Local Roundup: Russell Trails at N.E. Am

Winchester, Mass. — Evan Russell’s defense of his New England Amateur championship got off to a rough start, but not so much that the Grantham resident can’t still compete for a repeat.

Russell shot a 3-over-par 74 to open the three-day, 72-hole tournament at Winchester Country Club on Tuesday. The score left him within range of making the cut following today’s second round but well behind leader John Gratton, who shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead.

Placed in a group that included recent New Hampshire Amateur champion Joe Leavitt, Russell started slowly. Beginning his day on the 10th tee, the Kimball Union Academy graduate launched with double bogeys on two of his first three holes to quickly fall off the pace. Russell — representing the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center this week — played even-par golf the rest of the way and is in a nine-way tie for 54th place after one day.

Leavitt’s clubmate at the Atkinson Resort, Nicholas Pandelena, is a shot behind Gratton. One-time Julian Cup competitor Chris Houston, of Laconia Country Club, is tied for seventh at 69. Leavitt shot a first-round 70.

Father and son Scott and Matt Killam are well back in the field. Matt, a sophomore at Texas Wesleyan, shot a first-round 79, while Scott came in at 83. The two are playing out of Newport Golf Club this week.

The top 60 scores and ties after today advance to a 36-hole final day on Thursday. Russell won the New England Am last summer at Green Mountain National Golf Course in Killington.

Women’s Soccer

Touchline Women 2 Springfield Girls SC 0

Norwich — Touchline wrapped up a 7-1-3 regular season in New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division I play by blanking D-II Springfield (1-4-3) at Huntley Meadows.

Taylor Kenyon polished off a Taylor Hollis pass and Kate Yamahiro scored on an Anna Seigler assist for Touchline’s goals.

Touchline expects to begin its championship tournament this weekend.

Men’s Basketball

Maldunas on Honors Court

Hanover — Dartmouth senior Gabas Maldunas has been named to the largest Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in the history of the award.

A total of 895 student-athletes made the NABC’s grade as a junior or senior carrying a minimum 3.2 grade-point average at the end of the past acqademic year. The Honors Court covers men’s basketball players in the three NCAA divisions and two NAIA divisions.

A native of Lithuania, Maldunas averages 8.5 rebounds and 11.2 points per game in his 15 games before losing the rest of his junior season to knee surgery. He was leading the nation in defensive rebounding percentage (.323) at the time of his injury.

Women’s Golf

Princeton Hires Colby-Sawyer’s DeSanty

Princeton, n.j. — A one-time standout on the basketball court, Colby-Sawyer graduate Erika DeSanty apparently knows the links as well, having been hired as Princeton University’s head women’s golf coach.

DeSanty joined the Tigers after holding the same position at Williams College the past five years. DeSanty was a four-year starting point guard during her basketball-playing days with the Chargers, and she still ranks second in career assists (486) and fourth in steals (230).

DeSanty was twice named the National Golf Coaches Association coach of the year at Williams, where she also guided Georgiana Salant to the NCAA Division III individual championship this year. DeSanty earned her LPGA teaching and club professional certification three years ago and is pursuing a Class A license, the highest level offered by the LPGA.

College Football

McDougall Adjusts Role

Castleton, Vt. — Hartford High School graduate Bo McDougall has stepped down as the defensive coordinator for the Castleton State College football program, but will continue with the Spartans as the school’s men’s lacrosse coach.

McDougall, who graduated from Hartford in 2002, has overseen Castleton lacrosse for three years, duing which time the Spartans have gone 38-19 overall and 23-1 in North Atlantic Conference play. The team won the NAC championship in 2013.

Blaise Zambrano has been hired as the football team’s defensive coordinator for Tony Volpone, who was hired as head coach earlier this year.