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10 - January 7, 2011 by Lynne Ober Lacrosse is a fast-growing team sport of Native American origin


played using a small, solid rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. This sport is played in the United States and Canada and is cropping up at both the high school and college level. Many colleges now have programs and offer athletic scholarships to those who play the sport; as such, the fledgling Litchfield Lacrosse League has a link on their Website that will allow you to search for available college scholarships.


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by Sue LaRoche On Sunday, January 2, the Bronco swim teams competed at the Holiday Invitational held at the University of New Hampshire. With 18 teams competing, the girls finished in eighth place with 83 points and the boys finished in sixth place with 95 points. Becky Dionne had a great showing for Alvirne, as she took first place in the 50 Freestyle race and the 100 Backstroke race. She was also a part of the 200 Medley and the 200 Freestyle relay teams. Following are the results from the meet:


Girls: 200 Medley Relay – Becky Dionne, Desiree Ouellette, Christina Stewart, and Jessica Cocozziello, fifth; 200 Freestyle – Christina Stewart, 22nd; 200 IM – Ashley Croan, 26th; 100 Fly – Lauren Bistany, 13th; 100 Free – Jessica Cocozziello, 19th; 200 Free Relay – Jessica Cocozziello, Jamie Martineau, Desiree Ouellette, and Becky Dionne, fourth; 100 Breaststroke – Christina Stewart, 13th; 400 Free Relay – Lauren Bistany, Brooke Prochnaniak, Lauren Kraemer, and Jamie Martineau, 11th. Boys: 200 Medley Relay – Zack Keller, Chris Boudreau,


Nick Bunker, and Joshua Keller, 12th; 200 Free – Steven Balevre, 13th; 50 Free – Alex Luebbers, sixth; 100 Fly – Nick Bunker, 21st; 100 Free – Matt Beningo, fifth; 200 Free Relay – Alex Luebbers, Steven Balevre, Mike Deminico, and Matt Beningo, third; 100 Backstroke – Alex Luebbers, 13th; 100 Breaststroke – Matt Beningo, sixth; 400 Free Relay – Alex Luebbers, Steven Balevre, Mike Deminico, and Matt Beningo, fifth.


The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, teams try to stop the opposing team from scoring while trying to “steal” the ball. Games are fast and fun. Although other southern-tier New Hampshire towns have started lacrosse leagues; until now, that has not happened in either Litchfield or Hudson. Parents are organizing a lacrosse league in Litchfield and opening it to Hudson children as well. This program will not conflict with soccer, baseball, or softball, as the games are on Sunday. It will provide opportunities for both boys and girls. Teams will follow established rules, and this sport, interestingly enough, has a different set of rules for boys than for girls. Boys and girls do not play with the same equipment, either. Andy Santom pointed out that girls have excellent opportunities to get scholarships at the college level and he believes this is one reason that leagues are being form for younger children. “You saw this type of growth with soccer as it began to be popular, and today,


by Sue LaRoche On Friday, December 17, in a basketball


varsity double-header, the Lady Broncos improved their record to 2-1 on the season with a 58-48 victory over Merrimack at the Steckevicz gymnasium. The Broncos had control of this one right from the start, taking a 17-5 lead in the first quarter, a 30- 18 lead at the half, and a 48-24 lead after three quarters. Despite being outscored 24-10 in the final quarter, Alvirne cruised to the 10-point victory. “With that large lead [24 points at the end of three quarters], the goal was to get as many players as much valuable game experience as possible,” explained Coach Steve Tracy, who was pleased with the efforts of swingers Devon Smith and Veronica Moceri. Coach Tracy has been preaching defense and rebounds, and his team followed through with 30 team rebounds and swarming defense, which led to a comfortable lead throughout the game. Coach Tracy was also pleased with the effort of freshman Sandi Purcell, who “had a great game on both ends and controlled the point well, attacking on offense and relentless on defense with several steals.” Emily Gosselin and Taylor Carbone were assigned to defend Merrimack’s prime player and effectively neutralized her, and Cathryn Fernandes and Dee Trearchis played solid defense at the guard position. Maya DesFosses and Jess Underwood had great games in the post. DJ Purcell led the team with 19 points, five rebounds, one blocked shot, and three steals, while Katie Donovan added 15 points, nine rebounds, two blocked shots, and one steal. On Tuesday, December 21, the Lady Broncos hosted Manchester Central and came away with their third victory of the season, 45-36. Alvirne jumped out to a 16-7 lead, but managed only three points in the second quarter, as Central scored 18


Hudson and Litchfield Youth Have Opportunity to Play Lacrosse This sport has been called a combination of soccer and hockey.


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some towns even offer programs at the tot level.” However, the lacrosse league will begin with children born as early as January 1, 1998, and go through birth dates of December 31, 2004. Eligibility requirements apply to both the Boys’ Program and the Girls’ Program, according to Santom, and these are defined as: • U13 – Children born between January 1, 1998 and December 31, 1999


• U11 – Children born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2001


• U9 – Children born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2004


Late registrations are being accepted now only through the organization’s Website, which is http://litchfieldlacrosse.teamopolis. com. Santom instructs interested participants to select online registration to begin the registration process. “We are hoping to have a fun season and know that we will have opponents from Derry and Londonderry,” he said. If anyone has questions, they can contact Andy Santom at 424-4617.


Kathryn Donovan recovers a failed steal attempt in the paint against Merrimack


DJ Purcell looks to push past a Merrimack defender in the girls’ December 17 win


points to jump out to a 25-19 lead. Alvirne narrowed the gap to two points at the beginning of the last quarter and tied the score within the first 15 seconds of the final stanza. DJ Purcell put the Broncos ahead to stay at the 7:11 mark. Sandi Purcell started a run by the Broncos when she made a steal and scored to take a 33-29 lead, and she pulled down an offensive rebound and drove coast to coast to make a lay-up and the resulting free throw to extend the lead to 39-34. Sandi Purcell led the scoring with 14 points, one rebound, and three steals. Donovan had 11 points, 10 rebounds, one block, and one steal, and DJ Purcell added eight points, two rebounds, and one steal. The junior varsity squad lost to Central,


33-16. Moceri scored five points, while Stephanie Tsouprakos and Smith had three points each. Alvirne played on the road following the


holiday break, but took a tough defeat at the hands of Nashua North, 44-36. The score was tied after three quarters, but North managed to outscore the Broncos 16-8 in the final stanza, with 10 of those points coming at the foul line to pull out the victory. The Broncos were led by Donovan with 13 points, six rebounds, and two steals, followed by DJ Purcell with eight points, four assists, one rebound, and two steals. DesFosses and Sandi Purcell chipped in with five points each. The Lady Broncos will host Bishop Guertin on Friday, January 7.


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