High School Roundup: Area Runners Shine at Woods Trail Run

  • Lebanon's Grace Furlong. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

  • Oxbow High School senior Emily Carson, 17, of Newbury in Bradford, Vt., Tuesday, September 19, 2017. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • South Royalton's Carder Stratton. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Thetford — The Thetford Academy girls and Woodstock High boys cross country teams led the area contingent on Saturday at the annual Thetford Woods Trail Run.

Meaggie Balch, of the host Panthers, finished 15th out of 504 runners in the girls 5-kilometer race with a time of 20 minutes, 44.20 seconds. Teammate Eloise Van Meter was 74th in 22:18.18 followed by Layla Hanissian in 164th (23:51.17) and Morgan Lavoy in 193rd (24:23.96). Thetford finished with 529 points to claim 17th out of 42 teams.

Riley Shepherd paced the Woodstock boys team in 24th out of 657 runners with a time of 17:40.23. The Wasps collected 628 points to finish 19th out of 50 teams. Woodstock also had a strong showing by Matthew Bassette in 78th with a time of 18:44.33, followed by Owen Coates in 146th (19:33.40) and Justice Bassette in 229th (20:21.70).

Jacqueline Gaughan, of Exeter, won the girls race with a time of 18:18.42. Drew Thompson, of Fairfield (Conn.) Prep, won the boys race with a blistering time of 15:56.67.

Oxbow’s Izzy Geising was 24th in 21:09.72, followed by teammates Tyrus Rosten (67th) and Emily Carson (96th). Keelan Durham was 85th in the boys race.

Lebanon’s Grace Furlong finished 35th in the girls race in 21:24.55. The Raiders also had Maddie Wolfe in 128th (23:12.05) followed by Hannah Falcone in 239th and Emma Herndon in 240th. The Raiders were 24th as a team.

Morgan McKeen led the Windsor girls in 179th (24:09.18) followed by Olivia Rockwood in 183rd (24:12.30), Belle Moulton in 294th and Angelina Bigwood in 340th. The Yellowjackets finished in 33rd overall.

Katie Trombley led the 38th-place Hartford girls in 189th in 24:15.16. The Canes also had Clementine Phillip in 319th, Cecilia Spaulding in 396th and Beatrice Wendling in 424th. The 41st-place Rivendell girls had Meadow Yvon in 401st, Maia Perry in 438th, Lilia Tse in 446th and Marie Polczyk in 459th. Sharon’s Laila Reimanis was 116th in 23:00.52.

Edward Bieszczad paced the 21st-place Lebanon boys in 68th in 18:40.59. The Raiders also had Jake Willeman in 103rd (19:01.26), Cody Davis in 137th (19:28.29) and Zach Herndon in 176th (19:48.75).

The hometown Thetford boys were led by Malcolm Silver-Van Meter in 36th with a time of 18:06.96. Clifford Ransom finished 56th in 18:32.70 followed by Eamon Deffner in 185th and Gabriel Gaetz in 232nd. The Panthers finished 22nd overall with 639 points, just two behind Lebanon in 21st with 637.

Justin Smith led Windsor in 169th (19:44.00) followed by Vaughn Phillips in 464th, Trace Petermann in 492nd and Jordan Place in 520th. Aaron Mitchell paced Hartford in 307th followed by Lucan Benson (391st), Michael Olson (513th) and Calvin McCrory (528th).


Windsor 46, BFA-Fairfax 3

Fairfax, Vt. — Quarterback Seth Balch accounted for a combined 296 yards to lead the Yellowjackets in a blowout of the Bullets.

Balch began the onslaught with a 1-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and ended the scoring with another 1-yard score in the fourth. Balch also threw for a pair of touchdowns, connecting from 11 yards out to Trevor Worrall and from 20 yards to Dakohta Sanderson. Balch finished with 198 yards passing and 98 yards on the ground on just 10 carries.

Worrall rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and added another 57 yards receiving. Jake Tucker had two receptions for 46 yards along with 34 yards rushing and a touchdown. Robert Slocum was on the receiving end for a 50-yard pass from Balch.

Windsor (5-0) hosts Poultney-MSJ on Saturday.

Woodstock 57, Missisquoi 30

Highgate, Vt. — Patrick Potter and Dan Lessard each scored three touchdown to lead the Wasps (5-1 overall, 5-0 D-III) over the Thunderbirds.

Micah Schlabach added a pair of touchdown runs. Potter ran for two 2-point conversions and Jed Astbury kicked five extra points. Woodstock led, 36-16, at halftime.

