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High schools: Coe-Brown cross country continues perfect start to season

  • Coe-Brown’s Abby O’Connor runs to victory during the homecoming race in Northwood on Saturday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Coe-Brown’s Abby O’Connor runs to victory during the homecoming race in Northwood on Saturday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Coe-Brown’s Sheldyn Fisher make her way through the course on Saturday during the homecoming race in Northwood. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Coe-Brown’s Luke Tkaczyk (351) and Aidan Cox (331) run to the finish line during the homecoming race in Northwood on Saturday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Coe-Brown’s Carter Sylvester (348) and Wyatt Mackey (341) run during the homecoming race in Northwood on Saturday. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 9/14/2019 10:46:13 PM

It’s still early in the season, but it would be hard to bet against the Coe-Brown cross country teams defending their titles at this point.

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams maintained their perfect starts to the season by sweeping their homecoming races on Saturday in Northwood, defeating Bow and Portsmouth with perfect scores of 15 points each and sweeping the top eight spots in both races.

Senior Abby O’Connor won the girls’ 5K in 20 minutes and 39 seconds, followed by star freshmen Sheldyn Fisher (21:01) and Mallory Taylor (21:17) in second and third.

Amelia Edmonds (21:33), Tessa Millette (21:35), Samantha Lemay (21:41), Miranda Compton (22:24) and freshman Mary Joy (22:31) claimed fourth through eighth place before the first runner not wearing a Bears uniform crossed the line.

Portsmouth (58) was second while Bow (67) was third.

Freshmen Maya Brochu (10th, 22:47), Delia Brochu (12th, 22:57) and Susanna Zahn (19th, 23:55) led the Falcons, while Tory Burke (24:04) and Louisa Carey (24:22) finished 21st and 22nd to round out Bow’s scoring.

Coe-Brown was just as dominant on the boys’ side, with junior Luke Tkaczyk (16:30) breaking the tape just ahead of freshman Aidan Cox (16:31).

Carter Sylvester (17:02), Dawson Dubois (17:03), Logan Mihelich (17:06), Wyatt Mackey (17:10), Patrick Hill (17:16) and Lars Hogne (17:26) took third through eighth place.

Bow (59) topped Portsmouth (66) for second place, with Colin Lessard (ninth, 17:37), Ben Neff (10th, 17:48), Gabe Neff (12th, 18:11), Adem Aricanli (19th, 19:08) and Matt Cardarelli (24th, 19:41) scoring for the Falcons.

While Coe-Brown is undefeated through two victories on its home course (both the boys’ and girls’ teams defeated D-II rivals Oyster River in a dual meet in their season openers), the Bears will face one of their biggest tests next weekend on Sept. 21 at the Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park.

The Manchester Invitational will feature more than 50 teams that represent the majority of NHIAA opponents, plus some of the strongest programs from across New England.

Girls’ Cross Country

Concord 1st
at Nashua North Invitational

Key players: Concord – Morgane Orcutt (3rd, 19:17), Sophie Hopkins (8th, 19:39), Molly Nyhan (12th, 20:08), Katie Watt (18th, 20:24), Abby Goulas (19th, 20:33), Alexis Christie (21st, 20:41), Serena Britos (29th, 21:24), Katherine Kennedy (33rd, 21:35), Gracie McHugh (48th, 22:44)

Highlights: The Tide captured the 10-team Nashua North Invitational at Mines Falls, running with four freshmen as varsity runners. Concord’s score of 60 points topped runner-up Bedford (85), third-place Nashua South (90) and the rest of the field that included mostly Division I teams. Orcutt, a junior, was the top Tide finisher, but the next two Concord finishers – Hopkins and Nyhan – were both freshmen, while classmates Christie and McHugh also had strong races. Nashua South’s Cali Coffin won the 5K in 18:37.

Boys’ Cross Country

Concord 2nd
at Nashua North Invitational

Key players: Concord – Eben Bragg (3rd, 15:58), Ryan Devine (8th, 16:19), David Cook (10th, 16:21), Brayden Kearns (13th, 16:21), John Murphy (23rd, 17:05)

Highlights: The Tide lost by a single point to Londonderry, 50-51, to finish second at the Nashua North Invitational at Mines Falls, despite placing eight runners in the top 28 compared to Londonderry’s best six in the top 33. Pinkerton (60) finished third in the 13-team field.

