Boesch-Dining stars as Concord track and field splits dual meets
Leo Sudieh of Concord hands the baton to his teammate Marc Gaudett in the 4 by 100 relay in their track meet against Alvirne and Bedford; Tuesday, April 30, 2013
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
Megan Reese of Concord pole vaults in the track meet against Alvirne and Bedford; Tuesday, April 30, 2013
(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
The distance didn’t matter. Whether it was 400, 800 or 1,600 meters, Smita Boesch-Dining wasn’t losing.
The Concord High junior took first in the 1,600 in 5:16.50, first in the 800 in 2:28.28 and was part of the first-place 4x400 relay team as the Crimson Tide girls’ track and field team split dual meet results with Alvirne and Bedford. Concord bested Alvirne, 78-48, but fell to Bedford, 68-58, yesterday at Memorial Field.
The final results were very similar on the boys’ side as Bedford beat Concord, 74.5-60.5, but the Crimson Tide earned the win against Alvirne, 75.5-56.5.
Boesch-Dining anchored the 4x400 team of Amanda Schoenfeld, Hannah Orzechowski and Michaella Conery (4:19.1). It was also a big day for Orzechowski as the senior finished first in the 300 hurdles (50.8) and second in the triple jump.
Concord’s 4x100 relay team delivered first-place points, too, as Skarlet Feliz, Meghan Hall, Megan Reese and Jessie Bean finished in 54.3, just .3 ahead of the Alvirne team. Feliz also took first in the 100 (13.0) and Reese, as usual, finished first in the pole vault by a wide margin, clearing 10-6, two feet above of her nearest competitor. Sophomore Hana Knowles had another strong day throwing, taking first in the shot put (30-11) and third in the discus.
Tide teammates Walters Ndi and Tolbert Nemo had a showdown in the boys’ 100 with Ndi finishing first in 11.30 and Nemo in second at 11.32. Nemo was able to get a first in the 200, however, crossing the line in 23.8. Ndi also took second in the shot put and was on the second place 4x100 team along with George Feliz, Leo Sudieh, Marc Gaudet and George Feliz, who took first in the 110 hurdles (15.3) and second in the 300 hurdles.
Concord’s distance points came from the usual suspect, B.J. Smith, who was first in the 1,600 (4:28.8) and second in the 800. And senior Harry Gunn delivered three second-place field results (triple jump, discus and javelin).
BOYS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Merrimack valley first, coe-brown second
The Pride hosted a tri-meet and finished with 92.75 points to beat out Coe-Brown (45.5) and Trinity (39.75).
John Lindonen won four events and Andrew Alicea won three to lead the Pride, which won 11 events as a team. Lindonen won the 110 hurdles (16.4), the 300 hurdles (43.9), triple jump (39-7) and javelin (156-8). Alicea won the 100 (11.4), long jump (19-3) and shot put (44-0). Colin Phillips was first in the 3,200 (10:33) and finished second in the 1,600. Brendan Polichronopoulos won the 1,600 in a state qualifying time (4:45) in his first time running in the event and led a top-eight Pride sweep to boot. Damon Perron tied for first in the high jump (5-4).
Other strong performances were turned in by Bibek Thapa (second in both the 200 and 400), Carter Saltmarsh (second 800), Vincent Tevnan (second 3200) and Trevor Parsons (second in both hurdle events). The 4x400 relay of Perron, Saltmarsh, Thapa and Keegan Hanks won in 3:42.
The Bears were paced by wins from Anthony Toscano in the 200 (24.1) and high jump (tied-first 5-4), Jeremy Brassard in the 400 (51.8) and the 4x100 relay of Jake Habets, Justin Demers, Kyle Sanborn and Toscano (46.1). Noah Macri vaulted 11-0 to lead a 1-2-3-4 Bears finish in the pole vault. Kyle Noel was second in the event.
The Spartans finished with 32 points in a five-team meet at Sanborn. Somersworth (94) won the meet followed by the hosts (79), Con-Val (64) and Hollis-Brookline (54).
Pembroke was led by a trio of second-place finishes from Cody Steed in the triple jump, Drew Harrison in the 400 (by a mere .07 seconds) and John Sanborn in the 1,600. Sanborn also placed well in the 3,200 (third) and high jump (fourth) while Steed was fourth in the 200.
John Stark fourth
Souhegan (77 points) ran away with the meet in Hanover, beating out Plymouth (46), Hanover (40) and John Stark (29). The Generals excelled in the throwing events as Daniel Caterino took first in the shot put (39-9), Dylan Landry finished first in the javelin (130-9), Nathaniel Moore was second in the discus and Derek Smith was second in the shot put. Caterino was also second in the high jump and part of the second-place 4x100 relay team along with Tyler LeGrand, Patrick Morin and Joe Nelson, who was also second in the 100.
GIRLS’ TRACK AND FIELD
Coe-Brown first, Merrimack Valley second
The Bears continued their impressive season, winning nine events and sweeping two, to claim a 97-63 victory over the Pride in a meet at MV. Trinity was third with 21 points.
