High Schools: D-III track championship delayed by weather with just 2 events left  

  • Kearsarge's Berhan Kidane competes at the 2021 Division III boys' track & field championships on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Gilford High School. Kearsarge trailed Newport by four points when the meet was suspended after 16 of 18 events due to thunderstorms. The final two events, triple jump and high jump, will be completed on Saturday. Kidane is one of three competitors left in the high jump and is also still competing in the triple jump, as is Newport’s Marius Edwards. Kidane did finish third in the long jump. BEN CONANT—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Kearsarge's JJ Davis readies himself at the start of the 400 meters on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Gilford High School. Davis was first in the 400, second in the long jump and third in the 100 for the Cougars, who trailed Newport by four points when the meet was suspended after 16 of 18 events due to thunderstorms. The final two events, triple jump and high jump, will be completed on Saturday. BEN CONANT—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow's Barrie Guertin (left) keeps her eye on the ball during a girls' lacrosse game in Hopkinton on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. JEFF SULLIVAN—SullivanEventPhotography.com

  • Bow's Makayla Murray shoots and scores during a girls' lacrosse game in Hopkinton on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The game between the top two teams in Division III was suspended with six minutes to play, but Bow was leading, 12-9, and given the win. JEFF SULLIVAN—SullivanEventPhotography.com

  • Hopkinton's Annie Higginbotham shoots and scores during a girls' lacrosse game in Hopkinton on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The game between the top two teams in Division III was suspended with six minutes to play, but Bow was leading, 12-9, and given the win. JEFF SULLIVAN—SullivanEventPhotography.com

  • Concord Christian junior Shane Wang competes in the long jump on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the Division III track & field championship at Gilford High School. Wang won the long jump with a distance of 21 feet, 5.25 inches, just 5.25 inches off of the D-III record. He was also winning the triple jump when the meet was paused. BEN CONANT—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 5/27/2021 11:21:45 AM

The Kearsarge boys’ track team waited two years to defend its Division III title, and now the Cougars will have to wait a little longer.

With 16 of the 18 events completed, Kearsarge trailed Newport by 14 points, 64-50, in Wednesday’s championship meet at Gilford High School before severe thunderstorms forced the meet to pause, and then get postponed to Saturday.

The high jump and triple jump will be completed on Saturday at Pelham High School, which will be hosting the D-II championships. Senior Berhan Kidane is one of three high jumpers remaining, guaranteeing the Cougars at least six more points towards their team score in that event. 

Kidane is also competing in the triple jump, along with Newport’s Marius Edwards (winner in the discus and second in the javelin), which could also affect the scores and placement of the top two teams.

Kearsarge junior JJ Davis won the 400 meters in 51.58 seconds, finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet even and finished third in the 100 in 11.54 seconds to account for 24 of the 50 points accrued so far. Kidane finished third in the long jump (19-10), seniors Jacob Poltack (second pole vault) and Will Del Giudice (tied third pole vault) both cleared 10 feet in the pole vault, senior William Walker finished third in the 110 hurdles (17.72 seconds) and junior Gavin Garzia finished sixth in the 1,600 (5:00) to round out the scoring.

Concord Christian junior Shane Wang won the long jump in 21-5.25, just 5.25 inches off of the D-III record, and was winning the triple jump when the meet was paused.

Bishop Brady senior Joey Bergeron finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 43-3.5 and the young 4x100 relay of freshmen Joshua Gentchos, Nicholas Brown, Alan Yap, and sophomore Jack Beauchesne finished sixth.

Hopkinton freshman Ben Daniels finished fifth in the 1,600 in 4:59 and also ran a leg on the fifth-place 4x800 relay with freshman Matt Clarner and seniors Michael Eggers-Emerson and Ryan Graham.

Monadnock (48 points), Conant (41) and hosts Gilford (30) round out the top five teams so far, with Concord Christian (tied 17th, 10), Bishop Brady (tied 23rd, five) and Hopkinton (tied 25th, four) rounding out the area teams competing.

