Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Hudson Youths Place at State Wrestling Finals

On Sunday, February 15, the NH State Wrestling Finals where held at Concord High School.  Hudson’s Evan Manning placed third in the 120-pound fifth and sixth grade Slate Division while Adam Garside placed third in 125-pound seventh and eighth grade Slate Division, and Brandon Levesque took first at 100-pound fifth and sixth grade Granite Division capturing the title of State Champion.  The Hudson youths wrestle for the Pennichuck Middle School in Nashua and are supported through the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua.

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Girls Travel Basketball

Last weekend the Litchfield third and fourth grade girls Travel Basketball competed in the championship game in the Manchester Suburban League vs. Auburn.  The girls put up a good fight, being down by 10 points at the half, cutting it to two by the end of the third quarter, but just couldn’t hold on for the win, losing to Auburn 25-20.  Scoring came in from Hannah Fabiano, Meg Donovan, Maddi Slayback, Brittany Reidy, and Julie Gibbons.  Then we had great defense added to the game from Alissa Picard, Jessica Manning, Annie Paquin, and Camryn Wirbal.  It was a great effort put in by all and a great way to end the regular season.  The girls will end out their season over the February break with a tournament at Auburn.  Great job girls, and good luck.

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Girls Travel Basketball Team

The Hudson All Stars third and fourth grade girls travel basketball team completed a successful 2008-2009 Manchester Suburban Basketball League season this past weekend.

With teamwork and perseverance, the girls advanced in the playoffs all the way to the MSBL Division I championship game on Sunday, February 15, against Windham.

With a final score of 12-16, the Hudson All Star girls ended their league play with a hard-fought, close-scoring game and the overall runner-up title.  Congratulations to the girls and coaches!

  Back row:  Leo Thyne (head coach), Joe Wetmore (assistant coach), Mike Bardsley (assistant coach); Middle row:  Amanda Wetmore, Jessica DiCicco, Nicole Teague, Marissa Sweeney, Amber Bardsley; Front row:  Shaye Thyne, Katie Bellomo, Hannah Truesdell, Alexa Prescott; Missing:  Mallory Floyd and Grace Carter

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Hudson Sixth Grade Boys Travel Basketball Make it to Championships

submitted by Joe Wetmore

Congratulations go out to the Hudson sixth grade boys travel basketball team for making it to the championship game in all of their first four tournaments.  The boys won their first tournament in North Andover and finished as runner-ups in their next three in the Pelham, Hudson, and Merrimack tournaments.  They have won a total of 15 out of 18 games and should be proud of this accomplishment.  With five tournaments left, they will focus on continuing to work hard and improving both individually and as a team so they can continue their success.

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Hudson Recreation Basketball ‘Barbara Hamilton Day’

submitted by Dave Yates, Recreation Director

On Sunday, February 1, the players, coaches and parents of Hudson Recreation Basketball celebrated Barbara Hamilton Day.  This day is to remember past Recreation Director, Barbara for her tireless efforts on behalf of the children of Hudson.  She always stressed sportsmanship, playing hard and having fun.

Hills-Garrison, Memorial and the Nottingham West Schools were all busy with foul shooting contests and Recreational All-Star Games.  There was a great display of foul shooting throughout each division’s contests.  The winners of the contests were:

Grade 3/4 Girls:  first, Katie Bellomo; second, Brianah Sellingham; third, Mackenzie Kiluk

Grade 3/4 Boys:  first, Connor Lambert; second, Ryan Ruigrok; third, Tyler Christiansen           

Grade 5/6 Girls:  first, Kaycee Carbone; second, Amanda Torres; third, Meghan Perkins

Grade 5/6 Boys:  first, PJ Frasca; second, Dillon Horne; third, Cody Trudel

Grade 7/8 Girls:  first, Devon Smith; second, Brittany Lambert; third, Emily Cuthbertson

Grade 7/8 Boys:  first, Kyle McKinley; second, Brendon Raitt; third, Kevin Sullivan

The Recreational All-Star Games consisted of players who were not on our “Travel All-Star Teams.”  These players were selected by their coaches to represent their team based on talent, dedication and sportsmanship.  The games were very competitive and entertaining.  The many family and friends in attendance were enthusiastic and appreciative of the effort shown by all the players.

A special part of the day was the presentation of the “Hank Center Award.”  Hank was another person who showed tireless effort in many capacities in youth sports and stressed sportsmanship to all.  This award is given to one eighth grade girl and boy who shows dedication to his/her team, consistently attends practices and games, and has shown the highest level of sportsmanship toward teammates, other players, coaches and referees.  Plaques were presented to the winners.  The winners of this year’s award were Jenna Younghusband and Pat Emanuelson. 

