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Central outlasts Astros
The varsity Astros were outscored 4-1 by Central last week in the first half. Pinkerton rebounded and scored 3 in the second to send the game to overtime.
The Little Green came away with the 5–4 win.
Young Astros triumph
The freshmen Astros beat Central High School, 3-1.
Cobi Moore, Connor Delea, John Hodsdon and Eddie Welch scored for Pinkerton. The defensive line battled aggressively all game with Astros center fullback Cooper Cela dominating the ball in the air.
Lady Astros drop one
The Astros took on their toughest competition so far this season when an undefeated Manchester Central came to play Sept. 25.
The Little Green started the scoring early with a goal two minutes into the game. Ten minutes later, midfielder Rachel Wood was taken down inside the box and took advantage of the penalty kick opportunity to tie the game at 1-1. Later in the second half ,Nicole Gonya set up a nice cross that Central played into the back of their own net to give the Astros the 2-1 advantage into half.
Then, Central broke down Pinkerton’s defense and took over the scoring action in the second half to end the game. 5-2. Aggressive play by goalie Julia Bousquet kept the Astros in contention for the majority of the game.
Pinkerton bounces back
On Thursday, the Lady Astros played a very good first half against Central and took a 1–1 game in the second half into overtime.
In the second overtime, the Astros found the back of the net for the 2–1 win.
Katy Ann Grochmal scored in the second half off of a pass from Aeriela Thornton and in overtime Katy Ann Grochmal made a nice outlet pass to Avery Drouin who scored her first varsity goal for the game winner.
Junior Astros are rolling
The JV Lady Astros remain undefeated with a 4-0 victory over Central High School.
The Astros came out strong, scoring three goals in the first half. JoJo Morse scored first off a great pass by Marissa Clark.
Sabrina Thomas scored two in a row with her left foot, with assists from Morse and Emily Hallee. Kyra Stariknok added another goal in the second half.
Allison Salema, Kasey Russo, Erin Batchelder, and Megan Jarvis played tight defense.
Pinkerton blanks Londonderry
The JV Lady Astros went to 8-0 after beating a tough, undefeated Londonderry team.
Allison Salema and Megan Jarvis played tough defense throughout the game and Molly Gingras made some crucial saves in net. Emily Hallee scored the only goal of the game on a penalty kick in the second half. Marissa Clark and Sabrina Thomas also put in a great effort.
In a back-and-forth game, Londonderry and Pinkerton traded punches in a hard fought defensive battle. With nine shots each on net, both teams played outstanding defensive soccer. Katy Ann Grochmal finally broke through off of a cross from Hannah Smith with less than 19 minutes to player. Keeper Sammy Mitchell made two key saves in net to propel the Astros to the victory.
Spike that, Central
The Lady Astros traveled to Central Sept. 25 and came away with the 3–0 win by scores of 25-13, 25-10, and 25-8.
Elizabeth Hicks had 11 service points and 7 aces. Kelsey Cummings had 10 service points and 6 aces. Brittany Capozzi had 5 service points and an ace. Courtney Collins led with 5 kills, Olivia Mathieu with 7 digs, and Elizabeth Hicks had 9 assists in the win.
Astros improve to 5-2
The JV Lady Astros improved to 5-2 on the season with a win against Manchester Central Sept. 25. the scores were 25-16 and 25-22.
The Astros had a great serving match. Maggie Gildea, Bianca Herlihy, Sarah Hicks, Jocelyn Dennis, Samantha Donahue, and Victoria Walder all contributed multiple aces during the competition.
Baylie Scheibert and Cheyenne Wright made some fantastic digs during the match. Sarah Hicks and Whitney Leyland hustled all over the floor as the setters and came up with seven and five assists, respectively.
Brenna Thibodeau, Evan Duval, and Carly McDonough were all great forces at the net for the Astros.
The JV Lady Astros fell to cross-town rivals the Londonderry Lancers Saturday. The Astros were defeated in a hard-fought battle.
Londonderry won by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 9-15.
Long Red Line is fourth
Pinkerton’s Long Red Line placed fourth among the top teams from all over New England. They dominated the New Hampshire teams.
Running amazing times were Phil Parent in eighth with a 16:10, Tom Hanlon 30th with a 16:48, Owen Clark 33rd with a 16:54, Connor Kwiecien 17:01, Nick Sevilla 17:02, Nick Pietrocarlo 17:08, and Austin Smith 17:09.
Top five teams were: 1. Darien, Conn.; 2. Bishop Hendricken, R.I.; 3. South Burlington, Vt.; 4. Pinkerton Academy; 5. Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Pinkerton is runner-up
In the JV race, Joe Poggi was Pinkerton’s top finisher in fifth place with a 17:26.
Other terrific performances would include Nate Rees, Sam Lanternier, Matt Robinson, Ryan Lynch, and Nick White, and Ryan Walsh.
The JV team was runner-up out of 40 teams.
It’s third for Pinkerton
In the freshman race, the Astros placed third. Leading the way were Calvin Graves and Jon L’Abbe placing in the top 10 out of 200 runners.
