Eagles set sights on last two qualifiers

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The Kennett High boys' and girls' indoor track teams competed in their final regular season meet at the University of New Hampshire on Sunday. Competing against a number of the larger schools in the state, the boys from Conway finished fourth out of 11 schools, while the KHS girls were seventh.

"The talent level was exceptionally high," said Bernie Livingston, Eagles' head coach. "I think that helped to bring out a few great individual performances by our athletes. We've been dealing with that sickness that has been going around the school, which meant we were missing a bunch of people, but still had a very good day."

For the boys, Pinkerton Academy turned in a dominating performance to run away with team honors overall with 113 points. The Astros were followed by Bedford and Concord, which tied for second with 38 points; Kennett 21; Keene, 17; Goffstown, 16; Londonderry and Monadnock, 15; Salem and Kingswood, 8; and Portsmouth Christian, 5.

Individual results: Boys 55-meter dash (won by Nico Buccieri, Pinkerton, 6.8): Noah Lautenschlager, 6.94 (a new PR): Chris Caputo, seventh, 7.34; Michael Welch, 12th, 7.44; and David Sheehan, 35th, 8.64.

Boys 300-meter dash (won by Dalton Mutz, Concord, 38.54): Noah Dubois, 27th, 43.34; Sam Cawley, 29th, 43.84; Lucas Kirsch, 39th, 47.84; Ben Klementovitch, 43rd, 48.64; and Jack Wheeler, 44th, 48.84.

Boys 600 meters (won by Noah Woodman, Pinkerton, 1:28.44): Andrew Belle-Isle, 18th, 1:55.34; and Garrick Porter, 19th, 1:55.54.

Boys 1,000-meter run (won by James Elmour, Monadnock, 2:44.24): Nick Whitley, fifth, 2:49.14; Jonathan Caputo, seventh, 2:51.04 (a PR by 6 seconds); Chris Desmaris, 22nd, 3:07.24; and John Soucy, 34th, 3:36.54.

Boys 1,500-meter run (won by Galvin Graves, Pinkerton, 4:14.84):.

Boys 3,000 meters (won by Joe Gagnon, Pinkerton, 9:33.64).

Boys 55-meter hurdles (won by Adam Spencer, Pinkerton, 8.24): Sam Hanson, 15th, 10.64; Cain Drouin, 16th, 11.24; and Kyle Drouin, 19th, 12.04.

Boys 4X160-meter run (won by Pinkerton, 1:17.34): Kennett — Cawley, Dubois, Cain Drouin and Welch, seventh, 1:25.64.

Boys 4X400-meter relay (won by Pinkerton, 3:41.84): Kennett — Chris Caputo, Whitley, Jonathan Caputo and Lautenschlager, fourth, 3:55.64 (season best by 6 seconds).

Boys high jump (won by Adam Spencer, Pinkerton, 5'8"): Lautenschlager, third, 5'8".

Boys long jump (won by Lucien Lumpini, Bedford, 19'11.25'): Chris Caputo, second, 19'1.75; Will Davison, ninth, 17'2.5"; Dubois, 17th, 15'11.5"; Cain Drouin, 24th, 13'3.5"; and Wheeler, 26th, 13'.

Boys shot put (won by Oliver Gunski, Goffstown, 47'): Mateo Lentini, eighth, 36'10" (came within two inches os qualifying for the State Meet).

"I really felt for Mateo because he's worked very hard and trained really well in limited conditions," Livingston said. "He was very disappointed because he wanted to go on. I look for Mateo to have a really strong outdoor track season."

For the girls, Bedford took team honors, winning with 80.5 points. Pinkerton was second with 59.5 points, followed by Londonderry, 48; Salem, 31; Monadnock, 16; Kingswood, 14; Kennett, 12; Keene, 11; Concord, 9; Portsmouth Christian, 8; and Gkffstown, 2.

Individual results for the girls included:

Girls 55-meter dash (won by Gretchen McGrath, Londonderry, 7.6): Selena Gauthier, third, 7.94; Rhiannon Hacking, 26th, 8.74; and Myel Watters, 38th, 10.24.

Girls 300-meter dash (won by Gretchen McGrath, Londonderry, 42.64): Ashley Vajentic, 17th, 52.14; Jessamine McLaughlin, 21st, 55.04; and Kathleen Ansaldi, 28th, 1:09.24.

Girls 600-meter run (won by Britney Johnson, Pinkerton, 1:39.04).

Girls 1,000 meters (won by Joelle Lafreniere, Monadnock, 3:15.54): Kaitlyn Fay, sixth, 3:24.14 (qualified for the State Meet); and Kimberly Bowles, 11th, 3:39.94.

