PHOTO: New rankings at Huard’s Martial Arts

Congratulations to the following students who earned new rankings at Huard’s Martial Arts, in Winslow, on Saturday, November 12. From left to right, Mikayla Achorn (3rd degree brown belt), Mayleigh Crews (green belt), Jackson Hanson (green belt), Trenton Clark (green belt), Elsie Dumont (green belt), Ethan Frost (green belt), Manny Hurtado (green belt), Ayden Willey (green belt), Walker Johnson (green belt), Kaitlynn Shores (green belt), and Maddie Field (3rd degree brown belt). (photo by Mark Huard)

2022-23 Lawrence High School girls varsity basketball team

Beginning at bottom left, clockwise, MaKenzie Nadeau, Natalie Pelletier, Ella Minihan, Maddie Provost, Kenzie McAvoy, Payton Cole, Taylor Pellerin, Elizabeth Crommett, Ashley Shores, Brianna Poulin, Kaylee Elkins, Saydee Wentworth, Hope Bouchard, Lilly Gray, Kayci Ross, Nadia Morrison, Amy Boyce, Lizie Dumont, Ariana Goodwin, Trinity Brickett, Ali Higgins, and Kiera Day. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Skowhegan wins another field hockey state title

Photo courtesy of Knightvision Photography

by Mark Huard

On Saturday, November 5, Skowhegan Area High School won its 20th field hockey state championship, defeating Cheverus High School, of Portland, at Messalonskee High School field, in Oakland.

It was a beautiful day with a great turnout for both schools. Each team went into the game undefeated with a 17-0 record. Cheverus had scored 138 goals and had five against and Skowhegan had scored 104 goals with four against. It was a matchup the state was eager to see. In 2021 Cheverus had defeated Skowhegan and a follow up game would certainly be exciting for the field hockey community.

Skowhegan scored early in the first quarter with a goal by Layla Conway assisted by Laney Leblanc. After Cheverus took the lead with two quick goals by sophomore standout Lucy Johnson. Skowhegan tied the score in the fourth quarter, and later took the lead, 3-2, also scoring two quick goals by Layla Conway, and assisted by Samantha Thebarge and Kate Kelso, respectively. Skowhegan held on to the lead for the remainder of the game.

Head Coach Paula Doughty attributed the win to solid training and commitment of her players and coaching staff. The assistant coaches Tammie Veinotte, Kim Leo, Fawn Haynie, Lizzie York and Megan Smith were instrumental in the team’s success. The summer and fall were spent readying for this tournaments and the hard work paid off.

Skowhegan entered this game by winning its 21st Northern Maine final in a row and 27 regional finals in the team’s history which is an accomplishment not matched in Maine. The team had battled a strong Oxford Hills team in the Northern Maine final to secure the spot in the final. This was Skowhegan’s 27th trip to the state game since 1991 and has a record of 20 state wins and 7 state losses.

The team believed in a quote by one of the team captains, Norie Tibbetts: “I know we lost last year, and I guess some could say we’re underdogs, but we’re still Skowhegan Field Hockey.”

TEAM PHOTO: Sonny’s Junior PAL champions (2022)

From left to right, Easton Ramer, Bryce Faulkner, Bentley Hamlin, Mason Guerette, Jack LeClair, Gracien Hamlin, Jackson Curtis, Ryan Bruinsma, Stella Curtis, Carson Foster, Jesse Jones, Tucker Graves, Finn VanGorden, Chase Bonney, Levi Brann, Coach Brian Guerette , Coach Nathan VanGorden, Coach Mark Murphy, Head Coach Jamie Foster. (photo by Ramey Stevens, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTO: KSW Senior PAL champions (2022)

Front row, from left to right, Hunter Pooler, Brysen Carrier, JD Higgins, Jacobi Peaslee, Davin McLain and Jackson Hanson. Second row, Nolin Gagnon, Kris Finnemore, Kayden Lachance, Kaleb Clement, Ryker Miklos, Hunter Lockhart, Codey Violette and Brock Richards. Third row, Coach Jason Clement, Xzavier Bragdon, Hayden Lockhart, Owhen Van Gorden and Wesley Violette. Back row, Coach Mike Miklos, Coach Luke Peaslee, Coach Tony Richards and Coach Rob Violette. (photo by Ramey Stevens, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTOS: Waterville youth football (2022)

