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Local roundup: Wasps bring the sting in win over Hartford

  • Shea Bean, of Hartford, drives against Woodstock’s Emilio Montano, right, during their game in White River Junction, Vt.,. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Woodstock won 47-57. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Hartford’s Alex Bushway blocks a shot by Ryan Ducharme, of Woodstock, during the Wasps’ 57-47 win in White River Junction, Vt., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Stevens' Jenna Pond.

  • Colton Small, 4, of Hartland, and Hartford girls basketball coach Heidi Bushway, left, react at left as Woodstock's Harrison Nunes saves the ball from going out during a game with Hartford in White River Junction, Vt., Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Hartford’s Nick Porter is at lower right. Woodstock won 57-47. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Friday, February 15, 2019

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — An experienced Woodstock High boys basketball team wasn’t going to led a young Hartford roster get away with a victory on Friday night.

Emilio Montano netted seven of his season-high 13 points in a fourth quarter in which the Wasps outscored the Hurricanes, 18-4, to grab a 57-47 win at Hartford High School. Montano’s output complemented a 17-point night from Upper Valley leading scorer Harrison Morse as Woodstock (6-9) reversed a 43-39 deficit entering the final period of play.

Shea Bean had the big night for the Canes (2-14), scoring 19 points to put the home team in position for a victory. Nick Porter followed up with 10, and Alex Bushway contributed nine. Mount St. Joseph visits Hartford for a Marble Valley League contest on Tuesday.

Charlie Amato helped out the cause with eight points for Woodstock, which finished the night 10-for-12 at the free-throw line. The Wasps visit Fair Haven on Tuesday.

Sharon 45, Rivendell 31

ORFORD — The Phoenix outscored Rivendell, 25-9, in the fourth quarter to improve to 11-5.

Freshman Tyler Chapin scored a game-high 15 points for Sharon, which trailed by two points headed into the final stanza. Fisher Kelley added 14 points and Olly Skeet-Browning netted 12 in the victory. The Phoenix hosts Mid Vermont Christian on Monday.

Zach Gould led Rivendell with 10. The Raptors (4-11) travel to Leland & Gray on Monday.

Thetford 50, Lyndon 31

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. — Thetford sophomore Eli Dunnett led the way with 17 points, helping the Panthers improve to 12-4.

Owen Deffner netted 14 points in the victory, Thetford’s fourth in its last five games. Alex Emerson added nine points with a 3-pointer. The Panthers host U-32 for senior night on Wednesday.

Twinfield 53, WRV 51

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — The Wildcats (10-6) struggled on defense and at the free-throw line in a Central Vermont League loss.

“We did some uncharacteristic things that we haven’t done all year,” White River Valley coach Mike Gaudette said. “We’ll fix that. With these kids, they’re still learning with me. We’re still a work in progress.”

Dominic Craven posted a season-high 17 points for the Wildcats, keyed by five 3-pointers. Eddie Bray had 12 points and Troy Walker contributed 10 for WRV, which hosts BFA-Fairfax on Monday in a key VPA Division III test.

Pittsfield 63Mount Royal 37

PITTSFIELD, N.H. — The Knights were outscored, 14-0, in the second quarter and 19-8 in the third, falling to 9-12 overall and 8-10 in NHIAA Division IV in their regular-season finale.

Mount Royal sophomore Louis Larosillere led the way with 12 points in the loss. Mateo Hoffman added nine points and Philip Dahlberg contributed eight. The Knights now await their D-IV playoff assignment next week.

InterLakes 62Mascoma 56

WEST CANAAN — InterLakes’ Evan Swanson let loose in the second half, finishing the game with 30 points to drop Mascoma back to .500.

“Their star heated up,” Mascoma coach Jim Barry said. “We did a good job containing him in the first half. We just lost our containment.”

Mascoma (8-8, 9-9) led, 33-21, at halftime. Dakota Decocq led the Royals with 17 points, including two 3-pointers. Connor Thompson added nine points and two 3-pointers. The Royals host Newport on Tuesday for senior night.

John Stark 72
Stevens 22

WEARE, N.H. — The Cardinals dropped to 1-14 in NHIAA Division II play and will visit Kearsarge on Tuesday night.

Northfield 50, MVCS 31

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The host Marauders used a 21-point third quarter to break open a tight contest against the Eagles (4-12).

