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ConVal girls’ volleyball wins first of year on cancer awareness night

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Savannah Kersbergen gets a spike as the Cougar girls' volleyball team beat Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' volleyball team hosted Manchester West on Thursday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal's Colby Knight gets a shot on goal against Lebanon Saturday. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Sunday, October 07, 2018 3:53PM

It was the Cougars’ first win of the year, but it wasn’t the final score that had the ConVal girls’ volleyball team excited after beating Manchester West on Thursday. The biggest thing on paper that night was a list both teams compiled before the game that named their close family and friends who had cancer, part of ConVal’s annual Pink Night festivities.

“I’m super happy we won but at the same time, Pink Night is literally my favorite night of the year,” said ConVal head coach Amanda Hinton. “I think that’s bigger for me…I love to raise awareness and I love for people to see that it affects so many people and they’re not alone.”

ConVal junior Molly Cole led the team with six assists as the Cougars swept Manchester West, a performance she hoped would have made her late grandfather James Cole, Sr. would have appreciated.

“He passed away when I was five,” Cole said. “He had leukemia. I try to remember him because I never really got to know him, so that affected me. I just want to make him proud because..he never really got to see me play or succeed, so I’m really happy about this.”

Cole added three kills on the night. Hannah LeComte had a big night, racking up five kills, three aces and four assists. Savannah Kersbergen had four kills and Nadia Kazlauskas had three. Chloe Ahern had seven digs and Haley Davis had six of her own.

ConVal’s win snapped a 12-game losing streak in which they had only won one set.

“It feels so good, especially with 12 losses in a row, it’s really awesome,” Cole said.

The Cougars (1-12) lost a slew of school-record-holding seniors after last season and knew coming into the year that it would be a rebuild, but despite their slow start, Hinton said her girls kept in good spirits.

“The girls have never given up and they’ve never lost hope,” Hinton said. “They’re working hard. I’m hoping our last games will be good.”

ConVal is at John Stark (5-7) Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

 

FOOTBALL

St. Thomas 41, ConVal 13

Tristan Hutchinson threw a 63-yard touchdown to Liam Denehy and rushed for another, but that was all the ConVal offense Friday night as St. Thomas blew out the Cougars in Peterborough. 

ConVal (1-5) is at Pelham (3-3) Saturday at 6 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY

Mascenic 1, Stevens 0 (OT)

Bella Knisley scored unassisted in overtime Saturday to help Mascenic beat Stevens 1-0.

Viking head coach Selena Shaw said it was a hard-fought game to keep possession on the soft, rough field.

Ally Adams picked up her first shutout of the year in net for Mascenic.

The Vikings (3-5) were scheduled to play at ConVal (3-6-1) after press time Monday in a game that could have huge implications on the playoff picture, as all three of the local field hockey teams are in a battle for the last couple playoff spots in Division III’s 14-team postseason.

Conant drops three straight

The Orioles will need to clean up this week in order to nab their first playoff spot since 2013 after losing three straight last week.

Conant lost to Monadnock 4-3 Wednesday despite two goals from Elizabeth Gonyea, one from Teagan Kirby and 17 saves by SJ Barney.

The Orioles then fell to Lebanon 3-1, with a goal scored by Abby Wheeler, assisted by Lex Gallagher. Finally, they lost to Bishop Brady 5-3 Saturday, with two goals from Teagan Kirby and one from Elizabeth Gonyea. Wheeler and Gallagher had the assists.

Conant (3-7) was scheduled to play Monadnock (2-9) after press time Monday and hosts Hopkinton (10-2) Tuesday at 4 p.m. for senior night.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

WLC 0,
Concord Christian 0

The Warriors played a very good match against Concord Christian Academy Friday that went into double overtime and ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Warriors had plenty of opportunities with 20 shots on goal but could not find the back of the net.

The Warriors midfield once again controlled the game for with outstanding work from Elisabeth Jacob, Lexi Balam and Sam Yurcak. Brooke Lane, Sam Boette, Avery Krug and Ella Kelley were relentless on the wings.

Janel Bachand played well in goal with 10 saves.

The Warriors are now 6 - 4 and 1 and play at Newport Wednesday.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Conant 2, Fall Mountain 0

The Orioles got their second win of the year Friday, shutting out Fall Mountain 2-0. Gavin Motuzas scored on a penalty kick and Jacob Tremblay scored as well in the Conant victory.

The Orioles (2-8-2) were scheduled to host WLC Monday after press time and host Campbell next Monday at 4 p.m.

Concord Christian 2, WLC 1

The Warriors couldn’t sneak past CCA on the road Friday, losing 2-1. WLC’s goal came on a beautiful header by Jack Schwab on a cross from the corner by Sam Townsend.

WLC (4-5-2) was scheduled to play at Conant Monday after press time and hosts Mount Royal (2-9) Friday at 4 p.m.

Mascenic 6,
Winnisquam 1

After a weekful of rainouts, the Vikings finally took the field Friday and handled Winnisquam with ease, winning 6-1.

Dawson Somero and Dylan Vaillancourt had two goals each, and Noah Caballero and Nate Wilkins scored one each.

Zack Barthel, Nate Wilkins, Noah Caballero, Matt Wilkins, Jon Kushner and Jasmine WIlliams had assists in the game.

Mascenic (5-4) hosts Campbell (9-0-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m.