High schools: Gilford boys’ tennis team extends streak to 76 straight

  • Gilford’s Colton Workman keeps his eye on the ball during the No. 1 doubles match against Moultonborough in Gilford on Thursday. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Brendan Bergman serves during his No. 2 doubles match against Moultonborough in Gilford on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gilford’s Mike Eisenmann returns a shot to a Moultonborough player during the No. 1 doubles match in Gilford on Thursday. Eisenmann and Colton Workman won the match, 8-2, and the Golden Eagles won, 7-2. It was the 76th straight victory for the Golden Eagles, who haven’t lost since the 2012 state championship. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • Gilford's Mike Eisenmann returns a hit during his No. 1 doubles match against Moultonborough in Gilford on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gilford's Shaun Edson returns a hit during his No. 2 doubles match against Moultonborough in Gilford on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gilford's Brendan Bergman returns a hit during his No. 2 doubles match against Moultonborough in Gilford on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

  • Gilford's Shaun Edson returns a hit during his No. 2 doubles match against Moultonborough in Gilford on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Monitor staff
Published: 5/4/2017 11:21:42 PM

There’s been a long line of Workmans to come through the Gilford High School boys’ tennis program. First, there was Michael, who helped the Golden Eagles finally end Derryfield’s seven-year championship reign in 2010 before winning it all again in 2011. Then came Bryce, a three-year starter for the team who graduated last season with three titles on his resume.

Now, in his senior year, it’s Grant Workman’s turn to lead the Golden Eagles.

Grant, along with third-year player Christian Workman and freshman Colton Workman, are the last, at least for now, of a decorated family tree coached by Terry Wilson. And the trio which helped Gilford capture its Division III-leading ninth win of the season on Thursday – a 7-2 victory over Moultonborough – is hoping to lead Gilford to a fifth straight state title.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do, I’ll have to find another family like the Workmans,” Wilson joked about the thought of a roster without at least one member of the family on it. “I consider my tennis players and their families as like a family of mine. I have a wonderful tennis family ... it’s a very supportive group of the team and that’s always appreciated.”

Grant is no stranger to winning having been on the roster for the last three titles of Gilford’s incredible run, but this season is his first at the top of the ladder. The results have been encouraging and Thursday was no exception as Grant pulled off an 8-0 win at No. 1 singles.

“Grant has been in my top three for all four of his years,” Wilson said. “He has virtually, I would say every possible shot that you could think of. He comes up with shots during the game that I just would never think of ... It’s like facing a pitcher with eight different pitches. Like what’s coming next?”

Wilson added: “When he warms up with a kid, especially a new kid of a high caliber, he can pretty much figure out what he needs to do. Obviously, it doesn’t always happen, he’s had some losses, but he puts a lot of thought into his matches and that’s what makes Grant such a talented player.”

But it wasn’t just Grant who found success on his home court against the Panthers Thursday.

All six singles players for the Golden Eagles won by a score of 8-0, including Christian Workman, Tyler Hanf, Connor Craigie, Kyle Davies and Alden Blais.

Gilford has now won 76 consecutive matches, with its last lost coming 1,808 days ago today. It doesn’t seem to matter who Wilson loses to graduation, or which players shuffle in or out. The level of play remains the same.

“I would say the varying grades that come back year after year and I think the kids have developed a passion,” Wilson said of what has made his teams so successful over the last 16 years. “Maybe I showed them that I have a passion. I don’t just coach it. I play tennis, I teach tennis and as my wife would say, I live tennis.”

The lone win for Gilford in doubles was sparked by the No. 1 pairing of Colton Workman and sophomore Mike Eisenmann, who claimed an 8-2 victory. Brendan Bergman and Shaun Edson fell at No. 2, 8-6, and the duo of Ethan Warren and Sam Mercer fell at No. 3, 8-5, to account for the final.

Wilson was quick to point out the youth and inexperience on the Moultonborough team as a reason for the quick win. Unlike many other programs in the division, the varsity experience for the Golden Eagles means that they don’t require as much practice time to round into shape, especially in a season where that precious time to build up a team has been scarce.

“I think of the year I graduated my top eight kids (2011) and of course I had everybody new and it was a much longer learning process for them than these kids,” Wilson said. “So it’s just the experience, their confidence in their game and they have an understanding of the game.”

