High schools: MV boys, Hopkinton girls win 3-team track meet

  • Hopkinton’s Grace Hall (second from right) leads the way during the 100-meter dash in a meet at Merrimack Valley on Wednesday. Hall, a freshman, finished first in the 100, long jump and triple jump to lead the Hopkinton girls to the win. Jeff Sullivan / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Merrimack Valley’s Sophia Reynolds clears a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdles race at a home meet on Wednesday. Jeff Sullivan / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Cailey Stockwell runs to a victory in the 400 meters during Wednesday’s meet at Merrimack Valley. Jeff Sullivan / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Grace Hall takes flight in the triple jump during Wednesday’s meet at Merrimack Valley. Hall, a freshman, won the triple jump, long jump and 100 meters to lead the Hawks to a victory over MV and Bishop Brady. Jeff Sullivan / sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 4/29/2021 2:09:25 PM

Wednesday’s track and field meet at Merrimack Valley featured some local athletes who could make big impacts at the division championships at the end of the May.

The Merrimack Valley boys won with 69 points, followed by Hopkinton (51) and Bishop Brady (36), while Hopkinton won the girls’ side with 74. The host Pride (42) and Giants (30) rounded out the girls’ scores, but more important than the team scores is the fact that all three squads got to compete in a quality meet.

In a COVID-19 year, teams can’t take any meets for granted. Most schools have just five meets on their schedules, and the first week was rained out for many teams. Plus, there are fewer qualifying spots for the division championships, making each meet, no matter how small, all the more important.

“Each school gave us a really good meet,” long-time MV coach Bob Mullen said. “All the schools were helpful with meet management. This season is like a trip in time to the 90s when you only had regular season meets and maybe one invitational before the class meets. We had nice teamwork from the athletic directors and coaches to pull this meet off.”

MV junior Seth Baylus showed why he is one of the top sprinters and jumpers in Division II, winning the 100 meters in 11.59 seconds, the 200 in 23.83 seconds and the long jump in 18 feet, 2 inches. He also ran on the winning 4x100 relay with sophomore Bishow Thapa (second 100, third 200, fourth long jump), senior Tye Vasquez (fourth 100 and 200) and sophomore Tyler Wallace.

“The strength of the boys’ team lies in the sprints,” Mullen said.

Wallace, described as “an up and comer” by coach Mullen, won the 300 hurdles (48.12) and high jump (4-8).

Senior Ethan Dodenhoff was also a double winner, claiming the 1,600 (4:56) and 3,200 (10:43) races.

Sophomore Marshall Carey-Matthews won the 800 in 2:21 and ran on the winning 4x400 with Thapa, Vasquez and Dodenhoff.

Senior Kaiden Clark (second discus, fourth javelin) and junior Fenn Davis (third shot put and discus) were among the other top performers for the Pride boys.

On the girls’ side, Hopkinton freshman Grace Hall won the 100 (14.14), long jump (13-10) and triple jump (31-1.5), and running on the winning 4x100 with sophomore Paige Martin (200 winner in 32.49, third 400), junior Jessie Carney and sophomore Elise Miner (second discus, third 100, third javelin).

The Hawks also have most of the runners from their D-III title-winning cross country team competing on the track. Junior Cailey Stockwell won the 400 (1:06), senior Cate Westbrook won the 800 (2:44) and sophomore Hannah Bennett won the 3,200 (11:55). Bennett, Stockwell (third 3,200) and Westbrook (fourth 3,200) only had a few minutes to recover after the 3,200 before the trio turned in a victory in the 4x400 with teammate Audrey Davies.

Hopkinton also looked sharp in throwing events. Carney won the discus in 68-5 and the javelin in 96-7, in addition to a runner-up finish in the 200.

“We always seem to have the cards stacked against us a bit with our lack of facilities,” Hopkinton coach Rob Rothe said. “A dirt 330 foot oval, lack of officially throwing areas, etc. However, this group has always worked extremely hard to overcome these deficits. For them to be so competitive in this division is a true testament to their commitment and hard work.”

The Hawks are bolstered by the addition of coach George Sabol, who has coached the recreation Granite State Track and Hershey Track programs in town and is working with the sprinters and jumpers, helping Hopkinton balance its strength – more focused in the distance races in recent years – among more events.

