Local roundup: Thetford girls, Windsor boys runners-up at state decathlon meet; NH field hockey stars selected

  • Kate Blaisdell

  • Sydney Gonyea

  • Paige Jette

  • Eliza Bates

  • Gabby Savo

Staff Reports
Published: 6/16/2021 11:00:30 PM
Modified: 6/18/2021 2:45:07 PM

BURLINGTON — The Thetford Academy girls and Windor High boys put up near-miss efforts at the Jerry Jasinski Vermont Decathalon Championship at Burlington High’s Buck Hard Field on Wednesday.

The Panthers tied for second in the girls standings with Essex at 270 points, trailing only St. Johnsbury (277). The Yellowjackets took runner-up honors among the boys with 269 points, eight in back of Essex (277).

Windsor’s Owen Abrahamsen also claimed a second-place finish in the boys decathlon, scoring 5,831 points to end up behind only Essex’s Wyatt Lamell (6,286). Abrahamsen built his tally with second-place points in the 100-meter dash (11.52 seconds), 110 hurdles (15.31) and high jump (6 feet), adding thirds in the pole vault (11½ feet) and long jump (nearly 21 feet).

Thetford’s Knute Linehan was fourth overall, with a best individual result of second in the long jump (21.1 feet). The Jacks’ Ben Gilbert was seventh.

TA’s Kiran Black (3,823) was seventh, Charlize Brown (3,716) took 10th and Jada Rich (3,357) was 16th to set up the Panthers’ team finish. Black won the 100 hurdles in 16.91 seconds to boost her efforts. Oxbow’s Sophia Hayes prevailed in the javelin (98.2 feet).

Boys team scores: 1. Essex, 277; 2. Windsor, 269; 3. CVU, 267; 4. BFA-St. Albans, 262; 5. Mount Mansfield, 259; 10. Thetford, 218; 11. White River Valley, 209; 15. Oxbow, 162; 17. Hartford, 72.

Girls team scores: 1. St. Johnsbury 277; T2. Thetford and Essex, 270; 4. Burlington, 255; 5. CVU, 254; 12. White River Valley, 152; 16. Oxbow, 83; 18. Hartford, 67.

FIELD HOCKEYFive chosen for NH game

AMHERST, N.H. — With no Twin State Field Hockey Classic on the schedule this summer, New Hampshire’s field hockey coaches have come up with an alternative fundraising event for their senior all-stars.

The New Hampshire Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its first Senior East-West Game on Thursday morning. The contest will take place on June 26 at 3 p.m. at Souhegan High School’s Calvetti Field, with proceeds benefiting the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon.

NHFHCA president Nichole Treadway noted in a news release that Vermont had pulled out of the annual Twin State Classic this summer; last year’s contest was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Granite State coaches wanted to do something to honor this year’s senior stars and decided on mirroring another event to do so.

“Many of our New Hampshire teams attend the Playing for a Purpose Jamboree each August at Manchester Memorial High School,” said Treadway, who coaches at Londonderry High, in a news release. “All proceeds from that event go to the NCCC. The event did not happen this season, but many of us still participated virtually to raise money. We wanted to continue these efforts with our senior game.”

Five Upper Valley stars have been chosen for the West roster: Hanover’s Kate Blaisdell, Lebanon’s Sydney Gonyea, Mascoma’s Paige Jette, Stevens’ Gabby Savo and Newport’s Eliza Bates.

Treadway said each of the 44 players selecte for the game have been asked to raise $100. As of Thursday, the group has already raised nearly $4,000.


RUTLAND — White River Junction Post 84 (0-1) got two quick runs on the board in its Vermont Legion opener before succumbing to Rutland Post 31 (1-0) at St. Peter’s Field.

Danny Bushway’s two-run double in the first inning plated Colin Vielleux and Ethan Belvin to get WRJ started. Post 31 went ahead with a three-run fourth, and a two-run fifth gave Rutland enough cushion to withstand a late Post 84 comeback.

Bushway finished with two hits and three RBIs for WRJ. Belvin doubled twice. Alex Bushway took the loss, surrendering five hits over five inings with six strikeouts.

The teams meet again on Tuesday, this time at Maxfield Sports Complex.

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