High schools: Coe-Brown XC captures Black Bear crown

  • Kearsarge’s Mya Dube runs to the finish line at the Black Bear Invitational at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Saturday. Dube finished second in the girls’ race. Courtesy of Newhampshirecrosscountry.com

  • Coe-Brown’s Dawson Dubois (35) and Wyatt Mackey (43) compete at the Black Bear Invitational at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Saturday. The Coe-Brown boys finished first as a team. Courtesy of Newhampshirecrosscountry.com

  • Concord’s Morgane Orcutt runs to a fifth-place finish at the Black Bear Invitational at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Saturday. Orcutt helped lead the Concord girls’s team to a second-place finish. David Scannell / Newhampshirecrosscountry.com

Monitor staff
Published: 9/28/2019 9:44:12 PM

NORTHWOOD – The Black Bear Invitational is billed as a “pre-Meet of Champions” and based on the results of Saturday’s 30-plus team invitational hosted by Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, there will be plenty of Capital Area flavor at the top of the Meet of Champions come season’s end.

Led by junior Luke Tkaczyk (third) and freshman Aidan Cox (fourth), the Coe-Brown boys’ cross country team remained undefeated with a Black Bear Invitational crown, while the Concord girls, led by junior Morgane Orcutt (fifth) were the top New Hampshire team on the girls’ side, finishing second overall to Champlain Valley, Vt.

Kearsarge senior Mya Dube was the top area finisher at the invitational, finishing second in the girls’ race in 19:37.

Coe-Brown (59 points), Phillips Exeter Academy (69), Pinkerton (69), Concord (113) and Oyster River (167) were the top five boys’ teams, while defending New England champion Champlain Valley, Vt. (48), Concord (82), Coe-Brown (88), Phillips Exeter (130), Bedford (138) and Kennett (219) and Kearsarge (242) were the top seven girls teams.

The Coe-Brown boys entered Saturday’s invitational coming off a massive Large School division title against the best in New England (including nationally ranked Bishop Hendricken, R.I.) at last weekend’s Manchester Invitational and are undefeated against all opponents (including those from out of state), but the Bears haven’t paused to celebrate much.

“It’s funny, we won, it’s a wonderful day, we had some wonderful performances, but it was a heavy training week for us,” Coe-Brown co-head coach Brent Tkaczyk said. “Sometimes the kids came back, looked at their times and said ‘that isn’t what I wanted,’ but that’s just part of that training and we expect to get better from there. We’re super thrilled with the boys’ team as far as how they performed.”

Cousins Tkaczyk (16:26) and Cox (16:28), who have emerged as the top two runners for the Bears over the past few weeks, led the squad

“Luke and Aidan ran a really smart race,” coach Tkaczyk said. “They didn’t try to get take the lead too early. They were battling up front, a couple of moves were made and they held their spots to get third and fourth.”

Carter Sylvester (98th, 19:10), the Bears’ hero from the Manchester Invitational, lost his shoe early in the race in a stampede of runners battling for position just before entering a narrow part of the course, but had plenty of support from teammates Wyatt Mackey (13th, 16:58), Dawson Dubois (16th, 17:01), Logan Mihelich (23rd, 17:17), Patrick Hill (33rd, 17:47), Lars Hogne (54th, 18:07) and Issac Wells (75th, 18:45)

“It’s that real team effort,” coach Tkaczyk said. “The rest of the team was able to pick up the slack and really work together.”

Junior Eben Bragg (fifth, 16:35) had a strong race to lead the Concord boys, which was the second-best out of the Division I teams competing. David Cook (19th, 17:11), Ryan Devine (20th, 17:12), Ryan Ciesluk (28th, 17:33), Sam Hilts (42nd, 17:56), Zachary Hooper (45th, 17:59) and Brayden Kearns (49th, 18:03) rounded out Concord’s top seven.

After winning the Nashua North Invitational two weeks ago, but finishing a disappointing seventh at the Manchester Invitational last week, the Concord girls team hit its stride again on Saturday.

“We really struggled in the heat at Manchester,” Concord coach Ally Davis said. “I think this was really telling of the talent that we have. They’ve worked hard for it. They deserve it.”

Orcutt rebounded especially well, posting a 20:01, less than a minute behind the race winner, Alice Larson of Champlain Valley (19:19).

“Individually and as a team it went really well,” Orcutt said. “We had a tough weekend last weekend. It didn’t go how we wanted, but its good that we showed who we truly are and that we are really strong this year.”

