Pelham~Windham Sports

Pelham Swimmers Bettering Their Times in Quad Meet Against Salem, Milford, and Merrimack

by Tommy Gates

Bill Rimes had a busy day against three other schools

Coach Jay Chandler took his 10 Pelham swimmers over to the Salem Boys and Girls Club last Friday for a big quad meet against Salem, Merrimack, and Milford and the first-year team once again did more than hold their own against the other veteran teams.  Junior Kelly Maglio swam her best time of the winter in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in 1:27.46, but she did injure her back slightly and would not swim the 100 Yard Backstroke, which is normally her best event.  Maglio did manage to take part in the 200 Yard freestyle Relay, with Lauren Tocco, Kelly Turner, and Roxanne Lapierre as they finished in 2:27.92.  Maglio also joined forces with Sarah Chapman, Kate McCarthur, and Lapierre to swim the 200 Yard Medley Relay in 2:53.25.  Lapierre also did a nice job in the 200 Yard Freestyle when she finished in 2:48.44, and the 100 Yard Freestyle where her time was 1:14.76.  Lauren Tocco did a nice job in the 100 Yard Backstroke along with teammate Kelley Turner, and Tocco also did very well in the 100 Yard Freestyle.  Cate McCarthur and Sarah Chapman swam very well in the girls 50 Yard Freestyle.

Now Jay Chandler only has four boys on his Python swim team, and they were all very busy on this night.  Seniors Bill Rimes, Adam Paquette, Rob McLean, and junior Reece Dumdee came in fourth in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay 2:08.55, and they combined to take fourth place in the 200 Yard Medley Relay in 2:34.62.  Bill Rimes got a nifty fifth place finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle in 28.09 seconds, and he took the seventh spot in the 100 Yard Freestyle when he touched home in 1:09.17.  Rob McLean had a great fifth place finish in the 100 Yard Backstroke in a time of 1:30.09, and he came in sixth place in the 100 Yard Freestyle in 1:07.56.  Reece Dumdee got a super sixth place effort in the 100 Yard Breaststroke in a time of 1:45.99. 

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Pelham High School Indoor Track

submitted by Jen Jaquith

The Pelham High School Track and Field Team traveled to the University of New Hampshire the evening of February 1 for their last open meet.  All of the athletes had a great meet!  These were the results of the non-scoring meet:

Todd Paquin placed first in the long jump with a jump of 20-feet 6.25-inches.  This jump was nearly 13-feet further than the second place finisher.  Going into today (not knowing the outcome of the other meets that were held today), Todd was leading the state, including Class L, in this event.  Todd passed on three additional jumps that he was awarded in order to focus on his 55m hurdle and 55m dash races.  Todd placed second overall in the 55m hurdles with his time of 8.3 seconds, tying his personal best.  He placed first in 55m dash, with a time of 6.6 seconds- which is also a personal best.

Cameron Robidoux placed second in the 55m dash with a time of 6.7 seconds.  Although he ran well, he was disqualified in the 300m dash due to stepping out of his lane.

Mike Bogochow placed fifth in the 55m hurdles, despite tripping over a hurdle and recovering to finish with a time of 9.5 seconds.

Mike Bogochow, Todd Paquin, Mike Salois, and Cameron Robidoux ran the 4 x 160, dropping their best time over three seconds to 1:21.3 and earning a second place finish from the slowest heat of the race.  It is very likely that this team will earn a spot at the state meet.

Kesli Lynde placed third today with a time of 9.1 seconds - tying her personal best.  She also placed sixth in the 300m dash, with a personal best time of 45.8 seconds.  Although she is .8 seconds shy of qualifying outright for the state meet, it looks likely that her time will be among the top 12 in Class I, M, and S.

Emily Long ran a personal best time of 46.5 seconds in the 300m dash.  It also looks very hopeful that she will be among the top 12 in Class I, M, and S and likely to compete in the state meet in this event.

Emily Spognardi brought her 1500m time down 10 seconds to 5:16.70 for fourth place finish overall.  Her time is 1.7 seconds shy of outright qualifying for the State Meet.  It looks very hopeful that she will be among the top 12 in Class I, M, and S to compete in this event.

Melody Long dropped her 1,000m time down three seconds in one week to 3:23.3 for a seventh place finish overall.  Her time is five seconds shy of outright qualifying for the State Meet.  But it also looks likely that she will be among the top 12 in Class I, M, and S and be allowed to compete in that meet.

