High School Highlights: Big day for Nashua girls track teams
The Battle of the Bridge took to the Seacoast and both the Nashua South and Nashua North girls track teams did not disappoint at UNH Sunday morning.
South took the top spot overall in the nine-team meet, scoring 107 points, while North grabbed second with 60.
Alvirne High grabbed fourth place with 29 points, followed by Merrimack in fifth and Hollis Brookline in sixth.
South sensation Sydney Lewis certainly did her part.
The senior dominated the 55 hurdles with a 9.64 clocking and also cleared 5-2 for the high jump win. Lewis added a fourth in the dash and ran the lead leg in the victorious 4×160 relay win along with Kourtney Lopez, Ahana Thapa and Madeline Stevens with a 1:31.64 clocking.
Panther Vanessa Norton and the sophomore Stevens went 1-2 in the 300 meters, with the senior clocking in at 45.54 for the win.
Hannah Swain earned the win in the 600 at 1:47.54, nipping Alvirne’s Dominique Milinazzo, who was second.
South went 1-2 in the 3000 with Lydia Mathson on top at 11:32.54, followed by freshman Brielle Ducharme.
Lewis’ win in the hurdles came over teammates Lopez, Stevens and Melanie Toribio Blanco, who went 2-3-4.
The Panthers’ final win came in the 4×400 where Swain, Norton, Nadezhda Nadia Zhecheva and Sarah Signorello teamed up to roll in 4:36.54.
North picked up a shot put win by Kathryn Lynn (30-9.25), who topped South’s Anai Dominguez. Titans junior Abby Coy outleaned the field in the dash, claiming the victory in 7.94.
Also for North, Arianna Braccio had a fine run for second in the 1500 at 5:00.94, while freshman Olivia Mazerolle was the only other athlete to clear 5-0 in the high jump, taking second as well.
Merrimack scooped up a win in the 1000 as sophomore Adele Alexander sped home at 3:18.34. Tomahawks’ junior Johanna Koroma was second in the dash.
Alvirne’s Jessica Fontaine and Ella Simpson went 3-4 in the 1500. Bronco Haley Peaslee was third in the shot put, and freshman Adrienne Mckoy-Sophos was fourth in the 300.
Hollis Brookline’s top performances on the day came in the 1000, where Kay Partridge earned a second placing, with freshman teammate Amy Patelenna right behind in third.
As good as the Nashua South girls were, the North boys matched the performance, winning their nine-teamer with 84 points. Merrimack was second at 56, followed by Hollis Brookline in third at 36 and South in fourth at 27. Alvirne was sixth with 22 points. In a photo finish, North’s Vladomir Jungkman captured the 300 in 39.04. Teammate Bryce Eckenrode was third in 39.24.
Per usual, the Titans flexed their distance muscle. Gediyon Prince sizzled home to victory in the 1000 at 2:48.94, while Joe Curran delivered victory in the 3000, clocking in at 9:16.54.
North junior Nasir Perry won the hurdles in 8:54, fending off the Merrimack duo of Sam Bailey and Dylan Heiser. Titan Andre Ostaudelafont soared 5-10 for the high jump victory.
North’s final victory came in the 4×160 where Austin Ouellette, Triston Delicema, Xavier Provost and Isaac Smith teamed up to win in 1:19.04.
Merrimack’s performance was mighty impressive, led by ironman Andrew Peyton.
The junior scored victory in the 1500 with a 4:23.94 finish, then came back for second behind North’s Curran in the 3000 at 9:23.34.
Senior Adam Thornton was another point machine, scoring the win in the dash in 6.94, outlasting North’s Ouellette and South’s Paul Marchand at the line.
Thornton pitched in a second in the shot put as well with a 36-8.25 heave.
He then went out to lead the victorious 4×400 team, combining with Eric Stack, Elijah Demeo and Ryan Fischer to win in 3:50.84.
South took 1-2 in the 600, as sophomore Christopher Keefe topped teammate Max Merkuryev with a 1:30.64 performance.
