Cougars’ Catherine Ferraro stikes over the net in the first game against Hillsboro-Deering on Monday night.
The combination and a new coach and a challenging early schedule had the Campbell girls volleyball team struggling to find an identity in the early going. A heart-breaking season opening loss to traditional power Mascenic (the Cougars led 2 - 0 before dropping a 3 - 2 decision) and two difficult road defeats at Portsmouth Christian and Nute had Campbell facing an 0 - 3 start. Campbell Coach Lou Rondeau’s squad hoped to turn their season around with last Wednesday’s contest against Epping.
The Cougars won a back-and-forth first game 26 - 24. The serving of senior Catie Ferraro sparked Campbell as it ran off five consecutive points to erase an early deficit. The second game would prove a different story however as the visiting Blue Devils were in complete control taking the second game 25 - 11. Several unforced errors by the Cougars contributed to Epping’s success. The pivotal third game proved to be an intense back-and-forth affair as both teams possessed leads late before Campbell eked out a 25 - 23 decision. The strong all-around play of Brianna Saunders, Courtney Starrett, and Julia Nolan lead the Cougars. The deciding fourth game would again be close as Campbell defeated the visitors 25 - 19 to win the match. With the game tied at 19 - 19 the Cougars rallied to close out their first victory of the young season. Rondeau was pleased to see his team secure the win after battling through the difficult early schedule. “This has been a long time coming,” he said, adding, “We have had a tough schedule, but I haven’t felt like we’ve been outclassed.”
Following the Epping win the Cougars traveled to always-tough Farmington where they dropped three competitive games to always-talented Tigers. The resilient Campbell squad bounced back Monday, September 22, with a 3 - 0 victory over the visiting Hillcats of Hillsboro - Deering. Saunders recorded seven aces and four kills in the win. Senior Karena Lozeau had 12 digs while Nolan recorded 16 assists in the win. The victory improved Campbell’s record to 2 - 4 on the season and provided momentum heading into several competitive contests in the near future.
Ferraro was excited after the victory over Hillsboro. “It was good to show what kind of team we really are,” she said, “I’m looking forward to seeing how well we can play down the stretch.” Results of Wednesday’s contest at Wilton-Lyndeborough and Thursday’s home contest against Raymond were not available at press time. The girls return home on Wednesday, October 8, when they host Pittsfield.
Stephanie Loeb looks to turn downfield against Pelham’s Kim Cordeiro.
The Campbell girl soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to seven games Tuesday when it defeated Epping 9 - 0. The Cougars formula for success combines a stingy defense, led by senior sweeper Ali Lajoie and sophomore keeper Hayden Leath, with an opportunistic offense keyed by strikers Shawna Trunca and Alli Ayotte.
The stout Campbell defense, which has allowed only three goals in seven games, has been a pleasant surprise for Coach Rod Hanson. “Before the season started I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. The majority of our defense from last year had graduated, but our younger players have really stepped up and fit in nicely,” he said, highlighting the work ethic of his young keeper. “Hayden has really dedicated herself to being the best player that she can.”
Offensively Ayotte and Trunca appear to be kicking into high gear heading into the second half of the season. “Those two have been playing together long enough now,” Hanson said. “They’re clicking on all cylinders.” Midfielders Shannon Savard and Jennifer Evans combine to distribute the ball to the forwards and keep the pressure on opposing defenses. After three seasons of trying to find the right position for Evans’ skills Hanson followed his senior captains advice and settled on midfield for the player he calls his best pure defender. “It was actually Jenny’s idea,” said Hanson, “I’m glad I listened to her as she’s come into her own.”
Although extremely pleased by his team’s performance, the Campbell coach remains wary of a letdown, similar to the Cougars recent victory over Prospect Mountain. Despite the 3 - 1 victory Hanson was concerned with his team’s apparent lack of focus. “They beat us to 90 percent of the loose balls,” he said, adding, “We were losing only two minutes into the game because we weren’t ready to play.”
This Saturday the Cougars put their undefeated record on the line when they travel to the Derryfield School for a 1:30 rematch. Earlier this year Campbell defeated Derryfield 4 - 0 but the Cougars aren’t looking past their class S opponent. “They’ll be dedicating their new field Saturday, so they will be ready to play,” Hanson said. The Cougars return home on October 2 when they host Hillsboro-Deering.
The Girls Cross Country team finished second in a meet hosted by the Broncos on Tuesday, September 16. Bishop Guertin (BG) won the meet with a score of 24, followed by Alvirne with a 55. Rounding out the meet was Nashua North, Manchester West, and Winnacunnet.
