High Schools: MV dominates home track meet
Merrimack Valley senior Andrew Alicea leaps to the victory with a distance of 19 feet, 4 inches in the long jump event at Merrimack Valley High School on Friday, May 10, 2013. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Pembroke sophomore Emma Foss crosses the finish line in the 100 yard dash during Friday's meet at Merrimack Valley High School. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
It was the experience of the senior class that led the Merrimack Valley boys’ and girls’ track and field teams to victories in their final regular-season home meet. And for the girls it was especially sweet. After losing by a single point to Goffstown in a meet at Hollis-Brookline on Tuesday, the Pride and the Grizzlies were once again neck and neck heading into the final event yesterday. It was fitting that senior Meredith Ramsey, in the final event of her final home meet, ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay (4:12) to give Merrimack Valley a 107-104 win over Goffstown.
Bishop Brady (27) and Pembroke (18) were third and fourth. The win capped off an impressive day for Ramsey, who earlier finished second in the 400 in a school-record time of 59.92, won the 100 (12.77) and anchored the winning 4x100 relay (52.42).
“We had a blockbuster of a track meet today,” Pride Coach Bob Mullen said. “It was our seniors who led the team to first-place finishes.”
Fellow Pride senior Julianah Adejuyigbe, who is back from an injury, led a group of throwers with “lots of firepower and depth,” according to Mullen, with wins in the shot put (34-4) and discus (115-4). Maureen Mullen utilized her experience in the throws (second javelin, second shot put, third discus), but also scored points in the high jump, an event she had never competed in before.
Aside from the trio of seniors, the Pride also had good performances from Randee Tatham and Heidi Gooch (third 400), who ran on both the winning relays. Erin Bresslin (second long jump) ran on the 4x100 and also won the pole vault (7-6). Mikayla Godfrey completed the 4x400 squad. Morgan Walton won the 800 (2:38). Mary Mullen was second in discus and third in the javelin.
Seniors were also pivotal to the Pride’s victory in the boys’ meet. MV collected 135.5 points to decisively defeat Goffstown (64.5), Pembroke (27) and Bishop Brady (19) and remain undefeated. Andrew Alicea won the 100 (11.54), long jump (19-4) and the shot put (44-4) in addition to running on the winning 4x100 relay (46.23) with seniors Bibek Thapa (second 200, third 400) and John Lindonen. Lindonen also won the 110 hurdles (16.08), javelin (147-3) and the high jump (5-8) in his first time competing in the event. Colin Phillips and Vinny Tevnan were the seniors leaders in the 3,200, finishing first (Phillips won in 10:08) and third.
The best non-senior finishes came from Brendan Polichronopoulos (third 100), who ran on the 4x100 and winning 4x400 relay (4:40) with Josiah Platte (second shot put), Carter Saltmarsh and Trevor Parsons (second 110 hurdles, third high jump), in addition to winning the 400 (51.68). Saltmarsh won the 800 (2:09), Platte won the discus (102-6) and Parsons won the pole vault (9-0). Keegan Hanks (second 400), Walker John (second 800), Brandon Richardson (second 1,600) and Matthew Gilliland (second discus) all had runner-up finishes.
Pembroke was led on the boys’ side by victories from John Sanborn in the 1,600 (4:59) and Cody Steed in the triple jump (39-10). Tristan Parker (third shot put), Drew Harrison (fourth 400) and the second-place 4x400 relay (Harrison, Sanborn, Steed and Ryan Jacques) did well for the Spartans, while the girls were led by Elizabeth Abbott (third 1,600, fifth 800), Emma Foss (third 110 hurdles) and Maddie Bardier (third triple jump).
Bishop Brady boys’ were paced by Warren Bartlett (second pole vault, fourth 3,200), Chris Sievers (second javelin) Aaron Svendsen (third long jump) and David Rauseo (third discus, fifth shot put). The girls were led by Haley Parent’s victory in the triple jump (29-10) and third-place finish in the 800, Brooke Solomon (second 200, third 100) and Josie Kliebenstein (second 100, third 200).
Alvirne 2, Concord 1
The Crimson Tide (8-4) could only muster five hits, and has now lost four of its last six games.
Concord trailed 2-0 in the sixth but got one back in the bottom half. Ben Bengtson led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on Cody Ferns’s sacrifice fly, but it was all the offense the Tide could muster.
