Local Roundup: Hanover, Stevens cancel holiday basketball tournaments

  • Hanover's Hank Pikus, left, closely defends Woodsville's Elijah Flock in the first quarter of their game in the Connecticut River Shootout in Hanover, N.H., on Dec. 26, 2019. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com Geoff Hansen

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Published: 12/22/2021 10:25:02 PM
Modified: 12/22/2021 10:24:47 PM

HANOVER — As COVID-19 rates surge due to the omicron variant, local sports is beginning to take action.

Some teams around the Upper Valley have faced COVID issues early in the season, and some games have been postponed. On Monday, Lebanon High announced the boys basketball team would be shut down until December 30. Now, multiple post-Christmas holiday tournaments have been called off.

Hanover and Stevens have canceled their boys basketball tournaments, and Fall Mountain has canceled its girls basketball tournament.

Stevens also announced its girls basketball game against Hillsboro-Deering, scheduled for Wednesday, is postponed due to an increase in COVID cases at Hillsboro-Deering. No makeup date has been scheduled yet.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Northfield 35, White River Valley 32

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats, after squandering a five-point lead entering the fourth quarter, had a chance to tie it with a 3-pointer in the final seconds, but couldn’t quite cash in as the Marauders (3-0) held on.

WRV (1-2) got 14 points from sophomore guard Tanner Drury and 11 from junior guard Jillian Barry. But the Wildcats’ depth was tested as those two, junior forward Ella Perreault and senior guard Izzy Durkee accounted for all of WRV’s scoring.

Northfield led by one at the half after a back-and-forth second quarter. After the Wildcats got some shots to fall and seemingly took control in the third, Northfield stormed back in the fourth as the Marauders’ star post player, Piper Mattson, finally started making her shots in the paint. Eight of Mattson’s 14 points came in the final period.

“We had the opportunities. Unfortunately it just didn’t fall,” WRV coach Tim Perrault said. “We had a short bench and we were tired. We learned we can stay with these teams, we have grit, but we just have to do the little things.”

The Wildcats are back in action Thursday evening at Springfield.

Hartford 44, Oxbow 31

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hartford (2-1) leaned on an eight-point lead over Oxbow (1-3) built in the first quarter en route to victory.

The second and third quarters were much tighter, with just two points separating the teams in the quarters. Hartford’s defense took control in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Sarah Howe led Hartford with 15 points. Beth Dobrich scored 13. Emma Parkin scored 14 points to lead Oxbow in scoring, and to move her season average to 15.3 points per game through four games.

The Olympians will hit the road Thursday to take on Rivendell. The Hurricanes will travel to face Windsor on Thursday.

Windsor 65, Thetford 35

WINDSOR — Windsor (3-0) kept the momentum going in its strong start to the season.

The Yellowjackets scored 25 points in the first quarter and led by 13 points going into the second quarter, and Thetford (2-1) was unable to climb back.

Senior guard Peyton Richardson led Windsor with 19 points, and she recorded four steals. Senior forward Reese Perry scored 14 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Senior guard Elliot Rupp added 13 points and four steals. Senior forward Karen Kapuscinski chipped in eight points and eight boards.

Junior guard Madi Mousley led the way for the Panthers with 17 points.

Windsor will host Hartford on Thursday, while Thetford will face CVU on the road.

GIRLS HOCKEY Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge 4 Thomas Aquinas 1

DOVER, N.H. — Lebanon’s season-opening game came later than expected, but it was worth the wait.

The Raiders (1-0) were schedule to begin with an away game against Bishop Guertin last week, but the game was postponed.

Lebanon got on the board in the first period on a goal by senior forward Emma Leute, assisted by junior defender Elena Robb. The Raiders took control in the second period with two goals. Sophomore defender Phoebe Ballard scored early in the period from assists by Robb and junior forward Claire Falcone, and Falcone scored for herself, unassisted, late in the period. Junior forward/defender Greta Barber scored an unassisted goal in the third period to seal the victory.

In goal, senior Paige Hoegler saved 30 shots.

Head coach Mike Sheehan was pleased with his team’s performance against a tough opponent.

“I’m very proud of our girls to start the season off with a win, after a long wait,” Sheehan said. “To lead start to finish against last year’s runner-up is a great start for our young team.”

The Raiders will look to build off its win next week at the Keene Holiday Tournament.

WRESTLING Mascoma rolls to victory

CANAAN — Mascoma (1-0) opened its season in victorious fashion, with a 39-6 win over Kearsarge at home.

Sophomore Cam Jespersen (132 pounds) set the tone for the Royals in the first match with a first-period pin. Senior Tyler Mekus (170 pounds) won by fall, and Royals head coach Rick Simula said he wrestled tough to earn the victory.

Mascoma won by forfeit in six weight classes.

“We are glad to be underway and look forward to every match from here,” Simula said. “We will continue to get better each week and progress, with our ultimate goal being state titles.”

The Royals won’t face competition again until mid-January at the Manchester Memorial meet with Manchester Central, Plymouth, and Lebanon.

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