While things may have been cold outside, the Alvirne Broncos Ice Hockey team, wearing “retro” jerseys, heated things up at Skate 3 playing against Keene. The Broncos came out strong in the first period with a goal being scored by freshman Lee Vandergraaf, assisted by Ben Dutil. However, Keene was ahead at the end of the first period by a score of 2-1.
Alvirne came out flat and stayed flat for the second period, and unfortunately the period ended with Keene leading with a score of 4-1. The boys went into the locker room looking defeated.
When they came out to start the third period, the team had put on their original jerseys, but the officials would have nothing to do with that and sent them back to the locker room to change back into the “retro” jerseys. Did this get them fired up or did the coaches? Whatever it was, they were a team with a mission. Jake Aubin, assisted by Dan White, got things started with the first goal of the third period. Keene answered back with a goal and it was now 5-2. The Broncos got tough and determined. John DeCosta got a pass from Ben Dutil and sent a blistering shot from the point that went right past the Keene goalie. The game was fast-paced and hard-hitting. When Josh Steele took a slapshot from the point, Dan White made a perfect tip into the net to make it a 4-5 game. With just under two minutes left in the game, Dan White got his second goal of the game with an assist going to Jake Aubin to tie things up. The third period ended this way, giving the team their first overtime game of the season.
Tyler Auclair stood tall in net for the Broncos, having an incredible third period and an even better overtime period. The team had many great shots during the overtime period but could not get another shot past the Keene goalie. The game ended in a 5-5 tie.
It was as exciting as it gets for a senior night for the Broncos. Alvirne said thank you to its five seniors on this year’s team: Doug Albertson, Mike Dukette, Michael Harris, Steve Marcotti, and Jon Porter. The Broncos were wrestling Manchester Central and unfortunately lost the meet by one point, 40-39, with great effort put out by all Alvirne wrestlers.
Steve Marcotti started the night with a pin in the 189-pound weight class, followed by a victory by Jeremy Baker, a default to Caleb Thompson, and a pin by Zach Breen, giving Alvirne a 21 point lead. That lead was soon erased, however, with the Broncos winning only three more matches with Jon Porter, Doug Albertson, and Tom Eldredge all pinning their opponents.
Alvirne has one varsity team meet remaining at Hollis on February 14 before the State Meet and Meet of Champions for those who have qualified.
February 9: The Boys Varsity Basketball team ran their record to 10-1 on the season with a 71-48 win over Farmington. Tough Campbell defense held the visitors to just 18 points in the first half. Ten different Cougars entered the scoring column, paced by Josh Morgan with 18 and Shawn Henriquez with 14. John Coughlin sparked the Cougars off the bench with five points and three rebounds.
The Boys JV Basketball team beat Farmington 49-36, extending their win/loss record to 10-1. Leading scorers for the Cougars were Keithen Craig with 10 points and Brandon Groves with 11 points. Campbell’s defensive players of the game were Tyler Coughlin and Andrew Lepine.
February 8: The Winter Track team competed in the state meet in Dartmouth. Competing in the high jump for girls, Jess Fabiano came in seventh, jumping 4-feet-8-inches, and for boys, Evan Leith came in fifth with 5-feet-10-inches and in the hurdles finished 18th at 9.28. Ally Ayotte came in ninth for the long jump with 14-feet-1-inch, Ali Lajoie came in sixth and 12th respectively for the 300 meter and 55-yard dash. Zach Laganiere came in 10th in the 55-yard dash with a time of 6.99 and Corey Gannon came in 12th in the 600 meter with a time of 1:31.81. Breaking a school record, Courtney Gannon, Jordan Billings, Stephanie Loeb and Ali Lajoie came in fifth in the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 4:30.38, and Ally Ayotte, Olivia Planty, Jess Fabiano and Ali Lajoie came in fourth in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:56.18.
February 7: The Boys Varsity Basketball team improved to 9-1 on the season with a 67-56 win over Berlin. The Cougars were led by the all around play of Shawn Henriquez and Kiel Canada who combined for 36 points, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, and 9 steals. Andrew Cialek and Phil Houston were the leading rebounders for Campbell.
The Boys JV Basketball team won against Berlin, 47-25. Keithen Craig had 14 points and Dan Driscoll 8. Defensive leaders were Kyle Mun and John Houston.
The Girls Varsity Basketball team improved to 11-3 on the season after defeating the Mountaineers of Berlin, 53-28. Meghan Sweeney led all scores with 14 points and had four blocks. Kristen Hrubowchak added 13 points. Becca Arnone scored 10 points, 15 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 assists. Seniors Jenny Evans, Courtney Michaud, and Megan Sweeny played in their last home game. Meghan and Jenny did a fantastic job blowing the tuba before the game! A big thanks to all the teachers who came to the game.
In Girls JV Basketball, Heather Geist’s 11 points helped lead to their 10th win of the season with a 35-24 victory over Berlin. Katie Schultz and Taylor Shafer both scored seven points each. The Cougar defense again held Berlin to single digits for all four quarters.
