Heading into Friday, October 2nd’s game against Keene, Coach Lisa Gingras had a talk with her team explaining how important it is to beat the teams that are close to you in the standings in order to put some space between you and them. Obviously, the girls volleyball team listened and responded as they defeated Keene (5-3 and just ahead of the Broncos in the standings) and Merrimack (6-3 just ahead of Keene in the standings). With those two victories, the Broncos moved ahead of both of those opponents in the NHIAA Class L standings and are currently sitting in eighth place overall with a 7-4 record.
Against Keene, the Broncos were victorious in three straight (25-22, 25-18, 25-20). Kayla Duval had 32 assists, 5 service points, 3 aces and 2 kills while Cassie Larocque added 8 service points, 2 aces, 1 block and 13 kills. Devon Masse added 10 service points, 1 ace, 3 kills and 1 block; D.J. Purcell had 4 service points, 1 ace, 1 block and 9 kills and Katie Donovan added 7 service points, 1 block and 8 kills.
On Monday, October 5, in the Steckevicz gymnasium, the Broncos hosted all three Merrimack teams and won them all; a rare occasion. The Freshman team won 2-1 and the JV team won 2-0. The varsity needed to win to complete the sweep, and so they did in a three game match (25-8, 25-18, 25-12).
Kate Donovan had a great night, as for the second time in her career, she tied the record for most service points in a match (previously set by Abbie Dubois ’06—a record set in 2004). Donovan led the way with 24 service points, 7 aces, 5 digs and 3 kills followed by Jess Marshall with 9 service points, 2 aces, 6 digs, 9 kills and 4 blocks. D.J. Purcell added 6 service points, 1 ace, 6 digs, 9 kills and 1 block and Devon Masse added 5 service points, 1 ace, and 6 kills. Cassie Larocque had 6 kills and 1 block; Kayla Duval had 3 kills, 10 digs and 28 assists, and Kate Brouillette added 14 digs.
The Lady Broncos have moved up in the standings to eighth place with their 7-4 record. They will play Manchester West on Friday October 9.
Tuesday, October 6, the Lady Broncos tamed the Green Wave of Dover 5-1, in a very physical contest at Alvirne High School. Alvirne scored early and often with the first goal coming at 36:10 when Amanda Robert fed Taylor Troy to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Broncos. Dover did not wait long to answer as they scored at the 33:39 mark knotting the score at 1-1. Kaelyn Babin made it 2-1 when she drilled a direct kick just outside of the 18 yard line and the Broncos held that lead into the half.
Amanda Roberts opened the scoring in the second half when she was dragged down in the box and scored on a penalty kick at 37:40, giving the Broncos a 3-1 lead. Dover had a golden opportunity to close the gap but missed on a penalty kick at the 21:17 mark. Again Roberts scored when she placed a slow roller past the Dover goalie on a breakaway goal at the 19:30 mark. The final tally was scored on a heads up play from Nikki Blake as she continued to play when the Dover team thought the ball was out of bounds, and made a nice centering pass which Meaghan Clark placed in the back of the net making the final score 5-1.
“We emphasized team effort before the game tonight,” explained Coach Lance McAdams and that “we need our best effort from all 20 girls for the entire game.” The Lady Broncos responded and picked up their third win of the season.
The Alvirne girls soccer team tackled the Concord Crimson Tide last Friday October 2, and took a tough 2-0 loss. “We are showing some great progression, we just have yet to put 80 minutes together,” explained first year head coach Lance McAdams. The Broncos had some golden opportunities to score and couldn’t finish, whereas Concord took advantage of those situations. The Lady Broncos did have a good second half, holding Concord scoreless.
In Girls’ JV Soccer, two first-half goals and stellar team defense were the keys to the JV team, defeating Fall Mountain by a score of 2-1.
The JV Football team played a great game, capturing their first victory with a 25-0 win. Scoring for the Cougars were Jeff Martin (2), Zen Braccio, and Shawn Gray.
The Boys’ Cross Country team ran a great race at the Homecoming meet despite the bees. First for the team was Travis Manning and second was Nick Sturzo. The girls’ team beat Sanborn. First for the team was Marissa Framarini and second was Ali Framarini.
The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team improved to 8-3-1 on the season with a 2-0 win over Raymond. Evan Ordway scored a goal and Andrew Schibly added an assist. Pat Queenan, Kyle Mun, Travis Soucy, and Alex Puchalski all played well defensively.
In Boys’ JV Soccer, after giving up the first goal of the game, Campbell took over and held a 2-1 lead at halftime. Mike Ortolano and Ian Hutchinson both scored their second goals of the game to make it 4-1. Raymond then scored 3 goals in five minutes to tie the game. With one minute left in the game, Jacob Giordani scored his fourth goal of the season on a breakaway. The 5-4 win avenges their 7-3 loss to Raymond earlier in the season. Ian Hutchinson had an assist to go along with his 2 goals and Jared Saunders finished with 11 saves.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams ran great at the homecoming meet, held Friday, October 2.
The girls clinched another first-place finish against rivals from Sanborn. First place for the team was Marissa Framarini, who is training extra hard to qualify for the Meet of Champions. Second for the team was Ali Framarini; third, Kara Reid; fourth, Laura Jacobson; and fifth, Becky Weis.
The boys ran a competitive race against Sanborn and Raymond on Friday. They ran hard and some boys earned new personal records for themselves – Jesse Lamontagne, Jake Orlando, and Nick Christino all improved their times. First for the team was Travis Manning; second, Nick Sturzo; third, Jackson Musco; fourth, Cam Viola; and fifth, Jason Radonis.
