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Hillsboro-Deering boys’ basketball team starts strong, ends skid

  • Dan Kulbacki of Hillsboro-Deering attempts a score with Kyle Seale (right), Kenny Jenkins (center), and JAke Mann (left) of  Sanborn tying to stop him on defense; Thursday January 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Dan Kulbacki of Hillsboro-Deering attempts a score with Kyle Seale (right), Kenny Jenkins (center), and JAke Mann (left) of Sanborn tying to stop him on defense; Thursday January 17, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Josh Gould of Hillsboro-Deering charges towards the basket against Sean Foster of Sanborn; Thursday January 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Josh Gould of Hillsboro-Deering charges towards the basket against Sean Foster of Sanborn; Thursday January 17, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Dan Kulbacki of Hillsboro-Deering attempts a score with Kyle Seale (right), Kenny Jenkins (center), and JAke Mann (left) of  Sanborn tying to stop him on defense; Thursday January 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Josh Gould of Hillsboro-Deering charges towards the basket against Sean Foster of Sanborn; Thursday January 17, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Mired in a four-game losing streak, the Hillsboro-Deering boys’ basketball team was in need of a solid, consistent performance to build upon. The Hillcats were able to accomplish just that with a win in a close, back-and-forth contest at home against Sanborn last night. H-D scored three late points to break a 48-all tie and pull out the home win, 51-48.

Trying to get back in the win column wasn’t easy for the Hillcats (3-7), who were looking for a quality team performance from start to finish. In particular, the first quarter had been an issue for H-D.

“We made it a goal to get out early in the first quarter,” H-D Coach Scott Drapeau said. “(Our play in the first) has been killing us.”

The Hillcats were able to buck that recent trend with a solid opening frame and went up by seven points in the early going. Sanborn (2-8), however, would not go quietly and found a way back into the game. H-D led for the majority of play but was never able to relax with the Indians close behind.

The closing minutes saw Sanborn pull into a 48-48 tie with the host Hillcats, but H-D kept its composure. With under a minute to play, senior Viktor Montanez hit a 15-foot jumper to put H-D up by two. After a subsequent defensive stop, forward Dan Kulbacki was fouled while bringing down an offensive board and made a free throw to give the Hillcats a definitive three-point advantage.

Kulbacki was the high points scorer for H-D with 19 points, while sophomore small forward Troy Girard scored 10 points in his varsity debut.

“(Girard) was able to hit big shots and play with confidence,” Drapeau said.

Max Parenteau and Montanez played tough defense throughout the game to help keep the Hillcats ahead.

The victory should help to get some momentum going for H-D through the home stretch of the schedule, but if nothing else the win provided a blueprint for how the Hillcats should play on any given night.

“We brought more of a focus and mental toughness tonight than we had in recent games,” Drapeau said. “We were able to make more plays than (Sanborn) did at the end.”

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Hanover 10, Concord 0

The Crimson Tide (2-6) had a tough night on the road against a strong, undefeated Hanover team (9-0) that has given up only four goals this season.

Arielle Berger made 22 saves in net for Concord, while the Tide put up 15 shots on goal.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

John Stark-Hopkinton 2,
Moulton./Inter-Lakes 2, OT

A flurry of first-period action led to a tie between John Stark-Hopkinton (8-0-1) and Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes (4-3-1).

The teams traded goals in the opening period, with Stark-Hopkinton getting on the board first via senior defenseman Thomas Zervos. Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes pulled ahead with two straight goals before Keith Galli tied the score at two-all.

Stark-Hopkinton hit posts on a couple of shots, while Moultonborough/Inter-Lakes had a goal disallowed, leaving the game deadlocked.

Goaltender Connor McDonald made 31 saves for Stark-Hopkinton, which itself generated 43 shots on net.

WRESTLING

Concord 52, Nashua South 17

The Crimson Tide (7-1) won 11 bouts in a dual meet at Nashua South (2-5).

Winning by pin for Concord were freshman Connor Stadnicki (106 pounds), Dan Losacano (126), Vinny Benincasa (152), Nick Engel (160), Merrick VanHoesen (182) and Walters Ndi (195).

Mitchell Comeau (132), Ian Wagner (138), Clayton Spencer (170) and Travis Reyes (220) won by forfeit, and Ben Nawn (145) won by decision, 12-2.

Bow 33, Pelham 28

The Falcons improved their dual-meet record to 3-7, earning three wins on the mat and three by forfeit.

Spencer Morrell (145 pounds) and Eric Scott (152) each won by pin, and Peter LaRiviere (138) won a key match 4-2 in overtime.

John Stark 61,
White Mountains 15

The Generals (11-1) emerged from the long trip to White Mountains (7-6) with a resounding victory.

Senior Codi Gaudreau continued his excellent form this season and won his 100th varsity bout with a pin in the 120-pound class.

“(Gaudreau) is a player who has done everything right,” John Stark Coach Bill Walton said. “He’s a dedicated worker who has trained in the offseason and during the summer. It’s good to see that type of hard work pay off.”

Along with Gaudreau’s milestone win, 10 other Stark wrestlers were victorious. Deric Farris (106), Brad Vaillancourt (145), Travis Pelletier (220) and Isaiah Prevo (285) all won by forfeit, while John Wilcox (113), Josh Vaillancourt (126), Greg LoFaro (138) and Jacob Bumford (160) won their bouts via pins. Andy Hewey (152) won by major decision, 13-0, and Alex Lavalliere (170) won by a 6-3 decision.

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