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High Schools: Nordic skiing paintball biathlon; plus, results from alpine skiing, wrestling, hockey and basketball

  • Magnus Carlton takes aim during his first shooting attempt. Courtesy photo—

  • Cami Hendrixson leads the pack downhill on the final stretch leading into the stadium. Courtesy photo—

  • Gwen Inglis readies to shoot as ConVal volunteer parent Jim Tyler-Wall looks on. Courtesy photo—


Friday, February 01, 2019 12:28PM

The ConVal Nordic ski team took on an unusual challenge on Wednesday, traveling to Gunstock for a paintball biathlon. Skiers raced a classic-style 1.4K lap, then fired off five paintball shots at nearby targets before taking another lap, repeating the shooting and then finishing with a final lap. For each target hit, 10 seconds were taken off their final time.  

First-year skier Jaimini Viles was the highest ranked skier for the ConVal boys, followed closely by Eddie Pope and co-captain Rowan Inglis.  On the girls’ side, Allison Bull led the Cougars, followed by Cami Hendrixson and co-captain Bronwyn Tyler-Wall.  ConVal skier Eme Tyler-Wall was the Cougar’s top shooter, hitting the target eight out of a possible ten times, putting her in an elite group of only eight out of four hundred total skiers on both girl and boy sides who equalled or bettered this benchmark.

The ConVal team will travel on Saturday to Plainfield for the annual Souhegan Sprints.

ALPINE SKIING

The ConVal girls’ ski team continued to impress during Wednesday’s action at Crotched Mountain, as Rosie Crooker was first overall in the alpine ski race in 29.58.

The Cougar girls finished second as a team behind Hanover. Molly Dishong was third overall in 30.44 and Ella Dishong took tenth in 31.52. Jaclyn Clark also scored for ConVal in 20th place at 33.37.

Erin Weidner of Conant was 47th overall in 47.13.

The ConVal boys also took second place as a team, behind Hanover. Noah Krason was fourth in 29.24 with teammate Keenan Wilson behind him in fifth (29.57). Andrew Stockwell (16th, 31.46) and Reid Wilson (17th, 31.74) also scored for ConVal.

Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Ian Van Ham was seventh in 29.70 and teammate Harrison Browne finished 23rd in 33.27.

The ski teams are back in action at Sunapee today.

Wrestling

ConVal lost their final home match of the season Wednesday night against Plymouth, 52-19. Matt Kimball won by major decision at 126 lbs.; Dan Rupp won by decision at 152 lbs.; Ethan Earle won by pin at 160 lbs. and Trace Borozinski won by forfeit at 220 lbs.

ConVal is at the Plymouth tournament on Saturday.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Somersworth 53, Conant 41

Division III Player of the Year candidate Evan Gray had a game-high 22 points as Somersworth continued to remind the state that they are the defending champs, beating Conant for the Orioles’ third loss of the season on Thursday.

Peyton Springfield scored 15 points to put him at 996 career going into Saturday’s Hoops for Hope game. Jake Drew added 12.

Conant (9-3) hosts Monadnock (6-5) Saturday at 4 p.m.

ConVal 74, Sanborn 45

Connor Buffum had a game-high 20 points with four threes as ConVal clinched their first .500-or-better season since 2001 by beating Sanborn Wednesday night. Del Bonsu-Anane had 17 and Mather Kipka 14.

ConVal (9-1) hosts Laconia (3-7) Friday at 6:30 p.m.

WLC 51, Mount Royal 44

The Warriors got a huge win on Wednesday over Mount Royal to keep their postseason hopes alive.

“Much-needed win for a playoff run,” said head coach Flip Tremblay.

Jack Schwab had 15 points and JJ Leblanc and Sean Brennan had eight each.

WLC (5-9) is at Pittsfield (9-4) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Conant 55, Somersworth 13

The Orioles demolished Somersworth in a magnificent defensive performance on Thursday night. Three Orioles racked up double-digit steals in the win, including Teagan Kirby (10 points, 14 steals), Mylie Aho (6 points, 10 steals) and Silas Bernier (5 points, 10 steals). Elizabeth Gonyea had a game-high 17 points and Mariah Chamberlain added 13.

Conant (11-2) hosts a much-anticipated rematch with Monadnock (12-1) Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Hinsdale 49, Mascenic 26

The Pacers continue to be quite good, holding the Vikings to just one point in the first quarter and five in the first half on Wednesday evening. Shelby Babin had a team-high 11 for Mascenic; Angelina Nardolillo had a game-high 18 for Hinsdale.

Mascenic (7-5) hosts Portsmouth Christian (4-10) Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Mount Royal 63, WLC 46

The Warriors had their highest scoring output of the year on Wednesday as they continued to improve but lost to Mount Royal.

Kiley Dougherty had 23 points and Abby Leblanc added 12.

After averaging just 21.3 ppg through their first six games, WLC has been averaging 32.4 over their past seven.

“We’re really starting to figure out team basketball,” said head coach Kyle Pratt, “swinging the ball, playing unselfish, and everyone is coming into their offensive identity.”

WLC (2-13) hosts Farmington (14-0) Friday at 5:30 p.m.

BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY

ConVal-Conant 7, Laconia-Winnisquam 4

Trevor Johnson had his second straight hat trick as the Griffins’ “red line” did damage on Wednesday.

Head coach Scott Tracy said the Griffins came out flat early but found their skating legs late and put Laconia away for the second time in a week.

“It was a lot closer and tighter than we had wanted it to be but that’s why we play the game,” Tracy said.

Evan Turner had five points on a goal and four assists and Preston Kirby had two goals and two assists. Tyler Damon added a powerplay goal.

Cole Turner made 22 saves and stopped three or four breakaways, Tracy said.

The Griffins (4-6) are at Belmont-Gilford (8-5) Saturday at 4 p.m.

“We’ve gotta win the next three to really solidify a playoff spot,” Tracy said.

GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY

Concord 7, ConVal-Conant 2

The Griffins showed how far they’ve come in a few short years, scoring twice against powerhouse Concord on Wednesday. Abby Drew had both goals with an assist from Alessia Coburn. Abbi Friend made 45 saves.

ConVal-Conant (3-9) has their final home game on Saturday at 10 a.m. against No. 1 Oyster River-Portsmouth (11-0).