High schools: Bow girls’ tennis has win streak snapped by Portsmouth in D-II final

  • Bow number one singles Olivia Parzick serves at Bedford High School on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow senior Lauren Goyette returns a shot against Portsmouth during her match on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow No. 2 singles player Emma Conley returns a shot on Wednesday during the Division II girls’ tennis championship in Bedford. Conley and the Falcons fought hard, but the Clippers prevailed with a 6-3 victory against top-seeded Bow. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Bow No. 5 singles player Alyssa Harpring returns a shot against Portsmouth on Wednesday during the D-II girls’ tennis championship match in Bedford. The Falcons were beaten by a 6-3 margin. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Bow number four singles player Miah Munro reaches for a return shot against Portsmouth on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-TranscriptBelmont’s Kelly Allen pitches against Conant in a Division III playoff game Wednesday.

  • Belmont’s Kelly Allen pitches against Conant in a Division III playoff game Wednesday. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 5/29/2019 11:11:22 PM

BEDFORD – They had a winning streak that was three years in the making and were the two-time reigning champions in Division III. While all good things eventually come to an end, the girls on the Bow High tennis team were hoping their magical run would continue through Wednesday.

Instead, for the first time in 52 matches, the Falcons came out on the losing end.

Despite putting up a fight, which included sweeping the last three singles matches as well as some tense moments during doubles, top-seeded Bow (16-1) fell short in the Division II final against No. 2 Portsmouth, 6-3.

“It was really disappointing coming off, but you have to be really proud of how we did. We had no idea we were going to be this good in Division II,” Bow senior and No. 3 player Lauren Goyette said. “We had 51 games in a row that we won, that’s something to be really proud of. We had two championships for the seniors during our four years so that’s something to be proud of, too.

“We didn’t know we were going to make it here so you have to be appreciative of the feeling,” Goyette said. “This is what sports are about. You have to lose sometimes and there’s still good in that I think.”

While the loss certainly stings, the Falcons walked off the courts at Bedford High School with their heads held high.

“I guess I should be more upset that we lost, but I’m just so happy with how the girls played,” Bow coach Jonsey Rainville said following the medal ceremony. “As the tournament director said, this was just a great tennis match all the way down the line. Every single match was contested.”

After winning four of the six singles matches during their regular-season meeting against Portsmouth – a 5-4 win for Bow – the Falcons and Clippers left singles all square at three wins apiece in the championship.

Portsmouth swept the top three on the ladder as Flo Hunter defeated Olivia Parzich, 8-3, at No. 1, Chloe Arsenault knocked off Emma Conley, 8-6, at No. 2 and Ophelia Samdperil won over Goyette at No. 3, 8-6. Bow’s bottom three of Miah Munro, Alyssa Harpring and Isabella Dolcino all picked up key wins to keep the title within reach.

Both Conley and Goyette’s matches could have swung either way, but Portsmouth’s players were near flawless down the stretch in turning both into victories for the Clippers, who have now won two consecutive D-II championships.

“Bow is such a good team and this was such a good high school tennis match,” Portsmouth coach Wendy Poutre said. “Even when we were down a little bit, I just kept saying how this is a great contested match on every court.”

The Clippers really put the heat on Bow during doubles, especially after Ellie Graham and Sarah Nadeau paired up to defeat Conley and Dolcino at No. 3, 8-1.

It was at that point that Bow’s remaining doubles players could feel the pressure.

“You really have to snap back in and remind yourself to stay in your own court,” said Goyette, who erased an early 4-1 deficit at No. 2 doubles with Munro before falling to Samdperil and Alexa Stevens in the title-clinching match, 8-5. “It gets hard because I look over and see what’s going on at other courts, what the scores were, and it hurts a little seeing another court down. That gets in your head but you want to make sure you stay up so you can win the match.”

Once Bow’s No. 2 doubles pairing lost, the champion had been decided, but that didn’t stop Parzich and Harpring from giving it their all at No.1 against Hunter and Arsenault before dropping the match, 9-8 (7-4).

“The bad news is we lost, the good news is we put our best foot forward and I could not be more proud of what the girls accomplished in their first year in Division II,” Rainville said. “It was a barn-burner. It was such a great match so I’m not really sad. I know I’ll go home tonight and go, ‘Oh sugar, if that had happened or if this had happened.’ But it’s all good. I’m really happy.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

D-I Softball Tournament

No. 4 Concord 9,
No. 13 Goffstown 1

Key players: Concord – Abby Rochette (win, 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 15 K, 2 BB; 2-for-3, 2 R), Alice Rosenberg (1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 K; 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), Abby Corbett (2-for-4, 2B), Autumn Nudd (2-for-4), Elise O’Neil (triple, run, 2 RBI), Anita DiBuono (double, RBI), Elizabeth Blinn (hit, RBI, 2 R), Carly Torrance (hit, RBI), Sydney Plante (hit, run), Lillian Rienstra (3 R) Goffstown – Shannon Gifford (double, strong defense at SS), Alex Page (strong defense behind the plate)

Highlights: Goffstown hung close for four innings, trailing just 1-0, but Concord broke it open in the fifth and sixth, scoring four runs in each frame. Rochette was nearly unhittable, striking out 15 through six innings, including 11 straight from the first through fourth innings. Concord will host No. 12 Portsmouth in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Coach’s quote: “When the Abbys are in sync like they were today, we’re awfully tough to beat. And once we started swinging, we were pounding the ball. It was a great team win to open the playoffs.” – Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 14-5; Goffstown 9-10

