Local Roundup: Wasps Easily Run From the Competition

  • Hanover High's Susanna Penfield, center, challenges Alvirne's Jilian Houle for a loose ball during the teams' Tuesday game at Merriman-Branch Field.   Valley News - Tris Wykes
Graham Melville

Graham Melville

Woodstock — The Woodstock High cross country teams were quite inhospitable hosts on Tuesday afternoon in their one and only home meet of the season. Both the boys and girls teams easily distanced themselves from the competition, led by another dominant effort by sophomore Carmen Bango.

Bango distanced herself from the field in the girls race, winning with a time of 19 minutes, 28 seconds. Teammate Lindsey Stuntz took second in 21:47, while Claire Spangler was fourth and Kathryn Bassette was fifth. The Bango-led Woodstock girls have now won every Marble Valley League meet they’ve competed in this season.

Hartford’s Emma Patriquin added a sixth-place finish, and Thetford had Tegan Pellerin in ninth and Maggie Pomeroy in 14th.

“It’s been going really well this season; the girls have won each MVL meet, and the boys have won three of four,” Woodstock coach Tracy Rose said.

Graham Melville paced the victorious Woodstock boys, taking second place in 18:44. Justin Whitaker took eighth, Chris Chase was ninth and Trevor Van Niel was 12th. Quincey Smith had a strong run, taking third as an individual for the Windsor boys. Thetford’s Ian Mundy was fifth, and teammate Jeremy Bauer took 10th. Mark Knapp paced the Hartford boys in 23rd.

Girls team scores: Woodstock 20, Burr & Burton 90, Springfield 91, Brattleboro 100, Thetford 103, Hartford 153.

Boys team scores: Woodstock 40, Brattleboro 80, Burr & Burton 86, Thetford 86, Springfield 91, Hartford 176, Bellows Falls 180.

Field Hockey

Lebanon 0, Plymouth 0 (ot)

Lebanon — With sweepers Rachel Berg and Gergana Alteva marshalling the defense in front of goalkeeper Emily Foster, the Raiders (6-1-1) held the Bobcats scoreless for their first draw of the season.

Forster recorded a nine-save shutout, and the work of Berg and Alteva in front of her helped Lebanon make up for not being able to convert on 20 shots toward the Plymouth net.

The Raiders will seek to restart their attack when they visit Milford on Friday.

Kearsarge 2, John Stark 0

North Sutton — The Cougars (1-4-1) picked up their first win of the season, shutting out the Generals behind a strong team defensive effort.

Ellie Chadwick and Hannah Anderson each scored for Kearsarge. Freshman keeper Breyna Carey stopped four shots for her first shutout. Coach Koreen Bennett commented on a strong game from freshman Paige Blake in her first career varsity start.

Mt. Anthony 1, Windsor 0

Bennington, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (3-3) played a strong first half, but had no scoring answer when the Patriots’ Gabbi Lewis scored the game’s only goal midway through the second half.

Mariah Marsh and Brooke Hurd drew praise from Windsor coach Sandy Clary for their full-field play. Emma Saucier made five saves in the Jacks’ net.

Girls Soccer

Lebanon 1, John Stark 0

Lebanon — The Raiders (3-3-1) have struggled to score this season, but one was enough for Lebanon to enjoy a win over the Generals at home.

The hosts, whose eight previous goals had come in their two wins, got Georgia Houde’s first goal of the season and a three-save shutout from Kasidee Rogers to earn the victory. Houde struck midway through the first half, knocking home a Micaela Schones pass on a play started by a Rachel Townsend free kick.

The Raiders, who broke a three-game goalless run, go to ConVal on Saturday.

Hanover 1, Alvirne 1

Hanover — The Marauders (2-2-1) became the first team to slow down Alvirne this season, earning a draw with the previously unbeaten Broncos (6-0-1).

Karina Lukovits scored unassisted just three minutes into the game for Hanover, finding herself in the right place in front of the Broncos’ net to convert off a short cross. Alvirne tied it up 20 minutes into the second half on a goal by Danielle Ross.

The Broncos outshot Hanover 10-8. Marauders keeper Ashley Levesque stopped nine shots. Kennedy praised the play of Evie Keating, Susanna Penfield and Emily Acker.

Hanover visits Merrimack Valley on Thursday.

Stevens 5, Newport 1

Claremont — The Cardinals (5-0) remained perfect on the campaign, scoring four times in the second half to pull away from the Tigers (1-7).

