October 14, 2011 - 11 Hudson~Litchfield Sports Another Mediocre Week for CHS Boys’ Soccer
by Marc Ayotte The boys soccer team completed their second consecutive week of mixing one victory with one defeat in Division III action. The Cougars have been in an offensive funk of late, scoring exactly one goal in five of their last seven games. On October 6, however, Campbell made the sole goal count as they used it to secure a 1-0 shutout home win over Hopkinton. The Hawks came into Cougar territory with some offensive woes of their
the win, the Cougars improved to 8-4-1 on the season.
On Columbus Day, the Cougars voyaged north on Route 93 to Canaan for a pivotal match against host Mascoma Valley Regional. The Royals were red hot, winners of four straight and undefeated in their last six games. Not too long after the Campbell players stepped-off the team bus, Mascoma jumped out to a 2-0 lead, using the early strike as a foundation to eventually fight off the Cougars by the final score of 2-1. The Royal goals came at the eight and 13 minute marks of the first half. Sophomore Keegan Tanguay cut the Cougar deficit in half when he scored from about 30 yards out with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Cougar freshman back Jonathan Donaghey plays the ball off his body during a home game against Hopkinton
Captain Tyler Guarino #3, moves the ball up field averting the pressure of Hawk’s middie Killian Miller
own, having scored a total of only six goals in their last five games and winless in their last four contests. Fittingly, the two teams battled to a scoreless half time tie. And for an encore, the Hawks and Cougars treated the Campbell crowd to a repeat performance in the second half - after 80 minutes of play, the score remained knotted, with goose eggs dominating the scoreboard. Less than two minutes into the first overtime session, Cougar Ben Billings ended the defensive battle. The poised sophomore scored his team leading ninth goal of the season at the 1:53 mark, giving Campbell the much-needed victory. “He’s in the right position all the time” commented an elated head coach Steve Levine on Billings’ contribution.
Alvirne Girls Soccer Improving
by Sue LaRoche In the past two weeks, the Broncos have taken
on five of the top eight teams in NHIAA Division 1 soccer and have lost by no more than two goals in all games but one. Last week, on Wednesday, October 5, the Broncos played a postponed game due to weather, losing to Salem 1-0 at home. The game was deadlocked at 0-0 at the half, and through most of the second half as well. With 18 minutes remaining, Salem scored for the 1-0 victory. Goalie Tori LaRoche had 18 saves on the night and got some good defensive support from Sarah Rosetti. Krissy Rowe played well offensively for the Lady Broncos. The Broncos then traveled to Gill Stadium on
Friday, October 7, to take on Manchester Central, and suffered a 2-0 loss. The Broncos received an
outstanding effort from Tori LaRoche who stopped 32 shots including multiple fantastic crosses by Central. Sarah Rosetti, Alicia Gillis and Brittney Lambert all played well for the Broncos who were undermanned with Captain Kaela Craven and Jessica Roberts remaining on the sideline with concussions. The only game that the Broncos allowed more
than two goals was against 9-2 Londonderry as they lost 4-0 on Tuesday, October 11. The Broncos got a good effort from Erin Craven, Heather Barkley and Sara Rosetti. Goalie Tori LaRoche had 21 saves on the night. The Broncos are still looking for their first victory of the season. They have three games to do so, with home contests against Nashua North and Manchester Memorial on October 14 and 18.
Levine continued by saying, “Tyler Guarino made the whole thing happen.” According to the head Cougar, Guarino’s original shot-on-goal was saved by the Hawk keep. “The rebound then went off Tyler’s leg to Billings (positioned) on the left side of the goal,” recalled Levine. In saying that the game featured back and forth action with quality saves by both goalies, Coach Levine added, “Jacob Morgan had the best game of his career.” In assessing the Cougar keep’s increased knowledge of the position along with his season long progress, Levine said, “He’s picking up (on) a lot of good stuff.” When asked if he was going to use this victory to get ready for the playoffs, Levine said, “We have to. We have to. We have to build a winning mentality.” With
After falling behind early, Coach Levine noted that his team absolutely dominated the action from that point forward. However, Tanguay’s tally was the only goal the Royal keep would surrender; “we carried the play, but we couldn’t put it in” noted Levine on the Cougar’s continued lack of offensive production. The veteran coach cited this game as a classic example of dominating the flow of the game yet still not coming away with the victory. The Cougars were without the services of back Justin Prindle who sustained a concussion in an earlier game against Raymond. The defensive standout is expected to return in time for the playoffs; “he’s a tremendous leader on the field,” said Levine of Prindle. Campbell returns to Litchfield on Friday, October 14, when seniors Timothy Heaton, Jacob Mercier, Kyle Mun and Michael Vigeant face Stevens in their last home game as Cougars. Heading into that contest, CHS finds themselves mired in eighth place in the D-3 standings, at 8- 5-1.
