High Schools: Bow’s Lacasse, Champagne finish 2-3 in D-III golf
The Bow High golf team, still coming off the high of being crowned this year’s Division III champion, was looking to collect further accolades at yesterday’s Ridgewood-hosted individual championships, and with senior Josh Lacasse leading by a stroke heading into the second round, it looked like more hardware was a possibility.
Pelham’s Jake Vaiknoras had other ideas and shot a 71 to finish at 142 over the two rounds and come away as the champion. Lacasse suffered from a few bad holes on the back nine and shot a 75 to finish at 145 in second place, while Bow freshman Doug Champagne improved on his putting from the first round to shoot the low score for the day (70) and come in third with a 148, as the Falcons had all four of their participating golfers in the top eight overall.
“(Lacasse) had his chances today,” Bow Coach Mike Seraikas said.
Playing even with Vaiknoras through the front nine, Lacasse missed a few birdie chances and hit a shot out of bounds on the 13th hole to end up with a double bogey, putting him two strokes behind. It was an atypical day for the Bow senior, who had trouble finishing holes after driving to the green.
“He didn’t give up and kept on grinding,” Seraikas said, “but (Vaiknoras) was in the zone.”
Champagne’s day was somewhat the opposite of Lacasse’s, as the freshman came from eight strokes behind to start the day and pulled to within six strokes of Vaiknoras.
“Doug was struggling with his putter (Thursday), but he figured it out more today,” Seraikas said. “He played composed and consistent.”
Tricky greens seemed to be the theme of the tournament for the entire Bow team, with the exception of Champagne improving his putting yesterday.
“The greens were sneaky,” Seraikas said.
Rounding out the Bow golfers were senior Jake Rand and junior Jeremy Duhamel. Rand shot a 76 to finish at 153 and tied for sixth but had a couple bad holes with the putter to raise his score a bit, while Duhamel endured a tough front nine and shot an 80 to finish at 156 in eighth place.
“Everybody finished just about where I expected them to,” Seraikas said. “It was a great year.”
Kearsarge junior Andy Arnold shot a 78 to fall from third place after the first day into fourth at 152. Winnisquam senior captain Jordan Dahl had a 77 on the day to finish in fifth at 153, while Belmont sophomore Caleb Drouin (165, 11th) and Kearsarge sophomore Lucas Muzzey (168, 12th) rounded out the rest of the local golfers at the event.
∎ In the D-IV championships, also held at Ridgewood along with the D-III action, Derryfield’s Roger Larrivee had a total score of 151 to take first place. Larrivee’s only competition was from his own team, as two Derryfield golfers came in second and third, two and three strokes behind him, respectively.
Hopkinton senior captain Sam Winslow was the top local finisher for D-IV, finishing in sixth place with a 165. Winslow shot an 86 yesterday, seven strokes higher than his Thursday score. Hawks junior Max Legier finished tied for 15th after shooting a 98 yesterday and coming away with a 186 over the two days.
∎ It was a dogfight for second place at the D-II championship at Beaver Meadow, as Windham’s Connor Greenleaf pulled far ahead of the pack and shot a 69 to finish at 142. Bishop Brady senior Alex Von Svoboda, who was three back of Greenleaf to begin the day, shot a 79 to come in tied for third at 155.
Von Svoboda played his usual excellent wedge game but scored lower than expected thanks in part to having to try to chase down Greenleaf.
“Greenleaf was clearly the one to beat,” Brady Coach Ken Gauthier said. “That showed the other guys they were playing for second. It led to (Alex) taking a few extra chances that might have cost him a few strokes.”
It was still a solid day for the Brady senior, who improved on his sixth-place finish in last year’s tournament.
“He wouldn’t say that he had a great round,” Gauthier said, “but he had a pretty good one.”
John Stark senior Zach Hellings (161, tied for 12th) and Coe-Brown sophomore Ryan Oliver (171, tied for 21st) were the other two locals at Beaver Meadow.
∎ In the Division I individual championships at Canterbury Woods, Concord senior Adam Godbout was the lone local qualified golfer. Only a stroke back of the co-leaders heading into yesterday’s action, Godbout got off to a tough start, scoring a triple on his first hole. He finished with an 81 for a two-day total of 156, good for 10th place. Nashua North’s Brandon Gillis came away the overall winner after dueling with Manchester Central’s Matt Paradis. Gillis won with a 1-under 143, just a stroke ahead of Paradis.
