High School Roundup: Raiders Sweep to CVC Ski Crowns
Newbury, N.H. — With Emily Perryman and Kenny Weitzman producing big days, the Lebanon High ski team topped three foes yesterday at Mount Sunapee to take the Connecticut Valley Conference championship races.
Perryman swept the slalom and giant slalom for the Raider girls, who edged Hanover for the title. The boys rolled past Keene for CVC honors, with Weitzman taking second place in both disciplines to lead the Raiders.
Lebanon and Hanover competitors filled the top 10 in all four races. Perryman produced a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 9.4 seconds in the girls slalom to top Hanover’s Elizabeth Brighton (1:11.42), adding a combined time of 43.80 seconds in the GS, with Brighton one spot back at 46.37. Brooke Whitaker, Ava Wehde and Charlotte Grygorowicz completed the scoring for the Raiders in the slalom, and Brooke Farwell provided points with Whitaker and Wehde in the GS for Lebanon. Serena Higgerson and Sophia Higgerson scored in both races for Hanover, with Sarah Kohl (slalom) and Hannah Glenshaw (GS) taking the fourth points-producing position for the Marauders.
Christopher Stocken, the sole Hanover boys to take part in the CVCs, won both races. Stocken outpaced Weitzman in each event, taking the slalom in 1:00.94 and the giant slalom in 42.49. Weitzman led a 2-3-4-7 finish in the slalom with a time of 1:04.67, with teammates Will Patch, Galen Moynihan and Max Moorhead following. Weitzman (43.69), Lucas Jameson, Patch and Moorhead were 2-4-5-6 in the GS to secure the team win.
“We were expecting to do really well; we’d raced against Keene and Hanover the week before, when Hanover beat us and we beat Keene,” Lebanon coach Mike Anikis said. “We expected to take first or second. We were looking for a good result.”
The highlight of the day came in the GS, which was staged on two side-by-side courses. Stocken and Weitzman ended up going head to head in their runs. “That was kind of cool,” Anikis said. “Then they went 1-2 in the CVCs.”
Makayla Merritt and Tony DiPadova had the top days for Newport.
Boys team scores: Lebanon 775, Keene 753, Newport 362, Hanover 200. Girls team scores: Lebanon 768, Hanover 759, Keene 741, Newport 263.
BBA Nips Wasps
Peru, Vt. — Host Burr & Burton took the top spots in boys and girls giant slaloms to edge Woodstock at Bromley Mountain.
Katie Bourque took the win in the girls race for the Bulldogs (59.59 seconds), besting the Wasps’ Jocelyn Werle (1:00.28). Hailey Noble, Clancy Farrand and Kathleen Sheppard went 5-7-10 for the Wasps. Skiing independently, Hartford’s Mariah Palmer finished third individually in 1:01.68 out of a field of 46 competitors. Rachel Twerdowsky took 34th place for Thetford.
Ben Alexopoulos won both runs in the boys race for a combined time of 57.15 seconds that topped Woodstock’s Sawyer Mattsson (58.10) by less than a second. Jake Kelly, Matt Frates and Alex King were 7-8-12 for the Wasps, who couldn’t match BBA’s 1-3-4-5 boys finish.
Woodstock joins in a giant slalom meet at Pico on Wednesday.
Boys team scores: Burr & Burton 16, Woodstock 21, Rutland 56. Girls team scores: Burr & Burton 13, Woodstock 29, Rutland 33.
Terhune, Stokes Lead Kearsarge
Waterville Valley, n.h. — Arianna Stokes cracked the top 10 and Conor Terhune narrowly missed the same result to lead Kearsarge at a five-school classic meet at Waterville Valley.
Stokes was the Cougars’ top finisher on the day, taking ninth in the girls race in 19 minutes, 27 seconds. Teammate Maggie Lee (19:40) followed close behind in 11th place in a race won by Bow’s Naomi Kramer (17:06).
Terhune took 12th in the boys race, clocking in a 16:47 for Kearsarge’s top result. Gilford’s Matt Young (14:49) took the individual win.
Boys team scores: Bow 386, White Mountains 378, Gilford 277, Kearsarge 268, Belmont 86.
Girls team scores: Bow 388, White Mountains 378, Kearsarge 379, Gilford 97, Belmont 87.
Lebanon 50, Milford 41
Lebanon — Senior David Hampton reached the career 1,000-point plateau on the last of his six 3-pointers with 11.2 seconds to play as the Raiders (6-1 league, 7-2 overall) held off the slow-down intentions of the Spartans. Hampton became the first Lebanon boys basketball player to hit the mark since 1996 with his late basket.
