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HIGH SCHOOLS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Merrimack 3,

Goffstown 1

Erika Lillis didn’t have the eye-popping numbers seen by other Tomahawks, but she had three key kills and the match-winning block in a 23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 25-21 victory over Goffstown on Oct. 9.

Elise Jolly (21 poins, seven blocks, 31 digs, 12 kills), Jo Coffey (22 points, 11 digs, four kills, 34 assists, one block), Katie Flynn (18 points, 23 digs, 14 kills), Lianna Klinger (40 digs) and Addie Lacey (two kills, five digs) all stood out for Merrimack (12-1).

Merrimack 3,

Winnacunnet 0

Merrimack’s Jo Coffey set the tone, posting 27 assists, serving for 13 points, blocking two balls at the net and digging nine balls off the court as the Tomahawks improved to 11-1 with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-13 victory over Winnacunnet on Oct. 8.

Elise Jolly was strong at the net with 13 kills and four blocks, while also recording 14 digs and 10 service points in the win. Katie Flynn (nine kills, one block, 24 digs, 17 points), Lianna Klinger (27 digs) and Melissa Lezama (three digs, six points)
also performed well for the Tomahawks.

BOYS SOCCER

Merrimack 2,

Alvirne 2 (OT)

A pair of goals by Devin Kachmar wasn’t enough to lead the Tomahawks to victory, as the Oct. 8 Alvirne-Merrimack match-up ended in a tie.

Cam Liddell and Alex Materkowski provided assists for Merrimack (6-3-2), while Ryan Gonzalez stopped four shots in net.

Mitchell DiMinico and Jack Regan each netted goals for Alvirne in the contest. Goalie Alex Quadros stopped 10 shots in net for the Broncos.

GIRLS SOCCER

Alvirne 4, Merrimack 1

Emily Lizotte scored three goals to lead the Broncos to their second straight victory on Oct. 8.

Tana Tufts netted the other goal for Alvirne.

Sammi Giannelli had a great game in net for the Broncos, stopping eight shots.

She had help from defenders Danielle Ross and Olivia Beverlie, who had solid defensive games for Alvirne (7-4-1).

FIELD HOCKEY

Winnacunnet 5,

Merrimack 1

The Tomahawks were unable to extend their unbeaten streak to five games, falling to Winnacunnet on Oct. 8.

Sam Karam had the lone score for Merrimack. Seeda Sam Sok stopped 14 shots in net for the Tomahawks (6-4-1).

CROSS COUNTRY

Alvirne has big day at 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).

Complete results can be found at www.coolrunning.com.

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YOUTH FOOTBALL

Junior Cavaliers

U11: Cavs 12, Milford Mustangs 0

HB 11U played their long awaited last home game this past Sunday against the Milford Mustangs. Each player came dressed and ready to play and play they did. With 11 strong the entire team stayed in for every second of this match up. On any other day this would’ve been a disadvantage, but this young team showed up determined, stayed focused throughout and came together as a unit to earn their win. Hard work paid off for the Cavs starting with the opening kickoff by HB when the ball was recovered by Harrison Migneault which got these kids fired up and ready to go.

In the early minutes there were some textbook tackles led by Brady Laub to stop forward progress by the Mustangs. HB held their own through the first half and team spirits were riding high on Harrison Migneault’s hard runs that landed him in the end zone to bring them up 6-0. The Cavs defense stayed strong to make quick work out of Milford’s offense.

After a short break during halftime the Cavaliers returned to the field with pride and determination on their faces and in their stride. They were not to be stopped as they each played their positions to hold Milford to short gains and never letting them score. On one of Milford’s possessions Braden Treacy had a sack that pushed the Mustangs back 10 yards infusing his team with more spark.

The game was capped off by a 90 yard drive ending in a pass by Quarterback Cody Siegel to Dillon O’Sullivan for touchdown #2 of the game. On the Mustangs last attempt at passing up field, Brady Laub intercepted the ball to seal the deal 12-0. As the clock wound down and HB took a knee, the air was static with excitement as the team were able to celebrate with each other and the families that watched them give their all.

