Local Roundup: Canes Make Their Mark

  • Hartford High School's Aidan Saturley (15) tries to make a play under the net while Springfield High School's Noah Zierfus (12) and Dakota Bushey (10) try to block him on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, during a game between Hartford and Springfield in White River Junction, Vt. Hartford won, 62-40. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hartford High School's Joe Batchelder (23) gets a clean break toward the net on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, during a game between Hartford and Springfield High School in White River Junction, Vt. Hartford won, 62-40. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hartford High School's Hunter Gaudette (30) goes in for a layup on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, during a game between Hartford and Springfield High School in White River Junction, Vt. Hartford won, 62-40. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

White River Junction — Hartford High boys basketball coach Steve Landon doesn’t see Hunter Gaudette miss the target much in practice. The Springfield Cosmos didn’t see him miss much on Wednesday night, either.

Gaudette, a senior, spread his game-high 24 points evenly over both halves, powering the Hurricanes to a 62-40 Marble Valley League win at Hartford High. Alex Valley added 11 points and Joe Batchelder set a good offensive tempo for the Canes, one Gaudette was able to exploit in his most productive game of the season.

“When he gets to set his feet and take good shots, I don’t see the kid miss in practice very often,” Landon said. “When we take good shots and the selection is good and we’re playing together, everybody gets better shots.

“He took good shots but, interestingly enough, in the first half I thought he was better defensively than he was offensively. He played a very, very good, well-played game.”

Hartford (3-5) travels to Mill River on Friday.

Thetford 76Williamstown 74 (ot)

Thetford — The Panthers (5-2) outscored the Blue Devils in overtime, 8-6, to hand the visitors their first loss of the season.

Lawson Ouellette hit two late free throws to force overtime for Thetford, which used a little bit from a bunch of people to finally lock down the win. Nick Moses and Owen Deffner had baskets in the extra session, Dylan Thorburn (game-high 24 points) contributed two free throws and Ouellette and Ethan Steingas each had foul shots to get the Panthers a victory.

“It’s a big win,” TA coach Jason Gray said. “Whoever was going to knock them off, it was a big challenge. They’re a good basketball team, well-coached. Our biggest asset was of the game, though, was playing defense and taking what their defense gave us.”

Jacob Tassie led four Williamstown players in double figures with 19 points. The Blue Devils (7-1) drilled 15 3-pointers in a tightly contested affair.

Nick Moses had 16 points, while Ouellette and Deffner both scored 11 points for TA, which has a home date with Oxbow coming up on Monday.

Oxbow 75, Randolph 54

Randolph, Vt. — The Olympians (5-3) cranked up the defense, gradually rolling to their most lopsided win of the campaign.

“For the first time this year, we showed up with a lot of defensive intensity,” Oxbow coach Steve Carson pointed out. “We came out flat on Saturday (against Rivendell) and cost ourselves a win we should have had.”

Ben Emerson again paced the Olympians, scoring a game-high 23 points. Emerson had been Oxbow’s top scorer in five of its eight games to date.

Tegan McKnelly and Orin Mahikoa both produced 11 points for the O’s. Alex Russell netted 13 points and Zach Whitmore had 10 for the Galloping Ghosts.

Oxbow returns home to entertain Richford on Friday night.

KUA 80, Vt. Academy 57

Meriden — The Wildcats (8-8) produced their most cohesive game of the winter in beating Vermont Academy.

Kimball Union needed to rally for a 33-31 halftime lead before taking over in the third quarter. Kamal Aubakirov’s two 3-pointers early in the second half set the tone for Kimball Union, which built a 62-52 lead with six minutes left before closing on an 18-5 run.

Nick Timberlake had 31 points and Enoch Cheeks netted 17 points for KUA, which visits Wilbraham and Monson on Saturday.

Hinsdale 62, Mount Royal 48

Sunapee — The Knights (4-4 NHIAA, 4-6 overall) lost three starters to fouls in the fourth quarter, and the Pacers pulled away for the victory.

A physical contest saw the teams combine for four disqualifications and 31 converted free throws. Alex Normandin produced a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds for Mount Royal, adding seven steals and hitting 10 foul shots on the night. Andrew Normandin added 10 points before he joined Kolbe Bocko and Louis Larosiliere on the bench late with his fifth foul.

The Knights visit Lin-Wood on Monday night.

Girls Basketball

Tilton 62, KUA 52

Tilton, n.h. — The Rams’ bigger and deeper roster was too much for the Wildcats.

Sophomore Maddy Haynes had a team-best 21 points for Kimball Union, followed by 17 from Boston College-bound senior Taylor Soule. KUA goes to Holderness on Friday.

Hinsdale 58, Mount Royal 36

Sunapee — Lanky freshman Angelina Nardolillo maneuvered around the Mount Royal defense for a game-high 25 points to lead the Pacers past the Knights.

