Sean Paradis recieves an MVP for lacross, he also made first team all state
Pelham certainly put themselves on the Division III lacrosse map this spring and they were rewarded last week when seven of their players were named to Division III All-Stars squads. Senior midfielder Sean Paradis was the top point getter for midfielders on the First Team All-Stars squad, and senior goalkeeper Andrew Keegan was also named to the First Team. Seniors Mike Woonton, R. J. Riddinger, and C. J. Ziogas along with junior Tom O’Brien were named to the Division III Second Team, while freshman Alec Paradis was named for Honorable Mention in just his first year playing the sport. Coach Regan was very optimistic back in late March when this team started practicing together, telling this reporter, “Tommy I’ll be enraged if we don’t make the playoffs this season. I know we went 2-12 last year and finished in the cellar, but I’m trying to show these kids that despite the bad record last spring, other teams couldn’t score against us. We were losing games 3-2 and 4-3 to good teams because we didn’t do a better job of scoring goals. That was our No. 1 mission this year, to improve offensively and as you can see, we definitely did that.” Any fan who came down to the teams’ practices could see the drastic improvement in the teams’ passing skills and the ability to go after and pick up ground balls. Andrew Keegan spent the last two football seasons winning two state championships and winning 22 straight games, and I really think his “get down and dirty” attitude rubbed off on his lacrosse buddies this spring. Coach Regan will lose Keegan, Woonton, Ziogas, Sean Paradis and defensemen R. J. Riddinger and Nick Barrett to graduation this year, but Regan will have a slew of young talent returning next March. Regan’s first assignment will be to find a replacement in goal for Andrew Keegan, and that will be the toughest thing. Regan has thought about trying Alec Paradis, because he knows that Tom O’Brien will be back spearheading the offense. Nick Morin is another freshman who scored many goals this spring, and Justin Mansfield and Josh Fisette will no doubt be the stronger offensive threats for the Pythons. Sophomore Peter Soonthornprapuet will be back on defense with freshman Anthony Spirou, and freshman Brian Phinney. Coach Regan will also have the “Skinner Brothers” back for the next two years as sophomore Brandon was a starter for part of this season and freshman brother Evan will get another chance to show everyone what he has. Look for Regan’s boys to be back taking on Kearsarge, Monadnock, or Hollis/Brookline again in the Division III semi-finals again next June.
Matt Smith steps up to the podium as his Co-MVP in boys tennis Jared Taylor steps back. Both were presented their awards by coach Lisa Terwiliger.
Lisa Terwilliger is already thinking about her Pelham boys tennis team for the 2010 season. After finishing the regular season with a 12-2 record, and being edged out in the semi-finals by Souhegan 5-4, she has plenty of reasons to be pumped up. Terwilliger said this week, “We’re only losing Brad Shapiro off this team and everyone else is coming back. I have to start looking for a number six singles player in the line-up and another doubles player, but I just might have them on my bench. I’ve got two kids who improved a lot this year, but I’m looking for much more from them in the next year. Gabe Ramos and Mike Chadwick are both sophomores that will probably be fighting it out for the last starting spot, so they had better be playing a lot this summer and in the off-season.”
Terwilliger also returns two multi-talented freshmen in Jared Taylor and Matt Smith. Taylor was Pelham’s number one singles player and Smith was mostly the number four singles player, but these two together were magic for the Pythons in doubles play. Terwilliger said she expects for this dup to be even more dangerous next season with a year of high school competition under their belt. Junior Ryan Fyfe will once again be the Python’s number two singles player and he was on fire from April to June. Rounding out the top five singles players for Pelham were junior Matt Mercier and sophomore Ethan Ely. Mercier picked up the teams’ Unsung Hero award last week, because he somehow always played his best tennis in the do-or-die situations. Ely also enjoyed a successful season and was very tough in doubles play being paired with Mercier. Brad Shapiro will be missed as a captain and gamer when it came to the big matches, but his teammates seemed more than glad to pick up the slack for the upcoming season. Look for the young Python racqueteers to be keeping an eye on Class I champion, Hanover around the first week of June next spring.
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