Pelham - Windham News August 20, 2010 - 9
Pelham Parks and Recreation Tennis Tournament Results
every week for the entire month of July. At the end of the last session, two tournaments are held. The first is an actual five-game, pro-set match play, where participants must serve out real games, which are typically played by nine- to 13-year-olds. The second is open to everyone and is a 50-ball toss game in which children compete alone, attempting to best their skills with 10 forehands, 10 backhands, 10 side-to-side, 10 volleys, and 10 serves, and the highest number of balls landing “in” wins the top honors. The courts were packed with competition play all morning, along with the “fun court,” which was completely dotted with children competing for donated prizes like free passes to Chunky’s, McDonald’s ice cream cones, and iTunes gift cards. When someone hit a cone or a paper, the delight could be heard across all four courts.
All the medal winners
submitted by Sharon A. Wagner The weather was warm and comfortable, but the level of play was blazing hot during the Pelham Parks
and Recreation annual Junior Program Tournament last Wednesday, July 28, at the high school. Head tennis pro and coordinator Phyllis Morris reported the
largest turnout ever recorded at almost 90 participants. The children range in age from four to 13 years old and attend camp
Match Play Tournament
Boys 1. Manny Baisley 2. Jacob Dahlinger 3. Josh Wiswell Girls 1. Olivia DeLuca 2. Kristen Beharakis 3. Abigail Joncas
Girls 4-6 1. Brook Contarino 2. Meaghan Wilson 3. Madeline Beaton Boys 4-6 1. Joshua Parent 2. Carter Accamondo 3. Chub Dubey
Girls 7-9 1. Mackenzie Wagner 2. Lauren Putnam 3. Caroline Joncas Boys 7-9 1. Manny Baisley 2. Nicholas Day 3. Ethan Joncas
Girls 10-13 1. Sarah Beaton 2. Olivia DeLuca 3. Abigail Joncas Boys 10-13 1. Mark Rutherford 2. Sunny Lee 3. Josh Wiswell
Pelham Girls’ Soccer Gets a New Look
coach a club or travel team, you really don’t get a lot of time with the kids to teach them how to play the game right,” Moore said. “You get them twice a week if you’re lucky. In a high school program, when you get them six days a week, you can teach them a lot and do a lot of great things.” Pelham is Moore’s first-ever job with a varsity program, and he will set the bar high. Another thing that drew Moore to Pelham was a program that needed help. And now he’s here to help turn it around. It can’t be done alone, though. This year, the Pythons will be captained by four players: Kayla Soares, Bri Trainor, Emily Long, and Brianna Torres. Soares and Trainor also served as captains last year. The Pythons have 20 athletes out to play soccer this season, and they are focused on turning the program around as well.
After two winless seasons, Pelham earned two victories in 2009. The team will now focus on bettering its mark from a year ago in order to start building up the program. Everyone on the team has been working hard to get better in practice, hoping it will translate into more wins during the season. Moore said he would like to make the post-season this year, but above all, he would like his team to play good soccer. “I think success will be measured by playing quality soccer—giving up less goals and scoring more goals,” he said. As the varsity soccer coach now, Moore said
by Chris White The Pelham girls’ soccer team will have a new look this year with new head coach Mike Moore at the helm. Moore comes to Pelham after previously coaching successful club soccer teams out of Exeter for the past few years. One of the reasons he chose to sign on with Pelham was for the opportunity to spend more time teaching the game to his players. “I’ve always wanted a varsity coaching job because when you
he would also like to develop the girls’ youth soccer programs in town, as part of building a complete program. He said he is willing to meet with people in town, who care about the development of girls’ soccer, to talk about how to make it happen. He said he plans to eventually conduct skills clinics and form indoor soccer leagues in order to get more kids playing the sport.
Windham Boys’ Lacrosse Undaunted
Northern New England Lacrosse Summer Showcase. Powered by Windham players from area high schools, this team is diverse, competitive, and tough. The Northern New England Lacrosse Summer Showcase, sponsored by XACT Sports, is played weekly at Southern New Hampshire University and includes teams from around New England. Windham took to the field on game 5 against
Pictured above, Defender Andrew “Fatty” Lucy. Be;low, Joe Gaudette shuts down Team Free Agent
unpredictable Team Free Agent. Initially, Team Windham had difficulty settling the ball, with quick goals from both sides. Windham quickly pulled ahead during the first half with goals from Dillon Kyriakakis, Colby Larsen (assisted by Dillon Kyriakakis), and Nick Harbilis, ending the half 3-1. Team Windham stormed ahead during the second half with a tough face-off directly to goal by Brett Pittera. Further goals from Nick Harbilis (assists by Brett Pittera and Dillon Kyriakakis), Alex O’Neil (assisted by Nick Harbilis), and Brett Pittera (assisted by Josh Hebert) secured the win for Windham, 7- 3. Seniors Andrew Lucy and Chris Dow provided sturdy defense for superstar goalie, Jeff Travato. Game 6 brought Team Windham face
submitted by Lisa Haswell Windham is showing that it intends to be a
powerhouse in the future of boys’ high school lacrosse. Debuting Windham’s first-ever boys’ high school lacrosse team this spring, the team rallied to enter this summer’s
to face with the undefeated Exeter team. This hard-hitting game was very exciting from the beginning, with Exeter dominating early on. The gap was closed to 6-5 at the halftime, with goals from Pittera, Harbilis, and Kyriakakis. A solid Lucy kept Exeter in check. The second half showed a revved- up Windham team taking the lead. With Exeter scoring in the last 30 seconds of the game, a sudden death was called. Windham’s Pittera scored in 15 seconds, giving Team Windham its fourth win of the showcase.
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After all the counts were in and the final matches played, families gathered in the shade on the fields to watch medal winners claim their prizes. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are given in girls’ and boys’ match play, as well as age divisions 4-6 years
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years old, and 10-13 years old as well. “I’m very proud of all the players
and how far they have advanced in the last month,” Morris boasted of her program. “I also owe a lot to my talented and patient staff,” Coach Phyllis beamed with enthusiasm while applauding all 18 of her assistants. “Without them, I couldn’t take on nearly this number of children.” She added that her assistants have all gone through this program themselves and are hand-picked for their ability to lead, problem-solve, and skillfully handle the younger and/or less experienced players with kindness and confidence. Many of her current and past assistants play on their high school and college tennis teams, and are ranked very high in academics in their schools. Morris summed them up as “exceptional individuals who will go on to do great things.” Morris and her entire coaching staff are proud of every single player and look forward to next summer, and encourage all the participants in the meantime to “Get out on the courts!”
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