Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Thrilling Overtime Victory for Broncos

by Sue LaRoche

Cody Lambert

For the second time this season, the Broncos and the Nashua North Titans have clashed and for the second time, it took overtime to decide the contest.  Earlier in the year, Alvirne defeated North in double overtime in the Chick-fil-A Christmas tournament and on Thursday, January 22, the Broncos defeated North 61-56 for the overtime win.

Alvirne jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but relinquished that lead in the first quarter and never gained a lead again until the overtime period.  The Broncos fought hard and had the lead down to 2 points in the early stages of the third quarter but trailed by 9 at the end of the third.  With tenacious defense and good ball movement, the Broncos chipped away at the North lead and Caleb Donnelly hit a 3-point shot to knot the game at 54, with 41.3 seconds remaining in regulation.  The Bronco defense managed to hold North and Caleb Donnelly had a good look at the basket for a 3-point shot that fell just short with 5.5 seconds remaining which sent the game into overtime.

Alvirne gained control of the ball in overtime and Joe O’Hearn hit a 3-pointer to put the Broncos on top to stay 57-54.  Alvirne outscored North 7-2 in the overtime period to gain the victory.  The Broncos record stands at 3-3 on the season.  “We finally moved the ball in the second half,” explained a relieved coach Kevin Bonney.  “We are still learning our offense,” said Bonney, “but we really need to put a full 32 minutes of basketball together.”  Overall, he has been pleased as his defense is not giving up many points but is having some difficulty scoring.  “Tonight we moved better,” he explained.

Brennan Donnelly leading scorer

“Big Dog” Brennan Donnelly led the scoring with 17 points, 16 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 assist followed by his younger brother Caleb with 16 points.  Sean Moyen added 12 points and 2 rebounds and Joe O’Hearn hit for 10 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound and 1 assist.

The junior varsity squad also won improving their record to 5-1 overall as they defeated Nashua North by the score of 56-49.  Jon Baldwin had 17 points followed by Tony Beaulieu with 10, Pat Nager with 8 and Zach Melanson with 7.

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Cougars ‘Run’ 6 Straight

by Tom Roye

John Coughlin trying to make a shot

The Campbell High School boy’s basketball team has hit the ground ‘running’ this season – literally.  The 2008-09 version of the Cougars are featuring a fast break attack that has them averaging 67 points per game in Class M competition, the highest in school history.  Long time Campbell fans had grown accustomed to the boys grinding out victories with a disciplined offense and a hard nosed defense.  That formula has produced winning seasons since the school began varsity play in the 2001-02 season and the Cougars have made 3 trips to the semi-finals (and the state championship game in 2003) in 8 seasons.  So, why change?

“This team has the most offensive weapons that we’ve ever had” said Campbell coach Pat Roye.  “We’ve adjusted our approach to fit the strengths of this team.”  Thus far the new approach has been effective as the Cougars have opened the season with six straight wins and sit at the top of the Class M standings.

The offensive weapons begin on the Campbell perimeter where sophomore Josh Morgan (16.2 pts per game), junior Kiel Canada (12.0), junior Shawn Henriquez (8.7) and junior Josh McGrath (6.7)  combine to cause real headaches for opposing defenses.  The quartet has combined to average five three pointers a game, and is shooting an impressive 42 percent behind the arc on the season.  Henriquez, who Roye says is ‘potentially the best point guard in Class M’ leads the squad in assists while Canada disrupts opposing offenses with his 3.2 steals per game.  Morgan, a dangerous scorer, is ‘beginning to play the whole game’ according to Roye as assist, rebound and steal totals are up from a year ago.  McGrath comes off the bench to keep the pace frenetic and produce points and rebounds.  Senior Greg Sherwin provides tough defense on opposing guards and lends experience to the group.

The baseline is functioning as a committee, as five players contribute on a nightly basis.  The five, seniors Phil Houston, Andrew Cialek and John Coughlin, joined with juniors Bobby Frappier and Jacob Lang, have combined to average 25 points and 18 rebounds per game to date.  Frappier is the Cougars leading rebounder while Lang can be counted on to play great team defense (he is averaging taking one charge a game to date).  Houston lends leadership and all around play while Cialek runs the floor well, constantly forcing opposing big men to chase him down.  Coughlin adds a physical presence that the undersized baseline needs to counter larger opponents.

Seniors Alex Guilbeault and Bobby Forrence along with sophomore Andrew Lepine lend even more depth to this year’s squad.  Depth has been a key factor in the Cougars early season success.  Mix in speed and pressure defense and this years team has a different formula for success than previous editions of the Cougars.  Despite the winning streak, Roye sees room for improvement in several key areas.  “We have to hang on to the defensive philosophies that we’ve always been known for,” Roye said.  “Rebounding and boxing out need to improve if we are going to compete with the top teams”.

