Cabinet Sports Talk – October 15, 2015


Hampshire Hills competitors earn national rankings

The Hampshire Hills Swim Team travelled to Durham, NH this past week for their first meet of the season at the University of New Hampshire and came away with some National Rankings.

Jenna Charlat led the way in the 1000 free with a time of 11:31.03 earning herself a team record and a #1 National Rank­ing for 11-year old girls in that event. Jack Januario (12) etched his name in the National Rank­ings with a #3 time for 12-year old boys (10:51.61). Megan Leyden (11) earned a 12th place National ranking with her time of 12:21.85 and Ivan Dodor (12) earned an 18th place National ranking in the 1000 freestyle as well with his time of 11:43.43.

The team had numerous team records broken including An­drew Bartolomucci’s 11-12 year old boy’s 100 butterfly winning time of 1:03.41 (56th in the Na­tion). Taylor Hough broke the 11- 12 Girls 100 Fly team record with a time of 1:08.86. Kyra Chen (11-12 Girls) broke three team records including the 50 Free (27.00), 100 Free (57.47) and 200 Free (2:06.06). Megan Leyden established a new 11-12 Girl’s team record in the 100 Breaststroke (1:16.93). Matt Ran­tala (15-19 Boys) set a new team mark in the 1000 Free (11:40.52).

Jack Januario (11-12 Boys) es­tablished 8 new team records including the 100 Free (57.44), 200 Free (2:04.09), 500 Free (5:24.43), 1000 Free (10:51.61), 50 Backstroke (30.91), 100 Back­stroke (1:06.44), 100 Breaststroke (1:11.85) and 100 IM (1:05.42).

Swimmers achieving all per­sonal best times included Gwen Balboni (9-10 Girls) who earned nine individual best times out of nine events. Joining her in that feat were Gabi de Paiva (13- 14 Girls) and Olivia Kim (11-12 Girls).

Riley Wilson (10 & Under Boys), Keara Wilson (10 & Under Girls), Braelyn Wilson (10 & Under Girls), Zach Safford (13-14 Boys), Lily Roberge (11-12 Girls), Marie Redd (10 & Under Girls), Markus Rantala (11-12 Boys), Dylan Jew­ett (10 & Under Boys), Ivan Dodor (11-12 Boys), Nora Breckenridge (13-14 Girls), Jack Brazer (13-14 Boys), Jasmine Blay (10 & Under Girls), Patten Bilsbury (8 & Un­der Boys) and Andrew Bartolo­mucci (11-12 Boys).

HHST is a year-round swim program offering competitive op­portunities for swimmers at all levels.

They practice at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club in Milford, NH. For more information on the Hampshire Hills Swim Team, please contact Jon Luby at jlu­ or Alli­son Balboni at abalboni@hamp­



Windham 3, Milford 2

The Spartans dropped a heart breaker in the fifth game, losing their second match of the season on Oct. 8.

Game scores were 19-25, 29-27, 20-25, 25-17 and 11-15.

Olivia Rougeau led Milford with 23 kills, 21 digs, three blocks and two aces, while Hannah Hembrow added 28 assists, 24 digs, six blocks, five kills and one ace. Madison Wheeler finished with 18 digs, three aces, two kills and one block.

Casey Covell compiled five kills and seven digs in the loss.


Windham 1, Souhegan 0

Windham’s Jake Morgan scored the game’s lone goal in the 48th minute to give the Jaguars a 1-0 win over defending Division II champion Shouhegan on Oct. 9.

Will Facques stopped five shots in net for the Sabers (6-4-1), while Tanner Arnold made four saves in the win for the Jags (10-2).

Left back Jacob Hopfenspirger played a great game for Souhe­gan, which welcomes Oyster Riv­er to Amherst on Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s title game.

Pittsfield 2, Wilton-Lyndeborough 0

The Warriors couldn’t get much going against Pittsfield, extend­ing their losing streak on Oct. 8.

James Barton had a solid game at striker, while Jared Bean led the defense. Matt Shinn stopped ten shots in net for Wilton.


Battle of the Border

Alvirne High School’s Kendall Westhoff was ready to run Satur­day morning. With more than 500 runners from throughout Massa­chusetts and New Hampshire de­scending upon the historic 1890’s Hill House estate, located direct­ly across the street from Alvirne High School in Hudson.

Westhoff dominated the boys’ portion of the 12th annual Battle of the Border cross country meet. The Broncos girls varsity team would do the same as a unit.

Westhoff ran away from the field early in the Boys Varsity race for an impressive 15 minute, 44 second finish – setting a new course record that previously be­longed to former Broncos runner Aaron Bellomo (15:47 in 2012).

Westoff’s teammate and Divi­sion I 800-meter track standout Noah Bellomo (16:02) overtook Lowell (Mass.) star Chris Gen­dron (16:17) just after the 2-mile mark. Nashua South’s Mitch King was fourth (16:22) and Marsh­field’s Andrew Lamb finished a close fifth (16:24).

Lowell, the defending Massa­chusetts Division I champions, ran its junior varsity unit, opting to rest its varsity squad with the exception of Gendron.

In what may well be a preview of what to expect in a crowded battle for the podium at the up­coming New Hampshire Division I championship meet (along with Concord and Nashua North), Nashua South put its depth of talent on display to edge out an equally talented

Alvirne squad by just 11 points and capture its first Battle of the Border title. Andover (Mass.) finished in third place with 115 points.

Following King for South was Ryan Vermette (12th, 16:39) and Aiden van Batenburg (15th, 16:52) – both breaking the 17 minute barrier for the first time. South’s Corey Hawkins (22nd, 17:03) ran a personal best, as well as brothers Tyler North (25th, 17:10) and Ryan North (28th, 17:24) – celebrating their birthday in style.

Alvirne’s Richard D’amico posted a solid 16:27 for seventh. He was followed across the line by Campbell’s Jeffrey Allen (16:29) in eighth.

Other locals in the Top 30 were: Hollis Brookline’s Cameron Jack­son (14th, 16:46), and Milford’s Tim Tamulonis (24th, 17:07) and Jake Ricca (26th, 17:12).

The Girls Varsity race was won by Junior Lily Voke of North An­dover (Mass.), who broke away from an early pack of four run­ners paced by pre-race favorite Jaylan Fraser-Mines, of Tyngs­borough (Mass.).

Voke won the race with an im­pressive 18:57, followed by Em­ily Willson of Groton-Dunstable (19:03). Alvirne’s Katie Bellomo was the first Granite Stater across the line in 19:09 for third, with Fraser-Mines in fourth (19:25) and Bellomo’s teammate Jessica Fontaine in fifth (19:28).

Alvirne dominated the 11 team girls varsity field with an impres­sive 65-point victory, displaying its depth of talent with its five scoring runners all finishing in under 20:21.

Groton-Dunstable was second with 96 points and North Ando­ver finished third with 101 points.

Other locals finishing in the Top 30 were: Alvirne’s Jenna Bradish (sixth, 19:49), Keanna Smigliani (seventh, 20:03), Shay­lyn Saunders (10th, 20:21) and Amber Bardsley (13th, 20:37); Hollis Brookline’s Madylin Par­tridge (eighth, 20:15), Kay Pat­ridge (12th, 20:32) and Megan Cramton (19th, 20:54); Milford’s Alex Matsis (ninth, 20:19); and Nashua South’s Alanna Murphy (20th, 20:57) and Lydia Mathson (22nd, 21:03).