April 30, 2010 - 9
submitted by Karen Young
James Young, a fifth
grader in Pelham, along with his Pee Wee II Hollis Cavalier hockey team, recently won the Dual State League Championship. Finishing the regular season in first place, they went on to win the championship game by beating Acton/Boxboro, 2-1, in a shootout. Congratulations, James!
submitted by Cathy Robertson-Souter
Thirteen-year-old Taylor Powell of
Windham will be taking her game to Charleston.
Freedom’s Weekend Wrap-up
submitted by Lindsey Niemaszyk
Saturday wrapped up Team Freedom’s indoor soccer season. They were able to make it through the first playoff game, with Morgan Walsh scoring one and Rachel Marion scoring two goals. The girls played 25 minutes of hard soccer, and it showed. The second game was a bit tougher for them. Lexi Gustavsen was able to put one up on the board, but it just wasn’t enough for the advance to the next round. Freedom’s first indoor soccer league ended just in time for the outdoor spring league to begin on Sunday. On Sunday, Pelham Freedom played the Derry Eagles in an extremely close
game. With the fire going across the field in both directions, both teams wanted to walk away from their first outdoor game of the season with a win; however, there could only be one winner. After many attempts, the Eagles were able to get one past Freedom’s defense. Freedom fought hard to put one in the Eagles net, but they were not successful. In the end, Freedom left the field with their heads held high, like the night before, but they are ready to strike next week at home against the Timberwolves. For more information on the
Pelham Soccer Club, visit www. pelhamtravelsoccer.com
After a strong showing at the USA-Gymnastics Level 9 Regional Championships in Danvers, MA, over the weekend of April 9, Taylor earned a spot at the Eastern Nationals competition, the highest level of competition for this level of gymnastics. With a third place on the beam (9.3), and an 8.325 on bars, 9.15 on vault (for a career high), 8.95 on floor, and a 35.55 total, Taylor placed seventh in the all-around. Taylor will travel to Charleston, WV, on April 28 with her coach
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Gym-Ken Gymnastics’ Level 8 Optional Team competed on March 27 at the NH USAG State Championships, placing fourth in the team competition. Area gymnasts representing Gym-Ken include Kadianne Tommasi and Sarah Hale of Salem, and Sarah Vignos of Windham. In the 12-year-old age division,
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Taylor Powell advances to Eastern Nationals
Kara Lemay. This is Gym-Ken’s first National qualifier in well over a decade. “The gym and her coach could not be prouder of her accomplishments,” said Lemay. After a year of chronic injuries, her coach did not believe this was possible. Taylor’s coach, Kara Lemay, will be retiring from competitive coaching at the end of this season, and is absolutely thrilled that it is ending with such success.
Windham native Taylor Powell of Gym-Ken Gymnastics has qualified to compete in the national championships for Level 9
Gymnasts Place Well at States
Sarah Vignos placed sixth on vault with an 8.6. Kadianne Tommasi placed eighth on vault with an 8.625, third on bars with an 8.9, seventh on beam with an 8.45, fourth on floor with an 8.95, and tied for fifth in the all-around. Sarah Hale placed eighth on bars with an 8.525, and fifth on beam with an 8.55.
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