Woodstock Boys Tennis Wins Season Opener in Great Indoors
Woodstock's Ray Kurek competes in a singles match during Fair Haven at Woodstock boys tennis at Woodstock Racquet and Fitness Club in Woodstock, Vt., on April 9, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Members of the Woodstock boys tennis team watch Ted Morley, right, play in a doubles match with teammate Kyle Rasmussen, not pictured, during Fair Haven at Woodstock boys tennis at Woodstock Racquet and Fitness Club in Woodstock, Vt., on April 9, 2014. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Woodstock — Spring high school sports all over the Upper Valley have had to make accommodations to get in workouts and games lately, given the late departure of winter. The Woodstock High boys tennis team did its part on Wednesday, dropping its usual best-of-three-sets format for eight-game pro sets in a 7-0 blanking of Fair Haven at the Woodstock Racquet and Fitness club.
The Wasps (1-0) lost just two games over seven matches against the Slaters (0-1), who are fielding a co-ed team this season. Nathan Fegard got Woodstock going with an 8-1 first singles defeat of Matt Gay, and teammates Ray Kurek, Alex Sheppard, Brendan Geiger and Alek Beaudoin followed with 8-0 wins in their matches to complete the sweep of singles.
David Reed and Bryan Kopf combined on an 8-1 win at first doubles for the Wasps, to which Kyle Rasmussen and Ted Morely added an 8-0 victory at No. 2.
“It feels good,” first-year Woodstock coach Rose Cantlin said. “It’s definitely good to get the first match out of the way because the spring season is so short to begin with. So to get a match in before vacation week is good. I’m glad they were able to accommodate us to do a shortened program.”
The match took place on the center’s two indoor courts. Woodstock is off until an April 21 date with Bellows Falls.
KUA 6, Brewster 3
Meriden — The Wildcats (1-0) shook off the chill of an afternoon in the 40s to win their season debut.
Carly Jefferson, Lindsey Landwehrle, Maggie Sewall and Olivia Lombard gave Kimball Union a good start by taking four of the six singles points, all in straight sets. Jefferson and Landwehrle combined for an 8-2 win at first doubles, while Sewall teamed up with Molly Adams for an 8-4 decision at second doubles.
Hartford 6, Otter Valley 1
White River Junction — Casey Ostler held off Brenna Coombs in a third-set tiebreaker, 10-6, at fourth singles to highlight the Hurricanes’ season opener at Hartford High School.
Kali Covell, Christine Miller and Mariah Palmer all won in straight sets as Hartford (1-0) took four of the five singles matches. Amanda Nelson and Colleen McDermott earned a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at first doubles. Hartford won second doubles via forfeit.
Hartford 10, Brattleboro 1
Brattleboro, Vt. — Having not been outside yet this spring, seeing his Hurricanes (1-0) score seven third-inning runs, limit the Colonels to just four hits and two walks and play error-free defense at Tenney Field left coach Jarrod Grassi nothing short of giddy.
Steve Cerrone held Brattleboro hitless for four innings to get the win, while freshman Jordan Allard fanned six over three frames in his first varsity game. Jacob Perkins doubled, singled and drove in four runs to lead an offense that included two Cerrone singles and a two-run Cameron Gaudette triple to bring the Canes to double digits.
Hartford is off until a scheduled home opener with Burr & Burton on April 22.
KUA 5, WNS 3
Meriden — Rick Kronenwett turned aside 11 shots in the Kimball Union goal as the Wildcats (2-2) won a defense-focused decision from Williston-Northampton School in their home opener.
Eric Megnia again paced the KUA attack, scoring twice and setting up a third goal. Kenny Speak, Sam O’Shea and Mike Robertello also struck twine for the hosts.
KUA entertains Cushing Academy on Saturday afternoon.
New Hampton 14, KUA 6
New Hampton, n.h. — The Wildcats (1-2) worked hard on draw controls and ground balls, but the host Huskies won the day.
Aurora Braswell and Ellie Harrigan both scored twice for Kimball Union.
Dartmouth 8, Holy Cross 7
Hanover — Junior Matt Parisi lined a bases-loaded single over the left fielder’s head in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Big Green (7-16) used a four-run rally for a comeback win over the Crusaders at Biondi Park.
Hanover High graduate Joe Cravero got the start for Holy Cross — just the second of the year for the freshman — and the Big Green greeted him with a four-run first inning. Cravero eventually settled down and retired nine straight Dartmouth batters before being pulled in the fourth inning.
Dartmouth 5, BU 4
Hanover — Alex Jarvis threw two innings of shutout relief for her second win of the season, and Morgan McCalmon recorded a six-out save as the Big Green (19-13) took a nonleague win at Dartmouth Softball Park.
Alex St. Romain had the key blast for Dartmouth, delivering a solo home run to kick off a three-run rally in the home fourth inning.
Alyssa Jorgenen had a 2-for-4 day at the leadoff spot, and McCalmon extended her hitting streak to 10 games with two singles.
The St. Romain-led rally gave Dartmouth a 4-2 lead. Jorgensen added to that in the fifth with a two-out double to left field, scoring on a Kristen Rumley RBI single.
Dartmouth resumed Ivy League play with two weekend doubleheaders against Yale in Hanover.