Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Alvirne Wrestling Wins Second Match

by Sue LaRoche

John Porter won an 11-7 decision in the 152-pound weight class.

The Alvirne Broncos won their second match of the season, easily defeating Manchester Memorial 54-18, to improve their record to 2-4 on the season.

The Broncos dropped to an early 12-3 deficit after the first three matches at the 189, 215, and 285 weight classes.  Jeremy Baker won a close 4-3 decision in the 215 class, giving Alvirne their first three points of the night.  Zach Breen followed with six points in the 103-pound weight class followed by a six-point victory for Josh Metivier at 112, which put the Broncos in the lead at 15-12, but they lost the next match at 125 and were down 15-18.

Kyle Vogler put the Broncos back on top to stay in the 130-pound bout with a pin of his opponent.  John Campbell added a victory at 135 and Michael Harris added another six for the Broncos with a pin of his opponent.  Nick Kramer and Steve Lichtenberg also added victories.

John Porter, wrestling up a weight class, won an 11-7 decision in the 152-pound weight class, outlasting his opponent, and Doug Albertson pinned his opponent for the final match of the night.

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NHIAA Recognizes CHS Varsity Golf Team

Campbell High School’s Varsity Golf team was recognized by the NHIAA for sportsmanship at a recent Class M athletic directors’ meeting last month.  Congratulations to the players, manager and coach.

The following student-athletes were members of the Golf Team:  John Aniskovich, Tyler Bonin, Bobby Forrence, Kevin Gallagher, David Kapelson, Jacob Lang, Andrew Lepine, Josh McGrath, Tyler Merrill, Chris Pascoe, Josh Sigman, Greg Smith, Alexandria Nicoll, Manager; Shawn Flynn, Coach.

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Lady Broncos Out Muscle Bishop Guertin

by Sue LaRoche

DJ Purcell at the top of the key

Alvirne’s Lady Broncos improved their record to 7-4 overall as they defeated the Cardinals of Bishop Guertin 57-47 on Tuesday, February 3.  It was a fast and furious first quarter as 39 points were scored between the two teams, with Alvirne outscoring visiting Bishop Guertin by one, 20-19, to take a slim lead.  A whole slew of lead changes later saw the girls going into the locker room tied at 31.

Bishop Guertin took a four-point lead early in the third quarter forcing Alvirne to take a time out to re-focus.  And re-focus they did as they ran off six unanswered points to take the lead for good.

“Tonight was the best job of hitting the boards offensively,” complimented coach Karen Bonney who applauded the hard work of the entire team, and especially Tiffany Terrio, Cassie Larocque, Kate Donovan and Ashley Tomaswick on the offensive glass.

Alvirne was ahead 43-37 at the end of three quarters and never looked back, cruising to a 57-47 victory.  Kate Donovan had a double double as she scored 12 points and hauled down 10 rebounds; Ashley Tomaswick had 13 points and nine rebounds; Cassie Larocque had 12 points and seven rebounds; Ashley Metivier added nine points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist; and DJ Purcell chipped in with eight points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist.

The JV squad did not fare quite as well as they lost to Bishop Guertin 55-45.  Maya Defosses led the scoring with 13 points followed by Jess Underwood who added nine points. 

The Broncos will be on the road to take on Merrimack and Salem and return home on February 13 to take on Keene.

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Girls Swim Finishes on an Even Keel

by Sue LaRoche

The Lady Broncos took advantage of their final meet of the season, defeating four of the five teams that they swam against, including Gilford, John Stark, Kingswood and Laconia, losing only to Concord.   This great effort evens their record at 11-11 on the season.

Swimming well for Alvirne were:  Lauren Kraemer, third overall in the 200 freestyle, second overall in the 100 butterfly, and third overall in the 500 freestyle; Cara Sibley, third overall in the 500 freestyle; Rebecca Patenaude, fourth overall in the 100 breaststroke; Alyssa Lopez, fourth overall in the 500 freestyle; and Kerrigan Murray, fourth overall in the 200 IM.

The relay teams performed well, as the 400 freestyle team of Cara Sibley, Alyssa Lopez, Lauren Kraemer, and Brook Prochniak placed first overall, and the 200 Medley relay team of Lauren Kraemer, Cara Sibley, Rebecca Patenaude, and Alyssa Lopez finished second overall.

The girls bid farewell to their five seniors, three of whom have been with the team for four years, including Alyssa Lopez, Rebecca Patenaude, and Cara Sibley, as well as Nicole Lecraw, a three-year swimmer and Stephanie Fraser a two-year swimmer.

