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LONGSHOTS: Numbers Tell The Story For 2009 In Review
by Dave Long

Here is a review of some of the high points and moments in sports  from 2009, by The Numbers:

January
8 — minutes of playing time by Tyler Roche as BC knocked off eventual national champion North Carolina 85-78 in Chapel Hill. He had an assist, a rebound and a blocked shot. He followed it up with eight points off the bench when they knocked off Duke a week later for the first time in 24 years.

15 — goals scored by Bedford in 15-0 win over Moultonboro-Inter-Lakes as Doug Steere and Shane Sullivan both scored hat tricks.

58 — percentage of those voting from New Hampshire who got it wrong in an ESPN Sports Nation poll, picking the Cardinals to beat the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

157 — games Franklin Pierce men’s hockey had gone in its first five seasons without a shutout, until Concord HS alum Jon Tuttle turned back 30 shots in a 4-0 win over SNHU.

22 — points scored by Derryfield’s Andrea Green (peace) to win the Wilt Chamberlain Award for outscoring Mt. Zion all by herself in a 53-21 D-Field win. 

February
7 — different bombers hit from international waters as Trinity moved to 8-1 with a 71-42 win over Nashua North as Cormac Fitzpatrick led the contingent with two.

9 — wins for the year against one loss for the Central boys after a 64-57 win over Pinkerton. Will (San Francisco) Bayliss led all scorers with 19.

51 — combined saves by Bow’s Collin Evans and Cam Myatt of Goffstown, when both pitched shutouts in a 0-0 overtime tie in NHIAA hockey action.

1000 — career point plateau reached by Trinity hoopster Karim Gabril after scoring 47 in two Pioneer wins, and by Nashua transplant Troy Bowen in his final season at SNHU. 

March
1/10 — of a second left on the clock when Thomas Fortney scored to tie it for UNH and send the game into overtime, which Peter LeBlanc won 45 seconds in to give the Wildcats a wild 6-5 win over North Dakota. They moved to the regional final but lost in a heartbreaker to BU in the last 14 seconds.

3 — million reasons old friend Chip Kelly had for signing on the dotted line to become the head football coach of Oregon football. He led the team to the Rose Bowl after winning the Pac-10.

27 — game high-points scored by Jason Chevrefils when Memorial knocked out two-time defending-champion Salem 49-41 in the Class L playoffs.

25 — margin of victory for Trinity in a 50-25 win against Memorial in the first all-Manchester Class L basketball final since 1973. Jordan Laguerre led the Pioneers with a game high of 25.

54 — combined saves by Andrew Proulx (BG) and Dave O’Briens (Concord) in a gripping scoreless tie that lived up to the billing between 15-2-1 Concord and 13-2-2 Bishop Guertin in Class L hockey.

1000 — career scoring plateau passed by Trinity’s Laguerre with a free throw in the final minutes of the Pioneer’s 55-41 win over West.

April
1 — hit allowed by Chris Carpenter in his 2009 debut after two years of arm miseries, when the Cardinals beat the Pirates 2-1, starting him on his way to a sensational 17-4 comeback season. 

6 — goals by Kayla Green to go along with four assists as she led Londonderry to a 16-0 win over Memorial in Class L Lacrosse.

8 — strikeouts by Garrett Cole in a 5-3 Trinity win over Winnacunnett to give him 46 on the year in just 22 2/3 innings as THS moved to 7-0.

14 — goals scored by Derryfield’s Charlotte Walters in back-to-back games vs. Plymouth and Hopkinton in NHIAA Lacrosse action.

56 – the age of Stan Pinkos, the legendary early ’70s Central all-state running, when he back passed away in Las Vegas.

65 — astonishingly efficient pitch count of Trinity’s Dylan Clark in a 1-0 win over Concord. He allowed two hits and struck out 14.  

May
0 — hits allowed by Sarah Chabot as Goffstown beat Merrimack and she struck out nine.

1 — homer by Casey Levis, the first homer in Bedford High softball history, during a 4-3 win over Souhegan.

15 — players who scored at least one goal in the Central/Nashua North lacrosse battle won by the Green 14-11. Paige Monelli had three goals for the Green and Danii Bauer and Mady Cody had three each for North. 

27 — game winning streak for Bishop Guertin against in-state opponents reached after a 14-6 thumping of Pinkerton as Tom Labadini scored seven times.

8,903 — number of fans (a franchise record) who jammed MerchantsAuto.com Stadium to see John Smoltz make a rehab start for the Portland Sea Dogs when he gave up one run, three hits and struck out over 58 pitches in a 5-1 C-Dog win.

June
9 — margin of victory in Trinity’s stunning loss to Alvirne in the semi-finals of the Class L baseball tournament after a dominant regular season. Bronoco’s lead-off man, Matthew Topper, was huge with a pair of walks and two hits, while scoring three runs, knocking in a pair and stealing four bases.

21 — wins for the Concord softball team after beating Dover 2-0 to take the Class L title.

66 — career wins for Manchester Wolves coach Danton Barto with the team’s 53-35 win over Quad City, in what would turn out to be the Wolves’ final season as it closed shop in October.

73 - score carded by Manchester’s Pat Gocklin in earning medalist honors NH State Amateur qualifier held at Concord Country Club. 

July
2 — counts of allegedly deriving an income from prostitution charged by police in Massachusetts against former Monarchs beat writer for the Union Leader, Kevin Provencher, in what had to be the year’s most bizarre sports story — outside the Tiger Woods saga.

