Winslow baseball team holds clinic

Athletes in grades three through eight had a chance to go to an hour-long clinic to work on baseball skills with the high school team. (photo courtesy of Crystal Pomerleau)

The Winslow High School baseball team held a clinic for youth baseball on Thursday, April 7.

PHOTOS: Battle of Maine winners 2022

Grand champion

Club NAHA Karate-Do Team Member Matthew Christen Captured 1st place in forms and 2nd place in weapons at the Battle of Maine Martial Arts Championships. He also won the Grand Championship Title for forms. (photo by Mark Huard)

Double winner

Huard’s Martial Arts Student Madalyn Taylor 7 of Fairfield captured 1st place in forms and 3rd place in fighting at the Battle of Maine Martial Arts Championships on March 26. (photo by Mark Huard)

China’s Wynn Pooler captures state title in wrestling

Atop the podium with gold medal.

First Erskine freshman to accomplish feat

by Roland D. Hallee

Wynn in action. Photos taken at the Class B state championships on Saturday, February 19, which were held at Morse High School, in Bath.

Wynn Pooler, a freshman at Erskine Academy, in South China, won a state title in wrestling over last weekend.

According to head coach Tyler Bradbury, he’s the first freshman in Erskine Academy history to do so. Apparently he’s only the second wrestler in Erskine Academy history to win conference, regional, and state titles all in the same season (the first was Jake Peavey, who is now a nationally-ranked NCAA wrestler at the University of Southern Maine).

Erskine Academy competes in Class B, and Wynn wrestles in the 106-pound division. He is the son of Wes and Abby Pooler, of China.

Wynn has been wrestling since he was in kindergarten, and started competing at national tournaments when he was in the fifth grade, when he traveled to New Jersey with Team Maine. Since then, he has wrestled for national club teams based in states such as New Jersey, Georgia, and Maryland, at various national-level tournaments.

In Maine, the largest tournaments typically only have 3 – 4 mats and last a single day. The largest national tournament Wynn has competed at had 58 mats, and lasted three days. While Maine has some great wrestlers, it is rare for two equally-strong wrestlers to meet outside of the state tournament. In order to have great competition consistently, it requires a lot of out-of-state travel.

The top four place-winners from Class A and the top four place-winners from Class B for each weight-class will now compete at the New England Qualifier, otherwise known as “All-States”, at the end of this week. The top three place-winners for each weight from that tournament will then compete at the “New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championship”, being held in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 5. Then the weekend of March 25-27, Wynn will be competing at the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) High School Nationals, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where many of the best high school wrestlers in the country will be competing.

Wynn “enjoys the fact that while wrestling is a team sport, the actual competition is individual, and you don’t have to rely on others to be successful. The sport requires grit, toughness, and discipline. If you fail, you can’t blame others; you just need to learn from your mistakes, stay positive, and work on improving.”

Wynn does want to wrestle in college, but hasn’t yet begun to consider where that might be. If he maintains his straight-A average in school, he should have some options.

PHOTO: Lawrence girls varsity, JV basketball team

Front row, from left to right, Trinity Brickett, Amy Boyce, Maddy Niles, McKenzie MacAvoy, Emily Hagerty, MaKenzie Nadeau, Taylor Pellerin, Kaylee Elkins and Lizie Dumont. Back, Head Coach Greg Chesley, Assistant Coach Rusty Mercier, Maylie Knox, Ali Higgins, Lily Gray, Brianna Poulin, Nadia Morrison, Elizabeth Crommett, Hope Bouchard, Assistant Coach Joe Higgins. Absent from the photo is Saydee Wentworth. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: On goal

Nixon Souviney, of Winslow, directs this kick towards the opposing goal in soccer action. (photo by Central Maine Photography)

PHOTOS: Youth active in sports in central Maine

League champions

The Palermo Consolidated School’s middle school soccer team beat St. Michael’s School in a 2-0 win for the championship.  They had a 9-0-1 record for the season.  They end the season with a great appreciation for their coach, Dick Reitchel.  Dick Reitchel has been the soccer coach for Palermo School for eight years and also coaches and helps run the Palermo Youth Athletics (PYA) program. (photo courtesy of Stephanie Oliphant)

PAL Senior League champs

The Clinton Lions were crowned champions of the PAL senior league. Front row, from left to right, Colt Robinson, Brady Dearborn, Casey Gagnon, Nolan Owens, Caleb Collins, and Gage Mckenney. Second row, LoganWise, Trent Wishart, Keegan Littlefield, Cody Gagnon, Kayleb Gerow, Tucker St. Jarre, Trevor Denis, Kahl Bolster, Carter Sanborn and Maddok Lepage. Back, Coaches Jevon Owens, Toby Gagnon and Ryan Robinson. (contributed photo)

Cap unbeaten season

Messalonskee Grade 5/6 finished the season unbeaten (7-0) by outscoring the competition 284-46. Team members include, front, from left to right, Dawson Wellman, Sean Smith, Ayden Estes, Hunter Poulin, Hayden Cook, Malachi Cusano, Cavan Gooding, Parker Doucette, Brandon Frowery, Dawson Baker, Dominick Berry and Wyatt Bucknam, Middle row, Cameron Burrows, Trenton Bell, Owen Emmons, Connor Caron, Brayden Stewart, Eben Potter, Gabriel Steinberger, Caleb Corrow and Chase Lawler. Back, coaches Andy Steinberger, Justin Lawler, Tyler Jandreau, Darren Doucette and David Cusano. Absent from photo, Shawn Higgins, Graham Fitzsimmons, Quinn Charles. (photo by Sarah Lawler, Central Maine Photography)

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)