The undefeated Nashua Elks Crusaders third place team is made up of Alex Ortiz, Anthony Mazzeo, Austin Chouinard, Benjamin Talty, Brandon Metivier, Caleb Humber, Christopher Keefe, Curtis Harris Jr., Eaven Jimenez, Jason Compoh, John Sullivan III, Jordyn Raisanen-
Andino, Kaeden Adams, Kieran Davey, Kiernan Adams, Kobe Pacheco, Logan McNulty, Matther Batista, Matthew Keisling, Michael Rutstein, Nicholas Gosselin, Nicolas Tejeda, Tyler Armeen and Tyler Martin. Coaches are Paul Carter, Jim Anderson, Joe Pare and Dre Rioux.
Nashua Elks Crusaders
3rd graders undefeated
To say the Nashua Elks Crusaders third grade team had a good season would be an understatement.
Their 8-0 season opened with a win over Derry, then Keene at home, followed by Goffstown, which was the first time the defense allowed a team to score. Manchester East was up next at home followed by Salem. Then came a win over Manchester West, and an early morning trip north to knock off previously-undefeated Plymouth. The season concluded with a home game on a very frosty morning at Nashua High School North against Derry and the boys completed a difficult feat and became the only third grade team in the state to finish undefeated.
The boys never gave up a point in all seven home games. Not only did this amazing team achieve the status of undefeated, they allowed only 20 points to be scored on them through all eight games. The boys on this team – Alex Ortiz, Anthony Mazzeo, Austin Chouinard, Benjamin Talty, Brandon Metivier, Caleb Humber, Christopher Keefe, Curtis Harris Jr., Eaven Jimenez, Jason Compoh, John Sullivan III, Jordyn Raisanen-Andino, Kaeden Adams, Kieran Davey, Kiernan Adams, Kobe Pacheco, Logan McNulty, Matther Batista, Matthew Keisling, Michael Rutstein, Nicholas Gosselin, Nicolas Tejeda, Tyler Armeen and Tyler Martin – displayed class, sportsmanship and dedication to the team, their fans and their coaches.
With the regular season done, the third-grade Crusaders had one more goal to accomplish. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Nashua Elks hosted the Super Bowl Jamboree. The Crusaders arrived bright and early on the chilly morning
and were set to play Nashua PAL third grade. They had never faced them before and the boys were a
little sleepy and nervous. They took to the field and dominated PAL, not allowing them to score. The game was the first of what would be three for the afternoon.
First PAL, followed by Franklin-Tilton, and then Plymouth in the championship game. All shutout wins for the Crusaders, who were coached by Paul Carter, Jim Anderson, Joe Pare and Dre Rioux.
Cavaliers I beats Groton
In Valley Youth Hockey action the Cavaliers I came up with a 4-1 win over the Groton Squirt Team, lead by an exceptional performance between the pipes by Cavs goalie Ben Goolsby.
The Cavs initially trailed 1-0, but with just 37 seconds remaining in the first period TJ Vitullo tied it up on a nice wrap around. Chris Sullivan, Austin Ciszek, Isaac Rogers also scored.
Cavaliers forwards David Wang, Brandon Hughes and Parker Mabbett played extremely well in the offensive zone, while Max Sears, Sean Kelly, Anil Rao and James Gillis turned in strong defensive performances.
Jr. MITES (3rd-4th grade)
St. Chris Green tops PMA, PMA tops St. Chris White
In the Jr. Mite Division, St. Christopher’s two teams played the two teams from Presentation of Mary Academy. The school team, the “Green” squad, managed a win, while the school/parish hybrid team, the “White” squad, lost a tough contest.
MITES (5th-6th grade)
St. Chris 29, Resurrection 22
In their season opener, the St. Chris School Boys Mites defeated division rivals Parish of the Resurrection 29-22 on strong performances by Kyle and Peyton Fisher, Mike Meads, CJ Barrett, Ben Wadden, John Puksta, and Andre Laplante.
St. Elizabeth Seton tops St. Chris
Coming off their state championship 2010-11 season, the St. Chris School Girls Mites dropped their first contest of the season to Bedford rival St. Elizabeth Seton parish. to improved to 8-2 with a win over St. Anthony’s of Manchester at the St. Joe’s church hall. Molly Dee poured in 15 points for St. Chris, while Samantha Crotty and Michelle Curran added defensive intenbsity.
Gsavi Grossman was strong off the St. Chris bench, and scoring punch was added by Erika Dahl (5), Peyton Ryan (4), Charlotte Labonte (2), Isabelle Gosselin (1) and Emily Moran (1). Leading 7-2 in the first quarter, St. Chris gave up the lead and trailed 17-11 at halftime. Strong second half scoring and shutdown defense sealed the 28-18 victory.
CADETS (7th-8th grade)
St. Chris 41, Resurrection 22
The St. Chris Parish Cadet girls battled their way to a win over the tough and tenacious Parish of the Resurrection squad last weekend. Marie Laplante and Meredith Hall poured in 10 points apiece, with Emma Willliams, Adaeza Okorie and Ali Nelson each adding 6. Julaine Donohue, Victoria D’Anthony and Jess Zalzal were tlugh defensively and under the boards.
St. Chris 37, Resurrection 25
In a closely contested game until the final minutes St. Chris topped the Parish of the Resurrection in the season opener for both teams.
Sam and Pat McCarthy led the scoring while Sam combined with Mason Dane and Finn Littlefield controlling the boards. Jack Fahey hit some key baskets down the stretch to seal the victory.
Devin Leonard played strong on both ends of the floor as did Grant Coy.