Local Roundup: Lebanon Tennis Cools Down in Victory
Manchester — After struggling in the heat during Monday’s loss at Bishop Brady, the Lebanon High girls tennis team put forth a much cooler performance — in cooler conditions — in a 7-2 win at Trinity on Tuesday.
No. 1 singles’ Brianna Li and No. 2 Brielle Giaccone dug out tiebreaker wins to help the Raiders improve to 7-4.
“We went from the 80s on Monday to the 50s (Tuesday),” Lebanon coach Joe Doran said. “It was actually better tennis weather yesterday, and I’m very happy with how the girls played. They know that if we play well down the stretch, we might make the (NHIAA Division II) tournament, which we haven’t done since 2010. So there was some pressure, but they got the win.”
It was particularly challenging for Li, who trailed Trinity’s Justine Razzaboni, 6-2, before rallying for a 7-1 tie breaker win and a 9-8 victory.
Giaccone and Gabby Razzaboni played the longest match of the day at No. 2, a 2-hour, 51-minute slugfest that ended in Giaccone’s 7-5 tiebreaker win.
Raiders singles players Ashley O’Keefe (No. 3; 8-0), Megan Mason (No. 4; 8-4) and Abby Wilkinson (No. 5; 8-2) had easier matches.
Lebanon prevailed in two of three doubles matches, Giaccone and O’Keefe combining for an 8-3 win at No. 2 and Mason-Amber Khatib winning 8-5 at No. 3.
The Raiders host Hollis-Brookline on Friday.
S. Royalton 4 Williamstown 2
Williamstown, Vt. — The Royals had just four hits —but allowed just two — while improving to 9-2.
Darrin Kennedy (RBI) had a pair of hits and Lief Johnson (RBI) and David Ballou had one apiece.
Hunter Brock had an RBI ground out for the Royals, who trailed 2-1 after one inning.
Johnson (five innings, five strikeouts) and Nate Moore (two innings, three strikeouts) combined for the two-hitter.
South Royalton hosts Rivendell on Monday.
Thetford 10, Northfield 7
Northfield, Vt. — The Panthers improved 2-6.
Jordan Eastman (1-for-2, three runs, four steals), Connor Brown (2-for-3, two runs, RBI, two steals) and Colby Richardson (1-for-3, two runs, three steals, RBI) had strong offensive days for Thetford.
“We were able to pressure them on the basepaths,” said Thetford coach Phil Chaput. “There were times when we stole second and ended up at third on an over throw.”
Henry Nichols (eight strikeouts, four walks) allowed just two earned runs in eight innings for the Panthers, who host Harwood on Thursday.
S. Royalton 10, Williamstown 8
Williamstown, Vt. — The Royals’ bats came to life as they improved to 9-3.
Rebecca Paige (three runs) and Rachel Moore both had a triple and three RBIs and Alexis Madore had four hits, three stolen bases and an RBI for the Royals.
Freshman Kassandra Wilson played her first game at catcher, spelling ill starter Summer Spaulding.
Rebecca Paige (five innings, eight hits) got the start for the Royals, who went ahead 10-6 before giving up two solo home runs in the seventh inning.
South Royalton hosts Rivendell on Monday.
Thetford 23, Northfield 5 (5)
Northfield, Vt. — The Panthers had many contributors while routing the Marauders.
Micaela Pomeroy had a home run and a triple and was one of two Thetford players to get three hits in the abbreviated contest. Emily Emerson was 3-for-5.
Freshmen Grace Veracka (two hits, double) and Jasman Jamieson had their first varsity hits.
“It was very much a team effort,” said Thetford coach Michelle Fifield. “We played good defense and everybody got to play, which was nice.”
Rozzyln Kidder (three hits, four walks, three strikeouts) pitched all five innings for Thetford (5-3).
Lebanon 13, Manchester West 6
Lebanon — The Raiders (3-7) won for the second time in four games.
Jacob Mellish and Scott Colburn scored three times each for the Raiders, while Ryan Damren (two assists) and Lucas Gerow (assist) had two goals each.
Nate Damren, Walker Tuttle and Jeremy Cornin added single goals for Lebanon, with Tate Singleton and Matt Woodcock adding assists.
