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Local roundup: Raptors, Wildcats beat the snow but settle for draw

  • The White River Valley School and Rivendell Academy girls soccer teams had to clear the lines on the Raptors' Community Field pitch before playing to a scoreless draw on Saturday in Orford.

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Published: 10/17/2020 10:11:42 PM
Modified: 10/17/2020 10:11:40 PM

ORFORD — A fresh blanket of snow on the field hours before pregame was no match for a barrage of volunteers bearing shovels and sleds to clear the pitch prior to a matchup between the host Rivendell and White River Valley girls soccer teams on Saturday morning. The field eventually thawed but neither team was able to find the back of the net in a scoreless draw that left both squads at 2-2-1 this season.

Rivendell assistant coach Mel Emerson, along with a host of parents and other coaches, led the effort pregame to shovel the field in advance of the 11 a.m. kickoff. With the sun finally showing its face, both teams had their scoring chances but neither was able to push across a goal on Rivendell’s senior day.

Cora Day and Ryleigh Butler combined to make 13 saves in goal for the Raptors. Day, Lauren Hair, Emily Smith and Adele Tilden will graduate for Rivendell.

WRV attackers Blake Southworth and Jillian Barry combined for seven shots. The Wildcats used a trio of keepers (Ellie Prestridge, Fiona Vaillancourt and Julia Morse) to help stifle Rivendell’s chances.

The Raptors will host Leland & Gray on Wednesday. White River Valley will host Windsor on Thursday.

Stevens 2, Fall Mountain 0

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals (3-7-0) controlled play throughout, shutting out the Wildcats without allowing a shot on goal.

Molly Derosier and Kiley Bundy each scored for Stevens, which has now won two straight games. Hannah Miller and Angelina LaClair had assists. Keeper Hailey Knight anchored a very strong defensive effort for the hosts.

“We were able to dictate the tempo of the match with great ball control and a swarming defensive effort,” Stevens coach Tim St. Pierre said.

The Cardinals will host Newport on Wednesday.

Thetford 3, Northfield-Williamstown 1

THETFORD — Emi Vaughan and Madi Powers had a goal and an assist each to power the unbeaten Panthers (5-0-0).

Thetford got on the board first when Kiran Black scored with an assist to Gevie Horster. After Northfield-Williamstown scored an equalizer, Vaughan and Powers went to work with goals later in the first half to give Thetford a 3-1 advantage at the break.

Keeper Emma Berard had nine saves for the Panthers, who will welcome Peoples on Wednesday.

Boys SoccerThetford 3, Northfield-Williamstown 3 (OT)

THETFORD — The Panthers answered three Northfield-Williamstown goals in the first half with three of their own in the second to earn a hard-fought draw.

Ethan Marshia got Thetford on the board early in the second half, converting off a corner kick from Mack Briglin. Briglin found the back of the net with an assist to Logan Brinkman to bring the hosts within one. Dylan Moody then rocketed home a free kick from 40 yards in the 78th minute to knot the score.

The Panthers’ defense in front of keepers Jack Hogan, who was making his first varsity start, and Justin Robinson played a much better second half and overtime to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. The draw is the third in just six games thus far for the Panthers.

Thetford (1-2-3) hosts Peoples on Tuesday.

Proctor 1, Sharon 0

SHARON — The Phoenix came up short on their senior day, dropping to 6-2-0 with the loss.

Sharon came out with plenty of energy in the first half, according to coach Blake Fabrikant, but were unable to convert on any of several good scoring chances. Erik Younce left the game in the 50th minute due to a knee injury, a blow from which the Phoenix were unable to recover.

“He’s really the heart of our team, so when he went out our energy completely dropped off,” Fabrikant said. “It’s never fun to lose, but you often learn more from losses than victories. It was a good reality check for how we can be better moving forward.”

Sharon visits Rivendell on Thursday.

Kimball Union 3, Proctor Academy 0

MERIDEN — Freshman Cabot McLaren had a goal and an assist to help the Wildcats (3-0) top Proctor.

McLaren broke through in the 49th minute with assists to Max Gesner and Owen Lewis. Diego Pascual-Sanchiz tapped in a loose ball five minutes later for an insurance goal. McLaren then fed a crossing pass to Jay Douglas, who headed home the third goal.

Josh Hancock made two saves for the shutout. KUA visits St. Paul’s School on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

FootballNewport 41, Monadnock 14

NEWPORT — The Tigers (3-1) scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to pull away for good against the Huskies.

Quarterback Marius Edwards fumbled close to the Monadnock end zone in the first quarter, but Josh Sharron was there to recover the ball and run it in for a score and a 6-0 lead for the Tigers.

After a Monadnock score, Edwards called his own number from five yards out early in the second quarter to give Newport a 12-8 advantage. Bryce Willey recovered a Monadnock fumble on the next possession. and the Tigers capitalized on the ensuing drive with a Jagger Lovely touchdown run. Lovely then added a second score, this time a 75-yard scamper, to help Newport to a 26-8 lead at halftime.

Edwards and Devyn Heino added touchdown runs in the second half for the Tigers. Newport closes the regular season at home against rival Stevens on Saturday.