Bengtson went 2-for-3 with a run and stolen base, and Ferns had a hit in addition to driving in the lone run. John Clary started and went 51∕3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out three, and Seimou Smith pitched the final 12∕3, striking out two and allowing no hits, walks or runs.
Plymouth 8, Coe-Brown 7
The Bears (5-8) held a one-run lead heading into the final inning, but errors and untimely fielding mishaps gave Plymouth (7-5) two runs in the seventh inning for the win.
The Bobcats had a six-run rally in the fourth inning to go up 6-1, but Coe-Brown fought back, as Sean Simoneau (two hits) had a bases-clearing double and Brennan Riley (two hits) had an RBI-single to help the Bears take the lead, 7-6. An error and mishandled line drive, however, put the game-tying and game-winning runs across the plate for Plymouth. Both teams had 11 hits in what was “a back and forth game,” according to Bears Coach James Johnson.
Hollis-Brookline 3, John Stark 2
The Generals (3-8) used small ball to grab a 2-1 third-inning lead, but two runs in the fifth put the Cavaliers on top for good.
Ryan Thompson began the third by reaching on a two-base error, and after James Henry reached on a bunt and stole second, Nick Manna brought in Thompson on a suicide squeeze that he beat out for a single. The play worked, so Stark tried it again, this time scoring Henry as David Nelson turned a bunt into an infield single.
Henry went 1-for-2 with two walks and three stolen bases, also making a diving catch in right field, while Jeff Taylor played well in center. Freshman Egan Nickerson, making his second varsity start, struck out five while allowing three earned runs, six hits and three walks in all seven innings.
Milford 3, Merrimack Valley 1
The Pride (7-3) got another strong start out of pitcher Cody Barton, surrendering only five hits, but that wasn’t enough as the Spartans (3-7) picked up the win.
The Pride’s lone run came in the fourth inning off a sacrifice fly from Barton that drove home Brady Wentworth. Milford scored two in the fourth and one run in the fifth. Riley Linehan finished strong, striking out two batters as part of a 1-2-3 seventh inning, but the Pride couldn’t get any offensive production.
Manchester West 0
The Spartans (9-2) scored 10 runs in the fourth inning and got a solid all-around game from Shane St. Onge en route to a convincing five-inning win over Manchester West (3-8).
St. Onge pitched five innings of one-hit baseball, striking out eight and walking two in the process. St. Onge also was productive at the plate, bringing home two runs on a sacrifice fly. Mike Martinez had a double and walked twice, scoring three runs. Brandon Bachelder went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch, with one run, RBI and stolen base. Autrey Gates went 2-for-3 with a double, stolen base and RBI.
Hopkinton 14, Franklin 0
The Hawks (6-5) scored six runs in the second inning and five in the fourth to easily defeat Franklin (1-11) for their fourth straight win.
Collin Paraskeva had a home run and a triple with three RBI to lead Hopkinton’s offense. Andrew Clay (2-for-2), Harry Legier (2-for-3, RBI) and Riley McNicholas (triple, three RBI) also contributed. Steve Auger had a steal and a run and Collin O’Keeffe had an RBI single. Legier tossed a one-hitter in the shortened five-inning game with four strikeouts and no walks.
Winnisquam 7, Mascoma 2
The Bears (9-2) only had four hits, but took advantage of five Mascoma errors to take the win at home.
Austin Hunt pitched the first 51∕3 innings, giving up seven hits and two runs, although neither was earned. He escaped bases loaded jams in the third, fourth and fifth with much help from catcher Dom DeBlaise, who blocked multiple curveballs in the dirt as Hunt worked his way out of trouble. Parker Normand helped out as well as he came on with one out in the sixth with men on second and third and got out of it without allowing a run before finishing things off in the seventh.
The Bears’ first five runs were all unearned – two in the second and three in the third on three errors and three walks – but they gave back two unearned runs in the sixth as the Royals (6-4) made it 5-2. But Winnisquam got those two back in the next half inning as Normand (2-for-3) delivered an RBI single and then scored on a double from Rob Goddell (2-for-3, two runs).
Concord 9, Alvirne 3
Concord (11-1) exacted a bit of revenge on the team that knocked it out of the playoffs the last two years, combining timely hitting with some wildness by Alvirne (eight walks, six wild pitches, two passes balls) to beat the two-time defending champs.
