Thursday’s high schools: Concord and Coe-Brown track finish in top 5 at Merrimack Invite, Tide softball improves to 12-0; other area results

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  • Coe-Brown’s Emma Zeblisky throws the javelin at the Merrimack Invitational on Thursday. Zeblisky won with a throw of 107 feet, helping the Bears finish fourth overall among the 15 girls’ teams in attendance. Jay Smith / photographs

  • Concord’s Molly Nyhan (right, 2) leads the pack during the girls’ 1,600 meters at the Merrimack Invitational on Thursday. Nyhan finished second in the race and the Tide girls finished second as a team. Jay Smith / 

Published: 5/13/2022 1:30:05 AM
Girls’ Track

Concord 2nd, Coe-Brown 4th

Key players: Concord – Ayva Mullen (1st triple jump at 36-11, 3rd long jump), Molly Nyhan (2nd 1,600), Shelley Smith (2nd 3,200), Chloe Gudas (3rd 400), Kendall Barton (3rd pole vault), Morgan Doherty (3rd 300 hurdles, 4th 100 hurdles), Abby Goulas (4th 1,600), Katherine Muller (4th 300 hurdles), Katherine Kennedy (4th 3,200), Madeline Muller (4th pole vault), Nydia Lane (5th 400), Alina Pincoske (6th 800), Kelly Mikelson (6th high jump), Kayla Taylor (6th triple jump), Cassie Pfitzenmayer (6th discus); Coe-Brown – Sheldyn Fisher (1st 3,200 in 11:27), Emma Zeblisky (1st javelin at 107-0), Natalie Riley (2nd shot put, 2nd discus), Makena Lee (2nd pole vault), Natalie Sicard (3rd 100 hurdles, 5th triple jump, 6th 300 hurdles), Josephine Malloy (4th pole vault), Ainsley Kilbreth (4th discus), Anushka Chavda (6th 400)

Highlights: The Tide scored well in several events to finish second at the 15-team Merrimack Invitational against some of the best D-I teams in the state. Concord (88.33 points) narrowly finished runner-up to Exeter (96). Pinkerton (91), Coe-Brown (64.33) and Nashua North (47) rounded out the top five. Concord’s 4x400 relay of Ella Goulas, Lane, Gudas and Whitney Vaillant finished third, while Coe-Brown’s 4x100 of Malloy, Alexis Cowan, Chavda and Lee finished fourth.

Pembroke 110, Goffstown 97, Merrimack Valley 91, Bishop Brady 14

Key players: Pembroke – Zoie Wall (1st javelin, 1st 300 hurdles, 3rd 100 hurdles), Kayla Amyot (1st 100, 2nd 200), Natalie Longacre (1st shot put, 2nd javelin), Elizabeth Duchesne (1st 3,200), Maggie Bowes (2nd discus), Camdyn Despres (2nd 100, 3rd 200); MV – Victoria Leak (1st discus, 2nd triple jump), Samantha Kimball (1st 1,600), Elizabeth Barrington (2nd long jump, 2nd high jump, 3rd triple jump), Kendra Davidson (2nd 1,600, 3rd 800), Beatrice Dickinson (2nd shot put, 4th discus), 4x100 (1st); Bishop Brady – Olivia Blanchard (1st 800), Elizabeth McKinney (2nd 800)

Highlights: The Spartans scored well in the sprints, hurdles and throws to win a four-team meet hosted by MV.

Boys’ Track

Coe-Brown 4th, Concord 5th

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jacob Cowan (1st triple jump in 41-1), Wyatt Olofson (3rd javelin), Gavin Demas (3rd 800), Tyler Tkaczyk (3rd 1,600), Lars Hogne (3rd 3,200), Zachary Blades (3rd pole vault), Anders Larson (4th pole vault), Finn Hill (5th pole vault), Matthew Corriveau (5th long jump); Concord John Murphy (1st 1,600 in 4:20.08), Sam Hilts (2nd 1,600 in 4:20.87), Zachary Hooper (2nd 3,200), Luke Champney (3rd long jump, 4th triple jump, 5th high jump), Quinn Marino (5th 200), Jacque Tunguru (6th 100, 6th 200)

Highlights: The Bears finished fourth and were the top Division II team at the 15-team Merrimack Invitational against mostly D-I teams. The 4x400 relay of Demas, Carl Peters, Benjamin Robinson and Corriveau finished third. Concord finished fifth and had two scoring relays – the fourth-place 4x100 (Nate Mullen, Marino, Champney and Tunguru) and the sixth-place 4x400 (Liam Gleason, Marino, Murphy, Hilts). Pinkerton (69 points), Londonderry (65), Nashua North (55), Coe-Brown (54) and Concord (46.5) were the top five team scores.

