April 20, 2012 - 12 Salem Patriot
Girls’ Tennis Wins Three to Start Season
by Chris White The Salem High girls’ tennis team won its first three matches of the 2012 season last week. The Blue Devils opened the season with a win at Spaulding, defeated Concord in their home opener, and then picked up another road victory at Pinkerton later in the week. After beating Spaulding by the score of 8-1 on Monday, April 9, Salem took an 8-1 victory over Concord on Wednesday, April 11. The Blue Devils swept singles match play, 6-0, to clinch the overall match and then took two of three games in the doubles round. Salem’s number-one player, Cassie Hailson, defeated Concord’s number one by the count of 8-4. Meanwhile, Salem’s number-two, Olivia Barberian, also earned an 8-4 win in the second singles match.
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Other singles winners for the Blue Devils included Adriana Lonardo (8-4), Kelsey Perrault (8-1), Brenna Blakslee (8-1), and Nicole English (8-1).Hailson and Lonardo teamed up in the number-one doubles match to take an 8-4 victory, while the tandem of Perrault and Blakslee swept the second doubles match, 8-0. The Blue Devils went on to top Pinkerton by the score of 6-3 on Friday, April 13. Salem split the singles round with Pinkerton, 3-3, but swept the three doubles matches to secure a convincing victory.
Singles winners for Salem included Barberian (8-6), Lonardo (8-2), and Perrault (8-2). The Blue Devils submitted a strong performance in the doubles round with each doubles team winning by five sets or more. Salem’s doubles winners included the teams of Hailson and Lonardo (8-3), Perrault and Blakslee (8-3), and Barberian and English (8-2). Salem’s record stands at 3-0 after the strong start to the season. After visiting Bishop Guertin
Adriana Lonardo returns the ball to her Concord opponent in the Blue Devils’ home opener last Wednesday
on Wednesday, April 18, the Blue Devils will play their next match at home against Exeter on Friday, April 20. The match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The Blue Devils also have two home matches next week during school vacation. They play Nashua South on Monday, April 23 and Nashua North on Tuesday, April 24. Both matches are set to begin at 10 a.m.
by Chris White The Salem High softball team is off to a hot start this season, earning victories in each of its first four contests last week. So far, the Blue Devils have beaten Spaulding, Concord, Pinkerton, and Nashua North. The Devils started the season with a 14-0
mercy victory at Spaulding on Monday, April 9. Salem pitcher Nicole Gubellini no-hit the Red Raiders over six innings, allowing only two walks and registering seven strike outs. Gubellini also helped herself with three hits and one RBI at the plate.
Salem players with two hits in the game were
Sarah Frahm, Hannah Latham, Emily O’Brien, Brianna Rastello, Amanda Baron, Stephanie Long, and Samantha Cloutier. RBIs went to O’Brien (two), Rastello, Baron (two), Long (three), and Cloutier. The Blue Devils shutout Concord, 5-0, in their home opener on Wednesday, April 11. Gubellini tossed another gem, giving up only one hit while striking out eight batters for the win. Salem also received two-hit efforts at the plate from Latham and Baron, while Frahm (two), Baron (two), and Long all contributed RBIs. Each of Frahm’s RBIs came on an inside-the-park homer to the right field gap.
Salem went on to beat Pinkerton on the road
by the score of 16-9 on Friday, April 13. Latham led the Salem offense with three hits, a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Samantha Cloutier also submitted three hits and three runs scored.
