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High Schools: Coe-Brown cross country teams shine at home meet

The Coe-Brown Black Bear Invitational is a noteworthy early marker for teams to judge their progress against close to 20 other schools before next weekend’s even larger Manchester Invitational. Judging by yesterday’s results, Coe-Brown’s cross country teams, on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, are building the right kind of momentum. The girls won the meet by a large margin, with four runners in the overall top 10 and five in the top 15, while the boys finished solidly in third place.

The Coe-Brown girls won with a team score of 36 to finish a good distance ahead of Hanover (97 points) and Oyster River (104). Other local schools that competed at the meet include Bow (12th place, 311 points), MV (15th, 384), Pembroke (16th, 425) and Bishop Brady (18th, 513).

The Coe-Brown boys had the overall winner in their squad, Jeremy Brassard, who paced the field by nine seconds with a time of 16:34. The Bears had 103 points, just behind runner-up Portsmouth (100). Oyster River had its top five runners in the top 15 and won the meet with 45 points. MV finished sixth with 146 points, just behind Souhegan (145). Bow was 14th (399), Pembroke took 18th (477) and Bishop Brady finished in 19th (481).

The Coe-Brown girls had their top four runners in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth spots, while only one other school (second-place Hanover) had more than one runner in the overall top 10. Sophomore Elisabeth Danis led the Bears in third with a time of 19:26, and Hannah Parker was fourth in 19:58. Brooke Laskowsky (seventh, 20:17), Megan Scannell (eighth, 20:18) and Mary Fowler (14th, 20:51) rounded out the Coe-Brown top five. Fowler was by far the highest finisher of any team’s fifth-best runner.

Freshman Olivia Krause paced 12th-place Bow, taking the 22nd spot in 21:20. Allie Krause (44th, 22:27), Ashlie Tucker (59th, 22:57), Naina Vig (90th, 24:57) and Haley Parker (105th, 26:03) were the rest of the Bow point-scorers.

MV was led by Raquel Gelinas (39th, 22:17), Cassie Owens (68th, 23:27) and Cindy Fanny (78th, 24:12). The Pride also had good performances from their fourth and fifth runners in freshman Miranda Crane (102nd, 25:49) and Kelsey Belanger (106th, 26:16).

Sophomore Jayla Decker (73rd, 23:51) paced Pembroke, ahead of teammates Mariah Mitchell (75th, 24:00), Larissa Amour (88th, 24:53), Nicole Pearl (97th, 25:34) and Allison Fischer (103rd, 25:58). Bishop Brady was led by sophomore Devyn Saucier (77th, 24:11), with Julia Jones (104th, 25:59), Amelia Toole (107th, 26:17), Marissa Bates (119th, 27:40) and Emma Logue (121st, 28:38) making up the rest of the Green Giants top five.

The Coe-Brown boys’ squad had its top five in the top 20 overall, led by Brassard’s race-winning time. Lucas Fisher (seventh, 17:16), Jared Nelson (15th, 17:51), Davio Deluca (17th, 17:54) and Zach Flanagan (63rd, 19:07) were in the top five behind Brassard.

The Pride had its whole top five between the 20th-40th spots, with senior Keegan Hanks leading the way in 20th place in 17:56, the first time Hanks has finished in under 18 minutes. Hanks was followed by teammates Carter Saltmarsh (25th, 18:09), Walker John (27th, 18:12), Brendan Polichronopoulos (36th, 18:25) and Brandon Richardson (38th, 18:33).

The 14th-place Bow squad was led by Peter LaRiviere, who came in 37th in 18:29. Andrew Attorri (59th, 19:03), Hayden Udelson (83rd, 19:46), Jacob Proulx (106th, 20:28) and Jacob Dratner (114th, 20:53) rounded out the top five for the Falcons.

John Sanborn (34th, 18:19) was the lead runner for Pembroke, ahead of teammates Stephen Abbott (78th, 19:35), Ed Miner (116th, 20:55), Drew Harrison (120th, 21:13) and Jason Schoeller (129th, 21:39). Warren Bartlett (31st, 18:17) led for Bishop Brady, followed by Jake Boesch (42nd, 18:41), Aaron Svendsen (132nd, 22:25), James Newman (137th, 23:03) and Jacob Perry (139th, 23:29).


Concord second

Smita Boesch-Dining (19:30) turned in a runner-up performance and Concord placed four runners in the top 15 as the Tide finished in second place at the North-South Invitational at Mines Falls.

Bishop Guertin won the meet with 49 points, with Concord second with 64. Pinkerton (68), Nashua North (123), Londonderry (148) and Alvirne (176) rounded out the field.

Concord bunched its next five runners within 32 seconds of each other, with Michaella Conery (12th, 20:26), Cassie Shea (13th, 20:28), Erin Waters (15th, 20:31), Fiona MacWhinnie (22nd, 20:50) and Kate Andy (27th, 20:58) all cracking 21 minutes. Kaelin Willette (32nd, 21:31) completed the Concord contingent.

Hopkinton first, H-D second

Freshman Maddie Clark and sophomore Sarah Nadeau finished 1-2 just a second apart to lead Hopkinton to a decisive victory at the Mascenic homecoming meet. The Hawks scored 19 points, with Hillsboro-Deering (58) second and Hinsdale (61) third.

Clark crossed the line in 20:34 with Nadeau in 20:35 and teammate Emily Calder (21:23) completing the top-three sweep. Melissa Irwin (sixth, 25:22) and Emmaleigh Sabol (ninth, 26:22) also scored for the Hawks.