Following Orcutt across the line was a pack of three freshmen – Molly Nyhan (10th, 20:20), Sophie Hopkins (17th, 20:52) and Alexis Christie (22nd, 21:11).

“They’re really young and they ran really hard and I’m super proud of them,” Davis said. “They’re working well in their group and using each other, especially at the start of the race, to push each other and that’s been able to help them power through tough days like today.”

Katie Watt (28th, 21:31), Abby Goulas (50th, 22:08), Serena Britos (58th, 22:18) and Katy McCoy (70th, 22:36) rounded out the Tide’s varsity crew, but that talent doesn’t stop there.

Sophomore Quincy Bolduc and freshman Gracie McHugh finished first and third in the JV race with varsity-caliber times.

“We’re not just seven strong,” Davis said. “We’re really 10 deep.”

Orcutt added, “It’s awesome. We haven’t seen this in a while at Concord for the girls to be up in the (New Hampshire Cross Country) rankings, so that’s new for us, but we’re excited for the rest of the season and I think we’ll do really well.”

Like the Concord girls, the Coe-Brown girls also are finding their identity again thanks to return of their top runner, junior Addison Cox, who finished seventh in 20:14.

“Having Addison back changes our team completely. Suddenly, now we’re a different team,” coach Tkaczyk said. “I think her body was in shock – it’s the first time she’s raced in nearly six months. She had a strong first couple miles and she was just muscling it out (in the final mile). She’s a major contributor. She’s our leader.”

Behind Cox was senior Abby O’Connor (14th, 20:39) who is having a “really quiet, great season,” according to coach Tkaczyk.

“She’s been a top-10ish runner all four years in high school and now you can see her make that jump,” Tkaczyk said. “She’s a major key to our team.”

Freshmen Sheldyn Fisher (20:53) and Mallory Taylor (21:08) finished 18th and 20th for the Bears, followed by Amelia Edmonds (29th, 21:31), Tessa Millette (37th, 21:43), Miranda Compton (51st, 22:11) and Mary Joy (83rd, 23:02).

“We have this wonderful pack of girls looking to get in that fifth-sixth-seventh spot,” coach Tkaczyk said. “We’ve got a long way to go for our girls to find their identity and we definitely have some major improvements if we’re going to contend to be one of the top teams in the state again, but this was a much better performance than last week, as a team. We’re moving in the right direction.”

The Kearsarge girls’ team finished in seventh, the best finish by a Division III team, beating D-II title contenders Oyster River and Hanover.

Lili Baer (23rd, 21:13), Jenna Bears (34th, 21:40), Madelin Prak (69th, 22:34) and Marla Richer (124th, 24:09) joined Dube as Kearsarge’s other scoring runners.

Top runners from other area teams included Faith Gosselin (38th, 21:43) for the 25th-place Winnisquam girls and Charlotte Corbitt (120th, 23:58) for the 26th-place Pembroke girls.

Gavin Garzia (53rd, 18:05) led 18th-place Kearsarge, Riley Mann (83rd, 18:50) led 25th-place Winnisquam and David Testerman (167th, 20:49) led 28th-place Pembroke.

Boys’ Cross Country

Bow 27, Campbell 54, Hopkinton 57, Bishop Brady 89

Key players: Bow – Colin Lessard (1st, 16:53), Gabe Neff (2nd, 17:15), Ben Neff (3rd, 17:16), Adem Aricanli (9th. 18:33), Connor Bernard (12th, 19:27); Hopkinton – Nick Simpkins (7th, 18:11), Thedore Mollano (8th, 18:21), Shepyrd Murdough (10th, 18:37), Parker Wuellenweber (11th, 18:55), Hayden Lynch (21st, 20:42); Bishop Brady – Oscar Miller (15th, 19:42), Maxwell Brown (16th, 19:50), Colby Despres (17th, 19:59), Conor Donovan (18th, 20:17), John Horangic (25th, 22:06); Hillsboro-Deering – Elias Ek (30th, 23:11)

Highlights: The Falcons finished 1-2-3 with Lessard breaking 17 minutes for the win and the Neff brothers battling for second place down the final stretch (finishing less than a second apart) to lead Bow at Hopkinton’s homecoming meet. H-D also competed, but did not have enough runners to score.

