Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Cougar Baseball and Softball go to State Finals

Tyler Bonin places a tag on a Franklin runner

As the spring season began no one could have predicted that on Saturday, June 13, both Campbell teams would be in the NHIAA Tournament Finals and both would be facing Franklin High School.

The ladies, ranked sixth in NHIAA Class M with a record of 12-4, had defeated Fall Mountain 3-0 in the first round, and Gilford 1-0 in the quarters and then at Plymouth State University they prevailed by two over Sanborn 5-3.

The men, ranked number two in Class M with a 15-1 record, made the journey with an 11-3 win over Fall Mountain, and then took Somersworth 11-1 in Litchfield while Memorial Field brought a 5-0 win over Winnisquam.

In Plymouth, again on Saturday, the Ladies battled once more number one seed Franklin, the two-time defending class champions, to a 1-0 loss.  Franklin scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth inning after a walk but Franklin’s Kaplan on first she moved second on a bunt and the throw to first allowed the runner to get to third.  An infield hit to third allowed Kaplan to just beat the throw to home from first for the run.

Franklin’s hurler at 15 strikeouts while Campbell’s Julia Nolan was equally impressive with a no-hitter into the sixth inning allowing only two hits and one unearned run.

With the Lady Cougars only having one senior and made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores, a state championship could be in Campbell’s future.

In Manchester at Stadium, the baseball team was facing off against the Golden Tornadoes and pitcher Derrick Sylvester, like the Lady Cougars, come home just one run short.  Campbell sophomore starter Cullan Baker had a great outing himself with only two runs on five hits and striking out seven and only walking two.  Franklin scored their first run in the third after a walk and then a stolen base to second.  Franklin’s next batter was a single to center which Campbell’s center fielder Bobby Frappier had it get by him as Franklin scored.  Franklin scored their second run on the second Campbell error as a hit to right field escaped Jacob Lewis’ reach, thus a man on second, another single scored the Franklin player as the ball dropped out of the catcher’s mitt on the relay.

The Cougar’s homerun came in the sixth inning as Gable Williams walked, Jacob Lang bunted him to third, and John Coughlin singled to right for the RBI.  Sylvester struck out the next Cougar to end the inning and thought the baseball team, with only three seniors, should see playoff action next season.

Julie Nolan held number one seed Franklin to one run on Saturday

With a season record of 18-2 the Cougars celebrate their great season as a team.

JulieAnne Fernandez connects in the Cougars 1-0 hard fought loss to Franklin

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Semifinals for Lady Broncos

by Sue LaRoche

Taylor Carbone drills a pitch down the center

At the beginning of last week, the Alvirne High School Community had a lot to cheer about.  Both the boys’ baseball team and the girls’ softball team were in the semifinals of the Class L tournament.  Thursday night however, the quest for a title ended for the Lady Broncos as they lost 2-0 to Dover at Memorial Field in Concord.

It was a pitching showdown between two of the nominees for Gatorade Player of the Year in softball as Dover’s senior pitcher Sarah Morse and Alvirne’s freshman pitching sensation Taylor Carbone, were both nominated.  Carbone had a great game with 12 strikeouts bringing her season total to 226 while Morse recorded eight Ks.

With the only scoring of the game coming in the first inning, Dover ripped a single and a hot shot to right field which became a homerun plating the only two runs of the game.  Carbone only gave up two additional hits in the contest.

The Broncos made a valiant effort at a comeback in the top of the sixth inning as they were able to load the bases but could not push a run across. Diana Gustowski took first when she was hit by a pitch.  Kayla Duval hit into a fielders choice erasing Gustowski from the basepaths.  Ashley Metivier was awarded first base on an illegal pitch, which moved Duval to second.  Carbone came to the plate and reached safely on a slow roller to third base, but with only one out and the bases loaded, the Broncos were unable to convert.

In the third inning, Katie Donovan reached safely on an infield hit, the only hit recorded by Alvirne. It was the final game played by senior captain Ashley Metivier and outfielder Jess Maldonado.  Playing a strong game defensively were Delaney Burns, Nicole Abreu, Kaela Craven, and Jess Underwood.  Head Coach Denise Rioux was proud of the way her young squad handled the pressure and with the bulk of her team returning, is looking forward to continued success and perhaps several more trips to the NHIAA Class L playoffs. 

Katie Donovan connects against Dover

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Broncos Road to the Playoffs

by Sue LaRoche

Travis Terrill pitched 2+ innings before being relived by Adam Hagman

Lead by principal Bryan Lane, with about a thousand spectators gladly joining in, one could hear the foot stomping Bronco battle cry resonating throughout the stadium on Saturday night.  “This is awesome,” was heard repeatedly by students, parents, faculty and spectators in general as they came en masse to support the bid by the Broncos to be number one in the State of New Hampshire in Class L baseball.  Unfortunately for all, a bevy of miscues and Mother Nature put a damper on the hopes and dreams of a championship as the Broncos lost 9-4 to Keene.