Trailblazers make their mark
The varsity Trailblazers competed in the Elite Race and had some very big performances.
Individually, Morgan Sansing run an outstanding race, finishing fifth overall with a time of 19:15. That time makes her the fastest Division I girl of the day. In addition, she ran the fastest time by a Pinkerton sophomore ever on the course and was only 4 seconds off the best performance by a Pinkerton cross-country runner ever on Derryfield, Ashley Morganstern who ran a 19:11 to win the Class L Championship in 2005.
Also running very strong races for the Trailblazers were Taylor Lacey, who finished second for the team with a time of 20:28 making her the 13th fastest Division I girl on the day. Kaila Cote also ran a strong performance with a time of 21:13. Ariel Vaillancourt and Danika Ashness rounded out the scoring team for the Trailblazers.
Team scores were: 1. Coe-Brown, 77; 2. Champlain Valley, 82; 3. Glastonbury, 100; 4. Simsbury, 115; 5. Souhegan, 147; 6. Oyster River, 149; 7. Bishop Guertin, 153; 8. Conard, 167; 9. Pinkerton, 173; 10. Essex, 179.
Trailblazers do well at Elite
In the JV race, the Trailblazers ran just four runners, so were not able to score in the event.
Veronica Sullivan was the first Trailblazer in, earning a medal, finishing 16th out of 259 in the race with a personal best of 22:04 at Derryfield. Other strong performances came from Amanda Kiley, Vivienne Rouge, and Olivia Tracy.
Pinkerton’s freshman team had an outstanding day, winning the freshmen race with a low score of 35 points.
First in for the Trailblazers, running the fifth fastest time by a freshmen ever on 2.1-mile course was Sara Muller with a time of 13:58.
Also making the all-time fastest freshmen list with the sixth and seventh fastest times on the course were Sadie Farnsworth and Samantha Mangano, who ran 14:04 and 14:06, respectively. Danielle Tompkins and Kirsten Monteforte made up the scoring team for the freshmen.
Team scores: 1. Pinkerton, 35; 2. Londonderry, 59; 3. Hanover, 126; 4. Alvirne, 131; 5. Timberlane, 136; 6. Nashua North, 163; 7. Greely, 180; 8. Goffstown, 183; 9. Manchester Memorial, 195; 10. Burlington, 213.
Astros shut out Concord
The varsity Lady Astros blanked Concord Sept. 23, 3-0.
Haley Harrington, Erin Johnston and Kaylie DeCosmo scored for the Astros. Assists came from Sam Day, Elizabeth Tveter and Jessica Cote.
Jordan Dudley had four saves in net.
Jessica McCully, Gabby Guerard and Samantha Day played aggressively for the Astros.
Pinkerton earns a win
The JV Lady Astros also came away with the win on Monday, 1–0. Mackenzie Pierce, Emily Moser, and Kristina Santuccio all played well.
Abby Amato scored the lone goal. Ali Benway had one save in net.
Astros top Lancers
The JV Lady Astros and lady lancers squared off Saturday and Pinkerton took the win, 3-2.
Maddy Lolicata had 2 goals for the Astros, while Kailee Robinson added the other goal. Bailee Freeman played good defense in the win.
Young Astros come close
The freshman Lady Astros lost, 3-2, to North.
Sarah Norwick, Emma Bennet, Hailey Hicks and Camille Preble led the way offensively, helping to push the ball up the field.
Defensively, Jackie Guinto, Christina Giannopoulous and Naomie Marshall stepped up to help shut North down in the second half.
Astros roll over Salem
On Sept. 23, the JV Astros hosted Salem and dominated, 44-0. The win brings Pinkerton’s record to 2-1 overall.
Despite two touchdowns called back, Pinkerton rolled over Salem.
Tyler Gendron had a huge run of 75-yard touchdown run and Mike Curley and Matt Allard played well on both sides of the ball.
Pinkerton defeats Londonderry
Cross-town rivals Pinkerton and Londonderry met during Mack Plaque events. The freshman Astros won, 44-8.
Playing well for the Astros were Christian Gendreau, Ryan Phillbotte, Matt Payan, Kyle Fortier and Nate Barnhart.
Astros don’t land finals spot
The Astro Anglers put forth a good effort on Thursday, but finished in the middle of the pack this time around and did not qualify for this year’s final.
Matthew Sullivan landed a respectable 2.45-pound large mouth bass.
Astros drop second straight
Pinkerton failed to capture a win for a second straight match, losing to Central, Bishop Guertin and Concord.
The Astros were led by sophomore Marshall Halpin, who shot a 5 over par 39.
Pinkerton moves to 6-5
The JV Astro golf team traveled to Whipoorwill in Hudson Sept. 25 to take on Alvirne and Merrimack.
Final match results were Merrimack 218, Alvirne 241 and Pinkerton 242.
David Currier led the Astros with a 47; Keagan Nacos and Caitlin Menzie shot 48. The team now stands at 6-5 on the season.