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16 - December 23, 2011

by Marc Ayotte A whistle contains a small light ball, usually called the pea, which rattles around inside, creating a chaotic vibrato effect that intensifies the sound. The whistle works by causing the smooth flow of air to be split by a narrow blade, sometimes called a labium or wind cutter, creating a turbulent vortex which causes the air to vibrate. If you attended the Campbell girls’ basketball game on Monday, December 19, you know there was something besides holiday cheer that filled the air inside the Cougar Den. It was an incessant occurrence of that turbulent vortex thing, creating that chaotic vibrato thing – in Cougar speak, it was the referees blowing their whistles a gazillion times in one 32 minute span. Science lesson aside, and despite the whistle-impeded contest that had both coaches on the sidelines staring to the rafters in disbelief, the Cougars managed to light up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree, turning a sloppy start into an 88-39 lambasting of visiting Somersworth. With steals, missed lay-ups and bad passes occurring indiscriminately, the game was evolving into a statistical nightmare on Highland Court. Frantic play at both ends of the court, created for some ugly basketball all night long, but especially in the opening quarter. Nonetheless, the Cougars, compliments of a mini 4-0 run to end the quarter, owned a 12-6 lead. Thinking that his team had weathered the defending champ’s usual first quarter storm, Hilltopper’s coach Jeff Francoeur was encouraging, commending his girls for their first quarter effort,

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Lady Cougars Annihilate Somersworth Cougar center Becca Arnone (#23) drives past Hilltopper’s guard Rachel Hill #5, for two of her 19 points on the night

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saying on the sidelines, “okay, now you know what you’re in for.” I don’t think they did. After Becca Arnone’s free throw two minutes into the second quarter enabled Campbell to double up the Hilltoppers at 20-10, one could sense the Cougars were ready to pull away. A triple by Aly O’Donnell followed by a beautiful three- quarter court length baseball pass from Hannah Nield to O’Donnell (which caught Coach Flynn’s eye and approval) gave Campbell a 29-10 lead. Somersworth put a plug in the Cougar’s 12-0 run when Miranda Gagnon scored with 3:30 left in the half. Still hanging around, the Hilltoppers showed some spunk by putting together a 6-0 run of their own, before O’Donnell drained another ‘tres’ giving CHS a commanding 32-18 half time lead. Somersworth came out battling to start the third quarter, outscoring the red and white 5-2 for the first three minutes, pulling to within 11. That’s as close as they would get. Liz Pettis connected from beyond the arch, making the score 37- 23. In the ensuing four minutes, Campbell went on a tear, led by freshman Hannah Nield. The Cougar point guard had a ubiquitous influence in the third quarter offensive explosion. Scoring from inside and outside and from the charity stripe, Nield poured in 15 third quarter points. Another Nield three- quarter court pass to Pettis for an ‘AND 1’ capped off a brilliant eight minute exhibition of basketball and gave the Cougars a 55-33 lead heading into the final frame. The scoring barrage

continued in the fourth quarter

as Pettis’ triple from the corner in front of the Cougar bench combined with Arnone’s old- fashion three point play increased the lead to 61-35. Back to back three pointers by O’Donnell (four on the night) elicited subtle back to back “booms” of approval from Coach Flynn as his team, after a messy first half, was now firing on all cylinders. After the Cougars dominating performance which improved their record to 4-0, Flynn addressed his team; “that’s an amazing statement that you just made“ adding “you should be proud of tonight.” Statistically, there were many presents found in the Cougar scorebook. Although Campbell shot a chilling 32 of 89 (36%) from the floor, four players scored in double figures. Hannah Nield led the parade, nearly completing a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Becca Arnone had a double-double performance of her own with a game-high 18 rebounds to go along with 19 points. Liz Pettis continued to excel in all facets of the game as finished the game with 12 points, three assists, six rebounds and six steals. Aly O’Donnell shot well from the outside, scoring 18 points to go with four steals. In the first game of the evening, the Campbell JV girls took a slim 26-23 lead into the final quarter. Behind the one-two scoring punch of Krysten Gouveia (13) and Mandie Miller (11), it was all downhill from there as the Cougars defeated the Hilltoppers by the score of 41-23. Aiding in the Campbell win was a fine rebounding effort. Kali Trunca led the team with 13 boards, while Heather Baron and Rebecca Landreau hauled in nine and seven rebounds, respectively. On his team’s strong finish, JV Coach Bobby Allan noted, “they played their hearts out. When it finally comes together, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.” With the win, the JV girls evened their record at 2 up and 2 down. On Friday, December 16, Campbell traveled to Mascenic to battle the Vikings. After the first quarter of play, the visiting Cougars had a three touchdown lead, at 21-0. Basically playing the

