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High schools: Coe-Brown boys hold off John Stark, 56-49

  • Coe-Brown's Jennifer Schlim (left) looks to the ref as she and teammate Haley Ruth (right) elicit a jump ball after a missed shot by John Stark's sophomore guard Kylee Frink-Kendrick (center) during John Stark girls' basketball game against Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. Coe-Brown's defense kept John Stark to just 9 points as they scored 48 for the win.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Coe-Brown's Jennifer Schlim (left) looks to the ref as she and teammate Haley Ruth (right) elicit a jump ball after a missed shot by John Stark's sophomore guard Kylee Frink-Kendrick (center) during John Stark girls' basketball game against Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. Coe-Brown's defense kept John Stark to just 9 points as they scored 48 for the win.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark's freshman forward Clarissa Foote takes a free throw during John Stark girls' basketball game against Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. Coe-Brown's defense kept John Stark to just 9 points as they scored 48 for the win.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark's freshman forward Clarissa Foote takes a free throw during John Stark girls' basketball game against Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. Coe-Brown's defense kept John Stark to just 9 points as they scored 48 for the win.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Coe-Brown's Jennifer Schlim (left) looks to the ref as she and teammate Haley Ruth (right) elicit a jump ball after a missed shot by John Stark's sophomore guard Kylee Frink-Kendrick (center) during John Stark girls' basketball game against Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. Coe-Brown's defense kept John Stark to just 9 points as they scored 48 for the win.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark's freshman forward Clarissa Foote takes a free throw during John Stark girls' basketball game against Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. Coe-Brown's defense kept John Stark to just 9 points as they scored 48 for the win.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • John Stark girls' basketball loses to Coe-Brown at NHTI Wellness Center in Concord on Monday, December 16, 2013. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

It wasn’t the flashiest of wins, but it was “a good building point” for Coach David Smith and his Coe-Brown boys’ basketball team. The Bears (2-0) played well defensively and shot 11-for-13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 56-49 victory over John Stark (0-2) to remain undefeated.

Both teams were a little shaky at the start, and the Bears struggled on their home floor in the first quarter to find themselves on the wrong end of a 10-9 score. John Stark got great defensive performances from freshmen Drew McQuarrie, who grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots in his first varsity start, and Cooper Gorski, who brought infectious defensive energy onto the floor.

“Offensively we were pretty up and down,” Smith said.

Luckily the offense picked up when it needed to and Coe-Brown executed better in the second and third quarters, scoring 16 more points before halftime to take a 25-20 lead and scoring 18 more in the third quarter to extend it to 43-31 heading into the final frame. Nick Rolser was the game’s high scorer, tallying 18 points to go along with five rebounds, while Spencer Nowland (10 points, four assists), Eric Rolser (11 points, seven rebounds) and Sam Langdon (six points) led the offensive effort. Luke Zollman controlled the glass, with a team-high 10 rebounds.

But the overall team defense was the star of the game, forcing turnovers and controlling the boards against a potent Generals offense led by Jordan Tucker, who scored a career-high 13 points, McQuarrie (10 points in his first varsity start) and Zach Gagnon (nine points).

“They played a very aggressive game,” Smith said of John Stark’s offensive effort. “Defensively I thought we were pretty solid.”

Despite playing against a solid defense, the Generals got back into the game, hitting some key shots in the fourth quarter to close the gap. Sophomore Egan Nickerson scored eight points off the bench to help cut the deficit to four points with less than half of the final quarter remaining.

“We definitely gave them a scare in the fourth quarter,” John Stark Coach Mike Smith said. “I was very pleased with our effort, we just fell a little short.”

But John Stark was forced to foul down the stretch and, although Coe-Brown scored only one field goal in the fourth quarter, the Bears hit 11 free throws down the stretch, half of their 22 successful free throws out of 27 attempts from the charity stripe in the game.

While undefeated, David Smith says his squad still has plenty of room for improvement. They squeaked out a win in their opener against Souhegan, 49-48, and Smith described Coe-Brown’s offense as “a little behind” where he was hoping it would be.

The Bears look to keep their undefeated streak alive when they take on St. Thomas (1-0) on the road on Thursday. John Stark takes on the defending champs, Pembroke (1-0), next Monday.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Hopkinton 77, Raymond 40

Gabe Nichols threw down a dunk for the first two points of the season and the Hawks (1-0) took off from there, grabbing a 21-14 lead after the first quarter, extending it to 34-20 by halftime and pulling away each quarter.

