16 - December 9, 2011
Hudson~Litchfield Sports Hudson~Litchfield Sports
Lady Cougars Trample Timberwolves in Season Opener
After a 24 point nine rebound performance in Campbell’s season opening win over Prospect Mountain, Becca Arnone hams it up during a Cougar practice earlier this week
by Marc Ayotte The Campbell girls’ basketball team officially began the defense of their 2011 state title with a road contest against Prospect Mountain on Friday, December 2. The Cougars wasted little time after their 50 mile trip to Alton, as they built upon a 16 point first quarter lead and went on to trounce the host Wolves by a score of 59 to 28. Prospect Mountain (PM) stayed close for most of the opening stanza before the visitors went on a 12-0 run to close out the first eight minutes of the season. The Cougars added to that lead by outscoring the Wolves 17-3 in the second frame, yielding to a demoralizing and insurmountable 38-8 lead heading into half time. “They only scored one basket in the first twenty minutes” recalled head coach Shawn Flynn of the anemic PM offense, adding that “it wasn’t until 4:04 into the third quarter before they scored their second hoop.” The patented, tenacious pressing Cougar defense held the Wolves to a single basket in 22 attempts from the field in the first half; “every shot was contested” observed Flynn. For the game, the Campbell defense held their opponents to a feeble 20 percent (9/45) from the floor. Despite
jumping out to the 30 point half time lead, the Cougar’s own field goal percentage was tepid at best. They managed to shoot just above 25 percent for the game; the difference laying in the fact that Campbell attempted almost 30 shots more than Prospect Mountain. “Overall, our entire team played well, defensively. Offensively, we couldn’t put the ball in the ocean but we had great looks. I was very pleased with our press and fast break,” noted Flynn, but concerned over the poor shooting percentage, he added, “we really need to work on finishing. We have to make our layups.”
Leading the way for the defending champs was one of the pre-season favorites for Division 3 player of the year, Rebecca Arnone. The Cougar’s domination of play in the paint allowed the senior center to go 7 for 16 from the field on her way to pouring in 24 points to go along with nine boards. Freshman Hannah Neild had an impressive varsity debut, racking up a double double. The Cougar point guard tossed in 10 points and pulled down a team leading 10 boards, while dishing out eighth assists. Coach Flynn acknowledged that Neild handled the pressure pretty well for her first varsity game as a point guard. CHS girls JV head
AHS Boys Basketball Preview
by Sue LaRoche In his second year as varsity head coach, Seth Garon is looking forward to being very competitive in NHIAA Division 1 basketball. Even though he lost John Baldwin, Tyler MacDonald, Conor Hein, Pat Nager, Matt Flynn and 1,000 point scorer Caleb Donnelly to graduation, Garon is looking for his seniors to lead the 2011-2012 squad into the playoffs again this year. The Broncos started off slowly last year but managed to post a 9-9 record, good enough to
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make the playoffs. But the Broncos were not satisfied with making the playoffs; rather they went to the semifinals of the state tournament at the University of New Hampshire, losing to Trinity High School.
“If we play smart, control the tempo and rebound the ball, we should be very competitive,” explained Garon. Seniors Sean Dunn, Tony Beaulieu, Jimmy Tomaswick and Robbie Diamond will team with promising newcomers Kevin Pierre and Alec Yoksh to lead this year’s Bronco squad. As Coach Garon explained,
“Every team in Division 1 has the ability to beat any team on any night, which is what makes high school basketball so amazing.” Look for the Broncos to make a push for the playoffs, and as they say, anything can happen in the playoffs.
coach Bobby Allan, praised Neild on her “great entry passes to Arnone in the low post.” Other notables for the Cougars were junior Briana Hardy who chipped in with nine points, Jayla Brennen with five points and seven rebounds, and senior Shannon Lavigne, who is most acclaimed for her role as goal keep on the school’s soccer team, recorded her first varsity hoop. Liz Pettis, who is the other Lady Cougar that is seen as being a front runner for D-3 player of the year, got off to a quiet start on the year, scoring only five points to go along with six boards.
