Local Roundup: Royals End Losing Streak

  • Mascoma's Justine Martin. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Thetford's Dahlia Klarich. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Saturday, January 28, 2017

West Canaan — The Mascoma High girls basketball team may have gotten a bit defensive after not winning a game in three weeks. As it turned out, that’s exactly what the Royals needed.

Senior Justine Martin scored a game-high 16 points — many in transition off of forced turnovers — and the Royals added a defensive presence, rallying to beat NHIAA Division III rival Winnisquam, 54-32, at Ed Kehoe Gym.

Sydney Thompson and Lizz Pelton scored eight each and Aliviene Adams added seven for Mascoma (3-10), which won for the first time since Jan. 3.

The Royals led 22-11 at halftime and 35-17 after three.

“We defended really well with man-to-man, full-court pressure,” said Mascoma coach John Billings. “We were smarter on defense than we had been, got ourselves in good position to get some steals and get some easy baskets the other way.”

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for Mascoma.

“Every game is important,” Billings said. “It doesn’t matter if we’re (3-10) or 13-0.”

The Royals host InterLakes on Tuesday.

Lebanon 43, Bow 32

Bow, n.h. — The Raiders (9-0 league, 11-1 overall) showed the effects of mid-terms, slowly getting into their game as the evening progressed.

“We struggled early,” Lebanon coach Tim Kehoe said. “We hung tight. That’s the sign of a good team.”

JoJo Wainwright produced a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the visitors. Rebecca Wright followed with 11 points, and Maddie Hastings finished with nine.

Hanover 59, Goffstown 41

Goffstown, n.h. — The Marauders (8-2, 9-4) showed similar tendencies to Lebanon, slowly growing into their game en route to a double-digit win over the Grizzlies.

“We opened up the second half with better ball movement and more cutting,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said.

Diana Schwarz posted 22 points to top the Hanover scoresheet. Julia Golder netted 15 points, Isabella Bardales finished with 10 and Maddie McCorkle contributed eight. The Marauders host Pembroke on Tuesday night.

Thetford 63, Harwood 16

Moretown, Vt. — Twelve players scored for the Panthers (8-3), who won their third straight.

Dahlia Klarich and Regan Covey scored 10 points each and Danielle Robinson added nine for Thetford, which visits Lamoille on Wednesday.

Woodsville 44Canaan-Pittsburg 22

Canaan, Vt. — Molly Clough proved the sparkplug for the Engineers (8-5, 9-6) with a 16-point, five-assist, seven-rebound night in a road victory.

“Molly played fantastic,” Woodsville coach Russ Wilcox said. “She kept it all together. We were coming out of finals, and it was nice to get up and get a nice win and get a weekend to get ready for Lisbon on Tuesday.”

Lily Kinder had 12 points and Brianna Robbins followed with 10 for Woodsville.

Mill River 43, Windsor 41

North Clarendon, Vt. — The shorthanded Yellowjackets (9-2) saw a five-game winning streak end in a loss to Division II Mill River on a Tessa Davenport basket with 1.6 seconds to play.

Windsor coach Bruce Mackay employed just seven players in the contest. Olivia Rockwood scored 18 points and Ashleay Wilcox finished with eight for the Jacks.

Fair Haven pays Windsor a call on Wednesday.

Newfound 56, Stevens 26

Bristol, n.h. — Sydney Miller buried a trio of 3-pointers for the Cardinals (4-7), who became the undefeated Bears’ 12th victim of the year.

Alexis Aiken contributed eight points for Stevens, who host Monadnock on Monday.

Boys Basketball

Oxbow 57, Thetford 54 (ot)

Bradford, Vt. — Sam Emerson hit the coast-to-coast layup that forced overtime and the 3-pointer that opened it as part of a 25-point night for the Olympians (5-7).

Down by two, Oxbow rebounded a missed Thetford free throw leading to Emerson’s end-to-end drive for a 52-52 deadlock with a half-minute left in regulation. Emerson’s triple to start the extra session was his fifth and last of the game, helping the junior match his season high for points this year. He also had a 23-point effort in a win over Montpelier last week.

“He’s kind of finding a rhythm,” Oxbow coach Steve Carson said. “Tonight he was attacking the hoop, which is a welcome addition to his game.”

Matt Towle contributed 14 points and Lincoln Illsley netted seven for the O’s, who have a trip to U-32 on the schedule this afternoon.

