High Schools: Concord golf swings for second in D-I championship

Monitor staff
Published: 10/21/2020 6:17:15 PM

The Concord golf team has been posting low numbers all fall, so the Crimson Tide didn’t want to change a thing at Tuesday’s Division I championships.

“We knew that if everybody could shoot what they had been shooting for their average for the season that we’d be in really good shape and finish in the top three,” Concord coach Mark McDonough said. “And that’s just what the kids did. They played great.”

The Tide finished with a team score of 308, seven strokes behind Exeter, which claimed its first D-I championship since 1989 and broke Bedford’s string of six straight titles. The Bulldogs were third this year with a 314, just one stroke ahead of Keene. Timberlane and Nashua North both finished at 317 to tie for fifth.

It was the second second-place result in three years for Concord, which also finished runner-up in 2018. The Tide last won a championship in 2006.

“Exeter has a very good team with a lot of depth, and we played head-to-head with them in the regular season and again today, so we feel pretty good about that,” McDonough said. “The kids were a little disappointed because they felt like they had a chance to win it, but at the end of the day they were excited and I think runner-up is a really good finish for this young team. There wasn’t one senior who went to the match today.”

Sophomore Sam Hopkins and freshman Gavin Richardson took advantage of the wet conditions at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Course in Bretton Woods and both finished in the top 10. Hopkins had four birdies on his way to a 1-over 73, which is a touch below his season average (37 for nine holes) and left him tied for sixth overall on the individual leaderboard.

Richardson, just a freshman, shot a 75 to finish ninth, and it could have been lower.

“Gavin did not miss a green,” McDonough said. “He hit every green in regulation so he had 18 birdie putts, but none of them fell the entire day, and he still shot a 75, which is just a little less than his scoring average for the year.”

Junior Cam Brown had an eagle on the 508-yard, par-5 11th hole on his way to a 79 and a tie for 14th place. Junior Cam McGonigle overcame a triple bogey to finish with an 81 and round out Concord’s scoring.

Hopkins, Richardson and Brown will take their score from Tuesday into Sunday’s individual portion of the tournament, which will take place on their home course at Concord Country Club. McGonigle missed the cut by one stroke.

Timberlane’s Jack Pepin and Salem’s Evan Desjardins both shot a 67 on Tuesday and will take a four-stroke lead into Sunday over Exeter’s Will Ducharme and Brady Burke. Nashua North’s Bryce Zimmerman was fifth with a 72 while Hopkins tied with Exeter’s Connor Allard and Keene’s Orion Murphy.

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 1, Central 0

Key players: Concord — Whitney Valliant (goal), Caley Nault (assist)

Highlights: It was 0-0 for the majority of this back-and-forth battle of unbeatens, but a free kick from Nault sprang Valliant free behind the Central defense and she flicked it over the keeper with just seven minutes left on the clock to give the Tide the win and hand the Little Green its first loss of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Overall it was a brilliant win for our group. To go against a team like Central and shut them out at home speaks volumes to our defensive effort tonight. They played and executed brilliantly tonight. Glad we were able to find one towards the end with Whitney scoring another crucial goal for us. ” — Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 8-0-1; Central 8-1

Boys’ Soccer

Concord 0, Central 0

Key players: Concord — Abbas Abdulrahman (12 saves), Brady Rice (midfield), Alejo Caceres (midfield)

Highlights: Central outshot Concord, 17-9, but the the Little Green couldn’t solve Abdulrahman and the Tide defense.

Coach’s quote: “This was a total team effort and by far our best performance of the season. It was a tournament-type atmosphere from beginning to end.” — Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 6-1-1; Central 6-0-2

Bishop Brady 7, Concord Christian Academy 3

Key players: Bishop Brady — Chris Grimbilas (2 goals), Miles Lavoie (3 assists), Nate Steigmeyer (assist), Evan Haas (goal, assist), Nick Steigmeyer (goal), Cole Chaudhari (goal), Jack Beuchesne (goal), Ariel Okinedo (goal), Max Brooks (first varsity win in goal); Concord Christian Academy — Ethan Young (goal)

Highlights: The Giants took a 4-0 lead into halftime, but Concord Christian made it interesting by scoring the first two goals of the second half, but Brady’s diverse offense (eight different players got in the book with goals or assists) answered with three goals to seal the win.

Coach’s quote: “We were very proud of the boys and their overall course of play today. It’s always good to get as many players involved as possible in both scoring and making a defensive stance. CCA came out in the second half with a determined spirit, but thankfully we were able to continue to pull ahead later in the game.” — Brady’s Mike Ling

Records: Bishop Brady 5-3-0; Concord Christian Academy 6-2-0

Girls’ Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, John Stark 0

Key players: Coe-Brown — Jesse Davis (3 aces, 8 kills , 7 digs), Anneliese Wade (3 aces, 8 kills), Emily Morris (5 aces, 7 digs)

Highlights – The Bears came out firing and didn’t stop on their way to winning three straight sets – 25-13, 25-21, 25-18.

Coach’s quote: “After a tough, close loss to Concord last Friday, the team was motivated to work hard in practice. The communication on the court was fantastic and I was proud to see the team executing skills they have been working hard to master in practice. ” — Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

Records: Coe-Brown 5-3; John Stark 3-3

Middle school results

The Bow Memorial School girls’ soccer team finished its season a perfect 6-0 after a 7-1 win against Weare. Lexi Insana finished with five goals for Bow while Vivian Madden and Gabby Tarsa scored one goal each. Abby Foote, as captain of the week, led by example with full-tilt-full-time play in the game, which was tied 1-1 at halftime.

■ Salem Smith, Skylar Clay, Marcella Guadagno and Paige Prisco-Nelson all played well for the Hopkinton Middle School girls’ soccer team in its win against Hillsboro Middle School.

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