Up to that point, Lebanon had all it could handle from Milford (1-7), which entered the night in next-to-last place in NHIAA Division II. The Raiders had better luck shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (eight baskets) than inside it (five), and may have sealed the win by holding the visitors to just six points in the third quarter.
Nic Shepherd and Dominick Morrill each chipped in 11 points for the Raiders.
Hartford 52, Fair Haven 48
White River Junction — The Hurricanes (7-5) used a 35-15 edge on the boards against a bigger foe to counteract the effects of a 17-for-32 night from the foul line in a quality victory.
The Hartford defense held the Slaters (7-3) to just four third-quarter points to build a 38-27 lead entering the fourth period. The Canes did well to get to the charity stripe but didn’t take enough of an advantage to be comfortable, but the win still told Hartford coach Steve Landon that his squad is going in the right direction.
Nick Fucci scored 13 points, Josh Claflin netted 11 and Cameron Gaudette contributed 10 for the Canes.
Kearsarge 45, Fall Mountain 41
Langdon, n.h. — Peter Allen scored a season-high 17 points and Casey Laughinghouse backed that up with 10 as the Cougars (2-6 league, 2-8 overall) ended a weeklong break by ending a four-game losing streak.
After building a 15-6 lead after one quarter, Kearsarge stuck to defense to pick up the victory. Sam Van Etten came off the bench to score four points in “what might be the best game he’s played in his career,” Kearsarge coach Nate Camp said.
Carter Noordsij threw in seven points for the Cougars, who host Hopkinton on Monday.
Woodsville 55, Gorham 51
Woodsville — Tom D’Angelo drove in for a layup with 20 seconds remaining to put the Engineers up, 52-51. Fouled on the play, D’Angelo missed the ensuing free throw, but teammate Kevin Briggs rebounded the ball and converted the putback to clinch the victory.
Joe Abrahamsen had 16 points for Woodsville (2-6), which also received 14 from Briggs and 12 from Jaret Bemis. The Engineers host Groveton on Friday.
Stevens 62, Monadnock 57
Claremont — Billy Brooks had 13 points, Ryan Tanguay had 11 and Logan Batchelder had 10 to push the Cardinals to 7-2. Nate White added nine points and Dorion Bolden supplied eight. Stevens led 28-20 at halftime. The Cardinals visit Mascoma on Tuesday.
Newport 68, Mascenic 54
New Ipswich, n.h. — The Tigers (9-0 league, 12-0 overall) kept up their undefeated ways by beating the Vikings in their den. Newport comes home to host Sunapee on Monday.
Rochester 81, South Royalton 45
South Royalton — The Rockets used a 21-5 second quarter to break open a 14-14 game and rocket past the Royals (2-5).
Five different Rochester players hit for double figures, led by Pavin Parrish’s 25-point night. Mike Smith netted 14 points for the visitors, backed by a dozen each from Clay Walker and Tanner Pratt.
Ian Kinnarney scored 18 points for the Royals, who also received eight from Matt Fifield.
Hopkinton 44, Mascoma 34
Hopkinton, n.h. — The host Hawks forced Mascoma sharpshooter Adam Dutille into foul trouble and used their defense to hold down the Royals (4-4 league, 5-5 overall).
Dutille still scored a team-high nine points, but Mascoma paid the price for a scoreless third quarter and a seven-point second.
Walt Hammond netted eight points and Justin Marsh added seven for the Royals.
Williamstown 78, Whitcomb 21
Bethel — The Hornets trailed 27-2 after a quarter and fell to 0-9 against the Blue Devils, who improved to 9-0. Caleb Chase led the hosts with nine points and Matt Kill chipped in six.
Hanover 46, Merrimack Valley 44
Hanover — J.J. Daniell capped a season-high 23-point night by sinking a layup with 30 seconds to play to give the Marauders (5-4 league, 8-4 overall) enough of a cushion to hold off the Pride.
Hanover led most of the night, but it took a three-point play from Daniell early in the fourth quarter to reverse what had been a 39-38 MV advantage. With Liesel Robbins, Safiya Walker and Holly Schlosser doing “a yeoman’s job on the boards,” the Marauders held on for a key win.
“The night belonged to J.J.,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “She put our team on her shoulders.”
Lebanon 55, Milford 27
Milford, n.h. — The Raiders cruised to 8-0 in NHIAA Division II play and 10-0 overall. Heather King had 17 points, Emily Kehoe 14 and Moriah Morton 13. Lebanon hosts Windham at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, when it plays just its third home game of the season.
Woodsville — Dee Martin sank a quartet of 3-point shots and the Engineers improved to 7-4. Chrissy Valliant had eight points and Tori Clough had five for the hosts.
Hopkinton 44, Mascoma 34
West Canaan — The Royals (7-3) dug themselves too deep a hole last night, falling to visiting Hopkinton.
