High schools: Pembroke’s Fitzgerald scores 35 points, reaches 1,000th in 77-45 win over Kennett; Friday night’s basketball, hockey and skiing results

Pembroke Academy guard Joe Fitzgerald prepares to take a free throw during a game at home against Kennett on Friday. Fitzgerald scored 35 points for the Spartans to reach 1,000 in his career in a 77-45 rout over the Eagles.

Pembroke Academy guard Joe Fitzgerald prepares to take a free throw during a game at home against Kennett on Friday. Fitzgerald scored 35 points for the Spartans to reach 1,000 in his career in a 77-45 rout over the Eagles. Courtesy

The Pembroke Academy boys’ basketball team surrounds and celebrates with Joe Fitzgerald after reaching his 1,000th career point on Friday on his home court. Fitzgerald scored 35 points for the Spartans in a 77-45 victory over Kennett.

The Pembroke Academy boys’ basketball team surrounds and celebrates with Joe Fitzgerald after reaching his 1,000th career point on Friday on his home court. Fitzgerald scored 35 points for the Spartans in a 77-45 victory over Kennett. Courtesy

Pembroke Academy senior guard Joe Fitzgerald (second from right) celebrates with his family after scoring his 1,000th career point on Friday night in a 77-45 win over Kennett on his home court.

Pembroke Academy senior guard Joe Fitzgerald (second from right) celebrates with his family after scoring his 1,000th career point on Friday night in a 77-45 win over Kennett on his home court. Courtesy

Published: 02-10-2024 12:58 AM

Boys’ Basketball

Pembroke 77, Kennett 45

Key players: Pembroke – Joe Fitzgerald (35 points), Evan Berkeley (12 points), Devin Riel (7 points), Andrew Fitzgerald (7 points)

Highlights:  Fitzgerald needed 34 points entering Friday night’s home game to reach 1,000 and scored 35, including 14 in the opening quarter and 10 in the fourth.

Coach’s quote:  “I am so proud of Joe and his teammates. This is an accomplishment he couldn’t have gotten without them. The thing that make me the proudest is that Joe is not just a scorer, but also a great defensive player and playmaker. He does everything on the floor that a coach could ask for. I am so proud and happy for him and his family.” – Pembroke’s Mike Donnell

Records: Pembroke 12-2; Kennett 6-8

Bow 74, Bishop Brady 31

Key players: Bow – Peyton Larrabee (19 points)

Highlights:  The Falcons bounced back from a tough outing on Thursday (scoring just 31 points) with a huge night offensively on Friday against the Giants.

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Coach’s quote:  “Good team win. Everybody contributed to the scoring.” – Bow’s Scott Drapeau

Records: Bow 11-4; Bishop Brady 0-14

Merrimack Valley 70, Oyster River 53

Key players: MV – Boston Bradicich (18 points), Trevor Simonds (16 points, 7 rebounds), Logan Gabour (12 points); Oyster River  – Matt Jernigan (23 points)

Highlights: The Pride started the game on a 15-0 run and made big shots to hold the lead.

Coach’s quote: “I like how we played as a team and how we came out to the start the game. We got a big game this week and that will be a test for us.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 7-8; Oyster River 6-8

St. Thomas 65, Hopkinton 40

Key players: St. Thomas – Cole McClure (23 points), James Allen (12 points), Will Mollica (12 points); Hopkinton – Will Chehade (9 points), Vincent Louca (7 points), Colby Boissy (7 points)

Highlights: Hopkinton started the game down 15 after the first quarter, and, despite showing grit and toughness, the the Hawks were unable to mount a comeback against the second-place Saints. Hopkinton will have the No. 5 seed for the Division III tournament that will begin next week.

Coach’s quote: “Despite some great individual efforts and toughness tonight, we were on the wrong side of a tough loss. We are looking forward to kicking of playoffs Tuesday and coming into them 100 percent healthy and back to form.” – Hopkinton’s Matt Miller

Records: St. Thomas 16-1; Hopkinton 11-5

Kearsarge 28, Conant 26

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Whipple (12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals), Austin Needham (6 points), Drew Huff (4 points, 3 rebounds), Eddie Kinzer (3 points, 3 rebounds), Ajay Tremblay (2 points, 3 rebounds), Parker Goin (point, block)

Highlights:  The Cougars trailed 11-4 after the first quarter, but fought back to go into halftime with a 13-13 tie. Conant led 26-25 with only 2:45 left in the game, but Tremblay drove baseline for the Cougars and found a wide open Huff on the weak side perimeter who drilled a clutch 3-pointer. Kearsarge made enough plays defensively to hold off first place Conant, handing the Orioles their first loss of the season. The Cougars will be the No. 4 seed for next week’s D-III tournament.

Records: Kearsarge 15-3; Conant 17-1

Girls’ Basketball

Concord 66, Merrimack 28

Key players: Concord – Delaney Duford (16 points), Whitney Vaillant (14 points), Sofia Payne (11 points), Maddie Kelly (10 points)

Highlights: Eight Crimson Tide players found the scoring column as they won their third straight contest.

Coach’s quote: “Another good team win tonight. Came out strong and stayed that way for 32 minutes.” – Concord’s Rob Darrell

Records: Concord 5-8; Merrimack 0-14

Coe-Brown 32, Souhegan 20

Key players: Coe-Brown – Hannah Meehan (7 points), Kalina Kasprzak (7 points), Emma Lapierre (7 points)

Highlights: Both teams struggled to score in the first half, but the Bears got some shots to fall in the second half to eventually pull away.

