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GD 11, Fitchburg 9 

GD softball got their first win of the season, defeating visiting Fitchburg 11-9 on a rainy Monday afternoon better suited for Make Way for Ducklings. But the win was more than enough to send the girls’ home delirious with the taste of victory!

The hot bat of senior captain Whitney Ellis continues as she went 3 for 4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. Erin Jussaume went 2 for 2 with two runs scored. 

The Crusaders trailed 4-1 after two innings but plated 7 runs in the fourth, keyed by Ellis’ bases loaded double. They added three more in the fifth and held on for the win. Jenna Beauchain went the distance on the mound with 5strikeouts and also had a hit. Junior captain Emma Wilson, Susanna Majkut and Kana Norton each contributed offensively with key hits. Records: GD (1-11), Fitchburg (2-10).

Shepherd Hill 20, GD 3

(May 8) Whitney Ellis (2 for 3 with a 3 run homer), Cassidy Heulings (single), Emma Wilson (hit, run scored), Jenna Beauchain (hit, run scored), senior captain Nicolette Sanazzarro (hit)

Westborough 13, GD 2

(May 9) Whitney Ellis (3-3, HR), Erin Jussaume (base hit), Emma Wilson (base hit, run) provided the offense. Jenna Beauchain (base hit) went the distance on the mound and had 3Ks. 

“We continue to work and come to practice with enthusiasm,” shared Coach Keegan. “Much of practice is spent teaching the basics which at the varsity level should be part of their DNA.

But the kids are learning, making the correct decisions, hitting cut offs, backing up plays. Short stop Emma Wilson handled a well hit ground ball, made the force unassisted at second base and threw to first base. The runner beat the throw to first but Wilson made the right decision. It’s a work in progress but good things are happening.” 


Westborough 2, GD 1 

Westborough’s Ryan Nichols allowed a run on three hits while pitching a complete game. Nichols helped his cause, singling in the tying run and scoring the winning run in the sixth inning. 

Junior Jared Whitby, who was pitching a strong game, ran into trouble in the fourth inning. With two outs the sacks were full of Rangers prompting coach LeBlanc to call time out. “I told him (Whitby) we were going to play this inning on our terms. Take your time and relax.” The young right hander got the message, getting out of the jam with a strike out.

Kasey Griffiths hit what appeared to be a two run home run in the bottom of the fourth. However, Westborough appealed stating the GD lead runner on second base during the homerun missed third base.  The umpires ruled him out and the Crusaders got only got one run on the play.

Westborough scored both (2) runs in the sixth inning. The first run was plated on an RBI single.  The second occurred when a balk call was made with a runner on third.  The pitcher’s landing foot twisted while executing a pitch and he threw the ball into the ground in front of him.  

“Very bizarre circumstances,” recalled coach LeBlanc. “I have never had either of those happen, and for them to happen in the same game is wild.  

“We could have been sharper both in the field and at the plate. We will learn from it and get better!”  Records: (W) 8-5, 3-1 Mid-Wach B), GD (6-4, 4-1).


GD Girls Track and Field Team won the District E Class B Track Championships!

The meet was held at Nashoba Regional HS with the Crusaders posting 128.5 points. The team also won the Central Mass. Division 1 Relays on April 27.

Highlights: 1st Place Winners

Kaylyn Sampson: 1st-100M 13.07, 3rd Shot Put 31'3"

Sarah Maple: 1st 2 Mile 11:38.91

Moriah Scharn: 1st- 100MH 15.76 (school record), 3rd High Jump- 4'10", 5th 400MH 1:17.06

4x100M- 1st 52.37 Madison Dondero, Kaylyn Sampson, Ainsleigh Patten, Maggie Wickham

4x400M- 1st 4:19.42 Danielle Thompson, Siena Salyer, Anna Bushnell, Chloe Ashburn

4x800M-1st 10:22.11 Sarah Maple, Sydney Adams, Julianna Higgins, Hannah Ketelhorn


More Highlights:

Sydney Adams: 2nd- 2 Mile 11:39.66, Liz Zawada- 2nd- Javelin 109'2"

Maggie Wickham: 2nd- 200M 26.28 (school record), 

Siena Salyer: 3rd- 400M 1:00.76

Anna Bushnell: 3rd- Triple Jump 34'6", 6th- High Jump 4'8"

Danielle Thompson: 4th- 400M 1:00.86

Mikayla Patterson: 4th- Pole Vault 7'6"

Julianna Higgins: 4th- 2 Mile 11:54.82

Kimmie Harding: 4th- 1 Mile 5:39.44

Brenna Cox: 6th- Discus 80'3"

Sydney Barlow: 6th- Triple Jump 33'10"

Lindsey Earle: 6th- 100MH 17.18

Ainsleigh Patten: 6th- Pole Vault 7'0"


Results from the District E Class B Championship

First place 4x800 relay: G-D in 8:47.03 (Thomas Orcutt, Aidan Pierantozzi, Patrick Daly and Eli Kritzer) Patrick Daly finished fourth in the mile (4:47.56). Kyle Luchford, fourth in the javelin (137-11) 

David Hendershot, sixth in the discus (108-2). Aidan Pierantozzi, was sixth ( two mile in 11:09.89) 

William Thompson (sixth in the pole vault 10-0) 

Nashoba 96, GD 49 

First place winners: Kyle Luchford – Javelin (137' 9"), David Hendershot - Discus (104' 11"),  

William Zhao - Shot Put (37' 6"). Jacob Scharn - 400 Meter (52.7), Patrick Daly - 800 Meters (2:04). 


