AMS X-C Eagles Soar Again!

​Anna Brammer-Depuy. Samantha Swanbon, Bridget Hill, Sarah Bryson, Phoebe Faucher, Caroline Drum and Audrey Pyles, sealed the victory for AMS girls team. (Not in any order)

Noah Guarrera took 1st place leading the boys team to a very close 2nd place finish. He was backed up with gutsy running from Matt Ulicny, Ben Gaudet, Eric Fulton, Dallen Noorvda, Thatcher Daily and Jonas Guarrera. (Not in any order)

Coaches, Michelle Donohue and Tivan Casavant

      NASHUA – The Amherst Middle School Cross Country team closed out their season with another successful showing, October 17th at the Tri-County X-C Championships on the Mines Falls/Nashua South 2 mile course.

      The girls team took 1st place for the 2nd yr in a row in Div. 2.  Strong performances led by Anna Brammer-Depuy. Samantha Swanbon, Bridget Hill, Sarah Bryson, Phoebe Faucher, Caroline Drum and Audrey Pyles, sealed the victory for AMS.

      Noah Guarrera took 1st place once again (he also won last years Div 2 race) leading the boy’s team to a very close 2nd place finish. He was backed up with gutsy running from Matt Ulicny, Ben Gaudet, Eric Fulton, Dallen Noorvda, Thatcher Daily and Jonas Guarrera.

      Despite the pandemic, over 80 students came out for this popular fall sport with its long-standing tradition of excellence in Amherst.  Credit goes to the SAU-39 administration and AMS Athletic Director, Jeff Wing for their guidance that allowed this shortened and truncated season to move forward-with masks & safety protocols in place. 

      Much of the success would not have been possible without the Herculean efforts of coaches Tivan Casavant & Michelle Donohue who seemed to be everywhere at once; guiding beginners as well as the more seasoned athletes to positive outcomes.

      This year, inter-squad meets took the place of most of the usual dual meets due to travel restrictions etc. This allowed runners to gauge their progress from all their hard work.  The excitement generated by this AMS squad was always at a high level!

      Special mention goes to Jay Donahue who generously volunteered his timing expertise & services-his efforts are greatly appreciated!

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      Research on the 2020 pandemic has shed light on the importance of cardiovascular health and its positive effects on the immune system.  The less than positive outcomes of COVID-19 in this country point toward the fact that a large percentage of our society is overweight due to lack of exercise & proper nutrition.  Good cardiovascular health habits are best achieved when introduced early in life through vehicles such as intramural sports.    

SHS Boys Soccer Team Sabers Beat Pelham Pythons 3-2

10/21/20             4PM kickoff          Amherst, NH

                   1    2    FT

SHS            1    2    3    

Pelham       1    1    2



SHS - Jake Morrisette      6 saves 

Pelham – Greg Nicolls     12 saves


Time       Team Goal                   Assist

30m       PHS  Hadley Erd            Dylan Nutter 

33m       SHS  Ethan Ramm         Ethan Littlefield 

41m       SHS  Miles Drum           Ethan Ramm 

50m       SHS  Alex Lin                Simon Trombley 

65m       PHS  Alex Gagnon        PK


SHS        3 wins - 4 loss - 1 draw 

Pelham   0 wins - 7 losses - 0 draw


      The Pythons struck first from 30 yards in the 30th minute to waken the Sabers!  After the opponent found the net, the home side began to control the game.  Lots of possession in the last 10 minutes of the first half, leading to the equalizer in the 33 minute from Ethan Ramm at close range.  The pressure inside the box from a compact team lead to a free kick from Ethan Littlefield that rattled the bar, then an unknown Saber hit the post with a follow up, and finally Ramm finished it up. 

      The second half started with increased confidence, far better control of the ball all around, and that was helped with a 30 yard bomb hit by Miles Drum.  Again, Ramm was involved in creating the opportunity with great pressure on the opponents.   

      The left midfield continues to create options and opportunities for SHS as Alex Lin continually found time and space on that left flank.  Right flank player Simon Trombley found Lin in space just inside the 18 yard box, then a touch closer to goal before the finish in the 50th minute to increase the Sabers lead. 

      It was then that the home side really struck their stride, handling possession quite well and creating opportunities.  But a Penalty called against the Sabers in the 65th minute rattled the confidence a bit, as Python Alex Gagnon brought Pelham back to within 1.  Push as hard as they tried, the Sabers managed the game well and held on to earn the W. 

      Next up is the winner of Hollis/Manchester West on Saturday. 


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Trudel, Svendsen lead Saber Girls at DII Cross Country Championships!

      MANCHESTER – The Souhegan Girls Cross Country Team captured 3rd place at the Division II Cross Country Championships at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday.  Chloe Trudel once again led the way for the Sabers, running her fastest time ever at Derryfield, and finishing a close second in 18:28 to Addison Cox of Coe-Brown Academy, over the hilly 5K course!  Both Addison and Chloe are two of the top high school runners in the Northeast, and their times were close to a minute faster than any other NH girl in the Division Championship Meets on Saturday!  Freshman standout, Stephanie Svendsen captured 5th place overall, with a time of 19:56, the highest place ever at the state meet for a Souhegan Freshman!  Souhegan’s next 3 runners were also racing in their first ever State Meet, and each of them had their best race of the season!  They were sophomore, Emma Jarnagin 25th in 21:33, sophomore Audrey Littlefield 30th in 22:00.3, and junior Madeleine Glover 31st in 22:00.7.  Madeleine’s performance was particularly impressive as she started in the final wave of runners (a staggered start was used due to covid), and steadily moved up through the field to run a 48 second personal best time for 5000 Meters!  Senior captain Molly Jennings also had her best race of the season, capturing 42nd place in 22:39.  Over 120 of the top runners from twenty Divison II Schools competed.  Coe Brown captured 1st place team honors with a low score of 36, followed by Hanover with 80 points and Souhegan with 93.  Kearsarge (147 points), and Lebanon (161) were next and also earned a trip to the meet of Champions to be held next weekend.  Overall it was an excellent day for the defending state champion Sabers who had only one of their top 5 runners from a year ago competing!

Saber Boys Capture 6th Place at DII Championships!

      MANCHESTER – Kariso Anderson, and Nolan Dickinson both raced well as they led the Sabers to a sixth place team finish among the 20 DII teams at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday.   Several Souhegan runners had their best race of the season, as they packed their top 5 within a 38 second span, with Kariso finishing 26th in 17:46, Nolan 32nd in 18:01, Ethan McFee 38th in 18:11, Josh Goddard 41st in 18:18, and Taloosh Anderson 45th in 18:24! Taloosh, a freshman, had a particularly impressive race as he started in the final wave (a staggered start was used due to covid), and worked his way up through the competition to run his fastest race of the season by 24 seconds over the hilly course! Sophomore Jaren Noorda (51st, 18:43) also had an outstanding race for Souhegan. While the Sabers team will not advance to the Meet of Champions due to the reduced number of teams advancing this year, they are only graduating Ethan, and so promise to be strong again next Fall!   The nationally ranked Coe Brown Boys team easily captured the team title, placing 6 runners in the top 10 to win with a low score of 23 points!  Windham (77 points) was second, followed by Hanover (98), Sanborn 111, Oyster River 114, and Souhegan 182.  Con-Val 190, Kearsarge 243, John Stark 323, and Hollis-Brookline 324 rounded out the top 10 teams.

Souhegan High School 

Fall Athletics – Teams/Results