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A game, a season of almost

By Charlie Tryder

FRYEBURG — Knowing a trip to the Portland Expo rested on the outcome of their preliminary tournament game at Lake Region on Feb. 11, the Fryeburg Academy boys' basketball team almost allowed itself to be run out of the gym in the first quarter. Lake Region, led by Sam Smith's three three-pointers and two foul shots and Mark Williams' three buckets, scored 19 points to open up a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter.

The lead grew to 22-9 in the second quarter, but then the Raiders slowed the Lakers down. Smith hit two more three-pointers for 17 first-half points, but the Raiders cut their deficit to 29–20 entering the locker room for half.

Under coach Sedge Saunders' instruction, the Raiders matchup 2–3 zone located Smith better in the second half. He struck for still two more threes in the second half for a total of 23 points on the night. The Raiders outscored the Lakers 32–25 in the second half, and even took a seven-point lead with just under three minutes to go in the game.

At that point, the Raiders went cold and made some poor decisions as the Lakers, led by Williams' nine points in the fourth quarter, tied the game on a Jack Lesure three-point play. They took the lead when Marcus Duval hit both ends of a one and one with three seconds left in the game.

Ryan Gullikson went 6–7 from the line along with a basket in the third quarter to lead the Raider comeback. Jaquan Causar, playing on a sprained ankle, had eight points from the post in the second and third quarters to keep Fryeburg in this game. Ignacio Calleja converted several steals in the fourth quarter and led the Raiders with 14 points. Alex Blake, playing through muscle spasms in both calves in the second half, finished with 11 points.

The disappointing finish for the Raiders in many ways mirrored a season of almost for the Raiders. They showed repeatedly that they can play with anyone in Western Class B, so they knew if they got to Portland, they could surprise some people. Their season included a loss at Falmouth, the No. 2 team in Class A, in which they led with under two minutes to play.

The season also included a two-point loss to Yarmouth, the No. 4 seed in Class B, a close loss to No. 5 seed Cape Elizabeth in which the Raiders led by 10 points in the fourth quarter. In addition, there was a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer to Poland, an overtime loss in Wells, and a regular season four-point loss to Lake Region.

One cannot help but wonder what if the Raiders could have held onto their lead Feb. 11 and had the opportunity to go play Spruce Mountain in the Expo.

Coach Saunders honored the warrior-like performances and Causar and Blake, the Raiders' senior leaders after the game. He also noted that Fryeburg was close, and he challenged the Raider underclassmen to use the hurt they felt to motivate them to do the work needed in the off-season to get over the hump next season.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 04:57

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Raider Profiles: Amber Dindorf, a senior at Fryeburg Academy

By Rachel Andrews Damon

3-31-amber-dindorf-profileFryeburg Academy Senior Amber Dindorf.What's your name? Amber Ritger Dindorf.

Where are you from? "I live in Harts Location."

How did you get to FA from there?

"My town actually sends me here. They send all the kids in Harts Location to FA although currently I am the only student attending."

Who are your people?

"My parents are Nancy Ritger and Mark Dindorf. My mother is a Programs Manager for the Appalachian Mountain Club. My father is an Innkeeper at The Notchland Inn in Hart's Location. I have one older brother, Arran, he's 23. He went to Kennett. He graduated from Colby and now works at Alta Lodge in Utah. I have one sister, Aslyn, FA's Class of 2011. She is studying physical therapy at Simmons College in Boston."

Are you a good student academically?


How good?

"I am a high honor student."

What teachers have had an influence on you?

"I would say all the teachers at FA are great. Mr. Rhymer (Science) is my advisor and a really good teacher. He gets me interested in learning and he does it in a way that is not stressful and his teaching is very relevant to life. He's also a really nice and sometimes a very funny person."

What about athletics at FA?

"I've been on the lacrosse team and the Nordic ski team all four years at FA, the field hockey team for three years, and the cross country team my senior year. I have been the captain of our lacrosse team for two years and captain of the Nordic ski team this year. Nordic skiing is my favorite sport. There is just something very cool about gliding on skis. My whole family is into skiing."

How about clubs and other extracurriculars?

"I've been a member of FA's Student Council all four years and am currently the vice president. I've been the Secretary for the Class of 2014 all four years. I've been the Vice President and President of the Interact Club. I've been a member of the Daniel Webster Society, the French Club and Raider Patrol. I am also in the Global Studies Certificate Program."

