Local Roundup: Newmarket Ends Woodsville’s Season

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Woodsville — When the Newmarket Mules really needed a boost on Friday night, they went to Jared.

Junior guard Jared Woodman scored 16 points, leading the veteran-laden and fifth-seeded Mules to a 45-42 win over No. 4 Woodsville in an NHIAA Division IV boys basketball quarterfinal at the Woodsville Community Building. Senior guard Anthony Senesombath added 14 points as Newmarket (16-4) advanced to Monday’s semifinals at Plymouth State University.

Garrett Olsen had 17 points and Cooper Davidson contributed 11 in their final Woodsville contest.

“We had a lot of open looks; we just didn’t make any shots,” Woodsville coach Jamie Walker said. “I kind of knew going into this game that (the Mules) don’t score a lot of points, but they play really good half-court defense. They made a couple of more shots than we did.”

Woodsville struggled to put points on the board all night, scoring just nine in each of the final three periods. Olsen brought the hosts to within 41-39 with a little more a minute to play, about as close as the Engineers came to rallying.

Seanon May and Adam Cataldo also closed their careers as Woodsville’s season ended at 16-4 in league play and 17-5 overall.

Hanover 63, John Stark 44

Hanover — The Marauders (8-10, 11-10) “knew that if we didn’t win, we were done,” coach Tim Winslow said, so Hanover went out, played its best game of the season and clinched a spot in the NHIAA Division II tournament on its last opportunity.

Season-best games from Martin Paulsen and Charlie Goodrich made the difference. Paulsen posted 20 points, Goodrich netted 19 and Hanover used a 22-4 first quarter to state its intention to join the postseason party.

“The kids knew what was at stake,” Winslow said. “We didn’t talk much about winning and losing. We talked about really focusing on what we practice every day. If we did what we do in practice, we were going to play well.”

Contributions came from elsewhere, particularly Hanover’s eight-member senior class. Caleb Putnam posted 11 points, Lincoln Adam contributed eight rebounds and four deflected shots, and Mike Staiger “played a whale of a game,” Winslow noted.

Hanover will learn its D-II fate on Monday.

Woodstock 67Springfield 22

Woodstock — The Wasps (11-9) made quick work of the Cosmos in their regular-season finale.

Paced by 23 points from Caleb Webb, 13 from Gabe Marsicovetere and a dozen from Griffin Van Niel, Woodstock jumped to a 18-5 first-quarter lead before shutting out the visitors in the second. The Wasps owned a 41-5 lead at the break.

Harrison Morse contributed eight points for Woodstock, which will likely meet Mill River in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament, but won’t know who will host until after the Minutemen play Windsor this morning.

Rivendell 50Blue Mountain 31

Orford — Sophomore point guard Zach Gould returned after a three-week injury absence to guide an offense that capitalized once the Raptors’ defense came to play.

Rivendell (11-9) used a rebound-and-run attack in a 19-4 second quarter to take control. Seniors Owen Pelletier (17 points) and Noah Martel (13) both had strong efforts in their final regular-season home game for the Raptors.

“What we did in the second quarter was we played really good D, controlled the boards and got out and ran; that’s our game,” Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington said. “Like I tell our guys, ‘The best offense is no offense. Just layups.’ ”

Tanner Siemons and Isaac Martel both had six points, and Gould finished with five in his return. Collin Punderson led the Bucks (6-14) with nine points.

Huntington expects his Raptors to get the 10th seed for next week’s VPA Division III tournament.

Lake Region 56, Thetford 39

Orleans, Vt. — The Rangers (15-5) kept their top-seed hopes in VPA Division II alive, handing the D-III Panthers a loss in the teams’ season finale.

Thetford will likely have the fifth seed when the D-III tourney field is announced on Monday and will host a first-round tournament contest.

Girls Basketball

Blue Mountain 41, MVCS 39

Quechee — Lauren Alley converted 15 of her 22 free throws, helping the eighth-ranked Bucks (12-10) deny the top-seeded Eagles (18-3) their first trip to Barre Auditorium for a VPA Division IV in a decade.

Fouls played a significant role in the contest. Blue Mountain hit 20 free throws on the evening; Mid Vermont Christian, meanwhile, was down to four players by the end of the game because of fouls.

“We played like a young team,” MVCS coach Chris Goodwin said. “We had our opportunities. They’re a physical team and we’re young, so we reacted instead of acted. We’ll learn from it. It was there for us to finish, but in the end they made the plays and we didn’t.”

Alley finished with a game-high 29 points for the Bucks, who will play in the early semifinal at Barre on Monday.

Hannah Goodwin posted 19 points to lead Mid Vermont. Career 1,000-point scorer Rachel Seale, the Eagles’ lone senior, scored 12 in her final high school game.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 7, Souhegan 1

West Lebanon — Briland Laycock delivered a four-goal game on her birthday and the second-seeded Marauders (16-2-1, 17-3-1) confirmed their reservation for Tuesday’s NHIAA Division I semifinals.

Hanover had to get through Souhegan netminder Makayle LaChance first. LaChance stood up well in the Sabers’ net, making 65 saves on the night. It took until late in the first period before the Marauders cracked her, with Hannah Curtis converting a Cate Wagner pass in the game’s 11th minute before feeding Laycock’s first of the night just before the intermission.

Wagner and Maggie Lee also hit twine for Hanover. Wagner added three assists, Molly French had a pair, and Laycock, Bryn Kable, Clara Boland, Emma Tysinger and Sage McGinley-Smith also delivered helpers. Marauder goalies Claire Yegien, Aiden Stone and Rebekah Rudd combined to make five saves.

Ryleigh Tobin scored Souhegan’s goal in the second period.

Hanover will meet Brady-Trinity-West in Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal at Plymouth State University.


Shrine Teams Announced

Lebanon — Windsor High football coach Greg Balch will have a healthy selection of his Yellowjackets on hand in August as Vermont looks to extend its hold on the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

Game organizers announced the teams for this summer’s contest on Friday. The Green Mountain roster overseen by Balch includes his quarterback son, Seth, along with lineman Ben Meagher, defensive back-receiver Dakota Page and linebacker-runner back Jake Tucker. Hartford’s Tyler Hamilton also made the squad at wide receiver and defensive back.

The New Hampshire roster features two players each from Hanover and Stevens. The Marauders contribute wideout Graham Penfield and lineman Michael Staiger, while the Cardinals send linemen Aidan Cahill and Nick Stone.

The teams will meet as a group for the first time at a March 11 reception at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The 65th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is set for Aug. 4 at Castleton University.