Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Tennis Teams Finish at .500

by Sue LaRoche

Girls Tennis

The Alvirne girls’ tennis team finished the season with a record of 7-7 after losing to Nashua South on Friday, May 22.  The Broncos split in the singles with Deanna Trearchis, Nicole Wilcox and Katie Vaccaro all victorious.  The doubles team of Kayla Belanger and Deanna Trearchis now 13-1 on the season in the number one doubles slot, were victorious winning their match 8-4.  The Broncos are awaiting word on who will qualify for the individual state tournament in singles and doubles.  Coach Dave Lelesi was “proud of how the girls have played all season with a very tough schedule and the improvements they have made.  They are a smart and consistent team.”

Boys Tennis

With a victory over Nashua South on Friday, May 22, the boys’ tennis team finished the season at 7-7.  Alvirne took five of the six singles matches as Jie Gu, Bob Gaudet, Will Livingston, Tim Whitney and Jim Reidy all won and Gu/Gaudet, Dan White and Cory Brennick and Evan Prochniak and Hugo Barbiero all won their doubles matches making the final score of the match 8-1.  It was senior day for the Broncos and the following seniors were recognized along with their parents: Jie Gu, Bob Gaudet, Tim Whitney, Jim Reidy, Evan Prochniak, Hugo Barbiero, Dan White, Cory Brennick, Andrew Conrad and Codi Clark.  “I will greatly miss my seniors and their leadership but am looking forward to the underclassmen stepping up next year,” said Coach Sue LaRoche.  The boys are also awaiting word on qualifying players for the individual state tournament. 

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Lady Cougars Heavy Bats Lead to Win

The Lady Cougars defeated Hillsboro-Deering with a walk-off seventh inning on a single by Amanda Disciscio who singled in Julie Ann Fernandaz.  Fernandaz’s bat had led the way with three hits and two RBIs.  Also hitting hard was Samantha Radcliffe who went 3 for 4 with a RBI.


Freshman Samantha Radcliffe grabs an infield hitting as Campbell High School wins in the 7-6 Cougar win over Hillsboro-Deering.

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Cougars Bite Hillsboro-Deering 9-2

The boots of the Cougars pounded Hillsboro-Deering with Josh Sigman having two doubles and batting in three runs while John Coughlin and Tyler Bowin each had two hits.  Cullan Baker went five innings giving up no runs and just two hits, and striking out eight.


Dan Taschereau safe at second with a hook slide.

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Broncos Softball Looking for Offense

by Sue LaRoche

It was definitely there in the beginning of the season.  It was definitely there in the middle of the season.  Now as the season is coming to a close, the Broncos are looking for their bats to come alive again to carry them into the playoffs. 

Alvirne split their games last week winning their 10th game of the season against defending state champions Timberlane 1-0.  The only run of the game came in the first inning as Kaela Craven singled and went to second on a fielder’s choice.  Taylor Carbone then singled and Delaney Burns walked to load the bases with only one out.  Nicole Abreu hit a sacrifice fly to plate Craven and the Broncos made that run stand as it was the only tally of the game for either team.  Carbone again twirled a gem on the mound with 14 strikeouts allowing only 1 hit. 

Friday, Nashua South scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a heartbreaking 1-0 loss for the Lady Broncos.  Carbone struck out 10 batters in the game bringing her total to 174 on the season.  The earned run scored was only her 9th of the year bringing her ERA to .62.  Jess Underwood had two hits and Diana Gustowski had one hit for the Broncos who could not get the offense on track.  With a 10-7 record and a guarantee of the third winning season in a row, the Broncos have secured a playoff spot and will host a first round tournament game on Wednesday, June 3.

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Broncos Hoping for Fourth

by Sue LaRoche


Matt Topper slides safe into second on a steal.

The Bronco baseball team is aiming to place fourth in Class L in order to host the first two rounds of the NHIAA tournament on Thursday, June 4 and Saturday, June 6.  In order to do so, the Broncos need to win at least one of their final remaining games to have a chance to be the home team twice, and two out of two victories would guarantee them the fourth place finish.  In either case, Alvirne will host at least one home game in the first round of the playoffs.

The Broncos have had two tough games as of late.  On Wednesday, May 20, Alvirne needed 12 innings to defeat Timberlane 5-4.  A nine game win streak was the result of this extra inning affair.  Both the offense and defense proved necessary for Alvirne to post the victory.  The score was tied 3-3 at the end of regulation, and remained so until the top of the 12th inning when Korey LeLievre belted his third homerun of the year.  Zach Hurley also provided an RBI single to give the Broncos a 5-3 advantage going into the bottom half of the frame.  Timberlane had a run in and two men on base in the bottom of the 12th when left fielder Brian Lessard ran in hard to make a catch that gave Alvirne the victory.  Also providing some great defense were Kyle Brigham at second base and Matt Topper who made an outstretched diving catch in right center in the fifth inning with men on base.  Catcher Alex Jones had three hits on the day including a two run homerun, his first of the season.  Adam Hagman pitched six innings of relief and helped himself out with three hits on the day.  It was an all around team effort put forth by the Broncos.

Friday, May 22, the Broncos hosted Nashua South and the results weren’t quite as satisfying.  Alvirne lost 9-1, bringing their season record to 13-4 on the season.  The Broncos could only manage four hits on the afternoon.  Alex Jones had two hits followed by Ryan MacDonald with one and Matt Topper with one. 

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Boys Track Results

by Sue LaRoche

On Friday, May 15, at the Merrimack Invitational, the Broncos had two outstanding performances from Caleb Donnelly and Derek Laurent both of whom qualified provisionally for the Class L meet.  Donnelly ran his season-best time of 4:33.1 placing fourth overall in the race, while Derek Laurent had his season best long jump at 19-feet 7 3/4-inches also placing fourth overall in the meet.

On Tuesday, May 19, the Broncos lost a close meet to Londonderry 81-64.  Caleb Donnelly (1600 meter and 3200 meter), Brian Barry (400 meter), Derek Janko (javelin), and Todd Boucher (800 meter) all placed first in their events.  The 4 by 400 meter relay team consisting of Todd Boucher, Chris Low, Brian Barry and Luke Mertins also finished first in the meet.

Finishing second for the Broncos were:  Derek Janko (shot put and discus), Aaron Fellows (javelin and 400 meter dash), Derek Laurent (long jump), Alex Bryan (110 high hurdles), Mike McCrady (1600 meter), and Ryan Provencher (200 meter dash).

Placing third for Alvirne were:  Derek Janko (high jump), Jeremy Baker (shot put), Derek Laurent (triple jump), Dan Fitzgerald (110 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles), Mike McCrady (800 meter), Luke Mertins (200 meter dash), and Brandon Doyle (3200 meter run). 

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