, Derry, New Hampshire

February 7, 2013


Derry News



Astros are Number One

The Pinkerton boys indoor track team successfully defended the Division I title this weekend in an incredibly close meet with Nashua North.

The meet started with Pinkerton apparently winning the boys 4x800 relay. The excitement was short lived after it was discovered they handed off outside the zone and were disqualified.

But Pinkerton athletes persisted. Mark Franklin and Sam Webber stepped up in the high jump, taking second and fourth place. John Davis also had a personal record in the shot-put to take sixth place.

Pat Chabot ran an awesome 3000, taking third place with a really strong final lap kick. Next up was the 55, with Zach Cicio seeded fifth in the finals. He had a big personal record to take third place.

The combination of Chris Poggi, Joe Poggi and Nate Rees took the 1000 by storm, racking up 17 points placing first, third and sixth.

Connor Kwiecien ran a tough 600, taking second place in a very fast race. In the 300, Zach Cicio would step up again, coming in second place and running one of the fastest times in school history.

The 4x400 was next up, doing what they did all season and taking a commanding victory to give the team a one-point lead going into the 4x200. This meant that whichever 4x200 came out in front would win the meet. In a close race, the Pinkerton boys ran the second fastest time in school history to win the race and the meet.

Complete results are available at


Pinkerton sixth at state meet

The Astros girls placed sixth in the state meet on Sunday with only 11 girls competing. The girls fought hard for every point. There were many personal records and proud moments along the way.

Michaela Blackwell made it to the finals for the dash, where she placed seventh with a 7.71 second run. In the long jump, Michaela was consistent with her new personal record from last week and jumped 16 feet 1 1/2 inches for a fourth-place finish.

Jacqui Wyka ran an excellent 600m race, passing Merrimack in the last 50 meters to take fourth in Division 1 with a 1:42.16. Carli Davis and Ariel Vaillancourt both ran the 1000m after competing in the 4x800. They both moved up two places from where they were ranked in Division 1.

Morgan Sansing took third in the 3000 and set a new personal record with 10:41.56. Siobhan McLaughlin went out hard and moved up in the rankings for the 3000m run. She was only 1 second off her personal record set earlier this season.

Morgan and Siobhan also ran the 1500m race later in the day. Doubling in the distance events is not easy. Morgan showed her tough competitive spirit fighting for a spot and running down Bedford. She was only 3 seconds off her season personal record. Siobhan left everything out on the track.

Kayla Watson stayed consistent with a strong throw in the shot put, earning a fourth-place finish in her first season of track.

In the 4x800, Ariel Vaillancourt, Felicia Dowling, Erin Coutts and Carli Davis took third and missed the school record by one second. Each girl brought her time down by almost 2 seconds to get a personal record for the season of 9:58.54.

In the 4x400, Felicia Dowling, Carli Davis, Jacqui Wyka and Erin Coutts, less than a second off their personal record for the season, ran a 4:24.73. They placed second in their heat and made Merrimack work for the win.

In the 4x200, Andrea Albrecht, Aeriela Thornton, Erin Coutts and Michaela Blackwell were also 1 second off their personal record for the season.



Astros strike again

Pinkerton beat host Goffstown, Spaulding andf Hollis-Brookline Feb. 2

The Astros were down two bowlers; both Raina Stobbs and Andy Stock were injured. Pinkerton captured the number one seed with a total of 1,877 pins in the Standard Match with games of 939 and 938.

Whitney Leyland bowled games of 159 and 171, Primo Lombardi 216 and 146, Benjamin Campbell 184 and 225, Zakkery Salvo 149 and 196, and Nick Stilian scoring over 200 for both games with a 231 and 200.

The Astros faced number four seed Goffstown in round 1 of the Baker. The Astros won in two games, 142-126 and 212-132.

They faced number two seed Spauling in round 2, winning two out of three games. Spaulding won the very close first game, 163-161, but Pinkerton came back fighting with games of 181-151 and 188-124, taking first place.


Junior Astros roll on

The Astro JV bowlers also captured the number one seed Feb. 2 with a total of 1,397 pins in the Standard Match with games of 675 and 722.

Ritziko Linzi bowled games of 129 and 126, Alexandria Albano 131 and 153, Natalie Fabrizio 131 and 143, Jordan Caux 135 and 112, and Michael Komisarek 149 and 188.

The JV Astros faced number four seed Spaulding JV-1 in round 1 of the Baker, winning in two games, 120-77 and 161-72.

In round 2, the Astros faced number two seed Spaulding JV-2. Spaulding won the very close first game, 110-109. But Pinkerton came back fighting with games of 141-104 and 147-129 to take first place.


Astros lose close one

The Astros dropped a hard-fought game, 2-1, to Trinity High Jan. 31.

The game was played with a lot of intensity on both sides, but it was Trinity that was able to convert on a late breakaway to secure the win.

The Astros came out flying but could not get enough pucks on the Trinity net and ended the period down 1. There was no scoring in the second period.

In the third, the only offense the Astros could muster was a funny bounce on a dump in by Ethan Landry that beat the Trinity goalie to tie the game. The game winning goal was scored with just over two minutes to play.

Nate Mitchell was solid once again in the net for the Astros with 30 saves.

Pinkerton ices Bishop Brady

The Astros got back on the winning track on Saturday with an 8-2 win over Bishop Brady.

The Astros started slowly. They trailed 2-0 after the first period before taking a 3-2 lead at the end of the second period and adding five more goals in the third for the win.

Senior captain Dominic Corsetto led the way with two goals and an assist. Devin Moore added a goal and three assists.

Matt Marchman earned the win for the Astros in goal after relieving starter Nate Mitchell. Marchmann had 23 saves, Mitchell had one.



