Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Home Opener a Close One

by Sue LaRoche

The Alvirne High School boys’ basketball team began the season with a close loss to Manchester West 57-54 at Rivier College on Tuesday, January 6.  Not exactly the way the Broncos wanted to open their season but it was “a learning experience for a young team,” said coach Kevin Bonney.

The Broncos came out playing hard and took an early 15-13 lead in the first quarter but lost the lead as they went into the half down 25-21.  West added to its lead in the third quarter as they led 45-37 going into the final stanza.

The Broncos did not roll over, however, as they scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to pull within two points.  It was back and forth until Caleb Donnelly came up with a big three-point shot to tie the score at 52, with just over four minutes to go.  With 2:18 to play, older brother Brennan Donnelly grabbed an offensive rebound, got fouled, and hit them both to give Alvirne a 54-52 lead, then transitioned nicely and got a big block on the defensive end.  West scored two big buckets and a key foul shot to ice the game.

The Donnelly brothers led the scoring for Alvirne as Caleb scored 16 points, including four 3-point shots, while Brennan added 15 points, four rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots.  Chipping in with six points apiece were Dan Porter, Sean Moyen, and Ryan Sweeney.

The Bronco JV squad fared a bit better as they defeated West 68-53.  Tyler MacDonald chalked up 17 points, while Zach Melanson added 11, and Pat Nager and Jon Baldwin had eight points apiece.  The Broncos will have their next home game on January 13 against Timberlane.

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Girls’ Track Begins on the Right Foot

by Sue LaRoche

Christmas dinner did not interfere with the speed of the AHS girls’ track team as they finished in first place at a 10 team meet on Sunday, December 28.  Alvirne easily defeated teams, including Nashua South, Milford, Souhegan Campbell, and Pelham.  The girls scored 88 points, overwhelming the field of competitors, as the next closest team scored 41 points.

First place finishers for the Broncos included Shayla Bergeron in the 55 meters (7.4 seconds) and 300 meters (42.8 seconds); Emily LaPlant in the 1000 meters (3:21.8); Maria Mayer in the 55 meter hurdles (9.1 seconds); and Bianca Bellot in the long jump 15’7.75”).  Also finishing in first place were the 4 x 160 relay team of Stacie Nuttall, Nicole Filadoro, Julia Whitney, and Shayla Bergeron, and the 4 x 400 relay team of Courtney Carter, Maria Mayer, Bianca Bellot, and Emily LaPlant.  Coach Tarek Rothe was proud of his team as they “all worked together for this victory.”

Alvirne fared well in other events also:  Breanna Cannamicio placed third and Amanda Roberts placed sixth in the 55 meter dash; Courtney Carter finished fourth and Kayla Belanger finished fifth in the 600 meter dash; Morgan Ratte finished fifth in the 1500 meter run; Michelle Filadoro and Bianca Bellot finished third and fifth in the 55 meter hurdles; Stacie Nuttall finished sixth in the high jump and third in the long jump; and Nicole Filadoro finished second in the shot put with a Class L qualifying throw of 30’11.25”.

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AHS Swim Team Results

by Sue LaRoche

On December 30, the Salem Blue Devils came up short against the Alvirne boys’ swim team 119-37, while the girls’ team defeated Alvirne 98-69.  The Salem boys’ team was a bit short-handed as they had a band conflict on the night of the meet, so the Alvirne boys took advantage and came up with the big victory. 

Eric Cummings (50 freestyle), Erik Luebbers (200 and 500 freestyle) and Alex Luebbers (200 IM) all swam times good enough to qualify them for the Class L State Meet.

Boys finishing in the top three in their events include:  50 freestyle, Eric Luebbers 1st, Chase Clark 3rd; 100 freestyle, Matt Beningo 1st, James Gillum 3rd; 200 freestyle, Erik Luebbers 1st, Ronnie Falcone 2nd; 500 freestyle, Erik Luebbers 1st, TJ Horrne 2nd, Steve Balevre 3rd; 100 butterfly, Cummings 1st, Balevre 3rd; 100 backstroke, A. Luebbers 1st, Falcone 2nd; 100 breaststroke, Beningo 2nd, Chris Doherty 3rd; 200 IM, A. Luebbers 1st, Horne 3rd. 

