Mascoma Fall 2016 Sports Recaps
Notes from Field Hockey, Volleyball, Football, Soccer and Cross Country
There was a high level of athletic participation in the Mascoma school district this fall, with nearly a third of students in grades 7-12 participating in an activity after school. Before we move forward into the winter sports season, review the fall 2016 season with recaps provided by Mascoma Valley Regional High School coaches. You can find more photos on our Facebook page. Highlights of the fall included the soccer and field hockey teams making it into their respective NHIAA state tournaments.
Mascoma Varsity Field Hockey, Fall 2016
Varsity Field Hockey:
The Varsity Field Hockey team has a very exciting season, with a record of 7-7-1. We lost in OT to Hopkinton 3-2 during the playoffs. We beat Berlin for the first time on homecoming weekend and went into 7 overtime games. The most noticeable improvement for the team was creating more offensive options this season. We also had versatile players that could play more than one position which allowed us to change our formations. We will be losing five seniors after this season. Haley Bissonnette, Layla Meyveagaci, Katie Ferland, Pashents White and Justine Martin. Congratulations to Haley Bissonnette for being chosen to try out for the NH Twin State team; and also to the All State Team selections: First Team - Kayla Hammond, Defense. Second Team - Katie Pushee, Forward and Layla Meyveagaci, Defense. Next year should be another exciting season as we have a very talented team returning. - from coach Jenn Hammond
Mascoma JV Field Hockey, Fall 2016
JV Field Hockey:
Mascoma XC, Fall 2016
We were unable to score as either a boys or girls team, as we need 5 on each squad to do so, but times improved over the season and hopefully we can recruit more runners for next year. Devin Duhaime was our captain, and he is the only graduating senior. He was also our MVP on the boys side, and Madison Merrihew was MVP on the girls side. Henry Clough received the Coaches Award for persevering through pain and injury to come back and complete the season. XC team members included Devin Duhaime, Lincoln Tracey, Paxton Morley, Madison Merrihew, and Henry Clough. We also had Justin Andrew and Olivia Salamy run with us for about half the meets, in addition to their primary commitment to the JV soccer team. - from coach Tom Warner
Mascoma Varsity Volleyball, Fall 2016
Mascoma JV Volleyball, Fall 2016
This season was one of team development and individual skills growth. The efforts of the players to improve their game of volleyball was remarkable and worthy of accolades. This was especially true of movement to the ball and passing to set up their attack. Volleyball being a non-contact sport, individual concentration and commitment to the team is important. This was evident in our captains this year, seniors, Emma Grodan and Amy Labrecque, both of whom worked hard to build team rapport on and off the court. Juniors, Sydney Thompson and Morgan Longley became the team's main go-to attackers, while their classmate Kaelyn Gelinas consistently provided their set-up. The two other starters were senior Kylie Sumner and freshman Lindsay McDonald, both of whom improved their skills over the season to become important members of the on-court team. Captain Amy Lebrecque also played an important role as Libero, defensively covering the court. The team's record for the season 2 and 14, while better than the previous year, does not reflect the improved quality of play for the team members. It was a lot of fun watching all of them work and play to become true volleyballers: digging, bumping, setting, spiking, blocking, and diving for the ball. - from coach Frank Gould
Mascoma Football, Fall 2016
The 2016 football season started with lofty goals and high energy. Sadly, the injury bug struck, causing the team to lose 7 two way starters. We often dressed 18 - 20 players, which was down from the original 30. We were only able to play two JV games which really limited our younger players development. The silver lining in this situation was that many younger players really stepped up into starting positions on the varsity, often playing against much larger and stronger opponents. While our win / loss record was only 2 - 6, our players played hard, often eliciting comments from opposing coaches about their effort and sportsmanship. Our upperclassman also had more responsibility to shoulder and through their energy and leadership help keep our team moving in the right direction. In looking forward to next season, we return about 20 players, many who got valuable playing time at the varsity level this year. We also expect to add about 10 freshman who are coming off a very successful 6 - 3 middle school season. We now have a weight room and the challenge to our players is to get ready for next season by getting in the weight room. What our players do during the off-season will determine our level of success next season. Thank you for your continued support. See you in September. - from coach Les Lawrence
Mascoma Varsity Soccer, Fall 2016
The varsity soccer team had a very successful 2016 season. They improved upon their record of 3-13 last year to 10-5-1 and earned a 9 seed in the tournament. Unfortunately the playoff game didn't go out the way we would have wanted but we were still proud of the progress we made throughout the year. This was a very hard working and skilled team who set a goal of making playoffs and achieved it. Our leading goal scorer was Tucker Stenger and our leader of assists was Alex Schwarz. Both players were recognized for their achievements throughout the season with Stenger being named to the second team All State and Schwarz getting an honorable mention. We will be missing 8 wonderful seniors after this season. In defense we had Connor Morley and Evan Peck. In the midfield, our seniors were Cameron Holmes and Alex Schwarz. Our senior forwards were Jacob Dow, Kyle Langlais, Micah McCullough, and Tucker Stenger. We are looking to keep the momentum of this season and carry it over to the summer soccer and fall season. We have a great group of rising seniors who are up for the task in trying to keep the success going. - from coach Ryan Limero
Mascoma JV Soccer, Fall 2016
JV Soccer had a tremendous and fulfilling year with a record of 5-3-5. The team is especially proud of having only 3 losses for the season! The development and improvement shown by players was most evident in comparing our scoring margins in our first three games to those of our last 3 games: In games #1-#3: we outscored our opponents 8-7; In games #11-#13: we outscored our opponents 8-0 with three shut-outs to close the season. Toward the end of our practice season, we scrimmaged the middle school team, tying them as well with a final score of 1-1; so, we're already looking forward to a great season next year when the middle school players join us as freshmen! - from coach Keli Green
Next up - Winter Sports:
Get a preview of local girls basketball on Tuesday, November 29 from 4-8 PM with the Hoop It Up for Kehoe pre-season jamboree hosted at Mascoma. The event will include a short re-dedication of the renovated gym to former Mascoma girls basketball coach and teacher, Ed Kehoe. Five NHIAA girls teams will be participating: Mascoma, Sunapee, Lebanon, Newport, and Kearsarge. Mascoma boys basketball hosts Windsor for a scrimmage on Saturday, December 3 at noon. Wrestling will be hosting home varsity meets for the first time this winter, kicking things off on the evening of December 14! Follow their Facebook page to stay up to date with the team.
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