High schools: Bishop Brady girls’ tennis team returns to semifinals
John Stark's Carly Cook swings knocks a ball into the infield in the game against Hollis Brookline at John Stark Regional High School on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. John Stark lost 2-1.
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John Stark's Riley Beliveau looks toward first before throwing back the ball in the game against Hollis Brookline at John Stark Regional High School on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. John Stark lost 2-1.
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Bishop Brady needed to take just one of the three doubles matches to win yesterday’s Division II girls’ tennis quarterfinal against Hollis-Brookline. Seniors Shelby Herrington and Katie MacMullin, Brady’s first doubles team, were confident they could get it. The two had lost only one doubles match all year, and they didn’t see a second loss coming yesterday.
But Hollis-Brookline took the first two games on that first doubles court, and suddenly that confidence needed to be reinforced with some concentration … and short sleeves.
“We were joking that I was wearing a long-sleeve shirt and then once I took it off I kind of started playing better, so that shirt was my dark cloud,” MacMullin said. “For real though, I think we just needed to focus a little bit more at the net because we went in a little bit casual.”
That focus turned MacMullin’s volley errors into volley winners, and the Giants reeled off the next four games on their way to match-clinching 8-3 decision. That win proved to be the difference for No. 4 Brady (12-3) as the No. 5 Cavaliers (11-4) won the other two doubles matches for a 5-4 final score.
“We’ve worked a lot on doubles this years,” Herrington said. “We knew we could do what we needed to pull it out.”
The Giants will travel to face No. 1 St. Thomas (15-0) in the semifinals tomorrow. It’s the second straight final four appearance for the Giants, but after they lost three of the top six and the head coach from last year’s team, they weren’t sure they’d be back in the semifinals so soon.
“I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous coming into the season,” MacMullin said. “But I was happily surprised at tryouts when a bunch of the beginners stepped up. They were really putting in the effort and practicing hard and all of a sudden we had a couple new amazing players and it really turned around for us.”
Two of the three varsity newcomers won their singles matches yesterday, and the third nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback. No. 6 Brianna Puleo just started playing the sport, worked her way into the top six midway through the season and hasn’t lost a varsity match since, a streak that continued with her efficient 8-0 win over Hollis-Brookline’s Audra Paradie. And No. 4 Aliza Gray jumped out to a 4-1 lead on her way to an 8-4 win over Lizzy Davis.
“While we were warming up I noticed that her backhand was slightly weaker than her forehand, so I tried to target that towards the beginning and that helped me get the early lead,” Gray said. “But as the match went on her backhand improved … so then I had to switch up my tactics.”
Hollis-Brookline’s Courtney Koran was the one who sped to a quick lead on the No. 5 singles court, going up 3-0 and 6-3 against Brady’s Ravalika Damerla. But nerves hit Koran as she neared the win, and Damerla played looser as she rallied to tie things at 7-7 before Koran gathered herself for a 9-7 win.
There were never any doubts at No. 1 singles where Herrington rolled to an 8-0 win over Lian Tumas. Herrington’s power and athleticism were simply too much for Tumas, who put up a fight early but faded under Herrington’s all-court pressure.
MacMullin found herself in a tight match at No. 2 against Nicole Hall. The two were tied at 3-3 before MacMullin went on a roll for an 8-3 win.
“Katie MacMullin played a really good opponent and needed to play a good match to get that win,” said Lee Herrington, who took over as Brady’s coach when Marcia Moran stepped down after 11 years on the job.
Teresa Randlett earned the others singles point for the Cavaliers with her 8-3 win against Lynn Yoon at No. 3. Randlett and Davis then teamed for an 8-1 win at second doubles over Yoon and Damerla. Koran and Paradie completed the scoring with an 8-5 win at third doubles against Puleo and Jenny Zhuang.
D-I GIRLS’ TENNIS
No. 1 Bedford 9, No. 8 Concord 0
The Crimson Tide’s first postseason appearance since 2010 ended quickly with the decisive loss at undefeated Bedford (15-0). The Bulldogs, last year’s runner-up, will now face No. 5 Winnacunnet (12-3) in tomorrow’s semifinals. Concord finishes its season at 8-7. No details were reported.
