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High Schools: Total team effort gives Bow Nordic team Capital Cup victory

  • Brooke Fortin of Bow pushes towards the end of her lap in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    Brooke Fortin of Bow pushes towards the end of her lap in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
    SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

  • Tom Echelberger of Hopkinton maintains his lead over Thomas Cleary of Bow, Jim Larson of Dreeyfield in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    Tom Echelberger of Hopkinton maintains his lead over Thomas Cleary of Bow, Jim Larson of Dreeyfield in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
    SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

  • Brooke Fortin of Bow pushes towards the end of her lap in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    Brooke Fortin of Bow pushes towards the end of her lap in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
    SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is upended by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is upended by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay (22) picks up an offensive foul as he drives into Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay (22) picks up an offensive foul as he drives into Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

  • Brooke Fortin of Bow pushes towards the end of her lap in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff
  • Tom Echelberger of Hopkinton maintains his lead over Thomas Cleary of Bow, Jim Larson of Dreeyfield in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff
  • Brooke Fortin of Bow pushes towards the end of her lap in the cross country ski relay race at Waterville Valley; Wednesday, February 6, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff
  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is upended by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) during the second period of their NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay (22) picks up an offensive foul as he drives into Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce during second-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

The Bow Nordic team had a successful day at Waterville Valley in the Capital Area Cup yesterday. The Bow boys had a strong win in the relays, while the girls came from behind to pull out a close win over Hopkinton, giving the Falcons first place in the combined results.

Hopkinton, taking second on the boys’ and girls’ sides, took the runner-up spot, and Concord placed third overall (third place for the girls, fourth for the boys). Kearsarge came in fifth behind Bedford with a sixth-place finish in each relay.

Waterville’s trails, stockpiled with man-made snow, provided a solid course for racing on a cold and windy day.

“It was a great day of racing, especially when the conditions have been so thin and difficult so far this season,” Bow Coach Chris Naimie said.

On the boys’ side, Bow was able to score a fairly decisive win with an overall time of 22 minutes, 43 seconds, good for 1:40 ahead of Hopkinton’s 24:23.

Thomas Cleary pulled out ahead of the pack to give the Falcons the early lead, and teammates Mitch Blair, Jeff Andrew and Kevin McCully opened up the gap even farther to carry on to the finish.

Tom Echelberger, Carter Van Eitreim, Owen Kanter and Cam DeBrusk made up the relay for the second-place Hawks, which finished 25 seconds ahead of Derryfield. Concord’s team of Josh Pifer, Aaron Dierdorf, Sam Brown and Nate LaTourette was fourth in 26:35, and Kearsarge took sixth place in 30:59 through the efforts of Keatton Hansen, Joe Kealy, Peter Martin and Conor Terhune.

The girls’ relays were much closer and featured multiple lead changes. Derryfield raced out to a lead after the opening leg, but Hopkinton and Bow quickly got into contention, as the Hawks’ Sarah Nadeau and the Falcons’ Lilly Naimie stayed close behind the leader.

Hopkinton took the lead during the second leg thanks to Caroline Sweny, but the last word again came from the Falcons, who had Ana Urbina keep pace with the leader before Lindsey Reynolds got Bow in front on the third leg, while Judith Marklin kept the Hawks close behind. The deciding matchup proved to be when Bow’s Naomi Kramer faced Hopkinton’s Shannon Nadeau on the last leg, and Bow eked out the victory, with Kramer crossing the finish line at the 26:23 mark to beat Hopkinton (26:35) by 12 seconds.

The Concord girls’ relay of Kate Andy, Michealla Conery, Olivia Cattabriga and Zoe Honigberg took third place in 29 minutes, while Kearsarge’s team of Emmaline Keene, Swetlana Kozikowski, Geneva Heffernan and Emily Kelly was sixth (34:03).

A total of 176 kids competed in a rare race with suitable conditions for this season, but Bow came out on top, albeit in a different fashion between the boys and girls, to have the most satisfying day out of the nine schools attending.

