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December 19, 2013

Basketball, hockey previews

Astros, Lancers ready for the winter season

Here’s a look at the winter ahead in boys and girls basketball and high school hockey for Pinkerton Academy and Londonderry High School.

Girls basketball

Londonderry

2012-2013 season: 17-6, lost in division semifinals

Returning starters (2): Aliza Simpson, 5-9, senior, guard; Casey Evans 5-10, junior, forward

Returning lettermen: Jordan Marett, 5-10, senior, guard; Liz Caron, 5-9, senior, forward; Taylor Collins, 6-2, senior, forward; Kim Radzelovage, 6-1, senior, forward; Brittany Roche, 5-11, junior, forward; Noelle Lambert, 5-4, junior, guard; Jenna Conroy, 5-2, junior, guard; Ashley Berube, 6-0, sophomore, forward

Newcomers: Tara Burke, 5-11, junior, forward; Kate Malcom, 5-6, sophomore, guard; Jackie Luckhardt, 5-7, sophomore, guard; Kelsey Coffey, 5-8, freshman, guard

Captains: Aliza Simpson, Jordan Marett, Liz Caron

Candidates: 37

Returning leaders: Aliza Simpson 16.9 ppg; Casey Evans 11.1 ppg

Returning honorees: Aliza Simpson, Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer; Casey Evans, Division 1 HM

Fast facts: Senior guard Jaime King who started last year, transferred to Souhegan. Jenna Conroy, a 5-2 junior guard, suffered a knee injury but may return late in the season. Tara Burke transferred from Lawrence Academy. Assistant Ian Horseman was the JV coach at Nashua South last year. Aliza Simpson has signed with UNH.

Assistants: Ian Horseman, varsity; Nick Theos (JV), Stan Miller (freshmen)

Coach John Fagula (11th year, 167-64; 31st year overall, 598-136): “It hurt us a little bit to lose Jaime King and Jenna Conroy. But we’ve had a couple of younger guards step up from the JV. I think we’re a little stronger inside (than in recent years). Simpson makes everyone look good.”

Pinkerton

2012-2013 season: 18-4, lost in Division 1 first round

Returning starters (5): Kayla Stacy, 5-4, senior, guard; Brandi Bonneau, 5-5, senior, guard; Corina Moore, 5-6, senior, guard; Colleen Fortier, 5-8, senior, forward; Val Martin, 5-10, junior, forward

Returning lettermen: Melissa Martel, 5-4, junior, guard; Emilie LaLiberte, 5-5, junior, guard; Marissa Stacy, 5-4, sophomore, guard; Sara McLeman, 5-8, sophomore, forward

Newcomers: Andrea Albrecht, 5-8, senior, guard; Jaime Caron, 5-8, junior, forward; Faolain Harrington, 5-8, sophomore, guard; Victoria Overko, 5-6, freshman, guard

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