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High schools: Local cross country teams stand out at Manchester Invitational



Monitor staff
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Teams from all over New England descended on Derryfield Park for Saturday’s Manchester Invitational. Among that throng of cross country runners, plenty of local teams and faces stood out from the crowd.

Concord was the top New Hampshire team, and second overall, in the boys’ large school varsity race and the Crimson Tide’s Forest MacKenzie was the top in-state individual finisher and fourth overall as he covered the 5K course in 16:03. The Coe-Brown boys were the second New Hampshire finisher and fifth overall in the large school race, and the Coe-Brown girls had the best in-state result in the girls’ large school race (seventh overall).

In the small school race, it was all about the Reynolds family. Merrimack Valley senior David Reynolds beat out more than 300 runners to win the boys’ school race in 16:15, and his sister, MV freshman Sophia Reynolds, won the girls’ small school race in 18:48.

“David executed the pre-race strategy perfectly, winning comfortably in a time which is great for this point in the season,” MV coach Dave Irving said. “It was a good day for the Reynolds family, with his sister also winning and twin brother Matt running well (53rd overall) despite competing with a cold.”

The Pride boys finished 19th as a team with Ethan Dodenhoff (138th), Christian Oglesby (161st) and Connor Butt (194th) also scoring for MV. The Pride girls finished 14th as a team with Emma York (16th, 20:28), Madisyn Garrity (126th), Maizie Thurber-Wells (161st) and Tristan Beyer (162nd) scoring behind Sophia Reynolds.

“It was exciting to see Sophia running to the win,” Irving said. “She runs with the focus and race awareness of someone far more experienced.”

The Hopkinton girls’ team took ninth in the small school race with points from Cailey Stockwell (34th, 21:10), Anna O’Reilly (55th), Emma Rothe (60th), Sydney Stockwell (70th) and Lilia Klinger (115th).

Belmont’s Alice Riley was ninth overall in 20:05, but the Raiders didn’t have enough to score as a team.

Madison McDonald (96th) led the way for John Stark, which took 24th as a team. Bow as 26th, led by the efforts of Libby Parker (130th). Faith Gosselin was the top finisher for the Winnisquam girls, who were 32nd. Amanda Montminy (172nd) led Pembroke to 34th place.

In the boys’ small school race, Bow’s Kirpal Demian (18th, 17:21), Colin Lessard (43rd, 17:42), Sam Berube (73rd), Gabe Neff (89th) and Caleb Olson (134th) led the Falcons to a 12th-place team finish. John Stark’s Brandon Langdon was 10th overall (17:10) as he led the Generals to 30th as a team. Simon Page (96th) was the best finisher for Hopkinton, which finished 32nd. Winnisquam’s Riley Mann (97th) led the Bears to 34th. Belmont (42nd) was paced by Aidan Rupp (170th) while Pembroke Academy (45th) was led by Shawn Tremblay (232nd).

The only team better than Concord in the boys’ large school race was Rhode Island’s Bishop Hendricken. In addition to MacKenzie’s fourth-place result, the Tide also got points from Eli Boesch-Dining (10th, 16:13), Ryan Devine (35th, 16:54), Eben Bragg (37th, 16:56) and Aidan O’Hearn (39th, 16:59).

Division II Coe-Brown beat out tough D-I schools like Winnacunnet (ninth), Londonderry (10th), Pinkerton (13th) and Nashua North (16th) to finish fifth overall. The Bears were paced by Dawson Dubois (20th, 16:35), Luke Tkaczyk (26th, 16:41), Wyatt Mackey (41st, 17:00), Logan Mihelich (70th) and Gavyn Lewis (91st).

The Coe-Brown girls also beat out some top D-I teams like Exeter (eighth), Salem (10th), Bishop Guertin (12th) and Bedford (13th) with their eighth-place team result. Addison Cox led the Bears with her ninth-place result in 19:06. Ella Malone (32nd, 20:12), Abigail O’Connor (35th, 20:16), Miranda Compton (109th) and Tessa Millette (122nd) also scored for Coe-Brown.

