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A Day to Remember for Windham Wolverines Amber Diprima fires up the crowd.
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kicked off its first-ever season with a terrific all- around showing both on and off the field. The season began with a special tribute to the victims of September 11, an incredible rendition of the national anthem sung by an American Idol star and a convincing victory from the second and third grade combined team. “We couldn’t have asked for more,” said
program President, Jim Williams, as he walked off the field at the end of the day with a smile on his face. “The kids had a blast. Our goal for the day was definitely accomplished.” Williams also remarked on the sizeable crowds that were in attendance for two games and an exhibition scrimmage. “G-O, Go Blue - Let’s Go!” was the chant heard throughout the morning and early afternoon from the four cheerleader squads on the sidelines. “This was a great day,” said Kim Oliveira, the Cheer Coordinator. “Our girls, from kindergarten to the eighth grade, really showed their spirit. I’m so proud of the talent they’ve shown at every
Jake George finding the seams.
level.” The four squads also took to the center of the field to put on stellar half-time shows. Oliveira continued, “It’s only going to get better from here.” There were a couple of poignant moments during the day. First, the Wolverines program paid tribute to those who perished on September 11. “Nearly 3000 people lost their lives on that day,” said P-A announcer, Rick Sweetser. “We are a people that have been powerfully reminded that when the darkest of days are upon us, we respond in ways that are unbelievably generous, and kind and selfless.” The program also honored former WBZ Radio talk show host, Paul Sullivan, who lost his battle to cancer four years ago. Sullivan’s family made a substantial donation to help pay for the program’s helmets which now display Paul’s initials. To top it off, Sullivan’s daughter, Ashley, sang an amazingly heartfelt version of the national anthem. Ashley Sullivan was a former contestant on American Idol’s 10th season. The second and third grade combined team
provided the highlight game of the day. The Wolverines took on the Franklin-Tilton Falcons. Windham quarterback, Curtis Shattuck came to
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play. In the first quarter alone, Shattuck ran a 30- yard sweep touchdown run, completed a 40-yard pass to Thomas McNeal and handed the ball off to Rocky Heres for a 32 yard TD run. Vito Ortiz helped out on the defensive side of the ball with a fumble recovery. The second quarter was more of the same. The
Falcons were deep in Wolverines’ territory when Ethan Chicklis recovered a fumble. On the next play, Shattuck ran the ball 81 yards down the sideline for his second touchdown of the game. Although the third quarter was relatively quiet, the action picked up again in the fourth. Westin Lippold broke three tackles for an impressive 25- yard trip to the end zone. The defense remained tough throughout the game, not allowing a single score. The final- Wolverines 26, Falcons 0. In the second game of the day, Windham’s
sixth grade team played a “blue-white” inter- squad scrimmage. Unfortunately, their would-be opponent, Franklin-Tilton, forfeited. Highlights from the scrimmage included a 35-yard touchdown run by Joe Dunlap. Max Faro had a couple of receptions and several impressive runs. Jack Swarbrick, Zack German, Brian Murdza and
Python Soccer Teams Hit Rough Stretch
by Marc Ayotte Boys Soccer The Pelham boys’ soccer team continued its slide last week with back to back home losses against Trinity and Campbell. On September 9, the Pythons rode the back of goalie Dan Goes for as long as they could before falling to the Pioneers in OT by a score of 3-2. Pelham gave the home town fans something to cheer about early on when Harley Kearney scored at the 5:00 mark for a 1-0 lead. The Pythons doubled their lead just past the half-way point of the first half when Matt Smith scored on a corner kick assist from senior Derek Defranzo. Trinity started its come back seven minutes later when they scored to cut the Python lead in half and then added another goal before the first 40 minutes were, tying the score at two apiece heading into the intermission. After a scoreless second half, Trinity was able to finally able to put one by Python goalie Dan Goes at the 5:00 mark of over time. The game winner by the Pioneers ended a terrific performance by Goes, who recorded 38 saves in the offensive slugfest. Pelham for their own part was able to manage a total of 22 shots on the Trinity keeper. With the loss, Pelham’s record fell to 1-2-1 on the season; Trinity improved to 3-2 at the time. Having the weekend to lick their wounds,
Pelham resumed their two-game home stand with an inter-division matchup against nearby Campbell High. The Pythons fell behind the visiting Cougars quickly, but tied the score at the 9:37 mark on a goal from senior striker Derek Defranzo. Fellow striker Harley Kearney continued his fine season when he scored four minutes later to give the home team Pythons a 2-1 lead, a third of the way through the opening half. Shortly after tying the game, the Python offense became non-existent and the defense virtually opened the door for the Cougars to tie the score. With seven minutes remaining until the intermission, Campbell striker Ian Hutchinson scored to knot the score at two-a score that held up through the first forty minutes. The Cougars completely dominated the second half with an abundance of excellent scoring opportunities. Goals by Jonathan Donaghey and J.P. Galvez sandwiched the Python’s one and only great scoring chance by Harley Kearney, resulting in the visitors grabbing a two goal cushion at 4-2. A combination of a tired defense and excessive
