High Schools: Hopkinton girls’ Nordic wins 10th straight championship
Sarah Nadeau, of Hopkinton, competes in the Division IV Nordic Ski Championships in Bedford on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
Hopkinton's Tim Jones, far right, leads a wave of racers at the start of a race during the Division IV Nordic Ski Championships in Bedford on Thursday, February 20, 2014.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
Rob Nadeau was seeing one team’s championship streak slipping away. He wasn’t going to let it happen to his other one.
With the Hopkinton boys’ Nordic team struggling through a surprisingly challenging classic race at the Division IV championships yesterday, the coach knew the Hawks were headed for defeat after two straight titles and nine in 10 years – but he also recognized an opportunity to prevent a similar fate for the girls. The boys were trying to ski a warm-snow race with a cold-weather wax, and with only minutes to go before the girls’ race started, Nadeau knew that meant he had only minutes to go to work.
“We just watched the boys ski a classic race on what were essentially skate skis,” Nadeau said. “We knew during the race we had to do something different for the girls.”
The Hawks tweaked their wax and enjoyed the results, as Sarah Nadeau and Caroline Sweny went 1-2 in both the morning classic and afternoon skate races to lift Hopkinton to 768 points and a 10th straight title, beating out Inter-Lakes (738), Profile (722) and Moultonborough (721) at Legacy Park in Bedford.
In the boys’ race, Hopkinton totaled 723.5 points to finish behind Inter-Lakes – whose 2011 victory snapped a seven-year winning streak for the Hawks – with 777.5 and Derryfield with 733, and ahead of Moultonborough (692) and Profile (684.5). The third-place finish did come with an impressive footnote, as Aaron Dobe won the classic race for Hopkinton.
“Aaron basically made bad wax work,” Coach Nadeau said.
The girls were the clear favorites coming in, but had to make some on-the-fly adjustments to allow those projections to pan out. With the unseasonably warm weather softening the snow early, Nadeau had his skiers put a bit of klister wax on their skis before making their way to the starting line.
“It wasn’t the way you would want to do it,” Coach Nadeau said, “but it was the best we could do with 20 minutes to race time.”
It was plenty good enough. Sarah Nadeau skied to the win in 15:38, ahead of Sweny at 17:58 and teammates Katie Irwin (fifth, 18:57) and Mary McAuliffe (12th, 21:05). In the skate race, Nadeau and Sweny led the way again, with Nadeau finishing at 15:35, Sweny coming in at 17:44 and Irwin (eighth, 19:45) and McAuliffe (ninth, 19:49) also scoring for the Hawks.
“They skied comfortably and strong,” Nadeau said of his top two skiers. “It’s kind of what we expected.”
Dobe tied for the win in the boys’ classic race, coming in at 14:35, while the Hawks also got scoring efforts from Dom Repucci (13th, 15:38), Tim Jones (15th, 15:45) and James McCluskey (16th, 15:46). Hopkinton was led by Jones (eighth, 15:32), Repucci (11th, 16:12), Duncan Calder (14th, 16:32) and Dobe (15th, 16:38) in the skate event and felt better as a whole about how that race went – making Dobe’s win, which helped make up for top skier Owen Kanter’s absence, all the more impressive.
“He’s going to plug away like no one’s going to plug away. But did I expect him to win the classic race? No,” Nadeau said. “When you watch him, he’s double poling or herringboning up hills. It was something to watch.”
Nadeau was dissatisfied with the conditions, but not with his boys’ teams performance, which he knew needed to be meticulous to earn first place.
“We didn’t expect that we’d be able to beat them,” he said. “We knew we would need a perfect day, and we didn’t have a perfect day.”
The expectations were higher with the girls. And they performed up to them.
“It is kind of cool to get into the double digits, I’m not going to lie,” Nadeau said. “Ten’s a good number.”
Pinkerton 7, Concord 4
The Crimson Tide fell down 3-0 in the first period and got the score to 4-2, but turnover woes and power play struggles prevented it from getting any closer.
Connor Beatty had a three-point night with a goal and two assists for Concord (6-10), which gave up two shorthanded goals. Bradley Murphy (goal, assist) and Alex Orcutt (two assists) also had multiple points for the Tide, and Tim Weinhold and Micheal Shea rounded out the scoring.
Ben Nelson and Jesse Bedard split goaltending duties and finished with 12 saves apiece.
Concord 4, Exeter 2
Four different players scored to lift the Crimson Tide to the road win.
Delana Erickson, Sam Schecter, Annie Mullen and Elizabeth Donlon had the goals. Mullen added three assists, while Amandaline Tibbals made 28 saves.
Concord 64, Alvirne 60
Jacob Szulc scored 21 points to help the Crimson Tide (6-9) take control of the game late after the lead changed hands down the stretch. The Broncos fell to 5-10.
Bakir Bascelic added 12 points for the Tide, while Matt Giroux and Seimou Smith added 10 points each.
