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Lady Broncos Drop Opener


as the Lady Broncos had hoped as they lost 5-0 to the visiting Pinkerton Academy Astros. Opening day jitters were in abundance for the Broncos as they let up four goals in the first 20 minutes of the game, most on one on one breakaways. “We need to settle down and trust each other,” explained Coach Lance McAdam. He stressed that the girls need to both “talk and listen to each other.”


Sarah Rossetti fileds an inbounds throw


by Sue LaRoche The 2011 soccer season did not start out quite


As rough as the first half was, the Lady Broncos seemed to settle down a bit in the second half letting up only one goal which found the top right corner of the net. The Lady Broncos only managed three shots on net while Pinkerton had 32 shots and goalie Tori LaRoche made 27 saves. Playing well for the Broncos were Erin Craven, Daeghan Stone and Jocelyn Richardson. The Broncos did not give up and Coach McAdam feels that this game is “something to build on.” The Lady Broncos will host Hollis- Brookline on Friday, September 2.


Alvirne Football Scrimmage


of Londonderry, Friday, August 26, in front of a full house of fans. All three of the Bronco teams, freshmen, junior varsity and varsity took on the Lancers for some preseason action. Coach Bob Nimblett is happy with the way the


Aaron Lavoie reels in a pass against Londonderry in the first scoring drive of the game.


by Sue LaRoche In preparation for the 2011 NHIAA Division 1 football, the Alvirne Broncos took on the Lancers


offensive line is playing, “That is keeping us in the scrimmages.” At the end of the half, with both varsity squads having played, the Broncos held a slim 13-12 lead. The Broncos scored on a 16 play opening drive, when Josh Cohen ran it in from one yard out. Ryan Rule added the second score on a long run. Two additional scoring opportunities ended without scoring as the Broncos tossed an interception inside the 20-yard line and a turn over on downs inside the opponent’s 25-yard line. “We are trying to balance our offense as best we can,” explained Nimblett. Josh Cohen gets the nod at quarterback with Kevin Sullivan backing him up. The running back duties will be shared between Ryan Rule, Bandon Rule, Chase Clark, Kyle Manning and Tony Beaulieu. Nimblett felt that overall the scrimmage went well but, “Our biggest weakness is tackling. That must improve if we are going to compete this year.” The Broncos will open their regular season with two games on the road as they take on Pembroke Academy on Saturday, September 3, and are at Keene on Friday, September 9. The first home game will be against Merrimack on Friday, September 16.


Olivia Planty turns after fielding a pass in Friday’s win over Hillsboro-Derring


by Marc Ayotte The defending state champion Campbell girls’ soccer team picked up the 2011 campaign just where they left off last season. With a championship banner hanging proudly from the Cougar Den rafters, Head Coach Bob Gannon’s Lady Cougars took a convincing first step to repeating as the best in D-III soccer, when they humbled visiting Hillsboro-Deering, 4-0, in each team’s season opener. Although Campbell lost ten seniors to graduation, they were able to play a solid game, both offensively and defensively. In trying to fill the holes of last year’s mass exodus, coach Gannon conveys that “team captains Olivia Planty and Ashley Gannon have been working hard to bring this new group together, in hopes of returning to the state tournament again this year.” Returning players Casey Mellen, Jessica Belzil and Liz Pettis, who was a member of CHS’s basketball state championship team as well, are integral components of the Cougar lineup. The Cougars staked their claim to home field


advantage early on as they eased their way to a 3-0 half time lead. Leading the Campbell attack was Casey Mellen with two goals, while teammate Olivia Planty notched her first goal of the season to go along with two assists. Hannah Neild also beat the H-D goalie resulting in the four-goal victory. Defensively, coach Gannon had high praise for freshman Briana Silck along with Savanah Cavanaugh, Bionka Pouliot, Emily Moreau, Kaitlyn Gannon and Ashley Gannon.


Hannah Neild fights for possesion against Hillsboro-Derring


Playing a strong game between the posts was Cougar goalkeeper Shannon Lavigne in recording the shutout win.


Campbell 2 Raymond 0


The Ladies took to the road for their next game on Tuesday August, 30, as they visited 2007 Class M state champs Raymond High, who lost their season opener 2-1 to Gilford, in a tightly contested affair. Once again Raymond surrendered only two goals to their opponent, however once again the Cougars were able to keep their opponents off the scoreboard. In pushing their record to two wins against zero losses on the young season, Campbell received a second straight shutout from goaltender Shannon Lavigne (six saves), leading her team to the 2-0 victory. According to head coach Bob Gannon; “Raymond started the game strong and played a very physical style of soccer.” After a scoreless first half, the Cougars came out in the second half hoping to solve the Raymond’s offside trap. They were not successful with that endeavor until late in the half when at 31:41; Hannah Neild scored her second goal of the 2011 season, ending the scoreless deadlock. Less than seven minutes later, captain Olivia Planty scored an insurance goal for the Cougars, when she registered her second tally in as many games. The Lady Cougars stay on the road for game three of the season when they visit Mascenic on Friday, September 2.


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submitted by Jim Tomaswick The Broncos opened their 2011 campaign last Friday traveling to Dover to take on the Green Wave. These two teams have played tight games in the past 3 seasons, however this game belonged to Dover holding Alvirne’s offense scoreless in the first half while scoring twice. Dover increased their lead to 3-0 as their outside striker slipped by the Alvirne defense leaving him with a one-on-one breakaway which ended with a chip shot over a diving senior goal keeper Jimmy Tomaswick (six saves). Midway through the second half junior mid fielder Richie Eaton scored on a direct kick drilling a shot from over 20 yards out


cutting the lead to 3-1. Dover put in a final goal late in the game that resulted in the final 4-1 score. Playing well for the Broncos were junior midfielder Marcos Viera, senior striker Corey Landry and sophomore striker PJ Busnach. On Tuesday the Broncos traveled to Derry for a match-up against the defending Division 1 Champions, Pinkerton Academy and ended with the Broncos losing 3-0. Pinkerton outplayed the Broncos in the first half taking 22 shots half of which were on goal. Senior goal keeper Jimmy Tomaswick successfully turned away nine of the first half shots (14 total saves) but Pinkerton successfully found the back of the net twice and took a 2-0 lead at half time. The Broncos came


Lady Cougars Blank Hillcats in Soccer Opener


Jimmy Tomaswick save


out in the second half with solid intensity and put a lot of pressure on the Pinkerton defense getting off six shots but no able to put any away. Pinkerton scored their third goal late in the second half on a direct kick. Senior defenders Zach Melanson and Tyler Lambert as well as junior defender Michael DeMinico all had strong games for the Broncos. The JV team finished their first two games with an 11-1 drubbing of Dover and a 5-1 loss to Pinkerton. The


Broncos play next on Tuesday with their home opener against Keene.


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