High schools: Bow Alpine wins Capital Cup; plus wrestling, basketball, hockey and indoor track

  • John Stark wrestler Gifford Colburn (bottom) fights to get out of a pin against Winnisquam wrestler Brendan Parry in the 182-pound bout in Wednesday’s match hosted by John Stark. Colburn competed up two weight classes higher than usual to make up for two teammates who were out sick. The shorthanded Generals lost to Winnisquam, 36-12. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Winnisquam wrestler Keion Miller gets lifted off the ground by John Stark wrestler Dawson Ruoff during the 160-pound bout in Wednesday’s match hosted by John Stark. Ruoff, who also wrestled at 170 due to sick teammates, pinned both of his opponents, but Winnisquam came away with the victory, 36-12. Ruoff’s John Stark teammate Griffin Colburn also had to handle extra duties, competing up two weight classes higher than usual at 182 pounds. See the story below and C2 for additional high school sports action from Wednesday night. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

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Published: 1/22/2020 11:23:41 PM

The Alpine skiing division championships are three weeks away, but local teams competed in a different championship of sorts on Wednesday and Bow came away with the title.

Despite Concord’s Kevin McDonough and Neil Shea going 1-2 in the boys’ race and Savanah Shannon winning the girls’ race, when all was said and done at Proctor Academy and the boys’ and girls’ scores were combined, it was depth that allowed the Bow Falcons to claim the Capital Cup.

The Falcons tallied 737 points, narrowly besting Concord (734) for area bragging rights, while Pembroke (676), Hopkinton (675) and St. Paul’s (621) rounded out the top five teams.

John Stark (290) finished sixth with just three skiers competing – Valentina Capponi (second girls), Samantha Innerfield (fourth girls) and Nathan Innerfield (seventh boys).

Merrimack Valley’s Violet Webb (eighth girls) was the only Pride skier who competed, accounting for all 93 of MV’s points.

In the boys’ race, McDonough won the single slalom race in a shade over a minute (1:00.68) and Shea finished in 1:03.15.

Pembroke’s Jackson Frazier finished third in 1:03.7, but Bow’s Connor Wachsmuth, Patrick Wachsmuth and Aden Lipsy went 4-5-6 to lift the Falcons to the team win on the boys’ side.

Jonathan Cook (ninth) wrapped up the scoring for the Bow boys, while Read Merrill (12th) and Jacob Ryder (19th) rounded out the scoring the Concord boys.

Ben Sporcic (16th), Owen Thomas (18th) and Harrison Army (20th) were the other three scorers for the Pembroke boys.

Will Chapin (eighth), Andrew Zankel (13th), Lincoln Wilson (17th) and Ben Berliner (26th) scored for Hopkinton.

On the girls’ side, Shannon’s run in 1:07.24 and Capponi’s time of 1:08.33 easily outdistanced the rest of the field.

Hannah Golden (fifth), Emma Burbank (13th) and Sarah Jenness (21st) also scored for the Tide, the highest-scoring team on the girls’ side.

The team from St. Paul’s School finished second in the girls’ race, just one point ahead of Bow, who was led by Megan Lavigne (sixth), Sarah Lavigne (12th), Madeline Soucy (14th) and Carolyn Johnson (15th).

Hopkinton’s Elizabeth Berliner (third), Izzy Holmes (19th), Elisa Pfatschbacher (22nd) and Madeleine Maughan (25th) scored for Hawks.

The Pembroke girls were led by Jessica Boyajian (ninth), Alyssa Merrill (16th), Elizabeth Duchesne (23rd) and Hannah Brown (27th).


Bow 42, Pelham 33
Bow 54, White Mountains 24

Key players: Bow – Nick Wray (2 wins at 106), Wyatt Rheinhardt (2 wins at 113), Alec Schultz (2 wins at 132), Eli DiPhilippo (2 wins at 160), Daniel Scott (2 wins at 170), Will Zachistal (2 wins at 285)

Highlights: The Falcons took advantage of the long trip to the White Mountains, coming away with a pair of victories to remain undefeated in duals against Division III teams.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re going to keep moving forward.” – Bow’s Brock Hoffman

Boys’ Basketball

Concord 49, Trinity 43

Key players: Concord – Rylan Canabano (14 points), Ivan Yen (11 points)

Highlights: The Tide led 18-9 after the first quarter and 27-14 at halftime, but needed clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to hold off the Pioneers. Trinity closed the gap to 32-22 heading into the fourth quarter. Canabano played great defense and Yen hit some clutch free throws to hold off the Pioneers.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve been putting defense first in practice latel and our guys translated that to gameplay nicely tonight.” – Concord’s James Thorpe

Records: Concord 3-3; Trinity 1-5

Pelham 68, John Stark 54

Key players: John Stark – Jayden Sheppard (14 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), Chad Martin (11 points in first varsity start), Christian Barr (11 points)

Highlights: It was a tale of two halves on Tuesday night. The Generals were up two points at the break, playing inspired team ball on both ends of the floor, but the second half belonged to Pelham whose ball pressure and dominance on the glass proved too much for John Stark.

