Stark, Coe-Brown, Kearsarge qualify for bass fishing state final

  • Dustin Hallee, Christopher Roy, Dominik Sutkus and Bowdyn Egner helped the John Stark High School bass fishing team place fourth overall at the NHIAA bass fishing state qualifier last week on Lake Winnipesaukee. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 9/23/2019 10:05:27 PM

Christopher Roy, Dominik Sutkus and Bowdyn Egner helped the John Stark High School fishing team place fourth overall at the NHIAA bass fishing state qualifier last week on Lake Winnipesaukee.

The Generals weighed in at 15.58 pounds and will fish for the state title on Saturday at Spofford Lake.

The championship field will also include Coe-Brown and Kearsarge, which finished seventh and 10th, respectively, in a qualifying round that advanced the top 11 teams out of 32.

“It went well for us. There was an eight-fish limit and we hit our limit about an hour in so we spent the rest of the day culling (replacing smaller fish from the live well with bigger fish caught after the limit is met). There were 32 high schools involved, 11 make finals, so its an interesting format,” Stark coach Doug Hume said.

Bass fishing first became a sport recognized by the NHIAA in 2013. Stark won the championship a year later under Hume and is angling for a second this fall.

“We’ve qualified every year for the finals, except for last year, but this is the best we’ve ever done in qualifying I believe,” Hume said.

“It’s great. It gets kids involved in a sport that may or may not participate in a sport if it wasn’t for fishing. That was the goal in starting it out. To get as many kids involved in some activity or sport as possible.”

Other members of the Stark team include Josh Brown, Mason Dion, Vincent Draleaus, Josh Gilman, Alex Moore and Tyler Nieves.

Kearsarge, the state champions in total weight and Smallmouth bass last season, will look to repeat after Chris Brahan, Steven Williamson and Cole Noyer fared well in qualifying under coach Dave LeBlanc. Sabian Griffin is expected to join the Cougars in the finals.

Coe-Brown, meanwhile, is aiming for its first title after the team of Scott Ireland, Jordan Trahant, Tanner Wotton and Freddy Schaaff helped get the Bears into the championship field.

“It went well. It was a tough day for everyone. The fish weren’t active. We felt fortunate to at least get our limit of fish and place where we placed,” Coe-Brown coach Paul Haggenmiller said of the qualifying round.

Saturday’s championship will begin with a captain’s meeting at 7:30 a.m. before each team’s boat heads out from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a clean slate for the final round.

“Everyone is on the same playing field and has no advantages. It makes for a better competition,” Haggenmiller said.


Goffstown 104, Pembroke 86,
Coe-Brown 70

Key players: Coe-Brown – Wells Lambert (17), Jacques Dubois (16), Cole Perra (14), Dan Strum (12), Evan Menard (11)

Records: Goffstown 9-8; Pembroke 4-15; Coe-Brown1-16

Derryfield 90, Stevens 80,
Kearsarge 49, Belmont 46

Key players: Derryfield – Gunnar Senatore (26, medalist)

Highlights: Kearsarge picked up a win in a field of strong teams at Lake Sunapee Country Club.

Records: Derryfield 21-0; Stevens 18-3; Kearsarge 6-18; Belmont 3-21

Sanborn 82, Plymouth 75,
John Stark 67, Lebanon 63

Key players: John Stark – Jacob Greene (22, runner-up medalist); Sanborn – Patrick Sullivan (23, medalist)

Highlights: Greene hit an amazing tee shot on the ninth hole at Angus Lea Golf Course to set up a birdie, the Generals’ first birdie of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We played hard and showed up with some confidence on our home (course). It was a great match by all teams. We had our best team score to date, 22 more points than our second best.” – John Stark’s Matt Caputo

Records: Sanborn 15-6; Plymouth 17-4; John Stark 5-16; Lebanon 8-13

Laconia 69, Somersworth 68,
Bishop Brady 64, Campbell 43

Key players: Bishop Brady – Chris Grimbilas (19), Matt Wiley (15), Peyton Vachon (15), Ben Boyer (15); Laconia – Evan Rollins (29, medalist)

