Oxbow Football Coach Leaves

Lyndon Center, Vt. — Mark Palmieri, the only head football coach in Oxbow Union High history, is leaving the school to take the same position at Lyndon Institute, LI Headmaster Daren Houck announced on Friday.

Palmieri served at Oxbow from 2007-13, compiling a 24-38 record (.387) with an 0-2 postseason record. After an 0-8 debut season in 2007, Oxbow was 5-4 in the regular season each year from 2009-11, reaching the playoffs in ’10. Under an expanded postseason format, Oxbow returned to the playoffs in ’13 despite a final mark of 3-6.

Prior to joining Oxbow, he served as the jayvee coach at North Country Union High School.

He was a freshmen, jayvee and assistant varsity football coach at St. Johnsbury Academy for more than 23 years.

“Coach Palmieri brings vast coaching experience, mentoring skills, team building ability, a focus on player safety, and a record of good sportsmanship to our football program,” Paul Wheeler, LI Athletics Director, said in a news release. “Character development is a priority of his and I’m delighted to have our program led by a person with such a wealth of football knowledge and proven track record.”

In 2013, Palmieri and his family were recognized by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame for their years of service in youth football. This is the first time the award was presented to a family. In 2010, Palmieri and the Oxbow team received the All Divisions South Team Sportsmanship Award from the Vermont Football Officials Association.

Palmieri replaces former varsity football coach Dan Nolan, who is leaving LI to pursue an assistant coaching position with a high school in Midland, Texas.

Palmieri graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy in 1972 and graduated from Lyndon State College in 1977.

Legion Baseball

Lebanon 9, Keene 2

Lebanon — Lebanon Post 22 (13-0 overall, 12-0 district) remained undefeated with a victory over Keene Post 4.

Ben Robinson and Tanner Simms had two hits apiece for Lebanon. Cam Broughton (four innings, one run, three strikeouts), Jordy Levin (three shutout innings, three strikeouts), and Josh Weiss (two innings, one run, two strikeouts) shared the pitching duties.

Post 22 hosts Milford today.

Lebanon Gains Forfeit

Lebanon — The Lebanon Post 22 junior American Legion baseball team has gained a forfeit victory for this morning’s scheduled home contest Milford Post 23.

The teams were slated for an 11 a.m. meeting at Lebanon High School, but Post 23 pulled out when it couldn’t guarantee fielding a full roster. The victory moves the Lebanon juniors to 7-3 on the season, good for a two-game lead on Plymouth Post 66 entering the final week of the regular season. Lebanon’s next contest is a Sunday night visit to Sweeney Post 2 at Gill Stadium in Manchester.

Lebanon Post 22’s senior game with Milford today will go on as scheduled at 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

Touchline 3, Claremont SC 2

Claremont — Down 2-0 in the first 15 minutes, Touchline (5-2-1) scored three unanswered goals to defeat Claremont (3-4-1) in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division V matchup.

First-half goals by Luke Messersmith and Griffin Johnson (team-leading fifth goal) knotted the game at 2, and Seth Stadheim’s second-half goal put Touchline ahead. Simon Kahan, Will Smith and Sawyer Hanlon had assists. Jaylen Davila-Smith made five saves for Touchline, which saw strong games in the field from Jake Acker and Lukas Blackmore. Tanner Durkee had six saves for Claremont.

Touchline faces the Hudson Broncos today in a neutral-site Division V game in Henniker, N.H.

Women’s Soccer

Hartford 4, Lebanon Wilson Tire 0

Quechee — Lebanon Wilson Tire (2-2-4) was shut out by Hartford at Ottauquechee School in an NHSC D-IV game.

LWT keeper Kendyl Boisvert made seven saves behind the strong defense of Haley McNamara and Emily Ball.

The teams face off again on Monday at Plainfield School.