Mid Vermont Christian stayed within 18-13 at the half before Northfield found its groove in the third period. Cade Paquette and Daniel Roberts led the way with 10 points for MVCS, which goes to Sharon on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball Mascoma 56InterLakes 30

WEST CANAAN — Senior Bella Kondi produced a 15-point effort in her final home game to send the Royals (8-10, 8-12) to the NHIAA Division III tournament one year after being denied a spot on a tiebreaker.

“It feels great, especially by upsetting these guys,” Mascoma coach Walt Hammond said. “It could move us up in the standings by a couple or three spots. It’s good. It’s been a while since the program has been in the playoffs.”

The Royals outscored the Lakers (11-7) in every period, building a 30-18 halftime cushion. Lizz Pelton had 10 points, Nicole Williams netted eight, Michaela Dowd had seven and Brianna Withington contributed six — all from the free-throw line — for Mascoma, which will learn its D-III playoff foe on Monday and will open the postseason on Wednesday.

Stevens 63Timberlane 43

CLAREMONT — Jenna Pond and Sydney Miller both posted 20-point games as the Cardinals (5-12, 6-14) rolled over the Owls.

Pond came up huge in a 24-9 second quarter for Stevens, netting nine points as the Cards opened up a 33-15 advantage at the half. Miller had six points in the frame, then added seven more in the third quarter as Stevens pulled away.

Julia Tursky provided nine points to help out the Cards, who wrap up the season on Tuesday at Kearsarge.

Lebanon 61, Laconia 25

LEBANON — The Raiders put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in NHIAA Division II with a win over Laconia, which entered the contest with a 12-4 record.

“That was probably our best first half of basketball in a long time, maybe a couple of years,” Lebanon head coach Tim Kehoe said.

“We just did everything right tonight.”

Rebecca Wright led the way offensively with 25 points. Sally Rainey scored 15 of her 19 points in the first half, adding 18 rebounds. Anna Wolke finished the game with six points, six steals, eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Raiders (18-1 overall, 15-1 league) travel to Milford on Tuesday.

Arlington 37Woodstock 27

ARLINGTON, Vt. — Woodstock freshman Jane Lackley finished the game with a team-high 10 points as the Wasps fell to 6-11.

Arlington led, 10-6, at halftime after the Wasps failed to register a point in the first quarter. Emma Tarleton scored nine points on three 3-pointers for the Wasps.

Woodstock hosts Springfield on Tuesday.

Windsor 73Otter Valley 23

BRANDON, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (13-3) routed the Otters on Thursday to stay in the top three in the VPA Division III standings heading into the final week of the regular season. Windsor hosts Otter Valley on Saturday.

Boys Hockey KUA 5, Cushing 2

ASHBURNHAM, Mass. — Sullivan Mack scored twice and Zach Paputsakis made 34 saves as the Wildcats won the first half of its home-and-home series with Cushing Academy.

Paul Dore, Seth Stadheim and Carson Moe also scored for KUA. Christian Felton and Teddy Griffin each had two assists. The Wildcats (24-4-1) host Cushing on Saturday.

Nordic SkiingHanover sweeps teams;Lebanon girls prevail

GILFORD, N.H. — Meagan Smith and Noah Phipps gave Hanover an individual sweep of a four-kilometer freestyle race at the Gunstock Nordic Center, with the Lebanon girls going home as team winners.

Smith paced the girls' field in 15 minutes 13 seconds, but the Raiders' depth ultimately won the day. Ana Goodwin was secon in 15:27, Celia Barnett took fourth in 15:36, and three other Raiders (Bri DeBanico, Allison Carl, Ayala Weale) finished 7-8-9 for Lebanon. Katie Davis took 10th for the Marauders.

Phipps (12:32) and teammate Aidan Biglow (12:53) took the top two positions in the boys' race, leading Hanover to team honors. Taj Bagnato was fourth (13:44) and Peter Burnham took ninth (14:01) to secure the victory for the Marauders. Third-place Lebanon saw Cooper Bourne claim a share of ninth place (14:19) while teammate Nate Magari finished 12th.

Boys team scores: Hanover 389, Bow 375.5, Lebanon 353.5, Plymouth 339, Con-Val 322, Souhegan 320, Kingswood 250.

Girls team scores: Lebanon 383, Kingswood 376, Bow 358, Hanover 356, Plymouth 333, Con-Val 314, Souhegan 302.