The relay teams included:  200 freestyle, E. Luebbers, Beningo, A. Luebbers, Cummings 1st; Codi Clark, Sam Luszcz, Gillum, Falcone 3rd; 200 medley, E. Luebbbers, Beniingo, A. Luebbers, Cummings 1st, Horne, Doherty, Balevre, Codi Clark 3rd; 400 freestyle, Balevre, Luszcz,, Chase Clark, Falcone 1st, Doherty, Horne, Gillum, Codi Clark 2nd, Chris Boudreau, Chris Kreamer, Ryan Flannery, Michael Haywood, 3rd.

On the girls’ side:  50 freestyle, Alyssa Lopez 2nd, Cara Sibley 3rd; 100 freestyle, Sibley 2nd,  200 freestyle, Nicole Lecraw 3rd, 500 freestyle, Jamie Martineau 3rd; 100 butterfly, Lauren Kraemer 3rd; 100 backstroke, Lecraw 3rd; 100 breaststroke, Lopez 2nd; 200 IM, Krawmer 2nd, Brook Prochniak 3rd.

In the relay events:  200 freestyle, Sibley, Prochniak, Kraemer, Lopez 1st, Lauren Bistany, Nicole Godschall, Meagan Hamblin, Kelly Mackay 3rd; 200 medley, Sibley, Rebecca Patenaude, Kraemer, Lopez 2nd; 400 freestyle, Martineau, Prochniak, Patenaude, Lecraw 2nd, Laura DeAngelis, Marie Lupoli, Bistany, Stephanie Fraser 3rd.

The Bronco swim team will host their only home meet on Friday January 9 at 4:30 against Bishop Guertin and Hollis Brookline.

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AHS Basketball Tournament Results

by Sue LaRoche

It was a fairly successful holiday break for the Alvirne girls’ and boys’ basketball teams as they participated in holiday tournaments over the vacation week. 

The boys’ team finished in third place in the Nashua’s Chick-fil-A Holiday Basketball tournament held at Nashua South High School.  The Broncos narrowly defeated Hollis/Brookline 45-42, placing them in the semi-finals of the tournament.  Using the size advantage of Brennan Donnelly and Ryan Sweeney, the Broncos took advantage of 23 points from the pair to earn the victory.  Senior guard Dan Porter chipped in with 6 points in the game.

In the semi-finals, Alvirne lost to host team Nashua South 50-34, as they had difficulty finding an offensive weapon during the game.  Ryan Sweeney led the scoring with 8 points, while Brennan Donnelly chipped in with 6 points.

In the consolation final, sophomore Caleb Donnelly hit his stride as he led the Broncos with 19 points including three 3 pointers, to pace the Broncos to a 71-65 overtime victory against Nashua North.  Ryan Sweeney had 11 points, while Brennan Donnelly and Dan Porter each contributed 10 points.

The Lady Broncos went 1-2 in the Coca-Cola Christmas Classic tournament as they lost to Swampscott, MA 69-37 and Timberlane 60-50, but easily defeated host team Haverhill, MA 60-30. 

In the first game of the tournament against the Swampscott, MA team, the Broncos fell behind and were never able to catch up.  DJ Purcell led the Broncos with 12 points, followed by Cassie Larocque with 10, and Brianna Knapp and Kate Donovan chipped in with 8 points each.

In the second game of the tournament, the Broncos narrowly missed a victory as they lost 60-50 to Timberlane.  A fourth quarter rally fell short, and the outside shooting of Timberlane put a crimp in any plans for a victory as they made ten 3 pointers.  Once again, DJ Purcell led the way with 13 points, Cassie Larocque scored 12, and Ashley Metivier added 10 points for the Lady Broncos.

In the consolation game, Alvirne easily defeated host team Haverhill, MA 60-30.  DJ Purcell had 13 points, Cassie Larocque had 10 points, and Deanna Trearchis added 9 points for the Lady Broncos who placed fifth overall in the tournament.

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Back-to-Back Christmas Tournament Championships for Lady Colts

submitted by Frank Girginis

The Hudson Memorial School (HMS) Lady Colts were up against the odds, but, if you ask any of the girls, that’s exactly where they like to be.  Going into this year’s Amherst/Wildcat Christmas Tournament, the girls were up against some very tough competition.  The Amherst/Wildcat tournament was a tournament of the top four teams in both Tri-County Class L and Class I divisions.  Included in the tournament were undefeated Bedford from Class L and undefeated Amherst from Class I, both of which HMS had to go up against if they wanted to win their second straight Christmas tourney.

