High schools: Bow boys’ lax opens season by beating defending champs Laconia; plus more lax, tennis, track and softball results

Published: 04-11-2023 11:38 PM

Boys’ Lacrosse

Bow 10, Laconia 4

Key players: Bow – Brodie O’Neil (2 goals, 2 assists), Gavin McCabe (4 goals, assist), Will Bennett (goal, 2 assists), Canyon Batchelder (goal, assist), Ryan McCabe (goal, assist), Ben Berube (goal), Hollis Jones (won 6 of 10 faceoffs, assist), Jake Antuna (won 4 of 6 faceoffs), Brad Ekstrom (8 saves, first career varsity win), Owen Walton (defense), Patrick Wachsmuth (defense)

Highlights: The Falcons made a statement in their first game in Division III, knocking off the defending champion Sachems. Bow scored on the opening faceoff on a goal from O’Neil, assisted by Jones. The Falcons jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Laconia got on the board in the second quarter. The Bow defense was strong all game, led by Walton and Wachsmuth.

Coach’s quote: “All the credit goes to the players. The players are the ones out there between the lines executing. We have some pretty good players. Really happy for these guys.” – Bow’s Devin Calkins

Records: Bow 1-0; Laconia 0-1

Coe-Brown 10, Hopkinton 9, OT

Key players: Hopkinton – Lincoln Wilson (2 goals, assist, 4 ground balls), Patrick Buss (2 goals, assist), Gavin Davies (2 goals, assist), John Despres (goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls), Steven Reddy (8 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers), Cam Bassett (4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers), Brayden Crawford (3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers)

Highlights: The Hawks and Bears didn’t relent their attack in a back-and-forth season-opener, with Coe-Brown taking a 6-4 lead at halftime and increasing it to 8-4 heading into the fourth. Hopkinton clawed their way back into the game, tying it 9-9 with 19 seconds left to force overtime. The Bears set a low pick for a dodger to find a goal right on the doorstep.

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Coach’s quote: “We made some nice plays, but need to tighten a few things up moving forward. We did a great job keeping pace with a deep and athletic Coe-Brown team. Our players kept it positive and showed a lot of mental fortitude by making a huge comeback in the fourth.” – Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; Hopkinton 0-1

Girls’ Lacrosse

Kearsarge 15, Campbell 3

Key players: Kearsarge – Nadia Spiegel (4 goals), Adison Whitty (7 draw controls, interceptions and ground ball wins, 2 goals, 3 assists), Tori Wooten (caused turnovers on defense), Ocie Ilg (2 goals), Addyson Rossi (2 goals), Adara Boucher (2 goals), Val Soule (goal, 3 assists), Leah Stone (goal), Ella Dumais (goal); Campbell – Kristina Castellano (captain), Rania Chaudhry (8 saves)

Highlights: Eight different players scored for Kearsarge, who played a complete game with intensity, avenging last year’s double OT loss to Campbell.

Coach’s quote: “Hustle, heart and teamwork were on display today for the first game of the 2023 season. Score does not reflect the hardworking Campbell girls’ lacrosse program.” – Kearsarge’s Katherine Bucklin Stearns

Records: Kearsarge 1-0; Campbell 0-1

Girls’ Tennis

Spaulding 9, Concord 0

Key players: Concord – Grace Ferguson, Madie Mikkelsen, Alex Grappone, Rosie Curry

Highlights: Ferguson, Mikkelsen and Katherine Tewksbury battled in their matches for a long time.

Coach’s quote: “I see racquet prep, recovery to center tee, and proper service motion from players who could not do these things in matches last year. Lots of assertive score calling and doubles communication.” – Concord’s Greg Malette

Records: Spaulding 1-1; Concord 1-1

Kearsarge 6, Pelham 3

Key players: Kearsarge – Tori Montagna (8-3 win at No. 1), Anela Branco (8-3 win at No. 2), Kelsey Kane (8-2 win at No. 4), Madelin Prak (9-8, 7-3 win at No. 5), Kira Guant (8-4 win at No. 6), Branco and Kane (9-8, 10-6 win at No. 2 doubles)

Highlights: The Cougars faced their toughest test of the season, battling the Pythons in a match that lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes with two tiebreakers.

