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High Schools: Alicea leads MV boys to first in Coe-Brown’s Black Bear Invitational

Merrimack Valley’s Andrew Alicea won the 100, the long jump and the shot put, tallying 30 of the Pride’s 75 points as it edged second-place Bedford (73 points) and third-place Souhegan (56 points) in yesterday’s Black Bear Invitational at Coe-Brown.

For his efforts, Alicea earned the honor of Outstanding Athlete of the Meet, an award voted on by the coaches of every participating team.

“He ran his best form 100 of the season,” MV Coach Bob Mullen said of Alicea, who has worked hard to improve his burst from the starting line. “He had a real nice 40 meters out of the block. Everything Andrew got today he earned.”

Alicea’s winning 100 time was 11.51 seconds. His winning distances were 20-5 1∕4 in the long jump and 45-3 1∕2 in the shot put.

Portsmouth (54 1∕2) and Bow (47) completed the top five in the boys’ meet, while Coe-Brown (seventh, 33 points), Pembroke (tied for 12th, 14), Concord (17th, eight), John Stark (tied for 18th, six) and Bishop Brady (20th, four) rounded out the local scores.

In the girls’ meet, Coe-Brown tallied 140 points to easily outdistance second-place Bedford (119). Londonderry (47) was third, and Kennett and Oyster River tied for fourth (36). MV (ninth, 27) and Bow (10th, 20) also competed.

Besides Alicea, the Pride boys also had a huge performance from John Lindonen, who won the javelin (160-1∕2) and placed second in the triple jump and third in the 110 hurdles. Carter Saltmarsh finished third in the 800, while Trevor Parsons placed fifth in the high jump and Colin Phillips placed sixth in the 3,200. The 4x100 relay team (Alicea, Lindonen, Brendan Polichronopoulos and Bibek Thapa) placed second, the 4x400 team (Polichronopoulos, Thapa, Damon Perron and Saltmarsh) placed fifth, and the 4x800 team (Branden McCoo, Phillips, Brandon Richardson and Mark Roy) placed fifth.

For Mullen, a victory in the Black Bear Invitational is a major mid-season triumph. Speaking about the significance of the meet, he said, “It gives the kids a chance to see what a big meet is all about. It’s kind of turning the corner from the preseason to the Division II championship.”

The fifth-place Bow boys were led by Jordan Birtz, who won the 200 (23.33) and placed second in the 100. Sam Evans finished second in the 800, while Alex Evans came in third in the 1,600. Kevin McCully placed fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the 400, Tim Conklin finished fourth in the discus, and the 4x800 team of Ben Evans, McCully, Alex Evans and Sam Evans placed second.

Jeremy Brassard won the 1,600 (4:28.75) and the 3,200 (9:42.17) to lead seventh-place Coe-Brown. Noah Macri placed second in the pole vault, while Drew Yonchak placed sixth in the 800. The 4x100 relay team of Justin Demers, David Jenkins, Kyle Sanborn and Anthony Toscano finished fourth.

Pembroke was led by Cody Steed, who won the triple jump (42-1∕4) and placed sixth in the long jump. Harrison Drew (fifth in the 400) and David O’Brian (sixth in the shot put) rounded out the scorers for the Spartans.

B.J. Smith competed for Concord, placing second in the 3,200.

John Stark was led by Dan Caterino’s fourth in the shot put. He also ran a leg on the fifth-place 4x100 team that also included Joe Nelson, Pat Morin and Caleb Drury.

Bishop Brady’s Warren Bartlett came in fourth place in the 800.

The Coe-Brown girls were led on the track by Hannah Parker, who won the 3,200 (11:29.48) and the 800 (2:17.18). Elisabeth Danis won the 1,600 (5:13.69), while Meg Scannell and Brook Laskowsky placed third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,200. Katelyn Terry placed second in the 400, Mary Fowler placed fourth in the 1,600, Julia Cormier finished sixth in the 1,600, and Sarah Curtin placed sixth in the 300 hurdles.

In the field events, Megan Rouillard placed first in the javelin (111-10 1∕2) and fourth in the discus, Sam Donohue placed second in the discus and fifth in the shot put, Alley Savioli placed second in the shot put, Ariel Clachar finished second in the long jump, Kayla Roberts placed second in the pole vault, Samantha Toscano finished third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump, and Lindsey Terry placed sixth in the triple jump. Coe-Brown also won the 4x800 relay (9:59.28) with Danis, Mary Fowler, Laskowsky and Scannell. The 4x400 team (Curtin, Parker, Roberts and Haleigh Simmons) placed second, and the 4x100 team (Alandra Beaver, Clachar, Jelesa Nelson and Toscano) placed third.

Despite missing multiple competitors due to injury and college visits, ninth-place MV had several strong showings. Mary Mullen won the discus (101-5) and placed sixth in the shot put, while Maureen Mullen placed second in the javelin, Meredith Ramsey placed fourth in the 200, and Madison Irving placed sixth in the javelin. The 4x100 team of Heidi Gooch, Erin Bresslin, Ramsey and Randee Tatham came in fifth, and the 4x400 team of Mikayla Godfrey, Gooch, Ramsey and Tatham placed sixth.

Bow was led by Suzy Barry (third in the javelin) and Brooke Fortin (fourth in the 400). Taylor Morrison finished fifth in the 100, and sixth in both the 200 and 400. The 4x400 team of Christy Vinnenberg, Katrina Wiesner, Morrison and Fortin finished third.


Hanover 20, Bow 5

The Falcons (1-4) didn’t have any answers for the high-powered Marauders (7-0), falling behind 14-2 at halftime on the way to their third straight loss.

Lindsay Reynolds scored three goals for Bow, while Megan Lighthall and Amanda Murray added one each. Goalie Mikayla Allen made 10 saves, and defenders Erin Haggerty, Katie Lawson and Kirsten Bresson played well.


St. Thomas 13, Bow 8

Two early goals by Mike Fanaras and Matt Sanford (three goals, two assists) put Bow (2-1) up, 2-0, but it couldn’t maintain the offensive intensity and St. Thomas pulled out the win on Friday.

Dan Crimson had two goals and two assists, while Dylan Labranche and Devin Calkins each tallied one goal for the Falcons. Riley Keenan finished with 12 ground balls.


Keene 8, Concord 1

The Crimson Tide managed just one win – from No. 4 singles player Skye Reese – and dropped to 3-6 with a loss on Friday. Keene improved to 5-4.

Rosecel Arevalo played well in her first varsity match, moving up from her usual No. 11 spot on the Tide’s ladder to No. 6 and falling by an 8-3 score. She also played doubles with Irene Ireme as her partner and lost just 8-6.

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