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Girls’ Volleyball Picks Up Three Wins During Important Stretch

by Chris White

Seniors Erica Begin and Nicole Boucher combine to block a Titan hitter.

It took four games for the Blue Devils to finish off a solid Londonderry team on the road last week, as they outlasted the Lancers to take a game that was very important for positioning in the N.H.I.A.A. girls’ volleyball standings.  Salem came into the game at 6-2, while Londonderry stood at 7-1.  The scoring of the games was 25-17, 25-17, 25-23, and 25-20, with Salem winning all but the third. 

Salem was led by Courtney Wright as she had a solid all-around game with 11 kills, 10 service points, and seven digs.  Nicole Boucher and Kerry White tied for second on the team with eight kills each.  Boucher also accumulated 12 service points and three blocks, while Melissa Ouellet had five blocks.  Sarah Scott had 10 service points to go along with 35 assists.  The junior setter reached a milestone as she surpassed the 800-assist plateau for her career during the game.  She has accomplished this in only her second season on the team.  Erica Tilton led the defense with 11 digs, while she also had 11 service points on offense.  Head Coach Dan Young noted that the exceptional play of both Tilton and Scott has contributed greatly to the success of the team this season.

The Blue Devils hosted Nashua North last Friday and disposed of the Titans 3-1.  The game scores were 25-12, 25-15, 25-12, and 25-19, and Salem only lost the second game.  Salem got some good play up front from Ouellet, who had 12 kills to lead Salem.  She was complimented by Wright, who had 11 kills and four digs.  Scott once again led the team in assists with 37.  Boucher controlled the net defensively with seven blocks and sophomore Steph Long led the team with seven digs.  Tilton contributed five digs, while White and Erica Begin spiked eight balls for kills.  White has continued to do well as she is adjusting to a new position on the floor, moving from middle hitter to outside hitter.  She has been playing well and has been able to maintain the same level of play as before even with the position change, Young said.  After the North game, Young said he noticed improvement in his team, but looks for the girls to continue improving on what they have built.            

“We’re playing at a much better level now than three weeks ago,” he said as he pointed out a decrease in the team’s unforced errors.  “We are happy with the win, but not satisfied.”

Last Monday, the team traveled to Exeter and won in five games.  The scores of the games were 27-25, 25-16, 27-25, 25-13, and 15-8.  Salem managed to win the second, fourth, and fifth games to complete the overall victory.  Ouellet had a big game as she led Salem with 17 kills and 10 blocks.  Scott played a key role in the victory, handing out 42 assists.  Tilton and Wright led the team in the dig department with six each, and Long collected 17 service points to lead Salem.  Long has come on strong as a solid defender for the Blue Devils.  She has gone from a player on the radar screen to a player who cannot be kept off the floor, according to Young.  She is playing very well for Salem lately.

The Blue Devils look to improve upon its win streak as the team travels to Timberlane on Saturday.  The team’s record is now 9-2.

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Girls’ Soccer Edges Bishop Guertin, 2-1

by Chris White

Defender Katie Donovan chases after the ball against Memorial.

After extending its record to 9-1 with a 3-0 victory at Manchester Memorial last Friday, Salem returned home on Tuesday to host Bishop Guertin.  The Blue Devils took an early 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal scored by Jersey Burns on an assist from Gina Righini.  Bishop Guertin tied the game at 1 later on in the half, and the score remained that way until halftime.

Righini broke the 1-1 deadlock as she scored unassisted midway through the second half, which would prevail as the game-winning goal.  The Blue Devils played great team defense, which contributed greatly to securing the win.  Mackenzie Miller, Hanna LaRochelle, Avery Neusch, and Tayllar Righini were all solid on the back line for Salem as they did a nice job of marking the Cardinal strikers.  Sarah Snyder, who has played well in goal all season long, collected a save in the winning effort.

“Our back line has been strong all season,” Coach Kendrick Whittle said.  “If our team defense didn’t play well, we would not have been in that game.”

Senior Amanda Vaudreuil showed her versatility as she split time between the wing and midfield positions, continuously pushing the ball toward the Salem goal.  She also had a shot on goal in the second half that just missed.  Meanwhile, senior Sarah Raye successfully controlled the midfield and Burns repeatedly brought the ball up the side.  Cassie Chase also made some runs up the center of the field in attempt to create scoring opportunities for the Blue Devils.

The team is now 10-1 for the season and faces Timberlane on the road on Saturday.

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Salem Field Hockey Shuts Out Manchester Central on Senior Day

by Chris White

Front row: Coach John Gatsas, Amanda Smigliani, Chelsie Muldowney, Carly Federico,
Taylor Buatti, Megan Martineau, Christie Carmone, and Jenna Lucas

The Blue Devils defeated Manchester Central 7-0 in its final regular season home game last Friday.  Salem honored its seven seniors in a pre-game ceremony where every senior was individually recognized by the team along with her parents. 

This year, the Blue Devils recognized a group of girls who have made exceptional contributions to the team.  Chelsie Muldowney, Carly Federico, Amanda Smigliani, Megan Martineau, Christie Cannone, Taylor Buatti, and Jenna Lucas have all provided dedicated effort and outstanding leadership to the Salem field hockey program this season and in years before. 

