14 - December 18, 2009
Girls’ Basketball Goes 1-1 in
by Chris White while Kerry White (five points) finished well inside
The Blue Devils started off slow on Friday night off a nice pass from Sarah Raye near the end of
at Manchester Central and it came back to haunt the first half, and then on one from Connors in the
submitted by Dianne Wright
them toward the end of the game. They played third quarter. Steph
Brett Miller, senior at Salem
even with the Little Green for every quarter except Long also launched
High School, was presented with
the first, in which they were outscored 13-4. a three-pointer in
an award on Sunday, December
The score at the end of the first period was due the fourth quarter
6, for making the New Hampshire
in large part to the pressure Salem faced from that found nothing
All State Class L Boy’s Soccer
Central’s full-court press. Central set the tempo but nylon.
early by making Salem players uncomfortable and Fortunately for
Zach Wright, junior at Salem
forcing them to turn the ball over. On offense, the Salem, Tuesday
High School, was presented
Blue Devils were forced into taking some difficult night’s game was
with the New Hampshire
shots and there were many shots that just refused a much different
Soccer Officials Association
to fall. story. The Blue
Sportsmanship and Character
“We had a hard time settling down,” Salem Devils dismantled
Award for Boy’s Varsity Soccer
coach Liz Briggs said. “Central is a very athletic Concord by a score
Zach Wright and Brett Miller
for the 2009 high school season.
team. It was their anticipation in the press that of 54-13 to improve White
This award was voted on by the
was throwing us off.” their record to 1-1.
New Hampshire referees who
Salem made They executed a
picked an individual that showed
a run near the full-court trap on
extraordinary sportsmanship on
end of the third defense to make
the soccer field.
quarter that was it difficult for the
Congratulations to both men
sparked by three Crimson Tide to
Nora Galvin leads the fast
for their awards!
consecutive advance the ball
break against Central
baskets from up the floor. Raye and
Nora Galvin (12 Gina Righini pressured the ball up top defensively
points). Galvin and created turnovers.
was hitting the Offensively, Connors and Jen Bujnowski did
mid-range jumper some damage down low. Connors rebounded
and pressuring well and scored 16 points to lead Salem, while
the ball up top on Bujnowski was a force on the interior, scoring
defense. The ball eight points. Galvin added 10 points, and
pressure she put Amanda Vaudreuil chipped in with six points,
on Central’s guards which all came in the first half. Kelly Forrest,
We hope your holiday is decorated with love, laughter and
would sometimes Sammi LaRosa, Johana Rodriguez, and Kelly
friendship. May the blessings of the season surround you and
lead to steals. The Nolan all received playing time and made solid
bring you much happiness and good fortune throughout the year.
Blue Devils carried contributions. LaRosa and Forrest collected two
We feel fortunate to have you among our circle of friends.
and 45-day rate lock
Thanks for being so good to us this past year. We look forward to
Jen Bujnowski looks to pass inside
the momentum points apiece, while Nolan finished with four
seeing you again very soon.
to a teammate
from the end of the points.
Area News Group
third period into The Blue Devils will be in action away from
the fourth, but it was too late. By the end of the home on Friday, December 18, as they travel to
game, the Little Green secured a 44-32 victory to Nashua North High School to face the Titans. Tip-
start their season. off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Olivia Connors added seven points for Salem,
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by Chris White never get a chance to strike up a rivalry with the
The Pelham Pythons and Salem Blue Devils Pythons. Also, Salem may get more out of playing
squared off against each other in a boys’ a stronger team from
basketball scrimmage this past Monday. The two Class I, like Pelham,
teams have developed a pre-season tradition in rather than a weaker
recent years where they scrimmage before the team in Class L. The
regular season begins. In the past several seasons, Blue Devils definitely
each team has enjoyed much success in their want to prepare for a run
respective class (Salem in Class L, Pelham in at the state title by facing
Class I) and that has helped them form an exciting the best competition
rivalry together. Additionally, the towns of Pelham possible. A player like
and Salem border one another, which only adds Salem’s point guard Alex
to the competition for bragging rights. But with LaRosa, who will play
the new classification system that was approved in college, should have
by the NHIAA recently, it looks like we will the opportunity to be
see more Pelham-Salem match-ups not only for challenged by an all-star
bragging rights, but for actual points in the league from Class I rather than a
standings. less accomplished guard
Starting next season, inter-class games and from a weak Class L
matches will count in the NHIAA standings program.
