High Schools: Hopkinton’s Nadeau dominates Nordic Meet of Champions
Two days after leading the Hopkinton girls’ Nordic ski team to its 10th straight Division IV championship, Sarah Nadeau added some more hardware to her collection by winning both the freestyle and classical races at yesterday’s Nordic Meet of Champions held at the Dublin School.
Nadeau cruised to victory in the classical race, defeating the runner-up, Concord’s Erin Waters, by a minute and a half. Nadeau’s time of 21:05 and Waters’s time of 22:35 were the only ones under the 23-minute mark. Kate Andy of Concord finished fifth.
Nadeau won by a slimmer margin in the freestyle, but her time of 8:08 still gave her a 27-second cushion over second-place Mary Kretchmer of Kingswood. Lilly Naimie (11th classical) of Bow finished third in 8:48, with Andy skiing to another fifth-place finish and Waters taking ninth.
Other local skiers included Naomi Kramer (10th classical, 12th freestyle) and Hannah Weckstein (27th classical) of Bow, Caroline Sweny (16th classical, 15th freestyle) of Hopkinton, and Margaret Lee (12th classical, 26th freestyle) and Kaileigh Davis (24th classical, 28th freestyle) of Kearsarge.
On the boys’ side, Andrew Weckstein (23rd classical) and Mitch Blair (17th freestyle, 24th classical) of Bow were the top local finishers. Aidan Irish (23rd freestyle, 33rd classical) and David Merchan (30th classical, 31st freestyle) also competed for Bow.
BOW 6, LEBANON 0
The Falcons (13-3-1) struck quickly, scoring three minutes into the game. There was no letup from that point on as the Falcons kept it coming, outshooting Lebanon (5-9-1) by a 34-9 count in the game.
Jake Rand led the way for the Falcons with a hat trick. Other goals came from Austin Beaudette, Chris Mead and Brendan Ulrich. Assists came from Chris Fournier (two), Tyler Herrick and Nick Kruger.
Goalie Robbie Margeson made nine saves to earn the shutout.
GOFFSTOWN 6, SOMERSWORTH/COE-BROWN 3
Ryan Cordeiro tallied two goals and an assist but it wasn’t enough as the Bearcats (5-10) couldn’t handle the visiting Grizzlies (10-3).
The Bearcats trailed 3-0 at the end of the first period and couldn’t dig themselves out of that hole.
Felix Nyquist added the other goal. Assists came from Dakotta Hippern (two), William Ohrenberger (two) and Nyquist.
Matt Launsby and Joel Boulanger split time in net.
Berlin 5, John Stark-Hopkinton 2
In a rematch of last year’s title game, Berlin scored three third-period goals (one on an empty net) to exact a bit of revenge on the defending champs.
After the Mountaineers (14-2-0) went on top first, John Stark-Hopkinton (8-5-1) pulled even on a Ryan Hawkes goal, assisted by Jake Blanchette. And before the opening period ended, Alex Lajeunesse put the Generals on top, with Robbie Ferguson assisting.
Berlin got one back in the second period to tie it at 2-2, then took advantage of a couple of Stark-Hopkinton errant passes in the third period to pull out the win.
Generals goalie Josh Gagne kept the game close most of the way, finishing with 31 saves.
PORTSMOUTH 7, KEARSARGE 1
Nothing went right for the Cougars (1-9-1) as they allowed five first-period goals en route to the lopsided loss.
Duncan MacIntyre had the lone goal, with the assists coming from Will Aufranc and Bryson Barthol.
Cody Rowe made 14 saves in net.
Lebanon 6, Concord 1
Hanover 9, Concord 1
Concord (4-12-0) got on the scoreboard in the first period, with Sam Schecter scoring off assists from Molly Emerson and Emily Scheer, but the Tide couldn’t keep pace with Lebanon (12-4-0).
Amandaline Tibbals made 30 saves in the Tide nets.
∎ On Friday, Concord became just the fourth New Hampshire team to score on top-ranked Hanover (13-1-0) when Delana Erickson converted on an assist from Annie Mullen to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. Unfortunately for the Tide, the Marauders had too much firepower left.
Concord played well and put up a good fight, Coach Stacy Boudrias said. Tibbals was busy in net, making 42 saves.
Bishop Brady-Trinity 9, Souhegan 1
Brady-Trinity (9-5) won its second game in as many nights with a decisive road win over Souhegan (6-11). Brady-Trinity took a 4-1 lead after the first period and extended the lead to 7-1 after two.
The line of Melissa Houde (four goals, assist), Ann Margaret Disciscio (three goals, three assists) and Stephanie Snow (two goals, four assists) combined for all nine goals to go along with eight assists.
“They were really passing well. They really had their game going,” Coach Dan Earley said.
Stephanie Sloane (two) and Athena Sirois added assists, while goaltender Lauren Osowitz (10 saves) was solid in net.
The win moves Brady-Trinity into fourth-place and it faces fifth-place Oyster River (9-5-1) tomorrow in a game that could decide home-ice advantage for the playoffs.
MERRIMACK VALLEY 67, PLYMOUTH 28
The Pride (12-4) led 37-18 at halftime as the outcome was never in question. All 14 MV girls played, and 10 of them recorded a point.
Mayson Kimball (15 points), Cassidy Huckins (11 points), Mary Mullen (10 points) and Sierra Dube (nine points) led the Pride offense.
Belmont 57, Farmington 21
Belmont won four of its six games in February, with the only losses coming by a slim three points.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” Belmont Coach Mark Dawalga said. “The kids’ hard work is paying off.”
With a 9-9 record, the Raiders now await official word on their seeding for the Division III tournament, where they could enter as high as the 12th seed or as low as the 18th because of a logjam of teams at .500.
Against Farmington (4-14), Belmont took control early, going up 13-4 after a quarter and 30-10 by halftime thanks to a suffocating team defensive effort, led by Makayla Donovan and Shannon Davies. Offensively, Chayleigh Cadarette notched another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Cassie Contigiani scored 11 points with six assists and Courtney Clairmont added seven points and four assists.
BOW 53, HOPKINTON 46
The Falcons (13-5) kept the Hawks (14-4) at an arm’s length throughout the game and pulled out a tough road win.
Kirsten Bresson (15 points), Amanda Murray (12), Ashlie Tucker (nine), Sam Lulka (nine) and Maddie Horner (four) paced the Falcons.
Sabrey Montore (13 points), Madison Clark (11) and Brittany Marshall (eight) led the Hawks.
BISHOP BRADY 37, FRANKLIN 28
Great defense was the storyline as the Giants (16-2) shut down the Tornadoes (10-7). The Giants had a shutout after the first period, 11-0.
Sarah Thomas led Brady with 14 points and nine rebounds. Riley Bennett (seven points) and Emma Will (six) provided secondary scoring, while Riselly Deoleo grabbed six rebounds.
KEARSARGE 51, STEVENS 45
Anna Cahill’s 24 points helped the Cougars (5-13) cap off the regular season with a win. The Cougars led throughout, although it was a hard-fought game. Entering the fourth, the Cougars clung to a 37-35 lead.
“Persistence made the difference in the end for us,” Kearsarge Coach Kurt McCandless said. “We were disciplined and made our foul shots.”
Eleanor Angus (10 points, eight in the fourth quarter) and Devi Krashaaur (nine points) also aided the Cougars offensively. Freshman Maicy Hansen also played well.