Local Roundup: TSA Boys Hold Off Blue Mountain

  • Alex Normandin

Published: 1/20/2017 12:04:23 AM
Modified: 1/20/2017 12:04:22 AM

Sharon — Blake Fabrikant called the Sharon Academy boys basketball team’s 51-39 victory Thursday over winless Blue Mountain a “trap game” following his team’s lopsided loss to Williamstown earlier in the week. The Phoenix, however, did enough good things during the second half to claim its fifth victory of the season.

“We came into this game thinking it was going to be easier than it was,” Fabrikant said. “They have good size and they matched up with us really well. They gave us all we could handle.”

Junior forward Sam Knoerlein scored 12 of his 13 points during the first half, and Harvey Kelley scored 15 of his 16 points during the second. Fisher Kelley added seven points. Fabrikant said he’s still waiting for his team to put it all together at the same time.

Senior Billy Connelli, who Fabrikant said is one of his team’s top defenders, rolled his left ankle during the third quarter and may miss some time. Sharon (5-3) travels to Chelsea on Monday to start a stretch of four games in six days.

Mount Royal 66Concord Christian 44

Concord — The Knights committed seven turnovers during the third quarter after a solid first half. But Mount Royal cleaned up its mistakes during the final stanza, outscoring Concord Christian, 22-10, to secure victory.

“We played well,” said Mount Royal coach Matt McMenaman. “We had a couple of mental lapses but we were able to return to our game plan.”

Alex Normandin had 17 points. Kealan Vazquez and Andrew Normandin each scored 13. The Knights (4-4) travel to Profile today.

S. Royalton 89, Chelsea 34

South Royalton — Nicholas Howe scored 34 points as the Royals secured their ninth victory.

Dalton McDougall added 20 points for South Royalton. Jacob Hewitt and Zeb Perrault scored eight each and Andy Moore added seven points. South Royalton (9-2) travels to Cabot on Saturday.

Randolph 46, Thetford 44

Thetford — The Panthers (2-7) let a nine-point halftime lead slip away by allowing 28 second-half points and committing 15 turnovers after intermission.

“This is the third one that’s come down to the wire like that,” Thetford coach Jason Gray said. “We need leadership on the floor from some of our older veterans.”

Randolph took a one-point lead with 36 seconds remaining. Gray called time and drew up a successful play that gave Thetford the lead back. However, Randolph sank a 3-pointer with five seconds remaining.

Dylan Thorburn scored 19 points for Thetford, which hosts Rivendell on Saturday.

Girls Basketball

Mount Royal 34Concord Christian 30

Concord — The Knights held Concord Christian’s Jade Bell to just three points during the second half to snap a two-game losing skid.

Bell scored 14 of Concord Christian’s 20 points during the first half to put Mount Royal in a 20-14 hole at halftime. However, the Knights’ defense stiffened, holding Concord Christian to just one point in the third quarter and 10 in the second half.

Alexis Matte led the way with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Marylin LaRose netted eight points and Jacinta Hogan added five.

The Knights (3-4) travel to Lin-Wood on Monday.

Alpine Skiing

Woodstock Boys Second, Girls Third

Peru, Vt. — Woodstock’s Anna Dieffenbach won the second run and took second overall for the girls during the giant slalom at Bromley Mountain against Rutland, Burr & Burton and Thetford. Kyle Weirether placed fourth overall for the boys.

Woodstock’s boys took second place (30 points) with Hartley Walker-Money, Erik Weiss and Elliot Shoemaker all scoring. The girls team slipped into third place (30 points) behind Rutland (27 points) and Burr & Burton (28 points). Emma Maiden finished fourth overall for the girls.

The Wasps will next compete in a slalom race at Suicide Six on Tuesday.

Nordic Skiing

Lebanon Boys, Girls Take Third

Wolfeboro, n.h. — Lebanon’s Maria Goodwin placed fifth (20:31) for the girls and Eli Weitzman took sixth (17:24) for the boys as Lebanon’s boys and girls each placed third. The Raiders hosted the race at Kingswood.

Lebanon’s girls placed behind Kennett (first, 16 points) and Kingswood (second, 27 points). Bri Hibner placed eighth (20:48) and Celia Barnett (15th, 21:49) and Hannah Falcone (22nd, 22:31) also finished.

The boys took third behind Kennett (first, 12 points) and Plymouth (second, 36 points) Jacob Willeman took eighth (17:40), Owen Johnstone placed 15th (18:41) and Eric Robicheau finished 19th (19:49).

The Raiders travel to Bedford on Saturday.

College Football

Dartmouth Linebacker To Play in All-Star Game

Hanover — Dartmouth’s Folarin Orimolade, the Ivy League defensive player of the year, will play in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Orimolade led the Big Green with 83 tackles, nine sacks and five forced fumbles this season. He was named to numerous All-American teams, including the Associated Press, STATS and Athlon.

He also was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the FCS.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, founded in 2012, is a postseason all-star game for draft-eligible college players and will be attended by scouts from every NFL club and other professional leagues. The Collegiate Bowl kicks off on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

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