High schools: Bow boys capture first Alpine title since 2013

Monitor staff
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It seems simple. Going fast leads to a better finish, which leads to more points for the team.

But it’s not always so simple. Sometimes gunning for speed and the best finish possible is the wrong strategy when team points are on the line.

The way Bow coach Mike Sampo sees it, his skiers put the team ahead of themselves with a conservative approach to Monday’s Division III championships at Mount Sunapee.

“You can go as hard as you possibly can for a result and hurt the team,” he said. “If you get disqualified or don’t finish, then you don’t earn any points.”

The Falcons were careful on the slopes and ended up making quick runs anyway, placing four skiers in the top 10 in slalom and four in the top 15 in giant slalom for a total of 744 points to capture the Division III crown.

It is the first state title in Alpine for the Bow boys since 2013.

“The kids skied very well,” Sampo said. “They skied as a team. One boy was disqualified, but other than that all the boys had four good runs each.”

Alexander Mangini (12th GS) had the best finish for Bow as he took second place in slalom. Freshman Connor Wachsmuth (fifth slalom) led the Falcons in GS with his eighth-place finish. Benjamin Wachsmuth (seventh slalom, 13th GS) and Jonathan Cook (eighth slalom, ninth GS) rounded out the top skiers for Bow.

Laconia’s Thomas Turpin was the individual champion. He placed first in both slalom and GS. The Sachems (462) finished ninth overall out of 12 teams.

Turpin, a senior, swept both GS and slalom in last year’s D-III meet as well. This season, Turpin was kept of the slopes for a short stretch while dealing with frostbite on his toe. When he returned, he didn’t seem to miss a step.

“He’s shown throughout the year he is the best skier in the division, so I was happy to see him win both,” said Kevin Charleston, who coaches both the Laconia and Belmont teams.

Conditions presented their own challenge on the slopes due to rain in recent days. The GS course got a little bumpy as skiers raced through.

“The kids really had to focus and not let that psych them out,” Sampo said. “Mount Sunapee did a great job on the slalom course and it held up very nicely.”

Charleston enjoyed a nice day for his skiers. In addition Turpin’s sweep for Laconia, Charleston’s skiers on the Belmont squad combined to finish second overall.

The Raiders (717) were led by Nolan Gagnon’s runner-up finish in GS and Lars Major’s fourth-place run in slalom. Gagnon also placed 15th in slalom and Major was 10th in GS. Jake Deware (13th slalom, 20th GS) and Mitchell Berry (17th slalom, 16th GS) also scored points for Belmont.

Those were the only four skiers Belmont had on their boys’ roster, so it was crucial for each skier to run a clean race and not risk losing points. Berry is an eighth-grader that the team petitioned to include so they could compete, Charleston said.

“We had a small team this year,” he said. “I’m proud of my guys for skiing fast and being consistent and just being mentally tough all day long. We were going to be either first, second or last today.”

The Kearsarge boys came up short of their quest for a third consecutive state title. The Cougars finished fourth, 44 points behind the champions and two points behind third-place Gilford.

The Cougars (700 points) were led by Aiden Markoff, who placed fifth in GS, and Seth Davis Rutledge’s ninth-place finish in slalom.

Gilford (702) earned a podium finish in third. They placed second overall in GS and fourth in slalom. Tyler Hanf headlined the Golden Eagles with a third-place finish in slalom, while Christian Workman placed third in GS. Colton Workman also earned a top-10 finish with his run for seventh in GS.

Bishop Brady (601) finished seventh overall, led by Mark Marinace’s 20th-place finish in slalom.

Newfound (568) placed eighth as a team and Hillsboro-Deering (268) was 12th.

Division IV

The Hopkinton boys skied to fourth place overall at the Division IV championships at Loon Mountain.

Profile won the title for its third championship in four years.

Zach Berliner won the GS and placed second in slalom to lead the Hawks. Each fraction of a second was needed for Berliner to capture the GS crown as he beat out Wilton’s Ian Van Ham by less than a half of a second.

“I found out early in the,” Hopkinton coach Bob Berliner said. “Zach told me his goal this morning was a top-three finish, and he certainly executed his gameplan. I’m very proud of his performance in both events.”

Kyle Pellerin was the second Hopkinton skier to finish in the top-12 as he took 12th in slalom.

