Local Roundup: Raiders Run Past Brady
Lebanon's John Cioffredi catches a long pass high in the air during the Bishop Brady at Lebanon boys basketball game in Lebanon, N.H., on Feb 25, 2014.
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Lebanon 3rd and 4th grade students cheer for the Lebanon boys basketball team as they score a 3 pointer during the Bishop Brady at Lebanon boys basketball game in Lebanon, N.H., on Feb 25, 2014. The 3rd and 4th graders played in an exhibition game at half time.
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Lebanon — Closing the regular season with another offensive explosion, the Lebanon High boys basketball team avenged a earlier loss with a 74-56 victory over visiting Bishop Brady on Tuesday night.
The win secures a top-four seed for the Raiders (16-4 overall, 15-3 in D-II) in the playoffs, which start next week. Lebanon will get to open at home on Wednesday night.
Senior Martin Gradijan capped a successful senior night with a career-high 19 points. Fellow seniors Dom Morrill (18 points) and Austin Pelletier (14 points) also had strong nights. Also graduating for the Raiders will be Gage Young (six points), Nic Shepherd, John Cioffredi and Kalin Sou.
Freshman KJ Matte added 12 points for the Raiders.
“We locked up a top-four seed, which was one of our goals. These kids have had a great season so far,” Lebanon coach Kieth Matte said.
The Raiders erupted in the first half, leading 41-22 at the break over the Giants. Bishop Brady beat Lebanon 84-80 in Concord on Jan. 17, one of just two losses the Raiders have suffered since Jan. 1.
With this season’s varsity team losing seven seniors, reinforcements are on the way as the Lebanon junior varsity team, coached by Troy Guerin, started the night with a win to finish the season 18-0. This marks the first time in Matte’s 17 years as head coach that the jayvee team was undefeated.
Woodstock 73 Lamoille 71
Woodstock — Doug Avellino drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 10 seconds to play as the Wasps emerged after seeing the hot-shooting Lancers erase a 21-point deficit late in the fourth quarter.
Woodstock had 31 points in the second quarter to lead 46-28 at the break. Lamoille had 12 3-pointers as it clawed back as the second half wore on, finally taking a 71-70 lead late in the fourth quarter before Avellino stepped up with his game-winner.
Connor Fegard led Woodstock with a season-high 31 points, including four 3-pointers. Avellino finished with 16 points. Nehemiah Wood added 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Wasps (15-6) host MSJ in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Rivendell 74, Stowe 50
Orford — The Raptors (18-3) overcome a sluggish first half with a balanced scoring attack to win in the first round of the D-III playoffs.
Josh Marshall led four scorers in double digits with 14 points for Rivendell. Nate Eastman added 13 points, Shamus Peyton had 12 and Scott Calhoun had 10. Luke Bell added nine points. The Raptors led 31-24 at halftime and then had 43 points after the break.
“We struggled in the first half, but had good looks,” Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington said. “Have to give Stowe credit, they’re a scrappy group.”
The Raptors play either Hazen or BFA-St. Albans in the semifinals on Saturday.
Hanover 58, John Stark 45
Hanover — The Marauders (13-6 overall, 11-6 D-II) enjoyed a successful senior night in beating the Generals.
Rocco Linehan led Hanover with 20 points while Matt Robertson had eight points. Linehan, Robertson, John Flory (six points), Ben Herndon-Miller, Noah Huizenga, Evan Greenwald and Chris Washington all had plenty of action on senior night. The soon-to-be graduates scored every point in the first quarter as Hanover led 18-8 early.
The Marauders close the regular season at Windham on Friday night.
Rochester 60 Whitcomb 39
South Royalton — The Hornets saw their season come to a close in the first round of the Vermont D-IV playoffs.
Whitcomb finishes the season with an overall record of 3-18.
Woodsville 31 Newmarket 21
Woodsville — The Engineers (19-2) opened the D-IV playoffs with a hard-fought win in a low-scoring battle with the Mules.
Maggie Kinder and Lottie Page each had eight points to pace the Woodsville offense. Sam Thurston added six points while pulling down 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Chrissy Valliant added nine rebounds while Tori Clough dished out five assists.
Next up is a tough quarterfinal matchup with Littleton in Woodsville on Friday night. The Crusaders handed the Engineers one of their two losses on the season, a 61-43 defeat in Littleton on Feb. 12.