Winners for Coe-Brown included Hannah Parker in the 400 (57.3), Mary Fowler in the 800 (2:30), Katie Scannell in the 1,600 (5:42), Julia Cormier in the 3,200 (12:51), Ashley Lewis in the high jump (4-6), Kayla Roberts in the pole vault (9-0), Katelyn Terry in the triple jump (32-3) and Alley Savioli in the shot put (35-6). The 4x400 team of Lexie Buiel, Roberts, Haleigh Simmons and Lindsey Terry won in 4:31.
Simmons (second 800) and Samantha Toscano (second triple jump) contributed to Bear sweeps of their respective events. Jelesa Nelson (100), Parker (200), Lindsey Terry (1,600), Katelyn Terry (300 hurdles), Alandra Beaver (high jump), Sam Donohue (shot put and discus) and Megan Rouillard (javelin) all had second-place finishes for the Bears.
The Pride were led by a pair of wins from Meredith Ramsey in the 100 (12.8) and 200 (26.6). Ramsey also finished second in the 400. Nancy Taban had a great day in the hurdles, winning both events in her first time racing since her leg injury a year ago. Taban posted a time of 16.2 in the 100 hurdles to automatically qualify for states.
MV’s Erin Bresslin won the long jump (14-4) and was second in the pole vault, while Mary Mullen finished first in the discus (105-3) and Maureen Mullen won the javelin (103-2). Taliyah Cepeda finished second in the long jump and was part of the winning 4x100 relay (53.0) with Bresslin, Heidi Gooch, Taban and Randee Tatham.
The Spartans finished 36 points to wind up behind winners Hollis-Brookline (133), Somersworth, (80.5) and Con-Val (51.5), but ahead of Sanborn (26).
Elizabeth Abbott did well in the distance events, finishing second in the 1,600 and third in the 800. Molly Hamilton (200) and Emma Foss (long jump) also had second-place finishes. Kelly Jacques finished third in the 100 and fifth in the long jump. The 4x100 relay of Maddie Bardier, Foss, Jacques and Hamilton finished second.
John Stark fourth
Freshman Audrey Carr had the best result of the day for the Generals, taking second in the long jump with a distance of 12-11.25. Stark got fourth-place results from Madeline Ishak (1,600), Brianna LeGrand (high jump), Megan Laramee (triple jump) and Julie Vivilecchia (discus). Host Hanover finished first with 82 points followed by Plymouth (56.5), Souhegan (48) and John Stark (7.5).
Winnisquam 15, Kearsarge 0
Caleb Hutchins no-hit the Cougars for five innings before the game was ended by the 10-run rule, leading the Bears (5-2) to what Coach Fred Caruso called a “good bounceback game” following Monday’s sloppy loss to Gilford.
“He was in control. Very efficient. Pounded the strike zone,” Caruso said of Hutchins, who threw just 54 pitches and started off 13 of the 17 batters he faced with a strike.
Winnisquam had just eight hits but took advantage of 12 walks, scoring four runs in the first, five in the second and six in the fourth.
Offensive leaders were Dom DeBlasie (1-for-3, two runs, two RBI, double), Jack Decormier (1-for-2, two runs, two RBI, double), John Montalto (1-for-1, two walks, run, two RBI) and Austin Hunt (1-for-3, run, two RBI). Right fielder Curtis Archibald tracked down several fly balls to lead the defense behind Hutchins.
Winnisquam 14, Kearsarge 2
The Bears (2-6) used six hits, two walks and two hit batters to put up nine runs in the first inning and take control against visiting Kearsarge (0-9).
Rachel Willcutt (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs), Kendra Lonegran (2-for-4, three RBI) and Lindsay Raymond (2-for-4, two runs) all had big days for the Winnisquam offense, which totalled 10 hits and 12 walks in the five-inning game. Becky Rapoza had an RBI double in the Bears big first inning and Elyssa Clairmont added a two-run single. Allie Trowsdale pitched all five innings for Winnisquam, striking out eight, walking none and giving up four hits.
Bow 11, Merrimack 6
Bow (3-1) trailed 2-1 after the first quarter, and was tied 3-3 at the half, but went up 7-5 after three and put things away with a strong fourth quarter to earn the victory over Merrimack (2-6).
“In the first half we played a lot of defense and had a difficult time getting into any rhythm on offense,” Bow Coach Ross Mondello said.
Riley Keenan went 13-for-16 on faceoffs, helping the Falcons get the extra offensive opportunities they needed.
Bow also played excellent defense on the penalty kill, allowing only one goal on nine penalties. Derrick LaBranche (one assist and six groundballs), Alex Reitze (one assist and five groundballs), Derek Polish, Colby Desmarais (one goal), Charley Reagan (one gbs), Corey Plumb (two groundballs) and Tucker Johnson all recorded impressive numbers and played well on the penalty kills. Travis Beachain had 15 saves and Luke Laboe, who also helped out in the faceoff circle, finished with a goal and an assist.
