Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Fantastic Finish for Bronco Football

by Sue LaRoche

The Timberlane Owls did not live up to their bird of prey mascot title as they were stomped by the charging Broncos of Alvirne High School Friday night, 26-13, in what was to be the final game of the regular season for Alvirne.

The Broncos outplayed the playoff-bound Owls to take the convincing victory.  Unfortunately for Alvirne, they did not get the help they needed from the two other divisional games played this past weekend and finished just out of a playoff spot in a tie for fifth place.  Alvirne finished behind Bishop Guertin, Timberlane, Exeter and Keene with a 4-4 record in the division and 5-5 record overall. 

It was the final game for the seniors on the team and they played like men possessed.  Quarterback Chris Goldsack had a fantastic night as he threw for 179 yards and rushed for a 41-yard touchdown on a play straight up the middle of the field.  Andrew Conrad had an acrobatic touchdown reception called back on a penalty but he played well on both sides of the ball with a sack, multiple tackles, and two receptions for 19 yards.

Not to be outdone, Keith Rondeau ran wild amassing 179 yards and two touchdowns including one of 69 yards.  Adding receptions on the night were Jim Reidy, five for 64 yards, Chris Connolly, five for 85 yards, and Codi Clark with one reception for 6 yards.  Playing well for the Broncos defensively were seniors Matt Nowak, Rob Russell, and Brennan Donnelly.

Not to be outdone by the seniors, juniors Derek Janko and Nick Goldsack made huge contributions to the victory as well.  Janko had a game’s worth of statistics after the first half and Goldsack added a touchdown and two-point conversion to add to the scoring for Alvirne. 

The much-improved Bronco squad defeated Spaulding, Dover, Merrimack and Timberlane, and lost to Exeter, Keene, Winnacunnet and Bishop Guertin.  In a pre-season scrimmage, the Broncos managed to defeat Division 1 competitor Manchester Memorial which set a great standard for the season.  Head coach Bob Nimblett and his coaching staff were very pleased with the turnaround for the Bronco football program this season.  They had tremendous senior leadership this year and are looking for good things to come next year. 

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Cougars Head to Semi-Finals

by Tom Roye

The Campbell High School football team finished their regular season with a 34-7 victory at Mascoma last Saturday.  The victory brings their record to 7-3 overall, the best finish in program history.  With their regular season behind them, Campbell looks forward to their semi-final match up with Newport on Saturday.

The last time these teams met was only two weeks ago with Newport coming out on top 28-7 on their home field.  In that contest the Cougar offense was paced by the running of senior tailback Kevin Cushman (8 carries for 76 yards), while quarterback Kiel Canada punched in the only Campbell score.

The Cougars used last Saturday’s game at Mascoma to tune up for the playoffs.  They wasted little time in taking control as they led 20-0 by halftime.  Canada keyed the Campbell attack as he passed for two scores and ran for two more.  The Cougar defense maintained the shutout well into the second half with the homestanding Royals scoring a meaningless late touchdown.

Campbell will be depending on continued defensive success (11.5 points per game) to upset second-seeded Newport.  Lineman Matt Kelly, John Coughlin, and Dan Mack will be counted on to control the line of scrimmage while linebacker Mark McCartney will be looking to thwart the Newport offense.  Safety Kevin Doxey and cornerback Ryan Christopher will provide added support.  Offensively, the Cougars will be looking to feature a balanced attack.  Cushman, Canada, and junior fullback Steve Weber should key the Campbell ground game, while Canada will look to air it out to his favorite target tight end Phil Houston.  Wide receivers Christopher and big play threat Zach Laganiere give Canada two able playmakers on the outside.  Should a close game come down to the kicking game the Cougars will look to Coughlin for an extra point and field goal duties.

A Campbell victory on Saturday would propel the third-seeded Cougars to the Division 6 state championship game on November 22nd.

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CHS Sports Roundup

submitted by Dale Arria

Sunday, November 9

Congratulations to the Fall Spirit team.  They participated in the NHIAA Fall Spirit Championships and captured the 2008 runner-up honors.  Great job, ladies!

Saturday, November 8

Kiel Canada gained 235 all-purpose yards, threw for two touchdowns, and rushed for two more to lead the Cougars to their seventh win of the regular season.  Kiel passed to Zach Laganiere and Ryan Christopher, while Mark McCartney gained a touchdown on the ground.  Campbell will enter the Division VI playoffs on Saturday, November 15, traveling to Newport for a 1 p.m. semi-final game.

Tuesday, November 4

Cougar Shawna Trunca scores Campbell’s’ first goal of the day against Hopkinton. Trunca also scored CHS winning goal in overtime.