Bow 33, Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough 0
A week off did nothing to slow the Falcons, as Bow (4-1) rolled up its fourth straight victory in convincing fashion, blanking Inter-Lakes/Moultonborough (3-3) on the road.
Dwight Alford provided all the points Bow would need with his 3-yard touchdown run. Matt Ehrenberg doubled the lead by running in from 5 yards out, then Kyle Barrington reached the end zone twice – once from 5 yards out, the other from a yard away for a 26-0 lead. Casey Iasillo’s 3-yard touchdown run completed the scoring, with Cody Dane adding a pair of PATs and Travis Reynolds kicking one.
The win sets up a cross-conference showdown with neighboring rival Bishop Brady (3-2) on Friday night in Bow.
Bishop Brady 41, Farmington-Nute 14
Bishop Brady came back from its bye week to dismantle winless Farmington-Nute (0-5) and improve to 3-2 heading into Friday’s showdown at Bow. No details were reported.
Milford 42, John Stark 7
The Generals (1-5) couldn’t hang with the Spartans (4-2) after keeping the game scoreless through the first quarter.
“They wore us down with their size, speed and strength,” said Stark Coach Jim O’Rourke, whose team lost its fourth straight.
Milford scored 22 second-quarter points to put the game out of reach.
Carson Dunn scored the Generals’ lone touchdown on a 1-yard run and finished with 80 rushing yards and a reception for 25 yards. Adam King also went over 100 yards, doing his work on the ground. Lineman Steven Wuebbolt played aggressively, center/middle linebacker Kellan Brien led the team in tackles, and cornerback Jack McGrade and two-way lineman Zack Hamilton also played well.
Kearsarge 3, Stevens 2
It was a banner day for Andrew Van Hooydonk, as the senior forward scored all three Cougars goals, including the winner with four minutes left in the match, to give Kearsarge (10-3-1) a homecoming win against a Stevens team (10-2) that had won five straight matches.
Kearsarge traded goals with Stevens throughout the game but held a 2-1 lead for most of the second half until the Cardinals equalized with 10 minutes left.
Van Hooydonk won the game after receiving a pass from Nick Bailey about 40 yards out before squeezing his way through multiple converging defenders to fire a shot from outside the 18 that made it 3-2.
Karver Bosela and Roudy Rehor had assists, and goalie Mike Sullivan made eight saves.
Kearsarge has won five straight.
Hanover 2, Coe-Brown 1
Coe-Brown (7-4-1) came up just short against Hanover (5-2-4). No details were reported.
Kearsarge 2, Stevens 2
Kearsarge (3-8-2) nearly handed Stevens (7-1-2) its second loss of the season – its sole loss was to Kearsarge earlier in the season – but had to settle for the tie. No details were reported.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Merrimack Valley took third place out of a 10-team field in the Cofrin Classic, with the Pride’s top five all finishing in the top 30 overall spots to come away with 78 points. Oyster River won the meet with a score of 30, and Bedford was second with 63. Concord took the sixth spot (159), and Bishop Brady came in ninth (218).
Keegan Hanks led the Pride with a 10th-place finish in 17:11, while Brendan Polichronopoulos was close on his heels in 11th (17:13). Walker John (14th, 17:35), Carter Saltmarsh (17th, 17:47) and Brandon Richardson (26th, 18:00) rounded out the MV top five.
Pepper Smith had the top time for Concord in 17:08, good for eighth place. He was followed by teammates Alex Saveliev (17:50), Jamie Nelson (42nd, 18:49), Cal MacKenzie (47th, 18:56) and Brad Hicks (49th, 18:58).
The Green Giants were led by Warren Bartlett in ninth place (17:10). Jake Boesch (28th, 18:05), Stephen Weinmann (54th, 19:20), Aaron Svendsen (113th, 21:50) and James Newman (120th, 22:10) made up the rest of the Brady scorers.
Coe-Brown Second, Hopkinton Fifth
Jeremy Brassard won with a blistering time of 15:30 to win the individual title and his Coe-Brown teammates just missed out on the team title at the Pelham Invitational. Souhegan (41 points) and Coe-Brown (51) led the competitive 11-team field. Milford (120) and Windham (123) battled for third and fourth place, while Hopkinton (145) rounded the top five. Pembroke finished eighth.
