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Astros host Titans in loss
The Pinkerton grapplers opened their home season Dec. 19 against the Titans of Nashua North. It was expected to be a close meet, and the teams did not disappoint, with Nashua North prevailing by a score of 37-32.
Victorious for the Astros were Tyler Wilson (6-1), Seamus Dolan (pin), Dylan Barreiro (pin), Joey Lydick (6-5), Kevin Ell (10-9), Shayne McCann (16-1) and Brett Wilson (pin).
‘Backyard Brawl’ a hit
The Astro JV wrestling team’s “PA Backyard Brawl I” Dec. 16 was a big success.
More than 60 wrestlers from Timberlane, Windham and Winnacunnet wrestled in the Shepard Gym for 90 minutes of non-stop action on two mats.
Wrestling for Pinkerton were Ben Trickett (2 pins), Joey Lydick (3 pins), Seamus Dolan (2-0, 1 pin), Bryan Sullivan (2-0, 1 pin), Nathan Barnhart (major decision), Andrew Richardson, Zach Lombard, David Parrott (2 pins) , Jake Weishaar, Derek Wilson (pin), Derek Goulet, Zach Vigroux (pin), Aiden Cremin (decision), Keygan Nacos (pin) and Derek Low.
“PA Backyard Brawl II” will be Monday, Jan. 13. Wrestling will start at 6:30 p.m.
Astros open at home
In JV action, on Dec. 19, Pinkerton hosted the Nashua North Titans.
There were four matches. Winning by pin were freshman Aiden Cremin, Seniors David Parrott and Bryan Sullivan. Putting up a good fight in his first match ever was freshman Derek Goulet.
Pinkerton looks good at Jamboree
Seventeen Astro wrestlers took part in the JV Jamboree at Windham High School on Dec. 27. The team had a great outing.
Keygan Nacos, Derek Low, David Parrott, Seamus Dolan, Brian Sullivan and Ben Trickett led the Astros. Each of them won by winning all three of their matches, Aiden Cremin and Zach Vigroux registered second-place finishes in their brackets.
Nate Barnhart, Andy Richardson, Zach Lombard, Christian Sullivan and Gabe Bakis registered third-place finishes. Derek Proulx, Derek Goulet, Jake Weishaar and Dan Villa wrestled hard while representing Pinkerton.
Pinkerton rolls to victory
The Astros hosted a four-team meet Dec. 21 at Strikers East against Goffstown, Raymond and Sanborn. The Astros had a Standard 2 game total of 1385, earning the top seed for the Baker match.
Michael Komisarek rolled games of 114 and 159; Whitney Leyland scored 135 and 108; Andy Stock 157 and 111; David Pierson 152 and 156; and anchor bowler Raina Stobbs scoring a 119 and coming back with a 184.
Jordan Caux joined the varsity roster for the Baker match. In round 1, the Astros faced fourth-seed Sanborn winning in two games, 168-109 and 158-82. Pinkerton took all 4 points for the day, besting second-seed Raymond in two games, 123-97 and 162-103.
Astros keep bowling along
The Astros competed against Bishop Guertin and Laconia at Merrimack Ten Pin on Jan. 4.
Pinkerton had a Standard two-game total of 1656, earning a bye in the first round and the top seed for the Baker match. Michael Komisarek rolled games of 148 and 158; Whitney Leyland scored 125 and 145; Andy Stock, 165 and 169; David Pierson, 190 and 193; and anchor bowler Raina Stobbs scored a 172 and 191. Jordan Caux joined the varsity roster for the Baker match.
Pinkerton took all 4 points for the day, beating second-seed Bishop Guertin in two games, 147-120 and 157-125.
Pinkerton strikes hard
On Dec 21, the Astro JV team had a Standard two-game total of 179, earning top seed for their Baker match and a bye for the first round.
Alexandria Albano scored games of 137 and 149; Ritziko Linzi, 94 and 134; Natalie Fabrizio,128 and 135; Briana Murphy, 101 and 92; Jordan Caux, 155 and 154; and Austin Caux, 100 and 92.
The JV Astros faced the Raymond JV in the final, winning two of the three-game match, 96-70, 96-119 and 145-95.
Astros even their record
The Astro boys swim team moved to 2-2 on the season at Philips Exeter on Dec. 18 against Bedford (51-43) and Exeter (72-30).
Pinkerton got outstanding performances from Dylan Gerlach in the 100 fly and Larry Lister in the 200 Free Relay.
Pinkerton girls swim to 2-1-1
Pinkerton’s female swimmers took a loss and a tie at Philips Exeter on Dec. 18 against Bedford (72-26) and Exeter (51-51).
Exemplary performances came from Kaylee Perry, Micaela Capozzo, Laura Stenieich and Tess Wooodward in the 200 Free Relay.
