Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Home Victory for Bronco Football

by Sue LaRoche

Derek Janko fills the hole to make the stop

The Alvirne Broncos came out strong and finished strong as they defeated the Dover Green Wave 28 - 20 on Friday, October 10, bringing their record in Division II to 2 - 2 overall.  “We definitely needed this win,” said Coach Bob Nimblett as he complimented the hard work of his team.  “We have playmakers in good spots and they capitalized on the opportunities to make plays,” Nimblett said.

Strong performances from juniors Vinnie Frasco and Anthony Koumarianos set the tone for the offense and defense.  Frasco was electric on his kickoff returns and Koumarianos, coming off an injury, was all over the field making excellent defensive plays. 

The Broncos didn’t take long to find the end zone as Frasco took the opening kickoff to the Bronco 25-yard line.  Penalties hurt the Green Wave and the first penalty of the evening, roughing the passer, gave the Broncos the ball on the Dover 35-yard line.  Nick Goldsack took over from there scoring the first touchdown at 9:31 in the first quarter on a two-yard run.  Andrew Conrad tacked on the extra point for a 7 - 0 lead. 

The defense stepped up as Codi Clark intercepted a Dover pass in the end zone for a touchback giving the Broncos the ball on the 20-yard line.  Unfortunately it was three and out for Alvirne and Dover managed to score on its next possession making the score 7 - 7 at 9:25 of the second quarter.

Swapping possessions, Dover punted the ball away and Frasco turned in a 35-yard return taking the ball down to the Dover 10-yard line setting up an eight-yard touchdown pass from Chris Goldsack to Chris Connolly.  With Andrew Conrad tacking on his second extra point of the contest, the Broncos went ahead 14 - 7.  Dover had another possession but any threat was ended when Connolly picked off a pass in the end zone again giving the Broncos the ball on the 20 and they were content to take a knee and a 14 - 7 lead into the half. 

On Alvirne’s first possession of the second half, they marched from their 20-yard line to the end zone on the legs of their running backs.  Keith Rondeau, Nick Goldsack, Andrew Conrad and Vinnie Frasco all contributed to the drive with quarterback Chris Goldsack calling his own number with a one-yard plunge making it 20 - 7 in favor of the Broncos.  Another two-point conversion, similar to one last week against Spaulding, from John Baldwin to Vinnie Frasco made the score 22 - 7 with under three minutes to play in the third quarter.

Dover’s next possession resulted in a fumble recovery by Nick Goldsack but Alvirne went three and out giving Dover good field position on the Alvirne 43-yard line and they capitalized by scoring a touchdown but missed the two-point conversion making the score 22 - 13. 

Again, Frasco took the kickoff and had a 50-yard return giving the Broncos good field position on the Dover 40-yard line.  Nick Goldsack and Andrew Conrad ran the ball consistently well and Nick Goldsack scored his second touchdown of the game for a 28 - 13 lead as the extra point was no good.

Dover did not go quietly, however, as it scored again narrowing the gap to 28 - 20 and threatened to score again but was denied with no time on the clock and the ball on the Alvirne 12-yard line. 

Chris Goldsack went five for seven for 74 yards as he connected with Connolly for 20 yards, Rondeau for five and Jim Reidy for 27 and Frasco for 22.  Leading the way for the running backs was Nick Goldsack with 71 yards, Rondeau with 59, Frasco with 21 and Conrad with 15. 

Defensively, Anthony Koumarianos led the team in tackles with 13 followed by a host of Broncos with seven tackles each including Albert Gagnon, Codi Clark, and Steven Tan.  Clark and Connolly each had an interception for the Broncos.  The Broncos will be on the road the next two weeks as they travel to Winnacunnet and Merrimack before returning home on October 31 to host Bishop Guertin.

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Campbell Football

Campbell’s Zachary Laganiere reaches for a pass in the end zone as Franklin’s Nick Rousseau defends in the 3rd quarter of last Saturday’s game in Litchfield. Franklin went on to win the game 22-7.

Campbell’s Kevin Cushman makes his way through the Franklin defensive line in the 2nd quarter of last Saturday’s game in Litchfield. Franklin went on to win the game 22-7.