2 — scored by Stephaine Sawyer of Pinkerton. She was named MVP in the Lions Cup Twin State Classic. The NH girls were 4-2 winners to extend their advantage over Vermont in the series to 16-7-4

3 — runs for Kyle Anderson’s homer, which provided the winning margin. He also was the winning pitcher in a 6-2 win over Windham that sent Bedford to the New Hampshire Little League State Final game a day after his walk-off homer gave them a 9-8 win over the same Windham club.

22 — runs scored by Manchester in the State Babe Ruth Tournament in a 22-0 win over Farmington when they scored 15 times in the decisive third inning. 

66 — low medal honors for Bedford’s Jake Nutter leading to his 1-up win over Stephen Kozlowski, to add the Red Ryan CYO Tournament intermediate division to the NHGA State Junior title he won in June.

97 — yards and two TDs accounted for in just two plays by BG’s Andy Valais, as New Hampshire jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the annual Shrine game on its way to a 40-6 thumping of Vermont.

August
4 — franchise record stolen bases by Todd Donovan in the F-Cats’ 6-0 victory over the Bowie Baysox. He also drilled a solo home run that landed in the Samuel Adams Bar & Grill.

11 — runs allowed by Chris (leg of) Lambert in two games with Detroit before being sent back to AAA, with five coming in his first-ever appearance at Fenway Park. 

13:52.7 — winning time recorded by Ethiopian’s Alene Reta to claim his fourth victory in five years at the Cigna 5K road race in Manchester. Stephanie Pancoast of Westford, Mass., was the top women’s finisher at 17:24.2. 
15 — batters, including the games first NINE, fanned by Concord’s Kelsey Martel in an opening day win in the 16U softball World Series over Pittsfield, Mass.

154 – two-day total carded by Louise Billy to take the 48th annual NHWGA Senior Legends title at Concord CC. She would go on to her record 13th city title a few weeks later with a two-shot victory over Andrea Morrell.

September
5 — goals scored by Colleen Murray to go along with an assist, as Bedford cruised to its second win in local high school soccer action.

16 — years of age for city golf champ Jake Nutter of Bedford and Manchester CC. His 212 three-day total won by a 10-shot margin over Dave Oberg.

82 — yards Billy Dubois took the opening kick-off back for a TD. Later, he had an 80-yard TD run to spark Memorial to a dominating 43-15 opening-day win over Spaulding.

200 – career win by local good guy and Salem football coach Jack Gati, whose Blue Devils would go on to win the Class L title.

230 - yards gained on 34 carries and two TDs by Central’s Mike Cavanaugh in a 20-14 upset of defending champ Nashua South.

300 – career wins by Denise Rioux after 26 years at the helm of the Pinkerton Field Hockey program.

October
5 – touchdowns and 275 rushing yards for Andre Williams as he led Nashua North to a 56-49 over South.

7 – wins to start the year for eventual state champ Bishop Guertin. Adam Hall (to the chief) ran for 186 yards and 3 TDs, blasting unbeaten Catholic Memorial of West Roxbury, Mass., 52-13. 

9 - goals in seven games scored by Kendra Moffett, since switching to striker, after scoring three times to out-score Memorial by herself in a 3-1 Concord win, to close out their Class L soccer regular season at 10-6.

688 – games in Monarchs radio play-by-play guy Ken Cail ripkenesque broadcast streak going into the 2009-10 season.

November
1 — number of state soccer titles won by the Central boys after its first ever state championship, when it beat unbeaten Exeter 1-0 after Chris Beauschesne scored 12 minutes in.

2 — touchdowns by Mike Cavanaugh as Central beat Memorial 27-7 on Thanksgiving Day. Jonathan Plummer and Jared Chandler each scored once for the Green.

13 — Class S state titles won by the Derryfield boys after a 1-0 win over Lisbon as Aseebulla Niazi got the goal and Alex Zorn the shutout.

14 — shutouts recorded by Andrea Green after Derryfield blanked Littleton 1-0 in overtime to win for the Class S girls’ soccer title when MacKensie Logan scored at 93:25

30 — career high points scored by Tyler Roche in Boston College’s 89-58 win over Dartmouth.

41 — points scored as Trinity football finished off a perfect season with a 41-7 win over Bishop Brady. Connor Lyons (and tigers and bears, oh my!) scored the game-clinching TD on an 89-yard interception return.

December
3 — shutouts on the year for Jonathan Bernier after a 36 save effort that led the Monarchs to a 2-0 win over the Providence Bruins, 2-0, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

4 — points the stellar Central D held the Salem girls to in the opening quarter of the year on their way to a 44-32 win over the Blue Devils. Bentley-bound Christiana Bakolas led the way with 15.

5 — goals by Central’s Cam Geddes in leading the Little Green to a 6-2 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in their Class L hockey opener. Rene Couture had 26 saves. 

1917 — the last time Oregon won in the Rose Bowl when it beat Penn 14-0,  a streak that could end when Chip Kelly leads the Ducks against Ohio State on New Year’s Day.

158,504.38 — record-breaking amount raised for charity by the Baseball Dinner, which benefits the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), the Ted Williams Museum and the Fisher Cats Foundation. 

Dave Long can be reached at dlong@hippopress.com. He hosts Dave Long and Company from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday on WGAM – The Game, 1250-AM Manchester, 900-AM Nashua.


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