Raiders Punch Tickets to UNH

Woodstock's Alex Sheppard, left, and Olivia Clement won individual titles at the Vermont state snowboarding meet last week. Courtesy photograph

Woodstock's Alex Sheppard, left, and Olivia Clement won individual titles at the Vermont state snowboarding meet last week. Courtesy photograph

Lebanon — Warm up the buses, the Raiders are headed to Durham.

With last night’s 61-34 victory over Bishop Brady in the NHIAA Division II quartefinals, the Lebanon High boys basketball team punched its ticket to Wednesday’s semifinals at UNH. The No. 3-ranked Raiders will meet Souhegan in the 6 p.m. early game in Lundholm Gymnasium. The No. 7 Sabers upset No. 2 Portsmouth last night, 69-65.

The Raiders had beaten Brady by one point three weeks ago, and knew they were in for a battle last night. But, according to Lebanon coach Kieth Matte, his team was up to the task.

“We played our butts off tonight,” said Matte. “We knew it was going to be a battle. We played nose to chest defense all night.”

The Raiders jumped out ahead, 12-7 in the first quarter and extended that lead to 27-13 at the break. “The kids were on the floor all night,” said Matte. “We really wanted this one. You could see that when David Hampton goes in for five rebounds.”

The Raiders didn’t let up in the second half, extending their lead in each quarter and cruising to the victory.

Dom Morrill led the way with 20 points and Dylan Drew added 13.

Girls Basketball

Winooski 41, Rivendell 37

Orford — In the end, there was nothing the Rivendell girls could do. They don’t let you play defense on free throws.

Helplessly watching as No. 5 Winooski rattled home all their free throws in the final minutes, the No. 4 Raptors saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the Vermont Division III playoffs.

Rivendell coach Russ Wilcox summed it up. “They made their free throws down the stretch and we were 3-for-15.”

The Raptors also had trouble containing Winooski’s top two scorers. “We had a game plan to shut down (Leanna) Robert and (Fallon) Perault, and they scored (a combined) 32 on us,” said Wilcox.

The game was close throughout, with Rivendell up by one after the first quarter and then trailing 16-14 at the break. Winooksi held its two-point lead heading into the final quarter and then held victory from the free throw line to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.

Lacey Stever had 10 points for Rivendell, which closed the season at 17-5.

“It was a privilege to coach all of those kids and an honor to coach at Rivendell,” said Wilcox.


Woodstock Bags Titles

Stowe, Vt. — Woodstock won a pair of individual titles as the state high school championships at Stowe Thursday and Friday.

For the boys, junior Alex Sheppard bested a field of 60 competitors for the giant slalom title, beating Burr and Burton’s Will Helmetag, last year’s state champ. The margin was close, with Sheppard posting a two-run time of 1:00.29, just ahead of Helmetag’s 1:00.30. Also medaling for the Wasps was senior Austin Cawley-Edwards. BBA won the team GS trophy, with Woodstock sixth.

For the girls, junior Olivia Clement won GS title with a two-run combined time of 1:03.73, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Caroline Kepler of BBA. Woodstock senior Indi Bjornsson finished in 1:10.32. BBA won the team GS trophy, with Woodstock second.


N.H. Wins Bowl-Off

White River Junction — Carried by the individual play of Pinkerton’s Nick Stillian, the New Hampshire bowlers defeated Vermont in all seven games in Baker style to capture this year’s Inaugural Twin State Classic.

New Hampshire won all of its cross-state matches in the 21-senior bowler set up, rolling to a total advantage of 1,502-1,073 in the seven games. Stevens’ Shawn Fitzpatrick closed out the team play for New Hampshire striking out in the final frame to give the Granite State a 169-168 win.

Stillian beat Souhegan’s Danny Dufresne in the individual finals, 255-202 after nipping Fitzpatrick, 239-200 in the second round. Fitzpatrick finished third overall with a 885 pin total and a 221.25 average.

Hartford’s Jillian Bushor was the top-seeded bowler after the preliminary round, rolling a 247. Bushor was knocked out in the third round, but finished fifth overall with a 553 pin total for a 184.33 average. Teammates Ben Currier and Colin Drake finished 7th and 8th respectively.

Lebanon’s Jennifer Lemay finished with a 294 total as the lone representative for the Raiders, while Oxbow’s Jon Yelle had a 131.