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Local Roundup: Lebanon football unbeaten against unbeaten Monadnock

  • Jon Willeman

  • Eliza Bates

Staff Reports
Published: 9/20/2019 10:13:45 PM
Modified: 9/21/2019 5:07:12 PM

SWANZEY, N.H. — The Lebanon High football team won a battle of unbeatens Friday, pinning a 47-28 defeat on Monadnock and snapping the Huskies’ 14-game winning streak. The hosts, defending NHIAA Division III champions, entered the contest having outscored their first two opponents by a combined 92-6.

“When you go to the state champs and you win against a team that hasn’t lost in two seasons, your kids deserve to enjoy the moment,” said Lebanon coach Chris Childs, who may have his best team since the Raiders won a 2010 state title. “We’ll wait until Monday to get them back in check and ready for Kearsarge.”

Childs said Monadnock crowded the line of scrimmage, focusing on running back Wade Rainey and allowing Lebanon to take advantage of man-to-man coverage in the secondary.

“They kept jamming us at the line and we kept going (deep) because they couldn’t stop us,” the coach said. “We’re not one-dimensional and if someone takes the ground game away, I’m happy to go to the spread attack. Tonight we opened it up.”

Monadnock took an 8-0 lead with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Raiders produced an 8-8 tie two plays later when quarterback Jon Willeman threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Bates and then a conversion score to Rainey.

The visitors went up, 14-8, with 9 minutes, 35 seconds to play in the first half on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Willeman to Jackson Stone. Phillip Mellish ran a fumble back for a touchdown nine seconds later to boost Lebanon’s lead to 20-8.

“We turned the corner there,” Childs said. “They’re a physical team that pounds the football at you, but it takes them a long time to score. We didn’t want to give them a short field and made them go the length of the field and use up the clock.”

Lincoln Blodgett’s 6-yard touchdown run pulled Monadnock within 20-14 with 8:40 remaining before intermission.

Willeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Stone for a 27-14 lead with seven minutes to go in the second quarter. Rainey took a direct snap and ran for a 15-yard touchdown shortly before the break, during which Lebanon led, 33-14.

Monadnock fumbled the second-half kickoff and Willeman ran for a 1-yard touchdown two plays later. Lebanon led, 39-14, just 25 seconds into the third quarter, but surrendered a 2-yard Blodgett touchdown that helped the hosts pull within 39-22 eight minutes later. The Raiders needed only 43 more seconds to go up, 47-22, on a 45-yard touchdown run by Mellish.

Blodgett ran for his fourth touchdown to close the scoring with eight minutes to play.

Lebanon’s next game is a visit from Kearsarge-Mount Royal (0-3) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Boys SoccerMascoma 10, Winnisquam 0

WEST CANAAN — Ben Seiler, Hunter Cadwell and Dylan Pelton had two goals each to pace the Royals (4-2-0) in a dominant win over the Bears.

Ben Schwarz and Gavin Giovagnoli each added a goal and one assist. Michael Steckbeck-Piper and Isaac Rayno scored. Gabe Sperry had a team-high two assists. Cole Moulton and Olivia Bean had one assist each.

Keepers Connor Thompson and Duncan Tuttle combined to make five saves to split the shutout. Mascoma heads north to face Berlin on Tuesday.

Lebanon 2, John Stark 1

LEBANON — Logan Falzarano scored the deciding goal off assists from Nathan Magari and Ben Tichner with 29 minutes to play. The Generals had pulled into a 1-1 tie only 90 seconds earlier and Falzano had opened the scoring 17 seconds before that off a Simon Amaro throw-in.

Jorgen Leuthauser, back from a wrist injury, made three saves to help Lebanon earn its fourth one-goal victory of the season. The Raiders (5-1) dropped John Stark to 2-4-1 and visit Bow on Tuesday.

Richford 5, Oxbow 3

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (0-5) received two goals from Bryce Ilsley and another from Chase Lund. Cole Nanopoulos made nine saves for Oxbow, which hosts BFA-Fairfax on Tuesday.

Girls SoccerHartford 3, Springfield 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes held on to beat the Cosmos, improving to 3-3-0 on the young season.

Sophomore Maddie Whithington got things started for Hartford with her first career varsity goal early in the first half. Eleanor Hinckley added a goal before halftime, with an assist to Carolyn North, to give the Canes a 2-0 lead.

Reilly Slusser then scored in the 55th minute to give the hosts a commanding 3-0 lead. Springfield made things interesting with a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes.

Hartford keeper Erin Thompson made eight saves for the win. The Canes host Woodstock on Wednesday.

Thetford 5, North Country 0

THETFORD — A Maddie Powers hat trick powered the Panthers over the Falcons.

Casey MacVeagh added a goal and two assists. Sophie Williams added the fifth goal. Becca Wells, Emi Vaughan and Nemya Benjamin each had assists.

“It was a nice match. We felt really good about it, just a great team effort,” Thetford coach Dave Williams said.

Williams praised the defensive effort of Grace Davis, along with keeper Emma Berard (seven saves). The Panthers (3-2-2) host Harwood on Monday.

