Raiders Home for Holiday: Lebanon Boys Roll To Matinee Victory
Lebanon High's K.J. Matte tries to keep Kingswood's Patrick Meyers from passing the ball during the schools' boys basketball game at Lang Metcalf Gym on Monday afternoon. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon High School boys basketball coach Keith Matte speaks to his players during Monday's 69-43 victory over Kingswood. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon High's Austin Whaley drives down the key past Kingswood's Michael Garabedian (2) during the Raiders' boys basketball win at Lang Metcalf Gym on Monday afternoon. Valley News - Jennifer Hauck Purchase photo reprints »
Lebanon — Lang Metcalf Gym remains home sweet home for the Lebanon High boys basketball team, even on a holiday with school out of session.
Playing a rare weekday matinee on Martin Luther King Day, the Raiders shook off a rough shooting day to outpace Kingswood, 69-43. Dom Morrill continued his torrid outside shooting and finished with a game-high 16 points for the Raiders.
Morrill drilled four 3-pointers and scored 20 of his team-high 26 points on Friday night in a double-overtime loss at Bishop Brady. Playing at home for just the second time since before Christmas, Morrill and freshman K.J. Matte both sank a pair of threes as Lebanon (6-2 league, 7-3 overall) gradually pulled away.
“It was inspiring how many people came out; I was kind of shocked,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said. “It truly was good to be back home. We didn’t shoot the ball well, but we still played hard. It’s good that we played well without shooting the ball well.”
Matte and Martin Gradijan backed up Morrill’s scoring with 11 points apiece.
The Raiders visit Milford on Friday.
Sharon 68, Cabot 34
Cabot, Vt. — The Phoenix doubled up on the Huskies, improving to 6-2.
Steve Davis led Sharon with 15 points. Jay Knoerlein added 13, Tanner James had 10 and Andy Bando-Hess had nine points. The Phoenix led 44-14 at halftime.
Next up for Sharon is a visit from Rivendell on Wednesday night.
Oxbow 63, Twinfield 57
Plainfield, Vt. — The Olympians charged back in the second half, improving to 3-4.
Jonny Ratel led Oxbow with 15 points. Anthony Giesing added 12 points, Joseph Wood had 10 and Nick Grant chipped in with nine points. Quinten Mahikoa added eight points, including a trio of key shots in the fourth quarter as Oxbow widened a one-point lead through three.
The Olympians visit U-32 on Wednesday.
NMH 80, KUA 51
Springfield, Mass. — A strong and versatile Northfield Mount Hermon squad sent Kimball Union to defeat the HoopHall Classic on Sunday.
In losing for just the second time this winter, KUA (11-2) struggled from the floor all evening, shooting less than 40 percent as well as less than 30 percent from the line. Malik Abu scored 15 points, Duby Maduegbunam had 14 and Crew Ainge finished with 10 for the Wildcats.
KUA returns to action at home against Holderness on Wednesday.
Lebanon 49, Kingswood 37
Wolfeboro, n.h. — The Raiders (7-2, 10-2) continued their climb up the NHIAA Division II standings by beating a physical Kingswood team in an afternoon matinee.
Lebanon didn’t run the Knights out of their gym so much as put them in the rear-view mirror. The Raiders owned five- or six-point advantages in the first three quarters and owned a 38-20 lead going into the fourth before emptying the bench.
“It was very physical tonight,” Lebanon coach Rob Marsh said. “We were able to play with them, and the kids worked hard.”
Heather King netted both of Lebanon’s 3-pointers and posted a game-high 20 points. Vanessa Fleury worked the paint for nine points, and Jennifer Laramie and Kendra MacDonald both added six points.
The Raiders host Milford on Friday.
Whitcomb 76, Twinfield 53
Bethel — The Hornets were outscored 21-5 in the second quarter and trailed 26-22 at halftime. Not to be deterred, Whitcomb then exploded for 54 points in the final 16 minutes to leapfrog ahead of the Trojans.
Phoebe Parrish led the Hornets with 24 points. Ashley Stearns added 15, Lindsey LaPerle had 14 and Nicole Begin had 11 points. The Hornets (8-2) visit Chelsea tonight.
Rutland 44, Hartford 32
Rutland — The D-II Hurricanes put a scare into the D-I Raiders but couldn’t overcome early foul trouble.
Megan Newton and Heather Illingworth each had eight points for Hartford. Coach Bill Soule praised the work of both Newton and Illingworth in pulling down key rebounds. Lexi Johnson (five points) added a spark off the bench while Emma Bergeron played a strong game defensively in holding Rutland leading scorer Lauren Fabian to three points.
Hartford (1-8) hosts Otter Valley on Thursday.
Black River 52, Woodstock 44
Ludlow, Vt. — The Wasps couldn’t overcome a cold-shooting third quarter even with a comeback attempt in the fourth, dropping to 3-7 on the season.
