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Astros roll over Memorial
On Jan. 7, Astros wrestler hosted a depleted Manchester Memorial team for a dual meet. While accepting many forfeits and competing in just eight matches, the Astros came away with a 63-10 victory.
Victors for the Astros were freshman Deene Hill (by pin), sophomore Derek Low (by 9-4 decision), and seniors Brett Wilson (8-4 decision), David Parrott (by pin), Bryan Sullivan (by pin), and Kevin Ell (by pin).
Senior Ben Trickett wrestled an exhibition match at the conclusion of the meet, pinning his opponent. The Astros are now 4-1 on the season.
Pinkerton takes eighth place
The Astros traveled to Cumberland, R.I., Jan. 11 for the John Gorman Memorial Invitational. It was their first trip to this tournament and an opportunity to see some of the wrestlers they will see at New England’s in March.
When the dust settled on the day, the Astros finished in eighth place out of 20 teams from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Astros were just 11 points out of fifth place.
Placing for the Astros were freshman Shayne McCann at 113 pounds (second place) and senior captain Kevin Ell at 220 pounds (first place). Also earning team points on the day were Eric Daigle, Brett Wilson, David Parrott, Seamus Dolan, Bryan Sullivan, Nick Messina and Deene Hill.
Cross-town rivals split
The Pinkerton boys and girls swim teams hosted Concord, Exeter, Merrimack, Spaulding and Bishop Guertin on Jan. 11.
In cross-town action, the Astro boys topped the Lancers, but Londonderry girls beat Pinkerton.
In boys swimming, it was: Pinkerton 62, Exeter 108; Pinkerton 141, Interlakes 5; Pinkerton 102, Londonderry 68; Pinkerton 137, Pelham 26; Pinkerton 133, Campbell 17.
In girls swimming, it was Pinkerton 101, Exeter 66; Pinkerton 136, Interlakes 16; Pinkerton 82, Londonderry 88; Pinkerton 136, Pelham 23; Pinkerton 143, Campbell 0.
Top performances included: Hannah Terry, first 100 backstroke, first 100 butterfly, first 200 medley relay and first 400 free relay; Nicole Beals, first 200 freestyle, first 400 freestyle, first 200 medley relay and first 400 free relay; Jocelyn Hutchison, first 200 individual medley 1st 200 Medley Relay and 1st 400 Free Relay
Other top performers included: Nicholas Bergstrom, second 50 freestyle, fourth 100 freestyle, second 200 freestyle relay, second 400 freestyle relay; Andreas Harb, second 100 freestyle, fourth 100 backstroke, second 200 freestyle relay, second 400 freestyle relay; Hendrick Suwirjo, second 200 freestyle, second 400 freestyle, second 200 freestyle relay, second 400 freestyle relay; Zachary Denbow, second 200 individual medley, second 100 breaststroke, third 200 medley relay, second 400 freestyle relay.
Pinkerton tops Concord
On Jan. 9, the Pinkerton boys took on Concord at home and came away victorious, 90-21.
Winners in the meet included Matt Robinson in the 1000, Mark Davey in the 600, Devin Conway in the 300, Owen Clark in the 1500, John Davis in the shot put, TJ Urbanik in the high jump and Mark Hanlon in the long jump.
Impressive showing for Astros
Over the weekend, the Astro boys headed up to Dartmouth for the Dartmouth Relays. The relays are one of the most competitive indoor track meets in the country and Pinkerton was well represented.
Sophomore Nolan Cooney broke the school’s sophomore record in the 1000 to take a sixth place in the meet. Connor Kwiecien took an impressive third in the 600, running the second fastest time in school history. Finally, the 4x400 meter relay team took third place and were the fastest team in New Hampshire.
Pinkerton runs away from Concord
The Pinkerton girls team hosted Concord Jan. 9 for a dual meet and ran away with the win, 74-13.
The standout performance of the night was Michaela Blackwell, jumping 16 feet 4.4 inches in the long jump, winning first. She is ranked third in Division I right now. She also placed first in the high jump, 4 feet 10 inches, and second in the 300, 47.4.
Aeriela Thornton and Jacqui Wyka were second and third in the long jump, both with jumps of 14 feet 6 inches.
Nora-Ann Robichaud placed second in the hurdles with a 10.2 and Emily Hallee placed third with a 10.4.
Bela Fast won the 55m dash, earning a personal record of 7.8, placed third in the 300m with a 50.0, also raced in the 4x200. Aeriela Thornton won second with 7.9.
Jacqui Wyka (3:33), Haley McMullen (3:34), and Danika Ashness (3:35) placed first through third in the 1000m.
Kristen Sobolewski(1:57.1) PR, Melanie Roberge (1:59.2), and Veronica Sullivan (1:59.4) placed 1st through 3rd in the 600.
Erin Coutts doubled placing 1st in the 300 with .47 and ran in the 4x400 relay.
Olivia Tracy (5:38.6), Sam Mangano (5:40.7), and Kaila Cote (5:43.3) placed first through third in the 1500.
