High schools: Fifth runner helps St. Paul’s edge past Coe-Brown at Sant Bani Invitational
Hopkinton's Katie Irwin crosses the finish line tenth, third from her school, during the Sant Bani Invitational at the Den Brae golf course in Sanbornton on September 9, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
A pair of Coe-Brown runners keep in the middle of the pack in the final stretch toward the finish line during the Sant Bani Invitational at the Den Brae golf course in Sanbornton on September 9, 2013.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
As predictable as the girls’ race was – with Coe-Brown claiming seven of the top nine spots – the boys’ side of yesterday’s Sant Bani Invitational was a dogfight.
With the first four runners for both St. Paul’s School and Coe-Brown across the finish line, the teams were tied with 51 points apiece. It all came down to the fifth and final scoring runners. And when Big Red’s Charlie Thompson crossed the line just four seconds (and one position) behind teammate Max Abram, St. Paul’s secured the title with 73 points.
Coe-Brown’s fifth runner, Zach Flanagan, was just three spots back, but that was enough for the three-point differential for the runner-up Bears (76 points). Prospect Mountain (77) was just one more point back in third. Among other local teams, Hopkinton (164) took sixth, Kearsarge (250) 10th and Winnisquam (309) 13th.
Jack Evenson ran to fourth place in 17 minutes – 15 seconds behind the winner, Cam Daly of Inter-Lakes – to pace St. Paul’s. Mark Roy took 12th (17:46), Max Felix 14th (18:00), Abram 21st (18:23) and Thompson 22nd (18:27).
For Coe-Brown, Jeremy Brassard (17:33) and Lucas Fisher (17:34) finished ninth and 10th, Jared Nelson was 15th (18:02), Davio DeLuca 17th (18:12) and Flanagan 25th (18:59).
Dom Repucci led Hopkinton with a third-place finish in 16:58, followed by teammates Cody Roberge (33rd, 19:23), Declan Campbell (43rd, 19:52), Chris Barnard (45th, 20:02) and Peter Sawitsky (47th, 20:06).
Shane Corely was Kearsarge’s top runner in 20th (18:22), with William Astle (51st, 20:18), Carter Noordsij (58th, 20:53), Tim Lewis (70th, 21:27) and Christian DiDominic (83rd, 21:52) also scoring.
Winnisquam was paced by Michael Roy (24th, 18:48), Zachary Baker (38th, 19:40), Bryson LaChappelle (116th, 23:09), Brad Dutton (117th, 23:10) and Connor Archibald (126th, 23:22).
Belmont and host Sant Bani didn’t have enough runners for a team score. Ian Rupp (77th, 21:34), Nikolai Fernandez (105th, 22:46), Isaiah Knowlton (139th, 24:04) and Brennan Malone (145th, 24:47) ran for Belmont, while Giacomo Dario (90th, 22:02), Nathan Houghton (113th, 23:06) and Colin Tripp (177th, 29:21) covered the course for Sant Bani.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Sant Bani Invitational
Coe-Brown made it a runaway, landing seven runners in the top nine and 11 in the top 17 to win the Sant Bani Invitational with 17 points. Hopkinton was a clear second with 47 points (and the only four non-Coe-Brown runners in the top 11), while Kearsarge took third with 96, and Winnisquam placed sixth with 169.
The Bears’ Hannah Parker (20:43) and Elisabeth Danis (20:44) finished one second apart to claim the top two spots, while Megan Scannell (20:49) and Jessie Carney (20:49.5) placed fourth and fifth. Brooke Laskowski (21:29), Mary Fowler (21:35) and Katie Scannell (21:51) went 7-8-9 for Coe-Brown.
Hopkinton’s Maddie Clark (third, 20:46) and Sarah Nadeau (sixth, 20:50) broke up the Coe-Brown stronghold at the top, with Katie Irwin (10th, 21:57), Emily Calder (11th, 22:16) and Melissa Irwin (38th, 26:02) also scoring.
Haley DeSousa (26:31) was the top runner for Winnisquam in 46th, followed by Tea Michaloski (48th, 26:41), Caitlin Dumont (78th, 30:08), Allyson McGuire (79th, 30:09) and Olivia Martinson (83rd, 30:25) scoring.
Kearsarge’s Briggie Carr placed 19th in 23:28, and Anna Cahill (24th, 24:00), Emily Kelly (40th, 26:05) and Svetlan Kozikowski (49th, 26:45) also ran for Kearsarge, which didn’t have enough runners for a team score.