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

BOYS’ TENNIS

Bow 6, Sanborn 3

Key players: Bow – Brayden Binder (win at No. 1), Caleb Olson (8-1 win at No. 4), Dillon D’Allesandro (8-2 win at No. 5), Zachary Mullen (8-0 win at No. 6)

Highlights/key moments: Alfano and Binder won, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles while Seam O’Reilly and Dustin Wells won, 8-3, at No. 3.

Records: Bow 6-2; Sanborn 4-5

Inter-Lakes 7, Prospect Mountain 2

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Noah Sullivan (8-0 win at No. 1), Jake Borsch (8-5 win at No. 2 ), Nate Sullivan (8-3 win at No. 3), Sam Noe (8-0 win at No. 4)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers swept all six singles matches thanks to two forfeits at Nos. 5 and 6.

Records: Inter-Lakes 7-2; Prospect Mountain 0-8

Kearsarge 9, Wilton-Lyndeborough 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Tucker Valovic (8-3 win at No. 1), Charlie O’Connor (8-4 win at No. 2), Jake Long (9-7 win at No. 3), Sam Shields (8-2 win at No. 4)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars upped their win streak to four. O’Connor and Valovic won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles and Josh Sandy and Long won 9-7 at No. 2.

Records: Kearsarge 9-1; Wilton-Lyndeborough 1-8

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Concord 7, Bishop Brady 2

Key players: Concord – Rebecca Cistulli (8-4 win), Sabrina Hart-Meyer (8-4 win), Abigail Pope (8-1 win), Emma Pedersen (8-3 win), Bailey Jackson (8-6 win); Bishop Brady – Sydney Herrington (8-0 win at No. 1)

Highlights/key moments: Pedersen clinched the victory for the Tide in singles and teamed up with Ashley Fitcher for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles. Cistulli and Alex Killinger lost a close match at No. 1 doubles, 8-6, to Herrington and Ravalika Damerla.

Coaches’ quotes: “Our girls brought their focused play against a well-schooled Brady roster. Good to end our three match week on a high note.” – Concord’s PJ Cistulli

“Concord’s superior depth was decisive.” – Bishop Brady’s Lee Herrington

Records: Concord 6-3; Bishop Brady 0-6

Bow 8, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Bow – Nandita Kasireddy (8-0 win at No. 1), Claire Mulvaney (8-0 win at No. 2), Izzy Urbina (8-1 win at No. 3), Gwen Molind (8-1 win at No. 4), Lara Chern (8-1 win at No. 5), Isabelle Dolcino (8-1 win at No. 6); Kearsarge – Sarah Long and Morganne Flinkstrom (9-8 win at No. 1 doubles)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons swept singles and only lost one doubles match. Mulvaney and Eva Blanz won, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles and Urbina and Madeline Lessard won, 8-4, at No. 1.

Coach’s quote: “We had an excellent showing in both No.1 and No. 2 doubles.” – Kearsarge’s Laura Joslin-King

Records: Bow 7-0; Kearsarge 1-8

BASEBALL

Concord 11, Keene 1

Key players: Concord – Noah Wachter (6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 6 K; 2-for-3, RBI), Kurtis Stadnicki (3-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBI), Ethan Dupre (3-for-3, run, RBI), Zach Miles (2 runs)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide scored six runs in the sixth inning and Dupre threw out two hitters in a row at first base on singles to right field.

Coach’s quote: “Noah pitched a good game and we got some great defensive plays to go along with some great at bats. It was nice to get the six runs and put a team away.” – Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Concord 7-4; Keene 2-6

Coe-Brown 4, Bow 2

Key players: Coe-Brown – Brody Ashley (2-run single; 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 1 BB), Jacob Bisson (RBI single), Noah Wojtkowski (RBI, sacrifice); Bow – Brendan Winch (2 IP, 1 R, 2 H; RBI single), Noah Bult (4 IP, 3 R, 2 H), Jack Corriveau (double)

Highlights/key moments: Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Bears put together a four-run inning to secure the win.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve lost four one-run games, so we really needed this win.” – Coe-Brown’s Sean Ashley

Records: Coe-Brown 3-6; Bow 3-4

Sanborn 8, MV 5

Key players: MV – Caleb Heath (3 IP, 1 ER in relief), Joe Ostrowski (2-for-4, RBI)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride fell to the Indians for the second time this season.

Records: Sanborn 6-2; MV 2-6

Belmont 13, Berlin 1, 5 inn.

