Local Roundup: Raiders Off and Skiing

  • Lebanon High School's Cooper Bourne (8) propels himself at the start of a high school boys 5K freestyle race on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Plainfield Elementary School in Meriden, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon High School's Sydney Bish (28) climbs a hill on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, during a NHIAA high school girls 5K freestyle race at Plainfield Elementary School in Meriden, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon High School's Celia Barnett (27) propels herself at the start of a high school girls 5K freestyle race on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at Plainfield Elementary School in Meriden, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon High School's Ben Tichner (9) takes a turn toward the second loop of a high school boys 5K freestyle race on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in a field near Plainfield Elementary School in Meriden, N.H. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor's Olivia Rockwood. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Woodstock's Cullen McCarthy. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Meriden — The start of the high school Nordic skiing season is a lot more than just showing up for the first race.

Lebanon High coach Les Lawrence usually takes his team up to Quebec for a multi-day trip right around Christmas, and all the Raiders do is ski. Lawrence’s charges then take time to recover from the exertion — some cover 100 kilometers on the trails over 2½ days north of the border — once everyone heads home.

And then they wait. Thanks to recent subzero temperatures, Lebanon had to wait through two canceled events as well.

The Raiders’ season opener finally arrived on Tuesday, a four-school freestyle meet covering five kilometers through the woods and fields behind the Plainfield School. Perennial favorite Kennett won both races and both team titles, with the host Raiders placing second in the girls race and third with the boys.

“We were very happy with the way it went today,” Lawrence said. “Those are two of the stronger teams, Plymouth and Kennett; they’re sort of the ones to beat. I think our kids did really well.”

Aidan Hagerty (15 minutes, 9 seconds) topped Kennett teammate Wilder Byrne (15:56) for the boys victory, with Plymouth’s Carter Wilcox (15:59) filling out the top three. Lebanon picked up its points from fourth-place Jacob Willeman (16:05), ninth-place Owen Johnstone (17:03), 15th-place Eric Robicheau (18:06) and 17th-place Cooper Bourne (18:40).

Kennett also grabbed the girls victory through Eilidh McKinnon (17:18), who edged Con-Val’s Schuyler Michalak (17:20). The Raiders went 7-9-10-13 with Maria Goodwin (19:49), Celia Barnett (21:03), Ana Goodwin (21:12) and Hannah Falcone (21:30).

After having to confront frigid conditions the past two weeks, Tuesday brought a mix of surfaces on the Plainfield School course. Above-freezing temperatures revealed soft snow in open spaces, while shaded woods sometimes resembled ice.

“It’s a good test,” Lawrence said. “It was a good first race.”

Lebanon will head to Souhegan on Saturday for a day of freestyle sprint racing at Legacy Park in Bedford.

Boys team scores: Kennett 16, Plymouth 27, Lebanon 35, Con-Val 58.

Girls team scores: Kennett 13, Lebanon 32, Plymouth 45, Con-Val 46.

Boys Hockey

Woodstock 7, Lyndon 1

Lyndon Center, Vt. — Steven Townley scored his team’s first five goals and Cullen McCarthy recorded the 100th point of his Woodstock career as the Wasps (8-0-0) remained unbeaten and atop the Vermont Division II standings.

Townley’s season-high strike tally included two goals in the first period and three more in the second. He added an assist on McCarthy’s 99th career point, a goal with 6:40 left in the second period for a 6-0 lead, before the Woodstock senior captain made it a clean 100 by setting up an Ely Chynoweth score at 1:17 of the third period.

McCarthy, a senior, finished with a goal and three assists, Chynoweth also had an assist, Lucas Picconi set up two goals and Andrew Gubbins contributed an assist for the Wasps. Henry Greene stopped 17 shots.

Woodstock hosts Mount Mansfield on Saturday night at Union Arena in a matchup of D-II’s top two squads.

Girls Basketball

Lebanon 64Merrimack Valley 52

Penacook, n.h. — The Raiders (7-1 league, 9-2 overall) shook off a flat start, outscoring the Pride by a whopping 23-4 margin in the second quarter.

With MV double-teaming leading scorer Rebecca Wright, Lebanon countered with pressure to force Pride turnovers. That opened up scoring opportunities, both in transition and from the perimeter; Leah Mayes provided the latter in the form of three second-quarter 3-pointers as part of an 11-point night.

“Our pressure really bothered them in the second quarter,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said. “We came out pretty good when they doubled down on Becky.”

Wright still broke free for a game- and season-high 30 points, boosted by an 11-for-14 effort at the line. Anna Wolke provided 12 points and Sally Rainey delivered 12 rebounds and “a tremendous amount of energy on our pressure,” Kehoe said.

Lebanon hosts Plymouth on Friday.

Brattleboro 53, Windsor 42

Windsor — The Yellowjackets (3-3) reduced a 13-point halftime deficit to a basket with five minutes left, then went cold as the Colonels notched the game’s final nine points for the win.

Brattleboro’s bigger, more physical players keyed a 30-17 lead at the break. Windsor rallied through 26 points from sophomore Olivia Rockwood, 15 of those on five 3-pointers. Angelina Bigwood finished with seven points.

Windsor visits Green Mountain on Friday.