Girls 1,500-meter run (won by Joelle Lafreniere, Monadnock, 5:11.64): Brianna Desharnais, 10th, 6:07.34.

Girls 3,000-meter run (won by Meghan Cross, Pinkerton, 11:09.04).

Girls 55-meter hurdles (won by Maria Virga, Pinkerton, 9.04): Karly Boothby, seventh, 10.34.

Girls 4X160-meter relay (won by Bedford, 1:27.74): Kennett — Hacking, Vajentic, Boothby and Gauthier, DQ.

Girls 4X400-meter relay (won by Pinkerton, 4:33.74): Kennett — Bowles, Chloe VanDyne, Lea Thelemarck and Fay, fifth, 4:51.04.

Girls high jump (won by Molly McCoole, Bedford, 5'): Chloe VanDyne, fourth, 4'8".

Girls long jump (won by Mollie Redman, Bedford, 16'5.5").

Girls shot put (won by Shanna Scribner, Bedford, 36'): Ansaldi, 12th, 22'5"; Naomi Lubkin, 14th, 20'3.25"; and Kathleen Sullivan, 15th, 20'1".

"Most of the kids did as well as they had been doing or improved in this meet," Livingston said.

Kennett has two meets left, for those athletes who have already qualified for the state championships at Dartmouth College, to improve their seedings. The first qualifier is scheduled at the UNH this Sunday at 9 a.m.

"We have 15-20 kids that have qualified (for the last two meets)," Livingston said. "Hopefully, we can continue to improve."

 

Eagles sweep in slalom in home-opener

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The Kennett High boys' and girls' alpine teams made the most of their season-racing debut on their home hill at Cranmore on Friday by dominating a three-team meet. Both squads skied to victories over Lebanon and Carroll County rival Kingswood.

"We had another great day, especially considering the challenging conditions," said Laurel Zengilowski, Eagles' head coach. "The warm weather and the dropping temps made for some pretty interesting skiing."

The KHS girls swept the podium in both slalom and giant slalom races, and even took the top six spots in GS, while the Kennett boys took the first six places in slalom and the top two spots in GS.

In the girls GS, Paige Hill won the race with Ashton Coleman, Liz Robert and India Drummond all within a second of each other and as the top four finishers," Zengilowski said. "Natalie Perry and Jordanna Belle Isle rounded out our top six, in fifth and sixth, respectively. We actually had eight of the top 10 spots this morning."

In the morning GS, Hill had the fastest second run (24.57) to finish in a combined time of 49.16 to take individual honors. Right on her skis were Coleman, who had the quickest first run (24.40), was second in 49.24. Robert joined her on the podium in third place in 49.81.

Other Eagles to finish included India Drummond, fourth, 49.91; Perry, fifth, 51.09; Belle-Isle, sixth, 51.38; Eva Drummond, eighth, 52.63; Dana Saxby, 10th 54.24; Rachel Yalenzian, 11th, 54.35; Alannah Carr, 18th, 57.22; Maggie Miller, 19th, 58.02; Emily Bean, 22nd, 1:02.76; and Alex Iannuzzi, 24th, 1:05.16.

Kennett took team honors in the GS with a perfect score of 384 points. Kingswood was second with 378, while Lebanon too third with 362.

"In the afternoon slalom for the girls, this is the second week in a row that Liz Robert has led the way for Kennett, finishing first," Zengilowski said. "Ashton was right behind her in second place. Those two had a good two second lead on the rest of the competition with India Drummond as the next finisher — which was awesome because she had a little hiccup in her run and had to hike. Jordanna, Paige and Rachel Yalenezian rounded out our top six finishers finishing in the top 10.

In team scoring, the Eagles took the top spot with 392 points, followed by Kingswood, 379, and Lebanon, 363.

Robert took first individually with a combined run of 1:12.55. Coleman, who had the fastest second run (36.83) to finish second in 1:13.18. They were joined on the podium by India Drummond, who had the fastest first run (34.19), was third, 1:16.14.

Other Kennett finishers were Belle-Isle, sixth, 1:23.61; Hill, seventh, 1:26.68; Yalenzian, ninth, 1:32.49; Saxby, 10th, 1:34.97; Carr, 11th, 1:39.97; Bean, 14th, 1:43.83; and Ianuzzi, 18th, 2:06.20.

For the boys, the Eagles placed seven skiers in the top nine to take team honors with 392 points. Kingswood was second with 377 points, and Lebanon took third with 365 points.

