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Pelham Girls Lacrosse Stay with Kearsarge for a While before Dropping 15-7 Game, Loss to Hopkinton 11-8

by Tommy Gates

Devon Lamoureux works the ground against Kearsarge

Pelham sophomore Alex Catalano continues to show Division III teams that she’s up there with the top scorers around, as she pumped home three more goals last Monday up in Hopkinton, but after leading 5-4 at halftime, Hopkinton was able to tally seven second half goals to nip the Pythons 11-8.  Freshman Jen Peet did a nice job in net and did make 14 saves in the game, but Pelham was outscored 7-3 in the last half to deal them a loss.  Junior Keri Foley scored two goals for Pelham, while Sarah DeBaldo, Christine Morgan, and Devon Lamoureux had the other Python scores.  This young Pelham team was schedule to host No. 1 unbeaten Hollis/Brookline on Wednesday.

Kearsarge had three girls that moved up and down the field very swiftly early on last Thursday afternoon, as they’d jump out to leads of 3-0 and 7-4 before they exploded for four more first half goals in the last seven minutes of the half.  This put Coach Brittany Caron’s Pelham Girls Lacrosse team in an 11-4 hole at halftime against the high-powered Kearsarge Cougars.  Kearsarge would score the first four goals of the second half to extend their lead to 15-4, but the Pythons dug deep in tallying the last three goals of the game in the final 11 minutes.  Down 3-0 three minutes into the game, Pelham junior Keri Foley scored Pelham’s first goal with 21:18 left in the first half, but the Cougars scored two more quick goals to make it a 5-1 contest with 16:46 left in the opening half.  Senior Goalie Brittany Fadden was still out sick for Pelham, but freshman Jen Peet made some super saves in close that were labeled.  With 15:45 left in the first half, Devon Lamoureux raced down the field and fired one past the Cougar goalie, making it a 5-2 game, and two minutes later it was sophomore Alex Catalano blasting home a goal from just outside the circle to cut the lead to 5-3.  Kearsarge called a time out and then answered with two more quick goals for a 7-3 lead, but Kellie Chadwick’s goal cut the cushion to 7-4 with 11 minutes left in the opening half.  Pelham was getting some tight and pesky defense from Sarah DeBaldo and Kally Riddinger, but the rest of the Cougars at time looked to be running wild.  Kearsarge then went four unanswered goals for the 11-4 halftime lead.  Kearsarge led 15-4 with 11 minutes left before Alex Catalano scored her second goal of the game.  Kally Riddinger went coast-to-coast to score with six minutes left, making the score 15-6, and Catalano scored her third goal of the game with 56 seconds left for the 15-7 final.

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Pelham Boys Lax Team Get Ready to Host Salem after Beating Undefeated Hollis/Brookline and Hopkinton

by Tommy Gates

RJ Riddenger played a great game as Pelham knocked off previously undefeated Hollis/Brookline

The Pythons fell behind 2-1 after one period at Hopkinton, but C. J. Ziogas and company came back with three goals in the second period to knot the score at 4-4 by intermission.  Andy Keegan was doing another superb job between the pipes, but Regan has been getting after his club to step up their second half scoring chances, and his troops listened to their coach once again.  Keegan held Hopkinton to just two goals in the second half, while the Python offense stepped up their shots on goal and were able to take a 6-5 lead after three quarters, and then tally three fourth period goals for the 9-6 win that has now upped their Division III record to 8-2 with five regular season games left before playoffs.  C. J. Zioigas led the Python scorers with three goals, Mike Wooton had a pair of goals, and Sean and Alec Paradis, Brandon Skinner, and Nick Morin all added a goal apiece.  The Pythons are now getting themselves ready for a big showdown on Tuesday night at Harris Track and Field with the Division I Salem Blue Devils.  Salem and Pelham have never played each other, and many of the athletes from both teams know each other so it should be a whale of a game.  Coach Matt Regan and Athletic Director Tim Powers (an ex-Salem alum) are both hoping for a big turnout at this game.

