High Schools: Coe-Brown boys shine with first-place finish at Manchester Invitational

  • Merrimack Valley freshman Sophia Rebenciuc makes her way to the finish line at the Manchester Invitational on Saturday at Derryfield Park in Manchester. She finished third. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Merrimack Valley freshman Sophia Rebenciuc runs the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Kearsarge senior Mya Dube runs the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Kearsarge senior Mya Dube makes her way around the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Kearsarge’s Madelin Prak runs the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton’s Emma Rothe runs the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton’s Cate Westbrook runs the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • John Stark’s Brianna Langdon runs the Derryfield Park course on Saturday during the Manchester Invitational in Manchester. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 9/21/2019 10:57:20 PM

For the Coe-Brown boys’ cross country team, Saturday’s Manchester Invitational was its biggest test as to how well the Bears are progressing and it looks like they measure up pretty well. Not just against the best in New Hampshire, but the best of New England.

Racing up a division, the Coe-Brown boys’ cross country team won the Large School title at the 45th Annual Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park, placing four runners in the top 17 and two in the top 10.

The Bears scored 84 points, beating runner-up Bishop Hendricken, R.I., a top-five New England team every year since 2009, by a single point.

And to make things even more promising, the Coe-Brown coaches know that the Bears have even more in the tank.

“Obviously it’s pretty incredible today for our program,” coach Brent Tkaczyk said, who co-coaches with Tim Cox. “They wanted to run with one of the best teams in the country and they did that. It wasn’t us at our best, but it was an incredible team performance.”

Freshman phenom Aidan Cox, coach Tkaczyk’s nephew and coach Cox’s son, finished fourth in 16:12, a huge feat on a tough 5K course, and junior Luke Tkaczyk, Aidan’s cousin, finished seventh in 16:25 to lead the Bears, which by enrollment would normally compete in the Small School race.

But it was juniors Wyatt Mackey (16th, 16:53) and especially Carter Sylvester (17th, 16:55) that made up key ground on nationally ranked Bishop Hendricken, last year’s New England runner-up.

“Sylvester was the key athlete of today,” coach Tkaczyk said. “We never know quite what we’re going to get out of him, but it was clear today he was here to race and through 1½ miles he was in a position to be one of our top guys and through 2 miles we really needed him to hold that spot. We’re super proud of Carter and happy he had this opportunity to be such a big contributor on a special day.”

Cox and Tkaczyk challenged Bishop Hendricken’s top two runners the whole race, with Cox posting the fastest time out any New Hampshire runner or freshman runner out of all the races.

Mackey and Sylvester, normally the No. 4 and No. 5 runners, moved up the to the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, picking off Bishop Hendricken runners on the way.

Logan Mihelich (40th, 17:31), Dawson Dubois (70th, 17:52) and Patrick Hill (73rd, 17:54) rounded out Coe-Brown’s winning squad.

“We know there’s a lot more in the future for us,” coach Tkaczyk said. “It was our first true race of the year. We’re excited about where we are and for (coach) Tim (Cox) and I it’s exciting when our boys have such good days. It’s not shocking to me, (Aidan) has been racing for many years now. ... We know that’s what he is capable of. It’s fun to know we’ll have him for four years.”

Londonderry (144), Pinkerton (150) and Concord (183) rounded out the top five out of 34 team scores.

Eben Bragg (14th, 16:49), Brayden Kearns (19th, 16:56), David Cook (28th, 17:12), Ryan Ciesluk (43rd, 17:35) and Sam Hilts (79th, 18:03) were Concord’s scoring runners.

Aidan Puffer, a sophomore from Manchester, Conn., won the race in 15:32.

More than 80 teams from across New England competed.

GIRLS’ SMALL SCHOOL

Freshman Sophia Rebenciuc had a breakout day, finishing third and leading Merrimack Valley to second as a team.

MV (115 points) was the top New Hampshire team in the Small School race, just ahead of third-place Souhegan (119).

South Kingstown, R.I. (72) was the winning team, while Hopkinton (150), Harwood, Vt. (173) and Kearsarge (230) claim fourth through sixth place.

Harwood’s Ava Thurston won in 19:09 and Souhegan’s Chloe Trudel finished second in 19:16, but there was plenty of Capital Area representation near the front of the pack, with Rebenciuc (19:34), Kearsarge’s Mya Dube (fourth, 19:38), MV’s Sophia Reynolds (eighth, 20:05), Kearsarge’s Lili Baer (13th, 20:49) and MV’s Emma York (15th, 20:52) all finishing in the top 15.

Madisyn Garrity (44th, 22:06) and Samantha Kimball (50th, 22:10) rounded out MV’s scoring runners.