“We did really well and I am pleased with our effort considering we were not running on fresh legs today,” said Coach Jen Cahill. The girls ran in the Battle of the Border meet in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, this past Saturday. “Knowing that we were running against BG today, who was second in Class L, we decided that we were going to go out and try to have our best day.”
Finishing first for the Lady Broncos, fourth overall, was Laura Goudreau in 20:48. She was followed by Courtney Carter (11) in 21:59, Erica Prince (12) 22:02, and Lauren Lecraw (13) 22:09. The next pack of finishers for the Broncos included Shawna Johnson (15) 22:23, Emily LaPlant (16) 22:25, and Lauren Prince (17) 22:27.
“This was the first meet where we all lined up together,” said Cahill. “We stood as a group on the starting line, and we were stronger as a team,” she explained, “It was evident in the results.”
The boys team finished a disappointing fourth behind Bishop Guertin, Nashua North and Winnacunnet. “We finished fourth today, the same as last year,” said Coach Jeff DiPrizito. The Broncos had runners finish fifth, 19th, and 22rd through 25th and 27th. “If we could just improve on the pack of the 22 - 27 place runners,” said Coach Tom Daigle, these meets would be going a different way.” “If these kids decide that they want it, we will be in good shape by the Class L’s,” said Daigle.
Running well and leading the Broncos in every meet this year was Caleb Donnelly. Donnelly has finished near the top in every race and will probably be in the top 10 by the end of the season. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go to the New Englands,” explained Daigle.
Donnelly finished fifth overall in 17:18, followed by Brandon Doyle (19) in 18:44, and Chris Low (22) 18:54, Michael McCrady (23) 19:06, Jimmy Peterson (24) 19:11, Tim Linehan (25) 19:13 and Tim McMullen (27) 19:26.
Shayla Bergeron races down the sideline with two Lancers in hot pursuit.
On Friday, September 19, the Lady Broncos entertained the Lancers of Londonderry and lost a heart-breaking match 4 - 3 as both teams scored quickly. Alvirne’s score came from the talented sophomores Amanda Roberts and Kaelyn Babin. Babin took the ball down the side of the field and then centered to Roberts. Roberts took the pass and neatly placed the ball in the net. This tied the score at one each. Later in the half Roberts was taken down inside the 18 resulting in a penalty kick. Taylor Troy took the kick and with her capable foot she buried the shot in corner of the goal. Babin again got her name in the scoring column as she launched one from outside the 18, the ball took a funny bounce and landed in the net, putting the Broncos ahead 3 - 1 at the half.
Thinks looked good for the Lady Broncos until the tandem of Tori McCombs and Kelley Griffin of Londonderry put on a show. In the 68th minute McCombs struck from outside the 18, two minutes later, Griffin did the same thing, tying the score. The Lancers rode this momentum and kept the pressure on. With two minutes left in the match the Lancers took a rebound in front of the goalie and slid the ball by to score the final goal as elated as the Lancers were you could feel the heartache of the Broncos. The Lady Broncos put up a valiant effort only to fall a little short. Kaela Craven was in net and had nine saves and Alvirne had nine shots on goals as well.
I was unable to attend Tuesday night game at Manchester Memorial. So I will be unable to embellish as much. The ladies lost 2 - 1. The lone score came in the second half as Amanda Roberts scored the goal with Shayla Bergeron getting the assist. Amanda Eaton was in goal and had 17 saves. Cited by the coaches as having good games were Kayla Belanger at defense, Emily Gosselin at midfield and Roberts at striker. The girls travel to Timberland on September 30 and then entertain Concord on Thursday, October 2.
The girls enjoy the crowds so let’s pack the stands for the Broncos.
The Alvirne squad took fourth in the Battle of the Border race ran on Saturday September 13 in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. Billerica, Massachusetts, finished first, and Salem finished eighth. “We had our ups and downs,” said Coach Jen Cahill. “Individually, we are struggling,” said Cahill, “but we are starting to race better as a team.”
The top Alvirne finisher was Courtney Carter who finished 11th in 21:53. Close behind her was Erica Prince in 21:58. Rounding out the top Bronco finishers were Laura Goudreau (22nd), Lauren Prince (25th), Shawna Johnson (26th), Emily LaPlant (39th) and Linda Caporale (42nd). Alex Scafidi broke into the top 10 in her race, finishing second in the JV race in 23:57. In the freshmen race, Lauren Lacraw finished third in 14:34 and Kerrigan Murray finished sixth in 15:45. The Manchester invitational on September 27 will be the first real test for the Lady Bronco Squad.
