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Local Roundup: Marauders Dash to Wins at CVC Qualifier

  • From left, Kearsarge's William Walker, Thetford's Jason Wolstenholme, Kearsage's John Cunningham and Thetford's Clifford Ransom run the 110 meter hurdles at the CVC North track and field qualifier in Hanover, N.H., on May 8, 2018 (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Stevens triple jumper Audrey Puksta competes at the CVC North track and field qualifier in Hanover, N.H., on May 8, 2018. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • From left, Windsor's Morgan McKeen, Hanover's Leila Trummel, Thetford's Maeggie Balch, and Mya Dube start the 1,600 meter run during the CVC North track and field qualifier in Hanover, N.H., on May 8, 2018. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodstock's Lucas Piconi.



Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Hanover — A big roster led to some big results for the Hanover High track and field team, which hosted the Connecticut Valley Conference North qualifier on a sunny Tuesday afternoon.

Fifteen Marauders combined to record 23 top-three placements, with six athletes coming through with victories. Hanover dominated the dashes as Kyle Doucette (100, 11.43 seconds; 200, 22.67) and Ella Maclean (100, 13.42; 200, 27.42) both swept to double victories. Anna Stafford added victories in the 300 hurdles (51.65) and pole vault (8 feet, 1 inch). Colm Seigne took the 800-meter run (2:01.91) and Morgan Baughman conquered the 1,600 (4:41.48). Christine Aman proved victorious in the girls 800 (2:27.36).

Lebanon’s power duo also reigned supreme. Marcus Roper dominated the boys shot put (49-10) and discus (140-10), while Kath Merchant grabbed wins in the girls shot (37-3.5), discus (127-0) and javelin (124-3). Cody Davis, Will Tanski, Zach Petrin and Kim Merchant combined on four other runner-ups for the Raiders.

After narrowly trailing Doucette in the 100 and 200, Hartford’s Abayomi Lowe broke through with a win at 400 meters (51.24) for Hartford. Kennedy Mullen (400 dash, 1:01.14; triple jump, 33-7) and Ileana Sirois (100 hurdles, 16.40; long jump, 16-2.5) also were double winners for the Hurricane girls.

Thetford grabbed two event wins, from Malcolm Silver-Van Meter in the boys 3,200 (10:12.52) and Grace Davis in the girls high jump (5-1).

Windsor’s Owen Abrahamsen netted a victory in the boys 300 hurdles (43.67). Rivendell leaper Owen Pelleter won the boys long jump (21-1.5) and shared first in the high jump (6-1). Newport also had a pair of victories, from Mason Martell in the boys 110 hurdles (16.61) and Ethan Houde in the boys javelin (136-8). Dillon Buttner (third, boys discus) and Novah Conway (third, girls 300 hurdles) had the top finishes for Sharon.

The CVC Championships are scheduled for Saturday at Fall Mountain Regional High School.

SoRo Boys Fourth

Colchester, Vt. — Senior Connor Lambert had a huge day as the South Royalton boys placed fourth out of nine schools at Colchester High.

Lambert posted a pair of runner-up results in the 400-meter dash 53.97) and javelin (142 feet, 1 inch). He also took third in the pole vault (11-0) and fourth in the 11 hurdles (17.92) to account for a large portion of the Royals’ points.

Chris McCullough took third in the discus (102-4) and Jack Simack placed fourth in the javelin (128-6). Kaylyn Scoskie had the top result for a young South Royalton girls roster, sharing fifth in the pole vault (6-0).

Boys team scores (top five): St. Johnsbury 240, Colchester 93, CVU 68, South Royalton 51, BFA-St. Albans 44.

Girls team scores (top five): St. Johnsbury 240, CVU 148.5, Colchester 76, BFA-St. Albans 40, Burlington 26 (South Royalton, eight, 4.5).

Harwood Nips Oxbow Boys

Barre, Vt. — Harwood nipped the Oxbow boys by just 5.5 points to win the Dirt Track Classic at Spaulding High.

Calvin Cook and Timothy Hodges were double winners for the Olympians. Cook claimed the shot put (39 feet, 7 inches) and discus (98-1), while Hodges picked up victories in the high jump (5-4) and triple jump (36-9). Jarret Rock also had a big day for the O's, winning long jump (17-8.75) and taking runner-up honors in the 100 dash (11.90 seconds) and 200 (24.93). Bryceson Craig was right behind Rock in the long jump (17-5).

The Oxbow girls were fifth out of seven schools. Freshman Kelly Daigle won the discus (91-9) and was second in the shot put (32-9) and third in the javelin (66-11) for the O's. Tyrus Rosten took second in the 300 hurdles (56.50) as well as the pole vault (6-6).

Boys team scores: Harwood 121.5, Oxbow 116, Spaulding 103, Peoples 86, Northfiel 66.5, Montpelier 42, Lamoille 6.

