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Pelham~Windham Sports

Windham Football Defeats Campbell, 21-7

by Chris White

Defensive back Ben Petron concentrates on the ball as he picks one off versus Campbell.

The Jaguars hosted Campbell on Monday and protected their home field as they won by two touchdowns.  After a scoreless first quarter, Campbell jumped out to a 7-0 advantage on a touchdown pass early in the second quarter.  Later in the period, the Cougars found themselves back within their own 10-yard line after a Jaguar punt.  The Campbell quarterback threw a pass to the right side which deflected off Windham’s Scott Priestley and a Campbell receiver, and then into the hands of Windham defensive back Ben Petron, who returned the intercepted ball for a touchdown to make the score 7-6.

The Jaguars exhibited solid special team play throughout the game, but really showed it on the ensuing kickoff when the team forced a fumble and recovered it.  The scored remained 7-6 at halftime.

The next Windham score came in the second half when Kevin Cooney plunged into the end zone from the one-yard line for six points.  The Jaguars executed the two-point conversion on a run by Priestly to give Windham a one-touchdown lead at 14-7.  The Jaguar defense maintained the lead as it silenced the Campbell offense in the second half and scored two defensive touchdowns during the game.

Defensive back Jeff Travato had an interception and Colby Larsen picked off a Cougar pass in the Windham defensive end and returned it all the way for a touchdown in the final seconds of the game to give the Jaguars an untouchable 21-7 advantage over Campbell.

Overall, Windham played with a great deal of intensity.  Head Coach Bill Raycraft also noted that the offense pounded the ball against a much larger Campbell defensive line.

“We are starting to come together as a team and we need each other to perform well,” Raycraft said about his team overall.  “This is a season-long preseason to get ready for varsity next year.”

Linebacker Chris Edgerton pursues the Campbell running back on defense.

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Sports Teams Host 2009 Homecoming

by Chris White

Pelham hosted its Homecoming on Friday, October 2 before the rain hit the area on Saturday.  The contests took place in the afternoon and evening.  The football and volleyball teams managed to secure victories against visiting Bishop Brady and Fall Mountain, respectively.  However, the soccer and field hockey teams were unable to stop a tough Portsmouth squad.  The Pythons were 2-3 overall in the homecoming.

Boys’ Football: Pelham 25, Bishop Brady 7

After both teams failed to score in the first quarter, Pelham took a 6-0 lead when quarterback Joe DeAngelo connected with receiver Josh Luciano on an 18-yard touchdown pass with about seven minutes left in the half.  The Pythons rolled over Bishop Brady from there, scoring three more touchdowns and holding the Giants scoreless until the final minute of the game.

Conor McColgan and Mike Lombard had outstanding games on defense and special teams for Pelham as they hit the opposition hard and came up with big plays that took some pressure off the offense.  McColgan scored twice off of Bishop Brady turnovers.  The first came later in the second quarter where he picked off a pass from the Giant quarterback and returned it to the end zone.  His second touchdown of the night came off a blocked punt by Lombard in which McColgan recovered the loose ball in the end zone for another six points with just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Pythons finished off Brady in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to Sean Sweeney from DeAngelo.  The point after by kicker Joe Perrone made the score 25-0 until the Giants finally answered near the end of the game to make the final score 25-7.  DeAngelo led the passing attack with 130 passing yards and managed to find Luciano, Sweeney, Cameron Robidoux, and Kevin Cheam for completions.  Luciano led the receiving corps with two catches for 50 yards, while Robidoux led the backfield with 38 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Pelham now owns a 3-2 record.  The team looks ahead to playing Kearsarge Regional High School on the road Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m.  The next home game for the Pythons will be against St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m. the following Friday.

Girls’ Volleyball Pelham 3, Fall Mountain 0

Pelham defeated Fall Mountain, a good match-up for the Pythons, in a straight set victory on Saturday.  The scores of the three games were 25-20, 25-9, and 25-16.  Jacqui Perry and Alex Hall led the Pythons with five kills each.  Kelsey Kenney hit the ball all over the court and came up with four kills.

The Pythons have focused on improving their serving, according to Coach Jen Nugent, and the girls stepped up and played well as a team from the line.  Kathryn Demetri led Pelham with 14 service points as she notched all of them consecutively in game two of the match.  Broghan Gilligan also handed out 22 assists as the team’s setter.  On defense, Perry totaled nine blocks, while Gilligan earned 31 digs in the winning effort.  Pelham improved its season record to 2-7 with the win.

