Local Roundup: Oxbow Runs at Full Blast

  • Hartford's Kobe Labonte. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Rivendell senior Sienna Paley holds her lead over South Royalton sophomore Alexis Taylor-Young during their cross country race at Oxbow High School in Bradford, Vt., Tuesday, September 19, 2017. They finished 14th and 15th in the race. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Oxbow's Keelan Durham leads the pack through the first lap of the cross country course at Oxbow High School in Bradford, Vt., Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Durham finished second behind Danny Bruce, back left, of Montpelier. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Oxbow's Isabella Giesing lengthens her stride on a downhill section of the cross country trail at Oxbow High School in Bradford, Vt., Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Giesing finished first with a time of 21:38.79. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hanover's Hans Williams.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bradford, Vt. — Although depth remains an issue, the Oxbow High cross country team certainly has some ability near the front of the pack.

Izzy Giesing dominated a small field of girls and Oxbow teammate Keelan Durham took second among the boys to highlight the O’s day at Tuesday’s home meet at OHS. Giesing won the girls race in 21 minutes, 38.79 seconds, continuing her tuneup for next month’s state championship at Thetford Academy. Durham clocked 19:10.51 for the Oxbow boys, second only to Montpelier’s Danny Bruce (18:59.02).

Oxbow’s Emily Carson and Jessie Daigle, both of whom will be integral in the O’s effort to repeat at VPA Division III girls champs next month, both had strong runs. Carson took third in 25:21.11, while Daigle was seventh in 29:52.81. For lack of two more runners, however, Oxbow couldn’t post a team score.

Maia Perry was ninth for Rivendell (33:21.07), and teammate Shannon Fleming took 10th (33:50.08). South Royalton’s Kylen Nelson was right behind in 11th (34:31.90). Montpelier (15) outpointed the Raptors (40) as the only squads with full teams.

Oxbow fielded just two entries in the boys race, Durham and William Douglas (fifth, 21:22.08). Nick Thorton ran well for SoRo, taking fourth in 21:04.85. Only Montpelier had the five runners necessary for team points.

St. Jay Tops Marauders

St. Johnsbury, Vt. — The hometown Hilltoppers took the top three spots among the boys and the top four among the girls to win a head-to-head meet with Hanover.

Bodie Avery (18 minutes, 26 seconds) led the way for St. Johnsbury, with teammates Nathaniel Atkins (18:50) and Ethan Eames (19:09) right behind. Palmer Haigler took fourth for Hanover in 19:21, with Daniel Bandler was seventh (19:38), Jack Lynch took ninth (19:45), Morgan Baughman claimed 11th (19:53) and Diego Aspinwall rounded out Hanover’s scoring in 13th (20:11).

Rebecca Green led four SJA runners across the line in 22:04. Leila Trummel had Hanover’s best result, taking fifth place in 22:42. Emily Bregou (eighth, 24:08), Lucy Glueck (ninth, 24:10), Christine Aman (13th, 25:54) and Piper Thomas (18th, 27:07) also scored for the Marauders:

Boys team scores: St. Johnsbury 18, Hanover 42.

Girls team scores: St. Johnsbury 16, Hanover 45.

Hartford Wins at MSJ

Rutland — Katie Trombly and Clementine Phillip finished near the front of the pack to give Hartford’s girls a win in Tuesday’s Marble Valley League race at Mount St. Joseph Academy.

Trombly took second place in 25 minutes, 1 second, while Phillips was sixth in 26:20. The Hurricane boys were fourth as a team, fronted by Aaron Mitchell’s ninth-place time of 21:11 over five kilometers.

Belle Moulton (third, 25:25) and Justin Smith (fourth, 19:52) had the top times for Windsor. Andrew Kelley-Jacobs followed Smith by taking 11th in 21:30. Windsor’s boys placed third out of six teams.

Both squads head to Woodstock for next Tuesday’s MVL meet.

Boys team scores: Otter Valley 23, MSJ 37, Windsor 45, Hartford 64, Long Trail 85, Springfield 86.

Girls team scores: Hartford 49, Otter Valley 58, Springfield 98, Poultney 112.


Labonte Leads Canes

Quechee — With his top two golfers set for a run at the postseason, Hartford coach Mike Hathorn used Tuesday’s match on the Quechee Club’s Highland front nine to audition for depth. Senior Koby Labonte responded with a 10-over-par 46 to win the individual medal.

“I knew it was going to be a good day when I went par-birdie-bogey,” Labonte said in comments Hathorn shared. “All of the clubs were working today, especially the putter. I made quite a few big putts down the stretch.”

Hartford shot a team 199 to beat Woodstock by 36 strokes, the only squads to post full team scores. Justin Jasmin (48), Logan Raymond (52) and Ben Healy (53) completed the Canes’ scoring.

