Youth pays off in Hopkinton boys’ Nordic team’s win over Concord, Bow
Belmont's Carol Lipshultz takes aim with her paintball gun during the Paintball Biathalon at Gunstock Ski Resort in Gilford on January 28, 2014.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Belmont's Talia Sperduto takes aim with her paintball gun during the Paintball Biathalon at Gunstock Ski Resort in Gilford on January 28, 2014.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Things are pretty good in the present for the Hopkinton boys’ Nordic ski team, as the Hawks showed yesterday by finishing first in a three-team meet with local powers Concord and Bow. And considering Hopkinton’s top six skiers in the race at Gould Hill Farm were all sophomores, the future is looking pretty good, too.
“A parent got in touch with me and said, ‘Are you pinching yourself because all those boys are sophomores?’ And that pretty well sums it up for me,” Hopkinton Coach Rob Nadeau said. “There are some strong boys on the Concord team and on the Bow team, so I was excited.”
The Hawks finished with 382 points, Bow was second with 376 and Concord had 369. On the girls’ side, the Crimson Tide showed off its depth, taking eight of the top 11 spots to total 391 points and finish ahead of Bow (378) and Hopkinton (365).
Owen Kanter led the Hopkinton boys with his second-place result (11:21.7) on the 4K course, “it was really a great race for Owen,” Nadeau said. Dom Repucci (third), Tim Jones (fifth) and Duncan Calder (11th) rounded out the scoring for the Hawks, with Calder having, “the best race he’s had all season,” according to Nadeau, while Aaron Dobe (12th) and Bowman Ridinger (13th) completed the string of sophomores.
“It’s a really strong group of boys and they’re all making strides right now,” Nadeau said.
Bow’s points came from Mitch Blair (fourth), Andrew Weckstein (sixth), David Merchan (seventh) and Zach Zbehlik (eighth). Concord was led by Nate LaTourette, who took first overall in an impressive 10:02.5. Caleb Seymour (ninth), Josh Pifer (10th) and Jamie Wilkes (16th) also scored for the Tide.
Concord also had the top finisher on the girls’ side as Erin Waters took first with a time of 12:04. Kate Andy (third), Michealla Conery (fourth) and Jessica Nelson (fifth) were the Tide’s other point scorers, and even though Sabrina Lawrence (sixth), Jacqueline Bengston (ninth), Cassie Shea (10th) and Maehgan Connor (11th) didn’t score, they all skied well.
Bow’s Lilly Naimie finished second overall in 12:32 to pace the Falcons, who also got points from Naomi Kramer (eighth), Madison Duffy (12th) and Hannah Weckstein (13th). Hopkinton was missing Sarah Nadeau, who was resting for two Eastern Cup Series races this weekend, but the Hawks got solid performances from Caroline Sweny (seventh), Katie Irwin (14th), Mary McAuliffe (15th) and Lily Mitchell (18th).
Hanover 42, Coe-Brown 35
The Bears (5-3) played great team defense and held a one-point lead to start the fourth quarter, but Hanover (5-3) hit some big shots down the stretch to snap Coe-Brown’s three-game winning streak.
Nick Rolser finished with 11 points to lead the Bears, Spencer Nowland and Adam Edin had seven points each, and Luke Zollman added four points and 13 rebounds.
Pelham 67, John Stark 26
The Generals (2-7) were going to need a special performance to stay with the Pythons (7-2), and they didn’t get it.
“From a talent perspective, they were much better,” Stark Coach Mike Smith said. “And effort, too. They outhustled us on both ends of the floor. … Just a disappointing night in terms of effort and execution.”
Pelham dominated every quarter, taking leads of 21-8 after the first quarter, 32-15 at halftime and 49-21 after three quarters.
The bright spot, Smith said, was the play of freshmen Drew McQuarrie and Cooper Gorski, who combined for nine of the team’s 11 second-half points. McQuarrie finished with nine points and seven rebounds and was 3-for-3 from the foul line, while Gorski added eight points.
Pembroke 82, Souhegan 39
The Spartans continued their roll through Division II, easily beating the visiting Sabers to improve to 9-0. Souhegan fell to 2-7.
