High schools: Hopkinton, Franklin basketball teams sweep opponents; Concord Alpine opens season in 3rd place

Published: 12-22-2023 12:03 AM

Boys’ Basketball

Hopkinton 44, Kearsarge 40

Key players: Hopkinton – Kristof Cauley (17 points, assist, rebound), Abram Standefer (9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists), Noah Aframe (9 points, 3 assists); Kearsarge – Noah Whipple (20 points), Parker Goin (8 points), Andrew Huff (7 points)

Highlights: The Hawks eventually claimed the victory after a back-and-forth physical battle from the opening whistle.

Coach’s quote: “Our guys really bounced back and battled hard tonight against a tough Kearsarge squad. We were able to channel our defensive effort from a game ago against Conant and turned that into a win before we head into winter break and our holiday tournament.” – Hopkinton’s Matt Miller

Records: Hopkinton 2-3; Kearsarge 2-2

Franklin 55, Nute 34

Highlights: The Tornadoes trailed 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, but opened the second with an 11-0 run to take a 27-21 halftime lead and extended it to 45-29 heading into the fourth.

Records: Franklin 2-3; Nute 0-6

Girls’ Basketball

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Nashua North 45, Concord 39

Key players: Concord – Sofia Payne (12 points, 6 rebounds), Makayla Root (7 points, 3 steals)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide shot just 20% from the floor in a loss on the road.

Coach’s quote: “We still don’t seem to stay consistent on offense or defense for a whole 32 minutes This break will be good for us to get healthy and regroup. We are a lot better than we are playing right now.” – Concord’s Rob Darrell

Records: North 2-2; Concord 1-2

Hopkinton 44, Kearsarge 32

Key players: Hopkinton – Keegan St. Cyr (16 points), Shaylee Murdough (7 points, 7 assists), Sydney Westover (17 rebounds) 

Highlights: The two teams exchanged a series of lead changes through three quarters and the Hawks took a 30-25 lead. Timely shooting and strong defense in the fourth quarter allowed Hopkinton to secure the win late.

Coach’s quote: “This was a big road win for us in a game that had a playoff atmosphere. Our defense generated good opportunities in transition in the second half, and we did a nice job of converting those chances tonight.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Mahoney

Records: Hopkinton 5-0; Kearsarge 3-1

Franklin 61, Nute 17

Key players: Franklin – Kourtney Kaplan (32 points), Lily Cornell (17 points), Maddie Doherty (defense), Payton Cloutier (defense), Sage Slocum (defense)

Highlights: The Tornadoes defeated the Rams to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Coach’s quote:  “The girls played really tough defense throughout the game and kept their intensity up to keep control of the tempo.” – Franklin’s Mark Dionne

Records: Franklin 3-2; Nute 0-6

Girls’ Alpine Skiing

Profile 775, Lin-Wood 751, Concord 722, Derryfield 689, Moultonborough 623, Gorham 588, Inter-Lakes 581, Woodsville 448, White Mtns. 334, Berlin 277, Littleton 152

Key players: Concord – Mika Taylor (2nd giant slalom, 3rd slalom), Charlotte Summerlin (10th GS, 10th slalom), Emma Pelletier (12th slalom, 21st GS), Lilly Merrill (15th slalom, 31st GS)

Highlights:  Taylor finished second in the morning GS event and third in the afternoon slalom as the Tide finished third out 11 teams in a season-opening meet on the slopes at Bretton Woods. Profile’s Makenna Price finished first in both GS and slalom.

Coach’s quote:  “Today’s race at Bretton Woods was a great start for CHS.  The weather was perfect with blue skies, cold temps and good snow. Although Concord only had one day of gate training leading up to today’s race, we had a good day going against some of the strongest teams in the state (Lin-Wood and Profile).” – Concord’s George Golden

Boys’ Alpine Skiing

Profile 780, Lin-Wood 717, Concord 703, Derryfield 701, Littleton 655, Woodsville 629, Moultonborough 584, White Mtns. 391, Gorham 163, Berlin 153

Key players: Concord – Lucas Golden (5th giant slalom, 7th slalom), Brett McDonough (7th GS, 8th slalom), Carter Pratt (18th GS, 23rd slalom), Noah Cascio (18th slalom), Pablo Winn (31st GS)

Highlights:  Concord finished third out of 11 teams in a season-opening meet at Bretton Woods. Golden was the top Tide finisher in both events, while Profile’s Caiyu Demaggio finished on top in both the morning GS and afternoon slalom.