Bedford Sports Talk

BOYS BASKETBALL

Grade three

Bedford Self Storage defeated Dovetail Dental 22 -16 in a well-balanced game on both ends of the court. Sam Dodge and Alex Gamache lead all scores, with Austin Kasyjanski dominating the offensive boards. Jack Hinton anchored the defense to secure the team’s first win of the season.

The Puritan squeaked by Bellemore Catch Basin 22-16 led by top scorer Evan Dunker, 12 points, and Charlie Zink who added six. Joe Blaine, Niko Baldian, Cooper Cheifetz, Sam Baldeia, and Carter Crowley all played great team basketball.

Grade four

Yankee Toy Box fell to Bedford Athletic Club, 16-12. Micah Baker led Yankee Toy Box scorers with seven points, followed by Alex Wafer and Matt Roberts. JP Frongillo and Gabe Flores played great at both ends of the court in a tough loss.

Spectrum Marketing faced a scrappy Ulster Property Services team in a midseason contest. Spectrum Marketing played great on both sides of the ball. Ryan Sullivan couldn’t miss from the outside. Marcus Crift, Ethan Healy, and Danny Caldwell were like spider monkeys on defense. Shriram Chander, Sam O’Leary, and Varun Bansal were monsters on the boards. Ethan Caldwell and Jack Watson distributed the ball for a well-rounded attack.

The Associated Drywall Mudmen beat Bedford Martial Arts Academy, 14-7. Leading scorers for the Mudmen were Nolan Arnold and Nathaniel Harding, each with four points. The offensive and defensive boards were controlled by Andrew Peicker and Drake Sutton. Caden Brown led BMA in scoring with three points.

Grade five-six

Kazaan, Shaughnessy & McDonald beat Bedford Friends and Recreation 27-8. Patrick McDonald scored 12 points and several steals. TJ Crowley also added 10 points and some great passes.

Bedford Men’s Club won a hard fought battle over Hannaford Supermarket 30-15. Seven of 10 players scored for BMC, Michael Remmick and Mathew Coutu each with six and steller rebounding by Andrew Coutu, Jack Carroll and Toren Coulter kept BMC on the offensive. Hannaford got production from Elliot Wallace and Matt Landry. Magnus Steele and Matt Vranich contributed strong defense.

GovConnection defeated Verizon Wireless 27-21 in a hard fought contest. David Blake and Danny Gagne combined for 17 points to lead GovConnection on offense. George Danes and Spencer Hewett each also made big contributions with key baskets and great defensive stops. Key baskets were earned for Verizon Wireless from Michael McSherry and Jack Buffet matched with strong defense from Owen Bechert and Raffael Raduazo helped to keep the game close.

State Farm came back from an early deficit to win 37-18. The team was lead by outstanding offensive games from Zachary Fletcher (14 points) and Nick Asadourian (16 points) as well as great play on both ends of the court from Ryan Dodge and Dylan Black. Jason Merk was a force on the boards.

Flooring Associates was again involved in a tight game which went into OT and ended in a tie for a second time this season. FA was lead offensively by Brett Creveling, Cam O’Regan and Ray Veiga. Defensively, Nick Allen, Sam McDonough and Mack Woodgate stepped up strong. Avi Goldman and Noah Goldman also played strong.

Grade seven-eight

Bedford Journal outlasted Manchester Harley Davidson 39-34 in a well played game by both teams. Jack Wolf led the Journal with 11 points, including 5 for 5 on free throws. Jack Holland and Andrew Kemp led the defense and pulled down key rebounds.

Another close game for Next step. Despite a first-half lead and Michael Nash’s valiant effort at the free throw line, Next fell to Rock Hard Training.

Active Body Studio defeated Bedford Bulletin 36-26. Timothy Richard and Adeem Mizra led the victors scoring eight points each. Billy Morin was a force on the glass and had a number put backs for Bedford Bulletin. Andrew Cooper and Isaiah Baker showed great hustle while Chris Gately played tough under the boards.

The Raptors fell to Bedford Friends of Recreation, 37-24. Aidan Livingston played aggressive defense throughout and led the team with 10 points. Scot Landies also had a stellar game, pulled in some key rebounds and played great team defense. Austin Edwards contributed with two blocks, two points and six steals.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Grade three-four

Cohen Investment Management defeated Wicked Good Butchah 14-4. Cohen was led by Amber Ducharme and Skylar Cohen each scoring six points. Kaylie Tennant scored her first basket of the season. Mia Tynan had a great game passing the ball, Ryan Leshner did a great job dribbling and Sophia Vranich leading the team defensively. Wicked Good Butchah played well, with nice offensive play by Dakoda Correia, Madison Merkle and Alayna Zebra, as well as fine defensively coverage by MacKenzie Zebra and Kelseigh O’Neil.

