High schools: Pembroke senior scores 1,000th career point in victory

  • Pembroke Academy senior Noah Cummings poses with his parents, Heather (right) and Dave (left) Cummings, after scoring his 1,000 point during Tuesday’s Division II boys’ basketball game against Manchester West. Pembroke won, 78-60, as Cummings finished with 24 points KERRY MCGILLICUDDY / For the Monitor

  • Pembroke Academy senior Noah Cummings gets lifted in the air by his teammates after scoring his 1,000th point during Tuesday’s Division II boys’ basketball game against Manchester West. Pembroke won, 78-60, as Cummings finished with 24 points KERRY MCGILLICUDDY / For the Monitor

  • Pembroke Academy senior Noah Cummings (center) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his 1,000 point during Tuesday’s Division II boys’ basketball game against Manchester West. Pembroke won, 78-60, as Cummings finished with 24 points KERRY MCGILLICUDDY / For the Monitor

Monitor staff
Published: 2/20/2019 12:14:34 AM

PEMBROKE – Noah Cummings needed 14 points to reach 1,000 for his career heading into Tuesday night’s home game against Manchester West. Like most things he does on the basketball court, the Pembroke Academy senior took care of this one quickly.

Cummings scored 16 in the first quarter and finished with 24 points and eight rebounds as the Spartans beat West, 78-60, upping their winning streak to 10 straight and their record to 15-1.

“I just wanted to get it out of the way,” Cummings said. “(Coach) said he wanted me to do it in the flow of the game and let it come to me, and I was just feeling it.”

Pembroke coach Rich Otis may have told Cummings to score within the flow, but Otis will also acknowledge that Cummings orchestrates that flow.

“To be honest with you, we don’t really call a lot of stuff,” Otis said. “We kind of let Noah play and he makes plays and nine times out of 10 he makes the right play.”

On Tuesday, those plays included a mix of drives and outside shots that included a 17-foot pull-up jumper from the right wing that gave Cummings 1,000, making him the 15th player (10th boy) in PA history to reach that milestone.

“It was a special night for Noah, his family and PA basketball,” Otis said. “I’m happy for him, proud of him. He’s a great kid and just a joy to have on the team.”

Cummings will soon be joined on that list by his teammate and close friend Sean Menard, who had 29 points against West and now needs 10 more to reach 1,000.

“I just want to see Sean get his, take care of that, and then win some more basketball games,” Cummings said.

Menard also had six rebounds and five steals to go along with his game-high 29 points. Pembroke junior Shea Shackford finished with 14 points, four rebounds and two steals. Jack Lehoullier played well for PA, Jared Dupuis provided some energy off the bench and Kyle Roukey scored his first varsity points.

The Spartans close out their regular-season schedule next with home games against Coe-Brown and Bow, and they should be one of the top four seeds for the Division II tournament, which begins March 6.

“I think we’re playing really well,” Cummings said. “There are still a lot of things we need to get better at, but there’s still a lot of time to get that done with a whole week of practice coming up and then some stretches where we’ll be able to practice a lot. So I think we’re playing well right now, but we can play a lot better, and I think you’re going to see that in upcoming games and the tournament.”


Concord 59, Windham 51

Key players: Concord – Rylan Canabano (19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists), Scott Lampron (17 points), Tyler Bruns (11 points)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide trailed by three at halftime, but Canabano shut down Windham’s top scorer in the second half while leading the offense, and Concord claimed a win that likely cemented the team a playoff spot for the first time since 2014. The Tide was aggressive on the offensive end in this one and went 18-for-21 from the free-throw line.

Records: Concord 8-7; Windham 2-12

Coe-Brown 51, Bow 48

Key players: Coe-Brown – Cayden Donoghue (19 points, 6 steals), Albert Lapiejko (9 points, 7 rebounds), Keegan Paradis (7 points, 4 assists), Luke McCusker (6 points, 4 rebounds), Dominic Cronshaw (5 points, 7 deflections), Mason Winarski (4 points)

Highlights: It was a tight game throughout, but Lapiejko hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth before Donoghue and Winarski sealed it from the free-throw line.

