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Cross country

Meet of Champions

At Mines Falls, Nashua South H.S.

Start times: Girls – 2:30 p.m. Boys – 3:20 p.m.

Area female qualifiers: Concord (4th in D-I) – Smita Boesch-Dining, Erin Waters, Michaella Conery, Samantha Pearl, Cassie Shea, Kate Andy, Kaelin Willette; Coe-Brown (D-II champions) – Elisabeth Danis, Hannah Parker, Jessie Carney, Brooke Laskowsky, Meg Scannell, Katie Scannell, Mary Fowler; Bow (2nd in D-III) – Sohani Demian, Hannah Weckstein, Ashlie Tucker, Olivia Krause, Allie Krause, Naina Vig, Haleigh Garrett; Hopkinton (D-III champions) – Sarah Nadeau (D-III champion), Maddie Clark, Emily Calder, Katie Irwin, Melissa Irwin, Emmaleigh Sabol, Emily Jones; Sant Bani – Joyce Hamel, Sarah Steenbergen

Area male qualifiers: Concord – Pepper Smith; Coe-Brown (3rd in D-II) – Jeremy Brassard (D-II champion), Lucas Fisher, Davio Deluca, Alex Prevatt, Jared Nelson, Jake Scarponi, Zach Flanagan; MV – Keegan Hanks; Bishop Brady – Warren Bartlett; Bow (2nd in D-III) – Andrew Weckstein, Peter LaRiviere, Zach Zbehlik, Andrew Attorri, Hayden Udelson, David Udelson, Dylan Wheeler; Hopkinton (5th in D-III) – Dom Repucci, Cody Roberge, Chris Barnard, Declan Campbell, Peter Sawitsky, Duncan Calder, Bowman Ridinger; Kearsarge – Shane Corley

Notes: Girls – After winning its fourth straight D-II title, Coe-Brown looks to win its third consecutive Meet of Champions title. The Bears are the clear favorites, having won the elite division race against New England’s best at the Manchester Invitational earlier this season. Coe-Brown has finished in the top six (thus qualifying for New Englands) every year since 2008. Concord has a chance at making the top six if its pack all have record days. Boys – Defending champion Brassard will try to defend his crown as he leads the Bears back to the Meet of Champions after a three-year absence. Another individual challenger is Hopkinton’s Repucci, who finished third in D-III and won the Capital Area Invitational.

Girls’ soccer

Division I quarterfinals

No. 12 Concord (8-9-0) at
No. 4 Bishop Guertin (11-4-1), 4 p.m.

Head to head: Guertin edged Concord, 2-1.

Previous tournament games: Concord upended No. 5 Merrimack, 4-1. BG received a bye.

Notes: Coming off its convincing win in the first round, the Crimson Tide has to believe it belongs in the quarterfinals. Concord got contributions from multiple sources in its decision over Merrimack as Caroline Andy, Claudia Roy, Jess Nelson and Danielle Rossetti all scored goals, Kate Dasey turned in her usual solid performance in the midfield and, perhaps most importantly, keeper Becky Weld made 14 saves. Weld may be just as busy against Guertin, which has scored 14 goals in its last four games, all wins. These two teams played a scoreless first half when they met in the regular season before the Cardinals scored two goals early in the second half and held on for the win.

Division II quarterfinals

No. 9 Pembroke (11-6-0) at
No. 1 Portsmouth (16-1-0), 3 p.m.

Head to head: Portsmouth won at Pembroke, 3-1.

Previous tournament games: Pembroke ousted No. 8 MV, 5-1. Portsmouth routed No. 16 Plymouth, 7-0.

Notes: After giving up the first goal in their first playoff game, the Spartans impressed by scoring five straight to take down Merrimack Valley. They will have to produce at impressive levels once again if they want to get past Portsmouth, which scored 48 goals this season and gave up only nine. The Clippers did show some vulnerability recently when they lost to Milford (6-11).

No. 5 Coe-Brown (11-4-2) at
No. 4 Alvirne (12-4-1), 2 p.m.

Head to head: Coe-Brown tipped Alvirne, 3-2, in double overtime.

Previous tournament games: Coe-Brown edged No. 12 Oyster River, 2-1. Alvirne nipped No. 13 St. Thomas, 2-1.

Notes: The regular-season win against Alvirne was part of a strong finishing kick for the Bears, who went 5-1-1 in their final seven games. The Broncos went just 3-4 to close their season, but one of those losses was against St. Thomas, the team they just beat in first round. Alvirne will certainly have an eye on Christen Gallant, who scored two goals in their regular season meeting, including the game winner with less than a minute left in the second overtime. Gallant also scored in Coe-Brown’s first-round playoff win, as did Jelasa Nelson.

Division III quarterfinals

No. 8 Monadnock (11-3-2) at
No. 1 Bow (17-0-0), 2 p.m.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Previous tournament games: Monadnock edged No. 9 White Mountains, 3-2. Bow blanked No. 16 Kearsarge, 5-0.

Notes: Depth is one of the reasons the Falcons have been so good this year, and they showed that depth in the first round as seven different players figured in the scoring. Lauren Scarpetti had a goal and two assists, Maddie Cheney had two goals, Naomi Kramer and Taylor Morrison each finished with a goal, and Lindsey Vogt, Lilly Naimie and Brie Achorn each had assists. As good as that offense is, Bow’s real trademark this year has been defense, as a scant four goals have slipped past keeper Janna Corsetti. This will be a huge challenge for Monadnock, but the Huskies are coming in with a five-game winning streak and they’re a team that has definitely improved throughout the season.

