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Local Roundup: TSA Boys Complete 20-0 Regular Season

  • Austin Gaudette, of Sharon Academy, finds his opening as teammate Cole Ward, right, screens George Carr, of Royalton, in Sharon, Vt., Thursday, March 1, 2018. Sharon Academy won 79 - 39, maintaining a 20 - 0 record. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • South Royalton coach Pete Howe prepares his team to go into the second quarter against Sharon Academy in Sharon, Vt., Thursday, March 1, 2018. Sharon Academy won 79 - 39. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Cole Ward, of Sharon Academy, passes off to teammate Joshua Amodeo, left, while under pressure from Sam Fisk, of South Royalton, during their game in Sharon, Vt., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Sharon Academy Coach Blake Fabrikant talks through his team’s defense as Cole Ward, left, and Austin Gaudette, middle, look on at half-time of their game with South Royalton in Sharon, Vt., Thursday, March 1, 2018. Sharon Academy won 79 - 39. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Sharon Academy teammates Joshua Amodeo, left, and Scott Eldred high-five after their 79 - 39 win over South Royalton in Sharon, Vt., Thursday, March 1, 2018. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Thursday, March 01, 2018

Sharon — The Sharon Academy boys basketball team completed the first undefeated regular season campaign in school history with a 79-39 win over South Royalton at home on Thursday night.

Sharon senior star Sam Knoerlein led the way with 21 points for the Phoenix, which enters the VPA Division IV postseason with a 20-0 record. Sharon was 14-8 a year ago, falling to Twinfield in the quarterfinals, and has never won a state title.

“It was great to make history,” said Sharon head coach Blake Fabrikant, who led the Phoenix to the D-IV finals in 2015 following a 17-3 campaign. “At the end of the day, it’s a wonderful achievement for our school and our program. But going undefeated in the playoffs is our ultimate goal.”

The Royals lost to Sharon by a 41-39 count on Jan. 19, but fell behind early in a game that saw the Phoenix put up 45 points in the first two quarters. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for a team that began the season 0-4.

South Royalton finished its regular season 8-12 overall.

“They were fast on offense, we were slow on defense,” South Royalton head coach Pete Howe said. “They outplayed us tonight. It is what it is.”

Josh Amodeo scored 15 points for Sharon. Cole Ward added 14 and Austin Gaudette netted 12. Gaudette, Knoerlein, Amodeo and Ward were honored before the game for senior night.

“They put on a show tonight,” Fabrikant said of his seniors. “I’m just so proud of our energy in the first half, how locked-in we were defensively. We looked like a well-seasoned, veteran team.”

Sophomore Zeb Perreault led the Royals with 13 points, as Sharon’s stingy defense held Royals top scorer Troy Walker — averaging 18.9 points per game this season — to just two free throws.

South Royalton awaits playoff seeding in D-IV, with the postseason set to begin early next week.

Gilford 53, Stevens 33

Gilford, n.h. — Stevens senior Luke Come scored 12 points for the No. 11 Cardinals, who finished their season 11-10 overall.

Josh Stithen hit three 3-pointers, and Joe Desilets and Derrick Stanhope scored five points each for Stevens, which trailed 23-13 at halftime and was outscored 19-10 in the fourth quarter.

Adrian Siravo scored 20 points for Gilford.

The Cardinals, who made it to the NHIAA Division III championship game one year ago, graduate Come, Desilets, Tanner Durkee, Teagan Daignault, Mitch Paquette, James Aiken, Parker Barrette and Drew Grenier.

Hopkinton 65, Mascoma 45

Hopkinton, n.h. — Freshman guard Connor Thompson led the Royals with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as No. 16-seeded Mascoma fell to top-ranked Hopkinton in the first round of the NHIAA Division III playoffs.

Mascoma finished its season 6-15 overall and 6-12 in league. It played without Caleb McAlister and Dart Collins, both of whom were out this week with the flu. Tyler Warner, also sick, played through an illness.

“Warner played his guts out tonight,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said. “We were shorthanded; we played tough. They’re just a great team.”

Mascoma senior Aiden O’Connell scored 10 points and Killian Dowd added eight.

“O’Connell played his best game of the year,” Barry said. “And Thompson is only a freshman, scored 21. ... The future looks bright.”

Lebanon 47, Bishop Brady 42

Lebanon — Raider senior Matt Eylander led the team with 16 points on senior night, helping Lebanon wrap up its regular season with a victory to secure the No. 2 seed in NHIAA Division II.

Lebanon, the defending state champion, has held a top-four seed in D-II for six consecutive seasons. It enters the playoffs with a 15-3 league record.

“It says a lot about the program,” Lebanon’s 21st-year coach, Kieth Matte said. “I’m really proud of these kids. ... I’m proud of their work ethic.”

Chris Nulty netted 13 points and Wade Rainey added 10 to help the Raiders win their eighth straight. Lebanon now awaits the postseason, set to begin next week.

MVCS 45, Cabot 41

Quechee — Mid Vermont Christian junior Josh King dropped a game-high 23 points to help the Eagles snap a six-game losing streak in their regular-season finale.

“It was a good effort from our guys,” Mid Vermont coach Mike O’Leary said. “It was a close game all the way, and we managed to keep them at bay. ... In other games, it’s slipped away from us.”

Sophomore Cade Paquette scored nine points and Hunter Cooper added five for the victory, Mid Vermont’s first since Feb. 1.

The Eagles (3-15) now await playoff seeding in VPA Division IV.

Men’s Hockey

Graber, Buffalo Earn All-Ivy Honors

Princeton — Dartmouth College sophomore forward Will Graber and senior goaltender Devin Buffalo were named to the all-Ivy League second team.

Graber, who was grouped for much of the season with linemates Shane Sellar and Quin Foreman, led the Big Green with 22 points on eight goals and a team-high 14 assists. The Broomfield, Colo., native tallied points in 11 of Dartmouth’s final 18 games, amassing seven goals and 12 assists in that span to help the team move into fifth place in the ECAC standings.

Buffalo, Dartmouth’s starting goaltender, missed five weeks of the season due to injury but ranks second in the league in wins (10) since his mid-December return. His 16 starts and games played are the most of any netminder in the conference during that stretch.

Dartmouth hosts St. Lawrence this weekend in a best-of-three series in the first round of the ECAC tournament at Thompson Arena. Game one is at 7 p.m. tonight.