She’s probably one of the most talented gymnasts in all of New England.
As a Pinkerton sophomore, she’s a Level 9 gymnast well on her way to being classified Level 10.
She’s talented in every routine, but particularly on the beam. With a 9.775 score, she’s the No. 2-ranked Level 9 performer in the nation.
She’s the leading scorer on a powerhouse 15-0 squad who led the Astros to a record-breaking 145.00 performance against Bishop Guertin, which was nearly three points higher than any score posted in the last 10 years.
She has won countless individual events and was the all-around champ in three of four meets, falling to second in one meet when she slipped on the beam.
Her name is Isabella Scarpetti.
Haven’t heard of her? That’s not surprising because, outside of the gymnastics community, few people have, for a couple of reasons.
Scarpetti’s relative anonymity, even within the hallways of Pinkerton, is understandable. The Hooksett resident has been home schooled by her mother her entire life, and this is the first year she’s competed for the Astros.
And there is something else. Scarpetti, who trained and competed briefly in Florida when her father was involved in a construction project there, is not one to brag.
“She’s a perfect teammate and very humble,” said Pinkerton coach Chelsie Burland, who’s team will host the Division 1 state championship on Saturday. “It’s hard for anyone not to love her.”
Burland knows Scarpetti as well as anyone because she trains her at the New Hampshire Academy Artistics Gymnastics in North Hampton, and the Pinkerton coach is thrilled she decided to compete for the Astros this year. As a home schooler, it gives her another opportunity to train and compete, which she thrives on.
“She is always working, even when others stop,” said Burland, who has led Pinkerton to seven state titles since 2010, including the last two. “That’s part of why she has gotten as far as she has in the last year and a half.”
In fact, one of the reasons Scarpetti enjoys being home schooled is that it affords her more time to train, which she does at least 22 hours a week at the New Hampshire Academy.
“I really do like being home schooled and it’s been helpful for gymnastics,” she said. “A lot of days, I’ll go in early, about 2, and practice until 4. Then I’ll take a break and come back at night for the regular session. And two days a week, I also train with the Pinkerton team.”
The 5-foot-3 Scarpetti has always been energetic, according to her mother Jackie, which is how she became involved in gymnastics at a young age.
“She was always an active child and, since I was home schooling her, I wanted her to get out every day even when she was very young,” said Jackie. “She’d have gymnastics one day, then dance, horseback riding, piano and swimming. As gymnastics got more intense, she had to start giving up things.”
But Scarpetti, who scored in the 96 percentile of the math section of the PSATs, has continued with piano lessons and practices about an hour per day. In competition, she has scored Superior (the highest level) in solos eight straight years.
“She has a great aptitude for learning,” said Jackie. “It’s her nature to try to be good in everything she does.”
With that drive, Scarpetti has two goals — to reach Level 10 as soon as she can and then to compete in college gymnastics, preferably in Division 1.
“I want to have that team atmosphere like I’m getting now (with Pinkerton),” she said. “I’ve already looked into some colleges.”
Burland, who has coached her share of top gymnasts, has no doubt that Scarpetti will reach her goals.
“She’s just an amazing kid and she’s the caliber of (UNH’s and former Astro star) Brittany Capozzi,” said Burland. “They both had similar difficulty on vault, beam and floor. However, Isabella is more advanced on bars making her the most competitive gymnast I have yet to coach at Pinkerton.”
Which means that Scarpetti will be far well known in the very near future.