Girls team scores: Northfield 132, Peoples 118, Harwood 80, Spaulding 71, Oxbow 56, Montpelier 34, Lamoille 16.

Boys Lacrosse

Woodstock 13, Rutland 7

Rutland — Lucas Piconi fronted a high-octane Woodstock fast break, scoring four of his six goals in transition as the Wasps (7-2) rolled.

Cullen McCarthy (three goals, two assists) and Caden White (two goals, three assists) had five-point days for Woodstock, with Field Willis (assist) and Patrick Potter also denting the net. Gabe Marsicovetere turned aside 16 shots.

“I know having one player with six goals doesn’t sound like spreading the ball much, but we did spread it around a lot,” Woodstock coach Brandon Little said. “We had five different goal-scorers; we average about six a game. We have different threats in different parts of the field.”

Woodstock hosts Mount Anhony on Thursday.

Girls Lacrosse

U-32 6, Hartford 5

White River Junction — The Raiders notched the game-winning goal at the death of regulation in the Hurricanes' second straight narrow loss to an undefeated foe.

Michaela Ricker posted two goals to lead Hartford (7-2). Alice Dwyer had a goal with an assist, and Morgan Pero and Taylor Simmons also scored goals. Zoey Pfeiffer fed Simmons for the game-tying tally with three minutes left to set up the tight finale.

Emi Harlow finished with seven saves for the Canes, who host Brattleboro on Friday night.

Softball

Oxbow 12, Thetford 1

Thetford — Maddie Fornwalt fanned 14 on a complete-game two-hitter and delivered three hits and four runs to support her effort as the Olympians (6-1) topped the Panthers (3-2).

Oxbow used a three-run third inning to take control of a 2-1 game. Fornwalt finished 3-for-5 and Erika Slicer was 2-for-5 to front the Oxbow attack. Becca Wells doubled and scored on an Ellen Veracka hit in the bottom of the second for TA’s only run.

The squads also held a moment of silence prior to the game to remember Blue Mountain Union High’s Tyler Curtis, a three-sport junior who died in an automobile crash in Groton, Vt., early Sunday morning. Oxbow announced earlier Tuesday that it would put off baseball and softball games with the Bucks on Saturday, which is the day of Curtis’ funeral.

Both teams resume play on Thursday, with Oxbow hosting Randolph and Thetford visiting Lake Region.

Hinsdale 7, Sunapee 6

Hinsdale, n.h. — The Pacers reversed a 6-4 deficit, tying the game with a two-run fifth and winning with a run in the bottom of the sixth to top the Lakers (4-2).

Looking to spread the workload in the face of a five-game week, Sunapee coach Bonnie Cruz split the pitching between Ellie Frederick and Hannah Cooney, who combined for seven strikeouts. Cooney ended up taking the loss.

“We had some errors,” Cruz said, “but they hit it well.”

Frederick and Kalleigh Durkee both had three-hit days for Sunapee. Durkee and Elizabeth Bennett (double) each contributed an RBI. Jess Palin included a double in her 2-for-4 day at the plate.

The Lakers host Derryfield today at 4:30 p.m.

Newport 16, Hanover 3 (5)

Newport — The Tigers (6-0) amassed 14 hits to continue their undefeated ways.

Stacia Dame and Jenna Maheu both homered for Newport, which put the contest away with an eight-run fourth inning. Dame and Alyssa Burr both had three-hit afternoons, backed by two-hit games from Maheu, Megan Howard and Kendall Hamilton. Lacey McNeel tossed a four-hitter for the victory.

Hanover (1-6) plated all of its runs in the fifth. Arabella Meacham-Snyder had two of the Marauders’ four hits, and Sam Gibbs drove in two runs.

Both teams play today, with Newport hosting Kearsarge and Hanover visiting White Mountains.

South Royalton 23, MSJ 7 (5)

Rutland — Blake Southworth and Paige Ballentine combined on the rubber and in the batter’s box to lead the Royals over the Mounties.

South Royalton (3-4) jumped on MSJ pitching for six runs in the first inning, three in the third, eight more in the fourth and a game-clinching sixth in the fifth. Ballentine had two doubles on the day, while Southworth added a single. Twelve walks helped SoRo; so did the loss of a MSJ player to a second-inning injury that forced the hosts to play with only eight the rest of the way.

Southworth and Ballentine combined to fan three for the Royals, who go to Twinfield on Thursday.

Whitcomb-Rochester 8Danville 6 (8)

Danville, Vt. — Fiona Vaillancourt’s two-run single in the top of the eighth inning helped the Mountaineers (5-0) maintain their undefeated ways.

Amelia Mattrick and Katrina Townsend singled to open the eighth, and Sammy Barcomb was hit by a pitch to load the bases. After a force gounder led to an out at home plate, Vaillancourt delivered the hit that delivered the victory.