After the teams traded first-inning runs, Concord took control with two runs in both the second and third innings. The Broncos (7-6) trimmed the margin to 5-3 after five, but Concord iced it with a four-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run home run from Jess Carroll.
Jasmine Morin had a pair of RBI singles, Dani Morrill doubled, tripled and drove in two runs, and Katie Kennard had a pair of hits. Katherine Muzzey, Amy Morin and Molly Emerson also had hits.
Kaitlyn Kelleher earned the win, striking out two and scattering six hits over the first five innings. All three runs were unearned. Morrill threw two innings of perfect relief, striking out two.
Coe-Brown 14, Plymouth 2, 6 inn.
Lauren Jones and Amanda Riley had big days at the plate to lead the Bears (10-2) to the easy win.
Riley went 4-for-5 with a triple, double and three RBI, while Jones was 4-for-5 with a triple, double and two RBI. Jess Ohrenberger had three hits and drove in four RBI, and Kianna Daudelin pitched six innings while allowing five hits, two runs and one walk and striking out four.
Milford 14, Merrimack Valley 0
Five runs in the third and three in the fifth sent the Spartans on their way to an easy win at Merrimack Valley (5-5).
Kerry Fedion and Maggie Carey had singles for the Pride, while Erin Frost played well defensively at third base.
There was a scary moment in the game when two MV players collided in the outfield in the third inning, sending one of them to the hospital. According to Coach Sam York, the player was being kept overnight for observation but was making progress in her recovery.
Bow 9, Pelham 8, 9 inn.
An early 6-0 hole wasn’t too much for the Falcons to overcome, as Bow rallied back to beat Pelham in extra innings.
Bow pulled within 6-5 after five, but fell behind 8-5 entering the bottom of the seventh. Maddie Palisi drove in the tying run with two outs to force extras, where the Falcons pulled it out in nine.
Leadoff hitter Miki Dowd went 5-for-5 and scored four runs to spark the offense. Cleanup hitter Kylie Iasillo was 2-for-3 with a two doubles, a sacrifice fly and four RBI, and Kelsie Flynn and Madison Stanley each went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
Iasillo went the distance in the circle for the win, yielding four earned runs on nine hits. She struck out nine and walked four. Stanley had a stellar game behind the plate.
Franklin 9, Hopkinton 6
Mariah Gauthier hit a three-run homer in the first inning to put the Golden Tornadoes (10-2) up 4-0 and Franklin wouldn’t relinquish the lead in a battle between two of the strongest Div. III softball programs.
Lexi Colpack and Shelby Joyce led off with singles and Kat Styles reached on an error to score the runs in the first inning rally. But Franklin committed three errors in the top of the second and Maddy Bergethon (three RBI) hit a two-run triple to help Hopkinton (8-3) cut the lead to 4-3. The Golden Tornadoes, however, responded with a five-run rally to go up, 9-3. Colpack hit a two-run homer to left center and the rally continued thanks to singles from Jill Roberts, Styles and Gauthier and a sacrifice bunt from Kaitlyn Brace. The Hawks wouldn’t go down without a fight as Kasey Smith (2-for-3, four stolen bases, two runs) led a three-run sixth inning to cut the deficit in half.
Hopkinton continued to battle in the final inning. Becca Shatney (2-for-4) had a leadoff double and a Courtney Benson single followed by a steal put runners in scoring position with no outs, but winning pitcher Kelsey Bird made a full-arm extended catch on Emily Bogart’s bullet of a line drive and threw out Shatney at third. Bird (seven strikeouts, five hits allowed) struck out the next batter to end the game.
Shatney had two hits, gave up four earned runs on nine hits and struck out seven Franklin batters to lead Hopkinton. Maddie Constant played well at second base for Franklin.
Winnisquam 15, Mascoma 3
The Bears (4-8) scored 10 runs in the first three frames on their way to this five-inning win at home. Allie Trowsdale earned the pitching win, striking out five, walking one and allowing three hits. None of Mascoma’s runs were earned.
Marissa DeBlaisie went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs and two doubles to lead the Winnisquam offense. Rachel Wilcutt (3-for-4, three runs, RBI, two doubles) and Elyssa Clairmont (2-for-3, three RBI, three runs) also had big days for the Bears.