The Cougars controlled both sides of the ball en route to a 61-8 win over Mascoma. In the first half Kiel Canada ran and passed for four touchdowns, and the Cougars picked up another pair on a 61-yard run by Anthony Rinaldi, and an interception return. The Cougars racked up 385 rushing yards and 421 total yards. The offensive line held up very well against a bigger team, opening holes for the running game all day.
The defense held Mascoma to one score at 6:30 in the fourth quarter, allowing the two-point conversion. Cougar cornerback Keithen Craig grabbed the first completion from Mascoma quarterback Ryan Colman for a 23-yard interception return. The defense also kept Ryan on his toes by flushing him out of the pocket and sacking him three times.
Campbell was not simply running up the score as they pulled Canada for most of the second half, and the final score was run in by freshman third-string full back Jordan Lang.
The Alvirne Broncos overcame a poor effort in the first half in time to post a 32-7 victory over the winless Spaulding Red Raiders on Friday October 2. This victory brings the Broncos record to 2-1 on the season, good enough for a three way tie for third place in NHIAA Class L Division II football. The Broncos will travel to Dover on Friday, October 9, in a clash of two of the three teams tied for third in the division.
Alvirne got off to a poor start with penalties and sloppy play, the norm for the first half. Fortunately for Alvirne, Spaulding could not capitalize on the Bronco mistakes which led to a 20+ yard hook up of quarterback Jon Baldwin to Derek Janko for a 6-0 Bronco lead. Chris Goldsack hit the conversion for a 7-0 Bronco lead, which would remain that way for the remainder of the first half.
Early in the third quarter, Sean Sipsey took it in from 2 yards out and Matt Kulis hit the conversion for a 14-0 lead. Spaulding scored a touchdown to cut the Bronco lead in half. Jesse Horne fumbled on the next possession but Baldwin picked off the fumble in mid air and rumbled 17 yards into the endzone to again give Alvirne a two touchdown lead. Horne scored on a short yardage run and Matt Chase returned an interception for the final tally.
Defense was the story on the night as Baldwin and Janko could be seen multiple times in the Spaulding backfield making tackle after tackle. Coach Bob Nimblett said that the “defense played well again tonight but the offense has yet to play a complete game for us.” The defense picked off the back-up quarterbacks for Spaulding a total of 5 times with Chase, Vinnie Frasco, Evan Anaya and Jordan Birchall doing most of the damage.
Jesse Horne finished with over 180 yards on the night including one touchdown. Chris Goldsack added over 75 yards on the ground while Baldwin had one rushing and one passing touchdown.
It took 11 games, but the victory was sweet as the Alvirne boys soccer team won on the road on Tuesday October 6 against Dover by the score of 3-2. Coach Bill Eaton was pleased with the effort the Broncos put forth and was relieved that the Broncos finally tasted the fruits of their labor. “It took a while but we finally broke the seal,” said Eaton. “We hope to build on this victory and finish the season strong.”
Brian Juliano scored the first goal of the night off of an assist from Corey Landry. At the half, the score was knotted at 1-1. The Broncos controlled most of the second half and scored another goal when Casey Amadi knocked in a header off of a direct kick by Matt Fellows. Cody Lambert finished the scoring as he knocked in his own rebound, sewing up the victory for Alvirne.
Luke Mertins played a great game at midfield and the defense of Zach Melanson, Jake Galloway, Evan LaRoche, Brian Juliano, Phil Croce and Tyler Lambert held Dover at bay. Jimmy Tomaswick had another good game in goal for Alvirne. The Broncos hope to keep the momentum going against Goffstown on Friday October 9.
On Friday October 2, the Broncos scored their first home goal of the season but took a 3-1 loss to the Concord Crimson Tide. The Broncos had some scoring opportunities in the contest and with 2:58 remaining in the contest, Cody Lambert made a beautiful through pass to Corey Landry who beat the charging goalie to score the first home goal of the season for Alvirne. The Broncos seemed re-energized following the goal but the clock ran out and they suffered another frustrating loss. “After watching the second half, I still believe we can play and beat any team in this division,” said Coach Bill Eaton. Jimmy Tomaswick had another stellar game in net making several diving stops on his way to 10 saves on the night.
Middle School – JV and Varsity -The Hudson-Litchfield Bears Junior Varsity team battled against the Bedford Jaguars, losing their first game of the season 20-22. The Varsity team also clashed with Bedford, ultimately losing their game 36-14. They will be hosting Salem and Keene at Alvirne on Saturday night.
Grade 6 - The Bears Grade 6 football team put its undefeated record on the line against the Bedford Jaguars this past Sunday in beautiful Bedford. After a quiet first quarter, the Bears offense exploded with 24 unanswered points and never looked back. The Bears defense played with their typical “bend, but don’t break” mindset and kept the Bedford offense in check throughout the contest. With the win, the Bears improve to 5-0 and host the Londonderry Wildcats this coming Sunday.
Grade 5 - The Bears Grade 5 team traveled north to face the Bedford Jaguars this week. It was an exciting game, and the Bears fought hard and never gave up. When it was all done, the undefeated Jaguars came out on top. The Bears will be at home next Sunday to face the Nashua Elks.
Grade 4 won against the Bedford Jaguars 6-0. They will be playing the Nashua Elks on Sunday.
Grade 3 beat the Nashua Elks and will face Londonderry on Sunday at home.