Kelsi Lynde, Emily Long, Emily Spognardi, and Melody Long ran the 4 x 400 relay for the first time this season.  They came in third in the meet and ran a time of 4:38.9.  This time will likely earn them a spot in the state meet in this event.

Kelsi Lynde, Emily Long, Erika Campbell, and Jen Peet ran the 4 x 160 relay for a time of 1:37.9.  This time was after both Kelsi and Emily Long had already run the 300 and 4 x 400.  This relay team will most likely not advance to the State Meet.

Currently, these athletes have automatically qualified for the State Meet:

  • Todd Paquin - Long Jump, 55m Hurdles, 300m, 55m Dash
  • Kelsi Lynde - 55m Hurdles
  • Mike Bogochow - 55m Hurdles
  • Cameron Robidoux - 55m Dash, 300m

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Pelham’s Hojlo Explodes for 41 Against Upset Minded Souhegan, Before Getting Revenge vs. Portsmouth

by Tommy Gates

Tuesday night was the game that this team had been waiting for, for over a month as the 8-2 Portsmouth Clippers came to the Pelham Gym feeling pretty confident after they had given the Pythons their only Class I loss of the year back in December.  The Pelham gym was packed with noisy fans and it certainly felt like tournament time.  Portsmouth looked like they were coming out and saying, “We’re not going to let Justin Holjlo beat us”, so Pelham just dug in a little deeper on defense and let Mike Lombard, Grant Hebert, Steve Spirou, and Josh Boissonneault dominate inside.  Pelham ran out to leads of 10-9 after one period, and 19-15 by halftime, as the top scoring team in the state didn’t mind working the ball around one bit.  Portsmouth was giving extra attention to Hojlo.  But Sean Sweeney would burn the Clippers for seven points, Grant Hebert would hit six points, (including a back-breaking three-pointer midway through the fourth period), Mike Lombard had five points in the trenches, and Boissonneault had four points and several key rebounds.  Pelham stretched their lead to 35-29 after three quarters and would go on to get revenge against the Clippers with the 51-42 victory.  Justin Hojlo finished with 18 points to lead the Pythons, but that probably means that he’ll hit for another 40 points Friday night against the Kennett Golden Eagles.

If you’re a New Hampshire high school basketball coach, you certainly know that funny things can happen to your team when you’re on the road.  Pelham played two road games last week and the results were like night and day.  Last Thursday night coach Kress told his Python boys to be ready for a fired up Souhegan team that only had one win all season, and they had to come from behind in the fourth period to beat the Sabres by outscoring them 24-15 in the final quarter.  Justin Hojlo had 18 of those 24 points and he’d finish with a career high 41 points on the night, to lead Todd Kress’ 9-1 Pythons to a 68-63 win.  Sophomore Stephan Spirou helped out with 11 points and some key boards, while Mike Lombard and Grant Hebert both hit for seven points and took down double digits in rebounds.

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Salem Hockey Team Beats Londonderry, but Get Bumped by Bishop Guertin 5-2

by Tommy Gates

Rob Liberatore makes a save against Londonderry

Salem hockey coach Mark McGinn knew that Bishop Guertin and Concord are the two best Division 1 hockey teams right now, but after being edged 2-1 by Concord last week, he was hoping that his kids could go over to Skate III in Tyngsboro and pull off another upset over the Bishop Guertin Cardinals like they did last January!  Coach McGinn said, “Bishop Guertin is one of the best hockey teams in the state and they have a very good power play, and they got us for three power plays in the first two periods and we weren’t able to recover.  I thought our kids played tough and much better than the 5-2 final score might indicate.”  The Cardinals were able to score two power play goals in the first period and then add two more goals in the second period to take a 4-0 lead into the third period.  The Blue Devils sounded attack and came back with two goals and then were still getting the better of the scoring chances, until they were called for a crease violation with only four minutes left in the game.  Aaron Mackey has been playing some superb hockey recently for the Blue Devils and he broke the ice when he took a pass from Mike Rocheleau and Mike Frahm and fired it past Guertin’s goalie Dave O’Brien.  It was Rocheleau and Frahm just a few minutes later that set up senior Cory Lavallee for a terrific score that cut the lead to 4-2.  Salem did have some super scoring chances and especially near the end of the first period where they’d do everything but put the puck in the net, during a 5 on 3 situation with four minutes left.  Guertin was able to get an empty net goal from Sean White with just 20 seconds left in the game to seal it, but McGinn looked at the upside of his Blue Devils’ performance.  McGinn noted, “I liked the hustle and the spirit the kids displayed out there today.  If we continue to play with that spark, I’ll guarantee that this team should be peaking when the playoffs roll around.  We dug ourselves in a hole early, but they didn’t back down and I really liked that.  I want to see that same kind of spirit from them on the ice this Wednesday night when we’ll be hosting a 5-3-1 Trinity team that is ahead of us in the standings.”