Key players: Belmont – Corey Desrosier (5 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 ER; 3-for-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs), Cole Contigiani (2-for-3, double, BB, RBI, 3 runs, SB), Doug Price (1-for-3, double, sac fly, 3 RBI, 2 runs, SB), Chris Marden (2-for-3, BB, 2 runs, SB)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders, winners of five straight, scored five runs in the first inning, three in the second and five in the third to put away the Mountaineers in five innings. Marden played well in his return from an injury.

Records: Belmont 5-2; Berlin 2-6

Campbell 11, Bishop Brady 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Mario Fusco (2 hits), Max Lamora (double), Chase Buckman (3⅔ IP, 1 ER in relief)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants stranded runners on second and third in the first inning and the Cougars plated three runs in the first inning to take control early.

Coach’s quote: “They are undefeated and the top team in our division for a reason. We just couldn’t stay with them today.” – Bishop Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: Campbell 10-0; Bishop Brady 4-5

Newfound 4, Newport 3

Key players: Newfound – Mike Doan (7 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 5 K), Matt Mickewicz (2 hits, double)

Highlights/key moments: A double for Nate Desrochers in the fifth inning plated two runs for the Bears, who won for the third straight game.

Records: Newfound 5-1; Newport 1-4

Pittsfield 3, Hopkinton 2

Key players: Pittsfield – Devin Bedell (7 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 ER; 2-for-3, double), Noah MacGlashing (2-for-3), Brian Sullivan (hit); Hopkinton – Ben McManus (7 IP, 4 K, 1 BB, 6 H, 1 ER), Caleb Yianakopolos (RBI single), Sam Crawford (hit), Tucker Windhurst (hit)

Highlights/key moments: Windhurst had five putouts, an assist and helped turn a double play from center field but it wasn’t enough.

Coaches’ quotes: “Very proud of our young team to bounce back after yesterday’s loss. To come out against a good team and play such a great game is very encouraging.” – Pittsfield’s Rob Stockman

“It was a good high school baseball game. It gave our young kids some experience. Pittsfield just made a couple more plays on defense.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Pittsfield 8-3; Hopkinton 6-3

SOFTBALL

Londonderry 3, Concord 1

Key players: Concord – Abby Rochette (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 14 K; 2-for-3, triple, run), Jill Dusseault (RBI), Delia Barry (1 IP, 0 H)

Highlights/key moments: Londonderry broke a scoreless deadlock with a three-run fifth, including two unearned runs. Concord answered with one in the sixth, but couldn’t pull any closer.

Coach’s quote: “There’s a reason Londonderry is undefeated, but we played right with them. We’ll learn from this and bounce back stronger.” – Concord Assistant Coach Sandy Smith

Records: Londonderry 8-0; Concord 5-4

Sanborn 2, MV 0

Key players: MV – Sam Hodkinson (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K), Brooke Palmer (triple)

Highlights/key moments: Palmer’s triple was the only hit for the Pride.

Coach’s quote: “We only hit one ball out of the infield. You won’t win many games doing that. The girls will work hard and we will get back on the winning track.” – MV’s Sam York

Records: Sanborn 4-2; MV 6-2

Pembroke 9, St. Thomas 2

Key players: Pembroke – Danielle Parent (2-for-3 Kayla Paquin (3-for-3), Olivia McCarty (3-for-4)

Highlights/key moments: The surging Spartans won their third game in their last four outings.

Records: Pembroke 5-4; St. Thomas 3-4

Monadnock 17, Kearsarge 9

Key players: Kearsarge – Kate MacLeod (3 hits), Maddie Folcik (4-for-4), Emily Folcik (double), Rachel Breault (3 hits)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars held a 5-4 lead after three innings but allowed the Huskies to plate 10 runs over the next two frames.

Records: Kearsarge 2-7; Monadnock 4-3

Moultonborough 5, Inter-Lakes 4

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Morgan White (2 hits, run), Jordan Jones (hit, run), Cora Batchelder (hit, run)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers rallied back with four runs in the fourth inning, but were denied a shot at extra innings when they stranded the tying run at third base in the seventh.

Coach’s quote: “Exciting game against our Route 25 rival Moultonborough. Both teams played well, which made for a fun game.” – Inter-Lakes’ Harry Blood

Records: Moultonborough 4-2; Inter-Lakes 0-6

Gilford 18, Somersworth 6

Key players: Gilford – Jillian Lachapelle (win; 3-for-4, 2 doubles, 5 RBI), Nicole Berube (2-for-2, 1 RBI), Lexi Boisvert (double)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles piled up 12 hits and used 14 walks to their advantage to finish off the game in five innings.