Junior Sophia Reynolds led the Pride girls with a win the 1,600 (5:23) and a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles – a new event she is trying this year.

“Sophia is the leader of the girls’ team,” Mullen said. “She’s using her athleticism in the hurdles, so it’ll be interesting to see how she progresses there.”

Sophomore Beatrice Dickinson provided the other MV win - taking the shot put in 23-3.25. She also finished third in the discus and fourth in the javelin.

Freshmen Trinity Delaney (second 100 hurdles, third 200) and Elizabeth Barrington (third 100 hurdles, third long jump), sophomore Violet Webb (second 800) and senior Tabitha Nugent (second 100, fourth long jump) were the other leading scorers for the Pride.

Bishop Brady’s senior Abby Shagena won the 300 hurdles in 52.7 and finished second in the long jump, triple jump and javelin. Senior Emily Beane won the 100 hurdles (20.12) and finished fourth in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Junior Katie Palmateer (second 1,600 and 3,200) and freshman Olivia Blanchard (second 400) were the other top finishers for the Giants.

Freshman Anthony Cauley (first triple jump, second 300 hurdles), sophomore Noah Gregory (first 110 hurdles) and sophomore Max Bishop (won the javelin in 115-10, fourth shot put, fourth discus) provided wins for the Hawk boys, while freshman Matt Clarner (second 800 and 3,200), senior Owen Milchick (second 1,600 and shot put) and junior Thomas Ellsworth (second long jump, third 100) all had runner-up points.

Senior Joey Bergeron, currently the top-ranked thrower in D-III, was the top scorer for Bishop Brady, winning the shot put in 44-6.5, the discus in 127-10 and the finishing second in the javelin.

Sophomore Nathan Steigmeyer won the 400 in 57.1, leading the Giants to a top-five sweep of the event, while junior Ariel Okinedo (second 200 and 400) and senior Max Brown (second triple jump, third 400, third 800) also led Brady.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Pembroke 5, Hopkinton 4

Key players: Pembroke — Gavin O’Brien (3 goals, assist, 8 shots on), Jack Harkness (goal, 8-for-12 faceoffs), Jack Schaeffer (goal, 3 GB); Hayden Godin (defense, 5 GB), Adam Omundson (8 saves on 12 shots); Hopkinton — Ethan Molnar (goal, great defense), Hayden Lynch (goal, assist), Spencer Burdette (goal), Aidan Burns (3 GB, 3 caused turnovers, 7-for-11 faceoffs), Cam Bassett (great defense, 4 GB, 3 caused turnovers), John Sullivan (great defense, 3 GB, 2 caused turnovers), Eli Standefer (13 saves, 0.720 save %)

Highlights: Pembroke took a 2-0 lead into halftime and pushed it to 5-1 in the third quarter. Hopkinton rallied for three unanswered in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans held on for the win on their home turf.

Coach’s quote: “We took the lead this time, which hasn’t been the case so far this season. We did take a few penalties today that were unnecessary, but thankfully Hopkinton didn’t capitalize on them. I am very pleased with where we are one-third of the way through the season. We get a long stretch with no games now to heal up and work on some specifics that will hopefully help us stay competitive down the stretch. We match up with MV on May 8 and then face a still undefeated Coe-Brown team the week after, so we’ll need to bring our A-game for sure.” – Pembroke’s Matt Dion

“We played well on defense and in transition, but had trouble putting the ball in the net. Pembroke’s defense forced a lot of turnovers and contested shots well. Ethan Molnar did a stellar job of defending Pembroke’s Jack Schaeffer, and managed to score a goal and clear the ball consistently. We hit our stride in the fourth and played the uptempo style emblematic of Hawks Lacrosse.” — Hopkinton’s Deacon Blue

Records: Pembroke 3-1; Hopkinton 2-2

Merrimack Valley 10,
Bishop Brady 6

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Noah Miller Attack (7 goals), Zach Lauren (3 goals, 3 assists), Jake Currier (2 assists), Ryan Carmichael (25 saves)

Highlights: After being down 4-3 at the half, MV went on a 7-2 run led by key faceoff wins from Nick Debello and the defense from long poles Kalvin Maier, Frank Morril and Matt Sanborn.

