Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Lady Cougars Were Just a Little Short

by Len Lathrop

The New Hampshire Class M Girls Basketball state title game at Plymouth State University, featuring Campbell’s Cougars versus the Golden Eagles of Gilford, was three games in one, and the box scores record the swings.  Both teams had played two prelim games at their home courts, and on Tuesday had each won to reach this game.  The final of 45-52 doesn’t tell the complete story.

Nothing went well for the girls from Litchfield in the first quarter and half of the second, with the score at a lopsided 20-4, and with the clock at 4 minutes and 42 seconds the Cougars were back into the game.  They began making hoops and passing to avoid the twin towers for the Golden Eagles — 5’11” senior Lindsey Carr and her counterpart, junior 6’ 1” Rachel Landry — and using the speed of CHS Jennifer Evans and Kristen Hrubowchak, who both threw some in from the outside and drove past the defense and into the paint for scores.  At the half-time buzzer, the score was 20-26.

Coach Shawn Flynn kept the momentum moving as the Cougars remerged from the locker room to tie the score at 32 at 2 minutes and 21 seconds of the third period.  With the Cougars outscoring the eagles in the second and third periods, 16-8 and 12-6, a state title appeared in the playbook.  Carr and Landry were big factors in the fourth quarter, with 20 points,18 rebounds and 15 points, 11 rebounds respectively.  That and Cougars’ Meghan Sweeney, the team’s leading scorer throughout the season, being contained with physical play by Eagle Emily Strese.  As coach Flynn stated after the game, “Nobody could get hot, and we kept looking at shots on the rim that just kept bouncing out.”  Campbell, who averaged 56 percent from the floor in the first three rounds, could only sink 23 percent this game.

Sophomore starter Hrubowchak scored 19 points, despite finding herself on the hardwood after many plays.  Off the bench, sophomore Shannon Savard was 5 for 18 for a total of 12 points.  An upset Hrubowchak, said, “We play hard and know the team will be back next year.”

Campbell had 74 shots from the floor but could not get past the 1-2-1 and one defense of Gilford.  At the end when they settled down and protected their passing, they out-distanced the Cougars.

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Girls Travel Basketball

Hudson’s third and fourth grade girls travel basketball team headed to the Auburn Shootout last week, with high expectations.  The girls made true on their goal, with hard-fought games against Candia and Auburn, and then playing Litchfield in the finals.  These girls played as a team and showed true sportsmanship in some very tight games.  The girls have stepped up as of late, playing their best basketball of the season.  They will be ending the season next week, playing in the Londonderry Tournament, with hopes of going out on top.
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Lady Broncos Cannot Pioneer a Tournament Win

by Sue LaRoche

The Alvirne Lady Broncos took a tough loss to the Trinity Pioneers in the opening round of the NHIAA Class L Girls Basketball tournament held last Wednesday at Trinity High School in Manchester.  Just a few weeks prior, Alvirne played Trinity tough forcing the game into overtime but losing in the closing minute of the game.  The Broncos were hoping for a different result in this game.

“It was a disappointing loss,” said Coach Karen Bonney.  “I wish we had played better.”

The Broncos were down 36-22 at halftime but were unable to chip away at the lead losing by the score of 71-47.  Alvirne finished the season with a 9-9 regular season record making them the 11th seed in the tournament (Trinity was the sixth seed).  “Looking back at the season, I was pleased with how we did, and I’m looking forward to the future,” explained Bonney.

DJ Purcell led the way with 13 points followed by Ashley Metivier with 10, Ashley Tomaswick added seven and Deanna Trearchis had six.  Alvirne will graduate their co-captains Ashley Metivier and Ashley Tomaswick whose leadership will be missed, but they keep a core group of the team for next season; a group that gained some good tournament experience.

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Gymnasts Compete in Second State Sectionals

submitted by Sandie Gentile

New England Gymnastics Training Center of Hudson Levels 4, 5, and 6 competed in their second State Sectional in Dover and Level 7 and 8 competed in their first State Sectional in Bow.  The gymnast needed a All Around score of 33.00 or higher to qualify for the Spring State meet.  Many gymnast placed in the top spots for individual ribbons All Around and for each individual event.  Girls scores as follows:

Level 4, 6-8 age division:

Kamryn Ford, Litchfield, placed second with an all around score of 36.000.  She received a 9.175 on vault (third place), 9.0 on bars (second place), 9.025 on beam (fourth place), 8.8 on floor (second place, tie).

Kayleigh Lavoie, Hudson, placed 10th with an all around score of 35.775.  She received an 8.95 on vault (sixth place), 9.3 on bars (first place, tie), 8.925 on beam (fifth place), 8.6 on floor (third place).

