High Schools: Concord Nordic teams cruise in Carter Hill 5K Classic
The Concord girls’ Nordic team (shown skiing at Carter Hill Orchard last season) is clearly the favorite to claim the D-I crown this season. The Tide has won six straight titles.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
Concord hosted a cross-country ski race at Carter Hill Orchard on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
The conditions were difficult and the competition was some of the toughest in Division I, but the Concord High Nordic ski teams prevailed over both yesterday at the Carter Hill 5K Classic. The Crimson Tide had the 1-2 finishers on the boys’ side and the girls’ side and wound up first in the team standings for both races.
Nate LaTourette turned in yet another dominating performance to lead the Tide. The Concord senior finished more than two minutes ahead of his closest competitor in a race last week in Bedford, and he turned the trick again yesterday. LaTourette posted a time of 15:50 and this time second place belonged to a teammate, Caleb Seymour (18:03). The Tide’s other points came from Josh Pifer (fourth, 18:27) and Jamie Nelson (sixth, 19:11). Jamie Wilkes (11th, 21:06) also had a solid race for Concord.
The Tide was missing both Seymour and Wilkes for last week’s Bedford race and wound up fourth with just a three-man team. But it had more than enough yesterday to claim the top team position, finishing with 391 points. Keene was second with 365 and Bedford was third with 362. That was also the order of the team standings – Concord, Keene, Bedford – in last year’s D-I championship meet when the Tide won its fifth consecutive title.
The results were similar for the girls as Concord took first with 389 points, followed by Souhegan (366), Keene (347) and Bedford (340). At last year’s D-I girls’ championships, the Tide girls also won their fifth straight crown ahead of Manchester Central, Keene and Bedford, in that order. Central wasn’t at Carter Hill yesterday, but the Tide bested the Little Green in last week’s race at Bedford.
Concord’s Erin Waters was the top finisher yesterday, coming in with a time of 19:27, while Kate Andy took second in 19:53. Jessica Nelson (fifth, 20:54) and Michealla Conery (seventh, 21:24) completed the scoring for Concord, but the Tide also showed its depth as Jacqueline Bengtson, Maehgan Connor and Olivia Cattabriga finished eighth, 11th and 16th, respectively.
BOYS’ NORDIC SKIING
The Hawks won a five-team meet they hosted at Gould Hill Farm. Hopkinton’s score of 381.5 bested Inter-Lakes (377.5), Derryfield (372), Moultonborough (349) and Sunapee (249).
Owen Kanter blew away the rest of the field, winning the skate race in 15:39 for the Hawks, far ahead of Derryfield’s Ryan Hyde, who had a runner-up time of 16:55. Dom Repucci tied for third with a time of 17:04, while Tim Jones (eighth) and Aaron Dobe (tied ninth) also scored for Hopkinton. James McCluskey (11th) and Duncan Calder (13th) posted top-15 finishes for the Hawks.
GIRLS’ NORDIC SKIING
Sarah Nadeau and Caroline Sweny finished 1-2 in a skate meet at Gould Hill Farm to lead the host Hawks to victory in a five-team meet. Hopkinton (386) defeated Moultonborough (377), Inter-Lakes (367), Derryfield (339) and Sunapee (255).
Nadeau (16:41) and Sweny (19:58) were the only two skiers to complete the course in under 21 minutes. Katie Irwin (fifth) and Maddy Sorel (10th) rounded out the Hawks scoring. Mary McAuliffe (13th) and Hannah Bassett (tied-14th) also skied well for Hopkinton.
Concord 62, Londonderry 61
Seimou Smith hit the game-winning 3-pointer with six seconds left as the Tide (3-2) handed Londonderry its first loss of the season.
Concord started slow and the Lancers (4-1) took advantage by building a 20-11 lead after the first quarter. But the Tide cut that deficit to 33-26 by halftime and 47-41 after three before dropping 21 points on Londonderry in the fourth.
“We came out flat-footed and they were flying around. We were lucky to only be down by nine after that first quarter,” Concord Coach John Finnegan said. “But we fought back after that, and that’s what matters. Definitely this was a good win for us and hopefully something we can build on.”
Bakir Bascelic was key in that final quarter for Concord as he went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and scored all eight of his points in the frame. Garrett Jewell finished with a team-high 16 points, Jacob Szulc had 15 points and Smith added 10.
