Bedford Sports Talk


Bedford skiing competes in Coaches Series

The Bedford boys and girls Nordic skiing teams took part in the first race of the Coaches Series. For the girls, Abi Vikstrom is in the running to qualify for team NH at the U16 championships. Julia Letourneau and Sophie Lehmann both continue to move up the ranks while Molly Muir and Christina Anderson both had excellent races and finished within four seconds of each other.

Alyssa Monteith, Layla Wickwire and Emerson Desmarais all finished within one minute of each other. Anne Marie Mannella had her strongest race so far and Abigail Crowder competed in her first race.

For the boys, Nathan Holt fought his way to the top of the boys roster. Each of the boys A skiers finished within 2:30.

Jake DeAngelis and Ethan Hagstrom were separated by just one second, and Mike Soucy also did well. Chris Violette had a great race, setting a personal record for the distance on one of the more difficult courses. Manny Ray continues to move up the results, finishing just 12 seconds behind Violette.


Grade eight girls

The Bedford eighth-grade girls lost to undefeated Goffstown, 40-33. Bedford was led by 12 points from Sophia King and seven points from Kendi Barnard. Emily Adams and Lizzy Stevenson chipped in five points each.

Grade seven girls

The Bedford seventh-grade travel team defeated Hudson 37-27 last weekend. A balanced attack saw points by eight players including Torrance Ayotte, Ava Guadette and Ella Natale. Amanda Jonus led all scorers with nine. Zoe Michaud and Alli Morgan paced the defense.

Grade six girls

The Bedford girls moved into first place with wins over Hampstead 46-42 and Londonderry 29-26. Isabella King led the way with 26 points and Mia Purcell was on fire from long range with 14 points against Hampstead. Against Londonderry King, Purcell, Katey O’Connell, Paige Muir, Holly Souter and Emma LeGoullon all scored. The girls also went 3-1 and finished second in the Hudson Invitation Tournament. Carly Rinko, Emmy Plage, Marina Bragga and Emma Chisholm all had strong tournaments while Isabella King won the tournament most valuable player for the fourth straight year.

Grade five girls

The Bedford fifth-grade girls travel team grabbed two more wins in division play. In the first, on the road against Londonderry (Rauseo), the offense was led by Caleigh O’Connell with 11 points, and Kayla Ware with eight. Fiona Gillis led the team in rebounds and steals with eight and six, respectively. The final score was 37-11.

In a home victory over Hollis, O’Connell and Gillis led the scoring with eight points each, while Julian Bell dropped in six, Saphia Mumpini added five, Kayla Ware and Riley Skinner each contributed four, and Emma Kasyjanski added two. Rebounding was led once again by Gillis, with 11, and by Kasyjanski with eight. The final in that game was 37-13.

Grade four girls

The Bedford girls fierce defense shut down Litchfield and the team went on to win 29-1. Olivia King and Ally Garron each had 10 points to lead the way while Katie Murray, Anna Stavroupolous, Ava Plage and Sydney Grogan also scored.

Grade three girls

The girls team pulled off a win against Hooksett 17-14. The improved, steady play of Meg Muir, Kate Mikol, and Sophia Douglass led the way. The blocked shots and defensive play of Sophia Lagoullon and Lana McCarthy held Hooksett in check and gave Bedford a hard-fought victory.