High schools: MV’s Reynolds finishes 3rd at ski jump state championship, Laconia girls hands Concord Christian hoops first loss of the season, plus more basketball and Nordic results

Merrimack Valley's Mychal Reynolds flies through the air at the NHIAA ski jumping state championship at Chip Henry Ski Jump in Conway on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Reynolds was the top area jumpers, placing third in the state. MV finished fourth as a team. JOSHUA SPAULDING / Salmon Press

Merrimack Valley's Mychal Reynolds flies through the air at the NHIAA ski jumping state championship at Chip Henry Ski Jump in Conway on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Reynolds was the top area jumpers, placing third in the state. MV finished fourth as a team. JOSHUA SPAULDING / Salmon Press —Joshua Spaulding

Concord's Sebastian Christie flies through the air at the NHIAA ski jumping state championship at Chip Henry Ski Jump in Conway on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Christie finished 12th in the state. JOSHUA SPAULDING / Salmon Press

Concord's Sebastian Christie flies through the air at the NHIAA ski jumping state championship at Chip Henry Ski Jump in Conway on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. Christie finished 12th in the state. JOSHUA SPAULDING / Salmon Press —Joshua Spaulding

Published: 02-16-2024 12:34 AM

Ski Jumping

State championship

Key players: MV – Mychal Reynolds (3rd), Austin Valliere (13th), Wyatt King (18th); Concord – Sebastian Christie (12th); Hanover – Schuyler Clapp (1st), Jai Gregory (2nd)

Highlights:  Reynolds led MV to fourth as a team and was the top local jumper at the ski jumping state championship held at Chip Henry Ski Jump in Conway on Thursday. Hanover placed four jumpers in the top eight to win the team title with 386 points. Kennett (360), Plymouth (354), MV (273), Mascoma (96), Concord (91), White Mountains (87), Sunapee (82) and Lebanon (81) were the other team scores.

Girls’ Basketball

Laconia 48, Concord Christian 46

Key players: Laconia – Macy Swormstedt (20 points), Renee Bergeron (9 points), Mekhia Burton (9 points), Maddy Mousseau (8 points); Concord Christian – Lilli Carlile (16 points), Emma Smith (15 points), Kate Smith (7 points), Kayden Rioux (6 points)

Highlights:  Mousseau made a 3 with 12 seconds left in the game for Laconia’s first and only lead on senior night, handing Concord Christian its first loss of the season. Concord Christian led by as much as 29-12 with two minutes left in the half, but Laconia went into halftime on a 7-0 run and trimmed the Kingsmen’s lead to 41-29 heading into the fourth. Carlile scored the 1,000th point of her career on a free throw in the third quarter.

Records: Laconia 15-2; Concord Christian 14-1

Bow 45, Plymouth 30

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Key players: Bow – Juliette Tarsa (19 points), Lauren Longley (8 points), Bry Szepan (6 points), Ella Trefethen (8 rebounds)

Highlights:  The Falcons won their fourth game in their last five outings, picking up a win over the Bobcats on the road.

Records: Bow 12-5; Plymouth 4-12

Boys’ Basketball

Sanborn 68, John Stark 44

Key players:  John Stark – Elliot Belliveau (16 points), Joey Dykstra (8 points, 8 rebounds), Cam Carpenter (6 points)

Highlights: The Generals opened strong, leading by three going into the second quarter, but Sanborn came out to a 22-8 second quarter and didn’t look back.

Coach’s quote: “Sanborn played well, but this was easily one of our two worst defensive efforts of the season. Our effort and energy was disappointing. These guys have come a long way this season. I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond as a team.” – John Stark’s Mike Smith

Records: Sanborn 9-8; John Stark 6-11

D-III Boys’ Basketball

No. 4 Kearsarge 47, No. 13 Stevens 41

Key players: Kearsarge – Noah Whipple (21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), Drew Huff (9 points, 8 rebounds), Parker Goin (5 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists), Ajay Tremblay (5 points, 2 rebounds), Austin Needham (3 points, 2 rebounds), Eddie Kinzer (3 points, 4 rebounds)

Highlights:  After a 16-16 tie at halftime, the Cougars pulled away in the third quarter to take a 32-26 lead and Whipple went 6-for-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to book Kearsarge’s spot in the quarterfinals on Friday night. The Cougars will host No. 5 Hopkinton.

Coach’s quote: “This was exactly what you thought it would be, a great local high school rivalry game that came down to the final few possessions as the fans got their money's worth.” – Kearsarge’s Nate Camp

Records: Kearsarge 16-3; Stevens 7-10

Girls’ Hockey

Bishop Brady-Trinity-Londonderry 3, Kingswood-Prospect Mountain 2

Key players: BLT – Kacey Yorston (29 saves), Ali Pelletier (goal, 2 assists), Finley Hollenberg (goal, 2 assists), Kylee Dumais (goal), Cam Despres (assist), Kylie Palmeter (defense), Meghan Schmidt (defense)

Highlights:  BLT led 2-1 through two periods and Pelletier scored the game-winning goal early in the third to give BLT a 3-1 lead.

Coach’s quote:  “(Kingswood was) a well-coached and prepared team that has had a lot of success this year. We had to give it all we had to win.” – BLT’s Dan Earley

Records: BLT 8-8; Kingswood 6-9

Boys’ Nordic Skiing

Gilford 379, Hanover 372, Hopkinton 359, Winnacunnet 293, Bow 287, Kennett 267, Derryfield 234, Inter-Lakes 69, Moultonborough 65

Key players: Hopkinton – Matt Clarner (1st, 11:01), Joseph O’Rourke (9th), Harrison Wilson (17th), Cameron Bassett (18th); Bow – Eli Wilkening (8th), Aiden Ciminesi (19th), Jack Kohl (36th), Gabe Abberton (54th)

Highlights:  Clarner won Wednesday’s race by 26 seconds to lead the Hawks to third place in a nine-team meet at Whittaker Woods in Conway.

Girls’ Nordic Skiing

Hanover 373, Gilford 371, Moultonborough 353, Hopkinton 352, Winnacunnet 294, Kennett 257, Bow 252, Derryfield 135

Key players: Hopkinton – Elizabeth Trafton (3rd, 13:27), Florence Dapice (8th), Evelyn Hopper (16th), Skylar Clay (25th); B0w – Ashe McKeen (35th), Vera Virta (36th), Molly McCarthy (39th), Makaylie Laws (42nd); Moultonborough – Adah Chapman (1st, 12:47)

Highlights:  Trafton led the Hawks to third place in an eight-team race at Whittaker Woods in Conway on Wednesday.