“Right now the goal is to see what we can do,” Nugent said.  “We’re just trying to put together some wins because we want to play in the post season.”

Girls’ Soccer: Portsmouth 5, Pelham 0

Pelham allowed four goals in the first half and one in the second as the Clippers were able to shut out the Pythons 5-0.  Pelham’s record ran to 1-8 after the loss.  Pelham played well defensively for the first half as it pressured the ball early and held the Clippers to one goal for the half.  However, Portsmouth’s depth started to show in the second 40 minutes as it took over the game offensively.  Goalie Gina Grimes played well in the loss for the Pythons.  Janelle Gordon, Brianna Diaz, Kayla Soares, and Jill Barrett also had good games.  Erika and Erin Mogauro made significant efforts during the game as well.

A couple days before the loss to Portsmouth, the Pythons picked up their first and only win of the season so far against Laconia.  It was also the team’s first win since the 2006 season.  Pelham edged the visiting Sachems 4-2.

Gina Grimes had 18 saves in goal.  Kayla Soares scored goals for the Pythons, while Brianna Lepine and Shelby Jutras each had a goal apiece.

Boys’ Soccer: Portsmouth 3, Pelham 0

The Pythons failed to connect on a couple of scoring opportunities early in the game, and Portsmouth took advantage of their chances to score three goals toward the end of the first half for a 3-0 lead at the break.  Pelham Goalkeeper Brian Finney collected 13 saves in the losing effort.

“We fell asleep for 15 minutes and they scored all three goals in the last 15 minutes of the half,” Coach Matt Regan explained.  “We’ve been playing very well as of late, though.”

A few days earlier the team defeated a 5-3 Laconia team by the score of 3-1.  There was no score at the half, but the Python’s offense came alive in the second 40 minutes.  Ryan White had two goals.  The first was assisted by Derek DeFranzo and the second was assisted by Brandon Skinner.  Raphael Decampos added an unassisted goal from about 28 yards away to round out the Python scoring.

“It was the best game we’ve played in the last three years,” Regan said.  “We came in and dominated all aspects of the game.”

Pelham is now 3-8 and looking to continue its solid play from recent games when the team squares off against ConVal on Friday.

Girls’ Field Hockey, Portsmouth 2, Pelham 0

Both teams went scoreless in the first half but Portsmouth scored two goals in the second 30 minutes, which ended up being the difference in the game.  The Pythons were unable to fire one into the goal all game and lost to the Clippers 2-0.  Pelham’s goalkeepers played well.  Monique Fournier grabbed 12 saves, while Alex Catalano had two in the loss.  Senior midfielder Christine Morgan also had a good game in the loss. 

On Tuesday, Pelham gave Souhegan a run for its money losing to 2-1 to the undefeated Sabers out in Amherst.  The Pythons led 1-0 at the half as Cortney Parece scored off an assist from Keri Foley.  Unfortunately for Pelham, Souhegan answered with two goals in the second half.  But overall, Head Coach Linda Koehler gives her team credit for playing well against the undefeated team.  Catalano had 15 saves in the loss.  Pelham’s record is now 3-8 and the team will play Friday against ConVal.

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Windham Field Hockey Improves Record

by Chris White

Windham field hockey crushed Sanborn Regional 7-0 on Monday, September 28 to remain unbeaten.  The team faced Sanborn earlier this season and came away with a 2-0 victory.  Although remaining undefeated, the Jaguars have continued to improve and are exhibiting even better teamwork since their first game this season.

Meagan Eccleston scored two goals in the recent victory against Sanborn.  One was off of a nice pass from Alexa Psareas.  Colleen Cooney, Lauren Rogers, Ashley Adamson, Hannah Peters, and Alina Donnelly also contributed one goal apiece in the winning effort.  Meanwhile, Meg Kelly put together the shut out in goal.

The Jaguars played Bishop Brady the following Monday and won easily, 4-0.  Cooney had a goal once again to start Windham’s scoring off.  Rachel Brissette added a goal as well in the first half.  Adamson scored two goals in the second half to add to the lead.  Jenny Gaarder played well on the defensive end for the Jaguars and Kelly had four saves in goal.  The team is now 11-0 after the win against Bishop Brady.

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Razorbacks Victory

Razorbacks quarterback Ty Longo (#12) avoids a defender in Sunday's victory over Laconia.

Razorback running back Brandon O’Grady (#4) cuts inside on a big gain during Sunday’s victory against visiting Laconia, as teammate Diggy Lawson (#22) follows.

