Thursday’s high schools: Hopkinton teams sweep, Kearsarge’s Ellison wins Gilford Early Bird XC Invite; plus soccer, field hockey, volleyball and golf results

Published: 09-01-2023 1:49 AM

Girls’ Cross Country

Hopkinton 20, Gilford 63, Newfound 72, Portsmouth Christian 78, Belmont 123, Prospect Mtn. 151, Winnisquam 204

Key players: Kearsarge – Molly Ellison (1st, 20:51.5), Amelia Lefebvre (16th); Hopkinton – Madeleine Lane (2nd, 20:52), Reese Bove (3rd, 23:02.5), Elizabeth Trafton (5th, 23:25), Shaylee Murdough (6th, 23:35), Amelia Walsh (9th, 24:05), Annie Daniels (25th); Belmont – Adeline Takantjas (18th), Rebekah Edgren (21st); Bishop Brady – Alyssa LaValley (19th), Elizabeth McKinney (30th); Winnisquam – Emily Tripple (53rd)

Highlights:  Ellison and Lane ran together at the front of the pack for just about the entire race, with Ellison edging Lane by half a second to top the field of 65 runners to claim the Gilford Early Bird Invitational crown. Hopkinton placed five runners in the top nine to dominate the team standings in the first race of the season. Several other area teams were represented, although Kearsarge and Bishop Brady did not have enough runners for a team score.

Coe-Brown 25, Bow 34

Key players: Coe-Brown – Paige Murdough (1st, 23:05), Anna Bergeron (4th), Madison Taylor (5th), Annabelle Lovett (7th), Meredith Kerivan (8th); Bow –  Hannah Pawlowski (2nd), Julia Hou (3rd), Lena Thompson (6th)

Highlights: The Falcons had a strong top three, but the Bears’ depth gave Coe-Brown the victory in a dual meet at Northwood to open the season.

Boys’ Cross Country

Hopkinton 69, Gilford 81, Mascoma 82, Portsmouth Christian 107, Kingswood 148, Inter-Lakes 166, White Mtns. 204, Bishop Brady 211, Kearsarge 212, Newfound 214, Belmont 256, Laconia 299, Prospect Mtn. 339

Key players: Hopkinton – Matt Clarner (5th, 18:26.3), Ben Daniels (6th, 18:54.5), Liam O’Rourke (10th), James Lavers (18th), Adrian Whiteknact (32nd); Mascoma – Gunner Currier (1st, 17:41.5); Kearsarge – Daniel Dalbec (2nd, 17:52.5); Bishop Brady – LJ Putnam (29th), Brody Palmateer (38th); Belmont – Brayden Townsend (24th), Baidyn Lewis (31st); Winnisquam – David Swain (27th)

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Highlights: The Hawks placed all five scoring runners in the top 32 out of 110 runners to win the season-opening Gilford Early Bird Invitational. Several area teams competed, including Winnisquam, which didn't have enough runners to register a team score.

Coe-Brown 17, Bow 44

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jamie Lano (1st, 16:30), Luc Kerouac (2nd, 17:43), Liam McLean (3rd), Joe Gallentine (5th), Dylan Plowman (6th); Bow – Alden Betterley (4th), Aiden Ciminesi (8th), Wyatt Worcester (9th)

Highlights: The Bears claimed six of the top seven spots to win a season-opening dual meet in Northwood.

Boys’ Soccer

Pinkerton 3, Concord 1

Key players: Concord  – Bronson Becker (goal), Matthew Jenness (16 saves)

Highlights: Pinkerton went ahead 2-0 midway through the first half before Becker’s goal cut the lead in half. The Astros responded with another goal before halftime to make it 3-1. Pinkerton kept up the pressure in the second half, forcing Jenness to turn away several Astros shots. Nicholas Reynolds and Jeremy Malette also played well for the Tide.

