Local Roundup: Unbeaten Raptors Rise Over Phoenix
Rivendell's Lukas Bell draws a foul from Sharon's Andy Bando-Hess in the first quarter of boys basketball in Sharon, Vt., on January 22, 2014. Rivendell won, 59-36. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Sharon's Camden Morrison saves a ball from going out of bounds, leading to a Sharon basket in the third quarter of boys basketball in Sharon, Vt., on January 22, 2014. Rivendell won, 59-36. (Valley News - Will Parson) Purchase photo reprints »
Sharon — The Rivendell Academy boys basketball team is undefeated, undaunted and — as it appeared to display in a 59-36 road win over Sharon Academy on Wednesday night — occasionally unstoppable.
The visiting Raptors (7-0) gained control of the game early, outscoring the Phoenix (6-3) by 10 points in the opening quarter. The decider was a 24-8 burst in the third that turned a 26-16 halftime lead into a 26-point advantage entering the final stanza.
Rivendell spread the scoring around behind Nathaniel Eastman’s game-high 17 points. Scott Calhoun pumped in nine points toward the Raptors’ cause, and Shamus Peyton and Josh Marshall both put up eight points. Cody Williams added seven for the Raptors, who have a date at Twin Valley on Saturday afternoon.
Andy Bando-Hess led TSA with eight points, while Steve Davis and Brandon Tracy contributed seven each. Sharon is off until a visit to Blue Mountain on Tuesday.
Thetford 66, Harwood 57
Moretown, Vt. — The Panthers (3-7) converted nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter of a tight contest to earn their second win in a row, defeating the Highlanders.
Thetford scored 45 second-half points — “as many as we’ve had in a couple of games,” Thetford coach Blendon Salls pointed out — and needed all of them to gain distance on Harwood (3-7). Brandon Gray buried four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 28 points for TA, and Jordan Eastman notched two more on a 20-point night.
Matt Perry and Randy Snelling each contribut ed eight points for the Panthers, who host Oxbow on Saturday night.
Randolph 63, Montpelier 39
Randolph — The Galloping Ghosts (7-2) made it three wins in a row, putting four players in double figures.
Brandon Keyes paced Randolph with 16 points. Nathan Gray had 14, Ross Caswell added 13 and Levi West delivered 11 for the Ghosts, who pressed Montpelier early and often to build an insurmountable advantage.
Randolph is home to Lamoille on Friday.
KUA 83, Holderness 57
Meriden — After reaching the career 1,000-point mark in a Sunday loss to Northfield Mount Hermon, Kimball Union’s Malik Abu got a good start on his second thousand with a 37-point effort in the Wildcats’ win over the Bulls.
Duby Maduegbunam and Oliver Tot contributed double-doubles for Kimball Union. Maduegbunam finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Tot netted 11 points, dished out 10 assists and added eight boards, matching Abu’s rebound tally.
Brewster, one of New England’s top prep squads, pays KUA a visit on Friday at 6 p.m.
Proctor 52, MVCS 39
Proctor, Vt. — A four-minute drought to open the fourth quarter doomed the Eagles (7-5) to their fourth straight defeat.
Austin Sayers had a double-double of 21 points and 25 rebounds for MVCS, which also received five-point nights from Connor Dorr and Shane Li. The Eagles host West Rutland on Friday.
Twinfield 56, S. Royalton 49
South Royalton — The visiting Trojans (4-6) slowed down the Royals (3-7) and passed them in the second half for a Central Vermont League victory.
An up-tempo paced helped the hosts gain a 30-27 halftime lead, but Twinfield pressure limited the Royals to just 19 points after the break. Keanan Thompson delivered three of South Royalton’s four 3-pointers for a team-high 15 points, and Jake Kinnarney checked in with 12 points for South Royalton.
South Royalton hosts Rochester on Saturday in the capper of its Cancer Awareness Day festivities, which will include three youth games along with a SoRo-Whitcomb girls encounter.
Chelsea 57, Whitcomb 24
Bethel — The Red Devils (8-1) jumped to a 33-15 halftime lead for their sixth straight victory, overwhelming the Hornets (2-8).
Bradford Allen had the big night for Whitcomb with 11 points. Zak Gillette finished with six for the Hornets.
Whitcomb goes to Craftsbury on Tuesday night.
U-32 60, Oxbow 50
East Montpelier, Vt. — Ryan Booth (21 points) and Chris Collins (20 points) helped the Raiders to a 33-18 halftime lead, eventually sending the Olympians (3-5) to a loss.
Matthew Thomson had the big game for Oxbow, hitting the O’s only 3-pointer en route to a team-best 18 points. Jonny Ratel finished with 16 points for Oxbow.
Twin Valley 42, MVCS 28
Wilmington, Vt. — The hosts limited the Eagles (8-3) to just 10 second-half points to earn the decision.
Twin Valley outscored MVCS 9-4 in the third quarter, then forced the visitors into foul trouble in the fourth to pull away. Phoebe Seale had 11 points, Rachel Seale netted eight and Anna Seale added six points for MVCS.