Girls' Lacrosse

Bow 12, Hopkinton 9

Key players: BowHopkinton — Rose Finlayson (3 goals, assist), Annie Higginbotham (2 goals, assist), Hannah Hoyt (2 goals), Katie Brown (goal), Katelyn Bouchard (goal, good defense), Ana Miller (12 saves), Olivia Cressy (good defense)

Highlights: Hopkinton took early lead, but Bow was in front by three goals going into halftime. The Game was called with just under six minutes to go due to weather with Bow getting the win.

Coach's quote: “I have to give it to Bow. Excellent team with speed, aggression, great passing, smart plays, etc. I really like the way coach Raabe has organized her team to be a very strong on all sides of the ball. The Hawks have a lot of work to do to counter with what we saw today.” — Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Bow 11-0; Hopkinton 8-2

Baseball

Concord 4, Keene 1

Key players: Concord — Jonah Wachter (3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K; double, RBI), Tyler Wright (2.1 IP, W, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K; double, RBI, run), Donny Cote (1 IP, save), Ryan Philbrick (hit, two walks, run), Ryan Kastle (run), Nate Wachter (run)

Highlights: This one was scoreless going into the bottom of the fifth. That’s when Kastle drew a lead off walk, stole second and started a rally that led to all four Tide runs on two wild pitches, three walks and two doubles. Concord opens the playoffs at home on Monday at 1 p.m. against Goffstown.

Coach's quote: “We got great pitching today from Jonah, Tyler and Donny and played great defense. Keene had the bases loaded with no one out and we were able to turn a 1-2-3 double play and then two pitches later picked the runner of second to end it. Great defense by us to seal the victory. Proud of our guys and their work ethic this year.” — Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 13-5; Keene 9-7

Softball

Concord 15, Keene 0, suspended

Key players: Concord — Elizabeth Blinn (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI), Grace MacDonald (3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 K; 2-for-4, RBI), Maddy Wachter (1 IP, 0 H, 2 K; hit, HBP, 3 RBI), Delaney Duford (3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Alice Rosenberg (3-for-3, BB, 2 doubles, 3 runs, RBI), Sarah Taylor (2-for-4, double, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Anna Gaby (hit, run, SAC), Lillian Rienstra (hit), Kennedy Ramos (2 HBP, 2 runs), Jaelyn Kelleher (run), Olivia Crawford (run)

Highlights: Concord was one out (two strikes) away from ending it by the run rule when the game was halted and called off because of lightning. The result will not count and the game will not be made up.

Coach's quote: “It’s a shame we couldn’t have played that final out, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s okay because wins and losses in the regular season don’t matter this year. It’s great seeing the offense explode like that, and Blinn’s homers were no-doubters the instant they left the bat.” — Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 13-2; Keene 10

Youth baseball

Jack Sheppard threw a no-hitter for Concord Little League’s Davis & Towle in a 5-0 win against Rath & Young. Ian Mamos had a hit and played well in the field for Davis & Towle, while Will Simms pitched well for Rath & Young. Davis & Towle also got a complete-game pitching performance from Brody Rosetti in a 4-1 win against Kiwanis, which got solid pitching from Kolt Gaudrault and Luke Bedard. Rhys Craigue had two hits in that one to lead the Davis & Towle offense.

Bash Valence, Thad Barnhart and Zach Slayton powered a late rally to help The Rowley Agency Hot Rods beat the South Mane Barbershop Tin Caps, 6-5, in a Bow Youth Baseball Rookie Division game. Finn Frost, Ethan Cutting, Corbin Carberry and Bentley Shumway led the South Mane offense.

Learn to Row

In celebration of National Learn to Row Day, Concord Crew will be holding an open house and free rowing experience on June 5 at the Crew boathouse (behind Everett Arena) for middle and high school students interested in rowing. No experience is necessary. Take a tour of the boathouse, talk to rowers, Board members and coaches, try out a rowing machine or jump in a boat.




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