TEAM PHOTO: Winslow Minors Orange

The Winslow Minors Orange baseball team, from left to right, Jackson Hernandez, Cedric Carey, Cooper Lindie, Logan Elwell, River Vigue, Maddox Maheu, Elliot Giroux, Xavier Roderick, Charles Holmes, Anthony Sproul, Landen Williams, Griffin Smith, Peter Small. Back, Coaches left to right Ben Carey, Justin Smith, and Tony Giroux. Not pictured, Erik Maheu. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTO: Winslow Minors Black

Winslow Minors Baseball Black Team: First row, left to right, Lynkin Willette, Sawyer Byrne, Colby Turmelle, Jude Poulin, Fenn Ouellette, and Jaxson Whitman. Second row, Andrew Harrington, Nathan Lecliar, Weston Young, Bronek Siviski, Bradley Schmidt, Nate Merrill, and Xavier Snell. Back, coaches Bruce Harrington, Taylor Byrne, Ryan Siviski, and David Snell. (photo by Mark Huard)

TEAM PHOTO: Waterville Purple Majors

Waterville Purple Majors won over Messo Red Majors, 5-3, at Mini Fenway, in Oakland, on June 17. Front row, left to right, Evan Karter, Cooper McKenna, Landon Hart, Connor Jones, Kyle O’Brien, Avery McKenna, and Harrison Timmons. Second row, Mikeeridan Sheets, Stephen Dyer, Max Poulin, Nic Karagiannes, Maxwell Cornforth, William Owens, Joseph Alix, and Alex Pelotte. Back, Coach Jeremy Jones, Coach CJ McKenna, Coach Chris Hart. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTO: PAL Majors champions

2024 PAL Majors Championship game winners on June 15, at the Fairfield PAL field. Team Pillsbury took home the trophy with a 8-2 win over Clinton. Front, from left to right, Hunter Pooler and Brentley Archer. Middle row, Jacob Wegener, Austin Owens, Jace Elliot, Tucker Graves, and Connor Ballew. Back, Coach KJ, Clay Morse, Coach Owens, Hunter Lockhart, Kayden Lachance, Coach Ballew. Absent from the photo is Jackson Hanson. (photo by Ramey Stevens, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTO: PAL Minors champions

2024 PAL Minors Championship game winners on June 15, at the Fairfield PAL field. Team Galushas took home the trophy with a 14-10 win over Village Market. Front row, left to right, Jaydon Labrie, Logan Grard, Greyson Martin, Landon Blaisdell, Andrew Michaud, Elliot Littlefield, and Colton Dangler. Back, Dylan Miklos, Mike Kilby, Cohen Harriman, Emmett Wilson, Micah Wiswell, and Austin Harriman. Coach Grard, coach Blaisdell, and Coach Dangler. (photo by Ramey Stevens, Central Maine Photography)

TNT Competitive Edge dance team is heading to national competition

Hailey Benson age 13; Amelia Benson age 9; Annabelle Tasker age 10; Kirstin Clawson age 10; Sophia Santiago age 13; Jaylenn Cugno age 18; Stella Patterson age 13 and Jayla Jandreau age 13.

by Mark Huard

Competitive Edge Dance Team is a group of young dancers based out of TNT Dance Studio, on the Center Road, in Fairfield. The Studio began as Terri’s School of Dance and was founded by Theresa “Terri” Glidden 50 years ago. It is now owned and operated by Terri’s daughter, Tiffany Glidden, and Jesse Klein. They started competitive dancing 30 years ago when Tiffany was a young child and they have continued to build a strong team of competitive dancers ever since. This year is not any different, as they are setting out to take the stage at Dance Ovations Nationals, on Cape Cod, for the week of June 26 – 30. The team has traveled all over New England this year and qualified for this national competition by competing in the regional event in Stratham, New Hampshire, in early May. They have worked all year and engaged in multiple fundraising events to be able to compete at this level.

