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20 - April 20, 2012 by Marc Ayotte


As far as trying to match a season opening road win with a home opening win is concerned – mission accomplished. Thanks go out to the powers that be who were responsible for having Pembroke visit the Harris Family field for the Pelham boys’ lacrosse team’s first 2012 game in front of the home crowd. In what was a complete ‘yawna,’ the Python’s Alec Paradis averaged a goal per minute for the game’s first three and it was all downhill for the Spartans after that, as they went into retreat mode and were trampled by Pelham by a 15-1 score.


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Pythons Pummel Pembroke in LAX Home Opener


of 23 points in three games. Morin added four goals to increase his season total to seven. Korey Lubinger scored a pair of goals, making it five tallies in the past two games. The Pythons also received single goals from Derek DeFranzo, Harley Kearney, Mike Roscoe and Steve Barton. Pelham opened up the scoring early when


Scorin’ Morin, #8 for PHS attacks the net from behind during the Python’s 15-4 home win over Trinity


Pelham attacker Alec Paradis, #3, advances the ball up field against the Pioneers’ Tristen Teroux


The Python’s offense, which has outscored their opponents by a combined 23-4 over the first two games, was led by Paradis’ double hat-trick. His six goal performance gives him a team-leading nine goals to go along with six assists so far on the season. Korey Lubinger, Paradis’ teammate on the ice for the Wolfpack, joined the scoring parade by adding a hat trick of his own. Nick ‘Scorin’ Morin chimed in with a pair of goals, tying K-Lube with a total of three goals in the early going. Scoring single goals for the Pythons were Derek DeFranzo (also 3 assists), Nick Fissette, Harley Kearney (his third of the year) and Steve Barton. With the Pythons spending so much time in the attack zone whistling shots past the Spartan keep, Jake Diaz


was back in his own net figuratively hooked up to an energy drink “IV” in an attempt to stay alert. The Python goalie when tested saved all but one of Pembroke’s nine shots in recording his second win.


Pythons Trounce Trinity On Tuesday, April 17, the Pythons resumed


Division III play when they hosted Trinity. The Pioneers came into the contest with a1-2 record, yielding a lofty 34 goals in the process. Pelham attackers Alec Paradis and Nick Morin combined for nine goals, as the Pythons improved their record to 3-0 with a 15-4 domination of the Pioneers. In addition to his five goal performance, Paradis added three assists, giving him a total


Paradis notched his first of the afternoon just 1:39 in. Two and a half minutes later, Paradis doubled Pelham’s lead with his second unassisted goal. Moments later, Nick Morin fed fellow attacker Korey Lubinger with a nice pass and he proceeded to blast a shot by the Trinity keep for a 3-0 lead. At 6:08, Scorin’ Morin, from behind the Pioneer goal, fought his way to the front of the net and scored his first goal of the afternoon. Forty seconds later, Paradis, on an assist from Morin, rejoined the scoring parade to make it 5-0, prompting Coach Regan to bark from the sidelines “good job 8, nice finish 3,” and the rout was on. With a 6-0 lead after one quarter, the Pioneer zone defense stymied the Python offense in the second quarter, holding them scoreless as the two teams entered the intermission with Pelham still owning a six goal lead. “The zone gave us trouble” admitted Coach Matt Regan, adding “we made adjustments at halftime. In the third quarter we scored four or five (goals) to start – just off of what we talked about at half time.” Trinity was able to score three quick goals in the last 5:24 of the game, making the final score appear closer than it actually was. With respect to the Python’s quick start, Alec Paradis noted “I try to get the guys moving by coming out hard. I think I let the team know I’m here to play” and accordingly they respond, so far this season to the tune of three wins against zero defeats.


Pelham Track and Field Hosts Invitational, Cheam Posts Two Hurdle Wins


by Marc Ayotte The Harris Family Track and Field Complex


was the site on Saturday, April 14, for this year’s Pelham Invitational, featuring 13 competing schools, including Milford, Bedford, Bow, Coe- Brown, Merrimack Valley in addition to host Pelham. In stark contradiction to last year’s cold and windy conditions, the athletes this year experienced a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures climbing into the seventies. The Pythons’ boys’ team had an excellent showing, finishing third in team competition, behind only Merrimack Valley and overall winner Bedford. The Lady Pythons finished in seventh place in the team standings. Leading the way for the Python boys’ squad was


Kevin Cheam. The Pelham junior captured first place in the 110-meter hurdles (16:28) as well as the 300-meter hurdles (42.85). Cheam showed his athleticism when he switched from the track to the field events, capturing second place in the triple jump with a distance of 39 feet 7 inches; just 5 inches out of first place. He also anchored the 4x100 relay team’s third place finish. Cheam praised the role of Coach Don Mullen, saying


Kevin Cheam (in mid hurdle) finished first in the 110-meter hurdles at the Pelham Invitational; Sutton Bradbury-Koster (to Cheam’s right) finished second


Brandon Hannon clears the bar at 5 feet 6 inches, good for a sixth place finish in the high jump


