Local Roundup: Thetford Senior Bounces Back in Victory

  • Thetford Academy junior Ethan Steingas (5) grabs the ball against Harwood Union High senior Liam Harper (25) at the start of the game at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 3, 2018. The Panthers defeated the Highlanders, 56-42. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Thetford Academy head coach Jason Gray kneels on the ground in front of the bench during the game against Harwood Union High at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 3, 2018. The Panthers defeated the Highlanders, 56-42. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Harwood Union High junior Andre Latulippe (5), left, defends the ball as Thetford Academy junior Ethan Steingas (5) attempts to shoot during the game at Thetford Academy in Thetford, Vt., on Feb. 3, 2018.The Panthers defeated the Highlanders, 56-42. (Valley News - Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Thetford — Thetford Academy senior guard Dylan Thorburn was held in check against Williamstown on Wednesday, as the Panthers scoring leader only managed seven points in a one-sided loss. On Saturday, he rebounded with his best performance of the season, leading Thetford with 28 points as the boys basketball team rolled to 56-42 victory over Harwood to snap a two-game losing streak.

“Dylan really had a standout game after a slump,” Thetford head coach Jason Gray said. “Between him and Lawson Ouellette, and the guys who have been on varsity for three or four years, they’re really your team leaders. … They drive everybody else. It’s been really good.”

Ouellette scored six points for the Panthers, who led Harwood 29-24 at halftime. It came out with a dominating performance in the third quarter, outscoring the Highlanders 17-9 to stretch the lead.

“We came in playing really well in the defensive end,” Gray said. “Our second quarter was a little sloppy, but we turned it right around in the third.”

Etna Steingas and Owen Deffner each added eight points for Thetford. Alex Emerson netted six. The Panthers (7-4) travel to Lake Region on Wednesday.

Chelsea 63, Mid Vermont 54

Quechee — Cade Paquette and Josh King put together dominant offensive performances, but Mid Vermont Chirsitan’s foul trouble late in the game let them down as the Eagles fell to 2-10.

Paquette finished the game with a team-high 20 points; King scored 16. Mid Vermont led 19-6 after the first quarter, but fell behind in the second after being outscored 21-8 before halftime. Chelsea outscored the Eagles in the third and fourth quarters as well, led by Jake Colby with a game-high 25 points.

Mid Vermont hosts Cabot on Saturday.

Twinfield 53, S. Royalton 50

South Royalton — Twinfield pulled away with a 17-10 third quarter performance, handing the Royals their ninth loss of the season.

“The last three games, we’ve lost by a total of 12 points,” South Royalton head coach Pete Howe said. “It’s coming down to a couple of free throws here or there. We’re getting close.”

Troy Walker led the Royals with 20 points. Jacob Hewitt scored seven and George Carr netted six. South Royalton (2-9) hosts Cabot on Monday.

Gould 84, Kimball Union 74

Bethel, Maine — Nick Timberlake led the Wildcats with 33 points as KUA squandered a 40-35 halftime lead to fall to 12-10.

Enoch Cheeks scored 14 points and Will Engelhardt netted 11. Gould went on a 23-3 run to start the second half, retaking the lead for good. KUA hosts Tilton on Wednesday.

Girls Basketball

Thetford 50, Rivendell 46

Thetford — The Panthers’ Emi Vaughn iced the game with two free throws in the final minute, finishing off Thetford’s late-game run to edge Rivendell at home and snap a two game losing streak.

“These are the kinds of games you love to coach,” Thetford head coach Eric Ward said. “Everybody knows each other so well. It was a good atmosphere.”

Thetford (10-3) took a 38-34 lead into the fourth quarter before Rivendell stormed back, led by sharp-shooting Riley Thomson, who hit a 3-pointer and put the Raptors up, 40-39, midway through the final stanza. But Thetford answered with a run of its own to secure the win.

“We weathered the storm, and hit some key baskets,” Ward said.

The Panthers host Lamoille on Tuesday. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak for Rivendell, which fell to 9-3.

Mid Vermont 57, Chelsea 31

Quechee — Mid Vermont Christian head coach Chris Goodwin called the win his team’s most complete game.

