Kennett hosting food drive at Friday's football game

CONWAY — Kennett High is once again teaming up with the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA), WMUR (Channel 9) and the New Hampshire Food Bank for the fourth annual New Hampshire Tackles Hunger weekend.

Kennett High Athletic Director Neal Weaver is leading the initiative for KHS. He will be putting up signs to let folks know about the event and also posting on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KennettAthletic). Here's how you can help. Attend Kennett's home game against St. Thomas on Friday, Sept. 23 (7 p.m. kickoff) to support the Eagles and be sure to bring a non-perishable food item for your local food pantry.

This weekend, food drives will be hosted at high school football games across the Granite State. All food donated will go to local food pantries in an effort tot end hunger in New Hampshire. Over the past three years, N.H. Tackels Hunger has collected approximately 125,000 pounds of food for distribution. All of the food that is collected at the Kennett game will remain in the community.

There are 58 high schools competing in variety football this year, which means student-athletes and fans can make a huge impact in communities across the state.

Merrimack Valley actually hosted its tackle hunger food drive last Friday night when it hosted Kennett High in football.

The greatest current challenge faced by the NH Food Bank is meeting the continued, increasing need for hunger relief distribution at a time when availability of donated product is in decline. Over the past six years, the NH Food Bank has experienced declines in donated food from major food wholesalers, retailers and producers due to tighter inventory controls, less stock on hand, reduced revenue, smaller margins and the closing of 12 significant partner stores. At the same time, the need for food resources has continued to increase.

Several items are of particular need, including peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soups, pasta, sauce and canned fruits and vegetables. Please, don't bring food in glass containers.

Cash donations will also be accepted.

If you are unable to attend Friday's game, but would like to make a donation, contact Weaver at (603) 356-4343.

 

Kennett boys win Laconia meet; girls place second

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The Kennett High boy's cross-country team took first place at the annual Laconia Invitational on Saturday, topping 12 other schools. The KHS girls were second, just six points behind ConVal despite missing two of their top five runners.
"Everything went really well," Bernie Livingston, Eagles' head coach, said. "It was a really tough course. We hadn't been there in eight or nine years, and it had changed, but stayed the same, if that makes sense. The terrain in the woods featured two loops over roots, rocks and lots of curves. It was very challenging, but all in all we had a very good day. Lots of strong performances."
The Kennett boys placed five runners in the top 25 to capture team honors with 62 points. Moultonborough Academy took second with 111 points, while ConVal rounded out the top three schools in third with 122 points.
Individually, Moultonborough's Tyler McLaughlin won the race in 18:15, covering the 5K course to best a field of 134 boys.
Kennett's Darren Piotrow was second overall in 18:22, and was joined on the podium by Moultonborough's Dylan McLaughlin, who finished third in 18:50.
Other Kennett finishers were Nick Whitley in fourth in 18:55; Caleb Esmay, 13th, 19:37; Colby Livingston, 18th, 20:15; Logan Haggerty, 25th, 20:41; Jonathan Caputo, 26th, 20:42; Noah Geary, 35th, 21:20; Christopher Desmaris, 40th, 21:39; Snowden O'Neil, 48th, 22:11; Cody Bryan, 55th, 22:19; Alex Klementovich, 63rd, 22:48; Hunter Krebs, 74th, 23:13; Gabe Mohla, 77th, 23:16; Cain Drouin, 85th, 24:02; Ben Klementovich, 90th, 24:28; Will Davison, 93rd, 24:35; Sam Cawley, 95th, 24:49; Lincoln Gonyo, 96th, 24:54; Garrick Porter, 100th, 25:12; Michael Welch, 101st, 25:12; Thomas Stafford, 111th, 26:31; Eric Bormann, 115th, 27:04; Ryan Ballou, 131st, 31:25; and Matteo Lentini, 132nd, 32:00.
The Eagles were without Aidan Haggerty, one of their top four runners, who was ill.
For the girls, ConVal won the meet with 44 points. Kennett was second with 50, followed by Moultonborough, 130.
Clare Veverka, a senior, won the race for ConVal by 4 seconds in 21:39, beating Belmont's Alice Riley, 21:43, and Leah Dutkewych of White Mountains who was third in 22:03.
There were 97 finishers.
Junior Riley Steward once again led the Eagles, finishing fifth overall in 23:09. She was followed by Kim Bowles, ninth in 23:32; Eilidh McKinnon, 11th, 23:46; Zara Cheney, 12th, 23:58; Jordanna Belle-Isle, 13th, 23:59; Chloe Van Dyne, 16th, 24:43; Kaitlyn Fay, 19th, 24;54; Hannah Thelemarck, 22nd, 25:08; Lea Thelemarck, 25th, 25:27; Taylor Petell, 29th, 25:32; Danielle Solomon, 39th, 26:38; Ashley Vajentic, 41st, 27:02; Violet Webster, 44th, 27:21; Grace Jarell, 49th, 27:36; Abby Ross, 57th, 28:41; Madelyn Marcotte, 58th, 28:42; Jasmine Schmidt, 64th, 29:33; Taylor Hanlan, 66th, 29:49; Nadia Van Dyne, 69th, 30:14; Dana Saxby, 74th, 31:01; Jessamine McLaughlin, 82nd, 33:21; and Elena Campo, 92nd, 37:12.
"We were missing Zoe McKinney (illness) and Melissa Brown (hamstring), and they're two of our top five runners," Livingston said. "If we had had them, who knows, the girls may have won the meet. ConVal is one of the better teams in Division II. It's nice to know we were able to run with them."
Livingston was pleased with the race because it forced his harriers to work on their tactics.
"The kids had to pay more attention to terrain and certain spots on the course," he said. "It was a good race for us."
Kennett chose the Laconia meet over the annual Bobcat Invitational Meet hosted by Oyster River in Durham because Livingston wanted the Eagles to run in a smaller meet.
"We'll run a big one in two weeks at Cow Brown," he said. "There will be all sorts of quality teams there. (Laughing)We're still hiding up here and know one knows us yet, but we known who we are."
Kennett is scheduled to race this Saturday (10 a.m.) at Waterville Valley.
"I love that course," Livingston said. "I think our kids should run well."
 

