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14 - August 13, 2010 by Chris White


One of the most talked-about stories of this area in the past couple of years has been the opening and development of the new Windham High School. After most of Windham’s sports programs competed on the junior varsity level during the school’s opening year (2009-2010), every program will field a varsity team in 2010-2011. Because of the step up to varsity, this year has been highly anticipated by many and it officially begins this coming Monday, August 16. This fall looks to be an outstanding opportunity for Windham teams to make their mark in Division 2. Every Windham team had a strong first season last fall. The field hockey and volleyball teams dominated their competition at the junior varsity level. The football, boys’ soccer, and girls’ soccer teams also had successful sub- varsity seasons. Meanwhile, the golf, boys’ cross country, and girls’ cross country teams all gained experience at the varsity level and will be entering their second season of facing varsity competition this fall. Despite the success of Windham’s


sub-varsity teams in 2009, it goes without saying that all of Windham’s teams will be challenged even more so at the varsity level in 2010. If you’re expecting the Jaguars to roll over their competition like they did a year ago, think again. It’s just the reality of having a first-year varsity program like Windham (with only juniors,


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Windham field hockey’s Hannah Peters controls the ball in a win over Pembroke last year


sophomores, and freshmen) square off against more established programs that also contain seniors. Windham will do well, though. Kids in this town are brought up to play sports and succeed at them as well. But for each team, it will be a question of when that team will do well. After a strong showing last season, every team this fall has the potential to rise to the top of Division 2. But also considering the fact that the Jags are senior-less,


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it may take a season or two for some teams to reach the top of their league. Sometimes, it’s difficult to notice just


how much difference there is between the sub-varsity and varsity levels in high school sports. But now, as an athletic program, the Jags and their fans will be able to experience the transition firsthand.


As they showed all of last season, the


Jaguars have been ready for this year for a long time. It will be another year of


Windham quarterback Joe Lorenz fights for yardage in a junior varsity game last October


firsts. Last year, we had the first game, first win, first goal, and many other firsts during Windham competitions. This year, for most programs, we’re going to see the first varsity game, the first varsity points, and other first-timers. It should be an exciting opportunity for those currently involved


with the athletic program as a student- athlete, coach, or director. With all the potential varsity


firsts at Windham this year, let’s not forget it’s also the first opportunity to turn some heads and establish a successful athletic program on the New Hampshire varsity sports circuit as well.


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season. The Rockingham Area Youth Swim (RAYS) are a local swim team based out of the Londonderry and Salem Workout Clubs. The Swimmers come from Windham, Salem, Londonderry, and neighboring communities. The RAYS sent 53 athletes (20 in the 10 and under age group) to the Division I State Championships held in Dover at the Jenny Thompson pool this past weekend. A total of 16 teams participated in the event. The swimmers for the RAYS boys’ 8 and under age group were led by Bradley Valo (7) of Windham with a win in the 25 Freestyle in a time of 18.48 and third place in the 50 Freestyle in 39.20; Bradley also anchored the 100 free relay with teammates Owen Caprioglio (6), Asa Runge (8), and Ryan Golabiewski (8) to second place, with the same team also swimming to a second- place finish in the 100 Medley Relay. Asa Runge earned third place in the 25 Butterfly in 25.62 while setting a personal best. Eli Runge (10) of the


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