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Local Roundup: Lebanon Freshman Sets State Record

Lebanon's Corinne Kennedy.
Valley News - Tris Wykes

Lebanon's Corinne Kennedy. Valley News - Tris Wykes

Londonderry, n.h. — The records just keep piling up in the 300-meter hurdles for Lebanon High sprinter Corinne Kennedy.

One week after setting an NHIAA Division II mark with a time of 44.56 seconds at the state championship meet at Pelham High School, the speedy freshman set a state record in the same event Saturday. She blasted over the hurdles in 43.54 seconds at the Meet of Champions at Londonderry High School, breaking by nine-hundredths of a second a 17-year-old record set by Manchester Central’s Katie Gayman.

Kennedy was also second in the 100 hurdles (15.28) and third in the 200 dash (25.78).

Lebanon’s Craig Telfer was second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.06 and placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (91.07).

Raiders distance runner Josh Fontaine placed second in the 3,200, behind only Mascenic’s Tim Fafard.

Hanover’s Benjamin Chaimberg was fifth in the 800 (1:57.06), two spots ahead of Lebanon’s Martin Gradijan.

Senior Georgia Michalovic was sixth in the long jump (16-03) for Lebanon’s girls.

Baseball

Goff stown 5, Lebanon 4

Goffstown, n.h. — Tanner Putnam (eight strikeouts, no walks) tossed a complete-game three-hitter for the top-seeded Grizzlies beat the No. 8 Raiders in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

Caleb Broughton had two of the three hits for Raiders, the third coming on senior Grayson Hardy’s two-run single in the sixth inning. Noah Maze and Broughton scored the runs.

It was a strong turnaround season for Lebanon (11-7), which went just 2-14 in 2013.

“It was a great season, to get a home game in the playoffs this year,” Lebanon coach Doug Ashey said. “It was still hard to lose today. It’s always tough to lose.”

Thetford 3, Peoples 2

Morrisville, Vt. — The Panthers finished the year 5-12 with a loss to the Wolves in the Vermont Division III quarterfinals.

No. 13 Thetford had upset No. 4 Richford in Wednesday’s first round, but hurt itself with four infield errors in the fourth inning. That led to three unearned runs and a 3-1 deficit, and the Panthers couldn’t fully dog out.

Nolan Howard and Connor Brown each went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Thetford, while Matt Sonnhalter launched a triple. Henry Nichols (six innings, two hits, five walks, four strikeouts) was the tough-luck loser for Thetford.

Softball

Woodsville 9, Groveton 8 (8)

Woodsville — Tori Clough scored on a one-out suicide squeeze executed by Nikita Duling, capping a three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth as the top-seeded Engineers survived a wild quarterfinal against the eighth-ranked Purple Eagles.

“We didn’t play them this year, but in the past we’ve always had good games against them,” said Woodsville coach Dana Huntington. “Groveton’s a sports town. They’re always going to be ready to play.”

The Engineers (17-1) led 6-1 after Julia Bowman’s two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.

Groveton pecked away during the comeback, not scoring at least one run in four innings — but never more than two in any — to force extras. Then in the eighth, the Eagles plated two more to take an 8-6 lead.

Woodsville’s rally in the home half of the eighth began with a Cassidy Townsend lead-off single. Bowman followed with a single to left before pitcher Lottie Page’s deep fly ball nearly ended the game, but was caught just shy of a homer.

Clough singled to load the bases before Kat Emley’s single to left plated Cassidy, and a throwing error on the same play scored courtesy runner Kate Lalonde to tie it 8-8.

Duling laid down the first pitch she saw to squeeze home Clough for the win.

“It was a really exciting finish,” said Huntington.

Paige Martin finished 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI; Townsend was 3-for-5 with two runs, Bowman was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Emley 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Woodsville.

Page gave up 12 hits and four walks in a complete game.

The Engineers move on to Wednesday’s semifinal at Plymouth State University, where they’ll take on No. 4 Portsmouth Christian.

Poultney 8, S. Royalton 6

South Royalton — The sixth-ranked Blue Devils upset the No. 3 Royals (11-6) in the Vermont Division IV quarterfinals.

The Royals led 5-4 in after the fourth inning, but Poultney rallied for four in the fifth to go ahead to stay.

Rebecca Paige (five innings, four hits, seven runs, two strikeout, three walks) got the loss.

Paige had three hits offensively, including a double, while Jacqueline Fulcher had two singles and an RBI sacrifice fly to help the Royals.

Girls Lacrosse

Kearsarge 12, Bp. Brady 7

North Sutton, n.h. — The No. 3 Cougars held off a f eisty No. 6 Giants team in the NHIAA Division III quarterfinals.

Kearsarge will face No. 2 John Stark in Monday’s semifinals at Southern New Hampshire University.

Libby Brooks had five goals and three assists and Anna Stowell had a hat trick with an assist for the Cougars, who trailed 1-0 before scoring the game’s next seven goals.

Bishop Brady crept as close as 10-6 with six minutes to play before Kearsarge scored twice in the last five minutes and used a stall tactic to fend off the Giants.

“Bishop Brady came in amped up and ready to go,” said Kearsarge coach Scott Slogic. “They kept it close, but our freshman goalie, Anya Nowicki (13 saves) had an outstanding game. She was the player of the game.”

Geneva Heffernan had two goals and an assist, Hannah Anderson and Haley Brook scored one goal each and Eleanor Angus tallied an assist for the Cougars (12-2).

Laconia 13, Lebanon 9

Laconia, n.h. — The No. 4 Sachems held on to beat the fifth-ranked Raiders in the N.H. D-III quarters.

Emily Perryman scored five goals for Lebanon, which trailed 6-3 at halftime and 13-7 in the fourth quarter.

“(Laconia) went on a little run in the second half, and we just couldn’t bounce back from it,” said Raiders coach Sara Ecker. “We scored the last two goals of the game, but we just ran out of clock.”

Erika Moffitt contributed two goals and an assist, while Emma Forman and Elle Brine had a goal and an assist each. Erin Landry made nine saves for Lebanon, which finished the season 11-5.

“I think we finished the season really strong,” Ecker said. “We played a complete game except for a couple minutes here and there.”