Panthers Prevail in D-III Opener
Thetford — The Thetford Academy girls basketball team never gave visiting Northfield a chance in the opening round of the Vermont Division III girls basketball playoffs. Jumping out to a 17-0 advantage in the first quarter, the third-seeded Panthers cruised in front of the home crowd to a 51-30 victory and a home date against Enosburg tomorrow in the quarterfinals.
“That was about as perfect a quarter as we have played all year,” coach Eric Ward said. “It was our best overall game we have played to this point. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
Shayann Josler keyed the first-quarter onslaught with eight points, while Erica Gray added another five.
From that point, the Panthers turned to their defense with Tara Pellerin and Michaela Pomeroy combining to hold Northfield’s 1,000-point scorer, Megan McMullen, to just eight points all night. Pomeroy also helped out on the ofrensive end with 14 points.
“We had a lot of people do a lot of good things tonight,” said Ward, also recognizing the play off the bench of Elise Jackson.
Ward also pointed out that the Panthers had 18 assists on their 21 baskets, a good sign heading into the quarterfinal round.
Enosburg 56, Oxbow 41
Enosburg Falls, Vt. — The Olympians were knocked out of the Vermont D-III playoffs last night by Enosburg.
Oxbow, ranked 11th in the tourney field, finished the season with a 7-14 mark.
Burr & Burton 4, Hartford 3
Manchester, Vt. — The sixth-ranked Canes came from three goals down to tie the game before falling in the final period in the Vermont Division II quarterfinals.
With his team trailing late in the second period, Hartford’s Andrew Atkinson scored twice to bring the Canes back off the mat. Assists to Jeremy McGlone on the first goal and Jeff Lyford and John Borchert on the second got Hartford on the comeback trail.
Then Borchert scored in the third period to get the Canes even. But the hosts managed to put the game-winner into the net and then held off the last Hartford surge in the final seconds. In fact, Hartford outshot the Bulldogs 11-4 in the third period.
“We peppered the goal in that third period; had a scrum in front of the net but just couldn’t get the tying goal,” said Hartford coach Todd Bebeau,.
Goalie Teighan Meeker had 17 saves, including four breakaways and one penalty shot.
Senior defenseman Josh Harrington was playing in his last game as the Canes finished with a 12-9 record.
“We’re bringing almost everybody back next year,” Bebeau said.
“We’ve got an extremely optimistic outlook for the season.”
Union-32 9, Woodstock 0
East Montpelier, Vt. — The defending champion Raiders were just too much for the visiting Wasps in last night’s Vermont Division II quarterfinals.
U-32 had an earlier 6-0 win over Woodstock, which came into the game with a 9-11 record off a victory over St. Johnsbury in the first round.
“We played hard; I’m proud of the boys,” said Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock. “But they’re a juggernaut. We were down 1-0 in the first period, and then had a little breakdown and all of a sudden it was 3-0.
“They had another run like that in the second period and we just couldn’t keep up with them.”
Hancock said his team had its chances, but just couldn’t convert.
Places at N.E. Meet
Providence, r.i. — Hartford High’s Nolan Viens placed fifth out of 22 wrestlers in the 145-pound class at the New England championships last weekend.
Viens, of the Bellows Falls-Hartford co-op team, went 3-3 at the event, including wins over top 10-ranked wrestlers from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. He is believed to be the first wrestler from the program to place at the New England meet.
Teammate Patrick Labuda (138 pounds) was 1-2, with his win coming against Mill River’s Zak Allen, the Vermont state champion. Hartford’s Steve Cerrone (132 pounds) was 1-2.
Dartmouth Players Honored
Hanover — Dartmouth sophomore Nick Lombardi was selected the Ivy League Player of the Week for his performance at the Dairy Queen Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Senior teammate Cole Sulser was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week.
Lombardi, who was also named the Ivy Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com, was the recipient of the Silver Stick as the Most Outstanding Player at the tournament that took place at the Metrodome. The third baseman hit .500 over the three games (6-for-12), with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs.
Sulser started the season opener for Dartmouth against the Golden Gophers, his first time on the mound in nearly two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. The right-hander, a first-team All-Ivy selection in 2011, picked up where he left off by hurling six shutout innings, surrendering just three hits and a walk while striking out four.
Dartmouth Pitcher Wins Award
Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth pitcher Kristen Rumley picked up her first Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor of the season after earning a win and a save in Dartmouth’s stint at the Colonial Classic Invitational in Washington She sharesd the honor with Princeton’s Shanna Christian.
Rumley is 4-1 after recording a complete game win over host George Washington. In the 3-2 win, she tossed a season-high eight strikeouts. Pitching in relief against Seton Hall, she allowed just one run in five innings of work. The sophomore closed the weekend with a one-inning save against George Washington, her second career save.