PVC meets usher in high school track championship season

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

Posted May 28, 2015, at 7:23 p.m.
2014 team

2014 girls PVC champions (Koffman/Toder photo)

The onset of warm weather should be a boon to Maine’s outdoor track and field competitors, who have entered championship season.

Maine runners, jumpers and throwers will converge at a handful of sites on Friday and Saturday looking to achieve personal and team success.

In Eastern Maine, the action begins with the Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Championship at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft and continues with the PVC Large School meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at Old Town High School.

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Championship is slated for Saturday at Morse High School in Bath.

Orono High School looks to defend its PVC Small School titles. The girls squad features outstanding balance and depth.

Leading the charge is junior sprinter Lauren Stoops, the top seed in the 100 meters (12.71 seconds), the 200 (26.36) and the 300 hurdles (47.94). The Red Riots also have top-seeded Emma Honey (triple jump, 31 feet, 7 inches) and Allison Pickering (pole vault, 9-3), along with a distance contingent spearheaded by Rebecca Lopez-Anido, Hannah Steelman, Lily Koffman and Cassidy Dill.

Throw in top-seeded race walker Kylie Gray (9:57.69) and the fastest three relay teams and Orono will be tough to unseat.

Tia Tardy of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln should also contend for some individual titles. The sophomore boasts the state’s fastest times this spring in the 800 (2:14.24) and the 1,600 (5:06.98) and is the meet’s No. 1 seed in the long jump (17-5).

Mavis Taungatu’a of Bucksport has been a force and is the leader in the discus (102-9), javelin (102-9) and shot put (38-9½).

The Orono and Foxcroft Academy boys are laden with front-line performers.

The Red Riots’ catalysts include Tristan Butterfield, the top seed in the 400 (52.93) and 800 (2:00.70) and the No. 2 man in the 1,600 (4:38.37), along with discus thrower Jake Koffman (153-4) and pole vaulter Eden Dulin (11-6). Orono’s 4×400 and 4×800 relays also are top seeds.

The Ponies are paced by junior Judson Smith, who leads the field in the 110 hurdles (16.72) and 300 hurdles (42.13), long jump (20-2½), triple jump (40-10½) and high jump (6-2). Peter Boyer is ranked first in the shot put (50-0) and FA’s 4×100 quartet has the fastest time of the spring.

Baramee Janla of Sumner in East Sullivan is the man to beat in the 100 (11.64) and 200 (23.77) and Matthew Toussaint of Fort Kent goes in with the best times in the 1,600 (4:36.09) and the 3,200 (10:03.05).

The Old Town boys and Hampden Academy girls are the defending champions in Saturday’s PVC Large School Championships.

Old Town’s keys include Nick Boutin, the pace-setter and Class B top seed in the 100 (11.26). He is the PVC leader in the 200 (23.20) as is Charles Moody in the 110 hurdles (16.21), state top seed Mitchell Cole in the long jump (21-9½) and its 4×100 relay (45.58).

Broncos distance standout Paul Casavant goes in as the No. 1 seed in the 1,600 (4:34.31) and the 3,200 (10:09.18) as do triple jumper Alex Charette (39-8½) and 800 runner Caleb Lord (2:01.76). Hampden Academy’s 4×800 quartet heads the field in 8:47.68.

Caribou’s Dominic Judd has run a state-best 41.30 in the 300 hurdles.

Among the PVC Large School girls, Hampden Academy receives consistent speed from No. 1 seed Elizabeth Labun in the 800 (2:32.85) and 1,600 (5:40.00) and Krystal Grant has bragging rights in the 300 hurdles (50.03). Long jumper Christie Woodside (16-6¾) and javelin performer Daija Misler (95-10) also sit atop the rankings as does the Broncos’ 4×100 team (52.52).

Bangor is sparked by Felicity Palmer in the 400 (1:03.80), Abby Reynolds in the 100 hurdles (16.94) and Olivia Wallace in the pole vault (9-6).

Ellsworth’s Elizabeth Perry is the top seed in the shot put (37-3¾) and discus (115-0).

 

Fantasy takes us away in the imaginative SYNC Week 4!

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THE RING AND THE CROWN
The Ring & the CrownBy Melissa de la Cruz
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Sea HeartsMargo Lanagan
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Empty bowls available at RSU26 Arts Festival on Thursday

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Empty bowls to help fill empty stomachs

Art is a feast for the eyes and food for the soul, but one in four Maine children are food insecure and that ranks Maine 1st in New England in terms of child food insecurity.  Orono High School students are teaming up to raise awareness of childhood hunger and money to fight childhood hunger through the Empty Bowls project. 

The National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society students created unique hand painted ceramic bowls which they will be selling for a suggested donation of ten dollars at the RSU26 Arts Festival on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in the Orono Middle School Gym from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

The students will be donating all the money raised from the bowls to the Good Shepherd Food bank to help fight childhood hunger in Maine.

History of Empty Bowls

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“Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.  CLICK IMAGE FOR FREERICE SITE!

In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year the originators had developed this concept in Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

About the National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. 

About the National Art Honor Society

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

RSU 26 K-12 Arts Festival on Thursday May 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

Please join us for the RSU 26  K-12 Arts Festival on Thursday May 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Orono Middle School. This is a spectacular art show where students in grades kindergtarten through high school showcase their artwork. All students who have taken art class during this school year will have artwork displayed at this show. We do hope you can make it.

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The power of words in SYNC Week 3! Free downloads until Wednesday, May 27th

 

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X: A NOVEL
X: A Novel, by Ilyasah ShabazzBy Ilyasah Shabazz
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Published by Brilliance AudioI am Malcolm.
I am my father’s son.
But to be my father’s son means that
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Lizan Mitchell, Gail Nelson,
Monica Patton, & Charles Turner
Published by Live Oak MediaThese fifty-four poems, all in different voices but written by one hand, do sing. They make a joyful noise as the author honors the people — the nurses, students, soldiers, and ministers — of his beloved hometown, Harlem.

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Meet the author at the Orono Public Library, Thursday May 21st

OPL Cooney copy

 

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“Pratchett appropriately calls this departure from his widely popular Discworld series a historical fantasy that mixes the oftentimes bleak facts of orphans and child labor with the magic of storybook endings. Briggs’s voice reflects this literary hybrid perfectly.”
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GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Great ExpectationsBy Charles Dickens
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Published by Naxos AudioBooksNarrated in the first person, GREAT EXPECTATIONS tells the story of Philip Pirrip (known as Pip) from his disadvantaged start as an orphan in the Kent marshes to the improvement in his position following an anonymous allowance. Pip moves to London where, only after many trials, does he learn humility and the value of loyalty.

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