16 - September 23, 2011
by Marc Ayotte The Lady Pythons rebounded nicely on
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September 7, as they defeated ConVal three games to zip in division II volleyball action. Pelham’s trip to Peterborough saw the visitors tame the host Cougars in convincing fashion by the scores of 25-6, 25-20 and 25- 10. In only their second varsity volleyball season, ConVal’s youth was victimized by an aggressive Python offense, which according to head coach Jen Nugent, “attacked the game smarter and hit their shots more effectively.” Nugent went on to say that her team “showed volleyball I.Q. in terms of where to place the ball” with respect to their game plan. The long time PHS coach was also pleased with her reserves’ second game performance, as they entered the contest in the middle frame, thus having a chance to audition for future playing time. Pelham’s offense was led by
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senior Alex Hall who recorded 20 service points, including nine aces. Defensively she shined as well, registering eight digs. “She absolutely dominated” noted Nugent “and she only played two games.” Kathryn Mostone led the defense with an impressive 10 digs to go along with her two blocks. Kayla Andrewchuck and Kelsey Grimard also had solid defensive efforts with six digs apiece. Roxanne Lapierre
contributed to the win with three kills and a couple of blocks. Leading the Pythons in assists for the game was Broghan Gilligan with seven. Pelham traveled to Milford on Friday, September 9 for an encounter with the Spartans. Milford had an easy time in making sure the Pythons did not win back to back games by defeating Pelham three games to none with scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-21. The Lady Pythons best effort came in the third game of the contest, but even that was too little and too late to impact the final outcome. The quiet Pelham offense was led by Lapierre, Mostone and Hall with three, two and one kills, respectively; Gilligan and Andrewchuk each had two assists to lead Pelham in the helper department. Defensively, Gilligan had 18 digs while Andrewchuk collected 12 and freshman Kelsey Grimard chipped in with eight. Three nights later, Pelham hosted Portsmouth in the Snake Pit. Python coach Jen Nugent was excited about facing the seacoast team and was looking forward to making some noise; “I’m hoping that we come up big tonight against Portsmouth” exclaimed Nugent, adding that “a win against Portsmouth would be huge!” In a very warm PHS gymnasium, the Pythons came out sizzling by easily handling Portsmouth in the first game by a score of 25-16. Game two was much of the same, as Pelham took a two games to none lead with a convincing 25-15 win. However, the tide suddenly turned as the Clippers righted their ship and came back to take games three and four by the scores of 25-20 and 25-9, respectively. Pelham regrouped in timely fashion as they walked away with the fifth and decisive game, 25-8. The win was a big boost to the Python program and personally gratifying for coach Nugent. Kathryn Mostone was instrumental in the win with a fine overall performance; 20
Python Kathryn Mostone (#7) skies to complete a finess shot in Pelham’s five set win over Portsmouth
service points, five aces, 29 digs to go with six blocks. Alex Hall led the Pythons in digs with 34 along with her three kills.
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by Marc Ayotte The Pelham varsity soccer teams have fallen upon lean times. Over the last week the boys’ and girls’ teams have gone a combined 0-4-1 with the sole tie going to the boys, compliments of their 1-1 tie at Milford. Tied with goose eggs after the first 40 minutes of play, Pelham struck first, early in the second half on a goal from Matt Smith. The Pythons enjoyed the lead until the 75:00 mark of the game when Milford scored to knot the score at one. The two teams played 20 minutes of scoreless overtime, resulting in the one all final. The boys’ resumed play at home on Tuesday, September 20, when they hosted undefeated Bedford. The Bulldogs came to Pelham with a 7-0 record, having
Python keep Gina Grimes shows her strong leg in clearing the Python’s defensive third of the field
outscored their opponents by an astounding 27 to 2. That statistic unfortunately parlayed its way into the action against the Pythons as the visitors put up four second half goals to go along with five first
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stretch came against Coe-Brown. After battling with the Bears for the full eighty minutes of regulation, the two teams entered the extra session tied at zero. The Python’s bid for their first victory of the season came to a sudden and disappointing end when Coe-Brown picked up their first victory – scoring seven minutes into the overtime. On Monday, September 19, Pelham traveled to Bedford to face the Bulldogs who were riding a five game win streak. About eighty minutes after Pelham arrived, Bedford increased the streak to six; shutting out the Pythons, 6-0. Once again Gina Grimes was bombarded in net, facing 33 shots on the afternoon. The loss drops Pelham to 0-6-1 on the season. Pelham travels to Portsmouth to do battle with the Clippers on September 23, then return home to face Pembroke four days later.
staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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