Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – High School Roundup: ConVal boys’ tennis gets a home win; Mascenic baseball stays undefeated

The ConVal boys’ tennis team remained undefeated at home with a 6-3 win over St. Thomas Aquinas Wednesday. The Cougars are showing some promise this season with a mix of experienced players who’ve worked their way up the ladder and newcomers who’ve taken to the sport quickly.

The Cougars are steady with Jaimini Viles, Fletcher Maggs and Eva Calcutt at the top three spots, so there are plenty of wins to go around. And, thanks to a major offseason recruiting push by Maggs, the Cougars have added some soccer and basketball players to their roster to bolster the ranks.

Just a few months after picking up the sport, Wyatt Burbank has developed into a strong No. 4. Newcomers Zach Burgess and Jake Daniels are solid on the final rungs, and Harrison Bernier and Malachi can jump in and plug the gaps at any time.

On Wednesday, ConVal split their singles matches and then swept the doubles on their way to victory.

The Cougars (3-3) are off for spring break and return to action at Souhegan on May 4.

BASEBALL

Conant 13, Kearsarge 1

Conant won big on the road Wednesday behind a five-inning mound victory from Lane LeClair, who went the distance and allowed no earned runs while striking out 10.

Senior shortstop Malique Motuzas went 2-3 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored; Joe and Chris Bergeron drove in two runs each, and Jordan Ketola and Carson Juntunen drove in one apiece.

Conant 7, Bishop Brady 3

The Orioles put together a win streak by beating Bishop Brady at home Friday after Malique Motuzas broke the game open with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Lane LeClair and Jordan Ketola drove in two runs each, and Josh Dipasquale drove in another.

Conant (2-3) is at Monadnock Friday.

Mascenic 15, Newport 0

Hunter Kaarto (3 IP, 6K) and Ethan McGovern (2 IP, 4K) combined for a five-inning no-hitter against Newport Wednesday.

Senior shortstop Sean Agonis homered and drove in three runs; Blaine Krook (3-4, 3 RBI), Hayes Pearson, Quinn Krook and McGovern also drove in runs.

Mascenic 9, Campbell 2

The Vikings got a statement win over previously undefeated Campbell Friday to improve to 6-0 0n the year.

Campbell scored twice in the first inning and never again.

Blaine Krook (2 RBI), Hunter Kaarto, Caleb Tybursky, Hayes Pearson, Ethan McGovern and Luke Leroux all drove in runs.

Joe Cocozella relieved brother Jack in the first inning and pitched 6.1 innings for the win, allowing no runs while striking out six.

Mascenic is now at the top of Division III, along with White Mountains (5-0), Monadnock (5-0) and Fall Mountain (5-0).

The Vikings travel to Cooperstown, NY to play against Hopkinton on Wednesday.

ConVal 4, Milford 1

Eric Stapelfeld got the win on Thursday, going seven innings while striking out nine and allowing two hits and three walks.

Sam Scheinblum (2-3) drove in two runs, and Oliver Theriault (2-3) drove in one run and scored another.

Hollis-Brookline 15, ConVal 5

The Cougars gave up eight runs in the first inning Friday and could never recover, coach Matt Harris said.

Eric Stapelfeld went 2-4 with two RBI, two doubles and a run scored.

ConVal (3-2) was set to play at Stevens Monday and host Pembroke Wednesday.

Epping 12, WLC 2

Freshman Corey Collins pitched well against Epping, coach Tom Brennan said, allowing just two hits into the fourth in, but the Warrior defense stumbled, and their bats didn’t make much noise.

WLC (2-3) was set to host Newmarket Monday and Pittsfield Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Conant 12, Bishop Brady 2

Tessa Spingola had herself a day against Bishop Brady, going 4-5 and driving in four runs with two doubles and a triple while scoring three runs as the Orioles won in a rout.

Teagan Kirby, Graecen Kirby and Ella Weinhold also drove in runs for Conant. Graecen Kirby also threw a complete game, striking out 12 and allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Hopkinton 9, Conant 6

The Hawks capitalized on a big sixth inning Friday to dispatch the Orioles, as Hopkinton, trailing 4-3, got a two-run single and then a three-run homer to put Conant away.

Graecen Kirby homered and drove in three runs. Teagan Kirby (3-4, 2B), Chelsea Dupuis (2-3) and Maddie Bergeron also drove in runs.

The Orioles (2-3) are at Monadnock on Thursday.

Milford 7, ConVal 5

The Cougars took their first loss of the year on Thursday in extra innings, as the visiting Spartans scored three runs in the seventh to tie the game and then took the lead in the eighth.

Lily Mandel pitched the full game, facing 43 batters and allowing seven runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out seven. The Cougars had nine errors on the night.

Mandel also hit a home run and drove in an additional run. Morgan Bemont had two RBIs

Hollis-Brookline 6, ConVal 5

ConVal’s skid continued Friday as Hollis-Brookline pulled off some late heroics of their own with a four-run seventh inning.

Morgan Bemont (4-4, 2 2B, 3B, 3 R, RBI) led ConVal at the plate. Lily Mandel (2-4, RBI, R) and Kendall Sullivan (2-4, 2 RBI) also drove in runs, and Samantha Henderson went 2-4 and scored a run.

Sullivan pitched the complete game, going seven innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out nine.

ConVal (3-2) was scheduled to play at Stevens Monday and host Pembroke Wednesday.

Newport 8, Mascenic 5

Campbell 4, Mascenic 2

Epping 11, WLC 2

GIRLS ‘LACROSSE

Portsmouth 18, ConVal 0

BOYS ‘LACROSSE

ConVal 12, Goffstown 5

The Cougars took control of the Grizzlies in the second quarter Wednesday, breaking a 2-2 tie with five unanswered goals.

Goalie Nick Squatrito had 11 saves for a huge game in the net, head coach Terry McNamara said.

ConVal’s leading scorer was sophomore attackman Ronan McNamara, who had five goals on six shots and added an assist.

Kell McMahon (one goal) and Cody Siegel (three goals) both did very well on faceoffs, McNamara said.

Freshman Keirnan King scored on man up in the first quarter and senior Jaxon Salamy added a goal in the second half. Sophomore Seth Fowler had a goal and two assists.

ConVal 7, Oyster River 6

The Cougars got a big overtime win on the road Friday to improve to 3-1 on the year. ConVal hosts Coe-Brown-Northwood on Wednesday.

Track and field

Conant wins Sanborn Invitational

The Oriole boys won their biggest meet in years on Saturday, coach Bill Edson said. Conant battled defending Division II champions Coe-Brown, with the Black Bears trailing the Orioles by just 0.6 points with three events to go before Conant pulled it out.

Ethan Vitello tied a school record in the 200m dash, running 22.9 seconds to tie Oriole legend Zachary Wright’s mark set in the early 1990s. Vitello also won the triple jump and took second in the long jump behind teammate Ben Sawyer. Sawyer also took second in high jump.

Austin Poikonen scored with a fourth-place finish in the 300m hurdles.

Garrett Somero was second in discus and shot put.

The 4x800m relay team of John Oakes, Nathan Alajajian, Jacob Sawyer and John Mormando put points on the board with a sixth-place finish, and the 4x400m relay team of Jon Ciglar, Poikonen, Ben Sawyer and Vitello got a come-from-behind victory to seal the Conant win.

“With 30-plus schools in attendance, it was one of the biggest victories for Conant track and field in decades,” Edson said.

Conant hosts a home meet Tuesday.

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