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to find our form after the first 15 minutes of the game. Once we got scored on, we were on our heels the remainder of the match.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Pinkerton 2-0; Concord 1-2

Bow 5, Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Bow – Luke Hartshorn (2 goals, assist), Colby Smith (2 goals), Elijah Modzeleski (goal), Carter Weiss (assist), Ethan Anderson (assist), Anthony Ray (assist)

Coaches’ quotes: “After two goals in the first half, we continued to create quality chances and broke through with three more goals in the second half. This was a solid team effort with a number of players stepping up to create chances or shut down opposing attacks, including Jake Reardon, who played very well in his first varsity start in midfield.” – Bow’s Josh Smith

“Tonight was a drubbing from a talented and well-organized Bow team. I was proud of our guys for keeping it together because being on the receiving end of that can easily get a team down on themselves and each other. Every now and again, it’s good to be humbled with games like that, because it repaints a picture of where you are and where you would like to be. It will make us hungrier. We are a team that is growing in experience, and with patience, hard work and continued commitment to one another. I believe that games like that will look quite a bit different by the end of the season.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Bow 3-0; Coe-Brown 1-1

Merrimack Valley 2, Hollis Brookline 1

Key players: MV – Rutger Gilliland (goal), Joey Olivera (goal), Andrew Surprenant (assist), Trevor Simonds (goalie), Owen Piper (defense), Eli Wormald (defense), Jonas Weed (defense), Carter Lankhorst (defense)

Highlights: Hollis capitalized on a mistake in the back to take a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second half, but the Pride tied the game on a cross from Surprenant to Olivera that he headed into the net. Gilliland scored from the middle of the box, collecting a throw in that was tipped. MV’s defense held off the Cavaliers down the stretch to preserve the win.

Coach’s quote: “That was a great team win. They all realized we didn’t play well on Tuesday against Coe-Brown and that we had more to show. It was great to see them bounce back from a disappointing loss and get the win against a very skilled Hollis team. As we celebrate this win we also need to be focused on the next tough matchup against Oyster River.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 1-1; Hollis-Brookline 1-1

Gilford 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Gilford – Andrew McDonough (goal), Haukur Karlsson (goal), Caleb Giovanditto (7 saves); Hopkinton – Nolan Linstad (goal), Liam O’Brien (assist), Colby Boissy (4 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks opened the scoring in the 18th minute when O’Brien crossed to Linstad who volleyed the ball home. McDonough scored in the 37th minute to make it 1-1 at halftime and Karlsson scored in the 79th minute to secure victory for the defending Division III champions just before the final whistle.

Coach’s quote:  “The Hawks’ backline of Noah Aframe, Mike Pantano, Nate Windhurst and Abram Standefer were tested tonight, but stood strong, winning many balls and creating quality attacking opportunities. In spite of the loss, good play by Hopkinton early in the season seemingly bodes well for our young team, which has a number of players who have a lot of room for improvement.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Gilford 2-0; Hopkinton 1-1

Kearsarge 2, Bishop Brady 1, 2OT

Key players: Kearsarge – Graham West, Ryder Samenfeld; Bishop Brady – Seamus McIntyre, Nick LeBlanc

Highlights: The Cougars scored the game-winner off a corner in the waning minute of the second overtime.

Records: Kearsarge 2-1; Bishop Brady 1-1

Girls’ Soccer

Bow 2, Coe-Brown 1, 2OT

Key players: Bow – Juliette Tarsa (2 assists), Sidney Roberge (assist, midfield play), Cara Van Dyke (first varsity goal), Lexi Insana (game-winning goal), Charlotte Larochelle (defense), Kendall Murray (defense); Coe-Brown – Bella Lapierre (goal), Kylie Prusia (assist), Somer Loto (forward), Jennifer Noni (midfield), Alyviah Blad (defense), Samantha Ball (defense), Katie Pease (9 saves)

Highlights: Van Dyke knocked in a ball into the net 16 minutes into the first half, but Lapierre finished off a cross from Prusia with seven minutes left in regulation to force overtime. The Bears had a couple good scoring opportunities in the first overtime that just missed the target. Tarsa took a direct kick late in the second extra time period and drove a beautiful ball into the box that Insana headed into the upper right corner for the game winner.

Coaches’ quotes: “Two tough games a day apart made the girls reach deep. It was not our best passing game, but they kept fighting and finished the game with a highlight reel goal. Coe-Brown played a very good game and made us work for everything. Now the girls get a very well-deserved few days off.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

“We needed to prove we were capable of playing better soccer than we did on Tuesday. We were more connected and more aggressive today, and we knew Bow would be a hard test. They are coached extremely well-coached and executed a great play to seal the game. We can honestly say we played a good soccer game today. So proud of the team that took the field.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Bow 2-0; Coe-Brown 0-2

Kearsarge 0, Bishop Brady 0

Key players: Kearsarge  – Jada Kendrigan (defense), Tessa Marinello (defense), Reese Lacombe (defense), Nadia Spiegel (defense), Adara Boucher (11 saves)

Highlights: The Cougars controlled most of the game, but Brady did a great job containing the offensive threats while looking for quick counter attacks. Kearsarge’s defense was quick to react and limited breakouts by the Giants.

