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High School Roundup: Cougars claw it out, plus, a weird walkoff for Wilton-Lyndeborough, Vikings destroy Hilltoppers, Conant tops in tennis

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' lacrosse team hosted Kearsarge on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Sam Bilodeau pitches for Mascenic in game one of the Vikings’ doubleheader sweep of Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic baseball team hosted Somersworth on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • A sunset rainbow graces the sky over the Mascenic baseball field on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, May 14, 2018

After Wednesday’s tough loss against Kearsarge, the ConVal girls’ lacrosse team had plenty to cheer about in Friday’s blowout win over Coe-Brown/Northwood, which the Cougars took 16-3.

Grace Dell had four goals to lead ConVal;  Sara Krslovic had two goals and two assists;  Lily Sheridan had three goals and two assists and  Emma Crowley had eight saves.

Against Kearsarge, the girls just couldn’t erase a first-half three-goal deficit, staying within striking distance but never getting over the hump and eventually falling 12-9. 

In that one, Lily Sheridan led ConVal with five goals; Grace Dell had two and Brooke Ellis and Emma Hixson had one apiece.

SOFTBALLWarriors win in weird walkoff

Wilton-Lyndeborough got an unusual win Friday after their opponent, Nute,  forfeited midgame.

“It was a little crazy,” said WLC head coach Denny Claire, who said he hadn’t seen anything like it in his 31 years as coach.

The two-win Rams fell behind early on, and in the fourth inning, eighth-grade pitcher Penelope Ayotte walked off the mound and called it a day.

“The game was fine, until the first pitcher decided she didn't want to pitch anymore,” Claire said.

The next inning, Nute’s catcher decided she was done, too, and first-year head coach Steve Woodcock met his girls at the mound, talked it over, and forfeited.

“I was shocked,” Claire said.

The Warriors were given a 7-0 win, by rule, but they’d actually only scored six before the forfeit. Rachel Christino drove in two runs and Emma Skelly and Lily Foisie had an RBI each.

Lexi Balam pitched four innings for the win.

Earlier in the week, the Warriors beat Portsmouth Christian 13-5.

Balam went 4-4 and threw a complete game with seven strikeouts. Skelly, Foisie, Sam Yurcak and Brooke Lane had two hits each and Abby Leblanc hit a two-run homer.

Mascenic back on four-game win streak

The Vikings haven’t lost since their only defeat of the season against Conant, winning four straight. Last week, Mascenic beat Monadnock 13-1 as the Viking bats lit up Huskies pitcher Hannah Coppo. Sam Bilodeau had a double, a triple and five RBI; Shelby Babin was 3-4 with three RBI and Melonie Ojala drove in another two runs.

Maddie Labrie pitched a complete game with five strikeouts.

The Vikings hosted Somersworth for a doubleheader on Friday, and despite pitching their second- and third-string pitchers, Mascenic won both by a combined 30-0 and allowed just two hits.

Sam Bilodeau pitched five innings and struck out five in the 17-0 game one win. Jordyn Babin had a triple and an inside-the-park home run to drive in three; Sam Hughson and Bilodeau also drove in three runs each.

Hughson pitched game two and struck out eight over five innings for a 13-0 win. Sydney Letters and Tori Cardinal drove in two runs each.

The 11-1 Vikings were scheduled to play at Hillsboro-Deering Monday before a big home game against undefeated Newport Tuesday. Newport beat previously undefeated Stevens in both halves of a doubleheader Friday and as of press time, was one of three undefeated teams in Division III, along with Campbell and White Mountains.

Conant 5, ConVal 3

The Cougars played one of their best games of the season against the Orioles on Wednesday but Conant came from behind to win it.

ConVal took the lead in the third inning when Bre Hutchinson stole second and third and then scored on an overthrow. They’d build on it in the fourth, when Rachyl Parslow walked, stole second and third and scored on a Hayley Cheviot pop fly. 

The Orioles came back in the fifth, however, tying it up with a two-out rally, and then scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to put it out of reach.

Brenna Welch pitched for the win for Conant. Delaney Beaven had a big two-RBI double and Karissa Oakes had two hits. 

Jaden Hubbard-Lemay and Parslow pitched for ConVal.

Monadnock 6, Conant 5

The Orioles came down with a case of the drops on Friday, as an error-filled contest led to a 6-5 Monadnock win.

The bottom of the order, Karissa Oakes and Delaney Beaven, was big again, each going 2-2. Madison Picard hit a home run out of Community Field.

It doesn’t get any easier for 8-2 Conant, who had undefeated Campbell Monday afternoon and plays them again on Wednesday.

BaseballConant 7, ConVal 5

ConVal had a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but it slipped away and Conant ended up with the victory.

Manny Bowman (2-4, two RBI) doubled in a ConVal run in the first inning and scored on a passed ball to get things going for the Cougars; Tim Burgess (1-4, two R) also scored on the same passed ball and ConVal was in business.

But, Conant would chip away at ConVal starter Jack Plourde (6 IP, three K, three earned runs), scoring once in the second and then tying it in the third when Troy Aho doubled in a run and then scored on a passed ball.

Aidan Kirby (2-4, two RBI) drove in Gavin Motuzas in the fourth to give the Orioles a lead they wouldn’t surrender.

