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High Schools: Depth pays off for Bishop Brady boys’ tennis team

  • Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall placed first in the girls discuss throw during the track and field meet hosted by Kearsarge on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall placed first in the girls discuss throw during the track and field meet hosted by Kearsarge on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge's Zach Beltz competes in the high jump during the track and field meet on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Zach Beltz competes in the high jump during the track and field meet on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge's Corey Jerome competes in the shot put during the track and field meet on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Corey Jerome competes in the shot put during the track and field meet on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton's Brittany Marshall placed first in the girls discuss throw during the track and field meet hosted by Kearsarge on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Zach Beltz competes in the high jump during the track and field meet on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Corey Jerome competes in the shot put during the track and field meet on Thursday afternoon, April 18, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

The Bishop Brady boys’ tennis team saw firsthand yesterday how a squad’s bottom-ladder depth can be hugely important to a team’s success. On a day when the top-ranked players on Brady (5-3) weren’t able to pick up wins, the Nos. 4-6 players came up big to help the Green Giants eke out a close 5-4 home victory over Goffstown (2-3).

“Kudos to the bottom of the ladder for stepping up,” Brady Coach Rick Skarinka said. “They brought in three points.”

With their usual No. 4 player missing, the usual Nos. 5-6 slots (sophomore Logan Sigua and freshman Thomas MacMullin) moved up, which also put Tim Garrett in the rotation at No. 6. These three players were the key to Brady pulling out of an early hole.

No. 2 Jack Bryck (8-1) was the only player in the top half to pick up a win for Brady, as Goffstown had wins in the 1 and 3 slots, leaving the Giants with a hole to climb out of in the last three singles matches. The lower half of the ladder passed the test with flying colors, as No. 4 Sigua (8-3), No. 5 MacMullin (8-2) and No. 6 Garrett (8-0) all had strong victories to give Brady a precious 4-2 lead heading into doubles action.

That 4-2 lead proved to be just enough for the Giants, as the No. 1 doubles duo of Revanth Damerla/Jack Bryck lost a narrow match, 8-6, before the No. 2 team of Brendan Bryck/Sigua were ousted, 8-4. This left the third-seeded duo of MacMullin and Garrett to pick up the team, and the two did just that with an 8-4 win.

The victory leaves Brady at a good place at about the halfway point of the season. The Giants’ three losses have come to Portsmouth, Lebanon and Hanover, three teams that are currently undefeated and sitting at the top of the Division II standings. Brady has a rematch next month against Lebanon after losing to the Raiders 7-2 early in the season.

“Lebanon will be a big benchmark,” Skarinka said. “We’ll see if it’s more competitive.”

Whenever that next important match arrives in the coming weeks, the Brady boys will enter it with the confidence that not only their top guys, but the lower-seeded players as well, will be ready to step up.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 8, Goffstown 1

The Green Giants (6-2) bounced back from a loss to Portsmouth a day earlier to cruise past the Grizzlies (1-4).

Brady won five of the six singles matches, with wins going to No. 1 Maddy Moran (8-4), No. 2 Shelby Herrington (8-1), No. 3 Katie MacMullin (8-2), No. 5 Mikayla Clarke (8-3) and No. 6 Lynn Yoon (8-1).

In doubles, Moran/Herrington (8-5), MacMullin/Caroline Urbanek (8-1) and Clarke/Yoon (8-4) were winners.

Coe-Brown 8, Souhegan 1

The Bears (2-3) picked up their second straight strong win with a home victory over Souhegan (1-2).

Singles winners for Coe-Brown were No. 1 Noey Struthers (8-2), No. 3 Nikki D’alessandro (8-5), No. 4 Kate Forsythe (8-0), No. 5 Emily Blad (9-7) and No. 6 Sophie Wensberg (8-5).

Doubles duos No. 1 Struthers/Forsythe (8-4), No. 2 Shannon Ketenci/D’alessandro (8-3) and No. 3 Blad/Bianca Ketenci (8-5) all came out on top.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Meet at Kearsarge

The Cougars topped the field of seven teams with 181.5 points to win their home meet. Hopkinton finished second with 106 points, ahead of H-D (59 points), Belmont (20) and Sant Bani (15.5).

Kearsarge won eight events to get a strong win. Gabe Carter placed first in the 110 hurdles (15.91 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (45.73), with teammates Jeff Kozikowski (17.26) taking second in the former and Logan Maville (45.78) finishing runner-up in the latter. Peter Martin outdistanced the pack in the 3,200 to finish first (11:42.82), and the 4x100 relay team of Elliot Lukaitis, Zachary Beltz, Alex Akpan and Eric Morin was first in 47.4 seconds. Freshman Cameron Webster was second in the 100 (11.55) and tied for third in the 110 hurdles (17.64) with teammate Reed Bell, who was second in the 200 (24.48) and 400 (54.79). The 4x400 relay team of Willio Rehor, Maville, Lukaitis and Morin narrowly finished in second (3:57.94) by half of a second.

Kearsarge was solid in the field events as well. Beltz and Sam Van Etten tied for first in the high jump at 5-10, while freshman Troy Davis had a solid day, winning the long jump (18-4.25) and taking third in the high jump (5-8). Carter was first in the triple jump (40-7) and second in the long jump (18-3). Maville was second in the triple (38-9). Jacob Jones was the eighth event winner on the day with a win in discus (116-3). Kozikowski was second in the pole vault (10-6).

