Raptors Pop Hornets, Reach D-III Semis
Orford e_SEmD Fifth-ranked Enosburg High employed a press defense to try to stymie No. 4 Rivendell Academy’s high-powered offense in yesterday’s Vermont Division III boys basketball quarterfinal. Instead, the approach only made the Raptors tougher to beat.
Senior Jack Steketee scored a season-high 20 points, one of four Rivendell players in double figures as the Raptors beat the Hornets, 82-63.
The win sends Rivendell (18-4) back to Thursday’s semifinals at Barre Auditorium, where it’ll face top-ranked Williamstown in a rematch of last year’s final, won by the Blue Devils. Unbeaten Williamstown (21-0) also beat Rivendell this season in Orford, 68-49, and dumped No. 8 Hazen in yesterday’s quarters, 76-63.
The Raptors responded to Enosburg’s pressure with zeal yesterday, leading 31-18 at halftime and coasting to the win. Even when the Hornets scored 26 points in the fourth quarter, Rivendell bettered that with 28.
“They pressed us, which really enabled us to run more and get our speed game going on the fast break,” said Raptors coach Tim Dyke. “Defensively, we were also very good.”
Rivendell held career 1,000-point scorer Brandon Gleason to just three points while playing well against sharp outside shooter Wyatt LaRose (22 points).
Sophomore Tim Stimson scored 15 points, Cole Stever had 12 and Nate Eastman and Josh Marshall scored 10 apiece for the Raptors.
The time for Rivendell’s semi against Williamstown on Thursday is to be determined.
Burr & Burton 54 Hartford 40
Manchester, Vt. — The seventh-ranked Hurricanes finished the season 12-10 with the loss to the No. 2 Bulldogs in the Vermont Division II quarterfinals.
Burr & Burton sank nine 3-pointers.
“My guys played with a lot of heart and effort; we just played a better basketball team today,” said Hartford coach Steve Landon. “I’m proud of the way my guys played over the last couple weeks to get to his point.”
Nick Fucci led the Canes with eight points.
Mid Vermont 38
Quechee e_SEmD The second-ranked Eagles (16-6) led 34-30 through three quarters, but faltered in the fourth.
Much of the difference came at the free throw line, where No. 7 Arlington sank 11-of-15 in the fourth quarter and 16-of-21 for the game.
Mid Vermont was just 3-of-13 from the line in the second half and 6-for-16 in the game.
“We had some bad turnovers, and they made a lot of free throws,” said Eagles coach Brian Sayers. “It was pretty disappointing for us.”
Austin Sayers scored a game-high 26 points, while Alex Hawley scored 21 for Arlington.
Berlin 56, Mascoma 38
Berlin, n.h. e_SEmD The eighth-ranked Royals fell to the top-ranked Mountaineers in the New Hampshire Division III quarterfinals.
Mascoma was within seven in the fourth quarter before the game tilted in favor of Berlin (19-1).
Walter Hammond scored a team-high 10 points for the Royals as leading scorer Adam Dutille was held to five.
Mascoma finishes the season 14-8 (13-7 league).
Cushing 62, KUA 52
Groton, Mass. — The Wildcats fell to Cushing in the NEPSAC Class AA semifinals at Groton School on Friday.
Malik Abu finished with 19 points; Devin Gilligan had 10 points and nine rebounds and Devin Thomas had eight points and eight assists for the Cats, who wrapped up the season 19-8.
St. Johnsbury 0
Woodstock e_SEmD The eighth-ranked Wasps advanced to the Vermont Division II quarterfinals with the first-round win over the No. 9 Hilltoppers.
Braden McCarthy scored in the first period for Woodstock before Ben Orr added a shorthanded insurance goal in the second.
Conor Joyce had two assists and Levi Vigh one for the Wasps.
Brady Stewart made 12 saves for Woodstock, which plays at Union-32 at 5:45 p.m. in Tuesday’s quarters.
White River Junction e_SEmD Hartford’s Colin Drake edged Hurricanes’ teammate Owen Connor in the inaugural VPA individual bowling championships at Upper Valley Lanes & Games.
The top four seeds in were all Hartford bowlers, with Drake beating Jillion Bushor in the semis and Connor edging Ethan White.
Drake beat Connor in the single-game roll-off, 166-162.
“My kids just bowled excellent today,” said Hartford coach Mark Hamilton, who helped found the league. “It was a great day of bowling. It was something to see.”
Split into two categories of 32, Drake won the championship flight while South Royalton’s Jesse Kumar beat Rivendell’s Dakota Floyd in the medal flight, 135-123.
The season concludes Saturday with the inaugural Twin State Roll Off, featuring the top seniors from both Vermont and New Hampshire at UVLG.