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High Schools: Winnisquam girls’ track team performs beyond its years

  • Dillon Sylvester of Franklin leads in the 110 meter hurdles in the meet at Belmont; Tuesday, May 7, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Dillon Sylvester of Franklin leads in the 110 meter hurdles in the meet at Belmont; Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Kylie Donovan of Belmont does the high jump at her home track meet; Tuesday, May 7, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Kylie Donovan of Belmont does the high jump at her home track meet; Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Dillon Sylvester of Franklin leads in the 110 meter hurdles in the meet at Belmont; Tuesday, May 7, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)
  • Kylie Donovan of Belmont does the high jump at her home track meet; Tuesday, May 7, 2013.<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

The Winnisquam girls’ track and field team may be young and small (10 freshmen and sophomores on a roster of 14), but that didn’t stop them yesterday at Belmont. In a six-team meet full of Lakes Region rivals, the Bears finished first in eight of the 14 events, and took first overall with 131 points to beat out Gilford (103), Newfound (61), Franklin (56), Belmont (45) and Sant Bani (18).

The Winnisquam boys almost made it a clean sweep, but their 107 1∕2 points weren’t enough to catch first-place Newfound (128). Franklin was a close third with 100 points, followed by Sant Bani (57), Gilford (43 1∕2) and Belmont (41).

Freshman Jaila Remillard had a pair of individual wins for the Bears, taking first in the 100 hurdles (17.6) and 300 hurdles (53.9). Junior Carissa Archibald finished first in the high jump (4-6) and was second in the 100. Junior Katie Ojikutu beat the field in the 200 (30.3) and was sixth in the triple jump. Winnisquam also got first-place points from freshman Caitlin Dumont (400, 1:16.2), sophomore Erin McNamara (800, 2:45.8) and the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

She didn’t squeak out any wins, but it was a very good day for yet another Winnisquam freshman, Tea Michalowski, who was second in the 100 hurdles and triple jump and fourth in the long jump. Sophomore Haley DeSousa finished third in both the triple jump and the 300 hurdles, and Abbi Sleeper was third in the javelin.

The Franklin girls earned most of their points in the field events, led by Kaley Shepard’s first place in the triple jump (33-1). Shepard was also second in both the high jump and long jump. Sadie Kaplan finished second in the shot put and discus, and took fourth in the javelin. Brook Sweet was fourth in the 800 for the Golden Tornadoes.

Rebecca Drew-Mayer had the lone win for the Belmont girls, finishing first in the shot put (33-2) and taking third in the 100 hurdles. Other point scorers for the Red Raiders included Michele Wieting (second, 400), Kylie Donovan (fifth 100 hurdles, sixth high jump) and Claire Spaulding (fifth, 800).

The Winnisquam boys showed good depth in their run to second place as 13 different athletes scored points. Sean Connor led the way with a pair of first-place results – 400 (56.2) and long jump (18-0). Luke Morrison had the other first for the Winnisquam boys, taking the triple jump with a distance of 37-0. Morrison was also fourth in the 400.

Winnisquam freshman Henry Stock had a big day, finishing second in the javelin and third in the 100 and 200. Kyle Bolduc, another freshman for the Bears, was second in the 200 and sixth in the 100. Zach Baker was second in the 3,200 and Mike Roy took third in the 1,600.

Junior Dillon Sylvester led the way for Franklin, taking first in the 110 hurdles (16.6) and 300 hurdles (45.7), second in the high jump and third in the triple jump. The Golden Tornadoes also got major points from their throwers as Lucas Gagne was first in the discus (112-1), third in the shot put and fourth in the javelin, and Isaac Muniz finished first in the shot put (40-7 1∕2), fourth in the discus and fifth in the javelin. Kyle Sims took second in the 400 and fourth in the 200 for Franklin, and Zach Riel was third in the 300 hurdles.

Joseph Boles claimed the only first-place result for Belmont, finishing the 800 in 2:02.6. Kyle Patten (third, 100), Austin Caldwell (fourth, high jump), Tyler Rolfe (fifth, 400) and Ian Rupp (fifth, 3,200) also earned points for the Red Raiders.


Merrimack 73, Concord 72

The Crimson Tide won eight events but came up a point short in a dual meet against the Tomahawks.