The Girls Varsity Soccer team lost but fought hard at the semi-final game last night in the Class M state tournament to Fall Mountain, 2 – 1.  Ally Ayotte scored the lone Campbell goal as the lady Cougars finished their season at 16 – 2.  Congratulations on a great season!

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Seniors Celebrate Senior Night

by Doug Robinson

Team Manager, Ian Howes, reads from his prepared statement, giving thanks, appreciation and recognition to those who have participated with his success.

Seniors students from both the Alvirne High School Football team and the Alvirne High School Cheerleading team broke bread, shared memories and reminisced about their achievements, successes and fondest memories during Senior Night, sponsored by Alvirne High School’s Touchdown Club.

“This is our third year sponsoring the event” commented past President of the Touchdown Club, Sarah Conrad.  Both cheerleader and football player alike gave warm and heartfelt speeches to those who most played a significant role in the development of their lives.  Tears flowed, noses sniffled, and cameras flashed as student athletes spoke to their parents as their “best friend,” and thanking them for “helping me.”  Students spoke from their hearts of their love for their teammates, the “life lessons” learned on the football fields, and most of all, the unending support afforded to them by their parents, grandparents, football coaches, cheerleading coaches, school administration and fellow classmates.

Ian Howes, Team Manager stated, “I would like to thank you for supporting my decision to join the best football team that Alvirne High School has seen in a long time.” Captain, Chris Goldsack stated, “Captain Ni, it is going to be hard to let this game go after this year not only because I love the play, but because I enjoy playing with you and knowing that I can’t take the field with my little brother anymore.”

Cheerleader, Maria Mayer, commented, “For all those night you spent in the waiting room at NEGTC and the hours you spent searching for me in a sea of Hudson-Litchfield Bears Cheerleader, thank you.”

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HUSC U-13 Boys Compete in League Championship

submitted by Michele Perry

On November 1, Hudson United Soccer Club (HUSC) U-13 Boys’ team traveled to Epping to play in the Granite State Youth Soccer League Championship Tournament.  The team earned a spot in the finals with their undefeated regular season record of seven wins and one tie.  Hudson’s goalies, led by Liam Regan, allowed only five goals all season and were instrumental in the team’s success.  But let’s not forget the tough defense played all season long by Josh Bellomo, Khary Higgins, Jacob Nazarian, Jeremy Longchamp, Kyle Salucco, and PJ Busnach.  The Roadrunners’ strikers Brett Richardson and Matt Lubinski along with midfielders Billy Perry, Jacob Thyne, Ryan Doyle, Ryan Brown, Ryan DiCicco, Derek Leclair, Cam Murphy, Zackery Galvin and Ryan “Crush” Godschall scored a total of 26 goals to lead the team to a great season record.

The Roadrunners faced a tough Merrimack Viper’s team and at the end of a well-played first half, there was no score.  Merrimack scored twice in the second half and things looked bad when the Vipers had a penalty shot, but Liam Regan made a great save to keep the score at 2 - 0.  Hudson’s PJ Busnach scored late in the game to make it 2 – 1, but unfortunately time ran out before the Roadrunners could tie it up. 

Thanks to the boys for such an exciting season, and many thanks to Coach Jim and Coach Bill for all their time and dedication. 

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Cougars U-9 Soccer

Congratulations to the Litchfield Cougars U-9 Soccer Team for an outstanding season!  The boys played well as a team all year, and ended the season undefeated in both the Columbus Day Tournament in Derry, as well as the Hampstead Halloween Jamboree!  Great job boys! 

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Gymnastic Center Hosts Second Qualifier

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson hosted the second local qualifier of the season.  Gymnasts need a 31.00 or higher to compete in the upcoming State Sectional #2. 

The girls scored are as follows:

Level 4, 6 - 8 division

Kamryn Ford, Litchfield, placed third with an all around score of 34.650.  She received a 9.75 on vault (first place), 8.2 on bars (sixth place), 8.1on beam (fourth place) and 8.6 on floor (ninth place).

Kayleigh Lavoie, Hudson, placed 10th with an all around score of 32.950.  She received a 9.05 on vault (seventh place), 7.7 on bars (tenth place), 7.4 on beam (ninth place) and 8.8 on floor (sixth place tie).

Level 4, 9-10 age division

Abigail Thomas, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 37.450.  She received a 9.55 on vault (first place), 9.4 on bars (first place), 9.0 on beam (first place), and 9.5 on floor (first place).

