, Derry, New Hampshire

January 10, 2013


Derry News


Pinkerton B team finishes fifth

The Pinkerton B team competed in the Annual Winnisquam Winter Classic on Jan. 5.

The team finished fifth scoring 88 points. The tournament was won by Plymouth High School and Concord High’s B team

finished second.

John Durant won a silver medal. Ben Trickett and Tyler Wilson brought home bronze medals.

Keygan Nacos, Nick Messina and Bryan Sullivan finished fourth.



Astros roll to top finish

Pinkerton bowlers came out on top of a five-school meet recently.

The Astros also broke another record, top team series in standard scoring (two games) with an outstanding 2,092. This will be a top score for quite a while. The average for each teammate was 209 for both games.

Primo Lombardi bowled a 184 and 185, Raina Stobbs had 181 and 224, Ben Campbell bowled 215 and 182, Zakk Salvo finished with 222 and 213, and Nick Stilian had a 276 first game of 10 strikes and a second game of 210.


Jr. Astros finish on top

In a five-school meet, Pinkerton’s JV team finished first.

Alexandria Albano bowled a 154 and 97; Natalie Fabrizio had a 136 and 162. Whitney Leyland had 140 and 140; Mike Komisarek bowled 169 and 160. Andy Stock had 204 and 164.

Extra bowlers were Ritziko Linzi with 97 and 144, and Jordan Caux with 119 and 69.



Astros finish third

At the Holiday Invitational, the Pinkerton boys finished in third place, just 3 points behind runnerup Exeter and Bishop Guertin.

The 400 free relay of junior Nick Bergstrom, junior Andreas Harb, freshman Bernard Suwirjo and sophomore Hendrick Suwirjo claimed the title. Finishing second in the 200 Individual Medley was Nick Bergstrom.

Qualifying for states in the 100 yard Breaststroke was freshman Evan Boisse.


Pinkerton swims to win

At the Holiday Invitational over the holiday break, the Pinkerton girls Swimming took on 19 schools from across the state. The Astros finished in first place, beating last year’s state champion Dover by 3 points. This was the first ever Holiday Invitational title for the girls.

Relays were a big part of the success for the girls; they took first or second in all three relay events. Winning the 400 free relay was the team of freshman Nicole Beals, freshman Jocelyn Hutchinson, freshman Elizabeth Preble and senior Kathryn O’Neil.

Senior Tori Claverie won the 50 Free. Senior Jessica Martin had a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke event. Qualifying for the state meet in the 50 free was freshman Elizabeth Preble.



Astros fall in rematch

On Dec. 19, in a rematch of last year’s championship game, Memorial showed it’s the team to beat this year with a 6-1 victory over the Astros at the Ice Den.

The lone Astro goal was scored by Dominic Corsetto midway through the second period to cut the lead to 4-1. The Astros were unable to convert on multiple power plays to close the gap.

Lancers stop Astros

In the holiday tournament opener, the Londonderry Lancers defeated Pinkerton, 7-5.

Pinkerton put forth an inconsistent effort.

The Lancers built a 2- 1 lead after the first period, then stretched the lead to 4-1 five minutes into the middle frame.

Pinkerton netted 4 consecutive goals before the second intermission, resulting in a fragile 5-4 lead going into the third.

But the Astros fell dormant once again, giving up the next 3 goals in a losing effort. Pinkerton was led by senior Domenic Corsetto with one goal and 2 assists. Sophomore Devin Moore had 2 goals and John Hamilton had 2 assists. Sophomore Ryan Day scored his first career goal.

Astros settle for tie

In holiday tourney action, the Astros faced Greeley (Maine) High School, undefeated in its first four league games.

Greeley opened the scoring late in the first period on the power play. Pinkerton answered 4 minutes into the second as Mike Bellmore scored his first career goal.

The Astros carried the play for the remainder of the game, but were unable to get another one by Greeley’s goaltender, resulting in a 1- 1 tie.

Second tie in one day

Pinkerton tied its second game of the day in holiday tournament play by giving up the lead late on a Coventry goal with 29 seconds remaining.

The Astros could not take advantage of numerous power play opportunities, going 1 for 7 on the power play. The Astros were led by strong goaltending on the back end by senior Nate Mitchell, as well as consistent offense from senior Domenic Corsetto and sophomores Giovann Corsetto and Devin Moore.

Special teams power win

Pinkerton Academy ended its Christmas tourney on a high note, defeating a tough Lewiston, Maine, club, 5-4.

The Astros were led by sophomores Devin Moore (2 goals, 2 assists), John Hamilton (2 assists), Giovann Corsetto (2 assists) and senior Connor Brady (2 goals).

The Astros concluded tourney action with a 1-1-2 record.


