Local Roundup: Aman Leads Hanover Girls XC to Great Glen Victory

  • Christine Aman

  • Emma Gillette

  • Trevor White

  • Orin Mahikoa

  • Eloise Silver-Van Meter

  • Sarah Britton

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Gorham, n.h. — Hanover High junior Christine Aman completed the five-kilometer Great Glen Trails course in 20 minute, 31 seconds for second place overall, leading the Marauders’ girls cross country team to a team win at the Paul Letarte Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

“(Aman) has been running strong for us all fall long,” said Hanover’s sixth-year head coach, Eric Picconi. “She’s really established herself as the top runner for us right now.”

Leila Trummel finished fourth (21:09) for Hanover. Kennedy Lange placed sixth (21:34), Alice Garner took ninth (22:02) and Charlotte Tagupa finished in 10th (22:06) to round out the scoring for the Marauders. Aman came in behind only Merrimack’s Sophia Reynolds, who won the race in 18:37.

Hanover’s boys took third overall, winning the tiebreaker with Nashua North. Senior Jack Lynch paced the Marauders with an 11th-place finish (17:34). Freshman Sam Murray was 12th (17:35), Daniel Frost placed 17th (17:55) and Daniel Bandler took 19th (18:02). Keene’s Jack Velazquez won the boys race in 16:23.

Boys team scores: Keene 34, Pinkerton 68, Hanover 88, Nashua North 88, Trinity 113, Merrimack 157, Kennett 170, Berlin 178, Kingswood 220.

Girls team scores: Hanover 31, Kennett 61, Merrimack 80, Lebanon 118, Plymouth 95, Kingswood 118, Pembroke 151.

Thetford Visits Conn.

Willimantic, Conn. — Eloise Silver-Van Meter finished ninth overall out of 124 girls and Thetford’s boys claimed a seventh-place finish out of 19 teams at Saturday’s Robert Haddad Invitational at Connecticut’s Windham High.

Owen Deffner led the Panther boys, finishing in 11th place out of 160 runners. Jacob Slaughter ended up in 36th place for Thetford. Eamon Deffner placed 40th, Gabe Gaetz took 55th and Bel Spelman placed 57th.

Thetford returns home for a Marble Valley League meet on Tuesday.


Woodstock 27, BFA-Fairfax 6

Fairfax, Vt. — Woodstock quarterback Trevor White completed touchdown passes on back-to-back drives before halftime, helping the Wasps build a 27-0 lead at the break en route to their second win.

Wasps running back Caden White opened the scoring with 7:49 left in the first quarter. Jed Astbury added to it 5:47 later on a 22-yard run into the end zone to make it 14-0 heading into the second quarter.

Trevor White’s touchdown passes were to Ben Marsicovetere for 10 yards and Gage Lory for 15 yards. Astbury was also 3-for-4 on PATs.

BFA-Fairfax held off Woodstock’s offense in the second half and found the scoreboard on an 11-yard run by Cam Meunier with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

Caden White finished the game with 154 yards on 23 carries. Trevor White was 5-for-9 in the air for 81 yards. The Wasps (2-0) host Oxbow (0-2) on Friday night.

Poultney 15, Windsor 12

Poultney, Vt. — Owen Abrahamsen scored twice in the fourth quarter for the Yellowjackets, once on the ground and once in the air, but Windsor’s late-game comeback attempt fell short.

The loss was Windsor’s first in 21 contests over the last two-plus seasons, a stretch that included back-to-back undefeated championship campaigns in 2016 and 2017.

“We needed to execute better,” said Windsor head coach Greg Balch. “We made a few adjustments in terms of plays we ran (at halftime). We had to catch up to the speed of the game. We played a little bit better in the second half, but did not play well enough.”

Poultney took an 8-0 lead with less than a minute to go in the first half, a score that remained the same until Abrahamsen’s first touchdown — on the ground with 6:49 left in the fourth quarter — cut Poultney’s lead to two points after a failed 2-point conversion. Poultney stretched their lead to 15-6 later in the fourth.

Abrahamsen scored again on a touchdown pass from Robert Slocum, but the Jaeks ran out of time.

Windsor (1-1) travels to Milton on Friday.

Franklin 26, Mascoma 6

Franklin, n.h. — Despite a hard-fought game, the Royals came up short in their season opener.

Mascoma quarterback Michael Evans threw for 85 yards and a touchdown to Josh Evans. Sean Pierce contributed an interception on defense.

“Overall, I am very happy with how the team played and the effort they showed,” said Royals coach Kyle Colburn. “They never put their heads down and fought to the end. Going into next week, I just want to sharpen the small details, and I think we are right around there.”

Royals (0-1) travel to Bishop Brady on Saturday.

Trinity 28, Lebanon 6

Manchester — The Pioneers never trailed, building a 14-6 halftime lead at Gill Stadium and shutting out the Raiders (1-1), who dropped their first game of the young season.

Lebanon quarterback Jon Willeman connected with tight end Caleb Smith on a first-half touchdown pass for the visitors’ only points. Former Newport High standout John Thibault, who transferred to Trinity in the offseason, scored two touchdowns for the Pioneers.

Lebanon hosts Monadnock on Friday.

Boys Soccer

Woodsville 4, Blue Mountain 1

Newbury, Vt. — Alex Enderson scored the game’s first two goals and added one assist to help to pave the way to for the Engineers.