Campbell’s Kevin Cushman makes his way through the Franklin defensive line in the 2nd quarter of last Saturday’s game in Litchfield. Franklin went on to win the game 22-7.

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Double Win for CHS

submitted by Coach Sawicki

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams at Campbell High School won at their last home meet Friday October 10. 

Scoring for the girls’ team were:  first place – Becca Arnon; second place – Nicki Coordingly; third place – Shelby Davis; fourth place – Becky Weis; and fifth place – Laura Jacobson.

Scoring for the boys’ team were:  first place – Alex Prolman; second place – Mike Rochford; third place - Geoff Parmerlou; fourth place – Erick Runtilla; and fifth place – Stephan Bryan.

The next time the teams will run will be at Hillsboro – Deering.  Following that they will begin training for the Class Meet at Derryfield Park in Manchester on October 25.

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Lady Broncos Go 500 for the Week

by Terry Leatherman

Kaelyn Babin heads the ball back to the turf

On Thursday the Lady Broncos entertained the Goffstown Grizzles.  The ladies had a successful night of soccer as they won the match 3 - 2.  Kaelyn Babin started the scoring for the Broncos.  Babin scored on a free kick.  The foul occurred just to the right of the 18-yard box.  David Beckham would have been proud of this kick as Babin put an unbelievable bend on the ball as it started outside the goal and bent into the far corner.  The second goal was also a wonderful display of soccer.  In basketball the best fast break is when the ball never touches the floor.  The Lady Broncos put on their own version of a fast break in soccer.  Kelly Leatherman received a pass and with one touch moved the ball ahead to Shayla Bergeron, she too with one touch moved the ball ahead to Amanda Roberts and just as the other two ladies she touched the ball one time and pushed the ball past the Grizzly goalie.  This goal ended the scoring for the half with the Broncos on top 2 - 0.  Goffstown mounted some offense during the game but had trouble finding the net until the start of the second half, scoring on a free kick just over Kaela Craven’s head.  To answer the goal “Bergie” pulled her usual you cannot catch me moves through the Grizzly defense and scored the final goal for the Lady Broncos.  Goffstown put on an amazing rally toward the end of the game and scored their final goal with minutes left in the match.  Goffstown continued the rally but could not capitalize in the end.  Vanessa Eaton came off the bench in the first half and played some inspired minutes, Caitlin Teague had a superb game at center back on defense and Kaelyn “Beckham” Babin also had a superb game as outside midfielder. 

Alvirne traveled to a very tough Exeter on Tuesday and lost 5 - 0.  Kaela Craven was in net and had 13 saves.  Shayla Bergeron and Amanda Roberts played well at forward and Jessica Heroux did a fine job as midfielder.  The ladies travel to Winnacunnet on Tuesday of next week and senior night will be Friday, October 24, as the ladies take on Nashua South.  Come out and support your local high school.

Taylor Troy bicycle kicks a ball to Amanda Roberts

Jess Heroux fights for the ball against a Goffstown defender

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AHS Sports Round Up

by Sue LaRoche

Girls Cross Country

The Alvirne Girls Cross Country Team had a strong showing at the Lou Korcoulis Memorial Invitational Meet at the Hollis/Brookline School on Friday, October 10, as they ran to a strong second place finish with 72 points, just 12 points behind the winner, Bow.  The meet included teams from Bow, St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity, Merrimack, Bedford, Hollis/Brookline, Salem, and Milford. 

Finishing first for the Lady Broncos was Laura Goudreau, who finished ninth overall in 21:37.  She was closely followed by Erica Prince in 12th (22:01), Courtney Carter in 14th (22:14), Lauren Lacraw in 17th (22:23), Shawna Johnson in 20th (22:27), Lauren Prince in 26th (22:56), and Emily LaPlant in 28th (23:07).

On Tuesday, October 14, the girls team took another second place in the Blue Devil Cross Country meet, losing to Londonderry High School.  Once again, Laura Goudreau finished first for Alvirne in 19:58.8, Courtney Carter finished eighth overall in 20:36.7, Shawna Johnson (21:18.4), Emily LaPlant (21:41.9), and Lauren Prince (21:43.2) finished 14th, 15th and 16th overall.  Coach Jen Cahill hopes that her team is peaking at the right time as the Class L meet is coming up on October 25 at Derryfield Park.


