Mark Riddenger in the long jump
Pelham’s boys track team scored 38 points last Thursday to beat Pembroke’s 34 points and Kearsarge’s total of 25 points, but Bishop Brady was able to roll up 63 points to give the Pythons a 2-1 record in their first meet of the year. Python sophomore superstar Kelsi Lynde decided to take matters into her own hands as she took first place in three different events and then joined forces with teammates Melody Long, Emily Long, and Emily Spognardi to run away with first place in the 4 x 400 meter relay, as they won by almost 14 seconds. The Pelham girls were able to put up 31 points on the day, which had them beating Bishop Brady’s total of 27 points, but Kearsarge scored 56 points and Pembroke scored 51 points to put the Pelham girls record at 1-2.
Kelsi Lynde pulls away in the girls hurdles final
Eight different Python boys scored for Pelham in this quad meet, and junior Mike Bogochow led the way with 10 points. “Bogie” took first place in the 100-meter high hurdles and then broke the tape in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. The Pythons won three other events in the boys’ competition. Junior Cam Robidoux breezed to victory in the 100-meter dash, senior Bruce Vieira put on an exhilarating performance in romping in the 400-meter run (and he took fourth place in the 100-meter dash), and senior Mark Riddinger got his spring off to a flying start when he took first place in the triple jump and landed fourth place in the long jump. Junior Peter Chanelle tried out for track for the first time ever this spring, and it was thought that he was going to be doing the shot put, discus, or javelin, but Chanelle gave us a surprise when the two-way tackle on the football team steamed to a second place finish in the 200-meter dash. After seeing that, coach Tommy Babaian might have Chanelle returning punts and kickoffs next fall. Conor McColgan, another junior football player, center and linebacker, took second place in the shot put and another second in the triple jump. Ben Bradbury-Koster placed fourth in the 1600-meter run and Kevin Steele closed out the scoring with a fourth place finish in the 800-meter run.
Besides Kelsi Lynde’s 15-point performance that made up half of the Python girls total of 31 points, Emily Long had a terrific second place finish in the 400-meter run, and junior Emily Spognardi had a runner-up spot in the 1600-meter run, with Melody Long taking third place in the 1600-meter run. The Pelham girls last two scoring chances came when Shannon Oriole grabbed third place in the 400-meter dash, and her teammate Shannon Boyce was right behind her in fourth place.
The Pelham girls and boys track athletes will be hosting 12 other teams around the state this Saturday morning, April 18, at Harris Track and Field beginning at 9 a.m.
Taylor LaPointe gets ready to serve
Pelham coach Sean Corrigan didn’t get any special favors from the Class I schedule gods last Monday, as the first-year coach tried to get his Python girls ready to face powerhouse Hollis/Brookline in their season opener at Pelham High School. A swirling wind didn’t exactly help any, as Pelham’s first three singles players seemed to suffer the usual first-game jitters. By the time they settled down, the Cavaliers had built up some pretty significant leads that the Pelham girls could never recover from. Hollis/Brookline was able to get out of town with an 8-1 win over the Pelham girls, but Pelham coach Sean Corrigan saw plenty of good on the day. Corrigan said, “I wanted to get the girls together in the cafeteria right after school and then go out and hit for a while before our match, but the Hollis bus pulled into the parking lot right at 3 p.m. so we didn’t get our little practice in. Some of our girls came out just a little tight, being the season opener, but they got looser and better as their matches went on.” Junior Nicole Mastacouris was the lone winner for the Pythons as she annihilated her No. 6 singles opponent 8-zip, and she just might have been able to win her No. 3 doubles match later in the day but her racquet broke and she was forced to use another for three-quarters of the match. Senior captain Meghan Szmyt wasn’t that happy with losing her first match of the year to a very talented No. 1 Cavalier player, but she vowed to “Take no prisoners” starting Wednesday when the Monadnock Huskies were due in town for another Class I match. Szmyt is Pelham’s No. 1 singles player, but that also means that she’ll be meeting most of the top tennis players in the state this spring, and that’s not an easy thing.
