Winter Reviews: Windham

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Meghan Hoffses powers toward a Windham two in a late-season Eagles bout at the Scots.

WINDHAM—The Eagles put together another respectable winter. Let’s take a look back at their recent work on the court, the rink, the track, the slopes and beyond.

Alpine Skiing
A number of Casey Dubay’s kids repped for the school at States. In the boys’ Giant Slalom, Burke Cornish finished 51st, Ben White 59th, Josh Giberti 69th and Owen Flibbert 72nd. In the Slalom, Cornish finished 42nd, White 57th, Flibbert 68th and Giberti 70th.

In the girls’ GS, Cordelia Inman finished 46th, Naomi Debrosse 60th, Isabella Rosborough 72nd, Avery Rolfe 73rd, Ally Davis 75th and Madelynn McGary 78th. In the Slalom, Inman placed 35th, Debrosse 47th, Rolfe 63rd, Rosborough 65th, Davis 69th and McGary 70th.

“This year’s team did an excellent job of showing great sportsmanship throughout the season,” Dubay said. “They all improved tremendously – not only in results, but in their confidence on the slopes. With the skiers new to racing (Madlynn McGary, Avery Rolfe and Josh Giberti), this is not always easy. These three really took on the challenge and worked hard to learn about the sport of ski racing. Burke Cornish, our senior captain, placed in the top 15 multiple times during our regular season. He really went for it this year! Cordelia Inman also made great improvement in her placements this year. She made top 20 at many regular seasons races. Cordelia is an athlete who is always trying to be her best and extremely enthusiastic about the sports. Naomi Debrosse made positive changes this season – by the SMAA Championship and State Championship, she was skiing with much more confidence and was consistently placing well.”

Four seniors depart Dubay’s squad: Cornish, Davis, Rosborough and Giberti.

Boys Basketball
The Gentlemen Eagles assembled the program’s best run in many years this winter. The team went 13-5 through the regular season, improving noticeably as the weeks passed: Though they dropped a key matchup early, losing to reigning State Champions Portland 61-44, they tallied a major victory late, knocking off eventual State Runners-up Scarborough, who themselves had recently beaten the Bulldogs.

Windham thus entered the bracketing ranked fourth in AA North. The Eagles knocked off No. 5 Bangor in the quarters to earn themselves a second shot at favorites Portland. This time around, all Windham’s hard work paid off, and they pulled out the upset W, a 55-53 thriller.

In the Regional Final, though, Chad Pulkinen’s boys met their match: Edward Little, who would go on to defeat the Red Storm in the gold ball game. The Eddies upended the Eagles 50-35, closing Windham’s season on a down note.

Six key seniors depart the team: Nick Curtis and Mike Gilman, both members of the 1,000-point club; Nate Watson, Nazari Henderson, Mitch Budroe and Cory Hutchison.

Girls Basketball
Brody Artes’s squad battled to 9-9 in the regular season, earning especially important victories against Cheverus (fourth in AA North) and Bonny Eagle (third in AA South). Notably, the Lady Eagles came within striking distance of a road victory versus eventual State Champs Edward Little, losing by just four, 47-43. Similarly, they only dropped their bout with MGA, ranked fourth in AA South, by six, 68-62.

However, Windham’s foray into the tournament – in the five seed – came to an quick close. The Lady Stags got the better of them in them in the quarters, 56-50.

Happily, the team says goodbye to just one senior this year: Taylor Files. The huge majority of their firepower, then, should return for next year, including junior Meghan Hoffses and sophomore Hannah Talon.

Boys Hockey
Greg Leclair’s boys faced some challenges this winter – they’re quite young, for instance. They emerged from their schedule 3-14-1 and ranked eighth in A North, well outside the bracketing. They picked up an early-season win over friendly rivals Massabesic/Bonny Eagle/Old Orchard Beach (ninth in A South), went to 2-2 with a win over Lawrence/Skowhegan/MCI (ninth in A North), and defeated Lawrence/Skowhegan/MCI later in the year as well.

Notably, the team battled hard against some other outfits, too, including Marshwood/Traip/Sanford (eighth in A South), who beam them 4-3 in OT; Gorham, who beat them 2-1; Portland/Deering, who topped them 4-2; and South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete, whom they tied 3-3 in OT.

