High Schools: Concord’s Smith, Feliz shine at Meet of Champons
Several local track athletes showed that they can compete with the best of the best in the state at the Meet of Champions held at Londonderry High yesterday. Concord’s B.J. Smith and George Feliz each had a first- and second-place finish in their respective events, with Smith winning the 3,200 and finishing one second behind the 1,600 winner, and Feliz taking first in the 300 hurdles and second in the 110 hurdles. Kearsarge’s Gabe Carter came up big in his field events, winning the triple jump and finishing runner-up in the long jump.
Feliz won the 300 hurdles in a time of 39.87 seconds and was second in the 110 hurdles in 14.79 seconds, while Smith won the 3,200 in 9:36.88 and was second off the 1,600 winner (4:20.06). Carter won the triple jump with a jump of 43-3, and his leap of 21-4 was good for second in the long jump (he also took fifth in the 110 hurdles in 15.47 seconds). Jeremy Brassard of Coe-Brown won the 1,600 ahead of Smith in 4:19.09, and Hopkinton’s Aaron Beckwith won the pole vault on a 13-9 vault.
In the girls’ competition, Hannah Parker of Coe-Brown nearly broke the state record in the 800, finishing at the head of the field in 2:10.62 seconds (just 0.18 off the record time). Concord’s Megan Reese won the pole vault on a vault of 11-3, and MV’s Meredith Ramsey had a solid day, taking second in the 400 (57.92) and fifth in the 200 (25.55).
Other event winners on the girls’ side were Coe-Brown’s 4x800 relay team (first in 9:19.59) and MV’s Julianah Adejuyigbe in the shot put (39-8 1∕2).
There were a number of top-six finishes for local athletes of both genders. For the boys, MV’s Andrew Alicea was second in the 100 (11.20), just ahead of H-D’s Viktor Montanez (third, 11.29) and Concord’s Walters Ndi (fifth, 11.37). In the relays, Concord was second (43.29) and MV was sixth (44.23) in the 4x100, Bow took second (8:08.86) and MV was fifth (8:15.44) in the 4x800, and the Pride also came in sixth (3:32.25) in the 4x400. In the field events, Pembroke’s Cody Steed was second to Carter in the triple jump (43-1 3∕4), and John Lindonen of MV placed second in the javelin (168-10).
Other top finishes for the girls were MV’s Nancy Taban, who took second in the 100 hurdles (15.16), and Alley Savioli, the runner-up in the shot put (39-3 1∕2). In the track events, Jelesa Nelson of Coe-Brown was third in the 100 (12.51) and Taylor Morrison of Bow took fifth (12.75), Winnisquam’s Jaila Remillard was fourth in the 400 (58.11), and Concord’s Smita Boesch-Dining was fourth in the 800 (2:18.18). In the 1,600, Hopkinton’s Sarah Nadeau was third (5:23.77), ahead of Coe-Brown’s Meg Scannell in fourth (5:25.26) and Katie Irwin in sixth (5:25.6), while Elisabeth Danis, of Coe-Brown, placed third in the 3,200 (11:17.83). Concord’s Rebecca Massah was fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.48). The relays saw Coe-Brown take fourth in the 4x100 (49.94) and Concord place third in the 4x800 (9:36.55).
Coe-Brown had a lot of success in the field events, getting a third-place and sixth-place finish in the long jump from Ariel Clachar (17-6.25) and Samantha Toscano (16-4.5), respectively. The Bears’ Katelyn Terry placed sixth in the triple jump (34-4) and Megan Rouillard was sixth in the discus (104-4).
DIVSION II BASEBALL
No. 6 Windham 12, No. 3 Pembroke 3
The Spartans (14-5) couldn’t withstand a four-run first inning by Windham (13-6) and fell in the quarterfinals. Pembroke did respond quickly in the bottom of the first with three runs but didn’t get any more offense for the rest of the game. The Jaguars added two runs in the second to go ahead 6-2, then added a pair of runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to build an insurmountable lead.
Chris Gauss led Pembroke’s offense with a 2-for-3 day, hitting a double, scoring a run and picking up a two-out RBI. Vinny Dustin, Autrey Gates and Jeremy Caruso added singles, and starting pitcher Shane St. Onge hit a double.
DIVISION III BASEBALL
No. 1 Laconia 4, No. 8 Winnisquam 2
After losing to the Sachems, 7-1, a few weeks earlier, Winnisquam (12-6) returned to Laconia (17-1) to play a “tight, tough high school baseball game” against the top seed, said Bears Coach Fred Caruso.
Greg Hunt, Torrey Martinez and Parker Normand began the third inning with consecutive singles to spark the Bears’ two-run rally, giving them an early 2-0 lead, but Laconia scored single runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to end up on top. The Bears finished with just five hits.
Bears catcher Dom DeBlasie caught two runners stealing and picked off a runner to keep the game close. Pitcher Caleb Hutchins tossed six innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out one.
DIVISION IV BASEBALL
No. 3 Pittsfield 2, No. 6 Profile 0
Kris Perkins extended his shutout streak to 36 innings as Pittsfield (15-3) knocked off the Patriots (10-7) en route to a semifinal bid.