Fall Mountain 8,
Fall Mountain (1-11) scored three runs in the first and three more in the third as the Wildcats earned their first win of the season over H-D (2-9). The Hillcats were led by Leah Rheault (2-for-4), Alyssa Bailey (1-for-2), Jenna Rheault (1-for-3) and Kaitlyn Bergstresser (1-for-1).
Bow 17, Keene 5
Mike Fanaras scored six goals and added three assists as the Falcons rolled to an impressive road win.
Bow got off to a quick start, taking a 9-0 first-quarter lead, and it grabbed 11-2 and 14-4 leads after the second and third quarters, respectively. Matt Sanford had four goals and four assists, Devin Calkins had four goals and three assists, Dan Crisman had three assists and Luke Laboe, Charley Reagan and Devin Barker added one goal apiece.
Merrimack Valley 8
The Pride held the Hawks to a 5-3 lead at halftime, but Hopkinton (10-0) scored three goals in the final 2:23 of the third quarter to seal the win and remain undefeated.
Henry Merrow (three assists) and Austin Cowan (assist) each had four goals to lead the Hawks. Ned Metcalf “dominated at faceoffs,” according to Hopkinton Coach Doug Maynard, while also contributing one goal and three assists. Doug Fleury scored his first varsity goal.
David West had three goals and one assist with Tanner Carter and Cody Thurston adding two goals and one assist each for MV (1-8). Blake Gaboriault played well defensively in the midfield and held Hopkinton All-State midfielder Bennett Mosseau to two goals. Alain Authier made 16 saves.
“It was our best performance of the year so far,” said MV Coach Sean O’Brien, “it was a very competitive, close game.”
Manchester Central 5
The Crimson Tide (5-7) got the transition game rolling in the second half, allowing it to take command and build a 5-2 halftime lead into a blowout.
Mary Annon and Lexi Erickson paced the Tide with four goals each, while Jess Malfait, normally a midfielder, played well while having to fill in in goal.
In a battle between two top-four teams, Kearsarge (10-0) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead and held off a strong Lebanon (7-3) comeback bid.
The Raiders trimmed their deficit to 6-3 at halftime, then pulled within a goal, 6-5, at the 23:52 mark of the second half. But goals by Geneva Heffernan, Lianna Blakeman and Libby Brooks boosted the Cougars to a 9-6 lead. Lebanon’s final goal made it 12-10, but neither team could break through in a hard-fought final four minutes.
Morgan Galluzzo had a “phenomenal” game in net, Coach Scott Slogic said, and was backed by solid play from her defenders. Heffernan led the Cougars with three goals and two assists, Brooks scored three goals, Gemma Bready notched two, and Anna Stowell, Jonalyn Burt, Kate Anderson and Blakeman added one apiece. Mo Moran scored half the goals for Lebanon, which Kearsarge plays again in just six days.
Winnacunnet 19, Bow 17
The Falcons had a 6-5 lead at half, but saw it slip away as the game turned into a shootout. A last-gasp rally fell short, as Bow scored the last four goals in the final 1:20 but wasn’t able to climb all the way back.
Lindsey Reynolds led the way offensively with eight goals and an assist, while Kelsey Mumford had a hat trick and Emma Garfield and Amanda Murray contributed two goals apiece.
Concord 8, Bishop Guertin 1
Concord (12-1) moved one step closer to clinching the No. 2 seed for the postseason with a solid victory against a BG (5-6) team that was fighting for its playoff life.
The Tide swept singles behind Greg Cistulli (8-4), Justin Toler (8-2), Evan Hewey (8-1), Thomas Bengtson (8-5), Josh Pifer (8-3) and Mattias Lambert (8-3).
Cistulli and Toler cruised to an 8-1 win at first doubles, and Bengtson and Lambert won, 8-4, at No. 3. Pifer and Hewey battled in an 8-6 loss at second doubles.
Bishop Brady 8, Trinity 1
The Green Giants (7-5) swept their singles matches to get a road win over Trinity (1-8).
Going down the ladder with victories for Bishop Brady were No. 1 Revanth Damerla (8-2), No. 2 Jack Bryck (8-1), No. 3 Brendan Bryck (8-0), No. 4 Logan Sigua (8-1), No. 5 Nick Vermette (8-1) and No. 6 Tim Garrett (8-2).
