Nutfield News • April 15, 2010
PA Softball Coach Likes Team’s Mix of Veterans, Newcomers
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.
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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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Following his exceptional high school wrestling career at Pinkerton, Phil Moricone went on to a great college career at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Then as a high school
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bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Edinboro, and has begun work on his master’s degree in educational leadership at the Pennsylvania school.
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