Milford’s DeBernardo makes statement at tourney
Call it a midseason statement, and note the weight class. Milford High senior Ricky DeBernardo put on a show at the rugged 18-team Nashua High Paul Bellavance Hall of Fame Tournament.
DeBernardo, trimmed down and in great shape at 160 pounds, finished third overall in the event. The 160-pound class included reigning Division I state champ, Tristian Cabinta, of Salem, who took the title, so it was loaded.
Cabinta beat a Vermont wrestler in the finals, so that bodes well for DeBernardo, who seems to be climbing to his peak at just the right time.
Dominic Goulette was the only other Spartan matman to place in the event He took 4th at 195 pounds.
The Spartans faced off against Bedford, Keene, and Mascenic with two members getting state qualifying times. Alice Danas (1st: 200 freestyle, 3rd: 100 freestyle) and Elaine Danas (3rd: 50 freestyle, 2nd: 100 fly) qualified for states in both of their events.
Also, on the girls side Allie DeGraffenreid set personal records in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. For the boys it was Matt Hannon (2nd: 50 freestyle) and Cam Mitchell who set personal best times in the 50 freestyle and and the 100 breaststroke.
Hollis Brookline 70, Souhegan 46
The Cavaliers (4-1) carried a wave into the second half to take control of the Sabers.
Matt Dowling led the team with 21 points, Matt Simco put in 16, and Grant Snyder added 10. Andersen Geffard and Ryan Hickey played for the Sabers. Souhegan heads to Pelham on Friday.
Timberlane 71, Milford 49
The Spartans dropped their third straight and fell even at 4-4. Max Fortin had 14 points. Milford plays Bishop Brady on January 23.
Windham 64, Milford 59
The Spartans were not able to hang on in what was a back and forth game.
Jake Greska led the team with 15 points including two three-pointers, Max Fortin had 12, and Sam Santaniello also played well.
The Spartans had a total of 13 three-pointers.
Milford 44, Timberlane 36
Megan Cavanough (18 points) and Emma Gray (10 points) helped the Spartans (2-8) get an early lead and hold on for the victory.
Milford snapped a four game losing skid. The Spartans are back in action January 23 at Bishop Brady.
Windham 62, Milford 40
Even with a strong 22 point performance by Breanna Degroot the Spartans were not able to surpass the Jaguars.
Elizabeth Paul added in nine points and Sarah Dobbs had a good defensive game.
Hollis Brookline 54, Souhegan 41
Mia Len scored a game-high 25 points for the Sabers, and Emma Parrott added nine, but the Sabers dropped to 4-5, while HB moved to 8-1 heading into Friday night’s action.
Joanna Balsamo had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Hanover 39, Souhegan 38
The Sabers came up just shy of upsetting a tough Hanover squad. Mia Len led Souhegan with 15 points, Beth Greenwood had 11, Maddie Robicheau and Emma Parrott had four points each.