Bedford Sports Talk
The season ended for Bedford in a dramatic double-overtime loss to Londonderry 18-16. The entire team was motivated and played well with a confident defense including strong rebounding and impressive steals. The defensive heads-up hustle of Kaylyn O’Neil, Sophia Douglas, Rebecca Mello, Sophia LeGoullon, Kamryn Schmitt, and Lana McCarthy kept a strong Londonderry offensive in check. Overall ball handling by Kate Mikol, Meg Muir, Libby Norris and Taylor Guibord, with smart, quick passes and getting the ball down the court quickly, was instrumental in keeping the Bedford girls in the game. After trailing at halftime by three, Bedford rallied to tie the score at 16 each at the buzzer. Both teams were scoreless in the first two minutes of overtime play leading to a sudden death second overtime when Londonderry scored the winning shot. Bedford scoring was led by McCarthy with seven points, LeGoullon with five, O’Neil and Douglas with two each.
The Bedford girls beat Hudson
19-14 to win the MSBL D1 Championship. Sydney Grogan, Tally Coulter, Ally Garron and Olivia King all scored for Bedford, which finished the MSBL season a perfect 16-0.
The Bedford fifth-grade girls team had to rally after a halftime deficit of 10-5 in the MSBL 5/6 D2 championship game to defeat a Londonderry 29-12. Cold from the floor, the girls turned up the heat on defense, allowing only two points in the second half. The offense got a jump start in the third quarter after a couple of hoops by Riley Skinner, and never looked back. Saphia Mumpini hit her first 3-point shot of the season, and led the scoring with seven points. Julian Bell chipped in six points, and she and Kayla Ware led the defense with four steals each. Fiona Gillis pulled down 13 rebounds, while Caleigh O’Connell and Mumpini hauled in eight apiece. The team finished it’s season at 17-0.
The Bedford girls lost their semifinal game. Reaching the semifinals in the upper half of the division was an incredible feat for these athletes and they left nothing off the court in their final game. It was an unbelievably fun season watching Grace Chopra, Skyler DePetrillo, Page Adams, Nitya Upadrasta, Marie Hamill, Caitlyn Lemay, Mary Elizabeth Provost, Laura Callahan, Delaney Martel, and Sarah Avampato grow in their basketball skills and compete with the best.
They were focused and determined the entire season and always gave it their all in every practice and out on the court. The coaching staff and their parents are so proud of each and every one of them as they had an excellent season in their first year in the travel program.
The Bedford girls beat Derry 39-27 to win the MSBL Sixth-Grade D1 Championship. Bedford was led by Isabella King’s 27 points and Katie O’Connell’s shut down defense and rebounding.
The Bedford girls fought through a nail-biter and then dominated the championship game to win the MSBL championship.
Emma Rosenbaum and Hannah Mikol combined for 18 points in a 36-35 comeback win over Concord in the semifinal. Down 24-16, Alli Morgan and Amanda Jonas led the defensive attack and Zoe Michaud sealed the victory with a late game steal. Bedford then defeated Hudson 40-25 for the title with a thorough team effort. Torrance Ayotte sparked the offense and defensive with nine points and several steals. Ella Natale, Ava Guadette, and Zoe Michaud all added key points and defense. they finished the season at 15-2.
Bedford took home the MSBL 7/8 Division 1 Championship by defeating Derry Boys and Girls Club, 44-39. Lizzy Stevenson led Bedford in scoring with 20 points, including 7 for 8 from the line in the fourth quarter and Courtney Krause contributed seven points.
The defense was led by an outstanding effort by Kendi Barnard and Emily Adams. In the semifinal game earlier that morning, Bedford defeated Londonderry, 52-43. Sophia King led all scorers with 14 points, Hannah McCarthy chipped in 13 and Callie DeLisle added eight more. Sarah Cote added a bucket and critical rebounds, Lily Bromley provided aggressive defense with steals on three consecutive plays, and Julia Mariano added a couple assists.
Flames head to Nationals
The Manchester Flames Bantam Major Team (U14) swept the NH state playoffs and is headed to Salt Lake City, to compete for the USA Hockey National Tier II Championship. The team won its games 4-2, 3-1, 7-1, and 1-0 in the championship game against NH East.
It was an exciting weekend for the Flames, which consists of Keenan Alnahas, Kevin Anderson, Zachary Bayer, Griffin Cook, Brendan Courtney, Jack Donovan, Ryan Douthart, Patrick Goren, Ashlie Killen, Isaac Landry, Matthew Mirabile, Sean Moore, Nate Musgrave, Tim Spencer, Matthew Tremblay, Colin Voloshin and Erik Voloshin. The team is coached by Troy Spencer, Mike Bayer, and Chris Platek.