Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Cougar Golf Finishes Strong

by Tom Roye


Tyler Bonin

Last week the Campbell golf team completed the most successful season in recent memory. The Cougars finished with 9 - 11 record that had Coach Shawn Flynn looking forward to next season.  “Our younger players really benefited from the experience they received this season,” he said, adding, “the senior leadership this season was a key to our improvement.”  Two of those seniors will represent Campbell in the state championships at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford on October 2.

Here are the summaries of the most recent matches:

  • Sixth Golf Match – Passaconway Country Club

The Cougar Golf Team won the silver medal on September 16 against the Indians of Sanborn and Bears of Winnisquam.  It was a great day for all players and spectators. Ms. Gatherum, who learned to drive a golf cart, and Mr. Romein were in attendance for the faculty.  Joining the teachers were the Bonin Family, Mr. and Mrs. Kapelson, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Gallagher, Mr. Lepine, Mrs. Smith, and Josh Sigman.  The team appreciated the support.  Tyler Merrill (46), Greg Smith (46), CJ Pascoe (48), David Kapelson (48), Andy Lepine (52), Jacob Lang (52), Tyler Bonin (53) and Kevin Gallagher (56) scored for Campbell.  Manager Alex Nicol recorded all scores and took the pictures for the match.  A lot of opportunities were available for the Cougars there were just too many balls landing in the sand trap, in the pond, but most of all out of bounds.  It was still an exciting day.

  • Seventh Golf Match – Apple Hill Country Club

The Cougar golf team was awarded the silver medal on September 18.  The Cougars clawed through the fairways, hitting straight shot after straight shot.  Everyone stroked the ball nicely and scored well.  Many times throughout the day the Cougars had eagle and birdie putts.  Merrill and  Kapelson both shot an amazing 43, while Lang shot a personal season low 45.  Also scoring for the Cougars were Lepine with a 47 and Bonin with a 48.  The team shot a season low 226.  Pascoe, Sigman and Smith played the Kingston course as well. 

  • Eighth Golf Match – The Oaks Country Club

The Campbell golf team took home the bronze medal on September 19 against the host team Somersworth Hilltoppers and visitors Moultonboro Panthers in Somersworth.  The Oaks is one of the better courses the Cougars played this year.  However, it can be a difficult course, with narrow fairways, lots of trees and bunkers, and very quick greens.  The team did its best to stay out of trouble.  Scores were high and many balls disappeared in the woods and marsh.  Golfers from all teams not only battled the course, but had to play through extreme weather changes.  As the sun went down, the temperature dropped significantly, leaving many golfers shivering by the end of the match.  Campbell was led by Sigman who shot a personal best 53.  The team was also represented by Merrill, Bonin, Kapelson, Lang, Smith, John Aniskovich and Josh McGrath.  Pictures and scores were recorded by Andrew Lepine.

  • Ninth Golf Match – The Newport Golf Club

The Campbell golf team took home the gold medal, on September 23, against the host Newport Tigers and the visiting Stevens Cardinals.  Merrill shot a team low 38 and Kapelson shot a 43 to lead the Campbell victory.  In attendance were Bonin, Lang, Pascoe, Lepine, Kevin Gallagher, and Bobby Forrence. No one has ever witnessed play like this before.  Forrence recorded the first eagle of the season.  On his second shot on a par four from 170 yards away, Forrence’s approach reached the green and remarkably rolled right in the hole. Gallagher recoded his first birdie of the year on a par three, and Merrill recorded a birdie on the ninth hole to achieve an impressive score of 38.  As a team the Cougars set a new team low with a total of 222.


Tyler Merrill

  • Tenth Golf Match – The Farmington Country Club

The Cougars traveled to Farmington.  The scores reflected the excellent condition of the course, as all three teams shot 238.  The match came down to tie-breakers.  To break a tie, the score of the number six golfer is taken.  Greg Smith won his match, elevating the Cougars into the gold medal.  Newmarket finished with the silver medal, and Farmington ended up with the bronze.  Aniskovich and captain Merrill were the two medalists of the match, each shooting 42.  Also present for the Cougars were Bonin, Kapelson, Sigman, Lang, and McGrath, who shot a career low in the match.

The season as a whole was especially rewarding for Flynn who witnessed great improvement in only his second year as the head coach.  “We were competitive in almost every match we attended this year.  The fantastic team chemistry made this season fun for all of us,” he said.

Results of the state championship match were unavailable at press time. 