Woodstock trailed 27-23 at halftime and then were outscored 10-0 in the third quarter to fall behind by 14. The Wasps then exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter to make things a bit more interesting down the stretch.
Freshman sharpshooter Madison Schulz had 15 points, all from beyond the 3-point arc, to lead Woodstock. Mariah Luce added eight points while Natausha Smallwood and Amber Barcomb each had seven points.
The Wasps host Proctor on Thursday night.
Hanover 9, Oyster River 0
Durham, n.h. — Lillian Stout and Mahler Meyerrose scored their first varsity goals — Meyerrose added her second just 37 seconds later — and the Marauders (4-0, 6-1) rolled to an easy win at UNH’s Whittemore Center.
Stout sandwiched her debut strike between Matti Hartman and Eliza Laycock goals for a 3-0 lead after one period. Laycock and Julie Montgomery notched power-player markers in the middle stanza, and Kelly Brigham and Harman preceded Meyerrose’s double in the third period. Caroline Howell led the assist parade with three; Sarah Wagner added two helpers, and Laycock, Montgomery, Hartman, Brigham, Margeaux Baker and Maddie Lyons had one each.
Katie Fenton and Emily Gougelet split 14 saves for the shutout. Hanover visits Acton-Boxboro (Mass.) on Wednesday.
Bishop Guertin 2, Lebanon 0
Tyngsboro, Mass. — The Raiders (5-1) ran into a hot goaltender and dropped their first game of the season.
Lebanon owned a 25-13 edge in shots on goal, but couldn’t find the offense to support goaltender Erika Moffitt (11 saves). “We didn’t play well,” Raider coach Brad Shaw said. “BG is a good skating team. We turned the puck over a lot, and it wasn’t a good game for us.”
Lebanon is off until meeting Hanover at Campion Rink on Saturday night.
North Country 3 Hartford 2 (ot)
White River Junction — Ryan Paul pumped in the game-winning goal at 2:50 of overtime as the Falcons handed the Hurricanes (5-4-2) a hard-luck loss at Wendell Barwood Arena.
Hartford gained the early lead after 4½ minutes as Nick Terino converted passes from Nate Lemieux and Ben Rouillard, but the visitors owned the 2-1 lead after one. The game stayed that way until Andy Atkinson polished off a Jeff Lyford feed with four minutes left to force overtime.
“I feel badly for the kids,” Hartford coach Todd Bebeau said. “They played with courage; they played with heart. We just didn’t have enough at the end.”
Mak Lyford “played very well” in making 33 saves, Bebeau said. The Canes host U-32 on Saturday afternoon.
Kingswood 4, Lebanon 1
Wolfeboro, n.h. — The Raiders couldn’t dig themselves out of an early hole, falling to the Knights at Pop Whalen Arena.
Kingswood had two goals in the first period and added another early in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Lebanon finally broke through on the power play soon after with Cal Garland scoring off assists from Tate Singleton and Nate Gariepy. Goalie Joe Grout stopped 17 shots for the Raiders.
The Raiders (2-4-1) host Oyster River on Saturday at 3:10 p.m.
Viens Brothers Victorious
Northbridge, Mass. — Nolan Viens copped most outstanding wrestler honors and joined his brother, Austin, in winning a division for Bellows Falls-Hartford at Saturday’s Northbridge Invitational tournament.
Nolan Viens ran his season record to 27-0 with three wins at 145 pounds. Viens, a senior co-captain from Hartford High, capped his run through the division with a 7-1 defeat of Toll Gate High’s Aaron Traverse, the top-ranked wrestler at that weight class in Rhode Island.
Austin Viens, at 113 pounds, grabbed a 9-0 decision over Tri-County (Mass.) High’s Ritchie Elgar to complete a three-win tournament. The Hartford junior is now 22-2 for the year.
BF-H also saw Steve Cerrone (138 pounds), Patrick Libuda (152) and Kyle Record (182) all reach the finals of their respective weight classes. The combined performances lifted Bellows Falls-Hartford to second place among all schools with 170 points, ahead of Toll Gate (150) and behind only Narragansett, R.I. (206).
The squad gets its toughest test of the season with a visit to the Rodney Smith Invitational in East Windsor, Conn.
Two-Game Suspension For Big Green’s Neiley
Albany, n.y. — Dartmouth junior forward Eric Neiley received a two-game suspension from ECAC Hockey on Monday for his actions in the aftermath of Saturday night’s 1-1 tie with Cornell at Thompson Arena.
In a news release, the league said it took action after a review of an incident involving Neiley for an after-the-horn hit on Cornell’s Cole Bardreau. Neiley was assessed a five-minute charging major and a game disqualification at the time, the latter of which came with an automatic one-game suspension. The league added a second game as a result of its supplemental discipline process.
The ruling leaves Neiley, the Big Green’s top scorer with 14 points through 19 games, ineligible to play in Friday’s visit to Rensselaer and the Jan. 31 home date with Quinnipiac.