High School Roundup: Huge homecoming weekend for Mascenic

  • Mascenic’s Florence Schaumloffel, center left, and Mackenzie Vaillancourt, center right, run during the Vikings’ homecoming race on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Drew Traffie won the Vikings’ homecoming race on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Campbell, Monadnock, Hopkinton, Fall Mountain, Trinity, Newfound, Newport & Derryfield for their homecoming race on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic setter Kenzie Cormier bumps one up against Conant Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Delaney Traffie readies to serve during Mascenic’s homecoming volleyball win over Conant on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team beat Conant 3-0 at the Vikings' homecoming match on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/19/2022 1:08:04 PM

A large sampling of Division III’s best runners hit the Mascenic cross-country course for the Vikings’ homecoming race Friday, bringing an extra level of competition to New Ipswich and testing the home teams’ mettle.

Aside from Conant and Newmarket, each of last year’s top five boys’ and girls’ teams were in attendance, with Monadnock, Hopkinton, Newfound, Fall Mountain and Campbell joining the Vikings for the races.

Mascenic coach Mike Smith stopped short of calling it a divisional championship preview, but the competition level was undeniable.

“It was a little bit of a glimpse into what you can expect to see from a head-to-head competition,” Smith said, “so it was pretty cool. Certainly happy to have it as our homecoming meet, which is kind of abnormal.”

The Vikings took second place as a team in both races, with Drew Traffie winning individually for the defending champion boys and the freshman twin O’Shea sisters taking Mascenic’s top spots in the girls’ race.

The senior Traffie is nearly unparallelled in Division III this season. He started Friday’s race helping pace fellow senior Ryan O’Shea and then took off on his own to win in 16:59, putting 40 meters between himself and the competition by the end of the race. 

“Nobody wants to race Drew in the second mile – nobody,” Smith said. “Maybe [Gilford senior and returning champion] Patrick Gandini, but after that, nobody really wants to, cause he’s just brutal through that second part of the course.”

O’Shea was the only other Viking in the top 10, taking seventh in 17:38, but as Monadnock only fielded four runners, they weren’t eligible for a team win despite placing two in the top five, allowing Mascenic to slot in behind Trinity, who took first, with seven runners in the top 20. 

Defending champions Hopkinton won the girls’ race, with Shaylee Murdough (20:14) and Hannah Bennett (20:22) in the top spots; Monadnock and Fall Mountain were responsible for the rest of the top five, but neither had enough runners for a team placement, so the Vikings took advantage there again. 

Twin freshmen Erin (sixth, 20:59) and Kaitlin O’Shea (seventh, 21:16) were the Vikings’ best, followed closely by junior Emma Schaumloffel (eighth, 21:24). Juniors Skye Lambert (14th, 22:05) and Gracie German (18th, 22:41), along with senior Brielle Shippee (19th, 23:02) rounded out the top 20. 

“We’ve just got a really good group of girls who obviously put in a good summer worth of training, and it's paying off,” coach Smith said. “I'm sitting on a pile of men's championships. I only have one girl's championship. I would love to see that change. It would be nice to not just be known as the ‘Mascenic boys dynasty’ or whatever people think of us. The girls team works really, really hard too, so we're hoping to bring them along as well.”

Mascenic is at the Newfound Invitational on Tuesday. 

BOYS’ SOCCER

ConVal 3, John Stark 0

The ConVal boys got a nice homecoming shutout win over John Stark Friday, as Wyatt Beaulieu continued a dominant string of games in net for ConVal. Beaulieu got his second straight shutout of the week, saving a penalty kick in the process after fouling a General in the box.

Jake Daniels (one goal, one assist), Caden Peck and Garrett Rousseau scored for ConVal; Bennett Saxe and Sean Cattigan had assists. Bryson Boice was dominant all day in the center of the midfield, coach Scott Daniels said, and the defense was solid, led by Harry Bernier, Austin Klonel, Carter Rousseau, and Aiden McClusky.

ConVal (4-2) is at Merrimack Valley Tuesday.