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Cougar Defense Stands Tall

by Tom Roye


Steve Weber twisted and turned from the three-yard line for the Cougars first touchdown versus Inter-Lakes.

When Campbell athletic director Dan Kiestlinger was coach of the boys basketball program he preached to his teams that “defense wins.” In a different sport and a different season, this year’s Cougar football team has been the embodiment of that motto.  Through three Division 6 contests the stout Campbell defense has yet to surrender an offensive touchdown.  Coach Marc Prindiville is excited about what his defense has accomplished so far.  “I’m a defensive coach and I take pride in that, but I have good kids.  They play well together, and they read well.  They come back and tell me what’s going on out there,” he said, adding, “they make me look good.”

The Cougars improved to 3 - 0 on the season with their 47 - 0 homecoming victory over Inter-Lakes on Sunday, September 28.  The improving Campbell offense again was paced by an extremely effective running game, lead by Steve Weber who totaled 123 yards and three touchdowns.  Kevin Cushman and Mark McCartney also contributed heavily to the ground attack.  Cushman broke off several long runs and McCartney added a 1-yard touchdown run.  The Cougar passing attack also was efficient as quarterback Kiel Canada connected with senior tight end Phil Houston for two second-half scores.  “Phil has great hands,” Canada said, “I know if I put it out there he’ll catch it.”


Scoring Campbell’s second touchdown of the afternoon is Steve Weber, who had broken through the line for a long run and touchdown.

As Campbell approaches the midpoint in the schedule it has several important games looming.  This week the Cougars travel to Fall Mountain after a short week for a Friday night contest.  On Saturday, October 11, Campbell will play host to fellow Division 6 frontrunner Franklin in what should prove to be a very important game as both squads begin to jockey for playoff position.  Future tests for the Cougars include a home date with a much improved Winnisquam team and a road contests at Newport (currently 3 - 0) and Mascoma Valley.

With a challenging schedule ahead the Cougars will be tested as they fight for a playoff spot.  “We’ve been a successful program here at Campbell,” Prindiville said.  “In five years we’ve been to two semifinals.”  For the Cougars to return to the playoffs they’ll need to rely on their tough defense.

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Victory Skids Away From Broncos

by Sue LaRoche


Bronco No. 14 Mike Carpentier races to the front of the Timberlane defender.

It was a promising beginning to the evening as the Broncos came out firing against Timberlane on Tuesday night.  Bob Gaudet scored an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the game to take a 1 - 0 lead.  Just 10 minutes later, Timberlane knotted it up on a header that got past goalie Aaron Fellows.

The score remained tied for the remainder of the regulation period.  “I really thought the boys came out and played hard,” complimented Coach Michael Palmer.  “We had every opportunity to win that game.” 

In the first half, freshman Tony Beaulieu had two scoring opportunities against the Timberlane goalie who made two outstanding saves.  Additional scoring opportunities were missed in the second half as well when Michael Carpentier barely missed scoring on a header off a cross from Gaudet, and no goal was scored after a flurry of activity in front of the Timberlane net.

A light rain began falling late in the second half and continued throughout the double overtimes.  Tyler Manning had a header skim off the top of his head off a cross by Gaudet, and Michael O’Donnell fired a rocket that ricocheted off the top cross bar.


Freshman Jon Porter, No. 25, controls the play and takes hit.

With less than a minute to play, Timberlane kicked the ball down the middle of the field and it skipped off the grass and past the Bronco defenders.  A lone Timberlane player managed to out run Alvirne and blasted the ball past goalie Aaron Fellows.

Palmer was extremely pleased with the effort of his defensive unit including Luke Mertins, freshman Tyler Lambert, Evan LaRoche and Nik Sigl.  “I thought the midfielders also did a great job,” Palmer said.  Mike O’Donnell, Cody Lambert, and Mike Carpentier worked hard the entire game hustling and pushing the ball up field. 

This disappointing loss brings the Broncos record to 1 - 7 on the season and they will be hosting Dover on Tuesday, October 7.

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Broncos Win One and Lose One

by Terry Leatherman


Amanda Eaton dives to make one of her 11 saves in net against the Cardinals.