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Cougar Girls Split Two Games

by Tom Roye

Meghan Sweeney led all Cougar scorers with 28 points against Epping.

It was a hectic week for the Campbell girl’s basketball squad as they took on Prospect Mountain and Sanborn Regional on the road with mixed results.  The Cougars lost a heartbreaker at Prospect Mountain on Saturday night 66-64 in overtime after leading by a large margin in the first half.  Meghan Sweeney led all Cougar scorers with 28 points and Kristen Hrubowchak chipped in with 13 points in the loss.  Becca Arnone, 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Kim Chaisson, six points and nine rebounds, kept the ball alive on the boards for Campbell.  Senior point guard Jenny Evans contributed four assists.  Poor free throw shooting and a weak defensive effort in the second half hurt the Cougars

The girls bounced back in fine form on Monday night against the Indians from Sanborn High School.  Kristen Hrubowchak led all scorers with 21 points and five steals in the 64-37 Campbell victory.  Becca Arnone and Meghan Sweeney each had 13 points in the win.  This was the first time all year the Cougars had seen a box and one played on senior Meghan Sweeney.  Arnone also collected 15 rebounds and the Cougars had a season low six turnovers in the game.  The highlight of the game was the acrobat Larry Bird type shot form Abbi Houlne.  The Cougars corrected their foul shooting problems in this one, going 12 for 16 from the charity stripe.  Also scoring five points for the Cougars was Shannon Savard.  Marissa Framarini and Courtney Michaud played great on the defensive end for Campbell, now sporting an 8-3 record.

As the girls head toward a playoff spot Coach Shawn Flynn knows that every game is important.  “We need to pick up as many wins as we can to secure the best seed possible,” he said.  This year the top four seeds will play the first two rounds of the playoffs at home.  With road match-ups with two of the top teams in Class M looming (at Hillsboro-Deering and at Somersworth) Flynn hopes his team will be playing their best ball of the season coming up.  “Hopefully we will keep improving and be playing our best in the tournament” said Flynn.

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CHS Sports Roundup

submitted by Dale Arria

February 2

In Girls Varsity Basketball, the team won its ninth game of the season against Sanborn 64-37.  Kristen Hrubowchak scored a game high 21 points.  Meghan Sweeney and Becca Arnone each scored 13, while Becca grabbed one rebound.  Kim Chaisson and Courtney Michaud were also great on the boards.  Jenny Evans and Shannon Savard played great defensively.  Marissa Framarini went 2-2 from the line.  Abbi Houlne made a Larry Bird shot at the end of the game.

In Boys Freshmen Basketball, the Cougars improved 5-4, beating the Newmarket Mules by a score of 52-47.  The Cougars were led offensively by Brandon Groves who had 15 points and Sean Gray who had 12.

January 31

The Girls Varsity Basketball team lost a heart breaker to Prospect Mountain 66-64 in overtime.  Meghan Sweeney scored a game high 28 points.  Kristen Hrubowchak and Jenny Evans played well defensively.

In Girls JV Basketball, the girls battled back from early setbacks to tie the game 35-35 late in the fourth quarter before Prospect Mountain ran off countless fail shots to end the game.  Sarah Vance led the scoring for Campbell with 11 points, while Katie Schultz added nine and Taylor Shafer contributed seven.

In Boys Varsity Basketball, Josh Morgan scored a career high 29 points, and Phil Houston, Kiel Canada, and Andrew Cialek combined for 22 rebounds, as the boys defeated Prospect Mountain 64-43.  Shawn Henriquez had five assists and three steals in the victory.

January 29

The Girls JV Basketball team got back to their winning ways with a powerful performance against Epping.  Sarah Vance led the scoring with 16 points and caused multiple turnovers.  Katie Schultz added 11 points, while Taylor Shafer was right behind with 10.  Freshman Sam Radcliffe played well, adding seven points to the final 46-26 total.

The Boys JV Basketball team beat Epping 57-22.  The leading scorers for the Cougars were John Houston with 10 points and Jason Paquin with eight.  Our defensive standouts were Kyle Mun and Tyler Syphers. 

The Boys Freshmen Basketball team started off the game flat, but the Cougars roared back in the second half to force two overtimes.  Led by Sean Gray and Garrett Sahlin, the Cougar intensity was almost too much for the Sanborn team to handle.  The Cougars ended up losing by a score of 48-41.

January 26

The Boys Freshmen Basketball team defeated Milford High School by a score of 51-41.  The Cougars were led offensively by John Houston with 20 points.

