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Olympians Squeak Past Rangers

Oxbow’s Savannah Fay only made one free throw in Saturday’s season opener against Lake Region, but the senior made it count.

After missing her first six from the line, Fay was fouled again in a tie game with three seconds left and drained 1-of-2 to give the Olympians a 60-59 win over the Rangers.

It was a victorious end to a dominant night for O’s senior center Mikayla Hodge, who scored a career-high 35 points.

Fay had extra time to think about her potentially clinching shots, as first-year Oxbow coach Barry Emerson called timeout just before she went to the line. Emerson was careful not to psych her out during the break.

“I told everyone else what they needed to do, but I didn’t say a word to her,” Emerson said. “I didn’t need her thinking about it.”

It was an overall poor day shooting free throws for Oxbow, which converted less than 30 percent (6-of-22). Hodge helped make up for it with 25 points in the second half on the way to eclipse her previous career high by six points.

Oxbow hosts Twinfield on Thursday.

Thetford 56, Windsor 47

Thetford — Shyann Josler and Jill Clark each scored 15 for the Panthers, who broke the Yellowjackets’ press to win the season opener for both teams.

“We handled the press well, but Windsor hung right in there and made it a (competitive) game,” said Panthers coach Eric Ward.

Ella Chapman had 11 points and Michaela Pomeroy eight for Thetford, while Windsor’s Elizabeth McCabe (13 points), Annie Nelson (12) and Ashleay Wilcox (10) all reached double figures.

The Panthers host rival Rivendell on Tuesday.

Randolph 35, Hartford 29

White River Junction — The Hurricanes surrendered a fourth quarter lead as the sharpshooting Galloping Ghosts staged a late comeback.

Hartford led 27-20 after three quarters but Randolph outscored the Canes 15-2 in the final eight minutes to get the win in both teams’ season opener.

Kelsey Jacobs had 12 points for Randolph, while Mariah Rilling had 11 points, including two 3-pointers. Jacobs was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second half and had 10 points from the line on the afternoon.

Taylor Johnson had a game-high 16 points for Hartford, including a trifecta of 3-pointers.

“Defensively we played fairly well, but offensively we really struggled which isn’t unusual for the first game,” Canes coach Bill Soule said.

Hartford visits Union-32 on Thursday.

Mid Vermont Christian 56 Websterville 28

Barre, Vt. — The Eagles started their season in winning fashion as the Seale sisters combined for 46 points in a blowout victory.

Anna Seale led the way with 22 points while Phoebe Seale had 16 and Rachel Seale had eight. The Eagles led just 24-18 at halftime and then outscored Websterville 32-10 after the break.

“It’s a great first game. The girls used a full-court press in the second half and got turnovers. We have multiple scorers and we’re pretty excited about the season ahead,” MVCS coach Perry Seale said.

The Eagles visit Cabot on Friday.

Whitcomb 40, Sharon 19

Sharon — The first game of the Whitcomb-Rochester co-op went as well as could be hoped as Rochester’s Phoebe Parrish had 17 points to lead the Hornets.

Nicole Begin and Lindsey LaPerle each added eight points, while Ashley Stearns had seven. The Hornets led 22-9 at halftime and then scored 15 points in the third quarter to put the game away.

Mollie Faccio led Sharon with nine points.

“All first games are a little shaky, for both teams, but it was good. We are going to play well together and we played good defensively,” Whitcomb coach Dennis Wood said.

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday, as Whitcomb hosts Twinfield and Sharon visits Twin Valley.

Boys Basketball

Mid Vermont Christian 70 Websterville 37

Barre, Vt. — The Eagles showcased a balanced scoring attack in their season opener, running out to a 32-15 halftime lead before exploding with 26 points in the third quarter.

Joe Zhou led the way with 20 points while Austin Sayers had 14. Anthony LaPlaca and Liam Cusack each added 12 points.

The Eagles face an early test on Wednesday with a visit to Rutland.

South Royalton 93 Northfield 16

South Royalton — The Royals opened their season with a dominant showing against the Marauders.

Freshman Nicholas Howe had 17 points to pace SoRo. Nate Moore added 14, Gus Wing had 11 and Matt Fifield had 10 points.

The Royals, who led 25-2 after the first quarter, look forward to a visit from Chelsea on Thursday.

Rochester 74, Whitcomb 40

Rochester, Vt. — Pavin Parrish (36 points) and the defending state champion Rockets took care of their Central Vermont League rivals.

Parrish was the only player in double figures for Rochester (1-0).

Bradford Allen scored 13 for the Hornets (0-1), who play at Cabot on Tuesday.

Boys Hockey

Northfield 5, Hartford 3

Northfield, Vt. — Jackson Tucker scored four goals for the Marauders, who overcame a 3-2 deficit with three goals in the final six minutes of regulation.

“We let one player beat us, and when you do that, you don’t deserve to win,” said Hartford coach Todd Bebeau.

John Borchert scored twice and Jeremy McGlone had two assists for the Hurricanes, who broke a 2-2 deadlock with the first goal of the third period.

