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Local Roundup: Sunapee Junior Skis to Title

  • Thetford's Danielle Robinson.

  • Woodsville's Garrett Olsen.

  • Sunapee's Maddie Austin.



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Newbury, n.h. — Sunapee High senior Maddie Austin looked right at home on the slopes of Mount Sunapee on Tuesday afternoon, winning the giant slalom and taking second in the slalom at the NHIAA Division IV girls state alpine skiing championship and leading the Lakers runner-up finish behind state champ Profile.

Austin blazed down the slopes in a combined time of 1 minute, 7.26 seconds for her victory. Austin was edged out earlier by Derryfield’s Miranda Shilling for the slalom title; Sunapee’s senior speedster settled for second with a combined time of 1:01.77.

The Lakers had three skiers in the top 10 in GS; Ellie Frederick took seventh in 1:09.19 and Silvia Dalton was ninth in 1:09.53. Robyn Salvitti added a 22nd-place showing in 1:19.99. Jackie Balch was fourth in slalom for Sunapee with a time of 1:04.16. Dalton took 13th (1:09.28) and Frederick was 15th (1:10.37).

Four Lakers qualified for the Meet of Champions: Austin and Dalton in both events, Frederick in GS and Balch in slalom.

Else Bielarski paced 10th-place Woodsville, finishing 36th in both events with a time of 1:26.15 in GS and 1:40.21 in slalom. Keatyn Horne was 39th in slalom and 44th in GS. Cecelia Steenburg was 42nd in slalom and 46th in GS. Nye Adamkowski added a 45th place finish in GS.

Team scores: Profile 749, Sunapee 738, Lin-Wood 702, Derryfield 671, Hopkinton 664.5, Gorham 652, Littleton 595, Moultonborough 578, Woodsville 468, Lisbon 176.

Lebanon Boys Fifth, Hanover Ninth in D-II

North Conway, n.h. — Logan French had a pair of top-20 finishes to lead Lebanon to fifth place in the NHIAA Division II boys alpine skiing state meet.

French took 17th in the GS in 1:08.04 and 18th in slalom in 1:19.71. Luke Sandmann was 20th in GS in 1:09.59. Peter Maslan took 33rd in slalom and 38th GS. Graham Ten Haken was 31st in slalom and 47th in GS. John Moorhead added a 28th-place finish in slalom in 1:26.90.

Jordan Gottlieb led ninth-place Hanover, finishing 21st in slalom in 1:20.85 and 26th in GS in 1:12.28. Billy Bender was 29th in slalom and 35th in GS. Pierce Hamlin (39th) and Daniel Tengdin (41st) also had scoring runs in GS. Hamilin, Robbie Barnum and Jett Elin went 41-42-43 in slalom for the Marauders.

Team scores: Kennett 778, Plymouth 688.5, Windham 654, Souhegan 639, Lebanon 600, Hollis Brookline 594, Kingswood 590.5, Pembroke 571, Hanover 563, Oyster River 548, ConVal 480, Milford 336, John Stark 247.

Girls Basketball

Woodstock 40Black River 30

Woodstock — Maybe it was the playing of a home game as the road team. Maybe it was the fourth attempt at staging the contest.

Whatever the case, the Woodstock girls hit the victory column for the first time under coach Jason Johnson, riding 14 points from Savannah Sheehan and 12 from Natalie Stevens to top the Presidents. The game had been postponed three times by weather and eventually moved to Woodstock’s Dailey Gym to get it in.

“It’s funny; I said to my wife, ‘They need to learn how to win,’ because they just looked at each other and threw their hands up and shouted, ‘Yeah, we won!’ ” Johnson said. “In the locker room, they came together as a team, and there was a lot of excitement in there. It’s a big weight off their shoulders.”

Stevens had 11 points in a recent loss to Twin Valley in what served as Woodstock’s only other individual double-digit performance to date. The Wasps’ 40 points were nearly double their previous season best.

Freshman Riley Earle contributed six points for Woodstock (1-14), which is back in action at home tonight against Green Mountain.

Whitcomb-Rochester 46Twinfield 26

Plainfield, Vt. — The Mountaineers (9-5) clamped down on defense early and often in their latest Central Vermont League victory.

“We held them down to 20-10 in the first half,” Whichester coach Dennis Wood noted. “They got to fouling in the fourth quarter, and that’s why it was a wider margin of victory. It was a good win on the road.”

