The third time was the charm for Pinkerton coach Chelsie Burland.
After twice unsuccessfully trying to guide the Astros to three straight New Hampshire state titles, Burland did just that this year following yet another perfect (28-0) regular season.
Despite losing standout Audrey Hill to injury for the season, Burland helped develop sophomore sensation Isabella Scarpetti, who finished second in the All-Around, and built the depth needed to hold back Bedford.
Instrumental in the title was the performance of Sophia Viger, who Burland carefully monitored throughout the season as she recovered from a fractured foot. It was Viger’s routine on the vault that clinched the state crown.
That marked Burland’s seventh state title in nine years, during which time her dual-meet record is an astounding 202-0-1.
“What made it special was winning at home (Pinkerton) and watching Isabelle take second in the All-Around,” said Burland. “It’s been a long time sine Pinkerton has had an individual place that high.”
In addition to unusual technique knowledge, Burland has an uncommon knack of relating to her gymnasts, many of whom work with her at the New Hampshire Academy in North Hampton, where five of her age group teams won state titles this year.
This is Burland’s third Eagle-Tribune Coach of the Year selection, having won in 2015 and 2017, and fifth overall as she won in 2011 and 2012 as Chelsie Veilleux.
A Nashua High grad, she was an All-ECAC performer at Ithaca College.