“We played hard for four quarters,” he said. “We executed well and didn’t turn the ball over.”

Hayley Goodwin netted a game-high 19 points for the Eagles, and Sydney Goodwin added 17 points. Rachel Seale netted 12 points and Nyah Jenks scored seven as Mid Vermont improved to 9-2.

The Eagles travel to Blue Mountain on Wednesday after having previously fallen to the Bucks, 59-56, on Jan. 19.

Windsor 57, Springfield 35

Springfield, Vt. — The Yellowjackets pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Springfield 20-4 on their way to their sixth consecutive victory.

Olivia Rockwood led Windsor with 23 points and Angelina Bigwood added 13. The Jackets led 20-19 at the half before coming out with a solid second-half performance.

“We had a good talk with the players at halftime,” Windsor head coach Bruce MacKay said. “Springfield just seemed to want it more.”

The Yellowjackets (9-5) host Leland & Gray on Monday.

Whitcomb-Rochester 34 Blue Mountain 23

Bethel — Hayley Mears scored a game-high 18 points as the Mountaineers took a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

Freshman Toni Turner scored five points and Sammy Barcomb added four for Whitchester, playing in the second half of a back-to-back after Friday’s 32-29 loss to Cabot. Lauryn Alley scored 14 points for Blue Mountain.

The Mountaineers (7-4) travel to West Rutland on Tuesday.

Boys Hockey

Hanover 7Manchester Central 2

Manchester — Patrick Daley and Tono Correa each scored their first career goals as the Marauders (15-2 overall, 12-1 league) came out flying offensively to win their sixth straight.

Sylas Oberting scored a goal and provided three assists. David Lehmann scored twice and Braxton McNulty and Rowan Wilson finished the game with two helpers each. Harris LaRock made 16 saves on 18 shots.

Hanover hosts Concord on Wednesday night.

Colchester 2Woodstock 2 (ot)

Woodstock — Woodstock freshman Tom Bissaillon scored twice in the first period as the Wasps settled for their first non-victory of the season.

Henry Greene made 14 saves on 16 shots. Colchester tied the game in the third period. Woodstock (14-0-1) took 22 shots on goal.

Northfield 3, Hartford 2

Northfield, Vt. — Hartford sophomore Ross McFate made 17 saves as the Hurricanes fell to 2-12-1 at Kreitzberg Arena.

Patrick McGlone and Adam Parker provided goals for Hartford; Tyler Hamilton assisted on McGlone’s second goal of the season. The game was tied, 2-2 after two period. Northfield took the lead three minutes into the final stanza and never let up.

Hartford hosts Milton on Wednesday.

New Hampton 4Kimball Union 2

New Hampton, n.h. — New Hampton retook the lead in the final two minutes of the third period, cutting short a KUA comeback.

Logan Cash and Andranik Armstrong connected twice for the Wildcats, who rallied after falling behind 2-0 in the first period. Sean Dynan made 15 saves in the loss.

KUA (21-5-1) hosts Phillips Academy on Wednesday.

Kimball Union 4, Holderness 1

Plymouth, n.h. — KUA scored on three of five power plays to defeat Holderness on Friday night.

Thomas Samuelsen scored twice, while Logan Cash and Arlo Merritt each provided goals. Hugo Turcotte got the win in goal for the Wildcats.

Girls Hockey

Lebanon-Stevens 7Con-Val-Conant 0

Peterborough, n.h. — Julia Tibbits finished the game with a goal and three assists as the Raiders improved to 5-4.

Kayleigh Trietsch scored twice. Lily Barber, Mackayla O’Meara, Makayla Maccioli and Erin White all scored a goal and had an assist. Halle Drew made no saves in net for the win.

Lebanon travels to St. Thomas-Winnacunnet on Tuesday.

Kimball Union 3, Proctor 1

Meriden — Molly Flanagan, Taylor Coburn and Mia Brown all scored for the Wildcats, who improved to 12-4-4.

Brown and Mikah Baptiste provided assists. Maddie Long made seven saves. KUA travels to Exeter on Wednesday.