NAMTEK Corp. defeated Seaboard International Forest Products 10-4. NAMTEK had a balanced scoring attack led by Julia Gordon, just back from a broken wrist with four points, and Nellie Munsterteigher, Anna Putney and Teagan Steele each adding a basket. Devyln McDonald and Rani Paltrow-McCole played well defensively. Seaboard International was led by Thea Sarajlic, who made two free throws, and Kendal Joyce adding a bucket. Grace Krueger and Susan Munley played outstanding defense.

Bedford Athletic Club edged Mega-X 9-8. BAC’s Grace Crowder worked hard on her dribble-penetration and played admirable defense. Regan O’Brien demonstrated sharp passing skills with several entry passes to the post and made a key free throw in the fourth quarter. Mega-X was led defensively with key steals by Gabrielle Elchalfoun and Kayla Gibson, which kept Mega-X in the game and lead to several breakaway baskets by Kira Abdelsayed and Julia Asadourian.

Grade five-six

Small Green Computer overcame a 6-0 deficit on its way to a hard-fought 16-8 win. Liz Silha scored from inside and out, finishing with 10 points on the day. Delaney Goterch and Joelle Wilensky led the team defensively making numerous steals that transitioned into fast break points. Richa Thapa contributed four points in the first half but all of SGC’s second half scoring came from Silha. Emma Hamlin scored four points. Melissa Major led by example on defense.

Nail Indulgence extended its winning streak to six games with a 28-8 victory over Bedford Men’s Club. Nail Indulgence’s offense was once again led by Christina Braga, with eight points. Megan Thornton also had a great offensive game contributing six points. Samara Vu and Juliana Braga followed with four points each. On defense for Nail Indulgence, Brooke Ledzelter, Sarah Jacobs, Erin McCarthy and Elizabeth Chopra were tenacious. For Bedford Men’s Club, Ella Gordon and Kylie Woloski both continued to be aggressive on defense with many steals. Emma Fournier worked her way toward the basket to get the rebounds and had a basket in the second half. On offense, Izzy McGinty and Erica Veiga played well. Nicole Spencer was the team’s high scorer with six points.

Grade seven-eight

The Mavericks overcame the SnapDragons, 19-14. Sydney Lynch led all scorers with eight points. Amelia Edwards kept the ball moving and drew some big defensive assignments while chipping in a bucket. Kallie Polgrean was a rebounding force. The SnapDragons’ Caroline Robinson and Meghan Lang had multiple great offensive plays, Kayleigh Singleton rebounded strong on both ends of the court and Samantha Campbell displayed defensive wizardry.

Davidson & Weidacher KW Realty beat NH Orthopaedic Center 16-10. DWKW played great defense throughout the game and was led by Olivia Stavropoulos and Riley Chou, who both were all over the court. Caroline Scott made a huge basket at the end of the fourth quarter that turned out to be the game winner.

TRAVEL
BASKETBALL

Grade eight girls

Bedford went 1-1 over the weekend, defeating Hooksett by a score of 47-27 and dropping a heartbreaker to Londonderry, 43-40. Against Hooksett, Bedford was led by eight points and 14 blocks from Emily Adams. Kendi Barnard and Hannah McCarthy each added nine points. In the Londonderry matchup, Bedford mounted a furious comeback to cut a double-digit deficit with less than four minutes left, down to a one possession game. Lizzy Stevenson led Bedford in scoring with 11 points and Courtney Krause and Hannah McCarthy contributed 10 points each.

Grade seven girls

Bedford came close to pulling off an upset against the Derry Boys & Girls Club. Led by 22 points from Alli Morgan, along with key baskets from Torrance Ayotte, Ella Natale, and Hannah Mikol, the game was tied at 35-35 until a shot at the buzzer gave Derry the win.

Grade five girls

Bedford emerged victorious in a pair of defensive battles over the weekend, defeating Auburn 20-12 and Brookline 25-6. In Auburn, Julian Bell and Caleigh O’Connell frustrated the Auburn defense, driving the lane and drawing fouls, combining to give Bedford a nine-point edge at the free throw line. O’Connell and Emma Kasyjanski worked hard to control the boards, grabbing six rebounds each. Fiona Gillis led the team with seven points, 13 rebounds and five steals for the win.

