Local Roundup: Once Again, Panthers Returning to the Aud

  • Thetford's Kate Vaughan.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Thetford — After a sluggish first half, the Thetford Academy girls basketball team erupted in the third quarter and beat Richford, 33-14, in the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

The No. 4 seed Panthers (16-6) led, 12-7, at halftime and then outscored No. 12 seed Richford, 21-0, in an explosive third quarter. The defending state champion Panthers now head to the Barre Auditorium for the seventh straight season where they will battle No. 1 seed Hazen on Thursday.

“(In the third quarter), we played our type of basketball and that was basically the game,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “We did what we needed to do, which is win the game to get to the Auditorium. The game wasn’t a smooth work of art, but we did what we needed to do.”

Grace Davis (nine points) and Emi Vaughan (eight points) led the offensive attack for the Panthers, and Jordan Mousley and Kate Vaughan each had five points. Richford (7-14) had won five games in a row coming in and provided a tough challenge in a low-scoring first half.

Thetford’s leading scorer, Danielle Robinson, missed the game due to injury, but Ward hopes she can return for the semifinal matchup at the Aud. Hazen and Thetford battled just over a week ago in the regular season finale with the Wildcats topping the visiting Panthers, 48-47, on Feb. 24.

Fair Haven 35, Hartford 24

Fair Haven, Vt. — The top-seeded Slaters ended the Hurricanes’ run in the VPA Division II quarterfinals.

Hartford closes the season at 11-11. Kennedy Mullen had a season-high 18 points for the Canes. The score was knotted up at 8-8 through one quarter before Fair Haven outscored the Canes, 12-2, in the second.

“We came out on fire, everything was working,” Hartford coach Troy Guerin said. “Defensively we did a tremendous job. Michaela (Ricker) and Jasmine (Jenkins) especially did a great job on the defensive end. It was a good year, all in all.”

Boys Basketball

Windsor 47, Mill River 33

Windsor — The Yellowjackets (17-3) pulled away from Mill River in the regular season finale to clinch the top seed in the upcoming VPA Division III tournament.

Ben Meagher had a game-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers, to pace Windsor. Seth Balch was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and finished with 13 points. Robert Slocum added 11 points. The Jacks led by just five, 19-14, at halftime before pulling away after the break.

“(Mill River) plays good defense. It was a playoff-type atmosphere, both teams were physical and there were not a lot of open shots,” Windsor coach Harry Ladue said.

Fair Haven 46, Hartford 41

White River Junction — The Canes closed the regular season by giving the soon-to-be top seed in the VPA Division II playoffs all it could handle.

Hartford (5-15) led, 23-22, at halftime and extended the lead to 35-32 through three quarters. Hunter Gaudette (18 points) and Hunter Perkins (12 points) led the Canes.

The Canes will not have to wait long for another chance at the Slaters; Hartford will be the No. 16 seed and visit Fair Haven this week to open the postseason.

Boys Hockey

Lyndon 4, Hartford 2

Lyndon, Vt. — The Hurricanes saw their Cinderella run come to an end in the VPA Division II quarterfinals.

Hartford (7-14-1) led for most of the game, scoring first on a Clayton Groenewald goal late in the first period. Korrigan Allen followed with a power play strike 17 seconds into the third period; Tyler Hamilton and Pat McGlone assisted.

The Canes held a 2-1 lead with 4:57 left to play before the Vikings tied the game on a power play goal of their own. Lyndon then took the lead on a breakaway goal with 87 seconds left on the clock before adding an empty-netter to secure the win.

Goaltender Ross McFate had 25 saves for the Canes. Hartford started the season 0-9-1 and then won seven of its next 11 games, including a first-round playoff win at Colchester on Wednesday.

The Canes will lose six players to graduation; Hamilton, Groenewald, McGlone, Allen, Adam Parker and Andy Daley.

