Pelham~Windham Sports

Windham Field Hockey Continues Dominance

by Chris White

The Jaguars jumped out to an early lead and kept the offensive pressure on for the rest of the game in a 13-0 drubbing of Pembroke Academy last Thursday.  Windham continuously sent the ball up the field toward its goal, minimizing Pembroke touches.  This not only allowed Windham to score seemingly at-will, but also made the opportunity for a shutout possible.

“It was an overall team effort,” Head Coach Loren Dow said.  “Everyone played hard.”

Lindsey Wolfe, Colleen Cooney, and Alexa Psareas all had two goals for the Jaguars in the commanding victory.  Kayla Breton, Meagan Eccleston, Kara Yennaco, Ashley Adamson, Alina Donnelly, Jenny Garder and Nicole Bouley contributed one goal apiece.  Meaghan Kelly played well in goal and has allowed only one score all season.  

The team now stands with an undefeated 8-0 record for the season with its next game coming up against St. Thomas Aquinas Thursday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Windham.

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WHS Volleyball Undefeated

The WHS Volleyball team has set a tradition of high standards for all future volleyball teams at the high school.  After defeating Pelham in their home opener, this tough new team has gone on to defeat all comers.  Despite the youth of the team, these freshmen and sophomores have soundly beaten teams from across the state, including Portsmouth, Kingswood, Contoocook Valley, Hollis-Brookline, and Weare.  In addition to regular season play, the Lady Jaguars also dominated the Volleyball Jamboree at Pelham High School this weekend, beating Pelham in a close final round.

The Lady Jags have seven more regular season match-ups scheduled, and you can cheer them on at their last three home games on Monday, October 5, at 5:00 p.m. vs. Bedford; Friday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. vs. Hollis-Brookline; and Tuesday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m. vs. St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Razorbacks Win Week 4

submitted by Kevin Jean, Head Coach

On Sunday, the Razorbacks 6th grade squad team hosted the Londonderry Wildcats and came away with a 26-0 victory.  Stephen Bernabei had two nice rushing touchdowns made possible by some great blocks from Connor Ford, Joe Lavalle, Jahvon Fox, and Michael Calistro.  Playing well for the Razorbacks offense were Michael Chiasson, Shane Lafond, and Ryan O’Grady.  Alex Parent picked up some key first downs with some hard nose running.  Ben Emrick threw some nice passes to Trevor Longo and converted a nice 2-point conversion to close out the scoring for the offense.  The Defense continues to play well and turned in their third shutout this season.  Stephen Bernabei scored two defensive touchdowns with some nifty plays.  Matthew Shea had a key interception to halt a Wildcat drive.  Playing excellent defense were Ben Emrick, Griffin Lippold, Zach Levell, and Tyler Bedard.  The Razorbacks host the 3-1 Manchester East Cobras next Sunday in Pelham.

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Pythons Crush Campbell 39-7

by Chris White

The Pelham Python offense took control against Campbell early Friday night at home and never looked back.  Pelham torched the Cougars for 39 unanswered points in the first half.  The Pythons’ defense did not allow a score until there were nine and a half minutes left in the game.   

Pelham threw its way to a large victory behind the arm of quarterback Joe DeAngelo (16 of 17, 327 passing yards), who connected with three different receivers for five passing touchdowns.  He also ran in Pelham’s last touchdown on a five-yard keeper.    

“We were going to take whatever they gave us,” Head Coach Tom Babaian said.  “They gave us the pass and we took the pass.”

DeAngelo found freshman receiver Kevin Cheam (six catches, 85 receiving yards, two TDs) for the game’s first touchdown within the first three minutes of the contest.  He also connected with senior running back Josh Luciano (eight catches, 200 receiving yards, two TDs) for a couple touchdowns late in the first quarter. 

The first time DeAngelo and Luciano linked up for a touchdown was on a 56-yard pass play in which the throw was completed to Luciano, who ran the ball down the right sideline for the score.  The second time, DeAngelo threw a long pass down the right side of the field which his receiver caught and ran into the end zone for six points.  With Pelham converting only one extra point on three of its touchdowns, the score was 19-0 after one quarter.

Cheam came up with a diving touchdown catch on a throw over the middle by DeAngelo for the Pythons’ first score of the second quarter.  The Pelham senior quarterback also completed a screen pass to running back Tim Schaffer, who ran into some traffic but bulldozed through it by trampling a Campbell defender on his way to the end zone.  The 35-yard play was Schaffer’s only catch and touchdown of the night.    

The Pelham defense did a solid job as it rushed the Campbell quarterback and stopped the run all night.  The Pythons punished the Cougars by hitting them hard and making great tackles. 

DeAngelo and Cheam provided good coverage as defensive backs.  Senior Sean Sweeney had an interception in the second quarter in which Pelham was able to capitalize on the ensuing offensive series.  The receiver/defensive back also had a catch for seven yards on offense.   

“We executed fairly well and capitalized on mistakes Campbell made,” Babaian said. 

Pelham’s record is now 2-1 and will try to build on its record in its upcoming games.  The Pythons will host undefeated Bow High School Friday night.  The game starts at 7 p.m.

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Python Soccer Drops Tough 2-1 Decision to Campbell

by Chris White

Pelham jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half Tuesday at home against Campbell, who struggled at the beginning of the game.  Sophomore Alec Paradis scored the goal to give the Pythons the lead at halftime.  Midfielder Ryan O’Sullivan provided the assist. 

The lone Pelham goal failed to hold up in the second half.  The Cougars came out as a more energized team and took advantage of two Pelham mistakes to score its two goals.  The second Campbell goal came off a direct kick in which the Pythons did not put enough players on the wall.

“We just made two mistakes and they capitalized,” Head Coach Matt Regan said. 

Junior forward Ryan White played hard and hustled for the ball all over the field.  Sophomore forward Derek DeFranzo played well up front as he worked to set up teammates such as White for scoring opportunities.  One of the scoring chances that the Pythons failed to convert included a header by White which deflected off the crossbar.

“We passed well and played hard, but there were a lot of opportunities we didn’t capitalize on,” Regan said. 

Despite allowing two goals, Pelham played well on defense making it difficult for the Cougars to score.  Goalkeeper Brian Finney also had a nice diving save off a hard Campbell kick in the second half.

Pelham will travel to Laconia on Wednesday for its next game.  The Pythons will be back at home on October 3 against Portsmouth High School at 4 p.m.

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

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