“With how great Kris (Perkins) is pitching, we knew if we got a couple runs we’d be in the game,” said Pittsfield Coach Rob Stockman, whose Panthers (15-3) did just that.
Pittsfield put a run on the board in both the third and the fourth innings to support their ace, who allowed just three hits in seven innings while walking two and striking out 11.
Colby Clark’s two-out hit in the fourth inning drove in an insurance run for the Panthers.
Pittsfield faces No. 2 Colebrook in the semifinals at Plymouth State University on Thursday at 4 p.m.
DIVISION II SOFTBALL
No. 1 Coe-Brown 7, No. 8 Milford 6, 8 inn.
The top-seeded Bears found themselves down 6-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but a rally tied the game and Coe-Brown (16-2) pulled off the win in the eighth.
“It was a great team win – a great comeback,” Bears Coach Tim Tenasco said.
The tying rally began with a double by Lauren Jones (3-for-4). Caitlin Foley kept it going with a single, Amanda Riley (2-for-3) belted a double to send Jones home, and Shannon Burke’s two-run double sent the game to extra innings. Burke finished the game with three RBI.
Kianna Daudelin (4-for-5, three RBI) drove in Emily Therrin for the winning run in the eighth inning. Daudelin was also the winning pitcher, throwing a complete game while allowing 10 hits, five earned runs and no walks. She struck out six.
Coe-Brown faces No. 4 Goffstown in the semifinals at Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Milford finishes 10-8.
DIVISION III GIRLS’ LACROSSE
No. 1 Kearsarge 11, No. 8 John Stark 8
The Cougars (14-0) remained undefeated after a hard-fought battle with the Generals (8-8).
Kearsarge led 7-3 at halftime and widened its lead to 10-4 about seven minutes into the second half, but John Stark scored four goals over the course of 3:25 in response. The score remained a close 10-8 until Kearsarge’s Caitlyn Anderson scored with 12 seconds left in the game to make it 11-8.
Haley Brook scored three goals and dished three assists to lead Kearsarge, while Libby Brooks (three goals), Anderson (two goals, two assists), Gemma Bready (two goals) and Lianna Blakeman (one goal) contributed. Goalie Morgan Galluzzo recorded eight saves, six in the second half.
Casey Poirier (three goals), Danielle Galli (two goals, one assist), Gianna Pezzulo (two goals) and Samantha Valcourt (one goal, one assist) all contributed to the Generals scoring effort, while Kathleen Medvetz, Mikayla Cusson and Beckie Beaulieu controlled the field for John Stark. Goalie Clarissa Foote made 14 saves in a solid defensive effort.
Kearsarge plays No 5 Lebanon in the semifinals at Southern New Hampshire University on Monday at 7 p.m.
Concord senior Greg Cistulli, seeded No. 3, fought through a respiratory illness and hot temperatures to best three opponents and move on to the semifinals on Tuesday. After recording routine wins over Ryan Posternak of Exeter (8-0) and David Hutchings of Windham (8-2), Cistulli was tested by Oyster River’s Zack Jones in the quarters. Cistulli dropped the first four games before rallying to take the first set in a tiebreak. The second set saw both contestants hold serve until Cistulli broke Jones in the final game, leading to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win. He will face No. 2-seeded Hanover freshman Kotaro Horiuchi in the semis.
Coe-Brown’s Jakob Zylak and Bow’s Zach Zbehlik both progressed to the round of 16 before losing. Zylak bested Keene’s Reilly Hay, 8-6, while Zbehlik topped Derryfield’s Jason Berk, 8-5. Zylak fell to Ross Kenney of Winnacunnet, 8-2, and Zbehlik’s run came to an end against Londonderry’s Harrison Max, 8-1. Concord’s Justin Toler lost in the round of 32 in a close match with Windham’s Tyler Somen, 9-7.
Bow’s Sunday Swett, seeded No. 2, won three matches to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals. Swett swept through the first two rounds, taking down both Conant’s Allina Bennett and Winnacunnet’s Alison Taylor by scores of 8-0. Swett then went on to top Derryfield’s Berklee Vaillancourt in two sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Swett will face the No. 3 seed, Cassie Burbine of Londonderry, in the semis.
John Stark 3, Bishop Guertin 0
The Generals (11-5) wrapped up their regular season with a home sweep of Bishop Guertin (5-11) on Friday, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18.
Setter Simon Becka led John Stark with a well-rounded game, getting 11 assists, seven digs, four aces and three kills, and fellow setter Serge Boucher had 13 assists, four digs, four aces and a kill. Middle hitters Zach Grattan (nine kills, three blocks) and Carson Dunn (six kills, five blocks, seven digs) played well, while Ryan Compagna (two aces, four kills, three digs), Brandon Dugay (kill, five digs), Ryan Sandmann (four digs) and libero Ian Franco (10 digs, ace) pitched in for a well-rounded season-ending victory for Stark.
The Generals will start the Division I tournament Tuesday in the quarterfinals.