High Schools: John Stark girls’ volleyball finds first win in home opener

Monitor staff
Published: 9/10/2019 10:02:28 PM

After opening the season with a loss on the road at St. Thomas, the John Stark girls’ volleyball was on its home court for the first time this year on Tuesday night. Visiting Laconia pushed the Generals in the first set, but Stark pulled out the important points and then rode that momentum to a 3-0 win.

“We played with a purpose and as team tonight,” John Stark coach Jeff McClellan said. “It was great to get our first win.”

Junior Lillian Stogner led the Generals (1-1) with 12 kills, four blocks, and 100 percent serving. Brianna Bodner dished out seven assists and had four blocks, and Izabella Nelson finished with a team-high 14 digs and had great serve receive.

The Sachems (0-2) kept things tight early, but John Stark eventually pulled out a 25-20 win. Things got a little easier from there for the Generals, as they won, 25-14 and 25-16 in the fianl two sets to close out the match.

“The second and third sets were controlled by John Stark’s passing and timely hitting, and it was also a good night for our service and serve receive,” said McClellan, who was able to get every person on his team playing time.

Girls’ Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, St. Thomas 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jesse Davis (7 kills, 11 digs), Emily Morris (4 aces, 12 digs), Abby Jerome (6 kills, 3 aces, 14 digs)

Highlights: The Bears took the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-18 before St. Thomas battled back to win the third, 25-13. Coe-Brown, though, took back control with a sharp final set in winning, 25-20.

Coach’s quote: “St. Thomas always brings relentless defense to any match it plays. We jumped out early with aggressive serving and smart attacking in the first two sets. We came back from a third-set loss with an aggressive mindset and took back control of our side of the court to defeat a very scrappy team. Kudos to St. Thomas for unbelievable defense.” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

Records: Coe-Brown 2-0; St. Thomas 1-1

Field Hockey

Milford 2, Pembroke Academy 1

Key players: Pembroke Academy – Alison Corriveau (G), Sophia Brasley (13 saves)

Highlights: Corriveau’s goal helped PA go into halftime with a 1-1 tie, but Milford found the only goal of the second half for the win in Pembroke.

Records: Milford 1-2-0; Pembroke Academy 0-3-0

Pelham 5, Merrimack Valley 1

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Molly McLaughlin (G), Caitlyn Fortier, Taylor Bailey, Abby Forbes, Lauren McLaughlin

Highlights: Pelham scored twice in the opening five minutes and maintained offensive pressure throughout the game. The Pythons were awarded seven offensive corners, but the Pride kept six of those chances out of the back of the cage.

Coach’s quote: “We started off very slow today and dug ourselves into a hole that we were unable to get out of. Anytime you let an aggressive team like Pelham score two goals to open up the first five minutes, it is going to be difficult to make up for. The girls never gave up, but we are going to have to figure out how to close our defensive gaps and put away rebounds in the circle in order to compete for wins.” – Merrimack Valley’s Jen Colgan

Records: Pelham1-0; Merrimack Valley 1-2

Hanover 5, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Megan Lavigne (midfield), Elizabeth Guertin (midfield), Emma Hilton (defense), Rylee Constant (defense), Sarah Guerrette (attack), Barrie Guertin (attack)

Coach’s quote: “We knew Hanover would be a formidable opponent. They are a strong team all over the field. Our girls played hard and kept their cool throughout the game. We changed up our configuration on the forward line which worked really well. Overall, we are happy with our play and we will discuss refinements for our next game.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Hanover 3-0 ; Bow 1-2

Hopkinton 2, Mascoma Valley 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (G), Julia Baer (2A), Natalie Allen (G), Izzy Holmes (goalie), Caroline Barrett (defense), Meggie Haley (defense), Kate Bouchard (defense)

Highlights: Meserve got the Hopkinton offense rolling with an early goal off an assist from Baer before Allen eventually netted the game-winning goal. Led by Barrett, Haley, Bouchard and Holmes, the Hawks’ defense was strong in limiting Mascoma Valley to just the single goal.

Coach's quote: “We came out to play today. Very proud of how we came together today and we have to keep playing one game at a time and keep working as a team.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; Mascoma Valley 2-1

Sanborn 2, John Stark 1

Key players: John Stark – Elizabeth Aubin (midfield), Olivia Desainde (defense), Sydnee Pelletier (5 saves)

Highlights: Stark held a huge advantage in corners (13-4), and had more shots, but struggled to find the back of the net.