Coach’s quote: “I think tonight showed us the two different teams that we could be. I’m confident that the boys will choose correctly but we need to understand that togetherness, defense, and rebounding have to be a critical part of who we are if we are going to be successful.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Pelham 6-1; John Stark 2-5

Girls’ Basketball

Concord 65, Trinity 24

Key players: Concord – Elizabeth Blinn (19 points), Ava Woodman (9 points), Jordyn Lengle (8 points)

Highlights: The Tide jumped out to an early lead and forced some turnovers to have transition scoring opportunities. Concord went on an 8-0 run to end the first half, taking a 38-15 lead at the break. The Tide outscored Trinity 22-7 in the third to extend the lead.

Coach’s quote: “Our defense was exactly where it needs to be. We played disciplined, we played together and we played with purpose. Every single player came into the game tonight and had an impact. We know we have a tough test on Friday, so we all wanted to make sure we were sharp and did not cut any corners or develop bad habits. I’m really proud of our kids. 6-2 feels great.” – Concord’s Tim LaTorra

Records: Concord 6-2; Trinity 0-7

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 5, Bishop Guertin 1

Key players: Concord – Tyler Coskren (2 goals), Noah Drew (goal, assist), Matt Hauschild (2 assists), Colin O’Brien (goal), Alex Forward (2 assists), Brooks Craigue (goal), Zach Drew (assist), Ryan Doherty (assist), Park Taylor (24 saves )

Highlights: Coskren scored 13 seconds into game and Philbrick’s tally made it 2-0 after the first period. The Tide and Cardinals played an even second period (Concord led 3-1 at the second intermission), but a pair of Concord goals in the third period sealed Wednesday night’s victory.

Coach’s quote: “Good win tonight. Our kids play well, scoring from three lines. Penalty kill was very good. Solid effort.” Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 10-0-0; Bishop Guertin 7-2-0

Girls’ Hockey

Concord 6, Bishop Guertin 5

Key players: Concord – Jaelyn Kelleher (2 goals), Joanna Dustin (2 goals), Emma LaRiviere (goal), Libby Brown (goal)

Highlights: Dustin scored the game-winning goal with 42 seconds left in Tuesday’s game to keep Concord’s undefeated streak alive.

Coach's quote: “While it wasn’t our prettiest win, we are happy to come out with a victory. We showed some determination and grit at the end to ultimately get the job done.” – Cocnord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 7-0-0; Bishop Guertin 2-5-0

Boys’ Indoor Track

Wildcat Relays

Key players: Bow – Colin Lessard, Gabe Neff, Ben Neff, Adem Aricanli

Highlights: The same quartet of Falcon runners competed in last week’s Wildcat Relays at UNH, finishing fourth in the distance medley relay (trailing only Division I schools) and eighth in the 4x800.

Team Pentathlon

Key players: Pembroke – James Dupuis (55 hurdles), Nikolai Dilullo (long jump), Peter Landry (shot put), Tyler May (high jump), David Testerman (1,000); MV – Cam Butt (55 hurdles), Seth Baylus (long jump), Mitch Graham (shot put), Isaac Linscott (high jump), Marshall Carey-Matthews (1,000)

Highlights: The Spartans and the Pride competed in the first ever New Hampshire Winter Track League team pentathlon, held on Sunday at UNH. Pembroke’s top team finished 11th out of 36 teams – the third best by a Division II team – and MV finished 18th. MV’s Baylus (second), and Pembroke’s Dupuis (sixth) and May (tied seventh) finished in the top 10 in their individual events.

Girls’ Indoor Track

Team Pentathlon

Key players: MV – Theresa Irving (high jump), Maddie Palmer (long jump), Liz LaRoche (shot put), Nicole Considine (55 hurdles), Sophia Reynolds (1,000); Pembroke – Lilly Curtis (high jump), Cassidy Rondeau (long jump), Olivia McCarty (shot put), Zoie Wall (55 hurdles), Lauren Lehoullier (1,000)

Highlights: The Spartans and the Pride competed in the first ever New Hampshire Winter Track League team pentathlon, held on Sunday at UNH. Merrimack Valley’s top team finished 12th and Pembroke’s best team finished 14th out of 39 teams. Pembroke’s ‘B’ team also had a strong day, finishing 16th. Irving (tied third), Wall (seventh) and Palmer (ninth) finished in the top 10 of their individual events for their ‘A’ teams. Madisyn Garrity finished sixth in the 55 hurdles for the MV ‘B’ team. MV and Pembroke were the fifth- and sixth-best Division II teams that competed.

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