Local roundup: Hartford golf heading back to defend VPA D-II state championship

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  • Hartford's Joseph Barwood follows the flight of a tee shot during the VPA Division II state golf qualifying tournament at Woodstock Country Club in Woodstock, Vt., on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Barwood shot an 8-over-par 78 to finish third among individuals and punch the Hurricanes' ticket to next week's state championship tournament at the Country Club of Barre.

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Published: 10/1/2020 10:40:34 PM
Modified: 10/2/2020 11:12:17 AM

WOODSTOCK — Seven-on-seven football in Vermont has come with unexpected benefits. For instance, Hartford High got a golfer out of it.

Normally a running back with the Hurricanes’ football team, freshman Ezra Mock can also hit a golf ball well. With the gridiron schedule adjusted and the need to recover from the game’s physical nature reduced without tackle play, Mock has found time to be the crucial fourth member of Hartford’s golf team this season.

Without him, the Canes’ reign atop VPA Division II golf would be over. Instead, Mock combined with Hartford’s three returnees from last year’s state championship squad to post a team 359 to finish second behind Stowe in Thursday’s D-II state qualifier at Woodstock Country Club. The Raiders’ 351 matched Hartford eight-stroke margin of victory over Stowe from last year’s D-II state championship tourney at the Quechee Club.

“We’ve known Ezra Mock was a good golfer and just a phenomenal football player,” Hartford golf coach Mike Hathorn said. “Being a running back and the way the (football) schedule is set up — he’s playing wide receiver like the rest of them — being able to do sports was easier because he’s not being tackled 25 times a game.

“(Football coach Matt) Trombly allowed him to join us one day a week, and that’s great. He’s a pretty gifted athlete. We’re happy to have him fill out our squad.”

Sophomore Joseph Barwood paced the Canes with an 8-over-par 78, finishing third individually behind Stratton Mountain’s Harrison DiGangi (2-over 72) and Otter Valley’s Thomas Politano (6-over 76). Freshman Jaden Poirier claimed 10th place for Hartford at 89, junior Macin Gaudette tied for 20th (95) and Mock shared 25th (97).

“It’s a little shocking,” Hathorn said of the Canes’ runner-up result. “Usually, at a tournament like this, the kids tend to shoot five to 10 shots higher than their scoring average. Joseph beat his average by a shot. Jaden beat his by two shots. Macin was right on his average, and so was Ezra. They were gamers today, which was nice to see.”

Woodstock, Windsor and Rivendell all missed the team cut for the state finals, but all three put their top scores in the upper half of the field. Ethan Dean carded a round of 90 to take 11th place for the Wasps. Ezra Avery shot 101 to earn 30th place for the Raptors. Cooper Bevis a shot back, tied for 31st at 102 for the Yellowjackets.

The D-II state championship tournament is at the Country Club of Barre on Wednesday.

Team scores (top six advance to state tourney): Stowe 351, Hartford 359, U-32 361, Stratton Mountain 376, Lyndon 383, Harwood 391, Otter Valley 408, Peoples 410, Northfield 417, Woodstock 419, Lake Region 432, Milton 439, Windsor 440, Rivendell 453.

CROSS COUNTRYPanthers sweep

THETFORD — The Thetford girls topped Bellows Falls and the boys edged White River Valley in a pair of dual meets on the Woods Trail.

The Terriers’ Abby Broadley paced the field in a time of 20:01, but the Panthers’ depth won the day. Madelyn Durkee (21:54), Annie Hesser (24:30), Abby Egner (24:51), Layla Hanissian (24:57) and Mary Bosco (27:20) finished 2-4-5-6-7 to lock up the team win.

“Madelyn Durkee ran a strong race today and continues to make gains,” Thetford coach Joe Deffner said.

TA’s Tobin Durham, in a return from injury, won the boys race in 20:26. Teammates Ben Mattern (21:13), Dan Wolstenholme (21:16) and Ben Acker (22:02) placed 4-5-7 in a race in which just four runners were scored. Danny Smith was second (20:28) and Ryan Smith took third (20:43) for the Wildcats.

Boys team scores: Thetford 17, White River Valley 19

Girls team scores: Thetford 24, Bellows Falls 37.

FIELD HOCKEYHanover 2, Keene 1 (OT)

KEENE, N.H. — Gail Morse tipped home a Kate Blaisdell pass in overtime as the Marauders (3-1-0) bounced back from their first loss of the season by beating the NHIAA Division I Blackbirds.

After a scoreless first half, Blaisdell got Hanover on the scoreboard in the third quarter with a flick shot out of a goalmouth scramble, the senior’s eighth goal of the season. Keene’s Kay Trubano converted a fourth-period rebound behind Marauder goaltender Olivia Evans (two saves) to force extra time.

With Stella Pinto, Natalie Chapman, Jessie Lichtenstein and Olivia Trummel all making important contributions, the Marauders secured a quality win.

“The girls are learning to adjust and adapt to grass, so it was a much improved game over our last game,” Marauder coach Jean Essex said. “I am pleased with their progress.”

Hanover welcomes Stevens to Merriman-Branch Field on Saturday

BOYS SOCCERRivendell 2, Twin Valley 1

ORFORD — Owen Mansur turned aside 12 shots in a “brilliant” performance, according to coach Kevin Brooker, as the Raptors (2-0-0) avenged their VPA Division IV semifinal loss to the Wildcats from last fall.