The Alvirne Volleyball team has won three in a row and seven of the last nine games including the last two on the road, to bring their record to an even 7 - 7 on the season.  After a slow start, the Lady Broncos seem to have pulled it together and are thick in the hunt for a playoff spot.

On Wednesday, October 8, they pulled out a tough victory, needing to play four games to defeat Nashua South 3 – 1, with game scores of 25 - 18, 18 - 25, 25 - 23, and 25 - 19.  Kate Brouillette had 10 service points and 11 assists; Jess Marshall had seven service points, nine kills, and three blocks; Ashley Metivier added 10 service points and 25 digs for the Lady Broncos.  The Junior Varsity squad also hung tough as they lost the first game, overcame a 10-point deficit in the second game to win that, and handily won the third 15 - 6.

The Broncos handled Manchester West on Friday, October 10, with a three game victory, 25 - 15, 25 - 17, and 25 - 20.  Once again, Kate Brouillette had a good game with 15 service points, 12 assists and four digs.  Jess Marshall added eight kills, two blocks, five service points and 12 digs.  Kayla Duval had 14 service points, five aces, and 11 assists, while Devon Masse added eight service points, three aces and seven kills.  Cassie Larocque chipped in with eight kills and six digs.

The Lady Broncos have four games remaining, two at home and two on the road, as they battle for a playoff berth.  They will finish their home season with Winnacunnet on October 20 and host Bishop Guertin on October 24 for their final home match of the season.

Boys Soccer

It was a 3 - 1 loss for the Broncos boys soccer team to a second ranked 11 - 2 Exeter team, in a well-played and energized game.  The Broncos held this high-powered offensive team to a 1 - 0 lead at the half.  Exeter eventually went up 3 - 0 at the 20:34 mark of the second half, but the Broncos answered back at the 18-minute mark when Mike Carpentier took a direct kick in low on the goalie, and Cody Lambert finished it off to make it a 3 - 1 final.  Aaron Fellows made 10 saves on the night and Jimmy Tomaswick had seven saves.  The Broncos will play their final home game of the season on Tuesday, October 21 against Winnacunnet.

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Cougars U12 Kristine Lilly Capitol Cup Soccer Champs

Congratulations and thank you to the Litchfield Cougars U12 travel soccer team.  Coach Mike Cote and assistant Scott Smarse led their team to the championship game and a second place finish in the 2008 Kristine Lilly Capitol Cup Soccer Tournament held Columbus Day weekend in Concord.

Instilled with inspirational coaching guidance coupled with outstanding parental support, this exceptional group of kids displayed heart, toughness, and perseverance through four games of hard fought, competitive foot action.  Go Cougars!

Top row, left to right:  Matt Gagne, Justin Dibenedetto, Kevin Robinson.  Middle row:  Brian Hubbard, Christian Wallenmaier, Paul-Mark Mattucci, Amy Bosteels.  Bottom row:  Connor Cote, Gia Cataldo, Andrew Smarse, Tom Wallace, Dan Wallace, Ryan Collins.  Front:  Casey Davies.  Missing:  Jake Bois and Kevin Moreau. 

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Girls U10 Soccer Team Meets Olympic Gold Medalist

submitted by Coach Jean Picard

This weekend the U10 Litchfield Girls soccer team competed in the Columbus Day tournament in Concord.  With beautiful weather all weekend and two games each day, how could it get any better?  Well the girls got the opportunity to meet Olympic Gold Medalist for the Women’s National Soccer team Kristine Lilly.  The girls were able to pose for a team picture with her and get their soccer bags and balls signed by her as well.  It was a great experience for the girls all around and with Kristine Lilly returning to play soccer for the Boston Breakers, the girls will have the opportunity to see her play locally.  The girls played some great soccer and had a lot of fun.  The girls’ picture is also posted on Kristine Lilly’s official Website; what a memorable experience for all of them. 

