Local Roundup: Thetford’s Josler a 1,000-Point Scorer at Norwich, Too

  • Ben Meagher

  • Shyann Josler

  • Connor Thompson

  • Kaysea Neil

  • Celia Barnett

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Northfield, Vt. — A little more than four years after she scored her 1,000th career high school girls basketball point, former Thetford Academy star Shyann Josler did it again on Tuesday night.

This time, Josler did it in the colors of Norwich University. The senior became the 18th woman in the history of the Cadets’ women’s basketball program to top the 1,000 career points mark in a 69-42 win over Mount Ida.

Josler needed 15 points to reach the mark for Norwich and nearly needed the entire night to get to that point. She finally made it with 2:50 left in the fourth quarter on a free throw, eventually finishing with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Josler scored more than 1,000 points at Thetford as well, reaching the mark during a 53-29 defeat of Oxbow on Jan. 25, 2014. At the time, she became the seventh girl and 14th player overall in TA history to reach the plateau.

“(Thetford athletic director) Blendon Salls told me she scored 1,000,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said after his team’s game on Tuesday night. “Shyann has had a great senior year at Norwich, and she had a great career here. She’s put in the time and effort in to attain the goal of 1,000 ponts both in high school and in college. Not to many people can say that, and she should be proud of her accomplishments.”

A 5-foot-5 guard, Josler is averaging 9.9 points per game this season and 14.9 for her career. She’ll graduate this spring with a health science degree, hoping to work in physical therapy for a sports team sometime in the future.

Lebanon High graduate Vanessa Fleury had 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory. Norwich has a rematch with Mount Ida in suburban Boston on Thursday.

Girls Basketball

Thetford 43, Lamoille 37

Thetford — The Panthers are 11-3 after Danielle Robinson pumped in 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Lilly Brown added seven points. They visit Randolph on Thursday.

Thetford coach Eric Ward credited Brown with running the point well but noted his troops “didn’t have good time management at the end” and promised to focus on that aspect in practice.

Lamoille (7-6) trailed, 13-4, after the first quarter.

Montpelier 46, Oxbow 43

Montpelier — The Olympians got off a 3-point shot with 1.2 seconds remaining but fell to 7-9 when the effort rimmed out. Kaysea Neil and Lauren Wright each had 12 points for the visitors, who also received six points from Maddie Fornwalt.

Neil was perfect on eight free-throw attempts while the Solons were just 6 of 17 as a team.

“The game never felt like it was in jeopardy, to be honest,” said Oxbow coach Barry Emerson, whose squad visits Lyndon on Thursday. “But then the last few possessions, we didn’t handle pressure or shoot well. We had some young kids handling the ball because of sickness and injury.”

Newport 55, Mascoma 48

Newport — Alexis Hurd had 17 points, Greysan Beaulieu had 12 and Kennedy Pysz added nine and the Tigers (10-8) triumphed in the NHIAA Division III contest. Sydney Thompson led the Royals (5-13) with 14 points, followed by Michaela Dowd with 12 points.

“We came out a little flat after halftime and it wrote the story for the rest of the game,” said Mascoma coach Walt Hammond, whose squad was outscored, 18-6, during the third quarter. “Michaela and Sydney really carried the team.”

Mascoma visits Gilford on Friday and Newport visits Fall Mountain on Saturday.

Newport 66, Sunapee 53

Newport — Selena Coronis dropped two of her three 3-pointers in a 17-point Newport third quarter that helped the Tigers (8-6, 9-8) put away the Lakers (6-8, 6-10) on Monday night.

Coronis matched her season high with 18 points, helping Newport pull away from a 31-30 halftime lead. The Tigers also picked up season highs of 12 points from Kennedy Pysz and eight points from Maddie Miller, who also had added a pair of threes on the night. Fiona Nolan continued her run of solid play for Sunapee with 15 points, backed by 10 apiece from Anah Durkee and Cara Peirce.

Boys Basketball

Mascoma 74, Newport 58

West Canaan — Caleb McAlister scored a career-high 22 points, Connor Thompson had 13 points and Tyler Warner added nine points for the victorious Royals (5-9). Cody Turgeon had 21 points and Ethan Houde had 17 points for Newport.

“I thought we had the game in hand,” said Mascoma coach Jim Barry, whose team scored a season-high for points and hosts Gilford on Friday. “But we’re one of those teams that can’t stand prosperity. We run out to a lead and give it back. Finally, by the fourth quarter, we stopped that nonsense.”

The Royals, playing their third game without standout Dakota DeCocq, who’s out for the season, got a good defensive game from Warner and strong rebounding performances from McAllister and Killian Dowd.

“We don’t have a six-footer, so we’re tiny and we have a hard time on the boards,” Barry said. “If you can’t rebound, you can’t run, but every coach we play says we have the best man-to-man defense they’ve seen all year.”

Newport was 16 of 34 from the free-throw line while Mascoma was 11 of 21.

Hartford 67Bellows Falls 41

White River Junction — The Hurricanes improved to 4-8 behind 22 points by Hunter Gaudette and 15 points from Hunter Perkins. Patrick Brady chipped in 12 points for Hartford, which held a 30-12 scoring advantage during the third quarter and visits Bellows Falls on Thursday.

