High schools: Franklin hoops sweep Pittsfield; plus hockey, skiing and wrestling results

Published: 02-01-2024 9:18 AM

Boys’ Basketball

Franklin 53, Pittsfield 35

Key players: Franklin – Zeke McCoy (17 points)

Highlights:  McCoy now sits just four points shy of 1,000 for his career, scoring 17 against the Panthers and getting the Tornadoes back into the win column after a narrow 43-40 loss to Concord Christian earlier this week. The victory means Franklin has already surpassed last year’s win total (8-11) with four games left in the regular season.

Records: Franklin 9-5; Pittsfield 1-12

Kearsarge 44, Winnisquam 33

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Whipple (24 points, 15 rebounds, 9-for-11 FT), Ajay Tremblay (9 points, 3 rebounds), Drew Huff (6 points, 8 rebounds), Austin Needham (3 points, 4 rebounds), Parker Goin (defense and leadership), Eddie Kinzer (defense and leadership)

Highlights:  The Cougars came out strong on the road, taking a 12-0 lead over the Bears after the first quarter. Winnisquam kept things even the rest of the way, but Kearsarge went 11-for-13 from the line as a team, led by Whipple, and the Cougars made some timely plays down the stretch to secure their eighth straight victory.

Coach’s quote:  “We had tremendous defensive energy that got us going early, then some clutch free throw shooting throughout the game that I was certainly happy with. I was also pleased with our rebounding ability, especially from Huff and Whipple. Coach (Kevin) Dame does a nice job with his team, so anytime we can go on the road and beat them, it’s a quality win.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

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Records: Kearsarge 11-3; Winnisquam 4-8

Girls’ Basketball

Franklin 32, Pittsfield 17

Key players: Franklin – Lily Cornell (13 points), Savaughna Slocum (12 points)

Highlights:  The Tornadoes won their fifth game in a row.

Coach’s quote:  “The girls started slow with our first game in over a week and with only six players. Our team defense really stepped up tonight.” – Franklin’s Mark Dionne

Records: Franklin 9-4; Pittsfield 2-11

Boys’ Hockey

Concord 7, Londonderry 5

Key players: Concord – Dawson Fancher (2 goals, 2 assists), Carter Doherty (goal, assist), Jaden Haas (2 goals), Cam Roy (goal), AJ Dow (goal, assist), Alex Pelletier (2 assists); Londonderry  – Owen Carey (3 goals)

Highlights: Concord trailed the whole game, down 3-2 after the first period and 5-3 after the second, but the Tide dominated the third period with four goals, including an empty-net goal for some insurance in a game between the top two teams in Division I.

Coach’s quote: “Our guys never quit. Their first line is really good and we had some early turnovers that cost us. Our guys really came out in the third period and won the game. A great win for us tonight against a good team.” – Concord’s Dunc Walsh

Records: Concord 8-0-1; Londonderry 9-2-0

Boys’ Alpine Skiing

Hanover 383, Bow 368, Kearsarge 350, Sunapee 341, St. Thomas 297, Newfound 296, Timberlane 292, Hillsboro-Deering 279, Bishop Brady 236, Newport 219, John Stark 159

Key players: Bow – Collin Atwell (5th), Seth Lowne (6th), Oliver Weiss (12th), Aaron Barrieau (13th); John Stark – Austin Freeman (4th)

Highlights:  The Falcons finished second out of 11 teams in a giant slalom race at Mount Sunapee. 

Girls’ Alpine Skiing

Hanover 378, Sunapee 372, Bow 367, Timberlane 333, St. Thomas 320, Bishop Brady 248, Newfound 245, Kearsarge 159, John Stark 143

Key players: Bow – Ava Gadbois (5th), Sophia Coombs (8th), Vivian Madden (11th), Lilly Gula (15th)

Highlights:  The Falcons finished third out of nine teams in a giant slalom race at Mount Sunapee.

Boys’ Nordic Skiing

Plymouth 378, Hopkinton 373, Profile 357, Concord 350, Winnacunnet 335, Souhegan 283

Key players: Hopkinton – Matt Clarner (2nd, 13:13), Joseph O’Rourke (7th), Cameron Bassett (10th), Andrew Clarner (12th); Concord – Tyler Watt (1st, 12:28), Sebastian Christie (14th), William Corbett (16th), Connor Crotty (23rd)

Highlights:  Watt topped the field of 52 skiers in a six-team classic race at Waterville Valley, but Plymouth edged Hopkinton for the team title. Watt won by a comfortable 45 second margin of runner-up Clarner.

Girls’ Nordic Skiing

Plymouth 394, Hopkinton 363, Concord 358, Winnacunnet 299, Souhegan 281, Profile 127

Key players: Plymouth – Elli Englund (1st, 14:42), Ella Ronci (2nd, 14:57); Hopkinton – Elizabeth Trafton (7th, 16:51), Florence Dapice (10th), Isabel Afflerbach (11th), Amelia Walsh (13th); Concord – Chloe Gudas (8th, 17:20), Frances Lesser (9th), Mahalie Burdette (14th), Phoebe Dater-Roberts (15th)

Highlights:  The Bobcats swept the top four places to win a six-team classic race at Waterville Valley with a perfect score. The Hawks and Crim

Wrestling

Concord 46, Bedford 27

Key players: Concord – Wayne Gutierrez-Sakakeeny (pin 285), Biswas Darji (pin 106), Cullen Burke (pin 120), Griffin Norwalt (pin 126), Jaxon Carter (pin 144), Max Chung (7-2 win at 157), Tony Gualtieri (5-0 win 165), Isaiah Puckett (major decision 190), Dom Hubbard (forfeit 113)

Highlights:  The Tide won another dual on their home mats.

Records: Concord 16-1

Bow 41, Souhegan 40

Key players: Bow – Hunter Hutchinson (pin 285), Jackson Hall (pin 215), Ben McDowell (pin 165), Joe McDowell (pin 175), Josiah Funches (pin 157), Jared Dolder (7-3 win 150), Jaron Todisco Coulon (forfeit win 113)

Highlights:  The Falcons and Sabers split the 14 bouts with seven victories each, but an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Souhegan gave Bow the victory via the tiebreaker criteria.

Records: Bow 15-0

Winnisquam 18, Mascenic 10

Key players: Winnisquam – Angel Garcia-Medina (pin 285), Michael Defosse (pin 215), Lucas Fournier (8-2 win 113), Jameson Dun (5-2 win 150), 

Highlights:  The Bears won four of six matches to win a dual on the road.