Concord boys’ tennis rolls to 9-0 win over Dover
Justin Toler of Concord gets ready to serve in his doubles match with Greg Cistulli, against Bill Tong and Reed Lerakso of Dover; April 2, 2013.
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Greg Cistulli of Concord hits the ball in his first match against Bill Tong of Dover; April 2, 2013.
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After Monday’s rain postponed the season opener, wind took its turn messing with the Concord High boys’ tennis team yesterday. The Crimson Tide got in its opening match with Dover at the Memorial Field courts, but the weather didn’t make it easy.
“The wind was the biggest winner today,” Concord Coach Dave Page said, “but we were fortunate enough to come in second.”
The Tide didn’t really need much fortune against a Dover team that was winless last year and Page described as “rebuilding,” this season. Concord saw a pair of newcomers earn their first varsity wins, dropped just six games total in all nine matches and began the year with a 9-0 win.
Concord freshman Justin Toler (8-0 over John Quinn at No.2) and sophomore Mattias Lambert (8-0 over Jack Rosmer at No. 6) were the two players who earned their first varsity wins, and they did it with “strong efforts,” according to Page. No. 1 Greg Cistulli, No. 3 Evan Hewey and No. 5 Josh Pifer also won their singles matches by 8-0 scores, and No. 3 Thomas Bengtson, another newcomer to the top six, claimed an 8-3 win over Reed Laakso.
Cistulli and Toler teamed up for an 8-1 win over Laasko and Bill Tong on the first doubles court. Hewey and Pifer earned an 8-2 win over Quinn and Charlie Ly at second doubles, and Lambert, paired with Bengtson, completed his perfect afternoon with an 8-0 win on the third doubles court against Ian Anderson and Corey Wood.
Concord continues its season today with a home match against rival Manchester Central before going on the road to face Nashua South, the team the Tide beat in a contentious Division I quarterfinal match last spring.
Bishop Brady 6, Derryfield 3
The Green Giants (1-0) opened their season on the road at Derryfield (0-1) in tough conditions, but a strong showing from the middle-to-lower part of the ladder gave Bishop Brady a solid win.
The No. 3 doubles duo of Logan Sigua and Thomas MacMullen had a come-from-behind victory, 9-8 (7-5), to highlight a good day for the Nos. 3-6 players on the roster. The No. 2 group of Brendan Bryck and Nick Vermette also won their doubles matchup, 8-1.
On the singles side, Bryck (8-4), Vermette (8-4), Sigua (8-5) and MacMullen (8-4) were all victorious.
“We’ve only had one outdoor practice so far,” Brady Coach Rick Skarinka said, “so it was a good showing for us.”
Monadnock 8, Kearsarge 1
The Cougars began a rebuilding season with a loss that looked lopsided but provided some optimism for Coach Pete Bianchi nonetheless.
“These were two pretty equally matched teams. The score might not have indicated how my guys played,” he said. “A lot of positives to take away.”
Freshman Jack Van Etten picked up his first varsity victory with a convincing 8-0 win at No. 6 singles. No. 3 Tim Berube lost a tie-breaker, 9-7, in the Cougars’ most competitive defeat.
Kearsarge returns to action today against Wilton-Lyndeborough in its home opener.
Derryfield 9, Concord 0
The Crimson Tide (0-1) had a tough opening test against last year’s state runner-up Derryfield (1-0), but fared much better than it did last year against the Cougars, when none of the matches were particularly close.
Sophomore Gabriella Killinger fought hard in the No. 1 singles match before losing, 8-5, while No. 5 Irene Ireme and No. 6 Kristine Pedersen also played close matches, losing 8-5 and 8-6, respectively.
The No. 2 doubles pairing of Meagan Olive and Pedersen narrowly lost, 8-6, while the No. 3 duo of Ireme and Skye Reese lost, 8-5.
BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD
Hopkinton second, Hillsboro-Deering fourth
The Hawks had a strong showing in the field events to place second in an eight-team meet held at Campbell. Hopkinton tallied 153.33 points to finish behind the hosts (184) and ahead of Campbell (117.33), with H-D checking in at fourth place with 92.33 points.
Hopkinton had winners in four of the field events, with Alex Bostic (5-6) winning the high jump (teammate Slattery Donohoe was second at 5-0), Aaron Beckwith winning the pole vault (12-0) and triple jump events (37-4), and Ben Olimpio (100-3) taking the discus throw. The Hawks also won the 300-meter hurdles (Beckwith in first with a time of 45.2 seconds, and Ben Thesing in second, 46.44) while coming in second in the 4x400 relay (time of 3 minutes, 49.65 seconds). Beckwith’s solid day included a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.7).
The Hillcats did well in short distance events, with Viktor Montanez winning the 100 (11.47) and 200 (25.38).
GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD
Hopkinton first, Hillsboro-Deering fifth
Hopkinton was strong across most events in the season-opening meet at Campbell, cruising to first place with 208.5 points, well ahead of the host Cougars (126.5) in second. H-D came in fifth with 61 points.
The Hawks had winners in four events and were near the top of the field in many others. Emma Geiger (5:52.43) and Shannon Nadeau (5:52.68) finished with less than half of a second between them to dominate the 1,600, while the 4x400 relay team won in 4:31.21. Hannah Hughes won the high jump (4-9) and Brittany Marshall was first in the pole vault (7-0). Hopkinton swept the second through fourth spots in the long jump, with Hughes (12-11.5) taking second in front of Aimee Echelberger (12-11) and Caitlin Reidy (12-11).
The Hawks also had second-place finishes in the 4x100 relay (Echelberger, Hughes, Mary McAuliffe, Victoria Flood in 57.09), the 3,200 (Nadeau in 13:05.26) and the 300 low hurdles (Brianna Russell in 53.75).
Katie White’s tie for second place in the shot put event (26-0) highlighted the Hillcats’ efforts on the day.