The Lady Colts started off the tourney versus Elm Street of Nashua and used their intense defense to force 31 turnovers on their way to a 56-22 win.  In the Lady Colts semi-final game, they found themselves up against undefeated and Class I powerhouse Amherst Middle School; however, the name on the front of a jersey will never rattle the HMS Lady Colts, and the girls came out with tough defense and never allowed Amherst to get comfortable, forcing 27 turnovers on their way to a 49-30 victory and a berth in the tournament finals.  Taking down the Class I undefeated team was a challenge in itself, but if the girls wanted to win this tournament they had to beat the team who everyone says is unbeatable and who the Lady Colts lost to just a week ago in their regular season play, Bedford.

With their toughest challenge ahead of them, the girls decided they needed some extra motivation and decided to honor their HMS motto and wear shirts with the HMS Lady Colts team saying “Through all the Blood, Sweat, and Tears, We Are Hudson.”  The girls knew they needed to play their best basketball, and to do that they knew they had to give something extra, and the shirts looked to be that.  The game started, and all of a sudden the girls found themselves down 17-6 at the end of the first quarter.  In the huddle, the girls talked about defense and how they needed to step up their defense if they had a chance to win.  The girls did just that, holding Bedford to just two second quarter points and at the half the girls had come back to tie the game 19-19.  The girls kept up their intense defense and held Bedford to four points in the third quarter and found themselves with a four-point lead heading into the fourth and decisive quarter.  Bedford made a charge late in the fourth, but the Lady Colts held strong and matched Bedford basket for basket; however, in the final minute, it was the clutch free-throw shooting of Emily Cuthbertson and Sandi Purcell that sealed the win and the Championship for the Colts.  The Lady Colts beat Bedford with a final score of 45-42.

Members of the HMS Lady Colts include Co-Captain Thalia Garcia, Co-Captain Devon Smith, Livia Gosselin, Courtney Heroux, Kendall Brigham, Mikayla Powlowsky, Steph Tsouprakos, Arianne McCord, Leanne Winans, Tayla Lemeuix, Sandi Purcell, Emily Cuthbertson, Jamie Sherburne, Vanessa Jacques, Julianne McGrail, Veronica Merceri, Cassidy Utice, and Brittney Lambert.

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Gymnasts Compete in ‘Classic for the Cure’

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson — Levels 5, 6 and 7 — competed at the 2009 Classic for the Cure for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Cancer in East Brunswick, NJ on January 3 and 4.  There were 560 gymnasts from eight states and 23 different gymnastic centers competing at this meet.  Many of the gymnasts received medals for placing in the top 10 for their individual events and Levels and in the top five for the all around spots.  The gymnasts were all able to have their pictures taken and items personally signed by Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson.  It was wonderful to see the girls’ faces light up at meeting such a wonderful role model for the girls.  Thanks to Coach Katey for giving the girls such a wonderful learning experience.  Coaches, family, and friends are very proud of all the gymnasts hard work and team spirit to help go above and beyond the goal of raising $10,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Level 5, age 7, Jr. A Division:

Skyler Bomba, Hudson, placed 16th with an all around score of 15.725.  She received a 7.9 on vault (seventh place), 7.825 on beam (15th place)

Level 5, Jr. B Division:

Dominique Gentile, Hudson, placed ninth with an all around score of 33.375.  She received an 8.575 on vault (seventh place), 8.15 on bars (eighth place), 8.0 on beam (15th place), 8.65 on floor (ninth place)

Level 5, Sr. B Division:

Valerie Boucher, Litchfield, placed first with an all around score of 35.725.  She received a 9.2 on vault (first place), 8.625 on bars (fourth place), 9.025 on beam (third place), 8.875 on floor (fourth place)

Kailey Sullivan, Hudson, placed sixth with an all around score of 34.075.  She received an 8.775 on vault (fourth place tie), 8.4 on bars (ninth place), 8.35 on beam (ninth place), 8.55 on floor (eighth place)

Level 6, Jr. A Division:

Hailey Reiff, Litchfield, placed eighth with an all around score of 34.350.  She received an 8.65 on vault (ninth place), 8.725 on bars (eighth place), 8.725 on beam (10th place), 8.825 on floor (fifth place)

Level 7, Jr. B Division:

Carly Ramariz, Hudson, placed third with an all around score of 36.475.  She received a 9.05 on vault (sixth place), 8.85 on bars (fifth place), 9.35 on beam (first place), 9.225 on floor (first place)

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