The Alvirne golf team played in its third quad match of the season on Wednesday, September 10, against Trinity, Memorial and Timberlane High schools and finished second with 204. The Broncos defeated Trinity and Memorial bringing their record to 4 - 5 on the young season. Pat Nager lead the way for the Broncos as he scored a 39 on the Derryfield course followed by Matt King who scored a 40.
On Monday September 15, the Broncos took on Londonderry, Spaulding and Winnacunnet at Sagamore/Hampton Golf Club, the home course for Winnacunnet. Alvirne scored a 213 for third place. This brings its overall record to 5 - 10 on the season. Travis Terrill was low scorer for the day with a 40 followed by James Albert who posted a 42.
The Broncos played in their sixth and seventh quad matches last week (9/17 and 9/19) beating Nashua North but losing to Exeter, Timberlane, Concord, Memorial and Goffstown. This brings their overall match score to 6 - 12 on the season with one week to go. In the match against North, Concord and Memorial, Matt King shot a 39 to lead the Broncos followed by Travis Terrill, Will Livingston and Cory Robinson with 42s.
In the match against Timberlane, Exeter and Goffstown, King and Terrill were low scorers for Alvirne with a 41s while Will Livingston again shot a 42.
The Broncos shot an even 200, their lowest score of the year on Monday, September 22, as they bested Manchester West and Goffstown. Spalding won the match with a score of 194. Livingston shot a 39 for the round followed by King, Matt Martin and Robinson with 40s. The team plays its final match of the regular season on September 26.
The Broncos Soccer team sports a 1 - 5 record after four tough losses during the past two weeks. On Tuesday, September 9, the boys lost to Manchester Central 4 - 0 after having gone down 1 - 0 with less than 40 seconds off the clock. The Broncos had several scoring opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net.
On Friday, September 12, Alvirne took on Salem suffering a 2 - 1 loss. “We really played well tonight,” complimented Coach Michael Palmer. “Aaron Fellows came into his own,” he said as Fellows made some spectacular saves to keep his team in the game. Senior Nick Collishaw scored the lone goal for the Broncos who continue to struggle to put points on the board.
On Tuesday, September 16, the Broncos took one on the chin against one of the best teams in the state, Pinkerton. A well-played first half saw the Broncos only trailing 2 - 0. The Broncos could not match that score and allowed four additional goals in the second half to make the final 6 - 0.
Friday, September 19, was a heartbreaking loss for the Broncos who lost to Londonderry in the final second of the game 2 - 1. In a somewhat controversial call, a shot taken with little to no time on the clock was allowed by the referees so instead of the game being sent into overtime, the Broncos found themselves in a 2 - 1 loss to the Lancers. Tony Beaulieu scored the lone Bronco goal on sheer hustle as he challenged the goalie who had come out of the net to play a ball, won the challenge and poked the ball into the net for the score. Aaron Fellows had another great game saving 19 shots.
The Broncos were on the short end of another shutout at the hands of Manchester Memorial on Tuesday, September 23. The Broncos played well in the first half and were down 1 - 0 after the first 40 minutes of play. Alvirne came out fired up in the second half but could not put the ball in the net and they allowed Memorial to score three times, losing by the final of 4 - 0. This brings the Broncos record to 1 - 6 overall. They will next host Timberlane on Tuesday, September 30.
The Broncos could not keep the momentum of the first weeks victory rolling as they lost to Manchester Central 21 - 0 in a rain-soaked game. The Broncos allowed 21 first-half points but the defense stiffened in the second half not allowing any additional points. Great defense by Central and solid special teams play gave Central good field position, on which they capitalized for their scoring.
Quarterback Chris Goldsack fine-tuned his passing and connected on 12 passes this week, finding receivers Chris Connolly five times for 36 yards and James Reidy three times for 65 yards. Keith Rondeau added 89 yards on the ground.
The Broncos reached back and came up with something extra against their first Division II foe, Exeter on Saturday September 20 as they lost 14 - 0 but proved to themselves and their opponents that they are in every game. They held the heavily favored Exeter Blue Hawks to only one touchdown in the second and third quarters but just couldn’t punch the ball in the end zone on several opportunities.
