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Getting back to normal

Last week was an interesting one with all four schools on vacation and many teams having the entire week off.

But starting Monday, the mad dash to the finish began. With only about three and a half weeks left in the regular season, teams will be jockeying for playoff positions and trying to find a groove as the countdown to the postseason begins.

Leading the pack

After Saturday’s trip to Coe-Brown, Mascenic senior Elizabeth McGurk and sophomore Tim Fafard hold the top qualifying times in the 3,200 meters out of all Division III runners.

Fafard leads the field by 16 seconds, while McGurk’s edge at the midway point of the season stands at 3.5 seconds.

Signs of improvement

Just two days after being shut out 18-0 by defending Division III champion Windham at home, the ConVal girls lacrosse team traveled to Windham last Thursday and scored four times, including three first-half goals by senior Haley Webber.

Getting closer

The ConVal boys tennis team had just six players for its trip to Souhegan, but the Cougars were just a few points from making it a 5-4 loss instead of the eventual 7-2 defeat.

The ConVal doubles’ teams of Andrew Pierce and Jack Lithgow, and Damiel Faxon and Tucker Lamb both lost in tiebreakers that would have made the outcome a lot closer.

A tough loss

After defeating Souhegan 6-3 earlier in the season on the road, the ConVal girls tennis team dropped a 5-4 shorthanded match last week over the vacation week.

With only three of their top six players, the Cougars got a boost at the end of the rotation with fill-ins Kathy Pavlik and April Madaglia pulling out wins to send the match tied into doubles, only to drop two of three.

A great start

The New England Ravens 14 and under AAU baseball team opened up its divisional schedule in convincing fashion over the weekend at Franklin Pierce.

In a doubleheader sweep of the New England Storm, the Ravens won 12-2 in the opener behind JP Record’s complete-game performance. And in the nightcap, Sam Cooper tossed a no-hitter with eight strikeouts in a 14-0 victory.

Game of the week

While there are plenty of good match-ups, today’s contest between the ConVal and Hollis/Brookline softball teams should be at the top of the list.

But don’t forget about next week’s doubleheader on Monday between the ConVal and Conant baseball and softball teams. All four squads are playing real well this season and it should be a great day for local sports enthusiasts.

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