Hayley Mears led the way with 18 points, followed by 10 from Amelia Mattrick and nine from Toni Turner. Alexandra Timmins, Whitcomb High’s distance-running phenom, joined the squad for the first time, adding needed depth.

Whitchester hosts Black River on Thursday.

Lebanon 54, Kingswood 21

Lebanon — Rebecca Wright had two 3-pointers in the opening period, Anna Wolke added a third and the Raiders (14-2, 16-3) rolled from there, continuing their efforts to clinch a top-four spot in the upcoming NHIAA Division II state tournament.

Wright finished with 13 points and Wolke netted 10 for the Raiders, who held a 30-8 lead by the half. Sally Rainey scored nine points and Megan Gradijan contributed seven. Eight Raiders had at least a basket.

Lebanon hosts Souhegan on Friday for senior night. Guard Leah Mayes is Lebanon’s lone senior.

Woodsville 41, Lin-Wood 24

Woodsville — The Engineers closed their regular-season slate with a strong showing against the Lumberjacks.

Lily Kinder (16 points) and Molly Clough (12 points) paced the Woodsville attack. The Engineers celebrated senior day, honoring Kinder, Clough, Alyssa Prest, Morgan McHugh, Emmalee Smith and Kyleigh Lamarre. Team manager Julianna Locascio, also a senior, dressed for the game and saw action as well.

The Engineers (14-4) will open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs at home on Tuesday.

Thetford 37Williamstown 31

Thetford — The Panthers struggled at times but did enough to earn a win over the visiting Blue Devils.

“It was not an artistic display of basketball on our part tonight,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “We’ve battled injuries the last few weeks but have to get straightened out. The playoffs start in two weeks, and we have to be ready to play 32 minutes.”

Danielle Robinson had 13 points for the Panthers. Kate Vaughan added eight points. Thetford (12-4) hosts Harwood on Saturday.

Rivendell 37, Stowe 19

Orford — Leah Rutherford used her quick hands on defense to keep the Raptors (11-3) in the contest early until Rivendell’s usual scoring sources warmed up.

Rutherford recorded seven steals to slow down Stowe, coach Hank Tenney said. After a five-point opening period, Rivendell warmed to the task as Riley Thomson posted a game-high 11 points and Mikayla DeBois followed with nine. DuBois added seven rebounds and nine assists to her totals. Rivendell also enjoyed a five-rebound effort from juniro Casey Ghio.

The Raptors host Twinfield on Thursday.

Mascoma 41Hillsboro-Deering 27

Hillsboro, n.h. — Alyssa Hammond (10 points) and the Royals closed the regular season on a high note.

Michaela Dowd added eight points for Mascoma (6-12 NHIAA, 6-14 overall). The Royals outscored the Hillcats, 28-15, in the second half and still retain hope of making the NHIAA D-III tournament.

Goffstown 59, Hanover 50

Goffstown, n.h. — The Marauders were unable to dig all the way out of a 28-11 deficit at halftime.

Maddie McCorkle had 20 points for Hanover, which rallied back to outscore the host Grizzlies, 39-31, in the second half. Frances Taylor added 16 points, and Lois Schwarz had eight points.

The Marauders (11-4 NHIAA, 12-6 overall) host John Stark on Friday night.

U-32 31, Oxbow 25

Bradford, Vt. — A loss didn’t do much to dampen spirits on Pink Night at Oxbow as the Olympians wore pink uniforms and raised money for cancer research.

The VPA D-II Raiders opened the game on a 12-4 run, but the D-III Olympians (7-11) played the visitors to a tight battle over the final three quarters. Lauren Wright (seven points) and Mariah Shumway (six points) led Oxbow.

OHS alumna Mikayla Hodge also was honored pregame for recently eclipsing the 1,000-point and -rebound plateaus at Lyndon State College.

The Olympians host Randolph on Tuesday.

Proctor 41, S. Royalton 36

Proctor, Vt. — One night after picking up their first win of the season, the Royals went on a 14-0 run in the third quarter to take a 30-20 lead at the Phantoms but could not hold on for two in a row.

“We came out and played extraordinarily well,” SoRo coach David Davis said. “The kids played with all heart the whole game. We’re getting better and better every game out.”