Conant 39, Stevens 32

Claremont — The Cardinals (2-3 league, 4-4 overall) played a sound defensive game against one of the better squads in New Hampshire Division III. They just couldn’t quite get enough offense to put the Orioles away at Carr Gymnasium.

Sophomore Alexis Aiken broke through for a team-best 12 points for Stevens, her second double-digit night of the season. Alexis Ford and Jenna Pond each contributed eight points, with Pond hitting both of the Cards’ three-pointers.

Stevens hosts Con-Val on Friday night.

Fall Mountain 56Newport 44

Newport — The Tigers (3-3 league, 4-5 overall) put in a good shift against one of NHIAA Division III’s tougher foes in the Wildcats (6-1).

“It was a good game,” Newport coach Ross Dole said. “At the end they made some shots and we made a few mistakes, but we played hard, much harder than we had been playing. The effort was there.”

Freshman Greysan Beaulieu scored a career-high 14 points for Newport, with Alexis Hurd contributing 13 and Selena Coronis adding nine. The Tigers return to action at Wheeler Gym on Monday night against InterLakes.

Otter Valley 55Woodstock 13

Woodstock — The Otters overwhelmed the Wasps (0-4) at Dailey Gym.

Natalie Stevens posted a team-high six points for Woodstock. The Wasps host Springfield on Thursday night.

Boys Basketball

Sharon 74, Cabot 21

Cabot, Vt. — The Phoenix (6-0) made quick work of the Huskies in Central Vermont League play to stay at the top of the Vermont Division IV ladder.

Josh Amodeo nearly threw down a triple-double for TSA, scoring a game-high 16 points and adding eight rebounds and eight assists. Fisher Kelley (14 points), Austin Gaudette (13), Sam Knoerlein (12) and Cole Ward (11) also scored in double digits for Sharon.

The Phoenix hosts Blue Mountain on Thursday in another CVL contest.

Montpelier 81, Oxbow 74

Bradford, Vt. — David Ackerson banged home three of his four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter against a tiring Oxbow defense as the Solons grabbed a Capital Division victory at Mona Garone Gym.

Montpelier’s press allowed the visitors to grab a 41-36 halftime before eventually escaping in the final period. Danny Bruce sank 10 free throws en route to a team-high 21 points for the Solons, who received 18 points each from Ackerson and Leo Riby-Williams.

“It was ours, and we just couldn’t finish the deal,” Oxbow coach Steve Carson lamented. “Early in the game, we let their press get to us. We dug a hole when it should have been the other way.”

Ben Emerson led the Olympians with 24 points, backed by 18 from Tegan McKnelly and 11 from Lincoln Ilsley. The O’s stay home to entertain Rivendell on Saturday.

Merrimack Valley 54Lebanon 44

Lebanon — Ryan Defina poured in 23 points as the Pride (5-0) beat the Raiders at Lang Metcalf Gym for the first time in more than two decades.

Lebanon (4-2 league, 5-4 overall) struggled to keep pace, falling behind by 19 points in the third quarter before closing the gap to six late in the contest. Matt Eylander led the Raiders with 15 points, followed by 11 from Jon Willeman and eight from Chris Nulty.

“I’m pleased with the way we played in the second half,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “It’s a growing process. Our young guys are getting better.”

Lebanon visits Plymouth on Friday.

Williamstown 72Woodstock 48

Woodstock — The Wasps (4-2) found out what a lot of people around Vermont already know: The Blue Devils certainly know how to play basketball.

Woodstock gave the perennial Vermont Division III powerhouse a battle for one quarter before a 26-9 second put the visitors in front to stay. Jacob Tassie led the way for Williamstown, scoring 28 points and adding five steals. Nathan Poulin added a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Caleb Webb topped the Woodstock scoresheet with 16 points, followed by 12 from Gabe Marsicovetere. The Wasps host Thetford on Saturday.

Conant 57, Stevens 42

Jaffrey, n.h. — Dick Drew’s 27 points set the table for the Orioles’ defeat of the Cardinals (2-5 league, 3-6 overall).

Luke Come led the way for Stevens with 13 points. Tanner Durkee had 11, and Drew Grenier contributed 10, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Conant owned a 27-18 lead at the half and gradually stretched it the rest of the night.

The Cards hit the road to Con-Val on Friday.

Fall Mountain 72Newport 64

Langdon, n.h. — The Tigers leveled out at 2-2 in NHIAA D-III play with the road defeat.

Newport (3-4 overall) wraps up a five-game road swing at Mascenic on Friday.

Women’s Basketball

Colby-Sawyer 65, Bates 55

New London — The Chargers (8-3) led from the opening tip in a non-league win over the Bobcats (5-10).

Starting fives dominated the night, with Colby-Sawyer’s starters outscoring their counterparts, 60-53. Senior Emmani Robinson had a career-high 23 points to pace the Chargers, aided by Tianna Sugars’ fifth double-double of the year (14 points, 15 rebounds). Sunapee’s Lexie Hamilton contributed 10 points and eight assists, and teammate Amanda Calvo also had 10 points.

Colby-Sawyer, which owned a 42-20 edge in points from the paint, visits Husson and Maine Maritime in a pair of North Atlantic Conference games this weekend.