High School Roundup: Raptors Bear Down Against Whitchester

  • KUA captain Mia Brown, of Woodstock, Vt., bumps fists with her teammates as they take the ice for the second period against Hebron in Meriden, N.H., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. KUA won 3 - 0. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • KUA's Mia Brown, of Woodstock, Vt., shoots on Hebron goalie Sarissa Fazio at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. KUA won 3 - 0. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Rivendell's Leah Rutherford.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Orford — Defense never rests. With the host Rivendell high girls basketball team struggling at times offensively, the Raptors turned to their strong team defense to beat visiting Whitcomb-Rochester, 39-31, on Saturday afternoon.

Senior stalwart Riley Thomson led the Raptors with 17 points and seven rebounds, including several key baskets to slow any momentum the Mountaineers tried to gain. Classmate Mikayla DeBois added 16 points, seven rebounds and four steals while playing her usual tough defense.

“I have to give Mikayla credit defensively. She came through for us big time today. Mikayla does a lot for us, plus today she scored a lot. She always gets the assignment to cover the other team’s best player and does a great job,” Rivendell coach Hank Tenney said.

Today’s assignment for DeBois was slowing Whitchester leading scorer, Hayley Mears. Mears had 13 points, but just two in the second half. Amelia Mattrick added nine points and Toni Turner had eight for the Mountaineers.

“They’re tough and really tough at home,” Whitchester coach Dennis Wood said. “It was a good experience to play a tough team like this before the playoffs. It just seemed like every time we would get within five or six (points), Thomson would hit a three or make a basket. We just need to find more scoring.”

Tenney credited the play of Leah Rutherford, who was scoreless, but pulled down 10 rebounds, including four offensive boards. The Raptors (14-3 in VPA Division III) close the regular season with three games this week; at South Royalton on Monday, at Twinfield on Wednesday and home for senior night on Friday against Blue Mountain.

Whitchester (10-6 in VPA Division IV) visits Cabot on Tuesday.

Thetford 45, Harwood 14

Thetford — With the postseason looming, the defending VPA D-III state champion Panthers (13-4) are turning up the defensive intensity to tune in for another title run.

“The girls played lockdown defense today. We just never allowed Harwood to do anything offensively,” Thetford coach Eric Ward said. “I’m extremely proud with their effort. The girls realize playoffs are right around the corner and they know defense wins.”

Danielle Robinson had 14 points to pace the Panthers offense. Emi Vaughan added nine and Jordan Mousley had eight points. Thetford visits Lake Region on Tuesday.

Boys Basketball

Oxbow 84, Richford 48

Bradford, Vt. — Ben Emerson set an Oxbow school record with 11 made 3-pointers on his way to a 33 points in a blowout victory over Richford.

Emerson made four from beyond the arc in both the second and third quarters to help the Olympians pull away. Emerson is now at 986 points for his high school career and leads Oxbow (8-7) this season with 21.7 points per game.

Adam Maxwell added 11 points for the O’s. Tegan McKnelly chipped in nine. Kyle Sweet and Lincoln Ilsley each had seven points. Oxbow hosts Lyndon on Monday.

Windsor 78, Newport 54

Windsor — The Yellowjackets erupted for 50 points in the second and third quarters to top the visiting Tigers.

Seth Balch had a game-high 26 to lead Windsor (14-2). All 12 players scored at least a field goal for the Jacks. Duncan Frazer added 12 points and Daniel Cardillo had seven. Windsor scored 30 points in the second quarter to lead, 45-22, at halftime.

Cameron Gillespie had 25 points for Newport (3-13 NHIAA, 4-15 overall). Kyle Fish made five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points.

Both teams hit the road on Tuesday; Windsor visits Woodstock and Newport visits InterLakes.

Boys Hockey

Hanover 9Manchester Memorial 1

West Lebanon — The Marauders broke open a scoreless game with four goals in the second period and five more in the third.

Charlie Plottner had two goals to lead a balanced Hanover attack. Sylas Oberting and Elias Zinman each had a goal and two assists. Matty Gardner and Rowan Wilson had a goal and an assist each. Owen Stadheim had a team-best four assists.

Cameron Woods, Tono Correa and Duncan Bailey each added a goal. Patrick Daley and Peter Warhold had two assists each. David Lehmann had one assist. Goalie Harris LaRock had nine saves.

Hanover (14-1 NHIAA, 17-2 overall) clinched a top-four seed and a first round bye in the upcoming NHIAA D-I playoffs. Up next is a home-and-home matchup with Concord (13-2 in NHIAA) starting on Tuesday at Campion Rink in a makeup game and concluding on Wednesday in Concord.

Lyndon 4, Hartford 3

Lyndon, Vt. — Canes senior Tyler Hamilton crossed the 100-point mark with an assist on younger brother Kyle’s first career varsity goal.

The Vikings led, 3-0, after the first period and 4-0 after scoring in the second. Hartford would no go quietly though; Tyler Hamilton scored with 14 seconds left to play in the second period to start a rally.