Hannah White had 13 points and Iris Hudson added 11 for SoRo (1-13), which plays host to Blue Mountain on Thursday.

Hinsdale 44, Mount Royal 34

Hinsdale, n.h. — A 10-point loss to the host Pacers (15-1) likely ended the Knights’ hopes for a top-four seed in next week’s NHIAA Division IV state tournament.

Jacinta Hogan led Mount Royal (13-4, 15-5) with 14 points, with 11 coming from Alexis Matte and another nine from Sophie Larose. Hinsdale outscored the Knights in the third period, 19-6, to open a close contest.

Mount Royal closes its regular season at Farmington on Friday.

Hopkinton 34, Newport 25

Newport — The Tigers fell to 10-7 in D-III play heading into Friday’s regular-season finale against archrival Stevens at Wheeler Gym.

Boys Basketball

Sharon 62, Twinfield 53 (ot)

Sharon — Sam Knoerlein and Austin Gaudette combined for 44 points to lead the Phoenix (15-0) in a thrilling comeback victory over the nemesis Trojans.

Sharon trailed, 24-12, at halftime and by as many as 17 points during the third quarter. The Phoenix then erupted with a 26-13 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where Sharon outscored the Trojans, 9-0.

The Phoenix shot 11-for-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to spark the comeback. Knoerlein was 8-for-9 from the line and had 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter alone. Gaudette added 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

“This is becoming a habit for us,” Sharon coach Blake Fabrikant said regarding his team’s fourth comeback victory of the season. “Of all the comebacks we’ve had, this was the toughest. We always seem to find an extra gear at the end of games.”

Josh Amodeo’s layup with 1:30 left cut the deficit to 48-46. Gaudette followed with a 3-pointer on the next Sharon possession to give the Phoenix its first lead of the game. Twinfield star Kris Hutton (19 points) then forced overtime with a buzzer-beating layup to knot the score at 53-53.

The Phoenix, which lost to Twinfield in VPA Division IV quarterfinals a year ago, looks to go 16-0 when it hosts Whitcomb-Rochester on Friday night.

Lebanon 67, Kingswood 39

Wolfeboro, n.h. — Jon Willeman scored 10 of his 13 points in the second quarter, and the Raiders (11-3, 12-5) used the cushion his points built to roll over the Knights.

Lebanon owned a 31-22 lead at the half, as Willeman produced more than half of the Raiders’ points in the second. Matt Eylander topped the scoresheet with 16 points for Lebanon, followed by 15 from Wade Rainey, Willeman’s 13 and eight from Chris Nulty.

The Raiders play what coach Kieth Matte called a “huge” game at Souhegan on Friday night.

Woodsville 82, Lin-Wood 37

Woodsville — Garrett Olsen scored 14 of his 31 points — and hit two of his six 3-pointers — in the opening quarter as the Engineers (13-3, 14-4) kept up their hopes for an NHIAA Division IV top-four tournament seed.

Olsen came within two points of matching his season high and nearly outscored the Lumberjacks singlehandedly. Cooper Davidson scored 13 points, Brendan Walker contributed 10 points and Patrick Reardon-Estes added eight as all 10 Engineers who played scored.

With Newmarket losing its fourth game of the season on Tuesday night, Woodsville has a clear path to a top-four seed if it wins its final two games.

The Engineers host Profile on Monday.

Windsor 66, Springfield 39

Windsor — The Yellowjackets (12-2) used an 19-8 run in the second quarter and a 22-point outburst in the fourth to pull away from the Cosmos.

Duncan Frazer had three 3-pointers and led four Jacks in double figures with 17 points. Dakota Sanderson added 12 points, Adam Stapleton had 11 and Seth Balch had 10 points. Windsor visits Newport on Thursday.

Mount Royal 63, Hinsdale 60

Hinsdale, n.h. — Andrew Normandin drained the last of his six 3-pointers with two seconds left to give the Knights (12-5, 12-7) their fifth straight victory and essentially clinch a first-round state tournament home game next week.

The final trifecta capped off a season-high 32-point performance from Normandin. Older brother Alex Normandin also found the range for 17 points as the Knights erased a five-point deficit entering the final quarter of play.

Mount Royal closes its regular-season slate at Farmington on Friday night.

