High schools: Winnisquam boys’ basketball team gets back on track
Franklin's Kenny Torres looks to make a pass in the game between Franklin and Winnisquam at Winnisquam Regional High School on Friday, January 10, 2014.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Winnisquam's Christian Serrano weaves past Franklin defense in the game between the schools at Winnisquam Regional High School on Friday, January 10, 2014.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Winnisquam boys’ basketball Coach Kevin Dame wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort or its presence along the boards in Wednesday’s loss to Gilford, but Dame was certainly pleased with both following last night’s 62-44 victory over visiting Franklin (2-3).
“It feels really good, especially against a rival and a good squad like Franklin,” Dame said. “We got killed on the glass on Wednesday (a 61-42 road loss). I wasn’t sure how they’d do with only one practice, but they played much better on the boards offensively and defensively. I was pleased with the entire team’s intensity and effort.”
The Bears (2-2) took a 11-6 lead after the first quarter, but the Golden Tornadoes got back into the game thanks to the solid play of center Dana Bean (19 points, 15 rebounds), point guard Kenny Torres (13 points, six steals, three assists) and captain Bruce Carey (eight points, nine rebounds), who handled the ball well at forward.
Just when it started to get close, sophomore point guard Christian Serrano led the Bears on a run, scoring 13 of his 26 points in the first half to give Winnisquam a 24-18 lead at halftime and a huge shift in momentum felt by both teams.
The Bears also stepped up their defensive intensity in the second quarter, forcing turnovers and scoring some transition buckets, while breaking down Franklin’s half-court press, which had been effective for most of the first half.
“We played some of our best defense of the season in the first half. Offensively, we knew where we were supposed to be, we didn’t just take care of the ball,” Franklin Coach Jim Cilley said. “They felt a little defeated after the run at the end of the half.”
The start of the third quarter further demoralized the Golden Tornadoes when Serrano hit a 3 to open the scoring and then scored another bucket off a turnover, drawing a foul on the same play en route to a 22-9 third quarter scoreline.
“They made us play a little more frantic than we wanted, we started reverting back to old habits we’re trying to break,” Cilley said.
While Franklin started turning over the ball, the Bears executed their press and hit the offensive boards, not a small feat against the likes of Bean, Franklin’s 6-foot-6 center. Will Singleton in particular was impressive on the boards and did a great job inside.
“Will played a great game. He played his best game of the year,” Dame said.
Winnisquam also used its depth to its advantage. Although Singleton and Serrano led the way, they were surrounded by plenty of support, including Spencer Pevine (eight points) and Greg Hunt (seven points).
PLYMOUTH 43, MERRIMACK VALLEY 40
The Pride (2-4) rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to tie the game at 40 with a minute on the clock, but Plymouth (5-0) hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to bury the Pride.
“Plymouth is an excellent team,” MV Coach Kevin O’Brien said. “I’m proud of the way we hung around and kept things close.”
Cole Remillard led the Pride with 13 points, Ryan Head and Justin Williams each finished with nine points, and Nate Mulleavey had a solid game at the point.
PEMBROKE 59, GOFFSTOWN 45
Goffstown (1-4) kept things close early and trailed the Spartans by just four, 29-25, at halftime, but the Spartans pulled away in the second half to improve to 5-0.
“We came out a little flat,” Pembroke Coach Matt Alosa said. “Unfortunately, we are every other team’s championship, so we get everyone’s best shot.”
Pembroke’s Kafani Williams finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds, Dominic Timbas had 13 points and 14 rebounds, Pat Welch had a team-high 15 points and Max Curran added 12 points.
Lebanon 75, John Stark 36
Lebanon (3-1) led 47-18 at halftime on its ways to its third straight win. Cam Williams had a team-high 11 points for Stark (0-5) and freshman Drew McQuarrie finished with 15 rebounds.
Portsmouth 64, Coe-Brown 41
The Bears (2-2) were outrebounded in a tough loss on the road to a tough Clippers team (3-1).
Portsmouth jumped out to a quick 19-6 lead after the first quarter behind excellent free throw shooting and built on a 32-17 halftime lead with a 22-9 third quarter. Coe-Brown cut the deficit to 12 points a few times, but the Clippers hit key shots and crashed the offensive boards to keep a comfortable lead.
Erik Rolser (10 points, eight rebounds) and Adam Eaton (six points, seven rebounds) played well on the boards while Spencer Nowland and Sam Langdon added six points each.
