Merrimack High School Highlights

SOFTBALL

April 29: Exeter 15, Merrimack 3

Merrimack committed five errors in the loss, resulting in eight unearned runs. The pitching didn’t do much to help their own cause; the staff allowed 11 hits and nine walks. Caitlin Minear was ultimately tagged as the losing pitcher.

Renee LeClaire provided most of the offense for the Tomahawks, collecting three of the team’s five hits.

May 1: Merrimack 9, Londonderry 3

The Tomahawks bounced back thanks in large part to an excellent pitching effort by Caitlin Minear, who struck out nine. Ashley Grassini provided the only offense in the first six innings, swatting a solo home run in the first.

The bats then went off in the seventh inning, as Merrimack, trailing 3-1 at the time, then erupted with seven hits and three walks for an eight run inning to seal the victory.

Alexis Kapsambelis drove in Sabrina Jowders and Renee LeClaire to tie the game. Two batters later Olivia Kapsambelis drove in the fourth run. Merrimack then increased their lead with some timely hitting from Julianne Mayville, and Renee LeClaire.

BASEBALL

April 29: Exeter 6, Merrimack 2

The Tomahawks offense could only generate three hits as they fell to Exeter. Ryan Slate had the lone RBI for Merrimack, while Brendan Carter and Kyle Lawson added the team’s other two hits. Tyler Rohr got the start for Merrimack allowing six runs and eight hits in three-plus innings of work. James Lafond and Tyler DeNeill pitched well out of the bullpen, allowing only one hit and no runs.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 28: Londonderry 16, Merrimack 8

Following a pair of convincing victories, the Tomahawks allowed a season-high in goals allowed as they fell to Londonderry. Dana Mendes and Julia Perry each scored three goals for Merrimack in the loss, while Maegan Howe and Callie Dwyer each netted one. Sarah Hanson and Renee Murray split time in net for the Tomahawks, stopping three shots.

April 29: Merrimack 19, Nashua South 6

The Tomahawks got goals from ten different scorers as they cruised to a victory over the Panthers. Dana Mendes led the way for Merrimack, netting five goals. Maegan Howe chipped in three goals, while Callie Dwyer, Julia Perry and Morgan Chantler each scored a pair. Elise Jolly, Samantha Anderson, Sydney Dubois, Rebecca Tobey and Sarah Shaw also scored in the victory.

May 1: BG 18, Merrimack 2

The Cardinals got four goals and an assist from both Kyra Lowenberg and Bryn Carroll as they cruised to a victory over Merrimack. Maegan Howe and Sydney Dubois each scored for Merrimack in the loss.

BOYS LACROSSE

April 30: Merrimack 16, Man. Central 0

The Tomahawks lifted their record to 3-4 by dominating Central on Thursday. Matt Coburn led the way with four goals and one assist, Tyler Brewster scored his first three goals of the season with one assist, Pierre Watt had three goals, Matt Brewster had one goal and assisted on six others, John Tiano had a goal and two assists, Connor Cyr had two goals and one assist, and Kyle Newman had one goal and two assists.

Goalkeeper Chris Norwalk made eight saves to record the shutout while Joe Giampietro led the defensive effort.

May 2: Merrimack 11, Nashua South 10

Trailing Nashua South by one goal with four minutes remaining in regulation, Merrimack’s Matt Brewster scored his seventh goal of the game to even things up and Connor Cyr tallied the game-winner with 3:22 left for an 11-10 Tomahawks win at Stellos Stadium.

Cyr’s goal was his second of the game, while Jason Fortin and Kyle Newman chipped in with one each in the come-from-behind win. Matt Coburn and Joe Giampietro added assists, while Chris Nowalk stopped eight shots between the pipes for the Tomahawks.

May 4: Merrimack 12, Dover 10

Matt Coburn paced the Tomahawks with three goals and three assists while Matt Brewster netted five goals and two assists. Pierre Watt, Connor Cyr, Jason Fortin and John Tiano also scored in the victory. Chris Nowalk had seven saves for the Tomahawks.

GIRLS TENNIS

May 4: Merrimack 6, Spaulding 3

The Tomahawks earned their first victory of the season after topping Spaulding. Kalylah Davis, Lianna Klinger, Rhianne Tallarico, Kiara Crowley and McKenzie Miller had singles victories for Merrimack. Klinger and Courtney McCarthy combined to win their doubles match, 8-3.

GIRLS TRACK

May 5: Merrimack 84.33, Bishop Guertin 62.5

Jen Coffey led the Tomahawks by winning three events, taking first in the high jump (4-10), the shot put (35-111?4) and the discus (91-5).

Siaoli Wright added wins in both the 200-meter dash (26.84) and the 300 hurdles (47.54) while Kathryn Flynn was first in the javelin (114-10) and second in the shot put and the discus. Kellie Matthewson won the pole vault (8-0), came in second in the high jump and the 100 hurdles and was third in the 300 hurdles.

Kayla Valluzzi took first in the 100 (13.34) and Brittaney Gravallese was first in the 400 (1:03.44). Abby Smith was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump.

For the Cardinals, Briana Silck won both the 100 hurdles (16.34) and the triple jump (37-61?2) and was also second in the 200. Chloe Conway won the 800 (2:22.04) and the 1,600 (5:13.44), while Heidi Ntengeri took first in the 3,200 (12:02.94).

Grace Linehand took first in the long jump (15-4) and Danielle Poublon was second in the 400 and third in the 200.

BOYS TRACK

May 5: Merrimack 95, Bishop Guertin 48.5

The Tomahawks got a big day from Ryan Barry, who finished first in the 100 (11.34) and the 200 (23.74), Chase Sweeney won the 800 (2:08.54) and was first in the long jump (19-11).

Nick Kachmar finished first in the 110 hurdles (18.04) and was second in the triple jump while teammate Jarrod Ottman was first in the 1,600 (4:41.54). Noah Avery won the 300 hurdles (50.14) and took second in the 110 hurdles while Michael O’Hara won the discus (119-9). Benjamin Parent came in second in the 200 and the 400.

Dylan Richardson finished second in the high jump and was third in both the long jump and the triple jump, while Blake Williams was second in the long jump and the javelin.

Alex Arika led the Cardinals by finishing first in the triple jump (40-111?2) and was second in the 200 and third in the 400. Lukas Atwood was first in the shot put (42-0) and was third in the discus and the javelin.

Gabe Madonna took first in the javelin (148-8) while finishing second in the shot put and the pole vault. Aidan Sullivan took first in the 3,200 (10:32.04) and Nick Lorden won the high jump (6-0) while Tom Lampognana finished first in the pole vault (12-6).