Jazmyn Griffin scored on a Madelyn Whipple pass to give Stevens its halftime edge, and Whipple netted the eventual game-winner on an Alyson Lizotte pass in the second half. Sophie Willis’ sixth goal of the campaign, on a Morgan Sheppard assist, drew Newport back within a goal, but the Cardinals rolled to the finish behind two Emily Charest strikes and a Desneige Roy finish.

Whipple, Lizotte and Amerin McCall earned assists on the final three Stevens goals. The Cards visit Windsor on Thursday; the Tigers are off until a home date with Monadnock on Saturday.

South Royalton 2, Twinfield 2 (ot)

Plainfield, Vt. — Olivia Phillip scored the second of her two goals with six minutes to play as the Royals (2-3-1) rallied for a draw with the Trojans.

Phillip opened the scoring in the 15th minute, delivering Autumn Wing’s indirect-kick feed into the far corner of the Twinfield net. The Trojans took the lead with a pair of goals midway through the second half, only to have the Royals force extra time when Phillip drilled Rachel Moore’s left-wing cross into the goal late in the second half.

Lexi Madore and Larissa Stride combined on 13 saves for South Royalton, with Madore making several of her seven stops in the 20-minute overtime.

Burr & Burton 6, Hartford 1

Manchester, Vt. — A goal in the first half-minute got the Hurricanes (1-5) in good stead, until the Bulldogs (5-2) ran away with the match.

On the opening kickoff, Heather Illingworth served a cross that Mariah Palmer turned into a 1-0 lead after just 29 seconds. But BBA netted four goals before halftime and two more afterward despite the best efforts of Hartford netminders Katie McGrath and Megan Potter.

Hartford visits Hanover for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday.

John Stark 2, Kearsarge 1

North Sutton — The Cougars (1-5-1) outplayed the Generals in the second half, but not enough to make up for allowing a pair of early goals.

Maicy Hansen scored her second goal of the year in the first 15 minutes after halftime, converting a Tess Jewell pass. Kayleigh Davis kept the Cougars in the contest with her 13-save goaltending.

Boys Soccer

South Royalton 3, Twinfield 1

Plainfield, Vt. — Nick Howe had a pair of goals as the Royals improved to 2-4 on the season.

Alex Berk got SoRo on the board early, scoring with an assist to Nate Moore. Howe then added two of his own scores, each assisted by Sam Berk. Keeper Jayson Perron stopped seven shots.

Hazen 1, Oxbow 0 (ot)

Bradford, Vt. — Alex Betere scored with six minutes left in the first overtime to deny the Olympians (1-6) a second straight victory.

Michael Hodge kept Oxbow in the game with a nine-save effort in the goal.

Hopkinton 5, Kearsarge 0

Contoocook, n.h. — The Cougars ran into the top team in New Hampshire Division III as they were shut out and fell to 4-2-1.

Goalie Mike Sullivan stopped seven shots to keep the Cougars within striking distance .

Stowe 6, Thetford 0

Thetford — The Panthers (3-2-1) proved too kind a host to the Raiders.

Senior Wyatt Ulman made his debut at goalie for Thetford and recorded 11 saves.

Bow 4, Mascoma 0

West Canaan — The Royals (1-7) kept within striking distance against the Falcons for much of the game.

Keeper Nick Perez stopped 18 shots for Mascoma. Coach Tanya Rej praised strong games by Perez, Will Morrison and Alex Schwartz.

The Royals visit Newfound on Saturday.


Kearsarge Sweeps

North Sutton — The Cougars (8-5) swept three foes on the Country Club of New Hampshire’s par-36 front nine, getting a key victory over the team Kearsarge is battling for a NHIAA Division III state tournament spot.

With Andy Arnold shooting a low-round of 4-over 40, the Cougars nipped Prospect Mountain by two strokes for the team win. That decision leveled a win by PM (6-6) earlier in the season and gives Kearsarge a 1½-game lead for the seventh and final state tourney berth entering the final week and a half of the schedule.

Lucas Muzzey (43), Bailey Kane (51) and Laura Rodgers (52) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars.

“There are some good teams at the top, but we’re battling,” said Kearsarge coach Dave Muzzey, who has seen past teams miss states by fewer than two wins at least twice. “I know what it’s like. It can be nerve-wracking for some of our seniors. They have a desire to get there.”