Maggie Girard (fifth, 24:37) led the Hillcats, who also received scoring runs from Brianna Dumeny (seventh, 25:48), Karaline Pelchat (18th, 29:18), Khysha Negron (19th, 29:27) and Hazel So (20th, 29:27).


Hopkinton second, H-D fourth

Mascenic’s Tim Fafard bettered his own course record by 31 seconds, finishing first in 16:55, and the Vikings (29) edged Hopkinton (29) in a sixth-runner tie-breaker. Conant (77) and Hillsboro-Deering (94) rounded out the field.

Hopkinton’s Dom Repucci also bettered the old record, finishing runner-up in 16:31. Also scoring for the Hawks were Cody Roberge (fourth, 18:21), Declan Campbell (sixth, 18:33), Peter Sawitsky (ninth, 19:15) and Duncan Calder (10th, 19:35).

Andrew Roberge (eighth, 19:11) was the top H-D finisher, with Logan Snow (29th, 23:37), Seth Johnson (31st, 25:02), Anthony Dupont (33rd, 25:50) and Andrew Edwards (36th, 33:31) also scoring.


Sanborn 48, Pembroke 19

The Spartans (1-2) played hard for all four quarters, despite trailing 21-0 after the first quarter and 42-7 at halftime against a strong Indians team (2-1).

“They did not quit,” Pembroke Coach Brian Gridley said. “They were going to fight the whole game. You can’t ask for anything more as a coach.”

Vinny Dustin put the Spartans on the board in the second quarter with a 3-yard run and Adam Gelinas kicked the extra point.

Pembroke switched to a three-back offense for the second half and the changes resulted in a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Chris Cushing, who played well at tailback, quarterback and linebacker, handled most of the carries in a 30-yard drive that ended when he tossed a pass to Gelinas in the end zone for a touchdown.

“(Cushing) is one of the best team-first players I have ever coached. Last year he was out starting quarterback. He says he will do ‘anything I can do to make the team successful. I want the team to win,’ ” Gridley said.

Later in the quarter, Dean Dustin had the lion’s share of the carries in a drive that finished with Keenan Abbott “willing the ball into the end zone,” according to Gridley, on a 5-yard power-run for another six points. Abbott ran for 38 yards on only three carries. Zach Wiggin finished with 54 yards on five carries and Mike Patnode also played well and was a leader on the field.

St. Thomas 45, John Stark 0

The Generals (1-2) were no match for the undefeated Saints (3-0). St. Thomas dominated in all phases of the game, as it has all season; the Saints won their previous games 36-14 and 39-12. John Stark trailed 28-0 at halftime yesterday.

The Generals are fourth in the south conference of Division II and host Windham (2-1) next Saturday.


Pembroke 6, Milford 0

A four-goal outburst in the final 10 minutes of the first half vaulted Pembroke (5-1) over winless Milford (0-7).

Jeremy Caruso struck first, converting a penalty kick in the 31st minute. Brendon Pettigrew doubled the lead three minutes later, then Caruso scored twice in a five-minute span to complete his hat trick. Austin Sartwell and Josh Payuer both scored on penalty kicks in the second half.

Justus Turk, Spencer Nowe and Pettigrew all added assists for the Spartans.

Winnisquam 4, Franklin 1

The Bears used a balanced offense to snap a four-game winless streak and improve to 2-4-1.

Sean Buxton, Nick Welch, Chad Couture and Nick Weisman scored one goal apiece. Goalie Mike Buxton made eight saves.

Franklin, which fell to 0-6, got on the scoreboard on a goal by Giovanni Lemon.

Goffstown 5, Merrimack Valley 0

The Pride (2-5) suffered its fourth straight loss on the road against undefeated Goffstown (4-0-2) on Friday.

Standing out for MV were Scott Schoffield in midfield, Matt Doyle at forward and defender Cole Remillard.


Sanborn 1, Coe-Brown 0

The Bears (4-2-1) were slow to get the style of the game to their liking, and when they did they were thwarted on several occasions in the final 20 minutes. Sanborn improved to 4-3.

“We got caught playing their style,” said Coach Josh Hils, whose team likes to play a wide-open game.

The Bears’ best chance came with four minutes left when Christen Gallant hit the post and Emily Blad’s shot on the rebound when just high.

Goalie Alley Savioli made 14 saves, and Kianna Daudelin played very well in the midfield and at forward.


Somersworth 2, Franklin 0

The Golden Tornadoes (1-4) gave up a goal to Somersworth (2-3) in each half to lose at home.

Despite the result, Franklin exhibited solid team effort and communication, and showed good sportsmanship in what was at times a rough game.

“We’re getting stronger and better,” Franklin Coach Deb Georgevits said.


Coe-Brown 3, St. Thomas 2

A sluggish start saw the Bears fall behind by two sets on the road to undefeated St. Thomas, but Coe-Brown (4-1) pulled together in the nick of time to rally for a 22-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-19, 15-9 victory and hand the Saints (4-1) their first loss.

At the net, Emma Easler and Abby Ahern put down 13 kills apiece, with Megan Rouillard right behind with 12 kills. Setter Sadie Steffen doled out 24 assists, while Debbie Peabody (36 digs) and Katie Tomaszewski (nine solo blocks) sparked the defense.

“The whole team just came together,” Coach Rick Veno said.

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