Plymouth 60, merrimack valley 59, ot
It was a story of missed opportunities for the Pride (5-11) in their overtime loss to the Bobcats (12-3), according to Coach Kevin O’Brien.
“We played our heart out, but we left 12 points at the free throw line,” O’Brien said.
Justin Williams (18 points, eight rebounds), Bruce Barton (12 points, six rebounds), J.T. Driscoll (10 points) and Cole Remillard (nine points) led MV’s offense.
Laconia 51, Belmont 28
The Red Raiders (1-13) couldn’t overcome the local rival Sachems (9-5) in what was a stagnant offensive night for Belmont.
The Raiders weren’t able to get much going offensively in the first half, being outscored 21-15. The struggles continued in the second half, with Belmont scoring only 13 points.
Freshman Trevor Hunt put up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
mascoma 67, winnisquam 64
The Bears’ inability to put together offensive continuity cost them in a close game with the Royals (10-6).
Winnisquam (12-4) started off quickly, outscoring Mascoma 24-16 in the first quarter. The second quarter was entirely different, as the Bears struggled from the floor and were outscored 17-7. After having a chance to regroup during halftime, the Bears came out strong, scoring 27 points in the third quarter to take a seven-point lead into the fourth, only to see it slip away when they scored just six points.
Winnisquam missed all four of its free throw attempts in the fourth, while Mascoma hit eight of its 10 attempts.
Christian Serrano led the Bears with 18 points, while Tucker Normand, Timmy Harmon and Mike Buxton contributed 10 each.
Epping 60, Pittsfield 38
The Panthers (9-6) were in range for a late rally, down nine points with six minutes to play, but the Blue Devils (13-3) put the pressure back on Pittsfield to run away with the win.
Kris Perkins scored 17 points for the Panthers, while Max Tuttle took six charges and grabbed five rebounds while adding five points.
Alvirne 77, Concord 48
Janessa Luciano scored 23 points, but the Crimson Tide (2-14) was toppled at home by the 10-5 Broncos.
Luciano hit three 3-pointers for the Tide, which trimmed the deficit to seven in the third quarter. Cassidy Emerson had 12 points to go along with nine rebounds, Kalli Sargent had seven rebounds and three assists and Deb Morrill and Peyton Osgood played well on defense.
Laconia 36, Belmont 33
The Red Raiders battled to a 20-20 halftime tie and stayed on the Sachems’ heels all game, but couldn’t make the baskets to overtake the hosts.
Cassie Contigiani had a double-double for Belmont (7-9), scoring 14 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Chayleigh Cadarette had six points and 14 rebounds, and Shannon Davies added eight points.
Bishop Brady 46, Campbell 45
The Green Giants (15-2) trailed by five heading into the fourth quarter but tightened the defense to rally back. Brady improved its rebounding to prevent the Cougars from getting second chances, an adjustment that paid off when Sarah Thomas’s layup with four seconds left gave the Giants their only lead of the second half.
Thomas finished with a team-high 17 points for Brady and also added five rebounds and five steals. Riselly Deoleo had 15 points and six steals, and Melissa Mallahan (seven rebounds) and Emma Will had six points apiece.
Bow 36, Raymond 26
Kirsten Bresson scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Falcons to the win on their senior night.
Taylor Marston added five points, five rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocks for Bow, while Maddie Horner had four points, five rebounds and two blocks. Ashlie Tucker also played well in the win.
Newport 36, Kearsarge 27
The Cougars (4-13) failed to extend their season high two-game winning streak against the Tigers (8-9).
After entering the second half with the game knotted up at 12, the Cougars were outscored 24-15 in the second half.
Freshman forward Devi Krashaaur played tough inside the paint, scoring 13 of Kearsarge’s 27 points. The Cougars hold their senior night tomorrow against Stevens.
Winnisquam 54, mascoma 42
The Bears’ seniors came out to play during their senior night against the Royals (9-9), showing what they can do with focus, according to Coach Amy Dutton.
Hannah Chapin (18 points, 10 rebounds) started the Bears (9-9) off quickly, scoring 10 points in the first quarter before having to sit with some early foul trouble. Kaylee Howard helped pick up the slack, scoring 16 points while sinking four 3-pointers.
The rest of the seniors, Kayla Langan, Kendra Lonergan, Dallas Austin and Rachel Willcutt, helped Winnisquam utilize its half-court pressure zone.
Pittsfield 40, Concord Christian 21
The cold-shooting Panthers found their groove in the second half and ran away with the home win, scoring 27 points in the final two quarters after playing to a 13-10 halftime lead.
Brooke Vien led the way for Pittsfield (10-7) with 15 points, while Gabby Bartlett had eight and Katie Steeves had six points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. The Panthers finish their season tonight at 5:30 against Portsmouth Christian.
Kendra Jarvis led Concord Christian (3-15) with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Lily Rivera and Morgan Draus also scored, and Becca Johnson and Emily Purtell both played well.