Scoreboard donated to Molly Ockett Middle School

With photos


The new scoreboard located in Molly Ockett Middle School. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Dedication of the new scoreboard: (left to right) Mark Dubois, natural resource manager for Poland Spring, Kaylee Emery, Mr. White, Arianna McCarthy, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Jessica Frum and Mrs Berry. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Dedication of the new scoreboard: (left to right) Mr. White, health teacher; Mark Dubois, natural resource manager for Poland Spring; Mrs. Kirkpatrick, principal at Molly Ockett; and Mrs Berry, athletic director. (COURTESY PHOTO)



FRYEBURG — Molly Ockett Middle School would like to thank Poland Spring Water Company and the Molly Ockett PTO for their generous donations toward the cost and installation of the new scoreboard in the gymnasium. In December, 2013, James Anderson retired from teaching Physical Education at Molly Ockett Middle School. As a way to honor Mr. Anderson the gymnasium was renamed and rededicated in his name.

Following this decision Poland Spring and the PTO were approached for donations to cover the cost of a new scoreboard honoring James. The generosity of these two organizations allowed us to begin the 2014-2015 school year lighted by the James R. Anderson Gymnasium scoreboard proudly showing the Poland Spring logo as well as our Raider Pride. Poland Spring has supported a variety of organizations within the MSAD 72 school district that promote healthy living and community involvement.

During this time of tight budgets it is nice to know that organizations are there to help when needed. We are very appreciative of their continued support. A huge thank you from everyone at Molly Ockett Middle School.


Fryeburg girls finish fourth at Stark's Hill

By Lloyd Jones

FRYEBURG — The competition was fierce under ideal conditions on Wednesday when the Fryeburg Academy boys' and girls' cross-country ski teams hosted a Western Conference classical ski race at Stark's Hill. The Fryeburg girls finished fourth out of eight school, while the boys were sixth out of nine teams, in this the final tune-up meet before the Western Maine Conference Championship at Libby Hill in Gray on Wednesday (2 p.m.), weather-permitting.

For the girls, Maine Coast Waldorf School took team honors with 27 points, placing its faster four skiers in the top 14.

Yarmouth was second with 37 points, followed by Deering, 53; Fryeburg, 55; Freeport, 65; Falmouth, 103; Waynflete, 126; and Greely, 140.

Olivia Skillings of Maine Coast, topped a field of 63 girls to win the 5.37K classical race by 48 seconds in 17:36. She was joined the podium by Grace Cowles of Yarmouth, who was second in 18:26; and Deering's Ewka Varney, who was third in 18:39.

Junior Emily Carty was Fryeburg's top finisher, crossing the line in seventh place in 19:13.

Other Raiders to finish included Irina Norkin, 11th, 20:14.2; Zoe Maguire, 12th, 20:14.3; Faye Taylor, 34th, 23:32; and Emily Grzyb, 37th, 24:11.

For the boys, Maine Coast won the team went with 31 points, edging Freeport by four points. Falmouth was third with 53 points, followed by Yarmouth, 64; Portland, 82; Fryeburg, 111; Cape Elizabeth, 114; Waynflete, 125; and Greely, 162.

Individually, there were 74 boys that finished the race.

Maine Coast's Tucker Pierce skied to victory, winning the race by just under six seconds in 14:43.

Second place honors went to Wilson Moore of Waynflete in 14:49, while Yarmouth's John Lane was third in 15:32.

Fryeburg was led by Ben Caffrey, who placed 11th overall in 17:01.

Other Raiders to finish included Seth Johnston, 31st, 19:44; Elijah Howe, 37th, 19:50; Isaiah Voter, 56th, 21:48; Antonin Santarelli, 65th, 23:16; and than Reinbach, 66th, 23:18.

The Raiders were without top skier Alfie Walker for the second race in a row due to illness.


Cross-country Eagles are a dynasty

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Get out D-word, as in dynasty, and it's OK to use it in the same sentence with the Kennett High boys' and girls' cross-country ski teams. Both successfully defended their championship last Tuesday at Great Glen Trails, each winning by more than 55 points overall.

