Local Roundup: Oxbow Junior Breaks Own Vt. Record

  • Lebanon-Stevens' Nathan Gariepy scores another goals in the second period of the game against Winnacunnet in West Lebanon, N.H., on Jan. 28, 2017. Lebanon-Stevens' Ian Garland battles with Winnacunnet's Evan Welch by the net. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon-Stevens coach Gary Smith talks with his players during a time out in the second period of the game with Winnacunnet in West Lebanon, N.H., on Jan. 28, 2017. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Photographed on May 29, 2016, Oxbow High School sophomore Izzy Giesing is one of the Valley News Athletes of the Year. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Northfield, vt. — Oxbow’s Izzy Giesing set a Vermont Division II state record in the 1,000-meter run to lead nine area athletes who qualified for the New England Championships following competition at Saturday’s qualifying meet at Norwich University.

Giesing, a junior, broke her own D-II record in the 1,000 meters by nearly six seconds after finishing in 3 minutes, 5.19 seconds. Giesing had set the old record (3:11.06) Feb. 8, 2016, during her sophomore season. The top six finishers in each event qualified to compete in the New England Championships on March 4 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, Mass.

The Olympians had two other qualifiers on the girls side, led by Leanne Burgess in fourth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:52.70. Tyrus Rosten took the final qualifying spot in the 1,000-meter run, finishing sixth in 3:29.48.

Alexandra Timmins breezed through qualification for the Whitcomb girls, finishing first in the 3,200 meters in 12:30.26. Hartford’s Ileana Sirois qualified in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing in 9.32 seconds.

Thetford’s Meaggie Balch will move on after a third place finish in the 1,600 meters (5:49.95). Grace Clement added an eighth place finish in the high jump for the Panthers. Morgan Lavoy had a trio of strong showings for Thetford, finishing 10th in the long jump, 16th in the 300-meter dash and 20th in the 55-meter dash.

Sprinter Abayomi Lowe qualified in a pair of events for the Hartford boys, finishing third in the 300-meter dash (37.77 seconds) and fourth in in the 55-meter dash (6.79 seconds).

Jon Puffer qualified in the 600-meters for Oxbow, finishing second in 1:30.24.

Caleb Davidson led the Thetford boys contingent, falling just short of qualifying with a seventh place finish in the shot put.

Nordic Skiing

Lebanon Girls 1st, Boys 2nd

Plymouth, n.h. — The Raiders placed four of the top eight girls individuals to beat Plymouth in a five-team meet.

Maria Goodwin led the way for Lebanon in fourth. Bri Hibner was fifth, Hannah Falcone was seventh and Celia Barnett took eighth. Cecilia Webber added a 14th place finish and Allison Carl was 16th.

Hanover’s Megan Smith was third overall. Margo Davis followed in 11th, Maeve Goodrich was 13th, Leila Trummel was 15th, Shannon Walsh was 21st and Teresa Snyder took 23rd.

Arturo Johnson was first for the Hanover boys in 17 minutes, 56 seconds. Teammate Glen Passow was also near the top of the board, finishing third. The Marauders also had Daniel Bandler in 16th, Peter Burnham in 18th and Caffrey Fielding in 25th.

Jacob Willeman (fourth) and Owen Johnstone (fifth) led the Lebanon boys. Patrick Mason took eighth, Luke Sandmann was 11th and Nate Magari took 13th.

Girls team scores: Lebanon 380, Plymouth 366, Hanover 363, Souhegan 341, ConVal 279.

Boys team scores: Plymouth 379, Lebanon 376, Hanover 371, Souhegan 354, ConVal 84.

Boys Basketball

South Royalton 69, Whitcomb 30

South Royalton — The Royals (11-2) capped a day of fundraising for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center with a dominant victory over the Hornets.

SoRo hosted eight games at various levels with proceeds from concession sales, donations from fans and referees fees all being donated in the name of cancer awareness.

“It was about everything but basketball today. We were playing for people who aren’t with us anymore and for the people who are with us and still fighting. It was a great crowd. Just a great environment,” South Royalton coach Pete Howe said.

Nicholas Howe led the Royals with 36 points and is now averaging 26.8 points per game in his senior season. Stephen Paige added nine points and Jacob Hewitt had eight. Gavi Beane had 12 points and Colby Washburn 10 for Whitcomb.

Sharon 63, Websterville 59

Websterville, Vt. — Freshman Fisher Kelley scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Phoenix (7-4) hold on against the Warriors.

Neither team was able to build a big lead as the game went on. Sharon led 30-28 at halftime and increased the lead to 36-32 into the fourth quarter. Kelley drained three 3-pointers in the final frame on his way to a career high. Sam Knoerlein led the Phoenix with a season-high 30 points. Harvey Kelley added 10 points.

MSJ 73, Windsor 55

Rutland — The Yellowjackets (4-8) drained 12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, but came up short at the Mounties (10-2).

Jelani Williams had 33 points to pace MSJ. Seth Balch had six 3-pointers and led Windsor with 20 points. Duncan Frazer made four from downtown and had 15 points. It was a one-point game in the fourth quarter before MSJ pulled away, outscoring the visitors 23-5 in the final stanza.

U-32 78, Oxbow 36

East Montpelier, Vt. — The Raiders outscored the Olympians 51-18 over the middle two quarters to drop the visitors to 5-8. Orin Mahikoa led Oxbow with 11 points. Skylar Ladd and Ben Emerson each had eight points.