“Brady Hathorn and Jared Vanderpot are in positions 1 and 2; I’m trying to find who 3, 4 and 5 will be,” Hathorn said. “(Nos.) 3 through 7 played for a team score. I keep scoring averages, and I want to make sure, in a match like this, that they’re playing to make a score.”

Carl Gebhardt (49), Peter Borden (56), Eli Chynoweth (59) and Max Dodson (71) scored for Woodstock. Nick Leary shot 49 for Mid Vermont Christian, Jake Kamel represented Rivendell with a round of 50 and Oxbow’s Cody Grant checked in at 55. MVCS’ Allie Leary (52) edged Woodstock’s Emily Dean (56) in girls competition.

Hartford visits Woodstock on Monday.

Boys Soccer

Hanover 2, Nashua South 1

Nashua, n.h. — The Marauders (4-4-0) leveled their record thanks to big plays on offense and defense.

Hans Williams recorded a career-high seven saves in the Hanover net, including five in the second half, two of a spectacular nature, according to Marauder coach Rob Grabill. Noah Pikielny also drew Grabill’s praise for his defensive play, which became all the more important after Logan Macintosh gave the Purple Panthers (4-3-0) a lead in the 43rd minute.

Nico Mayo-Pushee nailed the rebound of a Charlie Adams shot 3½ minutes later to draw Hanover level. Christo Dragnev then put the Marauders ahead to stay in the 56th, polishing off another Adams assist.

Hanover heads to Alvirne on Thursday.

Lebanon 6, Kennett 0

Conway, n.h. — The Raiders (6-2-0) kept the beat going in their sixth successive victory.

Owen Johnstone, Luke Sandmann, Nate Chickering, Patrick Mason and Brodie McPherson scored for Lebanon, which also benefited from a Kennett own goal. Johnstone and Sandmann both earned assists on each other’s scores. Marcus Roper and Cameron Magari earned assists, while Roper’s long throw-in skipped off a Kennett head for the own goal. Chris Nulty posted a three-save shutout.

Lebanon visits Goffstown next Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s NHIAA Division II title game.

Hopkinton 4, Mascoma 2

West Canaan — The defending NHIAA Division III state champs doubled up the Royals (5-2-1).

James Disbrow converted a penalty kick to get Mascoma on the board, his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Justin McDonald contributed his fourth score of 2017, sticking an Owen Schneider pass for the Royals’ other marker.

Hunter Whyte finished with seven saves in goal. Mascoma visits last year’s D-III runners-up, Stevens, on Friday.

Chelsea 4, MVCS 2

Chelsea, Vt. — Josh King netted a penalty kick in the first 90 seconds before the Red Devils took over.

Chelsea built a 2-1 lead at the interval and added to it shortly afterward. James Bryan cut the gap to 3-2 late, but the Devils added a clincher for the victory. The Eagles’ defeat came despite a fine 10-save effort in goal from sophomore Stan Nelson.

“He’s been coming into it the last couple of years,” MVCS coach Zach Bryan said. “He’s wanted that position hard for three years, he’s worked hard on it, and today it showed.”

Mid Vermont Christian hosts South Royalton this afternoon in Quechee.

Girls Soccer

Woodstock 2, Oxbow 0

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians (2-4-0) fell victim to a shorthanded roster — not to mention a pair of Olivia Marsicovetere goals — in their third straight defeat.

Marsicovetere potted her first two scores in the season with 1:38 left in the first half and 13 minutes to go in the match. Oxbow started with 11 players and had to go about 15 minutes of the opening half without leading scorer Zoe Barton when the junior scorer took a shot to the face. The O’s later lost forward Emma Parkin to a knee injury.

“They kept throwing numbers at us,” Oxbow coach Charlie Barton said. “We had our chances, but for the most part they controlled the ball.”

Woodstock coach Greg LaBella noted the midfield play of Alice Sperber and Audry Eggum for keeping the Wasps (2-2-0) in a position of strength. Brittany Poljacik earned a three-save shutout, making a late point-blank save for preserve the clean sheet. Center backs Olivia Brooks and Tierney Dugan also had big games, according to LaBella.

Woodstock visits Burr & Burton on Saturday. Oxbow, which received seven saves from netminder Mason Tomlinson, hosts Enosburg Falls for homecoming on Friday.

Hanover 4, Trinity 1

Hanover — The Marauders (4-1-1) delivered on a pair of corner kicks to set the tone for the afternoon at Merriman-Branch Field.

Cate Wagner converted on a Pepper Joseph corner to put Hanover on the board, then Bryn Kable did the same on helpers from Joseph and Mindy Wu. Sage McGinley-Smith and Riley Craft also netted for the Marauders, with Kable and Charlotte Johnson earning assists.

Bella Bardales needed just one save for the win in goal. Hanover visits John Stark on Friday.

