Despite the fact that virtually all of the scheduled Beeman Trophy contests slated to be played at Pinkerton Academy last Friday, May 5 on the campus of the Derry school were negated by rain-soaked weather, the schedule-jugglers at Pinkerton and Londonderry High still managed to spin a bit of magic and make sure that six of the schools’ spring varsity teams were able to complete their Beeman battles before the start of this week.
And the six academy squads which played their Lancer rivals prior to this week all won their contests to assure Pinkerton of holding onto the Beeman hardware for a third consecutive year.
There were no less than seven varsity athletic events scheduled to take place at PA last Friday, but due to the soggy weather the only one which happened was the boys’ volleyball match indoors in the academy’s Hackler Gymnasium. The PA/LHS baseball and tennis matches had both been moved back to the previous day, May 4, in anticipation of the heavy rain.
The Pinkerton track and field contingents had snagged a 2-0 Beeman lead for their school back on Tuesday, April 18 by collecting girls’ and boys’ victories over at Londonderry High.
Then on Thursday the 4th, Pinkerton swept baseball and boys’ and girls’ tennis to go up 5-0 in Beeman play, and they made the Beeman count 6-0 with the volleyball success on the night of Friday the 5th. And that perfect record after six battles assured the Astros of continued possession of the Beeman Trophy.
Rolling into this week, the remaining Beeman games included a boys’ lacrosse match on the Pinkerton football field this Tuesday the 9th, after Nutfield News and Londonderry Times press time, and girls’ lacrosse and softball battles in Derry on May 18th.
Londonderry last won the Beeman Trophy in 2014, with Pinkerton going for a three-peat this spring after claiming it in both 2015 and 2016.
The Beeman Trophy games began back in the early 1990’s – along with the winter Ball Family Trophy Games – following the success of the Mack Plaque games which were begun in the fall of 1983.
The Beeman Trophy is named for the beloved Mike Beeman, a Pinkerton grad who both coached and taught at Pinkerton Academy and then Londonderry High before moving to Georgia with his family. He was inducted into the LHS Hall of Fame last fall.