High schools: CHS freshman leads Alpine boys’ team to victory

Monitor staff
Saturday, January 13, 2018

The air felt like spring, and the snow conditions allowed for just one slalom run, but that was all the Concord High boys’ Alpine team needed on Friday at Mount Sunapee.

The Crimson Tide swept the top three spots, and had six skiers in the top nine places to finish first in the five-team event with 391 points. Exeter, which had skiers finish 4-5-6, was second with 380 points. Dover (352) took third, followed by Manchester Central (345) and Winnacunnet (342).

Freshman Kevin McDonough led the way for Concord, finishing first overall in 30.72 seconds. He was followed by senior Shane Hyland (second, 31.35) and his older brother, junior Sean McDonough (third, 32.26).

Senior Aidan MacWhinnie (seventh, 35.14) was the fourth scorer for the Tide, although it was very nearly freshman Neil Shea (eighth, 35.22) in that final scoring position. Concord junior Liam Devanny finished ninth in 36.09 and senior Daniel Loosigian was 13th in 39.39.

On the girls’ side, Concord finished second out of six teams with 370 points. Exeter, led by overall winner Kelsey Moores (37.07), was first with 382 points. Manchester Memorial (348 points) wound up third and Dover (347) was fourth. Central has just three female skiers on the slalom course and was fifth with a total of 264 points. Winnacunnet had just one skier who finished the course, but that was Charlotte Grippo at second overall in 37.13.

Concord’s lone senior, Ella Fabozzi, had the best run of the day for the Tide, finishing in 38.86 to take fifth place. Junior Grace Devanny was right behind her in sixth (39.08). Junior Sophia Shea (11th, 42.60) and sophomore Fabi McLeod (13th, 44.31) rounded out the scoring for Concord, and junior Mayanna Llewelyn finished 14th in 46.25.


Merrimack 49, Concord 29

Key players: Concord – Brighid Weeden (10 points), Ashley Kelley (9 points), Jordyn Lengle (9 points), Caitlyn Kelley (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide trailed by six at halftime and continued to play hard, but Merrimack had a 12-point lead to start the fourth quarter. The deficit forced Concord to take some chances defensively late in the game and Merrimack was able to capitalize on it.

Coach’s quote: “Thursday night’s (one-point loss) against Exeter drained us mentally, physically and emotionally. Tonight I was interested to see if we could be resilient and continue to put forth a good effort, and I thought we did. Our girls did a nice job making adjustments, and executing sets out of timeouts. I’m proud to see us continuing to grow and being conscious of our effort level. We are close, we will continue to battle.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Merrimack 6-3; Concord 1-6

Bishop Brady 59, Kingswood 43

Key players: Bishop Brady – Lauren Roy (18 points, 6 rebounds), Sarah Doherty (16 points, 5 assists), Halle Laramie (9 points), Marissa Payne (6 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Laramie had the hot hand early in the first quarter and the senior duo of Roy and Doherty provided solid leadership.

Coach’s quote: “We played strong at the start of both halves, playing with intensity and confidence. There were some questionable lapses on defense and we missed a few key shots, but fought through and managed the game well.” – Bishop Brady’s Annie Alosa

Records: Bishop Brady 4-3; Kingswood 3-4

Gilford 39, Berlin 32

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (13 points, 4 steals, 4 assists), Shelby Cole (10 points), Abby O’Connor (8 points), Lauren Dean (6 points), Hannah Perkins (8 rebounds), Olivia Harris (2 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Eagles overcame a poor night of shooting to post their fifth straight victory.

Records: Gilford 5-2; Berlin 2-7

Raymond 43, Hillsboro-Deering 30

Key players: H-D – Halie Hurd (12 points, 7 rebounds), Morgan Racine (8 points), Erin Dean (12 blocks, 8 rebounds), Kenley Moriaty (10 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats led after the first quarter and trailed 18-17 at halftime, but the Rams hit three 3s in a row in the third quarter to open up the lead. H-D stayed competitive, but couldn’t cut the deficit to single digits.

Coach’s quote: “Unfortunately we weren’t able to come away with a win tonight. We had the game within reach at halftime but when Raymond started to hit shots it put the game just out of reach for us.” – H-D’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Raymond 2-7; H-D 0-9

Hopkinton 46, Conant 33

Key players: Hopkinton – Abby Houston (14 points, 12 rebounds), Taylor Signor (7 points, 4 assists), Ellie Owen (7 points, key steal)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks soared to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “This was a big win against a good team. A strong defensive effort and balanced scoring were our strengths tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Patrick Roye

Records: Hopkinton 7-2; Conant 6-4

Newfound 58, White Mountains 39

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (19 points, 22 rebounds), Savanna Bony (16 points), Leah Bunnell (10 points), Bailey Fairbank (7 points), Madi Dalphonse (5 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans, 20-6, behind a strong showing off the bench from Jasmine Peterson (seven assists).

Coach’s quote: “The bench came up big tonight, pitching in with 17 points.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 8-1; White Mtns. 5-3

Monadnock 77, Winnisquam 45

Key players: Winnisquam – Meg Cote (17 points, 4 assists, 3 steals), Megan Goodridge (11 points), Makenzie Snow (11 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears showed improvement, but fell to the first-place Huskies. Monadnock had a 37-17 lead at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “We did some things offensively that we hadn’t done all year. Monadnock is just really good. I’m really proud of the effort we put out.” – Winnisquam’s Jordan Richardson

Records: Monadnock 9-0; Winnisquam 1-8

St. Thomas 60, Belmont 49

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (23 points), Makenzie Donovan (9 points), Molly Sottak (5 points), Jordan Sargent (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont trailed by 10 going into the fourth quarter, but went on a run sparked by Sottak, who scored all five of her points in the fourth, to pull within two points with about five minutes left on the clock. St. Thomas extended its lead from there and then hit its free throws down the stretch for the final 11-point margin.

Records: Belmont 2-5; St. Thomas 5-3