But, it was a lot of fun getting there.  On Wednesday night, June 10, the Broncos played number one seed Trinity at Gill Stadium in Manchester.  The game was to be held on Tuesday, June 9, at Holman Stadium but due to inclement weather, it was moved to Gill Stadium, which just happens to be the home field for Trinity baseball.  Right off the bat, the Broncos were playing in unfriendly territory, and they had the disadvantage of fewer available fans due to the Alvirne senior cruise scheduled for that evening.  “The community support was fantastic,” said Coach Mike Lee.  The Broncos were unfazed and soundly defeated Trinity 12-3.  “We pulled off the upset of the year against the ‘elite’ arms of Trinity,” he explained.

Korey LeLievre was the winning pitcher going 5 2/3 innings with Adam Hagman coming on in relief.  LeLievre got the scoring started in the first inning as he doubled and Hagman singled him home to go up 1-0.  Trinity would tie the score in the bottom of the frame.  In the third inning, Alex Jones walked, stole second and came home on a Mitch Brun double to take a 2-1 lead. 

Over the next several innings, the Broncos kept the pressure on and exploded with 10 runs.  In the fourth, Matt Topper walked and stole second and third, coming home on an errant throw to third.  LeLievre singled and moved to second on a Hagman walk.  With Alex Jones at the plate, a wild pitch allowed LeLievre to score from second making it a 4-1 Bronco lead.  

In the fifth, Zach Hurley reached on an error and cruised to third on a series of miscues.  Ryan MacDonald walked and Hurley scored on an errant pickoff attempt moving MacDonald to third where Matt Topper singled him home.  With Topper and Kyle Brigham on second and third, LeLievre singled to knock Topper home.  Hagman picked them both up with an RBI single and the Broncos were on their way to victory. 

In the sixth, the run parade continued with Brun and Derek Bratton walking and moving up on errors.  Topper doubled and scored them both, and then stole third base.  With Brigham at the plate, a dropped third strike allowed him to make it safely to first and Topper to score. 

In the bottom of the sixth LeLievre got Trinity to fly to Brian Lessard in right field, and stuck out the next batter but after a double, Coach Mike Lee brought in Hagman to get the third out.  He effectively mopped up and got the save to put the Broncos in the championship game.

With the Broncos again playing the role of visitor due to their lower seed, they took an early 2-1 lead in the second inning scoring two runs with two outs as Derek Bratton beat out an infield hit and Zach Hurley laced a single up the middle.  With runners on second and third thanks to a Keene error, Matt Topper hit a rope down the right field line for a two-run RBI double.  The score remained unchanged until the third inning and with threatening skies, Keene opened up a 9-2 lead as they batted around and took advantage of some Bronco miscues.

Alvirne fought back scoring one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings.  Kyle Brigham singled to open the fifth and stole second base.  Alex Jones singled and Mitch Brun singled for the RBI.  The final run for the Broncos was scored by Zach Hurley as he beat out an infield hit, and scored on a Brigham double to right field.  Travis Terrill was the hard luck-losing pitcher for Alvirne going 2 2/3 innings but allowing only three earned runs on five hits.  Adam Hagman came in to finish the game for the Broncos.

“The character of this group was outstanding,” Coach Lee stated proudly.  “They represented Alvirne, Hudson and their families very well throughout this special season.”  He continued, “eighteen teams wanted to be where they were; no one will ever be able to take away the experience they had of playing for a state baseball championship.”

It was a great run for the Alvirne Broncos who hadn’t been in the championship game since 2001.  The Broncos finished 17-6 on the season, good enough for a second place finish in NHIAA Class L; earned the number five seed in the tournament, knocking off the number one seed Trinity in the process; and forever etched a place in the hearts of their fans.

John Conrad hands out cookies to Broncos Baseball fans

Matt Topper lines up a catch just before the rain

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HUSC Head Coach Bill Eaton Retires

submitted by Bob Barry

Like the old saying goes, “Nothing lasts forever” — but in the case of coach Bill Eaton of Hudson United Soccer Club (HUSC) and what he taught our kids over 17-plus years of soccer, they have something special that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.  A sense of fair play, to play hard, and have fun!  See, even good things come in threes.

This year coach Bill finishes his last season as head coach with the HUSC, along with assistant coach Dennis Kelly.  He has brought to the club honor, dignity, and lots of lollypops, thanks in part to Lynda and Diane and some of the other soccer moms.  He has a true love for the sport, and the sport and team will miss him for sure!