St. Thomas 3Lebanon-Stevens 2 (ot)

Dover, n.h. — The No. 6-seed Raiders lost an overtime thriller to the No. 3 seed Saints in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

Nate Chickering scored both goals for the Raiders (11-8 NHIAA, 11-9-1 overall). Ian Garland and Aaron Damren each had assists. Goaltender Andrew Friend made 29 saves.

“We played really hard, our guys stepped up,” Lebanon-Stevens coach Jim Damren said. “They played hard all year. I’m really proud of them, they did everything we asked of them. It’s a great group of kids.”

The Raiders graduate four; Friend, Garland, Ethan Daly and Hunter Boutin.

Kimball Union 2Rivers School 1 (ot)

Weston, Mass. — Zach Whitehead’s overtime goal lifted KUA over the Red Wings in the NEPSAC semifinals.

Goaltender Sean Dynan made a season-high 41 saves for the Wildcats, stifling a Rivers attack that controlled play for much of the action in the first period and in overtime.

Seth Stadheim picked up the assist on Whitehead’s game-winner. The defending NEPSAC champion Wildcats will battle Salisbury School in the finals at 4:50 p.m. today at St. Anselm College in Manchester.

Girls Hockey

Woodstock 4, Brattleboro 1

Woodstock — Faye Stevens and Lizzy Peck each scored a pair of goals to help the Wasps (15-5-1) advance to the VPA Division II semifinals.

Stevens scored unassisted in the first period and Peck added an unassisted strike in the second to help Woodstock lead, 2-0. Each added another in the third period. Sami Yates picked up a pair of assists and Stevens added one assist. Goalie Bridgit Black made 10 saves for Wasps.

Up next for No. 4-seed Woodstock is a visit to No. 1 seed Stowe on Wednesday. The teams split a pair of games during the regular season with Woodstock winning, 3-2, at Union Arena on Jan. 15 before Stowe returned the favor with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Wasps on Jan. 31.


Windsor, Hartford Bow Out

Barre, Vt. — The Yellowjackets and Hurricanes each lost in the quarterfinals of the VPA state bowling championship at Twin City Lanes.

Windsor gave No. 1 seed and eventual state champion South Burlington its toughest matchup of the day, losing in six games of the best-of-seven Baker bowl quarterfinals. The Jacks won the second (200-150) and third (174-135) games before the Rebels won three straight to advance. No. 8 seed Windsor had beaten No. 9 seed Oxbow in first round play-in matchup, four games to one.

Hartford lost a seven-game battle to Springfield in the quarters despite winning the fifth and sixth games to force a decisive game seven.

The Jacks will lose just one senior, Tatyana Malikowski, from a team which showed great improvement as the season went along. Windsor had averages of 134 per game during Baker bowl contests this season but averaged a 168 in its 11 games in the state championship.

Indoor Track

Merchant, Giesing Impress At New Englands

Boston — Lebanon’s Kath Merchant and Oxbow’s Izzy Giesing each had top-5 finishes at the New England Championship meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Merchant was fourth in the girls shot put with a toss of 41 feet, four inches. Giesing took fifth in the 600-meter run in one minute, 35.92 seconds, to break her own school record in that event. Giesing’s fifth-place finish marks the highest in Oxbow program history at the New Englands.

The Oxbow 4x200-meter relay team (Emily Carson, Hannah Giesing, Abby Bartlett and Izzy Giesing) took 25th in 2:03.37. Kelly Daigle was 27th in the shot put for the Olympians.

Meaggie Balch, of Thetford, took 17th in the girls 2-mile run in 11:35.31.

Lebanon’s Marcus Roper took 12th in the boys shot put with a throw of 49 feet, 10 inches. Hanover’s Colm Seigne was 20th in the 600-meters in 1:25.84.

Oxbow’s Jarret Rock took 25th in the long jump. The Olympians set a school record in the 4x200-meter relay (1:41.08) with the team of Brennan Kimball, Tim Hodges, Max Klarich and Rock.