Coach’s quote: “The team had to overcome some adversity that put us behind early, but we were able to persevere and play through with good defense that allowed our attack to bring us back for the win.” — MV’s Randy Arrant

Records: Merrimack Valley 2-2; Bishop Brady 1-3

Girls’ Lacrosse

Hopkinton 14,
Pembroke Academy 12

Key players: Hopkinton — Rose Finlayson (5 goals, 2 assists); Katie Brown (2 goals, 4 assists), Hannah Hoyt (2 goals, 1 assist), Sarah Chodosh (2 goals), Annie Higginbotham (goal, assist), Meg Haley (goal), Ana Miller (4 saves), good defense.

Highlights: The Hawks took an early lead and the defense from Izzy Afflerbach, Francie Trafton and Olivia Cressy helped them stay ahead by at least two goals the rest of the way.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played much better today than Monday at Pembroke. We tightened up our defense and made sure to be smarter with the ball offensively against a strong Pembroke team.” — Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn head coach

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; Pembroke 0-4


Londonderry 5, Concord 2

Key players: Londonderry Concord — Jarrad Willette (6.1 IP, L, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; double, run); Kevin McDonough (hit, SAC, 2 RBI), Tyler Wright (double, run), Jonah Wachter (hit), Ryan Kastle (single, diving catch)

Highlights: Willette scored to give Concord a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and he pitched a gem for the Tide, but Londonderry scored three runs in the top of the seventh at Memorial Field to beat the Concord for a second straight game. The Lancers took a 2-1 lead in the sixth, but Concord answered in the bottom half of the frame after Wright doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from McDonough, who drove in both of Concord’s runs.

Coach’s quote: “Jarrad was phenomenal today and we played great defensively. It was a back-and-forth game and Londonderry was able to answer late. Proud of the effort and focus of the boys today.” — Concord’s Scott Owen

Records: Londonderry 6-1; Concord 4-2

Merrimack Valley 4,
Bishop Brady 3

Key players: MV — Aidan Lacasse (3 IP, W, 0 R), Cam Chevarie (2-for-3, first varsity hit), Gavin Wheeler (1-for-3, first varsity hit), Ben Rose (2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs), Dom McGee (1-for-3, RBI); Bishop Brady — Michael Thresher (6 IP, 3 ER, 11 K), Jake Blake (hit, RBI), Connor Treybig (hit, RBI)

Highlights: Brady took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning at Rollins Park on RBI singles from Blake and Treybig, and the Giants still held a 3-1 lead after six innings. But the Pride rallied in the seventh behind hits from Griffin Wheeler, Chevarie and Rose, and the game-winning RBI groundout from Owen Bernier. Lacasse nailed it down with a 1-2-3 final frame for MV’s first win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Nice to get one in the right column. Owen Bernier and Lacasse both did a great job on the hill. Rose had great game at second with six assists. Good team win.” — MV’s Sean Wheeler

“Michael gave us a quality start, but after a quick start with the bats in the first they went silent the rest of the game. Give MV credit, they swung the bats in their half of the seventh to get the comeback victory.” — Brady’s Skip Foy

Records: MV 1-3; Brady 2-2

John Stark 4,
St. Thomas 3

Key players: John Stark — Alex Moore (4 IP, W, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K; RBI), Brady Philibotte (2-for-4, double, BB), Nathan Innerfield (1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB) Austin Hazzard (1-for-2, run, BB, SB)

Highlights: Aggressive base running from Philibotte and Innrerfield helped the Generals scored four runs in the first two innings, and then Moore took control of things when he came on in relief in the fourth.

Coach’s quote: “Our defense played much better today once again as we seem to be getting there in the field. Alex pitched his tail of and we hung on today. We still have a long way to go but we see improvement.” — Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 2-2; St. Thomas 2-3

Hopkinton 6,
Pembroke Academy 2

Key players: Hopkinton — Joe Yanzo (winning pitcher) Pembroke Academy — Ryan Ardine (5.2 IP, 4 K, 5 R, 0 ER), Lucas Exacbi (hit), Rene Pinter (hit)

Highlights: Pembroke took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Hawks pushed across single runs in the third and the fifth and then scored four in the sixth to take a 6-1 lead. Hopkinton did all that damage and had just one hit for the game, but the Hawks took advantage of six PA errors.