Coaches’ quotes: “Perhaps the heat fired the team up, because they served up fine finishes.” – Bow’s Katie McDonald

“The boys ran strong, but lost one of their normal top three, Michael Eggers-Emerson, who had to drop out after the first loop. By the end, Nick Simpkins took the lead for Hawks finishing seventh overall against some fast Bow and Campbell boys.” – Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

Girls’ Cross Country

Hopkinton 15, Campbell 52, Bow 71

Key players: Hopkinton – Emma Rothe (1st, 20:22), Cailey Stockwell (2nd, 20:28), Hannah Bennett (3rd, 20:34), Sydney Stockwell (4th, 20:48), Anna O’Reilly (5th, 20:51), Cate Westbrook (7th, 21:02), Lily Sabol (8th, 21:13); Bow – Maya Brochu (12th, 22:23), Delia Brochu (13th, 23:10), Susannah Zahn (18th, 23:59), Leah Boisvert (19th, 24:12), Tory Burke (20th, 24:15); Bishop Brady – Abby Shagena (9th, 21:37); Hillsboro-Deering – Emma Curley (38th, 28:51)

Highlights: Rothe won the homecoming title after finishing as the runner-up for the past three years and the Hawks claimed seven of the top eight spots to sweep their homecoming meet. Bishop Brady and H-D competed, but did not have enough runners to score.

Coaches’ quotes: “It was a great day for the girls’ team which continued their strong pack running from start to finish. From freshman to junior year, Emma Rothe had finished second at this home race and was finally able to come up with the win and lead the Hawks to a dominant team win as well. It was a great day overall the for the Hawks on their home turf as they head into the second half of the season.” – Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

“Bow met formidable opponents in Hopkinton and Campbell, but ran some fine races today.” – Bow’s Katie McDonald

Girls’ Soccer

Bishop Brady 8, Derryfield 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Sheridan Brummett (4G, 2A), Adrienne Brummett (3G, 3A), Lauren Beitler (2A), Megan Pelletier (G)

Highlights: Since losing their first game of the season two weeks ago, the Giants picked up their second commanding victory of the week, this time on homecoming over the Cougars. The Giants also beat Monadnock, 10-0, on Tuesday.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good win on homecoming weekend for us. Our girls played well from start to finish and moved the ball well throughout the entire game. It was fun to watch them play so well.” – Bishop Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 7-1; Derryfield 3-4

Kearsarge 1, Lebanon 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Jordan Busch (G), Caroline Camp (A), Mary Meagher (shutout), Brianna Tilton (defense), Kennedy Geary (defense); Lebanon – Sally Rainey (goalie)

Highlights: Camp took a direct kick from midfield and sent it to Busch, who volleyed and lifted her shot over the oncoming keeper and into the back of the net.

Coach’s quote: “It was a hard fought battle, back and forth with the one goal lifting us to the win. Lebanon did not let down and kept pressing until the final whistle.” – Kearsarge’s Emily Wagaman

Records: Kearsarge 4-4-0; Lebanon 2-6-1

Belmont 3, Gilford 0

Key players: Belmont – Sierra Bourque (2G), Rebecca Fleming (G, 2A), Jada Edgren (A), Emma Cochran (shutout), Yelena Rodrigues

Highlights: Fleming scored in the 50th minute and Bourque added on a pair of insurance goals later in the second half to secure a homecoming victory.

Coach’s quote: “It was a well-played game on both sides. Yelena Rodrigues gave us a big boost today.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 6-2-1; Gilford 4-3-0

Boys’ Soccer

Hopkinton 3, White Mountains 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Derek West (G), Logan Rockwood (G), Andrew Beckwith (G), Shea Dickson (A), Kevin Newton-Delgado (A), Aidan Burns (2 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks picked up a win on homecoming thanks to a strong defensive backline of Mike Baer, Peyton Marshall, Steven Newton-Delgado, Thomas Hoffmann and Ian Heck. West scored in the seventh minute, Rockwood scored in the 32nd off a cross from Kevin Newton-Delgado and Beckwith scored in the 65th off a penalty kick. The Spartans scored their only goal in the 21st minute to tie the game, 1-1.

Coach’s quote: “Nice and tidy homecoming win against a White Mountains team that played hard for the full 80 minutes.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 7-2; White Mtns. 2-6

Field Hockey

Hopkinton 5, Conant 3

Key players: Hopkinton – Madeleine Maughan (2G), Avery Barrett (G, 2A), Meggie Haley (G), Fiona Beane (G)

Coach’s quote: “Nice to get a win today for our homecoming game. The girls are working hard and we are looking forward to Tuesday for our senior game.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

Records: Hopkinton 8-1; Conant 4-4

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