Pelham~Windham Sports

Pelham High School Indoor Track

submitted by Jen Jaquith

The Pelham High School Indoor Track team traveled to the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, December 28, for their second meet of the season.  Here is some detail:

Both Todd Paquin and Cameron Robidoux made it to the finals in the 55m dash, running identical times of 6.9 seconds.  Both boys have qualified for the open meets to continue with post-season competition and are .2 seconds shy of qualifying for the state meet outright. 

Mike Bogochow lowered his hurdle time .6 seconds from last week to 9.2 seconds.  He had previously qualified for the open meets and continues to chase down the automatic qualifying standard for the state meet of 8.7 seconds.

Cameron Robidoux ran the 600m race for the first time and was just 2 seconds shy of the open meet qualifying standard with his time of 1:39.1.

The boys’ 4 x 160 team of Todd Paquin, Mike Bogochow, Mike Salois, and Cameron Robidoux unofficially lowered their time approximately 2.5 seconds, looking to earn themselves a spot among the top Class I teams for the State Meet.

Emily Long lowered her 300m time 1.1 seconds to 48.5 seconds.  She continues to chase the open meet qualifying time of 47 seconds.

Kelsi Lynde ran in the finals of the 55m hurdles and had a repeat personal best performance of 9.7 seconds.

The girls’ 4 x 160 team of Jen Peet, Emily Long, Erika Campbell, and Kelsi Lynde unofficially lowered their time approximately 3.5 seconds, looking to earn themselves a spot among the top Class I teams for the State Meet.

These athletes have qualified for the following meets:

  • Open Meets:
    • Todd Paquin - 55m dash, 55m hurdles
    • Mike Bogochow - 55m hurdles
    • Shannon Oriole - 1,000m
    • Melody Long - 1,000m
    • Emily Spognardi - 3,000m
  • State Meet:
    • Todd Paquin - long jump
    • Kelsi Lynde - 55m hurdles

For more information regarding results, check DirectAthletics.com or lancertiming.com.

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Pelham Girls Hoops Win in Haverhill then Lose to Bow

by Tommy Gates

The Pythons evened their New Hampshire Class I record at 2-2 last Saturday night when they traveled to Bow for a game with the Falcons and never led in the game.  The Falcons jumped to a 15-9 lead after one quarter, stretched the lead to 32-17 by halftime, and breezed to a 52-37 win over the Pelham girls.  The Pythons did most of their scoring under the basket where senior center Brianna Szidat tossed in 14 points on the night and junior forward Jacqui Perry had another big night also tossing in 14 points.  Those two totaled 28 of the Pythons 37 points in the game, as sophomore guard Alex Catalano pumped in six points, Sarah DeBaldo hit a bucket, and Kayla Bailey hit a foul shot.  The 2-2 Lady Pythons have another tough task ahead of them this week as powerful Portsmouth comes to town for a big battle.

Senior center Briana Szidat tossed in 25 points and yanked down 21 rebounds Tuesday afternoon in Haverhill, to lead her Pelham Pythons to a nifty 44-39 win over the host Hillies.  Szidat had quite a successful holiday tournament in Haverhill; she tossed in 63 points and grabbed 58 rebounds in those three games, but somehow still didn’t make the All-Tournament team!  I guess every team had a girl that went out and threw in 21 points a game and collected 20 rebounds a game against bigger schools like Brianna did last week.