Vaillancourt threw the last five innings for Whitchester, fanning nine of the 23 batters she faced with just two hits and one run allowed. Hayley Mears was 4-for-4 with a double, Chelsie Trask went 3-for-5 with a double and Vaillancourt finished 3-for-5 as well.

Whitchester plays a doubleheader at Cabot on Thursday.

Williamstown 19, Rivendell 1 (6)

Williamstown, Vt. — The Raptors (1-6) played with just eight players for the second straight game, and the Blue Devils took full advantage of the open space.

Maddie Weeks made three good defensive plays at third base, coach Don Mitchell said. Pitchers Natalie Martin and Katelyn Woodbeck combined to strike out five.

Peoples pays the Raptors a visit on Thursday.

Baseball

Sharon 8, Chelsea 7

Chelsea — Down 7-0, the Phoenix (2-3) used four-run rallies in the fifth and sixth innings to overturn the Red Devils.

Colton Leduc drew a bases-loaded walk with two down in the home sixth for Sharon’s game-winning run. Kyle Hedgepeth and Tom Bissaillon both had two hits for TSA; Bissaillon and Cal Hale each drovein a pair of runs, and Hedgepeth added a run batted in as well.

Hedgepeth picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Aidan Trimble, going the final 2⅓ innings with two strikeouts against one walk and two hits. Sharon heads to Twinfield for a doubleheader on Saturday morning.

Oxbow 9, Thetford 5 (8)

Thetford — After scoring three in the seventh to force extras, The Olympians (6-2) used a two-run Lincoln Ilsley double to kick-start a four-run eighth to overcome the Panthers (4-3).

Jace Page and Hunter Locke singled to start the winning rally. Ilsley delivered both, then scored on Orin Mahikoa’s third hit of the afternoon. Mahikoa came home on a squeeze bunt for a four-run lead reliever Cody Grant preserved with a one-strikeout inning on the mound. Ilsley worked the first seven for the victory.

Trevor Moore slapped a two-run single and scored on a passed ball to account for the three-run comeback in the seventh that pushed Oxbow to extra innings. Cameron Boardman included a double among his two-hits, and Ilsley also had two hits for the O’s.

Aiden Cudhea provided a two-hit day for the Panthers, who go to Lake Region on Thursday. Oxbow hosts Randolph, also on Thursday.

South Royalton 20Whitcomb-Rochester 4 (5)

Bethel — The Royals topped the Mountaineers, first with defense and later with overwhelming offense.

Zeb Perreault’s RBI single plated George Carr in the first inning to get SoRo (8-1) on the board. Whitchester was in position to tie a half-inning later with two on and one out, but the South Royalton defense turned a 5-3-4 triple play to avoid damage. The bats took over from there with a five-run second and seven-run third.

Dominick Small and Carder Stratton paced the visitors with three hits each; Small also had a team-high three RBIs. Stratton, Jake Hewitt and Jacob Berry all scored three times, Tyler Ballentine singled and scored, and Donovan Forcier delivered his first varsity hit. Logan Martin worked four inning son the mound for the victory.

Whitchester (3-1) visits Poultney on Friday. South Royalton travels to Twinfield on Friday.

Sunapee 16, Hinsdale 1

Hinsdale, n.h. — Laker bats had an active day on the road, with five players having multiple-hit games.

Nick Ducharme and Darren Hulton both had three hits — all of Hulton’s were doubles — to top the scorebook. Lane Smith, Matt Nangeroni and Sean Shisko slapped two hits each.

Nangeroni finished with a game-high three RBIs, and Smith, Ducharme and Hulton deliverd two apiece. Shisko also scored twice for Sunapee.

Quinn Fair worked three innings for the win, while freshman Harper Flint followed with three shutout frames. The two combined on nine strikeouts, three walks and three hits.

The Lakers host Derryfield this afternoon.

Girls Tennis

St. Johnsbury 7, Hartford 0

White River Junction — Although they finished with a similar result in their second and final varsity match of the season, the Hurricanes showed considerable improvement since their 7-0 loss to the Hilltoppers in late April, coach Iris Berezin noted.

The Koff sisters, sophomore Abbie and senior Maddie, had the tightest match, losing 6-2, 6-3. In all cases, the Hartford lineup — Hannah Eastridge, Ceci Spaulding, Nyah Jenks and Lauren Miller in singles along with first-doubles pairing Maya Bolger-Chen and Bethany Perkins — played stronger second games after getting used to the speed of their foes.

Berezin’s singles lineup also had to move up a spot to account for a forfeit at fifth singles. “My team has improved in their abilities,” Berezin said. “The score doesn’t reflect their level of improvement.”

Hartford will face junior varsity competition the remainder of the spring.