Local Roundup: Hanover Tennis Rolls in Playoff Opener
Hanover — The Hanover High boys tennis team is determined to make its final season in NHIAA Division II a memorable one.
The No. 3 Marauders, who successfully petitioned to join the D-I ranks next season, knocked off No. 6 Bishop Brady 7-1 in the first round of the D-II playoffs Tuesday at Dartmouth College’s Boss Center.
Hanover, which went undefeated on the way to the D-II title last season, will either host No. 7 Con-Val or play at No. 2 Portsmouth in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Cougars and Clippers square off in their first-round game today.
Henry Pletcher (8-1), Graham Dixon (8-1), Jeffry Li (9-7), Richard Qiu (8-3) and Miles Campbell (8-3) earned singles wins for the Marauders, while Isaac Davis lost a close one at No. 6, 8-6.
Hanover prevailed in close matches at No. 1 doubles (Pletcher-Dixon; 8-5) and No. 2 doubles (Li-Qiu; 8-6). Liam Gantrish and Davis combined for an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles.
Stowe 7, Woodstock 0
Woodstock — The eighth-ranked Wasps were shut out at home by the No. 9 Raiders.
Stowe advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal round against the winner of today’s first-round match between No. 16 Mount Mansfield and top-ranked Burr & Burton.
Nathan Fegard (No. 1; 0-6, 3-6) and Alex Sheppard (No. 3; 2-6, 2-6) played to close singles losses for the Wasps (8-5).
Champlain Valley 7, Hartford 0
Shelburne, Vt. — The No. 14 Hurricanes fell to the third-ranked Redhawks in the first round of the Vermont Division I state tournament. Champlain Valley boasts individual singles champion Kathy Joseph.
The Can es finished the season 3-11.
Hanover 9, John Stark 2 John Stark 2, Hanover 1
Hanover — The Marauders ended the day 6-8 after splitting with the Generals.
In game one, Evan Greenwald (1-for-3; two runs, RBI), Jordy Levin (1-for-2; run, RBI) and Josh Goodrich (1-for-3, run, RBI) contributed offensively to support a strong outing from pitcher Parker Thurston (six hits, four walks, four strikeouts).
Hanover stranded seven runners in the game two loss, with Levin (double) scoring the lone Marauder run in the sixth inning.
Stevens 8 Hillsboro-Deering 1
Hillsboro, n.h. — Chase Hussey (four walks, eight strikeouts, no earned runs) tossed a one-hitter as the Cardinals improved to 9-4.
Brian Rouillard had three hits and a run, Donald Pellerin (RBI) had two hits and a run, Ryan Tanguay had a double and two runs and Luke Bell had a double and two runs to aid Stevens. Jordan Haines added an RBI hit for the Cardinals.
Stevens plays at Fall Mountain on Thursday in the teams’ annual Kirby Cup game.
Hartford 2 Mount Anthony 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes made two unearned runs in the first inning hold up as they evened off at 6-6.
Cody Smith walked and scored on a Patriots’ throwing error and Greg Shinn singled and scored on a passed ball for the Canes.
Shinn was the winning pitcher, tossing the first 41⁄3 innings while striking out five and walking two.
Randolph 8, Thetford 2
Thetford — Hamstrung by seven defensive errors, the Panthers slipped to 3-10.
Colby Richardson went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Jordan Eastman drew three walks, had three steals and scored a run for Thetford.
Eastman (four hits, six walks) also pitched the first five innings, giving up seven runs, but only two earned.
Leland Goodenough went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Randolph, which scored five runs in the fourth inning.
Rivendell, Chelsea Suspended
Chelsea — The Raptors led the Red Devils 19-0 in the top of the fourth inning when the game was suspended due to heavy rain. It will be completed Thursday at Chelsea.
Rivendell was on a tear , scoring 12 runs in the fourth when the game was called with the bases loaded and one out.
Lamoille 5, Oxbow 3
Hyde Park, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 6-8. Freshman Tristan Longmoore (three hits) and senior Quinten Mahikoa (two) contributed offensively for the O’s, while Eddie White (four hits, two walks, two strikeouts) allowed just one earned run.