The Pythons took a thin 11-10 first quarter lead with Szidat firing in nine of those points, but Haverhill kept pressing Pelham and were only down 17-16 with 30 seconds remaining in the first half.  Alex Catalano made a steal and a hoop for a 19-16 lead, and after the Hillies hit a foul shot with five seconds left, Pelham’s Kayla Bailey came up with her only points in the game when she calmly set herself beyond the arc and swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give coach Tom Powers’ Pythons girls a 22-17 edge at halftime.  Pelham’s lead slipped to 29-25 after three quarters, as Szidat had five of the Pythons seven third quarter points before coming to the bench with three fouls, and Alex Catalano had two free throws to keep her team afloat entering the final eight minutes.  The officials were obviously letting the clutching and grabbing go as Szidat was being held the entire game, but she still came through with seven last quarter points before fouling out with 31 seconds left in the game, and junior forward Jacqui Perry also fouled out with 14 seconds left, after tossing in four points and yanking down 10 rebounds.  Sophomore guard Alex Catalano finished up with nine points and did a nice job defensively, as did guards Sara DeBaldo, Amanda Blake, and Nicole Mastacouris.  The 44-39 victory put Pelham’s overall record at 3-3 as they are 2-1 in New Hampshire play for Class I ball.

The Pelham girls played Class L Timberlane the day before and did a very nice job for three quarters against the Owls.  Timberlane gave extra attention to Brianna Szidat, but that opened things up for junior forward Jacqui Perry as she had a season-high 10 points and came down with many big rebounds to keep her team in the game.  The Owls denied Szidat the ball for a lot of the game, but Brianna was still able to pump in 15 points and grab 18 rebounds.  Pelham opened up by taking a 10-8 lead over the Owls after one period of play, but both teams concentrated on defense in the second period, and some cold shooting by Pelham had the Owls grab a thin 13-12 as both teams headed for their locker rooms at halftime.  Timberlane’s Leah Swanson erupted for eight of her game-high 17 points in the third quarter, but that still only gave the Owls a 28-25 lead over Pelham entering the final frame.  Nicole Mastacouris, Amada Blake, and Kayla Bailey all hit 3-pointers for the Pythons, but the Owls would have a 10-5 advantage at the foul line and would go on to beat Pelham 46-36.  Szidat led coach Tim Powers’ team with 15 points, while Perry canned 10 points.

The Lady Pythons came into this tournament pitted against a pretty good Cambridge Rindge and Latin team in the first round, but the girls from Boston couldn’t find a way to stop Brianna Szidat.  Szidat had four points, Jacqui Perry added three points, and April Blinn added a bucket, to give Pelham a 9-6 lead over Cambridge that they would stretch to 22-15 by halftime.  Perry added two more big hoops off of offensive rebounds and Szidat added five more points, and things were looking good for coach Powers and his Pelham girls.  Szidat’s hoop and Amanda Blake’s two free-throws gave Pelham a 26-16 lead with just under six minutes to play in the third quarter, but then the Boston girls put on a trap against Pelham and they started coming up with steals for lay-ups and had the Pythons turning the ball over.  Cambridge went on to outscore Pelham 16-5 in the final six minutes of the third quarter and then held a slight 32-31 lead over the Pythons entering the final frame.  Szidat would score all 10 of Pelham’s points in the fourth quarter that had her finish up with 22 points, but Cambridge would pull away in the final two minutes and escape with a 46-41 win over the Lady Pythons.

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Pelham Boys’ Hoopsters Best Lancers and Bow

by Tommy Gates

Pelham High School boys’ basketball coach Todd Kress admitted that his kids were glad to be back in the friendly confines of the Pelham High gym last Saturday, and they all showed it in their Class I encounter with visiting Bow.  The Pythons raced out to a 16-7 lead after the first seven minutes and then ripped off 33 unanswered points against the Falcons before Bow was able to score their only basket of the second period with 18 seconds left before halftime.  Pelham held a 49-9 advantage at the break, and senior Justin Hojlo and sophomore Steve Spirou had already rung up double figures for scoring and wouldn’t see too much time on the floor in the second half.  Hojlo ended up with a game-high 23 points, while Spirou felt very comfy pumping in 19 points.  Coach Kress also liked the job on the boards that Mike Lombard, Josh Boissoneault, and Conor McColgan did too, as they all got the ball out quickly to their guards to get their fast break going.  Boissoneault chipped in with nine points, Lombard hit for eight and was a force on the boards, and McColgan had four points.  Senior Grant Hebert canned eight points, and Pelham built their lead to 71-19 after three quarters before easing to the 79-31 win, with coach Kress’ Python bench playing most of the second half.