for all sports except those that are already in a “It’s pretty interesting
Joe Gallant rises for a hook
division format (football, ice hockey, and girls’ if you have a good rivalry
shot against Campbell
and boys’ volleyball). Individual teams will also between border towns and
have the freedom to petition to move up or down you can get some regional
through the classification system, no matter what interest,” Salem coach E.J. Perry noted. “I don’t
class the school is in. Any move would have see a problem with the new system.”
to be approved by the NHIAA. A team like the With that, the new system may inch toward
Pelham boys’ basketball team would benefit from making regular season play more regional than
these new state-wide (unfortunately, this would mean no
standards. more movie bus rides to Keene). Financially, it’s a
Pelham will no-brainer. It would cut down on schools’ travel
be able to see expenses. It would also take a little pressure off
how its team student-athletes and their families. This is true for
stacks up coaches and their families as well. Salem people
against larger will be able to do away with double-overtime
schools during thrillers in Dover, which force them to arrive
home at 11:30 p.m. at the earliest. Pelham people
by playing will hopefully be able to cut out the long trips to
in inter-class Coe-Brown or Plymouth every season.
Most of all, a regional system will develop
Pythons could rivalries, which can be a fun part of high school
also see how sports for athletes, coaches, fans, and students
Mike Lorenz drives baseline
alike. In this system, teams in the same area
against the Cougars
of the state who can compete with each other
Spirou and can be grouped into conferences, and then the
Mike Lombard (who are two of the top players in winners of those conferences can play teams they
Class I) would fare against Class L competition. have not seen before in the New Hampshire state
As for the Salem hoop team, there won’t be any tournament. New Hampshire would finally have
shuffling of classes for them, but they look to meet a single tournament in which all classes sizes are
a good challenge whenever it comes along. The included. Will it ever happen? Only time will
idea of giving teams flexibility to play up or down tell.
looks great now because the Blue Devils would
Saints Bantam 1 Wins Cornucopia Cup
submitted by Tracey Durfee
The Salem Saints begin their December with a light schedule. The Mites had the weekend off while the
PeeWee 2 kids played only one game. The Bantam 1 team returned back to regular play after winning the
Cornucopia Cup tournament that took place over Thanksgiving weekend at the Icenter. The team went
4-0 in the tournament, capped by a 5-0 victory over Billerica in the championship game.
The Squirt 1 team played 1-0-1. They beat Haverhill Pentucket, 3-2, on Saturday and then tied with
Chelmsford, 2-2, on Sunday. The Squirt 2 kids played strong and won both their games. The first win was
against Methuen, 4-2. Mason Healey scored the first three goals and Will Bickford scored the final goal.
Assists go to Michael Vicente and Patrick Hare. The other victory was a shutout against Nashua. The
6-0 shutout was a result of first-rate goaltending by Brandon Paiva and Aleksei Lavrentyev. Goal scorers
for Salem were Ian Krikorian (2), Patrick Hare (2), Owen McNamara, and Eric DeFelice, with assists by
Michael Vicente, Eric DeFelice, Matt Bergeron, and Will Bickford. It was a stellar weekend for the kids.
The PeeWee 1 team beat Reading on Sunday night, 4-1. Tandem goalies Andrew Gosson and Thomas
Gillespie played great between the pipes. Salem did a phenomenal job killing off a 5-on-3 when
the score was 3-1, preserving the win. The other Saints PeeWee team didn’t have the same winning
experience when they faced Danvers on Saturday night; they lost 3-0.
The Bantam 1 lost to Nashua during a weekday game at 6-1. Dustin Lubinger was the lone goal scorer
assisted by Ryan Bradley. Currently in first place in their division in Valley League, the Bantam 2 won
their only game against Danvers, 6-5. The Bantam 3s lost to Burlington, 2-1, in a Sunday night game.
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