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Adam Pavicic gets mobbed after sinking a 3 pointer to start Saturdays game versus Pemberton.  (Photo by Paul Domboski)

Hopewell Valley Central High School’s (CHS) boys basketball played host Tuesday to the Northstars of Nottingham high school. Despite a half-time score of 33-29, there was no upset for the Bulldogs. The final score was 64-57. The third period made the difference in the game with the Northstars outscoring the Bulldogs 18-8.

The Mercer County Tournament play-in game followed on Friday.  CHS visited neighboring Ewing only to be on the short side of a 55-44 decision.  John Broz and Gabe Rodriguez were the only Bulldogs to reach double digits with 10 points each.  

Kevin O’Reilly drives to the basket versus Pemberton (Photo by Paul Domboski)

Saturday was Senior day at CHS versus Pemberton.  Honored was Adam Pavicic, George Angelakis, John Broz, Kevin O’Reilly and Mike Randazzo.  Adam Pavicic started the game canning a 3-pointer that cleared the bench as his teammates rushed to congratulate him.  Adam is usually the team manager. Once the game settled in, Hopewell came away with a 54-42 win.  John Broz and Kevin Ellis each scored 10 points to pace the Bulldogs while Pemberton’s Julian Diamond led all scorers with 15 points. -Paul Domboski

The CHS girls’ basketball team had two games on the road this week. Tuesday, CHS traveled to Nottingham and came home with a 48-20 victory.  Maddie Schrader was the game high scorer with a season high of 15 points.  Charlotte Hare was credited with 12 steals while Molly Martin contributed with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks.  

Saturday, HCHS took the ride up to North Hunterdon and returned with a 43-37 win.  Franki Gomez led all scoring with 17 points.  Charlotte Hare followed up with 10 points.  Nicole Porter was the only Lady Lion to reach double digits with 10 points. –Paul Domboski

Tuesday, the Hopewell Valley-Montgomery ice hockey team made their first appearance as a merged team in the Mercer County Tournament. The Bulldogs dominated the Steinert Spartans, with goals by Michael Boyer, assisted by Sean Amon, Ethan Block, assisted by Trent Demers, Cal Fleming (unassisted) and Joe Greenspoon, assisted by Lucas Gaissert and Dan Seamon.  Steinert’s Trevor Malik had 53 saves,  to HVM’s goalie Aidan Schaefer’s 2. The final score was a 4-0 shut out for Hopewell Valley.

Captain Ethan Block skates against Robbinsville (Photo by Tracy Vogler)

The next day, Wednesday, the Bulldogs met Robbinsville in the quarterfinals. The Bulldogs have had no luck this season against the strong Ravens team and this game was no different. HVM was unable to get a single shot past Robbinsville’s goalie Mike Zuppa. Teddy Wittenborn, Mitchell Ducalo and Shane Martin all scored for the Ravens, ending in a 3-0 loss for the Bulldogs and ending their hopes in the Mercer County Tournament.  In addition to Robbinsville, who play 6 time defending champion Hun in the semi-finals, the remaining teams are CVC conference leaders Notre Dame and Princeton. -Tracy Vogler

For this week’s upcoming HVRSD games, see the schedule here: https://www.colonialvalleyconference.org/public/genie/348/school/7/

If you would like to contribute sports reporting or game photographs to MercerMe, please send an email to tracy@mercerme.com.

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