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February 24, 2012 - 9

Hudson~Litchfield Sports Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Cougars Stymie Somersworth on Senior Night

by Marc Ayotte A sizzling Somersworth squad made their way into the Cougar Den on Friday night, February 17, to do battle with Campbell on the boys’ basketball team Senior Night. The Hilltoppers came into the contest “en fuego,” winners of 11 straight and owners of a 13-3 mark in D-3 basketball. Included in their resume was an impressive late January road win against previously undefeated and first place Berlin. The host Cougars, sporting an identical 13-3 record, were winners of eight of their last nine, and looking to de-rail the Somersworth express.

Senior Campbell basketball players and team manager (L to R): Mike Vigeant, Kyle Mun, John Houston, Chuck Neild, Lauren Garand

In front of an enthusiastic Litchfield crowd in The Den, the Cougars behind a pair of first quarter ‘tres’ from junior guard Jackson Musco, stung Somersworth early. Campbell then used strong point guard play from Max Gouveia along with a career high 16 point performance from senior Chuck Neild, on its way to a convincing and pivotal 64-52 win. With the victory, the Cougars inched their way up the latter and were ranked third in the division, holding the tie-breaker over Hopkinton who shares the same 14-3 record. A Drew Francoeur drive to the hoop gave Somersworth an early 2- 0 lead but it was quickly answered by Gouveia’s strong move to the hole, tying the score at deuces. With 4:32 remaining in the quarter, Gouveia drained a triple to give Campbell a 9-4 advantage. Senior Michael Vigeant’s steal of a Somersworth inbounds pass along with a great shot block by Jesiah Wade preceded Neild’s second hoop in the paint, just under the 3:00 mark. A Wade steal and subsequent drive to the basket for two, gave Campbell a 13-6 lead with 1:44 left in the quarter. In the waning moments of the quarter, Jackson Musco delivered back to back dagger triples. With :20 left, Musco’s first trifecta made it 16-8 and then the junior launched another missile that found the bottom of the twine as the horn sounded – Campbell 19-8 at the end of one. A nostalgic Elgin Baylor-type drive to the hoop and finish by Nick

Freson got the Cougars on the board first in the second stanza. With 5:48 left in the half, Jacob Morgan’s ‘tres’ upped the Cougar lead to 26-8. Then a nice mid-air, touch pass from John Houston to Neild, who banged-home a13 footer, gave the Cougars a 20 point lead, at 28-8. With 3:20 left in the half, Matt Robbins ended an over five minute Hilltopper scoring drought, finally getting Somersworth into double digits on the scoreboard at 28-10. With 1:38 left before halftime, a Max Gouveia runner just outside the paint tripled up the Hilltoppers at 30-10. Michael Vigeant, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, put some icing on the Cougar first half party with a late triple and a base line jumper to increase Campbell’s lead to 35-13. After four offensive rebounds on the same possession, Somersworth ended the scoring when Robbins scored the second buzzer-beater of the half, cutting the Cougar lead to 35-15. Exactly two minutes into a scoreless second half, Neild hit a 10-

footer, giving Campbell a 37-15 lead while leading to a surprising Topper time out. The call by Coach Lorne Lucas turned out to be strategically sound. The next 59 seconds witnessed a Somersworth 6-0 spurt, cutting into the Cougar lead, at 37-21. With Campbell revealing a look of momentary disarray, a turnover on their next trip up the court followed by an ‘AND 1’ by Jeremy Dognies, made the score 37-24 with 4:37 left in the third. Matt Robbin’s 17-footer with 3:11 left gave Somersworth a staggering 13-2 run to start the third quarter. And just like that, the Hilltoppers were back in the game, trimming the one time Cougar blow-out potential into a precarious nine point lead at 37-28. Sanity soon reappeared in The Den at the 2:53 mark when

Senior Chuck Neild knocks down two of his career high 16 points in a game against Somersworth on Campbell basketball senior night

Jesiah Wade scored on a lay-up, compliments of a nice pass from senior Kyle Mun. An ensuing end line violation by Somersworth gave the ball back to Campbell which then scored on an offensive rebound tip-in by Neild. As quickly as the Cougar comfortable lead evaporated, it regained its place on the scoreboard. With 1:00 left on the third quarter clock, a nice pass from Jacob Morgan to Neild, set the senior up for his patented 12 footer, which he drained to give Campbell a 43-28 lead. Jesiah Wade’s 15-footer capped off a CHS quarter-ending 8-0 answer to the Hilltoppers run, giving them a 45-

AHS Gymnasts Compete at States In the afternoon session, Jessica Wambsganss scored 7.95 on the

vault, 7.00 on bars, 6.225 on beam and 7.50 on the floor. Hailey Boulia scored 8.125 on vault, 6.20 on bars, 5.95 on beam and 8.00 on floor. Head Coach Lisa Robuccio and assistant coach Taylor Boulia were pleased with this year’s results and are anxiously awaiting next season.

Although none of the girls will move on to the New Englands,

everyone was happy with their performances and all are looking forward to next year, and hoping that perhaps more girls may be interested in being a member of the team. With additional members, the girls will have the ability to compete as an official Alvirne team, versus having to compete as independents. If anyone is interested in being a member of the Alvirne Broncos gymnastics team next season, contact Athletic Director Karen Bonney.

From L to R: Hailey Boulia, Kayla Page, Head Coach Lisa Robuccio, Shelby Kingsley and Jessica Wambsganss.

Missing from photo is assistant coach Taylor Boulia.

by Sue LaRoche The four gymnasts representing Alvirne High School traveled to Gymnastics at Brentwood Commons for a meet hosted by Exeter for their final regular meet of the season. Kayla Page scored a 7.95 on the vault, 6.00 on the beam and 7.50 on the floor while Shelby Kingsley scored 7.50 on vault, 4.50 on bars and 6.35 on floor. On Saturday, February 18, the girls competed in the States,

which were held at Salem High School, and did a fine job. Two gymnasts participated in the morning session while two took part in the afternoon session, the difference being the score totals which were determined by the number of events that the girls regularly competed in during the season. Kayla Page scored an 8.20 on the vault, 5.00 on the beam and 7.70 on the floor. Shelby Kingsley scored 7.55 on the vault, 5.00 on the bars and 6.75 on the floor.

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28 lead heading into the final frame. In a game defined by scoring spurts, Somersworth did their part again to start the fourth. After only 68 seconds, the Hilltoppers had scored four straight and were mounting another charge. With Campbell leading by 11 with 5:34 left in the game, Gouveia converted on a beautiful back door pass from Wade, making the score 49-36. Never seeming to want to go away for good, Somersworth once again put the Cougar fans on the edge of their seats. A 5-0 run capped off by three free throws by Drew Francoeur, after being fouled on a triple attempt, brought the Cougar lead into single numbers at 49-41 as the quarter approached the half-way point.

A pretty interior bounce pass from Gouveia to Vigeant ended this particular Hilltopper run, sending the Campbell lead back into double digits at 51-41. And with 3:16 left in regulation, two big

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