Mascenic boys, ConVal girls take 3rd at Manchester Invitational

  • Schuyler Michalak and Clare Veverka battle to the finish of Saturday's Manchester Invitational. Michalak and Veverka finished fourth and fifth, just a fraction of a second apart. Photo by Ronald Michalak

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:46AM

The ConVal and Mascenic cross-country teams traveled to Derryfield Park on Saturday for the 44th running of the Manchester Invitational, one of the largest meets in the Northeast. 

The four squads competed in the small school division, with the Mascenic boys and ConVal girls both charging their way to third place finishes.

The ConVal girls placed three runners in the top five overall to take the top spot among New Hampshire teams, led by Rachel Hurley’s runner-up finish in 19 minutes. Schuyler Michalak and Clare Veverka finished fourth and fifth with matching times of 19:31.

Sarah Newell placed 64th overall in 21:54, while Marina McMahon rounded out the team scoring in 23:05.

Sophomore Landen Vaillancourt led the way for the Mascenic boys, taking third overall in 16:37. Logan Thibault finished 19th in 17:23 with Dakota Somero (17:48), Connor Traffie (18:07) and Robert McLain (18:27) also scoring for the Vikings.

Evan Coyne was the top finisher for the ConVal boys by taking 15th overall in 17:18, six spots ahead of teammate Harrision Kim, who was just seven seconds off Coyne’s pace. Max Boisvert moved up and took the third spot for the team in 18:41, just ahead of Danny Veverka (18:43). 

The Mascenic girls finished 25th out of 35 teams, led by Quinn Aldrich in 48th overall, finishing with a time of 21:35. Sophie Callahan was second on the team in 23:57, followed by Maya Callahan (24:44), Victoria Smith (25:08) and Kylie Bane (25:57).

ConVal and Mascenic head to Coe-Brown for the Black Bear Invitational on Saturday.


Conant hosted a three-team meet at Shattuck Golf Club on Thursday and finished second in both.

Conant senior Isabella Mormando earned the overall victory with a time of 24:15, narrowly edging out Mascenic’s Quinn Aldrich (24:32). Eva Shirley (27:11) was seventh overall for the Orioles, followed by Alleigh Lapinsky (11th, 28:46), Bailey Despres (12th, 29:11).

Sophie Callahan of Mascenic was third in 24:37, while Victoria Smith was sixth (26:58). Kylie Bane (8th, 27:33) and Maya Callahan (9th, 27:36) rounded out the field for the Vikings.

Mascenic’s Landen Vaillancourt picked up the win on the boys side with a time of 18:42. Logan Thibault (19:04) and Dakota Somero (19:22) were third and fourth overall with Connor Traffie (7th, 20:20) and Robert McLain (8th, 20:34) rounding out the scoring.

The Conant boys were led by Chris Taylor’s time of 19:29, good enough for fifth overall. 


Mascenic 3, PCA 1

Mascenic improved to 5-1 on the season with a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth Christian on Friday.

The Vikings travel to Newfound on Friday and Campbell on Saturday.


Pittsifled 1, WLC 0

The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls came up short against Pittsfield on Friday, losing 1-0. WLC was missing their starting keeper Janel Bachand, but Lexi Balam filled in admirably by making 15 saves. 

The Warriors also fell to Newmarket 5-2 on Wednesday. Brooke Lane and Sam Yurcak each had a goal in the loss.

Bachand had 15 saves infront of the strong back line of Lexi Balam, Emma Skelly, Kaitlin LoVerme, Ella Kelley and Avery Krug.

WLC hosts Sunapee on Thursday at 6 p.m.


Newmarket 2, WLC 1

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Newmarket last Wednesday.  

Newmarket narrowly scored after a save by keeper Samuel Bailey just over the line.

Jack Schwab evened the score half way through the second half, but Newmarket tallied the game winner off a bouncing ball in front of the net. Bailey finished with 11 saves on the afternoon.

Dylan Pfeil, Sam Townsend, Austin Longval, Ethan Smith and Troy Brennan all played well in the loss.

The Wariors host Sunapee on Thursday at 4 p.m.


Conant finishes third

Conant hosted Bow and Sanborn on Thursday at Shattuck, but was unable to come away with a win.

The Orioles finished with a team score of 32, behind Bow’s 67 and Sanborn’s 53.

Hayden Ketola led the way with an 11, followed by Jerome Olin (9) and Conor Hart (8). Preston Kirby and Henry Winiecki tied for the final score with a four.

Conant hosts a home match on Wednesday.

ConVal takes fourth

ConVal dropped all three contests in its four-team match on Friday.

The Cougars finished with a 41, well behind Derryfield (83), Prospect Mountain (54) and Lebanon (51).

Ben Garfinkle improved his score for the third straight match to lead the way with a 15. Brady Proctor had a 10, followed by Max Heck and Riley Momenee, who both finished with scores of 8.

ConVal travels to Conant on Wednesday.