High schools: Von Beren leads Kearsarge Alpine to victory; Bow claims win for boys

  • Bow High School’s Aden Lipsy angles his way down the course during a Division III Alpine meet at Mount Sunapee on Monday. Lipsy finished fourth for the Falcons. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Kearsarge’s Brie Von Beren skies her way to a first-place finish during a Division III Alpine meet on Monday at Mount Sunapee. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Kearsarge’s Isabella Greason skies past a gate on Monday during a Division III Alpine meet at Mount Sunapee. Greason placed third overall for the Cougars. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow’s Connor Wachsmuth makes his way through the course during a Division III Alpine meet on Monday at Mount Sunapee. Wachsmuth took home first place in the meet with the fastest time in both heats. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

  • Bow High School’s Jonathan Cook makes his way down the slalom course at Mount Sunapee on Monday during a Division III Alpine meet. RICH MIYARA / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

With two weeks to go until the Division III Championships, local Alpine teams made the most of Monday’s slalom race at Mount Sunapee – the site of the state meet on Feb. 12.

Junior Brie Von Beren led the Kearsarge girls’ team to a win, while Bow freshman Connor Wachsmuth beat the entire field by more than six seconds, leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep for the Falcons and delivering them the win with a perfect score.

Von Beren, the defending giant slalom champion and slalom runner-up, sophomore Isabella Greason (third), Lara Stokes (eighth) and Megan Norris (10th) all finished in the top 10, giving the Cougars 382 points, topping runner-up Bishop Brady’s score of 372.

Kamryn Compton (fourth), Olivia Crainich, last year’s D-III runner-up in the GS and third-place finisher in the slalom (sixth), Sara LoPresti (ninth) and Sarah Vermette (14th) scored for Brady.

Sunapee (356), St. Thomas (341), Bow (338), White Mountains (329) and Hillsboro-Deering (82) rounded out the team scores for the girls.

Megan Lavigne (seventh) was Bow’s top skier while Chloe Braun (23rd) was the only skier to finish both runs for H-D.

“It was a hard track for sure. There was a lot of carnage,” said Kearsarge coach Bob Underhill, commenting on the large number of skiers that were disqualified or did not finish due to the icy conditions.

But Von Beren wasn’t fazed by the conditions, clocking a run of 1:03.98. Von Beren and the runner-up, Sunapee’s Maddie Austin (1:04.25), bested the rest of the field by nearly eight seconds.

“Brie’s starting to get more confident,” Underhill said. “Today she headed down there on a mission. It was good to see that.”

The Cougars had plenty of reasons to be confident, given that this is the same course they frequently train on, and with their improvement, now boast one of the deeper teams in the division.

“The girls are coming along. We’ve had a lot of really good improvement,” Underhill said. “They just want to go race. Their confidence is starting to get better. They’re getting fired up about states.”

Underhill also credited the Bishop Brady girls’ team on their performance and expects them to be near the top of the D-III standings in two weeks.

“We haven’t had a lot of head-to-head races (against Brady),” Underhill said. “Most of (the other teams in D-III) have a couple of racers who are strong, but not many teams are that deep.”

While the girls’ race featured the usual suspects at the top, the boys’ race was the opposite, with a young Bow team and a less-experienced Kearsarge squad taking the top two spots.

Wachsmuth’s time of 59.68 seconds was over six seconds faster than the rest of the competition. Wachsmuth is one of five freshman on a team of 11 skiers.

“It was absolutely fantastic ... he just dominated today,” said Bow coach Mike Sampo, who is in his first season at the helm of the program. “It was a breakout performance for him. He’s been near the top of the field all season, but he’s never finished first until today.”

Alexander Mangini, sophomore Jonathan Cook and freshman Aden Lipsy claimed second through fourth place, giving the Falcons a perfect score of 394.

And Bow can go even faster. Junior Ben Wachsmuth, Connor’s older brother, posted the third-fastest time on his first run of the day, but was one of dozens of skiers that did not finish his second run, which would have likely made the Falcon sweep even more difficult to break.

“It’s gonna be tough to compete with Bow,” Underhill said. “They’ve got some depth. They’re gonna be tough ones to beat.”

Although none of the skiers from last year’s state champion team competed on Monday, the Cougars still posted a solid second-place score of 374 and showed their depth, placing four in the top 10 and six in the top 18.

Freshman James Greason (fifth) was Kearsarge’s top finisher, followed by Mathew Noyer (seventh), Cole Dube (eighth) and Sam Meding (10th).

Like Bow, Kearsarge also had top skiers unable to finish both runs.

Sunapee (357), White Mountains (338), Bishop Brady (319), St. Thomas (314), Trinity (308), H-D (215) and Newport (153) rounded out the team scores.

Karl Averill (20th) and Will Verdi (25th) were the top two skiers for Bishop Brady. Zachery O’Connor (34th) was H-D’s top skier.

