Sports May 13, 2011 - 11 Pelham~Windham Sports PHS Boys’ Lacrosse Nets Sixth Straight Win
Keston Beauregard (#12) applies pressure to ConVal’s Shawn Bederic (#25)
by Marc Ayotte The Pelham boys’ varsity lacrosse team continued their winning ways on Tuesday, May 10. Python attacker Nick Morin lived up to his nickname, as ‘Scorin’ lit up the visiting ConVal goalie four times in leading Pelham to a 7-3 Division III win. The win keeps the Pythons undefeated since their opening-day loss to Kearsarge and also keeps them in a ‘ratings’ statistical tie with Hollis-Brookline for second place in the NHIAA standings.
Six seconds into the game, after winning the
Korey Lubinger (#9) of Pelham leaps for possession of the ball at the mouth of the ConVal cage
opening face-off, Python middie Kevin DeAngelo was ‘clotheslined’ by a Cougar opponent with the infraction, giving Pelham a man-up situation. It took Morin only 46 seconds to capitalize on the man advantage, as he lasered a shot past ConVal goalie Sean Steinehour for a 1-0 lead. Although that goal was the only one recorded in the opening 12 minutes, it did not represent how dominant the Pythons were. The game was three minutes old before the visitors ever got the ball across midfield. Additionally, it was another two and a half
minutes before they crossed into the attacking zone while actually having possession of the ball. With four minutes remaining in the first quarter, ConVal called a timeout in an attempt to take the Pythons out of their rhythm. The Pythons continued controlling the action in the second stanza and then in a one-minute and one-second span, back-to-back goals by Keston Beauregard and Jamie Favreau upped Pelham’s lead to 3-0 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. The Cougars finally snuck one by PHS goalie Jon Dostie with just 1:12 left to play. But before the half came to an end, Nick Morin notched his second goal of the game to regain the Python three-goal lead at 4-1. To start the third period, the Cougars sent a message to Pelham that they were still hangin’ around. At 1:18, ConVal middie Ryan LaPlante scored to bring the visitors to within two. The Python lead remained precarious until the 8:28 mark when Morin rocketed a shot into the top-left corner of the net, making it 5-2 Pelham. However, the lead again was short-lived, as ConVal scored with only 18 tics left on the clock to cut the home team lead to 5-3 after three. Less than three minutes into the final frame, ‘Scorin’ notched his fourth tally of the night (one in each quarter) to double the Cougar output at 6-3. “Finally I’m hitting the net, I guess,” commented Morin on his stellar offensive
Windham Boys’ Volleyball Begins First Season
by Chris White The Windham boys’ volleyball team has finally gotten the chance to take the floor this spring. Unlike Windham High School’s other athletic programs, the boys’ volleyball team did not field a varsity or junior varsity squad in the school’s inaugural year last year. With that, this first-ever Windham boys’ volleyball season (at
the varsity level) has presented many challenges to a 10-player group, which includes only five players who have played organized volleyball before this spring. Despite the circumstances, this young team (that includes six freshmen and four sophomores) has been taking on those challenges and getting better every day by focusing on a few important areas: conditioning, fundamentals, sportsmanship, and attitude. “Our approach has come with the mind-set that we intend to improve every single day, learn and respect our opponents, and maybe we’ll earn a little respect along the way,” Windham volleyball coach Chris Baribeau said. “We’re building this program from the ground up, so in addition to working on fundamental skills we’re focusing on conditioning, footwork, and communication.” Remember, not only is this
Andrew Lowman hits the ball to one of his Windham teammates
Windham’s Zach Breton sets the ball versus Salem
leaders for Windham that day.
“I thought we were mentally prepared against John Stark and came out ready to play from the warmup all the way through the third game,” Baribeau said. “I told the team after the game that if they continue to bring the same energy and enthusiasm for each other, then we would have a very rewarding season. Everyone on the team signed the game ball and it will go in the trophy case for the team’s first win in school history.” Windham (with its current record at 1-5) has yet to win a game since its first victory, but has shown much improvement as the season has progressed. Tucker Lippold has shown great dedication
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the team’s first season playing at the varsity level, but it’s also its first season overall. This team did not have the luxury of breaking in at the junior varsity level and then moving up to varsity the following year like the rest of the Windham teams. Even though the Jaguars had inexperience and the lack of playing together working against them, they still defeated John Stark at home in only their second game of the season on Friday, April 15. The Jags won in three games 25-20, 25-19, and 25-17. Andrew Lowman (seven kills, 11 service points), Zach Breton (16 assists), Dan Khabbaz (one block), Dan Rousseau (one block), and Tim Erdlen (11 digs) were the statistical
and has worked very hard on the precision of his jump serve, while Lowman has shown he has the desire and work ethic to become an excellent hitter. As a middle player, Erdlen has consistently been one of the best players in the gym no matter who the opponent is, according to Baribeau. But ultimately the team’s success lies on the communication between its players and the accuracy of its two setters, Breton and Robert Harradon. In one of its more recent battles, last week, the Jaguars lost in three games at home to reigning Division I champion Salem. Scores of the games were 25-12, 25-23, and 25-14. With Windham’s steady improvement, though, maybe one day the Jags will be ready to rival Salem and the rest of the top teams in New Hampshire Division I volleyball.
performance. Teammate Jamie Favreau recorded his second goal of the night just over a minute later, giving the Pythons a lead they would take to the final horn. Although head coach Matt Regan commented that his team “did everything right” in picking up the win, he was still craving for better accuracy in the shooting department. Regan noted that his team “lost a lot of energy” by not hitting the net and that his attackers’ misguided shots spiraled down to sloppy play at times. “We just didn’t hit the cage—we had a lot of good looks from five to 10 yards out,” added the head Python. The Pythons roster is back at full strength, as senior Rich Sullivan returned to action at the middie position. After receiving clearance from his doctor earlier in the day, Sullivan was excited to suit up for his first action of the year, almost scoring when he clanked a bullet off the crossbar during the third period.
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