Local Roundup: Hawks Hold Off Royals
Mascoma's Kyle Kosiorek sinks a three-pointer while Hopkinton's Riley McNicholas defends in the third quarter of Hopkinton at Mascoma boys basketball in Canaan, N.H., on January 24, 2014. Hopkinton won, 52-47. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Mascoma's Andrew Cashe gets between Hopkinton's Jake Nelson, left, and Sam Winslow for two points to regain the lead late in the third quarter of Hopkinton at Mascoma boys basketball in Canaan, N.H., on January 24, 2014. Hopkinton won, 52-47. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Mascoma coach Jim Barry speaks to his players during a timeout called with seconds left during Hopkinton at Mascoma boys basketball in Canaan, N.H., on January 24, 2014. Hopkinton won, 52-47. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
West Canaan — Another game, another heartbreaker for the Mascoma boys basketball team. The Royals battled back against one of the better teams in New Hampshire Division III but lost 52-47 to Hopkinton in front of the home crowd on Friday night.
The Hawks (8-1) led 23-16 at halftime but Mascoma (7-5 overall, 6-4 league) erupted with 19 points in the third quarter to tie it up at 35-35 heading into the fourth.
Andrew Cash led the Royals with 14 points, while Kyle Kosiorek had 11 and Walt Hammond added 10 points. Mascoma’s four losses in D-III play have come by a total of 10 points.
“Another close game. We’re knocking on the door, it’s going to open up soon,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said. “Every game has been right there. It was a great effort for us tonight.”
Barry praised the all-around effort of Kosiorek, Cash and Ethan Neily (four points) on both ends of the floor.
Mascoma visits Stevens on Tuesday night.
Windsor 51, Springfield 36
Windsor — The Yellowjackets played three strong quarters to beat the Cosmos, improving to 8-3.
Mike Bradley led Windsor with 14 points. Tyson Boudro added 12, Nick Kapuscinski had eight and Jacob Meagher had nine points on three 3-pointers. The Jacks led 46-27 after three quarters.
Windsor visits Fair Haven on Tuesday night.
West Rutland 65 Mid Vermont Christian 62
Quechee — Austin Sayers had 35 points and passed the 1,500-point barrier for his career but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell to the Golden Horde.
The Eagles trailed most of the way before a 21-point fourth quarter helped briefly tie the score at 56-56 late in the game.
The Golden Horde sunk their free throws in the final minutes though and a last second would-be game winning three-quarter court attempt by the Eagles rattled in and out of the hoop.
Sayers, a senior, was just outdueled by Jordan Peace (36 points) of the Golden Horde.
The Eagles host Concord (Vt.) on Monday.
Lebanon 86, Milford 53
Milford, n.h. — The Raiders (8-3 overall, 7-2 league) trailed by 10 points early in the first quarter and turned to their pressure defense to pull away from the Spartans.
KJ Matte led Lebanon with 16 points. Dom Morrill added 15 while Martin Gradijan had 14 points. Austin Pelletier and Kalin Sou each had 11 points. The Raiders’ press was in full effect in the third quarter as Lebanon outscored Milford 27-10 to pull in front for good.
Lebanon hosts Windham on Tuesday.
Newport 63, Mascenic 44
Newport — The Tigers remain unbeaten in league play, outscoring the Vikings 22-5 in the fourth quarter to blow open a close game.
“Mascenic came in and played us tough, they cut our lead to two points after three (quarters) before we pulled away,” Newport coach Steve Lavolpicelo said. “They gave us fits, so we battled through it.”
Andrew Houde led Newport with 25 points while Spencer Coronis had 20.
The Tigers (9-2 overall, 8-0 league) host Fall Mountain on Monday.
Randolph 54, Lamoille 29
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts got off to a roaring start with a 23-5 first quarter advantage and cruised over the Lancers.
Levi West had 16 points for the Ghosts while Ross Caswell added 11. Randolph (8-2) hosts U-32 on Wednesday.
Fair Haven 58, Hartford 37
Fair Haven, Vt. — The Hurricanes fell to the Slaters, dropping to 2-9.
Branson Landon led Hartford with eight points while Kyle Perkins had six points.
Hartford trailed 34-20 at halftime and looks ahead to a visit from Mill River on Tuesday.
Monadnock 57, Stevens 39
East Swanzey, n.h. — The Cardinals were undone by a sluggish third quarter as Isaiah Prince had 23 points and crossed the 1,000-point mark to lead the Huskies.
Brandon Tanguay and Tyler Haines both had seven points to lead Stevens while Chase Hussey added six points. The Cardinals were outscored 19-3 in the third quarter and host Mascoma on Tuesday.
Brewster 77, KUA 58
Meriden — Kimball Union (12-3) lost to Brewster Academy, which pulled away after leading by only two points at the half.
KUA’s Malik Abu led all scorers with 23 points. Duby Maduegbunam (17) and Crew Ainge (10) joined him in double figures.
Hanover 54 Merrimack Valley 50 (ot)
Penacook, n.h. — Playing with a short roster due to a flu bug, the Marauders got some clutch play from Christine Croituro to spark a strong fourth quarter effort en route to beating the Pride in overtime.
JJ Daniell had 17 points, including 11 after halftime, to lead Lebanon. Lexie Hamilton added 13 points while Holly Schlosser had 10 points.