“The boys’ win was nice, but there’s a lot to be said for the comeback by the girls,” Coach Naimie said. “To compete with teams like Hopkinton, Concord and Derryfield, and to see all the kids ski well is satisfying. It’s a great event.”

BOYS’ HOCKEY

nashua south 2, concord 1

The Tide outshot the Purple Panthers 50-12 but wasn’t able to capitalize as it dropped to 5-6-2 and Nashua South picked up its first win.

Braden Smith scored the lone Tide goal, assisted by Mitchell Hayes and Adam Godbout, with three minutes left in the second period and Concord already trailing by two.

Ben Nelson recorded 10 saves for the Tide, which faces St. Thomas at home tomorrow.

Exeter 7, Bishop Brady 1

The Green Giants (1-12) got on the board early and led 1-0 after the first period thanks to a Casey Anderson goal, but Exeter (4-9) scored twice in the second to take the lead and then turned up its offense to score five more goals in the third.

Andrew Chorlian and Craig Hering assisted on Anderson’s goal.

The Giants outshot Exeter but suffered from defensive breakdowns in the final period.

bow 4, goffstown 3

Hunter Berke netted a hat trick and Derek Tillotson tallied the game-winner with 50 seconds left to lift the Falcons to 8-3-2. Tillotson crashed the net just at the opportune time to seal the victory.

Connor Simpson posted 14 saves for the Falcons, who face Kingswood on Saturday.

john stark-hopkinton 7,
portsmouth 1

Six different scorers combined to knock off the Clippers and help John Stark-Hopkinton improve to 11-1-1.

Garrett Thomas led the scoring effort with a pair of goals, and Peter Sawitsky, Jacob Blanchette, Keith Galli, Robbie Ferguson and Kyle Kolehmainen added single tallies.

John Stark-Hopkinton outshot Portsmouth 34-12 and Tyler Raczkowski earned the win in net.

Souhegan 12,
Kearsarge 4

Sophomore Matt Pickman scored a natural hat trick for Kearsarge (3-10) during the second period, but it wasn’t enough for the Cougars, who had to play with their captain, Will AuFranc, out of position in goal due to injuries.

Souhegan (10-4) was on top 5-1 after the first period and scored four more in the second to stay ahead despite Pickman’s scoring.

Tristan Rowe also scored for Kearsarge, while Shayne Cashin, Kelsie Dalton and Rowe had assists.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Concord 4, Con-Val 1

Junior defenseman Elizabeth Donlon scored twice for the Crimson Tide (3-9-1), which broke a six-game winless streak against a Con-Val team (0-10) still looking for its first win. The Cougars did manage to score their first goal of the season.

Shea Quinn and Kate Dasey scored the other two goals for Concord, which outshot Con-Val 38-2. Assists were produced by Meg Ficarra (two), Erin Reale, Sarah Ek and Aelin Shea.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

hopkinton 52,
kearsarge 47

Steve Auger tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and six steals to push the Hawks (10-4) to victory in their fourth game in seven days. Auger sealed the game with five seconds left with a steal and layup off of a deflection by Riley McNicholas as Kearsarge (4-10) had a chance to tie the game.

Liam McNicholas (eight points, five assists), Jake Nelson (five points, six rebounds), Harry Legier (five points, five rebounds) and Gabe Nichols (seven points, six rebounds) also played well for Hopkinton, which gets some time off before facing Bow on Tuesday.

Peter Allen led the Cougars with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Carter Noordsij scored 10 and grabbed four rebounds and Ollie Gallo scored six with eight rebounds and three assists. Casey Laughinghouse (six points, five rebounds), Dan Orlando (three points, six rebounds) and Sam Van Etten (two points, three rebounds) played well in the post.

WRESTLING

timberlane 59, concord 9

The Tide ended the regular season with a tough loss to the Owls and finished at 13-2.

Vinny Benincasa earned a win by pin at 152 pounds, and Walters Ndi earned the only other win at 182 with a 2-1 overtime win.

