peyton Stewart, Frank Farnham and Caden Giroux. Back, Coach Nick Souviney and Coach Joshua Giroux. Absent from photo, Renton O’Toole and Brody Brockway. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Winslow U-10: Front row, from left to right, Clayton Humphrey, Eli Nadeau, Deegan Grenier and Tobey McCabe. Back, Coach Wayne Doughty, Bradley Poulin, Nathan Rossignol, Jack Calvo, Preston Bailey and Coach Jarred Bailey. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTOS: Opening day for Waterville youth football

The Spirit Squad members, Joslynn Allen, left, and Ava Frost, cheer on the team at Reed Field. (photos by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

It was opening day for Waterville Youth Football on October 10.

Players take the field cheered on by some older Purple Panthers and coaches. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

From left to right, Tatum, Salvatore and Leo lead their team onto the field. (photos by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTOS: Waterville 5/6 grades football 2021

Members of the Waterville Youth Football 5/6 grades team are, front, from left to right, Zaiden Thoopsamoot, Reid Morrison, Charlie Ferris, Isaac Gilman, Mason Pelletier, Oliver LeVan and Brekin Mathieu. Second row, Blake Kenyon, Aiden Troxell, Jameson Dow, Gideon McGee, Wyatt Jones, Cameron McInnis and Evan Veilleux. Back row, coaches Jonathan Kenyon, Chad Gilman, Craig McInnis, Matt Morrison and Tom Ferris. Absent from photo Caden LaPlante, Logan Cimino and Vincent Farrand. (photo by Miss Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Members of the Waterville Youth Football spirit squad are, front row, from left to right, Laney Gilman, Ava Frost, Madelyn Morrison, Janaya George, and Rayne Vallier. Second row, Maci Peters, Ava Paradis-Bard, Peyton Grip, Naomi McGee, Joslynn Allen, Jaelynn McInnis and Ryder Perkins. Back, Coach Crystal Cullen. (photo by Miss Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTOS: Young gridiron warriors

Waterville Youth Football grades 1/2 members, front row, left to right, Noah Cyrus, Noella Mathieu, Mason Sheets, Jayden Bradley and Vito Isgro. Middle, Jaxon Troxell, Kayson Glidden, Ben Veilleux, Isaac Chase and Hudson Farrand. Back, Coach Dennis Troxell, Coach Nick Isgro and Coach Matt Veilleux. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Waterville Youth Football grades 3/4 members, front row, left to right, Tatum Vaughan, Mikeeridan Sheets, Blake Masse, Peyton Ross, Sal Isgro and Connor Jones. Second row, Coach Matt Vaughan, Jace Spaulding, Tucker Thoopsamoot, Donovan Saint Martin, Leo Norris-Rossignol, Judah Young, Malahki Klaiber and Coach Devin Rossignol. Back, Coach Trafton Gilbert. Absent from photo, Jackson Farrand and Coach Jeremy Jones. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Lawrence High School girls soccer

Lawrence girls soccer team captains, from left to right, Emily Rhoades, Jaylin Woods, Mariah Laury and Kaysa Salisbury. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Kneeling, from left to right, Whitney Churchill, Emily Rhoades, Desiree Clement, Zoe Hutchins, Hailey Manzo, Kylie Delile and Mariah Laury. Standing, Assistant Coach Sara Hebert, Zoie Wars, Kaysa Salisbury, Taylor Pellerin, Mya Williams, Hayely Woods, Olivia Cleaves, Natalee Gordon,Taylor Levesque, Kylie Yeomans, Kelsie Smith, Aubrianna Grant, Jaylin Woods and Coach Corrie Kemp. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Opening day of soccer season

Winslow U13 travel soccer team member Bode Carlson during opening day on August 29, in Winslow. Winslow defeated Dirigo, 8-1. (photo by Kevin Giguere, Central Maine Photography staff)

Central Maine youth ballplayers meet the big leaguers

Carson Mattice, center, and Wyatt Jones, right, get autographs from 2004 Red Sox World Series closer Keith Foulke. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

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Charles Ferris, 10, of Waterville, has a baseball signed by former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography

Thanks to the generosity of Ray Haskell, the youth in Maine have had the opportunity to attend a baseball clinic working with the Alfond Youth and Community Center, at Maine’s Fenway Park, in Oakland, and Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville. This year’s event was hosted at Purnell Wrigley Field on August 11, in which 100 youth from around the state attended.

The clinic was conducted by the Major League Baseball Alumni Association, led by Geoff Hixson and the Red Sox Foundation. Former MLB players came along to help that included 2004 World Series closer Keith Foulke, former Red Sox Bill Lee, Mike Torrez, Tom Burgmeier, Steve Crawford, Chico Walker, Rick Miller, Jerry Martin, Kevin Buckley, along with other players including former MLB players from Maine, Matt Kinney and Pete Ladd.

After the clinic all the ball players attended the annual Golf Fundraiser at the Waterville Country Club. Thanks to Ray Haskell and the golf steering committee over $1,000,000 has been raised supporting programs at the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA over the past 15 years.

Waterville Cal Ripken Baseball team member Carson Mattice said, “I loved meeting the players. It was such a cool experience meeting players who were once at my level and age, who made it to the major leagues.” Carsons dad Stephen Mattice said, “As a parent, I would say that I truly appreciate these gentlemen coming out and spending some time with the kids and providing them with some advice and tips. They were all extremely down to earth and friendly to all.”

Cameron McInnis, 10, of Waterville, said “it was awesome! I enjoyed getting autographs from the players that were there. I really enjoyed the pitching tips I learned!”

This was surely a great opportunity for kids of all ages.

Tom Burgneier, major league pitcher for the California Angels, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s teaches the finer points of pitching to local youth. (photos by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: New rankings

Huard’s Martial Arts students earned new rankings on July 17. Front row, from left to right, new yellow belts, Koen Oakes, Ryder Ross, Asher Stone, Dasan Keen and Jonah Gold. Back row, new yellow belts Jeb Keen, Kallan Oakes, Adrianna Lombardi and Anthony Lombardi, and orange belts Lukas Blais and Preston Schneider, and blue belt Lane Irish. (photo by Mark Huard)

Cal Ripken tourney 2021

Members of the Waterville CAL Ripken 11-year old team marching onto the Purnell Wrigley Field, in Waterville, on Friday, July 16. Opening Ceremonies began at 4 p.m., followed by Skills Competitions and a Home Run Derby! The 11-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball Championships was held throughout the week and was a great time for all. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Play ball!

Vincent Bricker, a member of Brownie’s Landscaping Augusta Little League team makes a one-handed catch during a recent game. (photo by Mark Huard, Centrral Maine Photography)

Augusta Little League Brownie’s Landscaping catcher Justin Veilleux receiving a pitch during a recent game. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)