High School Roundup: Conant mops up at soaked track meet with Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant track and field team hosted Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/27/2022 1:20:52 PM

Not even April showers could cool off the red-hot Orioles at their home track and field meet Tuesday, as Conant swept the team competition in another display of the force they hope to showcase at season’s end.

“Based on how the meets are going, it’s looking very, very promising for states,” said senior Ethan Vitello after donning a dry-ish sweatshirt following his 100m dash win Tuesday. The Orioles won seven out of Tuesday’s 12 events against Mascenic, Wilton-Lyndeborough, Hinsdale, Hillsboro-Deering and The Derryfield School, with Vitello taking first in the 100m, 400m and long jump. It was just the latest in a series of strong showings for Conant following last week’s big win at Sanborn against Division I and II competition. 

Vitello etched his name in the Conant record books at Sanborn, tying Oriole legend Zachary Wright’s 30-year-old 200m dash record at 22.95. Wright, who went on to race at Stanford, is revered in the Conant halls, and Vitello was thrilled to join him on the big board. 

“It feels pretty cool,” Vitello said. “I hope my name lasts on there for a long time too. I mean, he's been up there for what, over 30 years? Yeah, it feels pretty awesome to have my name up there with him.”

While Vitello is Conant’s biggest point-scoring threat, the Orioles are dangerous in nearly every event, which may be their leg up at the Division III championships on May 28.

“We have a lot of big athletes, like Ben Sawyer or Garrett Somero, Austin Poikonen, myself and other people,” Vitello said. “And then we have those other people who are sneaking in and scoring points – I think that's really, really big. So the depth that we have and the amount of people we have in all those events is what's really gonna make or break it for us...We want to have that depth in our team and score so many points that if I have a bad day or Garrett has a bad day, we still win.”

Conant showcased that depth Tuesday in their boys’ team victory, as Poikonen won the 110m hurdles and Ben Sawyer took second in long jump, the 100m and the 400m; the latter saw the Orioles take the top seven positions in a row. Conant also won the 4x800m relay on their way to a 117-point afternoon; Mascenic was their closest team competitor with 39 points.

Garrett Somero wasn’t available to throw shot put Tuesday, opening the door for Mascenic senior Jimmy Crawford to win the event at 39’5.5”.

The Vikings got the rest of their points in the 1,500m, where Jethro Somero and Ryan O’Shea were second and third, the 4x800m relay, where Mascenic took second, and the long jump, where O’Shea placed third.

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys managed fourth place with 10 points, as Ruben Sistachs scored in the 100m dash (fourth place) and 110m hurdles (third place) and Nathan Browne put up a point in the 400m (eighth place).

The Conant girls won their team portion as well, with Kendra Wooster taking first in the 100m hurdles and Amber Gnoza winning the 1,500m and running along with Adrienne Kennedy, Emma Tenters and Neve Mormando to win the 4x800m relay.

Tenters, Kennedy, Rhianna Aho, Bella Nero and Mormando took spots 2-6 in the 400m, and Kaia Colby was second in shotput.

Both Nero and Nathan Alajajian raced the 1,500m as a qualifier for the US Adaptive Jr. National Track and Field Championships, and both were successful; the pair will attempt to set their seeds in the 3,000m at next week’s meet.

The Mascenic girls placed second as a team. Point scorers included Autumn Hughes (fourth, shot put; sixth, 100m), Brielle Shippee (fourth, 1,500m), Emma Schaumloffel (fifth, 1,500m), Amelia Smith (second, 100m hurdles; eighth, 1,500m), Florence Schaumloffel (third, 110 hurdles), Mackenzie Vaillancourt (second, long jump) and the second-place 4x800m relay team.

Defending champion Samantha Boette of WLC was back on top this week, winning both the 100m and 400m with ease; Monadnock and Boette’s close competitor LillianaChirichello were not in attendance Tuesday. WLC’s Hannah Sangster was third in the long jump.

SOFTBALL

ConVal 7, Stevens 4

ConVal briefly surrendered an early lead Monday before coming back to tie the game and eventually win it.

Trailing 3-2 in the fifth, freshman catcher Avery Moore singled, stole second, took third on an overthrow and scored on a Samantha Henderson grounder.

Tied again in the seventh, ConVal pulled away, as Henderson walked and scored on an error, Morgan Bemont doubled, Kendall Sullivan singled and a two-run double by Mackenzie Anderson.

Sullivan was 3-4 with three singles all resulting in runs; Bemont was 2-4 with 2 doubles and a run; Anderson was 2-4 with an inside-the-park home run, a double, 3 RBI, and a run and Mairin Burgess was 2-3 with a double, triple, and RBI.

Lily Mandel started and pitched four innings, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk while striking out four. Sullivan pitched the final innings and took the win, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.

ConVal (4-2) was set to host Pembroke Wednesday and travel to Hollis-Brookline Monday.

BASEBALL

ConVal 15, Stevens 5

Joe Gutwein punctuated his first varsity homer with an ice-cold bat flip as the Cougars routed Stevens on the road Monday.

Gutwein went 2-4 with three RBI.

The Cougars were down 3-2 after three innings but scored 13 in the fourth.

Oliver Theriault went five innings for the win, giving up three earned runs while walking none and striking out three.

ConVal (4-2) was set to host Pembroke on Wednesday and travel to St. Thomas on Monday.


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