Goalkeeper was highlight

Despite 25 saves in goal by Astro keeper Tom Gillespie, the junior Astros were blanked by Bishop Guertin recently, 6-0.

Young Astros beat Hanover

Pinkerton’s JV team defeated Hanover, 4-2.

Mike Bellmore led the way with 2 goals. Jake St. Jean and John Polichetti each had one.

Kailee DeCosmo had two assists and Sean Hall had 18 saves in net.



Astros defeat Blue Hawks

The Astros managed to take another dual meet victory out of a matchup with the Exeter Blue Hawks, winning by a team score of 40-32.

Leading the way for the Astros, with pins in their matches, were Nick Arsenault, Jean-luc Lemieux and Camden Crowell.

Picking up forfeits from Exeter were Eric Daigle, Brett Wilson and Kevin Ell.

Freshman John Durant capped off the evening with a thrilling 13-5 major decision in his first varsity match.


Junior Astros dominate

The Astros hosted 25 JV wrestlers from Windham for a JV wrestling extravaganza.

In all, there were 29 JV matches, with many Pinkerton wrestlers wrestling two and three times for a final team tally of 126 to Windham’s 48.

Leading the way for the Astros were Nick Fiore and David Parrott, 3 pins each; Nick Messina, 2 pins and a tech fall; John Durant, Seamus Dolan, John Arroyo and Ben Tricket, 2 pins each; John Greska, Nick Arsenault, Hayden Sturdevant and Carl Berling, each recording pins in their only matches.




Pinkerton tops Alvirne

The varsity Lady Astros traveled to Hudson to take on Alvirne and won, 59-45.

Skyla Gorman, Sam Breslin and Brandi Bonneau did a great job on defense to seal the win in the second half.

Scoring was well balanced. Val Martin led with 16, Brandi Bonneau had 10, Sam Breslin had 9, Corina Moore added 9, Kayla Stacy had 8, and Coleen Fortier netted 7.

Lady Astros lose to Blue Devils

The varsity Lady Astros lost to Salem, 51-48, in the opening round of the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney.

After falling behind 15-3 in the first quarter, Pinkerton’s varsity played Salem even for the remainder of the game.

All members of the team played. Freshmen Marissa Stacy and Sara McLeman looked good off the bench. Brandi Bonneau scored 14 for the Astros.

Pinkerton finishes strong

Pinkerton’s varsity basketball team finished strong in the consolation round of the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney, defeating Lowell, 69-46.

Scoring was led by Val Martin with 13, Corina Moore with 11,Colleen Fortier with 9, and Sam Breslin and Kayla Stacy each had 8.

Freshman Marissa Stacy took a charge and scored two big three-pointers in a row to lead a strong, third-quarter surge.

Captain Sam Breslin received the tournament coach’s award.


Junior Astros defeat Alvirne

The Pinkerton JV Lady Astros beat Alvirne, 45-30.

Faolain Harrington had 10 points, followed by Jaime Caron with 9 points.


Lady Astros fall to Salem

The freshman Lady Astros traveled to Salem to take on the Blue Devils.

Despite only trailing by two at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Astros could not pull closer and lost, 29–16.

Kaitlyn Meskell and Sarah Kane led the way scoring, while McKenzie Kane played well defensively.

Warriors trounce young Astros

The freshman Lady Astros recently hosted Winnacunnet. Pinkerton played the Warriors tough, but lost, 50-30.

Olivia Mathieu was Pinkerton’s leading scorer. Ali Davis showed great hustle throughout the game.



Astros lose close one

The varsity Astros hosted Alvirne in their home opener.

Pinkerton fell behind 16-13 at the end of the first quarter, but took a 29-23 halftime lead.

The Broncos were able to cut into the lead during the third quarter and continued that in the fourth.

The Astros lost, 57–51.

Astros Scott Bradley had 16 points and Luke Rosinski had 12.


Junior Astros lose opener

The JV Astros lost their home opener to Alvirne, 48-39.

Pinkerton’s Caleb Godin had 9 points, Fred Payan added 7 and Matt Rizzo added 5 points. Sam Dolan and Ryan Burke each added 4 points in defeat.


Young Astros dominate

The freshman Astros hosted Winnacunnet and, with a well-balanced scoring attack, defeated the Warriors, 46–28.

Matt Mulligan anchored Pinkerton’s defense. Trystan Brown recorded 11 points and 8 rebounds.



Pinkerton runs to first-place finish

When the Astros hosted Salem and Concord, the home girls ran away with the night.

Pinkerton finished with 65, Salem had 35 and Concord 14.

