High Schools: Last-race drama boosts MV boys’ track and field team
Concord's Lexi Erickson goes for a loose ball during NHIAA Division I Lacrosse with Londonderry Tuesday afternoon. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Londonderry's Chelsea Lewis guards Concord's Grace Orzechowski during Tuesday's NHIAA Division I Lacrosse. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Londonderry's Julia Wasserman stands her ground as Concord's Adelaide Symmes tries to go to the goal during NHIAA Division I Lacrosse Tuesday. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
Concord's Veronyca Daniels and Londonderry's Jenna Conroy charge down field during Tuesday's NHIAA Division I Lacrosse. (Karen Bobotas/for the Concord Monitor)
For an early-season meet, it was as dramatic as it could get.
One event – the 4x400 – remained. The Merrimack Valley boys were in a tie meet. Portsmouth, the same opponent that spoiled the Pride’s bid for a runner-up finish at the state indoor meet in February, stood in the way again.
Win the race, you win the meet. Lose and it’s second place.
Three minutes, 41.2 seconds later, the Pride had the answer, and it pleased longtime Coach Bob Mullen. MV’s 4x400 team finished more than 10 seconds ahead of Portsmouth’s team, giving the MV boys a 75-70 victory in a dual meet yesterday.
“It was exciting,” Mullen said. “Really a great dual meet for this time of year. Great athletes, great coaching, lots of competition. And Portsmouth is a good track program.”
The MV girls also competed against Portsmouth and lost, 80-63.
In the boys’ 4x400, MV got off to a quick start behind Keegan Hanks on the lead leg, then kept it comfortable as Bibek Thapa, Brendan Polichronopoulos and Damon Perron finished things off. Portsmouth’s time was 3:51.50.
MV wouldn’t have been in position to claim the victory in the final event, however, if not for the performance of senior Andrew Alicia, who led the Pride by scoring 20 points with four victories. He won the 100 (11.4 seconds), long jump (18-9) and shot put (44-8), and ran a leg on the 4x100 team, which also consisted of Thapa, Polichronopoulos and Mitchell Denault.
John Lindonen accounted for 18 points with wins in the 100 hurdles (15.8), 300 hurdles (45.3) and javelin (143-6), and a runner-up in the triple jump (40-1).
Polichronopoulos added a win in the 400 (54.5) and a second in the 200. Colin Phillips was first in the 3,200 (10:34.2) – followed closely by teammate Vincent Tevnan (10:37.6) in second – and third in the 1,600. Hanks was second in the 800, Perron was tied for second in the high jump and third in the long jump, Carter Saltmarsh was second in the 1,600 and third in the 800, and Trevor Parsons was third in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
In the girls’ meet, MV was led by triple-winner Meredith Ramsey and double-winner Julian Adejuyigbe. Ramsey won the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.3) and was on a leg of the 4x400 team, and Adejuyigbe took first in the shot put (35-1∕2) and discus (104-4). Other members of the 4x400 team were Randee Tatham, Heidi Gooch and Morgan Walton.
Mary Mullen also had a victory, winning the javelin (94-9 1∕2) to head a 1-2-3 finish for the Pride. Madison Irving was second and Maureen Mullen was third.
Mary Mullen was also second in both the shot put and discus, Walton was second in both the 800 and 100 hurdles, Gooch was second in the 400, Alycia Daniels was second in the 300 hurdles, Cassie Owens was second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600, and Maureen Mullen also had thirds in the discus and shot put.
BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Concord 87, Salem 58
Senior Harry Gunn had two firsts and two seconds to lead the Crimson Tide to the win in Salem. Gunn was first in both the high jump (5-8) and discus (121-1), and took second in the shot put and javelin. Concord also got two first-place results from Walters Ndi in the 100 (11.49) and shot put (39-10), Marc Gaudet in the 200 (24.65) and pole vault (9-0), B.J. Smith in the 1,600 (4:54.33) and 3,200 (10:02.50), and George Feliz in the 110 hurdles (15.53) and 300 hurdles (44.84). Cole Patoine took first in the long jump (18-0) for the Tide, Elden Grey was first in the triple jump (34-8), and freshman Leo Sudieh was second in the long jump and 200 and third in the 100.
“The sprinters ran a lot faster times this week and the throwers stepped it up also,” Concord Coach Hayden Daly said.
The Bears finished with 44 points to put them in a dead heat finish with Oyster River, but behind first-place Milford (77 points).