Belmont 33, Somersworth 31
The Red Raiders (1-3) held off a late surge to claim its first win of the season while handing the Hilltoppers their first loss (3-1). Belmont held a seven-point lead with 30 seconds left, but Somersworth only went 1-for-5 from the free throw line down the stretch.
The game was close throughout, with the Red Raiders holding slim 11-8 and 18-17 leads after the first quarter and halftime.
Trevor Hunt led Belmont with 12 points and nine rebounds while Doug Price added seven points. Matt LeClair played well at point guard, handling the Hilltoppers intense pressure and dishing out five assists.
Bow 54, Kearsarge 36
Adam Nelson scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead the Falcons over the Cougars (0-5). Matt Ehrenberg scored 15 points and Derek LeBranch added seven points for Bow.
“Defensively I thought that they did a pretty good job on our guys tonight. We had a hard time scoring,” Kearsarge Coach Nate Camp said.
Trent Noordsij (11 points) led the Cougars scoring, while James Bromwell (nine points, nine rebounds) led the rebounding effort. Logan Maville chipped in with seven points.
Concord Christian 65, Hinsdale 57
Up by one point entering the fourth, the Kingsmen switched to full-court pressure for the final quarter, a strategy that paid off as Concord Christian forced a series of Hinsdale mistakes, outscored the Pacers 22-15 for the period and secured its first win of the season.
“We were hesitant to do it,” Coach Brandon Yeo said of upping the intensity on defense. “We were too flat, so we just jacked things up in terms of pressure.”
Junior Jeremiah Boulter scored 29 points for the Kingsmen (1-4), and sophomore Jonathan Taylor added 24. Tim Fisher, David Peters and Adam Sylvester led the defense for Concord Christian.
Pittsfield 67, Portsmouth Christian 53
After finishing what Jay Darrah termed a “sloppy” first half with a 23-21 lead, the Panthers increased their focus and intensity on defense and pulled away from the Eagles to up their record to 4-1.
Xenthios Cyr scored 29 points and had seven assists, while Kris Perkins scored 23 and Cam Darrah added 10. Gabe Anthony came off the bench to lead the rejuvenated Panthers defense in the second half.
SALEM 52, CONCORD 29
The Crimson Tide (1-4) trailed 29-11 at halftime and was never able to mount a comeback against the Blue Devils (2-1).
Cassidy Emerson led Concord with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Janessa Luciano chipped in seven rebounds and eight steals. Rony Daniels also contributed offensively.
Merrimack Valley 53, Plymouth 21
Led by Mary Mullen, who finished with 25 points, the Pride opened up a 31-12 halftime lead en route to the home win.
Erin Frost added 10 points for MV, while Sierra Dube scored six and Haley Adams had three. Emily Mulleavey led the Pride defense.
FRANKLIN 50, WINNISQUAM 47
In a back-and-forth contest against Franklin (3-4), the Bears (2-4) made a late push, but they couldn’t seal the deal.
“Franklin gave us trouble.” Winnisquam Coach Amy Dutton said. “We didn’t execute how we wanted to, and that cost us the game.”
The Bears were led by Madison Langan with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Tea Michaloski also had 10 points for Winnisquam and Rachel Wilcutt finished with seven points. Kaylee Howard, Hannah Chapin and Kendra Lonergan played well defensively.
BOW 49, KEARSARGE 34
The Falcons came to play defensively, piling up 19 steals on their way to the win at home. Ashlie Tucker (14 points, four rebounds, three steals) and Kirsten Bresson (11 points, five rebounds, five steals) led the way for Bow (5-3) while Sam Lulka and Amanda Murray also contributed on both ends of the floor. It was the fourth straight loss for the Cougars, who dropped to 2-6.
Hopkinton 47, Mascenic 34
The Hawks took a 23-12 lead by halftime, spread the minutes around in the second half, and improved to 7-1 with the home win. Hopkinton freshman Maddie Clark finished with a game-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals, Sabrey Montore had nine points, eight steals, five rebounds and five assists, and Sarah Ewing came off the bench to add nine points, two rebounds and one assist. The Vikings dropped to 1-3.
Bishop Brady 59, Hillsboro-Deering 9
It was the second straight lopsided win for the 7-0 Green Giants , who beat Sanborn by 57 points on Thursday. Brady led 22-3 after the first quarter and 33-3 at halftime. Senior Riselly Deoleo led the Giants with 15 points, freshman Riley Bennett finished with 14 points and Kenzie Moulton had nine points.
Hannah Pepper had a team-high five points for the Hillcats (0-7).
