The 2012 Fall Timmy Awards: The Biggest Moments
Conant boys soccer vs. Hillsboro-Deering
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Division III Golf State Tournament at Newport Golf Club in Newport, NH
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The ConVal football team won 47-0 in its homecoming match-up with Merrimack Valley on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.
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Timmy Awards: Top 10 Performances
1. Tim Fafard, Mascenic Cross-Country, Nov. 3.
The sophomore was coming off a third-place finish at the Division III race just a week earlier, but this might have been his best performance yet. Fafard finished seventh in the state and was tops among his classmates.
2. Chris Queen, ConVal Football, Oct. 18.
The senior running back put together one of his finest individual stat lines in this late-season performance. Queen ran the ball 18 times for 140 yards and four touchdowns, averaging almost 7.8 yards per carry.
3. Roman Ojala, Mascenic Golf, Oct. 4, 6.
In his debut at states, Ojala made quite a first impression. He posted the low round in both the team and individual portion of the tournament as he won the 2012 D-III individual championship by four strokes.
4. Sarah Gonsalves, Conant Field Hockey, Sept. 15.
Just a little over two weeks into her tenure as the Orioles’ starting goalie, Gonsalves, a freshman, posted a 1-0 shutout win over rival Mascenic in overtime with 11 saves.
5. Dominique Tarr, ConVal Field Hockey, Aug. 28.
Taking over for last year’s Division II Co-Player of the Year cannot be easy, but in Tarr’s debut as the ConVal goaltender, the sophomore made 21 saves in a 2-0 shutout victory over Goffstown.
6. Jocelyn Ojala, Mascenic Golf, Sept. 29.
Ojala had finished fourth in each of her previous three trips to the girls individual tournament, but in her final crack at it, Ojala shot an even par 71 to win by two strokes.
7. Teresa DiTommaso, Conant girls soccer, Sept. 14.
In her first season as the starting goalie, DiTommaso quickly picked up the position. And after allowing two goals to WLC just four days earlier, the senior posted a double overtime shutout with 16 saves.
8. Nikolay Brovin, Mascenic Boys Soccer, Sept. 26.
Brovin was a goal-scoring machine in his final season as a Viking and this was one of his best games of 2012. He scored four goals and dished out two assists in a huge win over WLC.
9. Noah Miller, Conant Golf, Oct. 4, 6.
Miller stood in a tie for fourth place with an 80 after team day, but came back with a 78 in the individual position of the tournament to finish third in D-III for the second straight season and one shot out of second.
10. ConVal football team’s defense, Oct. 5-Nov. 2.
From the start of the second half against Alvirne on Oct. 5 through the end of the season, the Cougars allowed just two regulation touchdowns, posted two shutouts and owned a +12 in the turnover battle.
Timmy Awards: Top 5 Games to See Again
1. Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer at defending D-IV champion Sunapee, Oct.17.
The Warriors had been blown out by six goals in the first meeting with the Lakers in the season opener, but this late match-up was an instant classic. WLC led the undefeated and top seed in D-IV late in the second half before a penalty kick forced overtime that resulted in a 4-3 loss.
2. Mascenic girls volleyball versus Epping in D-III playoff opener, Oct. 25.
The Vikings had shown glimpses of being a dominant team, but it wasn’t really until the tournament that they were able to do it for an entire match. After splitting the first two games of the match, the Vikings won the next two to grab a 3-1 victory.
3. Conant field hockey at Hopkinton, Division III preliminary round, Oct. 16.
The Orioles had twice played the Hawks and came up short on each occasion. But Conant also knew that neither of those efforts was a proper representation of the team’s ability. So when the teams met for a third time, the game went into overtime scoreless before the Orioles fell 1-0.
4. ConVal football versus defending D-III champion Portsmouth, Sept. 14.
The Cougars were very much in this game, trailing by just two late in the third quarter. But a couple turnovers and 21 straight points for the Clippers led to a 23-point loss to the eventual state finalist.
5. Mascenic and Conant field hockey, Sept. 15, 22.
Both meetings ended in 1-0 wins for the road team. Conant won in overtime at Mascenic’s homecoming, while the Vikings were able to ruin the Orioles’ yearly celebration in regulation time, putting the series at 6-6-2 since the start of 2006.