“The girls ran a great race,” MV coach Dave Irving said. “There was no one individual who carried the team today, it was a true group effort that exemplified our progress as a team so far. We are diving into an intensive few weeks of training heading in the right direction.”

Hopkinton was led by Emma Rothe (23rd, 21:12), Hannah Bennett (28th, 21:25), Cate Westbrook (34th, 21:45), Cailey Stockwell (36th, 21:49) and Anna O’Reilly (37th, 21:52).

Jenna Bears (29th, 21:27), Madelin Prak (77th, 23:04) and Marla Richer (117th, 24:24) rounded out Kearsarge’s scoring runners.

Brianna Langdon (39th, 21:58) led John Stark (15th), Cassie Murphy (139th, 24:54) led Bow (31st), Charlotte Corbitt (170th, 25:56) led Pembroke 35th) and Faith Gosselin (31st, 21:30) led Winnisquam (no team score).

GIRLS’ LARGE SCHOOL

The Coe-Brown girls, racing up a division, were the top Division II team in the Large School race, finishing fifth overall with 198 points.

Bishop Guertin (111) was the top team thanks to a 1-2 finish from Caroline Fischer (18:35) and Caroline Towle (18:55).

Champlain Valley, Vt. (120), Keene (125) and Bedford (185) rounded out the top four.

Coe-Brown was led by Abby O’Connor (12th, 20:35), Sheldyn Fisher (33rd, 21:17), Tessa Millette (45th, 21:46), Mallory Taylor (59th, 22:14) and Miranda Compton (76th, 22:44).

Concord (241) was seventh out of 28 scoring teams.

Freshman Molly Nyhan (27th, 21:08), Katie Watt (34th, 21:24), Abby Goulas (56th, 22:12), Morgane Orcutt (63rd, 22:19) and Serena Britos (91st, 23:03) led the Tide.

BOYS’ SMALL SCHOOL

Bow’s Ben Neff (13th, 17:15) was the top area runner, leading Bow (259) to sixth place, behind Oyster River (78), Hanover (196), Bishop Guertin (226), ConVal (244) and Greely, Maine (245).

Colin Lessard (23rd, 17:41), Gabe Neff (60th, 18:39), Adem Aricanli (65th, 18:48) and Matt Cardarelli (121st, 19:51) also scored for the Falcons.

Shepyrd Murdough (58th, 18:37) and Michael Eggers-Emerson (59th, 18:38) led Hopkinton (14th), Ed Stowell (70th, 18:57) led Kearsarge (23rd), Ethan Dodenhoff (44th, 18:17) led MV (24th), Riley Mann (71st, 18:58) led Winnisquam (31sst) and Ben Dugas (210th, 21:47) led Pembroke (40th).

Mascenic’s Landen Vaillancourt won in 16:21, besting runners from more than 50 teams.

Boys’ Soccer

Bow 5, Pelham 0

Key players: Bow – Zachary Anderson (2G), Parker VanHam (G, A), Connor Wachsmuth (G), Ryan Leonard (G), Noah Leuchtenberger, Nate Dolder (defense)

Highlights: Wachsmuth scored his first varsity goal five minutes into the match when he headed a corner kick from Matt Selleck. Bow’s lead stayed at 1-0 15 minutes into the second half, but four goals in a 15-minute stretch put the game out of reach. Leonard (from VanHam) and VanHam (unassisted) scored in the flurry, as did Anderson (from Matt Ferland and Dustin Wells), who netted his first two varsity goals.

Coach’s quote: “What we were doing offensively before this game reminded me of the late great Strouther Martin as Captain in Cool Hand Lukewhen he said ‘What we got here is failure to communicate.’ Today we communicated for five goals. We just have to finish our communicating like Paul Newman going forward.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 4-1-1; Pelham 2-5-0

Hopkinton 4, Laconia 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Shea Dickson (G, 2A), Andrew Beckwith (G, A), Bryce Charron (G, A), Kevin Newton-Delgado (G), Aidan Burns (save)

Highlights: Dickson scored on a long shot in the 10th minute and Newton-Delgado tapped in a cross from Beckwith in the 26th to give the Hawks a 2-0 halftime lead. Charron scored on a 35 yard top-shelf shot in the 50th minute and Beckwith scored after his shot was deflected past the Sachems’ keeper in the 68th.

Coach’s quote: “Solid wire-to-wire victory today on the midday hot turf. Twenty four guys played for the Hawks and four different guys scored – a good display of our depth and balance. Mike Baer and Steven Newton-Delgado continue to anchor our solid defense, only allowing the one shot on goal.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 4-2; Laconia 2-5

Newport 6, Franklin 1

Key players: Franklin – Jadyn Lutz (G), Pierre Guillotte (A)

Highlights: Lutz scored early in the first half for the Tornadoes’ first goal of the season.

