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Lebanon’s Alexander Soars in Russia

Nizhnly Tagil, Russia — Lebanon ski jumper Nick Alexander continues to reach new heights.

The 2010 Olympian and former U.S. national champion placed 14th in the FIS Summer Grand Prix on Saturday, his best-ever finish in a World Cup event.

Despite difficult tailwind conditions, Alexander launched 90 meters in the opening round, placing him 12th. His final-round jump of 92-meters was enough to keep him in the top 15.

After an injury-plagued season a year ago, the son of former Lebanon police chief Jim Alexander is hoping to continue a strong push toward qualifying for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

The three-day Grand Prix event at Nizhnly Tagil concludes today.

H.S. Football

Windsor 43, Oxbow 7

Bradford, Vt. — Yellowjackets senior running back Ethan Hill ran for 185 yards and five touchdowns as Windsor (2-1) won for the second straight week.

It was the second straight loss for Oxbow (1-2).

Jacks’ quarterback Nick Kapuscinski (4-for-7, 63 yards) found Tyson Boudro for a 55-yard touchdown for Windsor’s only score through the air.

Defensively, Windsor middle linebacker Matt Thayer was the player of the game with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

“He was all over the place on special teams, too,” said Jacks coach Greg Balch, whose team lead at halftime, 30-0.

Ethan Johnson returned an interception for a touchdown for Oxbow, with Randy Snelling adding the extra point.

The Yellowjackets play at BFA-Fairfax on Saturday. Oxbow travels to Woodstock on Friday night.

Boys Soccer

Woodsville 4, Blue Mtn. 1

Woodsville — The Engineers scored four first-half goals in what coach Mike Ackerman called “by far our best outing of the year” in a homecoming day win over the Bucks.

Chris Sarkis, Jacob Frost, David Bazzell and Jaret Bemis found the back of the net for Woodsville, with Derek Maccini (2) and Bazzell registering assists.

Woodsville goalie Tom D’Angelo and the Bucks’ Mark Puffer each made seven saves.

The unbeaten Engineers (4-0-1) are off until a visit to Canaan (Vt.)-Pittsburg on Friday.

Girls Soccer

Thetford 5, Rivendell 0

Thetford — Michaela Pomeroy (assist) and Regan Covey scored two goals each as the Panthers improved to 3-0.

The Raptors slipped to 1-1.

Shyann Josler also scored for Thetford, which received a combined shutout from goalies Ella Champman (first 60 minutes) and Patience Kasten. They combined for four saves.

Rivendell keeper Emily Ghio was much busier; the junior was called on for 20 stops.

Both teams are back in action at home on Tuesday, the Raptors hosting Blue Mountain while the Panthers tussle with Windsor.

Woodstock 1
Oxbow 0 (2 ot)

Bradford, Vt. — Annie Arthur scored 3:45 into the second overtime to lift the Wasps (2-1) over the Olympians. Lauren Kaija assisted.

Both of Woodstock’s wins have come against Oxbow — the Wasps also beat the O’s last week in Woodstock, 3-1.

“It was a much closer game this time,” Olympians coach Andrew Flaherty said. “We kept up with them the whole game and just couldn’t finish.”

Oxbow keeper Meaghan Williams made eight saves, while Kaila Lemmer had four for Woodstock.

The Wasps travel to Northfield on Tuesday. Oxbow has a quicker turnaround, visiting Randolph on Monday.

Woodsville 2
Blue Mountain 0

Woodsville — Louisa Noble assisted on both goals as the Engineers blanked their Connecticut River rivals on homecoming day.

Brooke Spencer and Dee Martin tallied the goals for Woodsville, both in the first half.

Behind a strong defensive effort, Engineers’ goalie Tori Clough was only called on for one save.

Woodsville (4-0) is off until Friday, when they plat at Canaan (Vt.)-Pittsburg.

KUA 4, Brewster 1

Wolfeboro, n.h. — Kimball Union Academy started the season with a win over defending NEPSAC Class C Champion Brewster Academy.

Shannon Walsh scored three goals for KUA, and Kaitie Sanders added another. Wildcat keeper Katelyn Fowler made eight saves.

KUA is next in action on Wednesday, when it travels to Northfield- Mount Hermon.

Field Hockey

Bellows Falls 6 Woodstock 0

Westminster, Vt. — The Wasps fell to 0-2 in their first game in eight days. The Terriers improved to 4-0.

“We weren’t able to match up well with BF, which moves the ball very well,” said Woodstock coach Hannah Nichols. “We need to play at that speed more often to help our new players catch up and our more experienced one help bring us along.”

The Wasps host Windsor on Monday in a makeup of Thursday’s rainout.

KUA 2, Pomfret 1

Derryfield — Miranda Judd, of Lebanon, and Storm Sideleau scored in the Wildcats’ win over Pomfret. Sideleau’s goal with less than three minutes left snappeda 1-1 deadlock.

Kimball Union finished the game with six corners to Pomfrets three. Alana Corrado had two saves in the KUA goal.

KUA plays again next Saturday at home against Vermont Academy.

Cross Country

Lebanon Boys Fourth

Durham, n.h. — The Raiders placed five runners in the top 50 to place fourth of 21 teams at the Bobcat Invitational.

Junior Josh Fontaine was third in 16:54.0, followed by teammates Zak Kinsman (19th; 17:48.4), Martin Gradijan (38th; 18:30.6), Nick Orgnic (44th; 18:42.8) and Cameron Stewart (46th; 18:48.5).

Lebanon’s girls clumped four runners between places 65-69 to place 14th as a team.

Kelsie Atwater (65th; 23:38.5), Brenna Peterson (67th; 23:39.4), Bella Vice-VanHeyde (68th; 23:39.8) and Liz Peterson (69th; 23:42.2) were the Raiders’ frontrunners.

Boys team scores — 1. Souhegan 49, 2. Oyster River 56, 3. Winnacunnet 91, 4. Lebanon 150, 5. Merrimack Valley 187, 6. Hollis-Brookline 215, 7. Windham 243, 8. Kennett 252, 9. Dover 268, 10. Milford 272.

Girls team scores — 1. Winnacunnet 48, 2. Hollis-Brookline 71, 3. Souhegan 89, 4. Oyster River 99, 5. St. Thomas Aquinas 174, 6. Dover 211, 7. ConVal 212, 8. Windham 249, 9. Milford 271.