FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy will host a meet the Spring Coaches Night at 6:30 p.m. in Wadsworth Arena on Monday, March 10.
All parents and and potential spring athletes are strongly encouraged to attend to meet the coaches and review all the required paperwork.
The evening will involve breakout sessions for each team where practice schedules, game schedules and tryout information will be available.
For further information contact athletic director Sue Thurston at (207) 935-2031.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 04:47
CONWAY — The Division II girls basketball tournament tips off this Friday night and for the first time in six winters Kennett High will not be in the playoff field. The Eagles, who dropped their final six regular season games, finished 17th, overall, one spot out of the post-season.
"It feels a little odd it being the first week of March and we're not playing," Larry Meader, Eagles' head coach, said, Monday. "If we had just won one of those last six and we would have been in. The big thing was not having Juliauna (Dunlop) the last third of the season, that hurt, plus we had others injuries."
Dunlop, a sophomore, was the team's leading scorer and starting point guard when she went down with an ankle injury in early February.
Kennett was also without the services of small forward Gwynn McGinley for the regular season finale Friday night due to bruised ribs. KHS went the entire season without versatile sophomore guard Julianna Livingston, who was expected to provide instant offense off the bench, but was lost in the preseason to a knee injury.
"Injuries the last two seasons have hurt us," Meader said. "Last year we didn't have Juliauna or Lauren White for the tournament and then we had a bunch of them this year. (Laughing) Hopefully, we've gotten them all out of the way and will be healthy all next year.''
Kennett (5-13) fell 44-33 to visiting Oyster River (8-10) at the Nest in Redstone on Friday in what was a must-win game for the home side.
The Eagles actually led 28-27 with 1:03 to play in the third period, but went stone cold over the next six minutes and 50 seconds while the Bobcats went on a 8-0 run to pull away.
"We went only 13-57 from the field and free throws killed us again," Meader said. "The girls all did a much better job of looking to score, but we couldn't get the shots to fall. ... I thought we played well at times, but we couldn't convert when we needed to down the stretch."
Kennett trailed 13-5 after the opening quarter. The Eagles got down by as many as 11 in the second frame, but went on a 7-0 run (Arielle Seavey, jumper; Erin Milord, layup; Rachelle Cormier, free throw; and a Milford, layup at the buzzer) to pull within three, 21-18 at the half.
Seavey gave KHS its lone lead of the night with a high-arcing jump shot with 1:03 to play in the third, putting her team in front 28-27. The Bobcats scored the last basket of the quarter to lead 29-28 heading into the final eight minutes.
Kaylin Samia led the Eagles with 12 points; Seavey added nine; Milford, six; Cormier, two; Gianna Jones, two; and Leah Kelemen, two.
Kennett loses two seniors to graduation in Kaylin and Rachel Samia.
"We're going to miss them," Meader said, "they're two good leaders. We should have 11 of 13 girls back next year and I know this group is hungry to get back in the playoffs."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 04:55
by Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — In just its second year of existence, the Kennett High Unified basketball team is heading back to the playoffs. The Eagles, who went 5-1 during the regular season, are the No. 4 seeds in the tournament, which tips off this Thursday at 4 p.m. They will play No. 13 Hinsdale.
Suiting up for the Eagles are Michael Davis, Charles Hill, Nokomis Lucy, Brandon Porter, Jacob Potochniak, Hunter Sampson, Gillian Wilcox, deGrasse Schrader, Dominic Lentini, Meghan Hayman, Luke Tinkham, Rachel Yalenezian and Kaitlyn Jones.
The team is coached voluntarily by Courtney Turchan.
There are 32 schools (up from 21 last year) across the Granite State participating in unified basketball this winter, with Kennett playing in essentially a northern cluster of teams along with Berlin, Laconia, Plymouth, Winnisquam and Interlakes-Moultonborough.
"The vision of the joint NHIAA/Special Olympics sports project is to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their high school by participating on a unified sports team providing the students with a quality experience of sports training and competition," is how the NHIAA describes unified basketball.
It's essentially basketball played under the same rules as the high school varsity and junior varsity boys' and girls' basketball programs. A team must have at least three unified student athletes who are mentally or physical disabled, and two unified student partners who do not have disabilities on the floor at all times.
Each school can have up to 21 individuals with no more than 15 of them being players in uniform, and no more than seven being unified partners. The remainder of the roster can include one head coach, three assistant coaches and two managers, the principal and athletic director.
A Kennett victory on Thursday would move the boys and girls into the Elite Eight. The fourth ranked Eagles would host the winner of the first round game between No. 5 Merrimack Valley (4-1) and No. 12 Profile-Linwood (3-2) on Tuesday, March 11 at 5 p.m.
The Unified semifinals are scheduled for March 13 at the home of the higher seeds with the championship game to be played March 15 at 5 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.