North Middlesex 7, GD 6  

Jackson Grahmn notched a hat trick while Nate Townsend, Alex Cianci and Will Rivett added single tallies. The Crusaders jumped to 3-1 lead and 5 -3 leads, but untimely penalties and poor passing lead to the loss. The defense was solid throughout the contest. GD’s Declan Nash played well in net and long stick middie Colin Teduits was strong on defense.

Wachusett 9, GD 1

“The one sided score, does not reflect a solid defensive effort by the Crusaders,” shared varsity boys lacrosse coach Rick Clark. “Offensive errors led to five unsettled goals that were created from missed passes or shooting flaws,” said Coach Clark.  

Declan Nash played another solid game in net with 14 saves. Ryan Bernard scored the lone goal for GD. Mike Lawton continued his solid defensive play as the defense allowed only three settled goals. 

GD 16, Marlborough 5

The Crusaders proved to be resilient, bouncing back from a tough loss against Wachusett taking their frustration out on Marlborough. Attackman Nathan Townsend (8 goals) and Aiden McDonough won 18 of 22 face offs to pave the way for the victory in a Midland Wachusett league contest. 

The Crusaders exploded for five second quarter goals goals on the way to a 9-2 halftime lead.  GD never looked back adding another four in the third as Alex Cianci contributed an additional 4 goals and an assist. Single tallies by Deaglin Garside, Luke Liorda, Ben Miller and Aiden McDonough rounded out the scoring.  Jackson Grahmn had 4assists in a strong performance.

Declan Nash continued his strong performance in goal with steady performances by defensemen Gavin Lilly, Michael Lawton, Ryan Beal and long pole, Colin Teduits. 

Algonquin 10, GD 3

Nathan Townsend (GD) (2 goals). Alg (12-2, 6-0 Mid-Wach A) GD (2-13, 1-5).


GD 18, Wachusett 4 

Hannah Wynn (5 goals, 2 assists), Julia Stathis (4 goals, 1 assist) and Rachel Erickson (3 goals, 4 assists) powered the Crusaders (4-5, 2-4 Mid-Wach A) past the Mountaineers. Noelle St. Germain made 9 saves in goal. 


Chelmsford 14, GD 4

Rachel Erickson (2 goals, assist), Julia Stathis (goal, assist.) 


Algonquin 18, GD 8 

Hannah Wynn (2 goals), Rachel Erickson (2 goals), Records: GD (4-7, 2-5); ALG (10-4, 6-2)



Algonquin 4, Groton-Dunstable 1

Singles: Riyan Farhat (A) def. Jens Georgs, 7-5, 7-5. Bharathan Sundar (A) def. Kai Georgs, 6-0, 6-1.

Tyler Barlow (GD) def. Tyler Beauchesne, 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: Christian Jorgensen/Andy Zhao (ALG) def. Alex Dai/Josh Mayer, 6-1, 6-0.

Jack Stevenson/Chris Wang (ALG) def. Finn Sheily/Pranav Hari, 6-1, 6-0.

Marlborough 4, GD 1 

Singles: Jens Georgs (GD) def. Darren Hailey, 6-4, 6-1. Matt Lee (M) def. Kai Georgs, 6-2, 6-3.

Alex Moran (M) def. Tyler Barlow, 6-4, 6-1. Doubles: Rishi Baronia/Aditya Khanna (M) def. Alex Dai/Pranav Hari, 6-1, 6-0. Zach Manzeli/Melvin He (M) def. Pranav Hari/Keval Shah, 6-0, 6-1. Records: MHS 6-2, GD 1-6. 

GD 4, Shepherd Hill 1

Jen Georges, Kai Georges and Tyler Barrow won their singles matches while Alex Dai/Josh Mayer won in doubles. Record: GD 2-3


Algonquin 5, Groton-Dunstable 0 

Singles: Olivia Almy (ALG) def. Anna Rimkus, 6-0, 6-0. Darby Kim (ALG) def. Alekhya Puttagunta, 6-2, 6-0. Ruchitha Rajaghatta (ALG) def. Lina Abu-Absi, 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Yasmin Lee/Mia Barletta (ALG) def. Heather Carroll/Megan Quinn, 6-0, 6-1. Katie Holmes/Lily Lyadora (ALG) def. Chloe Peng/Murphy Fournier, 6-0, 7-5. Records: GD 2-4, Alg. 6-0.

GD 5, Marlborough 0 

Singles: Anna Rimkus (GD) def. Marissa Petty, 6-2, 6-4. Alekhya Puttagunta (GD) def. Alli Macina, 6-3, 6-1. Lina Abu-Absi (GD) def. Dottie Davis, 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Megan Quinn/Heather Carroll (GD) def. Celine Al-Nammari/Finola McCarthy, 6-2, 6-1. Maggie Jiser/Chloe Peng (GD) def. Payton Rogers/Ells Mine St. Paul, 6-2, 6-2. Records: GD 3-4, MHS 1-8.

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