Pelham Lacrosse took a giant step in becoming a Division III power last week at Harris Track and Field when they hosted a very big and aggressive Hollis/Brookline team that entered the game with a perfect 7-0 record.  Coach Matt Regan’s Pythons took a brief 1-0 lead with 2:13 left in the first quarter on a nifty low shot that found the back of the net from Tom O’Brien, but Hollis came back and tied it up at 1-1 with one minute left in the first period.  If that wasn’t bad enough, the Cavaliers were able to score again with a second left of the clock and take a 2-1 lead into the second quarter.  Pelham’s senior co-captain Mike Woonton knotted it up at 2-2 with a dandy of a goal with 4:49 left in the first half, but Hollis retook the lead at 3-2 with 2:36 left before halftime.  Pelham was getting some tremendous defensive play, and none was better than the play from senior R. J. Riddinger, who played with a bad right hand, who trainer Joe Cacciatore had to keep an eye out for.  Coach Regan said, “We got together at halftime and talked about the shots that we had hit the post, and a couple of shots that hit their goalie in the face and those should have been goals.  We really stepped it up in the second half, and Woonton had three goals in the third period that were huge for us.”  Pelham would outscore Hollis 6-3 in that all-important third period as Tom O’Brien, C. J. Ziogas, Josh Fisette, and Alec Paradis would all follow Woonton to the scoring column, and senior goalie Andy Keegan was just busy stopping about everything the Cavaliers were tossing at him.  Keegan ended the game with 14 saves, and the assists were handed out by Ziogas with three, and Sean Paradis, Alec Paradis, Nick Morin, and Richie Sullivan all had one assist each.  Pelham knocked off the previously unbeaten Cavaliers 9-7, and were then looking ahead to playing Monday up in Hopkinton.

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Pelham’s Lady Bulldogs Win over Timberwolves

The Pelham U12 Girls Travel Soccer team was victorious over the Timberwolves, posting a 1-0 score on a puddle-ridden Muldoon Field.  Scoring the lone goal of the game off a feed from Taylor Patterson was Lauren Anderson who brilliantly put the laces on a left foot shot past the Timberwolves keeper.  The win elevates the Bulldogs record to 3-1 and ties them in first place with rival New Hampshire Classics.

Pelham returns to action this weekend, trading home and home games against Souhegan Valley United.  You can catch Sunday’s game at Muldoon Park at 2 p.m.

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Windham Lacrosse Highlights

submitted by Rosemarie Kelly

Justine Levesque on the move

Windham U11 Army Team Defeats Hollis:  The Windham U11 Army team faced off against Hollis, defeating them by a score of 7-2.  Grace Donabedian put Windham on the scoreboard first, followed by goals from Katie Stordy, Katie Farrell, Beth Krikorian, Katherine Wallace, Gabrielle Aleksa, and Kelsey Kendzulak.  Assisting with these goals were Hope Curtis, Arianna DiPietro, and Delaney Shea.  Sydney Hollins, Emma Lindquist, and Alexandra Addington played well at defense, forcing numerous turnovers of which Army definitely took advantage.

Windham U11 Hopkins Team Remains Undefeated:  The Windham U11 Hopkins team hosted a tough Laconia team over the Mother’s Day weekend.  The opposing team proved to be a strong competitor as they worked hard to keep the score close.  Windham secured the win with a final score of 7-4.  Goaltender Sydney Hollins held Laconia to a single goal in the first half, while Madison Homsey made three crucial saves in goal late in the game to secure the lead and win.  Lexi Lewis, Beth Krikorian, and Hope Curtis led the scoring for Windham.  Katie Stordy, Arianna DiPietro, and Kelsey Kendzulak moved the ball well, and we saw great defense by Alexandra Addington and Casey Dinga.  The entire team put in an enormous effort and displayed teamwork at its very best.

The U13 Duke Windham Girls Lacrosse team came away with a great win against the always-tough Hollis-Brookline squad, beating them by a score of 9-5.  Goals were scored by multiple Windham players, including Justine Levesque and Erica Pierce.  Great goaltending by Tori Cippolone, and strong midfield work by Tess Regan and Fallon Golden made the difference in this exciting game.

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Pelham Boys Tennis Squad Sits at 9-9 in Class I Standings

by Tommy Gates

Matt Mercier won his match against Bedford

Monday afternoon, undefeated Bedford came to town to try and run their record to 9-0, and they were successful, but it wasn’t before Coach Lisa Terwilliger’s pesky Pythons made the Bulldogs very nervous going into doubles action.  Bedford got off to a great 3-0 start in single when Myles Utell beat Pelham freshman Jared Taylor 8-2, Courtney Mountifield took Ryan Fyfe 8-4, and Andrew Weeks was victorious over Brad Shapiro 8-3.  Pelham freshman Matt Smith got his team on the scoreboard with an 8-4 win over Nate Denoncourt, and Matt Mercier worked overtime in beating Jim Foley 9-7.  Wesley Maddox was able to slip by Pelham’s Ethan Ely 8-3 at number six singles, and that gave Bedford a 4-2 edge heading into doubles.  Taylor and Smith were able to win 8-1 at number two doubles, Mercier and Ely took a 9-8 win at number three doubles, winning the tie breaker 7-5, but Bedford’s Utell and Mountifield were able to hold off Pelham’s duo of Shapiro and Fyfe to win 8-5 and take the 5-4 decision.

