High Schools: Hopkinton girls, Bow boys claim Capital Cup for Alpine skiing
Hopkinton's Meg Hemmerlein charges the slalom course during Saturday's high school alpine event at Blackwater/Proctor Ski Area. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Concord High School's David Schmitt approaches the finish line during Saturday's alpine slalom event at Blackwater/Proctor Ski Area. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Hopkinton's James McCluskey charges the slalom course during Saturday's high school alpine event at Blackwater/Proctor Ski Area. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Concord High School's Liam Healy crushes the slalom gate during Saturday's alpine high school race at Blackwater/Proctor Ski Area. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
The Capital Area is home to some of the best ski teams in the state. So when they all converged on the slopes at Proctor Academy yesterday, it’s no surprise that the top three teams were separated by a mere five points … on both the boys’ and girls’ sides.
Led by Anders Hanson’s victory in the slalom, Bow’s boys claimed the Capital Cup, scoring 379 points to edge Hopkinton (377) and Bishop Brady (374). Concord (350) and Pembroke (330) rounded out the field.
The girls’ race was just as close, with Hopkinton’s 2-3 finish in the slalom leading the it to a four-point win over Bow (376-372). Bishop Brady (371) was another point behind, followed by Concord (359), Pembroke (326) and Merrimack Valley (86).
Hanson finished his two runs in a combined time of 51.11, almost a second faster than runner-up Sunny Choi (51.95) of Bishop Brady. Phillip Rizzi (sixth, 55.71), Elias Hatem (eighth, 56.71) and Logan Whalley (10th, 57.99) all laid down top-10 runs to help the Falcons to victory.
Hopkinton nearly landed all four of its scoring skiers in the top 10, with Jake Hemmerlein fourth (54.46), James McCluskey fifth (54.93), Colby Tawney seventh (55.82) and Ned Metcalf 11th (59.01).
Choi and Jack Bryck (third, 53.69) went 2-3 for Brady, with Martin Hecka (ninth, 56.72) and John Kelly (18th, 66.86) rounding out the Giants’ scoring.
Concord bunched its four scoring skiers together, placing 13th through 16th with Freddie Sheehan (60.97), Caleb Seymour (63.16), Jules Townsend (63.38) and David Schmitt (65.11).
Andrew Goulet (20th, 68.29), Danny Caraway (30th, 77.9), David Miner (32nd, 79.25) and Peter Caraway (35th, 83.4) scored for Pembroke.
Ireland Tawney (58.29) and Meg Hemmerlein (58.37) finished second and third, respectively, to lead Hopkinton’s girls to victory along with Melissa Irwin (10th, 66.2) and maria Booth (13th, 70.28).
Bow took fourth and fifth behind Collette Gould (58.53) and Danielle Gould (59.7), and also received scoring from Meredith Howe (ninth, 65.13) and Gloria Bibbo (14th, 70.55).
Bishop Brady’s Jill Thomas won the race, with her 57.1-second combined time a full second faster than the runner-up. The Giants also received scoring runs from Nadia Crainich (seventh, 63.53), Gabby Eaton (eighth, 63.67) and Katie MacMullin (19th, 72.07).
Jess Malfait’s sixth-place finish (60.39) led Concord, along with Jessie Bean (11th, 66.98), Annie Decosta-Klipa (12th, 67.02) and Emily Lafond (18th, 72.0).
Lyla Boyajian (20th, 72.98), Hannah Cunningham (21st, 73.35), Larissa Amour (28th, 79.06) and Kasey Williams (32nd, 82.27) led Pembroke, while Rachel Demers (15th, 71.67) was the lone skier for Merrimack Valley.
Concord 40, Pelham 7
Concord 48, goffstown 23
Concord 29, Manchester West 12
Walters Ndi and Austin Lavoy each picked up three wins as Concord swept a trio of dual meets.
Ndi, undefeated at 182 pounds, earned an 18-8 major decision against Pelham, won by fall against West and by forfeit against Goffstown. Lavoy, at 285, won by fall against Pelham and picked up a pair of forfeit wins.
Vinny Benincasa (152, pin against Pelham, 7-0 decision against Goffstown) and Nick Engel (160, pin against Pelham, 8-3 decision against Goffstown) both picked up a pair of wins on the mat. Other wrestlers earning wins for the Tide were Connor Stadnicki (106, two forfeits), Brandon Simpson (120, pin against Goffstown), Dan Losacano (126, 5-2 decision against Goffstown), Brennan Haywood (132, 7-3 decision against Goffstown), Ian Wagner (138, 15-0 tech fall against West), Josh Ames (145, pin against Pelham), Clayton Spencer (170, pin against Pelham and one forfeit), Ian Burdin (195, two forfeits) and Travis Reyes (220, pin against Goffstown).