Goffstown 97, Merrimack Valley 94, Bishop Brady 75, Pembroke 55

Key players: MV – Seth Baylus (1st 100, 1st 200, 1st high jump), Bishow Thapa (1st 400, 2nd high jump), Mychal Reynolds (1st 110 hurdles, 1st pole vault, 2nd 300 hurdles), Tyler Wallace (1st 300 hurdles, 2nd 110 hurdles), 4x400 (1st); Bishop Brady – Joshua Gentchos (1st long jump, 1st triple jump, 2nd 100), Jack Beauchesne (2nd 200, 3rd 100), Nate Steigmeyer (2nd javelin, 3rd 400), Greg Watson (2nd discus, 5th shot put), 4x100 (1st); Pembroke – Jimmy Valotto (1st shot put, 1st discus), Stephen St. Laurent (1st javelin, 4th 200), Gavin Currier (2nd 400, 2nd triple jump)

Highlights: Baylus won three events to lead the Pride to a victory in a four-team meet on MV’s home track.


Concord 13, Timberlane 0

Key players: Concord – Maddy Wachter (1-hit shutout, 13 K, 1 BB), Brooke Wyatt (3-for-4, HR, walk, 3 RBI, 3 runs), Grace MacDonald (grand slam, walk, 5 RBI, 2 runs), Sarah Taylor (2-for-5, run, stolen base), Andie Moreira (2-for-5, double, RBI), Delaney Duford (hit, 2 walks, RBI, run, stolen base; defense), Elizabeth Blinn (hit, RBI, 2 runs), Alison Dupuis (hit, run), Kennedy Craigue (walk, stolen base; defense), Ky Gray (walk, 2 runs), Liv Crawford (run), Quincy Bolduc (walk)

Highlights: Wyatt’s three-run blast over the left-field fence in the top of the first inning set the tone for the Tide. Wachter took a perfect game into the fifth inning, and MacDonald’s grand slam in the sixth sealed the deal.

Coach’s quote: “The team was on point from the first pitch. Delaney called a terrific game behind the plate, and Maddy was lights out. And getting a couple more home runs – and off a quality pitcher – is always special.” – Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 12-0; Timberlane 8-5


Hopkinton 8, Fall Mountain 4

Key players: Hopkinton – Armen Laylagian (3-for-3, 3 RBI), Bryce Charron (2-for-3, RBI; 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 K), Max Aframe (double, 2 RBI)

Highlights: After surrendering a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on three errors, the Hawks scored three in the top of the fifth to regain the lead. Hopkinton loaded the bases with no outs, Colby Boissy squeezed in Laylagian, then Aframe hit a two-run double to the fence to score Bronson Ammann and Jack Morrall. In the top of the sixth, Charron singled to left and was sacrificed to second on a Joe Yanzo bunt. Laylagian doubled in the last Hawk run.

Coach’s quote: “Nice to get the win after a long 1:30 bus ride in 80-plus-degree heat. Also nice to execute a few good plays and beat a quality team.” – Hopkinton’s David Chase

Records: Hopkinton 10-3; Fall Mtn. 8-5

Bow 9, Sanborn 0

Key players: Bow – Ethan Clark (win, 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB), Ethan Gray (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H), Mark Folsom (1 IP, 0 R, 0 H), Kyle Martin (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Evan Provost (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI, 2 runs), Owen Webber (2-for-2, double, RBI), Luke Wilke (hit), Cam Evans (hit), Alex Boisvert (hit)

Highlights: The Falcons exploded for four runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth while the Bow pitching staff combined on a one-hitter.

