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Pelham Soccer Club Kicks Off Spring Season


submitted by David Beaudette, Pelham Soccer Club Pelham’s U-14 travel soccer team got their spring season off to a positive start with a 4-0 blanking of Hudson. Twenty minutes into the game, striker Eric Guinasso settled a through ball, and beat three defenders before tucking a shot past the Hudson keeper to give Pelham a 1-0 lead at halftime. The second half saw Pelham get into a better rhythm, when Shannon Walsh took a header pass from Joe Costa and buried a perfectly placed shot for a 2-0 lead. Ten minutes later, stopper Josh Clark took a throw in from midfielder Cam Holdsworth, and from 30 yards out, zipped a high-liner over the Hudson goalie to put Pelham ahead 3-0. Shannon Walsh closed out the scoring for the day when she ran onto another pass from midfielder Joe Costa, potting her second goal of the game, and giving the Pythons a 4-0 victory. Goalies Brian Gettings and Madi O’Dryna combined for the shutout. Aidan Walsh and Justin Beecher anchored the midfield with stellar play. Defenders Kyle Bettencourt, Josh Clark, Jimmy Russo, Collin Duff-Marsh, and Sam Holdsworth held solid on the back line and greatly limited Hudson’s offensive opportunities. Pelham returns to action Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m., when they travel to Salem to take on the Strikers. The Pelham U-11 boys’ soccer team won a tough match in their season opener against Amherst on Sunday. Aidan Donaghey and Ian Morgenstern shared duty in goal and both played well in the field. The Redbulls had many shots on goal, but Victor Palazzolo was first to score. The defense was led by Matt Diprizio, Liam O’Connell, and Deven DeBay. Zach DeBay and Joe Moore both were solid in the middle of the field.


In his first game playing for the Redbulls,


Manny Baisley scored on a great pass from Joe Carney. Max O’Dryna helped the Redbulls achieve their first win of the season. They look forward to their next game, which is


in town at the Boy Scout Lodge field on Keys Hill Road on April 23 at 4:15. The spring season for the U-10 boys’ Red


Hawks opened with a back-and-forth battle with the Amherst Soccer Club. Pelham opened up the scoring with a great pass up the middle from Tyler Larson to Chris Druding, who scored on a quick shot past the Amherst keeper. Amherst came back several minutes later in the first half with a scramble in front of the Red Hawk net. The loose ball was gathered in by Amherst and deposited in the upper corner to tie the game. The half ended with the score tied, as Joey Ferchak for the Red Hawks and the Amherst keeper both made several nice saves. The second half saw both teams moving up and down the field for the first several minutes. Pelham would take the lead after several nice passes between Rami Eid and Joey Ferchak, with Joey firing a beautiful shot off the far post for his first goal of the season. Both teams battled


submitted by Ruth Licata The last sectional of the competitive season


proved to be a great confidence-builder going into the State Championship, which is April 9 and 10 at the NH Technical Institute in Concord. The girls needed to score a 33.00 all-around to


qualify. Most of the team had already qualified at the first sectional. The final sectional gives them one more chance to perform in front of a big crowd with the excitement and distractions. Level 4 took


every spot in the 9-10 year- old division all-around,


U-14 Defender Collin Duff-Marsh turns up field


hard for the next 15 minutes, as each team created scoring chances. Jason Rutherford, Calvin Jozokos, and Jake Herrling played strong up the middle of the field for Pelham. Defensively, Jake DeSousa, Tyler Larson, and Jackson Gustavsen were keeping the Amherst attackers at bay. With just a few minutes remaining in the game, Amherst worked the ball up the right side and a perfect pass was sent across to a waiting Amherst attacker, who put it in the net to tie


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U-14 Defender Jimmy Russo clears the zone