Currently eight members strong, the team is comprised of athletes from the age of to 10 to 18. Dance Competitions are broken up by age, skill level and genre. They can compete in solo divisions, small group, large group and duo/trios. The main choreographers for TNT’s Competitive Edge team are Tiffany Glidden, Kali Vashon, and Terri Glidden. The team meets at least weekly as a team to practice their routines, listen to critiques from previous competitions and attempt to perfect technique and gain stamina. To compete on a national stage requires a commitment to excellence, discipline, sacrifice, and perseverance by the coaches and their athletes. Based on the results of the Dance Ovations Regional event, the following dances qualified for a special “Dance On” competition during Nationals, due to their high scoring placements:

Mechanical Dolls (a ballet routine choreographed by Tiffany Glidden for Annabelle Tasker age 10 and Kirstin Clawson age 10); Stepsisters Lament (a musical theater routine choreographed by Kali Vashon for Jayla Jandreau, Hailey Benson, and Stella Patterson, all 13 years old); All Aboard (choreographed by Terri Glidden for Sophia Santiago, Jayla Jandreau, Hailey Benson and Stella Patterson, all age 13) and finally The Letter (choreographed by Kali Vashon for Jaylenn Cugno, age 18, Sophia Santiago, Jayla Jandreau, Hailey Benson, and Stella Patterson, all age 13).

In addition to the qualifying routines, TNT has two dancers that qualified to compete in the Titleist Competition. These dancers – Sophia Santiago, age 13, and Jaylenn Cugno, age 18 – qualified by scoring in the top three of their respective solo divisions. Sophia is a seventh grader at Lawrence Jr. High School, in Fairfield, and is performing an acro/lyrical routine called Butterfly Fly Away that is choreographed by Kali Vashon. Jaylenn is a senior at Skowhegan Area High School, and is performing a contemporary routine called I am What I am, that is choreographed by Terri Glidden. Both dancers will engage in different events throughout the week such as interviews and opening number rehearsals with a large group of top soloists from all over the country.

In addition to an incredible amount of hard work, these dancers can attend these events due to their generous sponsors including: National Level Sponsor: Heavy Machines LLC; Competition Level Sponsors: S&K Heating, RDA Automotive and Zimba Corp; Convention Level Sponsors: Sackett & Brake Survey, Inc., Cappzas Pizza and Mattingly Products Co; Donors: Stan’s Fries, Key Appliance, Freihoffers, Cervesas, Pour House Pub, The Apple Farm, Harvest Moon Deli, Computer Improvements, Rebecca Cayford, ESQ, Rita’s Pizza, Johnny’s Seeds, Emery’s Meats, China Way, Pizza Hut, Autozone, Tin Knocker Signworks, and The Magic of Conjuring Carroll.

PHOTO: Winslow Majors Orange team

Winslow Majors Orange baseball team: Front row, left to right, Gabe Loubier, Ayson Marshall , Rusty Vigue, Isaac Pepin, and Vinny Morin. Middle row, Matthew Harrington, Brice Moody, Chase Rancourt, Jace Poulin, Cameron Beaster, Bronsen Nelson, and Boston Blaney. Back, coaches Jordan Vigue, Mike Loubier, Jared Poulin, Mathew Beaster, and Richard Blaney. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Opening day

From left to right, Waterville Police Chief William Bonney, Waterville Mayor Mike Morris, and Alfond Youth Community Center CEO Ken Walsh, welcome players at the Little League opening day ceremonies. (photo by Mark Huard)


PHOTO: LaCroix captures first places in New England

Huard’s Martial Arts Student Lucia LaCroix, 13, left, of Skowhegan, captured first place in both traditional and creative weapons at the 42nd Ocean State Grand Nationals, in Warwick, Rhode Island, on April 5-7. LaCroix also won the Grand Championship Title, at the New England Karate Classic, in Gardner, Massachusetts, on April 6. Pictured with LaCroix is one of her instructors Sensei Mark Huard. (photo courtesy of Mark Huard)

EVENTS: Battle of Maine set for March 23

In photo, Asher Stone, 11, and Judah Stone, 12, both of Winslow, practicing for the upcoming Battle of Maine. (photo by Mark Huard)

The 42nd Annual Battle of Maine Martial Arts Championships will be taking place, on Saturday, March 23, at Champions, in Waterville. The event will feature competitors from all over the state of Maine and other parts of the United States that will be competing in forms, weapons, fighting and other events. Special thank you to major event sponsors Central Maine Motors and Hammond Lumber Co. Spectator Tickets are $10 each and $1 of each ticket will go to help support The Maine Children’s Cancer Program. For more information, you can contact Mark Huard/ Huard’s Martial Arts at 649-3622.