The Wasps host U-32 on Friday night when the school will honor the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Vermont Class D state champions. Eight of the 13 members of the 1957 team should be in attendance, according to current Woodstock coach Ramsey Worrell.

Laconia 40, Lebanon 14

Lebanon — Matt Eylander and Bradley Plodzik each caught touchdown passes from junior quarterback Ryan Preston as the Raiders (1-4) dropped their fourth straight.

Plodzik’s touchdown catch put Lebanon up, 6-0, in the first quarter; the Raiders missed the extra point. But Laconia answered with 33 points of their own and controlled play until Eylander was able to find space in the fourth quarter. The Raiders trailed 19-6 at halftime. Laconia’s Drew Muzzey ran in an insurance touchdown for the Sachems with 2:38 remaining.

Preston threw an interception in the third quarter.

Lebanon travels to Windham (5-0) next week.

Boys Soccer

South Royalton 3Rivendell 3 (2 ot)

South Royalton — The Royals used a pair of comebacks to earn a draw with the Raptors.

SoRo trailed, 2-0, in the early going, but rallied knot the score at 2-2. Rivendell retook the lead with the next goal before the Royals answered to tie it up for good. All six goals came before halftime.

Jacob Hewitt and Alvaro Sanabrio each scored for SoRo. Connor Lambert and Carder Stratton both had assists. The Royals also benefited from an own goal.

Owen Pelletier had two goals for Rivendell. Johnny Vogelien added a goal. Francisco Indio and Max Haehnel each had assists.

“That’s a really good team; we’re happy to have played them even,” South Royalton coach Alex Montano said.

Keeper Sam Fisk made six saves for the Royals (6-0-2), who play host to Craftsbury on Tuesday. Rivendell (8-1-1) visits Cabot on Wednesday.

Woodstock 1, Leland & Gray 0

Townshend, Vt. — Steven Townley scored in the third minute and the Woodstock defense made the goal stand up to beat the Rebels.

Emilio Montano assisted on the early strike. Keeper Steven Bianchi made four saves for the shutout. Coach Tom Avellino praised the play of defenders Min Purvis, Griffin Van Neil and Charles Greene.

Woodstock (4-3-2) hosts Otter Valley on Tuesday.

BFA-Fairfax 2, Oxbow 1

Bradford, Vt. — The Olympians came up just short against the visiting Bullets. Timmy Hodges scored for Oxbow (1-9), which hosts Hazen on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer

Rivendell 5, South Royalton 0

South Royalton — Riley Thomson and Mikayla Stever each had two goals for Rivendell (10-1).

Mikayla DeBois added a goal and three assists. Thomson and Moria Haehnel each had an assist. Keeper Shaunna Simmons had seven saves for the shutout.

“South Royalton is much improved over the last time we saw them. They’re working well together; their coach (Jackson Howe) is doing a great job,” Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin said.

The Raptors have won nine straight and will host Woodstock on Tuesday.

Mount Mansfield 3Hartford 0

Jericho, Vt. — The Vermont D-I Cougars shut out the shorthanded D-II Hurricanes (5-4-1).

“We played pretty well. We were missing two kids who were taking the SATs,” Hartford coach Jeff Acker said. “But it’s good to play them, good to play a top D-I team to help us know the type of sharpness we’ll need in the (playoffs).”

Morgan White made 12 saves in goal for the Canes. Hartford hosts Fair Haven on Tuesday night for its annual breast cancer awareness night.

Field Hockey

Woodstock 1, Springfield 0

Springfield, Vt. — The Wasps earned a shutout in a rematch of last season’s Vermont D-II state championship game.

Mackenzie Yates set up the only goal with a drive into the circle to Lili Sorrentino, who evaded the defense and scored midway through the second half.

Goalie Maggie Parker made two saves, both in the first half, for the shutout.

“It wasn’t our best showing, but we converted in the end. We had a lot of opportunities,” Woodstock coach Anne Doton said.

The Wasps (3-4-2) visit Fair Haven on Tuesday.

Stevens 3, Pembroke 0

Claremont — The Cardinals scored three goals in the second half to beat the Spartans on Friday night.

Elyse Scott’s goal off a Hailey LaClair corner began the scoring. Emily Mudge and Cally Barrette also scored. Goalie Tess Whitney played well to earn the shutout.

Stevens (9-4) has now won six games in a row and closes the regular season at Mascoma on Wednesday.