High Schools

Keene boys track & field beats Memorial

Last Tuesday, the Keene boys track & field team hosted Manchester Memorial, coming away with an 87-43 win at the Alumni Fields new track.

Keene won 8 of the individual 16 events and the 4 X 400 Relay.

Outstanding performances by:

Torin Kindopp — 1st 1600 (4:24.9) and 1st 800 (2:03.3)

Jonathan Hills — 1st 3200 (9:55.9)

Jacob Migneault — 1st Discus (94'02") and 2nd Shot Put (36'06.5")

Bradley Baybutt — 1st HJ (5'08") and 2nd Triple Jump (36'06.5") 2nd Long Jump (18'01")

Jonas Omara — 2nd 110 High Hurdles (16.8) 2nd 300 Intermediate Hurd (44.20) 2nd HJ (5'08" Tie)

William O'Connor — 2nd 400 (55.8)

Erik Nolan — 1st 400 (55.60) and 1st in 200 (24.3)

Peter Shield — 1st Triple Jump (38'06.5) 2nd HJ (5'08" Tie)

Jonas O'Mara, Will O'Connor, Erik Nolan, Torin Kindopp (4 X 400 Relay Team) — 1st - 3:42.10

The boys track and field team will be back in action Tuesday at Merrimack High School. That meet starts at 4:30 p.m.

Monadnock boys lacrosse downs Lebanon

SWANZEY — The Monadnock boys lacrosse team earned its first win of the season Saturday, a 10-9 victory over Lebanon in Swanzey.

Justin Joslyn scored six goals, Aidan Hart scored three and Crawford Tucker had a goal of his own.

Carson Lloyd stood tall in net, making key stops to help propel the Huskies to victory.

Monadnock (1-2) currently has the rest of the week off and is scheduled to host Keene Saturday May 8 at 10 a.m.

Racing

Monadnock Speedway hosts opening weekend

WINCHESTER — Brian Chapin celebrated in style Sunday at Monadnock Speedway, trouncing the NHSTRA Modified field to score his first win of the young season.

The teenaged Curtis twins showed their jump to the Late Model Sportsman division didn’t slow them down, finishing one-two their first time out this year, and Street Stock powerhouse Tommy O’Sullivan led all but two laps en route to his first 2021 victory.

The Granite State Pro Stock Series was in town, squaring off in three 20-lappers, with the big bucks going home with Angelo Belsito after he won the first two segments then cruised to third in the nightcap.

In the Modified main, Ben Byrne — third in Saturday’s 50-lapper — took charge at the green, holding the point until Chapin finally found success in the high groove to take control at the mid-race mark.

Todd Patnode, second in Saturday’s season opener, got up for second on lap 33 but, on this night, Chapin had all bases covered. With Patnode duplicating his deuce run of the night before, former LMS giant Aaron Fellows earned his first Modified trophy in third.

Colleges

Franklin Pierce women’s tennis outlasts Stonehill for NE10 Title

RINDGE — Not even the rain could slow down the Franklin Pierce University women’s tennis team on Sunday afternoon, in the title match of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

Despite a delay of nearly an hour early in singles play, the top-seeded Ravens prevailed on their home courts, 4-2, over third-seeded Stonehill, to claim the program’s first-ever NE10 title.

Graduate student Estela Carra provided the decisive point, as she finished off a 6-3, 6-2 win at sixth singles, which led her teammates to pile on top of her behind the baseline at Court 1.

With the win, Franklin Pierce improves to 12-0 and claims the NE10’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Championship. The Ravens will learn their East Region seed and competition site during the NCAA’s selection show, which will be broadcast on ncaa.com at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Franklin Pierce men’s lacrosse falls at No. 1 Le Moyne in NE10 Quarterfinal

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Senior Josh Dorr netted his fifth hat trick of the season on Saturday afternoon, but it was not enough for the Franklin Pierce University men’s lacrosse team, which ran into a national powerhouse in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.

The seventh-seeded Ravens suffered a 15-5 loss on the road to second-seeded and No. 1 nationally ranked Le Moyne on the road at Ted Grant Field. Graduate student Matt Hutchings piled up five points (3-2-5) to lead the way for the Dolphins.

Freshman goalkeeper James Heitmiller piled up 12 saves against 27 shots and suffered the loss (5-7) in the crease for Franklin Pierce.

With the loss, Franklin Pierce sees its season conclude at 5-7. Le Moyne improves to 10-0 and advances to host third-seeded Adelphi in an NE10 semifinal Wednesday.

Franklin Pierce men’s tennis clipped in NE10 Final by Le Moyne

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Franklin Pierce University men’s tennis team took the court in the final round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship for the third time in program history on Saturday afternoon.

For the third time, the team had to settle for the runner-up trophy. The third-seeded Ravens were defeated on the road by the league’s regular-season champion, Le Moyne, 4-1.

With the loss, Franklin Pierce fell to 7-2. Le Moyne improved to 10-0, claimed the program’s first-ever NE10 title and clinched the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.

The Ravens have a non-conference match at Brandeis scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.

KSC softball moves into tie for final playoff spot with split

The Keene State College softball team honored its three seniors Meghan Moran, Emma Pede and Alexis Blanchette during a doubleheader split with Rhode Island College in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon at Owl Athletic Complex.

The Owls (5-19, 4-8 LEC) took the opener 8-4 behind a five-run fourth before dropping the second game 6-3. The split moved Keene State into a tie with Western Connecticut State University for the sixth and final playoff spot at 4-8.

Keene State hosts No. 3 Eastern Connecticut (21-1, 9-1 LEC) on Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.