Concord’s winners were George Feliz in the 110 hurdles (15.4) and 300 hurdles (42.9), Harry Gunn in the high jump (5-6) and triple jump (36-5), Tolbert Nemo in the 100 (11.3), B.J. Smith in the 1,600 (45:46.1), Michael Alexander in the 3,200 (11:21) and Walters Ndi in the shot put (39-6 3∕4).

Coe-Brown third

Noah Macri’s victory in the pole vault (10-1∕2) was the highlight for the Bears, who finished third behind Plymouth (79) and Kennett (44) in a home meet. Kingswood was fourth with 27 points.

Stevie Frase also had a good day for the Bears, taking seconds in the discus and shot put and third in the pole vault. Other top performers were Kyle Noel (second pole vault, third 300 hurdles), Griffen Neal (second long jump, third high jump), Lucas Fisher (second 1,600), Kyle Nelson (third 100 hurdles), Jared Nelson (third 1,600) and the third-place 4x100 team of Kyle Sanborn, Anthony Toscano, Jake Habets and Justin Demers.

Merrimack valley first

The Pride won 13 events to garner 114 points and easily win a tri-meet against Goffstown (30.5) and hosts Hollis-Brookline (26.5), staying undefeated in team-scoring meets.

The Pride showed its depth by winning all three relays. The winning 4x100 (47.2) consisted of Keegan Hanks, Brendan Polichronopoulos (first 200, 23.4), Austin Hawks and Bibek Thapa (first 400 in 53 seconds, second 200). Hanks, Carter Saltmarsh (first 1,600 in 4:57), Thapa and Polichronopoulos comprised the winning 4x400 (3:33.5), and Walker John, Colin Phillips (first 3,200 in 10:15), Damon Perron (second long jump) and Brandon Richardson (third 1,600) made up the winning 4x800 (9:02).

John Lindonen won the 110 hurdles (16.3), 300 hurdles (44.4), javelin (144-4) and triple jump (39-2) for four individual wins. Damon Perron and Trevor Parsons (second 300 hurdles, third 110 hurdles) tied for the win in the high jump at 5-2. Josiah Platte won the shot put (38-4) and discus (111-7).

Other top performances for MV came from Matthew Gilliland (second shot), Ryan Hoar (second disc), Branden McCoo (second 3,200) and Alex Pelletier (second triple jump).

John Stark third

The Generals scored 37 points in a tri-meet at Milford. Milford won with 97 points, followed by Windham with 46.

Dan Caterino won the shot put with a toss of 42-2. John Stark was also paced by second-place finishes from Joe Nelson (100), Justin Clark (1,600), Tyler Caswell (3,200), Tyler LeGrand (high jump) and Dylan Landry (javelin).

Bishop Brady Third

The Green Giants tallied 26 points to fall just shy of second-place to St. Thomas (29). Sanborn (98) easily outdistanced the competition to win its home meet.

Warren Bartlett won the pole vault (7-0) and finished second in the 3,200. Other top-three finishes came from Michael St. Pierre (second 200, third 100), Jake Boesch (second 800), Aaron Svendsen (second long jump) and Chandler Robinson (third 400). The 4x100 relay of St. Pierre, Svendsen, Nick Feltham and Jordan Lamm finished second.

Hillsboro-Deering Third

Viktor Montanez won the 100 (11.6) and 200 (23.7), Ian Robie won the javelin (141-3), and Tyler Merrill won the triple jump (38-3 1∕4) to lead the Hillcats to 109.5 points in a meet at Campbell. Newmarket barely edged out the hosts 133.33-133.16 to win the meet.

In addition to his individual wins, Montanez was part of the third-place 4x100 relay with Reed Erickson, Austin Misiaszek and Merrill. Merrill finished third in the long jump, while Robie was fourth in the discus and sixth in the shot put. Brad Moore (second high jump), Seth Johnson (second 110 hurdles, third 300 hurdles), Paul Mooney (third 110 hurdles, fifth 300 hurdles) and Josh Gould (fourth 3,200) had solid outings.

Hopkinton second

The Hawks had three victories and nine runner-up finishes to finish behind only host Pelham in a five-team meet. The Pythons scored 155 points, followed by the Hawks with 104.5, Portsmouth Christian (59.5), Raymond (23) and Mount Zion (3).