Alvirne’s Justin Broussard won the shot put with a toss of 39-0.5. Cooper Downey added a fourth in the 1500 for the Broncos.
For Hollis Brookline, Joey Dias took second in the long jump at 19-4.5, and Cavalier JJ Kennedy added fifth there. Dias and Kennedy went 4-5 in the dash. Jordin Stone was third in the 600.
Lebanon 5, Merrimack 2
Merrimack got goals by Andrew Frothingham and Zach Stimeling in the loss. Drew Lemire and Noah Melker had assists.
Oyster River 7, Bishop Guertin 2
Lindsey Hult and Allyson McMahon had goals for the Cardinals, who trailed 7-0 but fought hard to the end. Guertin is now 2-5 on the year.
Guertin tops three
Saturday the Cardinals beat Winnacunnet, Sanborn and Hillsboro-Deering, pickkng up 12 points on the day, making it 20 points in their last two matches. Bowling well for the Cardinals were Jaime Horgos, Josh Prasad, Brett Daniel, Kayla Fitzgibbons, and Jack Stawasz. Guertin is at Keene next Saturday to also face Stevens and Pinkerton.
BG tops North, South, Souhegan
The Cardinals dominated both the boys and girls meet late Saturday against local opponents.
In the boys meet, Guertin beat Souhegan (117-20), Nashua South (113-64) and Nashua North (118-49) to move to 10-0 as they won every event.
The 200 medley relay team of John Puksta, Aidan Daudier, Matthew Lashua and Aaron Zabawski; Jack Januario (200 free), Aidan Daudier (200 IM), Matthew Lashua (50 free), John Puksta (100 fly),
Matthew Rantala (100 free), Jack Januario (500 free), the 200 free relay team of Puksta, Daudier, Rantala and Lashua; Ivan Dodor (100 back), John Puksta (100 breast), and the 400 Free relay team of Jack Januario, Stephen Miller, Connor Donoghue, and Rantala.
The South boys earned a win over Souhegan, taking second in the 200 medley relay with the team of Asher Thomas, Jason Lam, Caden Hedquist and Cody Cargill. Lam was also second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free.
In the girls meet, Guertin beat North (106-57), edged Nashua South (89-84) and topped Souhegan (112-34) to improve to 9-0-1.
Key Cardinal wins included the 200 medley relay team of Wilma Johansson, Grace Wang, Mia Januario and Olivia Shusta; Januario (100, 200 free) Shusta (200 IM, 100 fly) Johansson (50 free, 100 back); Grace Wang (100 breast), and the 400 free relay team of Johansson, Michaela Dos Santos, Wang, and Shusta.
Dos Santos tied for first with Nashua South swimmer Lucina Yi in the 500 free.
The South girls earned wins over rival North and Souhegan.
Leading the Panthers to a first in the 200 free relay were Yi, Evelyn Lee, Haleigh Swabowicz and Hannah Swabowicz. Placing second in the 200 medley relay was the team of Yi, Jace Wai, Caroline Chea and Hannah Swabowicz. Hannah Swabowicz placed third in the 100 and 200 free while Haleigh Swabowicz was second in the 50 free and 100 breast.
Milford swimmers fare well
The Spartans swam over the weekend with Wilton-Lyndeborough, Goffstown and Dover.
Andrew Bartolomucci picked up four state meet cuts by winning the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and with his leadoff splits in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.
Elaine Danas won the 500 yard freestyle and placed second in the 50 freestyle, with state meet cuts in both events. Lillian Chappell earned two more state meet cuts in the 500 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.
Sabrina Smith and James Opre had some impressive time drops in their 50 freestyle swims. Cam Mitchell and Allie DeGraffenried are both very close to earning their first state meet cuts.
The Hollis Brookline wrestling team finished in 13th place out of 19 teams in a field of all New York teams at the Saratoga Springs Invitational on Saturday.
Leading the way for the Cavaliers was Owen MacMillan, who won the 220-pound title by defeating both the No. 1 and No 3 seeds on the way. Scott Anneser also placed fifth at 160.
Wednesday, the Cavaliers travel to Milford.