HLNSports Lady Cougars Improve to a Perfect 10
Hannah Neild was the third Cougar to contribute double-digit scoring, as the freshman continued her fine play by chipping in with 10 points. Coach Flynn commented that in his opinion, “Ashley Gannon played the best game of her career,” noting that in addition to her four points and six rebounds, Gannon exhibited tremendous court awareness in the victory. Campbell continues its seesaw hold on first place with Bow in the D-3 standings. In picking up their tenth win, the Cougars jumped ahead of Bow in the all-important ratings aspect of the standings, and despite Bow’s 12-0 mark, Campbell is in sole possession of the division lead. Lady Cougars Score First of Back to Back Blowouts
Campbell’s Ashley Gannon #24 reaches and gains control of a loose ball under the Timberwolves’ hoop in fourth quarter action
by Marc Ayotte
Entering their same night, home and away double-header against Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday, January 24, the Campbell High basketball programs have put up some eye- opening numbers. The Lady Cougars have rattled off 27 consecutive wins, dating back to last season and currently stand at 9-0 for the 2011-12 campaign. The boys’ team, after battling through a vicious, divisional four game stretch where they faced the number one, number two, number three and number five ranked teams in the standings, has emerged with a confidence-building 7-2 record to date. At the risk of giving their collective efforts the proverbial, yet assuredly, unintended kiss of death, the Cougars combined mark of 16- 2 is not only the best girl/boy record D-3 has to offer, it is remarkably the best of any school in the state, bar none. Only division II Portsmouth (15- 2) and division I Pinkerton (12-2) are worthy of being in the same conversation. As the Lady Cougars seemingly stroll through the D-3 schedule in anticipation of their highly touted battle with undefeated Bow on January 31, a perfect ten was their next mission. The trip to Hillsboro accomplished just that as Campbell used a 22-4 first period bombardment to go on and crush the Hillcats by a final score of 64-29, improving to an unblemished 10-0 on the season. According to head coach Shawn Flynn, “this
was the first game that we really protected the ball.” Limited turnovers were just one component that allowed the visiting Cougars to build a 41- 12 halftime lead, which ballooned to 54-19 after three quarters of play. As part of their stifling defensive pressure, Campbell allowed only three different Hillcats to enter the scoring column for the entire game. The Cougars were led by Liz Pettis who tossed in a season high 20 points, with 18 of them coming in the defining first half. Becca Arnone, on a relatively quiet night, recorded yet another double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
At the same time the boys were toughing out their road win at Prospect Mountain on Friday, January 20, the girls’ team was putting a massive hurt on the Lady Timberwolves in the Cougar Den, sending them home whimpering from a 58-18 beating. For the game’s first eight minutes, the T’wolves’ offense was extinct. As a result, CHS teacher and scoreboard volunteer operator extraordinaire, Dennis Perreault, needed an impromptu refresher course on how to operate the (visitor’s) right side of the scoreboard - I jest. Zero however, was how many (or few) points the visitors put up against the pesky Cougar defense, as Campbell jumped out to a demoralizing 15-0 first quarter lead.
After seeing the painful and obvious mismatch in the making, the only variable in the contest was the ‘Prospect’ of the Cougars putting up 100 points against the wounded Timberwolves. With a 32-4 halftime lead, Campbell Coach Sean Flynn mercifully decided to utilize his bench for the majority of the second half, yielding to valuable ‘PT’ for those further down the varsity depth chart. Liz Pettis (13) and Becca Arnone (12) combined for 25 points to lead Campbell. The Cougars received a nice effort from senior Ashley Gannon who chipped in with six points in addition to playing tough defense. Sophomore Alex Trevains contributed nine points with Brianna Hardy and Hannah Neild adding six apiece. The win bumped the girls’ record to 9-0 at the time, in their quest to repeat as D-3 state champs.
Campbell’s Ben Billings is shown pinning John Stark’s Josh Vaillancourt in a recent match - the Cougars were away from the Den last week, traveling to White Mountain and ConVal
by Marc Ayotte The Campbell wrestlers racked up some frequent bus miles last week as they hit the pavement for their two meets. On Wednesday, January 18, the Cougars all but needed their passports when they traveled through the White Mountain National Forest, stopping just before greeting customs at the Canadian border. They traveled over two hundred miles before they hit the mats against White Mountain Regional in Whitefield.