Jeremy Brassard led the Bears with a first-place finish in the 800 (2:04.7) and a second in the 200. Lucas Fisher took first in the 1,600 (4:56.6) for Coe-Brown, which got second-place finishes from Anthony Toscano (100), Kyle Hanson (300 hurdles), Stevie Frase (discus) and Stephen Munroe (javelin).
John Stark second
The host Generals finished with 55 points to take second behind Windham (64) and in front of Goffstown (48).
Stark swept the discus as Mike Metcalf (99-3, personal record), Joe Nelson, Nathaniel Moore and Dylan Landry took first through fourth, respectively. Daniel Caterino also excelled in the field events for the Generals, taking first in the high jump (5-9, PR) and shot put (39-11, PR).
Stark’s Justin Clark took first in the 800 (2:16) and second in the 1,600 (5:01, PR), Thomas Keon was first in the 300 hurdles and was part of the first-place 4x400 team (3:57.74) along with Tyler LeGrand, Joe Lupi and Caleb Drury, who was also second in the 400. The Generals also got second-place results from Justin Abbott (triple jump) and Steven Wuebbolt (shot put).
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Salem 76, Concord 68
The Crimson Tide got two relay wins, but it wasn’t enough against the Blue Devils.
Concord’s 4x100 team of Amanda Schoenfeld, Rebecca Massah, Meghan Hall and Megan Reese took first in 54.15, and the 4x400 team of Schoenfeld, Hannah Orzechowski, Michaella Conery and Smita Boesch-Dining was first in 4:25.98.
Boesch-Dining was also first in the 800 (2:34.57) and 1,600 (5:33.43), Massah took first in the 100 hurdles (15.9, a personal best) and 300 hurdles (49.5), Schoenfeld finished first in the 400 (66.12), and Reese was first in the pole vault (9-0). Concord’s Hana Knowles was first in the shot put (31-4 1∕2) and second in the discus.
The Bears earned points across the board to finish with 79 and take the win over Milford (61) and Oyster River (29).
Coe-Brown swept the top five places in the 1,600, led by Meg Scannell (first, 5:34.7) and Brooke Laskowsky (second). Hannah Parker finished first in the 400 (58.2), Lauren Montgomery took first in the long jump (15-8), Sam Toscano was first in the triple jump (33-0), and Megan Rouillard finished first in the javelin with a throw of 103-9, 17-5 farther than her closest competitor.
The Bears got second-place results from Jelesa Nelson (100), Sarah Curtin (300 hurdles), Katelyn Terry (800) and Allie Savioli, who did it three times (triple jump, javelin and shot put).
John Stark third
Goffstown ran away with the meet with 113 points, Windham took second with 31, and the young Generals finished with 16 points on their home track.
Stark got a first-place time of 53.52 from its 4x100 relay team of Julie Vivilecchia, Hannah Erskine, Audrey Carr and Brianna LeGrand. Megan Laramee took first in the triple jump (26-1) for Stark, while Vivilecchia was third in the 100, and Carr was third in the long jump.
Bow 4, Campbell 2
Campbell (1-2) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but six shutout innings from starter Nate Corriveau thereafter and two suicide squeeze bunts in the fourth inning turned the game in Bow’s favor.
Still trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Falcons (3-0) rallied as Chris Fournier singled and moved to third on Corriveau’s double to start the inning. Evan Vulgamore (1-for-3, two runs) singled in one run, then Sean Ford tied the game at 2-2 when he executed a squeeze to plate Corriveau. The next batter also tried a squeeze but missed the pitch, but the Campbell catcher, trying to nail Vulgamore at third, threw errantly and allowed the run to score.
Tyler Lambert went 1-for-3 and drove in a run in the sixth for the Falcons. Corriveau allowed five hits and five walks while striking out three in his complete-game effort.
Conant 3, Hopkinton 2
After scoring two fluky runs in the first, Conant scratched out the game-winner in the top of the seventh on an error, a walk and a hit. Despite the loss, Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said he was “pleased with the game. We executed and worked hard and this was definitely a step forward for us. It shows we can play with the big boys.”
Hopkinton starter Colin Paraskeva gave up two runs in the first on three walks (one intentional), an error, a wild pitch and one hit. He threw five scoreless innings after that and allowed three hits and five walks (two intentional) while striking out three.
The Hawks got both their runs in the fifth when Colin O’Keeffe (2-for-3) came home on a fielder’s choice RBI from Wes Rose and Evan O’Keefe (single) scored on an error. Jake Nelson had Hopkinton’s only other hit against Conant ace Devin Springfield.