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4-5 team battles tough opponent Wolverines 5 2-3 team keeps opponent at bay
Tommy Costa all played exceptional defense. Eric Thibodeau the up-and-coming star defensive end left the game with an injury. He will be missed but will rejoin the team on the sidelines as soon as possible. Finally, the combined fourth and fifth grade
Windham team matched up against a tough fifth grade Manchester East Cobras team. The Wolverines fought hard throughout the game but the Cobras scored on a four-yard QB keeper in the first quarter and two 20-yard runs in the second quarter. That would be it for the scoring. Windham came back in the second half with solid defense. JP Pallaria made several plays to stunt the opposition and Hunter Delaney’s big sack in the backfield put an end to a Cobra drive. Adam Vitale, Thomas Hebert, Cameron Burns, and Justin Boucher all came up with fumble recoveries. The final score: Cobras 18, Wolverines 0. For more information on the Windham
Wolverines Football and Cheer Program, go to Windhamwolverines.org
Pelham’s Pat McLean (white) slides in to break up the forward progress of Cougar midfielder Jesse Pettis
individual play turned out to be the Python’s Achilles heel as the Cougars continued to pounce on the Pelham goal to the final whistle, scoring their fifth and final goal with just 53 ticks left on the clock, producing the 5-2 final. Head coach Mike Chew felt his team definitely played with more cohesiveness in the first half. Chew also said that “Campbell was more aggressive in the second half” noting that as a result, “we lost our edge.” He attributed at least two of Campbell’s goals to the lack of communication between his goalie and the defense. Seniors Brian Finney and Derek Defranzo each agreed that the pace of the game was too fast. Finney echoed his coach’s assessment by saying “the defense didn’t play as a team.” Defranzo admitted that with the offense playing too fast and out of control, the lack of ball possession leads to unnecessary sprinting up and down the field by middies and forwards, eventually leading to the fatigue factor a team can experience with a short bench such as the Pythons have.
Like their male counterparts, the Lady Pythons also suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Trinity. The girls who traveled to Manchester to take on the Pioneers played a superb game, giving up just a single goal in the 71st minute of play.
Unfortunately, with a struggling and unproductive Python offense, which has yet to score this season, the goal by Trinity’s Corrine Natale was all that was needed to drop Pelham’s record to 0-2-1 on the young season. In what was a defensive oriented affair, Trinity outshot Pelham for the game, 13 to 6. Once again, goalie Gina Grimes played well in between the posts, but came out the hard-luck loser. In addition to Grime’s performance, Coach Moore recognized co-captain full back Courtney Shay for her excellent play. Things went from bad to worse for the Pelham girls’ soccer team when their punch-less offense was called upon to do battle with last year’s D-3 state champion Campbell Cougars. Making things even more difficult for the Pelham forwards was the fact that Campbell had yielded only three goals in six games thus far in the season, racking up three shutouts along the way. The statistics played out to form as the Pythons went down to defeat by the score of 5-0 as they dropped to 0-3-1 on the year.
According to head Python
coach Mike Moore, “the talented CHS girls came out quickly and aggressively against
Windham Football Falls to St. Thomas staff photo by Chris White
Windham quarterback Joe Lorenz rolls out with a little help from his blockers Zach Breton and Colin Lagos (# 55)
by Chris White
One week after earning their first victory at Sanborn, the Windham Jaguars hosted St. Thomas
Aquinas in their football home opener and fell to the Saints 48- 20. The final score suggests that St. Thomas dominated the contest, but the score may have been closer had Windham been able to cut down on turnovers. Two Windham fumbles led to 16 points for St. Thomas in the first half, as the Saints jumped out to a 29-12 lead at halftime. The St. Thomas defense pushed its advantage to 35-12 early in the third quarter, after returning another Windham fumble to the end zone. Two more St. Thomas touchdowns in the quarter put the game out of reach.
Windham capped the afternoon with a fourth quarter touchdown (on a short run by Tyler
Silverhus) and two-point conversion (on a two-yard pass from Joe Lorenz to Jeremy Cocciardi). Other Jaguars who rushed for touchdowns were Kenny Padin and Scott Priestley, Jr., in the first and second quarters, respectively. Leading Windham’s rushing game were Priestley (101 yards on 18 carries) and CJay DiPrima (73 yards on 11 carries). For Windham’s aerial attack, Lorenz completed 5 of 7 passes for 62 yards and Danny Cannone had three receptions. Windham will look to get
back on track Friday night against Fall Mountain Regional.
Derek Defranzo (#22) shows some hops as he plays the ball with his body while Cougar back Justin Prindle defends
the PHS girls who had two starters out due to injury.” Despite trailing 4-0 at the end of the first half, Moore noted that his team came out stronger in the second half and held CHS to one goal. In assessing his team’s overall performance, coach Moore noted that “exceptional play was turned in by senior co-captain fullback Courtney Shay, freshman center mid fielder Morgan Picanso, sophomore forward/midfielder Jordan Parese and sophomore center back ElissaMogauro.” Goalie Gina Grimes recorded 11 saves on the afternoon. With plenty of opportunity to get discouraged, coach Moore is keeping an optimistic outlook; “with six freshman starters on varsity and thirteen freshmen in the program, PHS is a young developing team.”
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