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HMS Girls Soccer Earns Playoff Berth

submitted by Frank Girginis

The Hudson Memorial School (HMS) girls soccer team earned a playoff spot with their 6 - 0 win over Fairgrounds Middle School of Nashua on Friday, October 10.  This was a win or go home game for the Lady Colts who would be eliminated from playoff contention if they lost.  With their backs against the wall and facing a tough Fairgrounds team who were also in a must-win situation, the Lady Colts came out and just dominated play.

Tori LaRoche started the scoring off for the Colts in the first half with a perfect cross to Mikayla Powlowsky who scored her fourth goal of the year.  LaRoche then continued the scoring with a goal of her own, her sixth goal of the year, to make it 2 - 0.  Kayleigh Comer also had a great day on the offensive end, scoring her third and fourth goals of the year, while Jamie Sherburne (one goal, two assists) and Kendall Brigham also scored for the Lady Colts.

Jenna Gianelli, who was a game time decision because of a quad injury, showed great heart and determination by playing a tremendous game in net while earning her second shutout of the season with 11 saves.  The defense of Livi Gosselin, Sandi Purcell, Brittney Lambert, Emily Cuthbertson, and Alicia Gillis also did a great job shutting down Fairgrounds two offensive threats.

The Lady Colts will play their first round playoff game Friday, October 17.

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Hudson – Litchfield Bears Game Summaries

Mitey Mite White

The Mitey Mite White Bears played a tenacious game this past Sunday in a loss against the Keene Knights.  The offense led by Matt Willess, scored the team’s only touchdown while Tyler Wright punched through the defense to score the extra point.  This was part of a great down field drive led by tremendous blocking throughout the entire game by Evan Sheridan, Camden Collins, Jackson Ramalhino, Nolan Marr, Noah Kimball, Joseph (sugar frosted) Perry, Jake Pucillo, Zack attack Wilson, Hayden Callery, Michael Braccio, Ryan Reese, Peyton Layman and Adam Breton.  Keith Cummings gained several yards on a blast up the middle.  Nick Hellwig also had several carries along with Ryan Santos to help the offensive drive.

The Bears defense led by Damien Barahona, Dylan Levesque, Bobby Caracoglia, Hayden Callery, Michael Braccio, Jacob Donovan, Nicholas Woodard, Owen Pedi, Ryan Reese, Jason Rubino, Jared Foley, Jacob Champagne, Nick Hellwig, Keith Cummings and Tyler Wright played a tight solid game fighting hard against the Keene offense.  The defense had many great tackles and never gave up the entire game.  Mitey Mite White played a great game, congratulations.

Mitey Mite Blue

The Hudson - Litchfield Mitey Mite Blue Bears played a hungry Nashua Elks team on Sunday.  The Bears played hard, but the Elks wanted it more.  Next week the Bears will play their final home game against the Laconia Chiefs.  Keep your heads up and let’s get back to playing Bears Football.

Junior Pee Wee White

The Hudson - Litchfield Bears Junior Pee Wee White football team made the short journey to Nashua to face the Nashua Elks Crusaders this past Sunday morning.  The Bears, looking to remain in play-off contention, knew Sunday’s game was a must win and played every play that way.  The Bears defense came out fired up and kept Nashua off the board for the whole game.  Offensively, the Bears made great adjustments and took advantage of what the Elks were giving them throughout the game.  When all was said and done, the Bears walked away winners by a score of 22 - 0.  Next week, the Bears will play their final regular season game hosting the Laconia Chiefs with the winner advancing to the play-offs.

Pee Wee

The Hudson-Litchfield Pee Wee Bears won a tough game against the Nashua Elks Pee Wee Crusaders by the score of 30 to 14.  Like a bout between two heavy weight contenders, the Bears battled back from an early first quarter lead by the Crusaders, and held a slim two-point margin at the half.  In the second half, the Bears defense capitalized on several Nashua turnovers to keep the Crusaders out of the end zone.  The Bear’s Michael Devereaux then scored two second half touchdowns thanks to some key blocks by Andrew Stevens and by the offensive line of Zach Lashua, Alex Wetmore, Evan Manning, Marc Bisson, Gage Barchard, Alex Goyette, Robert Albertine, Cam Coulter and Kyle Cannamucio, to solidify the win.

Junior Pee Wee Blue defeated Keene 25 - 0.

Junior Midgets beat Nashua Elks 36 - 8.

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