High schools: Concord skiers win NH Series title
Concord's Maehgan Connor pulls ahead of Profile's Marianne Hansalik on an incline as Lebanon's Grace Stott takes a spill during Thursday's meet at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford.
(Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Hopkinton's James McCluskey coasts on a flat following a steep climb in Thursday's meet at Gunstock Mountain Resort.
(Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
It was a good day to wear crimson at Gunstock Nordic Center.
Concord High had an individual champion, it had a team winner, and the Crimson Tide came away as the top combined program at the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association Series yesterday.
In the 5K classic, Nate LaTourette captured the boys’ race in 13:43.8, nearly four seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Drew Houx of Holderness, while the Concord girls followed up their win in the NHNCA 5K skate race last month by dominating the classic race to win the Lara Sibley Award (winning both NH Series races). The Tide scored 28 points to beat Holderness (36) and Kingswood (62) in the 18-team field, and combined with the ninth-place finish for the boys, Concord scored a combined 189 points to beat White Mountains (195) and Bow (215).
Hopkinton’s Sarah Nadeau won the girls’ race in 16:43.5, nearly 25 seconds ahead of Con-Val’s Sydney Michalak, who edged Concord’s Erin Waters by two-tenths of a second for runner-up honors.
Waters was at the front of Concord’s four scoring skiers who all placed in the top 16. Teammate Kate Andy was seventh, Jessica Nelson 15th and Michealla Conery 16th.
“The depth on the team this year is a coach’s dream,” Concord Coach Stuart Kremzner said. “On any given day, any of our girls can be the top finishers in a race.”
The Tide qualified four skiers for the elite J2 team and five for the Eastern High School Championships team.
Bow’s girls were the next area finisher, taking sixth with 121 points behind Naomi Kramer (fourth), Lilly Naimie (20th), Hannah Weckstein (61st) and Christine Mitchell (62nd).
Hopkinton (133) was right behind in seventh, led by Nadeau, Caroline Sweny (36th), Katie Irwin (53rd) and Mary McAuliffe (71st).
Kearsarge (214) rounded out the area girls’ teams, taking ninth place behind Margaret Lee (34th), Kaileigh Davis (47th), Madison Cook (73rd) and Emily Kelly (101st).
Talia Sperduto was 77th and Carol Lipshultz 128th for Belmont, which didn’t have enough skiers for a team score.
LaTourette’s win came after a last-minute change of skis, switching to a pair Coach Kremzner had raced on a week earlier.
“Nate is a really driven skier. To be able to make precise decisions just before stepping onto the start line of a major race speaks to his confidence and mastery of the sport,” Kremzner said. “Nate had a great race today. He has been putting in a tremendous amount of work over the past year to be among the best and this was his crowning moment.”
LaTourette’s win helped Concord to ninth place with 161 points. Josh Pifer (47th), Caleb Seymour (56th) and Jamie Wilkes (75th) also scored.
Bow (94) was the top area boys’ team, finishing fifth behind Mitch Blair (16th), David Merchan (21st), Andrew Weckstein (35th) and Zach Zbehlik (36th).
Hopkinton (139) was close behind in seventh with Owen Kanter (19th), Dom Repucci (34th), Aaron Dobe (49th) and Tim Jones (55th).
Kearsarge (354) finished in 17th with Tim Cunningham (69th), Keatton Hansen (90th), Brandon Butcher (115th) and Grant Croft (117th).
Nathan Perkins (28th) was the lone skier for Proctor, as was Riley Woods (111th) for Belmont.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
Pembroke scored 319 points to finish in fifth place in a slalom at Crotched Mountain. The Spartans finished behind Hanover (388), Souhegan (372), Hollis-Brookline (360) and Windham (339), and ahead of Con-Val (317), Portsmouth (240) and Milford (87).
Edward Miner led the Spartans with an 11th-place finish, followed by Andrew Goulet (31st), Cole Sporcic (38th) and Killian Drouse (44th).
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
Pembroke scored 308 points to finish seventh in a slalom at Crotched Mountain. Souhegan (373) won the meet, followed by Hanover (359), Hollis-Brookline (352), Portsmouth (350), Con-Val (347), Windham (314), Pembroke and Milford (301).
Lyla Boyajian led the Spartans with a 21st-place finish, followed by Sarah Hubbard (29th), Larissa Amour (32nd) and Shannon Drouse (33rd).
Concord 5, Manchester Central 3
Concord’s first line of Matt Norris, Connor Beatty and Adam Godbout were in on all five goals as the Tide (4-8-0) upended Manchester Central (6-5-0).
“Any win is good, but to beat a team above .500 …” said Concord Coach Dunc Walsh, whose team’s previous three wins were against teams with a combined five victories.
Norris (two goals, two assists) got things started 3:16 in. Beatty won a faceoff to Godbout (five assists), and Norris tipped in Godbout’s shot for the early lead. Norris got his second at 9:42. Strong forechecking by Godbout forced Central to turn the puck over and Beatty set up Norris for a pretty one-timer.
The Little Green got one back late in the period, then tied it 1:24 into the second, but Bradley Murphy (from Beatty and Godbout) put Concord ahead to stay on the power play two minutes later, knocking in the rebound of Godbout’s shot.
Beatty (two goals, three assists) turned the one-goal lead into a three-goal margin in a hurry to start the third. He scored 54 seconds in on a nice move to the net, then scored again 2½ minutes later on a rebound. Godbout and Norris assisted both goals.