Coach’s quote: “Hard fought battle from both teams. Proud of the effort and work our girls put in. We had our chances but couldn’t quite find the net. Hats off to Brady, one heck of a game.” – Kearsarge’s Dave Smith

Records: Kearsarge 2-0-1; Bishop Brady 1-0-1

Gilford 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Gilford – Millie Caldon (goal, assist); Hopkinton  – Keegan St. Cyr (goal), Avery Loew (2 saves)

Coach’s quote: “We basically handed over the win to Gilford today. We did not play the way we are expected to. Tons to learn from and work on to ensure we can improve as a team.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Gilford 1-1; Hopkinton 1-1

Field Hockey

Souhegan 4, Bow 2

Key players: Bow – Shire Kelley (goal), Ella Gray (goal), Josie Johnson (assist)

Highlights: The Falcons maintained possession for most of the first quarter and goalie Kayla Croscut made some outstanding saves, including a penalty stroke. Kaylee Jacques had an outstanding game, controlling the center of the field after senior Maia Kimball left the game with an injury.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud of how hard our girls played. Switching between grass and turf isn’t always an easy task, but the girls excelled. They realized that they can compete with tougher teams.” – Bow’s Sarah Vaughn

Records: Souhegan 2-1; Bow 2-1

Hopkinton 6, White Mountains 3

Key players: Hopkinton – Aurelia Salce (3 goals), Ryan Barrett (2 goals), Autumn Meier (goal)

Coach’s quote: “We started off slow and struggled to find our grove, but after the first quarter we started to play our game. Always proud of this group. We are looking forward to next week and continuing our progress as a team.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

Records: Hopkinton 2-1; White Mtns. 1-1

Conant 1, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Lilly Hoegler (defense)

Coach’s quote: “We struggled to connect offensively, but hung in there against a strong Conant team.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea WIlliams

Records: Conant 1-1; Kearsarge 2-1


Souhegan 91, Bishop Brady 70, Stevens 70, Kearsarge 57

Key players: Bishop Brady – Mady Savary (20), Cam O’Rourke (19), Cam Fortier (16), Bronson Taylor (15), Alex Pelletier (10); Souhegan – Nick Nowak (medalist, 25)

Highlights:  Pelletier’s score (Bishop Brady’s fifth-best golfer) gave the Giants the edge in a tiebreaker over Stevens to finish second in a match on their home course at Beaver Meadow.

Coach’s quote:  “Everyone is improving. Souhegan is a great golf team.” – Bishop Brady’s Jason Bird

Records: Souhegan 3-0; Bishop Brady 7-2; Stevens 4-3; Kearsarge 4-4

Girls’ Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, St. Thomas 2

Key players: Coe-Brown – Stella Vachon (7 kills, 3.5 blocks), Haile Comeau (11 digs, 9 aces), Mackenzie Nadeau (20 assists, 3 aces)

Highlights: The Bears came back from a 2-0 deficit to win their season-opening match, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-10.

Coach’s quote: “We have run all sorts of lineups with people playing in multiple positions all preseason, so it’s so fun for things to come together and for us to find a rhythm in a match. St. Thomas always brings tenacious defense and tonight was no different. I believe so strongly in this team and I was so proud to watch them believe in themselves tonight.” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

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

Oyster River 3, Winnisquam 1

Key players: Winnisquam  – Triniti Carter (4 kills, 5 digs), Caiden Carter (9 digs), Gianna Ball (11 digs), Lucy Prunier (10 assists), Shayla Jordan (9 digs, 2 aces), Bella Dill (8 digs), Loralie Nelson (7 digs), Madyson Haskins (4 aces)

Highlights: The Bears lost a lopsided 25-12 first set against the Bobcats, but Winnisquam came back to win the second set, 26-24. Oyster River won the third and fourth sets, 25-22, 25-20, to take the season-opening victory.

Coach’s quote: “This match gave us a good early season test against the defending D-II champions. We learned what we need to focus on to improve.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Oyster River 1-0; Winnisquam 0-1