Level 5, 7 - 8 age division

Melissa Pedersen, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 34.100.  She received an 8.3 on vault (first place), 8.2 on bars (first place tie), 9.0 on beam (first place) and 8.6 on floor (first place). 

Jesse Carter, Litchfield, placed fifth with an all around score of 30.500.  She received a 7.9 on vault (third place), 6.5 on bars (fourth place), 7.9 on beam (fifth place) and 8.2 on floor (2nd place tie).

Level 5, 9 - 10 age division

Dominique Gentile, Hudson, placed third with an all around score of 34.300.  She received an 8.2 on vault (fourth place), 9.0 on bars (first place), 8.1 on beam (fifth place) and 9.0 on floor (2nd place tie).

Level 6, 7 - 8 age division

Hailey Reiff, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 34.450.  She received an 8.95 on vault (first place), 8.0 on bars (first place), 8.5 on beam (first place), and 9.0 on floor (first place).

Level 6, 11 - 12 age division

Valerie Boucher, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 35.400.  She received a 9.0 on vault (first place), 9.1 on bars (second place), 8.4 on beam (second place tie) and 8.9 on floor (first place tie).

Level 7, 8 - 11 age division

Carly Ramirez, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 35.550.  She received a 9.05 on vault (first place), 8.75 on bars (first place), 8.45 on beam (first place) and 9.3 on floor (first place).

Prep-Op Novice

Emma Rousseau, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 35.825.  She received an 8.9 on vault (sixth place tie), 9.525 on bars (first place), 8.35 on beam (fourth place) and 9.05 on floor (third place).

Nela Klonlwski, Hudson, placed fourth with an all around score of 35.250.  She received an 8.9 on vault (sixth place tie), 9.4 on bars (second place), 8.75 on beam (first place) and 8.2 on floor (sixth place).

Klaudia Klonowski, Hudson, placed fifth with an all around score of 34.800.  She received a 9.05 on vault (third place), 9.35 on bars (third place), 8.5 on beam (third place) and 7.9 on floor (8th place).

Kaleigh Whitnell, Litchfield, placed seventh with an all around score of 34.250.  She received an 8.8 on vault (seventh place), 9.2 on bars (fourth place), 7.5 on beam (seventh place) and 8.75 on floor (fifth place). 

Amanda Blais, Hudson, placed eighth with an all around score of 33.850.  She received an 8.95 on vault (fifth place), 8.75 on bars (seventh place), 7.0 on beam (eighth place) and 9.12 on floor (second place). 

Prep-Op Advanced

Megan Lacasse, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 35.000.  She received an 8.9 on vault (second place), 9.2 on bars (first place), 8.3 on beam (third place) and 8.6 on floor (2ndt place). 

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Devils Sunk by Admirals’ Late Goal

Zenon Konopka’s goal with 1:19 left in regulation gave the Norfolk Admirals a 4-3 decision over the Lowell Devils on Tuesday night at the Tsongas Arena.  The loss extended Lowell’s winless streak to six games (0-5-1-0), while Norfolk made it three wins in a row.

Down 3-2 in the third period, the Devils battled back to knot the game when Vladimir Zharkov spun off a defender in front and whacked a loose puck under the leg of goalie Karri Ramo at 8:17.

Though the Admirals would not be able to convert on a late power play, they would notch the go-ahead goal just as the Devils got back to full-strength.  From behind the net, Steve Downie found a passing lane to the top of the crease, where Konopka banged the puck through the five-hole of goaltender Dave Caruso.

After a scoreless first frame, the Devils were able to grab a 1-0 lead on the man-advantage when Chad Wiseman flicked a wrist shot from the point that deflected past Ramo at 4:07 into the second period.  Norfolk answered immediately with a power play goal of its own just 58 seconds after Wiseman’s marker.  Stationed at the blueline, defenseman Jamie Heward threw a shot past a screened Caruso to tie the score, 1-1.

Lowell in turn needed only 36 ticks of the clock to regain their edge.  Zharkov’s pressure in the Admirals’ zone led to a turnover in the corner for Michael Swift, who sent a pass to the slot that John DiSalvatore chipped inside the far post.

Another flurry of goals later in the second period would give the Admirals their first lead of the game.  Heward’s second power play goal of the night evened it up at 10:56 and Paul Szczechura’s wrister from the far circle 16 seconds later made the score 3-2.

Lowell hosts the Albany River Rats on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. Listen to all of the action live on as Ryan Johnston brings you all of the play-by-play.  Individual tickets are on sale now for the 2008-2009 season.  Contact the Devils at (978) 458-PUCK (7825) for more information or log on to

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