Senior Justin Hojlo had his way with anybody who wanted the chance to guard him last Tuesday afternoon at U Mass Lowell, where coach Todd Kress’ Pelham boys closed out their Lowell Holiday Tournament with a 62-53 victory over Class L Londonderry.  The Class I All-State guard saw his Python squad fall behind 22-13 after one period against the Lancers, but Hojlo then put in overdrive and would explode for 31 points and three 3-pointers to complete a great second half comeback.  Steve Spirou and Mike Lombard came up big too, as the two sophomores scored 11 points apiece and came up with some huge rebounds when coach Kress’ Pythons needed them the most.  Pelham’s defense shut down the Lancers in the second quarter and were able to take a thin 32-31 lead at the break, and Hojlo was able to stay hot in the third period as the Pythons outscored the Lancers 15-13 to take a 47-44 lead into the final frame.  Hojlo remained hot and the Pythons held Londonderry to just nine points in the final period to earn the big 62-53 victory.

The Pelham boys faced a very strong Lincoln-Sudbury team in the second round of the Greater Lowell Tournament, but the Pythons seemed to be running on all eight cylinders in the first period as they jumped out to a 23-17 lead.  Hojlo and Spirou were once again leading the Python scorers, but Lincoln-Sudbury crept back in the second period to outscore the Pelham boys 22-15 to enable them to sneak a 39-38 lead with them at halftime.  A late flurry by Lincoln-Sudbury at the end of the third quarter stretched their lead to 55-50 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Python shooting touches went cold in the final frame as they only hit for 10 points in the quarter, allowing Lincoln-Sudbury to take a 74-60 win.  Hojlo topped Pelham’s scoring ticket with 19 points, Spirou added 15 points, Grant Hebert rifled in 10 points, and Corey Couilliard cashed in with six points.

Pelham came oh-so-close to knocking off powerhouse Acton/Boxborough in the Tourney opener.  Acton/Boxborough couldn’t shake the pesky Pythons early as they only led 22-20 after one period and just led 43-38 at intermission.  Hojlo and Spirou were matching Acton/Boxborough hoop for hoop, and Mike Lombard was making his presence known under the boards.  Pelham cut the lead to 58-54 heading into the last quarter, and they would try to pull away with leads by 10 and 12 points, but on every occasion the Pythons would come back with a mini-run of their own to cut it to a two or three point deficit.  Acton/Boxborough was able to hold onto a 75-72 win over the Pythons.  Hojlo led all scorers with 30 points, Spirou exploded for 21 points, Lombard had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Grant Hebert added six points.

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Gymnasts Off to Great Start

Phantom Gymnastics competed at the Wilkey Wonka Invitational meet on December 11, 12 and 13 in Tewksbury, MA, even though just about all of the girls came from homes without power, hot water, or heat!  In the middle of the worst storm our region has experienced in a long time, the team still managed to travel to Massachusetts and come home with lots of team and individual trophies.

Phantom won first place team trophies in Level 7, Level 6, Level 4, and Prep Op Novice.  The Level 5 team took a third place trophy and the Prep Op Intermediate team took second place.

Optional gymnasts from Phantom Gymnastics recently kicked off their competitive season at Atlantic Gymnastics in Portsmouth and at Wilkey’s Invitational in Tewksbury, where the team took the first place trophy.  While Atlantic was not a team competition, the girls did outstanding in the individual all around and event placements.  The individual results for the Atlantic meet are as follows:

Level 8:

Caralyn Szostkiewicz of Hampstead took second place in the all around with a 35.275, third place on vault, 8.475, first place on bars, 9.15, sixth place on beam, 8.3, sixth and first place on floor.