Last Thursday night the Lady Broncos meet one of their rivals, the Cardinals of Bishop Guertin. Unfortunately the girls had a tough time as they lost 3 - 0.  The defense was busy all night as the Cardinals controlled the tempo and kept the ball in Broncos’ zone most of the night.  Senior Kelly Leatherman came in off the bench to add a little spark and put the ball on net with a direct kick but the Cardinal goalie got the ball and the threat was over.  Senior and four-year starter Jessica Heroux played an awesome game at center mid as she was all over the field using her size and excellent foot skills to subvert the attempts of the Cardinals.  When Bishop Guertin broke Heroux down, junior Morgan Ratte was there on defense to push the Cardinals away from the net.  Senior Amanda Eaton started in net and had 11 saves.  Freshman Kaela Craven came on in relief and had five saves.

On Tuesday, the ladies traveled to Timberlane and took on the Owls.  The Lady Broncos put on an excellent show and won 3 - 1.  Shayla “Bergie” Bergeron was back to her old self as she put on an offensive show scoring two goals and assisting on the other.  The first goal of the game came with assists from Emily Gosselin and Amandal Roberts.  Both girls moved the ball through the defense and founfd Bergeron near the net.  Bergeron took the ball right out of the air and redirected it into the net.  The second goal came with a little trickery.  The ladies where setting up for a corner kick and there looked to be some confusion between Bergeron and Kaelyn Babbin as to who was going to take the kick.  Suddenly Babbin kicked the ball six inches in front of Bergeron and she was off with a burst of speed.  The Owls were caught off guard and Bergeron moved near the goal and got off a violent shot.  The shot rebounded off the goalie where Heroux was there to clean up the mess and put the ball in the net.  The final goal of the game was scored again by Bergeron with an assist from Roberts.  The Owls are notorious for playing physical soccer and this type of play is well suited for Kaitlyn Martin.  Martin did an excellent job of matching the physicality and controlling the middle of the field.  As usual the defense played a stellar game and was lead by Morgan Ratte and Kayla Bergeron. 

On Tuesday, October 7, the ladies make the long trip to Dover and on Thursday, October 9, the ladies are at home against Goffstown.

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CHS Sports Roundup

submitted by Dale Arria

September 29: 

The boys varsity soccer recorded its fourth win of the season beating Mascenic 6 - 2 in New Ipswich.  Junior forward Ryan Donaghey started the scoring early in the first half.  Scores at halftime was 1 - 1.  We were down 1 - 2 early in the second half but scored five unanswered goals with Senior Captain Nick Schibly leading the way.  Perhaps the highlight was senior defender Matt Tremblay scoring his first varsity goal from almost inside our own half.

Campbell fell short to Interlakes, 30 - 6.  Keithen Craig rushed for 155 yards and Brandon Groves went 4 for 8 with one touchdown reception by Alan Popovich.  Defensively the Cougars were lead by Joe Kang and Keithen Craig who had one sack.

September 27:

The girls varsity soccer team improved to 8 - 0 Saturday with a 2 - 0 victory over Derryfield.  Shawna Trunca tallied both goals on assists from Allie Ayotte while Hayden Leith stopped all 12 shots on goal.

Freshman boys cross country, Travis Manning, Nick Sturzo, Tyler Griffin, Jake Jollymore and Nick Cristino, ran their first time at Derry field Park.  Even though it was a rough course, they were all happy with their times.

The Varsity boys did great also.  And the girl’s team ran a hard race.  They were up against some tough competition.  They plan on focusing on the next big race one month from now.  Good luck girls!

September 26:

Varsity Volleyball team is on a two-game win streak, dominating over Raymond.  Erin McLaughlin was off the bench for three kills.  Haley Bowen played strong with four blocks.  Karena Lozeau had nine digs.  The JV team also won, Julianne Fernandez with four aces and three kills, Carolyn Baker two aces and three assists, Laura Whittick, four aces and two kills.

September 25: 

Leading 1 - 0 at halftime, the JV Girls Soccer team tallied four goals in the second half to pull away from a tough Derry field team.  Campbell goals were scored by Sarah Vance, Jamie Shepard, Katie Schultz, Ashley Prindle and Taylor Schafer.

The Campbell Golf team won the gold medal at Farmington Country Club.  After the Cougars, Tigers and Mules were done golfing; there was a three-way tie for first place with a score of 238.  On the tiebreaker, Greg Smith won the gold for the Cougars because he finished first in his group.  John Aniskovich and Tyler Merrill were the medalists.  All played well as the Cougars won their last four matches.

