Local Roundup: Royals Dial Kosiorek for Another Win

Senior’s 18-Point Evening Sets Comeback Past Cougars

  • Mascoma students make hand motions while waiting on a Mascoma foul shot during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Mascoma students make hand motions while waiting on a Mascoma foul shot during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014.
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  • Kearsarge's Carter Noordsij leaps over Mascoma's Alex Schwarz to take a shot during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

    Kearsarge's Carter Noordsij leaps over Mascoma's Alex Schwarz to take a shot during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014.
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  • Mascoma's Wait Hammond avoids Kearsarge's James Bromwell during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap

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  • Mascoma students make hand motions while waiting on a Mascoma foul shot during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Kearsarge's Carter Noordsij leaps over Mascoma's Alex Schwarz to take a shot during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
  • Mascoma's Wait Hammond avoids Kearsarge's James Bromwell during the Kearsarge at Mascoma boys basketball game in West Canaan, N.H., on Feb 24, 2014. <br/>Valley News - Sarah Priestap
Kyle Kosiorek

Kyle Kosiorek

West Canaan — When opponents pack their defenses and dare his team to win from distance, Mascoma boys basketball coach Jim Barry knows he has an ace up his sleeve.

Senior Kyle Kosiorek hit for a game-high 18 points and drilled two of the Royals’ three 3-pointers to key a come-from-behind 45-34 win over Kearsarge on Monday night at Mascoma Valley Regional High School. The Royals (11-6 league, 12-7 overall) trailed the Cougars (2-15, 3-16) by three points after the first quarter, but Kosiorek’s outside shooting helped Mascoma finally get to the task of winning.

The senior swingman has led or shared the team lead in scoring on five occasions this winter. Mascoma has gone 4-1 in those contests, the only loss coming to Newport on Jan. 21; the Tigers were undefeated in NHIAA Division III at the time.

“Kyle was the one who shot really well tonight for either team,” Barry said. “He had a very good game offensively, defensively, with steals. He had a great all-around game. He won the game for us.”

Barry also credited the play of forward Justin Marsh, who contributed 14 points to Mascoma’s cause. Center Walt Hammond finished with nine points for the Royals.

Carter Noordsij paced Kearsarge with 13 points, followed by Trent Noordsij with seven and James Bromwell with six. Trent Noordsij had a team-best eight rebounds, and Francis Carpenter chipped in his first varsity basket for Kearsarge.

The Cougars’ offense struggled after the opening quarter, managing just eight points in each of the intervening periods of play.

“It’s been a tough season; we’ve had our chances,” Kearsarge coach Nate Camp said. “The majority of games we’ve been right there, but we’ve not been able to finish. Either we run out of gas in the fourth quarter or we have a hiccup with one quarter where we struggle to score.”

Mascoma wraps its schedule at home against InterLakes on Friday. The Cougars, who travel to Newport on Friday, were officially eliminated from the D-III playoff picture with the loss.

Hanover 73 Bishop Brady 70 (ot)

Concord — Behind big games from John Flory and Rocco Linehan, the Marauders (10-6, 12-6) grabbed a key NHIAA D-II win to open the final week of the regular season.

Flory amassed a season-high 31 points and Linehan matched his season best with 22 points, enough to counter the 33 point from Bishop Brady gunner Jordan Bell. Hanover outscored the Green Giants (12-4) in the overtime, 8-5, for what coach Tim Winslow called a signature victory.

“This win is huge, because it’s a quality team,” Winslow said. “We had a good win against Plymouth (12-4) earlier, but this a godo win against a real quality team to build our confidence. The kids are really excited about the hard work they’ve put in. It’s great to have it pay off.”

Still in the hunt for a first-round state tournament home game, the Marauders at home to John Stark tonight. Brady must turn around and visit Lebanon this evening; a win will guarantee the Raiders a top-four seed.

Profile 46, Woodsville 44

Woodsville — The Engineers (10-7, 10-9) imperiled their home-court tournament hopes in a loss to the Patriots.