“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Mascoma coach Mike Neily. “We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had, and we just had too many turnovers.”
Hopkinton took a 20-12 lead at the break before Mascoma clawed back into the game. The Royals got the deficit down to four points in the fourth quarter, but could not get any closer.
Alex Van Zandt was the only Mascoma player in double figures with 11 points.
Mascenic 48, Newport 46 (ot)
Newport — The Tigers (3-7 league, 4-9 overall) gave up key baskets at inopportune times in a game that coach David Muzzey felt “we played hard enough to win.”
The Vikings forced overtime by draining a 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation. The visitors won the contest by scoring off an inbounds play with 8 seconds to go in overtime.
Ashley Plante had 12 points, Jen Kidder finished with 11 and Alex Stefan added eight for the Tigers, who visit Sunapee on Tuesday.
Monadnock 53, Stevens 21
East Swanzey, n.h. — The Cardinals’ offense found little traction against the Huskies, posting one of lowest point totals of the season in dropping its third straight game.
Stevens (1-9 league, 2-10 overall) returns home to face Mascoma on Tuesday.
Fair Haven 56, Windsor 35
Fair Haven, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (3-6) dropped their second straight contest to the Slaters following a week off from game action. Oxbow visits Windsor on Wednesday.
KUA 9, Brewster 0
Meriden — The Wildcats (17-1-0) rolled five goals into the first period and four in the third to down Brewster at Akerstrom Arena.
Niko Rufo (hat trick) and J.D. Dudek (two goals, one assist) powered Kimball Union behind three-point afternoons. Brandon Cole scored once and set up another, and Nick Roberto and A.J. Greer both earned a pair of assists. Gregg Burmaster, Eric Megnia and Matt Michaud provided KUA’s other goals.
Milton Academy visits the Wildcats this afternoon.
Hanover Tops Three
White River Junction — The Hanover High swim team raised its total number of state qualifiers to 13 athletes as the girls beat three foes and the boys topped two in a four-school meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.
Jake McCoy and Corrie Presland-Byrne added their name to the Marauders’ roster for states with their performances. McCoy qualified in the 500-yard freestyle in 6 minutes, 11.49 seconds, and Presland-Byrne’s time of 2:37.10 in the 200 individual medley punched her ticket to states.
The Hanover girls won seven events and three relays to outscore Hollis-Brookline, Lebanon and Sunapee’s Mount Royal Academy. Elisabeth Brechbuhl, Audrey Steiner and Katie Aman all won two events, Parker Goss claimed the 50 free and the Marauders won the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays.
Connor Koehler (200 free) and ChiChi Wang (500 free) recorded wins for the Hanover boys, who finished second behind Hollis-Brookline.
Lebanon recorded a win in the boys 200 free relay, as the quartet of Vladimir Burnin, Tanner Singleton, Connor Gavell and Kyle Shepherd won by five seconds in a time of 1:47.03. The Raider girls had several runner-up results, with Lyssa Wright taking second in the girls 100 breaststroke and 500 free and joining Elizabeth Barney, Brittany DeVoid and Amanda Klotz to finish second in the 200 medley relay. Klotz and Barney took 2-3 in the 50 free behind Hanover’s Goss.
Harwood Nips Ghosts
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts posted their best team score of the season in a narrow loss to Harwood at Randolph Union High School.
Teresa Claughton, Whitcomb High’s contribution to the roster, grabbed an individual win in the vault (8.5 points), taking second on the balance beam (8.4) and floor exercise (8.05) to finish second in the all-around competition with 31.75 points. Taking her first crack at the all-around, Randolph’s Brittney Malik finished fifth with 27.85 points. The Ghosts also picked up big points from senior Rose Earl in the uneven bars (third; 7.2) and freshman Morgan Smith on the beam (third; 8.2).
Harwood took the team win, 125.86-118.85. Randolph hosts Middlebury on Thursday.
Wasps Debut at Jay Peak
Jay, Vt. — Woodstock’s snowboarding team survived icy conditions and four opponents to win their first giant slalom meet of the season on Thursday at Jay Peak.
Co-captains Sean Ritchie and Alex Sheppard swept the top two spots for the boys in the two-run, combined-time event, while co-captains Olivia Clement and Indi Bjornsson did the same to lead the Woodstock girls. Justin Peyton was fourth and Ezra Hennie 12th for the boys, and Carli Weinberg took seventh for the girls. First-time competitor Jackie Davenport took ninth for the Wasps as well.
“This team took on an extremely difficult course with patience and skill, and the results speak for themselves,” coach Ralph Sheppard said. “This is a great group of riders.”
The Wasps return to the slopes for a GS at Okemo on Tuesday.