Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Tough Week for Alvirne in Playoffs

by Sue LaRoche

Both the Alvirne girls soccer and volleyball teams made it into the Class L playoffs last week, but both suffered disappointing losses in the first round of the tournament.

Volleyball

For the tenth seeded volleyball team, they had a long trip to Winnacunnet to take on the number 10 seeded Warriors.  The girls had a tough time getting going, as they dropped the first two games by the identical scores of 25 - 18 before they won the third game 25 - 17.  The Lady Broncos could not muster another victory, however, as they dropped a close fourth game 25 - 22.

Coach Lisa Gingras has coached at Alvirne for nine years and has led the Broncos to the playoffs in all but one season.  The Lady Broncos have made it to the semi-finals once in the tournament, but it was not to be this year.

Leading the way for Alvirne was Kayla Duval with six service points and 13 assists, followed by Sam Hill with eight kills.  Devon Masse had 11 service points, two kills, three blocks and nine digs.  Senior captain Ashley Metivier had 29 digs, which gives her 360 for the season and 608 for her career, both new Alvirne records.

Soccer

The Lady Broncos seeded 16 in the tournament drew the tough task of playing number one seed Merrimack in the Class L tournament.  The Lady Broncos played with heart and determination as they battled to a 1 - 0 loss, but had the Lady Tomahawks very nervous throughout the game.

It was a battle of the freshmen goaltenders as Kaela Craven made six stops on the night.  The effective double team defense on Merrimack’s top striker was a huge part of the plan against Merrimack and was very successful in keeping them off the board until the waning minutes of the game.  Alvirne managed eight shots on goal on the night but could not find the back of the net, as the freshman goalie for Merrimack was equally impressive. 

Coach Derek Rousseau, in his freshman year a varsity coach, was “thrilled with the way our girls played.  That is the effort we have been looking for all year.”  With a fairly young squad, you will probably see the Lady Bronco soccer squad playoff-bound again.

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Hudson-Litchfield Football Teams Make State Finals

On Sunday, November 9, Muldoon Field in Pelham, will be the stage for this year’s State Finals at the Junior Midget and Junior Pee Wee levels for the Hudson-Litchfield Bears, as they prepare to take on the Pelham-Windham Razorbacks at both levels.  This is sure to be two great games; it would be great to see a large showing from Hudson and Litchfield to cheer on the Bears!  They could sure use your support.

The Junior Midgets, led by Head Coach Mark Cohen and his great coaching staff, will prepare to unseat the Pelham-Windham Razorbacks Jr. Midget team.  After having lost to the Razorbacks in regular season games, the Bears are out for revenge, and are geared up to fight for the State Championship Title.

The Jr. Pee Wee White team, lead by Head Coach Greg Gush and his stellar coaching staff, will prepare to meet Pelham-Windham in Pelham, in a game that is sure to be a battle of strength, strategy and wits.

Good luck Bears!  Hudson and Litchfield are proud of you!

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Girls Cross Country Just Misses the Mark

by Sue LaRoche

In the recently held Class L meet at Derryfield Park, the Alvirne Lady Broncos had their best finish in the past decade as they placed eighth.  Unfortunately, they were one place short of qualifying as a team for the Meet of Champions. 

The Lady Broncos have been battling injuries and illnesses all season and it seems as if they never had a fully healthy squad to compete with.  “This race was a perfect representation of the season,” commented Coach Jen Cahill.  “Throughout the season, we couldn’t put several runners on the line that were healthy, and have a great day.”  She continued, “We had several good days, but never a great day.” 

Laura Goudreau was the top Alvirne finisher with a 26th place finish in 20:39, good enough for her to individually qualify for the Meet of Champions.  Courtney Carter had a strong finishing kick as she passed 10 runners in the final 400 meters to finish in 36th place in 20:54.  Lauren Lecraw finished 41st (20:59), Erica Prince 51st (21:26), Emily LaPlant 81st (22:30), and Shawna Johnson 88th (22:57).  Alex Scafidi ran in place of the injured Lauren Prince.

The Broncos will lose their senior runners (Courtney Carter, Lauren Prince, Linda Caporale, Bianca Bellot, and Julia Whitney) all great leaders and competitors who greatly contributed to the successful season.  With the great finishes of the underclassmen, “it gives us a lot of hope for the future,” said Cahill.  “Finishing just out of the money was an eye-opener, and it has made us hungry for next year.”

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First Home Loss for Broncos

by Sue LaRoche

It was a disappointing final home contest for the Alvirne Broncos as they lost at the hands of the 6 - 1, Bishop Guertin Cardinals on Halloween night 33 - 6.  Bishop Guertin (BG) is in a three-way tie for first place in Division 2 while Alvirne drops to 3 - 4 and will need some help to make it into the playoffs. 

