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Astros eliminated in preliminary round
The Astro boys soccer team opened the 2012 playoffs by hosting Merrimack.
The Astros outshot Merrimack, 21-4, but were unable to find the back of the net as they lost, 1-0, to the Tomahawks.
The Astros were eliminated in the preliminary round of the NHIAA tournament for the first time since 2004.
John Hamilton, Matt Dunn, Brian Kling and Chris Horan all played very well for Pinkerton.
Lady Astros end their run
The varsity Lady Astros opened their playoff run by hosting Nashua North.
Haley Hicks and Keara Doolan both scored (with assists from Caleigh Goode and Haley Hicks) in the first half to give Pinkerton a 2-0 lead.
North scored on a penalty kick to make it 2-1 at the half. Maura Kane and Maggie Cahoon both scored in the second half (assists from Maggie Cahoon and Maura Kane) for the 4-1 final score.
Erin Coutts played well on defense for the Astros.
Then the Lady Astros traveled to Gill Stadium to take on Central. Two early goals gave Central a 2-0 lead that they carried to the half. An early third goal gave the Little Green a 3-0 lead.
Pinkerton did not stop fighting and scored to make it 3-1. Maggie Cohoon assisted by Rebecca McGrath. Central scored again, but the Lady Astros answered to make it 4-2. Haley Hicks was assisted by Samantha Breslin.
The Lady Astros could not add another goal and lost, 4-2.
Pinkerton finishes seventh
The Pinkerton girls cross-country team competed in the Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School and took seventh place out of 19 teams, just missing qualifying for New Englands by 17 points.
The seven finishers for Pinkerton were: Ariel Vaillancourt, 24th, 19:23; Morgan Sansing, 27th, 19:28; Danika Ashness, 63rd, 20:12; Kaila Cote, 67th, 20:15; Haley McMullen, 68th, 20:23; Siobhan McLaughlin, 72nd, 20:30; Taylor Lacey, 80th, 20:42 .
Ariel Vaillancourt advances to New Englands individually. Both Ariel and Morgan ran times that make them the sixth and seventh fastest Pinkerton girls ever on the Nashua South course — and they are both freshmen. All time personal best performances were run by Ariel Vaillancourt,
Morgan Sansing, Danika Ashness, Kaila Cote, Haley McMullen and Siobhan McLaughlin.
Pinkerton finishes second
The Long Red Line finished as the Division 1 state runners-up to Bedford. Running a sensational race was senior Pat Chabot, coming in fourth in a time of 16:30.
Top twenty performances went to Chris Poggi, 15th in 16:56, and Phil Parent, 19th in 16:59. Rounding out the top seven were Connor Kwiecien, Sean Kopetz, Joe Poggi and Nick Pietrocarlo.
Two Astros earn All-State honors
The Pinkerton boys cross-country team qualified for the eighth consecutive year for the New England Championships. Running spectacular races were Chris Poggi (10th in 16:11) and Patrick Chabot (12th in 16:16). They both earned All-State honors as well.
Running personal records were Connor Kwiecien and Sean Kopetz. Rounding out the Astros top seven were Phil Parent, Nick Sevilla and Owen Clark.
Lady Astros land on top
In semifinal action, Pinkerton’s Lady Astros faces Exeter and won in overtime, 1-0.
Julie Saltamartini, assisted by Kaylie DeCosmo, scored the lone goal.
In a skillfully played game by both sides, the Astros stayed resilient throughout the entire game and through the first 10 minutes of overtime. That’s when Julie Saltamartini found the back of the net on a breakaway one on one with the goalie.
Strong defensive efforts were led by Chevy Collins, Maddie Driscoll and Jessica Cote. Kaylie DeCosmo and Julie Saltamartini accounted for many of the 10 shots the Exeter goalie faced during regulation and overtime.
Brooke Dorval provided the energy and Jordan Dudley had her best game of the season, stopping all 11 shots she faced, including a flurry of activity in the last 3 minutes of regulation.
In the finals, Pinkerton took on Winnacunnet and triumphed in overtime, 2-1.
Playing as one unit, the Pinkerton field hockey team defeated the Winnacunnet Warriors in the Division 1 Finals.
