HLNSports submitted by Marc Ayotte Nothing like finishing the season on a high
note. There was a pre-game festive atmosphere filling the Campbell High School (CHS) Cougar Den on February 21 with so many roses being passed around, Lynn Anderson would have been in her element. Friends, family, students, and athletes came to celebrate Senior Night for the boys’ varsity basketball team and cheerleaders. When the ceremony was over, the Cougar seniors and teammates parlayed the happy feeling in the stands to a happy feeling on the court as they ran roughshod over the hapless Farmington Tigers by a score of 82-32.
In getting the starting nod that night in honor of senior recognition, it took Jason Paquin only 18 seconds to say “thanks, Coach,” as his ‘tres’ gave the Cougars an early, 3-0 lead. For the first three minutes of action, it appeared as though the Tigers, who came in riding an 11-game losing streak, were prepared to challenge Campbell. With a pair of nickels up on the scoreboard, another senior in the form of Andrew Lepine quickly changed that score as he knocked down back-to-back triples to put the Cougars up by six at 11-5. Moments later, a pretty drive by Josh Morgan, who dished off to Tyler Syphers for two, and Lepine’s third ‘tres’ of the quarter pushed the Cougar lead to 10 points, forcing a Tiger timeout. As if he was saying to teammate Lepine “fine, you have three triples, but mine is going to be from further out,” senior Josh Morgan drained a jumper from the intersection of Albuquerque and Highlander Court to push the Cougar lead to 17. When brother Jacob Morgan nailed a baseline
Through the first four minutes of the second Senior Tyler Syphers (#33) with an offensive put-back
buzzer beating fade away, he capped a quarter- closing, 19-5 run, giving CHS a 30-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
AHS Hockey Wins on Senior Night
quarter, the juggernaut formerly known as the Cougar offense suddenly went off the radar screen. However, despite only scoring five points halfway through the quarter, the Cougars actually increased their halftime lead by two. A Paquin steal seemed to spark the home team, and subsequent back-to-back steals by an aggressive red and white defense brought back to life the fortunes of the Cougars’ first-quarter offensive explosion. In an attempt to interrupt a Cougar 11- 0 run, Farmington called a timeout with just over two minutes remaining in the half and trailing 43-13. That didn’t work. When Paquin knocked down his second three-pointer of the night and another textbook Josh Morgan to Syphers combination made the score 52-13, the game had reached a statistical anomaly where the Cougar run of 20 points to end the half was more than the opposition had scored in the entire half. A 7-0 opening by Campbell in the third quarter pushed the run (dating back to the first half) to a staggering 27 unanswered points. Two minutes and thirty seconds into the third frame, the almost eight-minute Farmington scoring drought ended when Shane Hill rained in a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 43. Incredibly, things would continue to worsen for the visiting Tigers as they proceeded to get outscored by the substitution parade that became the Cougar offense for
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Campbell Destroys Farmington on Boys’ Senior Night
the remainder of the third quarter, as well as the final stanza. Ultimately, Senior Night came to a conclusion, but not before the margin of victory reached the half-century mark at 82-32. The Cougars, in winning three of their last five games, finished the season one game under .500 at eight wins against nine losses. There could not have been a nicer finish to the season for the Campbell seniors, as all four of them contributed double-digit scoring performances. Josh Morgan (#12) led the Cougar assault with 19 points. Following him was Andre Lepine (#22), whose four triples gave him a total of 14 points on the evening. Three threes and two twos saw Jason Paquin (#23) finish with 13 points, while center Tyler Syphers (#33) finished with five hoops for 10 points. An honorable mention goes out to sophomore point guard Max Goveia, who leads the Cougars in assists on the year and had several dazzling dishes and ‘would’ve been helpers’ that night.
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hockey teams, where the team and the fans recognize the senior players and their parents. The Alvirne varsity hockey team had the honor of posting a win for the team on their Senior Night, where they recognized Seth Boucher, Jared McCauley, Kaylee Murphy, Bobby Savoie, Josh Steele, Assistant Captain Ben Dutil, Captain Seth Aubin, and Team Manager Nicole Runyan.
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by Sue LaRoche On Tuesday, February 15, the Alvirne Lady Broncos dropped a tough 55-46 decision to Manchester Memorial. A lopsided number of foul calls gave Memorial a 26-8 advantage at the line (Memorial went 22-26 and Alvirne went 6-8), accounting for a 14- point differential. The Broncos had a tough second quarter being outscored 14-5, which was the difference in the game. It was a big night for DJ Purcell, however, as she scored a game-high 19 points, including her 1,000th point as a Bronco with 6:54 remaining in the game. After the game,
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both Memorial and Alvirne had five losses each. Coach Steve Tracy felt that this was a contest between “two evenly matched strong teams,” but he was unhappy with the “foul count differential, which killed us.” Katie Donovan chipped in with six points and a mammoth 12 rebounds, Sandi Purcell had seven points and played the point well, while Veronica Moceri also chipped in with five points and played the wing well. Taylor Carbone had five points for Alvirne. The Lady Broncos rebounded well from that loss, with a 63-47 drubbing of Spaulding on the road. “We bounced back and played really well from the start, getting the job done against a very deceiving Spaulding club,” explained Coach Tracy.
In a night where the Broncos were nursing some injuries and nagging illnesses, the entire team played well. Donovan had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. DJ Purcell added to her point total with 14 points and six rebounds, and Carbone attacked the basket all night, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds. Maya DeFosses added six points for Alvirne. Following this game, the Broncos are 15-5 overall with an 11-5 record in NHIAA Division 1. On Tuesday, February 22, on the Pinkerton Astros’ Senior Night, the Lady Broncos gutted out an overtime victory, 45-41, handing Pinkerton only their third loss on the season. This victory improves the Broncos’ record to 12-5, locking up a spot in the top eight for hosting a NHIAA Division 1 playoff game at home on Wednesday March 2, at 7 p.m. Alvirne took a 10-8 lead in the first quarter and extended that to 23-16 at the half. The Astros came charging back, however, and took at 30-29 lead at the end of three quarters of play. The Broncos scored only six points in the third quarter and got a bit sloppy with five turnovers, more than they had in the entire first half. The fourth quarter was a see-saw battle, as Pinkerton tied the score at 39 with 1:48 to go. The overtime began with a three-point shot from Carbone, giving the Broncos a lead they would never relinquish. Carbone hit the front end of a 1 and 1 on a drive with 2:18 remaining. DJ Purcell had a monster block from behind on a Pinkerton shot with 15 seconds remaining, and DeFosses sealed the victory with two clutch free throws with three seconds remaining. DJ Purcell led the team with 20 points, four rebounds, four steals, and one blocked shot, followed by Carbone with nine points, three rebounds, and one assist. Donovan added six points, 12 rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals.
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