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Local Roundup: Woodstock Girls Reach Title Match

  • Hartford's Walker Albrecht.



Friday, June 01, 2018

Woodstock — The Woodstock High girls tennis team beat both the weather and another VPA Division II state tournament foe on Friday.

The second-ranked Wasps continued their undefeated ways with a 6-1 semifinal defeat of No. 3 U-32 at the Woodstock Athletic Club. The victory sends defending state champion Woodstock (16-0) to a Wednesday title match with top-ranked and equally undefeated Harwood (16-0), which secured its spot in the final with a 6-1 defeat of Burr & Burton on Thursday.

Despite surrendering a point at second singles early in the day, the Wasps won four of the first five points to clinch the victory. Freshman Izzy Hiller and sophomore Julianna Beraldis locked down the verdict by taking a 6-4, 6-3 decision at second doubles.

The Biele sisters, Momo and Kenzie, got things started with a pair of straight-set victories. Momo topped Alex Hepp at No. 1, 6-2, 6-1, while Kenzie was a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 10-4 winner over Lucy Krokenberger.

Ginger Knight gave U-32 hope with a taut 3-6, 7-5, 13-11 nailbiter at No. 2 singles over Woodstock’s Grace Frazier. The Wasps’ top doubles tandem, Lydia Howe and Olivia Marsicovetere, erased that point by taking their match, 6-3, 6-0. Katey MacMaster and Chloe Noble ended the match with straight-sets wins in singles.

Woodstock will seek its second straight state title in Wednesday’s final, to be played at Harwood.

Baseball

Lamoille 4, Hartford 3

Hyde Park, Vt. — The top-ranked Lancers (15-2) came within six outs of seeing their VPA Division II title hopes evaporate, producing a four-run sixth-inning rally to overcome a 3-0 deficit and eliminate the upset-minded Hurricanes (5-12).

Senior Walker Albrecht carried Hartford into the fifth inning, holding a 3-0 lead, when Lamoille rallied. After a walk and a double, Hartford coach Jarrod Grassi brought in Tyler Hamilton to relieve Albrecht, and the hosts responded by completing their rally to go ahead to stay.

Lamoille pitcher Nick Fitzgerald, recently named the Vermont Gatorade player of the year, started the day slowly, gifting Hartford a run in the top of the first on three walks and an error. Alex Bushway’s RBI double and a run-scoring Kyle Hamilton single pushed the ninth-ranked visitors to a three-run lead. Nate Selby and Liam Foley delivered two-run doubles in the Lamoille sixth to save the day.

“That was the best arm we saw all year,” Grassi said of Fitzgerald, who tossed 34 first-inning pitches and 115 on the day in a complete-game effort.

The Canes managed just five hits off Fitzgerald. Tyler Hamilton was 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs, and Kyle Hamilton finished 2-for-4. Albrecht limited the Lancers to four hits over five-plus frames, walking four and fanning five. Tyler Hamilton gave up two hits and two runs in his relief stint. Hartford loses four to graduation.

Girls Lacrosse

U-32 11, Woodstock 4

East Montpelier, Vt. — The 10th-seeded Wasps (3-12) saw their season end in a VPA Division II quarterfinal completed despite a lengthy weather delay.

Izzy Jones scored twice to lead Woodstock, with Brittney Poljacik and Sidney Pilot providing the other markers. Maggie Parker made five saves in the Wasps’ net.

Woodstock loses just two seniors, Poljacik and Annabelle Lessard, to graduation.

Celebrations

Retirement PartyFor Hanover’s Jackson

Hanover — The Hanover High athletic department is holding a retirement party for departing athletic director Mike Jackson, and the public is invited to attend.

The shindig will be held on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area, in Byrne Pavilion Area 1. A special presentation is scheduled for 1:45 p.m.

Jackson, Hanover’s AD for the past three decades and formerly the school’s longtime baseball coach, retires at the end of the month.

College Rowing

Heavies Commence IRAs

Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth’s heavyweight crew kicked off the IRA National Championship regatta by moving all four of its boats into today’s semifinals.

The varsity four had the best result, as Kevin He coxed the crew of Charlie Lebens, Sean White, Seth Chatterton and Jon Scott to a win in its heat with a time of 6 minutes, 34.841 seconds. Dartmouth’s second and third varsity eights were both second in their heats to advance, and the first varsity had to win a repechage to book its semifinal slot.

Racing resumes at 8 a.m. today.