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October 4, 2012

Who's No. 1: Pelham-Windham rivalry simmers

Unbeaten crosstown rivals Pelham, Windham expected to win state golf titles today

The NHIAA could face a precedent-setting dilemma this afternoon.

Let’s just say the unbeaten Windham High golfers go out and, as expected, dominate today at Canterbury Woods at the New Hampshire State Division 2 golf tourney. And a little over an hour away at Newport Country Club in the Div. 3 state tourney, top-seeded and also unbeaten Pelham High equals the feat.

What then? A special showdown on neutral turf next week?

The folks in these two towns just might demand it.

And you know, you could sell tickets to the event, maybe even sell it out.

Yeah, these two bordering towns don’t like each other too much.

Still.

Back in August, a weekday morning football scrimmage on a practice field drew a couple hundred fans.

A championship event like this?

“Maybe, it’s because they wanted to partner up as a high school, and instead we got our beautiful new place, and they still have that old, well, you know,” said Windham High senior Connor Greenleaf.

“They’re just different than us.”

The venom spews from both sides, too.

“Let’s just say there’s nothing sweeter than beating them in any sport,” said Pelham junior Jake Vaiknoras, who between golf, hoops and baseball has tasted both victory and defeat against the Jags. “And nothing tastes worse than losing to that school. Nothing.”

On the golf course, each club has been flawless to this point in the fall.

Up in Division 2, the Jags rolled through their second straight perfect regular season at 19-0. In Division 3, Pelham spun off 22 straight wins, surviving its toughest matches with Mascenic (a 6-shot win) and Con-Val (by 5).

Making up for 2011

Windham’s accomplishment of back-to-back seasons would be all the more spectacular if the Jags had just closed the deal in the 2011 state meet.

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