On Thursday September 10, the Salem Blue Devils came to town and defeated the Alvirne Broncos 3-0, handing Alvirne their fourth loss this season. The Broncos have scored a total of 1 goal on the season prompting first year head coach Bill Eaton to try a new formation in an attempt to spark the offense. “We changed the formation tonight and it will take the boys a little time to get accustomed to it,” he explained.
The Broncos are playing an improved passing game, but can’t find the back of the net. A flurry of shots in the first half were close but did not notch a tally. Evan LaRoche, Corey Landry, Kashif Higgins and Casey Amadi all had scoring opportunities but did not connect. Playing well defensively were Brian Juliano, Zach Melanson, Jake Galloway and James Dalrymple. Jim Tomaswick turned away 14 shots on goal.
The Junior Varsity squad defeated Salem 3-1. Aaron Bellamo scored two goals, one on a penalty kick, while Richie Eaton scored the other Bronco goal.
On Tuesday September 15, the Broncos visited Pinkerton (4-0) and took them into sudden death overtime before losing 3-2. Scoring the goals for the Broncos were Casey Amadi and Cody Lambert. Evan LaRoche handed out both assists for the Broncos. Playing another great game in goal was Jim Tomaswick who turned away over 20 shots. The Broncos could not hold onto a 2-1 lead with under 25 minutes to play. The Broncos will host Londonderry on Friday September 18.
The Lady Broncos traveled to Salem on Friday September 11 and took one on the chin losing 4-1 to the Blue Devils. Kaelyn Babin scored the lone goal for the Broncos.
Tuesday September 15, the Broncos hosted Pinkerton and had a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in overtime. “The girls played their hearts out tonight,” said Coach Lance McAdam. “They are learning what it takes to be competitive in the league…the heart and hard work they need to put in to be successful,” he explained.
The Broncos had multiple scoring opportunities in the game as they got off a total of 15 shots with some just going wide and others hitting the cross bar. Pinkerton made it difficult for the Broncos to get off clean shots. Just before the Astros scored the game winning shot, Alvirne had a scoring opportunity but could not convert and the Astros were able to score. Katelyn Fortier had another great game in goal making 11 saves. “We are looking forward to playing hard against Londonderry,” explained McAdam. The Lady Broncos will next play at home on Tuesday September 22 as they host Manchester Memorial.
On September 11, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team improved to 4-1 on the year, beating Epping 4-0. Scoring for CHS was Shawna Trunca with 2 goals – assisted by Casey Mellen and Shannon Savard. Shannon Lavigne – unassisted and Casey Mellen – unassisted. Sophomore Ashley Gannon had a strong game at stopper.
In JV Football on September 13, CHS played a hard-fought game against Epping. The one score came from a pass to Dan Driscoll by Jake Morgan in the 4th quarter. Tough defense was played by the whole team.
The Bronco golf team is now 9-9 on the season after the past three matches played on Wednesday September 9, Friday September 11, and Monday September 14. The Broncos lost to Exeter by only 1 point 166, on Wednesday but defeated Goffstown 171, and Londonderry 175, handily. Will Livingston posted a match low score of 40 on Wednesday followed by Pat Nager and Tyler Livingston with 41 each.
On Friday, the Broncos lost to Bishop Guertin 160, and Merrimack 167, but defeated Nashua South (tiebreaker needed). Will Livingston again was medalist on the day shooting a 37. Pat Nager shot a 45, followed by Will Livingston with a 46 and Harry Everett with a 48.
On Monday September 14, the Broncos lost to Timberlane (149) but defeated Trinity (158) and Merrimack (163) while scoring a 156 on the day. “This was Alvirne’s first total of 156 with an average score of under 40 in many years,” explained an elated coach Bob Lind. Tyler Livingston shot a 38 followed by Will Livingston and Pat Nager with 39’s and Travis Terrill with a 40.
The Bronco cross country coaches were pleased with the efforts put forth by their runners in the Souhegan Relays this past Saturday, as every participant improved on their times from last year. “Our goal for the team was to be top five, and we placed fifth in the nine person relay,” explained coaches Jeff DiPrizito and Tom Daigle. The three person relay team of Caleb Donnelly, Jim Petersen and Brandon Doyle placed 7 out of 36 teams; Todd Boucher, Mike McCready and Chris Low placed 20 out of 36 and PJ Rousseau, Brian Barry, and Brendan MacInnis placed 27 out of 36.
Caleb Donnelly was the top finisher for the Broncos with a time of 13.59 followed by Brandon Doyle at 15.26, Jim Petersen with 15.27, Chris Low with 15.40, and Todd Boucher with 15.52.