No details were reported.
Bishop Brady 70, kingswood 27
The Green Giants won their fourth straight game and improved to 6-2 with the home decision against Kingswood (0-9). No details were reported.
Kearsarge 46, Franklin 31
Senior captain Carter Noordsij took over in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his team-high 21 points to lead the Cougars to their first regular-season win of the season.
“We played with a lot of confidence,” said Coach Nate Camp, whose team improved to 1-8. “We said before the game that you need defense and rebounding to win, and we dominated the glass.”
Especially James Bromwell. The 6-foot-3 forward pulled down 16 rebounds and was a huge factor in the game despite scoring only three points.
The Golden Tornadoes (3-7) trailed by 11 at halftime but pulled within five at 30-25 in the fourth when Camp called a timeout and set up a play for Noordsij, who drove the baseline for a critical hoop to restore the Cougars’ momentum.
Noordsij also grabbed six rebounds and went 5-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter. Camp also praised the play of Trent Noordsij (10 points, 3-for-4 from the foul line in the fourth), Zach Mattos (six points, six rebounds), Nick Bailey (two points, 11 steals) and Bobby Lauster (hustle off the bench).
Inter-Lakes 68, Belmont 61
The Red Raiders (1-8) wore down in the fourth quarter, getting outscored 16-9 as their absences due to illness and injury caught up to them.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball,” said Coach Derek Hamilton, who used a six-man rotation and had only eight players suit up as several players were battling the flu.
Making matters worse, Raiders guard Doug Price left the game for good midway through the third quarter with a head injury after colliding with an Inter-Lakes (3-6) player. At the time, Price had scored 21 points and had limited the Lakers’ best scorer, Dillon Dow, to four points. After Price left, Dow came alive to hit six 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes and finished with 22 points.
Trevor Hunt had a solid game for Belmont, finishing with a team-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds.
Mascenic 63, Hillsboro-Deering 46
The Hillcats (2-9) came out flat at home, and Mascenic (3-5) made them pay by taking an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and a 31-15 lead into halftime. Rood Monta led H-D with 11 points and Chase Spruce added seven.
Pelham 74, John Stark 30
The Generals (1-7) struggled to get their offense flowing and were dealt a decisive loss by the suddenly hot Pythons, who have won three in a row to improve to 3-8.
“Pelham shot really well, as expected, and we weren’t ready for their speed and quickness,” said Stark Coach Chris Howard, whose team has lost four straight. “We turned it over too much in the first half. Hard to stay with a high-scoring team like Pelham if you don’t take care of the ball and get a good shot every time down the floor.”
Clarissa Foote led Stark’s offense with eight points, while Emilee Stenger and Nicole Beeso attacked the basket well.
Belmont 50, Inter-Lakes 22
The Red Raiders blew the game open in the second quarter as Makayla Donovan and Zoe Zeller “were all over the place on defense,” according to Coach Mark Dawalga, keying a 15-2 spurt that made it 29-12 at halftime.
“Great defense, and we were able to get it going from there,” said Dawalga, whose team improved to 5-6 and dropped the Lakers to 1-10.
Chayleigh Cadarette had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Raiders, while Shannon Davies (12 points) and Jacklyn Robarge (nine points) also had strong offensive games. Cadarette along with point guards Cassie Contigiani (four assists) and Courtney Clairmont ran the offense to near perfection and the Raiders committed only four turnovers all game.
Winnisquam 60, Sanborn 28
After watching her team miss out on an opportunity to pull off an upset of Newfound the night before, Bears Coach Amy Dutton wasn’t sure what to expect on the second night of back-to-back games, but she got her answer quickly as Winnisquam (5-7) scored the first points and never trailed.
The Indians (1-10) were still within striking distance at halftime, trailing 28-19, but Winnisquam’s pressure defense – led by guard Kendra Lonergan – helped put the game out of reach as the Bears went on a 21-2 run throughout the third quarter.