Coach’s quote: “We played very well and controlled most of the game. We just panicked in the offensive circle at times. We are so close right now, we just need to push the frustration and knock home some goals to get rolling.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Sanborn 1-2; John Stark 1-2

Bishop Brady 8, St. Thomas 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Julie Blais (shutout), Becca Murphy (3G), Halle Laramie (G, A), Ashlyn Toupin (3G, 1A), Emily Beane (G), Libbey Hicks (3A), Jill Weaver (A)

Highlights: Murphy and Toupin both collected hat tricks as Brady’s attack was on point from the first whistle. The Green Giants were in control early, leading 5-0 at halftime.

Coach's quote: “The team continued to work on several things collectively as a team.” – Bishop Brady’s Kelly Owen

Records: Bishop Brady 2-0-0; St. Thomas 0-2-0

Newport 2, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Hannah Tockman (fullback), Megan Norris (midfield), Kate Cochran (midfield), Paige Hoegler (fullback), Marissa Montagna (A)

Highlights: Hoegler was moved up to the forward line late in the second half and scored the sole goal of the game, assisted by Montagna.

Coach’s quote: “Our defensive line made great adjustments in response to Newport’s offensive strategy. Newport is a fast team and capitalized on their opportunities to score. After back-to-back 2-1 losses with ample shots on goal, it’s clear that we need to take better advantage of our time in the circle.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams

Records: Newport 3-0 ; Kearsarge 1-2

Winnisquam 11, Franklin 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Meghan Cote (6G), Hannah Max (2G), Maddie House (2G) Franklin – Jasmyn Long (20 saves), Elizabeth Guillotte (defense), Jada LaPierre, Emma Lapierre, Ryleigh Seufert (midfield), Danyelle Hines

Highlights: Winnisquam scored within the first five minutes thanks to the play of Cote on the forward line. Franklin stayed strong throughout the whole game with some good breakaways and stayed aggressive until the very last whistle.

Records: Winnisquam 1-1; Franklin 0-2

Boys’ soccer

Dover 2, Concord 1

Key players: Concord – Daniel Aybar (G), Alejo Caceres (midfield), Brandon Comire (defense), Abbas Abdulrahman (6 saves)

Highlights: Despite outshooting Dover, 18-15, and holding a 12-7 advantage in corner kicks for the game, the Tide found itself trailing by two goals early on. Concord narrowed the deficit when Aybar scored in the 52nd minute, and the Tide created several other scoring chances down the stretch, but could not capitalize.

Coach’s quote: “We had some mental lapses in the first half that cost us goals.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 1-2; Dover 1-1

Merrimack Valley 3, Manchester West 1

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Logan Cassin (2G), Coby Mercier (G), Bryant Heath (A), Jack Davis (midfield), Rylan Merrill, Gavin Wheeler, Griffin Wheeler

Highlights: West scored first on a long ball over the top, but Merrimack Valley was able to tie things up before the half. In the second half, Mercier was given a great ball by Heath and was able to finish. Cassin scored the third goal on a penalty kick to finish the scoring. Davis did a great job shutting things down in the middle.

Coach’s quote: “We had moments when things looked really good. I think we underestimated West, they have some really skilled players and fought the entire game. I was very impressed with their play.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: Merrimack Valley 4-0; Manchester West 2-2

Bow 1, Hollis Brookline 1

Key players: Bow – Daniel Leuchtenberger (midfield), Connor Wachsmuth (defense), Aaron Burkett (defense), Noah Leuchtenberger (defense)

Highlights: It was a scoreless first half with both teams failing to capitalize on limited scoring chances. Hollis scored its only goal eight minutes into the second half, and Bow waited until there were two minutes to go to equalize as Daniel Leuchtenberger’s shot from 20 yards found the right side of the net, with the assist going to Ryan Leonard.

Coach’s quote: “I consider HB to be one of the better teams in D-II this year. There record does not indicate their quality. It was a good result for us to go to their field and come away with a point. Good, tough game with neither team giving up a lot.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 2-1-1; Hollis Brookline 1-2-1

Belmont 3, Newfound 0

Key players: Belmont – Nate Sottak (2G), Bryce Hall (G, A), Ron Pesa (A), Jacob Bivens (3 saves)

Highlights: Belmont got on the board in the 15th minute on a goal by Sottak from Hall. Belmont would take that 1-0 lead into the half over a very defensive-minded Newfound team. Hall would answer in the 48th minute from Pesa to give Belmont some breathing room. Stock added a goal with five minutes left and Bivens was solid in net.