Montpelier 1, Thetford 0

Montpelier — Melanie Winters provided the match’s only goal with 15:02 to play, handing the Panthers (4-1-0) their first defeat of the season.

“It was a great match; Montpelier played an excellent game,” Thetford coach Dave Williams said. “They were excellent passing and used space well. They were very physical. I thought we did well to meet them, but we didn’t pass as well. Montpelier had the better of the play, especially in the second half with their passing.”

Casey MacVeagh had TA’s best scoring chances, banging goalposts on three occasions. Danielle Robinson held down the fort in goal, making 17 saves. The Panthers host Lake Region on Friday.

Green Mountain 4, Windsor 0

Chester, Vt. — After three straight wins, the Yellowjackets (3-2-0) ran into the buzzsaw that is Green Mountain. The Chieftains (5-0-0) are second only to Peoples Academy (4-0-0) in the VPA Division III standings.

The Jacks are off until hosting Springfield next Tuesday.

Field Hockey

Windsor 4, North Country 1

Windsor — Angelina Bigwood’s big game powered the Yellowjackets (3-1-0) to their first home win, their third victory in a row and their “best game to date playing as a team,” coach Jody Wood noted.

Bigwood produced a hat trick for Windsor, with Hannah Wood assisting twice and Kaeli Bennett helping once. Linda Ricard capped the Jacks’ scoring with her first varsity goal, set up by Bigwood.

The Jacks owned big advantages in shots on goal (22-5) and penalty corners (14-4). Sadie Balch and Cicely Harrington both made defensive saves to keep the Falcons from adding to their totals.

Windsor visits Brattleboro on Saturday.

Winnisquam 3, Mascoma 1

Tilton, n.h. — What coach Jenn Hammond termed “a really flat game” doomed the Royals (3-4-0) on the road.

The Bears built a 2-1 lead and pulled away behind two goals from Meghan Cote and one from Lindsey Phelps. Julia Fox scored her second goal of the year on an Alyssa Hammond pass for Mascoma’s lone goal.

Undefeated NHIAA Division III co-leaders Monadnock pay the Royals a call for homecoming on Saturday.

Monadnock 4, Newport 1

Newport — The Huskies (6-0-0) broke open a tie contest with three goals in the final eight minutes to beat back a stout challenge from the Tigers (3-4-0).

Monadnock scored the game’s opening goal eight minutes into the match, to which Newport responded four minutes later when Kendall Hamilton converted a penalty corner pass from Kennedy Pysz. It was just the second goal allowed by the Huskies to date. Newport stayed with its guests until the final flurry.

“There was a five-minute period where we lost our focus,” said Newport coach Steve Christensen, whose team surrendered a pair of penalty corner conversions in the visitors’ late assault.

“I’m so proud of the girls; they played so, so well. This was a valuable lesson, and I hope we can carry that thought.”

Newport visits Stevens for an evening contest on Saturday.

Fall Mtn. 4, Stevens 1

Claremont — Aly Monty had a hat trick as Fall Mountain defeated Stevens (4-3).

Audrey Puksta scored the Cardinals’ goal, assisted by Jenna Pond.

Kaitlyn Chambers had 12 saves in goal for Stevens, which greets Monadnock on Thursday night.

Women’s Soccer

BU 1, Dartmouth 0

Boston — Boston University’s defense made Julianna Chen’s 19th-minute goal stick, dropping the Big Green (4-4-0) at Nickerson Field.

Chen beat a Dartmouth defender about 20 yards from the net before scoring her second goal of the season. Amanda Fay posted a three-save shutout for the Terriers (3-5-2).

Mariel Gordon had four saves for the Big Green, which visits Brown on Sunday for its Ivy League opener.

CSC 3, NEC 1

New London — The Chargers (4-1-0, 2-0-0) won their second straight North Atlantic Conference match, besting the Pilgrims (0-6-1, 0-2-0) behind goals from Abbie Sansoucy and Hannah Fields, all in the second half.

Sansoucy and Fields scored in the 69th and 72nd minutes for a 2-0 lead, New England College drew one back with 6:11 left, but Fields’ second of the day in the final minute secured the win.

Colby-Sawyer goalkeeper Sam Mitchell made six saves. The Chargers host Husson on Saturday.

Women’s Volleyball

MIT 3, CSC 0

New London — The 15th-ranked Engineers (12-0) came to town and left the Chargers (3-9) with a 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 defeat.

Colby-Sawyer jumped to a 5-0 lead in the opening set, but a six-point MIT run put the visitors up 10-9. The Engineers amassed 17 kills in taking the first set, also sophomore Rebecca Straubel had a pair of aces to keep the Chargers close.

Naarah Cox hit at a .556 clip with five kills to lead Colby-Sawyer, which visits Simmons this evening.