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Pelham Golf Completes Winning Season

by Chris White

The Pelham golf team completed its season with an overall record of 14-12 and finished in 11th place at the N.H.I.A.A. Class I golf championship on a cold, windy day last week at White Mountain Country Club in northern New Hampshire.

Junior captain Jesse Vaiknoras shot an 80, coming in tied for 25th place overall and first for the Pythons.  Freshmen Alex Newton and Nick Neary came close to the top 25 as they shot an 82 and 84, respectively.  Senior captain Corey Coulliard shot an 88 for the day, which was good enough for fourth on the Pelham squad. 

Ryan Fyfe and Steve Jean also played in the tournament but did not factor in the score as they did not make the top four for Pelham.  Vaiknoras owned the lowest average for the team for the season, while the two freshmen showed a lot of promise in the future, according to Coach Joe Vaiknoras.

Coulliard played very well all season, despite nagging back injuries.  He came through for the Pythons a number of times during the season to lead the team.  Jean showed improvement every week and played well for Pelham when the team needed him to.

This is the best golf season Pelham has had in a long time, Vaiknoras mentioned.  The Pythons started the season off at 10-2, and were competitive in every match, even against better competition and hot teams.  The team finished the season with a winning record as it was two matches over .500 for its winning percentage.

Overall, the season went well and the team showed a lot of enthusiasm and optimism.  Next year the Pythons will return their top golfer along with two players that had very good freshman seasons.

“With the younger and older players, there’s a lot of promise for the future,” Coach Vaiknoras said.  “We could be on to something good.”

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NHFFL Week 3 Roundup

submitted by Krishna Ramgopal

12-15 Division

There was nothing between the Seahawks and the Texans as the contest ended in a 20-20 tie.  Zach Byers powered the Seahawks offense along and Brian Mader played an excellent defensive game.  Eric Nystrom was the defensive star for the Texans and he got himself an interception while Nathan McNeil contributed on offense.

The Patriots got rolling on all cylinders and came away with a 34-6 victory.  Eric Guinasso had a pair of touchdowns and Mark Shamon nabbed himself a pick.  Joey Dube led the Buccaneers rushing attack and Colin Cournoyer played solid defense.

With a spectacular offensive display from Tess Regan and an interception taken to the house by Melisso Cino, the Eagles won, 26-14.  Caitlin Burns was the Packers’ defensive star and Matt Howard got a TD and played well on D also.

This meeting of unbeatens saw the Dolphins scrape out a 22-20 victory with Drew Coveny and Nick Theodhosi leading the offense.  The Titans’ got good defensive play from Jordan Michalik and offense from Kevin Ciampa.

9-11 Division

The Bills served up a shutout, 18-0.  Liam O’Connell was a sparkplug for the offense and Jordan Grant broke free for a long touchdown run.  Glenn Leuteritz played well for the Bears’ offense and Andrew Dorman played some solid D.

Keith Brown had a big game for the Eagles, taking two interceptions to the house for six and Steven Jackson had a nice touchdown catch to lead the Eagles to a 42-12 victory.  Logan Ashley stood out for the Ravens’ defense and Cam McDonald hauled in a TD catch.

The Browns carved out a solid 20-6 win.  Matt McLaughlin got the offense going and Frankie Ciarlone was big on defense.  Kyle Adamson returned a pick for a touchdown and Ian Dube played well on D for the Texans.

The 2-0 Patriots stayed unbeaten by defeating the 2-0 Jaguars, 28-0.  Tom DiMicelli reeled in two TD catches and Parker Belsky had an interception.  Alex Ferris played a solid game for the Jags offense and Gannon Fast was a key player on D.

The Dolphins did enough to secure the 19-8 win and remain unbeaten, giving the Falcons their first loss in the process.  Cameron Matthews was a playmaker on D and Corey Eyring had a TD reception.  The Falcons’ stars were Max Hastings on offense and Marshal Pesaturo on defense.

The Jets clicked on both sides of the ball and won their contest, 22-6.  Curtis Culcasi scored a pair of touchdowns and JJ Wrobel snatched an interception.  The Packers’ Eric Thibodeau threw a TD pass to Jimmy Williams.

The Buccaneers and Vikings played to a 12-12 tie.  Matt Robichaux was solid for the Bucs offense and Tyler Berard had an excellent all-around performance.  The Vikings’ defense was aided by the play of Connor Greenfield and Adam Messina was a playmaker on both sides of the ball.