In preliminary action, the JV squad under first
year Cougar coach Bobby Allan, went down to defeat, 30-24 in a very aggressive, defensive oriented contest. With only seven players available for action, the Cougars who trailed by a dozen points with about four minutes remaining in the game, saw the come-back thwarted by the host Timberwolves. Statistically, sophomore Rebecaa Landry led Campbell in scoring with seven points. Fellow sophomore Mandy Miller along with freshman Carly Mosnicka recorded six points each, in the loss.
From the left, Richie Eaton, Mike Pease, Tony Beaulieu, Robbie Diamond, Kevin Pierre, Tyler Livingston, Jimmy Tomaswick, Alec Yoksh, Mike Syrvidas, Britt Doyle, Dan Kingsly. Missing is Sean Dunn.
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by Sue LaRoche The Lady Broncos will make an attempt to return to the NHIAA Division 1 playoffs with their 2011-2012 basketball squad. Second year head coach Steve Tracy will have big shoes to fill as he lost three starters from last year’s team including Katie Donovan and 1,000 point scorer DJ Purcell who scored 30 points per game combined. They also lost Emily Gosselin, Deanna Trearchis and Cathryn Fernandez to graduation. A big loss for the Broncos will be the leadership, competitiveness and talent of senior Taylor Carbone, who after just recently committing to Division 1 University of Massachusetts Amherst for softball, chose not to play basketball this season. That left the Bronco squad with only
two returning starters, senior Maya DeFosses and sophomore Sandi Purcell, along with returning players senior Jessica
Underwood and sophomore Veronica Moceri. Newcomers to the varsity squad are Brittney Lambert and Tori LaRoche(sophomores). Joining them will be swingers Leanne Winans and Courtney Heroux (juniors), Venessa Jacques, Cassidy Udice and Julianne McGrail (sophomores) and Kaycee Carbone and Emily Barry (freshmen). Last season Alvirne made it to the final four for the first time in eight years, losing to Londonderry at Southern New Hampshire University, after posting a 13-5 record in the regular season, 4-0 at the Christmas tournament and 2-1 in the playoffs. “With the loss of five key seniors, two big scorers and a non-returning current senior, we are undoubtedly in a rebuilding year,” explained Tracy. With a very difficult schedule, which has the girls on the road for 12 games and home for only six games, and
Seniors Jessica Underwood (left) and Maya DeFosses (right)
their youth and inexperience, “challenges will abound for us.” Tracy continued, “We are a young group that will be out to prove something especially since not much will be expected of us throughout the league this year.”
AHS Hockey Looks to Compete
by Sue LaRoche With 13 returning varsity players from last season, third year head coach Brian Gould is looking for his team, “To compete the whole year and into the playoffs.” Last year’s Bronco squad went 15-3 on the year in NHIAA Division 3 hockey and made it into the semifinals losing to Kennett 4-2. Returning players include: Defensemen: senior Captain Ryan Bellrose, senior Assistant Captain Brian Blanchette, Nick Smith (senior), Michael Silva (sophomore).
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Forwards: junior Assistant Captain Jeremy Dutil, Phil Sweeney (senior), Cam Brock (senior), Reed Vandergraaf (junior), Luke Savoie (junior), Dan Labourdaise (junior), Trevor Perron (sophomore), Christian Gamst (sophomore) and Goakie Brian Carpentier (senior). Having lost six players to
graduation last year, Coach Gould feels “It looks to be a good crop of newcomers for the future of the program.” Newcomers include junior Alec Boucher, Sophomores Dylan Harris, Derek Herling and freshmen Cam Blake, Brad Brock, Patrick Devito, Ryan Gamst, Devin Herling, Brett Pitre, and Goalie Justin Ferguson.
Staff photo by Marc Ayotte
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