Mascoma 38Hillsboro-Deering 30

West Canaan — Freshman Connor Thompson woke the Royals (6-10, 6-13) from a first-half offensive slumber, scoring all eight of his points in the second quarter to lead Mascoma to the victory.

With Thompson’s assistance, the Royals turned an 8-2 deficit after one quarter into a 19-14 lead at the half, holding on at the end for the win. Sophomore Ben Schwarz had a season-high 11 points to power the Royals, joined by Thompson’s output and an additional eightpoints from Killian Dowd.

Mascoma goes to Laconia on Friday.

MSJ 77, Hartford 33

Rutland — With a rejiggered roster missing a number of regular players, the Hurricanes (5-10) dropped a contest to the VPA Division II front-runners. Aidan Saturley and freshman Danny Bushway both had nine points to lead the Canes, while freshman Cole Jasmin added seven.

Maddox Traynor scored 23 points for Mount St. Joseph, while Logan Starling hit for 15, all on 3-pointers.

Hartford hosts Woodstock on Friday.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 8Lebanon-Stevens 0

West Lebanon — The Marauders (12-1-1 NHIAA, 13-2-1 overall) shut out the Raiders (7-6, 7-9) at Campion Rink.

“It was a good game. We started out pretty good and had some good back-and-forth hockey in the first three minutes,” Raiders coach Brad Shaw said. “Have to give Hanover credit. They’re fast, very quick to the puck and move it around very well.”

Shaw credited the play of goalie Halle Drew, who made 45 saves.

“Halle played extremely well,” Shaw said. “She’s been keeping us in games and allowing us to win the games we’ve been winning.”

Both teams return to action on Friday when Hanover visits Exeter and Lebanon hosts Oyster River.

Unified Basketball

Hanover 24, Concord 18

Hanover — The Marauders (4-0) continued their undefeated run by topping the Crimson Tide behind 10 points from Avery Hunnewell and six apiece from Cassie Reese and Eli Weintraub.

Hanover goes to Bow this afternoon.

Men’s Hockey

Dartmouth Duo Honored

Hanover — Two Dartmouth College men’s hockey players received weekly honors on Tuesday for their play over the weekend.

The ECAC chose sophomore Shane Sellar as its player of the week. Sellar had two goals and four assists in Friday’s 7-3 win at Rensselaer, setting up all three of Will Graber’s natural hat trick goals and scoring twice before earning a secondary assist on a late Cam Stront strike. Sellar’s six-point night was the most by a Dartmouth player since Dennis Murphy did the same against Penn on Jan. 22, 1978.

Meanwhile, the NCAA named Graber its third star of the week for his play against RPI. Graber added two assists to his hat trick for a five-point effort. He added a sixth point for the weekend with an assist in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Union.

HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth sophomore Lauren Jortberg and senior Callan DeLine were selected as the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) Nordic Skiers of the Week following their performances last weekend at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival.

Jortberg (Boulder, Colo.) skated her way to second-place finishes in both the women’s 10K Classic and 5K Freestyle at the carnival this past weekend, while DeLine finished fifth in the men’s 10K Classic before climbing into second on Saturday in the 10K Freestyle.

This is the third podium finish in as many carnival races for Jortberg this season, having placed third in the first weekend at Colby in the 5K Freestyle. She missed two weekends of carnivals due to competing on the U23 Cross Country Team for the U.S. at the 2018 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships in Switzerland.

For DeLine, his second-place showing in the 10K Free is his first step onto the podium this year despite four other top-five finishes, including the race on Friday. He has one other individual podium finish in his career, winning the 10K Free at St. Lawrence to start last year’s carnival season.

Dartmouth next skis at the Williams Carnival on Friday and Saturday.

College Skiing

Jortberg, DeLine Recognized

Hanover — The Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association honored Dartmouth’s Lauren Jortberg and Callan DeLine by naming each to Nordic skier of the week awards on Tuesday after guiding the Big Green to a win at its home carnival.

Jortberg earned runner-up results in both the women’s 10K classic and 5K freestyle. DeLine was fifth in the men’s 10K classic and jumped to second in Saturday’s 10K skate race. Jortberg now has three podium finishes after missing two carnivals in order to race for the United States at FIS Junior Worlds in Switzerland. DeLine earned his first podium of the winter with the 10K freestyle result.

Dartmouth competes at the Williams Carnival this weekend.