Cougar sophomore Alex Trevains scraps for a loose ball in the paint as three Timberwolves watch on
Experiencing the effects of the three-hour trek north, the Cougars got off to a slow start by losing all but one of their first six matches. The sole win came compliments of Conor Douglas, fresh off his impressive third place finish at the Gionet Memorial in Pelham this past weekend. The Campbell sophomore picked up a win by pin, 13 seconds into the second period, over the Spartan’s Garrett Stevens in a 145 bout. After Douglas’s win, the Cougars went through a dry spell as they proceeded up the weight classifications ladder. The next Campbell win on the mat, came seven matches later via Jack Tremblay’s (106) pin win over Emily Cook at the 2:44 mark. Richard Baril (120) registered the next individual win on the mat as he used up all but 18 seconds of the six-minute match in his win by fall over White Mountain’s Evan Allard. After a tough Ben Billing’s loss at the hands of Carlton Kleinschrodf at 5:01 of their match, Connor Perry resumed the Cougar charge. The Campbell sophomore pitched a shutout against Coleton Hogan (WHT) as he walked off the mat, owner of a 6-0 decision. In the 138 division, Keegan Tanguay delivered the decisive blow. His win by fall over opponent Tyler LaBounty at :32 of the first period capped the Cougar comeback, giving them a 39-33 team victory. Three days later, Campbell undertook a relative hop, skip and jump road trip when they visited Peterborough, to
Meet Results for Local Gymnasts
submitted by Anne Boulia Nashua School of Gymnastics gymnasts attended a few different meets in January. The Level 9 and 10 gymnasts went to the Boston Classic in Westwood, MA, on January 14. The Prep-Optional Team and a Level 6 gymnast went to a local qualifier held at NEGTC in Hudson on January 22. The scores for the Hudson area gymnasts from NSG are as follows: Boston Classic Level 9, age 15 Division: Megan Middlemiss had an all-around score of 34.30 (first). She scored 8.90 (second) on vault, 8.20 (fourth) on bars, 8.425 (fourth) on beam and 8.775 (10th) on floor. NEGTC Local Qualifier Level 6, 9-10 Age Division: Devon Rosier qualified for sectionals with an all-around score of 33.70. She scored 8.90 (third, tie) on vault, 7.50 (third, tie) on bars, 9.30 (first) on beam and 8.00 on floor. Prep-Optional Rookie, 9-10 Age Division: Kaelyn
Gagnon had an all-around score of 35.55 (second). She scored 8.30 (second) on vault, 8.90 (third) on bars, 9.175 (first) on beam, 9.175 (first) on floor. Novice, 8-10 Age Division: Lauren Balukonis had an all-around score of 33.55. She scored 8.55 (second) on vault, 8.55 on bars, 7.50 on beam, and 8.95 (second) on floor.
Intermediate, 10-11 Age Division: Olivia Christino had an all-around score of 34.025. She scored 8.50 (fourth) on vault, 8.90 (second) on bars, 8.05 on beam, and 8.625 on floor.
Division: Julia Balukonis had an all-around score of 33.70 (third). She scored 8.40 on
vault, 8.80 (second) on bars, 8.175 (third) on beam and 8.325 on floor. 15+ Age Division: Shelby Kingsley had an all-around score of 34.65 (first). She scored 9.05 on vault, 8.15 on bars, 8.85 on beam and 8.60 on floor. Advance, 15+ Age Division: Hailey Boulia had an all-around score of 33.40. She scored 8.00 on vault, 8.50 on bars, 8.10 on beam and 8.80 on floor.
take on their namesake, the Cougars of ConVal. Also participating in the quad meet were Keene and Spalding. In going 2-1 on the day in team competition, Campbell picked up a 42-28 win over Keene and a 36-21 victory over Spalding. However, the host Cougars by virtue of tiebreaker rules escaped with a narrow 43-42 win over their counterpart Campbell Cougars. With respect to individual matches, there were seven Cougars who recorded ‘non-forfeit’ wins, with four of those wrestlers picking up a pair of victories on the day. All of Campbell’s individual wins came by way of the pin. Connor Perry, Keegan Tanguay and Jared Saunders each registered a win by fall over their ConVal and Keene opponents, respectively. Conor Douglas was the fourth Cougar to pick up two wins with his pins over his Keene and Spalding opponents. Douglas was the sole Campbell wrestler to chalk up a win over a Red Raider wrestler. Picking up single wins for CHS were Richard Baril (CVR), Robert Schultz (CVR) and Jack Tremblay (KEE).
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