Girls Basketball

Whitcomb-Rochester 56 Black River 27

Rochester, Vt. — The Mountaineers (3-9) snapped a seven-game losing skid in fashion with a blowout victory over the Presidents.

Hayley Mears had a career-high 19 points for Whitchester. Amelia Mattrick added nine points and Toni Turner had seven. The Mountaineers outscored Black River 32-10 in the second half.

Cabot 29, South Royalton 24

South Royalton — The Royals (5-5) improved on an early-season meeting with the Huskies.

Cabot beat SoRo 39-19 to open the regular season on Dec. 10. The Royals led 6-4 after the first quarter in the rematch and were tied at 17-17 through three quarters. Iris Hudson (nine points) and Grace Pease (seven) led SoRo.

Lamoille 45, Oxbow 27

Orleans, Vt. — The Olympians (4-6) couldn’t get their offense to click in a loss at the Lancers. Alex Giesing, Mariah Shumway and Jessie Daigle each had six points for Oxbow.

Girls Hockey

Woodstock 2, Harwood 1

Woodstock — Teale Bohen’s goal late in the second period turned out to be the game-winner to help the Wasps to their fifth win in their last six games.

Khara Brettell scored unassisted in the first period to give the hosts an early lead. Harwood answered early in the second before Bohen’s goal put the Wasps back in front. Holly Weglarz assisted on the go-ahead goal. Woodstock outshot Harwood 20-9.

Goalie Bridgit Black had eight saves for the Wasps (9-3-1).

U-32 6, Hartford 1

White River Junction — Michaela Bernier’s hat trick led the Raiders over the Hurricanes (3-7-3).

Caitlin Gaudet scored for Hartford with assists to both Kendyl Boisvert and Emily Ballou.

Goalie Maggie Gilman had 26 saves for the Canes.

Boys Hockey

Hanover 4, Trinity 1

Manchester — David Lehmann scored on a penalty shot late in the first period to help the Marauders start a rally on their way to a fifth straight victory.

Despite racking up 22 shots on goal in the first period, Hanover (10-4 overall, 7-3 NHIAA) had been stonewalled by the Trinity goalie until Lehmann’s strike with 1:15 left.

Jake Acker followed with a goal on the first shift of the second period, assisted by Jensen Dodge and Pat Logan, to put Hanover in front, 2-0.

Owen Stadheim followed a Trinity goal with a breakaway goal later in the second period to return the two-goal advantage to Hanover. Logan followed with a slap shot goal in the third period. Will Smith added a pair of assists. Lehmann and Acker each had one assist. Goalie Gabe Loud had 13 saves for the Marauders.

Lebanon-Stevens 9Winnacunnet 0

West Lebanon — Nate Gariepy had six points (hat trick and three assists) to lead the Raiders (6-7 overall, 5-6 NHIAA).

Gariepy (shorthanded), Nate Chickering and Aaron Damren all scored in the first period to give Lebanon an early 3-0 lead. Gariepy added a pair of goals in the second period to help the hosts to a 6-0 lead.

Ian Garland and Jack Sandmann finished with two goals each. Nate Damren finished with a team-best four assists. Chickering added three assists and Carter Adams had two. Will Forman and Brian Daly each had one assist.

Goalies Jordan Hammond and Andrew Friend combined to make 11 saves for Lebanon.

Hartford 1, Milton 0 (ot)

Milton, Vt. — Tyler Hamilton scored the game-winner just 30 seconds into overtime to lift the Canes (9-3).

Jordy Allard and Ben Rouillard picked up assists. Goalie Richie Morrill made 29 saves.

“(Morrill) was our star tonight, he kept us in the game with incredible save after incredible save,” Hartford coach Todd Bebeau said. “This was a nice response from a tough loss last time out. A gutsy, grind-it-out, blue collar win.”


Milford 45, Newport 25

Pelham, n.h. — The Tigers managed five wins against the traditionally strong Spartans in a match at Pelham High.

Caleb Palmer won with a pin in the sixth minute at 120 pounds. Gavin Lovely (182 pounds) and Matt Hennig (170 pounds) also won with pins. Tyler Sharron won 12-3 at 160 pounds and Dylan Palmer won 8-2 at 145 pounds.


Hartford Wins

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — Hurricanes freshman Joey Raymond rolled a 254 in prelims, the second highest individual game in program history, to lead Hartford to a victory.

Odin Mattern added a 128 in prelims. Dylan Crowley had 123, Alexis Johnston had 102 and Camden LeBrun had 98. Hartford was seeded second heading in the Baker Bowl where they beat third-seeded Oxbow by scores of 123-112, 114-125 and 154-126. The Canes then beat top-seeded Lyndon in 170-161, 101-154 and 143-135.

Windsor Falls to Fourth

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Yellowjackets lost a pair of matches in Baker bowl to finish fourth.

Troy McCabe led Windsor in prelims with a 184 and 136. Rayce Gilbert had 159-157 and Brandyn LeBarron had 145-140. The Jacks were seeded third and lost to Springfield in the opening round of Baker by scores of 143-216, 206-164 and 118-171. Host Brattleboro then handed Windsor a loss in the consolation match (113-154, 135-123 and 146-154).