Buzzell selected as one of 20 finalists for the Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program

FRYEBURG — Mackenzie Buzzell, a senior at Fryeburg Academy, has been selected one of 20 finalists for the 2016-17 Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program from across New England by Positive Coaching Alliance-New England (PCA-NE).

PCA honors outstanding high school athletes nationwide who contribute to a positive, character-building sports environment. PCA's Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program honors those who, in keeping with PCA culture, "do the right thing" and embody the Triple-Impact Competitor ethos of working to improve oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

Mackenzie who competes in girls' basketball, soccer, and softball, was selected from the more than 1,500 high school athletes nationwide who completed applications consisting of essays and at least three recommendations, from coaches, school administrators, and individuals familiar with them as embodying Triple-Impact Competitor principles.

"I enjoy the competition and dedication it takes to become a solid athlete," said Mackenzie. "The skills learned on the field not only help me to become a better leader and teammate, but it also offers a practical application in the classroom. From tough competition, you learn a lot about yourself — your strengths and weaknesses — and I've learned never to give up, work hard, and apply myself both as an athlete and student. I am very honored to receive this recognition by PCA."

Mackenzie's hard work on the field and in the classroom has certainly paid off. She has been an outstanding student-athlete at Fryeburg Academy since her arrival as a freshman in 2013. Mackenzie's been on the honor roll all three years with two of those semesters as high honors. She earned the Student of the Year award during her junior year.

As finalists, Mackenzie and the other student-athletes were recognized at a pregame ceremony before the Aug. 31 Boston Red Sox/Tampa Bay game and presented them with commemorative T-shirts, Red Sox hats, and tickets to the game, plus award certificates and the PCA book, "Elevating Your Game." PCA-New England will celebrate the finalists through a combination of events, awards, mentoring, and sharing their stories throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Fryeburg Academy, located in Maine, is a private boarding and day school serving grades 9-12, as well as offering a postgraduate year. We invite you to explore our site at fryeburgacademy.org and learn how students from around the globe find their place in the world through our exceptional academic, art, and athletic programs.

 

KHS girls' soccer team is making strides

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The Kennett High girls' soccer team hopes to make a move in the Division II standings this week after facing some of the iron of the league over the past two weeks.