D-III BOYS’ TENNIS
No. 2 Bow 8, No. 7 Berlin 1
The Falcons (14-1) controlled the match throughout in quarterfinal action against visiting Berlin (8-7).
In singles, the Falcon winners were No. 1 Zach Zbehlik (8-3), No. 2 Tim Bradley (8-1), No. 3 Ben Maurer (8-2), No. 4 Nathan Louf (8-1) and No. 6 Josh DeYoung (8-0).
In doubles, No. 1 Zbhelik and Louf (8-4), No. 2 Maurer and Bradley (8-2) and No. 3 DeYoung and Jacob Huppe (8-6) were all victorious.
The Falcons advance to the semifinals where they will host No. 3 Kingswood (13-2) tomorrow.
SPAULDING 7, CONCORD 5
The Tide (11-6) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the wheels came off in the bottom of the second. The Red Raiders (10-6) exploded for a seven-run inning, due to timely hitting but also some costly errors from the Tide.
After the seven-run outburst, Mark Houston and Gracion Smith pitched 4.1 innings of shutout ball for the Tide, allowing four hits total.
Ben Bengtson, Mikael Manoogian, Nick Comeau and Connor Loughery had two hits and an RBI apiece to lead the Tide offense.
Coe-Brown 8, Plymouth 5
A Ben Bailey (two-for-three, two runs) solo home-run in the seventh inning gave the Bears (9-7) the insurance they needed in their win over the Bobcats (11-4).
Plymouth threatened in the bottom of the seventh as a couple Coe-Brown defensive miscues allowed two runners to get on base before a line drive up the middle was caught and turned into a double play to end the game.
Adam Edin (five innings, two earned runs, three hits, 1-for-3, run) picked up the win for Coe-Brown.
Monadnock 7, Hillsboro-deering 0
Hillcats’ (0-16) freshman pitcher Brad Sampson did well holding the high-powered Huskies (11-3) in check for the first three innings of their game, but Monadnock put up four runs in the fourth on its way to the win.
Troy Girard, Johnny White and Brandon Soules picked up H-D’s only hits of the game.
Newfound 2, Winnisquam 0
The Bears bats were cold in their loss to Newfound (11-4) and they didn’t have a runner reach third base until the seventh inning.
Winnisquam (12-4) did load the bases in the seventh, but a base running mishap cost ended the threat after a shallow fly ball to left field was caught and the runner at second base was doubled off.
Dakota Tyno (complete game, six hits, one earned run, three strikeouts) pitched well in the loss. Ben Wentworth and Jordan Dahl each went 2-for-3.
Kingswood 2, Merrimack Valley 1
The Pride left the tying run on base in both the sixth and seventh innings and suffered its fifth straight defeat in dropping to 5-10.
Brooks Kimball was the hard-luck loser, pitching a complete-game four-hitter while striking out nine. He walked only two, and three of the hits off him came in the third, when the Knights (6-9) scored both of their runs.
Jake Landry scored MV’s lone run when he doubled in the sixth inning and came home on a fielder’s choice grounder by Caleb Tipton, who advanced to second base before the side was retired. MV then stranded a runner on first in the seventh.
Hollis-Brookline 12, John Stark 2
The Generals (7-8) couldn’t get anything going offensively after the first inning against the Cavaliers (12-2).
John Stark scored their only two runs in the first and knocked out their only three hits - singles from Ryan Thompson and David Nelson and a double from Ben Casazza.
John Stark’s Jeremy Aubin made his first varsity start at third base and played well defensively.
bow 3, Mascenic 1
The Falcons (9-6) stifled Mascenic through the first six innings on their way to the victory at home.
Bow’s Brendan Wince pitched six innings giving up just two hits and walking three. Evan Vulgamore came in and pitched the seventh, where Mascenic (10-7) scored its lone run. Vulgamore earned the save registering one hit, one strikeout, two walks and a run.
Offensively Nate Corriveau led the way for Bow, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Sam Morrow, Sean Stewart, Connor Lorenz and Vulgamore also had hits.
Farmington 7, Belmont 2
Farmington (8-8) ended the Red Raiders three-game winning streak with its win in Belmont.
The Raiders (8-7) didn’t score a run until the third, when they scored their only two of the game to make it 3-2. But the Tigers plated four in the fifth to seal the win.
