Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Campbell Alumni Game

Campbell High School will host the fifth annual Alumni Basketball Game on Friday, November 28, in the Cougar Den.  This years game will feature the Campbell girls varsity squad taking on their alumni at 5:30 p.m., while the graduates of the boys program will follow with an ‘Odd-Even’ game at 7. 

This year’s girls’ squad looks to build on the excitement of last season’s run to the state championship game.  Seniors Meghan Sweeney, Jen Evans, and Courtney Michaud will lead the Cougars this season.

The boys’ alumni contest will feature the graduates battling it out for bragging rights as the Cougar varsity tryouts will not occur until December 1.  Come on out for a fun night at the CHS gym.

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Lowell Devils Bitten by River Rats in Shootout

The Lowell Devils saw their winless streak stretch to seven games (0-5-1-1) as they were defeated in the shootout by the Albany River Rats, 3-2, on Saturday at the Tsongas Arena.  River Rats goalie Justin Peters denied Patrick Davis in the bottom half of round five to secure his first win of the season and also give Albany its first victory in five games.

Tied 1-1 after the first period, the Devils would gather their first lead of the game on Trevor Kell’s first goal of the season.  As Rod Pelley pushed toward the net and tried to kick the puck to his own stick, the carom instead went to a wide-open Kell, who quickly dumped it past a diving Peters with 46.6 seconds until the intermission.

Albany owned a 29-13 shot advantage through the last two periods of regulation and would tie the score 2-2 at 2:26 of third period off the stick of Joe Jensen.  Bryan Rodney fed a perfect pass to the blueline that got Jensen behind the Devils’ defense and he finished it off with a wrist shot inside the far post.

Lowell had opportunities to put away Albany on a power play late in the game that extended into over time and also on a penalty shot for rookie Brad Snetsinger.  The left-winger skated down the right wing and beat Peters to the blocker side, but rang the shot off the post.

The River Rats’ Jerome Samson opened up the scoring 11:36 into the first period batting his own rebound into the back of the net.  John DiSalvatore helped the Devils respond 1:33 later during a 5-on-3 power play by rocketing a one-timer into the top right corner of the net.

Frazee made 41 saves through overtime in his third career start.  The Devils were 1-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

In the shootout, Dwight Helminen, Jakub Petruzalek and Michael Ryan scored for Albany, while Lowell’s Eric Castonguay and Ryan Murphy converted through four rounds.  Frazee made a pad save on Dan LaCouture’s tuck shot to give the Devils a chance to extend the shootout, but Peters got a pad on Davis’ backhand attempt to end the contest.

Lowell travels to face the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday, November 21 at 7:00p.m and returns home for a two-game set against the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday, November 22 at 1:30p.m and the Springfield Falcons on Sunday, November 23 at 4:00p.m.  Listen to all of the action live on 980AM-WCAP and as Ryan Johnston brings you all the play-by-play.  Individual tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season.  Contact the Devils at (978) 458-PUCK (7825) for more information or log on to

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Gymnasts Shine at Invitationals

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson Level 4 competed at the Turkey Shoot Invite in Bow on Sunday.  The Level 4 team girls brought home the first place team trophy with a score of 176.950.  The Level 5 and 6 team girls competed in Middleton, MA at the Yellow Jacket Holiday Invite.  Level 5 Team girls brought home the first place team trophy with a score of 108.22.  Level 6 team girls came in fifth place with a score of 107.275.  Many of the gymnasts took home personal medals and trophies out of the 13 teams and over 175 gymnast that attended these meets.  NEGTC coaches, family and friends are very proud of all the gymnast.  The girls scored as follows:

Level 4, Turkey Shoot 6-8 age division

Kamryn Ford, Litchfield, tied for fifth place with an all around score of 33.050.  She received a 9.45 on vault (first place), 8.2 on bars (third place tie), 7.6 on beam (seventh place), 7.8 on floor (sixth place tie).

Level 4, Turkey Shoot 9-10 age division

Abbie Thomas, Hudson, placed second with an all around score of 36.050.  She received a 9.2 on vault (third place), 9.35 on bars (second place), 8.8 on beam (first place), 8.7 on floor (second place).

Level 5, Yellow Jacket Invite Junior A

Melissa Pedersen, Litchfield, placed eighth with an all around score of 33.775.  She received a 8.6 on vault (eighth place tie), 8.45 on bars (seventh place tie), 8.325 on beam (12th place), 8.4 on floor (13th place).

Jesse Carter, Litchfield, placed 17th with an all around score of 29.850.  She received a 7.9 on vault (16th place), 6.85 on bars (15th place), 7.7 on beam (13th place), 7.4 on floor (16th place).

Level 5, Yellow Jacket Invite Junior B

Dominique Gentile, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 35.800.  She received a 8.95 on vault (fourth place), 9.4 on bars (first place), 8.45 on beam (ninth place), 9.0 on floor (first place).

Level 5, Yellow Jacket Invite Senior

Valerie Boucher, Litchfield, placed fourth with an all around score of 35.400.  She received a 9.05 on vault (second place tie), 8.85 on bars (fifth place), 9.05 on beam (fifth place), 8.45 on floor (12th place).

Level 6, Yellow Jacket Invite Child

Hailey Reiff, Litchfield placed sixth with an all around score of 35.050.  She received an 8.8 on vault (12th place tie), 8.55 on bars (seventh place), 8.5 on beam (10th place), 9.2 on floor (fourth place).

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