Thursday’s high schools: Bow, Kearsarge tennis teams advance; Concord softball locks up top seed

Published: 05-26-2023 1:42 AM

D-II Boys’ Tennis

No. 2 Bow 9, No. 7 Souhegan 0

Key players: Bow – Dominik Jurcins (8-3 win at No. 1), Cy Yvars (8-5 win at No. 2), Ben Rondeau (8-4 win at No. 3), Sam Fauteux (8-0 win at No. 5), Aaron Barrieau, Trevor Abel

Highlights: The Falcons swept the Sabers to advance to the Division II semifinals. Bow will host No. 3 Oyster River on Monday.

Coach’s quote: “The boys showed up today for a big win.” – Bow’s Jay Yvars

Records: Bow 13-2; Souhegan 7-8

D-III Boys’ Tennis

No. 2 Kearsarge 9, No. 7 Trinity 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Liam Miller, Davis West, Thomas Shepherd, Graham West, Eli Whipple, Billy Reid.

Highlights: Six Cougar players won both their singles and doubles matches as Kearsarge punched its ticket to the Division III semifinals. The Cougars will host No. 3 Gilford on Monday.

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Records: Kearsarge 15-0; Trinity 7-8

D-II Girls’ Tennis

No. 8 Bow 9, No. 9 Timberlane 0

Key players: Bow – Jaden Glace (8-0 win at No. 1), Katie McCabe (8-1 win at No. 3)

Highlights: Missing their typical No. 5 player due to an injury, Maddie Kiniry and Maddy Desrosiers both had to move up a spot in singles and came away with 8-2 and 8-3 wins. Glace and McCabe set the tone early with strong wins, and Grace Modzeleski (8-2) and Sudy Chakraborty (8-3) also won in singles in Thursday’s preliminary round match. Bow advances to the quarterfinals against No. 1 Oyster River.

Records: No. 8 Bow 9-6; No. 9 Timberlane 5-10

D-III Girls’ Tennis

No. 6 Lebanon 5, No. 11 Bishop Brady 4

Key players: Bishop Brady – Laura Yap (8-5 win at No. 2), Maddie Cole-Tucker (8-0 win at No. 3), Berta Paniego-Hernandez (8-4 win at No. 5)

Highlights: Anya Koshy was up 6-3 in No. 1 singles, but Lebanon came back to draw even at 6-6 and eventually took the No. 1 singles match, 9-7. Yap and Cole-Tucker won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Giants into the D-III quarterfinals.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls fought so hard and all elevated their games. So fun to watch.” – Bishop Brady’s Rebecca Killinger

Records: Lebanon 10-5; Bishop Brady 6-9


Concord 4, Salem 2

Key players: Concord – Kryslin Stearns (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI), Andie Moreira (2-for-3, double, RBI, run), Sarah Taylor (hit, run), Kennedy Craigue (hit, RBI, run), Brooke Wyatt (hit), Delaney Duford (run), Maddy Wachter (win, 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 K) Salem — Madeline Beeley (HR), Emersen Poulin (2 H), Ava McNamara (2 hits; 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 6 K)

Highlights: Concord broke out for three runs in the first and played error-free ball to secure the top seed and a first-round bye for the upcoming D-I tournament. Taylor, a junior, rapped her 100th career hit. The Tide finished the regular season with victories against five top-nine teams over the last two weeks.

Coach’s quote: “We had a rugged schedule to close the regular season which has us starting to hit our stride. This game definitely took on a playoff feel, and there’s a good chance we could meet Salem again in the playoffs.” – Concord assistant Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 17-1; Salem 14-3

Berlin 7, Bishop Brady 2

Key players: Bishop Brady  – Kimble Rose (fielding)

Highlights: The Giants had a rough fifth inning, making too many mistakes and allowing too many runs to overcome.

Coach’s quote: “This was a game we needed. We didn’t get it. Coming down the stretch that one inning killed us.” – Bishop Brady’s Shane Baron

Records: Berlin 8-8; Bishop Brady 6-10


Bow 5, Pembroke 3

Key players: Bow – Ethan Gray (4 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 BB), Nate Kiah (win, 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K), Jake Reardon (2-for-4, RBI), Owen Webber (RBI single, run), Brady Lover (2-for-3, run), Luke Wilke (1-for-3, RBI single, run), Calen Smith (RBI sacrifice fly), Zach Cross (1-for-2, double, run), Cam Evans (1-for-4, run); Pembroke – Landon Pearson (6.2 IP), Evan Laventhrew 6.2 innings for the Spartans.  Evan Lavenskie had two of the Spartan runs, while Stewart plated the other.  PA hits were by Pearson, Devin Riel and Logan Sarrasin.

Highlights: The Spartans led 3-0 through four innings, but the Falcons scored single runs in the fifth and sixth before rallying for three runs in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. Webber and Wilke hit RBI singles, and Smith’s sacrifice fly brought home the three runs in the final frame.

Coach’s quote: “Great come-from-behind win to end our regular season. Pembroke kept us off balance at the plate in the early innings, but we regained our focus in the late innings. Everyone did their job in the seventh to take the lead and the win. Gray and Kiah kept the game close, allowing only three hits. Hosting a first round tournament game will depend on the results of the remaining games in the division.” – Bow assistant Dennis Ordway

Records: Bow 10-6; Pembroke 5-11

Bishop Brady 12, Berlin 0, 5 inn.

Key players: Bishop Brady  – Charlie Bolnick (win, 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K), Andy Hunton (2 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBI, stolen base), Winn Thomas (3 hits, 2 RBI, run stolen base), Owen Thornton (double, 2 runs, stolen base), John McKerley (2 walks, 2 runs)

Highlights: After scoring one run in the top of the first, the Giants’ offense exploded for four more in the second and six in the bottom of third to put the game out of reach behind Bolnick’s pitching

Coach’s quote: “Charlie pitched a great game and we played great defense behind him today. Again, we grinded out a lot of at bats and put up double digits in the run column.” – Bishop Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Bishop Brady 14-1; Berlin 3-13

Girls’ Lacrosse

Merrimack Valley 11, Kennett 8

Key players: MV – Alyssa Brodeur (5 goals), Abbey Thompson (3 goals), Abby Forbes (2 goals), Kaiya Mercier (goal)

Highlights: The Pride played hard defense and set up some nice plays on attack. Kennett’s aggressive defense forced MV’s offense to make unforced errors, but the Pride were patient and composed enough to seal the win.

Coach’s quote: “I am very proud of the way we played last night. It was a great win on senior night.” – MV’s Kylee Yam

Records: MV 8-6; Kennett 6-7