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Local Roundup: Raiders Enter Win Column

  • Hanover High’s Benjamin Acker loses the ball after getting caught between a pair of Manchester Memorial opponents during their game in Hanover last night. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
  • Hanover High’s Alex Hoehn catches Manchester Memorial’s Griffin Curley on the knee during last night’s game in Hanover. Hoehn was called for a one-minute penalty. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Lebanon — All it took was a little offense, particularly in the first quarter, and some off the ball movement for the Lebanon High boys lacrosse team to finally break into the win column.

That, and a lot of growing and patience.

Buoyed by a 3-0 opening period, the Raiders busted their season-opening nine-game losing streak and rose a four-goal game from Lucas Gerow for an 11-9 win over Pembroke (3-7) at Henry Emerton Memorial Field. Jake Mellish and Hunter Crowe added two-goal afternoons, and freshman goalkeeper Joey Rogers contributed nine saves as Lebanon (1-9) won its final home game in solid fashion.

The three-goal debut — thanks to strikes from Scott Colburn, John Bingel and Crowe — proved to be all the Raiders would need. They never trailed, despite allowing eight of the Spartans’ goals after halftime.

“This one came down to better off-the-ball movement,” Lebanon coach Nick Yager said. “Really, as far as a winning them, other than what we’ve had all season, we had some offense and we were working harder to get some guys moving off the ball.”

Dylan Drew also scored for Lebanon, which picked up two assists from Ryan Damren and one helper from Jeff Taylor. The Raiders play their final four games away from home, beginning with a Tuesday trip to Merrimack Valley.

Kearsarge 6, Gilford 4

Gilford, n.h. — Peter Allen netted two of his three goals in the third quarter as the Cougars (6-4) held on for a win in a defensive contest.

Allen factored in most of Kearsarge’s attack, adding two assists for a five-point afternoon. Ollie Gallo had two goals and one assist, providing the other third-quarter marker than helped the Cougars erase a 3-2 halftime deficit.

Matt Pickman scored once, Andrew Van Hooydonk set up a goal and Will Aufranc made nine saves in the Kearsarge goal. The Cougars host three games next week, starting with Con-Val on Tuesday.

Hanover 17, Man. Memorial 0

Hanover — The Marauders (8-2 league, 12-2 overall) scored early, often and frequently in a lopsided win at Merriman-Branch Field.

Hanover also picked up points from a wide vareity of players. Tom Peters, Jesse Brown and Conor Austin led the way with two goals each; Peters added two assists, and Brown had one. Brandon Forauer and Jude Arbogaste had one-goal, two-assist evenings.

The Marauders also received goals from George Geraghty (assist), Zach Taylor (assist), Austin Taylor, Worthy Gardner, Jin Kim, Hunter Simpson, Zach Estes, Teddy Geraghty and Ben Acker. Goalies Chris Washington and Dan DeRoy combined on three saves.

Hanover has a week off before visiting Concord on Thursday.

Girls Lacrosse

Kearsarge 15, John Stark 6

North Sutton — The Cougars (9-0) tuned up for today’s showdown with 7-2 Lebanon by pulling away from the Generals with a big second half.

Caitlin Anderson scored six goals and set up two others for Kearsarge, which held only a 5-3 halftime edge. “Honestly, we had to have our team leaders step up and talk to the girls at halftime about what it takes to be a championship team,” Kearsarge coach Scott Slogic said. “I really give a lot of credit to them for motivating the girls at halftime. It was a different team in the second half.”

Gemma Bready had a hat trick and teammates Libby Brooks, Haley Brook and Anna Stowell, a freshman, all had two-goal afternoons for the Cougars. Brooks also had two assists. Morgan Galluzzo made four saves.

The Kearsarge-Lebanon contest will begin this afternoon at 5 p.m.

Oxbow 13, GMVS 4

Bradford, Vt. — Dilan Clements and Mikayla Hodge each scored four goals to lead the Olympians to a Wednesday win over Green Mountain Valley.

Lauren Tomlinson and Vanessa Valley had two scores, while Emily Speck added a goal and two assists. Savannah Fay had 19 saves in net.