Nichols finished the game with 33 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Liam McNicholas and Sam Winslow both filled up the stat sheets, as well. McNicholas notched 12 points, 11 assists and four rebounds, while Winslow scored 15 points with eight rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Jamison Crouch came off the bench for seven points, Jake Nelson snared 11 rebounds and Hopkinton used all 13 of its players.

“We were able to come out and execute, get out and run and share the basketball,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said. “That’s what we’ve been preaching all preseason.”

Hopkinton also played some stifling defense, focusing on two particular Raymond players and holding them to two points apiece.

Lin-Wood 69, Concord Christian 57

After trailing for much of the first half, Concord Christian (0-2) rallied after the break to grab an eight-point lead in the third quarter. The advantage was short-lived, however, as Lin-Wood (1-1) caught fire, shooting 83 percent from the line in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory.

Jeremiah Boulter poured in 31 points to lead the Kingsmen, while Jonathan Taylor had a huge all-around game with 18 points, seven rebounds, nine assists and four steals. Adam Sylvester was a force defensively, swiping six steals to go with his five points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Coe-Brown 48, John Stark 9

The Bears (1-1) took a 17-0 lead after the first quarter and didn’t look back, extending the lead to 27-3 at halftime and 42-4 after the third quarter in a win against John Stark (0-2).

Coe-Brown played good team defense and went deep into its bench, with many players contributing in the win.

Jen Schlim (11 points), Sydney Fisher (nine points) and Haley Ruth (nine points) were the leading scorers.

Kearsarge 46, Stevens 25

Anna Cahill scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds and the Cougars overcame a slow start to even their record to 2-2.

Kearsarge trailed 11-7 after the first quarter, but outscored the Cardinals 13-4, 11-4 and 15-6 in the final three quarters.

“We started out slow and just kept the effort up on defense,” Cougars Coach Kurt McCandless said.

Maicy Hansen (six points, five rebounds) and Devi Kraushaar (four points, five rebounds) also played well for Kearsarge, while Sid Bryck played a solid all-around game with good ball control and strong defense at the front of the press.

Concord Christian 32, Lin-Wood 19

The Lady Kingsmen (1-2) picked up their first win of the season over the Lumberjacks (0-3).

Kendra Jarvis led with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Lily Rivera put in 10 points, while Morgan Draus added five. Emily Purtell and Becca Johnson scored two points apiece.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Salem 2, Concord 1

Salem used a little puck luck to prevent a young Concord team from pulling off a season-opening upset of one of the Division I favorites.

Concord had just tied the score with three minutes to play on a 5-on-3, and with Salem still trying to kill the second penalty, the Blue Devils went to ice the puck. But instead of flying the length of the ice, the puck hit the ref in the back and stopped, giving Salem an odd-man rush that led to the shorthanded game-winner.

“Obviously we’d like to have won, or at least go into overtime, but we played pretty good overall,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said.

Jesse Bedard was outstanding in net for the Tide, making 28 saves and keeping the game scoreless into the second period, when Salem got on the board at 6:23. The Blue Devils maintained that lead until late in the third, when Concord broke through with the two-man advantage. Freshman Connor Beatty notched his first varsity goal, burying a rebound from the slot with assists from Alex Orcutt and Bradley Murphy.

“There was still 1:29 left on the power play and I was thinking ‘we get one here and we win it,’ ” Walsh said. “But it was just one of those fluky things.”

NORDIC SKIING

Manchester 2x2 Relays

The Concord girls started off the season on a high note, sweeping the skate relay meet by claiming the top four places. All eight Tide skiers placed ahead of the rest of the field, with Kate Andy and Erin Waters winning with a time of 15:54. The duo of Sabrina Lawrence and Cassie Shea (16:38) took second, while Oliva Cattabriga and Michaella Conery took third in 17:03, and Maehgan Connor and Jessica Nelson took fourth in 17:39.

The Tide boys entered only one team, but Nate LaTourette and Jamie Nelson (skiing in his first race) combined for a time of 13:59, good for second place.

Concord competed against the Manchester high schools, Bedford, Derryfield, Keene and Bishop Guertin.

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