Woodsville has dropped five of its last seven games. As a result, the Engineers find themselves locked with Groveton, Moultonborough and Pittsfield for one of the two final first-round home dates in the NHIAA D-IV tourney with one game to play.

The Engineers go to Gorham on Wednesday.

Boys Hockey

Kearsarge 10 Manchester West 4

Manchester — Needing two wins in their final three games to have a hope of making the NHIAA Division III playoffs, the Cougars (2-9-1) picked up two of the most prolific individual performances of the Upper Valley season in routing the Blue Knights at Westside Arena to end a seven-game winless streak.

Sophomore Duncan MacIntyre had what Kearsarge coach Michael Fisher called “one of those games,” scoring half of the Cougars’ goals and assisting on two others. MacIntyre’s seven-point afternoon is the biggest single-game tally this year, besting six-point efforts from Hartford’s John Borchert (Dec. 7 vs. Burr & Burton) and Nate Lemieux (Feb. 4 vs. Burlington). Senior captain Will Aufrance also went large with four goals and two assists.

Junior Bryson Barthol, a football and lacrosse player who came out for hockey this year to ensure the Cougars would have enough athletes for a team, netted Kearsarge’s other goal. Maddie Folcik earned three assists, Zach Wesoja joined Kelsie Dalton and Jakob Arnold in the two-assist department, and the Cougars’ Ryan Beattie and Ben Newbern earned one helper apiece. Cody Rowe made 15 saves for the win in goal.

“After Wednesday’s games are done, I’ll crunch the numbers and see where we stand,” Fisher said. “It will probably come down to us needing to win the final game to earn the final playoff spot.”

Kearsarge visits Souhegan on Wednesday, then closes at home against InterLakes-Moultonborough on Saturday.

Winnacunnet 3, Lebanon 2

Exeter, n.h. — James Nash roofed a breakaway shot past Lebanon goaltender Joe Grout with 2:25 to play, giving the Warriors (3-12) a hard-earned win over the Raiders (5-10-1) at the Rinks at Exeter.

Lebanon rallied from two one-goal deficits. Tate Singleton erased a 1-0 gap with a power-play goal late in the first period on passes from Cal Garland and Tanner Simms. After a scoreless second and a Winnacunnet goal in the third, Riley Sleeper re-tied the game at 2-2 with 5:54 left on a Singleton pass.

“We showed up, we worked hard; the other team battled hard tonight,” Lebanon coach Gary Smith said. “It could have gone either way.”

Grout finished with 28 saves for Lebanon, which visits Somersworth/Coe-Brown on Wednesday in Rochester, N.H.

Girls Hockey

Lebanon 1 Berlin-Gorham 1 (ot)

Berlin, n.h. — The Raiders (12-4-1) and Mountaineers (13-3-2) played to an overtime tie, a result that Lebanon coach Brad Shaw believed will leave his team as the third seed when the NHIAA Division I playoffs start next week.

Elle Brine and Sage Ballard set up Loren McEwen for her 19th goal of the year eight minutes into the game, and it appeared it might be enough for the visitors. But Meagan Accardi equalized for Berlin-Gorham 6:58 into the third period, and Erika Moffitt (27 saves) and Mountaineers goalie Chelsea Carron (20 saves) spent the rest of the game stopping everything else they encountered.

The Raiders close their schedule this afternoon against Bishop Guertin at Campion Rink.

Girls Basketball

Hanover 61, John Stark 18

Weare, n.h. — Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke added five junior varsity players to the lineup, giving them and the Marauder regulars plenty of game time in a one-sided affair.

Lexie Hamilton paced the visitors with 15 points, aided by Erica Hinck’s 14-point effort. O’Rourke employed 14 players, 10 of whom contributed to the scoresheet. Hanover led 18-0 after one quarter.

The Marauders wrap up the schedule with two home games, starting with Windham on Thursday night.