October 21, 2011 - 9 Sports Windham Volleyball Still Going Strong
by Chris White The Windham girls’ volleyball team has accumulated a 12-3 record so far this season, with all three losses coming to second-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas. The Jaguars are currently in fifth place in the Division 2 standings, just a half game behind Bedford and Oyster River who are tied in third place with a 12-2 record. Windham has won three of its last four games in its most recent action.
The successful stretch began on Monday, October 10 with a three-game sweep at Hanover (25-16, 25-17, 25-18). Leading the Jaguars to the win were Kaytlin Sinclair (14 kills, one block), Melissa Cino (31 assists), Kerry White (16 service points, four aces), and Tess Powell (14 service points, two aces). From there, the Jaguars traveled to Amherst and beat Souhegan in three games on Wednesday, October 12. The Jags then went on to sweep Pelham (25-12, 25-19, 25-17)at home on Friday, October 14. Windham ended the stretch with a hard-fought 3-1 loss to St. Thomas in
Dover. The Jaguars came out on top of the first frame 25-22, but dropped the next three 25-13, 25-13, 25-21. Statistical leaders for Windham included White (11 kills), Cino (21 assists), Powell (11 digs), and Cristy Theriault (16 service points). Windham will wrap up its volleyball season tonight (Friday, October 21) at home against ConVal. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Melissa Cino (#6) sets the Windham offense in a game versus St. Tomas Windham’s Marcela Trocha (#14) rises to make the kill
Pythons Get Trampled by Broncos
Python QB John Bourk, under center, takes a snap in a small town Saturday night football game in Pelham, October 15
Seemingly running into the sunset is Python all-purpose player John Bourk #20 as he returns one of Alvirne’s many kick-offs
by Marc Ayotte As if the Pelham football team wasn’t having a difficult enough season in their own division, the Pythons ventured up a division this past Saturday night when they hosted Division II Alvirne. The inter-division game with the visiting Broncos was not pretty as Pelham was unable to buck the downward trend they have been experiencing since moving to Division III from Division V, two years ago. Alvirne struck early and often by scoring through the air (twice) and on the ground in addition to recording a fumble recovery for a touchdown to go along with a pick-six … and then the second quarter started. That’s right, after the first 12 minutes were in the books, the Pythons found themselves down 35-0. Things did not improve too much from that point as the Python faithful continued to witness their team’s defensive unraveling, and fall to Alvirne, 62-22.
Although the Python’s record dropped to 0-6 overall (0-5 in the
division) their offense did show signs of life, as it was the most productive it has been all season. Trailing 55-8, two minutes into the second half, the Pelham offense became air born. Instead of the running game that usually dominates their offensive scheme,
Python Boys’ Soccer Season Sees Red
by Marc Ayotte The remainder of the Pelham High School boys’ soccer season has been cancelled according to Python Athletic Directory Todd Kress. The NHIAA was unable to comment given that the situation is still under review. However, in the interim, AD Kress released the following statement, “The season was ended by the NHIAA for exceeding the season’s limit of yellow cards for the team. We received our 12th yellow card in Sanborn last Tuesday, which put us over the limit, thus ending our season. Our number one goal now is to take the necessary steps, with the NHIAA, to correct the issues that our team displayed, and hope for a successful and quick recovery back to how we want our student/athletes to represent Pelham High School.”
Python coach Tom Babaian figuratively threw his offensive playbook into the wind gusts of the Saturday night October sky and let the pigskin fly. Python quarterback John Bourk was very effective in the final 24 minutes, completing ten passes for 115 yards. Included in Bourk’s statistics were two TD completions; 15 yards to Greg Spicer and a 12-yard hook-up with RB Devin DeCarteret. For the game, the Python QB was 18-33 for 237 yards. And the encouraging fact was that the passing success was against an Alvirne defense that was defensively concentrating on the pass, given the score. The Pelham aerial attack
Pelham’s RB Devin DeCarteret #47 chips
Alvirne linebacker Colin O’Brien #66 as he rushes QB John Bourk
Pelham’s Kevin Cheam (blue) takes Bronco RB #33 Brandon Rule to the ground on a nice open-field tackle
which was accountable for putting the most points on the board this season, saw seven receivers get in on the act. Wide Receiver Kevin Cheam led the team in receptions, pulling down 7 for 110 yards. The Pythons travel to Pembroke for their next game on the 22nd before returning back to the Harris Family Field for a battle against the Sabers of Souhegan under the Friday Night Lights on October 28.
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