16 - September 9, 2011
by Chris White Both Windham High
varsity soccer teams improved their overall record to 2-0 against St. Thomas Aquinas last Friday afternoon. The boys pulled out a 2-1 victory in extra time at home, while the girls won 5-2 in Dover to complete the Saint sweep. The boys’ game remained scoreless until a Chris Ulbrich goal broke the deadlock midway through the second half. St. Thomas equalized less than a minute later, though, and the game went to overtime. Casey Coupe scored off an assist from David Carbonello early in the extra frame, tucking the win away for the Jaguars. The Jags received strong efforts on defense from Chris Ferri, Mike DiOrio, Mike Sheahan, and Matt Carbonello. Goalkeeper Andrew Pesci made nine saves including some key deflections down the stretch. “It was a very physical game, but my guys kept their heads and found a way to get the result,” Windham coach Mike Hachey
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Windham Soccer Teams Sweep St. Thomas Windham’s Mike DiOrio controls the ball in the open field
said. ”I’m very pleased with how they came together today.” The Jaguars trailed St. Thomas 1-0 at halftime of the girls’ contest, but their offense caught fire in the second 40 minutes, netting five goals in all (four unanswered). Sparked by a hat trick from Sarah Chau, the Windham offense found its stride while its defense held the Saints to only one goal in the new half.
David Carbonello looks for a way around a St. Tomas defender
Chau’s first goal was assisted by Kelsey Schiebel and Lindsay Selden, her second by Nicole Garfield, and her third by Bernadette Connors. Rachel Vafides scored Windham’s fourth goal (assisted by Maddie Cavallaro), and Selden contributed the fifth score unassisted. Brianna Angelini made nine saves in goal for the Jags.
Pelham Teams Off to Varied Starts
by Marc Ayotte Boys Cross Country The Python boys’ cross country team highlighted an opening week of Pelham athletics with impressive showings in their first two meets. On Tuesday, August 30, Pelham opened up their running season with an away meet at John Stark Regional. With five teams in attendance, including Bishop Brady and Pembroke, in addition to host Stark, the Pythons had a fine team performance, finishing behind only Trinity High School, 31-35. Senior captain Steve Hammar captured first place in the overall individual standings. His time of 19:24 was approximately two minutes higher than his usual time, which head coach Todd Kress attributed to a “very slow course.” Junior captain Brian O’Hearn finished third overall with a time of 19:58. The following top Python runners with their respective times and overall finishes were: Brandon Hannon, 20:36, 7th; Jake Wormald, 21:03, 11th; Casey Labonte, 21:43, 14th. A pleasant surprise for coach Kress came from freshman Andrew Letendre who placed seventh on the Pelham squad while finishing 23rd overall.
On September 6, the Pythons hit the road to compete in the Sanborn Invitational. In an inter-division meet that featured 15 teams from Divisions I and II, Pelham had an outstanding team performance, finishing second, behind St. Thomas Aquinas, 55-65. Showing their well-
balanced roster, Pelham was the only team in the competition to have five runners finish in the overall top 25. Although St. Thomas runners claimed the top two positions in the race, Pythons Steve Hammar and Brandon Hannon had spectacular efforts by finishing in the top 10. Hammar raced a personal best with a time of 16:51 which was good for fifth overall. Hannon, who finished in seventh place, also had a personal best time of 17:12. The Python performances were especially noteworthy given that there were over 200 runners competing in the event. The other top finishers for Pelham were Jake Wormald (11th place, 17:44) along with Brian O’Hearn (21st), and Casey Labonte (24th). Head coach Todd Kress, continues to be pleased with his team’s overall effort and performance, noting that his team is practicing well. Kress added; “We’re getting there, we are trying to reach the next level.” Despite an excellent start to the season, the head coach isn’t getting ahead of himself; “we are still in the improving process,” adding that today’s meet was “a step in the right direction for the program.” Girls Volleyball The Lady Pythons volleyball team opened up their 2011 division II season when they hosted Souhegan. Pelham was not able to overcome a slow start when they lost the first two games and eventually went down to defeat at the hands of the visiting Sabers, 3 games to 1. The Pythons were
able to win a close third game by the score of 26-24 before losing an equally close and decisive fourth game by a similar 25-23 score. Head coach Jen Nugent, in her 12th year at Pelham, was pleased with her team’s showing, saying “they played well, with good effort all around.” Nugent attributed the Python’s slow start in the contest to her players ‘feeling out’ the new line up. Achieving the goal of having the offence play at a faster pace, the Pelham coach would now like to see her players hit smarter shots as the season progresses.