Cam DeBrusk won the 1,600 in a time of 4:40.40, Aaron Beckwith won the pole vault with a leap of 13-6, and Brandon Cayer won the javelin at 125-9. Cayer also had a second in the shot put.

Ben Thesing took three second-place finishes, in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and as part of the 4x100 relay along with Nick Fleury, Cody Roberge and Cooper Bloch. Fleury was also second in the 100 and third in the long jump, while Roberge was second in the 200 and third in the 400. Ben Olimpio was second in the discus and third in the shot put. The Hawks finished 2-4 in the 800, with Declan Campbell finishing runner-up, followed by Chris Barnard and Aiden O’Brien. Dom Repucci was second in the 1,600.


Gabe Carter won the 110 hurdles (15.98), long jump (20-5 3∕4) and triple jump (42-31∕2) and added a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles to lead the Cougars to a victory at the CVC North qualifying meet. Kearsarge’s 168.5 points easily topped Lebanon (100) and the rest of the seven-team field.

The Cougars did very well in the hurdles, with Carter leading four Cougars in the top five of the 110 hurdles and was part of a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the 300 hurdles, led by winner Jeff Kozikowski in 44.21. Kozikowski was also third in the pole vault and 110 hurdles. Reed Bell won the 400 in 53.88 seconds and was fourth in the 110 hurdles for Kearsarge.

Willio Rehor (second javelin), Troy Davis (second high jump, third long jump), Cameron Webster (third 100 and 200, second 300 hurdles, fifth 110 hurdles), Zach Beltz (fourth 110 and high jump), Conor Terhunne (second 1,600, fifth 800), Corey Jerome (fourth 200), Logan Maville (fourth triple jump and 300 hurdles) and Jacob Jones (fourth discus) also did well.


Merrimack 81, Concord 63

The Tide won seven events on the track, but an absence of victories on the field left it short in a dual meet on the road against the Tomahawks.

Rebecca Massah was Concord’s top performers, with wins in the 100 hurdles (16.0), 300 hurdles (48.0) and 4x100 (52.6) along with teammates Skarlet Feliz, Meghan Hall and Jessie Bean.

Concord also got a win in the 4x400 (4:18.8) from the team of Amanda Schoenfeld, Hannah Orzechowski, Michaella Conery and Smita Boesch-Dining.

Other Tide winners were Feliz in the 100 (13.3), Schoenfeld in the 400 (1:04.1), Conery in the 3,200 (12:00.6) and Boesch-Dining in the 800 (2:18.3, a personal best).

Coe-Brown first

The Bears had the winner in 16 of the 17 events and ran roughshod over the field, totaling 125 points to easily outdistance Kennett (34), Plymouth (23) and Kingswood (three).

Samantha Toscano was the Bears’ most dominant athlete, winning three individual events and one relay. She was first in the 100 hurdles (16.5), long jump (16-3) and triple jump (33-5 1∕2) and was on the winning 4x100 team along with Jelasa Nelson, Ariel Clachar and Lauren Montgomery.

Two Bears won two events – Nelson was first in the 100 (12.1) and 200 (26.5), and Alley Savioli won the javelin (93-0) and shot put (34-10).

Other winners were Katie Scannell in the 1,600 in a time of 5:34.6 (leading a 1-4 finish as Meg Scannell, Mary Fowler and Julia Cormier followed her across the line); Katelyn Terry in the 400 (1:02.0, finishing 2.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Lindsey Terry); Sarah Curtin in the 300 hurdles (51.7); Elisabeth Danis in the 800 (2:23.1, just 0.8 ahead of teammate Brooke Laskowsky); Jessie Carney in 3,200 (12:40.9); Kayla Roberts in the pole vault (8-1∕2); Sam Donohue in the discus (97-10); and the 4x400 team of Tore Deveau, Lindsey Terry, Mary Fowler and Roberts.

Other second-place finishers were Clachar (200), Donohue (shot put), Elley Smith (3,200), Christen Gallant (pole vault) and Megan Rouillard (javelin).

Coe-Brown’s most dominant event was the triple jump, in which it had the top five finishers – Toscano, Katelyn Terry, Savioli, Lindsey Terry and Nelson.