Rivendell 67, Chelsea 44

Chelsea, Vt. — Owen Pelletier scored 22 points, Zach Gould dropped 18 points and brothers Norm and Isaac Martel combined for 22 points. The Raptors (7-6) have won six consecutive games and are gunning for their Thursday rematch at undefeated Sharon Academy.

“We lost by 20 points to them the first time but it’s going to be a really good matchup,” said Rivendell coach Jeff Huntington. “We’re starting to play a lot better, so it’s going to be a good fight. A lot of teams can’t keep up with our pace if we get going.”

Jake Colby had 25 points for the Red Devils.

Windsor 73Green Mountain 33

Chester, Vt. — Duncan Frazer scored 16 points, Ben Meagher had 13 and Greg Balch had 10 for the Yellowjackets, who led, 56-14, at halftime.

Windsor (11-1), sitting atop the Vermont Division IV standings, received four 3-point baskets from Fraser. It next plays Friday at Fair Haven.

Whitcomb-Rochester 52Blue Mountain 31

Bethel — Eddie Bray poured in 18 points and Zack Rhoades had 15 points to boost the Mountaineers to 8-7 and drop the Bucks to 4-9.

Whitchester, which led by a 28-7 halftime score, visits Craftsbury on Thursday.

Unified Basketball

Hanover 65, John Stark 54

Weare, n.h. — Avery Hunnewell ate well, both from the floor and after the game, for his role in the Marauders’ third straight victory.

Cassie Reese and Eli Weintraub had big games for Hanover (3-0), Reese scoring a game-high 24 points and Weintraub following with 22. Hunnewell added 19 points, including his first 3-pointer.

“And it was at the buzzer,” Hanover coach Missie Rodriguez said. “I owed him a pizza for that.”

The Marauders’ game with Stevens scheduled for today is canceled because of impending snow.

Girls Hockey

Lebanon-Stevens 3STA-Winnacunnet 2

Dover, n.h. — The Raiders skated with three defenders and five forwards but hung on after surrendering the NHIAA game’s last goal. Lebanon goaltender Halle Drew was the difference with 20 saves, said Lebanon coach Brad Shaw, whose thin roster has been beset by injuries.

“We’re not only short on numbers but we’re missing two of our best players,” said Shaw, who’s hoping to get wing Ella Lindsay back from a broken wrist next week.

Lebanon recently lost the services of sophomore Celia Barnett, one of the school’s fittest athletes and who logged enormous amounts of ice time. Barnett veered off course and into the woods during a nordic ski race and suffered a sprained ankle and a knee injury, Shaw said.

“She’s strong as an ox and has a good gas tank and you can really lean on her,” the coach said. “We’re in trouble without her.”

Lebanon (7-4) scored the game’s first, third and fourth goals before surrendering its final tally while shorthanded and with six seconds to play. Erin White, Julia Tibbits and Lily Barber each scored unassisted goals for the Raiders, who are scheduled to host Oyster River today before visiting Berlin-Gorham on Saturday.

Women’s Skiing

Dartmouth’s Ogden Honored

Hanover — Dartmouth freshman Katharine Ogden was selected as the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association female nordic skier of the week following her performance last weekend at the Vermont Carnival.

Ogden skied to a pair of second-place finishes for the Big Green, helping her team win both the 15K freestyle on Friday and the 5K classic on Saturday. She narrowly missed out on her first carnival victory in the second race, but she was beat out at the tape by a mere three-tenths of a second for the gold. In the four races Ogden has completed this winter thus far, she has claimed second three times and fourth the other.

Dartmouth will host its Winter Carnival this weekend with the alpine events beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Dartmouth Skiway. The Nordic events kicking off both days at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill.


Tim Caldwell AmongVt. Hall of Famers

Colchester, Vt. — Four-time Olympic cross country skier Tim Caldwell is 11 people who will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame in April, according to a VSHOF news release.

A Brattleboro native, the 64-year-old Caldwell competed at the Putney School and Dartmouth College before making the U.S. Olympic team in 1972, ‘76, ‘80 and ‘84. His top finishes included a sixth-place effort a tie for sixth in the 4x10K relay at Innsbruck, Austria, in 1976 and an individual 25th in the men’s 10K at Lake Placid, N.Y., four years later. Caldwell also competed in three world championships as well as the FIS World Cup circuit.

Caldwell’s father, John, was a VSHOF inductee last year. Tim Caldwell is the father of one current Olympians, Paddy, and the uncle of another, Sophie.

The remainder of the class: stock car driver Robbie Crouch; mogul skier Hilary Engisch Klein; St. Johnsbury track and field coach Ray Frey; basketball standouts Matt Johnson, Larry Killick and Jen Niebling; longtime Essex coach/AD Melba Masse; UVM football great Bobby Mitchell; sportswriter David Morse; and former UVM and NHL hockey star Martin St. Louis.

The sixth VSHOF indication dinner and ceremony will be on April 21 in South Burlington.