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Local roundup: Lebanon football crowns Blue Knights

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Published: 9/3/2021 10:44:28 PM
Modified: 9/16/2021 1:00:18 PM

MANCHESTER — It’s as if they never left.

The Lebanon High football team picked up right where it left off pre-COVID on Friday night, routing Manchester West, 60-14, in the NHIAA Division II season opener for both teams. The Raiders (1-0) have won their last 16 regular-season gridiron contests, dating back to a 14-7 loss to Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton on Sept. 28, 2018.

Lebanon was rolling toward a potential D-II state title last fall, carrying what would have been a 6-0 record into a semifinal date with Plymouth. COVID-19 contact tracing rules, brought into play by a Bow player after the Raiders’ quarterfinal win over the Falcons, ended Lebanon’s season early.

After a brief hiccup on Friday, the Raiders took their aggression out on the Blue Knights (0-1).

West scored the game’s opening points, then watched the visitors race away. CJ Childs and Jackson Stone scored about 2½ minutes apart in the opening quarter for a 14-6 lead. Nyeoti Punni and Childs made it 28-6 in the second on touchdowns 15 seconds apart.

Stone ran for a TD and threw to Punni for another, kicking the cushion to 41-6 at the half. Childs completed a TD hat trick in the third quarter. Mason Arado and Richie Gatto accounted for the visitors’ final touchdown. Tanner Ames went 7-for-9 on PAT kicks.

Lebanon opens its home schedule against Hollis-Brookline on Friday night.

Hartford 41, St. Johnsbury 9

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Sophomore Brayden Trombley tossed three TD passes in his varsity quarterbacking debut as the Hurricanes (1-0) rolled past the Hilltoppers.

Trombley got Hartford on the board with a 24-yard connection with Tarin Prior in the first quarter to capitalize on an early interception. Trombley added a 22-yarder to Prior for a 13-0 halftime lead and capped the win with a fourth-quarter scoring pass to Trenton Bird.

Ezra Mock (2-yard run) and Brody Tyburski (INT return, TD run) completed the Canes’ scoring. Hartford hosts BFA-St. Albans on Friday in the program’s annual Patriot Game.

Woodstock 35, Springfield 16

WOODSTOCK — After a winless 2020 of COVID-forced seven-on-seven play, the Wasps (1-0) celebrated the return of full-on tackle football with a victory over the Cosmos.

Woodstock travels to U-32 on Friday.

Pelham 48, Stevens 6

PELHAM, N.H. — The Cardinals (0-1) ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Pythons, netting their only score in the second half after Pelham had built a big lead.

Zach Bundy sidestepped Python pressure and connected with Kaden Thyne on a 73-yard pass for the Cards’ only touchdown.

Stevens travels to Winnisquam for a 2 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 11.

Girls soccerLebanon 1, ConVal 0

LEBANON — Lebanon improved to 3-0-0 with its third shutout of the young season.

Isabel Hamilton scored her first varsity goal off a Mary Rainey corner kick and Maddie Newton made three saves in net.

The Raiders visit Manchester West on Tuesday.

Stevens 5, Kingswood 0

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals (1-1-0) bounced back from a shutout loss to Lebanon to overpower Kingswood at Monadnock Park.

Stevens visits Sunapee on Tuesday.

Berlin 7, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals dropped to 0-3 with a home loss to the Mountaineers. Ava Bartoli posted a hat trick and Jill Hallee struck twice for Berlin.

Mascoma will get back to action with a Friday night trip to Kearsarge for a girls-boys soccer doubleheader.

Bedford 2, Hanover 0

BEDFORD, N.H. — Hanover (0-3-0) got strong midfield work from Nora Bradley and gutsy play in goal from Kaye Lindsay, but — as coach Doug Kennedy quipped — “we continue our tutelage in the ways of (NHIAA) Division I.”

Hanover returns home to host Keene on Tuesday.

Boys soccerLebanon 4, Conval 0

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — A pair of goals by Ryan Oliveira and a goal and assist from Krists Putans led the Raiders.

Ben Katz had Lebanon’s other goal at the 78-minute mark as Lebanon improved to 3-0-0. Angus Hall and Daniel Mladek had assists on the day.

Lebanon is home to Manchester West on Tuesday.