Morgane Orcutt finished 33rd (20:12) to lead the Concord girls’ team to 17th. The Tide also got points from Katie Watt (101st), Sarah Zarakotas (106th) and Hannah Willette (124th).

Boys’ Cross Country

Bishop Brady 17, Hillsboro-Deering 47

Highlights: Brady’s Will Spencer finished first overall in 18:59 to lead the Green Giants to the dual-meet win. Brady’s Oscar Miller finished second while Joe Tierney took third. Zachary Camp’s fourth-place finish was the best result for H-D, which also got a ninth-place finish from Izaac Healey.

Football

Bow 40, Gilford-Belmont 0

Highlights: Steven Guerrette (touchdown) and Matt Nicholls (two touchdowns) led Bow’s running game while Corey Gott connected with Jon Routhier for a 55-yard score through the air.

Coach’s quote: “I am very pleased by the performance of the entire team. A dominating defense, combined with offensive prowess and solid contributions by backup players should serve us well in anticipation of our Homecoming game next weekend.” – Bow’s Paul Cohen

Records: Bow 3-1; Gilford-Belmont 2-2

John Stark 44, Kingswood 0

Key players: John Stark – Logan Beliveau (punt block return for TD)

Coach’s quote: “We got contributions from all three phases today. ” – John Stark’s Kevin McGinty

Records: John Stark 2-2; Kingswood 0-4

Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 47,
Newport 0

Key players: H-D-H – Colby Quiet (14 carries, 177 yards, 4 TD), Jack Morall (11 carries, 108 yards, 2-point conversion), Caleb Yianakopolos (5-for-5 for 82 passing yards, 2 TD; 6 carries, 53 yards, TD), Dylan Barrett (6 carries, 31 yards), Reed Tanuvasa (7 tackles, 2 sacks), Kevin McCaffrey (5 tackles, 3 sacks), Vincent Waddell, 8 tackles)

Records: Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 3-1; Newport 0-4

Franklin 20, Fall Mountain 8

Key players: Franklin – Ben LaFrance (7 tackles, 1 sack, 80-yard INT return for TD), Taryn Laramie (7 tackles, INT), Dawson LaFrance (4 tackles, INT), Travis Perry (9 carries, 90 yards, TD), Harrison Clark (5-for-9 for 84 passing yards, rushing TD)

Highlights: On Friday, Fall Mountain held a 6-0 lead on its home field until Perry scored just before the half to things at 6-6. The Wildcats took a two-point lead on a safety, but Ben LaFrance’s 80-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Franklin a 12-8 lead late in the third. The final score was set up by Dawson LaFrance, a defensive lineman who came up with an interception of his own and returned it to the Fall Mountain 1. Clark snuck it in from there for the final score.

Coach’s quote: “Defense carried the team with physical play and a lot of heart. We played a very disciplined football team, and we knew this coming into the game. Hats off to Fall Mountain. Very proud of the way we all stuck together and battled through adversity.” – Franklin’s Jeff Davis

Records: Franklin 3-0; Fall Mountain 0-3

Boys’ Soccer

John Stark 5, Souhegan 0

Key players: John Stark – Riley Brooks (2G), Jared Peterson (G, A), Jonathan Rizzitano (G, A), Josh Reynolds (2A), Tony Leary (G), Jaimason Lacasse (6 saves)

Coach’s quote: “We were happy to get a good result for our seniors in their final Homecoming game. We hope to continue to build momentum as we try to qualify for the playoffs.” – John Stark’s Eddie Marceau

Records: John Stark 6-3-0; Souhegan 0-7-0

Lebanon 2, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Brady Ismaili (defense), Jared Fortier (defense)

Highlights: Lebanon scored 20 minutes into the second half off a cross from the left side to the back post to take the lead. The second came 10 minutes later off a deflected clearance.

