South Royalton Edged In New Coach’s Debut

South Royalton — In the latest edition of their rivalry, the South Royalton School girls basketball team fell to Chelsea 38-34 in Chuck Howe’s debut as Royals’ interim coach.

South Royalton (1-6) grabbed a 12-4 lead after one quarter, but the Red Devils roared back to take an 18-16 halftime lead.

“We came out really hot with a press, then we got into foul trouble in second quarter and allowed them to catch up,” said Howe, who took over for Bob Gray, who stepped down this week. “We’re very proud of our effort with the coaching change and whatnot. It was you typical South Royalton-Chelsea CVL matchup.”

Howe, who also coaches the SoRo girls soccer and baseball teams, will likely coach the team the rest of the season, he said.

Kim Lakin led the Royals with a season-high 19 points. South Royalton visits Rochester on Wednesday.

Lamoille 36, Randolph 35

Randolph — Lamoille banked in a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 21 seconds left in the game for its first lead and the Lancers defeated Randolph.

Mariah Rilling led Randolph (2-5) with 13 points, including a 6-for-7 effort from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

The Galloping Ghosts visits Green Mountain on Tuesday.

Rochester 47
Mid Vermont 40

Rochester, Vt. — Rochester held off Mid Vermont Christian (2-5) despite Phoebe Seale’s season-high 27 points.

Anna Seale added eight points for Mid Vermont, which has three freshmen and an eighth-grader on its roster. The Eagles trailed 19-17 at the half.

Mid Vermont heads to Websterville tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Hartford 41, Mill River 31

North Clarendon, Vt. — With Stephanie Grobe scoring a game-high 17 points and the defense doing its shutdown best, the Hurricanes (5-2) powered past the Minutemen in a Wednesday night contest in the Marble Valley League.

After falling behind 12-9 after one quarter, Hartford kept Mill River boxed up the rest of the night. At the other end of the floor, Grobe buried half of the Canes’ 14 baskets as the visitors took the lead by halftime and never strayed.

“Defensively, we did a really nice job in the second half,” Hartford coach Ed Kehoe said. “They turned it over more times than they did in the first half.”

Hartford hosts Springfield on Monday.

Men’s Hoop

Colby-Sawyer 66
Green Mtn. 63 (ot)

Poultney, Vt. — Mike Dias scored 14 points as the Chargers (4-8, 4-3 NAC) eged the Eagles (1-11, 0-6).

Women’s Hoop

Colby-Sawyer 86
Green Mtn. 20

Poultney, Vt. — Taylor DeSanty scored 23 points as Colby-Sawyer (9-4, 7-0 NAC) rolled past Green Mountain (3-8, 1-5).

Women’s Hockey

Dartmouth 4, Vermont 2

Burlington — Ailish Forfar’s fourth goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period as the Big Green (9-5-2) completed its nonleague schedule with a win over the Catamounts (6-11-2) on Wednesday night at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

UVM twice led the game only to have the Big Green rally each time. Dartmouth’s Laura Stacey needed just 23 seconds to respond to a goal from Vermont’s Danielle Rancourt, and the Big Green’s Lindsey Allen retied the game for Dartmouth just 66 seconds after Meghan Huertas had re-established the hosts’ lead. Karlee Odland scored midway through the second period to give Dartmouth some cushion, and goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft secured it with 22 saves in the Big Green net.

Dartmouth resumes ECAC Hockey League play tonight against Quinnipiac and tomorrow against Princeton.


SMS Nordic Team Competes in Utah

Soldier Hollow, Utah — The Stratton Mountain School Nordic team competed in the U.S. Cross Country Nationals recently in Salt Lake City.

Postgraduate Paddy Caldwell, a Lyme native, was named second alternate for the Junior World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, on Jan. 12-28.

Former Dartmouth skier Sophie Caldwell, a 2008 SMS graduate, qualified for the U23 World Championships.

Sophie Caldwell was third in the 20K race on Jan. 6. Paddy Caldwell took first in the junior heats of the freestyle sprints. Sophie Caldwell led the charge with a second-place finish.