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Lady Astros open with a win
The varsity Lady Astros traveled to Nashua on Dec. 7 for their season-opener.
Pinkerton started the season well by defeating Nashua North, 45-38.
Colleen Fortier and Kayla Stacy led the scoring. Sam Breslin was the floor leader and Brandi Bonneau got the most floor burns. Corina Moore was great off the bench in all aspects of the game.
Astros down Dover
On Dec. 11, the Lady Astros defeated host Dover, 62-44.
Val Martin scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the third quarter to break the game open.
Sam Breslin had 10 points, Colleen Fortier 14, Kayla Stacy 7, and Brandi Bonneau 11.
Make that three in a row
The Lady Astros continued their winning ways Dec. 14, beating Winnacunnet.
The starting five, made up of Sam Breslin, Brandi Bonneau, Kayla Stacy, Colleen Fortier and Val Martin, provided balanced scoring and great full-court defensive pressure.
Skyla Gorman, Corina Moore and Courtney Collins did a great job coming off the bench.
Sara McLeman and Marissa Stacy scored their first varsity points in their young careers.
Pinkerton doubles foe’s score
The JV Lady Astros won their first game of the season with a 40-20 victory over Nashua South Dec. 7.
Sarah McLeman and Jaime Caron combined for 19 points.
Make that 2-0
The Pinkerton JV girls won their second game of the season Dec. 11 with a convincing 43-29 victory over Dover.
Marissa Stacy led the way with 11 points. Morgan Hazelton added 8 points.
Astros squeak past Spaulding
The freshman Lady Astros had their season-opener Dec. 10 at home against a tough team from Spaulding. They won, 24-21.
The Lady Astros played tough defense with Ali Davis, Olivia Mathieu, Brittany Gagnon and Bayley Scheibert being standouts on the defensive end.
Top scorer for the day was Kaitlyn Meskell with 10 points.
Young Astros stage comeback
The freshman Lady Astros traveled to Nashua on Dec. 15 to take on Bishop Guertin.
Despite trailing at the half, the Lady Astros had a great comeback to win, 55-49.
Brittany Gagne had 20 points with great hustle. Kaitlyn Meskell and Olivia Mathieu had a great game rebounding.
Winnacunnet tops Astros
Pinkerton’s varsity boys dropped one to Winnacunnet Dec. 14, 66-58.
The Astros had balanced scoring. Cam Welch had 15 points and Scott Bradley had 10. Justin Scott, Luke Testa and Luke Rosinski chipped in 9 points apiece.
Pinkerton led most of the game, but ran out of gas in the fourth period.
The Astros were down 2 with a minute 30 seconds, but had to foul and lost by 8 points to the senior-laden Winnacunnet Warriors.
Young Astros win opener
The freshman Astros had some first-game jitters in their season-opener against Spaulding.
But the young team overcame that and won, 48-26.
Ben Olson stood out as a dominant force inside for the Astros in the win.
Astro bowlers No. 1 seed
On Dec. 8, Merrimack, Sanborn, Pinkerton and Raymond bowlers met. The Pinkerton varsity bowlers were the number one seed with a total of 1,721 for the standard games.
Andy Stock had games of 122 and 134; Raina Stobbs 157 and 130; Ben Campbell 14l and 193; Zakk Salvo 180 and 236; and Nick Stilian 256 and 172. Extra bowler Primo Lombardi had games of 150 and 182.
Pinkerton had a 919 first series and an 856 second for a total of 1,775 giving Pinkerton top team total for standard, number one seed and a bye for the Baker match.
Pinkerton then went on to win the next two games 184 to 131 and 180 to 155.
Junior Astros fall short
In a matchup Dec. 8 with Merrimack, Sanborn, Pinkerton and Raymond, the junior Astro bowlers lost both standard games to Merrimack, 710-690 and 843-652.
Jordan Caux had games of 113 and 116; Alexandria Albano 123 and 114; Ritziko Linzi 116 and 115; Michael Komisarek 205 and 131; and Whitney Leyland 133 and a 176. Natalie Fabrizio, as an extra bowler, rolled a 101 and 131.
Since Pinkerton had the only JV team, there were no matches for score. They did win two out of three games against the extra bowlers made up of Merrimack, Sanborn and Raymond.
Astros down Concord
On Dec. 14, the Astro boys traveled to Concord and defeated the host team, 92-76.