Five seniors leave the team behind come June: Aidan Drew, Keegan Pock, Cam Morrison, Ethan Cobb-McCoubrey and Logan Heckman (as well as manager Alyssa Vokey). W/W retains, however, a bumper crop of juniors – including standout goalie Sean White – a single sophomore, and a large, talented freshman contingent. In short: The program’s future looks bright.

Boys Indoor Track
Paul Pock’s Eagles went 10-6 through the regular season, and finished 36-20, having claimed sixth at Class A States. A hefty crop attended that meet: Ethan Wert and Connor Abbotoni competed in the 55 Dash, and Abbotoni in the 400; Mason Rosborough ran the Mile; Alex Wilkins took third in the 200, second in the Long Jump and first in the Triple Jump. (Wilkins’s shootout in the Long Jump with friendly rival Dominic Creenan of Westbrook proved a remarkable sight; each boy pushed the other to new heights.) Wert, Rosborough, Abbotoni and Callean Frechette combined for 15th in the 4×200, and Wyatt Yost, Jordan Piechowski, Hunter Dionne and Tony Sawyer tagged-teamed for 11th in the 4×800.

Wilkins’s leaping this winter set new school records in the Long and Triple Jumps. Abbotoni’s set a new record in the senior 400.

Wilkins moved on to New Englands, where he placed fourth in the Long Jump with the fifth best distance in Maine indoor track history. He hopes to compete for the University of Maine at Orono beginning next year.

“We had a great group of athletes who were highly motivated and pushed each other,” Pock said. “Our freshmen were very strong in the SMAA junior division and we are excited to watch how they continue to improve and perform in coming years. Our senior division was very strong in the sprints and jumps and will leave some significant gaps for us to fill in the next few years.”

Seven seniors bid their high school years farewell, this trip ‘round the sun: Wilkins, Frechette, Yost, Logan Cropper, Hunter Dionne, Zach Harris and Jeremy McCormick.

Girls Indoor Track
Denise Curry ushered a substantial squad to States this year. Abigail Clinch, Hannah Langstaff and Morgan Colangelo all partook of the 400; Hailey Applebee ran the Mile; Lingdong Bol, Sierra Guite and Katelyn Smith all vied in the High Jump, and Bol in the Triple Jump; and Guite and Carlee Richmond both hurled the shot.

Windham also fielded two relay outfits: Langstaff, Smith, Clinch and Molly Skvorak in the 4×200, and Clinch, Applebee, Colangelo and Sam Phinneys in the 4×800.

Ultimately, the team came away with 14th place, out of 23.

Swimming
Pete Small’s team made a few waves for themselves at States this winter: Small’s boys ultimately finished 18th at the end-of-season meet, while his girls claimed a share of 25th.

Dylan Palmer, Mike Ryan, Simon Gabaree and Nate Plummer combined in the 200 Medley Relay; Palmer and Ryan took stabs at the 200 IM; Dominic Agneta raced in the 100 Free and the 50 Free, which Evan Desmond and Davin Farinella also raced in; Gabaree competed in the 100 Fly; Desmond and Palmer in the 500 Free; Agneta, Desmond, Ryan and Plummer in the 200 Free Relay; and Agneta, Desmond, Ryan and Palmer in the 400 Free Relay.

Over on the girls’ side of things: Haley Theberge, Katharyn Lucas, Hanna Maurais and Julia Hills vied in the 200 Medley Relay; Sophie Simonson, Rosie Haibon, Elizabeth Lucas and Chloe Wilcox all competed in the 200 Free; Lucas and Haiborn in the 200 IM; Theberge in the 50 and 100 Frees; Lucas in the 500 Free and 100 Breast; and Theberge, Wilcox, Maurais and Lucas in the 400 Free Relay.

Wrestling
Jason Dryburgh’s kids missed out on States, but they put in an appearance at North Regionals. There, Colby Valliere took fourth at 220. DJ Pelletier, Sam Dubuc, Sean Butterworth, Andrew Martin and Alex Jordan also repped for the school at the meet.

One reason for the Eagles’ mild season is their youth: The team features no seniors. On the upside, that means every one of this year’s contributors will return next winter for another shot at the mat, including six current juniors.

Adam Birt can be reached at abirt@keepmecurrent.com. Follow him on Twitter @CurrentSportsME.

Meghan Hoffses powers toward a Windham two in a late-season Eagles bout at the Scots.

Logan Heckman dashes ahead for Windham/Westbrook in an early-season matchup.

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