High schools: MV boys’ track wins meet at Plymouth

Monitor staff
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Dylan Lessard showed off his versatility on Saturday. The Merrimack Valley sophomore finished first in the 55-meter hurdles (9.35 seconds), took another first in the shot put (41-7) and was part of the first place 4x400 relay team. All those wins helped the Pride to a first-place team result in a nine-team meet at Plymouth State University.

“He’s a phenomenal young guy and athlete,” MV coach Bob Mullen said of Lessard. “I’ve had other guys throw the shot put and hurdle, and they all went on to do very well in the decathlon.”

MV won six of the 12 events and finished with 88 points to run away with the meet. Campbell was second with 45 followed by Kingswood (42) and Coe-Brown (33). Pembroke Academy was ninth with eight points.

The Pride also got a pair of wins from David Reynolds, who was first in the 3,000 (9:23) and 1,500 (4:30). Camden Donovan finished first in the high jump (5-6) and was fourth in the long jump. Isaiah Shedd was on the winning 4x400 team with Lessard and took second in the 600. Herman Nixon and Matt Lyle were the other two members of the 4x400 team. The 4x200 relay team of Cam Butt, David Quinn, Christian Oglesby and John Barger took second.

Coe-Brown was led by its distance runners – Evan Tanguay (second 3,000, second 1,500), Luke Tkaczyk (third 3,000) and Sam Patteson (third 1,500). Tyler Serafin earned Pembroke’s points by taking third in the 55 and third in the high jump.

On the girls’ side, Coe-Brown finished second out of 10 teams with 45 points and MV took third with 39. Pelham finished first with 61 points and Kingswood was fourth with 37.

Elly McDonough had a big day for Coe-Brown, finishing first in the 1,500 (5:21) and second in the 3,000. Ella Malone (1,000) and Sophie Laird (600) each had second-place results for the Bears. Malone and Laird were also part of the third-place 4x400 relay team along with Kendall Nester and MacKenzie Quick.

Kaitlyn Covell led the way for the MV girls, taking first in the 55 hurdles (9.6) and second in the 55. The long jump was also good for MV as Addie Hodge took second and Madison Palmer was third. Covell and Hodge were also part of the second-place 4x400 team along with Emma York and Nicole Considine.

Pembroke finished eighth as a team. The Spartans got fourth-place results from Alison Corriveau (300) and Cassidy Rondeau (long jump) and the 4x200 relay team was second.


Concord 7, Bishop Brady 0

Key players: Concord – Derek Kelleher (2 goals, assist), Devin Philbrick (goal), Colin Kastle (goal, assist), Evan Makris (goal, assist), Drew Livingston (goal), Alex Forward (first career goal), Anders Norton (assist), Liam O’Brien (2 assists), Colin O’Brien (assist), Andrew Paquette (assist), Spencer Burgess and Alex Reynolds (combined for 6 saves); Brady – Kevin Anderson (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide roared out to a 5-0 first-period lead in this long-time rivalry game.

Coach’s quote: “We came out strong and got the early lead. It was a good team win wnr everyone contributed.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

“After a slow first period, and some sluggish early play, as a team we learned and finished the game strong in the second and third periods.” – Bishop Brady’s Ed Seney

Records: Concord 4-1; Bishop Brady 1-4

John Stark-Hopkinton 4,
Belmont-Gilford 1

Key players: John Stark-Hopkinton – Nolan Sauer (2 goals), Noah Chapman (goal, assist), Paul Molnar (goal), Jake Cole (assist), Benny Madden (assist), Tyler Scordo (assist), Jameson Bourque (19 saves); Belmont-Gilford – Liam Lacy (goal), Joey Blake (assist), Cam Jarvi (assist), Colin McGreevy (36 saves)

Highlights/key moments: John Stark-Hopkinton took a 2-0 first-period lead when Molnar and Sauer scored in a span of just 1:22. Chapman gave the General Hawks a 3-0 lead when he sniped a wraparound off the far post two minutes into the second period and Sauer made it 4-0 with five minutes left in the second. B-G’s Lacy scored the lone goal in the third period.

Coach’s quote: “We came out with a lot more energy today compared to Wednesday’s game. Jumping to a quick lead helped settle down the team and they played with more confidence.” – John Stark-Hopkinton’s Denis Kolehmainen

Records: John Stark-Hopkinton 5-0-0; Belmont-Gilford 1-3-1


Concord 13, ConVal-Conant 0

Key players: Concord – Abby Corbett (shutout in goal), Chantelle Levasseur (hat trick), Joanna Dustin (hat trick), Sam Ossoff (first goal of the season), Erin Doherty (first goal of the season)

Coach’s quote: “Great win for the Tide to set the tone for the tough week we have ahead of us. Happy to see some newbies on the score sheet; with Sam, Erin, and Chantelle, all contributing, as well as the hat trick from Joanna. Our D group did a great job trapping pucks at the blue lines, and Abby made the save when we needed her.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 3-2; ConVal 1-4


Merrimack Valley 47, Souhegan 32

Key players: MV – Abby Grandmaison (16 points, 12 Rebounds), Carly Huckins (4 points, 6 assists), Sara Osborne (11 points), Lauren Pettingill, Kate Belanger

Highlights/key moments: The Pride started fast in this early afternoon game, jumping out to a 27-15 halftime lead and never looking back.

Coach’s quote: “Strong overall game on both ends. We played well defensively, rebounded the ball and ran the floor well. We do those things each night we will be a tough team to beat.” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 3-3; Souhegan 4-2

Hanover 41, Bow 40 OT

Key players: Bow – Lea Crompton (18 points), Lauren Goyette (9 points), Megan Remick (6 points), Patty Nordin (7 rebounds), Erin Boldwin (5 rebounds); Hanover – Maddie McCorkle (21 points)

Highlights/key moments: Bow trailed by eight after the first quarter before bouncing back in the second and taking a one-point lead into halftime. It stayed tight from there as the two teams were tied after three, 34-34, and knotted at 38-38 at the end of regulation.

Records: Bow 1-3; Hanover 4-1