Garret Stever and Josiah Welch provided the goals for Rivendell, with Kyle Carter setting up Welch’s marker. But the day belong to Mansur, who stood out in the game’s final five minutes with several stops to keep the Raptors in front.

“This was a tough match against a formidable opponent,” Brooker said. “Owen was absolutely brilliant in the goal, and credit needs to be given to our goalkeeping coach, Mike Gilbert, for developing our keepers. The boys rallied for this game, and everyone contributed to the win.”

The Raptors visit Mill River on Monday.

Lebanon 5, Stevens 1

CLAREMONT — The Raiders (3-1-0) spread the scoring around five different players to record a third straight victory over the Cardinals (1-4-0).

Ryan Oliveira, Tyler St. Martin, Aidan Yates, Will McGee and Daniel Mladek all hit twine for Lebanon. Lucas Belisle notched for Stevens, leaving the hosts trailing by just a 2-1 count at the half.

Ryan Tanski made four saves for the Raiders, who travel to Fall Mountain on Monday.

Cooper Moote recorded 12 stops for the Cardinals, who visit Hanover on Saturday.

West Rutland 2, Sharon 1

SHARON — An off-day in the energy department cost the Phoenix (2-1-0), who saw an early lead get away by halftime.

Sharon needed just 90 seconds to take the lead, Riley Eastman’s well-placed chip serving as his sixth goal in three matches. The Golden Horde rallied to tie the match in the 10th minute and went ahead in the 35th, denying the Phoenix on several attempts to level.

“We lacked energy this afternoon,” TSA coach Blake Fabrikant said. “We were still riding the high from beating Proctor on Tuesday, and thus we felt like we could beat another good team in West Rutland by just going through the motions. We were outworked, plain and simple. Hopefully we can use this as motivation moving forward.”

Long Trail pays a visit to Sharon on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCERWindsor 2, White River Valley 1

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (2-0-0) scored late, then withstood a quick answer from the Wildcats (1-1-0) to hold on for the victory.

Morgan McKeen and Evelyn Page scored for Windsor, with Elliot Rupp and Emily Fielder getting assists. The Jacks’ second goal, which came with two minutes left in regulation, gave them an seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead, but WRV’s Amara Calhum-Flowers responded just 20 seconds later to give the visitors late life.

“We played a good game tonight,” Windsor coach Jeff Bachey said. “We had plenty of chances; just couldn’t finish. White River did a great job shutting us down in the final third of field. We did a good job of changing the point of attack to counter White River’s (defense).”

Adi Prior made four saves for the Jacks, who host Rivendell on Wednesday.

Jillian Barry set up Calhum-Flowers’ goal. Netminders Ellie Prestridge and Fiona Vaillancourt combined on six saves.

“Our team works really well together,” WRV coach Kim Prestridge said. “I’m really impressed with their ability to dig in and increase the intensity when we need it. It’s so incredible that we were able to dig deep and fight to come back all the way to the end.”

The Wildcats host Sharon on Thursday.

Lebanon 4, Stevens 2

CLAREMONT — The Rainey sisters put their names all over the Lebanon scoresheet at Monadnock Park, as Mary Rainey scored two goals and Sally Rainey — when she wasn’t in the Raiders’ goal — played a role in Lebanon’s final score in a win over the Cardinals (1-4-0).

Mary Rainey and Rachel Harrington scored unassisted in the first half for the Raiders (3-1-0). Mary Rainey added her second on a second-half free kick. Lebanon forced an own goal in the 65th minute when a Sally Rainey shot bounded off a Stevens defender and into the Cardinals’ net.

“It's tough playing the same team three times in a season, let alone three times in a week,” Lebanon coach Breck Taber said. “The girls played well enough but know we need to play better as we move on into the season.”

Sally Rainey shared the victory in goal with Maddy Newton. Lebanon welcomes Fall Mountain on Monday. The Cards host Hanover on Saturday.

Fair Haven 2, Hartford 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — After a dominant opening match, the Hurricanes (1-1-0) were brought back to earth by last year’s VPA Division II semifinalists at Hartford High School.

Hartford coach Jeff Acker praised goalkeeper Erin Thompson, who kept the Slaters scoreless until the second half and performed well under pressure all night. The contest served as the Canes’ annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser.

“This was a really good back and forth high school soccer game, and a great event for a worthy cause,” Acker said.

Hartford visits Hanover on Thursday.

YOUTH SOCCERChanyi propels LSC Cyclones

LYME — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U12 Cyclones won their first match of the New Hampshire Soccer League Championship Division II season on Sunday as Rex Chanyi provided both goals in a 2-0 shutout of ConVal SC at Crossroads Academy.

The Cyclones opened the match up a man because of late-to-arrive ConVal players, but the visitors slowly took control as their depth grew. Still, Chanyi struck before the end of the first half for a 1-0 LSC lead.

Chanyi doubled the Cyclones’ advantage with his second goal of the match in the final 10 minutes of play. The victory moved the Cyclones to 1-4-0 in league play; they’re off from NHSL action until hosting Windham on Oct. 17.

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