16 - December 23, 2011
by Marc Ayotte Comprised of players from both Windham and
Pelham high schools, the Wolf Pack began their Division III ice hockey season by playing two games in the first week. W-P fell behind early in their home opener at the Icenter in Salem and battled back valiantly the rest of the game, but eventually fell to visiting Alvirne by a score of 7-5. The Pack took out its frustrations when they returned to action three days later on Saturday, December 17, by dismantling Portsmouth with a 10-1 road win. In Wednesday’s season opener against rival Alvirne, offense was the theme, with nearly 60 shots on goal leading to the 12 total goals being scored. After Cam Brock gave Alvirne a three-goal lead with his second goal of the opening period, W-P’s Alec Paradis made an immediate impact in his comeback bid from last year’s season ending injury. Paradis recorded the Pack’s first goal of the year at 7:55 of the first, trimming the Bronco lead to 3-1 as the Zamboni made its first appearance of the season. Having regained their composure in the latter stages of the first period, the Pack started the second session with much more confidence. After a flurry in front of the Bronco crease, Dustin Lubinger lit the lamp to pull W-P to within a goal at 3-2. Two minutes later, Paradis notched his second goal of the game, tying the score at three. However, seconds later saw the beginning of the Phil Sweeney show. The Bronco forward tallied the first of his two second period goals to regain the lead for Alvirne. Battling back yet once again, the Pack knotted the score at four apiece when Dustin Lubinger’s highlight reel move past a Bronco defenseman just inside the Alvirne blue line, sent him in alone to beat goalie Brian Carpentier. In what continued to be a furiously paced offensive battle, the aforementioned Phil Sweeney put the visitors back on top 5-4, scoring
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second consecutive game in recording a hat trick (and two assists). After just two games, Paradis has already rung-up a team-leading five goals. Indicating that the host team ”played better than the score indicated” W-P head coach Doug Watson admitted that “Portsmouth had a ton of penalties and that’s what killed them”. Eleven times the Clippers committed an infraction, which translated into seven Wolf pack power play goals. W-P determined the outcome rather quickly as they put a seven-spot up on the scoreboard in the first period.
Dustin Lubinger started the scoring spree for Alec Paradis (#16) slices through the fore checking efforts of Broncos Nick Smith (#23) and #27 Trevor Perron
from atop the crease on a nice individual effort that originated from the right half boards. But before the second intermission arrived, Dustin Lubinger hit the back of the net, giving him the hat trick with 1:35 left on the clock, in what was a thoroughly entertaining first 30 minutes. Trying to ride out the momentum from a late second period Bronco penalty, the Pack started the final stanza with 1:49 remaining on their power play. However, W-P surprisingly came out of the locker room flat. Last year’s scoring phenom Nick Morin addressed the lackluster Pack power play to start the third period; ”We started trying a new powerboat than we did last year where I was on the point rather than working the half wall. We haven’t gotten a chance to work it too much in practice or get a real rhythm down with it so we just didn’t really know what to do. It was very
out of sorts but we are going to keep working at it.” The inability to capitalize on two third period power plays proved to be key factors in the Pack’s scoreless third period. Alvirne forged ahead for the final time on a goal by Jeremy Dutil, midway through the third. Cam Brock, in a ubiquitous performance, finished the scoring with a hat trick of his own, making it 7-5, thirteen seconds into a Bronco, man advantage situation. Wolf Pack Punishes Portsmouth After the disappointing loss in the season
opener, the Pack traveled to Exeter to take on Portsmouth in their home opener. W-P righted their own ship as they opened up the floodgates; seven different players registered at least one goal as they clobbered the host Clippers by a score of 10-1. Alec Paradis led the team in lighting the red lamp as he skated impressively for the
Tom Darren Named NH Coach of the Year
submitted by Holly Breton, WHS Boosters Windham High School Wrestling Coach Tom Darrin has been named the 2010-2011 NH Coach of the year for Division I, II and III by the National Wrestling Coach’s Association. Coach Darrin explained what is was like to come to Windham to start up the wrestling program.