Coach’s quote: “Good work tonight, back at on Thursday.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 4-0; Newfound 1-2

Hillsboro-Deering 6, Conant 1

Key players: H-D – Evan Winters (G), Kieren Kenny (A), Gunner Hagstrom (G), Griffin Cassidy (G), Jack Ferguson (A), Owen Coombs (G)

Highlights: Owens converted his goal from long range, while Cassidy, a freshman, notched his first varsity goal on a penalty kick.

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 1-2; Conant 0-2

Trinity 2, Hopkinton 1 2OT

Key players: Hopkinton – Derek West (G), Shea Dickson (A), Aidan Burns (6 saves), Ian Heck (defense), Mike Baer (defense); Trinity – Jack Ecklund (G), Quinn Booth (G), Nick Stilkey (6 saves)

Highlights: Trinity opened the scoring in the 19th minute on its home field, but the Hawks answered nine minutes later when West blasted a 30-yard shot, “that literally ripped through the back of the net,” according to Hopkinton coach Scott Zipke. Center backs Heck and Baer kept the Hawks organized against the hard-charging Pioneers, while Burns made some tough saves and good decisions on balls flying into the box. Trinity’s Ecklund scored with 27 seconds left in the second 10-minute overtime to five the Pioneers the win.

Records: Hopkinton 2-1; Trinity 3-0

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 5, Dover 1

Key players: Concord – Kayli Daigneault (G), Sydney Plante (G), Chloe Morgan (G), Ashley Plante (G), Mary Martinson (G)

Highlights: Things were scoreless until the Crimson Tide found the back of the net with just 10 seconds left in the first half. Sydney Planted doubled that lead midway through the second half, but the green Wave fought back to score and make it 2-1. Five minutes later, Concord was awarded a penalty kick, and Morgan put it away for a two-goal lead. The Tide added two more goals in the last eight minutes for the final margin.

Coach’s quote: “We finally found the back of the net! It was great to see the girls play so well from start to finish. Our build in the attack finally translated to some goals. We’re excited about this win and we’re looking forward to a tough one against Exeter on Friday night. ” – Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 2-1; Dover 1-2

ConVal 2, John Stark 0

Key players: ConVal – Nicole Bell; John Stark – Samantha Veilleux; Arden Ulmer

Highlights: .

Coach’s quote: “Samantha Veilleux did everything we asked of her today and really stood out. Arden Ulmer covered so much ground and has shown she is an integral part of the team.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: ConVal 3-0-0; John Stark 2-1-0

Campbell 2, Hopkinton 0

Key players: Campbell – Karleigh Shultz (2 G) Hopkinton – Eleanor Owen, Olivia Cressy, Kally Murdough

Highlights: The Hawks missed four scoring chances that could have changed the course of the game while the Cougars continued their season-opening win streak.

Coach’s quote: “Campbell was one of last year’s semifinalists and brings back top players, so they are probably the team to beat this year in Division III. The moved the ball very well and were solid on defense with a great goalkeeper. Good gauge for Hopkinton on where we need to be by season’s end.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Campbell 4-0-0; Hopkinton 2-1-0

Boys’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley third, John Stark fourth

Highlights: A mere six points separated four teams as Pelham (54 points) edged out Sanborn (55), MV (58) and John Stark (60). Merrimack Valley’s Ethan Doddenhoff placed second overall and the Pride’s Mark Mercier was fourth, and Stark placed three in the top seven, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the depth of Pelham or Sanborn.

Coach’s quote: “Ethan ran very well today to score his first-ever top-three finish. The work he put in over the summer is paying off. Mercier also ran well in fourth, while the rest of the team did some great team running to finish near each other.” – MV’s Dave Irving

Records: Pelham (54) ; Sanborn (55), Merrimack Valley (58), John Stark (60)

Girls’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley first, John Stark second

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Sophia Rebenciuc, Sophia Reynolds, Emma York, Madiysn Garrity, Samantha Kimball; John Stark – Brianna Langdon, Madison McDonald, Katie Palmateer

Highlights: A trio of MV runners outpaced the Generals team to lead the Pride to a comfortable victory against Stark, 17-39.

Coach’s quote: “The girls worked very well together, running as one unit for much of the race as we continue to form our team.” – MV’sDave Irving


Coe-Brown fourth

Key players: Coe-Brown – Alex Davidson (18 points), Jacques Dubois (15 points), Aidan Perra (15 points), Wells Lambert (12 points), And Cole Perra (9 points)

Highlights: Kennett finished on top at this four-way match with 112 points. Kingswood was second with 95, followed by Windham (84) and Coe-Brown (69).

Records: Coe Brown 1-8

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