No. 13 Hillsboro-Deering (8-8-1) at
No. 5 Raymond (13-4-0), 3 p.m.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Previous tournament games: H-D upset No. 4 Stevens, 3-1. Raymond shut out No. 12 Fall Mountain, 3-0.

Notes: The Hillcats lost their last three games of the regular season, and six of their last eight, but found a way to win on Wednesday against Stevens. They will have to show that same resolve against Raymond, a traditionally powerful program that scored 3.9 goals per game during the regular season. Freshman Bridgette Winters had a pair of goals in Hillsboro-Deering’s playoff win, Makayla Savoy added the other score and Emma Moore finished with eight saves.

No. 7 Campbell (12-4-1) at
No. 2 Belmont (14-2-1), 2 p.m.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Previous tournament games: Campbell ousted No. 10 Bishop Brady, 5-2. Belmont survived No. 15 Gilford, 1-0 in overtime.

Notes: It’s been a great season so far for the young Red Raiders, who have no seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores and five freshmen on their roster, and exceeded most expectations. But they are already finding out the playoffs are a different kind of test. Gilford pushed them to the limit in the first round before an overtime goal from Emily Ennis prolonged Belmont’s season, and the Raiders will be tested again this round. Campbell went 2-1-1 against Somersworth and Hopkinton, the two teams that beat Belmont this year, and the Cougars are 8-2 in their last 10 games, with both losses coming against top-ranked Bow.

No. 11 Prospect Mountain (9-7-1) at
No. 3 Hopkinton (13-2-2), 3 p.m.

Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Previous tournament games: Prospect Mountain upended No. 6 Inter-Lakes, 2-1. Hopkinton shut out No. 14 Somersworth, 4-0.

Notes: The defending-champion Hawks showed they were once again ready for the playoffs as they scored three first-half goals in their first-round win against Somersworth. Courtney Benson, who was a driving force behind Hopkinton’s run to the 2012 title, had one of those early goals and then added another in the second half. Meg Hemmerlein, another key to last year’s run, also played well on Wednesday. Prospect Mountain started the season 7-2, finished on a 1-5-1 skid, but then turned things around with their upset against Inter-Lakes. The Timberwolves will have to play at the top end of their spectrum to hang with Hopkinton.

Girls’ volleyball

Division II quarterfinals

No. 8 Portsmouth (10-7) at
No. 1 Coe-Brown (15-1), 6 p.m.

Head to head: Coe-Brown swept Portsmouth, 3-0, both home and away.

Previous tournament matches: Portsmouth edged No. 9 Kingswood, 3-2. Coe-Brown received a bye.

Notes: Not only have the Bears won 14 straight matches, they’ve won 10 of their last 11 by 3-0 scores and haven’t been pushed to a decisive fifth game since they beat St. Thomas, 3-2, back on Sept. 23. Defense has been key to Coe-Brown’s success with juniors Debbie Peabody and Abby Ahern leading the way. Hitters Emma Easler and Meg Rouillard and setter Sadie Steffen pace the attack. After losing to Coe-Brown in the season opener, the Clippers reeled off six straight wins, but they finished the regular season by losing four of their final five.

Division III quarterfinals

No. 11 Newfound (9-8) at
No. 3 Winnisquam (15-2), 6 p.m.

Head to head: Winnisquam topped Newfound, 3-2.

Previous tournament matches: Newfound upended No. 6 Mascenic, 3-0. Winnisquam ousted No. 14 Prospect Mountain, 3-0.

Notes: Winnisquam may be the favorite in this matchup of Lakes Region Bears, but it knows Newfound will put up a fight. When these two met in the regular season on Sept. 27, Winnisquam won the first two games (25-17, 25-8), but Newfound came back to take the next two (25-23, 25-20), before Winnisquam put things away in the fifth (15-5). Hannah Chapin, Bailey Long, Carissa Archibald and Erica Doubleday all played key roles in that win, and those four were also central figures in Winnisquam’s first-round victory on Friday against Prospect Mountain.

No. 7 Belmont (12-5) at
No. 2 Sunapee (16-1), 6 p.m.

Head to head: Sunapee beat Belmont, 3-1.

Previous tournament matches: Belmont swept No. 10 Farmington, 3-0. Sunapee swept No. 15 Wilton-Lyndeborough, 3-0.

Notes: After losing its last four matches of the regular season, Belmont turned things around on Friday with its 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 win against Farmington. Megan Bailey led the Red Raiders with 27 assists and five digs, Jessie Bergeron had 28 digs and Louisa Bergeron finished with 10 kills. Belmont will need big nights from those three, and the rest of the roster, against a very good Sunapee team. The Lakers have won 13 straight matches, although they haven’t played any of the other top five seeds in the tournament.


Tide completes 9-0 regular season with 35-7 win over Goffstown

Monday, October 28, 2013

It had happened just once before in 116 years of Concord High football, the Crimson Tide going undefeated and untied in the regular season. Now, make that twice. Concord dominated Goffstown, 35-7, last night to complete a 9-0 regular season, duplicating the feat of the 1982 squad. The victory also wrapped up home field for as long as the Tide …

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