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Local roundup: WRV boys use depth to claim VPA D-IV track championship

  • Jack Simack

  • Jillian Barry

Staff Reports
Published: 6/4/2021 8:57:00 PM
Modified: 6/5/2021 9:38:04 AM

MANCHESTER, Vt. — White River Valley’s baseball and softball teams have been chewing up foes all season long. The South Royalton-based school’s track and field program is no slouch, either.

The Wildcats won three field events — two by senior Jack Simack — and rode depth everywhere else to claim the VPA Division IV boys track championship on Friday at Knapp Field. It’s the first state crown in the sport for the 3-year-old school, whose boys won five D-III and D-IV banners between 2005 and 2018 as South Royalton High. WRV topped second-place Northfield by 14 points and third-place Craftsbury by 17.

The White River Valley girls nearly made it a double, finishing second to Northfield by 8.5 points.

Simack won the javelin with a throw of 150.68 feet and the shot put with a toss of 37.82 feet. WRV also swept the top four spots in the pole vault behind Zachary Armstrong (10.46 feet), Simack, Kaziu Young and Colin LaFramboise. Simack also added second-place points in the discus.

The Wildcats boys further helped themselves with runner-up results in all three relay races. Armstrong played a role in all three, running the third leg in the 4x100 (49.59 seconds) with Cameron Gray, Kaleb Thornton and Daniel Smith. He led off the 4x400 (3:56.29) with Kendrick Madore, Ryan Smith and Daniel Smith, and he later did the same in the 4x800 (9:29.13) with Daniel Smith, Young and Ryan Smith.

Mid Vermont Christian’s Joel Roberts earned points in two events, placing third in the 3,000 meters (10:25.29) and sixth in the 1,500.

Jillian Barry was a triple winner for the WRV girls, taking the triple jump (31.98 feet), long jump (15.09 feet) and high jump (4.49 feet). Wynter Simack won the javelin (85.03 feet) and pole vault (6.98 feet) and produced thirds in the 100 and 200 meters. Anita Miller contributed runner-ups in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000. Grace Collins threw in thirds in the high jump and javelin.

The Sharon Academy girls were fifth. Senior Emme Jenisch led the way by sweeping the 100 (13.65 seconds) and 200 (28.56). Jenisch was also part of a second-place squad in the 4x400 with Mayci LeDuc, Freya Abbey and Xia Gillespie. Caitlyn Ryan, Finley Lord and Eve Huntington joined Gillespie to take second in the 4x800 (12:21.23) as well.

Boys team scores: 1. White River Valley, 90; 2. Northfield, 76; 3. Craftsbury, 73; T4, Green Mountain and West Rutland, 71; 10, Mid Vermont Christian, 7.

Girls team scores: 1. Northfield, 124.5; 2. White River Valley, 116; 3. Craftsbury, 86; 4. Green Mountain, 69.5; 5. Sharon, 41; T12, Mid Vermont Christian, 4.

SOFTBALLWhite River Valley 18, Leland & Gray 4 (5)

SOUTH ROYALTON — Fiona Vaillancourt threw a complete-game victory, her seventh win of the season, as the top-rated Wildcats (16-0) cruised in their VPA Division III quarterfinal.

Vaillancourt surrendered four hits, fanned eight, walked five and allowed two earned runs. She helped her own cause with a triple on a two-hit day, two intentional walks and four runs scored. Hannah White and Tanner Drury (two runs) both had two-hit afternoons.

The Wildcats will entertain No. 4 BFA-Fairfax in a semifinal on Tuesday.

BASEBALLWhite River Valley 10, Danville 0 (6)

SOUTH ROYALTON — Carder Stratton threw a six-inning one-hitter, striking out 12 with one walk as the top-ranked Wildcats (15-0) put away No. 8 Danville.

Curtis Barry powered the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs. Robby McShinksy and Dominic Craven also drove in a pair of runs on 2-for-4 days, and Stratton scored twice and doubled.

The Wildcats continue defense of their VPA Division IV state crown at home in a semifinal against MSJ or Proctor on Tuesday.

Hartford 6, Otter Valley 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Colin Vielleux tossed a complete-game six-hitter to send the top-ranked Hurricanes (16-0) past the eighth-rated Otters (8-9) in a VPA Division II quarterfinal at Maxfield Sports Complex.

Vielleux struck out six, walked two and had plenty of support in the victory. Jacob Dwinell had the big hits at the plate, an RBI single in Hartford’s two-run second inning and a two-run double in the sixth. Vielleux drove in Danny Bushway with a third-inning two-bagger. Cam Tucker and Zach Johnson each scored twice.

The Canes host No. 5 U-32 on Wednesday.

BOYS LACROSSEWoodstock 19, Mount Mansfield 4

WOODSTOCK — The second-ranked Wasps (12-2) showed no mercy in dispatching the seventh-seeded Cougars in a VPA Division I quarterfinal at Woodstock High.

Keaton Piconi factored in 10 of Woodstock’s goals, scoring five and setting up five more. Andrew Gubbins had a team-high six goals, Corey White contributed three, and Field Willis and Parker Kuhnert both had two-goal, three-assist afternoons. Riley Shepherd also scored, while White, Gubbins, Colby Eaton and Colby Warren had assists.

White also had a dominant day on draws, as did Charles Greene on ground balls, for Woodstock, which will host the winner of Saturday’s South Burlington-Burr & Burton contest in a Tuesday semifinal.

GIRLS LACROSSEVergennes 13, Woodstock 2

VERGENNES, Vt. — The second-seeded Commodores (13-2) used a nine-goal second half to put away the No. 7 Wasps (5-8).

Eliza Davis and Lily Gubbins had goals for Woodstock, and Audrey Emery had another solid game in net with 15 saves. Ryley Olsen led Vergennes with five goals.

The Wasps graduate Maddy Trimpi, Avari Shoemaker, Eliza Dodson, Lili Sorrentino, Laura Shands, Molly Shearer, Oona Tracy and Chloe McKaig.

BOYS TENNISStowe 7, Woodstock 0

STOWE, Vt. — The seventh-seeded Wasps (8-4) saw their season come to a close in the VPA Division I quarterfinals.

The second-ranked Raiders (9-1) commanded the day, winning all seven matches in straight sets. Cooper Dorsogna was the only Woodstock player to take more than three games in any set off of his foe, ultimately falling to Stowe’s T.J. Guffey at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 7-5.

Woodstock graduates two: Noah Anderson and Danny Drebber.




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