Preview capsule outlook of today’s high school tournament action
High school tournaments today
Division II semifinals
No. 4 Bishop Brady (12-3) at No. 1 St. Thomas (15-0), 4 p.m.
Previous tournament matches: Bishop Brady edged No. 4 Hollis-Brookline, 5-4. St. Thomas ousted No. 8 Lebanon, 8-1.
Head to head: The teams did not meet during the regular season.
Notes: St. Thomas has won the last two D-II titles and four of the last six, so the Green Giants will need to bring their best if they want to upset the Saints. Brady didn’t face St. Thomas during the regular season, but the Giants did meet D-II’s other undefeated team, No. 2 Hanover. The Marauders beat Brady, 7-2, in the regular-season finale, but that match helped prepare the Giants for their quarterfinal win against Hollis-Brookline and should help them again today.
Hollis may have pushed Brady to the limit in the quarterfinals, but the Cavaliers did the same thing to St. Thomas when the two met on May 9 and the Saints pulled out a 5-4 win, their closest match of the season. Their two other close matches, 6-3 wins against Oyster River and Portsmouth, were against the two other teams that beat Brady this year. If those matches against common opponents are any indication, this one should come down to doubles play. The Giants will look for leadership from the experienced talent at the top of their ladder – Shelby Herrington, Katie MacMullin and Lynn Yoon – and will hope the less experienced players in the bottom half – Aliza Gray, Ravalika Damerla and Brianna Puleo – can continue their outstanding seasons.
Division III semifinals
No. 3 Bow (14-1) vs. No. 2 Conant (14-1), 3 p.m.
Previous tournament matches: Bow edged Kingswood, 5-4. Conant beat Sanborn, 7-2.
Head to head: Conant handed Bow its only loss of the season, 7-2, on April 28.
Notes: The Falcons are one win away from their fourth straight appearance in the D-III finals, having won titles in 2011 and last season. The Orioles, meanwhile, are looking to make their first-ever appearance in a championship match. But first the teams will have a rematch of a lopsided match from late April. In that matchup, Bow got its only two victories from No. 1 singles player Laura Zbehlik and the No. 2 doubles team of Kristen Duval and Claire Mulvaney.
In yesterday’s quarterfinal victory over Kingswood, the Falcons took four of the six singles matches, getting wins from Zbehlik, No. 2 Mulvaney, No. 4 Danielle Gould and No. 5 Nandita Kasireddy, with Mulvaney and Gould pulling out tense tiebreakers. Zbehlik and Duval then won at No. 1 doubles to clinch the victory. Bow will need all of its players to step up today if it wants to reverse the outcome from April’s meeting and have the chance to defend its title Wednesday.
Track & field
Division I championships
At Winnacunnet H.S., Hampton, 4 p.m.
Order of events: 4 p.m. – (girls, then boys) long jump, pole vault, javelin, shot put; (boys, then girls) triple jump, high jump, discus; 5 p.m. – (girls, then boys) 4x800 final; (boys, then girls) 110/100 hurdles trials, 100 trials; 6 p.m. – (girls, then boys) finals for 100/110 hurdles, 100, 1,600, 4x100, 400, 300 hurdles, 800, 200, 3,200, 4x400
Notes: Girls – Concord has four runners who could place in multiple distance events. Smita Boesch-Dining and Michaella Conery are seeded third and fourth, respectively, in the 800 and second and third in the 1,600, with Erin Waters fifth in the 1,600. Cassie Shea is seeded fourth in the 3,200, with Amanda Pearl 10th. Rebecca Massah is the third seed in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles. In field events, Megan Reese enters as the top seed in the pole vault, while Jessie Bean is eighth in the long jump and Hana Knowles is seeded sixth in the shot put and eighth in discus. The Tide could also receive points from its 4x800 relay (second seed) and 4x400 (eighth). Boys – The Tide should gain most of its points from sprints. George Feliz is the top seed in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles and the defending champion in both events, while brother Angel Feliz is ranked fourth in the 100, third in the 200, third in the long jump and top-10 in the triple jump. Leo Sudieh has the sixth fastest 100 and fourth-best long jump, while Marc Gaudet and Walters Ndi are just 0.2 seconds out of the top six in the 100. With such sprint depth, the Tide is seeded second in the 4x100 relay. Matt Adams (ninth 800), Alex Saveliev (10th 1,600) and Diego Hebra (high jump) will also compete.