For the boys' team, senior Marcus Clancy and freshman Connor Glavin led the field in first and second place," Zengilowski said. "Sean Maloney and Dylan West rounded out our scoring finishers in fourth and fifth, respectively."

Individually, Clancy had the two fastest runs of the day (23.74 and 23.84) for a combined time of 47.58. He was joined on the podium by Glavin, second, 47.96, while Kingswood's Matt Ridings was third in 48.70.

Other Kennett finishers were Maloney, fourth, 48.86; West, fifth, 49.06; Dennis Morgan, sixth, 49.63; Jonathon Brooks, seventh, 50.12; Jamie Kelemen, ninth, 50.69; Alex Nemeth, 12th, 52.05; Basil Goodwin, 19th, 55.52; Julian Brochu, 29th, 1:09.86; and Chase Lee, 31st, 1:14.89.

The Kennett boys swept the top six spots in the slalom to post a perfect score of 394. Kingswood was second with 372 points, and Lebanon was third with 369.

"For the afternoon slalom, Connor led the way with Dylan and Chase Lee about a second off the pace in second and third, respectively," Zengilowski said. "Our boys had eight of the top 10 spots in the slalom in what has been a strong start to their season."

Glavin had the fastest two runs of the afternoon in 33.08 and 33.62 to win the race in a combined time of 1:06.70. He was joined on the podium by teammates West and Lee, who was second and third, respectively, in 1:07.63 and 1:07.68.

Other Eagles to finish included Clancy, fourth, 1:09.68; Maloney, fifth, 1:11.59; Brooks, sixth, 1:11.06; Morgan, eighth, 1:15.96; Nemeth, ninth, 1:16.06; and Brochu, 27th, 2:26.09.

"We had a great day and will be looking forward to racing Plymouth, in addition to Kingswood and Gorham next Friday back at Cranmore," Zengilowski said.

Race time on Friday begins at 9:30 a.m. with giant slalom and to be followed by slalom in the afternoon.

 

Belmont-Gilford ends Kennett's unbeaten run

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — Turn the page.

That's the message Coach Mike Lane had for the Kennett High ice hockey team at practice on Thursday, the day after the Eagles suffered their first loss of the season. KHS, the last undefeated team in Division III, fell 4-1 at home at Ham Ice Arena to fourth ranked Belmont-Gilford on Wednesday night.

Despite the loss, which dropped Kennett to 7-1 (10-1 overall), the Eagles still sit atop the league standings. The Bulldogs of Belmont-Gilford improve to 5-1-1 and are tied for third with Somersworth/Coe-Brown Northwood Academy (also 5-1-1).

Berlin-Gorham, which Kennett beat last week, resides alone in second at 6-1.

"We're ready to turn the page and move on from an ugly night," Lane said Thursday. "We'll bury that one and focus on preparing for Kearsarge/Plymouth (1-5) on Saturday (5 p.m. at Plymouth State University rink).

"Got to give credit to Belmont-Gilford, its a good team," he said. "I think they were the hungrier team. The bottom line is we didn't move our feet, and when you only have four shots through the first two periods, we didn't really test them."

Not only did Kennett lose the game, but it also lost talented junior defenseman Conner Furtado to a broken hand. He suffered the injury in the first period when he blocked a shot.

"Hopefully it's not too serious and he'll be back sooner rather than later," Lane said. "Conner is a hockey player. He blocked a shot, taped up his hand between periods and took his shift to start the second period, but he came off the ice almost immediately saying he couldn't go because he had no strength in the hand."

The teams played to a scoreless first period. The Bulldogs broke the deadlock in the second period on a goal by Hayden Parent.

B-G, the current state runner-ups, doubled its lead two minutes into the third period when Chaz Hacking picked off a pass in the neutral zone, skated in on a breakaway and made no mistake from close range.

The Bulldogs extended their advantage three minutes later with a power-play goal by James Buckley.

Kennett goalie Johnny Biggio, who had 19 saves on the night, stopped the lead from growing further when he made two fine stops on a B-G power-play, robbing Hunter Dupuis with a blocker save with 5:17 to play, and then stymieing Alex Muthersbaug a minute later.

The Eagles made things interesting when Anthony Graziano scored his sixth goal in the last three games, when he beat Bailey Defosie from out front with 3:45 to play. Mackenzie Murphy and Connor Doucet.

Doucet came oh-so close to making a one-goal game with 1:03 to play. With Biggio out the net, the Eagles added another skater to the offense. Doucet forced Defosie into his best save of the night from point blank range.

"What we can take out of this game," Lane said, "is when we got behind 3-0, we didn't quit. After Graziano scored we had a couple of good opportunities to close the gap. I'm not discouraged. It's a loss, but there's still a lot of hockey to be played."