Windham 7, Merrimack Valley 6
The Pride (0-2) scored a run to tie the game in the top of the seventh, but the Jaguars (1-1) answered with another one in the bottom half to walk off with the win.
Brooke Ellis went 2-for-3 with two runs, the second of which came in the seventh after she tripled. Kerry Fedion had a bases-clearing double in a four-run fourth, and Erin Frost drove in two runs. Kayla Kibbee went all seven innings while striking out one and allowing nine hits, five earned runs and one walk.
Campbell 15, Bow 2
It was all tied up 1-1 through four innings, but Campbell (3-0) scored four in the fifth to break it open and then 10 more in the seventh to put it away.
Miki Dowd was 3-for-4 with a run for the Falcons (2-1), Maddie Palisi was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Madison Stanley had a walk, run and RBI. Kylie Iasillo took the loss.
Conant 13, Hopkinton 0, 5 inn.
The Orioles parlayed timely hits and Hawks errors to jump to a 7-0 lead after two innings, improving to 3-0. Conant has outsored its opponents 47-2 so far.
Freshman Caroline Flood saw her first varsity action in the circle for the Hawks (1-1), pitching two innings of relief and allowing just one earned run (four overall). Kelly Scammon reached base twice for Hopkinton.
Bow 16, Timberlane 3
The Falcons rolled to 2-0 with the road win. Bow led 6-0 after the first and 11-0 at halftime. Matt Sanford (three goals, four assists) and Devin Calkins (three goals, two assists) were the high scorers, but the Falcons also got solid contributions from Mike Fanaras and Dan Crisman (each had two goals and one assist), Dylan LaBranche (two goals), Luke Laboe (one goal, one assist) and Jason Stickney (one goal, one assist).
“I was very impressed with how hungry our team came out off the first whistle,” Bow Coach Ross Mondello said. “We are focusing on being more consistent and I saw signs of that today.”
Riley Keenan (two assists) won 6 of 7 in the faceoff circle and Derek Polish won 5 of 6. Mike Angarella and Travis Beauchain performed well in splitting the goaltending duties.
Bishop Brady 13, Merrimack Valley 9
Jon Berry scored four goals and dished out three assists, helping first-year Coach Ralph Berry – who happens to be his father – earn his first victory as coach.
“He was pretty dominant,” MV Coach Sean O’Brien said of Berry, “and we had trouble keeping him under wraps.”
The Green Giants (1-1) also got offensive contributions from Ryan Kirk (three goals), Carter Lee (two goals) and Dan Medvetz (two assists). Starting goalie Evan Hall allowed only four goals through the first three quarters before giving way to his backup.
MV (0-2) got solid games from Tanner Carter (three goals, assist), freshman Warren Campbell (two goals), Dylar Baer (four assists) and Blake Gaboriault (two goals, numerous faceoffs won).
John Stark 9, Kearsarge 6
The Generals (2-0) trailed 6-4 after three quarters, but rallied for five in the fourth for the win at home.
Brody Fredricks and James Smugerski each had three goals for Stark and Matt Richards finished with three assists. The Generals got one goal apiece from Keith Galli, Jake Blanchette and Colbey Decotis, whose tally was a big momentum builder.
Goalie August Colburn anchored the Stark defense, but he had plenty of help from Gage Huard, Cooper Bourque and John Brown.
Londonderry 19, Concord 4
It was a tough home opener for the Crimson Tide (0-2) against the Lancers (1-1). Adelaide Symmes had two goals for Concord, Grace Orzechowski (goal) and Mary Annon both played well in the midfield, Bella Rubin stepped it up defensively and Lexi Erickson added the Tide’s other score.
Merrimack Valley 8, Oyster River 6
After leading 7-3 at the half, the Pride hung for a close win, its first victory of the season.
Hannah John scored three goals for MV (1-3), Karra Hebert scored two, Danielle Wiley was a force gathering ground balls, and Maddy Jaquith played well in goal.
Sanborn 6, Kearsarge 3
The Cougars (1-4) stayed close in the singles but dropped all three doubles matches at Sanborn (1-5).
No. 2 Vincente Metrano swept his match, 8-0, while No. 3 Tim Berube (8-2) and Will Anderson (8-3, first singles win of the season) were both victorious. No. 1 Karver Bosela narrowly lost his match, 8-6, and No. 6 Drake vanKannewurff played well but lost 8-6 in his varsity debut.