by Marc Ayotte
Campbell Sends Two Golfers to States Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford held
this year’s Division III state golf championship. With 13 schools competing in D-3 golf, the top seven teams during the regular season qualified for the post season team competition. Although Cougar Coach Shawn Flynn was pleased with the team’s performance and enthusiasm during the season that would not quite be enough. The Cougar team finished eighth, thereby missing an opportunity to compete in the team event. However, each school that did not qualify for the team competition was allowed to send two players to represent the school to compete for the individual state crown. Kevin Gallagher and Mike White were chosen to represent Campbell. White and Gallagher were chosen by Flynn as a direct result of being the Cougar’s two top scorers during the regular season. On a cold, but
Broncos Cross: Stellar at Battle of the Border
submitted by Aaron Bellomo Anyone who attended the first cross country
practice of the 2011 campaign in mid-August would find Saturday’s Battle of the Border results practically inconceivable. The first practice of the year, the team raced the very same 5K course, in which only two Broncos were able to go sub 20 minutes, neither of them being under 18:20. Thus how it is possible, that six AHS Varsity runners fought their way not only under 20 but under 19 on Saturday, including five more sub 20? Simple. Running is just an amazing sport like that. Take some determination, a high quantity of hard work, and a will to win and you’re in business. Team wise, Alvirne had its most successful meet of the year finishing third of eight full squads (Bishop Guertin, Souhegan, Alvirne, Pelham, Nashua South, Central Catholic, Melrose,
Tyngsborough). Individually, many broncos were able to PR (personal record), and break into new boundaries. Running top seven for the Broncos were Aaron Bellomo (16:39), Cody Ross (17:13), Connor Sakati (17:51), Ryan Doyle (18:17), Frank Cunniff (18:40), Cam Murphy (18:41), and Phil Demers (19:07). Anthony Cestrone led the way in the JV race clocking (19:00). Gurbir Kalsi was able to add to the 11 Broncos going sub 20. Josh Debrecini gutted out an unprecedented three minute PR, while Austin Bernard led the way once again in the freshman race, cruising along at 6:30 pace. It’s amazing how far this team has come. It’s honestly two completely different teams from August to October. Two weeks remain ‘til crunch time, when the Broncos will toe the line in anticipation of a Meet of Champions Birth.
sunny Thursday, October 6, morning, with a stiff breeze coming off Lake Winnesquam, a field of 70 golfers teed it up on the beautiful 6,004 yard, par 70 track. The Cougar golfers were going up against the best players in the state, including Gilford’s three-time defending state champion, Chris Houston.
According to Flynn, the golf team exceeded his expectations during the regular season; “our team was young and inexperienced” he added, “it was remarkable to see their approach (to the matches).” Gilford High’s Houston proved to be unstoppable by racking up his fourth consecutive state title, the two Cougar golfers had respectable showings. Kevin Gallagher was medalist for Campbell, turning in a score of 95 for a 30th place finish. Teammate Mike White finished a few shots back, staying under the century mark by posting a 99.
Cross Country Wins Final Home Meet
Litchfield Girls Travel Soccer Team wins Columbus Day Tournament
submitted by Litchfield U14 Girls Travel Soccer The Litchfield U14 Girls Travel Soccer team won the 29th Annual North Andover, MA, Columbus Day Tournament. The team advanced to the semi finals without a loss and posted a 2-0-1 record. In divisional play they defeated the Andover
Fever, North Reading Fury and tied the Tewksbury Titans. In the semifinals the team defeated the Wilmington Wildcats to earn a rematch with Tewksbury in the finals and prevailed with a 1-0 win.
by Sue LaRoche The Alvirne Bronco boys and girls cross country teams won their final home meet of the season on Tuesday, October 11, defeating Bishop Guertin, Spaulding and Nashua South to claim the victory. For the girls, Erica Notini finished first for the Broncos and first overall with a time of 20:10.00. That time placed Notini in fifth place on the board for the 10 all time fastest home course times for Alvirne runners. Lydia Lyman finished second for the Broncos in 21:38.40 followed closely by Emily Mascari in 21:39.50. Emily Barry placed fourth for the Broncos in 23:08.40 and Lauren Lecraw finished fifth in 24:30.70. Sealing the victory for the Broncos was Emily Blaikie with a time of 24:34.70, finishing in sixth for Alvirne, besting the Bishop Guertin sixth place runner which provided the Broncos the slim victory. For the boys’ team Aaron Bellomo finished first for the Broncos and first overall in 16:49.01. Philip Demers (17:44.40) and Cody Ross (17:54.80) placed second and third for the Broncos and third and fourth overall in the race.
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Connor Sakati placed fourth for the Broncos and seventh overall in18:20.30, with Ryan Doyle placing fifth for the Broncos and eighth overall in18:21.80. Cameron Murphy was the final scorer for the Broncos in 19:00.20.
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