High Schools: Brady boys win nine-team Alpine race; girls finish runner-up
Concord’s Jess Malfait approaches a gate during her third-place slalom run, helping the Crimson Tide girls to first place in a five-team meet at Pats Peak. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Concord High’s Liam Healy carves a turn during his runner-up finish in the slalom race at Pats Peak yesterday. Healy finished 1.81 seconds behind the winner. As a team, the Tide took second. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Sal Alosa didn’t like the way the trails were looking. Days of mild weather had turned slopes of crisp, packed powder into a slick track that in spots resembled an ice rink more than a ski surface – just in time for a big meet for his Bishop Brady Alpine team.
If patches of ice proved a threat to the Green Giants’ chances, it didn’t parlay itself into the results. Brady took the top three boys’ spots in the slalom event, en route to 392 points and a win over Kearsarge (362) at Pats Peak, while in the girls’ race, the Green Giants had a winner in Elisabetta Caldesi and finished second with 372 points, just three behind winner Prospect Mountain.
“When you get conditions like this … it’s just slick, (the focus is) making sure everybody holds their edges through each run,” Alosa said. “Skiing on the good, old New England ice, they stayed strong.”
Ice only accounted for a portion of any apprehension on Alosa’s part. The meet, which consisted of nine teams and every participant in the eventual Division III state meet with the exception of White Mountains, Newfound and Belmont, presented a measuring stick for the Green Giants. As it turned out, they measure up quite well – the boys topped Kearsarge, Bow (357), Hillsboro-Deering (333) and Prospect Mountain (318), while the girls finished ahead of Kearsarge (329), H-D (322), Gilford (265) and Bow (264), with Merrimack Valley totaling 84 points to come in ninth.
“I was more nervous than the kids were,” Alosa said. “This was a true test for the boys’ and girls’ teams, to see how it would turn out in February at the state meet.
“One (objective) was to see where we’re at, and two was to prelude the state meet, on what to expect and to see all the teams at one time.”
The Brady boys left no doubt that they’ll be a tough team to beat when that day arrives. Suni Choi took first place at 54.2 seconds, while Brendan Bryck and Jack Bryck were second and third at 54.92 and 56.96 seconds, respectively.
“They all have that heart and determination, that they want the victory,” said Alosa, whose squad also got top-10 finishes from Sam Marshall (sixth, 60.06) and Garrett Chaill (seventh, 60.37). “They want the win. They push themselves right up there.”
On the girls’ side, Caldesi crushed the field by nearly four seconds, her 56.31 time way ahead of Prospect Mountain’s Indiana Jones’s 60.27. Jill Thomas (fourth, 61.21), Nadia Crainich (12th, 71.96) and Katie MacMullin (15th, 73.79) also scored for the Green Giants.
“(Caldesi’s) turned a lot of heads with her times,” Alosa said. “She loves to ski. She’s just so fast with her runs.”
Kearsarge took runner-up thanks to solid runs from Issac Braun (ninth, 63.72), Cam Cummerford (12th), Patrick Moore (13th) and Gunner Nugme (15th). Patrick Hughes was fourth in the boys’ race for Bow (58.07), and the Falcons were also led by Sam Morrow (10th, 64.99), Chris Percy (23rd) and Logan Whalley (26th), while Hillsboro-Deering was led by Danny Egner (fifth, 59.47), Paul Mooney (22nd), Arthur Tuttle (34th) and Logan Snow (38th).
In the girls’ race, Kearsarge was led by Bee Chambers (16th), Geneva Heffernan (18th), Hannah Anderson (21st) and Faith Lenard (22nd). Emma Moore (eighth, 65.04) led H-D and was followed by Molly Wilson (24th), Jordan Goodliff (28th) and Meredith Denu (29th). Danielle Gould (ninth, 65.07) was Bow’s top skier and was followed by Meredith Howe (11th) and Sarah Davis (20th), and Merrimack Valley got a 17th-place finish out of Rachel Demers.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
Liam Healy’s second-place finish led the Crimson Tide to 381 points, good for a close second to Pinkerton (384) in an eight-team meet at Pats Peak. Timberlane (365), Nashua South (326) and Spaulding (323) rounded out the top five in the slalom event.
Healy’s time of 55.86 seconds topped the Tide, and he was followed on the team by Trevor Devanny (fourth, 58.14), Connor Giarardin (seventh, 62.09) and Jules Townsend (10th, 63.97).
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
The Crimson Tide placed five skiers in the top 10, helping it to 380 points and first place over Pinkerton (368), Nashua North (347), Londonderry (329) and Timberlane (328) in a slalom race at Pats Peak.
Jess Malfait was the top Concord finisher, coming in third at 59.21 seconds. Annie Decosta-Klipa was sixth at 64.68, followed by Rachel Stevenson (seventh, 65.36), Jessie Bean (eighth, 66.33) and Emily Lafond (ninth, 69.35).
Winnisquam 78, Stevens 50
It was closer than the score suggests, as the Cardinals (2-3) held the lead during the third quarter. The Bears (5-2) found the answer, however, halting Stevens’s transition game and forcing it into a half-court offense, allowing Winnisquam to regain control of the game.
Christian Serrano scored 31 points to help the Bears take off with the lead, while Torrey Martinez (15 points) and Timmy Harmon (nine) led the supporting cast for Winnisquam, which got points from 10 different players.
Coe-Brown 45, Oyster River 41
The Bears used a 16-4 third-quarter run to turn a nine-point halftime deficit (28-19) into a lead that sent them on their way to the victory.
“We finally woke up,” said Bears Coach Dave Hartnett, whose team improved to 4-3 while dropping the Bobcats to 3-5. “All season we’ve been starting slow, and one of these days it’s going to bite us in the butt, but they were able to pull it together tonight.”
The coach credited good team defense – which led to transition buckets – with turning the game around.
Sophomore Sydney Fisher stepped up offensively, scoring a team-high 15 points. Jen Schlim added 13 as the Bears had only two players score in double digits.
Bishop Brady 48, Conant 20
The Green Giants brought the press in the first quarter and the Orioles (4-4) had no answer, falling behind 20-0 after the first quarter and never mounting a threat as Brady (9-0) stayed undefeated.
Riselly Deoleo had 11 points and eight rebounds, and also had five assists and five steals. Riley Bennett and Sarah Thomas added 10 points apiece.
Hopkinton 49, Monadnock 35
A double-double from Hannah Hughes helped lift the visiting Hawks (8-2), who used a 17-6 fourth quarter to break open a tight game with the Huskies (3-5).
Hughes had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Maddie Clark, making her first start, chipped in with eight steals and three rebounds. Christine Spaulding scored three points but grabbed 12 rebounds for Hopkinton.