“They are all great leaders and hard workers,” returning first-year Coach John Gatsas said of the group.  “They wanted to take this team and make it a successful season.”

The Blue Devils continued their success on the field as they opened the game against Central with three goals in the first 10 minutes.  Muldowney, who has verbally committed to a play at Sacred Heart University next year, fired the first one home off a pass from Danielle Ferraro.  Then Meghan Bench found the back of the net off an assist from Sarah Frahm for Salem’s second goal. 

A little over a minute later, Martineau poked one by the Central goalie on a play in front of the goal.  She was assisted by Bench.  Muldowney then slapped home Salem’s fourth goal of the half off a corner in which Danica Blakslee provided the assist.  The Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead into halftime. 

In the new half, all of Salem’s goals were unassisted.  Frahm started the scoring with a goal in the first two minutes.  Later on in the half, Muldowney connected for her third goal of the game, which gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 cushion.  Finally, Jenna Lucas extended the Salem lead to 7-0 with a goal of her own at the end of the game. 

“Today we moved the ball well and played well defensively,” Gatsas said.  “Overall, I’m very proud of the seniors who stepped up and played together for the last time on this field.”     

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Salem Football Continues to Roll, Outscores Panthers 49-35

by Chris White

Salem remains undefeated after earning a substantial road victory against defending champion Nashua South in the rain last Saturday.  The Blue Devils and the Panthers matched each other’s touchdowns in the first half, with each team scoring one per quarter.  Salem led 14-13 at the half, though, as Nashua missed an extra point attempt.

Max Jacques had a big day for Salem, coming alive just before the first half ended.  The running back dashed 80 yards for the Blue Devils’ second touchdown 50 seconds before the half expired.  On the first drive of the new half, Jacques found a gap in the Panther defense and ran the ball 72 yards for the touchdown. 

The runs were just a couple pieces of a career performance for the speedy Jacques, who rushed for 331 yards on 21 carries and totaled four touchdowns in the game.  The Salem offensive line of Dillon Cohen, Craig Lawlor, John Pascal, Greg Coleman, and Andrew Ivas, along with tight ends Darren Brown and Kyle Henrick, played a major role in freeing up Jacques throughout the contest.

The Blue Devils finally managed to open up a sizeable lead late in the third quarter, and did so loudly.  Leading by a slim 21-19 margin, Jacques busted for an 89-yard touchdown run, his longest of the day.  Tyler Kelley recovered a fumble on the following kickoff which set up sophomore running back Jerickson Fedrick (18 carries, 80 yards) to score on Salem’s next drive.  Fedrick punched in for six points from the one-yard line with 11 seconds left in the third, giving Salem a considerable 35-19 lead.

The Blue Devil defense forced South to punt quickly on the ensuing drive early in the fourth quarter and the ball was in Salem’s hands once again.  Salem gave the ball to Jerickson Fedrick one more time and he did not disappoint as he ran 25 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 42-19.  South answered with a touchdown followed by a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 42-27, but quarterback Matt Cannone (three completions, 55 yards) found Henrick (two catches, 41 yards) for a 28-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to round out the Salem scoring.  The Panthers added another touchdown and two-point conversion to make the final score 49-35.

Alex Sobrado also kept the South defense honest with 19 rushing yards on eight carries, while Mike Lorenz caught one pass from Cannone for a gain of 14 yards.

Salem travels to Timberlane this Friday, October 9 to battle the Owls at 6:30 p.m.

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Salem Saints’ Week 4 Roundup

Michael Durfee bringing the puck up the side with Cam Jenkins and Seth McCarthy.  PeeWee 2’s won against Tewksbury, 3-2

Salem Saints players went 7-4-2 for the week.  Finishing up the fourth week of parity in Valley League play, the Bantam 1 team is still undefeated at 6-0 with four of them shutouts.  Parity rounds continue to the end of October.

The Squirt 1 team went 1-1-0, losing to Reading on Saturday in a 3-2 close game and getting a shutout on Sunday, 2-0, against North Reading.  Goals for the weekend were scored by Dylan Salvo, Landon Krekorian (2), and Justin Lamb, and assists by Landon Krekorian, Aidan Breen, and Joseph Moore.  Padraig Capsalis credited with the shut out.

The Squirt 2s were undefeated this weekend, beating Reading 6-0 and Melrose 4-3.  Goals credited to Thomas DeFelice, Mason Healey, Michael Vicente, Jason Heckman, Eric DeFelice, Shea Kingsley, Mason Healey, and Patrick Hare (3).  Assists to Matt Diprizio, Patrick Hare, Mason Healey, Shea Kingsley, Michael Vicente, Eric DeFelice (2), and Matt Bergeron (2).

The PeeWee 1 lost their only game for the week to Acton-Boxborough, 4-2.  A strong second and third period were not enough to overcome the slow start. 