Austin Prep (Mass.) 6 Hanover 3

Essex Junction Vt. — Claire Yegian made 21 saves as the Marauders (10-2-1 overall, 9-1-1 league) relinquished a 3-2 lead in the second period against their out-of-state rivals.

Briland Laycock scored a goal and assisted on Hanover’s two others; Cate Wagner and Hannah Curtis scored a goal and provided an assist, while Emma Tysinger finished the game with an assist.

Hanover head coach John Dodds pointed to his captains Curtis, Wagner and Laycock for having exceptional performances. The Marauders host Souhegan this morning at Dartmouth College’s Thompson Arena.

Missisquoi 4, Woodstock 3

Swanton, Vt. — Hannah Coates and Faye Stevens finished the game with a goal and an assist as the Wasps dropped their second straight.

Woodstock scored twice in the first period, with goals from Coates and Lauren Forgione. Stevens capped the Wasps’ scoring with an unassisted goal in the third. Anna Hepler finished the game with an assist. Bridgit Black made 21 saves.

The Wasps (9-5-1) will try to stop the skid Wednesday at home vs. South Burlington.

S. Burlington 10, Hartford 0

South Burlington — Freshman goaltender Zoe Pfeiffer recorded 50 saves as the Canes fell to 1-11-1. Hartford head coach Bill Goldsworthy praised the play of Greer McCarty at center.

Hartford hosts Brattleboro on Monday.

Nordic Skiing

Hanover, Lebanon Compete At Coaches Series

North Conway, n.h. — Lebanon’s Jake Willeman took seventh place out of 127 skiers at the New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association Coaches Series 5-kilometer classic race at Whitaker Woods. Hanover’s Caroline Loescher was the top female Upper Valley skier, finishing in 19th place with a time of 20 minutes, 45.3 seconds.

Willeman finished the 5K race in 15:52.9. Lebanon teammate Owen Johnstone finished in 16th place (16:22.1) and Hanover’s Glen Passow finished in 21st place (16:54). Nathaniel Nichols, of Concord, won the boys race in 14:37.9.

Lebanon’s Ana Goodwin finished in 25th place in the girls race (21:03.9) and Hanover’s Margot Davis took 31st place (21:40). Con-Val’s Schuyler Michalak won the girls race in 17:56.


Hartford Takes SecondAt Twin City

Barre, Vt. — Hartford’s Dylan Crowley shot a school-record 266 for the Hurricanes, who took second at Twin City Lanes.

Joseph Raymond bowled a 221 and Grace Belmont rolled a 134, a personal record, for Hartford, which swept Enosburg Falls 126-112, 148-120 before falling to South Burlington in the final, 194-162, 167-132. The Canes travel to Maple Lanes in Claremont next weekend.

Springfield Outpaces Windsor, Oxbow, SoRo

Springfield, Vt. — Oxbow ran out of gas in the final two games against Springfield, which edged the Olympians, Yellowjackets and Royals at Springfield Lanes.

The Cosmos defeated Oxbow in the final, 156-202, 165-153 and 157-134. Windsor edged South Royalton in two games, 119-97, 136-105, in the consolation round.

Grayson Frazer led the Jacks in the opening round, 155, 224. Preston Loura-Bumps paced the Olympians, 188, 141 and South Royalton’s Gabe Howe bowled a 116, 116.

Windsor hosts Randolph, South Burlington and Oxbow at Maple Lanes in Claremont next week.


Mascoma, NewportAt Plymouth Tournament

Plymouth, n.h. — Newport freshman Josh Sharron took first place at the 126 pound weight class, defeating Jeff Marsh, of Natick (Mass.), with a technical fall, 19-2, against 16 teams at the Plymouth Invitational. Sharron was voted the Plymouth Invitational Most Oustanding Wrestler by the coaches in attendance.

Newport took fifth place in the team standings behind Natick, Plymouth, Concord and Winnisquam. Gavin Lovely took second place at the 182 weight class, finishing the day 3-1.

Dylan Palmer was third at 152 (3-1) and Jodran Warburton was third at 120 (3-1).

The Tigers final dual meet of the season is Wednesday at White Mountains.