5/6 Grade Youth Football Team: Front row left to right, Jack Farrand, Sebastian Romero, Brekin Mathieu, Mikeeridan Sheets, Charles Young, Mason Pelletier and Leo Rossignol. Middle row, Chris Nuzzo, Blake Kenyon (C), Charlie Ferris (C), Vinny Farrand, Caden LaPlante (C), Jameson Dow, Cameron McInnis, Keighton LeBlanc, and Evan Veilleux. Back row, Coach Jonathan Kenyon, Coach Craig McInnis, Coach Benny LaPlante and Coach Tom Ferris. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

3/4 Grade Team: Front row, from left to right, Quincy Brittingham, Jaxon Troxell, Connor Jones, Sullivan Dow, Landen Beck, Peyton Ross and Isaac Chase. Second row, Gabe Tucker, Judah Young, Ben Veilleux, Grayson Lima, Phoenix McLoy, Hudson Farrand and Salvatore Isgro. Third row, Evan Karter, Malahki Klaiber, Alexander Sheehan, Donovan Saint-Martin, Dylan Devlin, Jase Spaulding, Ryder Nuzzo, Jayce Damron, and Head Coach Dennis Troxell. Back row, Coach John Sheehan, Coach Jamil Brittingham and Coach Matt Veilleux. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: 2022 Waterville Youth Spirit Squad

Front row, left to right, Ava Frost, Noella Mathieu, Rayne Vallier, Scotlynn Romero and Sophia Barnaby. Second row, Jorja Duprey, Ava Paradis-Bard, Naomi McGee, Olivia Bradstreet, Janaya George, Makenzie Burton-Wing and Jaelynn McInnis. Back, Coach Crystal Cullen. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

Local sports figures inducted into Legends Hall

Mike Roy, left, and Bethany LaFountain.

by Mark Huard

Mike Roy, of Waterville, and Bethany LaFountain, of Winslow, are two of seven 2022 inductees into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors. In addition, seven student athletes, including Brooke McKenney, of Madison Memorial High School, and Emily Rhodes, of Lawrence High School , in Fairfield, are this year’s selections. The Legends organization was founded in the 1990s honoring individuals who have contributed to athletics to provide additional support to Maine high school graduates who plan to continue their education and participation in athletics.

Mike is a graduate of Waterville High and Colby College who left for Georgia and returned four and a half months later via the Appalachian Trail. In 1978 he began a municipal career as the Community Development Director for the Town of Fairfield. He became town manager for the towns of Vassalboro, Oakland and Waterville, where he became the first city manager for over 16 years until he retired in 2021.

Married to Schari Roy with two adult children and two grandchildren, he has served in Rotary Club for 34 years, High Hope, Central Maine Youth hockey, United Way, Friends of Quarry Road and the Central Maine Growth Council. He served as president of the Maine Municipal Association. In 1964, Waterville sent a Pee Wee hockey team to the national tournament in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and a Little League team to the regionals in New Hampshire. There were only two players that were on both teams, Mike and the late Jim Rancourt.

In a letter of support for Mike’s candidacy, John Cullen wrote “I have known Mike for 60 years, first as an opponent in Pee Wee Hockey and then as a teammate and friend because of our playing days. He was a three-sport standout at Waterville High School, graduating in the class of 1970. He was one of only four freshmen to make the varsity team his freshman year. In baseball, again Mike was the leader of the team as the ace of the staff. He was a star player in every sport and every season he played. Mike Roy was a leader both on and off the field and his devotion to Waterville is second to none.”