Kyler Tang made 12 stops for the Raiders, who scooped up 29 ground balls.
Lebanon plays its final road game of the season Friday at Pembroke.
Brattleboro 10 Woodstock 9
Woodstock — The Wasps (5-3) lost a tight battle against the Colonels.
Oliver Kaija and Haven Lantz scored three goals each for the Wasps, Lantz’s last making it 10-9 with 1:27 to play.
Woodstock nearly tied it in the final seconds. “We got open, we just didn’t get the shot off in time,” said Woodstock coach Brandon Little. “We outscored them in the fourth quarter, 4-2 and it was tied 8-8 at one time.”
Connor McCarthy had three assists and Nehemiah Wood had two goals, one assist for the Wasps. Jackson Wood had one goal and Braden McCarthy had an assist.
Goalie Ben Orr made five saves for Woodstock, which hosts Mount Anthony on Thursday.
Kingswood 13 Kearsarge 6
Wolfeboro, n.h. — The Cougars (4-6) lost their fifth straight.
Justin Norris scored five times and Gunnar Nurme once for Kearsarge, while Will Aufranc made 14 saves in the Cougars’ net.
Kearsarge is back at home on Thursday, against Gilford.
Track & Field
Woodstock Sweeps at SoRo
South Royalton — The Wasp boys and girls both prevailed in a five-team meet in South Royalton.
Woodstock’s Anna Dieffenbach won the long jump and triple jump and placed second in the high jump, just behind teammate Claire Spangler. Katherine Bassette won the pole vault for Woodstock.
The Royals were third, led by runner-up finishes by Larissa Stride in both the javelin and pole vault. Maeve Naumann was second in the discus.
On the boys side, Woodstock’s Chris Townley won the high jump and long jump, while teammate Bill Wood was second in both the long jump and javelin and sixth in the high jump.
The Royal boys were also third, led by Raven Hudson (second in shot put, third in high jump) and Emmett Lorett (second in pole vault).
Spencer Taylor won the discus for fourth-place Whitcomb.
Boys team scores: 1. Woodstock 65; 2. Chelsea 46; 3. S. Royalton 39; 4. Whitcomb 29.5; 5. Northfield 24.
Girls team scores: 1. Woodstock 65; 2. Northfield 51; 3. S. Royalton 82; 4. Chelsea 8; 5. Whitcomb 6.
Lebanon Sweeps CVC North Meet
Windsor — John Cioffredi and Corinne Kennedy each won three events as the Raiders swept the Connecticut Valley Conference North meet at Windsor High School.
Cioffredi won the high jump (6-01), triple jump (40-4.75) and shot put (46-00), while Kennedy sprinted to wins in the 200-meter dash (26.5 seconds), 110 hurdles (15.84) and 300 hurdles (44.89).
The Raider girls also received victories from Kyle Gronbrugge (long jump), Georgia Michalovic (triple jump) and Lauren Anikis (high jump), while teammate Samantha MacDonald captured the pole vault.
Windsor’s girls placed third, with wins from Katey Comstock (shot put) and Iyanna Williams (discus).
Finley Doyle won the 3,200 for fourth-place Hanover, edging runner-up Nell Houde, of Lebanon. Stevens’ Aly Lizoytte won the 400 to help the Cardinals place fifth.
On the boys’ side, Craig Telfair (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Will Merchant (pole vault, long jump) earned multiple wins for Lebanon, while Zak Kinsman took the 3,200 over runner-up teammate Josh Fontaine.
Reed Bell won the 400 for runner-up Kearsarge, while Ben Chaimberg (800) and Chris Stocken (discus) got wins for Hanover, which tied Stevens for third place. Akeem Bailey (100, 200) and Kai Kleyensteuber (javelin) got wins for the Cardinals.
Boys team scores: 1. Lebanon 173; 2. Kearsarge 97; 3. Hanover and Stevens 46; 5. White Mtns. 45; 6. Windsor 29; 7. Sharon 16; 8. Hartford 10; 9. Newport 2.
Girls team scores: 1. Lebanon 182; 2. White Mtns. 95; 3. Windsor 67; 4. Hanover 57; 5. Stevens 24; 6. Kearsarge 18; 7. Hartford 16; 8. Sharon 6.