Hartford Opens With Win

White River Junction — The Hartford High boys basketball team took an aggressive approach to getting to the hoop on Monday night, and the strategy paid off in a 63-56 win over Woodstock in the rivals’ season opener at Hartford High School.

The Hurricanes’ attack of the hoop returned a plethora of free throws, from which Hartford constructed the victory. Cam Gaudette’s game-best 26-point performance was built on an 11-for-13 performance at the line, the highlight of a 25-for-33 effort from the team at the charity stripe.

“As you can see from the free throws, we were relentless in taking the ball to the basket in the second half,” said Hartford coach Steve Landon, whose squad outscored the Wasps 36-23 after the break. “We were down 42-38 going into the fourth, but we won it from the free-throw line.”

Branson Landon added nine points for Hartford (1-0). The Canes visit Rutland on Thursday.

Woodstock (0-1) spread the scoring around, with Connor Fegard netting 16 points, Doug Avellino following with 13 and Nehemiah Wood netting nine. The Wasps go to Mill River on Thursday.

Windsor 60, Thetford 57

Thetford — Like Hartford, Windsor’s ability to get to the basket for points and rebounds trumped the Panthers’ long-distance accuracy, spoiling Blendon Salls’ debut as Thetford coach.

A nip-and-tuck affair slowly went the Yellowjackets’ way in the second half courtesy of superior rebounding and free-throw shooting, Salls said. Tyson Boudro led the way for Windsor (2-0) with 20 points, getting double-figure help from Nick Kapuscinski (12 points), Mike Bradley (11) and Ethan Hill (11).

“We did have a good shooting night tonight,” Salls said. “We just didn’t go the line because we weren’t being aggressive enough.”

Instead, the Panthers (0-1) bombed their way over the Jacks to stay alive. Brandon Gray buried seven of TA’s 10 3-pointers on a 31-point night, getting an additional 11 points from Jordan Eastman.

“We had different options,” Windsor coach Harry Ladue said. “We stayed after it. We rebounded pretty and were fighting them off a lot. They were draining threes all over the place. We were guarding them, but they were hitting tough shots.”

Windsor hosts Brattleboro on Thursday, the same night Thetford hosts Rivendell.

Girls Basketball

Hanover 68, Goffstown 54

Hanover — With guard J.J. Daniell setting the pace with a game-high 26 points, the Marauders (1-0) rolled in their season debut.

Daniell helped Hanover jump to a 21-8 lead after one quarter. From there, her play with and without the ball kept the Marauders in high gear.

“She distributed the ball and was releasing a lot, so she had probably 10 of her points on the fast break,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “Then, on offense in the half-court, she attacked the basket aggressively and, as a result, went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.”

Lexie Hamilton finished with 14 points and Cathleen Beliveau netted eight for the Marauders, who play in the first half of Friday’s girls-boys doubleheader at Lebanon.

Kearsarge 46, Stevens 25

Claremont — Anna Cahill outscored the Cardinals (1-2) on her own, netting 27 points as the Cougars (2-2) returned to the .500 mark.

Stevens (1-2) came out strong with an 11-7 lead after one period. Cahill signalled Kearsarge’s comeback with her strong scoring night.

“Cahill was herself,” Stevens coach Ross Dole said. “Phenomenal.”

Cahill also had eight rebounds for the Cougars, who also picked up a combined 15 boards from Maicy Hansden, Devi Kraushaar and Eleanor Angus. “The three of them really battled,” Kearsarge coach Kurt McCandless said.

Morgan Busby and Madelyn Whipple both scored six points for the Cards, who go to Monadnock on Wednesday. Kearsarge travels to Conant on Thursday.

Williamstown 97 South Royalton 24

South Royalton — The Royals (1-1) put forth their best effort, but the Blue Devils had too many weapons.

Five different Williamstown players hit for double figures, led by Kimmy Gilbert’s 16 points. Jocelyn Hewitt paced South Royalton with nine points.

“They’re thoroughbreds; five girls in, five girls out,” Royals coach Jim Hewitt said. “They have no offense. It’s just run and gun.”

South Royalton is off until a Monday trip to Northfield.


BF-Hartford Wins Opener

Peterborough, n.h. — Defending Vermont state champion and Hartford High senior Nolan Viens joined teammates Brendan Kendall and Jake Lober in winning their divisions and powering Bellows Falls-Hartford to a team win at a season-opening meet on Saturday at ConVal Regional High School.

BF-Hartford totaled 154 points to win the 10-school tournament. Keene High took second, followed by Plymouth.

Despite missing his preferred weight of 145 pounds and being bumped to the 160-pound division, Viens powered through three opponents for his victory. After defeating foes from Winnisquam and Bishop Guertin, Viens rolled to an 18-6 win over ConVal’s Adam Smullen for the meet title.

Kendall and Lober are just the second and third freshmen to win divisions in meet history. Kendall prevailed at 126 pounds, pinning Plymouth’s Adam Hughes in the finals. Lober, moving up to 220 pounds from his usual 195, also won his final by a pin, beating ConVal’s Jon Norton.

BF-H’s Austin Viens, Steve Cerrone, Sawyer Reis and Kyle Record all finished second in their classes. The squad heads to Otter Valley on Wednesday.

Women’s Basketball

DePaul 90, Dartmouth 76

Chicago — The Big Green (1-8) used a 16-2 run to reverse a 15-point halftime lead, but Dartmouth couldn’t hold off a similar response from the Blue Demons on Monday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Fanni Szabo led four Dartmouth players in double figures with 18 points. Katie Vareika had a personal high of 17 points, while Lakin Roland finished with 11 points and Abbey Schmitt chipped in 11. The Big Green also shot a season-best 57 percent from the floor, hitting 29 of 51 field-goal attempts.

“We took an incredible step forward today,” Dartmouth coach Kelle Koclanes said. “The team made a decision to compete and every player played their roles.”

The last of Jenkins’ four 3-pointers gave the Big Green a 68-66 lead with just over 14 minutes to play. DePaul netted the next 13 points after that to take control.

Dartmouth visits Loyola-Chicago on Thursday afternoon.

Pro Lacrosse

Dartmouth’s Wills Drafted Into Men’s League

Hempstead, n.y. — Former Dartmouth women’s lacrosse goalkeeper Devon Wills will give men’s professional lacrosse a shot, having been picked up by the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse in its supplemental draft.

A 2006 Dartmouth graduate and a three-time All-American, Wills will attempt to become the first woman to play in an MLL contest. Second on the all-time Big Green saves list with 538, Wills has been the starting goalkeeper for the United States national team since 2007, earning a pair of World Cup gold medals since then. She is currently in her second year as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Southern California.

“I think it’s a huge honor, and I am super grateful for the opportunity that Coach (Joe) Spallina is giving me by picking me up,” Wills said in a news release. “This is a huge opportunity to challenge myself. This is sports and I’m really excited to see if I’m good enough to play at this level. If I’m good enough, that’s great, but if not, I’m still really grateful for the opportunity.”

Wills owns a career 7.14 goals-against average from her Dartmouth years. She coached for two years at the University of Denver before joining USC.