September 24: 

The Campbell Golf Team took home the gold medal against the host team Newport Tigers and visitors Stevens Cardinals at Newport Golf Club.  Tyler Merrill shot a team low 38 and David Kapelson shot a 43.  In attendance were Tyler Bonin, Jacob Lang, CJ Pascoe, Andrew Lepine, Kevin Gallagher, and Bobby Forrence.  No one has ever witnessed play like this before.  Bobby Forrence recorded the first eagle of the year.  A second shot on a par four from 170 yards away from the flagstick, Bobby made the ball go in the hole.  Kevin Gallagher recorded his first birdie of the year on a par three and Tyler Merrill recorded a birdie on the ninth hole to achieve a remarkable score of 38!  As a team, the Cougars shot a team low 222. 

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Alvirne Sports Roundup

by Sue LaRoche

Football


Matthew Nowak tucks the ball away after a catch from QB Chris Goldsack in second-half play in the rain vs. Keene

It certainly was not home sweet home for the Alvirne Broncos on Saturday night as they played the Keene Blackbirds at the Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, turf field.  Originally scheduled for Friday night, the torrential rains prevented the game from being played on the natural grass leaving Alvirne scrambling to find a suitable playing surface, and thanks to the generosity of Tyngsborough, the former Thanksgiving foe of the Broncos, they were able to host the game.  Unfortunately for the Broncos, the outcome of playing on the turf was the same as games played there before with Alvirne coming up on the short end of the score losing 27 - 7 to Keene.

“Keene was a big physical football team,” said Coach Bob Nimblett, “their offensive line controlled the game.”  Other than an explosive run by Vinnie Frasco in the first offensive series for the Broncos, the offense was never able to get on track.  Frasco broke off a 71-yard run and the extra point was good briefly giving Alvirne a 7 - 0 lead.  It was all Keene after that as it ran off 27 unanswered points to take the victory.  Alvirne drops to 1 - 3 on the season 0 - 2 in the division but has a chance to turn it around tonight against Spaulding High School.

Cross Country

The Girls Cross Country team had its best finish ever in the Manchester Invitational meet this past Saturday as they placed fifth out of 30 teams.  Mother Nature again infused her wrath as it was a very dreary day to be running, but the girls were prepared for the weather and the competition.

The freshmen race got the girls started on the right foot as Kerrigan Murray finished 46th in 16:18.  Alex Scafidi ran extremely well in the JV race as she finished 22nd in 22:48.  Again, Lauren Goudreau led the way for the varsity squad as she finished 15th overall in 20:22.  She was followed by Erica Prince who finished 53rd in 21:41, Lauren Lacraw 54th in 21:43, Emily LaPlant 67th in 22:12, Lauren Prince 72nd in 22:21 and Shawna Johnson 102nd in 23:01.  Coach Jen Cahill was thrilled.  “I am proud of their performance in some challenging conditions; they ran a smart race.”

Volleyball


Alvirne’s Katie Donovan drives one of her 14 service points in game 2 vs. Manchester Memorial on Monday

It was a solid victory for the Lady Broncos as they handled Manchester Central in three games 25 - 14, 25 - 9, 25 - 8, on Friday, September 26.  Junior Middle hitter Devon Masse had five kills and two blocks while junior middle hitter Jess Marshall had 12 service points, five digs and three kills.  Sophomore outside hitter Katie Donovan had 17 service points, four digs and three kills and sophomore outside hitter Cassie Larocque had 10 kills and 10 digs.

Monday, September 29, was the halfway mark of the season for the Lady Broncos and they secured another victory as they defeated Manchester Memorial three straight 25 - 21, 25 - 18, and 25 - 16.  This brings the varsity record to 3 - 6 on the year.  The Broncos were led by sophomore Katie Donovan with 14 service points, junior Kate Brouillette added eight service points and 11 assists, sophomore Kayla Duval chipped in with seven service points and 12 assists and junior Jess Marshall had two kills, four blocks, eight service points and 12 digs.  The junior varsity squad won its match 2 - 0 bringing the season record to 8 - 1.  The Broncos will host Merrimack on Monday, October 6. 

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CHS Cross Country

Freshman boys ran for the first time at Derryfield Park.  Although it was difficult, they finished with a smile and are ready to race there again next month.

The varsity boys were unable to compete with a full team.  However, the three boys who did run came in with new personal records:  Stephen Bryant with a time of 19:53, Geoffrey Pomerleau 19:52; and Erick Rittillo 20:25.  Great job guys.

The varsity girls ran a hard race.  The girls were up against some tough competition.  In the next few weeks they will get ready and train to race there again in October.