Merrimack valley second

The Pride narrowly lost to Goffstown, 63.5-60.5, but defeated hosts Hollis-Brookline (54).

Meredith Ramsey and Mary Mullen each won a pair of events to lead the Pride. Ramsey won the 100 (12.7) and 200 (25.9), while Mullen won the discus (103-1) and javelin (96-4) in addition to a runner-up toss in the shot put. Julianah Adejuyigbe won the shot put (32-2) and Nancy Taban won the 100 hurdles (16.1). Heidi Gooch, Randee Tatham, Ramsey and Erin Bresslin formed the winning 4x400 squad.

Other top-three finishes were turned in by Morgan Walton (second 400, third triple jump), Taliyah Cepeda (second long jump), Maureen Mullen (second discus, second javelin, third shot) and Madison Irving (third javelin).

John Stark third

The Generals finished with 11 points at a tri-meet. Host Milford dominated the meet with 150 points. Windham (20) was second.

Maddy Ishak was second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600. Megan Laramee did well in multiple disciplines, finishing fourth in the 400, javelin and triple jump.


The Green Giants tallied 33 points to finish behind hosts Sanborn (59) and St. Thomas (52).

Haley Parent won the 800 (2:41) and the triple jump (30-7 1∕2), while Brooke Solomon won the 100 (13.4) and finished second in the 200 to lead Bishop Brady. Lauren Abbott (second long jump), Margaret Kennedy (second discus, fourth shot put) and Megan Morey (third javelin) also placed well.

Hillsboro-Deering second

The Hillcats earned 105 points to finish behind meet winners Conant (136) but ahead of hosts Campbell (99) and the rest of the seven-team field.

H-D was particularly strong in throwing events, led by Katie White’s wins in the shot put (32-3) and javelin. White’s monster toss of 115-4 in the javelin beat the runner-up by over 45 feet. Brittany Croati was third in both the shot put and discus and Hannah Pepper was second in the disc.

Hannah Murdough had a trio of second-place finishes in the long jump and 100 and 300 hurdles. The Hillcats also had good finishes in the distance events with Breahna Savoy (800) and Dominique Vaillancourt (1,600) both finishing second with Zaida Healey and Avril Howe finishing third and fourth in the 3,200. Alison Desfosses was third in the triple jump.


The Hawks scored 91 points to finish well behind winner Pelham (186) but ahead of Raymond (32) and Portsmouth Christian (31).

Katie Irwin ran the 800 in 2:36.4, just ahead of teammate Emily Calder (2:36.5) to lead Hopkinton to a top-five sweep in the event. Sarah Nadeau (fourth 400) won the 1,600 (5:32) and Shannon Nadeau finished third. Victoria Flood (third 400), Emma Geiger (third 800) and Aimee Echelberger (second 100) also ran well on the track.

The Hawks did well in the field events, with Hannah Hughes winning the high jump (4-8) and Liz Bernier and Amy Sharpe finishing second and third, respectively, in the pole vault. Christine Spaulding (third triple jump) and Maya Bloom (second discus, fourth javelin) also did well.

Kearsarge Third

Lebanon (199 points) and Hanover (128) easily topped the seven-team field, but the Cougars (44) had enough high finishes to place third.

Carolyn Haron (second pole vault, fourth 100), Hayley Joseph (second 100 hurdles, sixth 300 hurdles) and Aryn Morcom (tied second high jump, fifth long jump) led Kearsarge with runner-up finishes. Emily Kelly (800), Kaitlyn Croft (discus) and Katie Lindh (fourth) finished fourth in their respective events.


Bow 15, Oyster River 8

Oyster River (3-6) scored the first two goals of the game, but the Falcons (6-1) erased that deficit by the end of the first period, taking a 4-2 lead, and never looked back. Devin Calkins (five goals, one assist), Matt Sanford (three goals, two assists), Dan Crisman (four goals) and Mike Fanaras (one goal, one assist) led the Bow offense. Trevor Garrett (goal), Luke Laboe (assist) and Tyler Herricks all played well on both sides of the ball for the Falcons.