There were qualifying performances by Sara Muller in the 500 free and Jocelyn Hutchison in the 200 free and 500 free.
Boys third, girls fourth
At the Holiday Invitational Jan. 4 the Astro girls took fourth place, the boys third place.
Girls scores were: Pinkerton 90, Souhegan 78; Pinkerton 132, Spaulding 24; Pinkerton 102, Timberlane 66;
Pinkerton 80, Bishop Guertin 89.
Boys scores were: Pinkerton 87, Souhegan 80; Pinkerton 131, Spaulding 10; Pinkerton 131, Timberlane 27; Pinkerton 78, Bishop Guertin 88.
Personal best times were achieved by Andrea Dichristoforo in the 100 free, Sara Muller in the 100 free, and Marcello Paiva in the 50 free and 100 free. Also, Jacquelyn Pierson in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke and Laura Stanieich in the 50 free and 100 breastroke.
For boys, it was Kyra Starinok in the 100 free, and Zach Denbow in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly.
Astros get good start
The red-and-white meet on Dec. 10 got the Pinkerton boys off to a great start. In the running events, Zach Cicio kicked the day off by winning the 55, with James Toohey and TJ Urbanik right on his heels. Joe Poggi ran a terrific 1000, coming in first and looks ready to contend for the state championship at the end of the season.
Connor Kwiecien dominated the field in the 600 and also looked very strong. In the 300, Devin Conway pulled off a late victory and looks to try to qualify in the 300 for the first time this season. Phil Parent ended the meet with a terrific 1500 and should be one of the top distance runners in the state.
The Pinkerton Boys track team had its first meet of the season Dec. 18 against Salem. Salem would win the meet 49.5-47.5, but a number of Pinkerton athletes had excellent performances.
The distance events were a strong point for the team where Nate Rees, Connor Kwiecien and Phil Parent took away first place in the 600, 1000 and 1500 meter. The highlight of the day was a fantastic performance out of John Davis, who won the shot put in a Division I leading throw of 44’ 5.5”, also good for the farthest throw of his track career.
Pinkerton wins first team meet
The Pinkerton boys traveled to Dartmouth College Dec. 21, for the first team meet of the season. The Astros came out firing on all cylinders, winning the meet with a score of 85, well ahead of second place Memorial with 35. The team also had 10 performances that qualified for the Division I meet at the end of the season.
Zach Cicio had a fantastic day, winning both the 55 and 300, while also anchoring the first-place 4x200 meter relay team. Noah Davis was eked at the line to take second place in the 1000, but looks poised for a breakout season. Connor Kwiecien and Nolan Cooney took first and third in the 600 finishing within a half second of each other.
In the 3000, Phil Parent commanded the race winning by a large margin and continuing right where his fantastic cross country season ended. In the 1500, Austin Smith had a great first race, taking second place and looks ready to make an impact late in the season. Finally, John Davis had a massive 2-foot personal record in the shot put to win the meet and stake his claim as the best thrower in Division I so far this year by a large margin.
Astros win at UNH
The Pinkerton boys track team competed at UNH Dec. 28 and came away victorious. The team scored 95 to outpace second place, Winnacunnet, who scored 48. Pinkerton came out with wins in a number of events.
Tom Hanlon started the team off right by winning the 3000, missing qualifying by only 3 seconds. Zach Cicio continued his winning ways, taking both the 55 and 300. In the 1000, Connor Kwiecien held off Noah Davis, good for first and second place. Finally, the 4x400 team outpaced the field and took the final first place of the day.
Pinkerton tops Salem
In a well-fought match, the Astro girls won beat Salem Dec. 18, 52-44.
Michaela Blackwell placed second in both the high jump and long jump. Jacque Greazzo placed third in the high jump.
Jacqui Wyka placed third in the high jump, first in the 600m. Following her in the 600 were Erin Coutts and Kristen Sobolewski, with a second- and third-place finishes.
Nora-Ann Robichaud placed third in the hurdles. Bela Fast placed second in the 55m. Veronica Sullivan, Danika Ashness, and Kaila Cote swept the 1000m.
Kayla Watson qualified in shot put with a throw of 32’ 21/4”. Sophie Rouge made the open-meet distance with a throw of 28’ 9 ½”. The Astros won the 4x400 and stayed close in the 4x100.
Pinkerton settles for fourth
On Dec. 21 at Dartmouth, the Astro girls ended the day fourth overall. Qualifying for the Division 1 state championship were: Morgan Sansing with a second-place finish of 10:38.02 in the 3000; Ariel Vaillancourt killed the 1500, qualifying with a first place finish of 4:51.07; Kayla Watson in the shot put , fourth for the day.