On offense, Dutton said the ball movement was “excellent,” helping five players score eight points or more, led by Rachel Willcutt’s 13 (to go along with three steals). Kaylee Howard (12 points, four steals), Hannah Chapin (12 points), Madison Langan (eight points) and Tea Michaloski (eight points) also contributed offensively, and Lonergan capped her impressive night with a fourth-quarter 3-pointer for her only points.
Bow 43, Campbell 39
Bow (10-3) overcame a nine-point halftime deficit on the road to hand the Cougars (8-1) their first loss of the season. The Falcons struggled against Campbell’s press in the first half and fell behind, 25-16, but they turned the tables in the second half, applying their own defensive pressure while solving the Cougars scheme.
Kirsten Bresson finished with a game-high 14 points and five rebounds for the Falcons, who have now won seven straight. Ashlie Tucker was Bow’s defensive catalyst, coming up with six steals to go along with nine points, three rebounds and two assists. The Falcons also got solid contributions from Taylor Marston (seven points, eight rebounds, two assists), Sam Lulka (six points, five rebounds) and Maddie Horner (five points, six rebounds, four steals, three blocks).
Mascenic 38, Hillsboro-Deering 30
The Hillcats (1-12) led 24-8 with two minutes left in the first half, but Mascenic (2-8) scored the last three points of the half and then used its pressure defense to outscore H-D 16-0 in the third quarter and take control.
Hillsboro-Deering’s Paige Vincent scored 14 points in first half, 12 of them coming on 3-pointers, but the Vikings double teamed Vincent in the second half and held her to just two points over the final 16 minutes. Hannah Murdough added eight points for the Hillcats.
St. Thomas-Dover 8, Concord 4
The Crimson Tide ran into a hot St. Thomas-Dover team and suffered their second straight loss to fall to 1-6.
Concord’s goals were scored by Elizabeth Donlon, Annie Mullen, Sam Schecter and Aelin Shea, with assists going to Sarah Ek, Kaleigh Otto, Kate Dasey, Shea, Schecter and Donlon.
Amandaline Tibbals played well in net.
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
Meet at Sunapee
Bishop Brady placed six of the top nine skiers – including runner-up Suni Choi – in an eight-team meet at Sunapee and easily took first place.
The Green Giants finished with 389 points, ahead of Kearsarge (372), Gilford (353), Prospect Mountain (341), Hillsboro-Deering (331), Laconia (322), Newport (309) and Portsmouth (218).
Choi’s two-run time in the slalom event was 1:00.54, just behind Gilford’s Keaton Quigley, who finished in 1:00.00. The Brycks picked up the rest of the points for the Giants, with Jack taking third (1:00.71), Danny finishing fourth (1:02.24) and Brendan taking sixth (1:04.87). Sam Marshall (seventh), Garrett Cahill (ninth) and Kieran Fahey (12th) also skied well for Brady.
Kearsarge was led by Justin Norris in fifth (1:04.11). Sam Commerford (10th), Issac Braun (11th) and David Smith (13th) also scored.
H-D’s scorers were Danny Egner in eighth (1:05.53), Paul Mooney (23rd), Arthur Tuttle (34th) and Logan Snow (38th).
GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING
Meet at Sunapee
Elisabetta Caldesi and Jill Thomas finished 1-2 in a slalom race to lead Bishop Brady to a victory in a seven-team meet at Sunapee.
The Green Giants scored 384 points, followed by Prospect Mountain (375), Kearsarge (339), Hillsboro-Deering (319), Portsmouth (277), Gilford (268) and Merrimack Valley (85).
Caldesi’s winning time for the two runs was 58.79 seconds, while Thomas came in at 1:00.16. Brady’s other scorers were Jill Durkin in eighth and Nadia Crainich in ninth, while Gabby Eaton (13th) and Katie McMullin (17th) also finished in the top 20.
Kearsarge’s scorers were Bee Chambers in 14th, Geneva Heffernan in 16th, Victoria Botana in 19th and Ali Sailor in 23rd.
H-D got points from Molly Wilson (21st), Jordan Goodliff (25th), Meredith Denu (28th) and Leah Dunbar (31st).
MV’s Rachel Demers finished in 18th for the Pride’s only points.