Chris Poggi (299) of Pinkerton Academy checks out the leaders at the 1.5-mile mark, running ahead of Jason Bender (354) of Souhegan at the seventh Annual Pelham Invitational at the Harris Family Track in Pelham. Poggi finished in fourth with a time of 16:07. Bender took fifth in 16:12.




Astros fall to Bulldogs

On Oct. 10, the varsity Astros lost to the Bedford Bulldogs, 6-1.

Brian Kling, Chris Horan, Dustin Beamon and John Hamilton played well.


Jr. Astros move to 12-1

Pinkerton’s JV boys improved to 12-1 with a 4-1 victory over Bedford last week.

Kyle Hicks scored on a free kick from Jake Konstant. Kenji Dustin made a nice pass to Zach Bell, who blasted a shot to put the Astros up 2-0.

Konstant took a free kick later in the game that was headed in by Kyle Hicks for a halftime score of 3-1. In the second half, Konstant added a free kick goal for the 4-1 final.

Lancers topple Astros

On Oct. 13, Londonderry beat Pinkerton, 2-1, in overtime.

Astro Kyle Hicks scored on a penalty kick three minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead at the half. But that was the only score for the Astros, who had many chances to put the game away early.

Londonderry scored on a corner kick 10 minutes into the second half to result in a tie for regulation. Londonderry’s striker scored the game winning goal for the Lancers in overtime.

Zack Bell was a standout for Pinkerton, playing center back in the game.


Pinkerton gets shutout

The freshman boys’ soccer team cruised to victory, 7-0, on Oct. 11. Andrew Brochu got the scoring started off a great pass from Jason Flood. Ben Curry had two. Stuart Graves, along with a beautiful shot from Julian Noj, rounded out the scoring in the first half.

The boys added two more goals from Hayden Pavao and Brad Ross. Goalie Caleb Pavao didn’t have a shot on him in the second half.

Young Astros down BG

On Oct. 13, the freshman boys overwhelmed a very physical Bishop Guertin team, 9-0.

Andrew Brochu added three goals to his goal tally for the season. Scott Sherman added two goals. John Durant, Noah Davis, Brad Ross and Ben Curry each had a goal apiece.

The defense of Cody Gadsby and Brad Dubisz stifled any chances Bishop Guertin tried to create. The Astro boys were dominant in every aspect.



Lady Astros lose to Bedford

Pinkerton got on the board first against Bedford Oct. 10 with an unassisted goal by Rebecca McGrath.

However, Bedford scored the next three goals as the Astros dropped the game, 3-1. Pinkerton put a lot of pressure in the last 20 minutes but could not find the back of the net.


Jr. Lady Astros roll on

The JV Lady Astros earned their 11th win in 12 games last week, topping Bedford, 3-1.

The Astros started off strong scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes. Mackenzie Anderson got the first one off a direct kick and Grace DiPersio added a second goal shortly after on a nice cross.

A little later in the half came two penalty kicks, one for each team. Sheilagh Linehan scored for the Astros, and DeLeah Barker almost saved Bedford’s shot.

Lancers, Astros tie

Pinkerton and Londonderry settled for a tie after double overtime, 0-0.

The Astros had more dangerous chances, but couldn’t seem to finish. Lady Astros Aeriela Thornton and Marissa Clark played well up top and created some chances for the Astros.

Natalie Fabrizio, Sabrina Thomas, Sarah Burgess, Deven Murphy, Allison Salema, Mackenzie Anderson and Shaylee Tetrault all played strong defense, keeping Londonderry off the scoreboard.




Pinkerton tops the pack

On Oct. 9, the Astros traveled to Exeter to race against Exeter, Keene and Spaulding.

Chris Poggi placed first (15:39), Pat Chabot was second (15:39), Sean Kopetz placed third (15:51), Connor Kwiecien was fifth (16:01), Joe Poggi finished sixth (16:04), Phil Parent was seventh (16:13), and Nick Pietrocarlo came in eighth (16:14).

The Astros had the low score of 17 for the win.

Astros place second

The varsity Astros traveled to Pelham on Saturday to run in the Pelham Invitational meet.

The varsity placed second behind Souhegan. Chris Poggi (16:07) was the first Astro across the line in fourth place. He was followed by Pat Chabot (sixth), Sean Kopetz (13th), Phil Parent (17th), Nick Pietrocarlo (18th), Connor Kwiecien (21st), and Joe Poggi (23rd).


Astros take first

The JV Astros earned first place Saturday in Pelham with a score of 27.

Matt Robinson placed first in a time of 16:54. He was followed by Austin Smith, Owen Clark, Nick Sevilla, Getachew Silva, Nate Rrees and Ryan Lynch to round out the top seven.


Wrapping up with a win

The Pinkerton Trailblazers finished out their regular season competition with a win over three other teams at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Team scores were Pinkerton with 24, Exeter with 49, Keene with 65 and Spaulding with 105.

The win brought the Trailblazers’ record to 6-1 on the season.

Leading the way for the team was Ariel Vailcourt, who placed second in the race with an impressive 18:31 on the 2.9-mile course.

The Trailblazers also captured spots fourth through seventh in the meet with strong performances by Felicia Dowling, Taylor Lacey, Danika Ashness and Haley McMullen, allowing the team to take the win easily.