The No. 2 doubles duo of Thomas MacMullin/Jake Davis won 8-5, and the No. 3 team of Christian Degges/Jackson Bouley won in a tiebreak 9-8 (7-4).
Coe-Brown 6, Goffstown 2
The Bears (6-5) got over .500 but it wasn’t easy, as they had to win five matches that went to at least 8-4.
Alex Wimsatt won, 9-7, at No. 2 singles, and he was joined by Jessie Cole (No. 4, 8-6), Garrett Kunz (No. 5, 8-4) and Connor Bell (No. 6, 8-6). Wimsatt teamed with Jakob Zylak to win, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles, and Jeremy Fenerty and Brian Gordon won, 8-3, at third doubles. With the match decided, the No. 2 doubles match was called early.
Pembroke 5, Kennett 4
The bottom half of the Spartans roster came up big, winning the third through sixth singles matches and the third singles match, to narrowly escape defeat against Kennett.
No. 3 Alex Chea (8-6), No. 4 Andrew Boddie (8-4), No. 5 Kyle Haas (8-4) and No. 6 Sam Yeaton (8-1) were victorious at singles. Yeaton and Chea won the deciding doubles match, 8-1.
Conant 5, Kearsarge 4
The Cougars (2-10) hosted a short-handed Conant (4-7) team, but five Orioles were enough to defeat Kearsarge.
“It came down to the last doubles,” said Coach Pete Bianchi, “it was tough.”
Kearsarge got wins from Vincente Metrano (8-3) and Will Anderson (8-2) at No. 2 and No. 4 singles in addition to two victories by forfeit. No. 1 singles player Karver Bosela took his opponent to a tie-breaker, but narrowly lost a hard fought match, 9-8 (7-5).
Bishop Brady 8, Trinity 1
The Green Giants improved to 10-2 with a decisive victory over Trinity (6-6).
Bishop Brady swept the singles matches with Maddy Moran (8-4), Shelby Herrington (8-5), Katie MacMullin (8-3), Caroline Urbanek (9-8 (7-4)), Mikayla Clarke (8-1) and Lynn Yoon (8-2) winning at the first through sixth spots respectively.
Moran and Herrington won at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, and Yoon and Clarke won No. 3 doubles, 8-1. The lone defeat came for Brady at No. 2 doubles as MacMullin and Urbanek forced a tie-breaker before falling 9-8 (7-1).
Prospect Mountain 0
The Falcons ran into little trouble in stretching their record to 12-0.
Nisha Naik (No. 1, 8-2), Jess Torres (No. 2, 8-0), Laura Zbehlik (No. 3, 8-3), Kristie Smith (No. 4, 8-1), Alex Lust (No. 5, 8-1) and Paige Wilber (No. 6, 8-1) had the singles wins for Bow. Sunday Swett and Ana Urbina teamed to win, 8-1, at No. 1 doubles, while Lust and Zbehlik won, 8-3, at second doubles and Wilber and Kristin Duval won, 8-3, at third doubles.
John Stark 3, Coe-Brown 2
It was a back and forth contest between the Bears (4-6) and Generals (7-3), but John Stark won the deciding fifth game to win the match, 25-14, 25-27, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11.
The Generals had strong net play from Ryan Compagna (10 kills, 16 digs), Zach Grattan (11 kills, four blocks), Brandon Dugay (nine kills, nine digs) and Carson Dunn (12 kills, four blocks). Setters Simon Becka (five aces, 18 assists) and Serge Boucher (five aces, two kills, 27 assists) also played well, as did libero Ian Franco with 10 digs. Matt Cameron, Derek Clark and Jordan Sterling moved up from JV and did a great job serving.
Coe-Brown was led by Beau Pingree with 22 kills and 14 digs, Charlie Allan with 30 digs and Devin Merchant with eight assists.
The tandem of Connor Farrington and Cam Sterritt from Exeter won the inaugural bass fishing state tournament on Thursday on Lake Winnipesaukee. They caught four fish with a total weight of 12.43 pounds.
John Stark’s Zach Gagnon and Matt Richard were the top area anglers, taking third overall with 11.69 pounds, including the heaviest largemouth bass of the day at 4 pounds.