In the next few weeks the Cougars will see some of the top teams in Class M, beginning with Saturday’s contest with preseason favorite Prospect Mountain.  The Timber Wolves come to the Cougar Den for a 7 p.m. contest and are followed to town by highly regarded Somersworth (6-1).  Saturday, February 7 the boys trek to Berlin, a place where Campbell has never won, and the following Friday traditional powerhouse Conant visits Litchfield.  Results of Wednesday’s away game at Epping were not available at press time.

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Three out of Five for Boys Swimming

by Sue LaRoche

Friday, January 23, the boys swim team faced off against Exeter, Campbell, Sanborn, Bishop Guertin, and Londonderry and defeated three of their five opponents.  Alvirne lost to Bishop Guertin for the second time this year, and they were also defeated by Londonderry, but they soundly defeated Exeter, Campbell, and Sanborn, to bring their record to 11-6 on the season.

The regular season is rapidly coming to a close for the swimmers, as only two meets remain — Concord meet on January 30 and Bobcat Invitational on February 1.  This is the last chance for those swimmers who have not yet qualified for the state meet to post times good enough to compete on February 14 at the University of New Hampshire in the state meet.

The following swimmers placed first, second or third in their respective events:

Erik Luebbers and Sam Luszcz, 200 freestyle; Alex Luebbers and Ronnie Falcone, 200 IM; Eric Cummings and Chase Clark, 50 freestyle; Erik Luebbers and Sam Luszcz, 100 butterfly; Eric Cummings and Matt Beningo, 100 freestyle; Alex Luebbers and TJ Horne, 100 backstroke; Matt Beningo, Ronnie Falcone, and Codi Clark, 100 breaststroke; Michael Haywood, 500 freestyle.

Erik Luebbers, Alex Luebbers, Sam Luszcz, Chase Clark, Ronnie Falcone, Matt Beningo, Michael Hayward, TJ Horne, and Eric Cummings have all posted times good enough to allow them to swim in their individual events at the state meet.

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Swim Season Coming to a Close

by Sue LaRoche

The girls swim team faced some tough competition in the last meet on Friday, January 23, as they lost to Bishop Guertin, Exeter, and Londonderry, but defeated Campbell, to give them a 7-9 record on the season.  The girls will have two additional meets — one in Concord on January 30 and the Bobcat Invitational on February 1 — to try to attain times to allow them to participate in the state meet on February 14 at the University of New Hampshire.

The following swimmers placed first, second or third in their events:

Cara Sibley, 200 IM; Alyssa Lopez, 50 freestyle; Lauren Kraemer, 100 butterfly; Cara Sibley, 100 freestyle; Alyssa Lopez, 100 breaststroke; Paula Dubowik, 100 backstroke; Brooke Prochniak, 500 freestyle.

Cara Sibley, Alyssa Lopez, Lauren Kraemer, Brooke Prochniak, and Paula Dubowik have already qualified for the state meets in their individual events.

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Cougar Girls Dump Hopkinton

by Tom Roye

The Campbell girls basketball team defeated Hopkinton on Saturday night, running their record to 7-2 on the season.  Meghan Sweeney paced the attack with 20 points in the 50-41 victory.  Kristen Hrubowchak and Rebecca Arnone combined to grab 20 rebounds as Campbell controlled the boards against the homestanding Hawks.  Shannon Savard and Kim Chaisson sparked Campbell off the bench with tough defense.

Earlier, the Cougars lost their second game of the season to the undefeated Hilltoppers from Somersworth.  It was a fast-paced game on the part of both teams.  Kristen Hrubowchak led all scorers with 21 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds.  Meghan Sweeney added 15 points in the loss.  Becca Arnone had 13 rebounds and five steals.  Jenny Evans dished out three assists.  Shannon Savard added four points for the Cougars.  The highly competitive contest saw both teams going deep into their benches.  Foul trouble was a problem for both squads, and the Cougars missed out on many opportunities, shooting poorly from the floor and making unforced errors with the ball.

Campbell is currently in sixth place in the Class M standings and their only losses have been to Somersworth (10-0) and Hillsboro-Deering (8-0).  Cougar coach Shawn Flynn saw opportunity in both defeats.  “Against Hillsboro we had the lead with seven seconds to go and they scored at the buzzer, and in the Somersworth game we missed about 20 lay-ups and wide open shots,” he said.  “We felt that we should have won both games.”

Flynn points to several tough match-ups looming ahead for his team, including a rematch with Somersworth and a road game at always-tough Conant.  “We have a ways to go yet, and we will be ready when the tournament comes,” said Flynn.

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Broncos Tame Green Wave

by Sue LaRoche

The 7-1 Green Wave of Dover came to play the 4-4 Broncos of Alvirne, and the Broncos prevailed 54-49 in an exciting overtime game.  Alvirne was lacking some manpower as the flu has hit the Lady Broncos, but everyone stepped up and gave a great effort in the victory.

Alvirne led throughout the contest, posting a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, a 26-20 lead at the half, and they held onto a 39-32 lead at the end of three quarters of play.  The fourth quarter was packed with action but not much scoring, as Alvirne could only muster five points while allowing 12 points, including the tying bucket, with less than 13 seconds to play.

