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HS Roundup: Merrimack, Alvirne nines win; locals shine at LHS

By Tom King - Staff Writer | May 19, 2024

Merrimack's Marissa Nelson kept Nashua South in check as the Tomahawks improved to 9-5 on Saturday. (Telegraph file photo by TOM KING)

Day off on Saturday? Not for local high school athletes, many of whom were pressed into action for makeup games/matches, etc. And of course it’s always a big invitational track and field day, so let’s give you the info we have:



Marissa Nelson earned her seventh win of the year with a complete game, seven strikeout performance, while Bayleigh Robichaud went 3 for 3 with two runs scored. The Tomahawks are now 9-5 as they broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the sixth.

Katie Coolidge went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Sam Martin added two hits and two runs. Julia Hoag had three hits and Juliana Nobrega had two hits while Nelson had one.

For 1-12 Nashua South, Jill Daley took the loss, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 14 hits over six frames, fanning five and walking three.

Cara Leblond had a hit and South’s lone RBI, while Maliyah Richer-Valentin went 2 for 3.

Merrimack hosts Goffstown on Monday while South is at Winnacunnet.



Jaxson Polleck had the game-winning walk-off hit for Alvirne (3-12) in the bottom of the eighth, while Alex Small, playing in his first varsity game, sent the game to extra innings with a game-tying double in the bottom of the seventh after South grabbed the lead in the top of the inning.

Max Francisco went 3 for 5 with an RBI, while Jameson Krueger went 2 for 4 with a homer and an RBI for the Broncos. Devin Smith added two hits and an RBI. Mikey McGowan picked up the win on the mound with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

The Panthers fell to 4-11 following their seventh straight loss. They were paced by G us Smiley (2 for 3, RBI, run), Chase O’Brien (hit, two RBIs) and Kosay Tanaka (hit, RBI). Brady Dillon took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits over 2.1 innings, striking out four and walking three. South had 11 strikeouts as a staff.

Alvirne is at Keene on Monday while South hosts Winnacunnet at Holman Stadium.



The Titans wrapped up the regular season with x straight wins, finishing at 8-6 heading into this coming week’s Division I tournament.

They swept singles, with winners being Mary Pappas (8-3), Sanya Rane (8-1, Clare Tran (8-4), Caitlyn Mamos (8-0), Brielle Baxter (8-2 and Leena Srinivas (8-6). Pappas/Tran (8-4) and Rane/Mamos (8-1) won in doubles.

North will await the pairings early this week to see where they head to play in the Division I prelims on Tuesday.



The final big meet before the biggest of meets, next weekend’s Division championships, was held at Londonderry on Saturday and here’s a look at the local highlights:

Nashua South’s Barion Perry captured the 400 meter run in 50.11 seconds. Dante Castellano was second in the 3200. Almost per usual, South’s 4×100 relay team of Michael Menezes, Marcell Perry, Tim Staveley, and Ethan Schnyer was first.

Panther Elyza Mercado was tops in the discus at 150-0, just ahead of North’s Darius Smith, who won the shot put at 49-4.

The Titans’ 4×400 relay team of Gavin Suchecki, Aaron McNair, Peter Donovan and Yaxiel Vazquez took second.

Hollis Brookline’s Sam Bruneau won the 100 in 10.94 seconds and the 200 in 22.17. Alvirne’s Joey Marcotte was second in the 300 hurdles.

In the girls meet, Nashua South’s Soraya Ross won the 100 meters in 12.43 seconds.

Nashua North’s Jhanelle Thomas won the 300 hurdles in 46.17, and helped lead the 4×400 relay team to victory in 4:09.92 along with Christina Juris, Rosalie Neveu and Allison Frye.

Alvirne’s Petrina Ofori won the high jump at 5-2 and was third in the 300 hurdles. Merrimack’s Mia Getchell took the shot put at 30-6.

Souhegan’s Samantha Swanbon was first in the 1600 meters in 5:09.24 and Hollis Brookline’s Grace Dow was second in the 300 hurdles.

For complete results, go to lancertiming.com or directathletics.com.


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