Hopkinton 9, PLymouth 2
Hopkinton (6-0) got off to a quick start, and a stellar effort from goalie Matt French (21 saves) gave the Hawks a win to remain undefeated while handing Plymouth (6-1) its first loss.
Hopkinton took a 5-0 lead at halftime with Henry Merrow (four goals, three assists) leading the way offensively. Austin Cowan (assist) and Ned Metcalf each tallied a pair of goals, while Bennett Mosseau added one.
“We kept the pressure on the whole game,” said Hawks Coach Doug Maynard, who noted an outstanding game from French as well as great defense from James McCluskey as key contributions to the win.
John Stark 10, Milford 4
Colbey Decotis scored five goals to help the Generals (4-3) snap a three-game losing streak. Milford didn’t dent the Stark nets until already trailing 6-0, and fell to 2-5 with its fourth straight loss.
Matt Richard (two goals, one assist), Brody Fredricks (goal, two assists), James Smugurski (goal), Cian Bremer-Zydenbos (goal), Keith Galli (two assists) and Tom Zervos (one assist) also contributed to the attack. Defenseman Cooper Bourque and goalie August Colburn (12 saves) led the defense.
Londonderry 9, Concord 6
The Tide (1-7) kept it close against a strong team from Londonderry (6-2), but fell short of the win on Monday night.
Sean Mamos led with three goals while Tyler Martel (one goal, two assists) and Adam Resnick (two assists) had multiple points. Austin Erickson and Tyler Hatch each tallied a goal and Bradley Wheeler and Travis Duhammel added an assist apiece.
Nick Zavorotny made 12 saves between the pipes.
Souhegan 18, Concord 3
The Crimson Tide (2-6) fell to a strong Souhegan team (8-1) that is tied for first-place in the division. Hannah Bouchard, Grace Orzechowksi and Lexi Erickson each scored for the Tide and Mary Annon played well in midfield.
Bishop Brady 5, Con-Val 4
The Green Giants (6-3) were a little sluggish coming off of spring break, but won enough matches to clinch the win against Con-Val (1-7).
Revanth Damerla and his opponent were tied 3-3, but Damerla rattled off five straight games to win 8-5 at No. 1. Likewise at No. 2, Jack Bryck was down 3-1 at the start, but came from behind to win, 8-6. No. 4 Nick Vermette was down 5-1 before fighting back to 5-5, only to ultimately lose his match, 8-5. No. 6 Thomas MacMullin also lost by the same score. But No. 3 Brendan Bryck and No. 5 Logan Sigua both came out of the gates hot and won their matches 8-2, to give Bishop Brady a 4-2 lead at the end of singles play.
In doubles action, No. 1 Damerla and Jack Bryck won 8-3 while Brendan Bryck and Vermette lost a close 8-6 match at No. 2. Christian Degges and Jake Davis made their varsity debuts at No. 3 doubles, but fell in a tough match, 8-3.
Conant 6, Kearsarge 3
The Cougars (2-6) played well, but came out on the wrong end of some close 8-6 matches, in an evenly matched day of tennis against Conant (2-6).
All three of Kearsarge’s wins came from singles, with No. 2 Tim Berube (8-0), No. 4 Nate Horn (8-3) and No. 5 Charlie Bossi (8-1) earning victories. Karver Bosela lost a tight 8-6 match at No. 1 singles and also at No. 1 doubles with Berube. The No. 3 doubles tandem of Jack Van Etten and Sam Bourcier came back from a deficit before just falling short, 8-6.
Bishop Brady 9, Con-Val 0
The Green Giants showed no signs of rust from their 12 day layoff as they cruised to the win at home against Con-Val (3-5).
No. 1 Maddy Moran (8-0), No. 2 Shelby Herrington (8-2), No. 3 Katie MacMullin (8-0), No. 4 Caroline Urbanek (8-2), No. 5 Mikayla Clarke (8-1) and No. 6 Lynn Yoon (8-0) all earned singles wins. Moran and Herrington won 8-0 at first doubles, MacMullin and Urbanek teamed for an 8-4 win at second doubles, and Clarke and Yoon won 8-1 at third doubles.
Coe-Brown 5, Hollis-Brookline 4
With their usual No. 1 player unavailable because of academic commitments, the Bears (5-4) stepped up and took down the Cavaliers (5-2) in a road match.
Coe-Brown took a 4-2 lead after singles, with No. 1 Shannon Ketenci (8-3), No. 3 Kate Forsythe (8-3), No. 4 Emily Blad (8-5) and No. 5 Bianca Ketenci (8-5) earning wins. With one doubles team having lost and another on its way to an 8-4 loss, Coe-Brown’s No. 3 doubles team of Bianca Ketenci and Sophie Wensberg came through in the clutch, winning 8-5 to clinch the match.
Coe-Brown 3, Bishop Guertin 2
Coe-Brown (4-3) trailed after the first set and was down in the second, but rallied to defeat Bishop Guertin (1-4) in five sets on the road, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12.
The Bears were led by Charlie Allen with a team-high 25 digs, Beau Pingree with 15 kills and Evan Horvath with 13 kills and three blocks.