Against Brookline, the team stepped up their defensive effort, causing multiple turnovers. Caleigh O’Connell, Kayla Ware and Saphia Mumpini led that effort, taking the ball right out of the hands of the Brookline offense. Julian Bell, Sydney Suozzo and Riley Skinner did a great job penetrating the defense to help spark the offense. Fiona Gillis once again led the scoring with seven points, while she, Catherine Penick, Emma Kasyjanski, Mupmini and O’Connell controlled the boards.

Grade five-six girls

Bedford had a great first tournament at the Merrimack Invitational Tourney on Jan. 23-25. The team tied with Hudson and Londonderry DeAgelis for the top spot with a 2-1 record, but missed playing in the championship game due to a lower point differential against the other teams. They started with a 23-13 win against the Londonderry Rauseo team. Marie Hammil lead the team in scoring with 10 points, with solid contributions from Skylar DePetrillo, with four points, and Caitlyn Lemay, with three points. There was excellent team defense with strong performances by Laura Callahan and Delaney Martel. Following the win, the team had a tough 25-13 loss to Hudson. The girls turned it around with an exciting 15-11 win against a tough Londonderry DeAngelis team. Paige Adams carried the offensive with nine points, but it was the incredible team effort on defense and crisp movement of the ball on offense that made it the best all-around game this year. Grace Chopra, Mary Provost, and Nitya Upadrasta were standouts on the defensive end with many steals, aggressive rebounding and chasing down every looseball.

Last weekend, Bedford then defeated Amherst 33-10. Marie Hamill led the team with 13 points, followed by Skylar DePetrillo with six, and Sarah Avampato with four points on solid shooting. The girls had a 27-14 loss to Londonderry DeAngelis. Marie Hamill had another strong game to lead the team with seven points. Delaney Martel and Laura Callahan were solid on both ends of the court.

LACROSSE

Cannons taking
registrations

Registration is now open for the Bedford Cannons 2015 season. All town, rec and travel players for boys and girls ages 7-14 are welcome. Cannons indoor skill sessions are underway on Tuesday evenings. BYLA is also returning its Little Laxer program for kids 4-6 years old. In order to register, go to bedfordcannons.org, go to the registration tab on the top of the page and follow through the process. Contact Bedford Youth Lacrosse through the website or at spblax33@com
cast.net with any questions.

JAGUARS

Registration open

The Bedford Jaguars Football and Spirit program is now accepting registrations for the 2015 season. The first registration night will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 17 at McKelvie Intermediate School. Athletes should bring a copy of their birth certificate, and a signed copy of the Bedford Youth Football Association Code of Conduct. Registration forms and conduct forms are available at www.bedfordjaguars.org. A second registration night will be held in March.

HELP WANTED

Milford looking
for coaches

Milford High School is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of varsity boys tennis coach and varsity boys soccer coach. All interested candidates should go to www.milfordk12.org/ and click on Human Resources for an application.

Merrimack needs
football coach

Merrimack High School has an immediate opening for a varsity football head coach. The coach will oversee all aspects of the program. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to Paula Williams, SUA No. 26, 36 McElwain St., Merrimack, NH or to paula.williams@merrimack.k12.nh.us.

Souhegan in
need of coaches

Souhegan High School is looking for applicants for varsity girls tennis and freshman baseball coaches. Both positions commence with the start of practice on March 23. If interested in either position, send a letter of interest and a resume to Dick Miller, Athletic Director, at dmiller@sprise.com.

SOCCER

ASC holding spring
soccer registration

Amherst Soccer Club is now accepting registrations for players from any town for the Tots (ages 3-5) and EDP (ages 6-10) spring soccer programs. There are also limited openings on our Hampshire FC/Hampshire United SC Boys and Girls U10-U19 spring soccer teams. For more information go to www.amherstsoccer club.com or contact Lisa Davidson at treasurer@
amherstsoccerclub.com.

FOOTBALL

Junior high
league starting

The Northeast Junior High Football League (NJHFL) is currently accepting new members for the 2015 season.

The NJHFL offers three distinct levels of football and cheerleading for those athletes in grades two through eight. The league also holds its own cheer competition that is open both to league members and nonmembers.

The NJHFL has 13 organizations, representing 29 teams from southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts. Currently, over 900 players and close to 700 cheerleaders participate in the league annually. For more information or league contact info, please visit the league’s website www.north
eastjhfl.com.