Cam Lemieux also scored for the Canes (1-2), while Andrew Atkinson and Jeff Lyford added assists.

Goalie Richie Morrill made 11 stops for Hartford, which hosts Woodstock on Wednesday.

Woodstock 4 Brattleboro 0

Woodstock — Connor McCarthy scored two goals for the Wasps, who evened off at 2-2.

Conor Joyce had a goal and an assist, Will Gault scored once and Kevan O’Connell and Ben Orr had one assist each for Woodstock, while goalies Liam Van Haerwarde and Jason Drebber combined for seven saves.

The Wasps play at Hartford on Wednesday.

Kimball Union 5, Tilton 1

Tilton, n.h. — JD Dudek had two goals as the Wildcats improved to 5-0-1.

Tyler Bird and Ben Shapiro each added a goal and an assist while Bobby Hall had one goal. Goalie Gavin Nieto stopped 12 shots in net for KUA, which hosts Brewster on Wednesday.

Girls Hockey

Hartford 2, Union-32

Montpelier — Meghan Boardman scored a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes improved to 3-1.

Courtney Murray added a goal for the Canes, while Caroline Miller and Morgan Morrill had assists.

Heather Dexter made nine saves for Hartford, which skates at Middlebury on Wednesday.

Tilton 2, Kimball Union 1

Tilton, n.h. — Tilton scored with just under three minutes to play to drop KUA to 1-2.

Morgan Walsh scored an equalizer for the Wildcats in the first period with an assist to Aurora Braswell. KUA peppered the net in the second period but couldn’t solve Tilton goalie Sarah Erban (37 saves).

Amelie Poirier stopped 20 saves for the Wildcats, who visit St. Pauls on Wednesday.

Bowling

Hartford Wins

Barre, Vt. — The Hurricanes opened their season with a 3-0 victory over Spaulding in the Baker format final, winning by scores of 151-132, 160-146 and 168-149.

Wyatt Connor led Hartford in the prelims, rolling games of 211 and 159. Nick Brooks (192, 159) and Ethan White (194, 131) also had strong showings for the Canes.

Windsor reached the semifinals in Baker format, let by Matt Thayer (192, 153), Katey Comstock (155, 183) and Tristan McMullen (175, 190). Jesse Kumar rolled a 165 and 128 in the prelims for South Royalton.

Indoor Track

Lebanon, Hanover Compete at Leverone

Hanover — The Raiders and Marauders each had strong performances at a 15-team meet at Leverone Field House.

John Cioffredi paced the Lebanon boys with a pair of victories, winning the high jump and the shot put. Josh Fontaine added a second place in the 3,000 meters, Kevin Pomer was third in high jump and Nevin Kapuscinski was fourth in the 55-meter dash. The Raiders finished fifth as a team.

Joe Porter had two high finishes for the Hanover boys, taking second in the long jump and fifth in the 55-meter dash. Teammate Carlo Keep added a fifth place finish in high jump.

Samuel Emerson was second in the high jump for Thetford. Teammate Cole Chapman was fourth in high jump and sixth behind Chris Parenteau (fifth) in the 55-meter hurdles for the Panthers. Kearsarge’s Shane Corley was fourth in the 1500-meter run.

Lindsey White led the Hanover girls with a second place finish in the 600 meter run, just ahead of Karina Lukovits who finished third. Olivia Hinch took fourth in the high jump for the Marauders.

Georgia Michalovic won the long jump for the Lebanon girls. Leanne Burgess was fourth in the 3,000 meters for Oxbow while teammate Shelby Rosten was sixth in the 1,000.

Boys Team Scores: 1. Nashua North 65, 2. Souhegan 34, 3. Mt. Anthony 29, 5. Lebanon 24, 9. Hanover 17.5, 10. Thetford 11, 13. Kearsarge 3, 14. Windsor 2.

Girls Team Scores: 1. Mt. Anthony 44.5, 2. Nashua North 44, 3. Milford 42, 6. Hanover 27, 9. Lebanon 8, 12. Oxbow 4, 14. Windsor 2.

Men’s College Hoop

Colby-Sawyer 86 Lyndon State 78 (ot)

Lyndonville, Vt. — Colby-Sawyer (4-4, 3-0 NAC) let a 16-point lead slip away in regulation, but escaped with an overtime victory at Lyndon State (2-5, 2-2).

Mike Dias had 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Chargers. Wol Majong had 20 points, three assists and two rebounds. Peter Donato had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners, while Stephen Thorpe added a career-high 13 points.

Women’s College Hoop

Colby-Sawyer 69, Lyndon St. 39

Lyndonville, Vt. — Kelsey Bragdon had 20 points and six rebounds to lead Colby-Sawyer over Lyndon State.

The Chargers jumped out to a 33-9 lead by halftime and coasted to their fourth win of the season overall and third in the NAC. The loss drops the Hornets to 0-7 overall, 0-4 NAC.

Ashley Fruzzetti had 17 points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal for Colby-Sawyer, while Sara Roy and Jessica Shenkel dished out four assists each.

Emily Gray had 11 points for Lyndon.