February 5: The Boys Varsity Basketball team ran their record to 8-1 on the season with an exciting 83-80 win over Somersworth. The Cougars tied a school record by hitting nine three-pointers in the win. Kiel Canada, Shawn Henriquez, Josh Morgan, and Josh McGrath combined for 62 points, 15 assists, and 14 steals in the win. The boy’s basketball team would like to thank the “Cougar Crazies” for their great support during the exciting win over Somersworth. It’s an honor to play in front of the best fans in the state! A special shout goes out to Dan “The Cougar” Taschereau.
The Boys JV Basketball team lost their first game of the season in overtime to Somersworth, 55-52. Leading scorers for the Cougars were Andrew Lepine and Brandon Groves, with 10 points each. The defensive leader on the floor was Tyler Syphers with two charges.
The Girls JV Basketball team was on the short end of the scoreboard to Somersworth, 52-23. Katie Schultz led the scoring with six points.
The Girls Varsity Basketball team revenged an early season loss by defeating the Hilltoppers of Somersworth, 44-26. Kristen Hrubowchak scored a game high 24 points, while Meghan Sweeney added 10. The Cougars played tremendous defense, holding the high scoring Hilltoppers to 26 total points. Becca Arnone and Kim Chaisson controlled the boards against a very big Somersworth team. Jenny Evans and Marissa Framarini ran the point guard position perfect last night, making the Hilltoppers have to foul late in the game.
February 2: The Girls JV Basketball team completed the season sweep of Sanborn with a 31-27 victory. Heather Geist led the scoring with nine points, while Katie Schultz and freshman Ashley Gannon both tallied six points.
Merrimack took an early 2-0 lead but that was the last time they would see a lead for the remainder of the game on Friday, February 6, as Alvirne dominated this contest 64-44 with every Bronco seeing action.
“We had a good group discussion this week and made a few changes,” explained coach Kevin Bonney. “We definitely shared the ball tonight; this was a good team win.”
Caleb Donnelly had a monster night for Alvirne as he scored 25 points, including seven three-point shots, in only three quarters of play. The Broncos dominated in all facets of the game tonight as they scored 64 points, pulled down 30 rebounds, handed out seven assists, and grabbed nine steals. It was an all-around effort that was very entertaining to watch.
A balanced scoring attack also had Ryan Sweeney coming off the bench to score 10 points and grab three rebounds; Joe O’Hearn scored nine points, pulled down one rebound, and added two steals and two assists; Brennan Donnelly had seven points, seven rebounds, and one assist; Chris Goldsack added seven points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
The Junior Varsity squad did not fare as well. With 14 seconds remaining and Alvirne leading by one point, Merrimack had the ball and managed to get off three shots, with the game winner hitting the bottom of the twine just as the buzzer sounded, to steal a 56-55 victory. John Baldwin led all scorers with 17 points followed by Tony Beaulieu with 16 and Pat Nager with six.
Tuesday, February 10, was a different story, however, as the 8-2 Salem Blue Devils came to Alvirne and soundly defeated the Broncos 60-45. Salem’s full court trapping defense was not easy for the Broncos to handle and forced many turnovers. Salem shot very well from the field, something that the Broncos did not do as they had no one in double figures for the game.
The Broncos did narrow the lead to 9 in the final quarter but that was as close as it was to get. Joe O’Hearn led the Broncos with nine points, five rebounds, and one assist, followed by Caleb Donnelly, Brennan Donnelly, and Ryan Sweeney, with eight points each. Alvirne now sports a 5-6 record and will face Nashua South on Tuesday, February 17 at home.
The Alvirne High School Boys Indoor Track team sent several athletes to the Class L State Meet and had some respectable performances. Sophomore Luke Mertins placed ninth overall in the 600 meter race and was also a member of the ninth place 4 x 200 meter relay team. Rounding out the 4 x 200 team were Derek Laurent, Dan Fitzgerald and Brian Barry.
Derek Janko placed 10th in the shot put throwing 42-feet-9-inches and Derek Laurent placed 11th in the long jump as he jumped 19-feet-3-inches. The 4 x 400 relay team consisting of Brian Barry, Brandon Doyle, Aaron Fellows and Chris Low placed 12th in 3:51.4.
Overall, Alvirne placed 15th as a team at the meet.
At Sunday’s Class L State Championships at Dartmouth College, senior sensation Shayla Bergeron took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.44, to be crowned the New Hampshire State Champion in that event. It is believed that Shayla is the first girl to win a state title in that event for Alvirne. Shayla also took third in the 300 meter event for the third straight year, in a photo finish which saw her cross the finish line in 41.34, just 11 tenths of a second behind the second place finisher.
Alvirne had some other great performances as well. Maria Mayer took 6th place in the 55-meter high hurdles and Courtney Carter placed 6th in the 600-meter race. The 4 x 800 meter relay team consisting of Courtney Carter, Emily LaPlant, Morgan Ratte and Erica Prince also placed sixth. The 4 x 200 relay team made up of Stacie Nuttall, Maria Mayer, Amanda Roberts and anchor Shayla Bergeron took 5th place.
Bianca Bellot finished eighth in the long jump, Michelle Filadoro finished eighth in the 55-meter hurdles and Nicole Filadoro finished 13th in the shot put.
Coach Tarek Rothe was thrilled with the performances of his athletes.