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Mascoma Volleyball Earns Big Victory

Missy Stark, center, and the rest of the Mascoma girls varsity volleyball team, celebrate following their 2-1 win over Stevens High at Mascoma on September 9, 2013. Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage

Missy Stark, center, and the rest of the Mascoma girls varsity volleyball team, celebrate following their 2-1 win over Stevens High at Mascoma on September 9, 2013. Valley News - Elijah Nouvelage Purchase photo reprints »

West Canaan — Experiencing the unknown can excite the senses, or perhaps demoralize the unprepared. The Mascoma volleyball team enjoyed something unique on Monday, a completely new experience for every player on this year’s team — a victory. The Royals beat visiting Stevens 3-0 for the first victory in the high school volleyball careers of everyone in the host purple and gold — the first win in three years of play.

Mascoma won by game scores of 25-7, 25-8 and 25-5. Carrie Hackman led a solid service day for the home team with 10 aces. Briana Furman and Mariah Niemi each added four aces.

Missy Stark and Sarah Poirier each had a part in leading the Royals’ strong team defense, according to coach Emily Kowalski.

“It’s definitely a big day for us as a program,” said Kowalski. “The girls worked very hard for it, they’re very excited. It was a clear team effort with strong on-court leadership from all angles,” the coach said of the team’s first victory since the fall of 2010.

The Royals gained momentum as the match wore on as player after player took her turn to do something positive.

“At any point in any game, any one of they can step up,” Kowalski said. “They work together so well to build each other up and take care of one another.

“They’ve been working really hard building their skills, it’s pretty clear watching the level of play that we’re stepping up. We’re working toward some great things this season.”

The first season of the Stevens volleyball program under coach Shawna Austic is bound undergo the same type of growing pains the Mascoma girls have worked their way through. And the first-year Mascoma coach came away impressed with the visiting Cardinals.

“It looks like they have a strong coach and they have some good servers. I was impressed with where they are for a new program,” Kowalski said.

Mascoma (1-1) has a busy week ahead with a visit to Newfound on Wednesday and a home contest with InterLakes on Friday. Stevens (0-2) hosts Hillsboro-Deering on Wednesday.

Girls Soccer

John Stark 1, Lebanon 0

Weare, N.H. — The Raiders lost a midfield slugfest of a game as they outshot the Generals 6-3 but were not able to convert on their limited scoring changes.

Jordan Schatney scored with 15 minutes left in regulation for the hosts. Lebanon keeper Kassidee Rogers stopped three shots. Defender Micaela Schones played “an amazing game” according to coach Shannon Boisvert. Sam MacDonald turned in another strong effort in the midfield for the Raiders.

“It was a great game, a really good battle between two good teams,” Boisvert added. Lebanon (2-2) looks forward to a visit from Goffstown on Friday.

Williamstown 4, Sharon 2

Sharon — The Phoenix dropped their first game of the season as the Blue Devils stormed out to a 4-1 lead at halftime.

Ivy Arnold and Mollie Faccio each had a goal and an assist for Sharon (1-1). Goalie Sierra Dreesman stopped 17 shots. The Phoenix look to get back on the winning track when they host Chelsea on Thursday.

Boys Soccer

Lebanon 3, John Stark 0

Lebanon — The Raiders limited the Generals to a single shot on keeper Kenny Weitzman to now stand at 2-0 on the season.

Martin Gradijan converted from 12 yards off a cross by Jeff Purdy in the 16th minute to give Lebanon the early lead. Will Merchant and Tate Singleton then added goals in the second half for the Raiders. Merchant’s goal came off a Purdy corner kick in the 54th minute while Singleton rocketed home what coach Rob Johnston called a “highlight-reel” goal from 18 yards out in the 58th minute to close the scoring.

Johnstone credited at rotating unit of eight players on the backline for their work in limiting the Generals. The Raiders visit Goffstown on Friday.

Cross Country

Newport Girls Fifth

Sanbornton, N.H. — The Tigers girls team claimed fifth in a nine team Sant Bani Invitational on the Den Brae Golf Course won by Coe Brown.

Newport’s Catie Tremblay was 43rd over the 5-kilometer course with a time of 26 minutes, 23 seconds. Claudia Biron took 53rd at 27:17 while teammates Hannah Hubert (74th), Sky Curtis (75th) and Bethany Boone (85th) rounded out the scoring runners for the Tigers. The Newport boys didn’t have a full team, but Tyler Currier took 76th as an individual with a time of 21:33.

The Tigers compete next on Friday at Fall Mountain.

CORRECTION

This article has been amended to correct an earlier error. Although winless in three of the past four seasons, the Mascoma High volleyball team won six matches in 2008. A headline on an earlier version of this story overstated the significance of Mascoma's victory over Stevens High.