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Local roundup: Busy Hanover boys tennis prevails over Derryfield

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Published: 5/18/2021 10:43:55 PM
Modified: 5/18/2021 10:43:52 PM

HANOVER — The Hanover High boys tennis team won the second of three straight matches this week to close the regular season, beating visiting Derryfield, 8-1, on Tuesday afternoon at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area courts.

Coach Jarrod Shaheen was perhaps most impressed by the performance of first doubles tandem Evan Yang and Alex Rockmore, who won 8-3 in their strongest match of the season. Yang (8-3) and Rockmore (8-1) also won their singles matches.

“To say I’m proud of the performance today is an understatement,” Shaheen said. “From 1 through 8, we played a strong head game combined with an impressive physical game. I’m excited to see how we fare in the playoffs.”

Kevin Pillsbury (8-2), Zhiwen Liu (8-5) and Zach Pearson (8-2) added wins in singles for Hanover. Charlie Birkmeyer, playing a bit under the weather according to Shaheen, won the match of the day at No. 5 singles, 9-8 (7-3), over Derryfield’s Jack Krasnof. Liu and Pearson added an 8-4 win in doubles.

The win comes a day after a 9-0 win against visiting Pinkerton. Hanover will close the regular season with a rematch at Pinkerton on Wednesday.

Girls Tennis Kearsarge 8, Lebanon 1

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Raiders lost a competitive battle with the undefeated Cougars.

Kaeley Skakalski won the match of the day at No. 2 singles for Lebanon after trailing 7-2 at one point. Skakalski came back to win, 9-8 (7-5), over Kearsarge’s Becca MacDowell.

Aesha Soni (8-6), Adaa Karanwal (8-5) and Crissi Patel (8-5) all had narrow losses in singles. Keira Hines and Skakalski lost an 8-6 battle at No. 1 doubles.

Lebanon (9-1) will close the regular season with a rematch at home against Kearsarge on Friday.

Montpelier 6, Woodstock 1

MONTPELIER — The Wasps came up short in a match much closer than the final score indicated.

Hannah Watson earned the Woodstock win, 6-0, 6-3, at first singles. Kendall Taylor fell at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 2-6, 10-7. Meridian Joy-Piper lost a first-set tiebreaker at No. 4. Ava Dodson and Taylor Crompton lost a tight match in doubles, 6-1, 7-5.

Woodstock visits Rutland on Thursday.

Girls Lacrosse Lebanon 11, Kearsarge 10 (OT)

LEBANON — The Raiders (8-3) won an overtime thriller against the Cougars.

Ella Longacre led the way with four goals for Lebanon. Sydney Gonyea added a goal and four assists. Molly Smith had two goals.

“There was a lot of tough, scrappy play from both teams. It was a tough win, and the team worked hard to get it,” Lebanon coach Sara Ecker said.

Kayla Taber added two goals for the Raiders, and Catherine Cole had one. Maddie Jewell and Cassidy Adams had one assist each. Goalie Lena Nowell had 11 saves.

The teams will renew festivities at Kearsarge on Thursday.

Rutland 8, Woodstock 3

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (2-6) came out on the short end against visiting Rutland.

Hannah Reed, Isabel Konijnenberg and Avari Shoemaker all scored for Woodstock. Rutland held a 3-1 lead at halftime before adding five goals in the second half to pull away.

Goalie Audrey Emery made 14 saves for the Wasps, who will host Mount Anthony on Friday at 7 p.m. for senior night.

Boys Lacrosse Goffstown 11, Hanover 7

HANOVER — Noah Fahey had a goal and three assists, but Hanover was undone when Goffstown scored five straight goals in the third quarter to pull away.

Brett Simmons had a team-best two goals for Hanover (4-4). Angus Frew, D.H. Hendrick, Mack Levy and Noah Bradley had a goal each. Jack Gardner had an assist, seven ground balls and was 6-for-9 on draws.