Astros win on Senior Day

The varsity Lady Astros hosted Bedford on Senior Day on Oct. 10.

Pinkerton took a 1-0 halftime score and extended it to a 6-3 final.

Nicole Yannalfo (2), Julie Saltamartini (2), Brooke Dorval, and Kaylie DeCosmo scored goals on assists from Nicole Yannalfo (2), Kaylie DeCosmo and Rachael Charewicz. Jordan Dudley had 4 saves in net.


Jr. Astros win short game

The JV Lady Astros beat Bedford last week, 1-0, in a shortened game.

Elizabeth Tveter scored the lone goal while Abbey Doherty made 2 key saves.

The JV team finished the season 12-0-2, with one goal allowed all season and 11 shutouts.

Pinkerton had a great showing in the 14-team JV tournament. The Lady Astros were the only team to go 4-0 in round robin, allowing no goals against.

They played in the semifinals to a tie in regular play, as well as 7-vs.-7 competition, then succumbed to penalty strokes, 2-1, to lose to the eventual champion team.

All-tourney player was defender Jess McCully, whose vision of the field and knowledge of the game made her key throughout the day as well as the whole season.

Freshman forward Elizabeth Tverter received the game ball for the day for consistency and excellent stick work and defense, as well as being one of the best players all season.

Goalie Abby Doherty made key saves during the day. Defenders Kelsey Weston, Erin Johnston, Stephanie Modrak and Morgan Hazelton played superb defense throughout the five games contributing to no goals allowed.

Midfielders Maria Aiello, newcomer Amanda Stostak, Cecilia Scuito, Courtney Desroches and Emily Needham

played smart field hockey, keeping the ball on attack, as did Cassie Woodes and Olivia Tracy.

Forward sensations Gabby Gerard, Kailee Robinson, Haley Harrington, Tess Malcolm, Kristen Crowell, Val Vaitones, Becca Bouchard, Ally Rugg, Erin Glynn (defender) and go-getter Morgan Donahue were key in passing and finishing for the day.



Astros hold off Brockton

On Oct. 12, the varsity Astros traveled to Brockton to play their out-of-division game against the Boxers.

The Astros jumped out to an early lead, scoring first. It would be a lead the Astros would hold on to for the entire game. They went up 20-14 at the half and that would hold for the final score.

Manny Latimore ran hard for the Astros, picking up key first downs and helping the Astros to the win.

Matt Madden also played well defensively, making big plays that keyed the Astros defense to creating 5 turnovers in the game.




Astros honor former coach

The Lady Astros hosted Bedford Oct. 11 on a night used to remember Coach Ralph Van Nostrand.

The girls came out in their light blue Van shirts. They played a hard game against a very talented Bedford team.

Brenna McNally had superb game against Bedford, firing 21 service points of which 15 were aces. Maddie Neidlinger dug up 9 balls. Amanda Stikeman added 12 assists.

Lady Astros top Crusaders

On Oct. 12, varsity Lady STROS WENT to Manchester to take on Memorial.

Courtney Collins led the way with a powerful 14 kills and 3 blocks.

Brenna McNally added 19 digs. Kelsey Cummings also added 19 digs.

Maddie Neidlinger had 10 service points as the varsity beat the Crusaders, 3-1.


Astros hold off Bedford

On Oct. 11, the JV Lady Astros lost the first game to Bedford, 23-25. They won the second game, 25-22, and won the third game,15-12.

Olivia Mathieu, MaryAnne Tompkins, Michaela Blackwell and Brittany Capozzi were all outstanding with their blocking and kills at the net.

Fay Harrington and Elizabeth Hicks did a great job of setting up outside hitters Erica White and Jill Tonello, who were able to come through with many kills.

The Astros’ back row was also exceptional with the play of Nicole Langlais, Kate Garrison and Cheyenne Wright.

Junior Astros top Memorial

On Oct. 12, the JV Lady Astros won all three games against Manchester Memorial, 25-18, 25-15, 15-5.

Fay Harrington had 9 assists, 3 kills, and 2 aces. Elizabeth Hicks had 11 assists.

Michaela Blackwell had 5 aces and 2 kills. Brittany Capozzi had 9 kills on the day. Mary Anne Tompkins had 3 kills, as did Olivia Mathieu.

Erica White and Jillian Tonello were great from the outside with 4 kills apiece. Cheyenne Wright, Kate Garrison and Nicole Langlais were stunning in the back row.


Frosh fall to Nashua South

The freshman Lady Astros dropped one to Nashua South last week, 3-0.

Two of the games were very close and the Astros played well in defeat.

Evan Duval and Miranda Rossignol served well with Evan earning 10 points (4 aces) and Miranda 8 points (3 aces). Brenna Thibodeau, Maggie Gildea and Maddie Prevost each had great digs.

Young Astros top Merrimack

Pinkerton’s freshman girls volleyball team beat Merrimack, 2-1, on Oct. 11.

The Astros were strong at the service line. Vicki Walder served 12 points, Molly DeCarlo served 11 points (6 aces), Miranda Rossignol and Evan Duval served 10 points, and Maggie Gildea served 9 points.

Brenna Thibodeau, Miranda Rossignol and Evan Duval each had a kill. Brenna Thibodeau also had one block.

Maddie Prevost and Bianca Herlihy played tough at the net. Whitney Leyland, Carly McDonough and Baylie Scheibert set well for the Astros.

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