Lane was also impressed with the play of forward Tanner Brown, who is coming back from illness last week.

"I think Tanner had a real strong game," he said.

With Furtado on the shelf, Kennett skated just three defensemen for the final two periods with Mackenzie Murphy, Reilly Murphy and Trevor Olivier seeing lots of ice time.

"We allowed Belmont-Gilford 10 shots over the final two periods," Lane said. "Kenzie, Reilly and Trevor did a nice job."

B-G closed out the scoring on an empty-net goal by Dupuis with 36 seconds left.

In other KHS hockey news, Mackenzie Murphy has been promoted from assistant captain to captain.

"He's done a really nice job," Lane said. "As a coaching staff this was something we decided to do last week."

 

Schrader named MVP at USM meet

By Lloyd Jones

FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Academy boys' and girls' track team is having a January to remember. After setting 23 personal records in their opening meet of 2017 on Jan. 6, the Raiders set 21 new PRs when they traveled to the University of Southern Maine in Gorham on Friday night. Highlighting the evening was Fryeburg's Jeremiah Schrader been named the MVP of the meet.

"Miah Schrader ran a state-leading 54.20 in the 400 meters," said Kevin McDonald, Raiders' head coach. "This was Miah's first 400 this year and he will only get faster. Miah also won the long jump. We now have the state leader in both boys' and girls' 400 meter-dashes. Very happy needless to say."

McDonald was thrilled by the performances his troops posted in just their third meet of the season, especially with them coming against quality competition.

"Coming off last week's 23 PRs, I was pleasantly surprised to see the athletes record 21 at this meet," he said. "Very positive feedback on just how the program is going."

The FA girls finished second overall behind Greely in the eight-team meet, while the boys from Fryeburg were third behind Greely and Cape Elizabeth.

This was a good showing for a small team," McDonald said.

Other highlights for the boys, included the speedy Jared Chisari setting PRs in both the 55-meter dash, which he was third, and the 200 meters, which he won, and qualified for the State Meet in both.

"Jared had been away all last week at a football combine so we were not sure what to expect," McDonald said. "Jared did not let us down. We look for Jared to only improve when we start our peak for states. This also makes the 4x200-meter relay even stronger."

McDonald said Nabeel Ghadfa produced PRs in both the 55 and 200, and "is very close to the state qualifier in both."

"It would be quite a treat to have five boys in both the 55 meters and the 200 meters at states," McDonald said.

Spencer Thomas finished fourth in both the 55 and the 200 runs. He also ran a leg on the winning relay and produced a fourth place finish in the triple jump.

"Spencer also left his comfort zone to try this event," McDonald said. "Not an easy one to master but with a few more weeks of work Spencer will be a factor in this event."

Christian Bedell and Max Kummer went first and second in the 800 meters. Kummer just missed reaching the automatic qualifying time for the State Meet.

The mile run saw Osage Crie knock 5 seconds off his best time and is closing in on a sub 5 minute mile.

"We would love to see this as Osage has been working very hard," McDonald said.

Highlights for the girls in the senior division included: Bridget Tweedie and Skye Collins going one and two in the 55-meter dash with Lexi Charles right behind them in fifth.

The 200 meters saw Collins in second, Charles in fifth and Chole Downs picking up a PR of 32.42.

"Chole also had a PR in the 400 meters by more than 2 seconds," McDonald said. "The 400 meters was the race of the of the meet as Bridget moved up to try this event. We ask the athletes to move out of their comfort zones from time to time and this proved to be a incredible event for Bridget. Not only did she win the event, qualify for states but also produced the state-leading time of 1:02.98. Bridget now is the state leader in both the 55 meters and the 400. This fine athlete is just ripping it up on the USM oval.

The 4x200 team posted a win, while Ella Forbes and Madison McIntyre set PRs in the 800 meters.

In the junior division, Jessica Jensen, Jade Currier/Graffam, Katherine Trumbull and Allanceiah Waiters all had two PRs in either the 55-, the 200- or 400-meter runs.

Gwen Boros had a PR in the 400 meters.

Malina Voter finished second in the high jump.

Casey Kneissler finished second in the shot put, while teammate Breanna Burnell was fourth with a PR of 28'4.75".

"A fine showing by the girls team and we are very pleased with the progress at this point," McDonald said. "We are a small team but a powerhouse team made up of fierce competitors and demanding teammates. If we can stay healthy the performances are only going to get better."

The Raiders are back at USM on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. meet with Wells, Poland, Traip, Falmouth, NYA, Sacoppe Valley and Lisbon.