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Tokyo Joe’s Hudson Joins Fight Against Diabetes


Tokyo Joe’s Hudson Karate Demo Team from left, Sensei Janine Worthley, Bryanna Mastroelli, Jonathan Allen, Travis Doak, Owen Casciotti, Andy Harper, John Plante and Sensei Matthew Quinlan.

Tokyo Joe’s Studios of Self Defense is participating in this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Walk for A Cure” on Sunday, October 5, at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester.  Tokyo Joe’s Hudson’s newly formed demonstration team will debut its performance after the walk concludes.

Students and instructors from Tokyo Joe’s have joined “Travis’s Troopers,” the fundraising team organized by the family of Travis Doak, who has juvenile diabetes.  Thirteen-year-old Travis is a student at Hudson Memorial School and studies karate at Tokyo Joe’s, whose owner, Matt Babine, strongly believes in teaching the importance of community service to his karate students.  When Travis and his family asked Babine to help with their fundraising efforts, he realized it was great opportunity to help one of his most talented students and to get his whole school involved.  Now the windows of the karate school are covered with the colorful paper sneakers representing the donations collected by students and staff.

More than 1,000 walkers representing local companies, families, schools and other organizations are expected to turn out for this year’s Manchester Walk to Cure Diabetes.  On-site registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m.

There are many ways that you can help to make a difference for Travis and the lives of so many others afflicted with this disease.

Call Tokyo Joe’s at 577-4560 if you’d like to donate to “Travis’s Troopers” or stop by the karate school at 142 Lowell Road to buy a $1 sneaker.

Corporations can also sponsor the walk, which is great visibility for their companies.

Individual walkers are always welcome.

Mail a tax-deductible contribution payable to JDRF to Donna Doak, 9 Gordon Street, Hudson, NH 03051.  Donations will be delivered in Travis’s honor on the morning of the walk.  Donate online at:  http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm.

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Hudson - Litchfield Bears Game Report

  • Mitey Mite White

The Mitey Mite White Bears played an exciting game this past Sunday against the Derry Demons.  Special congratulations to Jacob Donovan from special teams who put the Bears on the scoreboard early in the first quarter with his first touchdown.  The Bears kept their heads down and played hard the entire game, but came up short against Derry’s offense.

The Bears offense lead by Matt Willess and Keith Cummings gained several first downs during the game to march the Bears down field into scoring position.  Nick Hellwig made numerous key tackles alongside Hayden Callery and the rest of the Bears defense to slow the Demons offense down.  Great job Mitey Mite White.

  • Mitey Mite Blue

It was an exciting game under the lights at Alvirne High School Monday night against Nashua PAL Force.  The Mitey Mite Blue Bears got their first win of the season.  The offensive line ‘Red Lightning’ drove the Bears down the field with an impressive 11-play drive for a touchdown.  The Bears’ defense held the PAL Force in check all night.  The offensive line ‘Blue Thunder’ also drove the ball down the field resulting in a touchdown.  The Bears played an exciting game of football and made their parents and coaches proud.  Gentlemen, way to play Bears Football!

  • Junior Pee Wee White

The Hudson - Litchfield Bears Junior Pee Wee White football team faced-off against the Nashua PAL Force this past Sunday in a battle of 2 - 2 teams.  The Bears, coming off a big 30 - 0 win over the Londonderry Wildcats last week, brought their A-game and once again held their opponent scoreless.  The Bears defense held the Force to just three first downs and kept the team from Nashua in check all morning.  Once again, the Bears offense spread the ball around well and kept the PAL Force on their heels trying to guess what was next.  The Bears ended the morning on top 27 - 0 and remain in play-off contention.  Next week, the Bears will travel west to face the Keene Knights.

  • Pee Wee

In a hard hitting game, the Nashua PAL Force Pee Wees shutout the Hudson - Litchfield Bears by a score of 20 - 0.  Turnovers, penalties and tough football kept the Bears out of the end-zone.  Great receptions by Chris Lowry and Cam Coulter highlighted the Bears offense.  For the Bears Defense, multiple touchdown saving tackles by Michael Devereaux and George Notini slowed the inevitable Nashua victory.

Junior Pee Wee Blue defeated Derry 27 - 6.

  • Junior Midgets won against Nashua PAL 26 - 24.
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NEGTC Hosts First Local Qualifier to Start Off Competitive Season.

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center held its first local qualifier.  Many new levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 competed for the first time, with Prep-op advanced also competing.  This meet required gymnasts to score a 31.00 or higher to compete in the upcoming State Sectional in October.