This same Salem team hosted an up and coming Londonderry team that is starting to get hot after a slow start last Wednesday afternoon at the Icenter.  The Blue Devils got some superb goaltending from junior Robbie Liberatore and took a 2-0 early lead, before holding onto a 3-2 verdict against the Lancers.  The Blue Devils met the Lancers back in the first round of the Coca Cola Christmas Tournament back six weeks ago and Salem took it 8-0, and it almost looked like it was starting that way again as Londonderry picked up two first period penalties, and the Blue Devil’s answered with two goals near the end of the opening period.  Mike Frahm got a steal near mid ice and rifled one over the shoulder of the Lancer goalie to make it 1-0 with 2:19 left in the first period, and then Mark Baroni wristed a shot at the net from just inside the blue line with 57 seconds left in the first quarter, and junior Dakota McKenzie redirected it into the goal for a 2-0 Salem lead.  The Lancers didn’t take too long letting the Salem kids know that they weren’t dead yet, as Tommy Thompson only needed 30 seconds into the second period to make it a 2-1 game.  In the second period, it was the Lancers’ turn to take advantage of several power plays but Robbie Liberatore came up with array of outstanding stops to keep his Salem teammates out in front.  Several minutes into the third period, Salem senior Joel Vastl gave the Blue Devils a cushion when he scored with the assist going to Baroni to make it a 3-1 Salem lead.  Salem’s senior forward, Mike Rocheleau has a few goals and several assists, but he was all over the place dishing out clean, tough checks on the Lancer forwards and especially his old buddy Tommy Thompson.  Rocheleau hit Thompson with a bone-crushing hit alongside the Salem net with about five minutes to play, but Thompson got right up and continued, and also scored Londonderry’s final score with just 20 seconds left in the game.  McGinn once again got tough and steady games from Mark Baroni.  Nick Barreira, Chris Smerdon, Aaron Mackey, Mike Rocheleau, and Joel Vastl, as this team is going to need clutch efforts from multiple people in order to have success in getting past the first two rounds of the playoffs.

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Pelham Girls Play Class I Heavies, Souhegan and Coe-Brown Very Tough in Defeats

by Tommy Gates

Nicole Mastacouris makes a foul shot against Souhegan

The Pelham Pythons girls basketball team had to host 9-3 Coe-Brown and 8-3 Souhegan last week, and while they did drop both games to fall to 3-10 in the Class I standings, it was one bad quarter that led to their undoing in both games.  Last Friday night at Pelham High against No. 4 Coe-Brown, coach Tim Powers’ girls were buckling down on defense in the first half and it was quite evident.  The Bears were able to escape the first period hanging onto a slim 10-9 lead, and they couldn’t do much to pull away in the second frame either, as they took a scant 28-25 lead into the locker room with them.  The Python fans were all smelling a big upset here, as Brianna Szidat was drawing the double-teaming attention that she always gets, but the Pythons were getting some key hoops from guards Nicole Mastacouris and Sarah DeBaldo, and forward Rachel Fournier had her best outing of the season and tossed in two key hoops.  The third period turned out to be a killer for the Pythons in this game, as the Bears were able to outscore the Pelham girls 19-8 in the period to lead 47-33, and that was just too much for the Pythons to make up in the fourth period.  Pelham lost this one 51-38, with Brianna Szidat leading the charge with 18 points, Mastacouris sunk six points, Rachel Fournier and Sarah DeBaldo had four each, Jacqui Perry was held to three points, Amanda Blake had a bucket, and Kayla Bailey hit a free throw.