Coach’s quote: “Lebanon was very strong up the center of the field and today they got the better of us. We just didn’t play our ‘A’ game.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Lebanon 4-3; Kearsarge 4-5

Belmont 3, Gilford 1

Key players: Belmont – Lucas Mathieu (G), Brendan Kelley (G), Zack Duclos (G), Colby Brown (A), Nate Sottak (A), Jake Deware (3 saves); Gilford – Ben Gardnier (G)

Highlights: After a scoreless first half, Mathieu gave Belmont a 1-0 lead in the 46th minute. Gilford answered 14 minutes later, but Kelley found the game-winner in the 73rd minute. Caleb Burke, Lars Major, Angelo Papadopoulos and Devin Bricknell anchored the Raiders’ defense in front of Deware.

Coach’s quote: “Great match today by both teams. Always good to get a win at Gilford, which have not come easy over the years. Belmont was able to step up its game in the second half to come away with the win.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 6-0-1; Gilford 6-2-1

Bishop Brady 3, Mascoma 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Angelo Besho (3G), Evan Haas (A), Tom Daly (A), Jack Bowes (9 saves)

Highlights: Haas, a freshman, began the game’s first scoring play when he found Besho with a through ball late in the first half. Daly assisted on Besho’s second goal and the hat trick was finished on a PK with six minutes left.

Coach’s quote: “These young men showed great tenacity with this win. They have been battling some illness and exhaustion simply due to the schedule lately. I’m extremely proud of their commitment to one another to do what it takes to put ourselves in a position to give us a chance to win.” – Brady’s Mike Ling

Records: Bishop Brady 5-2; Mascoma 4-4

Hopkinton 3, Winnisquam 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Corey Breault (2A), Derek West (G), Thomas Hoffman (G), Steven Benson (G), Ian Heck (A), Sam Crawford (2 saves); Winnisquam – Jake Holt (9 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks controlled possession and created ample opportunities in the first half. Benson opened the scoring in the fifth minute after a nice layoff from Breault. West made it 2-0 on a flying header off a Heck corner kick in the 14th minute, and Hoffman’s first varsity goal came in the 35th minute after a slick series of passes that Hoffman himself started near midfield.

Coach’s quote: “Good, solid Homecoming win today against a hard-charging and defensive-minded Winnisquam side.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 5-3-1; Winnisquam 1-7

Girls’ Soccer

Bow 2, John Stark 0

Key players: Bow – Savannah Twombly (A), Megan Remick (G), Miah Munro (A)

Highlights: Twombly played a great cross into the box that led to the game’s first goal. Bow kept up the pressure in the second half and was rewarded with a second goal with four minutes left on the clock. Emma Wilke and Maddi McSweeney combined in goal for the shutout.

Coach’s quote: “The girls were ready to play today. We were moving and passing very well and our defense did a great job dealing with the wind that was in our face in the first half. This was a total-team effort. We are continuing to make strides.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

“Bow is so diverse. You can’t concentrate on one player as they just adapt so well. Jay (Vogt’s) bench is really deep with talented players and he takes full advantage of all their strengths. ... We need to get healthy again. We have played two tough games and have run out of steam in the second half on both. We knew exactly what Bow was going to do but didn’t have the health to stop it in the end.” – Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: Bow 7-1; John Stark 5-2-1

Kearsarge 3, Lebanon 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Hailey Lacombe (A, defense), Taryn Hubley (2G), Jordan Busch (2A), Kaylyn Storozuk (G)

Highlights: Storozuk scored on a sweet header off a corner kick from Busch for Keasrage’s second goal. And the Cougars found the game-winner when Lacombe put a direct kick into the into the 18 where Hubley buried it in the back of the net.

