Local roundup: It’s all about the bass for WRV

  • White River Valley's Curtis Barry holds the trophy after he and teammate Eddie Staples won the VPA state bass fishing championship on Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.

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Published: 10/3/2020 9:43:45 PM
Modified: 10/4/2020 10:39:29 AM

SOUTH HERO, Vt. — There’s nothing fishy about it. The White River Valley School has a new state champion in its midst.

Curtis Barry and Eddie Staples teamed up to catch six fish weighing a combined 22.94 pounds to win the VPA state bass fishing championship on Lake Champlain on Saturday morning. It’s the first such crown for the South Royalton-based school.

Barry, a senior who transferred from Hartford High to WRV this year, also won the award for the lunker of the day. Barry hauled in a bass weighing 4.32 pounds, the largest of the tournament.

Heading out from the John Guilmette Access Area in South Hero, teams from 17 schools — including Hartford and Windsor — had six hours to catch as many as six bass to be weighed at the day’s end. The championship tournament was the season’s only event; the tune-up VPA Classic was canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Defending champion Randolph took second place, with Essex finishing third.

GOLF Hanover’s Morhun T15th at states

SALEM, N.H. — Doomed by an early run of bad luck, Hanover High senior Meredith Morhun finished in a tie for 15th place in the 18-hole championship division of the NHIAA girls individual golf championship at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands.

Morhun shot a 21-over-par 92 to share her spot with three other golfers. After an opening par, Morhun bogeyed or doubled four of the next five holes, eventually making the turn at 11 over with three pars. She added three more pars on her back nine holes.

Pinkerton’s Julianna Megan won the championship with a 7-over 78, edging Winnacunnet’s June Doerr by two shots. A total of 27 girls competed in the 18-hole division; another 22 teed up in the nine-hole medal division, which was won by Londonderry’s Mary Croteau (8-over 43).

Morhun will be part of the lineup for Hanover at the NHIAA Division I state team tournament on Oct. 13 at the Mount Washington Resort.

CROSS COUNTRY Hanover runs away

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Hanover girls filled the top three spots and Marauder boys took the top four to win a four-school meet on the Hartford High course.

Sarah Glueck led Hanover’s sweep of the girls race in 21:24, with teammates Caroline Loescher (22:08) and Anne Rightmire (22:51) right behind and final scorer Charlotte Tagupa fifth (23:56). Mid Vermont Christian’s Rachel Horner-Richardson was fourth (22:58). Meg MacLaury led host Hartford with a sixth-place finish (25:26).

Daniel Frost led a 1-2-3-4 Hanover result among the boys, winning in 18:50.09. Sam Murray (18:50.45), Spencer May (18:51.24) and Mack Levy (18:58.15) completed the sweep. MVCS’ Joel Roberts took fifth (19:00.19), and Jack Fournier led Hartford in ninth (21:40.56).

Windsor posted a 12th-place time from Skylar Thibodeau among the girls (31:19) and and a 13th among the boys from Liam Attwood (22:39.03).

FIELD HOCKEY Windsor 5, Rutland 1

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (3-0-0) erupted for three goals in the second period to take control of the Raiders early at MacLeay-Royce Field.

Ashley Grela got the Jacks on the board in the first quarter. Windsor took over in next frame on goals from Hannah Wood, Peyton Richardson and Alexina Peckinpaugh, getting a fourth-quarter tally from Karen Kapuscinski for good measure. Alyssa Slocum had a pair of assists, Grela had one and goaltenders Glenna Ricard and Madison Leduc split five saves.

Rutland’s Jenna Sunderland converted a pass from Alexis Patterson in the second quarter to spoil Windsor’s shutout bid.

The Jacks host Brattleboro on Monday.

Lebanon 4, Newport 1

LEBANON — The Raiders (6-0-0) kept up their undefeated ways, with high-scoring Sydney Gonyea netting two goals and setting up a third.

Sallly Tretter and Molly Smith provided Lebanon’s other goals. Smith, Kaeley Skakalski and Lena Nowell posted assists, and Autumn Crowell stopped six shots in the Raider cage.

Lebanon coach Amanda Valliere was particularly pleased with the line-up play between Nowell, Clara Smyrski and Mikayla Thornton down the right-hand side of the field all game long.

“Solid game; strong team effort,” she said. “Communication is always an area to improve upon, and it got better throughout the game.”

Lebanon has a Monday home showdown with Hanover.


MERIDEN — The Wildcats began a pandemic-abbreviated eight-game slate against Lakes Region League competition by blanking the Rams at Pope Field.