Coach’s quote: “You have to win ugly games too. Nothing was falling and we had to to fight in an away gym for  much-needed win.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 7-7; Souhegan 1-13

Derryfield 44, John Stark 34

Key players: John Stark  – Eleanor Girardet (13 points, 11 rebounds), Avery Geaumont (10 points)

Highlights: The Generals drew with the Cougars in the first half, but trailed at halftime and didn’t recover.

Coach’s quote: “We started the game off strong, but unfortunately fell a little flat in the last three quarters. We will look to rebound next week at MV.” – John Stark’s Tiffany Lewis

Records: Derryfield 11-4; John Stark 11-4

Merrimack Valley 67, Oyster River 56

Key players: MV – Annika Horne (24 points), Kayla Smith (15 points), Izzy Navoy (15 points)

Highlights: MV led 16-14 after the first quarter, but extended its lead to 32-27 at halftime and 49-39 heading into the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we played real well overall. We needed to defend and rebound and we did it. Offensively, we hit shots and ran our sets well. Good team win and very proud of the girls.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 7-8; Oyster River 11-4

Girls’ Hockey

Exeter 6, Concord 4

Key players: Exeter – Madison Mann (3 goals), Lilyan Blood (3 goals); Concord – Gracen Arndt (2 goals), Callie Fortin (goal), Abby Colby (goal)

Highlights: Concord scored three power-play goals, but it wasn’t enough to top the Blue Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “It’s not the outcome we wanted, but we came together as a team today and were able to see some bright spots with our power play, capitalizing on three of those opportunities.” – Concord’s Kate Billings

Records: Exeter 10-4; Concord 5-7

Boys’ Alpine Skiing

Hopkinton 1st, Kearsarge 2nd, Belmont 6th, Bishop Brady 9th, John Stark 11th

Key players: Hopkinton – Harrison Wilson (1st GS, 2nd slalom), Coley Wells (6th slalom, 7th GS), Conrad Mollano (6th GS, 10th slalom), Cameron Bassett (8th GS), Matt Dermody (34th slalom); Kearsarge – Alex Spinney (2nd GS, 4th slalom), Sam Mann (5th slalom, 9th GS), Braden Hurley (7th slalom, 17th GS), Tobin Wyman (11th slalom, 21st GS), Elias Baer (17th slalom), Grayson Wyman (18th slalom, 20th GS), Caiden McKenna (25th GS), Andrew Blagden (28th GS, 30th slalom); Belmont – Mathias Krauchunas (12th slalom, 12th GS), Landon Bormes (25th slalom, 29th GS), Ryan Cribbie (36th slalom, 47th GS), Henry Ashworth (37th GS, 48th slalom); Bishop Brady – Caleb Goldstein (3rd slalom, 15th GS), Logan Pelletier (33rd slalom, 38th GS), Boden Gendron (30th GS, 35th slalom); John Stark – Austin Freeman (3rd GS, 20th slalom)

Highlights:  Wilson won the giant slalom by nearly four seconds with a combined time of 1:14.05  and finished second in the slalom to Gilford’s Bode McLean by .31 seconds to lead the Hawks to a victory in a 12-team meet at Gunstock on Friday. McLean’s slalom time was 37.09 seconds. Hopinton (740 points), Kearsarge (733), Plymouth (693.5), Gilford (670), Newfound (606.5), Belmont (602), Lebanon (570), St. Thomas (525), Bishop Brady (474), Laconia (396.5), John Stark (243.5) and Prospect Mtn. (60) were the team standings.

Girls’ Alpine Skiing

Hopkinton 1st, Belmont 6th, Bishop Brady 7th, John Stark 10th, Kearsarge 11th

Key players: Hopkinton – Lia Chapin (1st GS, 6th slalom), Marcella Guadagno (1st slalom, 3rd GS), Avery Loew (7th GS, 8th slalom), Ally Duval (15th GS, 20th slalom), Maddie Dwyer (17th slalom, 19th GS), Izzy Afflerbach (25th slalom); Belmont – Ella Stevens (2nd slalom, 4th GS), Riley Degange (22nd slalom, 25th GS), Meg Soucie (30th GS, 32nd slalom), Cate McDonald (33rd slalom, 36th GS); Bishop Brady – Tess Lavoie (10th GS, 11th slalom), Anna Beauchesne (14th slalom, 16th GS), Elise Barnard (36th slalom, 39th GS); John Stark – Sophie Gray (45th slalom, 47th GS); Kearsarge – Savana Caswell (20th GS, 26th slalom)

Highlights:  Chapin narrowly won the giant slalom, posting a combined time of 1:19.85 on her two runs, just ahead of Gilford’s McKenna Howard (1:19.97), and Guadagno won the slalom with a run of 39.5 seconds as the Hawks won an 11-team meet at Gunstock on Friday. Belmont’s Stevens posted a run of 40.57 in the slalom to finish second. Hopkinton (750 points), Gilford (708), Plymouth (700.5), Lebanon (653), St. Thomas (649.5), Belmont (645), Bishop Brady (623), Laconia (549), Newfound (502), John Stark (192) and Kearsarge (159) were the team scores.