The Cardinals got right down to business as they scored on their first four possessions of the night taking a 27 - 0 lead into the locker room at halftime.  The Broncos scored their lone touchdown in the final quarter as quarterback Chris Goldsack connected with receiver Chris Connolly for a 23-yard touchdown pass.  Goldsack had a good night throwing the pigskin as he went 10 - 16 for 108 yards and one touchdown. 

BG nearly shut down the running game of the Broncos allowing only 38 yards rushing for the entire game.  Codi Clark led the Bronco running backs with 22 yards and Connolly amassed 107 receiving yards.  Playing well on defense for the Broncos were Steve Tan, Matt Nowak, Brennan Donnelly, and Jeremy Baker. 

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Cougars Spirit Update

The Campbell Cougars Spirit Team hosted their third annual Pep Rally for Alvirne High School Varsity and JV Teams and the Hudson-Litchfield Bears Spirit Team on Tuesday, October 28, to show off their competition routines.  Everyone performed beautifully!  The Cougars would like to thank everyone for attending along with the support of our community during our raffle this season.  Good luck to all teams as they compete in the local, state and regional competitions!

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Cougars Prepare for Playoffs

by Tom Roye

The Campbell High School football team wraps up their season tomorrow with a trip to Mascoma Valley.  Should the Cougars, now 6 - 2 in Division 6, defeat the homestanding Royals, Campbell would secure the best record in the program’s history.

The Cougars will be looking to rebound from their 28 - 7 loss at Newport last Saturday.  Campbell has clinched the third seed in the upcoming Division 6 playoffs and will travel to either Franklin or Newport.  The two unbeaten squads face off this weekend and the loser will host Campbell on Saturday November 15. 

In last week’s loss, senior tailback Kevin Cushman rushed for 76 yards on eight carries and junior quarterback Kiel Canada ran for the lone Cougars score.  As in Campbell’s earlier loss to Franklin, (22 - 7 on October 11) mistakes at key times hurt the Cougars at Newport.  A questionable illegal substitution call wiped out an apparent Newport miscue on a punt in their own territory and a controversial late whistle on a Steve Weber fumble kept Campbell from gaining momentum.

Heading into the playoffs the Campbell defense, led by linebacker Mark McCartney, tackle Matt Kelly, and defensive backs Ryan Christopher and Kevin Doxey, sports an impressive 12 points per game average.  This will be challenged regardless of who their first round opponent is as Franklin has averaged a gaudy 28 points per game, and Newport has averaged 33 points per contest.

Offensively the Cougars will be looking to their ground attack featuring Cushman, Canada, and Weber.  Should Coach Prindiville’s squad choose to feature their aerial attack, look for Canada to connect with his favorite targets, tight end Phil Houston and wide receiver Zach Laganiere.

Tournament pairings and game sites will be announced by the NHIAA early next week. 

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Cougars Bow from Tourney in Shootout Loss

by Tom Roye

Campbell High soccer Coach Emma Okonkwo expected a tightly contested first round tournament game with visiting Mascenic on Wednesday, October 29.  After all, the Vikings had come to Litchfield only a week before and escaped with a 3 - 1 victory over the Cougars.  Even the veteran coach could not have predicted that after 120 minutes the two teams could still not be separated.  They entered a shootout still knotted at 0 - 0.  It was not in the Cougars benefit however, as the visitors won the shootout by converting three shots to Campbell’s one.

The game began with the Cougars looking to start strong.  “They jumped out on us early last time,” said Campbell senior Gordie Wade, “We wanted to make sure we got off to a good start.”  Apparently the visitors had a similar mindset as the first half featured aggressive, hard-nosed play.  Neither team was able to establish significant momentum throughout the first 40 minutes.  The Cougars had their best opportunity of the half when a header by Campbell senior Nick Schibly was saved by Mascenic keeper Abe Rand.

The teams opened the second half locked in a scoreless battle.  The Cougars would seize the early momentum and had several scoring opportunities only minutes into the half, but were unable to get one past the formidable Mascenic keeper.  Rand’s acrobatic saves kept the Cougars off the scoreboard.  Momentum shifted briefly when Vikings striker Robert Guichard, who was held at bay for most of the afternoon by Campbell stopper Greg Sherwin, broke free for the first time all afternoon.  Guichard’s run was thwarted however, by a tremendous diving play by Cougar keeper Corey Gannon.  Gannon came out of the net to cut off Guichard’s angle and deflected his shot wide, preserving the 0 - 0 deadlock.  The Cougars reestablished control and finished regulation with a flurry of great chances.  Senior striker Andrew Cialek misfired on a beautiful cross from teammate Nick Schibly.  Schibly followed only seconds later with a rocket aimed for the top corner from 15 yards out.  Rand responded with another diving deflection, frustrating the Cougar faithful.