White River Valley 4, Sharon 0

SHARON — A pair of goals in each half was more than enough for the Wildcats (4-2-0) to shut out the Phoenix (1-4-0).

Sarah Howe had a goal and an assist for WRV. Grace Lafromboise, Hannah White and Jillian Barry also scored. Kaylyn Scoskie and Lilly Hudson each added assists. The Wildcats have now outscored their opponents 21-8 this season.

WRV had a trio of players rotate goalkeeping duties. Fiona Vaillancourt, Ellie Prestridge and Julia Morse combined for four saves. Sharon counterpart Rory Livingston made 14 saves.

The Wildcats visit Leland & Gray on Wednesday. Sharon hosts Proctor on Tuesday.

Plymouth 1, Lebanon 0

PLYMOUTH — The Raiders suffered their fifth consecutive shutout and sixth of the season and tumbled to 1-5-1. They host Kennett on Tuesday.

Oxbow 2, Hazen 1

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians benefitted from a Hazen own goal during the fifth minute and a Grace Nostrant tally off a Makayla Simmons assist. Oxbow hosts BFA-Fairfax on Wednesday.

Hanover 4, Kearsarge 0

HANOVER — Charlotte Johnson had a goal and an assist and the Marauders improved to 6-0 with a visit from Oyster River looming on Tuesday.

Charlotte Adams had Friday’s first goal, off a Casey McGuire pass. Sage McGinley-Smith had the next tally, with an assist to Johnson. Johnson herself then scored with a helper from Pepper Joseph. Arabella Meecham-Snyder closed the offense off a Sonja Lippman pass. Bella Bardales made six saves.

Burr & Burton 1Woodstock 0 (OT)

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Wasps (2-3-1) surrendered the game’s goal six minutes into overtime and visit Hartford on Wednesday.

Field HockeyMascenic 3, Newport 2

NEWPORT — The Tigers rallied from a pair of one-goal deficits but couldn’t do so for a third time in falling to the Vikings.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Eliza Bates answered for Newport with a goal 45 seconds into the second half. Mascenic scored to regain the lead before Maddie Miller answered for the Tigers, with an assist to Bates. The Vikings scored the eventual game-winner with nine minutes left to play.

Goalie Kelsey Wheeler made four saves for Newport (5-2-0), which plays at Conant on Monday.

Mascoma 8, Con-Val 0

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — Amelia Wilson and Natalie Poitras each tallied hat tricks for the Royals (3-3-0).

Mackenzie Labrie added two goals and an assist. Wilson and Michaela Dowd also had assists. Goalie Emily Conrad made one save for the shutout.

Mascoma will host Lebanon on Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALLJohn Stark 3, Hanover 2

HANOVER — The Marauders fell by scores of 14-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 and 12-15. Hanover visits Somersworth on Tuesday.

MEN’S TENNISDartmouth duo win

PRINCETON, N.J. — Dartmouth doubles competitors Peter Conklin and Dan Martin won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches Friday at the 51st annual Farnsworth-Ivy Plus tournament at Princeton. The duo beat an Indiana Univerisity pairing and a team from the University of Texas and advanced to Saturday’s finals.

In singles play, Dartmouth’s Charlie Broom beat Miami’s Grattan Smith and Martin and Conklin defeated foes from Tennessee and Penn State, respectively. The tournament’s second day of competition is Saturday.


WOMEN’S TENNISDartmouth 5, Buffalo 3

ALLSTON, Mass. — Dartmouth won three of five singles matches and two of three doubles contests to triumph during opening day at the Harvard fall tournament.

Jennifer Gadalov, Chidimma Okpara and Ashley Hess had the singles victories at the second, third and fourth slots. The No. 1 pairing of Okpara and Emily Zhou and the second duo of Hess and Rachel Lyn also triumphed. Dartmouth faces Rhode Island at the tournament on Saturday.



BOSTON — Dartmouth finished sixth at the Coast to Coast Battle meet in Franklin Park, hosted by Boston College. Rachel Ludwikowski was 19th in 17:52 and Lauren Sapone was 22nd in 17:56. The Big Green runs again Saturday at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh (Pa.) University.



HANOVER — Dartmouth (1-4) surrendered Kelly Sliz’s deciding goal two minutes into a second extra period, following a tally to send the game to overtime with 2:36 remaining in the second half.

Dartmouth, which received two goals from Carmen Braceras and one from Katie Percin, hosts Merrimack at 2 p.m. Sunday.


WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALLDartmouth 3, Providence 0

STORRS, Conn. — Dartmouth prevailed by scores of 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 at the Dog Pound Challenge tournament, hosted by the University of Connecticut. Grace Wiczek had 11 kills, three aces and 15 points. Freshman classmate Makenzie Arent had 17 digs for the Big Green, which played the host Huskies on Friday night.



LEBANON — Lebanon’s American Legion Post 22 will hold tryouts Sunday at 4 p.m. at Lebanon High for its newly-formed 15U Prep League team. The squad will play next year from April to July and indoor practice is expected to begin in February.

Students born in 2005, 2006 and 2007 are eligible and a second tryout session will be held Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. at Lebanon High. For information, call Dustin Broughton at 603-727-2236 or email at


This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Hunter Cadwell’s last name.

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