Brent Minery (1-for-2), Jason Taylor (1-for-4, run), Caleb Drouin (1-for-3, two RBI) and Nick Schott (1-for-2, run) led the Raiders from the plate.
Belmont pitcher Ryan Pluskis pitched a complete game, finishing with nine strikeouts, eight hits and four walks.
Spaulding 5, Concord 1
Spaulding (15-2) held onto first place in Division I and dropped Concord (12-5) into a tie for fourth with Dover, whom it plays today in the regular-season finale.
The Raiders broke a scoreless deadlock with a three-run double in the fifth. After Concord got one back in the sixth, Spaulding tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.
Cassidy Emerson went 2-for-4, scored the Tide’s lone run and went horizontal in center field for a highlight-reel catch. Deb Morrill (2-for-4), Katherine Muzzey, Molly Emerson and Annie Mullen (RBI) had Concord’s other hits.
Merrimack Valley 10, Kingswood 3
The Pride snapped a 1-1 tie and put the game away with a nine-run fourth inning, improving to 8-7 with one regular-season game remaining. The Knights dropped to 4-11.
Kerry Fedion had the big hit in the inning, a three-run double that pushed the lead to 6-1. Brittany Fisher (3-for-4, three RBI) capped the inning with a two-run single, and Maggie Carey also had an RBI hit.
Brooke Ellis (2-for-3) and Rachel Demers (2-for-4) also hat multi-hit games as the Pride pounded out 13 hits.
Fedion was the winning pitcher, tossing five innings and allowing six hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out two.
Hollis-BRookline 2, JOHN STARK 1
The Generals (10-5) lost a close one at home to the Cavaliers (6-8).
John Stark scored one run in the first inning off a double from Carly Cook (1-for-4, RBI), and held the Cavaliers scoreless through the first three. Hollis-Brookline scored one in the fourth to tie the game, and broke the tie in the sixth with a solo home run.
Lyndsey Turner pitched all seven innings for Stark, striking out nine while allowing six hits, three walks and two runs.
Maddie Jenelle (4-for-4) and Jocelyn Diamond (2-for-4) led the offense.
Franklin 9, Gilford 0
The Golden Tornadoes’ (10-5) bats stayed hot against the Golden Eagles (10-5), highlighted by a Kelsey Bird (three hits) two-run homer in the second inning.
Lexi Colpack (two runs, RBI, two stolen bases), Shelby Joyce (two RBI, two stolen bases) and Mariah Gauthier (two runs, two RBI, two stolen bases) led the way for the Franklin offense. Bird picked up in the win in the circle.
Pelham 8, Bishop Brady 7
The Green Giants (5-10) were down by three runs going into the seventh inning against the Pythons (10-4), but a rally came up short with the game-tying run being thrown out at home to end the game.
Jess Santis (2-for-4, two runs, home run) and Melissa Mallahan (2-for-4, two runs, two doubles) sparked the Bishop Brady offense.
WINNISQUAM 13, NEWFOUND 0
Freshman Molly Tinker went the distance in the circle, not allowing a hit in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
The Bears (13-4) closed out the regular season with an offensive outburst. Lindsay Raymond (2-for-3, three RBI), Marissa DeBlasie (1-for-3, two RBI) and Emma Atherton (2-for-2, RBI) led the way.
mascenic 16, BOW 13
The last thing the Falcons needed was extra innings on a day when they had to play a doubleheader against two different teams, but that’s exactly what they got in this one.
Mascenic (3-13) broke a 10-10 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh, but Bow (1-15) battle back with three of their own in the bottom half of the frame to force extra innings. The Falcons couldn’t pull the same trick twice after the Vikings scored three in the top of the ninth that stood up for the win.
Bow totaled 13 hits on the game with Kelsie Flynn (3-for-5, two RBI), Maddie Palisi (2-for-5, four RBI) and Katie Vozzella leading the way. Miki Dowd added a home run and finished with three RBI.
Bow pitcher Emily Manning pitched the entire game, notching five strikeouts. Offensively, Manning went 2-for-5.
Campbell 29, Bow 2
In game two of a doubleheader, the Falcons (1-15) were routed by the Cougars (12-3). Bow scored two in the fourth while Campbell was pouring in runs in bunches.