Bethany is the first woman to coach varsity boy’s baseball at Winslow High School. She was a pitcher for the 2004 state champion Winslow softball team. Having played 16 years of softball year ’round, she’s crossed over to a different diamond. “There’s a lot of overlap between softball and baseball. I’m really going to focus with this group with starting back to the basics by breaking down fundamentals within the program. We’re starting from scratch by focusing on pitching and defense all the way,” she says. LaFountain is Winslow’s fourth coach in as many seasons to try to tackle a rebuilding effort. Russell Mercier, varsity baseball coach at Lawrence High School worked with Beth coaching the Central Maine Senior Legion baseball team. He says, “From the beginning of the season, it was clear to me that Beth stood out with her attention to detail, positive attitude, and desire to learn and compete at the highest level.” She conducted various clinics for youth in baseball and softball and even helped work on Winslow baseball and softball fields. Beth’s grandfather, Wally Lafountain, coached the Winslow High football team and coached and officiated high school wrestling. She has three sons, Ben, Tyler and David Fisher. The two Central Mainers will have their names added to a plaque at the Alfond Youth Center honoring all inductees beginning with the selection of Harold Alfond.

Other Hall of Honors inductees from Northern Maine are John Plourde, Monica Bearden and Ron Ericson and, from Eastern Maine, Tracie Martin and John “Jack” Cashman.

Emily is a resident of Clinton. She was captain of the varsity soccer team in both her sophomore and senior years, participated in Lawrence indoor soccer and was a member of the Central Maine Premiere Soccer Club. President of the National Honor Society, she ranked fifth in her senior class. Currently employed at Natanis Golf Course, in Vassalboro, where she serves in the snack bar and on the course, she is preparing for a career in healthcare and has been accepted at the University of New England in the Medical Biology pre-physician assistant program. Emily says she wants compassion for others to not only be the focus for herself, but also the focus for others around her. She is the daughter of Jody and Anthony Rhodes.

Brooke is a four-year varsity awards recipient in softball at Madison Memorial High School, Class C champions in 2019. She was captain of the team in her junior and senior years. She was also a varsity basketball player her sophomore, junior and senior years, captain of that team, as well as the golf team as a junior. She was also named Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year and was a first team conference All Star as a freshman and as a junior. Graduating second in her class, she was also a National Honor Society member and high honor roll student. The daughter of Daniel and Laurie McKenney, Brooke says she comes from a family of medical professionals. Christopher LeBlanc, Principal, AD and head softball coach says, “I look forward to her educational and athletic growth as she pursues her future endeavors.” Heath Cowan, Madison golf coach and head women’s basektball coach at the University of Maine at Augusta says, “Brooke puts the same amount of time in the classroom as she does on the field. She ranks second in her class with an amazing 98.8 GPA.”

TEAM PHOTOS: Winslow Youth travel soccer

Winslow U14 boys travel soccer team: Front row, from left to right, Evan Gaskey, Logan Wentworth, Michael Paules, Rowan Tibbetts, Evan Hayes and Caden Giroux. Back, Head Coach Joshua Giroux, Carter Calvo, Peyton Stewart, Isaac Allarie, Evan Barlow, Renton O’Toole, Eliott Stepp, and Assistant Coach Chris O’Toole. Absent from photo, Mahe Barbin. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

Winslow U9 boys and girls travel soccer team: Front row, from left to right, Natalie Rossignol, Isabelle Theobald, Tarrah St. Jarre, Cara Blaschke, Carter Laplante, William Mitchell and Peter Small. Second row, Emery Fossa, Elliot Giroux,Griffin Smith, Tobey McCabe, Sawyer Damren, Cedric Carey and Jordan Garay. Third row, Justin Smith and Mario Fossa. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: U14 Winslow girls travel soccer

The 2022 U14 Winslow girls soccer team, front row, from left to right, Mirra Meak, Davanee Kimball, Isabella Loubier, Olivia Coldwell, Maria Moumouris and Tenley Nadeau. Back, Head coach Sim Meak, Meredith Tyler, Elaina Rioux, Hayden Breton, Elsie Spear, Alexandria Young, Kera Bilodeau, Assistant coach Joshau Giroux and Kayla Giroux. Absent from photo Mikaylka Achorn. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)