He said, “Coaching wrestling at Windham has been a great experience. When we started in November of 2009,Jack Byrne and I had about 25 freshmen and sophomores out for the team. None of them had ever wrestled competitively and most of them knew nothing about the amateur version of the sport. Having coached for 35 years
in a high school with an established wrestling program, I was used to a very different situation. I was used to having experienced wrestlers around to model many of the basic procedures of the sport and to show how to handle yourself in different situations. I was also accustomed to having some experienced, skilled wrestlers whom I could count on to win matches. At Windham we were truly starting from scratch. Fortunately the basic philosophy of our program was not affected by the lack of experience of our team members. We have two main goals: one, that the boys have fun and two, that the boys learn important lessons for life.” Coach also took us through the history of the
wrestling program at WHS. After year one, the team finished 18th at States - they had 17 boys on the team and a win-loss record of 3-10. After year two, Coach explained, “we put a bit more “win” in Windham and our performance improved considerably. We had two individual state champions, two second place finishers, a third and a forth place finisher.” They boasted a 15-10 record and finished fourth in the state tournament. The Windham High School wrestling team now boasts 37 boys. As Coach Darrin shared, “the success of the team and the most recent record must have gotten out.” That is good news, but the bad news is that their practices has been difficult due to the fact that they have too many athletes
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by Chris White The Windham High wrestling team defeated Bow (51-25) and Spaulding (48-33) in a home meet last Wednesday, December 14. With the two wins, the Jaguars improved their dual meet record to 6-0 on the season. Windham winners against Bow included Devin Marino (120: pin), Troy Peters (126: forfeit), Austin Messina (132: forfeit), Gage Fenton (152: 6-3), Nolan Hansen (160: pin), Connor Golden (170: pin), Chris Ferri (182: forfeit), Kody Folsom (195: forfeit), and Corey Alberico (220: pin). Winners for the Jaguars against Spaulding were Zach Sprague (113: forfeit), Marino (120: forfeit), Peters (126: forfeit), Fenton (152: pin), Hansen (160: pin), Shawn Ronayne (170: forfeit), Ferri (195: pin), and Alberico (220: forfeit). Prior to hosting Bow and Spaulding, Windham finished third out of 13 teams at the ConVal Early Bird Tournament in Peterborough on Saturday, December 10. Jeff Armstrong (113), Dylan Swiderski (132), and Ferri (182) all finished second in their respective weight class. Shiloh VanHyll (160) finished third. Windham opened the season with a dual meet sweep at home on Wednesday, December 7. The Jaguars earned victories against
and only one mat. “School budgets are tight and we are trying to raise funds to purchase a new mat.” Coach Darrin explained, “The boys on our team have worked hard and come a long way. We owe it to them to strive to match their growth and improvement by getting the support and equipment they need.”
At this time the wrestling team has raised $5,000 for the purchase of a mat. The total cost for a basic mat is $11,000. The Boosters are supporting their effort. The wrestling team hopes that others will come forward with donations to help the team and their accomplished coach.
the Pack. The talented sophomore scored his fourth goal of the season, before leaving the game with an injury. Zach Malone then scored the eventual game winner with the first of his two goals on the night. Comfortably ahead, it was tri-captain Nick ‘Scorin’ Morin’s goal that gave the Pack a 5-0 cushion that popped Portsmouth’s bubble, deflating any thoughts the Clippers had of climbing back into the contest. Also having a tremendous game was tri- captain Korey Lubinger who completed the Lubinger brother aspect of the scoring assault on Portsmouth. K-Lube, the team’s prominent play- making center iceman, decorated the stat sheet with one goal and a lofty five assists. Other players who recorded a goal in the win were Colin Begin, to go with two assists and Connor Tierney; “I was happy to see that” commented Watson of Tierney’s tally. Earning praise from their coach for a fine effort in the win were Nick Neary (two assists), tri-captain Brian Barnard, John Monahan, Stephen Beck and Steve Barton, all with one assist; “they all played well,” noted coach Watson, adding “they fore- checked well. It was excellent; (they) played a solid defensive game.” Between the pipes for the Pack was Michael Donovan, who turned aside 15 Clipper shots in recording the win.
Gage Fenton battles with a Bow wrestler
Campbell (57-24) and Souhegan (51-30). Double winners for Windham in the meet included Greg Mallette
(106), Armstrong (113), Swiderski (132), Alex Khoury (138), Fenton (152), VanHyll (160), and Ferri (182). Single winners for the Jaguars included Messina (126), Justin Manter (138), Golden (195), and Ben Gazzara (285).
Lady Pythons Overcome Slow Start
by Marc Ayotte On Tuesday, December 20, the Pelham girls basketball team
traveled to Kingston for a date with Sanborn Regional. In consistent fashion, the Pythons held true to their trademark of less than stellar performances in the first quarter of a game. However, the Pythons used a tremendous third quarter defensive effort to shut down the Indian’s offense on their way to a convincing 62-41 victory. The victory is the first on the season for Pelham and evens their record at 1-1. The Python’s schedule has them playing the first three games on the road before they finally host Windham in their home opener on January 3, 2012. The silver lining in the Python’s most recent slow start was that their opponent’s start was actually slower. In their season opener last week against Hollis-Brookline, Pelham only managed two points while surrendering 21. Against Sanborn, the Pythons improved on both ends of the court and were able to squeak out an 11-8 first quarter advantage. The two teams pretty much matched baskets during the second quarter with Pelham inching their lead
up a point, taking a 27-23 lead into the half time intermission. For head coach Bob Shepard, the game was all about the third
quarter, and rightly so. Resultant from an effective Python press, Sanborn hoops soon became an endangered species. In what was probably Pelham’s best quarter of the young season, they proceeded to outscore the Indians 17-4, and took a 44-27 lead into the final eight minutes of play. The Pythons continued to widen their lead by posting their best offensive point total of the game, in the fourth quarter. With 18 points in the final stanza, Pelham capped off a very solid and consistent effort at the offensive end. Pleased with his team’s win, Shepard was cautiously optimistic, saying “we need to get a few more of these.” For the second consecutive game, the Pythons spread the wealth in the scoring department. Rebecca DeBaldo led the way by pouring in 20 points. Brenda Pietrillo was the only other Python in double digits with 10. Jordan Parece, who played all but four minutes of the contest, contributed nine points while Katelyn Surprenant and Gina Grimes chipped in with eight apiece.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
Staff photos by Chris White
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