 

Mascenic 2, Conant 1

Conant and Mascenic squared off on the pitch in New Ipswich Saturday for homecoming, and the game didn’t disappoint. Leading goal-scorers Hunter Thompson of Mascenic and Joshua Dipasquale of Conant each put one in the net for their squads, and the teams went to an overtime period tied at one each.

The Orioles had their opportunities in overtime, but couldn’t finish, coach Tom Harvey said; Mascenic’s Gabriel Hileman plunked the golden goal for the Vikings to complete the homecoming sweep.

“All around a great day for us,” said Mascenic coach Joe Hileman.

Mascenic (4-1) was set to host Hinsdale Wednesday. Conant (5-1) hosts Manchester West Tuesday. 

 

WLC 6, Pittsfield 1

The Warriors put on a good show against Pittsfield Thursday evening with a five-goal victory, as both Korey Begley and Austin Kimball scored two goals in the game.

“The team came out a bit flat in the first half, but we changed a few things at half,” coach Dan Nelson said.

Harry Krug and Rob Gagnon also scored in the game, and Ben Jacob played well in goal, coach Nelson said.

“I couldn’t be any more proud how they are coming together as a team,” coach Nelson said. “We have one of the toughest schedules but we are looking forward to it. Tough games as well. Bring it. We are Warriors.”

WLC (2-3) was set to play away at Sunapee on Monday and host Epping Wednesday. 

GIRLS’ SOCCER

ConVal 4, Milford 3 (OT)

ConVal pulled off an overtime win over Milford Wednesday, as sophomore Allie Burgess netted two more goals, including the gamewinner off a Haley Mathewson corner kick.

ConVal surrendered a 2-1 lead and then tied it at 3-3 late before winning in overtime. Eliza Bull scored the Cougars’ other goal.

Starting goalie Ray Covey was injured in the game, coach Derek Sorbello said, but replacement keeper Abby Lussier had four saves, including two at point-blank range and a one-handed diving save.

ConVal 2, John Stark 1

Burgess scored again at ConVal’s homecoming Saturday morning and Brooke Johnson added a goal to give the Cougars a two-win week. Lussier played another solid game in goal, coach Sorbello said.

ConVal (2-4) is on a two-game win streak after losing their first four; the Cougars host Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. 

 

Conant 7, WLC 3

Conant and Wilton-Lyndeborough were tied 2-2 at the half Wednesday before the Orioles adjusted and opened it up in the second period.

“We made the adjustments we needed to make – on the field and mentally – and came out in the second half far more ready to play our game,” said Conant head coach Devon Spirka. “I’m proud of how the girls pulled it together, but we have work to do. We can’t start games that slowly.”

Irelynd Aucoin had herself a huge day, scoring five of Conant’s goals herself and adding an assist; Jordan Morace (goal, assist) and Riley Vitello (goal, three assists) also scored for Conant, and Izzie Rollins and Rhianna Aho had an assist each.

Conant keeper Kelly Williams had eight saves and stopped a WLC penalty kick. 

“So happy to see her save that PK,” Spirka said, “because she’s capable of making plays like that when she commits.” 

Lola Hayes played well in the midfield, Spirka said.

For WLC, Bri Fish, Lexi Bausha and Kelsey Crouse all scored, and showed great character and determination, coach Mike Naso said. 

“Awesome all around effort from the frontline to the backline,” Naso said. “Very proud of the team.”

Conant (2-3) is at Manchester West Tuesday. 

WLC (1-4) is at Somersworth Wednesday. 

FIELD HOCKEY

Mascenic tops Conant at homecoming

Both Mascenic and Conant came into Saturday’s homecoming game in New Ipswich in similar positions; after starting undefeated, both teams took their first loss of the season earlier in the week, and both teams were looking to bounce back. The Vikings and Orioles both played hard and well Saturday, with Mascenic ultimately grabbing a 1-0 lead and holding it to the final buzzer.