the game. The Red Hawks now set their sights on their next game vs. Nashua World Cup on May 7. The three-week layoff will give the team time to bring together the five new members of the team and build on the great effort in the season opener. The Pelham Lady Red Bulls had a very strong first showing for the spring season with a close match to the end. Defensive players Tallie Carney and Jessica Blanchard, along with Ally Landry and Emma Shuler, held the Amherst team off for most of the game. Goalie Jillian Schwab made many aggressive saves, with only one sneaking by. The Lady Red Bulls answered the Amherst team with their own goal from Joslyn Isabelle and almost had another nice goal by Molly Jackson. Amherst had only one sub and held it together against a stacked Pelham team. Numerous shots came from Aria O’Connell, Taylor Scasazza, and Jessica Amidon and great goalie play in the second half was performed by Sidney Todd and Jocelyn Correa. One of the newest and youngest players, Abby Schwab, showed speed and toughness, taking a hard ball to the face and playing through it without hesitation. Coach Sandi O’Connell beamed as she stated, “This team has come a long way since our first game. Coach Frank and I were impressed with their level of play and look forward to a competitive season.” The U-12 Pelham Pumas played their hearts out this weekend with two games. Their home opener was Saturday against Oyster River at Raymond Park, where they lost 4-1. The Pumas’ lone goal was scored on a breakaway by the fleet-footed Emily Hayes. She sped past the last defender and firmly put the ball in the back of the net. Playing well and keeping the game close were Abbey Lachapelle and Sarah Brown, as they split the goaltending duties. Both girls stopped many shots and cleared the ball from the defending zone very effectively. Wingers Kiera Garrett and Gabby Harris also played a great game with many quick moves, resulting in quality shots on net. The Pumas also played their second game in as many days, as they met the Phantoms Football Club on their home turf in Amesbury, MA. It was another tough game for the Pumas, losing 3-0 as they struggled putting the ball into the goal. The Pumas were led defensively by Courtney Kirsch and Holly Feola, who kept the game within reach at all times. The Pumas play again this Saturday at 3 p.m. at Raymond Park on Keyes Hill Road against Exeter.


Gymnasts Attend Sectional in Amherst All-around for Level 4 9-10 year-olds. All places were taken by Gym-Ken


with Hannah Monahan and Emily Connors both scoring a 37.00 all-around for first place. From Salem, Kiana Roy took first place in the all-around for the 6-8 age division with a 8.8 on vault, 8.95 on bars, 8.85 on beam, 9.1 on floor, and 35.70 all-around. Mary Gallo scored 8.925 on vault, 9.4 on bars, 8.70 on beam, 9.125 on floor, and 36.150 all-around. Kylee Tommasi scored 9.15 on vault, 8.75 on bars, 9 on beam, 9.2 on floor, and 36.10 all-around. Caitlin McLaughlin scored 9.125 on vault, 9.05 on bars, 8.65 on beam, 8.625 on floor, and 35.45 all- around. From Windham, Sydney Baldridge scored 8.775


on vault, 9.05 on bars, 8.8 on beam, 9.2 on floor, and 35.825 all-around. Delaney Cunningham scored 9.325 on vault, 9.0 on bars, 9.0 on beam, 9.3 on floor, and 36.625 all-around. Chrissy DePamphilis scored 8.525 on vault, 9.35 on bars, 8.15 on beam, 9.20 on floor, and 35.225 all-


around. Caitlin Higgins scored 8.5 on vault, 7 on bars, 7.70 on beam, 7.10 on floor, and 30.30 all- around. Hannah Monahan scored 9.275 on vault, 9.425 on bars, 9.1 on beam, 9.2 on floor, and 37.00 all-around. Allison O’Connor scored 8.525 on beam, 6.65 on bars, 7.7 on beam, 7.3 on floor, and 30.175 all- around. Taylor Maffeo scored 8.9 on vault, 8.9 on bars, 8.5 on beam, 9.3 on floor, and 35.60 all-around. Pace McKeon scored 9 on vault, 8.4 on bars, 7.9 on beam, 8.925 on floor, and 34.225 all- around. Mia


Saucedo scored 8.8 on vault, 8.450 on bars, 8.15 on beam, 8.25 on floor, and 33.650 all-around. Lindsey Brayer scored 8.35 on vault, 8.825 on bars, 8.2 on beam, 8.475 on floor, and 33.85 all- around. Ava Gravell scored 9.3 on vault, 8.4 on bars, 7.55 on beam, 8.45 on floor, and 33.70 all- around. Level 5: Paige Butler of Windham scored 9.050 first on vault, 9 on bars, 8.9 on beam, 9.525 on floor, and 36.475 all-around for first place. Level 6: From Windham, Alexandra Masone scored 8.875 on vault, 8.925 on bars, 8.550 on beam, 9.325 on floor, and 3.5675 all-around. Tori Sipes scored 8.3 on vault, 8.9 on bars, 8.050 on beam, 8.925 on floor, and 34.175 all-around. Samantha Jezak scored 8.5 on vault, 8.9 on bars, 8.4 on beam, 9.0 on floor, and 34.8 all-around. Level 7: From Salem, Erica Muse scored 8.9 on


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vault, 7.650 on bars, 8.3 on beam, 8.9 on floor, and 33.750 all-around.