What do you do in your spare time...?

"Well, I like to travel. I have been to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently, as well to Scotland, Italy, London, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Canada. Two of these journeys were on school trips. I hit six countries on one trip. I travel with my family as well. We've travelled to the Grand Canyon and a lot of national parks. I also love to hike and do anything outside. I am working on learning to play the guitar. And of course I ski a lot. "

Looking back at your four years at FA what is your assessment?

"I would definitely say that FA has given me crazy opportunities. I got to travel to Indonesia during May term. I end up doing a lot of things I like to do both inside and outside the classroom. It's a very fun place to be. It's really cool to be with different people from all over the world all the time."

What is your political bent?

"I'm primarily a liberal Democrat. I really haven't delved into it but I think I just align with those views especially on topics related to the environment like water pollution, air pollution and conservation."

What's your favorite book?

"Several have stood out to me. I read a lot. I really loved 'Let the Great World Spin,' by Colum McCann. The author was able to tie so many different stories together. I loved the book, 'Divergent,' by Veronica Roth and I really liked 'Unbroken,' by Laura Hillenbrand. It's an incredible non-fiction story of a guy from WWII. It was inspirational what he had been through.

What music do you like?

"I like a little bit of everything, lots of acoustic guitar, folk and music from other places. I love The Lumineers. I go to Stone Mountain a lot and love the artists from there."

What's your favorite movie?

"I love comedies. Anything with Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler. I like movies with cool graphics like 'The Life of Pi.' That was an incredible movie."

Do you have a message for your parents as you prepare for life after high school?

"I'd like to thank my mother and father for a very unique and wonderful upbringing. They taught me to make every day worthwhile and I want to thank them for that."

What is your plan after graduation from FA this June?

"This summer I will work at the Appalachian Mountain Club at Three Mile Island Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee. Right now I have no idea where I'm going to college. I hear back from a couple of schools soon. I'm waiting to hear from Bates and Colby and Colorado College. Those are my big ones. I really want to study environmental research or international global studies. I would love to help countries live more sustainably."

What does your future hold after college?

"I'm not sure but I know it will work itself out. I have this fantasy of living in Iceland. Maybe out west or maybe even still in New England. It depends on my job at the time and what kinds of things come along. I want to do lots of traveling and spend a lot of time outdoors. I don't see myself in a city but rather in the mountains. I think about being married and having children....when, to whom, and how many, I have no idea!"


Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:40

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Eagles celebrated at KHS Winter Sport Awards

by Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The Kennett High School Athletic Department held is annual Winter Sports Awards on Monday in the Loynd Auditorium.

Athletic director Kerry Brady served as the master of ceremonies and made athletes, parents, and friends feel right at home in the friendly confines of Loynd Arena.

"Thank you all for supporting our teams," Brady said. "This community has been wonderful in getting behind them and supporting everyone."

Those on hand enjoyed an eight minute slide show put together by senior Kaylin Samia with photos supplied by Lisa Eastwood, Josh Spaulding and Jamie Gemmiti. Set to music, the ski jumping segment had a perfect accompaniment of "I believe I can fly," while the alpine teams were appropriately serenaded by Queen's "We are the champions."

The presentation of the major awards were given by the coaches to the following athletes:

The Karl Seidenstuecker Award was presented to senior basketball players Ryan Vajentic and Thomas Loynd and junior Brandon DiLucchio. Vajentic and DiLucchio both received the award last year.

The Seidenstuecker Basketball Award, named in honor of the long time and legendary Kennett Basketball Coach, is awarded each year to the young man who best exemplifies the traits admired by Coach Seidenstuecker. These traits include coachibility, all-around play, leadership and sportsmanship, consistently representing the team and Kennett High School in a respectful manner.

"This season's recipients of the Seidenstuecker Basketball Award are the captains of the 2013-2014 Eagles — Brandon DiLucchio, Ryan Vajentic and Thomas Loynd," Steve Cote, Eagles' head coach, said.

The Broomhall Nordic Award was presented to senior Donovan Spaulding by head ski coach Laurel Zengilowski.

The Ski Jumping Award, also presented by Zengilowski went to Liam Devine.

The Alpine Skiing Award, presented by Coach Z., went to seniors Kasey Connifey, Grant Meserve, Jake Remick and Lucas Tinkham.

The Jim Terry Award went to hockey senior captain Brad Canavari.

