CONWAY — The Kennett High School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams, in partnership with the Culinary Arts students, will hold their Sixth Annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit Angels & Elves on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7 to 11 a.m. at Mineral Spring Café at the high school.
The players will be on hand to welcome and serve all guests while the culinary arts students will prepare the meal. Game schedules will be handed out and the players are glad to sign autographs for kids.
There is no charge for the breakfast but donations are encouraged and appreciated. One hundred percent of monies raised at the event will be donated to the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley in support of Angels & Elves.
The KHS Basketball program is pleased to support such a worthwhile cause and the players and coaches look forward to seeing many friends and supporters at this event.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 04:31
CONWAY — "It ended way too soon," Joe Soraghan, head coach, of the Kennett High golf team said last week as the regular season came to a close for his Eagles. "I really can't believe how quickly the season flew by."
Kennett wrapped up its season last Oct. 3 on the road against teams at opposite ends of the spectrum in the Division II standings in Pembroke Academy (0-15) and Windham (18-0).
Windham shot a staggering 178, the best score posted against KHS in the past three seasons, to win the match. Pembroke picked up its lone win of the fall by shooting 246 while Kennett was third on the afternoon with a 254 score.
Team scores in high school golf come from the top five of eight scores posted by players on one team.
The loses dropped Kennett to 3-16 for the year and ended the season on a 13-match losing streak.
The Division 2 team state tournament took place at Beaver Meadow last Thursday where par for 18 holes is 72, had Windham claiming the championship by 12 strokes with a team score of 295.
Saint Thomas was this year's runner-up shooting 407 followed by Hanover, 412; Portsmouth, 427; Goffstown, 428; Lebanon, 431; Bishop Brady, 433; Souhegan, 436; Plymouth, 441; Kingswood, 442; Sanborn, 452; and Hollis-Brookline, 454.
Windham's Connor Greenleaf fired the round of the day with a 73 while Bishop Brady's Alex Von Svoboda and Tom Hixon, of Portsmouth, tied for second with 76's. Ben Wescott, of ConVal, and Brendon Scheffer, of St. Thomas, rounded out the top five with scores of 77.
Only the top 12 teams in the 21 school Division II standings earned the opportunity to compete in the tournament. KHS was 18th overall for 2013.
Soraghan had 18 athletes out for the sport this fall.
"As you know we were very young this season, but the nice thing has been we've had six different medalists this fall, which is a very encouraging sign. The younger kids are really starting to improve; they're stepping up in key situations."
The Eagles ose three seniors to graduation from this team in Tanner George, Danny Macdonald and Carter Allan.
Kennett, under Soraghan, went from just one win five years ago to five four years ago to a 10-14 mark in 2010 and then 13-7 and clinched the eighth seed out of 12 teams to earn a tournament berth in 2011.
Kennett finished 15th overall last year with a 7-13 record.
Soraghan does not have an assistant coach, but can't say enough about the support he's received from the local club professionals who are loyal Kennett supporters.
"Many people behind the scenes have been generous with their time, advice, and donations," he said. " Larry and Kathy (Gallagher) at the North Conway Country Club, members and staff and everyone in the pro shop have been so supportive to the kids. Jonathan (Rivers) at Indian Mound has been super, too. As our home course, NCCC is always one of the venues where other teams want to play. We are most grateful to be able to play and practice there."
Kevin Walker (club pro at Wentworth) gave a course rules clinic to the team prior to opening day.
"I think it's something that everyone should take," Soraghan said. "Kevin had red, white and yellow stakes all in a good area to show the kids and he explained to them how they can use the rules to their advantage. Everyone has been just great to us. Thanks to the Valley Originals the Kennett Eagles are the best dressed team at our matches due their generosity in providing hats and shirts to all the players. Julie Rivers and her junior program fund-raising efforts, she provided the team with all our golf balls. I also want to thank the clubs and pros who have offered the team members an opportunity to play and for all the advice you have generously given to them — we're very lucky up here."