Earlier in the week, it was a terrible first quarter against the 8-3 Souhegan Sabres that put the Lady Pythons in a deep hole early as they were outscored 16-3 for the first session.  Brianna Szidat and Jacqui Perry started to heat up in the second period as they cut the lead to 20-13, but the Sabres put on a late rush to lead 33-20 at half time.  Souhegan went up 41-22 early in the third period, but a lay-up by April Blinn and eight straight points by Szidat all of a sudden pulled Pelham to within 11 points at 41-30.  Souhegan entered the fourth period with a commanding 50-35 cushion over the Pelham girls, and the Pythons could only muster fourth period baskets from Kayla Bailey, Sarah DeBaldo, Katie Halpin, and Brianna Szidat as Souhegan waltzed to a 70-43 victory.  Szidat finished with 20 points for Pelham and Jacqui Perry had a big game with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

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Pelham Girls Gymnasts Just Keep Improving, I’Anson Loses to Salem’s Vadala, But Beats Lancers’ Jackson

by Tommy Gates

Chelsea I’Anson

The Pelham Python gymnastic team went up against two-time defending champion and a powerful Londonderry team last Tuesday night in Salem, and Pelham coach Amanda Iwanicki had nothing but praise to heap on her second-year gymnastic team.  Iwanicki called the group together just after their last event and said she was very impressed with all the girls efforts.  Senior captain Chelsea I’Anson has put the word out that she will be chasing Salem’s Leeann Vadala and a few others for the All-State All-Around title in two weeks, as she came in second to Vadala on this night.  Vadala piled up a total of 35.25 points and I’Anson put together a 33.9 effort for second place, which easily beat Londonderry’s star Leah Jackson’s total of 30.95.  I’Anson took the top spot on the Balance Beam with a tremendous 9.0 score and then won her second event when she scored an 8.4 mark to win the Vault.  Chelsea tied for second place in the Floor Exercise with a terrific 8.9 mark, and finished off her successful evening by taking third place on the Uneven Bars with a 7.6 score.

While I’Anson was the only Pelham girl to break the top three in this tri-meet with Salem and Londonderry, coach Iwanicki did get several other superb showings on the evening from her underclassmen.  Amber Faucher was Pelham’s second scorer in the Vault with a 7.4 mark, second on the Beam with a 6.0 score, and was also the Pythons second leading scorer on the Uneven Bars with a nice 5.5 routine.  Freshman Broghan Gilligan did a great job on Floor Exercise with a 7.3 score, and Ximorah Ramos did quite well in three events, for a 15-year-old sophomore that had never ever done gymnastics until last year.  I got my first look at Chelsea Desmarais and she performed quite admirably in Floor Exercise with a 6.4 score.  These girls got their highest scores of the season, and coach Iwanicki only sees this second year team getting stronger with each meet they attend.

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Blue Devil Boys Hoop Are Settling in at 7-2 at Halfway Mark of Class L Regular Season

by Tommy Gates

The Salem Blue Devils boys basketball team won their fifth game in a row last Tuesday night in Merrimack when they opened up an 11-2 first quarter lead and saw nine of their players hit the score sheet, as they scalped the Tomahawks 63-40 to raise their Class L record to 7-2, which is the halfway mark of the regular season.  Mike Kimball and Josh Jones had their shooting touches in this game as Kimball poured in 16 points and Jonsey canned 14 points, but sophomore Joe Gallant continues to impress.  One game after he dropped in eight points against Londonderry, Gallant had a career high 13 points at Merrimack and did a super job on the boards along with senior Sean Bergeron.  Salem led 27-13 at halftime and stretched it to 43-31 after three quarters before breezing to the 63-40 victory.

Coach E. J. Perry had a tiger on his tail Friday night as the Blue Devils had to travel to Londonderry to take on a 3-6 Lancer team.  The two teams were tied at 7-7 after one period, but the Lancers held a scant 22-20 halftime lead.  Coach Perry’s defense then went out and put on a defensive clinic for the next eight minutes, and the Lancers never knew what hit them.  Salem outscored Londonderry 20-6 in the third quarter and the Blue Devils took advantage of 10 Lancer turnovers and accepted 16 points of those miscues.  Mike Kimball had a game high 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Josh Jones pumped in 18 points and snared eight rebounds.  Look for coach Perry’s crew to run their winning streak to six in a row this Friday night when the 2-6 Goffstown Grizzlies come to Salem.

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11-0 Pythons Win State Title over Gilford - 2007 State Division V Football Champions

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