Lowell High’s Khai Yin finishes second in the New England hurdles


Senior Connor Liona of Westford Academy rushes the net and lands a finesse shot against Lucas Bikkesbakker of Concord-Carlisle. Liona and the Ghosts were defeated 4-1 on Saturday in a Division 1 state tournament match in Concord. (James Thomas photo)

Lowell High junior Khai Yin capped off an outstanding season by finishing second in the 110-meter high hurdles on Saturday at the New England High School Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Durham, N.H.

Yin shot to a time of 14.21 seconds at the University of New Hampshire. Other key players for the Red Raiders were junior Raymond Dafe, junior Alex Rodgers, sophomore James Kelly and junior Abdul Jalloh, who placed sixth in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:06.10.

Yin wasn’t the only person from a local school to shine at UNH.

Westford Academy’s Ryan Kyle placed second in the 300 meter hurdles.

GD athletes shine: Groton-Dunstable got several good performances at Central Mass. Multi-Meet at Shepherd Hill.

In the girls heptathlon, junior Hannah Mandell placed sixth with 3,181 points. She won the high jump.

Also starring for the Crusaders were sophomore Haley Traverse, who placed 25th (2,534), and sophomore Sahasra Sreepathi, who placed 42nd (1,846).

On the boys side of the heptathlon, junior Ben Glanville scored 3,475 points to place 28th and senior Anourshk Yadav placed 41st with 2,588 points.

In the girls pentathlon, junior Jolie Becker (14th, 1,624 points), junior Sadie Foster (16th, 1,504), junior Charlotte Blount (31st, 970) and junior Sophie Clark (35th, 691) finished in the top 35 for GD.

In the boys pentathlon, the Crusaders were led by Brendon Porteous in 29th (2,177) and Ryan McEleney in 36th (2,055).

Boys play tennis

Concord-Carlisle 4, WA 1: Westford Academy saw a fantastic campaign end in Concord during a Div. 1 round of 8 matches against its Dual County League rivals.

The loss marked the final high school game for standout senior captain Connor Liona, who will take his talents to Sacred Heart in the fall.

The No. 7 Ghosts (14-4) couldn’t upset No. 2 Concord-Carlisle (13-3). The hosts recorded singles victories over Lucas Bikkesbakker and Charlie Derkazarian. In doubles, CC earned victories over the teams of Dan Cohen/Arman Samani and TJ Fahey/Pedro Nachbin.


English 7, Ayer-Shirley 2: The Panthers’ excellent season came to an end during a Div. 5 round of 8 games on the road in Boston.

The third-seeded Englishman (21-2) pulled away to eliminate the sixth-seeded Panthers. Ayer-Shirley (19-4) found itself tied at 2-2 as the hosts took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back.


Central 4, St. Paul Diocesan 3: The Raiders captured the tough Div. Victory in the eighth round as Julia Malowitz went the distance in the circle, allowing five hits and striking out eight.

Offensively, Olivia Moeckel and Katie Fox each drove in two runs for Central Catholic.

CAC stars: The Commonwealth Athletic Conference recently announced its all-stars and players from Lowell Catholic, the Academy of Notre Dame, Nashoba Tech, Shawsheen Tech and Greater Lowell Tech were honored.

Lowell Catholic was represented by sophomore pitcher Maggie Carney and second baseman Chloe Crogan. The Academy of Notre Dame squad featured junior catcher Jacqui Martineau and eighth-grader pitcher Caitlin Lafontaine.

Named from Nashoba Tech were senior pitcher Ashley Hart and senior third baseman Hannah Richard. Shawsheen Tech was represented by sophomore shortstop Francesca Reardon and senior third baseman Reagan Bowden.

Greater Lowell’s all-stars were sophomore pitcher Amaya Flood, senior shortstop Paige Matte and freshman pitcher Morgan Haskell.

College tennis

Keefe honored: Bentley University senior Libby Keefe (Lowell/Lowell Catholic HS) recently earned a spot on the CSC Academic All-District team for women’s tennis.

The Academic All-District teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined achievements on the field and in the classroom.

Keefe, a marketing major with a minor in finance, led the team in singles wins in NE10 matches. Her wins came against Franklin Pierce (September 20), Saint Anselm (September 26) and Saint Michael’s (September 30). Those wins helped the Falcons prevail in each of those games.

Westford Academy's Saunak Mann hits a strong forehand volley back to Concord-Carlisle's Ben Ostrousky.  Concord-Carlisle earned a 4-1 victory.  (James Thomas photo)
Westford Academy’s Saunak Mann hits a strong forehand volley back to Concord-Carlisle’s Ben Ostrousky. Concord-Carlisle earned a 4-1 victory. (James Thomas photo)
Westford Academy's Saunak Mann returns a backhand volley to Concord-Carlisle's Ben Ostrousky during Saturday's state tournament match.  (James Thomas photo)
Westford Academy’s Saunak Mann returns a backhand volley to Concord-Carlisle’s Ben Ostrousky during Saturday’s state tournament match. (James Thomas photo)