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Chase Devins, Jake Dodge and Brayden King provide plenty of defense against a Keene attacker.
Sunday, January 8, 2012

Jan. 8 Highlights

BASKETBALL

Nashua Nighthawks

Fifth graders reach St. Joe’s tourney final

The fifth grade Nighthawks opened the St. Joseph’s Christmas Tournament with a convincing 42-9 win over St. Patrick’s of Pelham.

The ’Hawks received a big game from Jake Robbins, who led all scorers with 16 points. Also contributing to the offense were Nevan Roy (six points), Chris Inzerillo (six), Jeffrey Reza (five), Patrick Gillis (four), Andrew Penkala (two), Chase Hart (two) and Andre LaPlante (one). Also playing well were Tyler Downing (three assists, three rebounds) and Casey McNally (three rebounds).

In Game 2 the ’Hawks defeated Infant Jesus 54-18, to remain alive in the tournament. The Nighthawks were led by Roy with 13 points. Also scoring were Reza (11), Robbins (six), Hart (six), Gillis (six), Tyler Downing (five), Chris Inzerillo (three), Penkala (two) and Matt Wall (two). Andre LaPlante played very well at the point guard position and had four assists. McNally played tough defensively, recording two rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot.

In the third game, the Nighthawks advanced to the tournament championship with a 41-30 victory over the host team from St Joe’s. Leading the Hawks on offense was Roy with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Also providing an offensive spark was McNally with 10 points.

In the championship game, the Nighthawks dropped a 42-28 decision to a tough Rez Black team. The Nighthawks were led by Roy with 12 points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Also playing well were Robbins (six points and three rebounds), Penkala (three points, one assist, rebound and a steal), Wall (three points, two steals and rebound), Inzerillo (two points and two rebounds) and Gillis (two points, four rebounds and a steal). The team also received solid outings from McNally, LaPlante, Hart, Downing and Reza.

6th graders winFundamental Tournament

The sixth grade Nighthawks put together four strong games and enjoyed the holiday season with a Fundamental Hoops Tournament championship.

In the first game, Nashua defeated North Andover (Mass.) 55-23. Yanis Nyantenji led all scorers with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

John Champa and Xahn Frater contributed seven points each, with Frater grabbing five rebounds and five steals. Alonzo Linton and Matt Franco had six points each. Sclyer Boykin had five points and four steals. Jada Duran, Tyson Thomas and Alex Amigo were relentless on defense. Razz Alkalay and Clay Medling also played well.

In Game 2 the Hawks defeated Newburyport (Mass.) 57-15. Linton led the team with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Thomas added 12 points and four steals. Franco also contributed 10 points. Both Duran and Boykin played effectively at the point guard position, while Nyantenji controlled the glass and grabbed 13 rebounds.

In Game 3, Nashua defeated Middleton (Conn.) 47-27. Frater led the team with 13 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Champa added 10 points and Nyantenji and Linton poured in nine points and six points, respectively. The win put the Nighthawks in the championship game.

In the final, the Nighthawks defeated Reading (Mass.) 43-24. Despite a fast start from its opponent, Nashua regained control and never looked back. Leading Nashua in the championship game was Linton with 13 points. Also playing well were Nyantenji (eight points, 10 rebounds), Amigo (four steals) and Thomas (four rebounds).

Nashua Park Rec.

Boys Jr. Biddy: Bulldogs 21, Cougars 20

In the Bulldogs most exciting game of the season, it took an all-around team effort to pull off an exciting come-from-behind win over the Cougars.

Dean Adams earned player of the game honors for his best defensive performance of his young career with numerous steals and great defensive pressure. Nitish Bodicharla played the hero by sinking the go-ahead basket with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter finishing with 10 points for the game.

Jaden Murphy sparked the comeback in the third with six consecutive points for the Bulldogs, while Alex Meesig (two points), Deven Alexander (two) and Isaac Colon (one) rounded out the scoring. Caleb Plourde had a huge game under the basket with multiple steals and hard fought rebounds.

Girls Biddy: Knights 36, Tigers 21

Grace Tomasetti, Fiona Curran, Emma Williamson and Madeleine Paul played great defense against a strong Tigers team. Molly Dee led all scorers with 12 points, followed closely by eight from Megan Morelli and Abbie King. Other scorers for the Knights were Erica Dahl, Neysa Ouellette and Hailey Sullivan.

The Tigers were led by the six-point effort of Marissa Guadette.

HOCKEY

Squirt III: Cavaliers 4, Waltham (Mass.) 3

Trailing 1-0, Waltham (Mass.) scored three straight goals to take the lead before the Cavs chipped away for the win.

Cavaliers notch win over Nashua Panthers

Led by Austin Ciszek’s hat trick, the Cavaliers scored a 6-2 Valley Youth Hockey League win over the Panthers.

Brandon Hugh (two goals) and Chris Sullivan (one) added the other Cavaliers goals.

David Wang, Sean Kelly and Matt Wilkins all chipped in defensively, preventing the Panthers from moving the puck easily in the Cavs’ offensive zone. Goalie Ben Goolsby was strong between the pipes while, Isaac Rogers, Max Sears and TJ Vitullo all had strong games.