Hopkinton 5, Kearsarge 1
North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars (6-9) lost for the third time in four games.
Kearsarge wraps up the season Friday at Stevens.
Bellows Falls 6 , Woodstock 5
Westminster, Vt. — The Wasps (1-10) played from behind all game, and had chopped the deficit to one run when the thunderstorms cut the game short at 4 1/2 innings.
“Give the girls credit, they never gave up,” said Woodstock coach Jane Hoisington.
BF led, 6-2 after two innings, before the Wasps scored once in the third inning and twice more in the fifth until a bases loaded strikeout ended the rally — and the game.
Loretta Blakeney had two hits and an RBI, while Shelby Gault, Ashley Sigl and Maddie Moore had the other hits.
Brittany Sawyer gave up three hits and fanned five.
Mount Anthony 9 Hartford 1
White River Junction — The Canes (9-5) went up against the iron of Vermont Division I softball and found out first-hand just how good the Patriots are. “There’s a reason they are 13-1 and No. 2 in the division,” said Hartford coach Gary Gervais. “We played them close — it was 3-1 going into the fifth inning — before they had a few big innings.”
Hartford got only four hits, one of them a Kaitlynn Woo d ward RBI in the first inning, to tie the game 1-all. But that was as close as Hartford would get.
Mount Anthony scored twice in the second inning to regain the lead and was never headed. The Canes had two singles by Courtney Murray and a double by senior Paige Childs.
Whitcomb 23 Rivendell 3 (6)
Orford — Hornets pitcher Laura Vailancourt (seven strikeouts, six walks) allowed no hits as the Hornets improved to 6-6.
Whitcomb led 11-3 after four innings before blowing things up with 12 runs in the game’s final two innings. Lindsey LaPerle (two doubles) and Johnnie Thompson both went 4-for-5 and Krista Townsend 3-for-4 for Whitcomb.
Shay Lapine, who Rivendell coach Lance Mills praised for the way she “gutted it out on the mound,” scored one of the Rivendell runs, along with Heather Dexter and Amanda Otis.
Rivendell (0-8) is at Twinfield on Friday in the regular season finale. W hitcomb is right back at it today, visiting rival Rochester.
Trinity 10, Lebanon 1
Lebanon — The Raiders are now 0-15. Lebanon finishes the regular season at home Thursday against Milford.
John Stark 10, Hanover 0 John Stark 8, Hanover 2
Norwich — Generals pitcher Lindsey Turner tossed a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in game one, and the Marauders fell to 2-13 after getting swept by the Generals at home.
Darby Phillips and Nora Anderson issued RBI singles for Hanover in Game 2. Phillips (eight hits, five earned runs, two walks) pitched a complete game in game two.
Stevens 15 Hillsboro-Deering 0 (5)
Hillsboro, n.h. — The Cardinals improved to 9-4.
Tori Maslan gave up four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks for the Cards, while Abbey Duford (three hits, three RBIs), Alexis Melcher (three hits, two RBIs), Jenna Deschaine (two hits, home run, two RBIs) and Marti Milan (three-run double) all had big days at the plate.
Randolph 17, Thetford 2
Thetford — The Panthers fell to 4-7.
Suzie Howard hit a solo home run after missing the last several weeks with a back injury for Thetford. Emily Emerson added a triple for the Panthers, who host South Royalton on Thursday.
John Stark 18, Stevens 0
Claremont — The Cardinals (0-14) finished the season winless.
Hanover 13 Bishop Guertin 3
Hanover — Rachel Boghosian had three goals, Sophie Lubrano and Evie Keating each had two goals and two assists and Hannah and Molly Seibel each had two tallies as the Marauders improved to 14-2 and remained atop the NHIAA Division II standings.
Emily Gougelet stopped 13 shots, Christine Croitoru and Johanna Copeland each had a goal and an assist and Liesel Robbins had a goal.
Hanover is at Dover (4-12) today and hosts second-place Windham (12-2) on Friday. The Marauders lost to the Jaguars, 16-13, during a May 5 road game.
Kearsarge 21, Gilford 7
Gilford, n.h. — The Cougars improved to 10-2 with their fifth straight win. Kearsarge finishes the regular season Friday against Kingswood.