“I have been very happy with the way the offense is coming along,” Bow Coach Ross Mondello said. “We still have room to grow and I feel we can play even better, but I’m very happy with the way we’re passing and cutting. Nine of our 15 goals were assisted today.”

John Stark 13, Bishop Brady 11

The Generals trailed 10-9 after three periods, but they owned the fourth to claim the road win.

Keith Galli (three goals, three assists), Brody Fredericks (three goals), Matt Richard (goal, assist) and Tom Zervos (two goals) paced the Stark offense, and Zervos led the team (again) in ground balls. John Brown, Cooper Bourque, Nic Simione and goalie Austin Colburn (10 saves) led the Generals defense and Curtis Marden controlled faceoffs.

Hopkinton 16, Kennett 5

Goalie Matt French had a big first quarter, making five saves (he finished with 14 saves in the game) to hold off Kennett (1-8) until Hopkinton’s offense went on a scoring spree to keep the Hawks undefeated (9-0).

Henry Merrow (four goals, four assists), Bennett Mosseau (five goals, one assist), Austin Cowan (three goals, two assists) and Ned Metcalf (two goals) all notched multiple goals for the Hawks. Robbie Ferguson and freshman Owen Kanter each tallied single goals. Doug Fleury played well at midfield, with seven groundballs and an assist.

Plymouth 9, Merrimack Valley 0

Alain Authier made a season-high 18 saves, but the Pride’s inability to generate any firepower let the Bobcats (8-1) pull away in the second half.

MV (1-6) played a solid first half, putting together a few good scoring chances that came up shy empty because the Plymouth goalie made impressive saves. And with Authier making 10 saves, it was just 3-0 at the break. But Plymouth ended the suspense with six second-half goals.

Kearsarge 16, Kingswood 9

The Cougars (5-4) got a boost before halftime when Ollie Gallo (four goals, one assist) scored with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. And they got another shot in the arm just after the half when Kingswood (5-4) was assessed a three-minute, non-releasable penalty (illegal stick) to start the third. Kearsarge scored twice during that man-up advantage, opening up what had been a tight game.

The Cougars had struggled to score this spring, but the offense made strides against the Knights behind Gallo (4-for-7 shooting), Peter Allen (five goals, one assist), Travis Newman (four goals, two assists) and Andrew Van Hooydonk (three goals). But the player of the game for Kearsarge, according to Coach Mike Heffernan, was sophomore midfielder Matt Pickman, who dominated the faceoff circle (a point of emphasis during recent practices) with eight wins, led the team with nine ground balls and was the focal point of Kearsarge’s clear.

Goalie Will AuFranc had a strong game as well, finishing with 15 saves,


John Stark 9, Con-Val 8

The Generals (5-4) let two leads slip away but hung on when Kathleen Medvetz won a draw with 46 seconds left and Stark ran out the clock.

The Cougars (2-8) rallied back to tie after trailing 5-1 and 7-5, then fell behind again 9-7 before scoring a goal to make it 9-8 with 46 seconds left. Medvetz, who had a goal and two assists, then won the crucial draw to end the rally.

Stark’s attack was led by Gianna Pezzulo with four goals and Katie Waligura with two goals and an assist. Annalise Blouin had her first varsity goal, and Samantha Valcourt had a goal and also earned high praise from Coach John Warner for her ability to control the ball and stabilize the Generals. Elizabeth Palmisano also played well controlling the ball, and goalie Clarissa Foote made 11 saves.


Gilford 5, Bow 4

The Falcons fell behind 4-2 after singles and couldn’t complete the comeback in doubles, falling a game short and losing for the first time in a battle of previously undefeated teams.

Gilford (11-0) won the first, second, fifth and sixth singles matches, then wrapped up the match with a win at No. 1 doubles.

Bow (10-1) got two singles wins, from No. 3 Arun Luckoor, 8-2, and No. 4 Harrison Beck, 8-5. In doubles, Evan Maccani (who lost a tough one at No. 2 singles, 8-6) teamed with Beck for an 8-4 win at No. 2, and Tim Bradley and Nathan Louf also earned an 8-4 win at No. 3.

The clinching match was an 8-4 win by Gilford’s Andrew Coulfield and Matt Saulnier over Bow’s Zach Zbehlik and Luckoor at No. 1 doubles.

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