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Seasons Continue on the PHS Diamonds their 17-0

bombardment of Bow and 10-3 subjugation of Mascenic, down the stretch.

Additionally, the Lady Pythons display solid defensive play from all eight positions, in support of their ace in the circle, Jordan Parece. Coach Billy

Staff photo by Marc Ayotte Sarah Ratcliffe’s web-gem against Windham reflects an all-round, solid Lady Python defense throughout the season.

by Marc Ayotte With a tremendously successful regular season under each of their belts, both the Pelham softball and baseball teams advanced to this year’s state tournament. The Lady Pythons closed out their schedule winning six straight, finishing fourth in the D-III standings with a record of 11 and 4. The baseball nine took four of its last five, including three straight at home, to finish with an 11-5 mark, good for a sixth-place finish. As a result, both teams will enjoy home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs, with the girls’ taking that one step further by also enjoying the confines of PHS should they advance to second-round action. Todd Lozeau’s ensemble is firing on all cylinders, combining great hitting with key pitching as evidenced in

Beauchesne has been blessed with a season- long, deep and trusted rotation on the mound. With three extremely effective starting

pitchers in the form of Chris Benjamin, Ryan Frank and Chris Gamble, the Snakes are destined to make a strong run for this year’s D-III crown. Offensively, Pelham has been led lately by a sizzling Dan Spicer who collected seven hits over his last four games. Chris Gamble with five hits during that span, along with Joe Slattery and Frank, add nicely to an aggressive approach on the bases.

According to the NHIAA playoff schedule, Pelham softball will open up against the survivor of the “play-in” game between Raymond and Laconia, while baseball will host Fall Mountain; both games were slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch on Thursday, June 5.

PHS Celebrates Varsity Awards Night

three most highly anticipated awards. The Sportsmanship Award, which according to Kress, is symbolic of “that great teammate and role model,” went to Julia Barsalou and Tom Gleason. The Scholar Athlete Award was presented to Jordan Parece and Sutton Bradbury- Koster; reflective of the best combination of student success and athletic achievement over their four-year high school careers. And finally, the coveted Python Award was presented to the athlete who was deemed to have the best overall four-year career at PHS. This year’s winner on the female side was Hannah Paitchel, while the male recipient was Jake Vaiknoras.

Tis year’s Python Award recipients, indicative of having the best overall four-year career as a PHS athlete, were Jake Vaiknoras and Hannah Paitchel.

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by Marc Ayotte Pelham High School held its year-end Varsity Awards Night on

Monday, June 2, amid the plethora of Python teams preparing for post season play. Sponsored by the PHS Boosters Club, and emceed by Athletic Director Todd Kress, varsity Python athletes and family members enjoyed a nice meal at the Harris’ Pelham Inn before the awards presentation. This year’s Boosters Club Treasurer, Donna Hewson, was pleased to announce that once again, because of the club’s efforts, nearly $15,000 in scholarships will be given to graduating seniors of the class of 2014. The first presentation of awards went to the four-year, three- sport athlete; simply, athletes that participated in three different sports for all four years at PHS: Elissa Mogauro, Tom Gleason, Sutton Bradbury-Koster, Rhiannon Snide, Jake Vaiknoras, Avery Goss, Julia Barsalou and Allyson Masson. In recognition of their accomplishments, each athlete was presented with a certificate and PHS sweatshirt. Next were two military-based awards; the Army/Scholar Athlete

awards went to Lisa Yeaton and Ryan Frank while the Marine Leadership Award was presented to Kaylie Apkarian and Dan Spicer. The Dedication Award went to a total of 20 athletes and

was presented on the basis of several criteria, including GPA requirements, obtaining a postsecondary education, sportsmanship and character, numerous seasons played, in addition to filling out an application and submitting a written essay. The winners of this award were Michael Coupal, Harley Kearney, Joe Slattery, Dustin Lubinger, Chris Medeiros, Jared Boyden, Derek Sage, Anthony Branco, James LaPolice, Nicole Lister, Elisa Mogauro, Minta Notini, Allyson Masson, Brianna Belley, Mary Hammer, Elizabeth Slattery, Alexandria Papadimoulis, Rhiannon Snide, Chris Gamble and Avery Goss. The first-ever Python Pride Award was presented by Kress to the PHS athlete showing continued and widespread support for other Python athletes. The inaugural award went to Anthony Branco. Elsewhere, Coach Bob Riddinger presented this year’s Manager’s Award to Lauren Austin for her invaluable contribution to the wrestling team. Concluding the evening’s festivities was the presentation of the

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Windham Boys Volleyball Finishes Strong

by Jacob Gagnon If you counted both the regular and postseason records over the last 35 games, you would realize that the Windham High School boys’ Volleyball squad is 30-5 with four of those losses coming at the hands of perennial champions, Salem High. It is an amazing statistic considering that the Windham program itself has really just begun. And they show no signs of slowing down. The Jaguars wrapped up yet another winning regular season with a pair of victories in their final games before the postseason. On Thursday, May 29, Windham traveled to Keene High School. The Jaguars mauled the Blackbirds in three straight sets (25-17, 25-13, 25-20). Andrew Lowman led his team with ten kills, four blocks, and 11 service

points. Tim Raymond contributed with four blocks. Tucker Lippold continued his terrific offensive season with 14 assists while teammate Kurtis Jolicouer collected 11 digs. Windham welcomed Pinkerton Academy in the final game of the regular season on Monday, June 2. While Windham hoped to finish their season on a high note before the start of the postseason tournament, the Astros were no pushovers. Pinkerton, at 12-4, presented to tough challenge for the Jaguars in what could be a preview of the postseason. After a terrific back-and-forth battle, Windham prevailed by taking the fifth and final set, 16-14, and winning the match, 3-2. Evan Todd scored 15 kills. Lippold collected eight kills, four blocks, 16 assists, and 13 service points. Lowman had six blocks with 15 service points in the contest. Tim Erdlen earned 10 service points with 11 digs while Tim Raymond scored nine service points. The Jaguars, with the win, finish the season at 14-2 and have earned one of the top seeds of the NHIAA Championship Tournament. Windham, who has earned a bye in the preliminary round, will face the winner of the match between the 7th seed or the 10th seed in Windham on Tuesday, June 10. Head Coach Chris Baribeau is confident that his squad will carry this momentum, once again, through the postseason tournament. The Blue Devils may be awaiting them in the finals.

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