On Tuesday, September 15, the Broncos hosted their only home meet of the season and came in third place behind Bishop Guertin and Winnacunnet, and defeated Manchester West and Nashua North. Caleb Donnelly finished first for the Broncos, third overall with a time of 16:25. Michael McCrady finished 11th overall in 17:46, Brandon Doyle was 13th overall in 17:50. Rounding out the top five for the Broncos were Brandon MacInnis at 23rd overall in 18:38 and Chris Low in 18:52.
The Lady Bronco runners placed second behind Bishop Guertin and defeated Winnacunnet, Manchester West and Nashua North on Tuesday September 15 at their only home meet of the season. Laura Goudreau had a fantastic finish as she broke the school record, running a 19:18 to become the fastest Alvirne girl at home (records are only valid on home courses). Laura shattered the previous record of 19:33. She finished second overall to lead the Broncos. Lauren Lecraw, 11th overall, was the second Bronco to cross the finish line in 21:05 and Erica Prince was right on her heels to finish in 21:31 good enough for 12th overall. Emily LaPlant finished 16th overall in 22:33 and Jessica Underwood was 19th overall in 22:47.
Alvirne volleyball got underway on Wednesday September 9 with a tough 4 game loss to Londonderry, 25-22, 14-25, 23-25, 23-25. The Broncos played well but “we had trouble defending Londonderry’s outside hitters,” explained head coach Lisa Gingras.
Cassie Larocque led the team with 12 kills and 10 digs followed by Devon Masse with 8 kills, 7 service points and 7 digs. DJ Purcell had 8 kills, 3 blocks, 6 service points and 6 digs and Jess Marshall added 8 kills, 6 blocks and 17 digs. Kate Brouillette who previously played the setter position, had 24 digs in her first varsity match as libero. Finally, Katie Donovan chipped in with 6 kills, 8 service points and 5 digs.
The Junior Varsity squad pulled off an exciting 3 game match winning the final game 17-15.
On Friday September 11, the Broncos traveled to Nashua North and lost a tough 5 set match to the Titans, 25-15, 19-25, 15-25, 25-15, 15-11. “This was definitely a match that went in waves,” explained Coach Gingras, “unfortunately, we gave them the momentum going into the final game.” Cassie Larocque led the Broncos with 10 kills and seven service points while Jess Marshall had 10 service points, nine kills, seven digs and six blocks. Kayla Duval had 11 digs, 4 kills and 30 assists and Katie Donovan added 8 service points, 7 digs and 6 kills. DJ Purcell chipped in with six blocks, 4 service points and five kills. The loss brings the Broncos to 0-2 on the young season. The Broncos play at home on Monday September 21 against Timberlane.
For the second week in a row, the Broncos faced a Division 1 opponent but this week they came up just short as they lost to Manchester Central 18-13. On a sloppy field, both teams tried to grind it out on the ground but the Bronco defense once again stiffened and allowed under 130 yards on the ground. The special teams play was a bit sloppy, allowing too many yards in the game, giving Central good field position in the fourth quarter.
“We got off to a slow start,” explained Coach Bob Nimblett. “We continue to hurt ourselves; we allowed two first half drives to stall because of penalties,” Nimblett said.
The Broncos were down 6-0 in the first half but saw the offense spring to life as quarterback Jon Baldwin punched the ball in from the Central 1 yard line following a fumble recovery by the defense. Kicker Tony Beaulieu hit the extra point to put Alvirne on top 7-6.
Nick Goldsack scored the next touchdown for the Broncos as he rambled in from the 5 yard line in the fourth quarter. The Broncos missed the extra point but maintained a 13-6 lead in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, the special teams allowed Central to pull off a 63 yard return setting them up for a late touchdown and making the score 13-12 as the two point conversion failed.
The Broncos got the ball back but were unable to maintain possession and giving the ball back to Central who scored a touchdown with 1:33 remaining in the game. The Broncos gave a valiant effort but only managed to move the ball to midfield on their final possession before the clock ran out.
“The two Division 1 games were good teaching tools for our players and good chance for many of our players to get some early varsity experience without affecting us in the standings,” explained Nimblett. The Broncos are 1-1 on the young season, and look forward to playing their Division II rivals from here on out.
Mike McLaughlin and Jesse Horne played well on the offensive line. Nick Goldsack had 119 yards rushing and 1 touchdown followed by Vinnie Frasco with 82 yards. Playing well on defense were Anthony Koumarianos, Jeremy Baker, Derek Janko and Jon Baldwin.