Somersworth 50, Belmont 28
The shorthanded Red Raiders(3-3) had a tough loss on the road to the Hilltoppers (4-2). Somersworth took a 25-16 halftime lead and outscored Belmont 12-3 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Chayleigh Cadarette scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Red Raiders. Courtney Clairmont added eight points and Nicole Antonucci played well defensively.
Pittsfield 50, Portsmouth Christian 27
Brooke Vien’s 20 points helped the Panthers (5-1) to an easy win after building a 26-9 halftime advantage.
Katie Steeves scored 10 points for Pittsfield, and Gabby Bartlett added nine.
HINSDALE 61, CONCORD CHRISTIAN 30
The Lady Kingsmen (1-5) struggled on both ends of the floor against undefeated Hinsdale (4-0). Kendra Jarvis led Concord Christian with 12 points, followed by Lily Rivera with seven and Suzanne Kleinberg with five. Emily Purtell, Becca Johnson and Kayla Lockwood also played well.
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
Meet at Crotched Mtn.
Jess Malfait turned in the fastest time in both runs of a giant slalom to win by more than 1½ seconds and lead Concord to victory at Crotched Mountain. The Tide scored 384 points to edge Keene (380). Bishop Guertin (366) and Spaulding (350) rounded out the field.
Rachel Stevenson placed fourth overall for Concord, while Brittany Munnell (seventh) and Emily Lafond (eighth) rounded out the scoring for the Tide, which had five skiers in the top 10.
Meet at Sunapee
Hopkinton edged both Sunapee and Lebanon by three points to win an eight-team meet at Mount Sunapee.
The Hawks scored 745 points to finish ahead of Lebanon (742), Sunapee (742), Woodsville (693), Kearsarge (669), Sant Bani (317), Hanover (247) and Derryfield (169).
Hopkinton’s Meg Hemmerlein won the morning’s giant slalom in a two-run combined time of 67.11, nearly 2½ seconds faster than her closest competitor. Ireland Tawney (third), Melissa Irwin (eighth) and Ally Rose (10th) also scored for the Hawks, while in the afternoon’s two-run slalom, Tawney was third, Irwin seventh, Madison Sorel 14th and Rose 17th.
Victoria Botana (13th GS, 22nd slalom), Geneva Heffernan (15th, 13th), Bee Chambers (18th, 20th), Ali Sailor (20th GS) and Hannah Anderson (21st slalom) led Kearsarge, while Sophia Marinace (28th GS, 15th slalom) and Anna Stankes (41st, 38th) scored for Sant Bani.
Meet at Ragged Mtn.
Elisabetta Caldes and Jill Thomas finished 1-2 in both the morning and afternoon giant slaloms to lead Bishop Brady to victory in both. The Giants won the morning’s two runs with 388 points, besting Gilford (353), Prospect Mountain (352), Newfound (343), Belmont (331), White Mountains (307), Hillsboro-Deering (300), Trinity (227), Merrimack Valley (89) and Moultonborough (82). Brady also scored 388 points in the afternoon to beat Gilford (355), Prospect Mountain (355), Newfound (341), Belmont (329), White Mountains (312), H-D (303), Trinity (222), MV (86) and Moultonborough (81).
Along with Caldes and Thomas, who finished 0.35 and 0.34 seconds apart, Gabby Eaton placed sixth in both races, while Nadia Crainich was seventh in the morning and Jill Durkin took seventh in the afternoon to complete the Giants’ scoring.
Madi Blajda (14th in both races), Kylie Donovan (20th in both), Alexa Robbins (23rd morning, 26th afternoon) and Cori Heimlich (27th, 25th) were the top four for Belmont.
Molly Wilson (24th, 22nd), Jordan Goodliff (32nd, 31st), Hannah Anderson (33rd, 33rd), Meredith Denu (36th morning) and Leah Dunbar (36th afternoon) paced H-D, while Rachel Demers (13th, 17th) was the lone skier for MV.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
Meet at Crotched Mtn.
Concord placed three skiers in the top seven, but Keene landed all four of its scoring racers in the top eight to take top honors at Crotched Mountain. The Blackbirds notched 386 points to beat runner-up Concord (375), Bishop Guertin (370) and Spaulding (349).
Trevor Devanny placed fourth overall to lead Concord, along with Liam Healy (sixth), Caleb Seymour (seventh) and David Schmitt (15th).
Meet at Sunapee
Derryfield’s depth won out at Mount Sunapee, with the Cougars winning a 10-team meet with 733 points. Hopkinton took second with 721.5, followed by Lebanon (712), Hanover (698.5), Kearsarge (680), Sunapee (675), Woodsville (444), Newport (420), John Stark (317) and Sant Bani (139).