The 16 teams in the tournament are Keene, 6-0; Nashua South, 4-0; Manchester Central, 4-0; Kennett, 5-1; Merrimack Valley, 4-1; Oyster River, 4-1; Dover, 4-1; Spaulding, 4-1; Winnisquam, 4-1; Berlin, 5-2; Londonderry, 4-2; Profile-Linwood, 3-2; Hinsdale, 3-2; Stevens, 3-2; Nashua North, 3-2; and Hanover, 3-2.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 04:52
CONWAY – It will look a lot like a training session for Kennett High on Wednesday when Cannon Mountain plays host to the 2014 Alpine Meet of Champions. The Eagles will be the best represented boys and girls team in the meet with five racers each.
The Meet of Champions brings together the top 10 finishers in slalom and giant slalom from the recently completed four division State Meets for a day of top notch ski racing hosted by the Franconia Ski Club.
Racers will ski two runs of GS beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a pair of slalom runs, starting at 1 p.m.
Kennett will have five boys — Danny Nash, Lucas Tinkham, Adam Wright, Tyler Eldridge and Jake Remick — and five girls — Maya Bernier, Brooke Lemerise, Emma Niiler, Maddie Glavin and Maggie Rockett — entered in the Meet of Champions, an accomplishment that Coach Laurel Zengilowski is proud to see.
"They skied great in the State Meet and earned this," she said.
Skiing in GS for the boys will be Nash, Eldridge, Remick, Tinkham and Wright. In the slalom, it'll be Nash, Wright and Remick.
Skiing in the GS for the girls are Bernier, Glavin, Rockett and Niller while in slalom it will be Bernier, Lemerise, Glavin and Niiler.
The KHS boys successfully defended their alpine crowns three weeks ago, winning by a large margin. They capped off an undefeated season by winning the Division II Boys Alpine Championships at Waterville Valley. The Eagles thoroughly dominated the morning GS portion of the two events to bring home the title by 30 points over rival Hanover. Nash won both the GS and slalom races to garner individual honors. It's the fourth year in a row the Eagles have lifted the crown.
Kennett placed five skiers in the top nine and six in the top 11 in the two runs of giant slalom. Nash, who won the GS last year, successfully defended his crown with two outstanding runs. Teammate Tinkham joined him on the podium in second followed by Wright, fourth; Eldridge, eighth; Remick, ninth; and Danny Macdonald, 11th.
Nash won the slalom while Wright was fifth; Remick, ninth; and Kieffer Bradley, was Kennett's fourth skier and scorer, crossing the line in 13th.
The Kennett girls dominated the Division II Girls' Alpine Championships Monday, three weeks later than originally planned, at Crotched Mountain in Bennington.
Talented freshman Bernier actually won both the slalom and giant slalom to cap off a dominating day on the slopes by the Eagles.
Kennett won the morning GS by placing four skiers in the top 6.
Bernier, who posted the second fastest time in the first run (41.77), came from behind with the fastest second run (41.61) to win the race in a combined time of 1:23.38. Other Kennett finishers were Maddie Glavin, fourth, 1:25.33; Emma Niiler, 1:25.54; Maggie Rockett, sixth, 1:26.01; Brooke Lemerise, 13th, 1:29.69; and Nora Miller, 20th, 1:32.46.
In the afternoon slalom, Kennett placed four skiers in the top nine to take team honors with Bernier once again garnering individual honors. Bernier had the second fastest first run (41.18), but flew in the second run (40.96) for a combined run of 1:22.14, winning by over three seconds. Lemerise was fourth for the Eagles in 1:27.25. She was followed by Glavin, fifth, 1:29.78; Niiler, ninth, 1:31.25; India Drummond, 20th, 1:42.48; Elizabeth Robert, 24th, 1:48.38.
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 05:24
by Nathaniel Emerson
CONWAY — Grant Meserve has been one of the faces of Kennett High football and the Kennett alpine team. He helped the football team reach the playoff this past fall and had been a member of four straight state champion ski teams.
Family members: Mother Holly Meserve, Father Ian.
Town where you live: Center Conway.
Sports you play at KHS: Football, Alpine skiing.
How long have you been playing: Football since third grade and skiing.
What's your favorite part of being an Eagle: "The fan support and just the school's love of sports."
What's your favorite high school sports moment: "Senior night for football."
Any pre-game rituals: "Sometimes I pray."
If/and what would you like to play in college/where: "I would like to play both sports either at Plymouth or Castleton."
Favorite food: Steak.
Favorite movie: That's My Boy.
Favorite television show: Friday Night Lights.
Favorite athlete: For skiing — Ted Ligety; for football — Larry Fitzgerald.
Favorite sports team: "New England anything."
Favorite subject in school: Math.
What advice do you have for future Eagles: "Stay dedicated, work hard, and show respect."
What would you like to do in the future: "I'd like to coach my own football team."
Last Updated on Monday, 03 March 2014 05:09