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Local Roundup: Phoenix Rising at Right Moment

TSA Retains Top-Four Hopes

  • Whitcomb's Spencer Taylor tries to swat the ball away from Sharon Academy's Jay Knoerlein during the Phoenix's 73-38 boys basketball win on Monday night. Knoerlein scored 13 points in the victory. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

    Whitcomb's Spencer Taylor tries to swat the ball away from Sharon Academy's Jay Knoerlein during the Phoenix's 73-38 boys basketball win on Monday night. Knoerlein scored 13 points in the victory. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Whitcomb's Bradford Allen chases the ball to catch a wild pass during the Sharon Academy at Whitcomb boys basketball game in Bethel, Vt., on Feb. 17, 2014. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

    Whitcomb's Bradford Allen chases the ball to catch a wild pass during the Sharon Academy at Whitcomb boys basketball game in Bethel, Vt., on Feb. 17, 2014. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Whitcomb's Spencer Taylor tries to swat the ball away from Sharon Academy's Jay Knoerlein during the Phoenix's 73-38 boys basketball win on Monday night. Knoerlein scored 13 points in the victory. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap)
  • Whitcomb's Bradford Allen chases the ball to catch a wild pass during the Sharon Academy at Whitcomb boys basketball game in Bethel, Vt., on Feb. 17, 2014. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Bethel — Playing without two starters, Tanner James and Brandon Tracy stepped up to help lead the Sharon Academy boys basketball team to a 73-38 victory over host Whitcomb on Monday night.

James finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals to lead the Phoenix (12-5). Tracy added a season-high 24 points and was into double figures rebounding, according to coach Blake Fabrikant. Jay Knoerlein added 13 points.

The win keeps Sharon’s hopes alive for a top-four seed in the upcoming Vermont Principals Association Division IV postseason with a busy final week ahead. The Phoenix visit two-time defending champion Williamstown on Wednesday followed by a matchup with Blue Mountain on Thursday and a season-closing meeting with Chelsea (the current No. 4 seed) on Saturday.

“I think it’s going to be tough with our schedule this week,” noted Fabrikant, whose Phoenix held down fifth place in D-IV entering the night. “If we stay in fifth or sixth or slip no further than seventh, we should be good.”

Steve Davis missed this game for Sharon, the second in a row due to an injured ankle. Andy Bando-Hess missed his sixth straight game while being enrolled in The Mountain School, an academically rigorous school on a working farm in Berkshire, Vt. Bando-Hess will return for the matchup against Chelsea and then for the playoff run.

With those two out, Sharon picked up big games from Ben Hayslett (seven points) and Austin Oliver (five) to help the cause.

Bradford Allen led Whitcomb (3-15) with 14 points despite leaving in the third quarter with an injury. The Hornets host Concord tonight.

Oxbow 47, Montpelier 35

Bradford, Vt. — Jonny Ratel had 13 points as the Olympians (5-13) won on senior night.

Matt Thomson added nine points for Oxbow. Ratel, Quinten Mahikoa (six points) and Hunter Torrey (two points) all saw extended playing time in their final home games as seniors. The O’s close the regular season with road dates at Randolph on Wednesday and at rival Rivendell on Saturday.

Rivendell 56 Twinfield 47

Orford — Scott Calhoun (15 points), Josh Marshall (12) and Luke Bell (11) led the Raptors (14-3).

Rivendell won each quarter despite the Trojans staying within single digits most of the night.

“It was close, the kids played hard out there. It was a good effort for us,” Raptors coach Jeff Huntington said.”

The Raptors visit South Royalton on Wednesday.

Woodsville 50 Blue Mountain 35

Wells River, Vt. — Jaret Bemis had 15 points as the Engineers (9-7 overall, 9-5 league) beat their cross-river rival.

Woodsville broke open a close game by outscoring the Bucks 18-9 in the second quarter. Ryan Olsen (nine points) had a pair of 3-pointers in the rally. Tom D’Angelo and Joe Abrahamsen each chipped in with six points.

The Engineers host Colebrook on Wednesday.

Lyndon 62, Thetford 42

Lyndonville, Vt. — Axerre Ntbana had 36 points as the Vikings beat the Panthers (8-11).

Jordan Eastman had 17 for Thetford, including four 3-pointers. Matt Perry added nine points while Brandon Gray had seven. The Panthers host Lamoille on Thursday night.

Raymond 56 Kearsarge 51

Raymond, n.h. — The Cougars led 27-21 at halftime but fell at the Rams.

Carter Noordsij led all scorers with 23 points for Kearsarge (3-14 overall, 2-13 league). James Bromwell added 10 points and six rebounds while Trent Noordsij and Nick Bailey each had eight points. The Cougars visit Stevens on Friday night.

