High Schools: Hopkinton’s Gagnon, Inter-Lakes’ Spicuzza make cut at Division IV championship

  • Hopkinton’s Andrew Fairneny watches his tee shot on the third hole during the Division IV golf championship on Thursday at Canterbury Woods Country Club. The Hawks finished sixth with a team total of 403. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes High School’s Gable Busby follows through on an iron shot during the Division IV golf championship Thursday at Canterbury Woods Country Club. Busby carded the fourth lowest score for the Lakers at 103. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Inter-Lakes High School’s Keegan Bickford gets ready to tee off midway through the Division IV golf championship at Canterbury Woods Country Club on Thursday. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Friday, October 13, 2017

CANTERBURY – He wasn’t particularly beaming with confidence all afternoon. In fact, for about half of the round on Thursday, Trent Gagnon figured by the time he walked into the clubhouse his scorecard would read somewhere in the triple-digits.

Then came his final few holes.

The Hopkinton senior managed to keep a 10 on the par-5, 518-yard second hole far in his rear view, picking up two birdies and two pars over his final six holes to make the individual cut with an 89 during the Division IV golf championship at Canterbury Woods Country Club.

“Talking to him midway through the round, he was not really high on his score,” Hopkinton Coach Dave Chase said. “When he made a 25-footer on his last hole to par it, we thought that was kind of his last high school shot. And then to find out he was at 89 when they added up all the scores, I think we all kind of thought he was in the 100s, so that was kind of a surprise and now he gets to come back and play another day.”

Gagnon was one of 14 golfers to make the cut – set at 91 – for the D-IV individual championship during the team title match that was easily won by Mascenic with a total score of 342. The Vikings were paced by Anthony Andronaco, who earned medalist honors with his tournament-low score of 77.

White Mountains (364) placed second and was followed by Moultonborough Academy (374), Littleton (383), Inter-Lakes (392), Hopkinton (403) and Sunapee (422).

“I think it played out the same way the season did,” Chase said. “We have a young team, Gagnon is the only senior, so it was nice he made the cut. ... Trent actually calls this his home course. He moved down here five or six years ago, and for him, it really worked out well.”

Gagnon said his familiarity with the course was definitely an edge, and that he’ll take the same approach with him from Thursday into Saturday’s individual tournament at Canterbury Woods.

“I’m just going to go out there, have some fun, play some golf, swing easy and hope for the best, Gagnon said. “Everyone gave it a good effort. Everyone tried hard and everyone played pretty well. I’m proud of them.”

The Hawks also received solid rounds from Larsen Burack (97), Andrew Fairneny (108) and Brandon Boris (109), but never threatened Mascenic, which was the only team to have every golfer come in at under 100.

For Inter-Lakes and first-year Coach Chris Houston, Nick Spicuzza was a bright spot.

Spicuzza was right at the cut line with a 91, and credited Houston – the 2016 New Hampshire State Am champion and four-time NHIAA individual tournament winner – for helping him turn his swing around.

“It’s been awesome this whole year,” Spicuzza said. “At the beginning of the season he reconstructed my whole swing and after that I’ve been doing very well. I think for me it’s a big improvement and other people have enjoyed his presence, too.”

Lakers teammate Ryan Hale was close to joining Spicuzza under the cut line, but a 12 on No. 16 held Hale back despite four pars on the afternoon. Brett Burns carded a 100, Gable Busby contributed with a 103 and Kody Hamel (106) and Keegan Bickford (109) rounded out the scores for the Lakers.

“Ryan got a little unfortunate with the 12 on the par 5 and it kind of set him back. Other than that, he would have been inside the cut,” Houston said. “But it’s fun to have Nick here again and good for a senior, for sure.”

Houston also explained what makes a course like Canterbury so challenging, especially for newcomers.

“It’s basically just a lot of forced carries. There’s a ton of hazards that you have to carry the ball over on the tee and it’s very hilly,” Houston said. “There’s a lot of elevation change and that makes it difficult. It’s not something a lot of these kids are accustomed to and it can be tough.”

Spicuzza and Farmington’s Jake Squires are the first pairing scheduled to tee off for Saturday’s individual championship at 10:30 a.m. Gagnon will play with Moultonborough’s Thomas Hickey and Mascenic’s Ethan Bilodeau beginning at 10:57 a.m.

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

Division II boys’ golf

Three high school golfers from the capital area made the cut after the first round of the boys’ Division II individual championship at Rochester Country Club.

Bishop Brady’s Nick Grimbilas and John Stark’s Ryan Rothdiener led the local players each carding an 83 in a five-way tie for 10th place. Justin Legere of Pembroke shot a 13-over 85 for a share of 15th place.

Sam Barton of Kingswood led the day shooting a 1-over 73, four strokes ahead of Hanover’s Phin Choukas in second.

The second round is Saturday in Rochester. Grimbilas, Rothdiener and Goffstown’s Curtis McKay tee off at 10:40 a.m. Legere is in the group ahead and tees off at 10:32 a.m.

MaryAnne Wiley (Bishop Brady) tied for fourth in the girls’ championship earlier this month at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem. She carded an 86 to tie for 18th individually at Rochester Country Club on Thursday.