D-II Softball Tournament

No. 3 Merrimack Valley 9,
No. 14 Bow 2

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Sadie Barton (7IP, 4H, 5K, 2ER; RBI 3B), Miah Boucher (RBI 2B) Sadie Merrow (2 RBI), Lauren McLaughlin (2 2B, RBI), Molly McLaughlin (2B, RBI), Emma Steenbeke (2 hits), Alani Ramas (hit), Jadyn Holmes (hit); Bow – Annika Geiben-Lynn (run scored), Maddison McSweeney (run scored), Katelin How (six outs on defense), Lauryn Colby (CG, 2 K)

Highlights: Bow held a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth and MV scored one. The Pride scored five in fifth and three in sixth. Barton retired the last 10 batters she faced to secure the first-round victory.

Coach’s quote: “Great to get a win against a gritty Bow team. Sadie was excellent today and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed.” – Merrimack Valley’s Sam York

“This was a big day for Bow softball making the tournament for the first time in 10 years. It was a fun game to watch by two local teams!” – Bow’s Emily Crompton

Records: Merrimack Valley 14-3; Bow 6-11

No. 4 John Stark 7,
No. 13 Stevens 0

Key players: John Stark – Sydney Nelson (grand slam), Lili Stogner (2-for-3, RBI, run), Kali Kolehmainen (1-for-4, 2 runs), Elizabeth Aubin (2-for-4, 2 runs), Izzy Nelson (CG, 1 H, 14 K)

Highlights: With Stark leading 2-0 in the fourth, Kolehmainen, Aubin and Izzy Nelson all reached setting the stage for Sydney Nelson’s grand slam “bomb” over the left-field fence. Izzy Nelson dominated in the circle, striking out the side in the second and to end the game in the seventh.

Coach’s quote: “The team is playing really good confident softball right now on both sides of the ball. Our focus is to just take it one pitch, one hit, one out, one game at a time.” – John Stark’s Gerry Morin

Records: John Stark 14-3; Stevens 8-10

D-III Softball Tournament

No. 6 Belmont 11,
No. 11 Conant 5

Key players: Belmont – Lizzie Fleming (2-for-3, grand slam), Raven Gates (2-for-4), Morgan Hall (4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 BB)

Highlights: Belmont let up three runs in the third but answered in the bottom half with a run. Belmont put the game away with nine runs in the fifth on the back of Fleming’s grand slam, and added one more in the sixth.

Coach’s quote: “A slow start for our pitcher as well as our bats, nice to see them turn things around in the fifth inning. Defense was on today as well. Savannah Perkins made some great plays at second.” – Belmont’s Bill Clary

Records: Belmont 14-3; Conant 8-9

No. 5 Brady 9,
No. 12 Prospect Mountain 1

Key players: Brady – Halle Laramie (3-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 runs, 2 steals; win, 4 IP, 6 K, 3 BB, 2 H, 1 ER), Ami Rivera (3 hits, double, 3 runs, 2 steals), Kat Weed (double, 2 runs, RBI), Jayden Johnson (3 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 H; RBI), Jess Beeso (double), Hannah Hicks (run, steal), Isabella Rivera (hit)

Highlights: Ami Rivera kicked off the contest with a double, moved to third on a fly ball and scored on an error to put Brady on top, 1-0, in the first. The Giants continued to pile up runs in the fifth. Leading 2-1, Laramie blasted a three-run home run to left center field for a 5-1 advantage and Brady added on with four more runs in the sixth. Brady will take on No. 5 Campbell in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Coach’s quote: “Looking on the positive side, we had 12 hits as a team, our pitching was solid once again, allowing only three hits and one earned run and we were aggressive on the base paths. But we need to clean up our mistakes and execute better at the plate. Happy to get the win but we need to play better moving forward.” – Brady’s Freddy Rivera

Records: Brady 14-3; Prospect Mountain 8-9

No. 7 Hopkinton 6,
No. 10 Gilford 4

Key players: Hopkinton – Julia Baer (2-for-3, run, RBI), Kally Murdough (3 runs), Maddy Follansbee (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Megan Kimball-Rhines (2B)

Highlights: The Hawks jumped out to an early lead with three in the first and two in the second. Kimball-Rhines had a key double in her first at-bat in two weeks, and Maddy Follansbee and Katie Meserve drove in runs. Gilford never quit, however, scoring one in the third and three in the fourth to close the gap, but the Hawks tacked on an insurance run in the sixth and Megan Blanchette sealed the game from the circle.

Coach’s quote: “Big win as our freshmen really stepped up today and having Megan Kimball-Rhones back was a real shot in the arm. Hats off to Gilford for really battling after an early deficit and giving us all we could handle.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 13-4; Gilford 10-7

D-III Girls’ Lacrosse Quarterfinals

No. 2 Kearsarge 12,
No. 7 Laconia 7

Key players: Kearsarge – Marissa Pickman (8 saves), Caroline Camp (5 G), Emilie Webster (3 G), Megan Norris (2 G), Molli Mayo (G), Brie Von Beren (G), Ellie Camp (A). Laconia – Hannah Dow (2 G), Emma LaDuke (12 saves)

Records: Kearsarge 13-3; Laconia 9-6




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