Coach’s quote: “It was an important game for both teams and Bow played hard for 32 minutes.” – Coe-Brown’s Dave Smith

Records: Coe-Brown 9-6; Bow 3-12

Bishop Brady 65, Souhegan 58

Key players: Bishop Brady – Will Spencer (25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), Ismael Rivera (13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Ryan Johnson (6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks), Tommy Fraser (11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals), AJ Cipriano (defense)

Highlights: The Green Giants started the game on a 10-0 run and held off the Sabers for a big win.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great team win. The boys played with all their heart.” – Bishop Brady’s Keith Bergeron

Records: Bishop Brady 8-8, Souhegan 10-5

Kearsarge 57, Stevens 40

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Tremblay (18 points, 4 steals), Kyle Hernon (12 points, 7 rebounds), Ben Carl (11 points, 3 assists), Nick Leblanc (5 points, 3 steals), Jak Jallah (5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals)

Highlights: The Cougars applied tough defensive pressure throughout the game and played all 13 boys on their roster in a total team effort.

Coach’s quote: “This was a solid win that allowed us to play a variety of players and had key contributions from all 13 players. We had great ball movement and there were many unselfish plays tonight, which will only help us get stronger as we prepare for Plymouth on Thursday.” – Kearsarge’s Nathan Camp

Records: Kearsarge 8-7; Stevens 1-15

Inter-Lakes 56, Winnisquam 47

Key players: Winnisquam – Gunnar Horman (13 points), Phil Nichols (10 points), Angelo Glover (10 points); Inter-Lakes – Eli Swanson (23 points), Eli Dupigny (18 points)

Highlights: The Bears held a seven-point lead late in the third quarter, but Swanson hit a 3 to end the third and the Lakers carried that momentum into and through the fourth quarter.

Coach’s quote: “It was Senior Night on their home court and we lost our composure a little bit.” – Winnisquam coach Kevin Dame

Records: Winnisquam 9-8; Inter-Lakes 10-7

Hopkinton 56, Hillsboro-Deering 39

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (26 points), Caleb Yianakopolos (10 points), Michael Baer (9 points), Tyler Allen (5 points); Hillsboro-Deering – Elijah Winters (12 points), Charles Veitch (10 points), Owen Coombs (7 points)

Highlights: Hillsboro-Deering came out with great energy and took a 23-21 lead into halftime, but Hopkinton’s size was too much in the second half and the Hawks closed the game with a 19-6 run for their third straight win.

Coach’s quote: “It took a while for us to match H-D’s energy, but once we settled down on defense it helped our offense flow. We stayed true to the game plan and got a lot of opportunities inside where we started to finish in the second half.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 11-6; Hillsboro-Deering 4-13

Prospect Mountain 56, Franklin 55

Key players: Franklin – T.J. Laramie (24 points), Harrison Clark (18 points)

Highlights: After trailing by eight in the fourth quarter, Franklin came back to take a one-point lead with seven seconds on the clock only to lose on a shot at the buzzer.

Coach’s quote: “You would have never known that these two teams were not going to the tournament. Great game by both teams that was settled with one second on the clock. Very proud that my guys, came out to play and gave everything they had.” – Franklin’s Michael Donnell

Records: Prospect Mountain 3-13; Franklin 5-12

Pittsfield 71, Sunapee 64, OT

Key players: Pittsfield – Dylan Bocash (22 points), Devin Bedell (15 points), Jah Gordon (9 points), Jesse MacGlashing (7 points, 8 rebounds)

Highlights: The Panthers trailed for most of the game, but Gordon went on a personal 9-0 run in the fourth quarter, turning steals into points, and helping Pittsfield force overtime. Bedell scored five of his 15 after regulation as the Panthers dominated the extra session to pull out the road win.

Coach’s quote: “The guys did great job keeping the tempo up in overtime. And we switched defense to a zone and that slowed down their offense.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 12-5; Sunapee 12-5

Girls’ Basketball

Windham 63, Concord 42

Key players: Concord – Ky Buchholz (18 points); Windham – Sam Adamson (17 points)

Highlights: Concord was down just seven at halftime and stayed within striking range until the fourth quarter. But the Tide gambled defensively late in the game and Windham pulled away.