Alvirne’s offense could not gain much ground as the combined running of Rondeau, Goldsack, Andrew Conrad, Jim Reidy and Vinnie Frasco netted only 42 yards. Goldsack threw for 105 yards hitting Frasco, Reidy, Conrad and Rondeau, but also threw two interceptions. Defensively for the Broncos, Steven Tan, Derek Janko and Jeremy Baker had a great night. Coach Bob Nimblett is very pleased with the play of Baker. “He is sacrificing himself to allow others to make the tackles,” he said.
The boys team finished third in the Battle of the Border meet in Tyngsborough on Saturday, September 13. Finishing in third place overall for the Broncos was sophomore Caleb Donnelly in 17:40. The Broncos lost to Salem and Lowell, Massachusetts. Other teams participating were Tewksbury, North Middlesex, Westford, Billerica, Dracut and Tyngsborough.
Brandon Doyle finished 16th (18:55), Chris Low 21st (19:06), Tim McMullin 23rd (19:21), Tim Linehan 28th (19:29), Michael McCrady 34th (19:59) and Todd Boucher 39th (20:34). For the JV squad, Colin McGrail finished 27th (21:33), Brandan MacInnis finished 32nd (22:04), and Dan Fitzgerald 45th (22:43).
The Lady Broncos played better overall but still came up on the losing end in a match against unbeaten Spaulding on Friday, September 19, 3 - 0. Kayla Duval played an excellent all-around game with 14 assists, six service points and seven digs. Cassie Larocque had seven kills and two blocks. Serving eight service points for the Broncos was Kate Brouillette.
The first victory of the year was notched by Alvirne on Monday, September 22, as it defeated Timberlane 3 - 1 bringing its overall record to 1 - 5. Alvirne took the first game 25 - 22, lost the second 19 - 25 but came back to win the next two 25 - 15 and 25 - 19.
Jess Marshall had 18 service points, five aces, two kills, one block and eight digs followed by Katie Donovan with 12 service points, seven aces, four kills and six digs. Senior captain Ashley Metivier had 10 service points, one ace, one kill and 19 digs. Sam Hill added 10 kills and Larocque had nine kills. The AHS JV squad won 2 - 0 as well and sports a 5 - 1 record.
The Campbell football team improved its record to 2-0 in Division 6 with their 41 - 12 drubbing of Farmington last Saturday. The Cougars were equally impressive on offense and defense as they controlled the game throughout.
For the second week, Campbell sported a formidable rushing attack piling up 370 yards on the ground. Seniors Kevin Cushman and Steve Weber combined for 197 yards and a touchdown while junior quarterback Kiel Canada ran for 175 yards and three scores of his own. The Cougars balanced their offense with a productive passing game as Canada connected with multiple receivers for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Canada’s prime target was senior tight end Phil Houston who hauled in four receptions for 72 yards. Senior wideouts Zach Laganiere and Ryan Christopher caught scoring passes. Christopher’s touchdown was particularly impressive as he made a diving catch in the end zone with a defender right on his heels.
The defense effectively shut down Farmington and for the second week held opponents without an offensive touchdown. Up front the Campbell line was anchored by nose guard Joe Kang and tackle Jim Amadio. Linebackers Weber, and Mark McCartney led the Cougars in tackles.
One area of concern for Campbell would be special teams, where the Cougars were victimized by two lengthy Farmington kick returns for touchdowns. Campbell will be hard-pressed to keep Saturday’s opponent, Inter-Lakes High School, out of the end zone as the Lakers posted 40 points in their recent victory over Mascoma Valley. Kickoff for Saturday’s contest will be at 1:30 as part of Campbell’s homecoming weekend.
Fans of Campbell High School football have gotten used to a high-octane aerial attack led by Canada and wide receiver Laganiere, however in its first Division 6 contest of the season the Cougars showed off a formidable running game. Campbell ran over, around, and through the defense on its way to 254 rushing yards in the 20 - 6 victory over the visiting Newfound Bears.
With his team deadlocked at 0 - 0 for much of the first half, Mark McCartney would spark the Cougars late in the second quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run to give Campbell the lead. With just over a minute remaining in the half McCartney struck again by foiling a Newfound screen attempt on fourth down, then scoring on a 65-yard touchdown run on the next play to give the Cougars their 14 - 0 halftime lead.
After a mostly uneventful third quarter the visitors showed some signs of life late when a Canada pass was intercepted by Shannon Tucker and taken back for a touchdown to cut the Campbell lead to 14 - 6. The Cougars would respond with a drive lasting nearly five minutes that ended with a 12-yard touchdown run by Steve Weber to secure the victory.