It was a close one as the Pinkerton swimmers had to climb back from a deficit at the beginning of the meet.
While the boys did receive first-place finishes from junior Andreas Harb (50 Free) and junior Nick Bergstrom (200 free and 100 Free), it was the second- and third-place finishes that made the difference in the final score.
Finishing second was freshman Evan Boisse in the 100 breaststroke, along with a third-place finish from senior Patrick Dolittle.
The combination of Harb, Bergstrom, freshman Bernard Suwirjo and sophomore Hendrick Suwirjo sealed the deal in the 400 yard freestyle relay, outpacing the squad from Concord.
Lady Astros make a splash
Pinkerton swimmers dominated Concord Dec. 14, winning 127-22.
The Astros’ performance that night was highlighted by some record-breaking swims.
Freshman Nicole Beals did that in the 100 backstroke and so did the 200 medley relay team of Beals, senior Jessica Martin, senior Kathryn O”Neil and senior Tori Claverie.
The Pinkerton girls went 1-2-3 in both the 200 individual medley and 500 free swims. The combination of Martin, Beals and sophomore Rebekah Terry took top three places in the IM.
O’Neil dropped 18 seconds off a personal best in the 500 to lead freshman Jocelyn Hutchinson and senior Johanna Steinbauer to the sweep in that event.
Astros drop opener to Central
The Astros opened the season on a sour note Dec. 12 as Manchester Central dominated the Astros and left with a 5-2 win.
The “Little Green” started quickly, taking a 2-goal lead in the first period. In the second period, they continued to pressure, but could not get a puck by senior goalie Nate Mitchell.
The Astros got some life when Devin Moore hit Dominic Corsetto with a perfect pass as the Astros pulled to within 1 goal.
Near the end of the period, they almost pulled even when Corsetto was robbed by the Central goalie on a nice back door pass by Devin Moore.
The Astros started the third period on the power play and were able to convert just as the power play ended to pull even at 2.
However, the momentum was short lived as Austin Sprague undressed the Pinkerton defender and walked in all alone to beat Mitchell, to go up 3-2. A few minutes, later it was Trevor Malmgram getting into the act as he walked around the Pinkerton defenseman and put the Little Green up 2.
The Astros pressed near the end of the game, but were unable to convert as Central added an empty goal.
Redemption for Pinkerton
The Astros evened their early-season record Dec. 15 with a win over Bishop Brady, 7-3.
The Astros were led by Giovanni Corsetto, who had 2 goals and an assist.
Single goals were scored by Max Campbell, Ryan Christie, Tyler Poole, Connor Brady and captain Dominic Corsetto.
Devin Moore chipped in with 3 assists and Matt Marchman got the win in net.
Young Astros fall to Exeter
Pinkerton’s JV skaters were defeated by Exeter Dec. 13, 5-2.
The Astros were led by Ethan Landry and Ryan Monte, who each scored a goal. Mike Bellmore had two assists. Tom Gillespie had 30 saves in net.
Pin a win on Astros
The Astros wrestlers faced a balanced Nashua North team Dec. 12 and recorded a solid victory, raising their record to 2-0 on the season.
Leading the way for the Astros were Dylan Barreiro, Jean-luc Lemieux, Dakota Krol, Brett Wilson and Tony Messina with resounding pins.
Also victorious were Brenden Sullivan, with a technical fall; Kevin Ell, with a decision; and Camden Crowell by forfeit.
The Astros were dominant Dec. 15 when they hosted the Red Raiders of Spaulding and the Panthers of Nashua South.
They beat Spaulding, 72-9, and Nashua South, 75-3.
Recording pins on the day were Eric Daigle, Nick Arsenault, Jean-luc Lemieux, Brenden Sullivan, Brett Wilson, Seamus Dolan, Dylan Barreiro and Nick Messina.
Barreiro also recorded an additional win by decision as one of the few wrestlers to have two matches on the day.
Red tops white
The Pinkerton girls indoor track team ran a spirited competition for the Red and White meet on Dec. 12.
The red team eked out a win over the white team by carrying both relays, 45-43.
Freshman Emily Halle won the 55 hurdles with Lindsey Woodward coming in a close second.
Returner Aeriela Thornton won the 55m dash, with Emily Hallee coming in second.
Felicia Dowling, Danika Ashness and Vivienne Rouge of the white team carried the 1000m. Erin Coutts won both the 300m and the 60m.
