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SCOREBOARD: Groton-Dunstable

Naomi Rodman is a picture of concentration as she prepares to serve in re- cent volleyball game against Marlborough. Photo by Robert Mingolelli


• GD 33, Oakmont 20
There was plenty of scoring in last Friday’s game in Ashburnham: GD’s Kyle Plausse (two touchdowns), Jack Barry (39-yard touchdown), Tim Stark (79 yard kick-off return for a TD and two point run conversion by Bradley teDuits), Doug Tompkins (TD pass from Bradley teDuits and Ben Furman - kick). Oakmont: quarterback Colton Bosselait (10 for 16 with 164 yards and two touchdowns), Xavian Dean (2 TDs). Records: Crusaders (5-2, 2-0 MidWach C); Oakmont (5-2, 2-1 MidWach C).
Field Hockey
• Shrewsbury 3, GD 1
Hannah Erickson (goal) Emily Hauk (assist). Records: GD 4-12-1, SHS 8-4-4.
• Littleton 3, GD 2
Rachel Erickson and Noelle St. Germain scored for the Crusaders while Emily Hauk earned two assists. GD finished the
season with a record of 4-13-1, Littleton (13-3-2). The Crusaders down 3-0 at the break, made a determined effort in the second half,
getting goals from Erickson and St. Germain to make a game of it against tournament bound Littleton. Anne Madden in net made 8 saves.
Boys Soccer
• Leominster 3, GD 0
• Nashoba Regional 3, GD 0
Crusaders lost their third game in a row and have been outscored 8-1 in those games. Records: NR (6-9-3); GD (10-5-2).
Girls Soccer
• GD 2, Leominster 0
The win for the Crusaders (6-4-7) insured a trip to districts, for the first time in six years. Sophomore Jackie Gervais scored at 1:30 into the game with an assist from classmate Faith Kosiba. Senior Olivia Childs (unassisted) scored in the 74th minute on a great individual play. Annaliese Carney made 12 saves for the shutout.
• GD 1, Nashoba 1
Sarah Bushnell and Maggie Jiser had strong games for the Crusaders while Bianca Resca (13 saves) earned her 13th shutout of the season. Both teams await playoff seedings. Records: GD (6-4-8, 4-3- 3 MidWach B); Nashoba (8-7-3, 6-2-2 MidWach B)
Boys Golf
Central Mass. Div. 1
Boys Golf Tournament
Eight teams qualified for the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament which was held at the Kettle Brook Golf Club, Paxton, MA on Oct. 21.
Groton-Dunstable tied for fifth with Shepherd Hill with a total score of 341. Fifty-four Division 1 high school golfers competed. The top five players were from St. John’s (Shrewsbury) led by Liam Noonan who shot three-under 69. The Crusaders were led by Ethan Loomis who tied for eleventh shooting 79. Will Conway shot an 83 coming in twenty-first followed by teammates T-27 Ivan Sturm (85), tied for 42 were Tom Joyner (94) and Nick Towle (94), and 46th Jake Brown (96). GD’s record: 11-5 Overall, 6-2 Mid-Wach B. Course Info, Par: 72, Slope: 124, Rating: 70.9, Yardage: 6,203.
• Algonquin 3, GD 0
Set scores were 22-25, 21-25, and 12-25. Katie Eberhardt (14 assists, 5 kills), Carolyn Mullins (3 kills, 4 blocks) and Sydney Barlow (5 kills, 3 blocks,4 aces) led Groton- Dunstable. Emma Kenney and Brooke Barry each had 3 kills for the Crusaders (6-13, 2-9 Mid-Wach B).
• GD 3, Marlboro 0
Set scores were 25-16, 25-9 and 25-10. Carolyn Mullins (12 kills, 8 aces, 2 blocks), Sydney Barlow (14 kills, 4 aces) and Katie Eberhardt (21 assists, 3 aces, 4 kills) lifted the host Crusaders (7-13, 3-9 Mid- Wach A) over the Panthers (2-18, 0-12).
Cross Country
MidWach B League Championship
(3.1-mile course at Hollis Hill Farm in Fitchburg 10/26)
• Girls
Groton-Dunstable claimed their sixth consecutive MidWach B League Championship team title with 42 points. Finishing first and second respectively, Sydney Adams (19:44) and Kimmie Harding (20:49) led the Crusaders on the 3.1-mile course at Hollis Hill Farm in Fitchburg. Also contributing to the team win were (10) Mary Teeple 22:57, (13) Clarissa LaGasse 23:34, (16) Mia Garibotto 24:19, (18) Claire Puranananda 24:42, (19) Ainsleigh Patten 24:45, (22) Taryn Emerle 25:18, (26) Madeline Prechtl 25:33, (29) Hannah Webb 26:17. Westborough’s Polina Bozhikova (21:03) was third, while teammate Madeline Reinach (21:40) was fifth as the Rangers took second with 51 points. Nashoba was third with 52 points, as Hanna Fish (22:02), Rosemarie O’Riorden (22:17) and Elise Carlin (22:35) were the top 10 finishers.
• Boys
The Crusaders finished fourth in the race. GD runners were (11) Tom Orcutt 18:33, (17) Toby Strauss 18:52, (18) Declan Lowney 18:57, (20) Finn Shiely 19:12, (23) Jacob Strauss 19:21, (25) Ben Taylor 19:25, (27) Patrick Daly 19:27, (34) George Lowney 20:09, (36) Ryan Mosscrop 20:38.
MIAA Football
These are power ratings for Massachusetts schools, as determined by formulas created by the MIAA Football Committee. W-L reflects a team’s record as calculated for power ratings, which may differ from their overall record. ED NOTE: In an attempt to educate myself and maybe some readers to better understand the formula for establishing rankings, I researched how it is done at the college and professional level. Does the MIAA committee use this formula? I don’t know, but it gives you an idea what the formula might include: Wins, Strength of schedule, Points Scored, Yards/Game, Points Allowed, Yards Allowed/Game, Turnover Differential, Penalty Yards.
As of 10/26 Central Division 4, teams and ratings for Win-Loss and Ratings include:
Fitchburg   5-2, 15.34
Tantasqua   5-2, 14.43     
Nashoba   5-2, 12.77 
GrotonDunstable   5-2, 12.37 
Grafton   3-4, 10.40
Westborough   3-4, 8.80 
No. Middlesex   1-6, 6.91 
Marlborough   0-7, 4.66
Football brackets for playoff teams and non-playoff information will be posted for Central and West on Sunday, November 3rd.
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