PWN Jaguar runners Dan Rubery (left) and Kyle Carbonneau push each other to the finish at Sanborn
by Chris White Already two meets into the new season, both Windham High cross country teams have shown many strong points in which they can build on. The boys and the girls opened the season with second-place finishes in a home meet against Hollis-Brookline, ConVal, and Sanborn on Tuesday, August 30. Because of Tropical Storm Irene, there were a number of trees and branches knocked down on Windham’s cross country trail, and the teams ran a modified course that was also 3.1 miles.
September 9, 2011 - 9 Sports Windham XC Teams off to Strong Start in 2011
Windham’s Kate Farrell strides with her nemesis from Hollis-Brookline at the Jamie Martin Invite Te Windham girls’ cross country team with the second-place trophy at the Jamie Martin Invite
Kate Farrell led the Windham girls with a time of 20:42 to take second place overall. Windham’s number two, Emma Boyd, wasn’t far behind as she came in at 21:20 for fourth overall. Rounding out the top five for the Jaguars were Lindsay Maffei (10th place, 23:42), Kristen Tilley (12th place, 23:53), and Sophia Panourgias (17th place, 25:48). Colby Putnam was first to cross the line for the Windham boys in a time of 19:03 for third place overall. Freshman Brandon Bielinski
was the next Jaguar to finish and clocked a 20:10 for 11th overall. Dan Rubery (15th place, 20:48), Austin Messina (21st place, 21:36), and Kyle Carbonneau (26th place, 22:04) also finished in Windham’s top five. The battle for second place in the boys’ meet came down to a tiebreaker between Windham and ConVal. The top five for each team totaled 63 for a score, but Windham’s sixth finisher, Justin Manter, placed higher than ConVal’s sixth. Last Tuesday, the teams participated in the Jamie Martin Invitational at Sanborn Regional High School. The Windham girls took second place out of 13 teams, while the boys finished eighth out of 15 teams. Farrell (second place, 19:33), Boyd (fifth place, 20:26), Tilley (13th place, 21:54), Maffei (37th place, 23:17), and Mary Garside (41st place, 23:24) were the
top five finishers for the girls. The boys’ top five included Putnam (17th place, 17:56), Bielinski (30th place, 18:28), Carbonneau (67th place, 19:59), Rubery (68th place, 20:00), and Garrett McNeil (83rd place, 20:28).
Highlights of the day for Windham included the girls’ team being presented with the second-place trophy and Putnam breaking the 18-minute barrier for the first time, setting a new personal best of 17:56.
Jake the Snake Leads Pythons in Golf Opener by Marc Ayotte
Due to the brevity of the New Hampshire high school golf season along with the nature of multi team matches, the competition takes on an added sense of urgency and importance. As such, the Pelham golf team took a prominent first step towards their team goal of winning a state title, as the collective group combined for a sweep over Portsmouth, Coe-Brown, and Sanborn in a season opening quad match at host Sanborn. In high school golf, each team sends 8 players out on the course to compete for nine holes. The top five scores from each team are used and added together for a team aggregate score. Effectively in a quad match such that the Pythons were in, they have three separate matches going on simultaneously, resulting in three different win/loss scenarios. According to Pelham head coach Joe Vaiknoras, the Pythons put together their first ever sub 200 team score on the road this past Monday, September 1, on their way to a 3-0 start on the year. Sophomore Python three-sport star Jake
Vaiknoras led the way in the overall impressive team performance. Vaiknoras, racked-up seven pars, as he toughed out a one-stroke victory over Portsmouth’s Faith Jenkins to capture medalist honors (best individual score on the day). The PHS co-captain, escaped a mini-meltdown on the par 4, 6th hole to fire a two over par 37, to defeat the 2009 NH girls state champion. In acknowledging the sub 200-team score, Vaiknoras admitted; “we played pretty well, but we could have played better. None of us seemed to be nervous, which was a good thing.” With an abundance of team confidence, the captain painted a rosy picture for the future; “look for us to come out stronger next match. We are going to play even better.”
Newly acquired Lowell Catholic transfer
Brad Pomerleau as the number four seed for his new school fired a 39. Pelham’s number two and three seeds, Nick Neary and Alex Newton respectively, each registered solid five over par
40s. Sophomore Derek Sage came through in the clutch from the seventh seed, contributing to the
Python’s victory by shooting a 42. According to Coach Vaiknoras, senior Mike Croate “looking fashionable as always” out on the links, had a “strong showing in his first varsity match.” Other Python notables were Alec Surprenant who played well
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