Coach’s quote: “In the first half we played great defensively, did exactly what we wanted to do. However, we must have missed 15 to 20 layups and were never really able to capitalize on our stops. When we had to gamble in the fourth they converted. Tonight was our Senior Night and I want to thank Quinn Daniels, Ashley Nault and Caroline Clark for their hard work and commitment. ” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 4-13; Windham 11-6

John Stark 53, Spaulding 40

Key players: John Stark – Chelsea Woodsum (16 points, 8 rebounds), Autumn Nelson (10 points, 10 rebounds), Anna Stenger (11 points, 12 rebounds)

Highlights: Spaulding had won eight in a row before meeting the Generals, who have now won six straight headed into the final game of their regular season on Friday at home against Kingswood.

Coach’s quote: “Nice victory with some balanced scoring. Our rebounding was very good tonight at both ends of the court.” – John Stark’s Bruce Johnson

Records: John Stark 14-3; Spaulding 11-5

Merrimack Valley 51,
Manchester West 17

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Alyssa Woodman (10 points), Carly Huckins (8 points), Aislinn McDonald (10 points)

Coach’s quote: “Good team win. We had the opportunity tonight to get extra minutes for players and they did well. Now we will wait to see who we play in the tournament and prepare hard in practice.” – Merrimack Valley’s Bob McNutt

Records: Merrimack Valley 11-7; West 2-15

Kearsarge 47, Stevens 35

Key players: Kearsarge – Meg Roy (19 points), Jordan Busch (8 points), Caroline Camp (7 points); Stevens – Syd Miller (19 points)

Highlights: The Cougars talked about starting fast before the game and then did exactly that, building a 19-4 lead in the first quarter. Stevens pulled itself back in the game, but Roy scored nine of her 19 points in the fourth quarter as Kearsarge pulled away for the home win.

Coach’s quote: “Ellie Camp gave us a huge lift in the second half with her effort, which we needed. Caroline Camp also played some great defense on Syd Miller, who is very tough to handle. All the girls played tough tonight and we got a huge win.” – Kearsarge’s Keith Roberts

Records: Kearsarge 7-10; Stevens 4-14

Coe-Brown 41, Bow 31

Key players: Coe-Brown – Kirin Asselin (16 points), Valentina White (14 points), Angelina Rene (4 points, 15 rebounds); Bow – Taylor Burnham (9 points), Lauren Goyette (8 points)

Highlights: After playing on Monday, Coe-Brown lacked some energy to start this one and trailed, 18-6, at halftime. The Bears then turned the tables in the third quarter by outscoring Bow, 23-4, in the frame.

Coach’s quote: “The first half was our worst half of the season, but we woke up in the third quarter.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Coe-Brown 9-8; Bow 8-9

Boys’ Hockey

Goffstown 3, John Stark-Hopkinton 1

Key players: John Stark-Hopkinton – Brett Patnode (goal), Nolan Sauer (assist), Jameson Bourque (24 saves); Goffstown – Colby Gamache (2 assists), Griffin Cooke (goal, assist), Kyle Lasella (22 saves)

Highlights: After a scoreless first period, Division II Goffstown scored on a power play against the D-III General Hawks. John Stark-Hopkinton tied things when Patnode scored on a quick shot off a faceoff win from Sauer, but the Grizzlies found the game-winner with about five minutes left and finished the scoring with three seconds left in the game, handing JSH its first loss of the season.

Coach’s quote: “It was a well-played, tight, defensive game by both teams tonight. Even though we lost, there were plenty of positive that came out of the game for us.” – John Stark-Hopkinton’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: Goffstown 13-3-1; John Stark-Hopkinton 15-1-0

Boys’ Nordic Skiing

Bow first, Hopkinton second

Key players: Hopkinton – Theodore Mollano (5th), Parker Wuellenweber (11th), Michael Eggers (14th), Ryan Hughes (18th)

Highlights: This was a great finish to the regular season for Division IV Hopkinton, which tied for second at the 10-team Capital Area Nordic Championships with D-I Concord.

Girls’ Nordic Skiing

Hopkinton first

Key players: Hopkinton – Emma Rothe (3rd), Lily Sabol (6th), Francie Trafton (7th), Lillian Eckberg(14th)

Highlights: The Division IV Hawks finished first in the 10-team Capitol Area Nordic Championships, beating teams from D-I, D-II and D-III.

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