Records: Hopkinton 3-1; Pembroke Academy 2-2


Concord 4, Londonderry 0

Key players: Concord — Maddy Wachter (1-hit shutout, 9 K; 2-for-3), Alice Rosenberg (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI), Elizabeth Blinn (RBI double), Lillian Rienstra (double, BB), Delaney Duford (hit, run), Quincy Bolduc (BB, run), Olivia Crawford (run), Kyleigh Gray (4 putouts in center)

Highlights: Rosenberg staked the Tide to a quick lead, belting a 2-run homer over the center field fence after a leadoff single by Duford in the top of the first. Blinn’s double plated the third run in the fourth inning, and Rosenberg provided an insurance run in the seventh with her single to score Bolduc. Wachter took care of the rest to earn her first win, allowing just one hit, that coming in the fifth.

Coach’s quote: “Back-to-back wins over Londonderry is a real boost for our young team. We continue to get contributions from many players, so if someone has an off game, other teammates are there to pick them up.” — Concord assistant coach Sandy Smith

Records: Concord 5-1; Londonderry 3-3

Merrimack Valley 9,
Bishop Brady 3

Key players: Merrimack Valley — Sadie Barton (7 IP, 5 hits, 4 K; 2-for-4, run), Emily Kelly (3-for-4, run, 2 RBI), Emma Steenbeke (2-for-4, run), Liv Lacasse (1-for-3, RBI), Kalee Keyser (1-for-3, 2r), Julia Herrmann (1-for-3), Abby Allen (1-for-3, RBI), Addie Allen (1-for-3, RBI)

Highlights: Things were tied 2-2 after the first inning, and then the Pride collected five consecutive hits and scored five runs in the top of the second to take control at Rollins Park.

Coach’s quote: “Multiple MV players attacked the plate producing nine runs while playing solid defense. Sadie controlled the tempo of the game from the start. We continue to get better each week.” — MV’s Kevin O’Brien

Records: Merrimack Valley 2-1; Bishop Brady 2-2

Hopkinton 6,
Pembroke Academy 4

Key players: Hopkinton — Keegan St. Cyr (2-for-4, 4 SB, 3 runs), Kally Murdough (3-for-4, run, double, RBI), Kyanna Landry (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR), Megan Kimball-Rhines (7 IP, 9 K)

Highlights: This one was back-and-forth all afternoon in Pembroke. The Hawks scored two in the first, Pembroke tied it with two of their own in the third and the teams traded runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Hopkinton finally built a small cushion with three in the top of the seventh and held on for the win. St Cyr had a tremendous day with four steals and three runs and a relay to cut down a Pembroke runner. Maurgan McGrath also made a nice catch in support of Kimball-Rhines.

Coach’s quote: “Pembroke really fought hard, it was nice to see us eke out the win in the seventh.” — Hopkinton’s Dan Meserve

Records: Hopkinton 4-0; Pembroke 0-4

Hillsboro-Deering 23,
Kearsarge 6, 5 inn.

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering — Erin Dean (3 IP, 5 K, 2 R; 3-for-4, 3 runs), Emily Ferguson (2 IP, 3 R; 3-for-4, 3 runs), Lissy Hagstrom (2-for-4, 2 runs), Elizabeth LaBier (5 runs), Emily Howell (defense), Haley Cloutier (defense)

Coach’s quote: “We have a young team, nine out of our 13 are first-year varsity players, so to have a three-game winning streak is a real confidence builder for them.” — H-D’s Allan Kingsbury

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 3-1; Kearsarge 0-2

Boys’ Tennis

Coe-Brown 5, Bow 4

Key players: Coe-Brown — Sam Dupuis (8-0 win at No. 2 singles), Dawson Greene (8-5 win at No. 4), Jackson Colby (8-6 win at No. 6); Bow — Dominik Jurcins (8-1 win at No. 1), Aiden Munro (9-7 win at No. 3), Noah Leuchtenberger (8-5 win at No. 5)

Highlights: Coe-Brown’s Greene and Sam Lavoie teamed up for an 8-5 win at second doubles, while Colby and Nick Principato won 8-5 third doubles to deliver the win to the Bears. Bow’s Jurcins and Colby Smith claimed an 8-2 win at first doubles.

Records: Coe-Brown 3-1; Bow 1-3

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