The 3-0 49ers looked good with a 26-0 victory over the previously undefeated Broncos.  Collin Loring pulled in a nice Trevor Gagnon pass for six.  Nick Silva played stalwart D for the Broncos and Matt Poff played well for the offense.

6-8 Division

Despite excellent defensive performances from Johnny Pinkston, who had an interception, and Jonathan Kamal, the 2-0 Panthers fell to the 2-0 Seahawks, 20-6.  Camdyn Loring had a TD catch for the Seahawks and Ian Morgenstern had two picks, one of which was returned for six.

This instant, back-and-forth classic wasn’t decided until the last play where the Vikings prevailed, 24-18.  Matthew Frechette had a Viking’s TD and Ryan Bellahrossy was all over the field on D.  For the Patriots, Declan Donaghey ripped off a nice touchdown run and Eric Cieszynski played some inspired defense.

The Bills got rolling and came away with an 18-0 win thanks to brilliant all-around displays by Riley Millette and Jillian Schwab.  Dante Pistone played well for the Eagles’ offense and Cam Leppert was solid for the D.

The 49ers came out with the 20-6 victory, but the team’s thoughts are with Derek Crowley for a speedy recovery.  Kyle Baker played monstrous D for the Redskins and Trevor Deminico took a TD run from one end of the field to the other.

The Texans looked sharp with their 37-6 victory.  Jacob George ran wild on defense and Connor Matthews was a beast on both sides of the ball.  Thomas Hebert scored the Cowboys’ touchdown and Jacob Wallace was solid for the D.

Despite a Spartan, team effort from the Ravens, the Falcons won the game 31-2 thanks to every part of the team clicking when called upon.

With a couple of touchdowns from Jon MacLean and inspiring defense from Alex Ryan, the Broncos claimed victory, 20-0.  The Jaguars had a pair of all-around stars in Jo Jo Gallo and Nathan Sprague.

The Titans got the win, 20-6, with Nathan Binnette starring on offense and Justin Pike playing stalwart D.  The Bears got good production from Jack Admaske on offense and Dominic Pallaria on D.

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Lady Bulldogs Lose to Amherst

The Pelham U13 Girls Travel Soccer team succumbed to the Amherst Soccer Club by a score of 2-0.

The Lady Bulldogs struggled to put a complete game together.  Pelham was able to control the play for long stretches of time, with good passing and pressure on the Amherst defense.  However, several scoring opportunities were missed as the Bulldogs had difficulty with placement of their shots.  Amherst was a solid team and capitalized on two defensive breakdowns inside the Pelham 18-yard box.

The Lady Bulldogs will have their opportunity for revenge this Saturday, October 3, at 3:30 p.m., where they play host again to the Amherst Soccer Club.  On Sunday, October 4, Pelham travels to Epping to take on Seacoast United at 1:30 p.m.

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Jaguar Soccer Teams Continue to Win in First Season

by Chris White

Sophia Panourgias tracks down the ball against the Clippers. 

Windham’s soccer teams have been doing very well in their inaugural seasons.  In the last three games, the boys shut out Campbell and Pelham, 9-0 and 6-0 respectively, and played to a scoreless tie with Bedford.  Their record is now 8-1-1 and the team has not allowed a goal in the last eight games.

The defense has played a major role in Windham’s success.  Mike DiOrio has played impressively as a central defender on the Jaguar back line and Alexander Khoury has shined at center midfield.  Chris Ulbrich and Alex Whitehead have continued to put up points with multiple goals and assists over the last few games.  Overall, the team has had many players step up because of key injuries, Coach Mike Hachey noted.

On the girls’ side, the team now owns a 7-0-1 record.  The Windham girls have won their last three games in shutouts over Pelham, Campbell, and Portsmouth.  Windham won by a score of 9-0 against Pelham, and 4-0 versus Campbell.  The Jaguars most recently disposed of Portsmouth, 2-0.

Bernadette Connors leads the Windham girls with 15 goals on the season.  She also has four assists.  Morgan Scott leads the assist category with nine, while she has also kicked home three goals.  Kelsey Schiebel has accumulated five goals and seven assists, while Jacque Beck has collected five goals and provided one assist. 

Goalie Katherine Sanscrainte has an average of 0.55 goals allowed per game to go along with one shutout, while Sophia Panourgias has allowed only one goal per game for the season.

Kelsey Schiebel beats the Portsmouth defense up the field.

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

Athlete Accolades Wanted!

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