Emily Pariseau provided the match’s only goal with a first-half free kick.

Kimball Union (1-0-0) visits New Hampton next Saturday.

Hanover 4, Stevens 1

CLAREMONT — Pintpoint goals from Noor van Aalst and Casey McGuire highlighted the Marauders’ under-the-lights win over the Cardinals at Monadnock Park.

Maeve Lee and Charlotte Johnson also scored for Hanover, with Johnson contributing an assist. Rebekah Rudd and Emma Kleber split the goalkeeping, combining on nine saves. Skouly Kachikis also had a key role in the victory, coach Doug Kennedy said.

Fall Mountain 6, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Wildcats spread the scoring around six different players to complete a sweep of the Royals (0-6-0).

Kyla Eigabroadt, Avery Stewart, Makenna Grillone, Samantha Mallet, Sophia Bruzgis and Hailey Gasiorowski all hit the net for the visitors (3-2-0).

The Royals have a pair of games against Hanover subvarsity squads this week.

BOYS SOCCER Mascoma 4, Fall Mountain 0

LANGDON, N.H. — Prolific striker Ben Seiler notched his fourth hat trick in as many games and added a fourth goal to the tally in the Royals’ latest victory.

Seiler needed just two minutes to give Mascoma (4-1-0) all the lead it would need by polishing off Gavin Giovagnoli’s assist. Seiler scored unassisted in the 22nd minute, nailed a 30-yard free kick in the second half and finished a feed from freshman Aidan Smith to close the scoring in the 72nd.

Goalkeeper Connor Thompson made four of his five saves in the second half to preserve the shutout. Midfielder Zach Thompson and forward Gabe Sperry provided both energy and accurate service to keep the Royals’ engine running.

“After five games and some minor formation adjustments, we’re really starting to get our ball movement where we want it,” coach Keli Green said. “The midfield and backs kept us in the game with strong ball possession throughout.”

Mascoma has a date with Hanover on Wednesday.

Hanover 2, Stevens 0

CLAREMONT — The Marauders (4-0-0) posted their third straight clean sheet behind the two-save netminding of senior C.J. Wheelan.

Jackson Lake and Eric Ringer provided the offensive, with Ringer netted his fourth goal in as many matches. Henry Aspinwall and Tucker Monson had assists. Cooper Moote had another “spectacular” game for Stevens with 12 saves, according to Hanover coach Rob Grabill.

Hanover visits Hartford on Thursday.

Thetford 2, Randolph 0

THETFORD — Ryen Wolf tossed a six-save shutout and Logan Brinkman scored his first varsity goal for the game-winner as the Panthers (1-0-1) secured their first win of the young season.

Brinkman put TA ahead to stay at the 9:15 mark of the opening half, with Knute Linehan picking up the assist. Dylan Moody A’ness converted a 55th-minute penalty kick for some insurance, and the Panthers’ defense did the rest.

Thetford heads to Harwood on Tuesday.

KUA 8, Tilton 0

TILTON, N.H. — The Wildcats (1-0-0) opened their campaign by routing the Rams.

Diego Pascual-Sanchiz led a varied Kimball Union attack with two goals. Sebastian Morris, Tinashe Mtetwa, Jay Douglas, Adeon Muyskens and Cabot McLaren also scored for the Wildcats, who picked a Tilton own goal as well after a scramble in the box off a restart.

Josh Hancock and Cole Geldenzoph combined on a three-save shutout. KUA hosts New Hampton next Saturday.

Green Mountain 1, Woodstock 0 (OT)

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (2-1-1) saw their season-opening shutout and unbeaten streaks come to an end on an overtime strike by the Chieftains.

Senior Tom Bissaillon had blanked the first three Woodstock foes of the season and was poised for a fourth when the visitors broke through. Playing their fourth match in eight days, the Wasps ran out of energy as the second half progressed and weren’t able to capitalize upon Bissaillon’s nine-save goalkeeping, allowing the game’s only marker two minutes into extra time.

“A tough loss, but the players worked every minute of the game to keep it close and give us a chance of winning,” Woodstock coach Rob Stainton said.

Hartford visits the Wasps on Tuesday.

FOOTBALL North Country 58, Oxbow 14

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (0-1) fell to the Falcons in their VPA seven-on-seven debut contest.

Oxbow broke onto the scoresheet on a 10-yard Jordan Johnson pass to Ryland Cahill in the second quarter. Gavin Tellier took in a 15-yard TD toss from Dylan Shaw in the third quarter for the O’s.

St. Johnsbury visits Oxbow on Wednesday.

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