Thursday afternoon, 5-1 Con-Val was waiting up in Peterborough to knock off the Pythons and move up in the standings.  That never happened because Terwilliger’s Python terrors wouldn’t budge an inch.  Pelham and Con-Val were dead even at 3-3 after singles action because, for the first time this spring, an opposing team was able to beat No. 1 Jared Taylor, No. 2 Ryan Fyfe, and No. 3 Brad Shapiro in singles action.  Pelham’s No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 players covered up for their teammates very nicely.  Matt Smith won a big 8-5 contest, Matt Mercier also won 8-5, and Ethan Ely didn’t take any prisoners in winning 8-zip to send it all even going into doubles action.  Con-Val was able to win their No. 1 doubles set, but Taylor and Smith won a 9-7 No. 2 set, and Mercier and Ely circled the wagons with an 8-2 win that clinched the Pythons ninth win of the spring against just one loss to unbeaten Souhegan.

The Pelham boys’ tennis stayed close to the top of the Class I standings when they started off the week by slamming the St. Thomas Saints Wednesday afternoon at Pelham High.  The Pythons clinched this one early as five of their six singles players won their contests, and all of them in runaway fashion.  This 8-1 win over St. Thomas ironically put Coach Lisa Terwilliger’s team record at 8-1 also.  Freshman Jared Taylor got his team off to a fast start as he always does, winning the No. 1 singles set 8-1, and Ryan Fyfe also followed with an 8-1 win at No. 2 singles.  Brad Shapiro made it 3-0 Pelham with an 8-1 win, while the Python’s No. 4 singles player Matt Smith won his contest 8-3.  Matt Mercier lost a tough 9-7 No. 5 singles set, but Ethan Ely clinched the “W” for the Pythons with an 8-2 win at No. 6 singles.  Fyfe and Shapiro didn’t have much trouble winning their No. 1 doubles battle 8-4, Taylor and Smith romped 8-1 at No. 2 doubles, and Mercier and Ely also coasted to an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.

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Pelham Baseball’s First Inning Explosion Carries Them over Monadnock 11-7, Moran Hits Grand Slam

by Tommy Gates

Monday, manager Matt Stone’s Pythons lost a real tough one to the Bedford Bulldogs, 4-1 when two unearned runs helped the Bulldogs break open a 1-1 game with three runs in the last of the sixth inning.  Dave Wesson went the distance for the Pythons and was the hard-luck loser on the mound, as the Pythons could only reach Bedford pitching for four hits in the game.  James Moran doubled in the top of the third inning and was driven home by Corey Couilliard’s base hit, but that 1-0 lead didn’t stand up for long.  Bedford scored a run in the last of the fourth inning to tie it up, but then scored three runs in the last of the sixth inning for the 4-1 final.  The loss dropped Pelham’s record to 3-8.

Jim Bourk got some big help last Wednesday out in Monadnock before he ever took the mound.  Manager Matt Stone gave Bourk the starting assignment in the game against the Huskies, but Bourk’s teammates would almost bat around twice in the first inning and would put up 10 runs before Bourk ever stepped on the mound.  Junior James Moran would start at third base and would smack a first inning grand slam and single in that inning as he not only knocked in four runs but he pitched the last three innings and earned the save in this game.  Bourk went four innings and gave up four hits and five runs for the win, and Moran went three innings and gave up two runs on two hits for the save.  Senior second baseman Dave Wesson pitched in with three hits and an RBI in the game, and freshman catcher Evan Sage pitched in with a clutch hit and an RBI.  Pelham’s 11-7 win over Monadnock raised their Class I record to 3-8.

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NH Flag Football League, Week 2

submitted by Krishna Ramgopal

6-8 Division:

Hunter Tornquist and Tommy Emerick both had two TD’s and they led the Colts to a 34-12 victory.  Keegan Garrett and Tyler Abondonza both had superb all-around games for the Falcons.

The Patriots emerged with a 20-6 victory thanks to a long TD run by Ashley Daniels and impressive defense by Bobby Dicicco.  The Packers had a pair of star performers on both sides of the ball in Noah and Connor Lynch.

The Ravens walked away with a 28-0 victory.  Strong offense by Aria O’Connell and Jack Herling contributed to the win.  Katie Chaisson and Nathan Peaver both played well on defense for the 49ers.

