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Blue Devils Roll Past Timberlane at Homecoming

by Chris White The Salem Blue Devils did not only come

Melissa Ouellet passes off to a teammate

to play at their homecoming last Saturday; they came to win. Nearly every Salem team defeated their rivals from Timberlane, and most did so in convincing fashion. Homecoming events were crammed into a single afternoon because of SATs at Salem High Saturday morning. The Salem athletic complex was a busy place for about four hours, but the Devils did not disappoint the large host of fans who came out to support them. Football: Salem 48, Timberlane 6 After letting up 54 points to a powerful Nashua North offense the previous week, Salem’s defense decided it was time to buckle down against Timberlane. The Blue Devils kept tabs on the Timberlane offense all afternoon, as they did not allow the Owls to score until just over a minute left in the game. On the other side of the ball, running

Salem running back Jerickson Fedrick enters the end zone for his second touchdown of the day

back Jerickson Fedrick ignited the Salem offense early in the first frame with a 63-yard touchdown run. Max Jacques then followed with touchdown runs of 81 and 11 yards to give the Devils a commanding 21-0 lead at the end of one quarter. Salem would lead 35-0 at the half thanks to another touchdown by Jacques and a 36-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cannone to Mike Lorenz. In the second half, the Devils got touchdowns from Fedrick and Brady Alicea, allowing them to eventually take a convincing 48-6 victory that pushed their overall record to 4-2. Jacques (11 carries, 156 yards) and Fedrick (19 carries, 156 yards) led the Salem’s rushing attack for the afternoon, while Cannone and Lorenz connected on three pass plays totaling 99 yards. Boys’ Soccer: Salem 2, Timberlane 1 Coming off a 1-0 win against Alvirne

Salem linebacker Joe Dipalma causes Timberlane’s quarterback to stumble

on Tuesday, the Blue Devils had some momentum on their side going into Saturday’s contest versus Timberlane. Salem struck first with a goal in the first half and added another in the second, while Timberlane was able to net only one goal that came in the second 40 minutes. Justin Mosher and Brian Smart contributed one goal apiece for Salem, while Smart also provided an assist along with Max Gordon. Goalie John Lyons was strong in front of the net as he registered five saves. The 2-1 victory evened out Salem’s overall record at 6-6 with four regular season games remaining. Girls’ Soccer: Salem 3, Timberlane 0 Salem jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over

Timberlane in the first half of the girls’ soccer game and never looked back. The Blue Devils notched one more goal in the second half to round out the scoring at 3-0. With the victory, Salem’s record moved to 10-1-1 on the season. Jersey Burns scored two of Salem’s goals,

Salem’s Justin Mosher keeps the ball away from a Timberlane foe

while Gina Righini provided a goal as well. Righini also assisted both goals by Burns, and Cassie Chase assisted Righini’s goal. Seniors Hanna LaRochelle and Mackenzie Miller successfully anchored the backline once again as Salem’s defense pitched a shutout. Adding to the defense, goalie Rachel Blazich recorded four saves in net. Field Hockey: Salem 1, Timberlane 0 Saturday’s field hockey match-up between Salem and Timberlane turned out to be a

defensive battle, which favored Salem’s strong defense. Of Salem’s 11 games prior to facing Timberlane, the Blue Devils held their opponent to one goal or less in nine of those games. Not coincidentally, Salem also won all nine of those games and lost the other two in which they allowed more than one goal. Salem’s defense got the job done against the Owls, though, as it held the visitors scoreless for the entire contest. The Devils went on to take a 1-0 victory, thanks to a second-half goal off the stick of junior Sarah Frahm. Meanwhile, Salem goalie Bri Rastello provided a solid backstop as she kicked away nine Timberlane shots on goal for saves. Salem’s record improved to 10-2 with the win.

Girls’ Volleyball: Salem 3, Timberlane 0 It took only three games for the Salem girls’

volleyball team to dispose of Timberlane. The game scores were 25-16, 25-13, and 25-22 – all in favor of Salem. Salem was led by Sarah Scott, who paced the Devils’ offense with 19 assists and seven service points. Scott also reached a milestone during the contest, as she recorded her 500th career service point in the third game. She became only the second member of the Salem girls’ volleyball team in recent memory to accomplish such a feat.

Also turning in solid performances for the Devils were Melissa Ouellet (12 kills, three blocks), Jackie Cone (12 service points, 12 digs, eight kills), and Steph Long (12 service points). Salem’s record jumped to 11-3 with the win. Boys’ Cross Country: Salem 21,

Timberlane 34

Because of the football game going on simultaneously, Salem had to restructure its five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course in order to run its meet during homecoming. The minor adjustments did not appear to bother Salem as the Blue Devils placed five of their runners in the meet’s top eight in order to take a victory over Timberlane. The Devils were led by their number-one runner Ben Dutton, who ran a 16:52 to finish first overall. Rounding out the top five and factoring in the scoring for Salem were Dan Schmidt (third, 17:40), John Rheaume (fourth, 17:42), Mitch Dutton (fifth, 17:43), and Eric Hutchins (eighth, 18:43). Girls’ Cross Country: Timberlane 26, Salem 29 The girls’ cross country team also ran its

race on the restructured course, but just missed defeating Timberlane by four points. Despite the loss, Salem still managed to place five of its runners in the meet’s top 10. Returning from an injury, Salem’s number one runner, Stephanie Cabral, ran in her first race of the season and recorded a 20:10 for first overall. Also finishing in Salem’s top five were Samantha Hutchins (fifth, 21:06), Alyssa Lambert (sixth, 21:28), Amanda Buck (eighth, 22:32), and Ailish Barry (ninth, 22:33).

Salem’s Melissa Higgins gets her shot disrupted by an Owl defender

Sarah Frahm chases after a loose ball versus Timberlane

Erica Gallo serves for Salem

Photos by Chris White

SHS Field Hockey Roundup

Matt Zani controls the ball against Timberlane Emily Hickey goes by a Timberlane defender

Chelsea Curtis, Alli Breton, Co-Captain Meghan Bench, Co-Captain Melissa Higgins, Sara Bracken, and Jessica Curley

Salem High School field hockey seniors from

Windham celebrated victory over Concord on October 4. The teammates are entering the second half of their season highlighted with a Homecoming game on Saturday, October 9, at 2 p.m. against Timberlane. They also are preparing to celebrate their last regular season home game at Salem High on Friday, October 15, at 4 p.m. against Manchester Memorial. Senior Game festivities include a recognition ceremony at 3:30 p.m., followed by the varsity and JV games. All field hockey fans and alumni are invited to a post- game BBQ to celebrate the season. Currently, the team’s record is 8-2. Playoffs

for Division 1 FH State Championships begin October 21.

Midfielder Tayllar Righini keeps the ball moving up field for Salem

Salem’s number-one runner, Steph Cabral, took first place overall in the girls’ cross-country race

Salem’s Ben Dutton finishes up strong to come in first place

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