Sunday, April 20, 2014
Kennebec Journal Staff
Winthrop High School athletic director Chris Moreau is new to the job but not the profession. Moreau was hired last week to replace outgoing AD and Dean of Students Dwayne Conway, who accepted a position as principal at Marancook Community High School.
Moreau, 41, has made several stops at Maine high schools, serving the last two years as AD at Dirigo. He held the same position at Lisbon and similar posts at Livermore Falls, South Portland, Scarborough, Dexter and Sumner. The Winthrop job fits well into Moreau's plans.
"We decided to locate back home," said Moreau, who lives in nearby Jay. "Family means too much."
Moreau coached baseball, softball and boys and girls soccer among other sports at Livermore and was a three-sport athlete himself in high school. He'll serve as dean of students as well as middle school and high school athletic director.
"I'm going to have the ability to follow kids from sixth grade through graduation," he said.
Athletics face the same budget challenges at Winthrop as they do at high schools throughout the state. Moreau hopes to maintain all the sports the school has to offer while streamlining the operation. The Ramblers already play co-operative schedules in golf and ice hockey and this year welcomed Monmouth students into its football program.
"The transition has been seamless," Moreau said. "Class C schools in general are all facing the same battle. We're looking at every conceivable and possible option."
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Winslow senior Jordyn Dorval is hoping to be back on the field before the end of the season. Dorval, a sweeper who has long been a part of the Black Raiders' solid defense, tore her ACL in the spring and had surgery in June.
Dorval is still a regular at practice, but she's instructing rather than playing.
"She's invaluable to me because she's another coach on the field for us," Winslow coach Mary Beth Bourgoin said. "She's stepping into a completely different role than what was expected, but she's awesome at it."
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Speaking of torn ACLs, Nokomis girls soccer coach Gary Sinclair is happy to get two of his top players back this season, both of whom suffered torn ACLs within a week of each other last season.
Strangely enough, they're also sisters.
Kylie and Kelsie Richards were both injured early last season, along with teammate Sierra Fortin, leaving the Warriors without a true scorer. Nokomis finished the regular season with a 7-7 record, losing to Ellsworth in the preliminary round of the Eastern Class B playoffs.
"We lost a lot of 1-0 games," Sinclair said.
Now that all three players return, Sinclair said there should be a better balance with the team and a better chance at putting numbers up on Nokomis' side of the scoreboard.
"How far they go is where we're going to go," Sinclair said.
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Conditioning will be as important to Maranacook as it is to any field hockey team in the state. After not fielding a middle school team last fall, the Black Bears have 12 players in their high school program this year.
Maranacook coach Tanya Evans said during practice last week, the Black Bears ran a distance of nearly three miles as a team.
"The first run, they were gone for 26 minutes, and the last one, they were back in 19," Evans said.
Evans said there will be a feeder program starting this year for girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. Her goal is to get 20 girls the first year.
"You need the feeder program to support the high school program," she said.
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