action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

March 31. 2013 8:07PM

Bishop Guertin girls the team to beat

It looks like the deck is stacked heavily on the side of the Cardinals in Division I girls' tennis this season.

Bishop Guertin of Nashua has won eight state titles since 2000, including the last three in Division I. They enter this season on a 51-match winning streak and return three New Hampshire Union Leader All-State selections, Briana Leonard, Jennifer Dai and Lauren Hayward.

Leonard was a junior transfer from Westford (Mass.) Academy. She reached the semifinals of the NHIAA singles' tournament last season. Dai finished the Division I season 17-0 in both singles and doubles as the team's No. 2 player behind Leonard last season. She also reached the semifinals of the NHIAA singles tournament, losing to eventual four-time state champion Julia Keenan of St. Thomas Aquinas of Dover.

Hayward owns a career singles record of 33-1 and last season was a finalist in the New Hampshire NHIAA doubles' tournament with Leonard. They lost in the finals to the St. Thomas duo of Keenan and Anna Hayes.

Concord, Manchester Central, Londonderry and Derryfield School of Manchester, the last four runner-up teams, figure to be the teams capable of preventing the Cardinals of attaining a fourth straight title. BG did win four straight from 2000 to 2003.

"Anyone who follows girls' tennis in the state has to be excited about the talent we have across the state," said 10-year Profile of Bethlehem coach Cheryl Bianchi.

In Division II, Bishop Brady of Concord, Portsmouth, defending state champion St. Thomas and Hanover will be among the top contenders for this year's crown.

"All it takes is for one team to get hot at the right time," said Hanover head coach Glen Eastridge. The Marauders lost in the finals last season, 5-4 to St. Thomas.

Hanover returns junior standout Camille Hankel, who was selected to the New Hampshire Union Leader's All-State team. She earned a No. 4 seed as a sophomore in the NHIAA singles tournament and reached the quarterfinals before losing to Dai in the quarterfinals. Hankel owns a 35-3 overall singles record and is 27-0 during the regular season.

Kendra McGowan, Zoe Yu and Liza Goss along with Hankel give Hanover a legitimate chance of winning the title this season, said Eastride.

In Division III, Berlin, Bow, Gilford and Moultonborough will challenge defending state champion Profile.

The Patriots have a veteran team back with Isabelle Eyman, Cher Christnacht, Rachel Johnson, Anna Bolton, Meg Dowling and Kate Hessler leading the way. "We're similar to last year and if everyone is able to play, we have an excellent team," said Bianchi.


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

'Smoke' blows into New Hampshire with the law in his rear-view mirror

Man found unconscious at Winchester Speedpark Saturday

Too young to drive, but old enough for NHMS

Police examine speed, possible horseplay in golf cart fatality

Mass. man, 27, dies in golf cart accident at The Links at Outlook

Hanover's Sarah Groff competes in the women's triathlon final during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Hanover Olympian in spotlight at Las Vegas Super Sprint

FHL makes it official, team planned for Berlin will play in North Adams, Mass. instead

Can NH soccer star Charlie Davies make a comeback?

Inside NIKEs secret sports lab; born in Exeter, now located in Oregon.

Concord Monitor decries gender pay gap in professional tennis

FHL franchise slated for Berlin may go to North Adams, Mass. instead

Eagles' Kelly says he learned his offense by studying defense while at UNH

Former Concord area youth baseball coach sentenced to 30 more years in prison

Maine boxer Brandon Berry making Fight to Educate history

Hudson family, classmates working to keep Alvirne soccer standout Raul Stedile in U.S.

Israel unrest moves meet for NH swim star

Race date for Oxford 250 moved from July to Aug. 30 next year

NH's Groff a highlight for U.S. at ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Maine fighters Lamour, Berry on New Hampshire boxing card

Q&A with Matt Bonner as he weighs free agency

Keene State mum on suspension of veteran track coach

Morgan Andrews speaks: Notre Dame star undeterred by U.S. U-20 World Cup snub

Mo'ne Davis, and why no one should laugh at the idea of a woman in Major League Baseball

Curt Schilling says smokeless tobacco caused oral cancer

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!