"The Jim Terry Award, named after long time coach Jim Terry is given at the conclusion of each season to the player(s) who has demonstrated excellence in determination, discipline, leadership and sportsmanship both on and off the ice.

"This year it was presented to Brad Canavari, who is a four-year letter winner, captain, First Team All State member, a great teammate and even better young man," Michael Lane, Eagles' head coach, said.

The Spirit Award was presented by coach Jenn McGinley to junior captain Destiny Allard.

The Indoor Track Awards were presented by coach Bernie Livingston to seniors Gigi Miller and Tyrus Parker.

The Russ Award went to senior girl basketball players Rachel and Kaylin Samia.

The girl's basketball award also known as The Russ Award is given in honor of longtime basketball coach and educator Bob Russell. The award is given to the player who demonstrates pride, determination, leadership, behavior and enthusiasm in the sport of basketball.

"These characteristics could not describe better this year's winners, who just happen to be sisters," Larry Meader, Eagles' head coach, said. "I am proud to present this year's Russ Award to Rachel and Kaylin Samia."

The Unified Basketball Award was presented by coach Courtney Turchan to Dominic Lentini and Nakomis Lucy.

A presentation of sports letters for each team followed the awards ceremony in separate rooms while the hockey team capped its season with a banquet at Indian Mound on Wednesday night.

This awards night was also an opportunity for those on hand to show appreciation of all of the parents and fans who have supported the teams throughout the season.


Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 05:11

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Raiders honored at Winter Sports Awards Night

FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy wrapped up another successful winter sports season last week when the Raiders hosted the 2013-14 Winter Sports Awards

"This night is an opportunity to celebrate our winter athletes and serve as a culminating event to the winter season," Sue Thurston, athletic director, said. "Our attention may switch to recognizing individuals tonight, but our teams are just that, teams. Each athlete here has had a part into making this season what it was. I have asked each team to provide a representative who can articulate their season highlights or provide an overview from the past four months."

Senior Skye Dole opened the evening with her thoughts on being an athlete at Fryeburg Academy. Last fall Dole received the Head of School Award, recognizing her accomplishments to the Fryeburg Academy Athletic program and her commitment to training year round within the Academy programs.

The school's Special Olympians were recognized for their winter performances: Aaron Hennessy — a silver and two bronze medals in alpine and was also a member of the Indoor Track team.

Courtney Ela — a gold and a silver medal and placed 4th in alpine events.

Star Young — a gold and silver in bi-ski.

Ben Charles — two bronze medals in skiing.

Reed Wales — two gold medals as a member of the nordic team and met Seth Wscott at the Winter Games in Sugarloaf.

Other speakers included: girls alpine — Senior Chelsea Abraham followed by Coach Dyer and Clarke; boys alpine — Jesse Liljedahl followed by Coach Dyer and Clarke; cheering – Senior Emily Ouellette followed by Coach Tetreault; girls Nordic — Senior Amber Dindorf followed by Coach Weston and Darling; boys Nordic — Senior Dacota Griffin followed by Coach Weston and Darling; boys basketball — Jaquan Causer  followed by Coach Saunders and assistants Tryder and Antonicci; girls indoor track — Bailey Friedman followed by Coach Collins; boys Indoor track — Njemile Phillip followed by Coach Collins; wrestling — Matt Boucher followed by Coach Thurston; Ice Cat ice hockey — Freshman Huxley Lovering; girls basketball — Sydney Charles  followed by Coach Watson and assistants Bush and L’Heureux.

Fred Westerberg was honored with the Howard Ross Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sport of skiing at Fryeburg Academy. Westerberg has given countless hours to the ski program.   He has followed, supported and been involved with Fryeburg skiing for decades. His daughter Beth was a former Academy ski team member and part of the 1982 girl’s state championship team. For the last 15 years he has been the dedicated bus driver for the Academy Nordic team, acting as an honorary coach and always cheering and supporting the team. He has been with the team so long he is recognized and thought of as one of the team’s representatives at races by other coaches and parents. For the last four years he has taken great joy and pride in watching his grandson, Dacota Griffin, carry on the family’s ski tradition as a member of the Fryeburg Academy Nordic Ski Team.

Westerberg was presented with a ski vest and certificate and his name will be permanently displaced on a cup in the trophy case outside Wadsworth Arena.

All Conference honors were presented to the following:

Alex Blake — Honorable Mention in Basketball.