Jackie Smith, Hudson, placed eighth with an all around score of 34.650.  She received a 9.35 on vault (first place), 8.1 on bars (ninth place, tie), 8.75 on beam (seventh place, tie), 8.45 on floor (fifth place, tie).

Madison Hoyt, Hudson, placed thirteenth with an all around score of 32.300.  She received a 8.85 on vault (eighth place), 8.025 on bars (10th place), 7.575 on beam (12th place), 7.85 on floor (eighth place).

Level 4, 9-10 age division

Abbie Thomas, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 36.425.  She received a 8.75 on vault (third place), 9.475 on bars (first place), 9.2 on beam (fourth place, tie), 9.0 on floor (first place, tie).

Level 5, 7-8 age division

Jesse Carter, Litchfield, placed third with an all around score of 33.675.  She received a 8.2 on vault (fifth place), 8.55 on bars (second place), 9.025 on beam (third place), 7.9 on floor (sixth place, tie).

Skyler Bomba, Hudson, placed sixth with an all around score of 33.225.  She received a 8.45 on vault (second place), 8.45 on bars (third place), 8.675 on beam (sixth place, tie), 7.65 on floor (seventh place).

Melissa Pedersen, Litchfield, placed seventh with an all around score of 33.025.  She received a 7.8 on vault (eighth place), 8.0 on bars (sixth place), 8.675 on beam (sixth place, tie), 8.55 on floor (fourth place).

Level 5, 9-10 age division

Dominique Gentile, Hudson, placed first with an all around score of 35.400.  She received an 8.5 on vault (second place), 9.15 on bars (first place), 8.95 on beam (fourth place), 8.8 on floor (first place).

Level 6, 9-10 age division

Hailey Reiff, Litchfield, placed second with an all around score of 36.075.  She received a 9.05 on vault (second place), 8.9 on bars (third place), 8.925 on beam (second place), 9.2 on floor (first place).

Level 6, 11-12 age division

Valerie Boucher, Litchfield, placed fourth with an all around score of 34.075.  She received an 8.95 on vault (second place), 8.35 on bars (fifth place), 8.2 on beam (seventh place), 8.55 on floor (second place).

Level 8, 8-11 age division

Carly Ramirez, Hudson, placed second with an all around score of 35.625.  She received an 8.55 on vault (second place), 8.6 on bars (second place), 9.0 on beam (second place), 9.475 on floor (first place tie).

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Campbell High School Sports Roundup

submitted by Dale Arria

March 7: 

The Girls Basketball team lost a hard-fought game (52-45) to Gilford.  The girls are state runners-up for the second straight year!  Kristen Hrubowchak was high scorer with 19 points.  Becca Arnone was leading rebounder, while Shannon Savard scored 12 points.  Thanks for all the great support.  Our accomplishments were because of great positive support.

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Basketball team and coach Flynn for another fantastic season!

March 6: 

The Boys Varsity Basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 71-46 victory at Newport.  Kiel Canada led the scoring with 25 points, while Josh Morgan added 18.  Shawn Henriquez had eight assists and Andrew Cialek had nine rebounds as the Cougars finished the season with a record of 16-2.  This ties the school record for wins in a season.

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Campbell High School Spirit Team News

Congratulations to the Campbell High School Spirit Team for placing second at the Dover Winter Competition on Sunday, March 1, in the class I/M/S division.  Good luck to the team as they compete at States on Saturday, March 14, at Southern NH University.

As their season comes to a close, they would also like to thank all our friends who attended the February vacation Cheer Camp.  They will also be hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. where you can drop in for a ‘Cash for Gold’ party.

For additional information, contact Renee Lubinski at 880-9937 or

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The Pink Penguins and Orange Pumpkins attended Campbell High School’s vacation Cheer Camp in February.

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Important Victory for Broncos

by Sue LaRoche

Senior night is always a big night in the lives of those associated with the basketball squad, and tonight was no exception.  Seniors from the cheerleading squad, the managers and the players were all recognized prior to the game; but one senior in particular, Brennan Donnelly, stepped up big for the Broncos when it counted.

Donnelly scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the second half after a “motivational halftime speech” by coach Kevin Bonney.  But even larger were the crucial rebounds he pulled down in the final minutes to secure a 48-44 victory over Londonderry.  “This was a quality win for our team,” complimented Bonney.  Should there be a tie for the playoffs, the Broncos have defeated Londonderry and Dover to break the tie and gain a higher seed in the tournament.

The game was nip-and-tuck for the first three quarters, with only one point separating the teams at the end of three (36-35).  But the Broncos outscored the Lancers 12-9 in the final quarter, including pressure-packed foul shots with under three minutes to play.  With 2:53 remaining in the game, Joe O’Hearn hit one of two to pull Alvirne within one point at 43-42.  With two minutes remaining, Brennan Donnelly hit a bucket to put the Broncos up 44-43.  Brennan’s younger brother Caleb hit a bucket, bringing the score to 46-43.