Coach’s quote: “Today’s match was very exciting, back and forth. Hailey Lacombe was an absolute brick wall on defense. The girls rallied as a team today to pull out the win.” – Kearsarge’s Emily Wagaman

Records: Kearsarge 4-3-1; Lebanon 4-3-1

Bishop Brady 3, Hillsboro-Deering 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Sheridan Brummett (3G), Adrienne Brummett (2A), Hannah Hicks (A, defense), Abby Santis (defense), Emily Senko (3 saves); Hillsboro-Deering – Izabella Warren (G), Gracie Atkins (12 saves), Lilly Edsall (defense), Kaylea Davison (defense), Zoe Kemp (midfield), Cassidy Wightman (midfield), Maddie Jones (offense), Halie Hurd (offense)

Highlights: It was a good start and a complete-game effort for the Giants, who got a PK save from Senko as time expired.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good Homecoming win for us and for the senior girls. It was a complete team effort and loved to watch the girls play today.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

“This was the best complete game the girls have played this season, they did a great job of putting pressure on their opponents and transitioned well.” – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: Bishop Brady 8-1; Hillsboro-Deering 3-5

Stevens 1, Hopkinton 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Annie Higginbotham (defense), Ellie Morrall (midfield)

Highlights: Hopkinton lost with one minute to go on a loft kick from Stevens that found its way into the corner of the net.

Coach’s quote: “Tough loss on Homecoming for the girls. Not an easy one to take, especially when we looked more dangerous in attack.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Stevens 8-1-0; Hopkinton 5-3-1

Field Hockey

Kearsarge 1, Lebanon 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Abby Nadeau (G), Jordan Pollard (A), Eliza Cardillo (midfield), Kate Cochran (midfield), Megan Norris (midfield), Brier Roberts (defense)

Highlights: With 10 minutes left in the second half, Nadeau got her stick on a cross from Pollard during an offensive penalty corner for the game’s only goal.

Coach’s quote: “The entire team hustled today and didn’t back down in their fight to earn this win. Lebanon moves the ball well and they are strong competitors, so we had to stay on our game and go all in individually and as a team. It’s great to see their hard work pay off.” – Kearsarge’s Dianne Chadwick

Records: Kearsarge 5-3; Lebanon 5-2

Souhegan 4, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Sydnee Pelletier (14 saves), Olivia Dame (defense), Meg Girardet (offense)

Coach’s quote: “Souhegan has a lot of talented players and they are well-coached. We are still behind the top teams but the program grows a lot every day.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Souhegan 6-1-1; John Stark 2-6

Bishop Brady 6, Laconia 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ashlyn Toupin (2G, A), McKayla Savey (G), Becca Murphy (G), Paige Weir (G), Halle Laramie (G), Emma Windsor (3 saves), Julie Blais (save), Abigial Tremblay (A), McKayla Toupin (assist), Libby Hicks (2A); Laconia – Sierra Keets 19 saves

Highlights: After posting a 3-0 win against Monadnock on Friday, the Giants made it six wins straight to open the season with this shutout effort at Laconia on Saturday morning. Toupin assisted in all three goals on Friday and had a hand in another three against Laconia. The defensive back line of Ariel Bergeron, Abigial Tremblay, Kathryn Weed and McKayla Toupin had another strong game in front of Windsor.

Records: Bishop Brady 6-0-0; Laconia 0-8-0

Hopkinton 2, Stevens 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Thomas (G), Julia Baer (G), Avery Barrett (A), Maddie McCluskey (9 saves)

Highlights: McCluskey saved a penalty stroke in the first half and Chloe Wood played outstanding defense for the Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “Homecoming is always an emotional game. It was great to come away with the win today.” – Hopkinton’s Patty Connolly

Records: Hopkinton 7-1; Stevens 3-3

Girls’ Volleyball

John Stark 3, Pelham 1

Key players: John Stark – Riley Lord (6 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs), Lillian Stogner (9 kills), Brooke Patnode (5 aces, 20 assists), Ila Heino (5 aces), Lucy McGrade (4 aces, 4 digs)

Highlights: John Stark came out strong in front of its Homecoming crowd and dominated the first set, 25-10. The second was tighter, but the Generals pulled away at the end for a 25-18 win. Pelham answered by taking the third, 25-23, but the Generals left no doubt with a 25-13 win in the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “It was great to get every player a good amount of playing time today and pull out the win. Great team effort today.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 4-4; Pelham 1-7