Coach’s quote: “Guys that were pressing a bit, struggling at the plate, stepped up tonight to contribute to the win.” – Bow assistant Dennis Ordway

Records: Bow 9-3; Sanborn 1-8

Boys’ Lacrosse

Hopkinton 14, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Quinn Whitehead (4 goals, assist, 4 ground balls), Aidan Burns (2 goals, 3 assists, 4 ground balls), Ryan Brown (2 goals, assist, 2-for-2 shooting), Ethan Molnar (2 goals, 5 ground balls), Josh Duval (2 goals), Patrick Buss (goal, assist), Garrett Fitzgerald (2 assists), Steven Reddy (assist, 8 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers), Cam Bassett (4 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers), Nolan Staples-Roy (3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers), John Sullivan (4 ground balls, caused turnover), Eli Standefer (6 saves, 0.857 save %)

Highlights: Hopkinton jumped out to an early lead, making it 7-0 after the first quarter and 10-0 at half. Kearsarge’s offense kept the pressure on, but Hawks keeper Standefer stood strong with a tough defense in front of him to hold the Cougars to one goal.

Coach’s quote: “We were in full form tonight; the team played clean and had good passing and shooting. We made very few adjustments because the boys did such a good job of sticking to the plan and capitalizing on ground balls and scoring opportunities.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Hopkinton 8-1; Kearsarge 4-7

Merrimack Valley 10, Pembroke 7

Key players: MV – Zach Lauren (3 goals, 3 assists), Travis Knouse (3 goals, 2 assists), Aidan Gray (goal, 2 assists), Aidan Miller (3 goals)

Highlights: MV and Pembroke fought in a back-and-forth battle, but the Pride pulled away in the fourth quarter, forcing the Spartans to pull their goalie for the extra attacker to end the game.

Coach’s quote: “I coached under Sean O’Brien (Pembroke’s head coach), I was very aware of the battle we were in for. We knew Pembroke was going to come in strong and well-coached. We tried to prepare best we could and are thankful our team pulled out the victory.” – MV’s Randy Arrant

Records: MV 3-6; Pembroke 1-7

Girls’ Lacrosse

Bow 19, Plymouth 3

Key players: Bow – Alex Larrabee (5 goals, 3 assists), Olivia Selleck (4 goals, assist), Bri Fournier (2 goals), Kendall Murray (2 goals), Kylie McKee (2 goals)

Records: Bow 9-1; Plymouth 0-9

Kearsarge 14, Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough 11

Key players: Kearsarge – Arden Rossi (4 goals, 8 draw controls), Caroline Camp (6 goals, 4 assists, 4 draw controls), Devin Phyllides (goal), Kate Dawson (goal), Val Soule (goal, draw control), Adara Boucher (goal), Paige Hoegler (9 saves), Adison Whitty (defense), Tori Wooten (defense); ILM – Katie Velie (9 goals)

Highlights: Kearsarge played well throughout the game and maintained composure as needed.

Coach’s quote: “Great team win while playing a complete game. We prioritized maintaining possession and positivity throughout 50 minutes of play.” – captains Caroline Camp and Devin Phyllides

Records: Kearsarge 6-5; ILM 5-5

Boys’ Tennis

Kearsarge 9, Moultonborough 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Toby MacLeod (No. 1), Liam Miller (No. 2), Davis West (No. 3), Graham West (No. 4), Thomas Shepherd (No. 5)

Highlights: The Cougars won their 10th match in a row against the shorthanded Panthers, who had to forfeit No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. MacLeod and Miller won at No. 1 doubles, while Bryce Wilmer and Kritsada Panya won at No. 2 doubles.

Records: Kearsarge 10-1; Moultonborough 4-6

Girls’ Tennis

Timberlane 6, Pembroke 3

Key players: Pembroke – Emma Parsons (won 9-7 at No. 1 singles), Sarah Bennett (won 8-5 at No. 2 singles)

Highlights: Parsons and Bennett won the No. 1 doubles match in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2).

Coach’s quote: “Our No. 1 Emma Parsons and No. 2 Sarah Bennett tried to carry the team by winning their singles and double matches. Timberlane had more depth than PA.” – Pembroke’s David W. Goulet

Records: Timberlane 3-10; Pembroke 1-10

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