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High Schools: John Stark’s Quinn wins beam on way to seventh place all-around

John Stark’s Gia Quinn entered yesterday’s gymnastics state championships hoping to improve on her fifth place all-around finish from last year. She ended up with 34.5 points this time, which put her in seventh place all-around, but Quinn topped last year’s performance in two of the four fields of competition, finishing first on the beam (fourth last year) and seventh on the bars (eighth last year).

Her score of 9.125 points on the beam was .275 points ahead of runner-up Julie Pease from Portsmouth Christian, and .325 points ahead of all-around winner Kaylee Pacunas of Pinkerton.

Pacunas finished with a total of 35.875 points, followed by Bishop Guertin’s Kasey Bond (35.85) and Salem’s Nina Whittaker (35.825). Salem took home the team title, tallying 134.075 points and placing first in the bars, beam and floor, and second on the vault. Bishop Guertin (133.25) and Pinkerton (132.55) were second and third, respectively.

An eighth-place finish in the floor competition and a 15th-place finish in the vault rounded out Quinn’s all-around score. Lindsey Dutton, also of John Stark, finished eighth overall with a total of 34.225 points. She was fourth in the beam (8.775 points), fifth in both vault (9.1 points) and floor (9.1 points), and 15th in bars (7.25).

Coe-Brown’s Micah Sims finished 26th all-around with 29.15 points. Her score included finishes of 23rd on the vault (8.0 points), 28th on the floor (8.15 points), 31st on the beam (7.3 points) and 36th on the bars (5.7 points). Coe-Brown’s Anna Kofer finished 30th overall, earning a total of 27.4 points. Kofer finished 33rd on the Vault (7.4 points), 34th on the bars (6.05 points), 37th in the floor (7.55 points) and 44th on the beam (6.4 points).

Oliveah Sears of Bishop Brady placed 73rd all-around (17.225 points), but finished seventh on the vault, earning a score of nine points. A 13th-place (8.175 points) finish on the beam rounded out her score. Bishop Brady’s Brianna Puelo finished 23rd in the vault, earning a score of eight points.

BOYS’ HOCKEY

Pinkerton 3, Concord 2, OT

Compared to the first time the teams met – a 5-1 Pinkerton victory – the outcome was an improvement for Concord. But based on the outcome alone, it was the same: a loss that keeps the Tide not fully secure in its postseason prospects.

Concord (6-8-2) must win one of its final two games or have Nashua North lose one of its final two to reach the 10-team postseason.

Freshman goalie Ben Nelson made 21 saves, several of the spectacular variety, to keep Concord close. After a scoreless first period, the Tide scored twice in the opening 4:22 of the second for a 2-0 lead. On the first goal, Adam Godbout battled with a defenseman as they chased down a puck, pressuring the Astros goalie, who ventured from the crease to play the puck. Godbout intercepted the goalie’s clearing pass and deposited the puck in the empty net.

Just 37 seconds later, Godbout and Mitchell Hayes worked hard to keep the puck alive behind the net before tossing it out front, where Braden Smith buried a one-timer from the low slot.

But Pinkerton (9-7) answered back just a minute later, then tied it before the period ended. Concord had a power play for the final 1:28 of regulation and into overtime, but couldn’t convert. Pinkerton, meanwhile, scored 2:20 into the extra session on a give-and-go combination.

“It’s good that we played them close, but we got a 2-0 lead and it seemed like we tried to sit on it,” Concord Coach Dunc Walsh said. “We played a good third, but when you get a power play late in the game, you’ve got to score. That’s the difference between the top teams and the bottom teams; the top teams score in that situation.”

St. Thomas 8, Bishop Brady 0

St. Thomas (11-5) scored early and often, and stifled the Green Giants’ offense to record the convincing shutout.

Bishop Brady (1-15) travels to Salem on Wednesday.

John Stark-Hopkinton 9,
Con-Val 2

John Stark-Hopkinton jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.

Garrett Thomas led the way for John Stark-Hopkinton (13-1-1) with two goals. Also scoring goals were Robbie Ferguson, Tyler Raczkowski, Jacob Blanchette, Scott Olsen, Hunter Goss, Ryan Hawkes and Simon Hunter. John Brown recorded 12 saves in net.

Con-Val falls to 1-15.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Lebanon 5, concord 4, OT

The Tide (4-10-1) played an outstanding game, scoring three goals in the first period and eventually forcing overtime before falling to second-place Lebanon (12-3-1).

Annie Mullen scored two goals and assisted on Aelin Shea’s goal in between in the first period, then completed a hat trick in the second. Elizabeth Donlon (two assists) and Kate Dasey assisted on Mullen’s goals.

The Tide outshot Lebanon, 32-24, and Arielle Berger had an amazing game in net.

Bishop Brady-Trinity 6,
Souhegan 1

Bishop Brady-Trinity (6-9) dominated the game throughout, outshooting Souhegan (3-13) 26-3 en route to a victory to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Arinna Harris led the way for Bishop Brady-Trinity with two goals and one assists. Stephanie Snow tallied a goal and two assists, Athena Sirois and Ann Margaret Disciscio each scored a goal and added an assist, Kerry Twomey scored one goal, and Colleen Earley recorded an assist.

Lauren Owsowitz was the winning goalie.

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