Thanks go out to Steve Porter, Frank Girginis and the many families, friends and coaches in attendance and everyone that helped during the day.  Without everyone’s effort and support, our recreational programs could not be the success that they are.

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Gymnasts Sweep Top Positions Cupid Invitational

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson competed in Bow at the 2009 Cupid Invitational.  Both levels took home a team trophy with Level 6 placing first with a team score of 108.30 and Level 5 placing third with a team score of 106.05.  Many of the top five places for each event were taken by our gymnasts at all levels and age divisions, with three gymnasts taking home personal first place all around trophies.  NEGTC, parents, friends and coaches are proud of all the gymnasts.  Girls scores as follows:

Level 5, 7-9 age division:

Dominique Gentile, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 35.400.  She received an 8.35 on vault (sixth place, tie), 9.0 on bars (second place), 8.9 on beam (second place), 9.15 on floor (second place).

Melissa Pedersen, Litchfield, placed second with an all around score of 35.100.  She received an 8.35 on vault (sixth place tie), 8.55 on bars (seventh place), 9.2 on beam (first place), 9.0 on floor (fourth place). 

Skyler Bomba, Hudson, placed fifth with an all around score of 34.300.  She received an 8.6 on vault (second place), 8.25 on bars (10th place), 8.55 on beam (sixth place ), 8.9 on floor (fifth place).

Jesse Carter, Litchfield, placed 12th with an all around score of 33.200.  She received an 8.45 on vault (fourth place, tie), 8.65 on bars (fifth place), 7.4 on beam (15th place, tie), 8.7 on floor (seventh place, tie).

Level 6, 9-10 age division:

Hailey Reiff, Litchfield, placed second with an all around score of 35.700.  She received an 8.9 on vault (second place), 8.9 on bars (first place), 8.65 on beam (fifth place, tie), 9.25 on floor (first place).

Cassandra Zaino, Pelham, placed fourth with an all around score of 33.900.  She received an 8.45 on vault (fifth place, tie,) 8.1on bars (seventh place), 8.85 on beam (fourth place), 8.5on floor (sixth place, tie ).

Level 6, 11-12 age division:

Valerie Boucher, Litchfield placed fourth with an all around score of 34.700.  She received a 9.0 on vault (third place, tie), 8.6 on bars (sixth place), 8.7 on beam (fifth place), 8.4 on floor (10th place tie).

Level 6, 13-plus age division:

Ali Otis, Windham, placed first with an all around score of 35.600.  She received a 9.2 on vault (first place), 8.55 on bars (fourth place), 8.85 on beam (third place, tie), 9.0 on floor (first place).

Alex Teuber, Salem, placed 10th with an all around score of 30.200.  She received an 8.9 on vault (fourth place) 7.8 on bars (ninth place), 6.5 on beam(14th place, tie), 7.00 on floor(11th place).

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Alvirne Gymnastics High School States Results

submitted by Anne Boulia

The Alvirne Gymnastics team competed at the 2009 NHIAA State Gymnastics Tournament on Saturday, February 21, at Salem High School.  Senior Courtney Pestana competed on beam and received a score of 7.10 and 7.60 on floor.  Sophomore Taylor Boulia competed in all four events for an all around score of 32.575; she scored 8.40 on vault, 8.00 on bars, 7.65 on beam, and 8.525 on floor. 

The state tournament ends the season for the gymnastics team this year.  The team was coached by Lisa Robuccio.  Courtney will be graduating this year, but both Taylor and coach Lisa are planning on returning again next year.  Anyone interested in joining the gymnastics team for the 2009-2010 season next year should contact the athletic director, Karen Bonney, at Alvirne High School.

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Alvirne Girls Lose a Tough One to Trinity

by Sue LaRoche

“The girls played their hearts out,” said a disappointed Coach Karen Bonney, “it could have gone either way.”  Unfortunately, for the Lady Broncos, they were outscored 10-6 in the overtime frame taking a difficult 61-57 loss on Friday February 20 leveling their record at 8-8 on the season.

Alvirne took an early 11-10 lead with Ashley Metivier scoring nine of the 11 points as well as pulling down five rebounds.  Trinity came on strong in the second quarter and went ahead 25-22 and maintained a six-point lead at 40-34 going into the final quarter.