Woodstock Returns To State Meet
Rutland — The Woodstock Wasps are returning to the Vermont state finals after taking one of two team slots out of the Division II South sectional at Rutland Country Club.
Woodstock, which hosted last year’s state tournament, finished second behind Springfield in the four-school event on the par-70 course. Andrew Becker finished fourth individually at 84, with teammate Joe Bianchi fifth at 87. Charlie Kelly (91) and Carter Pratt (100) rounded out the Wasps’ scoring. All four accounted for Woodstock’s team tally at the state meet last June, when the Wasps finished fifth at 385.
The Cosmos’ Alex Rumrill fired an even-par 70 for the medal, beating Mount Abraham’s Carsen Sanchez and Mill River’s Johann Russell by 13 strokes.
Team scores: 1. Springfield 339; 2. Woodstock 362; 3. Mill River 373; 4. Otter Valley 409.
Randolph Just Misses
Stowe, Vt. — Randolph fell just six shots short of qualifying for the June 4 state meet, as Stowe and Rochester took the top two places in the Vermont Division III North sectionals.
Stowe, led by medalist JJ Clark’s 79 over the Stowe Country Club course, scored 359 to take first place. Rochester took the second qualifying slot with a 395 total, edging the Ghosts who finished with 401.
Leading the way for Randolph was James Osojnicki who shot an 89, including a 40 on the back nine — the second-best score of the afternoon. Following were Zach Shaw (48-45—93), Vaughan Keenhold (52-50—102) and Jamie Barnard (61-56—117).
Team Score s : Stowe 359, Rochester 395, Randolph 401, Peoples 410.
Rivendell Gets Chance to Repeat
Brattleboro, Vt. — The defending VPA Division III champion Raptors shot 344 at Brattleboro Country Club, beating four opponents in the D-II South Sectional to advance to next Wednesday’s title match at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center. Proctor, Mid Vermont Christian and Green Mountain also advanced, with Windsor missing the cut.
The Eagles’ Austin Sayers earned the medal with a 9-over-par 80.
All four of Rivendell’s scorers shot under 90, led by Luke Bell (83). Sam Kamel (84), Ryan Landgraf (88) and Josh Marshall (89) also shot well.
For Mid Vermont, Wyat Sherman (86), Connor Dorr (114) and Issac McIntire (115) followed Sayers.
Windsor’s Ryan Meagher (103), R iver Merriam (104), Ryan Saucier (121) and Ben Thornton (118) scored as the season wrapped up for the Yellowjackets.
Team Scores: 1. Rivendell 344; 2. Proctor 390; 3. Mid Vermont 395; 4. Green Mtn. 408; 5. Windsor 446.
Hartford Misses Cut
Manchester, Vt. — The Hurricanes were the fourth of four teams at the Vermont Division I South Sectionals at Golf Club at Equinox, failing to advance to the state championship meet. Only winner Burr & Burton (32) and runner-up Rutland (326) made the cut.
The Raiders’ Drake Hull was the medal ist with a 3- over-par 71.
Team Scores: 1. Burr & Burton 320; 2. Rutland 326; 3. Mount Anthony 360; 4. Hartford 385.
Oxbow’s Andrews To State Meet
Barre, Vt. — Olympians junior Chase Andrews shot a 14-over-par 85 at Barre Country Club, good for fifth place overall at the Division-II North Sectionals. That earned Andrews a berth to compete individually at next Wednesday’s state championship meet at the Country Club of Vermont .
Lyndon won the match with a score of 342, while Sam Myers, of runner-up Rice, captured the medal with a 78.
Team Scores: 1. Lyndon 342; 2. Rice 343; 3. Montpelier 365; 4. Harwood 377; 5. Lamoille 431; 6. Lake Region 435; 7. Oxbow 464.
High School Crew
Lebanon Rows Past H-B
The Lebanon rowers hosted Hollis-Brookline on Saturday, with the Raiders taking seven out of nine head-to-head races. Lebanon won both the boys’ and girls’ first varsity 4+ events on the 1,500 meter course.
Lebanon closes its season Saturday in the Hanover High Invitational Regatta.