Campbell’s Liz Pettis (#10) gets a piece of the ball as Somersworth’s Rachel Hill drives to the hoop

remainder of the game with ‘two feet in the paint’ implying a soft defensive approach, Campbell cruised to a 63-41 win. The Cougars were led by Alex Trevains and Becca Arnone, who each posted double-doubles. Trevains scored 13 points to go along with her team high 13 rebounds. Arnone dumped in 16 points and collected 10 boards. Senior Liz Pettis had another strong all-around game with 13 points, three assists, four rebounds and five steals. Hannah Nield with 10 points, five assists and six rebounds, continued her fine play. Other Cougar notables were Jayla Brennen with seven rebounds, Brianna Hardy with six points and Ashley Gannon with three steals. In the preliminary game, the JV girls basically set the table for the nightcap, as they cruised their Cougar ship past the Vikings, 47-14. According to Coach Bobby Allan, “the Cougars did a spectacular job on the defensive end, forcing seventeen Viking turnovers and allowing only six points in the first half.” Mandy Miller sparked the Cougar attack by dropping in 18 points. Heather Baron recorded 12 points while Rebecca Landreau chipped in with seven. Kali Trunca and Kelly Chaisson cleaned up the glass with 10 and seven rebounds, in that order.

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submitted by Jim Tomaswick The Broncos boys basketball team opened the 2011-2012 season taking the floor last Friday night in Merrimack to the chants of “Welcome Back” from the Tomahawk’s student fans for this re-match from last year’s preliminary round which Alvirne won in overtime. The Broncos fell behind early by as many as 12 points in the first quarter but as the quarter ended had cut the lead to

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eight. Both the Broncos and Tomahawks made runs in the second quarter, which ended with Merrimack holding the same eight-point lead 37-29. The Bronco’s first half scoring was led by Sean Dunn and Tony Beaulieu who scored 12 and eight points respectively while Jimmy Tomaswick grabbed six of his team leading eight rebounds in the half. The Broncos came out tough in the third quarter and midway through the quarter Tyler Brown hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the deficit to three. On the next Tomahawk’s possession Tony Beaulieu came up with one of his four steals in the game and hit Sean Dunn who rimmed out a three-point attempt. Merrimack responded with five unanswered points to close out the quarter leading 54-46. Unfortunately the Bronco offense went cold to start the final quarter and Merrimack took advantage by building their lead to as much as 18 in the quarter. Alvirne had a late surge lead by Sean Dunn who scored six of his team high 21 points but the Merrimack hit their free throws and won the game 72-52. On Tuesday the Broncos held their home opener hosting the Manchester Central Little Green. Alvirne jumped out to an early six- point lead, which was quickly erased by Central capitalizing on five turnovers committed by the Broncos and finishing the quarter with a 17-15 lead. Alvirne came out in the second quarter and defensively put pressure on Central creating four turnovers and a steal from Sean Dunn. Offensively, the Broncos hit three straight

Tyler Livingston skying over the Central defense

3-pointers in a 7-2 run midway through the quarter. Central had a run of their own at the end of the quarter, which ended with both teams locked up at 28-28. The third quarter belonged to the Broncos who, defensively, held Central to just eight points while Sean Dunn (20 points) and Tyler Livingston combined for 10 of Alvirne’s 15 points in the quarter which ended with Alvirne on top 43-36. Alvirne kept up the defensive pressure holding Central scoreless for the first three and a half minutes and building a double-digit lead in the quarter. Down 12 points with just 1:56 left to play Central went on a 15-6 cutting the score to 60-57 in favor of the Broncos. With just four seconds left Central fouled Tyler Livingston (14 points) who hit the second of his two free throws sealing the Alvirne 61-57 victory. Alvirne Head Coach Seth Garon was very happy for the boys getting this early victory and feels that they can build on this as they head into the Chic-fil-A Holiday Tournament next week.



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