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Bishop Brady boys’ tennis takes Lebanon to the limit

  • Bishop Brady's Jack Bryck hits the ball during the match against Lebanon at Memorial Field on Thursday, May 8, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff
  • Bishop Brady's Revanth Damerla serves during the match against Lebanon at Memorial Field on Thursday, May 8, 2014.<br/><br/>ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff

Bishop Brady boys’ tennis Coach Rick Skarinka was happy to be tied at 3-3 through singles play. And why shouldn’t he have been? Missing their No. 4 singles player and a doubles starter due to illness, the Green Giants had managed to stay even with a fourth-place Lebanon squad that had only lost one match all season (to 6-1 Hanover).

“We knew it was going to be a close match,” Skarinka said. “And it turned out that way.”

It couldn’t have been any closer through singles play, with two matches going into tiebreakers (Bishop Brady won both), but the Raiders (8-1) won two of three doubles contests, giving Lebanon a narrow 5-4 win over the Green Giants (6-3) at Memorial Field.

“Lebanon is good at getting the ball back up and down the ladder,” said Skarinka, adding that, “you can’t wait for Lebanon to make mistakes.”

The solution? Play aggressively.

That’s exactly what Thomas MacMullin did and it paid off. Trailing 3-0 early in his No. 5 singles match, the usual No. 6 starter came back to tie it up at 8-8 before defeating his opponent in the tiebreaker, 7-4.

“He took advantage of his opponent at the right times,” his coach said. “Thomas had to be aggressive to make those points.”

Jack Bryck also had to work hard for his win, defeating his Raider opponent at No. 2 singles, by the same 9-8 (7-4) scoreline. Danny Bryck won, 8-4, at No. 6 singles for Bishop Brady’s three wins on the singles courts. Danny Bryck and MacMullin won the No. 3 doubles contest, 8-4, but the next closest match was an 8-3 defeat on the No. 2 doubles court.

The good news for the Green Giants? They don’t have to wait long to take another crack at Lebanon. Bishop Brady travels to Lebanon on Monday and this time the Green Giants expect to have all of their starters ready to play. But despite having plenty of promise for the remainder of the season, it won’t be easy. Brady plays three matches next week and plays two of Division II’s toughest tennis programs, Goffstown (6-2) and Hanover (6-1), in addition to Lebanon.

“It’s a good test,” Skarinka said.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bow 8, Inter-Lakes 1

The Falcons (8-1) followed up their win over the Lakers from Monday with another victory, winning every match but No. 3 doubles.

Bow swept on singles courts 1-6, respectively, with Zach Zbehlik (9-8), Tim Bradley (8-5), Ben Maurer (8-0), Nathan Louf (8-1), Jacob Huppe (9-8) and Josh DeYoung (8-1) earning wins.

The Falcons won at No. 1 doubles with Zbehlik and Louf (8-4) and No. 2 with John Gibbens and Dave Anderson (8-5).

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Nashua south 5, Concord 4

The Crimson Tide (4-5) fell to Nashua South (6-2), completing a match that had been suspended due to rain on April 11.

In singles, Concord had victories at No. 1 (Gabby Killinger, 8-5), No. 2 (Skye Reese, 9-8) and No. 6 (Irene Ireme, 9-7).

The Tide swept doubles with Gabby Killinger and Ireme winning 8-6 at No. 1, Alex Killinger and Becky Cistulli winning, 9-7, at No. 2 and Reese and Meg Olive winning, 8-4, at No. 3.

BASEBALL

Winnisquam 7, White Mountains 3

With the score tied 2-2 in the fifth inning, Ben Wentworth (1-for-2, two RBI) hit a two-out single to bring home a run and he executed a perfect squeeze bunt in the seventh inning to score Dom DeBlasie for an insurance run to lead the Bears (7-1) to a road win over the Spartans (4-4).

Tucker Normand (3-for-4, two doubles, run scored, RBI), Dakota Tyno (2-for-4, two RBI) and Torrey Martinez (2-for-4, run) hit well. Martinez also pitched three strong innings in relief of freshman starter Mikey Lowery (one hit, seven walks, three runs allowed in four innings) allowing only a walk and two hits while striking out four.

“He was working the strike zone really well,” Winnisquam Coach Fred Caruso said.

SOFTBALL

Merrimack Valley 14, Lebanon 6

Erin Frost and Sam Hodkinson had big hits during a seven-run sixth that halted a rally from the Raiders (0-9).

Frost hit a three-run triple and Hodkinson had a two-run single in the inning for the Pride (4-4), which scored twice in the first inning and five runs in the fifth before Lebanon drew within one with a six-run top of the sixth. Kerry Fedion went 2-for-4 with an RBI and also pitched, striking out six in seven innings while allowing nine hits, six earned runs and three walks.