Trevor Henschel, Matt Bouche, Andrew Lyman and Willy Macfawn — in wrestling.

Patrick Carty — Honorable Mention in Nordic skiing.

Skye Dole and Julia Quinn – Second Team and Honorable Mention in basketball.

Allison Fahey, Emily Ouellette and Hannah Perry — winter cheering.

Bailey Friedman, Forrest Stearns and Eli Thompson — indoor track.

Harrison Leavitt and Mary Shea — in Alpine skiing.

Athletes were honored also for academics (seniors with at least a 3.2 GPA and receiving a varsity letter): Chelsea Abraham, Sullivan Briggs and Juliet Fink in alpine skiing; Blaine Andreoli, Bailey Friedman, Eric Hannes, Tristin Harvie, Tucker Huppe, Nick Kiesman, Meredith Lastra, Tyler O’Keefe, Jared Schrader and Stanford White in indoor track; Alex Blake, Sydney Charles, Skye Dole, Makayla Frost and Sarah Welch in basketball; Amber Dindorf, Austin Gerchman, Dakota Griffin and Liam LeConey in Nordic skiing; and Esther Ortiz and Emily Ouellette in cheering.

Athletic Director Sue Thurston also gave special recognition.

"There are several athletes here tonight whose teammates saw them accomplish some great feats, but we didn’t even hear about them because they might have been over a smaller part of a bigger accomplishment or not earned an All-Conference mention.  To me these athletes also deserve to be recognized in front of our community as well. So, I would invite these athletes to come down here and be publicly recognized for their accomplishments this season.  

I would like to personally thank two students whose individual contributions above their own  athletic teams have made the home events here this winter in the  Wadsworth Arena just a tremendous environment, starting with the voice of the Raiders, Dacota Griffin," she continued. "If you didn’t get to hear him announce a few of our basketball games, then you really missed a talented announcer.  His voice gave the start of every game a true home court advantage!  I hope he has started a new tradition of a student announcer during our home contests. Along with Dacota, for  the past 2 and a half seasons, I have not had to look far for a singer of the National Anthem at any home basketball, wrestling or football games, or even a few off site venues where we are asked if we have a student who could sing the National Anthem  and my response is 'Do we ever!'  Emily Ouellette has stood out within the league as the top anthem singer.  Opposing coaches and especially many of the regular officials we have commented on her voice.  It gives me the goose bumps every time I hear it.  Again, I hope we have another student step into this role as well!

In indoor track and field, Jared Schrader, Tyler O’Keefe, TJ Rose and Eric Hannes represented the Academy at the New England Track Championships on the 4x800  relay team.  The finished 15th overall and were the top Maine team. In addition, Jared  Schrader also qualified in the 1000 meters as an individual and Forrest Stearns also qualified in the 600.

With still the newness of indoor track in just it’s fourth full season, comes records being set.  This winter Eli Thompson, Forrest Stearns, Jared Schrader, TJ Rose, Njemile Phillip, Joe Coffey –Slattery, Colt Whitten, Tristan Harvie, Bailey Friedman and Anna Lastra all set new school records in their events.

In ice hockey, the Academy has partnered with Lake Region in a co-op situation for the past six years and this winter due to a drop in numbers the MPA allowed Oxford Hills to join in.  

"The joint three schools have made hockey affordable in all of our communities as we split the expenses three ways," Thurston said. "It has also allowed us to have a JV team, so all the young people had competitive minutes this year. The Fryeburg contingency was small, but certainly quality in the young men.  Huxley Lovering and Bowen Greenleaf were the mainstay in our team.  Next year we will double, at least, our input to the team.  We were fortunate to have Dave LePage as the head coach.  These two and their families arranged for rides to practice every day, made all the games, integrated with athletes from two other high schools and really made it work.  All athletes make sacrifices, but these two have made sure Fryeburg still had hockey.   I should note that this team played against South Portland in the Class B West Quarter finals."

In Skiing:  three athletes — Juliet Fink, Sullivan Briggs and Jesse Liljedahl — participated as Skimeisters.

In Basketball: Alex Blake and Skye Dole were chosen to represent Fryeburg Academy in the Western Maine Conference Senior All Star Game.Dole was unable to attend but Blake contributed 16 points to his team.  

"These two have both been selected by their coaches as the recipients of the Pinky True Basketball Award, given at graduation to the basketball player who best represents a command of fundamentals, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm," Thurston said. "Skye was also one of two athletes nominated for the Bob Butler Award, which is equal to the Western Maine Conference Player of the Year Award.  