KSC's Fodor captures javelin at LEC Championships

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Junior Joey Fodor won the javelin throw to lead the Keene State College men's track and field team to a fifth place finish at the 2021 Little East Conference Championships at UMass Dartmouth Sunday.

Fodor won by throwing 58.38 meters, beating the next closest competitor by more than four meters. Fodor is currently 13th in the nation for the javelin and should hear his name called when selections are announced for the NCAA Division III Championship on May 21.

Jacob Pearl was second in the 800 meters in 1:58.37, as well as second in the 1,500 meters, in 4:04.08. Samuel Hennedy was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.05, while Rob St. Laurent was second in the steeplechase in 10:20.59.

All first and second place finishers received All-LEC honors. The Owls totaled 52 points to place fifth as a team.

KSC's Parks sets new shot put mark at LEC Championships

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Junior Shannon Parks broke her own school record in the shot put for the second time this season, leading the Owls to a third place finish at the Little East Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday at UMass Dartmouth.

Parks threw the shot put 12.45 meters, breaking her previously held mark of 12.43 meters set earlier this year at the AIC Invitational to win the event.

Senior Alexis Gauthier won the 100 meter hurdles in 15.49, while graduate student Nicole De Almeida won the 400 hurdles in 1:08.02.

Grace Furlong was second in the 5,000 meters in 19:50.43 and Keene State also took second in the 4x100 meter relay as Alexis Gauthier, Skyler Gauthier, Amanda Deppert and De Almeida finished in 51.29, and the same four were second again in the 4x400 meter relay in 4:15.40.

All first and second place finishers were named All-LEC in their respective events. Keene State finished third as a team, with 92 points.

Franklin Pierce baseball salvages one at No. 13/21 SNHU

MANCHESTER — A day after a pair of gut-wrenching defeats, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team managed to at least take one from their four-game weekend series at No. 13/21 nationally ranked Southern New Hampshire.

The Ravens thumped out 14 hits in the front end of a Sunday twinbill to take a 15-6 victory at Penmen Field. In the second game, two SNHU pitchers combined to chuck a four-hit shutout as the Penmen posted an 8-0 win.

With the Northeast-10 Conference split, Franklin Pierce moves to 15-7 (12-6 NE10) on the year. SNHU now stands at 17-3 (17-3 NE10) after taking three out of four over the weekend.

SNHU swept Franklin Pierce Saturday, 14-5 and 6-3.

Franklin Pierce softball sweeps SNHU on Senior Day

RINDGE — Saturday afternoon brought Senior Day to the Bisaccia Softball Field, along with a cross-state rivalry matchup against the Southern New Hampshire University Penmen.

The Franklin Pierce University softball team made sure its seniors were celebrated in style, as the Ravens swept the Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader.

In the first game, freshman right-hander Samantha Sylvester authored a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory. In the second game, freshman Ashley Cangiano ripped a three-run triple as part of a five-run sixth, in a 9-6 win.

With the wins, Franklin Pierce improves to 18-6 (17-5 NE10), has won a program-record nine in a row, and establishes a new program high-water mark for wins in a season. With the losses, SNHU falls to 11-11 (11-11 NE10).

Franklin Pierce women’s track & field in action at SNHU

MANCHESTER — The Franklin Pierce University women’s track & field program was in action Saturday at the SNHU Last Chance Conference Qualifier, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.

The Ravens, who did not travel their full team, chalked up 88 points in the meet to finish third, out of four teams.

The host Penmen picked up the win with 231.5 points. Bentley finished second, with 125.5 points, while Saint Anselm rounded out the four-team field with 36 points. The meet represented the final chance for athletes to record qualifying marks for next week’s Northeast-10 Conference Championships.

The Ravens will be back in action next week at the NE10 Championships, which are slated for May 6-8 at American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Bonsaint shines as Franklin Pierce men’s track & field wins at SNHU

MANCHESTER — It was freshman Brogan Bonsaint who stole the show on Saturday afternoon, as the Franklin Pierce University men’s track & field team competed at the SNHU Last Chance Conference Qualifier, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University.

The meet was the final chance to post qualifying times for next week’s Northeast-10 Conference Championships, and Bonsaint did even more, as he produced an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying throw in the javelin.

Bonsaint’s javelin heave checked in at 58.92 meters, which was good enough to win the event my more than 10 meters. The distance currently stands 26th in the country on the season and is Bonsaint’s first career NCAA provisional mark.

It was the highlight of a strong day for the Ravens, who piled up 130 points to win the meet. Bentley (104 points) took second, host SNHU (37 points) finished third, and Saint Anselm (36 points) rounded out the four-team field.

Elsewhere, in the 100-meter dash, junior Ethan Pezzullo took first for an 11.71-second time.

In the 110-meter hurdles, junior Sekou Veillard took the win for his 16.52-second time.

In the 800, freshman Wondu Summa took first in a photo finish with a 1:57.20 time. Freshman Evan McNeice was hot on his heels and ran the race in 1:57.26 to take second by less than the blink of an eye.

Senior Cody Tallent placed first in the steeplechase for his 10:37 performance.

In the 4x100-meter relay, The ‘A’ team of freshman Angel Gonzalez, freshman Stephen Harris, Pezzullo and freshman Nathan Rinaldi took first for their 43.64-second finish.

Meanwhile, the 4x400 ‘A’ team won as well, with a lineup of freshman Ryan Walker, Harris, Veillard and Rinaldi. The team finished with a time of 3:27.

As for the jumpers, Harris finished first in the high jump for his 1.80-meter mark.

Sophomore Victor Da Silva claimed victory in the shot put for an 11.78-meter throw.

The Ravens head for the NE10 Championships next week on May 6-8. The Conference meet will be hosted by American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Full weekend roundup can be found at sentinelsource.com