For the boys, this is the sixth year in a row they've hoisted the championship plaque, and for the girls, it's their third consecutive tittle.

You couldn't have scripted it better for the hometown Eagles last Tuesday.

Both squads successfully defended their NHIAA Division II State Championships by skiing away from the field. The KHS boys swept the podium in both the classical and freestyle (skate) races, while the girls from Conway took the top four spots in the morning classical and then capture first and second in the afternoon skate.

"This is certainly a talented group," said Steve Vosburgh, Eagles' head coach. "Everyone was focussed, relaxed and skied great. It was a good time. The great thing about this bunch is they really don't get all that stressed."

Seniors Andrew Doherty and Zoe McKinney enjoyed a true daily-double by winning both races.

Doherty won both races last year and won the skate race his sophomore year, too.

Fellow Eagles, Dennis Morgan, a senior, and Jordanna Belle-Isle, a sophomore, skied home with the state skimeister titles. The skimeister is an award given to the top skier who competes in every discipline — alpine, cross-country and ski jumping — during State Meet Week.

"The conditions were ever changing," Vosburgh said, and praised officials at Great Glen for all they did during the championships, which were raced over a 3.5K course.

"It seemed like everyone was pretty much on," Vosburgh said.

The Kennett girls took the top four spots in the morning classical race and placed seven skiers in the top eight overall.

Senior Zoe McKinney led the Eagles by winning the race. She was joined on the podium by teammates Eilidh McKinnon, who was second, and Hannah Thelemarck, who was third.

Other Eagles to finish included Nina Badger, who was fourth, followed by Helen Badger, sixth; and Riley Steward, seventh.

Belle-Isle was eighth overall.

Doherty won the classical race for the boys. He was joined on the podium by teammates Darren Piotrow and Aidan Hagerty, who were second and third, respectively.

Other Kennett skiers were Garrett Kearns, who was fifth; and Kirk Badger, seventh.

The KHS boys were equally impressive in the afternoon skate (freestyle race). Once again they swept the podium.

Doherty won his second race of the day, crossing the finish line in 8:56. Teammates Piotrow and Hagerty were second and third, respectively, in 9:15 and 9:31.

Other KHS finishers were Kirk Badger, seventh, 10:04; Wilder Byrne, 10th, 10:09; and Gridley Lucy, 15th, 10:36.

Morgan was 14th overall in 10:33.

The Kennett girls closed the show in the afternoon by placing seven skiers in the top 13.

McKinney won the race in 10:50. McKinnon, her teammate, was sixth seconds behind in 10:36. They were joined on the podium by Souhegan's Lily Sullivan, who was third in 11:03.

Other Eagles to finish included Nina Badger, fourth, 11:10; Helen Badger, eighth, 11:40; Melissa Brown, ninth, 11:54; and Ellory Kearns, 11th, 12:02.

Belle-Isle was 13th in 12:16.

This was the latest that the cross-country ski championships have been held. The NHIAA pushed back the start of the season three weeks at the request of coaches after some slow starts to winter in recent years,

"I think it was a good way to go," Vosburgh said. "It matches up with our snowfall for the most part. We were still able to do a preseason and didn't feel like we were rushed like in the past. There was some concern that it would hurt the skimeister, but if anything, I think it makes it a little more manageable. Once the alpine season ended that gave Jordanna three weeks to just concentrate on her cross-country and her technique improved so much."

Due to the pending storm, the Cross-Country Ski Meet of Champions, originally scheduled for Tuesday, have been pushed back to Wednesday, March 15, at Proctor Academy at 4 p.m.

The top 10 finishers in classical and skate for boys and girls receive an invitation to ski in the Meet of Champions, which brings together the top 30 skiers from divisions I, II and III


Eagles get on track at Coe-Brown

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The first time Kennett High boys' and girls' track team set foot on an outdoor oval in the season-opener at the Coe-Brown Invitational in Northwood recently. The Kennett High boys finished second in the four-team meet while the girls were third.