Salem players contributing two-hit games included Frahm, Baron, Long, and Rastello. Frahm, Baron (two), Long, and Brittany Wallace also knocked in runs for the Blue Devils. The Blue Devils finished the week with an 18-4 win at home over Nashua North on Monday, April
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Last week, the Salem High boys’ volleyball team began its yearly quest to defend its state title from the previous season. The Blue Devils are seeking their eighth consecutive Division I title in 2012, and they showed no signs of slowing down in the opening week of the season. The Devils earned three victories in their first three games, defeating Oyster River, Pinkerton, and Dover. Salem swept Oyster River, 3-0, in Durham on
Wednesday, April 11. Salem took the first game by the score of 25-5, the second game by the score of 25-9, and the third game by the score of 25-8. Statistical leaders for the Blue Devils included Jon Klecan (nine digs), Brandon Ackroyd (seven kills), and Joe Dube (11 aces). The Blue Devils took another 3-0 victory against Pinkerton in their home opener on Friday, April 13. The Devils won the first game by the count of 25-22, the second game by the count of 25-22 again, and the third game by the count of 25-10. Statistical leaders for Salem included Ackroyd (10 kills), Dube (four aces), Klecan (10 digs), and Andrew Ruffen (22 assists, two blocks). The Devils submitted another 3-0 victory at home against Dover on Monday, April 16. Salem beat Dover 25-13 in the first game, 25-17 in the second game, and 25-13 in the third game. Ben Slepian led Salem with four kills, while Sean
by Chris White The Salem Blue Devil track and field teams hosted their second dual meet of the season at Salem High School on Tuesday, April 17. Both teams defeated Alvirne with the Salem girls winning, 91-44, and the Salem boys prevailing, 82-54. The Salem girls were led by double winners Victoria Rozumek, Crystal Peatfield, and Skylah Longtin. Rozumek took first in the high jump (5 feet 6 inches) and the triple jump (32 feet, 5 inches); Peatfield took first in the 200-meter dash (28.82 seconds) and the 400 meters (1:05.99); and Longtin took first in the shot put (25 feet 6 1/2 inches) and the discus (61 feet 8 inches). Peatfield also anchored Salem’s 4x100-meter relay team that finished first in a time of 54.78 seconds. The 4x100 relay team included Samantha Gauvain, Naisha LeFort, and Lauren Macgregor. Other Salem winners included MacGregor in the 100-meter dash (13.79 seconds), Gauvain in the 100-meter hurdles (17.53 seconds), and Danielle Donovan in the javelin (85 feet 3 inches). Salem also received second place efforts from Kerin Gustafson (100 meter-dash, 200 meter-dash), Alyssa Lambert (800 meters), Samantha Hutchins (1600 meters, 3200 meters), Gauvain (300-meter hurdles), Olivia Burke (high jump), MacGregor (long jump, triple jump), Kerry Field (shot put), Denise Renalds (discus),
and Amy Fialkowski (javelin). The Salem 4x400-meter relay team of Peatfield, Katilyn Page, Shannon Desmond, and Jerusha Thedsanamoorthy also took second place. The Blue Devil boys were led by triple winner Jerickson Fedrick.
Fedrick placed first in the 100 meters (11.33 seconds), 200 meters (22.90 seconds), and shot put (44 feet 3inches). Fedrick was also a member of Salem’s 4x100-meter relay squad that took first place with a time of 45.25 seconds. In addition to Fedrick, the team included Jason Martinez, Abner Rodriguez, and Rasheed Adigun.
Other Salem winners included Jordan Bowman in the 400 meters (54.81 seconds), Ben Dutton in the 3200 meters (10:13.55), Adigun in the 110-meter hurdles (16.66 seconds), Eric Tahtamoni in the 300-meter hurdles (41.99 seconds), Mike Gordon in the discus (105 feet 9 inches), and Alex Magoon in the javelin (155 feet 3 inches). The Salem 4x400-meter relay team of Bowman, Brett Grady, Rodriguez, and Tahtamoni also took first place in a time of 3:43. The Devils’ second placers included Adigun (100-meter dash, triple jump), Tahtamoni (200-meter dash), Magoon (discus), and Connor Decker (javelin). Salem’s next meet is on Saturday, April 21. The teams will compete at Nashua North at 9 a.m.
Boys’ Volleyball Off to Strong Start
Softball Wins Four Straight to Open Season
Salem third baseman Hannah Latham throws across the diamond to get the runner out
16. Cloutier led the Devils with three hits. Other Devils with multi-hit games included Latham, O’Brien, Amanda Bickford, Long, Wallace, and Rastello.
Latham (two), O’Brien (three), Baron, Long
(two), Wallace (three), Cloutier (two), and Rachel Morrissey all drove in runs for Salem. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn Arsenault was the winning pitcher for the Devils.
After visiting Bishop Guertin on Wednesday, the Blue Devils are back in action on Friday afternoon, April 20 against Exeter at home. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Track and Field Teams Sweep Alvirne
Steve Nugent dives on the floor to keep the Salem volley alive against Pinkerton
Towler had eight assists and Dube contributed five assists. The Salem boys own a 3-0 record to start the
season. They will see their next action in Keene on Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Following the Keene game, they will have a three game home stand including contests against Souhegan on Monday, April 23, Coe-Brown on Monday, April 30, and Windham on Wednesday, May 2.
Staff photos by Chris White
Staff photos by Chris White
Staff photos by Chris White
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