Brassard’s winning time beat second-place Eli Moskowitz of Souhegan by 21 seconds. Joining Brassard in the top 10 were Lucas Fisher (seventh, 16:38) and Jared Nelson (ninth, 16:42). Davio Deluca (14th, 17:00) and Alex Prevatt (20th, 17:27) also scored for the Bears.
Hopkinton did well against mostly D-II schools and was led by Dom Repucci’s third-place finish (16:07). Cody Roberge (28th, 17:59), Declan Campbell (29th, 18:00), Chris Barnard (37th, 18:32) and Duncan Calder (48th, 19:00) rounded out the Hawks’ top five.
John Sanborn (18th, 17:09) and Kam Anderson (21st, 17:29) led Pembroke, with Steven Abbott (39th, 18:40), Drew Harrison (57th, 19:25) and Ryan Jacques (61st, 19:42) also scoring.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Concord, led by Smita Boesch-Dining, had all of its scoring runners in the top 15 overall to score 38 points and win the Cofrin Classic in front of an eight-team field. Nashua North was the runner-up with 48 points. Merrimack Valley took sixth (200), and Bishop Brady finished in seventh (212).
Boesch-Dining took third place with a time of 19:20. Erin Waters (fifth, 19:53) and Cassie Shea (sixth, 19:56) both landed in the top 10, while Michaella Conery (12th, 20:26) and Samantha Pearl (14th, 20:33) helped the Crimson Tide to the win.
MV’s Raquel Gelinas led the Pride with a 24th-place finish in 21:24. She was followed by teammates Abby Davis (73rd, 24:56), Kelsey Belanger (74th, 24:58), Jessica Belanger (76th, 25:20) and Amanda Gagne (106th, 30:09).
Devyn Saucier had the fastest time for Brady (23:46), good for 58th place. Julia Jones (71st, 24:48), Lauren Lamberger (79th, 25:32), Chelsea Marshall (81st, 25:34) and Marissa Bates (84th, 25:50) rounded out the top five for the Green Giants.
Coe-Brown First, Hopkinton Third
Hannah Parker won the Pelham Invitational 5K race in a time of 18:38 and her Coe-Brown teammates swept the top three spots and claimed six of the top eight as the Bears nearly recorded a perfect score to win the team title. Coe-Brown (17 points) easily outdistanced runner-up Souhegan (58) and third-place St. Thomas (128). Hopkinton and Con-Val each had 133 points, but Con-Val’s sixth fastest runner bested the Hawks’ sixth best to leave Hopkinton in fifth. Pembroke finished ninth in the 10-team field.
Elisabeth Danis (18:42) finished in second and Meg Scannell was third (18:54), not far behind Parker. Brooke Laskowsky (fifth, 19:11) and Jessie Carney (sixth, 19:15) were the other two Bears scorers, while Katie Scannell (eighth, 19:35) and Mary Fowler (13th, 19:47) also recorded top-15 finishes.
For Hopkinton, Maddie Clark just edged out teammate Sarah Nadeau to finish 11th and 12th, respectively, with times of 19:44. Emily Calder (25th, 20:52), Katie Irwin (28th, 21:16) and Melissa Irwin (57th, 24:07) also scored for the Hawks. Mary McCauliffe (62nd, 25:28) ran well, but Shannon Glidden’s (Con-Val’s sixth runner) time of 22:59 was enough to give Con-Val fourth place in the tiebreaker.
Alison Fischer (41st, 22:22), Mariah Mitchell (42nd, 22:23) and Jayla Decker (44th, 22:35) led Pembroke, while Briana Walsh (56th (24:03) and Katie Duhaime (66th, 26:34) also scored for the Spartans.
Winnisquam 6, Franklin 0
Freshman Lauren Bolstridge scored goals at the beginning of each half to lead a balanced Bears attack.
Kayla Langan, Rachel Willcutt, Mackenzie Byers and Molly Tinker also scored for Winnisquam (7-3-2), which notched three goals in each half.
Franklin (1-11) got solid performances from goalie Shelby Joyce, who made 21 saves, midfielder Lauren Pelletier and forward Abby Pratt.
Kearsarge 2, Mascoma 2
For the second time this season, Kearsarge (1-9-3) and Mascoma (2-9-2) played to a draw. No details were reported.