The Canes would add two goals on the power play in a one-minute stretch early in the third period. First was the milestone goal by Kyle Hamilton, assisted by older brother Tyler and Clayton Groenewold. Kyle Hamilton then scored his second varsity goal not even a minute later, this one assisted by Groenewald and Pat McGlone. Groenewald also assisted on Tyler Hamilton’s goal in the second period to finish with three helpers.

Tyler Hamilton became the 11th player in program history to cross the 100-point barrier for the Canes. Goalie Ross McFate had 19 saves. Jacob Dwinell added an assist. Hartford (4-13-1) hosts Brattleboro on Wednesday.

Kingswood 5Lebanon-Stevens 2

West Lebanon — With a number of players battling illness, the Raiders (11-6 NHIAA, 11-7-1 overall) came out on the short end against the Knights.

Brian Daly scored early to give Lebanon-Stevens a 1-0 lead; Trey Chickering and Hunter Boutin assisted. Ian Garland answered a pair of Kingswood goals with a score to knot things up at 2-2 in the second period. Jon Cloud and Nate Chickering had assists. Kingswood added three goals, including an empty-netter, in the third period.

The Raiders celebrated senior night with Boutin, Garland, goaltender Andrew Friend, and Ethan Daly set to graduate. Lebanon-Stevens will now have a week to get healthy and will host St. Thomas on Saturday.

Woodstock 8St. Johnsbury 2

Woodstock — Steven Townley had four goals and an assist as Woodstock improved to 17-0-1.

Cullen McCarthy had two goals and an assist, while Trevor White had a goal and an assist and Owen Coates added a goal.

Lucas Piconi and Tom Bissaillon each assisted twice, and Charles Greene and Ely Chynoweth added one apiece.

Woodstock goalie Henry Greene stopped nine of 10 shots through two periods, and Ethan Mello played the third and stopped of four of five shots.

Woodstock, which had a 35-15 shot advantage, defeated St. J twice this season by a combined 14-2.

The Wasps finish the regular season on Wednesday at Burlington and on Saturday at Missisquoi.

Kimball Union 4, Cushing 1

Ashburnham, Mass. — Thomas Samuelsen had two goals and an assist to help the Wildcats erase an early one-goal deficit and improve to 25-5-1 on the season.

Andranik Armstrong added a goal and an assist. Arlo Merritt closed the book with an empty-netter in the final minutes. Christian Felton and Bryce Dolan each had assists.

Goaltender Sean Dynan allowed a goal on the Penguins’ first shot of the game and then made 20 saves to record the victory. KUA hits the road today to play Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minnesota) at Gunnery School in Washington, Conn.

Girls Hockey

U-32 6, Hartford 3

White River Junction — Kendyl Boisvert had two goals and an assist to lead the Hurricanes (1-16-1).

Freshman Ryelee Potwin scored her first career varsity goal. Ceci Spaulding had two assists. Goalies Zoey Pfeiffer and Jacqueline Gour combined to make 18 saves for the Canes, who play at Brattleboro on Wednesday.

Kimball Union 3, Hebron 0

Meriden — Woodstock’s Mia Brown scored two goals to lead the Wildcats in a shutout of the visiting Lumberjacks.

Taylor Coburn added a goal. Rose Sperry, Mikah Baptiste and Molly Flanagan each had assists. Goalie Seana Perkins made six saves for KUA (13-5-5).


Windsor Third

Randolph — Second-seeded Windsor suffered a pair of narrow losses to Brattleboro in the Baker round, 149-147 and 155-154, and placed third at Valley Bowl on Randolph.

The Yellowjackets recovered with a consolation sweep of South Royalton.

Rayce Gilbert led Windsor with rounds of 191-169, followed by Grayson Frazer (154-149) and Jared Storms (120-146). South Royalton was paced by Nick Ramos (119-113), Chris Lamson (87-153) and Gabe Howe.

Hartford Second

Brattleboro, Vt. — The Hurricanes took second place at Brattleboro on Friday night.

Joey Raymond led the Canes in qualifying with impressive back-to-back games of 246 and 234. Dylan Crowley had 172-171, Thomas Raymond had 172-196 and Alexis Johnston had 168-174. Hartford lost to Fair Haven in the finals of Baker bowl, two games to one.

Nordic Skiing

Lebanon, Hanover In Coaches Series

Whitefield, n.h. — Jake Willeman took 18th in a coaches series skate to lead the Lebanon boys.

Willeman clocked in at 12 minutes, 8.8 seconds to finish 18th out of 143 racers on the boys side. Teammate Owen Johnston was 27th in 12:30.2. Nathan Magari took 54th, Jack Smyrski was 72nd and Markus Heuer finished 73rd.

Aidan Biglow led the Hanover boys, finishing 28th in 12:30.3. Diego Aspinwall was 44th, Noah Phipps was 50th, Peter Burnham was 56th and Jack Meehan took 67th.

Ana Goodwin (28th, 14:51.2) and Maria Goodwin (29th, 14:52.6) paced the Lebanon girls out of 130 total skiers. Allison Carl finished 62nd and Celia Barnett took 66th.

Caroline Loescher was 30th overall for the Hanover girls in 14:54.6. Megan Smith was 36th, Margot Davis was 49th and Shannon Walsh took 56th.