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Nutfield News • April 15, 2010

PA Softball Coach Likes Team’s Mix of Veterans, Newcomers

CHRIS PANTAZIS

NUTFIELD NEWS

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Graduation in the spring of 2009 robbed Pinkerton Academy softball coach Terry Bailey’s roster of some highly talented play- ers, and standout pitcher Kara Chooljian was right at the top of the list of losses. However, when he scans his 2010 roster, coach Bailey sees what he thinks is a strong mix of the seasoned and the new.

“We have a good mix-

ture of experienced veterans and athletic newcomers,” said Bailey. “The strong leadership of the seniors is expected to help the enthusi- astic rookies accelerate the development of their softball skills.”

The Lady Astros’ return- ing starters are seniors Shannon Doherty (catch- er/infielder), Brittany Gen- tile (outfielder), Alison DeLeo (outfielder) and Shannon Murphy (infield-

er), and sophomore Kasey Marraffa (infielder). Sophomore Melanie Dus- seault will unquestionably have her right pitching hand full trying to make up for the massive loss of hurling ace Chooljian, but Dusseault gained some vital experi- ence by pitching on the var- sity level as a freshman. She may see playing time in the infield as well when she’s not in the pitching circle. The Pinkerton crew of promising newcomers in-

cludes junior Molly Harr- ington (infielder/outfielder) and Kelsey Quinn (outfield- er), sophomores Britney Bernard (infielder), Katelyn Erhardt (outfielder/catcher), Heather Pelletier (infielder), and Adrienne Weishaar (catcher), and freshman Samantha Hennequin (pit- cher/infielder).

“Our challenge is to be playing our best softball in time for the playoffs,” said coach Bailey.

PA All-American Followed a True Astro Great

CHRIS PANTAZIS

NUTFIELD NEWS

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Pinkerton softball pitcher Melanie Dusseault takes over as her team’s top pitcher this spring, and she is battle- tested and ready to lead her Lady Astros into the tough Class L fray.

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Pinkerton Academy jun- ior wrestling standout David Owens’ recent earning of All-American status cast a spotlight on the PA wrest- ling program and its history. And folks who were around that program earlier in this young century will remem- ber the stellar efforts of a truly great grappler named Phil Moricone Jr. Owens earned his All-

American status by finishing sixth at the National High School Wrestling Tourn- ament in Virginia Beach, Va., during the final days of March of this year, as report- ed in last week’s Nutfield News. Following the comple- tion of his tremendous Pinkerton career in 2004, Moricone was deemed wor- thy of All-American selec-

tion by USA Wrestling Magazine in that publica- tion’s annual picks. Moricone, who was also named New Hampshire Wrestler of the Year for the 2003-04 season by the National Coaches Assoc- iation, compiled a jaw-drop- ping high school career record of 174-10, with a stunning 117 falls.

The local wrestling stal-

wart was a three-time New Hampshire champion and a two-time New England champ, and he went on to star on the collegiate level at Division I Edinboro Univ- ersity of Pennsylvania. The Pinkerton standout went 49-1 and won his 152- pound weight class and the New England crown as a high school sophomore, and he then moved up to the 160-pound division as a jun- ior and won it while compil- ing a 39-2 record.

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