Girls Basketball

Sunapee 63, Newport 32

Sunapee, n.h. — Erika Waterman (14 points) crossed the 1,000 point mark to lead the Lakers over the Tigers (8-11 overall, 7-9 league).

Waterman topped the magic mark with the first of her two 3-pointers on the night. She didn’t have to carry Sunapee, however, as Katie Frederick fired a game-high 26 points to set the pace.

Stephanie Carl (10 points) and Renee Magoon (nine points) led Newport.

Meg Clarenbach chipped in 11 for Sunapee (16-1), which stayed in second place in the NHIAA Division IV standings.

The Tigers host Kearsarge for senior night on Wednesday.

Kearsarge 40 Raymond 24

North Sutton — Devi Kraushaar had 12 points as the Cougars (4-12) took control in the second quarter to beat the Rams.

Lily Huntoon and Eleanor Angus each added seven points for Kearsarge, which outscored Raymond 16-2 in the second quarter to lead 23-6 at halftime. The Cougars visit rival Newport on Wednesday night.

Boys Hockey

Hartford 8, Missisquoi 2

Swanton, Vt. — The Hurricanes (12-5-2) had another strong game from their top line in routing the Thunderbirds.

John Borchert led the attack with two goals and three assists. Andrew Atkinson added two scores and two helpers. Jeff Lyford and Nate Lemieux each had a goal and one assist. Nick Terino also scored, while Jeremy McGlone had two assists and Ben Rouillard had one helper.

Goalie Mak Lyford stopped 27 shots for Hartford, which closes the regular season at Woodstock on Wednesday.

“It was three periods of solid, responsible, consistent hockey tonight,” Canes coach Todd Bebeau said.

Kennett 3, Kearsarge 1

Andover, n.h. — The Cougars (1-7-1) pulled within a goal on Jakob Arnold’s score with 10 minutes to play but weren’t able to get an equalizer after that.

Junior Zach Wesoja assisted on Arnold’s score for his first career point. Goalie Cody Rowe made 31 saves to keep Kearsarge close. The Cougars visit Laconia-Winnisquam on Wednesday.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 7 Bishop Brady-Trinity 0

West Lebanon — Seven different scorers and a 59-8 advantage in shots on goal helped the Marauders improve to 13-2 overall, 11-1 in NHIAA.

Sarah Wagner scored early with assists to Caroline Howell and Maddie Lyons. Kelly Brigham and Matti Hartman added goals in the first period as Hanover led 3-0. Lyons, Eliza Laycock, Margeaux Baker and Julie Montgomery also scored.

Hartman added four assists to finish with five points on the night. Wagner and Brigham each had a pair of helpers while Laycock, Lyons and Delia Nahabedian also had assists.

Goalie Katie Fenton stopped eight shots for the Marauders who visit Andover (Mass.) today.

Lebanon 3, Concord 2

West Lebanon — Michaela Schones scored the game winner at the 11:53 mark of the second period to help the Raiders (10-3) to a quality win over the visiting Crimson Tide.

Loren McEwan scored first to put Lebanon ahead 1-0 with assists going to Schones and Sierra Rogers. Concord knotted the score with a goal soon after before Karli Swenson added a breakaway score to put the Raiders up 2-1 after the first period.

The Tide answered early in the second quarter to again knot the score but Schones answered with an assist from Lauren Goodell. Goalie Erika Moffitt stopped 17 shots for the Raiders, who visit Berlin today.

Wrestling

BF-Hartford Impresses

Bennington, Vt. — Austin Viens and Nolan Viens each went 5-0 as Hartford won four out of five matches at Mount Anthony, losing just to the 25-time defending Vermont champion Patriots in a series of dual meets over the weekend.

Austin Viens earned his 100th win in high school competition and earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over previously top-ranked Tyler Raetz of the Patriots in the 113-pound weight class. The win over Raetz clinches the No. 1 seed for Austin Viens in the upcoming Vermont state tournament.

Nolan Viens also was a perfect 5-0 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the 145-pound weight class. Steve Cerrone and Patrick Libuda each went 4-1 to help BF-Hartford to a second-place finish behind the Patriots.

College Track

D’Agostino Honored

New Orleans — Dartmouth standout distance runner Abbey D’Agostino was named the USTFCCCA’s Division I national women’s athlete of the week on Monday, the fourth time in her career she’s earned the honor but the first for indoor track.

D’Agostino was twice honored with the distinction during the 2013 cross country season and once last spring during the outdoor campaign.

The Topsfield, Mass., native was recognized after posting the fourth-fastest time ever run by a collegiate woman in the 3,000 meters, running an 8:51.91 on Saturday afternoon at the Millrose Games at New York City’s Armory.