Corbin Sasner pitched seven innings for the win, with nine strikeouts, four walks and two earned runs.

Monadnock 12, Conant 3

It didn’t go so well for Conant on Friday, as Monadnock lit up Oriole starter Preston Kirby for eight runs in the second inning and never looked back.

Troy Aho, Nick Germano and Aidan Kirby drove in one run each.

Conant (5-6)  had Campbell Monday afternoon and plays them again on Wednesday.

Milford 5, ConVal 4

ConVal had a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after a Tim Burgess single, but Milford  scored three and took the lead in the bottom half and never looked back.

Burgess was 3-4 with three RBI.

Casey Burgess went four innings with five strikeouts on the mound before Connor Buffum came in for two perfect innings of relief, striking out four. 

Mascenic swept in doubleheader

Somersworth took both halves of a doubleheader at Mascenic Friday, no-hitting the Vikings in game one and then coming behind for a win in game two.

Hilltopper Colby Grant held Mascenic without a hit in the first game, striking out eight as Somersworth won 12-0 in five innings. 

Game two started out more promising for Mascenic, as Isaac Rodier singled and scored on an error to give the Vikings the early lead. Shea Zina singled and scored as well and Mascenic went up 2-0.

Vikings starter Justin Smith was perfect through three and a third innings before Mascenic’s defense failed them. The Vikings made four errors in the fourth and Somersworth scored six runs. 

Smith was perfect the rest of the way, too, but it didn’t matter, as the Vikings lost 6-2.

Mascenic (6-5) played at Hillsboro-Deering on Monday and hosts Newport Tuesday.

Boys’ lacrosseConVal splits the week

The ConVal boys’ lacrosse team bounced back from a one-goal loss at Kearsarge Wednesday by beating Coe-Brown/Northwood at home Friday, 9-8.

In Wednesday’s 8-7 loss at Kearsarge, senior keeper Pat Laroche made 25 saves; Hunter Gullage had three goals and two assists, and Liam Denehy had two goals and an assist.

On Friday, the Cougars got a great offensive effort from Gullage, the best defensive game of Dylan Rochford’s season and good contributions from Andrew Stockwell and Ian Labelle as ConVal beat the Bears.

“Overall, with all the injuries, other players are starting to step up and really work hard on every possession,” said head coach Nick Duffy.

Girls’ tennisConant sweeps two straight

The Conant girls won both matchups last week without giving up a set, sweeping both Lebanon and WLC 9-0.

Against Lebanon, Nicci Munroe, Alexys Smith, Kusum Aryal, Delaney Hirsch, Sarah Smith and Abby Wheeler all won with ease.

Against WLC, Munroe beat Jackie Bird in a tough contest, 8-3, and Alexys Smith beat Emma Krug in another tough 8-5 set. Aryal, Hirsch and Sarah Smith all swept their Warrior opponents, and WLC, with only five girls defaulted at sixth singles and third doubles.

Conant (9-1) had a huge matchup with undefeated Bow Monday. The Falcons are the only team to beat the Orioles this season.

WLC (1-9) had Stevens at home Monday and again away on Tuesday.

Boys’ tennisConant 5, Pelham 4

Conant squeaked out another close win over Pelham last week, winning 5-4.

Sigmund Winiecki swept 8-0 at first singles. Evan Bennett lost a tie-break 9-8 at No. 2. Chris Newton and Connor Ahern were the only other Orioles to win their singles matches. Bennett and Newton teamed up for a doubles win and Winiecki and Ahern took their doubles match to seal it.

At 11-1, Conant is the No. 2 team in Division III, behind only undefeated Gilford, and is guaranteed a playoff berth.

ConVal plays three, wins one

The Cougar boys had a tough, busy week, losing to Hollis-Brookline and Souhegan and beating an undermanned Milford team.

Ben Kriebel took ConVal’s only win against Hollis-Brookline in an 8-1 loss.

Milford only had four players available, so ConVal got three default wins there. Everrett Landers, Taylor Burgess and Ben Kriebel all won at singles, and Mac Timmons and Andres Tourgee got a doubles win to clinch it for a 7-2 ConVal victory.

Souhegan is the No. 1 team in Division II, and they stayed undefeated Friday, beating ConVal 7-2. Ben Kriebel won at singles and Jamison Coty and Noah Krason won at doubles.

Track and FieldWilton-Lyndeborough at Gilford

The Wilton-Lyndeborough track team traveled to Gilford last week, where junior Sam Bailey won the shot put by a good seven inches, with a toss of 42’9”. He’d also take fourth in javelin and discus.

Mascenic, Conant at Milford

Mascenic and Conant competed at the Milford Invitational on Saturday.

Mascenic’s Dakota Somero won the 1,600M in 4:53.10. He’d team with Landen Vaillancourt, DJ Turner and Logan Thibault to win the 4x8ooM relay in 8:48.05.

Conant’s Taylor Banish set a personal record in the pole vault, winning it by clearing 8’9”, three inches better than the mark she set at last year’s Division III state championship, where she placed second.

Teammate Haylie Drew was second in the event on Saturday, clearing 7’3”.

Banish also won the javelin with a toss of 98’4”.

Conant’s Abby Drew was second in the 1ooM dash at 13.66.

Mascenic’s Quinn Aldrich was second in the 1,600M at 5:59.32.