Orioles, Vikings play two at Pratt
The first Conant/Mascenic basketball doubleheader of the season took place Wednesday at Conant. In the first game, the Conant girls knocked off Mascenic 59-33. Conant sophomore center Sarah Gonsalves led all scorers with 24 points; Heather Bilodeau scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds; Katie Chadbourne had 12 points, four rebounds and seven assists; Grace Chadbourne scored four and had two steals, rebounds and assists; Megan Wheeler had three assists; Kelsey Martin, three points and three assists; Brooke Juntanen had four points and three boards, and Amberley Ollsen and Bethany Hector each scored two points.
Mascenic was led by Liz Martel’s 13 points; Sarah Sharp scored 12 and Brier Haigh and Cheyanne Sauvola each scored four.
In the nightcap, the Oriole boys withstood a late Viking flurry, holding on to win 57-48 after Mascenic did their best to cut into a 22-point third quarter lead. Nate Wheeler scored 14 for Conant on 3-3 from beyond the arc and ripped down six rebounds; Rob O’Brien also scored 14 to go with his five boards, four steals and three assists, and Eli Hodgson scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. For Mascenic, Jared Stauffeneker was the high point-scorer with 26, including 19 in the second half. Shane Rautiola scored nine and Daimon Gibson six. Mascenic hosts Conant for another doubleheader on Feb. 11.
∎ The Mascenic girls then went on to lose to Newport on Friday night 49-40 in overtime. Brier Haigh scored 13, Liz Martel 12, Sarah Sharp nine, Cheyanne Sauvola three and Megan Brand three. The Vikings’ short bench cost them; after Sharp and Haigh fouled out late in the game, Mascenic played the overtime period with no subs. Mascenic (1-8) hosts Hillsboro-Deering , the only team the Viking girls have beaten this season, tonight at 7 p.m.
∎ The Mascenic boys traveled to Newport on Friday night and lost to DIII’s last remaining undefeated team, 63-44. The Vikings cut a 13-point Newport lead to two points by the end of the third quarter, but the Tigers’ two stars, Andrew Houde and Spencer Coronis turned it on, scoring 20 combined in the fourth as Newport outscored Mascenic 22-5 down the stretch to win the game. Stauffeneker and Rautiola scored 14 apiece for Mascenic. The 2-5 Vikings’ next game is tonight Hillsboro-Deering.
The ConVal varsity girls basketball team bounced back after their tough triple-overtime loss earlier this week to Monadnock to defeat John Stark, 42-26. The Cougars came out strong and took a 15-6 1st quarter lead and went into the half up 29-11. They increased the lead to 42-19 at the end of three before cruising home for the 42-26 victory.
The Cougars were again led by senior Jess Nerz, who filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals. ConVal had eight players get four or more points. Junior Kelsey Walker played outstanding coming off the bench, with six points, nine rebounds and six steals.
∎ The WLC girls team beat Newmarket to improve to 4-5 on the season. After losing their first four games, WLC has come alive, winning four of their last five. The Warriors host Skyler Bonnett and undefeated Hinsdale Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
∎ The WLC boys basketball team lost to Concord Christian Academy on Wednesday, 58-49. CCA’s Jeremiah Bolter was unstoppable in the second half, when he scored 28 of his 34 points. Jordan Litts led the Warriors with 16.
WLC then lost a wild game to Newmarket on Friday night. The Warriors were trailing 46-49 with seconds left in regulation when Jordan Litts heaved up a buzzerbeater from just inside halfcourt and tied the game. Newmarket hit a buzzerbeating three of their own in overtime to win the game 57-55. Litts had 27 for the Warriors and Kyle Pratt had 13. Ryan Jarvis scored 28 for Newmarket.
∎ The ConVal alpine ski team competed in a giant slalom race at Crotched Mountain on Thursday. Freshman Claire Rupp had her best race of the season, finishing 12th with a time of 1:28:46. Sarah Kolk came in 15th (1:29:13); Julia Walden took 18th (1:30:36); Madeline Ciocci 21st (1:34); and Emma Carney was 22nd (1:34:73). Maura Rapposelli competed but did not finish. Souhegan’s Rhiannon Allison won the girls race with a time of 1:16:26.
Ben Wescott was the top finisher for the ConVal boys; his time of 1:22 landed him in 9th place. Garrett Caisee took 12th (1:22:87); Rob Peterson 18th (1:24:53); Ben Aldrich 24th (1:26:07); Garrett Mathews 37th (1:30:39); Adam Rumley 46th (1:37:94); Dalton Coyne 47th (1:38:05); Becket Gourlay 53rd (1:49:82) and Andrew Hopkins 56th (2:17:93). Derry’s Austin Hammer won the boys race with a time of 1:13:26. The ConVal boys placed fifth as a team.
∎ The ConVal boys hockey got its second win of the season last week, a 4-2 win over Moultonborough. Carl Svensson scored the first two goals of the game for ConVal, assisted by Erik Leger and Isaiah Taylor. Moultonborough got on board in the second with a goal by Collin Sheehan, but Erik Leger got the Cougar lead back to two with a goal late in the second. Travis Burke extended the ConVal lead with a goal midway through the third. Moultonborough’s Cody Burns kept it interesting with a late goal but ConVal was able to hold on for the win. Goaltender Sean Stinehour made 22 saves for ConVal. The Cougars (2-6) travel to Kearsarge Wednesday night.
∎ Last Wednesday, several athletes on the ConVal indoor track team participated in a pre-qualifier meet at the Milford Dome in Milford. Athletes from 16 other schools participated in the meet.
With the state championships coming up shortly, some top qualifiers and athletes on the verge of qualifying took advantage of the opportunity. Cory Barrett continued to impress this season with another division-leading new personal record, a first-place finish in the boys 300-meter dash at 37.10 seconds. Sophomore Grace Bowman finally reaped the rewards of her very hard work this season with a state championship qualifying time in the girls 300-meter dash, a first-place finish at 45 seconds. In the boys 1000-meter run, Jesse Edwards had a slight setback after a good race the previous weekend at UNH. This time, Edwards placed ninth at 3:05.70.
∎ The ConVal wrestling team hosted the Broncos of Alvirne last week. The Cougars came away with a team win, outscoring their opponents 48-34.
Posting wins for Conval were: Eric Wall, 106 pounds, by forfeit; Josh Bartsch, 126 pounds, by pin; Mike Allen, 138 pounds, by pin; Jake Rupp, 145 pounds, by pin; Adam Smullen, 160 pounds, by pin; Aaron Taylor, 170 pounds, by pin; Jordan Loll, 220 pounds, by pin and John Voorhees, 285 pounds, by pin.
On Saturday, the Conval wrestling team was at the Laker Invitational in Colchester, Vermont. Conval finished seventh as a team, with three wrestlers placing in the top four.
For the second week in a row, Jordan Loll earned a first place finish in the 220-pound division. Adam Smullen took third in the 160-pound division, earning his 100th career win in the quarter final round by decision. Johnny Voorhees finished fourth in the 285-pound division.
Also scoring points for ConVal were: Jake Rupp, 145 pounds; Eric Wall, 113 pounds; Josh Bartsch, 126 pounds; Mike Allen, 138 pounds and Aaron Taylor, 170 pounds.
On Wednesday, Conval will host the Bedford Bulldogs starting at 6 p.m.