"We survived our first meet," Bernie Livingston, Eagles' head coach, said. "It was our first time on a track this spring, and it was 80 degrees. Fortunately, it was cloudy. All things considered it went really well, considering how little prep time we've had."

For the boys, Coe-Brown won the meet with 186 points followed by Kennett, 47; Hollis-Brookline, 42; and St. Thomas, 20.

Point scorers for the boys were:

Boys 100-meter dash (won by Noah Lautenschlager, Kennett, 11.4 — hand held): Michael Welch, 10th, 12.1; Noah Dubois, 12th, 12.2; Malik Memia, 31st, 13.6; Carson Smith, 38th, 14.1; Jeremy Wedge, 40th, 14.5; and Alex Trinh, 43rd, 15.7.

Boys 200-meter dash (won by Noah Lautenschlager, Kennett, 23.6 — hand held): Ben Klementovich, 17th, 27.5; Smith, 25th, 30.3; and Lucas Kirsch, 23rd, 28.9.

"Noah looks in midseason to late season form," Livingston said. "He had a great day, winning the 100 and 200, plus finishing second in the high jump."

Boys 400-meter run (won by Chris Pratt, Coe-Brown, 55.7 — hand held): Keith Badger, fourth, 59.3; Sam Cawley, sixth, 1:01.05; Jack Wheeler, 10th, 1:05.89; and Kirsch, 12th, 1:08.14.

Boys 800-meter run (won by Zach Richards, Coe-Brown, 2:04.05 — hand held): Jonathan Caputo, sixth, 2:18.01; Noah Geary, seventh, 2:21.13; Logan Hagerty, eighth, 2:22.15; Kirk Badger, 11th, 2:30.4; Alex Klementovich, 13th, 2:35.67; Garrick Porter, 14th, 2:36.19; Andrew Belle-Isle, 16th, 2:40.56; and Ryan Ballou, 19th, 2:50.49.

Boys 1600-meter run (won by Zach Richards, Coe-Brown, 4:39.83 — hand held): Chris Desmaris, ninth, 5:15.30; Logan Hagerty, 14th, 5:26.6; Snowden O'Neill, 15th, 5:29.6; Gabriel Mohla, 18th, 5:54; and Dakota Bryan, 20th, 5:46.9.

Boys 3200-meter run (won by Evan Tanguay, Coe-Brown, 11:16.08): Aidan Hagerty, second, 11:30.02.

Boys 110-meter hurdles (won by Josiah Hinrichsen, Coe-Brown, 20.8 — hand held).

Boys 300-meter hurdles (won by Josiah Hinrichsen, Coe-Brown, 45.3 — hand held).

Boys 4X100 relay (won by Coe-Brown, 46.1): Kennett (Cawley, Dubois, Will Davison and Welch), second, 46.9.

Boys 4X400 relay (won by Coe-Brown, 3:41.12): Kennett (Caputo, Desmaris, Nick Whitley and Geary), second 3:39.6); and Lautenschlager, Badger, Davison and Memia, fifth, 4:01.61.

Boys High Jump (won by Jacob Snow, Coe-Bown, 5'8"): Lautenschlager, second, 5'6".

Boys Pole Vault (won by Tyler Troy, Coe-Brown, 10'): Badger, fourth, 7'6".

Boys Long Jump (won by Christopher Johnson, Hollis-Brookline, 19'3.25"): Dubois, 10th, 16'5"; Welch, 14th, 15'9.5"; and Memia, 18th, 14'9".

Boys Triple Jump (won by Shawn Spenard, Coe-Brown, 37'8.25"): Cawley, third, 32'7".

Boys Shot Put (won by Will White, Coe-Brown, 43'9"): Erik Borman, fourth, 37'5"; Sam Hanson, seventh, 29'10"; and Patrick Cloutier, 10th, 25'5".

Boys Discus Throw (won by Isaiah Allen, Coe-Brown, 118'4"): Hanson, fifth, 90'8"; Bormann, seventh, 88'7"; and Jeremiah Brito, 13th, 54'2".