Curtis Wyman and Corey Bemis each added a goal. Bemis and Cody Burroughs both contributed an assist. Goalkeeper Isaac Frost recorded two saves.

Woodsville (3-2) hosts Littleton on Tuesday.

White River Valley 2, Twinfield 0

Marshfield, Vt. — The Wildcats opened up their inaugural campaign with a goal in each half to top the Trojans.

Jake Hewitt opened the scoring before halftime, converting on a penalty kick awarded due to a hand ball in the box. Diego Nunez scored in the second half for White River Valley, assisted by Jacob Berry. Sam Fisk made two saves in goal for the shutout.

“It definitely looked like that was our first game,” said Wildcats coach Alex Montano. “But the boys played with a lot of enthusiasm. We see some things we need to work on.”

White River Valley (1-0) hosts Mount St. Joseph on Monday.

Winooski 1, Oxbow 0

Bradford, Vt. — Olympian goalkeeper Orin Mahikoa made 14 saves and Oxbow’s offense sent 15 shots on goal in the loss.

Winooski — which went 14-0-0 last fall before being upset in the VPA Division III semifinals — scored with 9½ minutes left in the second half, a chip shot that sailed through over Mahikoa and into the net. Oxbow (0-2) hosts BFA-Fairfax on Tuesday.

Leland & Gray 4, Thetford 2

Townshend, Vt. — The Panthers dug themselves into a 4-0 hole in the first half.

“We got off the bus a little flat,” said Panthers co-coach Ray Thorburn. “We were down 4-0 at half and got our feet under us and to come back and make it a 4-2 game.”

Dylan Moody and William Bugg each scored one goal each for Thetford. Jake Colby added an assist.

The Panthers (1-1) host Randolph on Monday.

Mount Anthony 5, Hartford 2

White River Junction — The Hurricanes battled but ultimately fell short in a game that was tied at 0-0 at half.

Nick Jones scored two goals for Hartford (2-1), assisted by Nehemiah Arnold on both occasions. Goalkeeper Shane Miller recorded 14 saves.

“We have an inexperienced team, and sometimes learning can be painful, but we learned a lot tonight,” said coach Kevin Guilbault.

The Canes travel to Spaulding on Tuesday.

Arlington 3, Windsor 0

Arlington, Vt. — The Yellowjackets fell to 1-4 and host Bellows Falls on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer

Thetford 2, Leland & Gray 1 (ot)

Townshend, Vt. — Lexi Gaetz headed in the game-tying goal with five minutes left in regulation and Casey MacVeagh scored the overtime winner as the Panthers came from behind against the Rebels.

Leland & Gray’s Ellie Longo scored first, converting a breakaway in the first half. Thetford tied the game late in the second half, a corner from MacVeagh that found Gaetz’s head.

In overtime, MacVeagh took a stretch pass from Kiana Johnson for the game-winner. Thetford goalkeeper Emma Berard made 10 saves.

The Panthers (2-0) host White River Valley on Wednesday.

White River Valley 7, Twinfield 0

Marshfield, Vt. — The Wildcats’ Emma Gillette led the way with a hat trick to give White River Valley its first win of the season.

Kylie Hebard finished the game with two goals and one assist. Grace Lafromboise and Sophie Howe each added one goal.

The Wildcats led, 2-0, at halftime. White River Valley head coach Fred Dieffenbach made minors changes to help maintain the lead.

“At half, we adjusted to getting the ball out wide and getting more crosses in,” Dieffenbach said. “We also closed in on the ball quicker on defense and became more aggressive in the second half.”

White River Valley (1-1) travels to Thetford on Wednesday.

Woodsville 8, Blue Mountain 0

Newbury, Vt. — Olivia Sarkis, Sarah Britton and Leah Krull all scored twice for the Engineers, who improved to 3-2.

Maachah Krull added a goal and an assist. Emily Prest added a goal. Leah Krull and Olivia Sarkis added a helper each. McKenzie Dennis and Kaylynn Reagan split time in net.

Woodsville hosts Littleton on Tuesday.

Field Hockey

Woodstock 5, U-32 0

East Montpelier, Vt. — Woodstock sophomore forward Lili Sorrentino finished the game with three goals and an assist, helping the Wasps open their season with a win.

“It was a great start to the season,” said Woodstock coach Wendy Wannop. “The girls were anxious and ready.”

Mackenzie Yates added two goals for the Wasps. Claire Coates and Khara Brettell had assists and Maggie Parker made only one save in the shutout.

Woodstock (1-0) finished the game with 38 shots on goal and 13 corners. It travels to Brattleboro on Monday.

South Burlington 7Hartford 1

South Burlington, Vt. — The Wolves flashed their three-time defending VPA Division I state champion credentials, scoring the first four goals on the young Hurricanes (1-1).

Anna Lynch converted a Greer McCarty pass late in the first half for Hartford’s only goal. South Burlington forced 17 first-half saves from starting Hurricane goalkeeper Bailey Cameron, who eventually combined on 21 stops with netminding teammate Bella Lukowitz.

“My kids are so young, and it was a learning opportunity out there,” Hartford coach Heather Scudder said. “I’m so proud of their heart.”

Hartford visits another state powerhouse, Bellows Falls, on Thursday. The Terriers moved up to D-I this year back-to-back undefeated state titles in Vermont’s two lower divisions.