Astros top Lancers

Pinkerton Academy’s wrestlers overcame a 12-point deficit in the final three matches to defeat Londonderry by a 43-36 score last week.

It was a seesaw battle as the Astros lost the first three matches and fell behind, 18-0.

Jean Luc Lemieux, Dakota Krol and Brenden Sullivan pinned their opponents, tying the score at 18-18.

Londonderry countered by winning the next two matches by fall and took a 30-18 lead. Pinkerton’s Tony Messina then received a forfeit at 160 and Dylan Barreiro put forth a magnificent effort, winning his match 1-0. That allowed the Astros to pull within 3 points of Londonderry, 30-27.

Londonderry then won the next match by fall, making the score 36-27. Kevin Ell then scored a major decision over his opponent, tightening the meet score at 36-31.

Astros Kyle Olsen and Cam Crowell then picked up forfeits to secure the victory.

Astros look good

In two meets on Saturday, Eric Daigle, Brenden Sullivan, Jean-luc Lemieux, Brett and Tyler Wilson, Dylan Barreiro, Hunter Morris and Cam Crowell all went undefeated.


Astro JV hangs tough

In JV action on Saturday, John Durant wrestled a huge match, beating last year’s state runner-up from Timberlane, 7-0.

All the JV Astros had strong performances, with Nick Messina and Vinny Matrumalo wrestling twice.




Pinkerton powers along

The Lady Astros upped their season record to 11-0 by defeating Merrimack, 57-34.

They played without captain Sam Breslin, who was out with an injury. The Astros struggled in the first half, leading by just one point, 20-19.

A strong defensive effort by Courtney Collins and Skyla Gorman off the bench helped the team regain its confidence. Kayla Stacy led the team in scoring, with all of her 22 points coming in the second half. She was 11-12 from the free throw line. Coleen Fortier was next with 10, followed by Val Martin with 8.

Astros undefeated

The Lady Astros took on Timberlane and after shooting a cold 18 percent in the first quarter, Pinkerton defeated Timberlane, 51-45, to remain undefeated at 12-0.

Marissa Stacy was a nice spark off the bench with two three-point shots. Val Martin, Kayla Stacy, Brandi Bonneau rounded out the scoring for Pinkerton.

Colleen Fortier took two defensive charges.

Thirteen’s a lucky number

Pinkerton’s Lady Astros improved to 13-0 by defeating Londonderry, 55-44.

The team regrouped from the injury of team captain and senior Sam Breslin to play exceptional defense and unselfish offense.

Kayla Stacy ran the offense from the point position. Corina Moore rebounded and dribble penetrated. Val Martin and Colleen Forteir were awesome on offense. Unsung hero Brandi Bonneau was a defensive ace against UNH-bound star Aliza Simpson.


Make that eight in a row

The JV Lady Astros earned their eighth straight win with a 45-18 victory over Merrimack.

Samantha McGrath had a tremendous game defensively and scored 8 points for the Astros.

Astros go to 11-1

The JV Lady Astros ran their record to 11-1 with a 56-8 victory over Timberlane.

Samantha McGrath had 10 points in the win. Jaime Caron and Amanda Szostak combined for 17 points.

Lancers top Astros

The JV Lady Lancers defeated their Pinkerton counterparts last week. 44-28.

Astros Samantha Davis and Melanie George combined for 11 points in the loss.


Pinkerton prevails

The freshman Lady Astros hosted Bedford Jan. 31 and came away with the 44-33 win.

Brook Giddings had 10 key points to spark the team. Kaitlyn Meskell added 16 points, while Ali Davis had big rebounds in the win.



Merrimack takes home a win

The varsity Astros hosted Merrimack Jan. 29 and lost.

Pinkerton got 16 points from Cam Welch and 9 points from Scott Bradley. But that was not enough; the Astros lost, 58–42.

Lancers triumph over Astros

The varsity team hosted Londonderry on Feb. 1.

In a closely contested match throughout, the Astros found themselves down at the half.

Despite a comeback in the third quarter, it was not enough as the Astros lost, 65–55.

Astro Scott Bradley had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Cam Welch added 18 points and 10 rebounds for Pinkerton.


Quick start, but a loss

The JV Astros got off to a fast start against Merrimack last week.

Pinkerton lead 11-5 at the end of the first quarter, but was unable to hold on to the lead late in the game and lost, 49-46.

Londonderry beats Pinkerton

The JV Astros lost to the JV Londonderry Lancers last week, 44–35.

Eric Fyfe lead Pinkerton scorers with 10, followed by Sam Dolan with 8.


Astros lose after leading

The freshman Astros got off to a good start against Timberlane Jan. 31. Pinkerton had a 22-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Timberlane took the lead in the second quarter. Despite pulling back in front by one at the end of the third, the Astros were not able to hold the lead in the fourth and lost, 53–51.

Unified Basketball

Pinkerton’s unified team traveled to Hudson last week to take on Alvirne.

The Astros got off to a quick start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter, followed by 8 in the second and fourth, and another 10 in the third on their way to the 36–18 win.

Adam LaPerriere, Keesha Myette, and Amanda Clark played well in the win.



Astros are undefeated

Pinkerton competed in a quad meet against Salem, Londonderry and Keene.

Pinkerton won with a 137.3, Salem was second with a 132.6, Londonderry third with a 124.9, and Keene was fourth with a 118.7.

Kaylee Pacunas once again led the way for the Astros by winning the all-around with a 35.85. She placed second on vault and bars, third on floor, and tied for first on the balance beam.

Teammate Brittany Capozzi scored a 9.2. Brittany Capozzi also won the floor with a 9.05. Sophomore Amanda Cioli took second in floor, and third on beam.

The Pinkerton Astros remain undefeated, and cap off the season with a home meet Feb. 7 against Bishop Guertin, Goffstown and Souhegan.