Morgan Sansing placed first in the 1500m and third in the 600m. Carli Davis, new to the sport, placed second in the 600m. Both Kayla Watson, a new sophomore and shot putter, and Michaela Blackwell, sophomore, in the long jump had qualifying numbers for their events.
Jackie Wyka placed second in long jump and Andrea Albrecht placed third. Both teams were full of spirit and ended the night with a Christmas carol relay.
Pinkerton settles for fifth
The Pinkerton girls had their first UNH meet Dec. 15. They placed fifth with 28.75 points.
They had four automatic qualifiers. In the 3000, freshman Morgan Sansing earned second place with a 10: 51.2, and Siobhan McLaughlin took fourth place with an 11:27.
Newcomer and sophomore Kayla Watson qualified in the shot-put on her second try with a 31’ 6” throw.
And, a newcomer to indoor track, Michaela Watson qualified in the long jump with a 15’11” leap.
For Open Meet qualifying times, Kaila Cote earned a sixth place finish and was within 3 seconds of qualifying with an 11:33.0. Michaela Blackwell ran a provisional time of 7.7 seconds in the 55m dash, and Erin Coutts hammered out a fourth-place finish in the 600 and is within 1 second of automatic qualification.
Other outstanding performances were by Aeriela Thornton with a personal record of 7.9 in the dash and a personal record in the long jump, over 13 feet. Taylor Wright threw 12 inches over her personal record in shot-put, and Felicia Dowling is 4 seconds away from the open meet qualifying times in the 1500m. She outkicked a Lancer to take fifth place and then jumped right into the 4x400.
Aeriela Thornton, Felicia Dowling, Erin Coutts, and Carli Davis took 16 seconds of the previous 4x400 time to earn a fourth-place finish in the relay.
Red, white take a tie
The Pinkerton Academy boys track team participated in the annual Red vs. White meet on Dec. 12 and, for the first time ever, the meet ended in a 43-43 tie.
Several athletes had good nights with Connor Kwiecien leading the way winning both the 300 and 600. Chris Poggi dominated in the 1500 and Pat Chabot won the 1000.
In the sprints, James Toohey won the 55 and Devin Conway took the hurdles. Mark Franklin started off his season right where he left off last year winning the high jump.
Sophomore Pat Thompson managed a surprising win in the shot-put and newcomer Chris Palmer won the long jump.
Astros ready to defend title
The Pinkerton boys track team had their first meet at UNH Dec. 15 and showed they are prepared for the task of defending their Division 1 title.
Starting with the 3000, Chris Poggi and Sean Kopetz qualified for the state meet and placed second and third in the race to get the team off to a great start.
Zach Cicio took a second in the 55 and won the 300 qualifying for the state meet in both events.
Connor Kwiecien won the 600 running a fantastic race and qualifying for the state meet. Pat Chabot took a strong second in the 1500 qualifying for the state meet in the process.
The 4x400 meter relay also won their race, nipping Exeter at the line.
Pinkerton opened its season Dec. 16 with a home meet hosted at Granite State Gymnastics. Visiting teams included Manchester West, Central and Memorial.
Pinkerton once again showed that they are after another state title. They scored a 139.5, which topped its season high score of the regular meet season in 2011, where they were the undefeated state champions.
Freshman Samantha Day made her debut on the vault, where she took first place with a 9.05. She also placed fourth on the balance beam with an 8.8.
Freshman Jackie Bogazcyk also made strong contributions on the vault, beam and floor. She placed third on the balance beam with an 8.95.
Brittany Capozzi, sophomore, took third on bars, tied for second on floor, and won the beam with a 9.2.
Captain Kylie Lowell, a junior, captured third on floor with a career-high score of 8.8.
Sophomore Amanda Cioli competed in all four events, placing fifth on beam, second on vault, second on bars, tied for second on floor, and placed second all around with a 35.1.
Kaylee Pacunas, who was a standout freshman in 2010 and took her sophomore year off, has returned as a junior and is proving she is one of the top all-around gymnasts in the state.
She took third on the vault, second on beam, while snatching first on the bars, floor, and the all-around with a 35.5.
The highlight of the night for Pinkerton was seeing junior captain Jessica Lord return to competition after sitting out last season due to an ACL tear and other torn ligaments. She has come back stronger than ever, and contributed to Pinkerton’s team score on the vault, bars and floor.