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 04:35
by Charlie Tryder
FRYEBURG — Van Nguyen traveled to Willowdale Golf Course for the Women’s State Golf Championships recently. After shooting a 95 for fifth place in the western qualifier, Nguyen was primed for a strong performance at the state match. She played well at the qualifier, but you got the sense from coach Chris Dutton that she was capable of even better golf.
“She played pretty well but she knew that she had some room for improvement," he said. "It was more of less a day to just go out and shoot a score enough to qualify and then prep for the States.”
Leading up to the state match, Nguyen and Dutton worked various aspects of her game. Primarily on her course management and strategy, but Dutton also worked with Nguyen on hitting clubs certain yardages, gauging the speeds of the greens, hand-refining her short game, especially putting.
Dutton was proud of Van Nguyen’s attention to detail at the state match.
“She played so well and executed a lot of what we been working on up to that day," he said, "as it was rewarding for the both of us see it play out to a successful day on the course and championship in whole.”
The day of the state match, Nguyen played the first seven holes at 3 over. Nguyen birdied 12, but she triple bogeyed 13. Displaying her resiliency, Nguyen bounced back with another birdie on 14.
Nguyen shot her third birdie of the day on 17 when she chipped in from the fringe, and then finished with a par.
“When she walked into the clubhouse, she was booming with a big smile and relief as she knew she had played well. Her two goals were to break 90 in the states where she hadn’t the first two years and to get a top 10 spot,” Dutton recalled.
Nguyen scored an 81 and a fourtth place finish overall.
Dutton enjoyed what he saw from Nguyen. “I think she realized that she could play at a higher level then in previous years, and that she understood the preparation and mental side of preparing and playing in a state championship needed to succeed.”
Nguyen qualified for the New England championships in June, but she hasn’t decided if she will attend the tourney. She knows she can play with the top class of the girls in the state, which will motivate her for her senior season. She currently has her eyes set on playing in four straight State Championships.
Dutton feels like she may have caught some fire at this state match, “I think she has pushed herself to want more, and she wants to add to her already successful career to this point.”
The Fryeburg Academy golf season has now come to a close. Over the past couple of weeks both the girls and boys had their state qualifier matches. While no boys qualified for the State Meet, a number of underclassmen gained some valuable experience. At the girls' match, Nguyen qualified for the third straight year.
Van Nguyen has finished 12th and 14th the last two years, so Dutton would like to see her improve her standing.
Lee Dyer attempted to also qualify for the third straight year, but she missed by four shots. Dutton felt like Dyer had a decent day, but just could not put all the pieces together on this day.
"Unfortunately for Liz her bid came up a little short," he said. "It wasn't like she played poorly. It was more as if she couldn't string enough good shots together on holes to score. It's been awesome and fun to see her compete at the states these past two years."
At the boys' qualifier, the conditions were brutal for about the first 10 to 12 holes. Dutton sent out three freshmen on the course, and the experience will pay off for the young squad. He spoke about the conditions.
"The first hour on the course was played in a fog," he said. "It was hard to see the golf ball in the air. Then it was followed by some hard rain and wind from time to time before it all cleared up and was able to get six or seven holes in without any bad conditions."
Tyler Worcester, a freshman, led the Raiders in scoring with a 92. He was only four strokes and two positions away from qualifying for the states. Dutton likes the progress his young number one has made this year.
"He has come along quite well this year for a freshman," he said. "Competition and nerves in match play have tested him, but he has kept making strides to overcome those nerves and just go out and play and trust his game. He has a bright future. I predict he will qualify a couple of times before his career is over."
Keegan Jones and Damian Eldridge were the other two freshman that played, and like Worcester, they improved their game as the season went along. Junior Mike Davis and Sophomore Jake Maidment were the others that participated.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 04:34
by Charlie Tryder
FRYEBURG — Two-time defending Western Maine Class B regional champion Lake Region showed that it intends to compete for another chance to play in a state championship game on Saturday in Naples against the Fryeburg Academy girls' basketball team.