For open-meet qualifying times it was Sophie Rouge in shot put with a 29’02.5”. Jacqui Wyka, fighting off illness, was able to surpass the open-meet time and come within 1.6 seconds of qualifying, taking first in the 600m. Erin Coutts, right behind her in third place, is only 3.4 seconds from the qualifying time.
Kristen Sobolewski not only improved her throw in the shot put by a foot, but also ran in the 1000 with a 3:28.35 and had a strong showing as an alternate in the 4x400. Veronica Sullivan doubled in the 1000, and 4x400 as well helping the team to earn fifth place. Bela Fast is only 1.2 seconds off the open time for the 300m, winning her heat. Dani Tompkins took seventh in the 1500 in her first big meet with a 5:39.76. Freshman Hailey Hicks earned her first point for the team with a sixth-place finish in the high jump, 4’4”.
Lady Astros take second
On Dec. 28, the Astro girls took second with 71 points, only 9 points behind Winnacunnet. Ariel Vaillancourt broke the school record by five seconds in the 3000 with a qualifying win of 10:28. Jacqui Wykatook third in the 600 with a qualifying time of 1:45.8.
Morgan Sansingwas second in the 1500 with a qualifying time of 5:08.3. Michaela Blackwell qualified and jumped 15’11 to win the long jump.
In the 3000m, both Danika Ashness (11:43) and Olivia Tracy (11:57.9) broke the open-meet qualifying time, placing fourth and fifth. Michaela Blackwell won the high jump with a 4’10”.
Bela Fast was fifth in the 300. Kaila Cote was fifth in the 1500 with a time of 5:33.5. Jacqui Wyka and Aeriela Thornton were third and fifth in the long jump. Kayla Watson placed second in the shot put.
Pinkerton tops the field
At UNH Jan. 4, the Astros went away with the win.
In the 3000m, Pinkerton swept the first four spots: Morgan Sansing, 10:38, Olivia Tracy, 12:00, Haley McMullen, 12:07.6, and Kaila Cote, 12:24.1.
Michaela Blackwell was first in the long jump, 15’6”, third in the 55m dash, 7.9, and fifth in the 300, 46.6. Ariel Vaillancourt qualified and won the 1000m, 3:08.6, and doubling placed second in the 1500, 5:05.7. After the 3000, Morgan Sansing also doubled placing third in the 1500m, 5:12.2. Aeriela Thornton placed sixth in the 55m, 7.9, and ran a strong leg in the 4x400. Erin Coutts placed third in the 600m, 1:48.3, with another strong showing in the 4x400. Jacqui Wyka Qualified in the 1000 and placed second with a 3:14.1, also killing it in the 4x400. Danika Ashness placed fifth in the 1500 with a 5:34.2, with a strong finish.
Kayla Watson won third in the shot put, 31’05.
Astros fall to Nashua South
The varsity Astros had leading performances from Luke Rosinski with 20 points and 9 rebounds and David Faulks with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Nashua South Dec. 20.
But Pinkerton came up short against South, 68-55.
Pinkerton falls in holiday tourney
The varsity lost to Central Catholic in the first round of the Christmas tournament, 59-25. Luke Rosinksi had 9 points with 8 rebounds.
In the second game of the tournament, the Astros fell to Lawrence High, 67-42. David Faulks and Luke Rosinski each scored 12 points, while Jeremy Dietzel had 8 points with 4 assists and was given the Coach’s Award for the Commonwealth Christmas Tournament.
JV team loses close one
The JV Astros had a close game with Nashua South Dec. 20, losing on a put-back layup with no time remaining. The final score was 68-66 with South coming out on top.
Close but no cigar
In the freshmen Astros opener against Spaulding Dec. 19, they trailed until a late surge in the fourth put the Astros up by a bucket. With two minutes remaining, it was tied 39-39.
The Astros lost, 45-39. Pinkerton’s efforts were spearheaded by some great outside shooting by Matt Clark and Matt Anzivino, while Ryan Sigman and Austin Fields held it down in the paint.
Pinkerton wins, 47-24
On Dec. 20, the freshman Astros came out of the gate strong and had a comfortable lead over Nashua South at the half. The second half they breezed to a 47-24 victory with an all-around great team effort. Anthony Rivera gave a strong defensive effort, and Matt Clark was tenacious, as usual, on defense. Matt Richard had a strong effort with 10 points.
Winnacunnet tops Astros
The freshman played Winnacunnet Jan. 4and came up short, 56-50.
Matt Anzivino had 13 points, followed by Jeff Cole with 10 points. Austin Fields with 13 rebounds and Matt Richard had 7.
Lady Astros move to 2-0
On Jan. 4, the varsity Lady Astros hosted Alvirne and improved their record to 2-0 with a 48-42 win.
Colleen Fortier had 12 points while Corina Moore, Valerie Martin and Kayla Stacy all chipped in with 9 points apiece in the victory.