The Eagles are 1-5-1 on the season, sitting in 18th in the standings as of Tuesday.

KHS is coming off an 8-0 home loss to top ranked John Stark (6-0) on Friday. The team also recently completed a home-and-home series with Portsmouth (4-3), falling 10-0 on the road on Sept 2, and 7-0 at home on Sept. 9.

"We're slowly coming around," said Don Germain, Eagles' head coach. "Sometimes it's one step forward and two steps back, but overall I think there's a glimmer of hope."

Kennett was slated to host Lebanon (2-5) on Tuesday, but the match was moved to Wednesday to accommodate a request by the Red Raiders. The junior varsity will play at 4 p.m. with the varsity to follow. Both matches are scheduled for Millen Stadium.

Germain has been challenging his troops, and the first-year head coach likes the response.

"I've been challenging them with really complicated tactics and they've been very receptive," he said. "They're getting it. Against Portsmouth (on Sept. 9), we compressed on defense forcing (the Clippers) to play the ball back. Overall, the first half was exceptional."

Germain said the schedule "should get a little lighter" this week with Lebanon coming to town and then a trip to Plymouth (1-6) on Friday.

"I'm seeing definite improvement in the team as a whole," he said.

Germain praised freshman goalie Sylvie Brustin, who "had some remarkable saves" against John Stark.

"I'm starting to see fine development on the field from Nina Badger and Maggie Miller. All of the girls are incrementally making strides."

Germain has tinkered with his lineup a bit moving Kelsey Bush from up top to a central defender.

"Kelsey played brilliantly there and really shut down the John Stark striker," he said. "She also delivered some nice serves on free kicks."

The move has allowed freshman Sophie Killeen to push up from defense into the midfield, where she can be a bit more offensive-minded.

"I see improvement every day out from the girls," Germain said. "They're all working hard."

 

Carty sets new home course record

By Lloyd Jones

FRYEBURG — Junior Emily Carty broke the course record at the Raider Invitational on her home course in Fryeburg on Friday. The Fryeburg Academy girls' and boys' cross-country teams both finished third overall out of six schools.

"We had a pretty good day," said Bill Reilly, Raiders' head coach. "Emily ran very well. She just continues to get better with each race. She held off two or three state class runners to get the win."

Running on the Intervale course, Carty won the meet by 4 seconds in 19:32. She topped a strong cast of York girls, who grabbed five of the top seven spots.

"It's a new course record," Reilly said. "It's just the third time we've raced there, but each time the course has been modified a bit."

York took team honors for the girls with 31 points, followed by St. Dominic Academy, 51; Fryeburg, 74; Gray-New Gloucester, 99; and North Yarmouth Academy and Old Orchard Beach did not have five girls finish, therefore did not record a team score.

There were 54 girls that finished the 5K race.

Other finishers for Fryeburg were Zoe Maquire, 14th, 22:26; Irina Norkin, 15th, 22:34; Emily Grzyb, 17th, 22:51; Merys Carty, 28th, 23:58; Maddie Choyce, 31st, 25:06; Alanceiah Waiters, 39th, 26:00; Ella Forbes, 44th, 27:15; and Abby Burnell, 54th, 33:37.

Cape Elizabeth took team honors on the day with 38 points, followed by St. Doms, 40; Fryeburg, 69; and Freeport, 84.

For the boys, York was the top team with 22 points, edging Gray, 69; Fryeburg, 83; NYA, 90; St. Doms, 93; Old Orchard, no team score.

Individually, York's Ryan Simpson topped a field of 44 runners, winning the race by 11 seconds in 17:28.

The Raiders were led by sophomore Alfie Walker, who was second in 17:39.

Senior Christian Bedell was ninth in 19:03; Antonin Santarelli, 26th, 20:47; Ethan Reinbach, 27th, 20:50; Seth Johnston, 28th, 20:52; Ben Caffrey, 31st, 22:09; Josh Rose, 32nd, 22:13; Sam Paulding, 36th, 23:58; and Reed Wales, 40th, 25:26.

Fryeburg will run in New Hampshire this Saturday at the prestigious Manchester Invitational in Manchester. The meet attracts teams from across New England and New York.