Jake Hemmerlein finished fourth in both the two-run giant slalom and two-run slalom and James McCluskey was fifth in both disciplines to pace Hopkinton, which also received scoring from Colby Tawney (10th GS, eighth slalom) and Carmen Repucci (33rd, 38th).
D.J. Smith (ninth GS, 11th slalom), Justin Norris (14th, 14th), Izaac Braun (19th, 19th), Charlie Bossi (23rd GS) and Patrick Moore (20th slalom) led Kearsarge.
Scott Greany (16th GS and slalom) and Tristen Cole (50th, 32nd) scored for John Stark, while Max Marinace (66th GS, 45th slalom) was the lone skier for Sant Bani.
Meet at Ragged Mtn.
Bishop Brady swept the top three spots in both the morning and afternoon giant slalom races at Ragged Mountain.
The Giants won the morning’s competition with 393 points, with Belmont second at 358. Gilford (349), Laconia (334), Hillsboro-Deering (328), White Mountains (315), Prospect Mountain (310), Newfound (306), Trinity (270) and Moultonborough (134) rounded out the scoring. In the afternoon, it was Brady with 394, followed by Belmont (360), Laconia (347), Gilford (332), H-D (327), White Mountains (321), Prospect Mountain (303), Newfound (301), Trinity (269) and Moultonborough (143).
Suni Choi won both races to lead the Giants. In the morning, his two-run combined time was just 0.11 seconds faster than teammate Jack Bryck, while in the afternoon, he edged teammate Brendan Bryck by 0.15 seconds. Brendan Bryck was third in the morning, with Danny Bryck fifth in the morning and third in the afternoon. Sam Marshall’s fourth-place in the afternoon completed the Brady scoring.
Christopher Spooner-Bishop was seventh in the morning and fifth in the afternoon to pace Belmont, along with Cory Yelle (11th, 13th), TJ Hennessey (12th, 17th) and Brad Cyr (23rd, 20th).
Danny Egner (10th, seventh), Paul Mooney (17th, 19th), Arthur Tuttle (28th, 29th) and Logan Snow (40th, 45th) scored for H-D.
Concord goes 6-1
Wins in two relays and five individual events helped the Crimson Tide go 6-1 at the Hanover Invitational, beating Gilford (94-26), Bow (87-33), Conant (94-51), Plymouth (94-0), Kingswood (94-19) and Kearsarge (94-22) while losing to Hanover, 84-73.
Sophomore Logan Lamb and freshman Max Cross won two events apiece for Concord, with Lamb taking the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.22) and 100 fly (58.03) and Cross winning the 500 freestyle (5:21.86) and 200 IM (2:17.1), while senior Christian McDermott won the 100 breaststroke at 1:16.12. Lamb, Cross, Kevin Hayes and Denys Bowen won the 200 medley relay (1:53.46) and 200 free relay (1:39.95).
Bow went 4-2, with wins over Gilford (61-39), Kearsarge (67-25), Kingswood (66-25) and Plymouth (67-0). The Falcons were led by Ross Cook, who was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 freestyle, and Nick Weckstein, who was third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle. Kearsarge was led by Cameron Webster, who was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.
Concord goes 5-2
The Crimson Tide earned wins over Bow (77-48), Gilford (71-35), Kearsarge (79-24), Kingswood (79-22) and Plymouth (74-12) while losing to Conant (74-69) and Hanover (118-42).
Alaina Pribis won the 50-yard freestyle (26.83) and also finished fourth in the 200 free for the Tide, while Mackenzie Witham (second, 50 free), Kaelin Willette (third, 100 free) and Simone Klemann (third, 500 free) also performed well in the individual events. Pribis, Willette, Amy Williams and Leyan Li were also on the 200 medley relay team that finished second, and Li, Willette, Pribis and Witham were on the second-place 200 free relay team.
Riley Hicks was fourth in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle for Bow, and teammate Jillian DeLand was fifth in the 100 backstroke. Jonalyn Burt was sixth in the 50 freestyle for Kearsarge.
John Stark at Bedford
The Generals competed in a four-team meet hosted by Bedford on Wednesday. Goffstown and Exeter also competed.
Maddie Ishak was the highest placing General, finishing fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 28.26. Hailey Nase was seventh in the 100 freestyle in a personal best time of 1:09.52. Erin Scott, Tor Bamford and Becky Kuzma all had personal bests in the 50 freestyle while Sarah Vivilecchia (100 freestyle), Jane Kkoski (100 breaststroke), Hazel Johnstone (500 freestyle) and the 200 freestyle relay all had personal-best times as well.