The Campbell defense held the visitors in check for the entire contest, forcing four turnovers and keeping the Newfound offense on its heels. The Cougar offense was paced by McCartney, Weber, and Kevin Cushman who all ran the ball effectively against a Bears defense that had done an impressive job disrupting the Campbell passing game. Cougar coach Marc Prindiville was pleased with his team’s effort, but saw plenty of room for improvement. “It was an ugly one,” he said, adding, “We shot ourselves in the foot to often, but we managed to get the win and we have plenty of things to improve upon in practice.”
Campbell will travel to Farmington on Saturday to try to avenge last season’s senior day loss to the Tigers. The Cougars will return home for a showdown with Inter-Lakes on September 27.
Campbell High School Cross Country boys first home meet on September 16 went well. They finished second to Mascenic, by nine points. Top five finishers for the team were:
Campbell participated in the Sanborn Cross Country Invitational on September 10.
Winner of the race was Seth Pelletier, Seacoast, 16:46.
First place winner of the race was Jana Hieber, Goffstown, 21:14.
Three Litchfield girls were instrumental in leading their AAU basketball team this summer to their first-ever state championship for their club, the New Hampshire Flames, in the 10U division. Krysten Gouveia, Brianna Hardy and Hannah Neild were key members of the club that enjoyed a highly successful summer that saw it take the state title over the New Hampshire Shooting Stars. Their team sported a 33 - 3 record for the season.
The season saw the Flames lose only two games to older opponents as they tuned up for their state tournament run.
From left, Krysten Gouveia, Brianna Hardy and Hannah Neild
The HMS girls soccer team kept their undefeated season alive last Thursday with a 7 - 0 win over Pennichuck Middle school of Nashua. The defense of Sandi Purcell, Brittney Lambert, Livi Gosselin, Alicia Gillis, Emily Cuthbertson, and Katie Gillum kept Pennichuck shotless in the first half, and only allowed two shots all game. The Colts offense once again had a strong second half, scoring five of their seven goals in the half. Jamie Sherburne and Tori LaRoche led the way for the Colts with two goals a piece. Mikayla Polowski and Kendall Brigham also added to the total with their second goals of the season. Overall, it has been a strong start to the season for the Lady Colts as they continue their quest to get back to the post-season.
This year the Hudson Girls Softball League has entered two teams into the Southern New Hampshire “Play Ball” softball league. The league is designed to give the girls additional playing time to develop and perfect their skills in a competitive setting. The teams will play six double-headers in September against other southern New Hampshire teams.
The 12U team, managed by Jimmy Udice, is named the Cyclones. Its record, halfway through the season, is 5 - 1.
Its excellent record is thanks to effective pitching from Marisa Coronis, Emily Cuthbertson and Brittany Camirand; solid defense behind the plate from Evilyn Susko and Cassidy Udice; in the field by Sami Rowe and Lauren Weber; timely hitting from Lydia Lyman, Veronica Moceri, Jen Coates and Abby Wright; and some much-needed help off the bench from the team’s younger stars Courtney Rosala, Mckayla Sharp and Paige Doda.
Information on the 14U Tornado, managed by George Mosnicka, so far is as follows:
Rebel highlights from the same set of games:
Mitey Mite Blue: The Hudson-Litchfield Mitey Mite Blue Bears fell short in another nail-biting game against the Londonderry Wildcats. The offense came out strong with a 14-play opening drive, but was unable to punch it in. The Bears defense did a great job holding the ‘cats, keeping the game within reach. The Bears will welcome the Nashua PAL Force Mitey Mite team next week.
Junior Pee Wee White: The Hudson-Litchfield Bears Junior Pee Wee White football team welcomed the Londonderry Wildcats to Memorial Field this past Sunday afternoon. The Bears were hungry for a victory and showed that from the very first play of the game. The defense played their usual “bend, but don’t break” style and kept the Wildcats off the board for the entire contest. The offense was “firing on all cylinders” and distributed the ball very well with four different players scoring touchdowns. As time ticked by, the Bears walked away winners with a final score of 30 - 0. Next week the Bears will welcome the Nashua PAL Force.
Pee Wee: The Hudson-Litchfield Pee Wee Bears won a tough match against Goffstown by a score of 24 - 0, in a shortened game due to lightning. The Bears’ defense, led by Nick Drohan and John Giraldo, provided some key stops, while Gage Barchard and Travis Dumont guided the Bears’ offensive scoring drives.
Mitey Mite White lost to Goffstown.
Junior Pee Wee Blue won 25 - 19 against Goffstown.
Junior Midgets defeated Derry 48 - 16.