The PeeWee 2 won back-to-back games, bringing their overall record to 3-3.  The first win was against Chelmsford on Saturday, 2-1, with goals scored by Abigail Lagos and Seth McCarthy, and assisted by Joseph Goudey.  They finished the weekend with a win against Tewksbury on Sunday morning, 3-2, with goals scored by Seth McCarthy, Dustin Kingsley, and Joey Goudey, and assists by Curtis Culcasi and Ryan Vallon.  The goaltending tandem of Nick Sturgess and Evan Phair backstopped both games.

The undefeated Bantam 1 team recorded two shutouts this weekend against Melrose, 5-0, and Andover, 9-0.  Matt Bauchmand had an amazing game against Melrose, scoring 4 goals, with Jason Parker getting the fifth.  Matt Halaby and Kenny Sturgess were superb between the pipes, turning away all 22 shots they faced.  The Andover win was led by Matt Bauchman (3), Dylan Yameen (2), Dustin Lubinger, Shane Morin, Jason Parker, and Brian Frazier.

The Bantam 2 team lost a tight game, 4-2, on Saturday against Woburn.

The Bantam 3 team played 0-1-1 for the weekend, tying Tewksbury 2-2 and losing a close one to Woburn 1-0.

The Midget 2 team tied against Groton during the week at 3-3 with goals by Jon Longstaffe, Ryan Corbett, and Jovanni Geha, with assists by Brian Blanchette, Ryan Corbett, and Jon Longstaffe.  The team suffered their first loss of the season against Arlington, 2-0, on Sunday evening.

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Salem Snags Class L Championship for Second Year in a Row

by Chris White

Coach Jack Danahy, Kyle Gaudette, Andrew Santo, Ryan Greenleaf, Mrs. Marilyn Campbell, Ryan Butler, Ed Haroian, Jeff Cohen, Coach Ben Adams

Unpredicted and unexpected by many, the Salem Blue Devils are New Hampshire golf champions for the second straight season.  Salem collectively shot a 320 to beat the Class L field last Thursday at Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, NH.  A previously undefeated Pinkerton team (seeded number one in Class L) finished a close second with a 323.

“We might not have been the best team, but we played the best that day,” Coach Ben Adams said.  “We won the championship by simply asking our players to do what they do.”

Salem had a season record of 24-3 (third in Class L), but played its best golf in the Class L championship when it needed it most.  Salem’s co-captain Ed Haroian came in fourth overall at the tournament shooting a 78 for the 18-hole course.  Meanwhile, co-captain Jeff Cohen tied for fifth with a 79 and Ryan Butler tied for ninth place with an 80 overall.  Ryan Greenleaf shot an 83 to have the fourth lowest score for Salem.  Kyle Gaudette and Andrew Santo also represented Salem in the tournament but did not factor in the scoring as they came in fifth and sixth on the team for the Blue Devils.

The team victory is very significant, especially considering the Blue Devils did not win a golf championship until last year.  Now they have two in a row.  Even more impressive, this year’s group had to deal with the loss of a number of graduating seniors and losing athletes who are Windham residents to the brand new Windham High School.

Haroian, Cohen, Butler, and Greenleaf all made it to the individual championship round on Saturday.  Cohen became the first-ever male Class L individual champion from Salem as he shot a 75 for the day, which was combined with his 79 on Thursday to give him the low score of 154 for the whole field.  Butler finished sixth in the field with a 159 over the two days.

With the odds against the Blue Devils to repeat as champions, Adams was more than pleased with the way his golfers responded this season.

“They’re a great bunch and deserve to be called champions for the rest of their lives,” he said.

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Tough Week For Men’s Soccer

by Dianne Wright

Brandon Cole using his head!

Salem came up short this week against two formidable opponents.  The first match was against Londonderry on their home turf.  Having gone down 1-0 early in the match, Salem fought back to tie it on a goal scored by senior Mike Abi-aad.  Londonderry scored a second goal after Salem goalie John Lyons bravely dove at an attacker’s feet, only to have a Londonderry player tuck it away for the second goal of the match.

Salem would continue to fight hard and dominate most of the second half, but Londonderry was awarded a free kick which eluded the wall and hit side netting.  At 3-1, the game was not over and Salem cut the Lancer’s lead on a shot by senior Brett Miller.  Despite several attacking opportunities, Salem ran out of time and the match finished at 3-2.

Coach Karibian said after the match, “The support from the Salem fans and parents were tremendous.  They took a difficult situation and made it a very positive experience for the players.  A coach should be so lucky to have such a responsive and upbeat group of supporters for his team!”

Friday’s loss against Memorial was tough as Salem had many opportunities to put this match out of reach.  Early in the match, Junior Brad Hosey, scored his first varsity goal on a beautiful header from a Mike Abi-aad cross.  After that goal, the net seemed to have a lid on it, as Salem had five more clear chances to put the game out of reach for Memorial but just could not capitalize on the opportunities.  Memorial, however, never gave up.  They took one of the three chances afforded to them and tied the match at 1-1.  The game would still flow Salem’s way as strikers and midfielders went forward but missed at least three more chances to seal up the win.  Memorial would score another goal against the run of play to take their seventh win of the season.  Salem’s record now stands at 6-4 and will be traveling to take on a tough Bishop Guertin team on Tuesday for another battle for the top 8 in the standings.  Friday’s game will be at home against Timberlane.

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