White Mountains 5, Winnisquam 4

The Bears (7-2) came up one run short in a seventh-inning rally, allowing the Spartans to maintain a perfect 8-0 record.

After Winnisquam scored one in the second inning, the Spartans blew open the third inning with five runs, behind a couple of singles and a three-run home run.

In the seventh inning, the Bears strung a few hits together to gather some momentum. Allie Trowsdale led off with a single, followed by a hit from Lindsay Raymond. Becky Rapoza hit a double to bring in a run, and Alyssa Clogston drove in two more before the Spartans recorded the final out.

Trowsdale pitched a solid game outside of the third, allowing six hits, one walk and striking out five. She allowed just one hit after the third.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Nashua South 11, Concord 7

The Crimson Tide (1-8) fell for the seventh straight game, this time to the Purple Panthers (2-7).

Ian Scurra and Tyler Martel led the way offensively with two goals apiece. Max Foisy, Connor Hawkins and Bradley Wheeler each added a goal.

Defensively, the Tide used Nick Zavarotney and Ethan Donlon, who registered six and five saves, respectively.

Laconia 10, Bishop Brady 7

The Green Giants (3-2) dropped a penalty-filled game to Laconia (5-3). Brady made too many costly mistakes in the first half and couldn’t stage a late comeback. Craig Newcomb played a fantastic game in the cage, making 25 saves.

John Stark 14, Kearsarge 4

The Generals (5-1) won their fourth straight in a dominant performance over the Cougars (4-5).

Leading the way offensively for John Stark were Matt Richard (five goals and three assists), Brody Fredericks (three goals, four assists) and Colbey Decotis (two goals, one assist). Drew McQuarrie also scored two goals.

Defensively, goalie August Colburn finished with 12 saves.

Kingswood 20, Merrimack valley 10

The Pride (4-3) was outscored in every quarter during a road loss to the Knights (5-3).

Kingswood jumped out to an early lead with four goals in the first quarter, and headed into halftime up 11-3. The Knights scored another 10 goals in the third quarter, putting the game out of reach for MV.

The Pride scored one goal in the first quarter, two in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth. Tanner Carter led the way for the Pride scoring five goals.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Hanover 21, Bow 15

The Falcons (2-6) showed great effort, but fell on the road to the high-scoring Marauders (6-2). Taylor Darrell (five goals) and Julia Currier (four goals) paced Bow’s offense while Amanda Murray, Currier and Darrell recorded six assists each. Alli Krause had command of the draws and Katie Lawson used to speed to lead the team in ground balls.

Kingswood 14, Merrimack Valley 7

Lily Davis and Karra Hebert scored twice for the Pride, which couldn’t dig out of a 10-4 halftime hole.

Amanda Nakodil, Ashley Demichelis and Raquel Gelinas also had goals for MV (0-8).

TRACK AND FIELD

Coe-Brown at Clipper Relays

The Bears girls’ team finished fourth while the boys team finished eighth at the 14-team Clipper Relays hosted by Portsmouth. Bedford won the girls’ meet with 96.91 points while Winnacunnet (91.94) and Milford (56.95) finished ahead of Coe-Brown (38.95). The 4x140 hurdle shuttle and 4,000 distance medley relays were winners. The discus (second) and javelin (fourth) team scores were other top finishers and the 4x800 relay finished fourth. The boys (13.5 points) finished behind winner Bedford (92.93) with Portsmouth (63.91) and Nashua North (61.94) rounding out the top three. The 4,000 distance medley relay won.

Bishop Brady at Kennett

The Green Giants boys and girls track teams both finished last in a tri-meet at Kennett. The hosts easily won the boys’ meet with 117, 80 points ahead of Kingswood (37) and solidly ahead of Bishop Brady (20). On the girls’ side, the hosts tallied 110 points, doubling up Kingswood (54) and defeating Brady (4).

Warren Bartlett (second 1,600), Grant Cahill (second discus), Michael St. Pierre (third 100, 200 and 400), Sean Sullivan (third discus), Jake Boesch (third 800) and the 4x400 (second) had top three finishes for the boys. Amelia Toole (second 800) and Shay Boisvert (fourth discus) scored points for the girls.

∎ The boys finished third and the girls placed fourth in a seven-team meet at Laconia on Tuesday. Highlights included Toole winning the mile and finishing third in the 800 meter. Sean Sullivan qualified provisionally for the state meet with a throw of 102-4 to finish fourth in the discus and John Kelly personal best tosses in both the shot put and discus (fifth).

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