Records: Laconia 10-11; Somersworth 11-10; Bishop Brady 11-9; Campbell 7-14

Bow 83, Gilford 59,
Prospect Mountain 53, ConVal 29

Key players: Bow – Jake Mielcarz (par 36), CJ Smethurst (7-over 43), Cam Evans (7-over 43)

Coach’s quote: “Mielcarz continues to impress. His scoring is consistent and he is playing great. Evans and Smethurst have been very consistent for us lately.” – Bow’s Matt Davis

Records: Bow 17-1; Gilford 15-9; Prospect Mtn. 5-16; ConVal 4-20

Hopkinton 65, White Mountains 41, Woodsville 21

Key players: Hopkinton – Dan Miner (20, medalist), Colby Marshall (16), Kody Dexter (16), Andrew Fairneny (13)

Highlights: Miner earned medalist honors as the Hawks swept a three-team match at Blackmount.

Coach’s quote: “The Hawks will honor their four seniors on Thursday night at their last home match played at Country Club of New Hampshire.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 10-2; White Mtns. 11-3; Woodsville4-8

Field Hockey

Windham 1, Concord 0

Key players: Concord – Erin Doherty, Maria Armaganian, Alice Rosenberg

Highlights: The Tide played well, but the Jaguars scored off a corner late in the game to take the win.

Coach’s quote: “Concord was in the game for the entire 60 minutes due to a whole team performance, with notable individual performances by Armaganian, Doherty and Rosenberg.” – Concord’s Andy Briers

Records: Windham 5-1; Concord 5-2

Hopkinton 2, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Rose Finlayson (G), Avery Barrett (G), Katie Meserve (A), Kate Bouchard (A), Caroline Barrett (defense), Emma Hall (defense); Kearsarge – Marissa Montagna (G), Brier Roberts (A), Marissa Pickman (18 saves), Kate Dawson (midfield)

Highlights: Pickman had a strong game in net, but Finlayson and Barrett found the back of the cage to keep the Hawks undefeated.

Coaches’ quotes: “Kearsarge had a strong game tonight and came out very strong. (Pickman) did a great job shutting down our shots, but we managed to squeak two by to get the win tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

“There is no question that Hopkinton is one of, if not the strongest, program in Division III and we gave them a good fight today.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams

Records: Hopkinton 7-0; Kearsarge 3-4

Girls’ Soccer

Hollis-Brookline 2, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Chloe Binder (midfield), Madison Roberge (midfield)

Highlights: The Cavaliers scored a goal late in both halves to hand the Falcons their first loss of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t come ready to play. It started in our warm up and carried into the first half. Hollis worked hard the whole game and were rewarded for their effort. Second half our play improved and we created some good chances, just didn’t finish them of. This is a good lesson that will help us improve.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Hollis-Brookline 6-1; Bow 6-1

Hopkinton 1, Inter-Lakes 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Jess Carney (G), Annie Higginbotham (A), Emily Fleegle (shutout)

Highlights: Carney scored the game-winner with seven minutes left in the match and Fleegle earned her third straight clean sheet.

Coach’s quote: “Inter-Lakes defense was organized and tough to break through. Our impatience and lack of vision did not do us any favors on the offensive end of things. Two more tough games this week. I think the girls will be up for the challenge.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 6-1; Inter-Lakes 4-3

Boys’ Soccer

Pembroke 7, Kingswood 0

Key players: Pembroke – Harry Army (3G, A), Peter Rosado (2G), Tyler Serafin (3A)

Highlights: The Spartans earned their first shutout of the season with a victory over the Knights.

Records: Pembroke 4-3; Kingswood 0-7

Girls’ Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, Souhegan 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Niki Smith (7 kills, block), Anneliese Wade (5 kills), Abby Jerome (5 kills), Molly Ewing (5 kills), Jessie Davis (3 kills, 5 aces), Liby Downer, Skylar Ward, Emma Zollman, Beatrice Tursi also contributed kills

Highlights: A well-rounded effort from the entire roster helped the Bears roll to a 25-12, 25-21, 25-11 victory over the Sabres.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight was a team effort. Everyone contributed strongly on defense and offense. We served tough and started strong on offense and defense right away. I’m very proud of the effort of the team tonight.” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

Records: Coe-Brown 5-2; Souhegan 2-4

Epping 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Records: Epping 1-6; H-D 0-4

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