12 - March 9, 2012
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Third Time Not a Charm for Cougar Boys Jesiah Wade #23 elevates for a jumper just
out of the reach of Patrick Cassidy of Prospect Mountain during second half action in the Den
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standings was crucial in order to obtain home court advantage in the first two rounds of the state tournament. Campbell had accomplished just that, finishing third in the state behind only Berlin and Conant. As a result they enjoyed some home cooking for their quarter-finals match-up against the sixth seed, Prospect Mountain. During the regular season, the Cougars had defeated the Timberwolves in the teams’ two meetings on the road by 16 and in the Cougar Den by five. But this time it was Prospect Mountain which had the recipe for success. The T’wolves built a healthy nine point half time lead, and then turned-back a valiant Cougar second half comeback bid, eliminating the red and white from post season play by the score of 51-47. Getting to the Quarter-Final Round After not having played since their season ending road win at Farmington on February 21, Campbell boys’ basketball coach Pat Roye was a tad concerned with his team’s long layoff. On paper, their post-season preliminary round game with number 14 seeded Monadnock seemed like the usual and complete utter mismatch. The tournament’s number three seeded Cougars came in red-hot, winners of five straight and 10 of their last 11. Monadnock on the other hand had lost three straight, with only one win in their last six. Once again the paper was correct. Although it took a quarter for the rust to wear off Roye’s troops, the host Campbell squad went on an incredible 23 to nothing run in the second quarter on their way to humbling the Huskies by a score of 61-39.
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Both teams looked shaky to start, as the first points did not show up on the scoreboard until the 5:33 mark, when Monadnock’s Isaiah Prince tickled the twine for two. He followed that up with a ‘tres’ over a minute later, and the Cougars fund themselves looking at a 5-0 mini-hole. The lid finally came off the rim for Campbell with 3:44 remaining in the opening frame when John Houston scored from inside the lane. Point guard Max Gouveia followed that up with a nice ‘scoop lay-up’. Jackson Musco’s mid-range jumper and long-range triple with 1:10 left saw the two teams get through a messy first quarter, tied at nine. Just 18 seconds into the second stanza, Prince gave the Huskies a three point lead with his ‘AND 1’. And that is where the run of runs began. Senior guard Mike Vigeant with 7:07 left in the half knocked down a triple to put the Cougars on top for good, at 14-12. Campbell held Monadnock scoreless for the remainder of the half while dumping in 23 second quarter points of their own to take a commanding 32-12 lead, as both teams headed to their respective locker rooms. In their last home game of the regular season, Campbell saw a similar 35-15 half time lead against Somersworth on Senior Night dwindle down to single digits before they regrouped. However, the Huskies did not possess the same offensive talent, as did the Hilltoppers. Consequently, the Cougars proceed to blow the game wide
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Kyle Mun #10 in white, applies defensive pressure to Timberwolve’s point guard #10 Ethan Henderson
open. Jacob Morgan’s ‘tres’ with 3:10 left in the third, put Campbell up 46-18. Exactly one minute later, Jesiah Wade’s nonchalant three-pointer from in front of the CHS bench jumped the lead to over 30, as they cruised to the first round win. The Cougars, as they did throughout the regular season, displayed a well-balanced attack with eleven players entering the scoring column. Leading Campbell in scoring was Max Gouveia with 11 while John Houston was close behind with 10. Jesiah Wade pitched in with nine points with Trevor Duquette contributing nicely with six points off the bench. Cougars Playoff Run Ends As was the case in the Monadnock game, Campbell found it difficult to score in the first quarter. Although Chuck Neild gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead just 16 seconds in, they would not score again for the ensuing four minutes. It was a Jesiah Wade triple with 3:21 on the clock that tied the game at five. A combination of strong drives to the hoop by Prospect Mountain’s Austin Perrin and Zach Drouin, along with a few lazy Campbell passes, were the prime reasons why the hosts found themselves on the short end of a 13-9 score after the first eight minutes of play. The second quarter saw the Cougars come out
even colder than in the first, as it was a Neild foul line extended jump shot at the 4:49 mark that recorded the first CHS points in the quarter. Neild’s hoop cut the Prospect Mountain lead back to single digits at 19-11. But continued strong drives to the hole by the T’wolves Drouin and Logan Roberts allowed the visitors to hold on to a 27-16 lead late in the half. If not for Max Gouviea’s ‘tres’ and Nick Freson’s eight foot baseline jumper with :06 showing on the clock, the Cougars half time deficit of 30-21 could have been much worse. In the third quarter, Kyle Mun opened up the scoring just a few seconds in. The Cougar defense then stepped up, causing back-to-back turnovers. Campbell’s John Houston became a one-man wrecking crew, controlling the boards and taking charge of the offense, scoring eight third quarter points. Houston’s ‘AND 1’ made the score 34- 26 and then with 5:26 left, his offensive rebound put back pulled the Cougars to within six at 34- 28. The soon to be U.S. Naval Cadet pushed the Cougar run to 7-0 when he converted a nice pass from Mun for two, causing PM to call a time out, while cutting the lead to only four at the half way point.
On the strength of a Josh Morgan three pointer and mid-range jumpers by Wade and Freson, the Cougars outscored the Timberwolves 8-2 over the final four minutes of the third quarter, and found themselves deadlocked at 38, heading into the final frame.
