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Smith beats Smith as John Stark boys’ basketball team edges Coe-Brown

Coe-Brown’s Alec Zollman, who scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter, took a 3-point shot at the buzzer to win the game, but the ball wouldn’t drop, and John Stark escaped with a narrow 44-42 victory.

The Generals’ coach, Mike Smith defeated his father, Bears Coach Dave Smith. But for Mike, last night’s win was about much more than bragging rights at the next family reunion.

“Tonight wasn’t really about either of us,” he said. “It was our senior night, and I’m just proud of our seniors.”

Seniors Nic Lloyd (16 points, four assists), Zach Grattan (10 points), Nic Simeone (six points, nine rebounds), Joe Nelson (five points) and Ian Franco (five points) led the way for John Stark. Franco helped his team gain momentum in the fourth quarter by draining a tough 3-pointer.

The Generals were down by five points at the half, but tightened their defense and out-scored Coe-Brown 12-1 in the third quarter.

“We made a few minor adjustments at halftime,” Mike Smith said. “But mostly it was just guys executing.”

Both teams entered this game at 8-8, and with the win, John Stark still has an opportunity to host a home playoff game.

“Both team’s played well,” Dave Smith said. “Obviously it was a disappointing loss, but it was a great game.”

Chris Laurion led the Bears with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Andrew Langdon scored nine points and tallied four assists, and Josh Jackman scored six points and grabbed five rebounds.

Coe-Brown looks to close out its season with a win on Thursday as it hosts Souhegan. John Stark will play on the road at Plymouth on Thursday.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Lebanon 65, Merrimack Valley 41

MV was down by just a point at the end of the first quarter, but Lebanon’s David Hampton drained six 3-pointers in the second quarter, which led to a 40-19 halftime lead and that the Pride (7-11) couldn’t bounce back from. Lebanon improved to 14-3.

Andrew Alicea and Joey Brochu each had 10 points for MV. Adam Presutti (nine points), Nate Mulleavey (four points), Justin Williams (four points), JT Dricsoll (two points) and Dylan Baer (two points) also played well.

BOYS’ NORDIC SKIING

The Concord boys’ nordic team was represented at the Meet of Champions by Blaine Ayotte, who finished third in the freestyle and 11th in the classical.

Bow’s Kevin McCully placed seventh in the classical and 27th in the freestyle, while Mitch Blair (13th in the classical, 20th in the freestyle), Jeff Andrew (17th in the classical, 17th in the freestyle), and Thomas Cleary (19th in the classical, 30th in the freestyle) also represented the Falcons.

For Hopkinton, Tom Echelberger placed 16th in the classical, Carter Van Eitreim placed 27th in the classical and 28th in the freestyle, and Cam Debrusk placed 18th in the freestyle and 25th in the classical.

Connor Terhune raced for Kearsarge, placing 18th in the classical and 32nd in the freestyle.

Ayotte, Nate Latourette (Concord), Drew Houx (Holderness), Echelberger, Cleary, Blair, Mack Burns (Proctor), Tyler Ford (Concord) and Andrew will represent the boy’s Eastern Team.

GIRLS’ NORDIC SKIING

Sarah and Shannon Nadeau of Hopkinton placed third and fourth respectively in the freestyle race at yesterday’s Meet of Champions. Sarah placed second in the classical race, while Shannon placed fourth. Katie Irwin placed 22nd in the classical.

Concord’s top skiier was Erin Waters, who finished fifth in both the classical and freestyle race. Kate Andy finished seventh in the freestyle and eighth in the classical, while Michealla Conery finished 19th in the classical and 23rd in the freestyle, and Fiona MacWhinnie finished 20th in the classical and 22nd in the freestyle. Zoe Honigberg placed 32nd in the classical and 26th in the freestyle. Sabrina Lawrence placed 15th in the classical.

Competing at the meet for Bow was Naomi Kramer (ninth in the classical, 12th in the freestyle), Lily Naimie (15th in the freestyle, 24th in the classical), Ana Urbina (17th in the classical, 27th in the freestyle) and Lindsey Reynolds (29th in the freestyle, 30th in the classical).

Kearsarge’s Arianna Stokes placed 10th in the Freestyle and 21st in the classical.

Shannon Nadeau, Sarah Nadeau, Kramer, Muller, Waters, Naimie, Lizzy Duffy (Holderness), Emi Morrison (Proctor), Lawrence, Stokes and Eliana Mallory (Holderness) made the Eastern Team.

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