Croituro finished with seven points and turned the game around in the fourth quarter. With Hanover down by three, Croituro had three steals in just over a minute that led to six points to put the Marauders up by six points. Molly Cornell just missed a game-winning attempt at the buzzer as the teams headed to overtime.
“It was packed, it was a playoff atmosphere down there,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said.
The Marauders (8-1 overall, 7-0 league) visit Hollis-Brookline on Monday.
Newport 49, Mascenic 40 (ot)
New Ipswich, n.h. — The Tigers shutout the Vikings in overtime, improving to 6-3 on the season.
“We did a nice job in overtime. Tactically though, tonight was our best offensive performance (of the season),” Newport coach David Muzzey said.
Stephanie Carl led the attack with 24 points, while Chrissy Merritt had 11 points.
The Tigers host Sunapee on Tuesday.
Hopkinton 51, Mascoma 38
Contoocook, n.h. — The Hawks led 18-5 after the first quarter and the Royals couldn’t dig out of that hole.
Lindsey Thompson had 10 points while Amanda Guerin had eight for Mascoma (6-5) which plays host to Stevens on Tuesday.
Milford 42, Lebanon 29
Lebanon — The Raiders (10-3 overall, 7-3 league) couldn’t muster enough offense and dropped a difficult contest with the Spartans.
“It’s a tough one, we have to do a better job of boxing out and running in transition,” Lebanon coach Rob Marsh said.
Heather King had 14 points for the Raiders, who play at Windham on Tuesday.
North Country 36, Hartford 34
Newport, Vt. — Megan Newton had 10 points for Hartford as the Canes found their range in the second half but couldn’t climb all the way out of an early hole.
Heather Illingworth added six points for Hartford. The Canes trailed 21-7 at halftime and then outscored their hosts 27-15 after the break.
Fair Haven visits Hartford on Monday.
KUA 1, Proctor Acad. 0
Andover, n.h. — Lindsey Landwehrle scored the game’s only goal as Kimball Union (7-6-0) defeated Proctor Academy (11-2-0).
KUA goaltender Amelie Poirier earned the shutout.
Kimball Union 6, Tilton 1
Meriden — Tom Franco and Brandon Riley each had two goals as KUA improved to 15-4-4.
Hanover Shines at CVCs
Newbury, n.h. — Hanover took three out of four team events at Friday’s CVC meet against Kearsarge and Newport at Mount Sunapee.
The Marauders placed first in the boys and girls slalom and girls giant slalom, while Kearsarge took first in the boys GS.
In the girls events, Hanover placed 1-4 individually in the slalom and GS. Sophia Higgerson (first slalom, third GS), Serena Higgerson (third slalom, second GS), Hailey Estes (first GS), Adeline Brendel (second slalom, fourth GS) and Sarah Kohl (fourth slalom, eighth GS) led the charge.
Geneva Heffernan (fifth GS, sixth slalom) and Bee Chambers (fifth slalom, ninth GS) led Kearsarge.
For the boys, Hanover was led by Christopher Stocke (first slalom, fourth GS), David Stocken (fourth in slalom and GS), Conor Austin (second slalom) and Nathan Roth (fifth slalom).
Kearsarge was paced by Justin Norris (first GS, third slalom), David Smith (third GS, sixth slalom), Isaac Braun (fifth GS, seventh slalom) and Patrick Moore (sixth GS, ninth slalom).
Newport’s Austin Kibble was 13th in the boys GS and 16th in the slalom).
Peru, Vt. — Woodstock’s boys and girls placed second behind Burr & Burton at Friday’s giant slalom meet at Bromley ski Area.
Woodstock’s Jake Kelly won the boys event in 1 minute, 11.72 seconds, followed by his twin brother, Charlie (sixth, 1:14.94), Andrew Borden (eighth, 1:16.25) and Michael Hirschbuhl (10th, 1:17.20). Thetford’s Scott Graber was 15th and Jacob Gaffney 28th.
For the girls, the Wasps’ Holli Olson was second with a personal-best 1:17.03, less than a second behind Rutland’s Marina Rotella (1:16.17). Teammates Hailey Noble and Clancy Farrand were tied for ninth (1:19.41) and Amelia Sheppard was 11th (1:19.44). Thetford’s Charlotte Reining was 28th and Rachel Twerdowsky 29th.
Woodstock is back at action on Monday at Pico Mountain.
Team scores: Girls — 1. Burr & Burton 18, 2. Woodstock 29, 3. Rutland 31, 4. Thetford 58. Boys — 1. Burr & Burton 14, 2. Woodstock 22, 3. Rutland 46, 4. Thetford 54.
Marauders on Top
North Conway, n.h. — Hanover placed first at Friday’s meet hosted by Kennett High.
The Marauders finished ahead of, in order, Hopkinton, Plymouth, Sunapee, Kennett and Concord.
Hanover’s Ethan Webber was tied for second, followed by teammates Sam Strohbehn (fourth), Sam Hastings (sixth) and Jack Pattison (seventh).
Complete results were unavailable at press time.
Ludlow, Vt. — The Wasps boys won in halfpipe on Thursday while the girls took fourth, competing in their first ever halfpipe competition.
Will Stellar took fourth to lead the Woodstock boys followed by Justin Peyton in seventh. Evan Bloch and Matt Poljacik tied for 12th and Alex Sheppard was 27th.
Nikki Sardelli led the Wasps girls with a sixth place finish followed by McKenzie Dalton (12th), Sawyer Cawley-Edwards (13th) and Cailin Saggesi (17th).