Scoreless after 80 minutes the two teams would head into overtime.  Mascenic attempted to strike quickly in the overtime sending a through ball between the Campbell defenders.  Gannon was up to the task again however, and dove on the pass before it could reach Guichard.  The 10th seeded Vikings continued to attack, hoping for a first round upset over the seventh seeded Cougars.  Guichard missed an apparent open net and teammate Calden Somero drilled a shot over Gannon that hit the crossbar.  Guichard attempted a final run at the end of the first overtime, but Campbell defender Pat Queenan ran him down from behind and stole the ball before the Mascenic striker could get a shot off.

In the second overtime both teams had numerous opportunities to come away with the win.  Campbell striker Evan Ordway blasted a shot towards the top corner of the net, only to have Rand make another miraculous save.  Mascenic’s Josh Slymon and Campbell’s Cialek found themselves in front of open nets within a few minutes of each other but neither was able to convert.

Scoreless after both overtimes, the two teams headed for a shootout.  Campbell elected to shoot first and Gannon was sent out by Coach Okonkwo to attempt to give the Cougars the lead.  Controversy occurred almost immediately as Rand came out of the box and deflected Gannon’s shot with his hands.  Okonkwo approached the referees claiming that the play should have resulted in a red card for Rand.  No call was made, however, and the shootout continued.  Vladimir Brovin made the most of his opportunity pushing a shot by a diving Gannon giving Mascenic the 1 - 0 in the shootout.  Campbell’s Jay Howley was up next and Rand proved to be up to the task yet again.  When Somero beat Gannon to the lower left corner, the Cougars found themselves staring at a 2 - 0 deficit.  Sophomore Andrew Schibly scored and kept Campbell’s hopes alive by beating Rand to the lower right corner, making the score 2 - 1 in the shootout.  Mascenic’s Jason Cook pushed one by the Cougar keeper and the Vikings took a commanding 3 - 1 advantage.  Wade found himself in the unenviable position of needing to score to keep Campbell in the game.  Despite the senior’s best efforts, Rand was again the difference, coming way out of the net and stealing Wade’s dribble.  With the dramatic victory the visiting Vikings advanced to the quarterfinals, while the Cougars’ season came to a heartbreaking end.

Despite the obvious disappointment, Okonkwo had high praise for his team.  “I’m very proud of this team,” he said, adding “All season they played hard and together.  I told them that they should keep their heads up, that they should be proud of how they played this season.”

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Co-ed Softball League Ends Season

On Saturday, October 25, the Fall Co-ed Softball League at Jette Field in Hudson held a tournament/cookout to end their season.  All six teams in the league participated, and grill chef Doreen served over 140 hamburgers and hotdogs.

The 2008 championship team is First Choice Landscaping, who placed third for the regular season and beat all their competitors in the tournament.  This is the third season First Choice Landscaping has played in this league, battling from last place to knocking off the champions of the previous three seasons. 

Congratulations to our men’s Home Run Derby winner Chris Roussin, who broke a tie after four rounds with runner-up Mike Smith.

Kudos also to the women’s Home Run Derby winner Sabina de la Cruz, who competed with five others at Sousa Field.

The league would like to thank all those who participated, as well as Dave Yates, M & N Sports, and First Choice Landscaping.

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CHS Sports Roundup

submitted by Dale Arria

November 1:

Varsity Football:  Kevin Cushman had 75 yards on the ground and Kiel Canada ran for a touchdown with John Coughlin kicking the extra point, but the Cougars dropped a divisional game against Newport, 28 - 7.

The Girls Varsity Volleyball team was eliminated in the quarterfinal round in Milton by Nute High School 3 - 0.  Congratulations to the girls for a great season!

October 31: 

Girls Varsity Soccer:  Shawna Trunca scored her second goal of the game three minutes into overtime.  She won a volley about ten yards out and sent a shot high into the net.  Shawna and Ally Ayotte scored Campbell’s regulation goals.  Hayden Leith made eight saves.

October 26: 

Congratulations to the Varsity Spirit Team at their West Kickoff Competition.  They placed third against all Class I teams.

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Campbell High School Boys JV Soccer Wrap Up

submitted by Dave Dwyer

The Campbell High School boys Junior Varsity soccer team finished their fall season with an impressive 9 - 1 - 1 record.  During their last three games, the Cougars played with only 11 or 12 players, and were victorious, despite the lack of substitutes. 

