High schools: Bow Nordic boys’ team 3rd, girls’ 4th at Dublin School; Concord girls’ hockey wins 8th straight

  • Bow’s Michael Pelletier competes in a classic Nordic race at the Dublin School. Pelletier finished 15th overall, helping the Falcons finish third out of seven teams. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow sophomore Michael Pelletier competes in a classic Nordic race at the Dublin School. Pelletier finished 15th overall, helping the Falcons finish third out of seven teams on Saturday. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow’s Alyssa Harpring skis in a classic Nordic race at the Dublin School on Saturday. Harpring tied for 19th with teammate Natalia Rivera, helping lead the Falcons to fourth out of seven teams. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow’s Tessa Thomas competes in a classic Nordic ski race at the Dublin School. Thomas finished ninth overall and was the fastest Bow skier, helping lead the Falcons to fourth place out of seven teams. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow’s Tessa Thomas competes in a classic Nordic ski race at the Dublin School. Thomas finished ninth overall and was the fastest Bow skier, helping lead the Falcons to fourth place out of seven teams. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 1/25/2020 10:18:34 PM

Traditionally one of the largest – and most talented – Nordic teams in the Capital Area, Bow faced its greatest challenge last year in its inaugural season in Division II.

The previously D-III Falcons joined the ranks of perennial powerhouse D-II ski programs such as Hanover and Lebanon – and faced both of them on Saturday in a 5K classic race at the Dublin School hosted by ConVal.

Hanover, the defending champions on the boys’ side, swept the top four spots and five of the top six places for a perfect score of 394 points.

Lebanon and Bow tied for third at last year’s D-II championship, but the Raiders claimed second with 371 points on Saturday, besting Bow’s score of 348.

Plymouth (341), Derryfield (337), ConVal (319) and Souhegan (239) rounded out the team scores.

On the girls’ side, Lebanon and Hanover each placed two skiers in the top four, but the Raiders placed five in the top seven to win with 389 points. Hanover, last year’s D-II runner-up, was second with 370 points.

Plymouth (357), Bow (349), ConVal (262) and Souhegan (242) were the other girls’ team scores.

Hanover’s Noah Phipps (10 minutes, 51 seconds) won the boys’ race and Lebanon’s Zoe Chinn (13:25) took home top honors on the girls’ side.

Oliver Dolcino and Michael Pelletier finished 14th and 15th, respectively, to lead the Falcons, while Riley King (20th) and Konrad Kremzner (21st) were the other scorers for the Bow boys.

Tessa Thomas (ninth), Alyssa Harpring and Natalia Rivera (tied for 19th), and Annaliese Kaufman (24th) scored for the Bow girls.

Girls’ Hockey

Concord 10, Bedford 0

Key players: Concord – Dustin (3 goals), Emma LaRiviere (goal), Kaitlyn McKinnon (goal), Anna Tardiff (goal), Maria Armaganian (goal), Nicole Jones (goal), Amy Cohen (goal), Jaelyn Kelleher (goal), Abby Corbett (shutout)

Highlights: Concord scored eight goals in the first period and kept the Bulldogs off the board to earn its fourth shutout in five games.

Coach’s quote: “We’re happy to improve to 8-0 on the season and get the entire bench involved in the play tonight. It’s great to see the girls move the puck around and get quality opportunities out there.” – Concord’s Patrick McDonough

Records: Concord 8-0-0; Bedford 2-8-0

Boys’ Basketball

Merrimack 60, Concord 52

Key players: Concord – Ivan Yen (18 points), Tyler Clark Toy (12 points), Rylan Canabano (10 points)

Highlights: Yen connected on six 3-pointers and Concord were even with the Tomahawks (11-11) through the first quarter, but Merrimack gradually pulled away, leading 23-20 at halftime and 43-38 heading into the final quarter to come away with the victory on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “Really proud of our guys for how they brought the defensive intensity tonight. Merrimack is poised and patient. Unfortunately we didn’t finish out some of our defensive possessions in the second half resulting in easy hoops for them. We can take a lot of this back to the lab to work on this week.” – Concord’s James Thorpe

Records: Merrimack 6-2; Concord 3-4

Hanover 54, John Stark 42

Key players: John Stark – Christian Barr (18 points 7 rebounds), Kayden Easter (7 points, 10 rebounds), Ben McKean (5 assists, 4 steals)

Highlights: A strong second quarter cut the Hanover lead to two points at halftime, but the Generals couldn’t get over the hump against Division II’s best team on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we played a better game tonight. We worked hard and played together for the most part. We made some mistakes that ultimately cost us because Hanover is a very good team.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Hanover 7-0; John Stark 2-6

Lebanon 61, Merrimack Valley 33

Key players: MV – Griff Wheeler (12 points)

Highlights: The Pride lost its fourth straight game on Friday night.