Rachael Charewicz and Kaylie DeCosmo connected on the first goal for Pinkerton, less than a minute after the Warriors gained the 1-0 advantage. The teams played a tight battle for the remainder of the game and into overtime.
In the 14th minute of the first 15-minute overtime, the Astros earned a penalty corner. Bri Torre sent a beautiful pass to Rachael Charewicz, who sent a strong shot on the Warriors net, beating the Winnacunnet goalie in the left corner.
Jordan Dudley kept the Astros in the contest late in the game with great saves at the end of regulation and in overtime.
The defensive line of Chevy Collins, Maddie Driscoll and Val Martin was relentless and Jess Cote did a great job controlling the middle of the field and stopping Winnacunnet’s threats.
Brooke Dorval played the best game of her career, hustling to every ball and making great plays. Like they have all year, the team played a cool, calm and collected game to earn the championship.
Regular season ends with a bang
The varsity Astros took on Central at home in their final regular season home game.
The Astros got off to a quick, 14-0, lead and took that into the half. The second half was all Pinkerton as the Astros tacked on 4 more touchdowns for the 42-0 win.
Astros earn No. 2 seed
Friday night saw the varsity team travel to Nashua to take on South. The winner of the game would earn the Number 2 seed going into this Saturday’s semifinal rematch.
The Astros broke a 7-7 tie in the second quarter and held on for the 40–20 victory.
Sean Conroy, Manny Latimore, Matt Madden, Dave Bernaiche and Phil Harper all played well for the Astros in the victory.
Junior Astros fall in double OT
The JV Astros lost, 27-21, for the first time this year to an undefeated Concord team, which has averaged 40 points per game over their opponents this year.
The game went to double overtime before it was determined who won. The Astros offense struggled with 3 fumbles and an interception, along with costly penalties to help Concord in this tight battle.
Young Astros earn eighth win
The freshman Astros traveled to Manchester to take on Central at Gill Stadium. The Astros put on an air show as they had close to 200 yards passing against the Little Green.
The offense was led by Tyler Gendron, Mark Regan and Cam Richard.
The Astros beat Central, 49-12, for their eighth win of the season.
Astros end with a win
The freshman team took on Nashua South in the regular season finale.
The Astros came away with the 46-20 win.
Playing well for the winners were Brandon McColligan, Peter Sweeney, Mason Blanchard, Joe Guaricino, Dylan Barriero, Mike Curley and Hayden Sturdevant.
Pinkerton falls in quarterfinals
The Lady Astros played host to the first round of the Division 1 state tournament. The Astros took on the Broncos from Alvirne High School.
Tyla Mahon led the way with 14 kills and 5 blocks. Brenna McNally had another superb game. She added 19 digs and 8 kills. Brittany Peredna had a 6 kills and Rachel Byrd contributed 7 digs.
The Astros fell just short in the quarterfinals, battling hard against a tough Goffstown team.
Brenna McNally finished her career with a strong defensive game, putting up 29 digs. Tyla Mahon had a big game at the net, recording 5 kills and 4 blocks. Michaela Polk was a strong leader in the back court and put up 6 digs.
Jr. Astros wrap up season
The JV Lady Astros finished their season at the Pinkerton Invitational; the girls finished in fourth place out of 12 teams.
The Astros were 3-2 during the round robin play, taking wins against Alvirne (15-10), Bedford (15-10), and Nashua South (15-4), and taking losses from Merrimack (11-15) and Concord (7-15).
The girls advanced to the semifinals against Exeter. They played a great game early on, but lost, 20-10. Exeter came away from the night as the champions of the tournament.
The Astros finished with a battle against Merrimack. In the end, Merrimack won, 21-18. It was a great night of volleyball for the girls. Every player on the team contributed during the tournament.
Michaela Blackwell made the All-Tournament team for the Astros with her great attacks at the net and her stellar blocking. The Astros finished their regular season with a 13-5 record; it was a fantastic season of improvement and outstanding play for the team and each team member.
Pinkerton takes championship
Pinkerton’s varsity team compete at SNHU in the Division 1 Fall Spirit State Championships.
Despite having 10 points in deductions, the Astros scored a 201 and won the state title.