Portsmouth 54, Bishop Brady 53
Trailing by 10 in the third quarter, the Green Giants (2-2) picked up the defensive intensity and forced Portsmouth (4-1) to make mistakes, but Brady couldn’t complete the comeback. Joe Bell and Jourdain Bell scored 13 points each to lead the Green Giants.
Coe-Brown 54, Merrimack Valley 48
The Pride (2-5) trailed by 17 points with 3:30 to go in the third quarter, but trailed by only a single point with less than a minute to go. The Bears, however, pulled things together down the stretch to hold on for the win.
“We had a couple of big shots (in the final minute),” said Coe-Brown Coach David Smith, adding that Luke Zollman and Eric Rolser hit key free-throws while Spencer Nowland had an important bucket.
The Bears (3-2) had a balanced offensive effort with Adam Eaton (team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds), Nick Rolser (11 points), Nowland (11 points) and Zollman (nine points, eight rebounds) leading the way, and Isaac Nowland (six points, five rebounds) playing well off the bench.
The loss was a carbon copy of MV’s loss to Plymouth on Friday night, when the Pride also trailed by 17 and cut the lead to a single point.
“We need to put two halves together,” Pride Coach Kevin O’Brien said.
MV hit four consecutive 3s in the third quarter to cut the deficit, including two from Glen Shattuck. Ryan Head (14 points, nine rebounds), Cole Remillard (11 points, four assists) and Nate Mulleavey (eight points, five assists) played well for the Pride.
John Stark 59, Kingswood 45
An early red-hot shooting display helped the Generals (1-5) end their losing skid, as Stark hit six 3-pointers en route to a 26-12 first-quarter lead.
“We shot the lights out,” Coach Mike Smith said. “We didn’t miss many.”
Zach Gagnon scored 16 points for Stark, while Jordan Tucker scored 13 points and Cam Williams had 10. Egan Nickerson added seven points and added nine rebounds.
Hopkinton 53, Campbell 37
Luke Luneau (eight points, 10 rebounds) and Wes Rose (seven steals) took turns shutting down Campbell’s leading scorer, Zach Bergeron (10 points), and Gabe Nicholas finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Hawks improved to 5-1 with the home win.
Jamison Crouch came off the bench to give Hopkinton a spark as he hit a 3-pointer, grabbed a defensive rebound and doled out an assist in a third-quarter sequence that helped the Hawks open up a double-digit lead and take control. Jake Nelson added 10 points and eight rebounds for Hopkinton. Campbell fell to 1-2.
Winnisquam 57, Gilford 50
The Bears (4-2) avenged a 61-42 loss to Gilford (4-2) last week by beating the Golden Eagles on their home court last night. Gilford led 14-11 after the first quarter before Winnisquam took a 25-24 lead at halftime and a 40-38 lead heading into the final frame.
“We got killed on the glass last week. We did a better job rebounding tonight and we did a better job making things tough on them offensively. … I was pleased with the team’s intensity,” Bears Coach Kevin Dame said.
Christian Serrano had a team-high 29 points and also hit the boards, as did Will Singleton, Mike Buxton (eight points) and Tim Harmon. Spencer Pevine added eight points in a balanced team effort.
Conant 84, Hillsboro-Deering 34
The Hillcats couldn’t keep pace with a dominant Conant team, falling behind 24-6 after the first quarter and 47-20 at the half.
Troy Girard provided a bright spot on offense for H-D (2-5), hitting a pair of 3-pointers and finishing with 19 points.
Pittsfield 49, Newmarket 38
Kris Perkins scored 20 points and Xenthios Cyr added 15 points and six assists to lead the Panthers (5-1) to the win at home over Newmarket (3-2). Cam Darrah added 11 points. Newmarket held a 14-5 lead after the first quarter, but the Panthers outscored them 18-8 in the second quarter and built on the lead from there. Pittsfield outscored the Mules 26-16 in the second half.
Sunapee 71, Concord Christian 46
The Lakers were too much for the Kingsmen from the start, racking up a 45-17 halftime lead en route to the home win.
Jeremiah Boulter scored 19 points and had nine steals for Concord Christian (1-5), while Adam Sylvester scored 16 points and picked up four rebounds.
