Pelham - Windham News | June 6, 2014 - 15
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Paradis, Paitchel Enter the ‘Century Club’
she expects to see others become members of the exclusive 100 hit club; “Although I may be the fi rst, I think the girls’ sports programs at Pelham High are becoming much stronger. There are some underclassmen that are very talented, and I hope they’ll be able to achieve this goal as well, and continue to bring success to the program.”
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Hannah Paitchel has a little fun in the batter’s box with her parents,
Steve and Maria Paitchel; she uses the ball she lined into left center fi eld for her 100th career hit as a prop.
the future looks promising for other players to someday have their names hanging in the Snake Pit; “Our team has grown and developed so much in just one year that I predict in the future some of the underclassmen will soon have their names up on the banner right below mine.”
Brook Paradis showcases the ball she scored her 100th career goal with;
enjoying the brief in-game ceremony are, from left: Coach Kaite Carmody; mother, Sue; father, Ken; brother, Sean; and brother, Alec.
by Marc Ayotte It’s a rare feat for a female high school athlete to record one hundred goals in lacrosse. It’s a rare feat for a female high school athlete to record one hundred hits in softball. It’s even rarer for them to accomplish said feat during the same season; let alone in “senior games” that fell within two days of one another. But that’s exactly what transpired last week at Pelham High when junior Brooke Paradis scored her 100th career goal in a thrilling win over Pembroke, and Hannah Paitchel celebrated her senior day with a 4-for-4 performance at the plate which included a frozen rope, RBI single for her momentous hit. According to Paradis, the Senior Day game was crucial for the lacrosse team’s playoff hopes. Interestingly, her personal goal fulfi llment would go a long way in leading to the team’s success; “I was nervous all day because I knew I had to accomplish two big things that day,” recalled Paradis. Elaborating, the three-sport star added; “one was scoring my hundredth goal so I could focus on the most important part of the day; getting the win to go to playoffs.” With respect to the timeline of Paradis’ accomplishment, it is
even more impressive given that the milestone was reached in just her junior season; “I always dreamed about getting my name on the banner under my brother Alec’s (name),” – also a prolifi c goal scorer while playing on the PHS boys’ lacrosse team. “It all happened so quickly, and it was a pretty unreal experience to get it before my senior year,” continued Paradis. Though she is only the second Lady Python to accomplish the goal, she believes
On the softball diamond, Hannah Paitchel has been a gem; both offensively and defensively. Her individual accomplishments are many; highlighted not only by recording her 100th hit but also by the fact that she owns the school’s highest career batting average at, as Coach Todd Lozeau put it; “a staggering .453.” However, when one is profi ling a selfl ess player,
Paitchel comes to the forefront, as evidenced in her team-fi rst approach: “To be recognized for the individual accomplishment is very nice, but what’s most important is being able to work together and succeed as a team through the playoffs. My focus all year has been to win a state championship with my teammates,” offered Paitchel, who will be studying at and playing softball for St. Anselm College in the fall. Acknowledging that entry into the “Century Club” was her most cherished athletic accomplishment in high school (something she dreamed about since her freshman year), Paitchel was quick to credit Coach Lozeau for his role: “Without the help and support of my coach, I don’t think I could have ever gotten my 100th career hit.” Like Paradis, Paitchel believes the future is bright for many of the Lady Python programs and
Jessica Lessard Helps Boston Showstoppers Become State Champs
submitted by Jim Call
Jessica Lessard (front row, fi fth from left) of Pelham helped the Boston Showstoppers 14U AAU basketball team win the Division II Massachusetts State Championships Friday night, June 1 at the University Sports Complex in Hanover, Mass. Lessard also won the Springfi eld Hall of Fame Classic Championship with the Showstoppers at the Basketball Hall of Fame in March.
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