Records: Lebanon 5-1; MV 2-6

Hopkinton 73, Monadnock 52

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (21 points), Michael Baer (18 points), Shepyrd Murdough (15 points), Luke Reidy (6 points)

Highlights: The Hawks led 34-20 at halftime and led 64-36 heading into the fourth to move into a tie for second place in Division III with Friday night’s victory. Hopkinton pulled away in the third thanks to six 3-pointers and forcing several turnovers.

Coach’s quote: “Proud of the guys for how they handled the zone they faced tonight. They hit big shots especially early in the third quarter. Despite being down a key player, Monadnock never quit and ran the floor well. They are going to be a tough team to face late in the season.” – Hopkinton’s Stephen Signor

Records: Hopkinton 8-1; Monadnock 4-5

Girls’ Basketball

Hopkinton 47, Monadnock 41

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (12 points, rebounds), Maurgan McGrath (8 points, defense), Ellie Owen (8 points, 6 rebounds, defense); Monadnock – Carly Ayotte (19 points)

Highlights: Hopkinton jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead and led the whole way en route to the victory on Friday night.

Coach’s quote: “Balanced scoring and team defense was the story tonight. We took care of the ball and received contributions from everyone. Nice team win on the road.” – Hopkinton’s Pat Roye

Records: Hopkinton 8-3; Monadnock 5-5

Boys’ Indoor Track

Concord 7th

Key players: Concord – Manny Feliz (1st 55 hurdles in 7.84 seconds), Brayden Kearns (1st 1,500 in 4:06), Vose O’Sullivan (3rd 1,000), John Murphy (3rd 3,000), Zachary Hooper (4th 1,500)

Highlights: The Tide finished seventh in a 10-team meet at UNH. Concord scored 23 points, with Phillips Exeter (53), Oyster River (51) and Bedford (51) finishing in the top three. Athletes needed to meet qualifying standards in order to compete. The meet featured athletes vying for spots in the division championships in two weeks.

Girls’ Indoor Track

Concord 5th

Key players: Concord – Abby Goulas (2nd 1,500), Sarah Waite (3rd 55), Katherine Kennedy (3rd 3,000), Morgane Orcutt (5th 3,000), Gabriela Pimental (5th high jump), 4x200 (5th)

Highlights: The Tide finished fifth in an 11-team meet at UNH. Concord scored 21 points, with Bedford (55), Phillips Exeter (52), Oyster River (39) and Bishop Guertin (37) finishing in the top four. Athletes needed to meet qualifying standards in order to compete. The meet featured athletes vying for spots in the division championships in two weeks.

GIRLS’ ALPINE SKIING

Pembroke 5th

Key players: Pembroke – Jessica Boyajian (17th GS, 21st slalom), Alyssa Merrill (26th slalom, 41st GS), Hannah Brown (34th GS, 38th slalom), Elizabeth Duchesne (36th slalom, 37th GS); Kennett – Skylar Sayers (1st GS), Eva Drummond (1st slalom)

Highlights: The Spartans finished fifth in both the slalom and the giant slalom in a meet at King Pine. Kennett swept the top four places in both the GS and slalom for perfect scores of 394. In the GS, Portsmouth (363), Plymouth (360), Kingswood (359) and Pembroke (334) were the other team scores. Portsmouth (371), Plymouth (361), Kingswood (351) and Pembroke (333) rounded out the slalom scores.

Kearsarge 2nd, Hopkinton 3rd

Key players: Kearsarge – Maya Spiegel (8th), Megan Norris (17th); Hopkinton – Addie Locke (4th), Elizabeth Berliner (16th), Elisa Pfatschbacher (35th), Izzy Holmes (53rd); John Stark – Valentina Capponi (2nd), Samantha Innerfield (18th); Hillsboro-Deering – Chloe Braun (51st); Sunapee – Ellie Frederick (1st)

Highlights: Division IV Hopkinton held its own against bigger schools in a 10-team meet at Mount Sunapee on Friday. D-II Hanover (379 points) won the meet, followed by D-III Kearsarge (348), Hopkinton (335), Derryfield (329), Sunapee (323), Lebanon (315), H-D (272), Trinity (264), John Stark (186) and Moultonborough (154). Stark only had two skiers compete, but had impressive performances. Capponi had the second-fastest time of the two combined giant slalom runs (42.72), finishing just half a second behind Sunapee’s Frederick.




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