Goalie Danny Pitiger made 11 saves for Hanover, which gets another shot at the Grizzlies at Goffstown on Thursday.

Track and Field Hinckley breaks school record

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Eleanor Hinckley broke one school record and tied another for Hartford in a meet at Bellows Falls.

Hinckley set the Hartford school standard in the 200-meter dash with an adjusted time of 26.34 seconds. Hinckley also tied the school record in the 100 meters in 12.9 seconds.

Kayla Burnham set a personal record in the 1,500 meters (5:51.6) and, Bethany Davis did the same in the 3,000 meters (12:32.0).

Finnian Sunde won the 800 meters for the Hartford boys in 2:07.0. Jordan Davis took second in both the javelin and discus.

Softball White River Valley 11, West Rutland 3

WEST RUTLAND, Vt. — Fiona Vaillancourt picked up her fifth win of the year in a complete-game, three-hit effort over the Golden Horde.

Vaillancourt struck out 12. Blake Southworth and Sadie Kinsley had two hits each to spark the Wildcats’ bats. Kinsley scored three runs. Tanner Drury and Emily Bean each scored twice.

WRV (11-0) will host Mill River on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Blue Mountain 4, Oxbow 2

WELLS RIVER, Vt. — The Olympians (9-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten when the Bucks took advantage of Oxbow miscues to earn the win.

“We had a ton of errors on defense and mental errors on the basepaths,” Oxbow coach Chuck Simmons said. “This is a big reality check. We will regroup and come back stronger than ever.”

Anastase Bourgeois took the loss for Oxbow despite striking out nine. Maggie Emerson fanned 10 to earn the win for Blue Mountain.

The Olympians will get a chance for revenge on Saturday when Blue Mountain pays a visit.

Baseball White River Valley 16, Springfield 0 (6)

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Starting pitcher Carder Stratton pitched the first five innings and led the attack at the plate for the unbeaten Wildcats (10-0).

Stratton was dominant, according to coach Devin Cilley, striking out 12 while allowing just one hit to earn the win. Stratton also went 3-for-4 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored.

Jacob Barry was 3-for-4 and a team-best four runs scored. Alex Lober was also 3-for-4 while scoring three runs. Dominic Craven had a double, two RBIs and scored twice. Robby McShinsky had a hit, a run and drove in one.

Curtis Barry threw the final inning for the Wildcats, striking out two. WRV hosts Mill River on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Windsor 10, Otter Valley 0

WINDSOR — Johnny Clark tossed six innings of one-hit ball to lead the Yellowjackets (3-6) over the Otters.

Clark fanned nine and didn’t walk anyone in a dominant showing on the hill for Windsor. Ethan Belvin was 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs for the Jacks. Adam Dufour had a hit, walked three times and came around to score four runs.

“It was a complete team win today. Johnny was in command on the mound and our offense took care of the scoreboard. Defense has been our problem all year so an error-free game today was very nice to see,” Windsor coach Jamie Richardson said.

The Yellowjackets visit Hartford at Maxfield at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Montpelier 9, Oxbow 3

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians fell to 3-8 with the loss to Montpelier.

Reece Ilsley and Andrew Emerson each had a hit and a run scored for Oxbow. Bryce Ilsley walked and scored the other run.

Oxbow will host Thetford on Saturday.

Thetford 9, North Country 5

THETFORD — Starting pitcher Ethan Marshia scored three runs and pitched the first 4⅓ innings to get the win for the Panthers (7-3).

Marshia was 2-for-2 with two walks. On the bump, Marshia struck out six and walked just one. Mack Briglin pitched 1⅔ innings of relief, allowing a run on one hit. Briglin also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Ryan Malloy added a double and drove in three. Jacob Gilman tossed an inning of one-hit relief.

The Panthers broke it open in the second inning, scoring five runs with two outs.

Thetford hosts U-32 on Thursday.

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