Oxbow hosts Harwood today.

Baseball

Windsor 4, Bellows Falls 3

Windsor — The Yellowjackets (3-7) broke a three-game losing streak by spotting the Terriers a 3-0 lead, then rallying in the bottom of the fifth for the victory.

Down 3-1, singles from Tyson Boudro and Connor Collins and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Ethan Hill, whose RBI sac fly brought the Jacks within a run. A wild pitch brought home a second, and Shawn Pinsonault’s RBI single delivered the game-winning run. Pinsonault also helped kill a BF rally in the seventh, gunning a grounder to catcher Matt Thayer to deny a Terrier at the plate with one out and runners on second and third.

Boudro finished the day 4-for-4 at the plate and pitched a clean seventh for a save to support the work of starting pitcher Nick Kapuscinski. Making his first career start, Kapuscinski went six innings, allowing seven hits and walking one.

“They’re a class act all the way, a class team,” Windsor coach Don Swinyer said of BF. “We’ve lost two or three in a row by one run, so it was nice to come out on the winning side of one of those close ones.”

Windsor visits Springfield tomorrow. The Cosmos will hold a dedication ceremony for a pair of Springfield baseball veterans, Bo Birsky and Richie Wyman, prior to the 11 a.m. contest at Riverside Middle School.

Oxbow 4, Montpelier 2

Montpelier — It was a good day to be a Hunter as the Olympians (6-1) bagged another target thanks to a two-run third inning that broke a 1-1 tie.

Hunter Bingham grabbed the win on the mound for Oxbow, throwing a complete-game three-hitter with four strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman. Hunter Torrey led the offense with three hits.

Andrew Lyman had the key base hit for the O’s, a two-run double in the third to put the visitors ahead to stay. Lyman and Sully Carter both finished with two hits for Oxbow, which hosts Enosburg tomorrow.

Rivendell 17, Chelsea 2 (6)

Orford — Nate Eastman slapped three of the Raptors’ 10 hits, drove in three runs and tossed a complete-game four-hitter in a comprehensive defeat of the Red Devils (0-7).

Scott Calhoun added two RBIs and three runs to the cause for Rivendell (3-4), which also picked up an RBI hit from Ethan Jayne. Eastman worked six innings on the mound in the mercy rule-shortened contest, striking out 11 with just one walk permitted.

The Raptors head to Williamstown on Tuesday.

Randolph 14, Lyndon 3

Lyndonville, Vt. — Three batters had three-hit games and two others had two-hit afternoons as the Galloping Ghosts (7-0) used a 16-hit attack to subdue the Vikings and remain on top of the Vermont Division III ladder.

Dylan Jacobs had the big day for Randolph, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Zach Laperle (two RBIs) and Mackenzie Poirier (one RBI) also slapped three hits and were backed by two-hit efforts from Ben Jickling and Jacob Sprague (three RBIs) and a two-run hit from Ross Caswell.

Jickling combined with Leland Goodenough and Brandon Keyes to hold Lyndon to six hits. Randolph hosts Lamoille tomorrow.

Otter Valley 15, Woodstock 0 (5)

Woodstock — The Otters slapped 14 hits to control the Wasps (3-6) under the lights at Woodstock Union High.

Sam Cole and Conor Joyce managed Woodstock’s only hits of the evening. Matt Poljacik took the loss on the mound, throwing four innings. “OV is strong, and their pitching was pretty solid tonight,” Woodstock coach Jason Tarleton said.

The Wasps host Green Mountain on Monday night.

Blue Mtn. 4, Thetford 2

Wells River, Vt. — A road loss dropped the Panthers to 1-5 on the campaign.

Softball

Windsor 7, Bellows Falls 6

Windsor — Four walks, the last to Erin Lapine with two outs and the bases loaded, brought home the winning run as the Yellowjackets (6-3) rallied past the Terriers with a three-run seventh.

Taylor Tyminski, Tierra Huntley and Nikki Kibling all drew free passes to open the winning rally. Katie Comstock’s two-strike, two-out, two-run single tied the game at 6-6; a Taylor Potwin HBP reloaded the bases for Lapine, who drew the game-winning walk on a 3-2 pitch.

