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Area high-schoolers try their luck at Granite State Games

  • Megan Graff of Rindge goes to pass the ball in an exhibition soccer game Thursday at Derryfield School as part of the Granite State Games. Staff photo by Tony Marquis

  • Local high school athletes compete in the Granite Games on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Tony Marquis/ Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Local high school athletes compete in the Granite Games on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Tony Marquis/ Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Local high school athletes compete in the Granite Games on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Tony Marquis/ Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Conant’s Tate Niemela goes up for a rebound in an exhibition game Thursday. Niemela and his brother Rowan competed in the Granite State Games.  Staff photo by Tony Marquis

  • Local high school athletes compete in the Granite Games on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Tony Marquis/ Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Local high school athletes compete in the Granite Games on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Tony Marquis/ Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Tony Marquis—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • The Monadnock region’s girls’ hoops team. Back row: Coach Doug Bartlett, left, Sydney Thompson of Mascoma, Mariah Chamberlain of Conant, Stella Davis of Dublin School, Mayzie Hunter of Keene and Lindsey Carey of ConVal. Front row: Erika Farhm of Keene, left. Zoey Luopa of Fall Mountain and Rian Sousa of Keene. Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 26, 2017 7:47PM

The girls’ soccer team from the Monadnock region didn’t have enough players to compete in the final at the Granite State Games, but that didn’t upset coach Eric Jayne.

He was too busy raving about the play of Abigail Charron, of New Ipswich, who made six saves on nine shots in two penalty-kick shootout wins in the tournament.

Jayne called Charron’s performance “absolutely outrageous.” Normally, goalkeepers save around 20 percent in shootouts, according to Jayne.

The Monadnock team, which featured players from Mason, New Ipswich, Rindge and towns like Hanover and Sunapee, reached the finals thanks to Charron’s play, which helped it to wins against the Coastal and Lakes teams. The Monadnock team skipped the final though, because eight of its players are also members of the local club soccer team Chaos FC, which took Sunday’s championship off after the club team coaches asked the players to rest in favor of a playoff game in Pembroke.

On Thursday against Coastal, the Monadnock team did a mini celebration after watching Charron save the third of four penalty kicks in a 2-1 win. The players ran to congratulate their goalkeeper.

It was an exciting end to an exhibition game, that got more intense after Coastal tied the game midway through the second half.

“It was fun, until it got physical,” Charron said. “Then it was difficult -- a lot more difficult than it would be on our club team.”

Bailey Brewer of Rindge overshot the goal on Monadnock’s first penalty kick attempt, but Jillian Patria, also of Rindge, nailed her shot and two of her teammates followed.

The team, including Chaos FC teammates Rachel Gizzonio of Mason, Megan Graff of Rindge and Jasmine Williams of New Ipswich, then watched Charron shut Coastal down.

Despite the laid-back attitude at the game, the Monadnock players from Chaos FC said they were taking the tournament seriously.

“It’s pretty serious, we’re all out here to get our names out for college coaches,” said Siobhan Day, of Rindge.

The girls’ soccer team was one of three Monadnock region squads to make the finals in its respective event.

The Monadnock boys’ soccer team won the final 1-0, but the team did not feature any players from ConVal, Mascenic, Conant or any of the school’s in the Ledger-Transcript’s coverage area.

The Monadnock girls’ basketball team lost in the finals to Southern, 54-33. The team featured Mariah Chamberlain of Conant, Lindsey Carey of ConVal and Stella Davis, of Dublin School, on the roster.

The Monadnock boys’ basketball team with Conant’s Tate and Rowan Niemela finished in third place, beating a shorthanded Lakes team 57-44 on Thursday in the Southern New Hampshire University athletic complex gym.

The Monadnock girls’ volleyball team (with Mary Grossi and Riley Codman of ConVal listed) finished in fourth place.

The Monadnock girls’ lacrosse team, with ConVal’s Mackenzie Costello, also finished in fourth.