Coach’s quote: “This was a game that came down to who wanted to win more. We got the first goal and were looking strong but were just unable to keep momentum up once Newport made their first goal. Our movement is looking better and we have now shown that we can find the back of the net. We have to keep focusing on improving.” – Franklin’s Kevin VanGorden

Records: Newport 1-1-5; Franklin 0-6-0

Pittsfield 2, Farmington 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Ben Stopyro (G, A), Jesse MacGlashing (G), Jah Gordon (defense), Decota Maura-Giddis (shutout)

Highlights: The Panthers took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Stopyro collected a loose ball in the box and scored in the 36th minute. The Panthers extended their lead in the 66th minute when MacGlashing took a pass from Stopyro inside and beat the Farmington goalkeeper.

Coach’s quote: “We played a solid game defensively and moved the ball well through the midfield and into the attacking third. For the amount of possession that we had today, it didn’t result in many scoring opportunities, but we controlled play throughout the match.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Pittsfield 5-2; Farmington 3-3

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 3, Keene 1

Key players: Concord – Sydney Plante (2G), Chloe Morgan (defense)

Highlights: Plante scored twice in the first half on Friday night to lead the Tide to a victory.

Coach’s quote: “We know that Keene has struggled this year to find wins, but we also knew that we needed a win. This was a solid effort by our girls. Still some kinks to work out but overall we played well from start to finish. It was also great to finally get a game where everyone could get some playing time.” – Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 3-3; Keene 0-6

Oyster River 2, Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Mackenzie Quick (9 saves), Corrine Fernald, Jaden Boulanger, Kendall Nester

Coach’s quote: “We competed well against a talented team. I was pleased with the effort, but now it’s about execution. The effort has been there all season and the execution has not. Once we find consistency, we will be a good team.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Oyster River 4-2; Coe-Brown 1-5

Merrimack Valley 1, Kennett 0

Key players: MV – Alyssa Woodman (G), Rhiley Tanguay (forward), Hayley Kenney (defense), Elizabeth Philbrook (defense), Hayley Meattey (defense), Miah Boucher (defense), Mackenzie McDonald (shutout)

Highlights: Rylee Boucher’s shot from the left side of the 18-yard box hit the crossbar, but Woodman finished off the rebound in the 25th minute for the game-winner.

Coach’s quote: “We did a nice job applying high pressure from our attack to force some turnovers and get some quality chances. Defensively, the back line did a great job staying organized and limiting chances. An important win for this team as we try to gain some momentum going into next week.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: MV 2-4; Kennett2-4

Hanover 4, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Addy Stadler (defense), Ellie Camp (defense), Kileigh Thomas-Paquin (offense)

Highlights: The Cougars fell to the undefeated Marauders on the road on Friday night.

Records: Hanover 6-0; Kearsarge 2-4

Pittsfield 10, Farmington 1

Key players: Pittsfield – Abigail Smith (2G), Maddie St. George (2G, A), Tori Lee (2G), Nel Boguszewski (2G), Kianna Vincelette (G, A), Paige Provencal (G)

Highlights: Vincelette got the Panthers on the board 45 seconds into the match and Pittsfield’s offense rolled to a 5-0 lead at halftime. The offense produced 21 shots, while Ryan Wood played great defense and Gwen Clough had a strong all around game.

Coach’s quote: “It’s always nice to win on homecoming and this was a game we were able to get a lot of the underclassmen some work on the field and work on things to get better for next week.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 2-3; Farmington 0-4

Girls’ Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, St. Thomas 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Niki Smith (10 kills, 7 blocks, 2 aces), Jessie Davis (8 kills, 10 digs), Abby Jerome (7 kills, 9 digs, ace), Emily Morris (18 digs, 3 aces)

Highlights: The Bears dropped their first set on Friday night, but won the last three to come away with the victory, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-12. Coe-Brown overcame an 18-11 deficit in the first set before falling just short, and trailed by seven points again in the second, but a huge block by Smith changed the momentum of the game.

Coach’s quote: “The team may have started slow, but they took the momentum at the end of set two and ran with it. The team showed some serious grit tonight and fans were treated to a battle filled with long rallies and strong defense by both teams.” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

Records: Coe-Brown 4-2; St. Thomas 4-2

Winnisquam 3, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Olivia Wattendorf (10 digs), Megan Sorette (6 digs)

Highlights: The Tornadoes improved with each set, but lost in straight sets to the Bears, 25-10, 25-13, 25-19.

Records: Winnisquam 4-1; Franklin 2-3

Field Hockey

Kennett 8, Pembroke 0

Key players: Pembroke – Sophia Brasley (31 saves)

Records: Kennett 7-0; Pembroke 0-5




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