Hudson - Litchfield News 10 - December 17, 2010
Grapplers Wrestle to Fourth-Place Finish Peridontal Disease
and Your Overall Heath Part One Periodontal diseases are recognized as
bacterial infections, are among the most common chronic diseases in humans, and among the most important causes of pain, discomfort, and tooth loss in adults. Evidence suggests that periodontitis increases the risk for certain systemic conditions, including heart disease, low birth weight, and diabetes mellitus. Research has shown that atherosclerosis is more common in patients suffering from periodontitis than in E their counterparts with no periodontal disease. Several long-term studies demonstrated that individuals with periodontitis had a 25% increased risk of having coronary artery disease at their l5-year follow-up examinations. In addition, men with periodontal disease had a 1.72 times greater risk of coronary artery disease than men without periodontal disease. Diabetes is the most common endocrine
disease, and can result in damage to many organs, including the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves, and vascular. Studies emphasize a clear and definite relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. Diabetic patients demonstrate more severe periodontal disease than non-diabetic patients. Research shows that periodontal disease influences the course of diabetes, and has an adverse effect on glycemic control. Higher levels of administered insulin are necessary in the severe periodontal disease patient, as compared to the diabetic patient who does not suffer from periodontal disease. Distinct systemic benefits exist to a diabetic patient through the elimination of active periodontal disease infections.
Zach Breen (119) of Alvirne adds two more points for a takedown en route to an easy, 17-7 decision over his Timberlane opponent
by Sue LaRoche The Alvirne High School Wrestling team hosted the Bronco Invitational on
Saturday, December 11, and wrestled themselves into a fourth-place finish. Teams that wrestled included Alvirne, Londonderry, Exeter, Timberlane, Pinkerton, Keene, Pelham, and Manchester West. Alvirne had several wrestlers in the finals finishing in second place, including
Josh Metevier (125), Shawn Melanson (160), and Cody Anderson (171). Zach Breen (119) finished in third place, along with Pat Morse (152). Taking fourth place in their weight classes were John Roark (145), Steve Litchenberg (189), and Tyler Burgess (215). The Broncos will wrestle on the road for the next few meets, but will host Manchester Central on January 12.
Cody Anderson loses to Nate Peteson of Exeter in a tough finals match in the 171-weight class
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by Sue LaRoche On Friday, December 10, the Alvirne girls’ basketball team opened their season at home, hosting Nashua North, and they came away with a 45-44 victory. As first- year Head Coach Steve Tracy preached, defense won this game for the Broncos, with key blocks and steals coming at the tail end of the contest. It was a tight game throughout with the score tied at 11 after the first quarter, and the Broncos held a slim, 21-18 point advantage at the half. Again, with a three- point margin in the third quarter (29-26), it would come down to a battle in the final stanza. Even though the Broncos were outscored 18-16 in the final quarter, they managed to pull out the victory. With 3:43 remaining, Maya DesFosses netted two free throws to tie the score at 36. With 1:40 to go in the game, the Broncos found themselves down 41-39.
Defense proved to be the boost the Broncos needed, as Katie Donovan stole an inbounds pass, getting the ball to DJ Purcell, who nailed a three-point shot to put Alvirne up 42-41. Taylor Carbone then
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by Sue LaRoche First-year varsity head coach Seth Garon will have
his work cut out for him as he heads a Bronco team that sports few returning players with any serious varsity minutes from last year’s squad. Captains Caleb Donnelly and Jon Baldwin will need to use every bit of their leadership skills to help this inexperienced Broncos team along. “We have a good mix of players,” stated Garon, a Pinkerton alumni with five years of junior varsity and assistant varsity coaching behind him. With six seniors, six juniors, and two sophomores, Coach Garon is preaching defense to his squad. “We need good defense in order to be successful; our offense will come from our defense,” he continued. The Broncos are lacking size, but with speed and quickness of the entire squad, Garon is hoping that his pressure defense will provide ample opportunities for the Broncos to score. Catch the Broncos in their home opener on Friday, December 17, in a double-header, as the girls’ and boys’ varsity squads take on Merrimack (girls, 5:30 p.m.; boys, 7 p.m.). Their next contest at home will be Tuesday, January 4, against Manchester West.
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blocked two shots, and free throws by DJ Purcell and Donovan, another steal by Sandi Purcell, and a Carbone free throw sealed the victory for the Lady Broncos. “We knew this would be a battle,” stated
Tracy. With newspaper clippings from last year’s loss to North, which bounced the Broncos out of the playoffs, hanging in the locker room, the Lady Broncos made the debut of their head coach a successful one. “I was both impressed and proud of the team on how they rallied together with spirit and composure to get the job done under extreme pressure,” said Tracy. Leading the way for Alvirne was DJ
Purcell with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists, followed by Donovan with 11 points, 11 rebounds, one block, and four steals. DesFosses chipped in with seven points and three rebounds. The girls’ junior varsity squad had a tough opener, with a 47-29 loss to North. Brittney Lambert led the way with 10 points, followed by Stephanie Tsouprakos with six points and Taylor Semenetz with five.
On Tuesday, December 14, the Broncos came up against perennial powerhouse
Lady Broncos Basketball Preview
by Sue LaRoche The Lady Broncos basketball squad, under the direction of first year head coach Steve Tracy, will look to return to the NHIAA Division 1 playoff this year with several returning starters and talented newcomers to bolster the squad. Tracy was assistant coach for the Broncos for the past two seasons and, prior to that, he coached at Bishop Guertin in several different roles, helping to guide them to the NHIAA Class L finals for two years in a row. This will be Tracy’s seventh year coaching in Class L and his 12th year coaching overall, as well as several years coaching softball in Litchfield. The Broncos named seniors DJ
Purcell, Katie Donovan, and Emily Gosselin as their captains for the season. Other returning starters include senior Dee Trearchis and juniors Taylor Carbone and Maya
DesFosses. Newcomers for the JV squad include senior Cathryn Fernandes, junior Jess Underwood, and sophomore swinger Devon Smith. Freshman Sandi Purcell will bolster the point guard position and freshman swinger Veronica Moceri will help to deepen the team. Coach Tracy is stressing four key components for the Lady Broncos to have success this season: team unity, rebounding, pressure defense, and attention to detail. “If we win the battle on the boards and play good pressure defense, the offense will come as we progress,” he explained. The team is sporting new T-shirts this year with the number one on their backs, stressing that “as one … gets it done.” The Broncos will have their work cut out for them, but look for the Lady Broncos to make some noise in NHIAA Division 1 this season.
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Winnacunnet and lost 71-46. Coach Tracy was “very proud of his team’s efforts; we cut the lead to 13 at one point and never gave up.” The Broncos threw many different defenses at Winnacunnet, but with strong shooting and rebounding, they could not match up with them. Coach Tracy was pleased with a compliment passed on by the opposing coach, who stated that some teams will find the Broncos hard to handle. Leading the way for Alvirne was DJ
Purcell with 18 points, one blocked shot, and three steals, followed by Donovan with 17 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots, and one steal. Carbone added seven points, two rebounds, and two steals. The junior varsity squad also lost,
44-36. Tsouprakos had 10 points, followed by Lambert with eight points and Veronica Moceri with five points. The Lady Broncos will play at home on
Friday, December 17, in the first game of a double-header with the boys’ varsity squad as they take on Merrimack, followed by their next home contest on Tuesday, December 21, against Manchester Central.
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