“he’s the perfect coach for this team.” On a more personal note, Cheam noted of Mullen; “he’s pushing me to my limits, leading to a first place today.” The Pythons received second place finishes from two other athletes; Brandon Hannon in the 800 meter and Sutton Bradbury-Koster in the 110 hurdles. Hannon finished with a time of 2:07.56, just three seconds behind the winner, while Bradbury-Koster helped give his team a 1-2 punch in the hurdles, finishing just behind Cheam with a time of 16.96 seconds. Hannnon also finished sixth in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5 feet 6 inches in addition to finishing 12th in the triple jump and was a member of the team’s fourth place finish in the 4x400 relay. Bradbury-Koster finished sixth in the 300 high hurdles, in adding to his ribbon-receiving performances. Other Python top six individual finishers were Christian Will (third in the 800 meter), Steve Hammar (fourth in the 1600 meter), Jake Wormald (fifth in the 3200 meter) and Gadiel Chaparro (fifth in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet 41/2 inches). Chaparro also treated the crowd to a nice rendition of the national anthem before the finals


of the track events. In the field events, Python Tom Lynch had solid finishes in the shot put and javelin. His distance of 126 feet in the javelin was good for eighth place overall, while he finished in 10th place in the shot put with a distance of 38 feet 8 inches. The 4x100 relay team was comprised of Ryan Rheault, Brandon Schaeffer, Gadiel Chaparro and Cheam). Making up the 4x400 relay team, which also finished third, was Steve Hammar, Brandon Hannon, Ryan Rheault and Justin Spognardi.


On the girls’ side of the ledger, the team’s


seventh place finish, was just one point shy from overtaking the Bow Falcons for sixth place. As was the case in the boys’ division, Bedford also captured first place in the girls’ team competition. The top performance for the girls came from Katelyn Surprenant who secured a second place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 31 feet 9 inches. Surprenant also finished seventh in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet 1 inche and was a member of the 4x100 relay team. Other individual top six finishes for the Lady Pythons came from Miranda Martin, whose time of 1:07.85 gave her a sixth place award in the


Pelham’s Katelyn Surprenant turned in a second place performance with a triple jump distance of 31 feet 9 inches


400 meter; Erin Krawcyk finished third in the 1600 meter with a time of 5:40.96 and Shannon Arsenault was sixth in the same event with a time of 5:50.96. The 1600-meter proved to be the best event for the girl runners with six Pythons placing in the top 12; Erica Pantaleo and Rhiannon Snide tied for ninth, Jessica Coakley finished 11th with Avery Gross rounded out the top 12. In the 300-meter hurdles, the best Pelham performer was Brooke Paradis, posting a time of 57.34, which was good for eighth, while 12th place went to Kirsten Salois. The relay teams did well; the 4x100 team, comprised of Dianna Goudrea, Miranda Martin, Alexandria Papadimoulis, and Surprenant finished fifth. Likewise, a fifth place finish was earned in the 4x400, thanks to the efforts of Arsenault, Martin, Krawczyk and Allie Lyons. In what he called a “very competitive meet,” Mullen was extremely pleased with the overall Pelham showing, in particular the boys’ third place performance in the team competition; “this is a huge turnaround from last year,” exclaimed the enthusiastic head coach.


Gymnasts Score Big at Hip Hop Classic The opportunity to change your life is just a phone call away.


submitted by Ruth Licata, Head Coach Gym-Ken Gymnastics scored big at the last


away trip of the season during the Hip Hop Classic in. Brattleboro, VT. The girls enjoyed competing and had fun spending some time together. Level 4: First place Team trophy. From


Windham, Lindsey Brayer scored 9.5 on vault, 9.6 on bars (first), 9.6 on beam (first) and 37.95 All Around (first); Ava Gravell scored 9.55 on vault, 9.35 on floor and 37.00 All Around; Shanni Zhou scored 9.5 on vault, 9.6 on floor (first) and 37.45 All Around; Riley Bermingham scored 9.600 on bars (first), 9.2 on beam (first), 9.4 on floor (first) and 37.45 All Around (first); Isabella Matarese scored 9.650 on vault (first), 9.3 on floor and 36.75 All Around; Sophie Sullivan scored 9.550 on vault, 8.700 on bars and 35.050 All Around; Allison O’Connor scored 9.450 on vault, 9.1 on bars, and 36.250 All Around; Kaley Riley scored 9.3 on vault, 8.6 on floor and 34.450 All Around; Pace McKeon scored 9.600 on bars (first), 9.400


on beam (first), 9.500 on floor (first) and 37.600 All Around (first); Caitlin Higgins scored 9.300 on vault, 9.200 on beam and 36.650 All Around. Level 5: First place Team trophy. From Salem, Mary Gallo scored 8.975 on beam, 8.550 on floor and 34.175 All Around; Kiana Roy scored 9.025 on beam, 8.400 on floor and 32.725 All Around. From Windham, Hannah Monahan scored 9.20 on bars, 9.15 on beam (first) and 35.87 All Around (first); Delaney Cunningham scored 9.25 on bars (first) 8.65 on floor and 34.75 All Around (second); Taylor Maffeo scored 8.90 on bars, 9.025 on beam and 34.40 All Around; Paige Butler of Windham scored 9.10 on vault, 9.025 on floor and 35.275 All Around. Level 7: Second place Team trophy. From


Windham, Alexandra Masone scored 9.20 on vault, 9.075 on bars, 9.275 on floor and 35.90 All Around; Victoria Sipes scored 9.300 on bars, 9.250 on floor and 35.80 All Around. The teams are coached by Amberlynn Gifford, Jen Corsetto and Ruth Licata.


Staff photos by Marc Ayotte


Staff photos by Marc Ayotte


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