Friday’s high schools: Pembroke basketball remains undefeated; Golden and Taylor sweep slalom for Concord

Published: 01-13-2024 2:01 AM

Modified: 01-13-2024 1:05 PM

Boys’ Basketball

Pembroke 81, Hollis-Brookline 57

Key players: Pembroke – Joe Fitzgerald (33 points), Javien Sinclair (13 points), Devin Riel (12 points), Zach Bemis (8 points)

Highlights: Fitzgerald scored 17 of his points in the second half as the Spartans broke the game open in the final 16 minutes after a tightly contested first half.

Coach’s quote: “Once again, we came out sluggish on the road, and Hollis was fully engaged to play. The second half was encouraging and the boys really responded out scoring them 46-25.” – Pembroke’s Michael Donnell

Records: Pembroke 6-0; Hollis-Brookline 3-5

Coe-Brown 50, Lebanon 27

Key players: Coe-Brown – Quinn Salter (16 points, 9 rebounds), Connor Bagnell (11 points, 8 rebounds), Jack Matson (9 points, 9 rebounds)

Coach’s quote: “Great team defense.” – Coe-Brown’s David Smith

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Records: Coe-Brown 4-2; Lebanon 1-6

Merrimack Valley 78, ConVal 57

Key players: MV – Logan Gabour (18 points), Aiden Gray (14 points), Trevor Simonds (11 points), Nicolas Oglesby (11 points); ConVal – Ryan Close (24 points), Sam Davis (17 points)

Highlights: The Pride started off the game with 21 points in the first quarter, connecting on three 3-pointers, and MV controlled the game from there on out.

Coach’s quote: “I like the way our guys played tonight, we have a huge week coming up so this was a good win we can use as momentum.” – MV’s Tim Mucher

Records: MV 4-3; Conval 0-7

Hopkinton 46, Monadnock 35

Key players: Hopkinton – Will Chehade (14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks), Noah Aframe (10 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds), Vincent Louca (10 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds)

Highlights: Up just one point at halftime, the Hawks used an 11-3 third quarter to take control of the game heading into the final frame. The Hawks held the Huskies to just 11 second-half points.

Coach’s quote: “We really stood on our defense in the second half in this one. We’ve been really coming together on the offensive end of the court, but our defense has become our identity and we’re doing a great job of leaning in on it to close out games” – Hopkinton’s Matt Miller

Records: Hopkinton 6-3; Monadnock 3-6

Kearsarge 61, Newfound 40

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Whipple (24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists), Austin Needham (11 points, 3 assists), Ajay Tremblay (9 points, defense), Drew Huff (5 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds), Parker Goin (3 points, 4 rebounds), Eli Whipple (3 points), Eddie Kinzer (2 points), Bragen Kinzer (2 points), Mason Christensen (2 points)

Highlights: The Cougars led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter thanks to strong defensive pressure which led to transition baskets. Kearsarge upped its lead to 35-16 at halftime and played unselfish basketball in the second half to close out the victory.

Records: Kearsarge 5-3; Newfound 1-6

Girls’ Basketball

Bedford 65, Concord 28

Key players: Bedford – Kate Allard (22 points), Lana McCarthy (18 points); Concord – Delany Duford (10 points), Whitney Vaillant (8 points)

Highlights: Concord kept it close in the first half, but couldn’t get much of an offense going against a very strong pressure defense from Bedford.

Coach’s quote: “I thought the girls all played hard tonight. I am very proud of the effort and know we will grow and get better from this loss.” – Concord’s Rob Darrell

Records: Bedford 8-0; Concord 2-5

Bow 50, Milford 41

Key players: Bow – Bry Szepan (21 points), Juliette Tarsa (14 points, 8 rebounds), Ella Trefethen (10 points)

Highlights: The Falcons won their third game in a row.

Records: Bow 5-2; Milford 4-4

Lebanon 49, Coe-Brown 44

Key players: Lebanon – Sara Belk (12 points), Lucy Eshburgh (9 points), Izzy Hamilton (9 points); Coe-Brown – Emma Lapierre (13 points), Hannah Meehan (9 points), Kalina Kasprzak (7 points)

Highlights: Coe-Brown trailed the entire game until the Bears took a four-point lead with two minutes left in the game, but untimely turnovers gave Lebanon the win.

Coach’s quote: “Finishing tough games is part of the process of getting where we need to be.” – Coe-Brown’s Joe Vachon

Records: Lebanon 2-4; Coe-Brown 2-4

Laconia 64, John Stark 41

Key players: John Stark – Abby Duclos (15 points, 5 assists), Avery Geaumont (10 points), Izabel Korbet (10 points)

Highlights: The Generals led 18-15 after the first quarter, but Laconia had a 20-5 advantage over John Stark in the second quarter and Stark was never able to get back within reach.

Records: Laconia 7-1; John Stark 4-2

Merrimack Valley 53, ConVal 19

Key players: MV – Abby Thompson (8 points), Kayla Smith (7 points)

Highlights: The Pride led by 26 at the half and continued to play well throughout the contest.

