Among the proudest events any high school in any part of America can hold is one during which standout athletes from the school sign their letters of intent to attend and play sports at a college.
So it’s pretty easy to imagine the pride which exuded from the folks in both the athletic and academic circles at Pinkerton Academy on Tuesday, Nov. 21 when that school had no less than six pretty special athletes put pens to paper in signing their letters of intent.
Making both personal and school history were golf star Lauren Thibodeau (University of Louisville, Ky.), girls’ lacrosse standouts Meaghan Michaud (the University of Mount Olive, NC), Carly Young (Iona College of NY), and Madison Peredna (Southern New Hampshire University), and boys’ lacrosse stalwarts Chris Valentine and Tom Sweeney (both SNHU).
Thibodeau announced her intention to attend Louisville, one of the top golf schools in the nation, prior to the start of the 2017 high school golf season back in August. And she went on to continue her exceptional feats on the links in the months thereafter.
The Hampstead resident, who was one of two huge signings for the University of Louisville including Irish amateur star Mairead Martin from County Cork, has won 11 New Hampshire championships including seven consecutive New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association (NHWGA) girls’ state championships and four-straight New Hampshire girls’ state high school titles.
Thibodeau was the youngest winner of the NHWGA state junior championship at the tender age of 11, and she became the first to capture three NHWGA titles. The Hampstead resident also set multiple records which included a tournament mark of 7-under-par 66. This past autumn, she also became the first girl in state high school history to win a title during each year of high school.
The PA senior also excels in the classroom, being a member of the National Honor Society as well as the National Foreign Language Honor Society.
The Louisville coach, Courtney Trimble, said of her standout American recruit, “Lauren is excited to be coming to warmer temperatures from the Northeast to join our program. She is a fierce competitor that has great experience playing all over the U.S. She has competed at the highest level in both U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Junior Championships. I look for her game to continue to improve once she gets to Louisville, and I know that she will add a lot of value to our program.”
Also headed to warmer climes is lacrosse stalwart Michaud, who will join former Pinkerton lax standout Nola Wesche – a sophomore attack – at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.
Pinkerton varsity girls’ coach Rob Daziel’s eldest daughter Riann played four years at that North Carolina school, so Michaud will be helping to continue a tradition at that southern school. The Lady Trojans compete in the Division II Carolinas Conference.
Michaud’s Pinkerton lacrosse teammate Young is headed to school somewhat closer to home, having chosen Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. The Lady Gaels play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
And still closer to home will be Lady Astro Madison Peredna, who is just headed over to Manchester and SNHU.
Peredna will be joining fellow Pinkerton grad Dani Tompkins on coach Kathryn Beall’s Lady Penmen’s contingent. Another of coach Rob Daziel’s daughters – Kennedy – is entering her senior season on the lax squad at SNHU.
And Pinkerton boys’ lax standouts Valentine and Sweeney will both join longtime SNHU mens’ coach Paul Caulkins’ Penmen following graduation in the forthcoming spring. SNHU athletic teams play in the New England-10 Conference.