John Stark 1st, Winnisquam 4th
The Generals dominated at Franklin, scoring 241 points, more than twice that of second-place Campbell (120.5). Out of 14 Stark wrestlers, 11 made the finals, two made the consolation finals, and one defaulted due to an injury. Codi Gaudreau (120), Nick Widmann (126), Josh Vaillancourt (132), Andy Hewey (152) and Al Long (195) all placed first for the Generals. Deric Farris (106), John Wilcox (113), Greg LoFaro (138), Brad Vaillancourt (145), Kellan Brien (182) and Travis Pelletier (220) finished second, while Isaiah Prevo placed third at 285 and Alex Lavalliere came in fourth place at 170.
Winnisquam wrestled to a fourth-place finish, tallying a total of 90 points, despite two seniors being unable to attend the meet. Winners for the Bears were Logan Patten (106), Richard Mills (170) and Tyler Labonte (285). Tyler Swain (113) and Christian Duquette (152) each placed fourth.
Milford 52, Bow 12
Salem 42, Bow 18
Peter LaRiviere and Brandon Sawyer each went 2-0, providing highlights on a tough day for the Falcons, who fell to 5-10 in dual meets.
In the match against Milford, LaRiviere had a pin in the 152-pound match while Sawyer won by pin at 285.
Against Salem, LaRiviere was back down at his regular 145-pound class and came up with another pin, and Sawyer wrestled at 220 and earned his second pin of the day. Spencer Morrell also had a pin against Salem at 132 pounds.
Oyster River 2, Concord 0
Concord (2-9-1) outshot Oyster River, 31-19, but couldn’t get anything in the back of the net to fall to the Bobcats (8-3-1).
Arielle Berger stopped 17 shots in the Tide nets.
Bishop Brady-Trinity 4, Exeter 1
Bishop Brady-Trinity dominated offensively, outshooting the Blue Hawks 36-12.
Ann Margaret Disciscio started the scoring for Brady-Trinity (5-7) with a goal in the first period assisted by Stephanie Sloane. Later in the period, Kerry Twomey scored her first of two goals, assisted by Skylar Peppin. Arianna Harris tallied a second-period goal from Disciscio, and Twomey scored her second goal in the third period.
Lauren Owsowitz and Sarah Plourde combined for 11 saves in net.
Manchester Central 10,
Concord (5-5-2) took the lead just 2 1∕2 minutes into the game when Colin Stevens (from Sam Tardiff and Ethan Cole) buried a wrister from the high slot. But Central (8-3-0) scored 10 unanswered goals to turn it into a rout.
The Little Green got one back late in the first, then scored six times in the second.
“The second period it was just one after another,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “We turned the puck over a thousand times. We didn’t play with any energy or effort.”
Pinkerton 8, Bishop Brady 2
The Green Giants (1-11) jumped to a 2-0 lead just 4:19 into the game and led by that score after the first period, but after that “the wheels fell off,” according to Coach Randy Manni.
Spenser Sloane put the Giants up 1-0 with an unassisted goal just 39 seconds into the game when his shot from the point trickled in. Brady made it 2-0 at 4:19 when Sloane set up Zach Frament for a goal.
The Astros (7-5) switched goalies after Brady’s second goal, then went to work on the offensive end, scoring three goals in the second period and five in the third. Pinkerton was 3-for-5 on the power play, while Brady was 0-for-2.
Bow 1, Oyster River 0, OT
Mike Fanaras scored with 25 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Falcons (7-3-2) their fourth straight win.
No details were reported.
John Stark-Hopkinton 5,
The game was tied, 1-1 after two periods, but John Stark-Hopkinton (10-1-1) outshot the Sabers (9-4) 13-2 in the third, knocking in four shots to secure the win.
Simon Becka and Jacob Blanchette each tallied two goals, while Robbie Ferguson scored one.
John Brown had 13 saves in net for John Stark-Hopkinton.
Keene 56, Concord 49
The Crimson Tide (0-12) came out sluggish on the road against Keene on Friday night, and the Blackbirds opened the game with a 12-0 run.
Deb Morrill (five assists) scored all of her six points in the third to help cut the deficit to 41-37 going into the final quarter, but despite coming within one point of the lead four times, the Tide could not wrestle it away from the Blackbirds (4-9).
Cassidy Emerson led all scorers with 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five assists. Janessa Luciano and Peyton Osgood each finished with 10 points.