On October 10, the boys were on the road visiting Hillsboro-Deering.  During the fist half, Kevin Huston opened up the scoring with an assist from Tim Beauregard and then Tim Heaton added a goal assisted by Huston.  In second half action, Huston scored again, assisted by John Hinckley.  Travis Soucy played strong defense throughout the game, and then got into the offensive flow later in the match, to add a fourth goal with an assist from Tyler Germond, who sent a long pass from the goalkeeper position.  With a few minutes remaining, Greg Lebel scored the fifth and final goal of the game to assist in the 5- 0 victory.

The Campbell High Cougars hosted the Raymond Rams on Tuesday, October 14.  The boys were ready to improve upon their 2 - 2 draw versus Raymond back on September 2.  With Tyler Germond in net, and Travis Soucy, Garrett Bryant, Owen Duffy and John Hinckley on defense, the Rams were unable to score.  Campbell won the match 2 - 0 with both goals scored by Kevin Huston.

On Thursday, October 23, the boys played their last game of the season at home versus St. Thomas Aquinas.  Good passing would be the difference in this match.  Having Jacob Mercier, John Hinckley, Tim Heaton, Jeff Croteau, and Tim Beauregard in the midfield, the Cougars were able to control the ball most of the game.  Tim Heaton started the scoring with an assist from Greg Lebel.  Then Kevin Huston and Travis Soucy added three each, Tim Beauregard, and Tyler Germond followed with goals to help the Cougars win 9 - 0. 

Good job to the Campbell High School Boys JV soccer team!

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Broncos Lose Close Ones

by Terry Leatherman

On Friday, October 22, the Lady Broncos took on the Nashua North Titans.  This was Senior Night and the last home game for the senior ladies.  The Broncos put a valiant effort but where on the short end of a 1 - 0 score.  The score was tied 0 - 0 at the half as both teams were able to get shots off but unable to find the net.  In the second half the injury bug again bit the Broncos as Shayla Bergeron went down with an ankle injury, Kaelin Babin went down with a back injury and as in the previous game the Bronco goalie was injured on a play in front of the net.  Amanda Eaton was in net and came out to make a save only to collide with a Titan forward.  Unfortunately for Eaton she received the worse of it and would have to leave the game.  Now the question was who would go into net as Kaela Craven the other goalie was injured in the previous game.  In stepped Taylor Troy to fill the void.  Troy made some outstanding saves and was able to put the Titans on the defense with her booming kicks.  Unfortunately the Titans were able to sneak one past her in the final three minutes of the match to pull out the win.

For these seniors, Kelly “The Enforcer” Leatherman, Kayla “KB” Belanger, Alyssa “Fred” Higgins, Shayla “Bergie” Bergeron, Vanessa “V” Eaton, Amanda “Shriek” Eaton, Jessica “The Captain” Heroux and Kayla “Louie” St. Louis, this closed their Bronco careers.  Your parents and I enjoyed watching you play soccer when you where seven and eight year old girls for Bill Eaton and those Charger teams.  But the biggest thrill has been watching all of you grow from those little girls into the awesome young ladies you have become.  You all are an amazing bunch!

On Wednesday, October 29, the ladies took on the number one seed Merrimack Tomahawks in the playoffs and almost pulled off the upset of the season.  If points where given for being close then the Broncos would have won with ease.  Several times the Merrimack goalie saved the day by making a remarkable save, while Kaela Craven was making the routine save.  However Merrimack was able to score with 11 minutes left in the game and came away with a 1 - 0 win.  Craven was back in net and had 12 saves while the Bronco offense also had 12 shots on goal.  The following players where noticed by the coaches for having good games;  Caitlin Teague in defense, Emily Gosselin as a marking defender, Jessica Heroux, Kayla St. Louis and Kameo LeLievre at midfield.  This closes out a remarkable season, good luck to all of you as you move forward.

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Bears Cheerleaders Head to State Competition

On Saturday, October 25 the Hudson-Litchfield Bears Division 10 Small Cheerleading team beat out eight other teams and placed first at the 2008 Season Premiere Spirit Competition at Bedford High School.  They will be traveling to the University of New Hampshire - Durham to compete in the NHYFSC 2008 State Cheerleading Competition on November 2.

The team is comprised of 16 girls including:  Gillian Alward, Amber Bardsley, Allison Blondin, Grace Condon, Hope DeCarolis, Jessica Diccico, Lauren Ferentino, Mallory Floyd, Rachel King, Stephanie Lambert, Cori Luce, Rachel Perron, Corinne Prestia, Olivia Roberts, Shaye Thyne, and Amanda Wetmore.  Coaches: Christine Bardsley, Karen Floyd, Amy King, Janet Perron, and Cindy Roberts.  Missing:  Corina Olsen. 

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