“I thought this was a really good win for us against a very good team,” Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw said. “We both were coming back from our first losses and I thought both teams played really hard!  It is so fun to have a hard fought homecoming game and defend our home field.”

Autumn Hughes scored the gamewinner off an assist from Ella Keating. 

“To hold a 1-0 lead late in the game is tough to do, and our defense was strong,” Shaw said. “We are growing every game and our strength is in our depth and being able to rely on different people in different positions.”

Mascenic (4-1) hosts Monadnock Tuesday. Conant (4-2) is at Newport Tuesday. 

 

John Stark 3, ConVal 1

Senior Hayden Kaltsas dished an assist to junior Lucy Jackson to sneak one by the John Stark goalie in the second period Friday, but visiting John Stark went up 2-1 after the half and added a late goal for the final. Seniors Makennah McPherson, Hayden Kaltsas, Laramie Wilson and junior Jackson all got shots on goal. Sophomore Abby Peters made another great defensive save for the Cougars. Senior goalie Lydia Cleveland had an amazing game in goal for the Cougars, tallying 35 saves for the day.

“The lone goal for the Cougars was only the second time John Stark has given up a goal all season,” said head coach Kelly Shirk, “and although their record doesn’t show it, the Cougars have had some great games, having one goal differential results all season, with just the last two games being two-goal differentials.”

ConVal (1-6) travel to Goffstown on Tuesday.

FOOTBALL

Trinity 55, ConVal 0

The Cougars were simply outmatched by Trinity’s large collection of athletes from around the state, but coach Matt Harris said his team never gave up and played all the way to the end of their homecoming blowout loss Friday night. 

Eric McGrath gave his all on both sides of the ball, Harris said, and center James Healey continued to impress  at center.

ConVal (0-3) is at Fall Mountain Friday. 

GOLF

Mascenic beats Concord Christian, Littleton

The Vikings had to play their homecoming match on Wednesday on the road in Concord, where they scored a 75 to hold off Concord Christian (60) and Littleton (54). Josiah Hakala was medalist with a -5 32.

Mascenic (15-1) is at Sunapee Wednesday.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Vikings sweep Conant at homecoming

Mascenic’s undefeated Division III runners-up hosted win less first-year varsity program Conant for homecoming Friday, and while the scores went just as one should have expected, the Orioles put up a good fight against the Vikings despite the 3-0 sweep.

“It’s a huge challenge to start a program,” Mascenic coach Karen Gibson said, “and your first year with the varsity schedule, you have to have to expect that it’s gonna be tough. But I give them a ton of credit. They saw some good serving from us and took their lumps, but they didn’t let it take them out of being competitive.”

Emma Tenters played well at the net, and Bella Hart and Hayden AuCoin did their to get down and dig out Mascenic’s serves.

“The girls went in with a great attitude, played together really well and had improved communication,” Conant coach Morgan Cooper said. “I am really proud of how they worked as a team.”

The Vikings play through one of the state’s best setters, Kenzie Cormier, who had 18 assists Friday night. Cormier sets the table for Lyla Buxton (11 kills), Delaney Traffie (five kills) and Hannah Zina (five kills), and when that’s working, the Vikings are tough to stop.

“Skill-wise, we have a very skilled setter and we have a couple very good hitters,” Gibson said. “And so when we can keep the ball in play, we can generate some really good offense, and I would say that’s one of our strengths so far.”

Gibson said she expect her team’s service game to improve as the season progresses, though it wasn’t half-bad Friday, where Cormier served up six aces and Val Stenersen stepped up for six of her own, an impressive showing for the emerging libero.

“Every week I’m just more and more impressed with her,” Gibson said. “Tonight she looked awesome. “Bold prediction: I think she’s gonna be an excellent, excellent player in the coming years.”

Earlier in the week, Mascenic beat Concord Christian 3-0; Buxton had nine kills and an ace; Cormier had 19 assists, and Zina and had five kills and two aces each.

Conant (0-4) was set to host Sunapee Monday night and play at Trinity Thursday. Mascenic (4-0) is at Concord Christian Tuesday.


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