Coach Sedge Saunders recorded his 100th career victory, a milestone that represents commitment to a program and to developing young athletes.  
In wrestling: Trevor Henschel, Andrew Lyman, Matt Boucher and Willy Macfawn placed first at the Mid State Championship

Macfawn won the Class B West Championship while Lyman was the Class B State Runner Up.

At a school assembly last month, the team presented Head of School Erin Mayo with the Mid State Conference Good Sportsmanship Award.
The Academy had nine individuals qualify from the B West Regionals for the 14 weight classes in wrestling.

Trevor Henschel won the Class B West State Championship in the 182 pound division. He receives a state champion coat donated by the Alumni Association  and represented by Chris Dutton and the Alumni and Development Office represented by Rachel Damon.  

Winter 3-Star Jackets were presented to Sage Boivin, Matt Bouche, Jaquan Causer, Abby Davis, Hunter Day, Joey Deremers, Molly Eklund, Esme Hernandez, Ryan Gullikson, Nick Kiesman, Nicholis L’Heureux- Carland, Harrison Leavitt, Willy Macfawn, Milos Mitic, Esther Ortiz, Brianna Perreault, Wayne Smith, Ben Southwick and Jared Stefano.

Awards were presented in the following:

Wrestling — Hunter Day and Trevor Henschel received Raider Awards

Girls Indoor Track — Oriagna Inirio received the MVP and Anna Lustra the Coach’s Award.
Boys Indoor Track — Forrest Stearns received the MVP and Elijah Thompson the Coach’s Award.

Cheering — Shelby Day received the Up and Coming Award.
Girls Basketball — Julia Quinn and Sarah Welch received Raider Awards.

Boys Basketball  — Henry Santana and Joey DeRemer received Coach’s Awards.

Boys Nordic — Patrick Carty received the MVP and Austin German the Most Improved Award.

Girls Nordic — Amber Dander received the MVP and Juliet Fink the Most Improved Award.

Boys Alpine — Harrison Leavitt received the MVP.
Girls Alpine – Chelsea Abraham received the MVP.

Special Olympics — Courtney Ela received the Most Resilient Athlete Award.
Head of School Award — Emily Ouellette.

Thurston closed the evening with a sincere thank you to Raider-Nation.

"Before we leave, I want to thank a few groups who have made it happen behind the scenes for all of us this winter: the Boosters Club, led by President Sue Perry.  The hours these parents put into manning the concession area during the winter is crazy.  We emphasize teamwork to our athletes and this small group of parents does just that!  They monies they raise go to provide every team with meal money to the Regional and State Finals, scholarships and book Awards.  

• Dwight DeMille, Bobby Jordan, Justin Bishop and the Men of Maintenance for keeping our building ready for the games and parking lot opened up each day.

• Mary Tyner, Heather Sheehan and Dave Powers for handling all our transportation needs at the district level.

• Dave Charles, Bob Potter, Chad Pond, John Urgese and Bob Pulito who I think about 95 percent of our trips this winter.  Their commitment to safety should give all of us nothing but pure confidence when our athletes were on the bus.  

• Jen Torch and Pat Daley for all the work they put in trying to strengthen and healing our athletes.

Finally thank you to all the coaches sitting here tonight and Kevin McDonald and Dave LaPage who had travel plans.  These people give tirelessly of their time and energy to help teach our athletes.  Their dedication and commitment to each of families is amazing.  Many of these people have children and spouses, so coaching here means missing something else in their homes, so, thanks to each one of you.  Our athletes are better people because of you."

Pitchers and catchers reported Monday and all the spring sports start March 31.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 05:05

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Kennett Winter Sports Awards are this Tuesday

CONWAY — The Kennett High School Athletic Department will hold is annual Winter Sports Awards on Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m. The award presentations will be held in the Loynd Auditorium.

A presentation of the major awards will be given by the coaches of all of the fall teams. Family and friends of the athletes are invited to join in congratulating the award winners from each team.

A presentation of sports letters for each team will follow the awards ceremony in separate rooms.

Come join the teams and their coaches to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of all of the Kennett winter athletes.

"This award night is also a time to show our appreciation of all of those parents and fans who have supported the teams thoughout the season," athletic director Kerry Brady said.

Spring sports practices officially start Monday.


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