Sant Bani’s Sarah Steenbergen (21st, 23:41), and Belmont’s Talia Sperduto (28th, 24:41) and Sabrina Robinson (108th, 38:03) were the lone runners for their teams.
Manchester Central 0
Knotted in a scoreless game midway through the second half, Concord continued to pound the Central net until freshman Lauren Mullen received a Steph Resnick crossing pass by the left post and knocked it in for her first varsity goal and the game-winner for the Tide (2-0).
Colleen Casey turned aside eight shots by Central (0-2) in the Tide’s second straight shutout. Molly Waite sparked the midfield effort for Concord, and Chelsey Jobin and Grace Orzechowski had strong games up front.
Kennett 1, Merrimack Valley 0
Merrimack Valley (2-1) made the long drive north and came away with a frustrating loss to Kennett (2-1), which scored the game’s lone goal 20:40 into the first half.
“I’m happy with the overall team effort today,” MV Coach Kim Kenney said. “They all played really well.”
Lebanon 3, John Stark 0
John Stark (1-3) matched Lebanon (2-0) on the field through the first half, trailing just 1-0 at the break, but the Generals couldn’t keep up in the second half, as Lebanon padded its lead with two more goals.
Stark goalie Mike Prindiville was steady in net with 12 saves, while Jackson Easter, Josh Morin and Cam Williams also had strong games for the Generals.
Pittsfield 9, Nute 1
Derek Pike, Noah MacGlashling, Cam Darrah and Cody Gauthier all scored their first varsity goals to help propel Pittsfield to its second win in the first three games.
The Panthers scored twice in the game’s first six minutes to set the tone against Nute (0-3).
Oyster River 2, Coe-Brown 1, 2OT
For the third straight game, Coe-Brown found itself playing into double overtime, but for the first time this season the Bears (2-1) couldn’t produce the game-winner.
“Tonight I think our luck ran out,” Coe-Brown Coach Josh Hils said. “Today we didn’t play our best game. We got away from doing some things we do very well and got caught playing Oyster River’s style of play.”
Still, the Bears struck first, when Hailey Serino split the Oyster River defense and Jelasa Nelson ran onto the ball for a breakaway goal midway through the second half. The Bobcats (1-2) found the equalizer with eight minutes to play in regulation, then won it with four minutes left in the second overtime.
Midfielder Christen Gallant and sweeper Sarah Curtin played standout games for Coe-Brown.
John Stark 1, Lebanon 0
After a scoreless first half, John Stark’s Jordan Shatney broke through seven minutes into the second half and the Generals (2-1) made the lone goal stand in a victory over Lebaon (2-2).
Brooke Shatney, Nicole Beeso and Bri Legrand played well at midfield, Liz Brandt, Chloe Loos and Kelsey Johnstone anchored the defense, and Maddie Janelle tallied the shutout in net.
Belmont 3, Franklin 0
Megan Bailey dominated from the service line with 15 aces to lead Belmont (2-0) to a sweep of Franklin, 25-9, 25-13, 25-12.
Bailey also added one kill and 24 assists. Jessie Bergeron (three aces, two kills, four digs, two assists), Shannon Conway (five kills, one ace), Bridget Annis (five kills) and Shea Callahan (three aces, two kills) all excelled for the Raiders.
Inter-Lakes 3, John Stark 0
John Stark (0-1) ran up against a strong-serving Inter-Lakes (1-1) squad and dropped its opener, 25-7, 25-14, 25-12.
Shelby Brouillet led the Generals with five aces and six kills, Taylor Montgomery came on after the primary setter twisted her ankle and had three assists, and Alex Story was strong on the front row with a couple of blocks.
Concord 3, Londonderry 1
Concord picked up the win at Londonderry (0-1) to improve to 2-0. No details were reported.
Prospect Mountain 3,
The Panthers dropped to 0-2 with the home loss to Prospect Mountain (2-0). No details were reported.
Concord (7-2) finished runner-up to Bedford (10-2) for the second time this season, but received solid scoring throughout the lineup to finish second at Green Meadows in Nashua. Bedford shot a 190, followed by Concord (195), Merrimack (197, now 3-6) and Nashua North (214, now 2-4).
North’s Brandon Gillis was medalist with a 36.
Josh Pifer, Concord’s No. 8 golfer, was a stroke behind at 37 to lead the Tide. Sam Reed, Ben Bengtson and Matt LaTourette all came around in 39, while Adam Godbout, Tim Levins and Sam Tardiff each carded 41.
The Bears picked up their first win of the season, splitting a match at Milford. Coe-Brown (1-7) shot 215 to finish behind undefeated Windham (180) and ahead of Milford (242). No details were reported.