Rivendell 8, WRV 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — Senior Chris Pierce had four goals and junior Josiah Welch three in the dominating road win for the Raptors.

Senior Kyle Carter had the other goal for Rivendell, and goalkeeper Carter Bacon made eight saves.

“Our players really executed the game plan,” said coach Kevin Brooker. “It was a nice way to start the season.”

Dominic Craven and Mason Gauthier combined on seven saves in the WRV net. Brayden Russ and Luke Durkee also played key roles, coach Alex Montano noted.

Rivendell (1-0-0) plays at Thetford on Wednesday. White River Valley (0-1-0) visits West Rutland on Tuesday.

Lyndon 5, Oxbow, 1

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Connor Mazzerella’s goal in the 21st minute knotted the contest at 1-1 for the Olympians (0-1-0), but Lyndon scored four unanswered goals for the win.

Dakota Goodridge had eight saves for Oxbow. Sullivan Davis netted a hat trick for the Vikings.

“Our squad showed improvement from the opening whistle,” said Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher, who also praised the play of Andrew Barrett and Andrew Emerson. “Gave up a couple of goals due to communication, but a strong second half and a solid team effort to begin the season.”

Oxbow is home to Twinfield on Wednesday.

Field hockeyLebanon 1, Goffstown 0

LEBANON — Mikayla Thornton scored the lone goal with an assist from Lindsey Stark, and goalie Ashlee Blashock made five saves as the Raiders improved to 2-0-0.

A key moment in the tight contest came as time expired when defender Mackenzie Ray broke up a Goffstown corner to give Lebanon the win.

“Our offensive passing angles were a little off, so we didn’t move the ball as smoothly as we could have, but the team kept at it and supported one another and got the job done,” said coach Amanda Valliere.

Lebanon travels to Milford on Friday.

Windsor 3, Rutland 0

WINDSOR — Gabriella Gilbert, Peyton Richardson and Meagan Holling scored to support netminder Lindsey Young’s shutout work as the two-time defending VPA Division III state champs cruised in their debut.

Richardson and Holling finished the day with a goal and an assist each. Karen Kapuscinski and Amber Simonds also had helpers. Windsor dominated the penalty corner count, 29-0.

“Great start to the season pulling off a win against Division I Rutland,” Windsor coach Jody Wood said, noting her 10 graduation losses from last spring. “Our season is looking bright with our young team.”

The Jacks (1-0-0) host Bellows Falls on Wednesday.

Berlin 2, Mascoma 1 (OT)

BERLIN, N.H. — After a lopsided loss to Gilford to start the slate this week, the Royals (0-2) played a better all-around game to stay with the Mountaineers.

Freshman Ann Buffington scored her first varsity goal off a Kylie Rogers pass for Mascoma. Goalie Emilie Conrad recorded five stops.

“To watch them rebound like they did was great to see,” coach Jenn Hammond said. The entire team played an amazing game. Unfortunately, we just ran out of time.”

Mascoma opens the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday against Hopkinton.


GolfHanover third at Concord

CONCORD — Spencer Lawe and Adam Goodney led Hanover with scores of 6-over-par 40 as Hanover placed third in a four-team match at Concord Country Club. Casey Graham shot a 42, and John Hill and Max Galbraith followed with 44s to complete Hanover’s scoring.

Hanover will host a match at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands in Salem on Wednesday, with Londonderry, Bishop Guertin and Salem.

Team scores: Concord 187, Exeter 190, Hanover 214, Nashua North 217.

VolleyballCoe-Brown 3, Hanover 0

HANOVER — Coach Megan McFarland said she took “a lot of positives” out of Friday’s season-opening 25-15, 25-11, 25-18 loss to the Bears.

“We are definitely in a rebuilding year with four sophomores starting,” McFarland said. “And the scores did not reflect the way the kids played.”

Hanover goes to Fall Mountain on Wednesday.

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Stevens 0

HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. — The Cardinals fell in straight sets to open the season by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-9.

Stevens is home to Trinity on Wednesday.

Sunapee 3, Mascoma 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals got close in the first and third sets with the Lakers but ultimately dropped a 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 contest.

Cardigan Loupis had 11 assists for Mascoma.

“It was a really competitive match with a lot of long rallies and good defense,” said Royals coach Eric Ramage.

Mascoma (0-1) goes to Franklin on Wednesday.

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