A great moment to remember
I really couldn’t believe my eyes when I walked into the Monadnock High School gymnasium last Tuesday.
If you don’t know, I was there to cover the Mascenic girls basketball team’s first playoff game since 2003.
And when I saw senior Jocelyn Ojala warming up with her teammates for the game I had to do a double-take. Ojala had torn her right ACL less than three weeks prior, but could not bare the thought of her career ending on the bench.
So she dealt with the pain and inability to play like she is used to thanks to a bulky brace for one final game with her teammates.
It was one of those moments I sure will never forget.
Tough way to see it end
It had to have been difficult for ConVal senior Jesse Mitchell to have his impressive career end with back-to-back losses at Saturday’s Meet of Champions.
Just a week earlier, Mitchell earned second place in Division II in the 138-pound weight class and became the fourth wrestler in school history to reach 100 wins in a career, finishing with 101.
He followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Justin, who became the first to reach triple digit victories and owns the all-time record with 108.
A bad time for a bad call
When the whistle blew with two minutes left in Conant’s quarterfinal contest on Saturday, it sent freshman sensation Madison Springfield to the bench with her fifth foul.
Not only was it not a charge — you can see the picture if you want — but it wasn’t a foul at all. There was almost no contact and none until after the ball went into the hoop.
Still in awe of record
It still amazes me, even a week later, what Mascenic sophomore Jared Stauffeneker was able to do last Monday.
With 57 points, a new school record, Stauffeneker willed his team to a crucial overtime win, scoring 35 of those points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Starting on the right foot
The No. 9 nationally ranked FPU baseball team got its season going in the right direction last week with five wins in four days in Myrtle Beach, SC, winning three of those games by three runs or less.
Can there be a 2010 repeat?
During that season, both the Conant boys and girls won Division III championships. The girls play in Wednesday’s semifinals, while the boys enter Thursday’s preliminary round as the No. 2 seed. Let’s hope they both can find their way back to the mountain top.
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