In the fourth quarter, free throws were not friendly to the Lady Broncos as they went one for four from the charity stripe, but they more than made up for that in the overtime period as they hit 10 of 12 to put the game away.  Alvirne outscored Dover 10-5 in the overtime period without scoring a basket. 

“I was really pleased with the effort we put forth tonight,” said coach Karen Bonney.  “We played hard the entire game,” she continued.

Leading the way for Alvirne was Ashley Metivier with 19 points (including seven of eight from the free throw line in the overtime period), five rebounds, three steals, and two assists.  DJ Purcell added 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal, while Tiffany Terrio chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.  Kate Donovan added six points, three rebounds, and one steal.

The junior varsity squad also defeated Dover by the score of 52-39.  Maya Defosses had 16 points, Kayla Duval had 14 points, and Taylor Carbone added 11 points.

The Lady Broncos will be in action again at home on February 3 as they take on Bishop Guertin.

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Alvirne Girls Track Has Successful Season

by Sue LaRoche

Mother Nature hasn’t been smiling down on the teams participating in winter sports this year.  The girls’ track team can certainly attest to that.  With limited facilities to train in to begin with, (Alvirne has no indoor facility to use and must train outdoors, or get bussed to another facility to train on a limited basis), the girls never lost sight of their goals and worked hard to achieve success this year. 

Coach Tarek Rothe is proud of how his team performed, “The team had a terrific season with all of the kids working extremely hard.”  With a regular season record of 25-5-1, the only meets remaining are the qualifying standards meets and the state meet. 

The qualifying standards meets allows those kids who have not yet qualified but are on the brink of qualifying for the state meet, another opportunity to try to qualify.  Only a limited number of girls will have the opportunity to run in this meet against better competition.

The final meet of the season was the Wildcat relays which saw the six relay teams from Alvirne competing against 20 teams from across the state; each of the relay teams placed.

The 4 X 800 team of Courtney Carter, Erica Prince, Morgan Ratte and Emily LaPlant finished sixth; the 4 X 400 team of Courtney Carter, Maria Mayer, Emily LaPlant and Bianca Bellot finished with a third place bronze as did the 4 X 160 team of Stacie Nuttall, Julia Whitney, Nicole Filadoro and Shayla Bergeron.  The shuttle hurdles team of Michelle Filadoro, Cynthia Mugariri, Bianca Bellot and Maria Mayer placed first.  Also placing first was the shuttle dash team of Shayla Bergeron, Julia Whitney, Breanna Cannamucio and Stacie Nuttall. 

Alvirne had 13 girls that qualified for the standards meet:  Bianca Bellot in the high jump, long jump, hurdles and 4 X 400; Shayla Bergeron in the 55m dash, 200 m and 4 X 160; Breanna Cannamucio in the 55m dash; Courtney Carter in the 600m and the 4 X 400 and 4 X 800; Michelle Filadoro in the 55m hurdles; Nicole Filadoro in the shot put; Emily LaPlant in the 1000m, 4 X 400 and 4 X 800; Maria Mayer in the 55m hurdles and 4 X 160; Stacie Nuttall in the 4 X 160; Erica Prince in the 1500m and the 4 X 800; Morgan Ratte in the 4 X 800; Julia Whitney in the 4 X 160 and Amanda Roberts in the 4 X 160.

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Junior Hoopsters Clinch Championship

On December 27 and 28, the Hudson fifth grade girls travel team participated in the annual Pelham Holiday Basketball Tournament.  Much like last year’s Celtics team, the Jr. Penguins found themselves in the title game.  Also like that amazing Celtics team, the Jr. Hoopsters fought back to overcome a 10-point deficit to beat the Merrimack girls, clinching the championship.  The Jr. Penguins are coached by Ed Peterson, assisted by Paul Martineau.

Front row:  Halie Martineau and Amanda Torres.  Second row:  Emma Stevens, Marissa Milley, and Erin Ruigrok.  Third row:  Paul Martineau (assistant coach), Emily Sullivan, Sarah Chaput, Sarah Sherbourne, Hannah Cuthbertson, Jessica Baker, Ashley Wilcox, and Ed Peterson (coach)

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All Girls, All Sports Day Event

On Saturday, February 21, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) Sport Management Club is sponsoring an “All Girls, All Sports Day” event on campus for girls grades three through eight.  Join us for sport clinics, games and activities in the SNHU Fieldhouse on the Manchester Campus, which will be run by members of the SNHU Sport Management Club and SNHU Student-Athletes. 

Following the camp there will be lunch and a visit from Max, the Manchester Monarchs’ mascot with the chance to take pictures and get autographs.  Following the sport clinic and lunch, participants and their families are encouraged to cheer on the SNHU Lady Penmen at a Women’s Basketball Game.  Tickets will be provided to participants and their families and event participants will receive special recognition during the game. 

The event is open to individuals, groups and teams.  Participants should wear sneakers and athletic type clothing for this event.  For ticket information or to register for this event contact Corri Wilson at or Kimberly Bogle at or call 668-2211, ext. 3348.  Space is limited so do not delay.

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