Local Roundup: Six Get Called to Lions Cup

  • Madeline Austin

  • Henry Kahl

  • Owen Johnstone

  • Kelsey Belisle

  • Sam Pych

  • Cate Wagner

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

West Lebanon — Six athletes from Upper Valley schools have been selected to play for New Hampshire in next summer’s Twin State Lions Cup matches.

Hanover’s Sam Pych, Henry Kahl and Cate Wagner, Lebanon’s Owen Johnstone, Stevens’ Kelsey Belisle and Sunapee’s Madeline Austin were chosen by Granite State coaches upon conclusion of the fall season. All six were also all-state selections for their various divisions based on voting by the New Hampshire Soccer Coaches Association.

Austin had the biggest season among area strikers. The senior amassed 46 goals and 55 points as the Lakers rolled to their second successive NHIAA Division IV state title. Austin scored at least one goal in all but two of Sunapee’s 19 contests, posted 10 hat tricks and had a season-high five goals in a 6-0 shutout of Pittsfield on Sept. 21.

Belisle’s 13 goals ranked second on the Stevens roster this past season. Wagner scored nine times for the Marauders, much of it coming in a six-game goal-scoring streak leading up to Hanover’s D-II semifinal loss to Bow on penalty kicks.

Johnstone led the Lebanon boys in goals and points to help the Raiders earn a top-four spot in D-II. Kahl and Pych fronted the Hanover upperclass on a team that relied on youth in a number of positions this season.

The date, location and time of next summer’s Twin State Lions Cup has yet to be determined.

Local representation on the NHSCA all-state teams:

Hanover: Pych (second-team defense); Matty Gardner (honorable mention defense); Kahl (second-team midfield); Charlie Adams (first-team striker); Mindy Wu (first-team defense); Wagner (first-team midfield); Bryn Kable (honorable mention midfield); Carly Craft (first-team striker).

Lebanon: Cameron Magari (honorable mention defense); Johnstone (first-team midfield); Luke Sandmann (first-team striker); Sally Rainey (first-team goalie).

Mascoma: Killian Dowd (honorable mention defense).

Newport: Anna Pysz (honorable mention goalie).

Stevens: Chandler Zullo (honorable mention defense); Drew Grenier (honorable mention midfield); Alexis Aiken (honorable mention defense); Belisle (honorable mention midfield); Audrey Puksta (honorable mention stiker).

Sunapee: Will Palin (second-team goalie); Cade Robinson (first-team midfield); Carson Garland (second-team striker); Kaleigh Durkee (second-team defense); Austin (first-team striker).

Woodsville: Adam Cataldo (first-team midfield); Lily Kinder (second-team defense); Molly Clough (first-team midfield); Suzanne Bazzell (first-team striker); Olivia Sarkis (honorable mention striker).


Thibault, McAllisterFront D-III All-State

West Lebanon — Newport’s John Thibault and Stevens’ Keaghan McAllister, two of the Upper Valley’s most productive running backs this fall, both landed first-team spots on the New Hampshire Division III all-state first team in a recent vote of the division’s coaches.

Thibault was the runaway leader in scoring (210 points), total touchdowns (31), rushing TDs (24) and yards (1,348) in guiding the Tigers to the D-III semifinals.

McAllister did the same thing for the Cardinals, ranking third in the region in rushing yards (1,085) and points (106) with 13 rushing TDs and 15 overall.

They were joined on a first-team offense that includes Newport’s Kyle Rossiter, Aiden Almstrom and Dylan Palmer along with Stevens’ Aiden Cahill and Nick Stone. The Tigers’ Peter Thibault, Cody Turgeon and Joey Ackerman made first-team defense along with the Cards’ Quentin Bicknell, Joe Desilets and Baylor Rozzell.

Mascoma placed Alex Howe on second-team offense with Newport’s Ethan Houde and Daniel Merritt along with Stevens’ Derrick Stanhope and Brendan Bean. The Royals’ Tyler Bill was a second-team defender, joined by Newport’s Gavin Lovely.

Stevens and Newport also produced five all-scholastic team selections apiece. Cahill, Stone and Bean were joined by Stevens teammates Alex DeVre and James Aiken. Newport contributed Houde, Rossiter, Turgeon, Peter Thibault and David Stark.

Women’s Basketball

Oxbow Grad Recognized

Waterville, Maine — Oxbow High graduate Mikayla Hodge drew the North Atlantic Conference’s player of the week award on Monday for her efforts at Lyndon State College.

A senior sports management major from Newbury, Vt., Hodge had a trio of triple-doubles and shot 10-for-11 from the line for the Hornets. Hodge produced 20 points and 16 rebounds against Green Mountain, 19 points and 17 boards against Thomas College and 23 points and 15 caroms against Maine-Farmington, all victories.

Hodge and the Hornets host Norwich tonight.