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LONDONDERRY TIMES ◆


JANUARY 12, 2012


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Londonderry High Boys’ Hoop Wins Small and Loses Small C


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oach Jeff Gustavson and his Londonder- ry High boys’ bas- ketball squad watched their 2011-12 record in New Hampshire move to 1-3 with a slim victory at home and a slim loss out on the road last week. The Lancers nipped the visiting Spaulding High cagers by a bucket at LHS on Tuesday, Jan. 3, but they were bested by the host Nashua High South Purple Panthers by five points in the Gate City three evenings later. The Lancers certainly


wouldn’t receive a whole lot of style points for their 39-37 edging of the Spaul- ding High Red Raiders from Rochester at LHS. But as just about any coach will tell you, in the end a win is a win. And it was at virtually


the very end of that con- test - with less than 50 sec- onds remaining in regula- tion time - that coach Gus- tavson’s Lancers battled their way to an advantage that they then managed to maintain. With 46 seconds to go in the contest and his Lancers trailing 35-33, sen- ior forward Ryan McClure made a steal, laid the ball into the hoop, and got fouled. He then sank his one free throw, and the hosts were up 36-35.


Despite valiant and desperate efforts by the Red Raiders, Londonderry never lost the lead during the remaining 46 seconds, and they ended up with a victory that certainly looked doubtful during a weak third quarter. The hosts were up 12-7 after one quarter, and 19- 13 at the half. But Spauld- ing outscored its host by a 15-5 margin in the third period, with the Lancers hitting just one of 10 shots they attempted from the field. And that one suc- cessful shot didn’t come until just 35 seconds remained in the quarter and Andre Simmond sank a three-pointer.


Both teams had shoot- ing woes during the first half of the final period, with neither side netting a point until Lancer Drew Coveney sank a free throw with 4:40 left. The sophomore guard ended up leading his crew in points in the tough win by netting 12. Simmond and J.R. Winn were next highest on the scoring list with five apiece.


Both teams moved to 1-2 on the Division I sea- son with the decision. “I thought we played a


pretty good first half and did a decent job following our game plan. We took care of the basketball and got some good shots. I


Londonderry Compounding


did feel that we gave them way too many second chance opportunities with offensive rebounds,” said coach Gustavson. “For most of the second half, it was the opposite. We turn- ed the ball over and gave up way too many offensive rebounds, which led to many easy baskets for them, and they changed the momentum of the game. “We were finally able to make some plays on the defensive end with about four minutes left in the game, which led to some baskets. I felt those plays sparked our run to end the game,” he said. Londonderry nailed


five three-point shots in their Friday contest in Nashua, with Ben Flan- ders snagging three of those. But the scoreboard


showed the host South side winning by a 53-48 count when the final buzzer sounded. The Lancer offense was sluggish in the first period, and the locals were outscored by a 10-4 margin in that stanza. But Londonderry came to life in the second quarter, outscoring its unbeaten host by a 21-9 margin to lead 25-19 at the half. But Gustavson’s group was outscored by a 34-23 count in the second half, and absorbed its third New Hampshire defeat as a result in somewhat frus- trating fashion. Winn led the way with 14 points, while Flanders finished with 11 and McClure contributed seven of his own to the locals’ cause. .





Hard-nosed senior Mike Wiedenfeld is all determi- nation as he drives hard to the hoop during the LHS boys' basketball squad's slim home victory over Spaulding last week.


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LHS Girl Tracksters First, Boys Seventh at Meet T


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he Londonderry High girls’ track squad finished first among 10 teams in New Hamp- shire Winter Track League action at the University of New Hampshire in Dur- ham last Saturday, while the LHS boy tracksters managed a seventh place finish in league competi- tion that day.


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The Lady Lancers tal- lied 81 total points to out- distance the Winnacunnet High Warriors from Hamp- ton (72) and the other eight contingents at their meet. The Lancer guys wound up seventh out of nine squads in their meet, which was won by the Winnacunnet Warriors. GIRLS


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spearheaded by wins from Kristen Bourque in the 55-meter dash (time of 7.50 seconds), Amanda Szymanski in the 600- meter run (1 minute, 45.70 seconds), Sydney Lagueux in the 1500-meter run (5:15.40), the squad’s 4x160- meter quartet (1:29.90), and it’s 4x400-meter team (4:30.40).


Second places were claimed by Katie Mullett


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Starlin Ortiz led this Lon- donderry bunch by taking first place in the high jump with a top effort of six feet. The Lancers also received a third place from their 4x160 relay quartet.


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in the 55 dash, Morgan McGrath in the 600, and Erika Moburg in the long jump.


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