A TD double with a safety by AJ Caggianelli combined with an Ian Morganstern TD gave the Cardinals a 20-12 win, despite a strong defensive effort from Eddie Shlimon for the Broncos.  Jared Flahive was solid for the Broncos offense.

Despite a solid team effort from the Cowboys, the Bills prevailed 24-14.  Abigail Bevens put in an impressive offensive game for the Bills while Adam Hailey played well for the defense.

The Steelers were victorious, 27-6.  Hunter Drouin played stellar defense and Mason Drouin’s TD run helped the Steelers to the victory.  The Charger’s offense was sparked by Olivia Gagnon and Amy Granfield played some inspired defense.

The Dolphins’ Mason Cooper played well on offense while Jeffrey Draper was superb on D and the Dolphins pulled out a 19-6 victory.  Shane White scored the Vikings’ TD via a run and Zach Malcolm was strong in defense.

The Panthers put in a strong effort and came out 44-18 winners, thanks to amazing offensive play by Daniel Dickey and Parker Rice.  The whole Titans team put in a strong effort, despite coming up short.

9-11 Division:

Though the Cowboys had a pair of superb all-around performers in Connor Rouse and Mitchel Vynorius, the Rams came away with the 24-0 win.  Joey Micciche contributed to the Rams’ cause with a TD and Artie Cummings was a stalwart on defense with an interception and an overall great defensive game.

Collin Loring and William Corman reeled in some very nice catches and helped the Redskins to a 24-6 triumph.  Seth Wing played some impressive offense while Lillian Shlimon stood out on defense for the Jaguars.

The Lions edged out the Cardinals, 14-12, in this close encounter.  Parker Belsky hauled in a long TD pass from Drew Johnson for the Lions.  The Cardinals’ defense was greatly aided by the play of Matt Burke and Ryan Demers contributed a great all-around performance.

The Chiefs came out with a 27-14 victory with Aidan Gallo nabbing an interception and returning it for six and Katie Kirsch playing an excellent offensive game.  Joe Halpin and Chris Houde both had TD’s for the Eagles.

JJ Wrobel scored the winning TD and Steven Koza played a brilliant defensive game and they sent the Raiders home with an 18-13 victory.  The Buccaneers got off an excellent running game with Nick Russo leading the charge and Max Williams had a superb all-around game.

This down-to-the-wire contest was decided on a Michael Chaisson TD catch and gave the Packers a memorable 27-24 victory.  Joseph Lavalle also contributed a TD for the Packers while Hannah Scott scored two TD’s for the Bengals and Jared Minassian got himself a pick.

The Seahawks put in a strong game, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Patriots from a 28-0 victory.  Logan Ashley scored six and Jackson Long had a long TD reception to lead the Patriots along to the win.

The Saints came out favorably with a 19-6 score line.  Steven Babcock and Patrick Berry played wonderful offense for the Saints while the Panthers’ Eric Mayer and Mathew Owen both had excellent overall games.

12-15 Division:

With a David Bronson TD pass and a Garrett Mayo interception, along with a TD catch, the Bears came away with a 22-13 win.  Dylan Swiderski came away with an interception for the Colts and Jeremy Cocciardi played exceptional defense.

The Ravens came away with a 32-12 victory.  Ryan Rheault had two TD’s and Chris Fillipone added his own along with a pick to send the Ravens to the win.  The Browns had its own offensive star in Tyler Kosik who passed for two TD’s and Jason Choquette pulled in an interception for the D.

The Texans emerged with a 20-12 triumph thanks to a CJ DiPrima TD and a Geordan Henderson interception.  Tyler Massone had a long TD for the Raiders and Nicholas Fissette added another TD.

This offensive struggle was eventually won by the Jets, 34-21.  Nick Regan added six for the Jets while Matt Howard came up with a TD reception.  Steelers’ Zach Masiello came up with a pick returned for six and Adam Wentzel added his own TD on offense.

Dolphins Mason Belsky, 7, breaking up a pass intended for Viking Shane White, 8.

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Gallo Qualifies for USAG National Championship

Shilanna Gallo of Windham participated in the Region 6 gymnastics meet held in Danvers, MA.  Gallo’s all-around score of 35.50 qualified her as a competitor in the upcoming Eastern National Junior Olympic Championship to be held in Tupelo, MS on May 9 and 10.

Gallo finished first on vault, first on bars, and took second place all-around in the competition, which included all of the New England states and New York.

Shilanna would like to thank all of her friends who attended the meet in support of her win, and especially teammate Emily Shelton for her loyalty and team spirit all along the way.

Gallo is the captain of the Central Catholic gymnastics team, and she trains at Interstate Gymnastics and Dance in Windham.

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

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