“It’s going to be quite a matchup,” Woodsville coach Jim Kinder said. “They won big last time. We don’t like to lose and I know we haven’t forgotton that one.”
White Mountains 57 Kearsarge 33
Whitefield, n.h. — The Cougars (5-14) saw their season come to an end at the Spartans in the first round of the New Hampshire D-III playoffs.
Hartford 5 Mount Mansfield 1
Essex Junction, Vt. — The Hurricanes struck fast with two goals in the first three minutes and never looked back to earn a win in the quarterfinals of the Vermont D-II playoffs.
Andrew Atkinson and Jeff Lyford each scored just after the puck drop as Hartford (15-5-2) had a 2-0 lead after the first quarter. John Borchert added a goal in the second period as the No. 6-seed Canes led 3-1 over the No. 3 Cougars heading into the third. Borchert and Nick Terino added goals in the third period.
Goalie Mak Lyford had 22 saves for the Canes. Jordy Allard added three assists for Hartford. Atkinson and Jeff Lyford each had a pair of helpers, while Jeremy McGlone and Nate Lemieuex each had one assist.
“Right from the drop of the puck we were ready to play,” Canes coach Todd Bebeau said. “It shows how they’ve matured over the year. I’m very pleased and proud of how we played for all three periods tonight.”
Hartford advances to the semifinals and will play either St. Johnsbury or Stowe for a place in the state title game.
Stowe 6, Hartford 1
Stowe, Vt. — The Raiders enjoyed their home ice in ending the Hurricanes’ season in the Vermont D-II quarterfinals.
Meghan Boardman scored for Hartford (9-11) with assists to Morgan Steadman and Courtney Murray. Goalie Erin Hudson had 16 saves.
Bishop Guertin 1 Lebanon 0
West Lebanon — The Raiders (12-5-1) closed their regular season with their fourth game in five days and dropped a tight one to the Cardinals.
“The girls played hard but I think that took a little bit out of them. We had some good opportunities, but just didn’t cash in,” Lebanon coach Brad Shaw said.
Erika Moffitt stopped 19 shots in goal for the Raiders. Lebanon looks ahead to a likely home opener in the NHIAA playoffs next Tuesday.
Women’s College Hoop
Colby-Sawyer 74 Johnson St. 49
New London — Kelsey Bragdon scored 18 points as Colby-Sawyer (17-9) defeated Johnson State (7-19) in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals.
Colby-Sawyer will play third-seed ed Maine Maritime — which beat No. 6 Maine-Farmington — on Friday evening in Castleton, Vt.
Men’s College Hoop
Maine-Farmington 80 Colby-Sawyer 61
New London — Ben Johnson had 24 points and 26 rebounds to help lead sixth-seeded Maine-Farmington over third-seeded Colby-Sawyer in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals.
Maine-Farmington improved to 12-14 and will play second-seed Castleton on Friday in Bangor, Maine. Colby-Sawyer fell to 14-11.
Dartmouth Ranks High
Hanover — The hard work is paying off for the Dartmouth men’s tennis team. When the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings were released Tuesday morning, the Big Green saw its tennis stock rise up to No. 41 in the country. That mark represented a nine-point jump from last week’s position, giving Dartmouth its highest ranking in program history.
“This is a nice accomplishment for our team,” said coach Chris Drake in a release. “We have competed at a consistently high level this year and the ranking is a reflection of that.
“Our three losses are to teams currently ranked 18, 20 and 27, and two of those matches were 4-3, so we are knocking on the door of the next level for our program.”
Also receiving a national nod was the Big Green’s top doubles tandem of Cameron Ghorbani and Brendan Tannenbaum. The pair have beaten duos ranked No. 10, No. 13 and No. 16 in the nation this season and were recently tabbed the No. 15 playing partners in the NCAA.
“This is a great accomplishment for Cam and Brendan,” said Drake. “They have worked hard to solidify their identity as a dominant team and they really do a good job of playing to their strengths.”
Dartmouth is one of three Ivy League teams in the most recent poll, joining Columbia (No. 20) and Harvard (No. 30).
The Big Green returns to action this weekend, traveling to Indiana for a two-game road swing against Ball State and the Hoosiers.