Local Roundup: MVCS Girls Soar After Big Rally

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bethel — The Mid Vermont Christian girls basketball team erupted for 18 points in the fourth quarter to storm back for a 36-27 victory over host Whitcomb-Rochester on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers led, 23-18, through three quarters. Mid Vermont was playing for the first time since Dec. 19 and finally woke up in the fourth quarter, doubling their point total to steal the victory.

“We played like a team that hadn’t played in a while,” Eagles coach Chris Goodwin said. (Whitchester) came out with intensity for three quarters and we didn’t. It took a while to find our groove and then we came out shooting.”

Eighth-grader Hayley Goodwin led the Eagles with 18 points. The fourth-quarter MVCS rally was sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Rachel Seale (11 points) and Sydney Goodwin (seven points).

“It was kind of an odd game,” Whitchester coach Dennis Wood said. “We did a really nice job on Seale for the first three quarters. We had been playing really good man-to-man defense. Starting the fourth, I made the mistake of going into zone. They made two quick 3-pointers, and that was the story from there.”

Hayley Mears had 10 points for the Mountaineers while playing very strong on the defensive end, according to Wood. Toni Turner added seven points.

Mid Vermont Christian (3-0) hosts Trinity Christian on Friday. Whitchester (2-2) plays host to Black River on Saturday.

Woodsville 54, Colebrook 48 (2 ot)

Colebrook, n.h. — McKenzie Dennis drained a pair of free throws with no time left in regulation to knot the score before the Engineers finally emerged with a double-overtime victory over the Mohawks.

Dennis finished with six points, none bigger than her two clutch shots to force OT. Molly Clough then took her turn in the spotlight at the end of the first overtime, scoring on a layup to knot the score again and force a second overtime. Freshman Olivia Sarkis took over from that point on, making 6 of 10 free throws to help the Engineers pull away.

Sarkis finished with a game-high 21 points. Clough added 17.

“It was really fun,” Woodsville coach Russ Wilcox said.

The Engineers (6-3) visit Rivendell on Monday.

Rivendell 30, Cabot 22

Cabot, Vt. — The Raptors (6-2) struggled offensively, but did enough to emerge with a victory at the Huskies.

Riley Thomson had 15 points to account for half of the Rivendell offense. Thomson added seven rebounds and seven steals. Mikayla DeBois had six rebounds, five steals and six assists. Jenna Gilbert played a strong defensive game marking Cabot center Kiley Currier and had six rebounds.

The Raptors host Woodsville on Monday.

Kimball Union 61, Proctor 57

Meriden — The Wildcats avenged an early season loss at Proctor with a win on their own home court.

Maddy Haynes led KUA with 27 points. Taylor Soule added 11, including two free throws in the final seconds to secure the victory. KUA hosts Brewster on Saturday.

Boys Basketball

Woodsville 80, Colebrook 37

Colebrook, n.h. — Woodsville (5-1) opened the game on an 18-2 run and never looked back in a rout of Colebrook.

Garret Olsen scored 21 points for the Engineers, while teammate Corey Bemis added 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and Adam Cataldo 10.

Woodsville visits Rivendell on Monday.

Loomis Chaffee 78, Kimball Union 77

Windsor, Conn. — KUA rallied from a 16-point deficit early in the second half, but lost a heartbreaker in the final minute.

The Wildcats got back within striking distance with an 11-0 run midway through the second half. Nick Timberlake had 29 points for KUA to lead all scorers. Eze Dike added 14 points, Jordan Huntley had 12 and Will Engelhardt had 11.

KUA visits Cushing Academy on Saturday.

Boys Hockey

Kimball Union 3, Vermont Academy 0

Rockingham, Vt. — The Wildcats (13-3-1) scored three goals in the third period to finally solve a tough Vermont Academy defense.

Thomas Samuelsen put KUA on the board with a goal early in the third; Andranik Armstrong assisted. Arlo Merritt then scored a pair of goals, including a final tally with two minutes left to play when he stole a clearing pass and beat the goalie over the shoulder.

KUA goaltender Sean Dynan earned the shutout. The Wildcats visit Governor’s Academy on Friday.

Girls Hockey

Stanstead 3, Kimball Union 2

Stanstead, Quebec — The Wildcats came up on the short end, dropping their record to 6-3-2.

KUA scored on a pair of power play goals by Taylor Coburn and Molly Davis. Mia Brown and Colleen Donoghue each had assists. Goalie Maddie Long made 20 saves for the Wildcats, who host Holderness on Saturday.

Nordic Skiing

KUA Participates In Season Opener

Strafford, Vt. — Kyle Fuller led the Wildcats in a season-opening 5-kilometer classic race at Stafford Nordic Center.

Fuller crossed the line in 26 minutes, 14.8 seconds to take 46th place overall. Joshua Rizika was 51st in 27:26.2, Benjamin Weise was 60th in 32:05.2 and Alexander Radke finished 68th.

The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday at Dublin School.


Bow 60, Newport 21

Newport — The Tigers won four matches against the visiting Falcons.

Dylan Palmer won with a pin at 160 pounds for Newport. Gavin Lovely (182 pounds) and Joshua Sharron (126 pounds) also won with pins. Jordan Warburton won 8-3 at 120 pounds.

Newport is at the Winnisquam Winter Classic on Saturday.

Plymouth 58, Mascoma 18

West Canaan — The Royals won three different matches with pins.

Joe Stone (170 pounds), Raven Streeter (182 pounds) and Tyler Bill (285 pounds) all won with pins. Bill, a senior and the defending state champion in his weight division, remains undefeated this season. Brian Lowell, Jacob Rogers and Kyle Morse all went the distance in their matches.

Mascoma will compete in the Winnisquam Winter Classic on Saturday.

College Nordic Skiing

Dartmouth at Nationals

Anchorage, Alaska — Both current and former Dartmouth skiers performed well at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing Nationals.

Current Big Green junior Lauren Jortberg finished ninth in both the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle and the 20-kilometer classic. Classmate Lydia Blanchet was sixth in the classic sprint, 10th in the 20K classic and 12th in the 10K freestyle.

Current freshman Adam Glueck took fifth in the men’s freestyle sprint.

Alum Eric Packer finished second in the men’s 30K classic. Fellow alum Erika Flowers was fifth in the women’s 10K freestyle and sixth in the 20K classic. Annie Hart took seventh in the 20K classic.