Second-place Hopkinton had five winners. Cam Debrusk won the 1,600 (4:44.59), while the 4x400 relay of Cody Roberge, Debrusk, Alex Bostic and Aaron Dobe won with a time of 3:57.43. Aaron Beckwith won the pole vault (12-0), while Brandon Cayer won the shot put (36-10) and javelin (137-7).

H-D’s Viktor Montanez won the 100 (11.28) and 200 (23.98), and Chris Cook won the 800 (2:15.06). Belmont’s Joseph Boles won the 400 (53.24).

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD

Meet at Kearsarge

Hopkinton finished on top in a six-team meet hosted by Kearsarge. The Hawks had 121.5 points to finish ahead of the second-place hosts (77.5 points), while H-D (64) and Sant Bani (22) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hopkinton dominated the long-distance events on its way to victory. Finishing first in their respective events were Maria Booth (400, 1:11.68), Shannon Nadeau (800, 2:40.96), Katie Irwin (1600, 5:45.33) and Sarah Nadeau (3200, 12:25.76). The 4x400 relay team of Victoria Flood, Shannon Nadeau, Emma Geiger and Irwin placed first in 4:59.46, while Emily Calder finished second in the 1,600 (5:51.21).

In the field events, Brittany Marshall won the discus (81-9) and also took second place in the pole vault (7-6) and javelin (81-7). Christine Spaulding was second in the triple jump (27-4).

For the Cougars, Carolyn Haron won the 100 (13.14) and the pole vault (8-6), while Haley Joseph was first in the 100 hurdles (17.68) and 300 hurdles (54.23). The 4x100 relay team of Haron, Savannah Bell, Desiree Kalloch and Joseph were first with a time of 55.63 seconds, and Aryn Morcom won the high jump (4-6).

H-D’s Katie White won the shot put (32-10) and javelin (118-11), while Sant Bani’s Teresa Dancewicz Helmers was first in the long jump (13-9.5).

BASEBALL

Mascoma 15, Franklin 14

Franklin dropped to 0-5 but had its most competitive game of the season, nearly erasing a 15-9 deficit with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Golden Tornadoes led 7-5 through five frames before Mascoma (2-1) started getting hot offensively to take a late six-run lead. Franklin nearly tied the game, but the Royals managed to escape with the final out coming on a close play at home plate.

Craig Lebrun led the Franklin offense, reaching base four times on two hits and two walks and scoring four runs, while Robert Ellis (3-for-4, three runs), Myles Lynch (2-for-4, double, single) and Matt Prive (2-for-2, two walks) played well.

SOFTBALL

Trinity 7, John Stark 6, 8 inn.

The Generals couldn’t hold onto one-run leads in both the seventh and eighth innings and lost a heartbreaker to the Pioneers.

Stark’s Kendra Barrasso (2-for-4, four RBI) had a three-run double in the third and an RBI groundout in the top of the eighth, and Becca Titcomb (1-for-4) made her one hit count when she tripled (and scored) in the eighth.

Pitcher Lyndsey Turner kept the Generals in the game, pitching a complete game and striking out two.

Franklin 12, Mascoma 0, 5 inn.

The Golden Tornadoes (4-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead with five runs in each of the first two innings in a home rout over Mascoma (1-2). Franklin pounded out 14 hits and added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to end the game early.

Jill Roberts (3-for-4, three RBI, two runs) led a stellar Franklin offense that had contributions up and down the lineup. Lexi Colpack, Mariah Gauthier, Shelby Joyce, Kelsey Bird, Kat Styles and Kaitlyn Brace all had hits and RBI during the opening two frames to help the Tornadoes build a major lead. Kim Gerlarneau added a hit, and Lauren Hennessy made a number of nice defensive plays at second base.

Bird was strong in the circle for Franklin, striking out 11 batters and allowing two hits. She got out of a fourth-inning jam with runners at second and third with no outs by striking out the side before concluding the game by again striking out the side in the fifth.

Mascenic 5, Hillsboro-Deering 4, 8 inn.

The Hillcats (2-3) rallied from multiple deficits but couldn’t hold onto their one-run lead, as Mascenic (2-1) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings before winning the game in the eighth.

H-D trailed 2-0 before tying the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning. The Vikings jumped ahead again with a single run in the sixth before the Hillcats took their first lead after two runs in the top of the seventh, setting up Mascenic’s comeback.

Alyssa Bailey was stellar in the circle for H-D, going all eight innings with six strikeouts and no walks while allowing only two earned runs.

The Hillcats were led offensively by Leah Rheault (3-for-4), Sarah Egner (2-for-4, three RBI), Jenna Rheault (1-for-4, RBI) and Erin Delacy (2-for-4).

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Souhegan 10, Concord 3

The Crimson Tide (0-5) dropped a road game against Souhegan (2-1).

Sean Mamos led the Tide with a goal and an assist, while Tyler Martel and Austin Erickson each added a goal. Tyler Kukla and Adam Resnick had an assist each, and goalie Nick Zavorotny made 12 saves for Concord.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Laconia 14, Merrimack Valley 1

The Pride (1-4) gave up 10 goals to Laconia (2-2) in the first half to fall into a deep hole but improved during the second half.

Melissa Girford, Emily Masse and Alex Puntin fought hard for MV.

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