Among the leading players for Pelham against Souhegan were Alex Hall and Broghan Gilligan. Hall produced nicely for the offense with nine kills while having a solid game in the serving rotation. Gilligan pitched in with seven assists in addition to picking up 18 service points, which included one ace. Other notables for the Pythons were Roxanne Lapierre with four kills, Kathryn Mostone with two blocks and Kayla Andrewchuck with five assists. Boys Soccer
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the Pelham boys’ soccer team’s next two games resulted in a tie and a loss. On Friday, September 2, the Pythons traveled to the Queen City to take on Manchester West. PHS could not hold onto a 3-1 half time lead as they gave up two second half goals to the Blue Knights. After two scoreless ten minute overtime periods, the two teams settled for a 3-3 tie. The Pythons fell behind early when West took a 1-0 lead inside the five minute mark. However, three unanswered goals by Pelham gave them a two goal cushion going into the intermission. The goals came in rapid succession when strikers Derek Defranzo (two goals) and Harvey Kearney scored in a four minute span. Although Pelham controlled the flow of the game late into the second half, West scored on a fluke goal to cut the deficit in half at 3-2 with less than five minutes to play. Energized by getting to within a goal, West scored again in regulation to knot the score at three, leading to the intense, hard fought, yet scoreless overtime sessions. Python goalie Brian Finney played well, turning back 15 of the 18 shots on goal he faced. Four days later, Pelham was on the road again, this time visiting Coe-Brown. Again the Pythons gave up a goal in the early going to fall behind 1-0. Unfortunately, the Pythons were unable to claw their way back against the host Bears, as
Coe-Brown proceeded to add seven more goals to defeat Pelham 8-0. Without having anything to show on the scoreboard for their effort, Coach Mike Chew did acknowledge that the team played very hard. Before their next scheduled game against Trinity, the Python coach admits the team will be spending a lot of time going over x’s and o’s as well as reviewing individual responsibilities and going back to the basics. Girls Soccer With four returning starters including Captains Gina Grimes and Courtney Shay, the Lady Pythons hope to improve upon their three win season of a year ago. Sophomores Elissa Mogauro and Allyson Massan also return in the backfield to help support Grimes, who was a 2010 Division II honorable mention for her play between the posts. Pelham traveled to Sanborn for opening day, but was unable to score on the Indians as they went down to defeat by a 5-0 score. After falling behind 5-0 in the first half, head coach Mike Moore’s half time adjustments paid some quick dividends. According to Moore, the Pythons were “playing too aggressively” against the Sanborn strikers. With the fine tuning that took place during the intermission, Pelham came out in the second half and played even with the Indians, shutting down their offense. “The girls really showed up” offered Moore on his team’s second half effort, adding; “It was a good day for our program”. Pelham continued its defensive success in the second game of the season when they hosted Manchester West in their home opener. Although they were unable to put a crooked number up on the score board for the second game in a row, goalie Gina Grimes’ spectacular 30 save exhibition enabled the Pythons to play the Blue Knights to a 0-0 overtime tie. According to head coach Mike Moore, the two teams played evenly during the first half, however Pelham had their best scoring opportunities in the first forty minutes of play. Manchester West dominated play in the next 40 minutes as fatigue clearly affected the Pythons. With only two players available on the bench for substitutions, eight players ended up playing all 100 minutes in the double OT game. With an exhausted team in front of her, it was Grimes who kept the Pythons in the contest; “Gina really showed up in the second half” added coach Moore. Brenda Pietrillo also earned her coach’s praise by playing a great game at the stopper position.
Jaguar Football Tops Sanborn in Opener
by Chris White The Windham Jaguars took to the gridiron at Sanborn Regional for their first regular season game last Saturday. The teams matched each other on the scoreboard in every quarter but the second, and that turned out to be the difference in the game. The second quarter belonged to the Jaguars, as they outscored Sanborn 14-0 en route to a 41-27 victory. Windham’s second quarter was sparked by a 99-yard fumble return from Kennie Padin and a 47-yard touchdown run from CJay DiPrima. DiPrima also punched in for a touchdown in the first quarter, while
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