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by Marc Ayotte They were happy times in Python Country coming down the regular season stretch as all six Pelham High varsity sports’ programs were victorious in their respective Senior Day games. Baseball, boys’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, and girls’ tennis all recorded wins in their home finales; but none were more important than for the girls’ lacrosse and softball teams. In traditional PHS fashion, each of the teams’ seniors was recognized via the presentation of blue and white flowers as well as enjoyed the proverbial photo op with their parents. With their scintillating, 19-17 overtime win over Pembroke, the

girls’ lacrosse team wrapped-up the 12th and final playoff spot in this year’s state tournament. This was a remarkable turnaround for Coach Kaite Carmody’s crew who went zero for the entire 2013 campaign. In softball, the girls’ 10-3 mauling of Mascenic, combined with a little help from their friends at Conant, earned them an 11-4 record and a fourth-place finish in the standings. And, as a result, they will be rewarded with home field advantage through the first two rounds of the post season. Elsewhere, on the day seniors will long remember, the boys’ lacrosse team continued their late season climb up the standings; winning their last five straight to finish 7 and 7 on the season after starting out 1-5. On Senior Day, the Pythons levied a 12-2 beat down on visiting Monadnock and when they followed that up by clipping Kearsarge by a 10-0 score two days later, Coach Joe Young’s team had moved into the 10th spot in the D-III standings. Consequently, they will travel to Kingswood for a first-round joust with the seventh-seed Knights. On the baseball diamond, Coach Billy Beauchesne’s Pythons

rallied from a shaky, early season and culminated their home schedule with a 6-1 shutdown of Mascenic on a senior day afternoon, while also taking part in the Coaches vs. Cancer program. With weather cancellations forcing them to play four games in the final week of the season, the Pythons rose to the occasion and, despite a final game loss to Fall Mountain, finished in sixth place in the D-3 standings and will enjoy the comforts of home field for the first round of the playoffs. On the tennis courts, the boys used a 5-4 Senior Day win over

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Inter-Lakes to lock up the 8th and final slot for the post season. And despite drawing top-ranked Bedford in the first round of the tournament, against which the Snakes dropped a 9-0 decision, Coach Jacob Reece’s ensemble had a very good year, winning three of their last five matches to finish at 8-6 on the year. Despite a tough season on the girls’ courts, the seniors were able to savor the sweetness of winning their final home match. The Lady Pythons also rose to the occasion and pummeled Prospect Mountain by an 8-1 score on the PHS courts for their fourth win of the season.

Senior members of the Pelham softball, baseball and both lacrosse teams accompany their respective family members.

After Tremendous Softball Season, Lady Jags Earn Playoff Berth

by Jacob Gagnon The Windham High School Softball team, led

by Head Coach David Hedge, has played one of their most impressive regular seasons since the team’s inception. The Lady Jaguars finished the 2014 season by winning six of their final seven games. That sole loss in the final chunk of the regular season occurred in the last game before the postseason, a time when Windham was hoping for a top seed in the NHIAA Division II Championship Tournament. In the final game of the season, Windham hosted Pembroke Academy on Friday, May 30. The Lady Jaguars opened the game in their usual dominant fashion. In the bottom of the first inning, Windham senior Emily Comtois blasted a two-run homerun to take the advantage. Despite the early lead, the Lady Jaguars were unable to add to their half of the scoreboard. The

Spartans struck back with a 14-hit attack, scoring four runs in the fourth inning to grab a lead they would not surrender. Windham’s bats quieted following the first inning outburst. Comtois’ pair of RBIs would be Windham’s only runs of the contest. Cailyn Costa went two-for- four at the plate while teammate Christina Steere contributed with a two-for-two hit performance. The Spartans added another run in the top of

the seventh inning, sealing Windham’s fate, as Pembroke won, 5-2. With the loss, Windham falls to 12-4 on the

season. They have earned the fourth seed in the postseason tournament. In the preliminary round, Windham hosted the 13th-seeded Hollis- Brookline High School on Wednesday, June 4. Despite the final defeat, the Lady Jaguars are hopeful that they will return to their powerful form for the playoffs.

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Staff photos by Marc Ayotte


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