The girls’ scores are as follows:

Level 4, 6 - 8 age division:

Kayleigh Lavoie, Hudson, placed second with an all around score of 33.400.  She received a 8.7 on vault (fifth place tie), 8.0 on bars (sixth place), 8.5 on beam (second place).

8.2 on floor (second place)

Jackie Smith, Hudson, tied for fifth place with an all around score of 32.400.  She received a 9.3 on vault (first place tie), 7.8 on bars (seventh place), 7.15 on beam (ninth place), 8.15 on floor (third place).

Kamryn Ford, Litchfield, tied for fifth place with an all around score of 32.400.  She received a 8.9 on vault (third place), 8.2 on bars (fourth place), 8.0 on beam (fourth place), 7.3 on floor (seventh place).

Level 4, 9 - 10 age division:

Abigail Thomas, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 34.850.  She received a 9.05 on vault (first place), 9.3 on bars (first place), 8.0 on beam (first place), 8.5 on floor (first place).

Level 5, 7 - 8 age division:

Melissa Pedersen, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 32.800.  She received a 7.8 on vault (second place tie), 8.4 on bars (first place), 8.15 on beam (third place), 8.45 on floor (second place).

Skyler Bomba, Hudson, place second with an all around score of 32.600.  She received a 8.0 on vault (first place tie), 8.0 on bars (second place), 8.45 on beam (second place), 8.15 on floor (third place).

Level 5, 9 - 10 age division:

Dominique Gentile, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 34.950.  She received a 8.4 on vault (first place), 8.4 on bars (first place), 9.15 on beam (first place), 9.0 on floor (first place).

Level 6, 7 - 8 age division:

Hailey Reiff, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 33.050.  She received a 8.8 on vault (first place), 6.7on bars (first place), 8.75 on beam (first place), 8.8 on floor(first place).

Level 6, 11 - 12 age division:

Valerie Boucher, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 35.750.  She received a 8.5 on vault (first place), 8.850 on bars (second place), 9.15 on beam (first place), 9.25 on floor (first place). 

Level 7, 8 – 11 age division:

Carly Ramirez, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 35.400.  She received a 9.150 on vault (first place), 7.85 on bars (first place), 8.95 on beam (first place), 9.45 on floor (first place).

Prep-Op Advanced, 11 - 13 age division:

Megan Lacasse, Litchfield, placed first with an all score of 35.450.  She received a 8.0 on vault (third place), 9.350 on bars (first place), 9.1 on beam (first place), 9.0 on floor (first place).

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Hudson Revolution ‘Rain Down’ on Manchester USC

submitted by Bob Barry

Saturday’s forecast for rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the U14 Hudson Revolution soccer team under the coaching umbrella of Bill Eaton and Dennis Kelly.  Rain, snow, sleet or hail — nothing was going to stop these kids from playing!  Actually, it was just a little rain, but it sounds cool, or should I say “sick?”  I think that’s what the kids say these days.

First to get his feet wet was Hudson’s Cam Cormay.  Just a few minutes into the first half, Cam headed the ball into the back of the net after receiving a great pass from his teammate Dan Teague, making it 1 - 0.

Hudson’s offense was very busy due to the great defense of John Hincapie, Sean Barry, Liam Kelly, Mike Deminico, PJ Martineau, and Joan Villanueva.  These boys poured their hearts out and washed away all offensive attempts from Manchester to score.

Aaron Bellomo made an awesome rush after connecting with passes from Sean B. and PJ M. to fake out the defense of Manchester and the goalie to put his team up by 2 - 0.

Kamau Higgins, Jason Connaughton, Kayleigh Comer, and Richie Eaton were nothing but a headache for Manchester.  At least that’s what it sounded like from where I was standing — all the way across the field in a torrential down pour.  Well, not exactly, but it was a heavy mist at times.

Hudson’s goalies Adam Chandonnet and Mike Pease turned in a flawless performance with no marks against them all day.  They were truly a “Mean Clean Machine.”

Matt Poegel for Hudson capsized Manchester and sent them to their watery grave by scoring from a pass by Aaron B. and ended the “rain” of terror with the last goal of the game, keeping Hudson on top to stay with a 3 - 0 victory.

Good job, kids, and thanks to all the parents that braved the storm and stood by to watch the game under such terrible weather conditions.  Actually, it wasn’t so bad; it was the next game after ours that looked like it was going to be a downpour.  Good luck to them!

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