The Jr Cavs hope to carry this momentum and build on their success vs. Nashua PAL in the last game of the season Sunday night at 6:00.

Congratulations to Head Coach Steve Treacy and all his players that left it all on the field to earn their victory.

JV: Cavs 14, Bow Bulldogs 10

The Jr. Cavs JV team traveled to Bow to face the Bow Bulldogs and came away with the victory.

In the 1st quarter the Cavs went to work on the ground game with Marc-Andre Thermitus, Jack Delaney and Teddy Moscatelli picking up tough yards from a Bow defense that held the Jr. Cavs running game in check.

To start the 2nd Quarter the Jr. Cavs picked up big runs by Thermitus and Delaney but were still unable to find the end zone until Quarterback Blake Bergerson rolled out to his right for a pass intended for Tyler Thibodeau that was tipped at the goal line and caught by Shaan Quereshy for a touchdown and Jack Delaney scoring on the conversion giving the Jr. Cavs the lead 8-0 just before halftime.

The Bulldogs came out charging to start the 2nd half and took their first possession down the field to tie the game 8-8. On the next possession Thermitus was sprung free to score behind key blocks from Avery Gilllespie and Connor Ramage putting the Cavs up 14-8.

The Bulldogs came roaring back down the field emptying the playbook on the Jr. Cavs defense trying to tie up the game. The entire Jr. Cavs defense played strong as a unit when they faced the Bulldogs trying to score from within the 5 yard line when Bergerson made a tackle on 4th down at the 1 yard line. Joshua Parr played well on the offensive line and Henry Burns had several key plays on offense and defense. The Jr. Cavs will host Concord this Saturday.

VARSITY: Bow Bulldogs 12, Cavs 0

The Jr. Cavs Varsity came to Bow seeking to take down the undefeated Bulldogs. The Bow offense scored on their opening drive and failed on the 2 point conversion. The Bulldogs defense pinned down the running and passing game of Sander Wimmer in the first half. Near the end of the 2nd Quarter the Bulldogs were threatening to score wen Ben Goolsby came in on a blitz and caused the Bow QB to fumble the ball which was recovered by Goolsby.

In the 4th Quarter Goolsby was able to advance the ball 70 yards behind excellent blocking of Salvatore Fabbio, Kyle Manley and Quinn Connors. The Jr. Cavs had several opportunities to score but were unable to convert.

This weekend the Jr. Cavs Varsity will look to rebound when they host Concord on Saturday morning.

HIGH SCHOOLS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Hollis Brookline 3, Nashua North 0

Maddy Blake and Rachael Bill had eight and six kills, respectively, to lead Hollis Brookline to a 25-18, 26-24, 25-21 victory over Nashua North on Oct. 9.

Kristi Fox served four aces for the Cavaliers (10-3), who visit Nashua South on Wednesday.

North (3-10) – which was led by Holly Reed (nine service points, 23 assists), Sina Duncan (six points, four kills), Mishka Legatova (11 points, seven kills, one block), Alexis Ivory (two kills, two blocks), Sara Cordova (nine points, 38 digs), Kaleigh Dozois (eight points, 17 assists), Jill Ireland (five kills, two blocks), Alana Choate (11 points, two kills, two blocks) and Mikayla Choate (10 kills, eight blocks) – travels to Manchester Central on Wednesday.

Hollis Brookline 3, Londondery 0

The Cavaliers earned their fourth straight victory, sweeping Exeter. Game scores were 25-22, 25-13 and 25-21 on Oct. 8.

Bella Zampieri led Hollis with three kills and 11 digs, while Sophie Saunders added five digs and 11 service points.

Kyra Belden finished with four assists and ten service points, and Alexis Chilton compiled 14 service points and a pair of aces.

CROSS COUNTRY

Alvirne has big day at 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).

Complete results can be found at www.coolrunning.com.