Boys’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 4, Kingswood 0

Key players: MV – Logan Cassin (2G, A), Coby Mercier (G), Gavin Wheeler (G), Griffin Wheeler (A), Jack Davis (midfield), Matt Renfor (midfield)

Highlights: The first-place Pride scored two goals in each half, including Gavin Wheeler’s first career varsity goal in the second half off an assist from his brother Griffin Wheeler.

Coach’s quote: “We played well and possessed the ball a great deal of the game. I was happy to see us move the ball around and create many opportunities. We have things to work on as we get ready for a tough Milford team.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 5-0; Kingswood 0-5

Coe-Brown 7, Kennett 1

Highlights: Kennett tied the game, 1-1, early on, but the Bears dominated the rest of the game on homecoming weekend.

Coach’s quote: “Our entire team performed well today, which was a nice response to our last game. We were able to give different guys opportunities to showcase their efforts and abilities which helps with our experience and adaptability down the road.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Coe-Brown 3-3; Kennett 1-5

Kearsarge 2, Stevens 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Parker Root (G), Nate St. Pierre (G), Evan Miller (A), Adam Reeve (A)

Highlights: Root scored in the second half on a diving header off a cross from Miller and St. Pierre scored on a long-range shot off a pass from Reeve to lift the Cougars to a victory on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “I think the team came out a little flat in the first half. We brought a bit more energy to the second half and eventually found our way to the net. I was happy with passing and position. It was a solid game.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 3-1-1; Stevens 1-4-0

Girls’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 5, Kingswood 0

Key players: MV – Alyssa Woodman (2G), Rhiley Tanguay (G), Miah Boucher (G), Kaylee Magoon (G, A), Hayley Kenney (A), Lauren Pettingill (A), Elizabeth Philbrook (defense)

Highlights: The Pride scored two goals in the first 10 minutes on breakaways from Tanguay and Woodman, and Boucher converted a rebound on a penalty kick right before halftime for a 3-0 Pride lead. Magoon scored 30 seconds into the second half and Woodman scored her second goal of the match 10 minutes later for MV’s first win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We did a nice job converting on some chances today and generating some attack. Defensively we stayed organized and limited chances on the counter.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: MV 1-3; Kingswood 1-4

Belmont 4, Fall Mountain 0

Key players: Belmont – Sierra Bourque (G, 2A), Rebecca Fleming (G, A), Katie Gagnon (2A), Lena Rodrigues (G), Kaily Gerbig (G), Sana Syed (defense), Morgan Hall (defense), Courtney Burke (defense), Deana Bourque (defense), Emma Cochran (shutout)

Highlights: Fleming and Rodrigues scored in the 21st and 23rd minutes, respectively, to give the Raiders a 2-0 halftime lead. Syed, Hall, Burke and Deana Bourque anchored the defense in front of keeper Cochran, who earned the shutout on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “Great team win. It was nice to see the work the kids are putting in practice come together tonight.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 2-1-1; Fall Mtn. 1-3-1

White Mountains 5,
Hillsboro-Deering 4

Key players: H-D – Abbie Johnson (2G), Emily Howell (G, A), Abby VonDette (G), Kendra Warren (A), Maggie Carter (A)

Highlights: The Hillcats fell on the road to the Spartans on Friday night.

Records: White Mtns. 3-1; H-D 2-2

Field Hockey

Berlin 9, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Jasmyn Long (30 saves), Raynah LaBrecque (defense), Elizabeth Guillotte (defense), Leila Gerard (offense), Alyssa Cornell (offense), Hannah Oltman (offense), Danyelle Hines (offense)

Highlights: Gerard had some breakaway attempts and Oltman had a couple good shots on goal in Friday night’s loss.

Records: Berlin 2-1; Franklin 0-4

Girls’ Volleyball

Winnisquam 3, Raymond 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Gabby Isabelle (14 kills, 5 digs), Emma Richardson (6 kills, 2 digs, 6 aces), Chloe Colarusso (20 assists, 11 aces), Olivia Dill (6 digs, 3 assists), Hanna Honeman (3 kills, block)

Highlights: Colarusso had nine aces, Richardson had three aces and Isabelle had five kills to lead the Bears to a dominating 25-2 opening-set victory. Winnisquam led 20-7 in the second set before Raymond came back to cut the lead to 20-13, but the Bears eventually came out with a 25-14 victory. The Rams kept it close early in the third set as well, only trailing the Bears, 10-8. Dill had a strong service run and Winnisquam closed out the set, 25-11, to cap Friday night’s victory.

Coach’s quote: “This was a nice win on the road. The team is starting to get more comfortable as new players work into their new roles.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 2-0; Raymond 1-1

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