---- — Pinkerton lax team has high expectations
DERRY — Pinkerton Academy saw 81 candidates for its varsity boys lacrosse team. Last year’s team went 19-2 on the season, losing in the state finals to Bishop Guertin.
There are 12 returning starters. They include: Jake Lisauskas, senior, midfield; Brett Connal, senior, defense; Sean Delea, senior, midfield; Matt Madden, senior, defense; Evan Sweeney, senior, attack; Austin Maylor, senior, midfield; Todd Billetter, junior, attack; Ryan Burke, junior, defense; Jack Hanaway, junior, midfield; James Tulley, sophomore, midfield; Cam Richard, sophomore, defense; Brett Dattilo, sophomore, midfield.
There are two returning lettermen, junior Cam Hayward in goal and senior Garrett Faino at midfield.
Top newcomers are senior Bailey Walsh and freshman Brandon Tettler.
Others to watch are: Patrick Thompson, junior; Cam Peredna, junior; Nick Richard, junior; Sam Ward, junior; Steve Tewksbury, junior; Jason Paris, junior; Mason Barchard, sophomore; Peter Sweeney, sophomore; Sean Donohue, sophomore; John Durant, sophomore; Bradd Ross, sophomore; Matt Webber, sophomore; Nick Coombs, freshman; Drew Strople, freshman; Ryan Albrecht, freshman; Kyle Fortier, freshman; Sam Goudreault, freshman; Adam Morin, freshman; Connor Kennedy, freshman; Connor Delea, freshman; Liam Rooney, freshman.
The season opener is away against Concord High School on April 14.
Coach Brian O’Reilly is in his 32nd year and has a 433-128 record.
“Our expectations are to compete for a championship,” O’Reilly said. “This team has a high lacrosse IQ and solid skills. Defense, goaltending, faceoffs, and attack will carry the team.”
Calling all very young baseball players
DERRY — This is the last week for T-ball registration; get in before it closes Friday.
Grasshopper Baseball registration begins May 5 for ages 5 to 9 at the Derry Parks & Recreation Department, 31 West Broadway.
T-ball is for youngsters ages 4 to 7 as of May 1, 2014.
The fee for residents is $25, $45 for nonresidents. Each additional family member is $10.
T-ball is a fun, instructional program introducing the fundamentals of the sport in a non-competitive atmosphere.
The program follows a set schedule with games occurring twice weekly. Weather permitting, the season will begin the first week in May. Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to participate in this program.
Call the Derry Parks & Recreation Department at 432-6136.
The fees are the same for Grasshopper Baseball, a fun, instructional program introducing the fundamentals of the sport of baseball in a non-competitive atmosphere.
The program follows a set schedule with games occurring twice weekly beginning in July.
Children who participate in any competitive baseball league are not eligible for this program. A birth certificate is required upon registering all 5-year-old participants. For more information, call 432-6136.
Local athletes earn awards at Keene
KEENE — The Little East Conference office announced its 2013-2014 Winter All-Academic Teams.
The conference honored student-athletes in its five winter championship sponsored sports: men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and women’s swimming and diving. To earn a spot on the squad, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher through the 2013 fall semester and be at least a sophomore academically and athletically.
Among the students honored were Cara Colotti of Londonderry, majoring in education, and Samantha Goldsmith of Derry, majoring in elementary education.
Astro tennis team faces rebuilding year
DERRY — Pinkerton named its varsity boys tennis team.
Thirty athletes tried put and 12 made the team, coach Brian Hashem said.
There are four returning starters: senior Sean Hall, senior Connor Marston, senior Joshua Moser and junior Jack Bisson.
Other returning varsity players include senior Arlo Wetherbee and junior Tyler Busby.
Promising newcomers include sophomore William McCarthy, sophomore Kayke Alvers, junior Louis St. Onge, junior Jacob macro, freshman Tate Pinyochon and freshman Wyatt Hoppa.
“After losing our four top players, we are looking to gain experience and work hard to improve our play,” Hashem said.