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Windham Girls’ Soccer Ready to Kick Off New Season

by Chris White The Windham girls’ soccer team is back for its second season and ready to take its game to the next level. The team returns a strong core of players who saw significant action at the junior varsity level last season and they will be focused on adding to the success they had. “We’re just looking forward to playing

at the varsity level and playing for greater rewards,” said George Kendall, who coached the junior varsity in 2009 and will be the head varsity coach this year. The Jaguars began their preparation for this season back on August 16 when practices for the fall sports season officially started. After a few days of double sessions, they got their first taste of varsity competition when they faced Salem in a scrimmage at Salem High School. The Jags competed with the Blue Devils in what was a good start to their pre-season competition. Windham featured a nice mix of experienced players, as well as newcomers to the team. The juniors will be responsible for providing leadership as the oldest members of the team this season. Meanwhile, the incoming freshman class should effectively complement the players from last year’s team. Rachel Sullivan, Bernadette Connors,

Pelham Volleyball Focuses on Improving as a Team

by Chris White The Pelham volleyball team lost a couple key contributors from last year’s squad, but still returns a strong core for the 2010 season. A hard-working and steadily improving group, one of the main keys to the Pythons success will be to stay healthy. The Pythons were plagued by injuries last season, hindering their ability to play to their full potential. This year, though, Pelham’s athletes

have worked hard on improving their physical strength entering the new season. The group is led by senior captains Kelsey Kenney, Broghan Gilligan, and Sarah Fuller. The three captains form a strong leadership group and will set the example for the rest of the team. Kenney, in her third season with the

Kelsey Schiebel, and Amanda Schiebel are some of the team’s players who were key contributors in 2009 that will be back. The Jags will look to those players for most of their production, while a very skilled and confident freshman group of about a half-dozen players will add to the team’s depth. “I think the new players will help us build for a strong season,” Kendall said. “We have very good chemistry. I’m really pleased with what we have.” With their personnel, the Jags return a strong

Windham’s Bernadette Connors battles for the ball with Salem’s Hanna LaRochelle in a scrimmage between the two teams last Tursday

defensive unit. Last year, their defense was a major part of their success and they look to thrive on their defense again this year. A few speedsters in the freshman class will also give Windham a new dimension to its team game this season. All of the pieces are in place for the Jaguars’

first varsity season playing in Division 2. The team starts its regular season today at home against Manchester West. Game time is 4:15 p.m.

varsity squad, will play the outside hitter position. Fuller will join her on the front line as a middle hitter, while Gilligan will be the team’s setter as she enters her third varsity season as well. Other members returning to the team include Roxanne Lapierre, Alex Hall, Kathryn Mostone, and Kathryn Demetri. Lapierre, Hall, and Demetri will play defense for the Pythons. In the meantime, Lapierre will also spend time at middle hitter and Hall will play some outside hitter as well. Mostone will also be a threat up front as both an outside and middle hitter. Together, the players will work on coming together to be successful. “It’s a matter of them learning to play together as a group,” Pelham coach Jen Nugent said. “They need to keep strengthening their skills and learning about the game.”

Kathryn Mostone sends the ball back over the net in a game last season

For a team that lacks height (their tallest player stands at 5 feet, 10 inches), the Pythons will have to make sure their defense is strong. They will have to concentrate on making smooth transitions from offense to defense, Nugent said. A more simplified style of play will lead to more opportunities for Pelham as it competes against some good programs in Division 2 this season. The goal for the Pythons this season will be to

improve on what they did last year, exiting in the first round of the playoffs. To do that, the Pythons will focus improving each game and getting good position in the standings to make a run come playoff time.

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submitted by Stacey Alcorn, RE/MAX Prestige On Saturday, July 24, Kevin Durkin, Dottie Durkin, Ed Bisson, and myself participated in the 20 Mile Memory Ride Race to raise money for Alzheimer’s. The race started at 11:30 a.m. and it was about 90 degrees. I work out at the gym every day, and it was a hard, long race for me. For those of you who have

never had the pleasure of meeting Ed Bisson, an agent in our Pelham office, you should take him to lunch sometime because he’s a pretty amazing person. He battled cancer and won. The result was that he lost part of his throat and vocal cords and he speaks through a thumb-sized hole in his neck. He hasn’t let that put a damper on his business or his life; in fact, he’s going to be a platinum agent this year ... and yes, that was Ed you saw on the Top 5 Agent list in NH. Ed hadn’t ridden a bike in more than 30 years. He didn’t have any reason to ride the 20-mile race other than “it sounded like a good time.” At

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about mile fives, we knew Ed was struggling … it was harder for him to breathe than anyone else … and the 90-degree heat and hilly terrain were challenging for everyone. Kevin, Dottie, and I all encouraged Ed to turn back … it wasn’t the end of the world if he didn’t finish. Ed’s reply was “I don’t give up that easy!” In fact, Ed doesn’t give up at all. He finished

the 20-mile race on pace with the rest of the team. There were some racers that gave up because of the heat and the difficulty with breathing … but not Ed. He made us all proud on Saturday. I, for one, feel lucky to know him. If you ever want to meet someone who will inspire you and who will show you what it means to never give up, call Ed Bisson in Pelham … take him to lunch … and I guarantee it will change your life.


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