Bill is a resident of Hudson, father of four, husband, truck driver, and now retiring as head coach of the HUSC U14 Revolution, along with his lovely wife Lynda.  Now they can finally rest up and get to that ‘honey-do list’ that has been taking a back seat for too long due to the countless hours and days devoted to teaching our kids the great sport of soccer.

Bill teaches the kids as well as the parents that the game itself is the best teacher.  We can all learn from what we see and do on and off the field.  Life has a funny way of letting us be on top of the world some days and other days feeling like we’re under it.  Sports can be the same way — they can be played, viewed as a spectator, taken seriously or with a grain of salt.  It’s up to all of us what we decide to do about that “bad call” on the field or in life that makes the difference.  Do we rant and rave?  Do we come out swinging?  Do we ask for another lollypop?  Or do we put the blame on others?  No one has all the answers, but Bill reminds us all to play with a sense of fairness, with determination, and last but not least, to have fun out there.  If you can’t have fun then what’s the point of winning anything.  Bill clearly states, “Just treat others as you would have them treat you.”  That’s Bill’s way.  He is a great teacher of the game.  He knows when to push forward and when to back off.  Coaching, many times, seems like a thankless job.  They seem to love ya when you’re winning but they walk off the field a little faster when you don’t.  Yet Bill always seemed to have a smile left for the crowd no matter what the outcome was.

So as we walk off the field one last time with you Bill, I would just like to say thanks for all the memories and the years of teaching my son Sean and me the great game of soccer, even if I think it would be better off with lines for off sides, like hockey!

In closing, no long goodbyes, no tears, no hits, no runs, no errors.  Just a fond farewell to a successful career, and if you ever find yourself facing a “bad call”, just remember, “Lollypops come in many different flavors.”

Take care, be well, and from all of us on the sidelines…Great job, coach!

If you ever get that “honey-do list” done, or even some of it, let’s go fishing sometime, my treat.

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Heart Motivation Success spells HMS

submitted by Frank Girginis

Hudson Memorial Middle School (HMS) just received some great news.  For the second year in a row HMS has been awarded the Tri-County Sportsmanship award for Excellence in Athletics, which is voted on by Athletic Directors within the Tri-County league.  This is the second year the award has been given out and HMS has received it both years.  Not only does HMS stress excellence in athletics, but also strives for their athletes to show sportsmanship whether they win or lose.

Over the past few years HMS has won a multitude of championships in numerous sports.  Over the past seven years the list of championships or second place finishes include Boys and Girls Spring Track with five titles while finishing second twice.  Girls Soccer has won two championships becoming the only soccer team boys or girls at HMS to ever win back-to-back titles.  The Girls Basketball team has been in the championship game four out of the last five years taking home one title.  Girls Softball has four titles and has been in the last seven championship games.  Boys Baseball has also been successful taking home two championships in a three-year span.  Given the above accomplishments it is safe to say that the athletes at HMS are just as gracious when losing as they are modest when winning.

“It’s a very special honor for our student athletes and coaches,” said Principal Susan Nadeau. “It is a privilege to be recognized not only for our championships but most importantly for our display of sportsmanship.” 

Athletic Director Lou Richard said “Winning the Sportsmanship Award says more about our student athletes than winning a championship; it really says a lot about our kids and coaches.”

Girls Basketball, Soccer, and Track coach Frank Girginis says, “Winning championships is great but what is more important is how you present yourself winning or losing, our kids represent themselves and the school at the highest level at all times.” 

It appears HMS is leading the way not only with championship banners but also with class, respect, and most of all the sportsmanship that should be exhibited by athletes of all ages. 

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Boys Gymnastics Team Wins First Place at State Championship

submitted by Kim Marchand

New England Gymnastics Training Center boy’s teams attend the NH State Championship and take home the first place team trophy and several individual first place trophies.  The event was held in Windham at the Gym Ken on May 2.  A total of seven teams competed at this event.  This is the second state championship win this year for NEGTC and coaches Jacob Pitts, Tony Cariello, Barry Rogers, and Fransico Silveira.  The boys have worked very hard this year.

Cameron Lister from Hudson won first place all around with a score of 91.10 in age group 10-11.  He scored a 15.5 on the floor, 14.8 on the pommel horse, 15.2 on rings, 15.5 on vault, 15.1 on parallel bars, and 15.0 on high bar.

Ian Christensen from Hudson, 8-9 age group, won fourth place with a score of 89.50 in the all around.  He scored 14.8 on floor, 14.6 on pommel horse, 15.2 on rings, 13.700 on vault, 14.7 on parallel bars, and 15.0 on high bar.

Cole Marchand from Hudson won first place all around with a 92.80 in 6-7 age group.  He scored 15.8 on floor, 15.0 on pommel horse, 15.6 on rings, 15.7 on vault, 15.6 on parallel bars, and 15.1 on high bar.

Congratulations to all the boys and all the coaches for their hard work and dedication to the team.

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