NMH 55, KUA 44
Gill, Mass. — A slow first-half start doomed the Wildcats (7-4) in a visit to Northfield Mount Hermon.
Although in a deep hole early, Kimball Union cut the deficit to six points in the second half before the Hoggers secured the win. KUA’s Katie Sanders had the game’s defensive performance, holding prolific NMH scorer Vanessa Udoji to four points while scoring six herself.
Abby Kelly led all scores with 17 points and six assists for KUA, which picked up nine points from Taylor Ong and eight from Shannon Walsh.
Hanover 36, Bow 29
Hanover — Walter Mosenthal scored 20 points as the Marauders (1-0) earned the first victory in the three-year history of its unified program on Tuesday night at Hanover High.
The NHIAA’s unified sports program brings intellectually disabled athletes into the same playing arena as able-bodied partners. Hanover boasts a 10-player roster and, as coach Missy Rodriguez put it, “there were a lot of happy faces.”
Hanover visits Keene on Tuesday in the second game of its five-game winter schedule.
North-South Games Set
Windsor — The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association will host the annual North-South game for graduating seniors on March 15 at Windsor High School.
The Division III-IV girls play at 11 a.m., followed by the Division III-IV boys at 1 p.m. The Division I-II girls then play at 3 p.m. followed by the final game of the day between the Division I-II boys at 5 p.m.
This year, a new officials award will be presented, named in honor of the late Daryl Sawyer, a long time basketball referee.
Woodstock 6, Burlington 0
Burlington — With all of his freshmen goalies unavailable because of a school commitment, Woodstock coach Charlie Hancock tabbed senior Ben Orr for netminding duty and got a 15-save shutout in response as the Wasps (9-3-1) blanked the Seahorses at Leddy Arena.
Woodstock spread the scoring around, with Nick Donaldson, Levi Vigh, Connor McCarthy, Will Gault, Braden McCarthy and Conor Joyce all denting the net. Donaldson and Luc Issa posted two assists each, with Vigh, Braden McCarthy, Dylan Kuhn and Kevan O’Connell earning one apiece. The Wasps used a four-goal second period to blow the game open.
Woodstock gets set next for a test from Milton on Saturday night at Union Arena.
Salem 8, Hanover 2
West Lebanon — The Marauders (2-5-1 league, 5-6-1 overall) started and finished the scoring, but the top-ranked Blue Devils (7-1 league) handled everything in between.
Andrew Huizenga had a goal and an assist for Hanover. Jonathan Goff opened the scoresheet on passes from Ben Hartman and Huizenga, who closed it in the third period on a Gavin Ratliff assist.
Mike Stinson and Luke Ratliff each had nine saves.
Rutland 4, Hartford 2
White River Junction — The Division I Raiders (5-5-1) broke a 2-2 tie with a late second-period goal and a clincher in the third to top the D-II Hurricanes (5-6-0) in the chill of Wendell Barwood Arena.
Caroline Miller and Amanda Nelson provided Hartford’s goal, both on unassisted rushes. Erin Hudson finished with 22 saves in the Hurricane net.
Acton-Boxborough 5 Hanover 2
Boxborough, Mass. — The Marauders (4-1 league, 6-2 overall) took the first hit on their NHIAA record, falling to Acton-Boxborough at the Neshoba Valley Olympia arena.
The hosts jumped to a 3-0 lead over slow-to-start Hanover before Eliza Laycock converted Matti Hartman and Caroline Howell passes to draw a goal back in the second period. A-B added a late power-play goal before the second intermission, and the home team answered a Hartman man-up strike (from Kelly Brigham and Howell) with an empty-net goal in the final nine seconds.
Katie Fenton stopped 29 shots for Hanover, which hosts Lebanon on Saturday night at Campion Rink.
KUA Competes in Sprints
Concord — Henry Vansant and Tori Pipas had the strongest days for the Wildcats during freestyle sprints held at St. Paul’s School.
Top skiers from each mass-start round advanced to various seeds in the knockout-style event. Vansant and Pipas both landed in third-tier final heats, with Pipas winner hers and Vansant taking second place in his. The race also gave KUA’s Shutian Lu and Ariel Silver their first taste of sprint racing.
St. Paul’s Jack Schrupp and Vermont Academy’s Kelsey Pollard took the overall victories .
Maldunas Out for Season
Hanover — The Dartmouth College men’s basketball team lost starting center Gabas Maldunas for the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, the school announced Wednesday.
Maldunas, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound junior from Lithuania, is leading the squad with an average of 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Adding to his importance is that the Big Green’s only other center, freshman Cole Harrison, has played only seven minutes because of injury and illness. Connor Boehm, a 6-7 sophomore forward, has seen time in the post, but is more effective when based outside the lane.
Maldunas hurt his knee in practice on Monday, said Rick Bender, Dartmouth’s director of varsity athletic communications. He was a second-team All-Ivy honoree last winter, when he led the Big Green in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
Dartmouth is 7-8 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play. It hosts Harvard (14-3, 1-0) on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Crimson won the teams’ first matchup earlier this month, 61-45.