Londonderry 76, Concord 34
The Tide (1-5) kept things close against top-ranked Londonderry (5-0) to start the game, but the Lancers’ size advantage and pressure defense wore down the Tide as the game went on. Concord trailed 17-7 after the first quarter and 35-19 at halftime. Londonderry’s defense held the Tide to three third-quarter points.
Janessa Luciano led Concord’s scorers with 15 points and five steals. Cassidy Emerson grabbed nine rebounds. Catlin Casey provided valuable minutes off the bench.
Merrimack Valley 57, Coe-Brown 53
The Pride (6-1) opened up a 20-6 lead in first quarter and hung on from there to claim its third straight win. The Bears (3-3) brought the score to 24-20 at halftime and 39-38 heading into the final quarter, but MV’s performance from the free throw line down the stretch made the difference.
“I thought we handled their pressure and we shot the ball well from the outside,” MV Coach Dave Huckins said.
Cassidy Huckins had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as the team’s high scorer. Mayson Kimball (14 points, nine rebounds) and Mary Mullen (14 points, 11 rebounds) also put up big numbers offensively for the Pride, while Olivia Thurber chipped in eight points and six rebounds.
Abigail Ahern (21 points), Jenny Schlim (16 points) and Sarah Curtin (11 points) led Coe-Brown.
Bishop Brady 62, Kearsarge 29
Led by Riley Bennett’s 17 points, the Green Giants (8-0) kept their winning streak going by using a 20-2 third quarter to bury the Cougars.
Sarah Thomas scored 14 points for Brady, while Riselly Deoleo had nine points and Shannan Drouin and Emma Will had eight apiece.
Devi Krashaaur scored eight points for Kearsarge, and Anna Cahill had six.
Pembroke 49, Hollis-Brookline 35
Big second and fourth quarters gave the Spartans (5-2) the win over the Cavaliers (1-3).
Pembroke held a slim 8-6 lead after the first quarter, which turned into a 19-11 lead at halftime. The Spartans outscored Hollis, 15-9, over the final quarter and took advantage of 24 trips to the charity stripe, sinking 17 free throws.
Winnisquam 43, Gilford 41
Sophomore Dakota Austin hasn’t played many varsity minutes this year, but when Winnisquam Coach Amy Dutton called on her last night, Austin sparked a 21-0 run that erased a 34-17 deficit and led the Bears (3-5) to the home win.
Even though she didn’t enter the game until midway through the third quarter, Austin finished with a team-high 11 points to go along with four steals. Fellow sophomores Tea Michaloski (10 points, four steals) and Madison Langan were also key components to that game-changing run, as were seniors Kaylee Howard (four points, five steals) and Hannah Chapin (six points, two steals), and Winnisquam’s relentless full-court pressure defense.
After the Bears used a frantic pace to gain the lead, they were able to slow things down and kill clock to close out the game, something that’s been a struggle this season. They also had more free throw attempts than their opponent (20-16) for the first time all season.
Campbell 45, Hopkinton 36
The Hawks played tough defense against a good Campbell team (5-0), but shot just 21 percent from the floor. The loss drops Hopkinton’s record to 7-2, but both of the Hawks’ losses have come against the two undefeated teams in D-III – Campbell and Bishop Brady (8-0).
Hopkinton’s Brittany Marshall returned from injury (foot stress fracture) and scored 13 points in her first action of the season. Madison Clark also had 13 for the Hawks, Sabrey Montore added six and Christine Spaulding anchored the defensive effort and finished with 16 rebounds.
Conant 35, Hillsboro-Deering 27
The Hillcats (0-8) were down 14-1 after the first quarter, but outscored the Orioles (4-3) 26-21 over the final three quarters to make a game of it. H-D was led by Paige Vincent, who scored a season-high 17 points and made four 3-pointers, including 3s on three consecutive possessions when her team was down 18-1 to spark the turnaround.
“A loss is still a loss, but this one has a silver lining in that the team came together,” H-D Coach Bill Warnken said.
Pittsfield 43, Newmarket 26
Strong defense helped Pittsfield to an easy win at home, as the Panthers kept the Mules (2-4) to single digits in each quarter on their way to improving to 6-2.
Brooke Vien (14 points) and Katie Steeves (10) finished in double figures for Pittsfield, while Gabby Bartlett scored seven points and Kylee Morel had six.