Level 7 child division:

Gabie Mack of Nashua took first place in the all around with a 35.95, second on vault 9.075, sixth on bars 8.8, fifth on beam 8.7, and first on floor with 9.375.

Courtney Kamberalis of Danville took second in the all around with a 35.9, vault 8.975 was third, 9.25 on bars for second, 8.5 beam for seventh, and third on floor 9.175. 

Erin Carroll of Kingston took fourth in the all around with a 35.775, first on vault 9.1, seventh on bars 8.75, fourth place on beam 8.825, and fourth on floor 9.1.

Jr. division:

Rachel Fay of Hookset took fourth in the all around with a 35.00, second on vault with a 9.05, fifth on bars, 8.7, fifth on beam 8.35, and fifth on floor, 8.9.

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Gymnasts Compete in ‘Classic for the Cure’

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson — Levels 5, 6 and 7 — competed at the 2009 Classic for the Cure for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer in East Brunswick, NJ on January 3 and 4.  There were 560 gymnasts from eight states and 23 different gymnastic centers competing at this meet.  Many of the gymnasts received medals for placing in the top 10 for their individual events and Levels and in the top five for the All Around spots.  The gymnasts were all able to have their pictures taken and items personally signed by Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson.  It was wonderful to see the girls’ faces light up at meeting such a wonderful role model for the girls.  Thanks to Coach Katey for giving the girls such a wonderful learning experience.  Coaches, family, and friends are very proud of all the gymnasts hard work and team spirit to help go above and beyond the goal of raising $10,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Level 5, Jr. B Division:

Cassandra Zaino, Pelham, placed seventh with an all around score of 34.200.  She received an 8.8 on vault (6th place), 8.5 on bars (fifth place), 8.725 on beam (fifth place), 8.175 on floor (12th place)

Level 6, Sr. B Division:

Ali Otis, Windham, placed eighth with an all around score of 34.550.  She received a 9.05 on vault (fifth place), 8.85 on bars (fifth place), 8.35 on beam (11th place), 8.3 on floor (12th place)

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Exciting Changes for Softball Program

Softball is a fabulous game and the girls in Pelham will now have the support of Babe Ruth Softball!  Pelham Baseball/Softball Inc. (formerly Pelham Baseball/Softball Little League Inc.) is happy to announce that their softball program will now be chartered under Babe Ruth Softball.  There are several reasons for this change, paramount being the support that Babe Ruth Softball offers teams in their program.  In the state of New Hampshire alone, the Babe Ruth Softball board is comprised of 13 members, not to mention numerous members on the national level dedicated to softball exclusively.  Another advantage for chartering with Babe Ruth is the flexibility it offers each league to frame its program for what is best for the community.

One of the more exciting changes will be the addition of T-ball softball for girls ages five and six.  Babe Ruth and Pelham/Baseball Softball Inc. believe having girls play T-ball softball is a great opportunity to introduce them to the game (as opposed to T-ball baseball) in the hope they will enjoy it and continue to play as they get older.  The age divisions will remain the same, but will have different names: 14/16U, 12U, 10U, 8U, and T-ball 6U.

Pelham Baseball/Softball Inc. is also pleased to announce that, in order to foster the development of the softball program in town, a softball Board of Directors has been formed.  This Board will be dedicated to the advancement of the softball program through a number of different channels, including, but not limited to, player and coaches clinics, buddy programs, fundraising, travel softball teams, and the establishment of guidelines for each age division designed to advance the level of play. 

The changes being implemented are very advantageous for the girls in Pelham.

If you would like to be a part of these exciting changes, many people are needed.  As with most youth programs, they are only as good as their volunteers!  The Pelham Babe Ruth Softball Board of Directors would love to have you.  If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, contact the Director, Debbie Ryan, at 521-8370.

One of the best ways to get started is to remember to register for softball and baseball on January 10, January 24, or February 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pelham Memorial School.  Or register by mail; visit www.pelhamweb.com and click on the link for Pelham Baseball/Softball Inc. to print the necessary forms.

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