Mariah Marsh prevailed in a battle of tiring pitchers, earning the win for Windsor by scattering 10 hits and two walks. Two of the six runs BF scored were unearned.

“BF played a lot better than the previous time we met them,” said Windsor coach Phil Hathorn, referring to the Jacks’ 21-8 win over the Terriers from April 17. “Our girls hung in the game the whole time.”

The Jacks host Mill River on Monday.

Lyndon 4, Randolph 0

Lyndonville, Vt. — The Galloping Ghosts (4-2) could find not a way through the Vikings’ Kelsey Croft, who tossed a complete-game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts and just one walk.

Johanna Sargent and Brooke Jacques provided Randolph’s only hits against Lyndon (6-1). Rachel Johnson took the loss for the Ghosts despite fanning nine over seven innings with five hits and three free passes.

Randolph will stay busy through early next week, hosting Lamoille for a doubleheader tomorrow and visiting Williamstown on Monday.

Mill River 19, Woodstock 1

Woodstock — Brittany Sawyer accounted for two of the Wasps’ four hits in a home loss to the Minutemen.

Woodstock (0-8) will host Green Mountain on Monday in search of its first win in 2013.

Blue Mountain 22, Thetford 6 (5)

Wells River, Vt. — The Panthers (4-2) and Bucks (5-1) combined on 20 hits, but the difference came down to the 15 walks Thetford allowed.

“You can’t defend against that,” TA coach Michelle Fifield said.

Shenia Covey homered and added two singles for Thetford. Rosalind Isquith drove in a run to go with a single and double, and Panther teammate Carlie Ulman added a double to TA’s nine-hit attack.

Thetford visits Lyndon tomorrow.

Phillips Exeter 15, KUA 1 (5)

Meriden — Senior Michaela Igo provided the Wildcats’ only hit in a Wednesday loss.

Igo delivered a double to right-center field in the third inning. Mackenzie Frazier provided Kimball Union’s only run, walking to lead off the fourth and scoring on a passed ball. Kayleigh Coombs and Cayla Crumb combined on three strikeouts, and Caroline McNair had a strong game in center field for the Wildcats, who visit New Hampton tomorrow.

Golf

Wasps Second at Home

Woodstock — Andrew Becker shot an 8-over-par 43 to lead Woodstock to a second-place team finish in a three-school match on Woodstock Country Club’s par-35 front nine.

Jake Kelly (49), Joe Bianchi (53) and Carter Pratt (53) completed the scoring for the home team. Fair Haven’s Kevin Hurd won the individual medal with a 5-over 40, one shot better than Springfield’s Alex Rumrill.

The Wasps will have plenty of company on Monday when they engage seven other teams in a match at Rutland Country Club.

Track and Field

Royals’ Dunkle Sets School Mark

East Montpelier, Vt. — South Royalton’s Michael Dunkle set a school record in the pole vault of 11 feet, 7 inches, to highlight Upper Valley participation in a nine-school meet at Union-32.

The Royals took seventh place in the boys’ half of the meet. Jesse James recorded top-six finishes in the javelin (third), shot put (fifth) and discus (sixth), finishing a slot behind teammate Garrett Chase in the latter event. South Royalton also claimed fourth place in the 400-meter relay.

Eliza Phillip was third in the high jump and her sister, Olivia, claimed fifth in the 200 dash for the SoRo girls. Teresa Claughton was a point machine for Whitcomb, finishing second in the 300 hurdles, third in the 100 hurdles and triple jump and sixth in the long jump.

South Royalton will host a field-events meet on Tuesday.

Boys team scores: Harwood 183, Union-32 117, Northfield 58, Randolph 52, Spaulding 50.5, Peoples 44, South Royalton 34, Whitcomb 3, Lamoille 2.5.

Girls team scores: Union-32 180, Harwood 94, Randolph 75, Northfield 64, Peoples 25, Whitcomb 21, Spaulding 19, South Royalton 16.