Winnisquam 51, Bow 27

The Bears (8-3) won nine bouts to top Bow (5-11) in their final dual meet of the season. Winnisquam’s squad had five pins and a decision, along with three forfeits, to take the majority of points over the Falcons.

“We’ve showed a lot of progress since our first dual meet of the season,” Bears Coach Paul Hrycuna said.

Among the highlights for Winnisquam were the third-period pin by Tyler Field (126 pounds) and the hard-fought 18-16 decision won by Christian Duquette (152) in a back-and-forth bout.

Also winning for the Bears were Logan Patten (106) by pin, Tyler Swain (113) by pin, Justin Serrano (138) by pin, Jeremy Wentworth (160) by forfeit, Rich Mills (170) by pin, Jesse Duquette (182) by forfeit and DJ Aldridge (220) by forfeit.

For the Falcons, Brendan Mooney (120), Spencer Morrell (132) and Peter LaRiviere (145) won by pin, while Tony Roberts (195) won by forfeit. Heavyweight Brandon Sawyer (220) was victorious in double overtime.

John Stark 47, Campbell 23

John Stark 9, Trinity 0

The Generals (16-2) finished their final dual meet of the season on a good note with several solid bouts delivered in a win over Campbell, and two wins in bouts over Trinity’s two wrestlers.

“We’re excited about where we are,” John Stark Coach Bill Walton said. “Going into the tournament, it doesn’t matter how you win as long as you win.”

Stark was behind early against Campbell but went on a string of wins. Greg LoFaro (138 pounds) got the first victory of the day on a pin in 1:29 before Brad Vaillancourt (145) got a tight 9-8 decision over his opponent. The heavier wrestlers started to make their presence felt for Stark, as Andy Hewey (152) won on a 15-0 tech fall, Alex Lavalliere (182) won a 12-1 major decision, Al Long (220) got a pin in nine seconds, and Travis Pelletier (285) pinned his opponent in 1:44.

Back around to the lighter wrestlers, Deric Farris (106) won by pin in a marathon bout of 5:21, John Wilcox (113) won by forfeit, and Codi Gaudreau (120) picked up another dominant win by a 16-0 technical fall.

Against Trinity, Josh Vaillancourt (132) won by a 10-7 decision, while Long got another pin, this time in 1:14.

BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING

At Pats Peak

Anders Hanson finished first to lead Bow in a six-team meet at Pats Peak. The Falcons tallied 382 points to defeat Bishop Brady (374), Hopkinton (368), Hillsboro-Deering (343), Prospect Mountain (328) and Windham (252).

Elias Hatem (third), Logan Whalley (sixth) and David Chern (13th) also scored for Bow.

Sunny Choi took second to pace the Green Giants, followed by Jack Bryck (fifth), Brendan Bryck (ninth) and Martin Hecka (14th).

Hopkinton tallied points from Jake Hemmerlein (fourth), Cam DeBrusk (seventh), Austin Cowan (eighth) and Carmen Repucci (20th).

Danny Egner paced the Hillcats with an 11th-place finish. Tim Wilson (13th), Mike Collins (17th) and Chris Tanner (31st) also skied well for Hillsboro-Deering.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

at Pats peak

Meg Hammerlein claimed first to lead Hopkinton in a seven-team meet at Pats Peak. The Hawks edged Bishop Brady by seven points, 370-363, followed by Prospect Mountain (362), Bow (359), Windham (340), Hillsboro-Deering (322) and Merrimack Valley (84).

Ireland Tawney (fourth), Maria Booth (14th) and Melissa Irwin (15th) also scored for the Hawks.

Jill Thomas led Bishop Brady with a second-place finish, followed by teammates Gabby Eaton (11th), Nadia Crainich (12th) and Katie MacMullin (16th).

Bow’s scoring included Danielle Gould (sixth), Collette Gould (eighth), Meredith Howe (13th) and Claire McCann (19th).

Sarah Egner (22nd), Rebekah Crowley (25th), Autumn Wightman (26th) and Jordan Goofliff (28th) powered the H-D attack.

MV’s lone participant was Rachel Demers, who claimed 18th.

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