Windsor 69, Springfield 7

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Quarterback Jordan Place was 25-for-32 for 401 yards and six touchdowns help Windsor improve to 6-1 on the season.

Place added three receptions, all for touchdowns, from backup quarterback Maison Fortin. Austin Gauld had a team-high 136 yards receiving on eight catches with two touchdowns. Caden Lockwood had 132 yards receiving and added a pair of touchdown grabs for the Yellowjackets. Kaleb Swett, Dalton Clifford and John Cook scored once each. Swett converted nine PAT kicks. Cook finished with 110 yards receiving.

Windsor will meet rival Woodstock twice this week, at home on Wednesday and then in Woodstock on Friday.

Lebanon 21, Keene 0

LEBANON — The Raiders (3-0) did all of their scoring in the second half for a quality win over the Division I Blackbirds at Henry Emerton Field.

Jackson Stone and C.J. Childs united to account for all of Lebanon's touchdowns. Quarterback Stone hit running Childs with a third-quarter touchdown pass to get the Raiders on the board. Stone provided a TD run early in the fourth, and Childs capped the victory with a touchdown run later in the period. Tanner Ames booted two extra-points and Noah Mekus contributed a third.

Lebanon is scheduled to visit Hanover on Friday night.

Hanover 21, John Stark 0

HANOVER — A quarterback hit by linebacker Patrick Elder resulted in a Seamus Murphy interception on the game's final play, allowing the Marauders (4-0) to survive a furious second-half comeback by the Generals.

Hanover built a 21-0 lead by halftime. Murphy sandwiched touchdown runs of 65 and 3 yards around a 1-yard QB sneak by Colin Pierce. Erik Blix hit all three PATs.

But Stark charged back in the second half of a physical contest. The Generals notched a two-point conversion on the first score, missing on their second and missed a point-after kick on their third thanks to a penalty. The visitors were marching down the field for a possible go-ahead tally when Elder and Murphy forced the deciding turnover.

Murphy finished with 156 rushing yards on 23 carries and the two scores. Ben Williams ran 14 times for 62 yards. Pierce hit three of nine passes for 32 yards and an interception to go with his touchdown carry.

Hanover hosts Lebanon on Friday night.

Newfound, Mascoma canceled

WEST CANAAN — Saturday’s scheduled game between Mascoma and Newfound was cancelled after a Newfound player tested positive for COVID-19. The Royals (0-3) will host Fall Mountain on Saturday.

Field HockeyHartford 7, Fair Haven 1

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — Sophomore Alice Piper had three goals for the Hurricanes (2-4-0), winners of two straight after dropping the first four games of the season.

Elsie Davis added two goals and an assist for Hartford. Caroline Hamilton had a goal and one assist. Marina Grassi scored and Zoe Pfieffer had a pair of assists.

“Even though the score doesn’t show it, this is a much-improved Fair Haven team under coach Alison Resnick. It was a good game. It gave us the opportunity to see players in different combinations and to get everybody into the game,” Hartford coach Heather Scudder said.

The Canes close the regular season at Burr & Burton on Monday.

Cross CountryWoodstock boys dominate

WOODSTOCK — Winner Riley Shepherd was one of the four Wasps to finish in the boys top five at a home meet at Woodstock.

Shepherd won with a time of 18:28, ahead of Mid Vermont Christian’s Joel Roberts (18:57). The Wasps then rounded out the top five with Zed McNaughton in third (18:57), Quinn Giordano in fourth (20:03) and Calef Hepler in fifth (20:21).

Dan Wolstenholme led Thetford in sixth (20:42), and Ben Acker was 10th (22:03). Hartford had top-10 results from Finn Sunde (eighth, 21:21) and Jack Farmer (ninth, 21:31).

Madelyn Durkee led the victorious Thetford girls, taking first place by a margin of just more than two minutes in 20:48. Teammate Annie Hesser was second in 23:18, followed by Layla Hannissian in sixth (24:47) and Mary Bosco in seventh (24:54.26).

Molly Shearer was fourth for Woodstock in 24:06, which had four runners place among the top 11. Farren Stainton was fifth (24:36), Bronwyn Morris was 10th (25:34) and Morgan Myers was 11th (26:26). Meg McLaury (third, 23:49) and Kayla Barnham (eighth, 23:54.61) had strong results for Hartford.

Boys team scores: Woodstock 16, Thetford 58, Hartford 67.

Girls team scores: Thetford 21, Woodstock 36.

Horner-Richardson wins at Windsor

WINDSOR — Mid Vermont Christian’s Rachel Horner-Richardson won the girls race in a meet at Windsor High.

Horner-Richardson won with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds. Skylar Thibodeau led host Windsor in ninth (30:56).

White River Valley had a pair of top-three finishes in the boys race with Ryan Smith in second (21:14) and Daniel Smith in third (21:15). Windsor’s Liam Attwood took seventh (23:12) and WRV had a ninth-place showing by Kaziu Young (24:09).

Only one school at the meet (Brattleboro) had enough runners for a team score in either event.

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