Astros top Lancers
The freshman Lady Astros opened up their season against Londonderry Dec. 19. After the first half, the Astros had the lead and would keep it for the remainder of the game, winning 30-19. Alivia Connors contributed 15 points, while Brianna Chabot had two 3’s at the buzzers, and had 8 points for the game.
Pinkerton wins opener
Pinkerton started off the season Dec. 16 against Goffstown, Souhegan, Hollis Brookline, and independents from Prospect Mountain, Milford, and Wilton. Pinkerton won the team competition with a 133.25. Goffstown was second with a 115.85, Souhegan was third with a 96.45, and Hollis Brookline came in fourth with a 59.5.
Pinkerton was led by senior and reigning state all-around champion Kaylee Pacunas. She won the all-around, vault, and beam. Also leading the team was Brittany Capozzi, coming in a close second in the all-around, winning the bars and floor. Kaylee and Brittany took first and second in all events, with Pinkerton sophomore Jackie Bogaczyk taking third on the beam and tying for first on floor with teammate Brittany Capozzi.
Freshman Julianna Corsetta was third on the bars and took fourth on the vault. Other standout performers included freshman Kylie Muzerall who contributed to the team score on the vault, beam (fourth), and floor. Rounding out the fierce five freshman class were Michelle George, Julianna Iarrobino, Elizabeth Bilodeau, who all made significant contributions.
Astros on top again
Pinkerton competed against Exeter, Manchester Central, Manchester West, Manchester Memorial, and John Stark Dec. 22. The Astros led the competition with a team score of 136 to Exeter’s 116, and Manchester Central’s 110.45.
Leading the way for Pinkerton was junior Brittany Capozzi, who dominated the balance beam and vault competition taking first place, scoring the highest mark on each event in Coach Burland’s four years at Pinkerton. Capozzi’s 9.4 on the beam and 9.375 on the vault were also personal bests. Capozzi took second on floor with an 8.9. She captured second on bars, and took first in the all-around with a personal best of 35.95.
Close behind Capozzi with a third-place finish in the all-around, was senior Kaylee Pacunas, putting up a 34.05. Pacunas also clinched the bar title, and tied for third on the vault with standout freshman Kylie Muzerall. Muzzeral also secured third place on the floor exercise.
Astros settle for a tie
The Astros opened their season with a tie at Memorial Dec. 16, 2-2.
The Astros opened the scoring midway through the second as captain Ryan Christie finished off a strong individual effort. Memorial answered 4 minutes later. Junior Ethan Landry put Pinkerton ahead with 24 seconds left on a feed from Christie and sophomore Tyler Poole, but the Astros were unable to wrap up the win as the Crusaders scored with 4 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Sean Hall recorded 29 saves in his first career start.
Astros can’t handle Central
The varsity Astros fell, 3-1, to Central Dec. 18
Central opened their season strong scoring two goals in the first 1:31 of the game to take a 2-0, which proved to be too large a deficit for Pinkerton to overcome. Senior Bailey Walsh scored 28 seconds into the second period on the power play to cut the lead in half, but Pinkerton was unable to take advantage of additional powerplay opportunities. Central put the game away at the 13:59 mark of the third period as Noah Duplessis was credited with Central’s third goal.
Brendan Murphy had 15 saves.
Pinkerton falls to Bedford
The JV Astros opened their season Dec. 16 with a 5-2 loss to Bedford. Liam Rooney and Tim Cronin scored Pinkerton’s goals. Jordan Puzzo was outstanding in goal with 32 saves.
Astros earn first win
The JV Astros notched their first win of the season on Wednesday defeating Berwick Academy, 10-0. Colin Philippon led the way, scoring 4 of the goals. Kailee DeCosmo had a hat trick while Tim Cronin, Eddie Welch and Liam Rooney each scored a goal.
Kenny Chamberlain led the defense and contributed 3 assists. Chris Ronan made 10 saves in net for the shutout.
Pinkerton loses in OT
The JV Astros started fast Dec. 19 against Exeter, posting a 2-0 lead after one period. Despite several excellent scoring opportunities in the next two periods, they did not score again.
Exeter tied the game at the 4-minute mark and won in overtime, 3-2. Tim Cronin scored both goals for the Astros on assists from Trent Parker on the first one and Kailee DeCosmo on the second. Chris Ronan and Jordan Puzzo split time in goal and made several excellent saves.
period: Salem goal (PP)- 8:30 Kyle Nagri assisted from Paul Antkowiak Salem goal- 2:22 Paul Antkowiak assisted from Cody Coucy 3rd period: Salem goal- 11:39 John Gray assisted from Don Garbin Salem goal- 3:24 Kyle Svenson unassisted PA saves- Brendan Murphy 13 Salem- Sam Macdonald 15