January 25

CHS winter track and field team

At the Class M and S Indoor Track Championships, the boys’ team finished first and the girls’ team captured second place.  Congrats to all the team members.  Allie Lajoie finished in first place and set a new school record in the 300-meter event.  Evan Leith also captured first place in the boys’ high jump and 55 meter hurdles.  The girls’ 4 x 400 and 2 x 200 relay teams both finished first in their respective races.

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Broncos Comeback Denied

by Sue LaRoche

Jim Reidy makes a shot against Spaulding on Friday night

As the saying goes, “Close, but no cigar”.  The Alvirne Broncos staged a heroic comeback on Friday night against the Spaulding Red Raiders but managed to fall two points short when the final buzzer sounded.

The Broncos let one slip away as they lost to Spaulding 44-42.  The boys staged a courageous comeback after not playing up to their potential but they were denied the victory.

“Hopefully this was a lesson learned,” said coach Kevin Bonney, as he needs his team to put in a full game’s worth of effort every night.

The Broncos managed to outscore their opponents 12-9 in the final quarter of play but a close shot at the buzzer wouldn’t fall to send it into overtime.  Chris Goldsack and Caleb Donnelly led the scoring with nine points each followed by Sean Moyen who added eight points.

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Boys Swim Team Finishes on Up Stroke

by Sue LaRoche

January 30 was the final meet of the season for the boys swim team, and they certainly made it count as they defeated all five teams that they were swimming against (Concord, Gilford, John Stark, Kingswood and Laconia), bringing their record to an impressive 17-6 on the season.

Swimming well for the Broncos as overall winners were:  Alex Luebbers, first in 200 freestyle, missing on qualifying time by only 14/100 of a second, and first in the 500 freestyle; Erik Luebbers, first in the 200 IM, and third in the 100 backstroke; Eric Cummings, first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly; Matt Beningo, second in the 100 freestyle; TJ Horne, second in 100 backstroke, third in the 200 IM; Steve Balevre, second in 500 freestyle.  The mens relay teams placed first and third in the 200 freestyle, first in the 400 freestyle, and third in the 200 medley.

Graduating seniors who swam in their final Bronco team meet were four-year swimmers Eric Cummings, Erik Luebbers (who is a state qualifier), Chris Kraemer, and Codi Clark.

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Campbell Boys Pick Up Impressive Win

by Tom Roye

The Campbell boys basketball team picked up their most impressive victory to date with a 64-43 win over highly regarded Prospect Mountain last Saturday at the Cougar Den.  The visiting Timberwolves were a Class M preseason favorite and returned four starters from last seasons 17-1 squad.

The Cougars came into Saturday’s contest on a down note, having been upset at Epping on the previous Tuesday 55-54.  In the Epping loss, the Cougars squandered a 12-point lead and several opportunities to regain control of the game late in the fourth quarter as the scrappy Blue Devils hung on for the win.  A weak defensive effort and questionable shot selection were key factors in Campbell’s first loss of the season.

“Some areas of weakness really showed up in the Epping game,” said Campbell coach Pat Roye.  “We had some work to do to be ready for Prospect.”

In the Prospect contest Campbell came out with their best defensive effort to date as they held the Timberwolves leading scorer, guard Jack LaFrenniere, to only eight points, while battling the visitors imposing front line (featuring 6-foot-6-inch Mike Jensen, and 6-foot-5-inch Ryan Hingston) on the boards.  “Shawn Henriquez and Kiel Canada really did the job on the Prospect guards” said Roye.  “We were able to pressure them all night and keep them from getting the ball in to the bigs.”  A baseline rotation of Phil Houston (10 rebounds), Bobby Frappier (14 points), Andrew Cialek, and Jacob Lang kept Prospect off the glass as the Cougars managed a significant rebounding edge in the game.

Offensively, the visitors couldn’t keep up with the Campbell fast break as sophomore Josh Morgan, en route to a career high 29 points, consistently got to the rim and finished strong.  The aggressive attacks drew Prospect fouls and put the lanky sophomore on the foul line where he cashed in with an eight for nine performance.  When the fast break wasn’t available the Cougars spread out the much bigger visitors and used patience and penetration to frustrate the defense.  Senior tri-captain Greg Sherwin knew Campbell was ready to play on Saturday.  “We knew we had blown the Epping game ourselves and we wanted to show that we are still a good team” Sherwin said, adding “We don’t like to lose.” 

The Cougars, now 7-1 on the season, continue through a challenging part of the schedule as 9-1 Somersworth comes to Litchfield on Thursday night, followed by a road game at always tough Berlin.  “There’s a long way to go yet” said the Campbell coach.  “We have to keep improving every day.”  Results of the Somersworth game were not available at press time. 

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