Kelsie Flynn went 2-for-3 for Bow and Sara Anoli, Katie Vozzella and Maddie Palisi each had a hit.
MONADNOCK 13, HILLSBORO-DEERING 2
The Hillcats fell to 5-11 with their third straight loss.
Emma Adams and Emma Moore collected two hits apiece for the Hillcats. Alyssa Bailey, Dakota Anderson and Danielle Armstrong also collected hits.
The two teams meet again this afternoon in the regular-season finale.
Portsmouth Christian 21, Pittsfield 5
The Eagles (14-4) decided things quickly, putting 16 runs on the board in the top of the first inning and building the lead to 21-0 before the Panthers (0-16) came up with four runs in the third and one in the fourth.
Pittsfield’s two outgoing seniors performed well, as Katie Small went 2-for-3 and did a nice job pitching four-plus innings in relief, and Stefanie Gauthier went 1-for-2 and scored two runs. Kylee Morel was 2-for-2 and drew a walk.
Concord 19, Manchester Memorial 2
The Crimson Tide (5-11) came out in full force for its Senior Night, jumping out to an early lead against the Crusaders (0-14) and never looking back.
Tyler Martel (five goals), Liam Richards (three goals, two assists) and Max Foisy (three goals, assist) handled most of the scoring load for Concord. Three Tide goalies combined to stop six of the eight shots they faced.
BOW 15, TIMBERLANE 1
Ben Podis (three goals), Dylan LaBranche (two), Devin Barker (two) and Stephen Pannella led the Bow (10-4) scoring attack. Derrick LaBranche (three assists) and Corey Plumb (two assists) also contributed offensively.
Tucker Johnson, Tyler Herrick, Max Johnson, Charley Reagan, Alex Reitze and Aidan Koornneef all played great defensively.
BISHOP BRADY 7, HOPKINTON 5
The Giants finished the regular season on a high note, improving to 6-8.
Chandler Peterson (three goals) and Chris Carmichael (two goals) led the offensive charge for the Giants. Derek Drouin and Tyler Preston played well defensively in front of Craig Newcomb (18 saves).
JOHN STARK 18, LEBANON 3
Matt Richard (five goals, two assists) and Daniel Medvetz (four goals, two assists) led the way as John Stark (11-3) finished off its regular season with a win at Lebanon (3-11).
Brody Fredericks and James Smugereski each scored three goals for the Generals and Fredericks added four assists. Jacob Fitts, Ryan Gordon and Drew McQuarrie each added a goal.
The Generals play their first playoff game Tuesday at home.
Merrimack Valley 11, Pembroke 7
Blake Gaboriault won 18 of 20 faceoffs, scored two goals and added two assists to lead the Pride (10-4) to its sixth straight win.
“We needed someone to step up, and Blake Gaboriault was the difference in the game,” MV Coach Sean O’Brien said.
The Pride took a 4-2 lead after the first quarter went into halftime with a 7-5 edge. Both teams scored twice in the third, but the MV defense locked things down in the final quarter and didn’t allow the Spartans (6-8) a goal.
Tucker Burt finished with five goals for the Pride, Tanner Carter added two and Kyle Carmichael had one.
Zach Blye (three goals) and Glenn Dion (two goals, three assists) led Pembroke.
SALEM 19, CONCORD 10
Grace Orzechowski had five goals for the Tide (4-12), but it wasn’t enough.
The Tide trailed throughout, going into halftime with an 8-4 deficit.
Delana Erickson (two), Stephanie Resnick, Veronyca Daniels and Adelaide Symmes were the other goal scorers. Isabella Rubin was strong defensively in front of goalie Avery Loosigian (18 saves).
Bow 17, Keene 7
The Falcons (4-9) made sure their seniors went out on a high note in their last career home game, handily defeating the Blackbirds (3-12).
Amanda Murray (five goals) and Taylor Darrell (four goals) were Bow’s leading scorers.
LEBANON 12, HOPKINTON 7
The Hawks (5-9) closed out the regular season with a tough one against a good Lebanon team (10-4).
Caroline Sweny (two), Meg Hemmerlein (two), Emma Donahue, Sierra Schuster and Izzy Gesen had the Hawks’ goals. Sweny also added an assist.