Dan White, Cory Brennick, Jake Aubin, & Tyler Auclair.
Alvirne High School Hockey Team skated their final game of the 2008-2009 season on February, 25 at the Skate 3 Arena. It was a bittersweet end for the four seniors who played hard all season with many underclassmen, some in their first year of the hockey program. While finishing 1-16-1 the Broncos played as a team and fought to the end in every game. Best of Luck to the Seniors!
Meghan Sweeney verse Somerworth
Kim Chaisson verse Epping
Kristen Hrubowchak verse Somerworth
Courtney Michaud verse Epping
After defeating Epping 60-43 on Wednesday, February 25, and then outing the fifth ranked Somersworth team 52-36 on Saturday, February 28. The Campbell girls continued their winning ways Tuesday at Plymouth State University humbling the number one ranked Hillsboro-Deering tem 60-41.
Cheer the Lady Cougars on toward the state championship this Saturday, March 7, at Plymouth State University at 1 p.m. Go Ladies!
Coach Michael Palmer is very proud of the work that his team captain Jon Porter has done this year for his Alvirne wrestling team. Jon’s hard work and dedication to wrestling have earned him a spot in the New England Wrestling Championships which will take place this weekend, March 6 & 7 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Jon is a four-year varsity wrestler for the Alvirne team and this year has wrestled his way to a 27-9 record at the 145-pound weight class. Jon has amassed over 60 victories in his career at Alvirne. He has been successful in several tournaments this year including first place finishes at the Bow Holiday Invitational and the Winnisquam Tournament and a third place finish at the Capital City Classic.
In order to qualify for the New Englands, Jon had to face some stiff competition throughout the state. Jon finished 5th at the Division 1 State tournament in order to advance to the New Hampshire Meet of Champions. At the Meet of Champions, all of the qualifying wrestlers from each of the divisions wrestled against each other, and the top three in their weight class advanced to the New Englands. There, they wrestle against the top wrestlers from the other New England states.
“This tournament, (the New Englands), is the best of the best,” said Coach Palmer. “Jon worked hard throughout his career to reach this pinnacle.” Jon hopes to attend college in the New England area, with a keen interest in Plymouth State, in order to obtain a degree in Physical Education. He also enjoys riding his snowmobile and motorcycle and enjoys playing basketball. This year, he earned his first varsity letter in soccer as well. Jon has been helping in a unified Physical Education class, as a student buddy for special needs students. Jon is an all around great person, with great wrestling skills which have him listed with the best wrestlers Alvirne has produced.
The Litchfield Youth Wrestling Cougars program has enjoyed unprecedented success this season. More than 30 wrestlers participated in the first year program, which caters to wrestlers of all levels of experience. The wrestlers range from first through eighth grades and were taught Folkstyle wrestling, which is the style used by high school and college programs.
The team participated in four tournaments this season as well as the state qualifier. This year’s team has had multiple tournament winners, including Connor Douglas, Jacob Kidwell, David Gandia, Connor Perry, Kyle Sullivan and Matt Graveline, and also many runners-up and third place finishers.
The middle school team attended the states in Concord this season and won the best overall small team trophy. The kids were very excited and earned this trophy by placing five of the seven wrestlers that attended the state tournament. The trophy is honorably displayed in the middle school trophy case.
The coaches attribute the success to all the hard work the boys have put in and the time they spend on the mat.
“I had high expectations for the kids, but they achieved above-and-beyond my expectations,” said first season head coach Steve Callinan. “The kids came ready to practice, learned a lot, and had some fun in the process.”
Practices were held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Campbell High School cafeteria.
“The Campbell High School administration were very supportive of the wrestling program and we couldn’t be more thankful,” said Callinan. “An extra thanks to Principal Manseau, Coach “K”, and Superintendent Elaine Cutter for their support this season.”
Students from Litchfield who will be entering Grades 1 to 8 in the fall are invited to participate in a three-day Wrestling Camp this summer. Details about the camp are not finalized but interested parties may check out the website at www.litchfieldyouthwrestling.com for updates.
The Varsity Winter Spirit Team took second place in the 2009 Dover Cheerleading Invitational. Congratulations, ladies!
The Girls Varsity Basketball team won its Quarterfinal Playoff game, 52-36, against the Hilltoppers of Somersworth. Kristen Hrubowchak scored 19 points, while Meghan Sweeney added 11 points. Becca Arnone added 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kim Chaisson also did well grabbing seven rebounds. Jenny Evans, at the point guard position, led the Cougars by dishing out many assists, while Shannon Savard played great defensively.
Matthew Goczalk competed in the New England Swimming Championships at Bates College. Congratulations to Matt as he finished eighth in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle events!
In Girls Varsity Basketball, the team beat the Blue Devils of Epping in the Preliminary round, 60-43. Courtney Michaud led the Cougars with 16 points, making a number of reverse lay-ups. Kristen Hrubowchak added 13 points, and Becca Arnone added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Shannon Savard and Kim Chaisson came off the bench to score 15 points and grab 15 rebounds.
Steven MacLeod, Kenpo Kid of the Year; Alex Celani, Adult of the Year; and Samantha Poole, Little Dragon of the Year. These students, who have been training anywhere from two to 14 years, led by example by showing respect to all and having the ‘never quit’ attitude that garnered them these lofty awards. If this program sounds right for you, give Hudson Kenpo a call at 595-4507.
Proud Moms and Dads celebrate with their athletes.
It wasn’t exactly the finish that everyone had hoped for on Friday, February 27 against a 15-2 Pinkerton squad. It was the last regular season game for senior co-captains Ashley Metivier and Ashley Tomaswick but it ended on a sour note as Alvirne lost to Pinkerton 61-35 to finish their season at 9-9, good enough to be the 11th seed in the NHIAA Class L playoff tournament which began this past Wednesday. Alvirne took on 6th seed Trinity High School who they lost to in overtime in the regular season. (Results not available at press time).
The evening began with the Alvirne seniors recognizing the seniors from Pinkerton with a flower. Following that, Coach Karen Bonney recognized her co-captains and their families. Both Metivier and Tomaswick have grown up playing basketball together as they played on the same recreation basketball travel team, the Hudson Memorial team (as co-captains) and here at Alvirne. The girls created the first annual Captain’s award which they gave to their 4-6th grade recreation all-star coach John Barry.
Then the game began. Ashley Tomaswick scored the first basket of the game giving the Lady Broncos a 2-0 lead but it was the only lead they would have of the entire contest. “I don’t think we played as well as we can,” said a disappointed Coach Karen Bonney. Pinkerton was in control for the entire game.
Ashley Tomaswick led the way with 9 points and 1 rebound followed by DJ Purcell with 7 points and 2 rebounds. Ashley Metivier, Cassie Larocque and Tiffany Terrio all had 4 points with Metivier adding 6 rebounds. As mentioned above, the Lady Broncos played Trinity in the first round of the Class L tournament on Wednesday March 4 with results to follow in next week’s edition.
Hudson Kenpo had two new adult Black Belts. They are Dan Raccio and Mike Bernard. Dan has been training over 12 years and went through the Junior Black Belt rank before coming over to the adult side. Mike has been training for over seven years. Both share an incredible perseverance and met all their goals. If the program sounds like something you would like to do, call Hudson Kenpo at 595-4507.