Boys Javelin Throw (won by Isaiah Allen, Coe-Brown, 137'4"): Lincoln Gonyo, third, 125'2"; Thomas Stafford, sixth, 114'; Griffin Hill, 10th, 94'10"; Brito, 12th, 83'8"; Ballou, 15th, 73'5"; Jacob Tucker, 16th, 70'1"; andvCloutier, 18th, 64'10".

For the girls, Coe-Brown took top honors with 128 points followed by St. Thomas, 83.5; Kennett, 44.5; and Hollis-Brookline, 33.

"We had people who were out still with injuries," Livingston said. "Plus, there were some students who stayed behind for academics. It was a good practice meet for u even though it was a real meet. We didn't do all the events because we haven't had a chance to practice them yet. We weren't really ready but we needed to do it so the kids understand why we practice. Overall, I'm really glad we had the meet. It was beneficial for us."

Point scorers for the girls were:

Girls 100-meter dash (won by Selena Gauthier of Kennett, 13.1 — hand held): Sara Ghobashi, 12th, 14.7; Nadia VanDyne, 15th, 14.8; Abby Ross, 22nd, 15.4; Jessamine McLaughlin, 24th, 15.5; Jordanna Belle-Isle, 26th, 15.6; Grace Jarell, 34th, 16.1; and Madelyn Marcotte, 37th, 16.8.

Girls 200-meter dash (won by Mabel Mackey, Coe-Brown, 28.9 — hand held): Eva Drummond, 12th, 31.2; and McLaughlin, 16th, 32.6.

Girls 400-meter run (won by Sarah Brandon, St. Thomas, 1:06.75).

Girls 800-meter run (won by Alli Pratt, Coe-Brown, 2:29.47): Kaitlyn Fay, fourth, 2:41.21; Brianna Desharnais, 10th, 2:52.7; India Drummond and Hannah Thelemarck, 11th, 2:52.97; Belle-Isle, 13th, 2:54.07; Lea Thelemarck, 15th, 2:54.77; Jarell, 24th, 3:17.45; Marcotte, 29th, 3:22.6; and Kathleen Sullivan, 30th, 3:24.37.

Girls 1600-meter run (won by Alli Pratt, Coe-Brown, 5:24.17): Melissa Brown, fifth, 6:11.94; Chloe VanDyne, eighth, 6:20.5; Rileyn Steward, ninth, 6:21.46; Kimberly Bowles, 11th, 6:46.17; Ashley Vajentic, 14th, 7:09.99.

Girls 3200-meter run (won by Maddie Baugh, St. Thomas, 12:58.53).

Girls 100-meter hurdles (won by Adrienne Bevins, St. Thomas, 17.5 — hand held): Georgia Stafford, fourth, 19.0; and Emily Bean, eighth, 20.5.

Girls 300-meter hurdles (won by Lyndsey Longo, St. Thomas, 52.27).

Girls 4X100 relay (won by St. Thomas, 55.0 — hand held) Kennett (Danielle Solomon, Ross, Stafford and Ghobashi), third, 58.8.

Girls 4X400 relay (won by Coe-Brown, 4:27.58): Kennett, (McKinney, Vajentic, Brown and Forde) second, 4:49; and KHS (India Drummond, Steward, VanDyne and Zoe McKinney), sixth, 4:48.12.

Girls High Jump (won by Chloe VanDyne, Kennett, 4'8"): India Drummond, third, 4'4"; and Nadia VanDyne, fourth, 4'2".

Girls Pole Vault (won by Danielle Solomon, Kennett, 6'6").

Girls Long Jump (won by Christi Thompson, St. Thomas, 14'1.5"): Gauthier, third, 13'5".

Girls Triple Jump (won by Emily Bean, Kennett, 27'9.75").

Girls Shot Put (won by Kathleen Collins, Coe-Brown, 33'4"): Kathleen Sullivan, fifth, 20'4".

Girls Discus Throw (won by Kathleen Collins, Coe-Brown, 125'3"): Sylvie Brustin, eighth, 40'2".

Girls Javelin Throw (won by Kathleen Collins, Coe-Brown, 87'8"): Brustin, eighth, 49'3".