Local roundup: Woodstock starts its tourney with a win

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Published: 12/28/2021 6:38:50 AM
Modified: 12/29/2021 9:35:50 AM

WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Union High girls hockey team opened its inaugural holiday tournament with a comfortable 3-1 win over the Hartford on Monday to improve to 5-0.

Woodstock outshot Hartford 9-3 during a scoreless first period, then broke through early in the second on freshman Kassidy Haley’s fifth goal of the season. The Wasps then pulled away on two goals less than a minute apart in the third.

First, it was junior Lily Gubbins scoring for the first time this season, and 37 seconds later, junior Isabel Konijnenberg netted her fifth of the year.

Freshman Madison Barwood scored for the Hurricanes (3-2) with less than a minute remaining to prevent Wasps sophomore goaltender Meridian Bremel from recording her first shutout of the season. Bremel made 10 saves, while Hartford freshman Sydney Stillman made 16.

“We had a great practice yesterday and worked on some things that I thought were important to our game,” Woodstock coach Dennis Wood said. “We didn’t steer from the plan, and if anything looked a little weak, we would try to fix that and address it, either on the bench or in the locker room.”

The Hurricanes will be back at Union Arena on Tuesday to play Brattleboro. The Wasps’ second game in the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19 issues with their opponent, Rice, so they are off until a Jan. 5 contest at Middlebury.

Lebanon goes 1-2 at Keene Holiday Tournament

KEENE — Lebanon-Stevens-Kearsarge girls hockey played three games Monday at the Keene Holiday Tournament, and the Raiders went 1-2.

Lebanon played Oyster River twice and lost both games, 2-1, and 2-0. The Raiders defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 1-0.

Head coach Mike Sheehan said his team played well at the tournament, as he spread around playing time during the games.

“We played all our players, even those who don’t usually see a lot of ice time,” Sheehan said. “So the scores weren’t necessarily indicative of how well we played against Oyster River.”

Senior forward Lilly Gogan scored each of Lebanon’s two goals across the three games. Sophomore forward Lily Hoegler, junior defender Elena Robb, junior forward/defender Greta Barber, and sophomore defender Phoebe Ballard all recorded assists. Senior goaltender Paige Hoegler saved 32 shots Monday, and Sheehan praised her effort.

Lebanon returns home on Wednesday to take on Bishop Guertin.

BOYS BASKETBALL Windsor 63, Otter Valley 43

WINDSOR — Another strong game from Maison Fortin led Windsor (2-2) to its second straight win Monday.

The junior scored 23 points to pace the Yellowjackets. Through four games, he’s averaging 19.5 points per game. Junior Roger Petermann added nine points.

The Yellowjackets hit the road to take on Proctor on Wednesday.

Bellows Falls 72, Hartford 65

WESTMINSTER, Vt. – The Hurricanes (4-1) saw their season-opening hot streak end on Monday.

The game was tight the entire way. Hartford started slow but picked it up in the second quarter to keep it close. The Hurricanes were within five points the entire game until they had to start fouling Bellows Falls at the end.

Senior guard Tarin Prior led the Hurricanes with 22 points. He’s finished as the team’s leading scorer three games in a row, and is averaging 19.6 points per game this season. Senior forward Jacob Seaver scored 18 points, bringing his season average to 20.8 points per game.

Hartford will return to action in 2022, taking on Woodstock on the road on Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Lebanon 61, Trinity 36

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Lebanon (4-2) picked up its fourth straight victory on Monday.

The Raiders leaned on their seniors, as usual. Guard Catherine Cole led the way with 17 points. She’s been Lebanon’s leading scorer in each of the team’s six games, and she’s averaging 16.8 points per game. Guard Molly Smith chipped in 12 points, and center Ella Longacre added 10.

Lebanon faces either Manchester West or Manchester Memorial on Tuesday.

Mt. St. Joseph 34, Rivendell 20

ORFORD, N.H. — The Raptors (2-3) snapped a two-game winning streak with Monday’s home loss.

The second quarter was not kind to Rivendell in this game. MSJ outscored the Raptors 13-2 in the period, after the teams finished the first quarter tied at 5-5. Rivendell was unable to overcome that halftime deficit.

Despite the result, Raptors head coach Tim Goodwin was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We played a game on the Monday after the holiday and played very well,” Goodwin said. “The score doesn’t show the execution we were able to produce offensively as we were trying to shake the rust off.”

Freshman guard Shaylee Carter was Rivendell’s top scorer with eight points.

Rivendell is back in action on Monday at Woodstock.

TRACK AND FIELD Hartford girls take second at UVM Meet

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Hartford’s girls indoor track and field finished second at the UVM Meet on Monday, while the boys team finished seventh. White River Valley’s girls team finished tied for 10th; the Wildcat boys placed 14th.

Hartford senior Caroline Hamilton finished second in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.84 seconds.

The Hurricanes placed three girls in the top five in the long jump. Olivia Chase took first place with a 4.66 meter jump. Hamilton finished third in the event with a 4.09 meter. And Megan Lang finished fifth with a 3.94-meter jump.

Bethany Davis finished in third in the 1,000-meter in 3:32.36, which set a new school record.

On the boys side, Jordan Davis placed fourth in the high jump wth a 1.65-meter jump. He also finished fourth in the shot put with an 11.60-meter throw.

Hartford’s 4x400-meter relay teams, both boys and girls, finished third. The boys group — Jack Fournier-Stephens, Chase Goodwin, Gavin Farnsworth, and Bennett Moreno — posted a 4:18.83 time. The girls team — Davis, Bella Boeri, Alice Piper, and Dakota Smith — ran the race in 5:08.08.

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