With 30 seconds to go, Cody Lambert made a huge steal and got fouled sending him to the line with a one and one opportunity.  Brennan Donnelly came up with a huge rebound, kicked it out to Caleb, who was fouled and sent to the line.  Again, Brennan was there for the big rebound, allowing Alvirne to retain possession.  With 10 seconds remaining, Joe O’Hearn hit two free throws and sealed the victory for the Broncos.

Brennan Donnelly scored a double double for the Broncos with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots, followed by Caleb Donnelly with 11 points and 1 rebound.  Joe O’Hearn added nine points, three rebounds, and two assists, and Ryan Sweeley had five points, one rebound, and one blocked shot.

Seniors playing in their final regular season home game included:  Chris Goldsack, Ryan MacDonald, Jim Reidy, Dan Porter, and Brennan Donnelly.  Supporting them were the senior managers:  Ryan Demers, Jen Gleason, and Spencer Prescott.  Also graduating four seniors was the cheerleading squad.  They include: Rachael Garside, Alyssa McFadden, Alisha Levesque, and Larissa Manning. 

The Broncos will finish their season on the road on Friday, March 6, against Winnacunnet and will await word on their first round playoff opponent for the Class L tournament.

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Boys Gymnastics Team Wins Second Place in Boston Classic

The level 4 boys from New England Gymnastics Training Center (NEGTC) attended the Boston Classic at New England Sports Academy in Westwood, MA on March 1.  Sixteen teams competed at this event on Sunday.  NEGTC boys placed second with there combined all around scores in each event of 264.400.  As a team they placed second on the floor with a combined score of 45.300, 41.700 (third place) on pommel, 44.900 (sixth place) on rings, 43.400 (first place) on vault, 44.900 (fifth place, tie) on parallel bars, and 42.000  (third place) on high bar.  The boys from Hudson scored individually as follows:

Cole Marchand, level 4 6-7 - age group: 84.700 All Around (11th place).  He scored a 15.400 (first place) on floor, 11.400 (17th place) on pommel, 14.900 (12th place) on rings, 19.900 (21st place) on vault, 15.200 (ninth place) on parallel bars, and 13.900 (23rd place) on high bar.

Ian Christiansen, level 4, 8-9 age group: 87.900 (third place) All Around.  He scored a 15.000 (fourth place) on floor, 14.600 (second place, tie) on the pommel, 14.800 (seventh place) on the rings, 13.900 (fifth place, tie) on vault, 15.000 (fourth place, tie) on parallel bars, and 14.600 (fifth place, tie) on high bar.

Cameron Lister, level 4, 10-11 age group: 84.500 (fifth place, tie) All Around.  He scored a 14.100 (sixth place) on the floor, 11.600 (eighth place) on the pommel, 15.200 (third place) on the rings, 14.400 (third place, tie) on the vault, and 14.600 (fourth place) on the high bar.

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Hudson All Stars Crowned Champions

by Sue LaRoche

It was a beautiful weekend for basketball.  Come to think of it, it was a beautiful weekend for anything last weekend as the weather was sunny and in the low 60s.  Hot, by some accounts.  Just like the Hudson seventh grade girls all star team … hot. 

The team traveled to Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod for the Annual Jay Corey memorial basketball tournament and came home the victors.  This was the first time this year the girls took home the champions trophy, as they came in second at the annual Hudson tournament in January, and also recently placed third in the Bow Invitational tournament held a couple of weeks ago.

The girls definitely peaked at the right time as they played teams from Bourne and Barnstable to earn the right to play Falmouth in the finals.  On Saturday, they cruised to a first game victory over Bourne by the score of 45-29.  Saturday afternoon, they played a rough and tumble Falmouth team and in a game that saw few fouls called, they lost by the score of 56-53, leveling their record at 1-1. 

Sunday morning they faced Barnstable and knew they needed the victory in order to face the Falmouth squad in the finals.  It was a back and forth game until the second half when Hudson took control of the game and won by the final score of 48-27.

Sunday afternoon, they knew they had their work cut out for them and it was a close first half.  Hudson fell behind early in the second half but buckled down, took some hard hits and came back to win the thrilling game 44-33. 

The team, coached by Nancy Torres and Rick Foley, consists of:  Sabrina Carter, Emily Cuthbertson, McKenna Hodson, Venessa Jacques, Brittney Lambert, Tori LaRoche, Tayla Lemieux, Julianne McGrail, Veronica Moceri, Kayla Torres and Cassidy Udice. 

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