Campbell’s Nick Freson #44, snatches a textbook two handed rebound away from Prospect Mountain’s Logan Roberts in quarter-finals action on Saturday, March 3
One minute and 11 seconds into the decisive fourth quarter, Mountain’s Patrick Cassidy drained a timely triple from way beyond the arch for a 41- 38 lead, one they would never lose grip of. With 4:58 left in the game, Drouin scored two of his game high 17 points with a finger roll in the paint, increasing his team’s lead to 47-40. A Neild short jumper followed by a triple from Wade with 1:57 left made it a one possession game, as Campbell reached deep to pull within three, at 50-47. A superb defensive effort by Gouveia with :35 on the clock, caused a jump ball situation which gave possession to the Cougars for a chance to tie. However, two late three-point attempts went unanswered, and a fantastic Campbell boys’ basketball season came to a disappointing conclusion. Jesiah Wade led Campbell in scoring with 12 points, seven of which came in the opening quarter.
John Houston with nine, Nick Freson
with eight, Max Gouveia with seven and Chuck Neild’s six points played key roles in the Cougar offense.
After the game a reflective and appreciative
Coach Roye commented on his team’s accomplishments; “this was a very special group because they were able to function like an old fashion team.” Roye expounded by saying that his team was a group of unselfish and hardworking individuals who were willing to share playing time as well as the limelight. “Check your ego at the door” was the team’s motto, Roye noted, adding, “the character, work ethic and unselfishness of our players made this a very special year.” Epitomizing Roye’s observation was the fact that not one Cougar averaged double digits in scoring on the season. The fact that a team can rack up an overall 16-4 record without having at least one person scoring in double figures is “pretty rare” in Roye’s mind. “That speaks to their unselfishness” added the well respected and prominent D-3 coach. Roye extended special thanks to his seniors (Chuck Neild, John Houston, Kyle Mun and Michael Vigeant); “they were really a special group of seniors. They are going to be tough to replace.” Speaking outside the lines, Roy added of his special foursome; “they are going to be successful wherever they go.”
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submitted by Sandra Manning Alvirne Senior Stephen Lichtenberg has had a fantastic wrestling season for his last wrestling season of high school. Stephen earned his way to the Meet of Champions [MOC], by placing fourth in the State Championships that was held in Merrimack in February. Steve traveled to Londonderry to compete in the MOC and was considered the underdog of his weight class. Being an unseeded wrestler in his weight class, Steve had to wrestle several matches before reaching the finals to prove his right to be there. Showing everyone the skill that he has developed throughout his years at Alvirne, he brought everything to the mat and was determined to do his best and win. Stephen was ready. Taking on his first
match he wrestled the Division I, fourth place wrestler from Pinkerton and showing no mercy pinned his opponent in the first period. After his first match Steve then had to wrestle the
Division 1, second place wrestler from Timberlane for his second match. With family, friends, teammates and even coaches from other teams cheering for the deemed underdog, Lichtenberg wrestled phenomenally and earned a major decision against his Timberlane opponent. After winning his first two matches Steve moved on to the semi-finals round. In his semi-finals match Steve had to wrestle the Division II champion from Bedford, in this amazing performance Stephen was down by three heading into the third period when he turned it up and got a take down and back points to turn the score around and take the lead by one. Turning up the heat even more, Steve ended up pinning his opponent, causing the Alvirne fans to go crazy, and making his way into the finals. Wrestling hard and earning his way to the finals, Steve had one more match to go and he had to wrestle the number one seed from Manchester Central. It was a tough match and Steve wrestled very well but fell short by losing the finals match.
Stephen took the second place honor at the MOC and qualified to wrestle in the New England’s Championship. Great Job Stephen!
Hudson Basketball Tournament Results
submitted by Dave Yates: Hudson Recreation Director The Hudson Recreational Basketball League’s 35th Annual Invitational Basketball Tournament concluded this past weekend. With 42 teams participating including nine Hudson teams and a total of 75 games were played over the past two weekends, a very successful tournament is complete. The competition and sportsmanship was outstanding. The results of tournament were as follows: 8th Grade Boys Champs: Hudson, Runner-Up:
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Portsmouth 7th Grade Boys Champs: Hudson, Runner-Up: Milford 6th Grade Boys Champs: Londonderry, Runner-Up: Hudson 6th Grade Girls Champs: Dracut, MA, Runner-Up: Londonderry 5th Grade Boys Champs: St. Catherine’s, Runner-Up: Londonderry 5th Grade Girls Champs: Bedford, Runner-Up: Londonderry
4th Grade Boys Champs: Jaffrey, Runner-Up: Nashua 4th Grade Girls Champs: Londonderry, Runner-Up: Merrimack Congratulations to everyone and thank you for a great tournament!! I wish to thank all the people who were involved in help making it a success. Thank you to the parent volunteers who worked as ticket sellers at each gymnasium. Thank you to the administration and janitorial staff at Hills- Garrison and Memorial Schools for their assistance during the tournament. Thanks to the fine group of referees who officiated the games. Thank you to Susan Kaempf for her administrative assistance with schedules, tickets, tournament programs and site management. Thank you Hudson United Soccer Club for providing the concession stands at the gyms. Thanks to the boys and girls who expertly score kept and timed the games. Thank you to Lori Bowen and Steve Porter for their outstanding site management during the tournament.
Staff photos by Marc Ayotte
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