Coach’s quote: “Thought the girls played well tonight. We were able to get some time for a lot of players. Overall good win and we will prepare next week for Stark and Lebanon. ” – MV’s Bob McNutt

Records: MV 4-3; ConVal 0-7

Pembroke 72, Hollis-Brookline 20

Key players: Pembroke – Annelise Dexter (29 points), Hailey Steinmetz (20 points)

Highlights: Pembroke got things rolling midway through the first quarter and rapidly pulled away.

Coach’s quote: “The girls are just playing great as a unit right now at both ends of the court.” – Pembroke’s Steve Langevin

Records: Pembroke 7-0; Hollis-Brookline 4-3

Kearsarge 58, Newfound 25

Key players: Kearsarge – Jada Kendrigan (15 points, four 3s), Tessa Marinello (15 points), Ava Shapiro (10 points), Ociee Ilg (10 points)

Highlights: The Cougars jumped out to a 24-4 lead in the first quarter to bounce back from a tough loss against Hopkinton earlier in the week.

Records: Kearsarge 5-2; Newfound 1-7

Franklin 49, Lin-Wood 29

Key players: Franklin – Kourtney Kaplan (18 points), Savaughna Slocum (17 points), Sage Slocum (12 points)

Coach’s quote: “The girls played a great team game considering we had six girls. We controlled the tempo of the game and the boards. They all stepped up.” – Franklin’s Mark Dionne

Records: Frankin 6-4; Lin-Wood 2-9

Boys’ Alpine Skiing

Concord 381, Keene 374, Exeter 355, Merrimack 355, Bishop Guertin 264

Key players: Concord – Lucas Golden (1st), Carter Pratt (6th), Pablo Winn (7th), Noah Cascio (9th)

Highlights: Golden had the fastest combined time of two runs (1:02.12) to lead the Tide to a victory in a five-team slalom race at Mount Sunapee.

Girls’ Alpine Skiing

Bishop Guertin 375, Keene 366, Exeter 363, Concord 286, Merrimack 174

Key players: Concord – Mika Taylor (1st), Lilly Merill (5th), Charlotte Summerlin (12th)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide were shorthanded with only three skiers competing, but Taylor had the fastest combined time of the two slalom runs (1:03.28) in a race at Mount Sunapee.

Boys’ Nordic Skiing

Kearsarge 382, Bedford 352, Souhegan 347, Winnacunnet 347, Derryfield 303, Bow 244, Bishop Brady 61

Key players: Kearsarge – Elias Baer (2nd), Andrew Blagden (5th), Ned Stepp (6th), Benjamin Clough (9th); Bow – Eli Wilkening (3rd), Jack Kohl (18th), Gabe Abberton (38th); Bishop Brady – Earl Mitchell (40th)

Highlights: Bow opened its season with a seven-team race on Thursday at Waterville Valley.

Girls’ Nordic Skiing

Bedford 370, Winnacunnet 351, Souhegan 347, Bow 332, Kearsarge 294, Derryfield 175, Bishop Brady 73

Key players: Bow – Ashe McKeen (14th), Vera Virta (18th), Molly McCarthy (19th), Makaylie Laws (21st); Kearsarge – Ava Valle (2nd), Katherine Blagden (3rd), Ainsley Frenkiewich (4th); Bishop Brady – Avery Sahr (28th)

Highlights: Kearsarge went 2-3-4, but didn’t have a fourth scoring skier, while the Falcons finished fourth in the season-opening race at Waterville Valley on Thursday.

Boys’ Swimming

Concord 2-0, Conant 1-1, Bow 0-2

Key players: Concord – David Wicks (1st 50 free, 1st 500 free), Ben Belanger (1st 100 breast), Piper Kuepper (2nd 50 free, 2nd 100 free); Bow – David Owen (3rd 50 free, 3rd 100 free)

Highlights: Concord won both relays, with Kuepper, Deegan Lanigan, Oliver Conley and Shawn Wicks winnings the 200 free; and David Wicks, Lanigan, Kuepper and Belanger winning the 400 free in a three-team meet at the Concord YMCA on Friday night.

Coach’s quote:  “The boys had a solid night. We have been through it this season with illness. At almost full strength the boys pulled together and swam very well.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn

Girls’ Swimming

Bow 3-0, Concord 2-1, Mascenic 1-2, Conant 0-3

Key players: Bow – Lena Thompson (1st 100 fly, 1st 100 back), Emily Hou (1st 200 IM, 2nd 50 free), Hailey Mauro (1st 100 free, 3rd 50 free), Sabine Karanouh (1st 200 free), Anna Fellers (2nd 200 IM); Concord – Lily Peterson (1st 500 free, 1st 100 breast), Molly Mosgrober (2nd 100 back)

Highlights:  The Falcons won two relays, with Karanouh, Hou, Fellers and Thompson winning the 200 free, and Karanouh, Hou, Caitlyn Johnson and Thompson winning the 400 free, as Bow won a four-team meet at the Concord YMCA on Friday night. Concord’s Mosgrober, Molly Chapman, Savannah Califf and Peterson formed the winning medley relay.

Coach’s quote:  “The  girls were, once again, paced by senior standout Lily Peterson. Overall nice showing from all.  Our season is coming to an early end this year – and every one of the kids continues to show great improvement.” – Concord’s Bill Quinn