The Broncos, led by six-points from DJ Purcell, outscored Trinity 17-11 in the final stanza.  With 36.3 seconds remaining Purcell tied the game at 49 when she hit both ends of a 1 and 1 after being fouled on a strong drive to the basket.  Ashley Tomaswick then hit two free throws as she was fouled on an inbounds play, putting Alvirne ahead by two points.  Trinity then hit two free throws with 16.7 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

The overtime frame had Trinity scoring first to take a two-point lead and it was back and forth for the remainder of the period until Trinity went ahead to stay at 59-55.  Alvirne played a solid game for four plus quarters against a tough Trinity squad.

Both DJ Purcell and Ashley Metivier scored 13 points for the Broncos while Ashley Tomaswick and Katie Donovan chipped in with eight points each. 

In the Junior Varsity contest, Alvirne won by the score of 61-57 again in an overtime contest.  Kayla Duval led all scorers with 15 points followed by Kelly Foley and Delaney Burns with 10 points each.  The Lady Broncos will play their final game of the season on Friday February 27 as they host Pinkerton for their senior night.

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Campbell High School Sports Roundup

submitted by Dale Arria

February 18: In Boys Freshmen Basketball, the Cougars wrapped up their season against Sanborn Regional High School with a score of 52-26.  The Cougars played excellent defense throughout, as well as some of the best offense of the year.  Sean Gray and Chuck Neild contributed nine points each, while Nick Sturzo and Matt Boucher added eight points apiece.

February 17: The Boys Varsity Basketball team improved to 11-2 on the season with a 64-48 victory over Epping.  John Coughlin and Bobby Frappier combined for 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Phil Houston did a great job defending Epping’s leading scorer.  Shawn Henriquez had 18 points and dished out five assists for the Cougars, who got a big boost off the bench from Greg Sherwin.

The Boys JV Basketball team beat Epping, 62-11.  Leading the way offensively was Keithen Craig with 14 points and Mark Taddonio with 7.  Our defensive leaders were Josh Sigman and Chuck Neild.

The JV Girls Basketball team ended the regular season with a big win!  Taylor Shafer and Sarah Vance led the scoring with 14 and 13 points respectively.  Katie Schultz and Heather Geist both recorded seven points each.

February 13: In Boys JV Basketball, the team lost to Conant, 54-59.  Leading scorers for the Cougars were Brandon Groves with 18 points and Keithen Craig with nine.  Our defensive leaders were Kyle Mun and John Houston.

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Broncos Soundly Defeat Concord

by Sue LaRoche

It all looked too easy on Tuesday, February 24 when the Broncos trampled visiting Concord 59-40.  Alvirne jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter, and added to that lead going into the half up 33-19.  The Broncos held Concord to single digits until the 3:05 mark of the second quarter when they finally reached 10 points.

Alvirne stretched the lead to 20 points at the end of three quarters, which allowed all of the Bronco players to see action in the fourth quarter.  Alvirne dominated in all facets of the game as they controlled the boards and made some outstanding passes to each other to get some easy baskets underneath.  The Broncos now sport a 7-8 record on the season.

Caleb Donnelly led the scoring with 18 points followed by 14 points from Joe O’Hearn.  Brennan Donnelly added another double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while also handing out three assists and blocking three shots.  Ryan Sweeney added eight points, five rebounds and one assist and Chris Goldsack added 6 points and three rebounds.

The Junior Varsity squad also won their contest 59-46.  Tony Beaulieu and Jim Tomaswick had 10 points each followed by Pat Nager with nine and John Baldwin with eight points.  The Broncos will play their final home game on Tuesday, March 3 with senior night activities taking place. 

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Boys Gymnastics Team Take Home Second Place

submitted by Kim Marchand

The level 6 boys attended the Gymnastics Village Invitational at Gymnastics Village in Amherst on February 15.  Nine teams competed at this event on Sunday.  NEGTC boys placed second with their combined all around scores in each event.  As a team, they placed third on the floor with a combined score of 40.200, 34.000 (second place on pommel), 36.400 (fourth place), 42.000 (first place), 40.600 (second place) on parallel bars, and 42.000 (third place) on high bar.  The boys from Hudson scored individually as follows:

Colton Rice, level 6, 10-11 age group, placed seventh in the All Around.  He scored 13.400 on floor (third place), 10.200 on pommel horse (ninth place), 10.7 on rings (10th place), 12.5 on vault (12th place), 13.700 on parallel bars (fifth place), and 14.300 on high bar (fourth place).

Cody Rice, level 6, 12-plus age group, placed sixth in the All Around.  He scored 8.200 (third place) on pommel, 11.600 (fourth place) on rings, 11.200 (sixth place) on vault, 11.200 (fourth place) on parallel bars, and 13.900 (third place) on high bar.

Congratulations to all the boys for a job well done.

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