Senior Shannon Krauss got down early but battled back in her No. 2 singles match, before falling 8-2. Junior Taylor LaPointe also played her best tennis on the day down the stretch, but also had to take an 8-2 defeat. Junior Jacky Ta retrieved long vollies in her match and was beaten 8-5 in the No. 4 singles, but not before she gave everything she had. Janelle Gordon lost her first ever varsity match at No. 5, before Nicole Mastacouris gave out a severe beating to her No. 6 singles opponent 8-0. Coach Corrigan said after, “Nicole had her game face on today. She was intense and I think she was giving the Cavaliers back, a little of what they were giving us earlier in the day. Nicole was just sensational.” Meghan Szmyt and Shannon Krauss lost the No. 1 doubles set 8-3, Taylor LaPointe and Jacky Ta dropped the No. 2 doubles contest 8-2, and Janelle Gordon and Nicole Mastacouris gave it the old college try before losing the No. 3 doubles match 8-5.
The Windham Youth Lacrosse U15 team traveled to the University of New Hampshire-Durham (UNH) this past weekend to take on Londonderry at Memorial Field in front of the Whittemore Center. Windham beat Londonderry 9-3, and the girls enjoyed a post game meal at the brand new UNH dining facility on campus. Shown are Colleen Slein, Jennifer Gardner, Melissa Cino, Kara Thomas, Kaylie Apkarian, and Alina Donnelly, all members of the U15A Cornell team.
Kayla Baily throwing strike after strike
The Pelham Python softball girls all looked pretty loose out there in a pre-season scrimmage against Bishop Guertin, and Pelham coach Todd Lozeau was pretty happy about the goings-on. His Python girls were hitting the ball quite well against Sarah Kelley and the other Bishop Guertin pitcher, but they still dropped the scrimmage 12-4 to the Class L school. Last Monday the Pythons had to get ready to kick off their 2009 Class I softball campaign against the defending state champs, Portsmouth, and their incredible pitcher Kortney Dorow. Walks and a few costly errors had the Clippers jumping out to a 7-0 lead after one inning before upping their cushion to 11-0 entering the third inning. Portsmouth would only collect six hits in this game, but Pelham coach Todd Lozeau went to the bullpen to put in senior Kayla Bailey for the last two innings, and Bailey just went out there and threw strikes and was able to keep Portsmouth off the scoreboard with a lot of pop-ups and fly balls. Senior co-captain April Blinn had an infield hit in the first inning, and Pelham wouldn’t get another base runner until the fourth inning when Kayla Bailey smashed a line drive single up the middle. Blinn made a couple of great catches of ball drilled to deep centerfield, and freshman shortstop Kathryn Mostone showed some nice range of gobbling up ground ball and then taking a couple of pop-ups in foul territory and down the left field line. Coach Todd Lozeau and his Python girls were looking to get all their bats rolling this Wednesday when the Hollis-Brookline Cavaliers were due for a game at Pelham High.
As a center Northern Cyclones hockey team out of Hudson, Mitchell Pelletier, a fourth grader at Pelham Elementary School, was the leader in goals scored this season. He accomplished 119 goals and 59 assists out of a team total of 279 goals in 58 games. Playing as center, he and his team accomplished three tournament championships during the 2008-2009 season. He has also qualified to be a part of the New England County Cup team representing New Hampshire out of Foxboro, MA, which will take place this May.
As well as hockey, Mitchell has a passion for baseball. He will soon begin his 2009 baseball season and has been fortunate enough to qualify for the Majors on the Tampa Bay Rays at the12-year-old level. But most importantly, Mitchell’s athletic accomplishments are still only second to his pride in maintaining an ‘A’ average in all of his fourth grade academics. His favorite subjects are math and spelling.
James Moran on the mound
Pelham manager Matt Stone saw his team opening up the Class I baseball season minus several of his key players, but he never makes excuses and instead uses who he has to get the job done. Starting catcher Bryan Toupin is still injured so Stone had to start the season with Louis Lebel behind the plate. Senior Dave Wesson started on the mound for Pelham, but too many walks and a couple of errors got mixed in with two hits, which had Portsmouth up 5-0 right off the bat. The Clippers added two more runs and led 7-0 after two innings, and Pelham would only muster a Joe Morin single and a Corey Coulliard triple during the five-inning game. James Moran came in to pitch in the third inning and Coulliard finished up, but Portsmouth would use just five hits, five errors, and a myriad of base on balls to take the opener 15-0 over the Pythons.
The Pythons will try and even their Class I record at 1-1 on Wednesday when the Hollis-Brookline Cavaliers come to town for a 4:15 game.
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