To lead off, freshman Lindsey Woodward scored her first points for the team with a fourth-place in the 55 hurdles. She was quickly followed by sophomore Michaela Blackwell, who qualified in the 55 Dash by running a 7.5.

Pinkerton swept the 1000m with freshman Morgan Sansing running an Open Meet qualifying time of 3:23.3 and placing first. Senior Felicia Dowling was a close second with 3:29.8. Seniors Carli Davis and Siobhan McLaughlin came in third and fourth.

Junior Andrea Albrecht won the 600 with a time of 2:04.8. Kristen Sobolewski and Veronica Sullivan finished second and third.

Junior Erin Coutts is edging closer to the provisional time in the 300m with a time of 47.2 for first place.

In the 1500m, sophomore Kaila Cote ran the race of the evening and earned her first overall win. In the field events, sophomore Kayla Watson, in the shot put, had a 32-foot-2 1/4-inch throw. Michaela Blackwell won the high jump with a 4-foot-6-inch leap and won the long jump.

Lady Astros dominate at UNH

Pinkerton girls had a great showing at UNH, winning the meet with 95 points over their closest competitor, Nashua North with 51 points.

Michaela Blackwell was first in the long jump and high jump with her first 4-foot-8-inch jump of the season. She also took second in the 55m.

Nora Robichaud scored her first points of the season in the high jump and then raced to take part in the hurdles.

Aeriela Thronton placed fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 55m.

Kayla Watson threw a 17-inch personal record for a first-place finish, 34 feet 9.25 inches. Maggie Mulrennan was fifth with a 26 foot 6.25 inch throw.

In the distance events, Felicia Dowling, Kaila Cote and Danika Ashness placed first through third, all running provisional times. Ariel Vaillancourt debuted by leading the 1000m from the start and taking first place with a provisional time of 3:19.

In Carli Davis’ first 1000m run, she placed second with a provisional time of 3:21.0.

Morgan Sansing qualified with a 5:10.5. Siobhan McLaughlin took fourth with a provisional time of 5:24.9.

Erin Coutts, Jackie Wyka, and Andrea Albrecht ran strong races in the 600 and 4x400 relay.


Astros suffer defeat

The Pinkerton boys suffered their first loss in three years in a dual meet against Salem.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Astros. Mark Franklin and Sam Webber went 1-2 in the high jump, both jumping a state qualifying 5 feet 10 inches.

Sean Kopetz won the 1000 with a steady paced race. Ryan Lynch ran a terrific 600 to take the win. John Davis and Shay Fendone went 1-2 in the shot put, throwing very well.

Pinkerton tops Nashua North

The Pinkerton boys won a close meet at UNH, beating out Nashua North, 89-80.

Connor Kwiecien won the 1000 and took second in the 300, qualifying for the state meet in both.

Chris Poggi ran a great 1500, winning the meet in a state fastest 4:12.2. Joe Poggi took a first place in the 600, running well for his first time in the event.

Sam Webber and Mark Franklin were 1-2 in the high jump, both clearing 5 feet 10 inches. The 4x400 meter relay team won the meet, running a decent 3:46.4.

Astros bounce back

The Pinkerton boys track team traveled to Dartmouth for their second major meet of the season. They were looking for redemption after a loss to Salem earlier in the week and showed their strength by easily winning the meet with 72 points.

Pat Chabot took third in the 3000, running a state meet qualifying 9:18. Zach Cicio took a second in the 55 and third in the 300.

Joe Poggi ran a terrific 1000 coming in second and missing state qualifying by half a second. Chris Poggi and Connor Kwieicien went 1-2 in the 600 with Chris breaking the school record and running a 1:22.84.

Sean Kopetz placed third in the 1500, just missing state qualifying with a 4:21. The 4x200 team, rebuilding after losing three of its members from last year, took second, losing by 0.07.

In field events, John Davis won the shotput, qualifying him for the state meet. Mark Franklin tied for the win in the high jump clearing 5 feet 10 inches.

Pinkerton tops 9-team field

The Pinkerton Boys track team had another fantastic showing at UNH this weekend. The team outscored second-place Bedford by 12 points to win the nine-team meet.

Highlights of the meet were led by Mark Franklin, who won the high jump and tied the Pinkerton indoor record by jumping 6 feet 2 inches.

Chris Poggi continued his strong season by dominating the 1000, running 2:34.8 to lead the state in that event. He also came back and took a third-place in the 300 meter.

Zach Cicio had another strong meet, taking second place in both the 55 and 300.

Connor Kwiecien had a fine meet, doubling in the 3000 and 1500, taking third in the 3000 and winning the 1500 to cap off a great effort.

John Davis continued to perform well in the shot put, coming in second-place overall.

This weekend, a select few will compete at the Dartmouth relays and look to place well at the highly competitive meet.

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