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Local Roundup: Willeman, Stone Provide Key Points in Lebanon Victory

  • Jack Stone

  • Olivia Sanford

  • Jace Page



Thursday, January 03, 2019

Manchester — Junior Jon Willeman scored all seven points in overtime to lead the visiting Lebanon High boys basketball team in a 66-64 thriller over Manchester West on Thursday night.

Willeman finished with a game-high 22 points to pace the Raiders (3-1 league, 5-2 overall). Lebanon started the game on an 8-0 run but led by just one, 12-11, after the first quarter. The Blue Knights (0-4) drained seven 3-pointers in the second quarter to build a three-point lead, 33-29, at halftime. Neither team was able to take more than a two-basket advantage for the duration of the contest.

Lebanon trailed, 59-58, with 2 seconds left on the clock in regulation and freshman Jack Stone on the free-throw line, shooting a pair. With the game in the balance, Stone made one attempt to knot the score and force overtime. Willeman then took over in extra time to lock down the victory for the Raiders.

The Raiders rallied defensively from the 22-point second-quarter onslaught by the Knights, limiting the hosts to 26 hard-fought points in the second half. Stone finished with 11 points, Hunter Bienvenu had 10, Tom Berthasavage had nine and Wade Rainey had eight points.

Lebanon will host John Stark on Tuesday.

Oxbow 76, Springfield 46

Bradford, Vt. — Jace Page came off the bench for the Olympians to spark a 24-6 second-quarter run and beat the Cosmos.

Page scored nine of his 13 points in the second while also providing a spark on the defensive end to help Oxbow pull away. The O’s led, 35-15, at halftime.

Trevor Moore and Seth Carson each added 11 points. Alex Emerson had nine, and Adam Maxwell had eight points. Bryce Ilsley and Orin Mahikoa had seven points each, leading coach Steve Carson to praise the balanced offensive output from his charges.

“Everybody got really good minutes tonight, which was great to see,” Carson said.

Oxbow (5-0) visits Richford on Saturday.

Girls Basketball

Thetford 64, Rivendell 22

Orford — The Panthers (5-1) opened with an 18-2 run to top the rebuilding Raptors (0-5).

Grace Davis made three 3-pointers on her way to 19 points for Thetford. Kiana Johnson added 16 points, and Emi Vaughan had 12. The Panthers have now won five straight games after a season-opening 47-39 loss at defending VPA Division III state champion Windsor on Dec. 11.

Casey Ghio, Adele Tilden and Emily Hebb each had four points for first-year Rivendell coach Dennis Fitzgerald.

“Each game we’re getting a little bit better. We rebounded awesome tonight, and our zone defense stifled them for a little while,” Fitzgerald said. “(Thetford is) really good.”

Each team returns to action on Saturday when Thetford hosts Hazen and Rivendell visits White River Valley.

Blue Mountain 46
White River Valley 24

Wells River, Vt. — The Wildcats (2-3) had a tough night on the boards against a taller, more physical Bucks team.

“Rebounding hurt us tonight. We gave up second, third, fourth shots, which is tough to overcome,” WRV coach Tim Perreault said.

Hannah White had six points to lead the Wildcats, who play host to Rivendell on Saturday.

Proctor 56, Sharon 13

Proctor, Vt. — The Phantoms scored 20 points in the first quarter and never looked back against the Phoenix (1-4).

Olivia Sanford (six points) and Tommi Hoyt (four) paced Sharon. The Phoenix look to rebound at Twinfield on Monday.

Girls Hockey

Hanover 2, Exeter 2 (ot)

Exeter, n.h. — The Marauders (4-0-1, 5-1-1) twice rallied from one-goal deficits but couldn’t take advantage of a late five-minute power play in a tie with the Blue Hawks at the Rinks at Exeter.

Maggie Lee answered a second-period Exeter goal with an unassisted power-play strike with 8:20 remining in the middle stanza. When the Blue Hawks went ahead again early in the third, Hanover responded on Violet Sperry’s fourth goal of the year, set up by Sage McGinley-Smith, with 4:14 left in regulation.

Exeter (3-0-1) gave the Marauders a golden opportunity moments later with a major cross-checking penalty. Hanover, however, failed to convert on an advantage and carried into overtime.

Rebekah Rudd did her part for the points, making 14 saves in the Hanover net. The Marauders owned a 44-16 advantage in shots, including 7-1 in the extra session.

The Marauders host Beekmantown (N.Y.) at Campion Rink on Saturday.

Football

N.H. D-III All-State

West Lebanon — More than a dozen athletes from Upper Valley schools made the New Hampshire Division III football all-state team compiled by the league’s coaches.

The first-team offense included Lebanon tight end Caleb Smith, Stevens running back Keaghan McAllister and Mount Royal’s Andrew Normandin, who played wide receiver at Kearsarge this past season. Stevens linebacker Quentin Bicknell was the only area player on the first-team defense.

Lebanon running back Wade Rainey, Newport wide receiver Joey Ackerman and Tiger offensive lineman Aiden Almstrom landed on the second-team offense. Lebanon linebacker Philip Mellish, Stevens defensive tackle Phil Mason and Newport defensive end Gavin Lovely landed on the second-team defense.

The honorable mention squad included Lebanon’s Jon Willeman; Newport’s Blake McKinney, Josh Sharron and Marius Edwards; and Stevens’ Baylor Rozzell.

Ski Jumping

Marauders PrevailAt Storrs Hill

Lebanon — Hanover placed four athletes in the top eight to record a team win in Wednesday night’s jump meet hosted by Merrimack Valley on Storrs Hill’s 25-meter jump.

Depth won the night for the Marauders. Mason Winter led the way with a fourth-place finish, scoring 93.5 points thanks to a pair of 23-meter jumps. Tristan Meyer (92.5 points), Felix Estes (92) and Tage Colberg (91) were 6-7-8 for Hanover, which nudged Plymouth and Sunapee for team honors.

Kennett’s Zack Grzeslik had the night’s longest leap at 25.5 meters and scored 101 points for the individual win over Plymouth’s Zack Ross (100 points). Sunapee’s Lane Smith was third (94). The Lakers’ other points came through Cameron Summerton (10th, 89 points), Parker Reed (12th, 88) and Aaron Bennett (22nd, 81).

Hanover also owned the girls’ meet, with teammates Sabin Mitchell and Sophie Mitchell both tallying 86.5 points. Lebanon’s Ayla Weale took fourth place, and Sunapee’s Silvia Dalton was sixth.

Team scores: Hanover 379, Plymouth 373.5, Sunapee 361, Kennett 356.6, Concord 320, Merrimack Valley 157, Lebanon 85.