Bow 5, John Stark 0

Key players: Bow – Madi Paul (goal), Miah Munro (2 goals, assist), Amanda Marshall (goal, assist), Lauren Goyette (goal), Anna Lafrenierre (goal), Gwen Molind (2 assists), Lea Crompton (assist), Bridget Ehrenberg (shutout), Kimberly Gosselin (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: Paul scored 2:03 into the game, Munro followed with a goal 15 minutes later, and Marshall scored with five minutes left in the first half for a 3-0 lead.

Coach’s quote: “All around great effort, five different players scored, I thought the girls did a great job moving the ball, attacking the goal and defending as a team.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 13-1; John Stark 8-4-2

Pembroke 4, Pelham 3

Key players: Pembroke – Katelyn Young (saved a PK), Kayla Paquin (goal), Jade Pescinski (goal, assist), Hannah Brown (goal), Mady Laflamme (goal), Hannah Serafin (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Laflamme scored in the 12th minute and the Spartans didn’t let go of their lead. Vickey Mudgett and Young split time in net.

Coach’s quote: “The girls persevered and battled for 80 minutes. I’m so glad they came out on top and stood up to Pelham’s pressure in the final minutes together. Their composure was brilliant tonight.” – Pembroke’s Jess Croft

Records: Pembroke 7-7; Pelham 9-4-1

Hopkinton 4, Newport 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Grace Clark (2 goals, assist), Taylor Signor (2 assists), Caitlyn Clark (goal), Catherine O’Keefe (goal), Maura Zankel (assist), Emily Metzger, Ellie Owen, Belle Sullivan, Amelia Bassett (2 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks fired 25 shots on goal in the winning effort.

Coach’s quote: “This was an exciting game to watch with Hopkinton controlling most of the match.” – Hopkinton’s Lauri Izzi

Records: Hopkinton 11-2-1; Newport 1-12


Hopkinton 2, Belmont 1, 2OT

Key players:Hopkinton – Gerry Donahue (goal), Max Rossignol (goal), Sam Crawford (4 saves), Paul Molnar (forward), Zach Signor (outside back); Belmont – Colby Brown (goal), Jake Deware (8 saves), River Mathieu (midfield), Griffin Embree (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: Donahue gave the Hawks the a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute on the road at Belmont. Brown answered for the Raiders in the 21st minute. The teams traded shots through the second half and a full overtime period before Rossignol delivered the win for Hopkinton in the 97th minute. Deware made an impressive save on a point-blank shot in the first overtime.

Coach’s quote: “We came out from the opening whistle fired up and taking the attack at Belmont. The early pressure led to Gerry’s goal on a nice shot from 20 yards out.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 12-2; Belmont 8-4-1

Coe-Brown 1, Kearsarge 0, 2OT

Key players:C-B – Mason Winiarski (goal), Ben Healey (assist), Hogan Cain (1 save); Kearsarge – Levi Wilson (strong in net)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars played well on senior night, but Winiarski’s header found the back of the net two minutes into the second overtime off a corner kick from Healey. The win should assure Coe-Brown of a tournament spot.

Coach’s quote: “Kearsarge is a very good team. They’re solid all-around and have seniors with experience. They were definitely ready to play, but our guys are also playing very well. We’re probably playing our best soccer right now.” – C-B’s Christian Gompert

“It was a tough loss. The boys worked hard. We will begin preparing for our next game.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: C-B 7-7-1, Kearsarge 6-7-1

Laconia 7, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Christian Shepard (midfield), Logan Hannigan (midfield)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to find our shape in the first half of the game. Our second half looked much better.” – Laconia’s Kevin Vangorden

Records: Laconia 4-1-9; Franklin 0-13


Lebanon 2, Merrimack Valley 0

Highlights/key moments: The game was scoreless at halftime before Lebanon put two away in the second half to seal the game.

Coach’s quote: “We ended 1-12-1, but I’ll take a team that works hard and never gives up any day.” – MV’s Kim Kenney

Records: Lebanon 6-5-1; MV 1-12-1


Pittsfield 3, Raymond 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Emma Smith (9 kills, 5 digs, 6 aces), Arianna Cry (3 kills, 6 digs, 6 aces)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers came out strong in the first set but slowed down to start the second and had to dig their way out of a seven-point deficit. Pittsfield won in three sets, 25-10, 25-21, and 25-11.

Coach’s quote: “I’m very proud of how the girls came back in the second set. I let them play through, and didn’t call a timeout. They need to be able to work through difficult times on the court, which the did. This is a good team. They’ve come together and are playing well.” – Pittsfield’s Paul Strickhart

Records: Pittsfield 6-5; Raymond 2-10

Inter-Lakes 3, Prospect Mountain 2

Key players: I-L: Jessalyn Brown (36 assists, 20 service points, 22 digs), Emma Wheeler (18 kills, 18 digs, 9 service points), Morgan White (9 kills, 24 digs, ace on match point), Madisyn Wilson (16 digs)

Highlights/key moments: Brown, a junior setter, registered her 1,000th career assist when Wheeler put down a kill midway through the fourth set.

Coach’s quote: “Kudos to a hard-working, vastly improved Prospect Mountain team who gave the unbeaten Lakers a big challenge tonight.” – I-L’s Randy Mattson

Records: I-L 12-0, Prospect Mtn. 6-7