Kearsarge will compete at Gunstock on Tuesday and at Sunapee again on Friday before both Bow and the Cougars return to Mount Sunapee for a pre-meet race on Feb. 6 and the D-III Championship on Feb. 12.

(Dan Attorri can be reached at dattorri@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @DanAttorri.).


Pembroke 64, Hanover 46

Key players: Pembroke – Noah Cummings (31 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Jake Sherman (23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals), Brandon Linscott (defense), Sean Menard (defense), Jack Lehoullier (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans held seven-point leads after the first quarter (23-16) and at halftime (35-28), but held Hanover to six points in the third quarter to take a 45-34 lead heading into the final frame. Justin Smith, Tyler Smith and Jared Dupuis played well off the bench with solid rebounding and defense to help preserve Pembroke’s lead.

Coach’s quote: “Jake was everywhere, all over the floor. Best game by far he’s played this year. This is our fourth game in six days and we’re 3-1 in that stretch. I’m proud of how the guys have responded.” – Pembroke’s Rich Otis

Records: Pembroke 7-3; Hanover 4-4

Pittsfield 84, Mount Royal 37

Key players: Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (26 points, 6 rebounds), Josh Whittier (23 points, 20 rebounds), Brandon Bojarksy (7 points, 6 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers ended the first quarter on a 12-0 run for a 20-7 lead and went on 26-2 run to open the second quarter, taking a 46-9 lead at halftime. Ten of 11 Pittsfield players found the scoring column as the Panthers extended their win streak to seven straight.

Coach’s quote: “We were able to control the tempo with our energy on defense and execute well on the offensive end. Whittier was dominate on the boards and Bojarksy gave us some quality minutes tonight.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 11-1; Mount Royal 7-5


Winnacunnet 52, Concord 40

Key players: Concord – Brighid Weeden (11 points), Kasie Maloney (8 points), Gabby Evans (rebounding), Quinn Daniels (rebounding), Kasie Maloney (rebounding)

Highlights/key moments: Winnacunnet went on a 16-point run to end the third quarter to break away after the Tide held the fourth-place Warriors to a 20-20 tie at halftime.

Coach’s quote: “I’m proud of our players for the effort we gave tonight. There was no quit, and all 14 players were engaged and focused. We missed some easy baskets and had quite a few turnovers, but we were right there. Our players have changed their mindset and compete on a regular basis and I am very proud of all of them for that.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Winnacunnet 9-3; Concord 2-8

John Stark 48, Laconia 46

Key players: John Stark – Jillian Douzanis (17 points, 4 assists), Chelsea Woodsum (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals jumped out to a 30-14 halftime lead, but Laconia stormed back, taking a 36-35 lead. Douzanis hit a huge 3 late in the game to help John Stark hold on for the victory.

Coach’s quote: “We continue to play some very good basketball but then have five to eight minutes of bad basketball. Luckily, tonight we were able to hang on and get the victory.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 5-5; Laconia 4-6

Franklin 35, Berlin 33

Key players: Franklin – Hannah Hicks (15 points)

Highlights/key moments: Hicks hit some big free throws in the fourth quarter to close out a tight contest.

Coach’s quote: “We came out real strong in the first quarter, but we struggled to score the rest of the game. Our defense got us the victory tonight.” – Franklin’s JJ Winters

Records: Franklin 5-8; Berlin 3-8

Newfound 72, Prospect Mountain 27

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette (22 points, 15 rebounds), Jasmine Peterson (20 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists), Savanna Bony (15 points), Madi Dalphonse (9 points), Tiffany Doan (8 rebounds)

Highlights/key moments: Dukette needed 17 points to reach 1,000 for her career and achieved that milestone in the third quarter. The Bears came out with a lot of energy and controlled the contest from the start.

Coach’s quote: “The Bears came out with a lot of energy and when the shots started to fall, they fell for all the girls. It was a great win tonight against a strong team. The girls came out and played a great game. Congrats to Ashlee on the milestone.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 11-2; Prospect Mtn. 8-4

Mount Royal 32, Pittsfield 24

Key players: Pittsfield – Cora Lemay (8 points, 9 rebounds), Merideth Smith (12 rebounds, 4 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers were locked in a defensive battle with a top-five team, trailing 13-9 at halftime. Pittsfield played Mount Royal even in the third quarter and came within two points in the fourth, but couldn’t pull out the win.

Coach’s quote: “We did a great job defending their top scorer and we controlled the boards well. We just couldn’t find a consistent offensive rhythm.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Mount Royal 10-2; Pittsfield 2-10


Moultonborough-Inter-Lakes 6, Sanborn 4

Key players: M-I-L – Blake Dunlap (2 goals), Alex Sorokin (2 goals), Garrett McCarthy (goal), Brett Burns (goal, 2 assists), Gable Busby (2 assists), Patrick Mohan (assists), Hunter Sanders (36 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Three goals in the third period propelled the Renegades to victory.

Records: M-I-L 5-5-5; Sanborn 5-6-0