Dylan Thorburn notched 20 points for TA (2-9), with Lawson Ouellette throwing in 10 and Connor Brown checking in with nine. The Panthers, who have dropped six straight, are at Harwood on Tuesday.

Lebanon 56, Bow 43

Lebanon — Sharing the basketball led to a big first-half lead and four players in double figures by the end of the night for the Raiders (6-1 league, 9-1 overall).

Buoyed by a 20-4 second quarter, Lebanon built a 37-14 halftime lead and never held less than a 12-point advantage the rest of the game. Matt Eylander had a team-best 15 points for Lebanon, which also picked up 14 from Graham Chickering, 13 from Chris Nulty and 12 from Ryan Milliken.

“Really, the whole first half we did a great job of sharing the ball, turning down good shots for great shots,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “We were able to build a big lead.”

Nick Alford had a game-high 17 points for the Falcons.

Lebanon hosts John Stark on Monday night.

Stevens 71, Newfound 25

Claremont — The Cardinals improved to 11-2 (8-2 NHIAA Division III).

Noah Spaulding scored 16, Richard Bell had 14 and Drew Grenier scored 10 for the Cardinals.

Zach O’Brien (coach’s decision) was a healthy scratch for Stevens.

A banner honoring the Cardinals D-III football championship was presented at halftime. Representatives from previous Cardinals titles were on hand as part of the festivities.

Stevens hosts Fall Mountain on Wednesday.

Rivendell 70, Chelsea 45

Orford — A 41-point first half allowed Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington to give his reserves plenty of playing time in a solid Central Vermont League win.

Owen Pelletier topped the scoresheet with 18 points for the Raptors (6-6), and Chris Gendron had 16 for the victors. Huntington, however, found room for improvement.

“We got a win out of this, but we didn’t come ready to play,” the fourth-year coach said. “Our defense was suspect all night. We’ve got to bring our energy and effort every night.”

Sam Tilden added 10 points for Rivendell, which received at least one point from 10 different players. The Raptors host Sharon on Tuesday night.

Woodsville 61Canaan-Pittsburg 26

Canaan, Vt. — The Engineers stayed within sight of the top of the NHIAA Division IV standings with a comprehensive road win.

Woodsville (11-1, 12-2) goes to Lisbon on Tuesday.

Winnisquam 41, Mascoma 38

Tilton, n.h. — Defensive breakdowns in the fourth quarter cost the Royals (5-5; 5-8 overall) against the Bears on the road.

Alex Schwarz scored 19 points for Mascoma, which revisits the Lakes Region on Tuesday to face InterLakes.

Goffstown 46, Hanover 45

Hanover — Ryan Hall hit two 3-pointers in the last 19 seconds, including the game-winner as time expired, as the Grizzlies stunned the Marauders (2-6, 3-8).

Goffstown inbounded with 4.7 seconds left, eventually finding Hall three feet behind the arc on the left side with a tipped ball. The senior, nearly on one knee when he shot, banked the winning basket home as the buzzer sounded.

Hanover hit just one of four free throws in the final seconds, and Hall took advantage.

“Our defense played very well,” Hanover coach Tim Winslow said. “They made two big plays late in the game.”

Benny Gantrish had a big night for the Marauders, burying five 3-pointers and scoring a game-high 19 points. Charlie Adams contributed eight points for Hanover, which goes to Pembroke on Tuesday.

Otter Valley 60Hartford 49

Brandon, Vt. — The Hurricanes (4-6) closed a three-game run on the road with a loss to the Otters, despite a 20-point effort from senior guard Gavin Farnsworth.

Keith Illingworth backed up the Canes with 10 points, with Patrick Brady and Austin Gaudette producing five apiece. Hartford, which has dropped four in a row, plays its next four at home starting with a visit from Twin Valley on Tuesday.

MSJ 64, Woodstock 52

Woodstock — The Mounties left Woodstock coach Joel Carey impressed, particularly with the 20-point second quarter that decided the game.

The Rutland squad put four players in double figures and led by 12 at the half, enough of a cushion to counter a zone-slowed second half by the Wasps’ defense. Kai Norwood (18 points) and Deron Walter (16) led the way for the visitors.

“They just passed the ball around, kind of beat us up offensively and got a layup whenever they wanted,” Carey said. “We didn’t play real good help-side defense for a while.”

Caleb Webb had a game-high 20 points for the Wasps, and Brendan Schwartz contributed a dozen. Woodstock visits Otter Valley on Tuesday.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 58Sunapee 25

Sunapee — The visitors built a 33-10 lead by halftime, dropping the Lakers to 2-7 in league play and 2-10 overall.