Records: Gilford 5-4; Somersworth 0-6

Hopkinton 12, Pittsfield 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Megan Blanchette (no-hitter, 5 K; 2-for-3, double, 3 runs, RBI), Alexis Blanchette (3-for-4 2 runs, 2 doubles, 3 RBI), Renee Brogan (1-for-1, 2 RBI), Porter Tomsick (good catch)

Highlights/key moments: Megan Blanchette pitched a gem, only allowing two Panthers to reach base. The Hawks broke the game open with six runs in the third inning.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see our bats get going a little today and Megan pitched great.” – Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 6-2; Pittsfield 2-5

BOYS’ LACROSSE

Oyster River 9, Bow 6

Key players: Bow – Ryan Tobeler (3 goals), Thomas Rolla (goal), Jack Wixson ( goal), Josh Connor (6 ground balls, won 4 of 6 faceoffs)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons held leads of 3-1, 5-3 and 6-4, but the Bobcats rattled off five straight goals to end the game.

Coach’s quote: “Give Oyster River credit, they totally outplayed us in every aspect of the game today. They played harder. They played tougher. They played smarter, and they executed much better. That about sums it up.” – Bow’s Chris Gaudreau

Records: Oyster River 2-4; Bow 3-2

John Stark 8, Kingswood 5

Key players: John Stark – Kayden Easter (3 goals, assist), Drew McQuarrie (2 goals, 3 assists), Parker McQuarrie (goal, assist), Peyton Marden (goal), Cam Bourque (7 ground balls), Jamison Bourque (11 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals took an early lead and didn’t look back.

Coach’s quote: “It’s nice to get the win but I felt we left a lot of goals out there. We’ll work on that and hopefully it pays off.” – John Stark’s Howie Roever

Records: John Stark 3-3; Kingswood 2-5

Pembroke 9, Kennett 7

Key players: Pembroke – Glenn Dion (4 goals, assist), Jayden Anderson (goal, 2 assists), David Hammond (9 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans scored three goals within a span of one minute in the third quarter and Bailey Cotnoir and Evan Amour controlled the faceoff X.

Coach’s quote: “We caught Kennett on a tough stretch in their schedule and knew they would be hungry. They played a strong disciplined game and forced us to make early errors. The strong play by our midfield, especially off of faceoffs were critical in determining the outcome.” – Pembroke’s Timothy Vasconcellos

Records: Pembroke 4-2; Kennett 0-5

Laconia 13, Milford 4

Key players: Laconia – Riley Roy (6 goals, assist), Jake Steele (goal, 2 assists), Drew Muzzey (goal, 2 assists, 14 ground balls)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems built up a 6-3 lead at halftime and limited Milford to just one goal in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We really came out and played with intensity today and that was great to see.” – Laconia’s Stephon McDonough

Records: Laconia 5-2; Milford 3-2

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Goffstown 18, MV 4

Key players: MV – Abby Grandmaison (2 goals, assist), Ellie Acquilano (goal), Talia Dinger (goal), Chloe Rattee (2 assists), Brannigan McNeil (assist), Hannah Small (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride lost its second straight game.

Records: Goffstown 4-3; MV 3-4

Hopkinton 14, St. Thomas 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Bassett (5 goals), Ellie Morrall (2 goals, 3 assists, 3 draw controls), Lyndon Flanagan (3 goals), Taylor Signor (goal, assist, 6 draw controls)

Highlights/key moments: It was another strong offensive performance for the Hawks, who have won four of the last five.

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

Derryfield 12, Kearsarge 10

Key players: Kearsarge – Leslie Angus (7 goals, assist), Anya Nowicki (7 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars saw their five-game win streak snapped by unbeaten Derryfield.

Records: Kearsarge 5-2; Derryfield 8-0

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Coe-Brown second, MV 15th

Key players: MV – Matthew Lyle, Herman Nixon, Joey Baylus and Dylan Guinard (distance medley relay team)

Highlights/key moments: Merrimack Valley finished 15th in the 18-team Clipper Relays in Portsmouth. The fourth-place distance medley relay scored all of the Pride’s points. Coe-Brown scored in nine relays and had the winning distance medley squad.

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD

MV fourth, Coe-Brown 10th

Key players: MV – Kristie Schoffield, Noelle Colarusso, Cassidy Considine, Kaitlyn Covell, Asia Grace Hanson

Highlights/key moments: Schoffield, Considine and Covell all ran on the winning distance medley relay team and the sixth-place 4x400 relay to lead the Pride to fourth at the 18-team Clipper Relays in Portsmouth.


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