by Marc Ayotte Winter-like conditions did not deter the Pelham High School Track and Field squad from hosting the annual Pelham Invitational on Saturday, April 15. With wind gusts strong enough to literally affect the flight of javelins and slow the speeds of distance runners, the athletes braved the inclement conditions to compete in the multi-school meet. This year’s event was attended by many of the best teams in Division II track and field, including many previous track team champions as well as many individual event champions. Attending the event were Division II track powerhouses Lebanon, Merrimack Valley, Milford, Oyster River, Bedford, and Bow. Other schools included Sanborn Regional, Hollis/Brookline, Pembroke Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Bishop Brady High School. With a beautiful Harris family track and field complex at their feet, Python Head Coach Don Mullen was hoping to use this invitational to springboard Pelham into track and field prominence. “We’re trying to make this a premiere event,” he said. “We have a wonderful facility—a great venue for track.” Mullen continued by saying that the sport is growing and the kids at Pelham are excited about this season. His aspirations include getting everyone to know about the Python track program. “Pelham’s track team continues to improve. The boys finished sixth overall and the girls placed ninth overall [for the meet],” he said. Leading the boys’ team was sophomore Kevin Cheam (first-year track participant). He finished second in the 300- meter intermediate hurdles to current state hurdle champion D’Mahl McFadden of Merrimack Valley. Cheam flew through the hurdles in a time of :46.14. Earlier in the day, Cheam also placed third in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 17.1 seconds. Freshman Sutton Bradbury-Koster narrowly missed scoring in the high hurdle event by finishing seventh. The boys’ 4x400


Python Captain Kelsi Lynde, pictured here in the 110-meter high hurdles, also competed in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing second


relay team improved


Python long jumper John Bourk records a jump of 16’ 1/2” during the Pelham Invitational


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on their previous showings by finishing in sixth place with a time of 3:57.1. The team was comprised of Sophomore Brandon Hannon, Junior Ryan Rheault, Sophomore Kevin Cheam, and Senior Captain Ben Bradbury-Koster. Sophomore Jake Wormald placed third overall in the 3200- meter run, dropping his time by more than 10 seconds to 10:39.02. The boys’ 4x800 team placed


third overall. The quartet of relayers included Nathan Krawczyk, Captain Bradbury- Koster, Casey Labonte, and Cameron Costello. On the Lady Python side of the ledger, senior Captain Kelsi


Lynde set the pace for the girls, finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 110-meter


high hurdles. She also anchored the girls’ 4x400 team, who placed fourth overall. In addition to


Sophomore Python athlete Kevin Cheam enjoyed a nice day, including a second-place finish in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles


Lynde, the relay team was comprised of Captain Emily Long, freshman Shannen Arseneault, and freshman Miranda Martin. Individually, Emily Long placed fourth in the 400-meter run, while freshman Shannen Arseneault placed fifth in the 800-meter run. High jumper Brandon Hannon cleared five feet, even on his first attempt, with John Bourk and Ryan Rhieault registering nice long jumps of 16’ 1/2” and 15’ 9”, respectively. Some other incredible individual performances were delivered by state champions Cathy Liebowitz of Lebanon, Noronha Gubby of Oyster River, D’Mahl McFadden of Merrimack Valley, and Ginny Lavallee of Sanborn Regional, who thrilled spectators in their individual events. The Bulldogs of Bedford High School took honors at the Invitational by finishing first in both the boys’ and girls’ team overall scoring.


PHS Boys’ Tennis Rallies for Two Straight Wins by Marc Ayotte


After opening up the 2011


tennis season with a disappointing and close 5-4 team match loss to crosstown rivals Windham High, the Python volley-ers rebounded nicely by winning their next two matches over Milford and ConVal. For those of us who were not


aware of the format and scoring in high school tennis, there are six individual matches as well as three doubles matches.


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of the conventional six-game sets and best-of-five set matches you might be accustomed to watching Federer and Nadal engage in, the high school format reflects one set played to eight. The first player to eight while winning by at least two games is the winner. Each victor in the individual matches is awarded one point towards the team score. Similarly, each winning doubles team is given one point, which contributes to the team score. With six individual matches and three doubles matches, the total possible points earned are nine. In the season opener, the Pythons were top-


Python number-one seed Matt Smith


volleys against his ConVal opponent en route to winning his match 8-4


and Ethan Ely posted 8-6 and 8-2 victories, respectively. After the singles matches, the


two teams were tied at three wins apiece. The overall match was ultimately determined in the doubles contests. Windham took two of the three matches, leading to the 5-4 overall team win. The Pythons recovered quickly


in their next match two days later as they annihilated the Spartans of Milford High. There was no ‘love loss’ in this match, unless, of course, you count the Spartans’ side of the scorebook. Five of the individual matches were won by the Pythons by the overwhelming score of eight – love (8-0),


including number-two seed Jared Taylor’s thumping over his Spartan adversary. Pelham went on to sweep the doubles matches as well, leading to the overall 9-0 team win against struggling Milford. A home match on Friday, April 15, saw the


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heavy winners in that their top three seeds defeated their opponents while seeds four through six fell to their Jaguar foes. Number-one seed Matt Smith handily defeated Windham’s Dave Hutchings by a score of eight games to two, while Jared Taylor


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