Mount Royal (6-2 NHIAA, 8-3 overall) fell behind, 17-7, after one quarter and had difficulty fully coming back. Sophie Larose had a 13-point, nine-rebound night for MRA, and Alexis Matte finished with 11 points.

“Our game plan was to shoot, which we did,” Mount Royal coach Derek Tremblay said. “Their shots went in, while ours didn’t. We had good looks; we just didn’t convert.”

Boys Hockey

KUA 6, Deerfield 1

Meriden — The Wildcats (16-3-1) cashed in on Logan Cash’s hat trick to top Deerfield at Akerstrom Arena.

Kimball Union reeled off the game’s final five goals. Zach Whitehead put the hosts on the board on passes from Andranik Armstrong and Thomas Samuelsen. After Deerfield tied the contest, KUA broke away with a Paul Dore strike followed by Cash’s first two goals of the game. Arlo Merritt popped in his team-best 14th goal of the year in the third period, followed by Cash’s hat-trick capper.

Ben Tardiff had a pair of assists, and goalie Sean Dynan picked up the win in net. Kimball Union visits Brewster on Friday.

Harwood 4, Hartford 2

Waterbury, Vt. — A goal scored with 5 seconds left in the second period ultimately set the table for the Hurricanes’ defeat at the Ice Center at Washington West.

After a scoreless first period, Hartford (0-9-1) took the first lead on a Clayton Groenewold goal set up by Tyler Hamilton and Korrigan Allen. The Highlanders notched the next three, including the momentum-sapping marker just before the second intermission, before Hamilton’s unassisted goal in the third gave Hartford a modicum of hope.

Ross McFate finished with 18 saves for the Canes, who host Lyndon on Saturday.

Girls Hockey

KUA 1, Vt. Academy 1

Saxtons River, Vt. — Back from her weeklong international stint with the French U18 women’s team at the IIHF Group B world championships, Canaan’s Lucie Turcotte scored for the Wildcats in a tie with their Vermont Academy rivals.

Maddie Long made Turcotte’s goals stand up, making nine saves for Kimball Union (7-3-3). The Wildcats visit St. Paul’s in Concord on Friday.

Rutland 11, Hartford 0

Rutland — The VPA Division I Raiders took no mercy on the D-II Hurricanes, although Hartford goalies Zoey Pfeiffer and Jacqueline Gour both did well despite the barrage of rubber.

Pfeiffer, a freshman who hadn’t played hockey before joining the Canes in November, made 51 saves over two periods, including 31 in the first stanza alone. Sophomore Gour, who has shared netminding duties throughout the season with Pfeiffer, made nine stops on 10 shots after assuming the crease in the final period.

Hartford (1-4-1) heads to U-32 on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

Dartmouth 5, BU 2

Hanover — The Big Green kicked off its season by leashing the Terriers at the Boss Center.

Dartmouth swept all five doubles matches to take the day’s opening point. Senior Julia Schroeder, freshman Maddie Hwang, senior Kristina Mathis and freshman Abigail Chiu won singles points, with Mathis’ 6-4, 6-4 sweep at No. 1 serving as the match-clincher.

Dartmouth returns to the Boss Center on Saturday to host Liberty.

NECBL Baseball

Nighthawks Release 2018 Schedule

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Nighthawks will begin their third New England Collegiate Baseball League season on June 5 with a three-game road trip.

The defending Northern Division champions will visit reigning Southern kingpin Ocean State on opening night before hitting North Adams on June 7 and Keene the following night.

The home slate at the Maxfield Sports Complex kicks off with a 6:30 p.m. visit from the Winnipesaukee Muskrats on June 9. The first of five dates with the defending league champion Valley Blue Sox comes on June 20 at Maxfield.

The 2018 slate offers more balance between home and road dates than last year. The Hawks played 10 of their first 14 contests at Maxfield last summer; with the exception of one late-season four-game road trip and barring postponements, they’ll play no more than three contests in a row at or away from home this summer.

All Maxfield games will start at 6:30 p.m., with the exception of 5 p.m. first pitches on Sundays.


Hartford H.S. Joins ACS Fundraiser

White River Junction — Hartford High has linked up with three other Marble Valley League schools in a challenge to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The Hurricanes, Mill River, Otter Valley and Fair Haven will hold Coaches vs. Cancer fundraisers over the next five weeks, with the goal of seeing which pair of schools can raise the most money. Hartford’s boys basketball team will visit Mill River on Friday and the girls will do the same at Feb. 22, with Otter Valley and Fair Haven also playing similar contests.

Coaches and players will be selling $1 cards upon which purchasers can write down the name of a person they know, or someone in general, who has been touched by cancer. Those cards will be added to a walls of cards Mill River Union High School is posting at the two contest with Hartford.

General cash or check donations to the ACS are also being accepted at Hartford High’s main and athletic offices. Contact Hartford athletic director Jeff Moreno at 802-295-8610 for more information.