Timmy Awards: Top 5 Moments
1. ConVal girls volleyball grabs first-ever win versus Raymond, Sept. 17.
It had been a long couple of years for the upstart ConVal program. In two-plus seasons, the program was winless at the varsity level, but that all changed. After an 0-5 start to 2012, the Cougars pulled off a 3-0 sweep of the Rams, the first of two wins in 2012.
2Mascenic senior Elizabeth McGurk qualified for the New England Cross-Country Championships.
After what McGurk described as one of her worst performances of the season at the Division III race, where she finished fourth, she put together her best of 2012 at Meet of Champions the following week to qualify for New Englands.
3. Conant girls soccer defeats Hinsdale 5-0 in season finale for only victory, Oct. 15.
The Orioles had come so far since the beginning of 2012, but they just could not pull off a win. But with one last chance, Conant had an offensive explosion to give first-year coach Whitney Aldrich his first win.
4. Mascenic girls volleyball coach Missy Salo wins Division III Coach of the Year.
This award could not have gone to a more deserving person. When Salo took over the program last year it came with just one returning starter. But in two years, she has guided the Vikings to the playoffs twice, including the quarterfinals in 2012 with a 12-6 record.
5. ConVal girls soccer at Oyster River in Division II preliminary round.
With only 11 players in uniform and six of them being freshmen, the Cougars took on the top-ranked Bobcats in the program’s first playoff appearance since 2008. And even though ConVal was the last team to make the tournament, the Cougars held Oyster River scoreless until the 50-minute mark before falling 3-0.
Timmy Awards: Top 5 Storylines
1. Could the Mascenic golf team repeat as Division III Champions?
The Vikings were coming off an undefeated campaign and their fourth state title in the last five years. But with some new teams in the mix from Division II, the Vikings had their work cut out for them. In the end, Mascenic fell to Bow, one of the D-II schools, by five strokes in the team tournament.
2. How would the ConVal football team do under first-year coach Ryan McCartney?
The Cougars were coming off back-to-back 1-8 seasons and had not come close to the playoffs since 2009. But after a rough 1-5 start, ConVal turned it around to finish 4-6 and were within nine points of six wins.
3. What would the WLC soccer teams do for an encore after last year?
The boys were coming off their second straight Division IV title and the girls had gone to the semis in 2011, but both struggled for much of the regular season and neither was able to advance past the first round.
4. How much would all the close games help the ConVal boys soccer team in the playoffs?
This Cougars team was built to win in 2012. With 10 seniors and having played 13 games decided by two goals or less, including five that went into overtime, ConVal had been tested. But they lost in the prelims to Portsmouth by one-goal.
5. Would the Conant field hockey team take the next step?
The Orioles showed the ability to play in 2011, but just didn’t have the wins to prove it. But this year, Conant won eight games and qualified for the Division III tournament.
Timmy Awards: Top 5 Victories
1. ConVal girls soccer upsets rival Souhegan by a score of 2-1, Sept. 19.
The Cougars had just four wins all season and this was by far the biggest of them all. They used a timely attack and stingy defensive effort to knock off the eventual Division II runner-up. And the huge victory would help ConVal secure the last playoff spot in D-II.
2. Conant golf team gets some revenge with 10-shot win over Gilford, Sept. 12.
The Orioles had to settle for third in the Division III team tournament last year after a late change of venue, trailing Gilford by two strokes on the Golden Eagles home course. So in the first meeting since then, Conant was able to pick up a double-digit win on its home links.
3. ConVal girls volleyball defeats Trinity on the road, Oct. 10.
The Cougars had already won its first varsity match earlier in the season, but this one came against a playoff team, on the road and in a thrilling five-game marathon where the Cougars won after battling back from a 2-1 deficit.
4. Wilton-Lyndeborough girls soccer knocks off D-IV power Derryfield, Oct. 18.
Just one day after a heart wrenching overtime loss to undefeated Sunapee when the Warriors led late in the second half, they had to take on their bitter rival. But WLC rallied to win 1-0, which set up a third meeting in the playoffs, won by the Cougars.
5. ConVal field hockey wins season opener over Goffstown, Aug. 28.
The Cougars had never defeated the Grizzlies and entering the 2012 season, it did not look like the opener would be the best opportunity to do it either. ConVal had lost 11 seniors from last year’s quarterfinal team and had a lot to figure out early on. But the Cougars pulled off a 2-0 win.