After falling behind 21-7 after the opening quarter, the Raiders only managed one point against the stifling Laker defense and went into the locker room down 34-8 at the half. The Raiders played better in the second half, but fell 59-29 in their season-opener.
The Fryeburg struggled to get its offense going early in the first half. In the half, the Raiders turned the ball over 23 times while only managing 15 field goal attempts. Coach Sean Watson pointed out that this is clearly not a winning formula, but noted that this is a part of the game that they will clean up against other opponents.
"Just about everyone turns the ball over against them," he said. "We rushed things a little bit. We want to play fast. I have to take some blame for that. We wanted to score in transition and try to stay away from getting into offensive sets against their defense. We probably could have been more deliberate."
Defensively, the Raiders game planned to double down on Tiana Carter, considered by many to be the best post player in the state, with people covering anyone not named Hancock, the Lakers two outstanding shooters. The Raiders executed, but the Lakers demonstrated that they will have scoring depth this year. Carter scored the first six points of the game, but the plan seemed effective until ninth grader Kristen Huntress hit three three-pointers in the first quarter and four in the half. Jordan Turner, another Laker the Raiders doubled off, nailed three three-pointers.
Lexi L'Heureux-Carland led the Raiders with 8 points, while Julia Quinn chipped in 7.
McKenna Gerchman and Sara Welch gave the Raiders good minutes off the bench and Sara Welch played well off the bench.
While disappointed in the results, Watson is not concerned going forward. He knows the Raiders simply ran into a finely tuned team. "It's hard to mimic that defensive intensity in practice. We were a little rattled. I am not sure if we were amped up too much. I might have used more timeouts in the first quarter to keep it closer."
He explained what he told the Raiders after the game. "We are a better basketball team than we showed. We need to turn up the intensity in practices in order to be ready for these situations. We can't let one game define the season."
Fryeburg is scheduled to play its home-opener Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) when Gray comes to town. The Patriots won their home-opener on Friday, easily topping Greely 54-31. Gray outscored the visitors 29-9 in the second half to pull away for the win. Maria Valente scored a game-high 24 points for the Patriots.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 04:32
CONWAY — The Kennett High hockey team got defensive on Saturday at the annual Dover Jamboree. Playing three 20 minute running periods, the Eagles posted three ties on the day.
The Eagles faced off against Somersworth (played to a 0-0 draw), Belmont-Gilford (a 0-0 draw) and Portsmouth (a 1-1 tie).
"We had a good night at the Jamboree," Michael Lane, Eagles' head coach, said. "I thought we did a lot of things well."
Senior forward Brad Canavari scored the lone goal of the night for KHS.
Canavari has been elected as thus year's captain.
"Brad is a great kid and definite leader," Lane said.
Fellow senior Dane Rivera, a defensman, and junior Robert Moody, also a defenseman, have been selected as assistant captains for this year.
Saturday was the second exhibition of the season for Eagles, who hosted the Kennett Alumni for their annual post-Thanksgiving game on Nov. 29. The alumni topped the current Eagles, who had just opened their preseason three days earlier, 9-0. Since then, Lane has been pleased with the way the squad has been unfolding.
The Eagles have a lot more preseason action scheduled before the puck drops on the regular season next week.
This Wednesday, Kennett hosts Somersworth from Division II at 6 p.m. for a full-length exhibition tilt at Ham Ice Arena.
On Saturday, KHS will face its final test before the regular season starts when it hosts its second annual Kennett Jamboree with Kearsarge, Kingswood, Moultonborough/Interlakes, Berlin, Belmont-Gilford and Somersworth all scheduled to participate.
Kennett, Berlin and Belmont-Gilford will all play four 20-minute running time contests while the other four schools will each play three 20-minute games.
"The action starts at 3 p.m.," Lane said. "It should be a real good day of hockey. It worked out really well last year and we're hoping to get a lot out of this year, too."
Kennett opens the season Dec. 18 on the road at Belmont-Gilford at 7 p.m. at Laconia Ice Arena rematch of last year's quarterfinals.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 December 2013 04:24