Coach’s quote: “It was a full on battle of mental toughness today. Every match, every point, every breath. It was in the balance as we had to come back in multiple matches to hold onto the win. I’m so proud of the girls. They showed true grit battling into the darkness.” – Kearsarge’s Jay Stadler

Records: Kearsarge 3-0; Pelham 2-1

Boys’ Track

Coe-Brown 121, Milford 70, Merrimack Valley 47, St. Thomas 24 ,

Key players: Coe-Brown – Matt Corriveau (1st 200, 1st high jump, 1st long jump), Zachary Bistany (1st discus, 2nd shot put), Wyatt Olofson (1st javelin, 2nd pole vault), Jamie Lano (1st 800), Nikhil Chavda (1st 1,600), Zachary Blades (1st pole vault), Cameron Lee (2nd 110 hurdles, 2nd javelin, 3rd triple jump), Bryce Sartin (2nd triple jump, 3rd long jump), Elias Warner (2nd discus, 3rd shot put); MV – Tyler Wallace (1st 110 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles), Nick Ogelsby (2nd 100, 2nd high jump, 2nd long jump), Bishow Thapa (1st 400)

Highlights: The Bears won eight of 17 events, including three individual victories from Corriveau in Coe-Brown’s season-opening meet on its home track. Corriveau also ran a leg of the winning 4x400 with Demas, Benjamin Robinson and Lano. MV had the runner-up 4x400 of Marshall Carey-Matthews, Beckett Rose, Wallace and Thapa.

Coach’s quote: “Great early season effort by the boys’ team, with leadership from senior captains leading the way.” – MV’s Dyrace Maxfield

Girls’ Track 

Coe-Brown 149.5, Milford 37, Merrimack Valley 30, St. Thomas 25.5

Key players: Coe-Brown – Anushka Chavda (1st 100, 1st 200), Natalie Sicard (1st 100 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles, 2nd triple jump), Josephine Malloy (1st triple jump, 2nd long jump), Madeleine Grenier (1st discus, 3rd shot put), Sheldyn Fisher (1st 800), Shannon Ross (1st pole vault), Sadie Scruton (1st shot put), Annika Gunderson (1st javelin), Samantha Perron (1st 1,600), Emma Larson (1st 3,200), Anissa Thorne (2nd 300 hurdles, 3rd high jump, 4th long jump); MV – Victoria Leak (1st long jump, 3rd javelin, 3rd 100 hurdles, 3rd discus), Lily Moser (3rd 300 hurdles), Jada Lucas (4th 100), Kiera Cote (4th high jump)

Highlights: The Bears won 14 of 17 events, including both relays, for a commanding season-opening victory on their home track. MV also did well in the relays, with Sydney Spack, Trinity Delaney, Madison Geddes and Moser finishing second in the 4x400, and Bailey Burdick, Geddes, Lucas and Moser finishing third in the 4x100.

Coach’s quote: “Very good performances from a young team, especially in the relays. ” – MV’s Dyrace Maxfield


Coe-Brown 8, ConVal 2

Key players: Coe-Brown – Madi DeCota (3-for-4; 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 15 K), Emma Broadstone (2 hits, double), Jayden Porter (2 hits, double), Courtney Thomas (2 hits, double), Annie Jerome (1-for-3, double, 3 RBI)

Highlights: The Bears pulled away in the fourth inning to secure a season-opening victory on Monday. DeCota had a leadoff single, followed doubles from Thomas and Jerome, with Audrey Perron’s two-out single giving Coe-Brown the lead.

Coach’s quote: “A slow and sluggish start, but I’m real proud of how the girls stayed focused and played solid Coe-Brown softball after that.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Allis

Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; ConVal 0-1