(Nick Stoico can be reached at nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


Goffstown 56, Kearsarge 46

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars trailed by two points at halftime and Goffstown started hitting deep shots in the third to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “We might have played our best game of the year tonight. Everyone who stepped on the floor had some nice moments.” – Kearsarge’s Keth Roberts

Records: Goffstown 8-5; Kearsarge 3-11

White Mountains 48, Belmont 36

Key players: Belmont – Elaina Hoey (14 points), Julianna Estremera (10 points), Makenzie Donovan (4 points), Chloe Sottak (defense), Lizzie Fleming (defense), Jordan Sargent (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont trailed 26-16 at halftime and cut the lead to six points with five minutes left in the game.

Records: White Mountains 9-7; Belmont 6-10

Gilford 65, Stevens 50

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (18 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds), Hannah Perkins (18 points, 6 rebounds), Shelby Cole (15 points, 3 steals)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford improved offensively in the second half to pull away and win.

Records: Gilford 15-2; Stevens 5-11

Pittsfield 43, Concord Christian 35

Key players:Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (19 points, 8 steals), Jaden Vincent (12 points, 4 rebounds); Concord Christian – Kara Jarvis (16 points), Jade Bell (13 points)

Highlights/key moments: Concord Christian held a 25-18 lead at halftime. The Panthers made some adjustments during the break and held CCA to 10 points in the second half while coming alive on offense. Vincent led Pittsfield’s offense with four 3-pointers.

Coach’s quote: “Our intensity level was low in the first half and it showed. Once we picked it up in the second half and became more aggressive as a team, we were able to do more offensively. With Vincent spotting up for 3’s and Rollins driving to the basket, it opened it up for everyone. It was a great team win.” – Pittsfield’s Heidi Hall

Records: Pittsfield 3-14; Concord Christian 2-13


Dover 72, Concord 55

Key players:Concord – Tyler Blodgett (17 points), Teddy Blodgett (12 points), Tyler Bruns (7 points, 9 rebounds), Scott Lampron (9 points)

Highlights/key moments: It was early foul trouble that plagued the Tide in this one. Concord struggled to get anything going in the first half with some key contributors forced to the bench, but still only trailed by four points in the third before Dover knocked down a couple of big shots to extend the lead and eventually pull away.

Coach’s quote: “We have to get back to playing team basketball. Get back to the way we were playing at midseason.” – Concord’s Dave Chase

Records: Concord 5-9; Dover 6-7

Pittsfield 78, Concord Christian 13

Key players:Pittsfield – Cam Darrah (19 points, 6 assists), Garrett Guerrero-Hadley (16 points, 7 steals), Josh Whittier (12 points, 8 rebounds); Concord Christian – Ian Gillespie (3 points), Josh Langlais (3 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers jumped out to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter and kept piling it on from there. Pittsfield outscored Concord Christian, 21-4, in the second quarter and limited the Kingsmen to just four points in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “I was very happy with the energy that the underclassmen played with in the second half. Our freshmen Jesse MacGlashing and Jah Gordon have been making huge strides and were ready when they were called upon tonight.” – Pittsfield’s Jay Darrah

Records: Pittsfield 15-1; Concord Christian 1-13

White Mountains 55, Belmont 53

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (17 points), Matt Pluskis (16 points), Caleb Burke (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders squandered a four-point lead with 30 seconds left. White Mountains won the game on a shot with only a couple of seconds left.

Coach’s quote: “Frustrating and difficult way to lose. We didn’t finish the game off and the free throw line was the difference on the night.” – Belmont’s Jim Cilley

Records: White Mountains 9-5; Belmont 9-5


Bishop Brady-Trinity-West 6, Concord 2

Key players:Brady – Lauren Trippiedi (2 goals, 4 assists), Sydney Herrington (2 goals, 2 assists), Mary Anne Wiley (2 goals, assist), Kate Shoemaker (assist), Raelyn Roberts (assist), Marie Barrioz (19 saves); Concord – Jaelyn Kelleher (goal), Lilly Vezina (goal), Joanna Dustin (assist), Nicole Jones (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide and Giants were scoreless after the first period and Concord had the edge in shots. Brady hit the gas in the second and third to build up its lead.

Coach’s quote: “We played Concord on Friday (4-2 win), and they were even better this time. Patrick is doing a great job along with his assistants. They’re going to keep getting better.” – Brady’s Dan Earley

“We played tight with them to start the game, ending the first period, 0-0, but we didn’t match the intensity the following period and Brady took advantage. Tough loss, we’re on to Berlin.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Brady 10-1-1; Concord 7-8