Cade Robinson’s nine-point night led Sunapee, which hosts neighboring Newport on Monday.

Blue Mountain 47Whitcomb 39

Wells River, Vt. — The Hornets dropped to 1-10 in a close loss to the Bucks (2-11). Whitcomb visits South Royalton this evening as part of the Royals’ day-long cancer awareness and basketball event.

Alpine Skiing

Hollis Brookline Sweeps

Newbury, n.h. — Alpine Skiing


Hanover Girls Win Title

Newbury, n.h. — The Hanover High girls alpine ski team won the Southern New Hampshire Championship at Mount Sunapee, using a dominant performance in the giant slalom to edge Hollis Brookline by eight points in the team standings.

Laila Stevens (second place; 1 minute, 19.32 seconds), Carly Craft (sixth; 1:23.66), Maggie Kohl (eighth; 1:24.79) and Maisy Pekala (10th; 1:25.60) led the Marauders to a team win in the GS. Hanover girls placed four in the top 11 finishers in the slalom to take second behind Hollis Brookline in that discipline, with Stevens (third; 1:11.35), Craft (sixth; 1:14.65), Kohl (10th; 1:20.12) and Caroline Ruth (11th; 1:21.68) providing the points. Hollis Brookline’s Stephanie Menard posted individual wins in both races.

The Hanover boys took sixth place in the championship. Finn Higgins (sixth; 1:11.10), Ryan Kynor (15th; 1:18.89), Jett Elin (31st; 1:35.86) and Caleb Benjamin (39th; 1:43.30) scored in the slalom for the Marauders. Higgins (10th; 1:18.78), Elin (22nd; 1:25.37), Kynor (25th; 1:23.92) and Billy Bender (29th; 1:28.60) accounted for Hanover’s points in the GS. Pembroke’s Jackson Thomas won the individual slalom title, while ConVal’s Eli Tamok took the GS.

Girls team scores: Hanover 752, Hollis Brookline 744, Oyster River 703, Souhegan 694, Windham 684, ConVal 644, Pembroke 623.

Boys team scores: Hollis Brookline 729, Souhegan 715, ConVal 714, Windham 704, Pembroke 685, Hanover 661, Oyster River 612, Wilton-Lyndeborough 96.


Shepherd Takes Three

Lebanon — The Raiders’ Scott Shepherd captured the 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke as Lebanon hosted four teams at the CCBA’s Witherell Center pool.

Shepherd won the 50 in 23.04 seconds, the 100 in 51.58 and the 100 back in 58.71.

For Hanover, Kristian Hansen (1:48.14) won the 200 free, Jack Wadsworth (58.39) took the 100 butterfly, Christopher Rieseberg (1:06.01) won the 100 breaststroke and Atticus Kangas (2:09.60) won the 200 individual medley.

Hnaover’s boys also won the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.64), the 400 free relay (3:37.65) and 200 medley relay (1:49/61).

On the girls side, the Raiders’ Kayla Davis and Catherine Gavell each won a pair of events. Davis won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.86 seconds and captured the 100 backstoke in 1:03.87.

Gavell won the 100 butterfly (1:01.39) and 200 individual medley (2:14.23).

Lebanon also won the 200 medley relay in 2:05.18.

The Marauders also received wins from Margaret Wenger (200 free; 2:01.86), Mian Manheimer (500 free; 6:22.03), Norina Manetsch (100 breast; 1:12.3) and the 400 relay team (3:55.34).


The Hanover High girls alpine ski team won the Southern New Hampshire Championship on Jan. 27 at Mount Sunapee by scoring 752 team points in slalom and giant slalom competition, with Hollis Brookline second (744). Laila Stevens (second place; 1 minute, 19.32 seconds), Carly Craft (sixth; 1:23.6), Maggie Kohl (eighth; 1:24.79) and Maisy Pekala (10th; 1:25.60) led the Marauders to a team win in the GS. Hanover girls placed four in the top 11 finishers in the slalom to take second behind Hollis Brookline in that discipline. Hanover’s boys were sixth at the championship, scoring 669 team points as Finn Higgins placed a team-best sixth in the slalom (1:11.10) and 10th in the GS (1:18.78). An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the girls team overall champion, omitted the Marauders’ giant slalom results and inaccurately reported on Hanover’s girls and boys team point totals.