Kayla Watson threw 32 feet 4.75 inches and Sophie Rouge threw 27 feet 5.25 inches, earning first and third in the shot put.
In high jump, Jacque Greazzo and Shannon Farias tied for third with jumps a 4 feet 4 inches.
The Astros worked well to push each other and work toward the open-meet times that will keep them moving forward in the season.
Pinkerton girls shine in Dartmouth relays
Nine Pinkerton female athletes participated in the Dartmouth Relays this weekend.
Michaela Blackwell, Aeriela Thornton, and Bela Fast all took part in the 55 M dash in training for the Division I meet.
Bela Fast and Aeriela Thornton also ran the 300M.
Ariel Vaillancourt and Morgan Sansing ran in the seeded mile. They came in eighth and 14th, with some great competition from across the region.
Jaqui Wyka, Erin Coutts, Haley McMullen, and Veronica Sullivan ran in the 4x800 for an 11th-place finish.
The super stars of the meet were: Kayla Watson, who threw 36 feet 1 inch for a new personal record and becoming Number 1 in Division 1; Sophie Rouge qualified with a throw just over 30 feet, a new personal record.
Astros top Keene
Pinkerton hosted Keene Jan. 8 and won, 52-40.
Matt Rizzo contributed 9 points, 3 assists and 3 steals to the win. David Faulks had 12 points and 8 rebounds on the day, while Luke Rosinski had 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Astros even at 2-2
The varsity Astros evened their record to 2-2 with a win against the Winnacunnet WarriorsSaturday , with a final score of 51-38.
Caleb Godin contributed 16 points and 5 rebounds. Luke Rosinski had 14 points, 8 assists and 2 blocked shots, while David Faulks contributed 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
JV boys dominate Keene
The JV Astros schooled Keene last week at home, 60-34.
High scorer for the game was Trystan Brown with 17 points, followed by Seth Guilmette with 9 points and Ben Olson added 8 points.
Astros fall in OT
The JV Pinkerton boys basketball team fought hard against the Winnacunnet Warriors Saturday, but came up short in overtime.
The Warriors edged out the Astros, 62-61. Trystan Brown kept Pinkerton in the game with 17 points. Ben Curry, Thomas Romick and Tyler Gendron all contributed 10 points.
Rough start, good results
The Pinkerton freshman team traveled to Manchester West Jan. 16. The Astros were slow to find their game, and were tied at the half and up by one at the end of the third. With a few adjustments to their approach, they took control of the fourth and coasted to a 54-37 victory.
Notables include David Currier, who was a force on both sides of the ball with 10 points, 4 steals and 5 rebounds. Ryan Sigman also had 10 points. Matt Richard had a productive night on the boards with 9.
Lady Astros defeat Pioneers
The varsity Lady Astros put forth a great effort to beat the Trinity Pioneers Saturday, 48-36.
Valerie Martin had 14 points, followed by Melissa Martel with 11 points. The Astros upped their record to 3-0 with solid defense from Brandi Bonneau and Kayla Stacy.
Pinkerton crushes Trinity
The JV Lady Astros crushed Trinity Saturday, 49-7.
Julia Bosquet, Madi Lolicata, and Chloe Pacocha were the top scorers for the Astros.
Young Lady Astros fall
Girls freshman basketball traveled to Concord on Jan. 7.
Sara Neild contributed great hustle, while Brianna Chabot and Camille Preble contributed 16 points and 10 points, respectively.
The Astros came up short with a final score of 45-39 in Concord’s favor.
Astros iced by Concord
The Astros’ road struggles continued Jan. 8 as Concord scored 5 goals on 28 shots en route to a 5-1 win.
Pinkerton opened the scoring as senior Bailey Walsh scored halfway through the first to put the Astros up 1-0. Concord scored the next 4 unanswered goals with 2 on the power play before capping off the win with an empty net goal.
Pinkerton skates over Hanover
Pinkerton Academy benfited from balanced scoring and improved special teams en route to a 9-2 win Jan. 11 in Hanover. S
Senior Bailey Walsh led the way with a four-point night, three goals and an assist.
Freshman Tim Cronin notched his first career goal. Junior Brendan Murphy was strong in net, making 20 saves earning the win.
JV icemen shut out Spaulding
The JV Astros evened their record at 2-2 with a 4-0 win over Spaulding Jan. 8.
Trent Parker led the offense with a goal and 2 assists. John Polichetti chipped in a goal and an assist.
Freshmen Colin Philippon and Aaron Harmon also scored goals for the Astros on assists from Mike Francis and Eddie Welch. Jordan Puzzo recorded the shutout, making 21 saves in goal.
Young Astros improve to 3-2
The JV Astros hit the road and improved their record to 3-2 by defeating Goffstown 6-4 Jan. 12.
John Polichetti led the offense with 2 goals and 1 assist. Chris Gile chipped in with 3 assists and Jack Bisson 2 assists as the Astros came from behind to defeat the Grizzlies.
Liam Rooney opened the scoring and also had an assist.