Tim Berry (51), Emma Pederson (53), Josh Carpenter (54) and Cody Schoolcraft (56) scored for fourth-place Stevens (3-8).

The Cougars return to their home course on Thursday to host top-four sides Pelham and Gilford along with Prospect Mountain.

Team scores: Kearsarge 186, Prospect Mountain 188, Belmont 202, Stevens 214.

Freshman Leads Raiders

Windham, n.h. — Freshman Hunter Marsh paced Lebanon (11-5) to a second-place finish with a 4-over-par 41 on the back nine of Windham Country Club.

Corey Huckins and David Albright shot 44 for the Raiders, and Nabeel Khan and Ryan Kopecky carded rounds of 45 to close Lebanon’s tally. Senior Dylan Gaudette didn’t factor in the scoring, but he did rally for a 10-over 47 after a quadruple bogey-double bogey start.

Windham’s Jack Grubbs shot the low round at 1-under 36.

Team scores: Windham 192, Lebanon 219, Souhegan 226.

Newport Edges Three

Newport — The Tigers (9-2) picked up three victories on their home course as Matt Bocko earned medalist honors with a 6-over-par 41 on the front nine at Newport Golf Club.

Teammate Cale Manseau added a 42, while Andre Kepler had 46 and Brandon Whalen had 52.

Team scores: Newport 181, Moultonborough 192, Sunapee 200, Franklin 228.

Hanover Dominates

Goffstown, n.h. — The Marauders cruised to a 25-stroke victory at Stonebridge Country Club, improving their record to 14-2.

Medalist Mattson Rosenbaum led the way with a 1-over-par score of 36 on the front nine at Stonebridge. Andrew Keddy added a 38, Chris Lehmann had 39, Pat Dyroff carded a 41 and Nathan Roth had 44.

Team scores: Hanover 198, Goffstown 223, Plymouth 226.

Woodsville Earns Win

Center Harbor, n.h. — With Joe Abrahamsen leading the way, the Engineers (4-7) picked up a win in a four-school match on Waukewan Country Club’s par-36 front side.

Abrahamsen shot a round of 48 for Woodsville, which also picked up a 51 from Mayghan Simano, a 53 from Dan Abrahamsen and a 55 from Ben Fournier. Host InterLakes won the match and produced the medalist wth Dyland Mailand’s 6-over 42.

Team scores: InterLakes 176, White Mountains 188, Woodsville 207, Newmarket 238.

Girls Volleyball

Hanover 3, John Stark 0

Weare, n.h. — Zoe McElwain was 47-for-48 setting with 10 assists, five aces and three kills as Hanover (2-1) shut out John Stark.

Elizabeth Pillsbury had five kills and 11 digs for the Marauders, while teammate Leah Burrowes had 11 digs and Mackenzie Cutting was 11-for-11 serving with two aces.

Hanover greets Milford on Friday.

Women’s Volleyball

Dartmouth Rookie Honored

Princeton, n.j. — Emily Astarita is the Ivy League’s co-rookie of the week after leading Dartmouth to a 2-2 mark at its Dartmouth Duels tournament last weekend.

Astarita amassed 26 kills, 23 digs, a service ace and two double-doubles in just nine sets of play. She saved her best for Saturday’s date with No. 9 Minnesota, posting 14 kills and 12 digs in a three-set loss.

Men’s Rugby

Dartmouth Blasts Yale

New Haven, Conn. — Thirteen different Big Green players reached the try zone as Dartmouth (2-0) walloped the Bulldogs over the weekend, 91-0.

Captain Madison Hughes paced Dartmouth with 12 points, all on kicks, before subbing out at halftime. Erik Warnquist, Colin Walmsley, Pat Flynn, John Descalzi and Dylan Jones all recorded two tries apiece.

Dartmouth hosts Brown on Saturday at Brophy Field.

Men’s Golf

Grantham’s Russell Medals

South Kent, Conn. — Sophomore Evan Russell, of Grantham, birdied the 18th hole at Bulls Bridge Golf Club to complete his first collegiate individual medal-winning effort for the University of Hartford men’s golf team.

This summer’s Vermont Amateur and New England Amateur champion, Russell shot a final-round 2-under-par 70 and finished at 9-under 207 for the 54-hole tourney. The Hawks took second as a team at 877, nine shots behind Rutgers.


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