Central got one back, but the Tide killed off a penalty with four minutes to go to preserve the win. Hagan Otto had a solid game at the blue line in support of goalie Ben Nelson (24 saves).
Souhegan 4, John Stark-Hopkinton 1
Josh Gagne made 27 saves in goal to keep the Generals in the game, but Souhegan’s offense took hold and dropped John Stark-Hopkinton to 5-4-1.
Robbie Ferguson scored the lone Generals goal, while Garrett Thomas, Ryan Hawkes and Adrian-McCarthy-Tiella put forth solid efforts.
Berlin 7, Belmont-Gilford 1
After opening the season with 10 straight wins, Belmont-Gilford (10-2-0) suffered its second straight loss, this time to top-ranked Berlin (10-1-0). No details were reported.
Bishop Brady-Trinity 4, Souhegan 1
Sixth-ranked Bishop Brady-Trinity (6-4-0) put some separation between itself and seventh-place Souhegan (5-6-0) thanks to a three-goal outburst in the second period.
The Giant Pioneers held a 1-0 lead after the first period, when Stephanie Sloane scored off a Colleen Earley assist late in the frame. Then, in a span of 2½ minutes midway through the middle period, Brady-Trinity put the game away. Ann Margaret Disciscio scored the eventual winner at 5:12, Earley answered with another unassisted goal a minute later, then Arianna Harris converted feeds from Steph Snow and Sophie Palangas 1½ minutes after that, turning a tenuous 1-0 lead into a safe 4-0 cushion.
“We needed to do that,” Coach Dan Earley said. “As long as they were in the game, they had a shot.”
With Athena Sirois anchoring a defensive effort that limited Souhegan to just 14 shots, Sarah Plourde was 26 seconds away from a shutout when the Sabers finally scored. Plourde finished with 13 saves.
Bow 49, White Mountains 18
Bow benefitted from White Mountains forfeiting eight weight classes.
On the mats, the Falcons won twice. Bill Targett earned an 11-2 decision at 145 pounds, and Eric Scott won, 7-4, at 152.
Brendan Mooney (126), Kyle Frisbie (132), Justin Mooney (138), Matt Haddock (170), Bayley Ulrich (182), Max Johnson (195), Jared Reynolds (220) and Anthony Roberts (285) all won by forfeit.
John Stark 54, Kearsarge 27
John Stark’s Nick Widmann reached his 100th win, leading a victory over Kearsarge.
Widmann became the first junior in school history to reach 100 wins, and just the fourth Stark wrestler overall, joining Codi Gaudreau (2013), Greg Jones (2010) and Luke Marois (2007).
John Stark wins came from Widmann (fall at 132), Kellan Brien (fall at 182), Andrew Hewey (fall at 160) and Zach Feudner (fall at 195). John Stark’s Colton Millett, Isiah Prevo, Terry Zervos, Deric Farris and Matthew Hewey all won by forfeit.
MERRIMACK VALLEY 52, Oyster River 50
Merrimack Valley (9-3) squeezed out a win against Oyster River (4-8).
MV’s Emily Mulleavey scored 16 points, shooting 3-for-3 from the 3-point line, Mary Mullen added another 16 points and Mason Kimball scored 11 points. Oyster River was held to just six points in the second quarter.
“They’re a tougher team than their record reflects” said Merrimack Valley Coach David Huckins, citing Oyster River as the tallest team they’ve faced.
Aggressive rebounding and trapping on defense from MV seemed to make all the difference in the end.
MOULTONBOROUGH 32, CONCORD ChRISTIAN 29
The Lady Kingsmen traded the lead with Moultonborough throughout the game, but fell short.
Kendra Jarvis led the charge with a double-double, 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lily Rivera and Morgan Draus each added four points and Emily Purtell and Becca Johnson put in two points each.
Franklin 60, Inter-Lakes 31
Franklin (9-5) bounced back from a loss with a dominant victory over visiting Inter-Lakes (1-13). No details were reported.
Merrimack Valley 75, Oyster River 52
After graduating four of its top scorers last year, the Pride felt it had “quite the mountain to climb (at the beginning of the season),” Coach Kevin O’Brien said. But in an overall team effort, the Pride (4-8) took “a little step up that mountain” yesterday with a victory over Oyster River (3-8).
MV jumped to a quick lead, moving ahead 18-3 after the first quarter. It then tacked on 20 more points stay up, 38-16, at the half, and 10 more on in the third quarter to lead 48-35 going into the fourth. The team then played great defense to secure the win.
Nate Mulleavey (15 points), Bruce Barton (13 points) and Cole Remillard (12 points) led the scoring for the Pride. Brady Wentworth (10 points) and Ryan Head (nine points, nine rebounds) also contributed to the team’s climb.
Concord Christian 46, Moultonborough 42
Jeremiah Boulter (24 points, seven rebounds, three steals) led the Kingsmen as they took down the Panthers (6-6) to boost their record to 4-8.
Moultonborough led for the majority of the game, 13-11 after the first quarter, 21-19 at half and 36-30 after the third quarter. Concord Christian battled back in the fourth, however, to take and maintain the lead for the win. Jonathan Taylor (16 points, three steals) also contributed, while Tim Foster (nine rebounds) and Adam Sylvester (eight rebounds) anchored the defense.
Inter-Lakes 55, Franklin 53
Franklin (3-9) came close to upending Inter-Lakes (5-7) but fell a basket short. No details were reported.