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Local roundup: Lakers advance in D-IV boys hoop tourney, barely

  • Yates

  • Stone

  • Belisle

Staff Reports
Published: 2/25/2019 9:58:51 PM
Modified: 2/25/2019 10:13:06 PM

Staff Reports

SUNAPEE — If there isn’t a good nail parlor in Sunapee, now might be the time to establish one.

A lot of folks in town may need their cuticles repaired after Monday night.

The fifth-seeded Lakers built what appearned to be a comfortable three-quarter lead in Monday night’s NHIAA Division IV boys basketball tournament opener with No. 12 Derryfield, ultimately holding on for a tight 43-41 win over the upset-minded Cougars at Shelburne Gym. Brady Grzanna had 14 points, Jordan Chappell netted 13 and Zach Belisle added nine — on a trio of 3-pointers — but Sunapee (14-5, 15-6) still had to hold on for dear life to ensure advancement.

Chappell, who entered the night as Sunapee’s leading scorer at 13.2 points per game, started off hot with nine points in the opening quarter as the hosts took a 12-11 lead. Belisle hit the first of his 3-pointers in the second period, but the Cougars stayed within reach at 24-22 by halftime.

The Lakers’ defense held the visitors to just five points in the third stanza to open up a 36-26 advantage. Grzanna sank both of his triples on the evening, leaving Sunapee in good position to get the victory.

Derryfield (8-11), which lost twice to the Lakers in the regular season, including a 47-45 squeaker at Shelburne on Jan. 23, didn’t quit. Max Byron finished with 12 points and Isaac Plotsker added 11 for the Cougars.

Sunapee visits No. 4 Woodsville in Thursday’s semifinals at Woodsville High School. The two squads didn’t meet in the regular season.

Lebanon 65
Hollis Brookline 44

HOLLIS, N.H. — The Raiders (11-6, 13-7) won their final regular-season road game behind big nights from Jack Stone and Caleb Smith.

Stone paced Lebanon with a season-high 16 points, and Smith set a personal standard as well with 15 points backed by three 3-pointers. Stone scored seven of his points in the Raiders' 21-9 second period which helped the visitors build a 36-20 lead by halftime.

Wade Rainey finished with 10 points and Tommy Berthasavage netted seven for Lebanon, which wraps up the regular season with a visit from archrival Hanover on Thursday night at Lang Metcalf Gym.

Girls Hockey

Woodstock 5, U-32 2

WOODSTOCK — The Wasps (5-12-3) picked up a morale-boosting win in advance of the VPA Division II tournament, riding a three-goal second period to beat the Raiders at Union Arena.

Samantha Yates scored early in the middle stanza to erase a 2-1 deficit. Aly Cimis then struck twice in the span of about a minute late in the period to put Woodstock ahead to stay. Liz Currier and Elizabeth Peck also scored for the Wasps, with Faye Stevens posting two assists and Yates adding one to her goal. Netminder Bridgit Black made 27 saves.

The victory broke a five-game winless streak for Woodstock, which learns its tournament assignment on Thursday.

Boys Hockey

Missisquoi 3
Woodstock 1

HIGHGATE, Vt. — Joel Gagne's power-play goal assisted by netminder P.J. Bouchard broke a 1-1 tie and sent the Thunderbirds (15-2-1) to a win over the Wasps (13-2-3) and first place in VPA Division II with just three days left in the regular season.

Field Willis got Woodstock on the board on a pass from Owen Coates. Ryan Laroche tied the game for MVU before Gagne's go-ahead strike. Hunter Mason hit the empty net for the final goal, which Bouchard backed up with 19 saves.

Henry Greene stopped 14 shots for Woodstock

The defending D-II state champion Wasps will draw either the second or third seed in the tournament field, which will be announced on Thursday.


Dartmouth’s Sarcone lands award

HANOVER — Dartmouth freshman Trystan Sarcone landed the Ivy League’s first rookie of the week award of the season on Monday, marking the 14th straight year the Big Green has had at least one such honoree.

The left-handed pitcher from Greenwich, Conn., came into the sixth inning of an eventual 12-3 loss to Texas-San Antonio on Saturday and silenced the Roadrunners’ bats over three innings.

UTSA managed just three hits and two walks, striking out twice against Sarcone.

Dartmouth (1-3) is in Cary, N.C., later this week for the USA Baseball tournament, opening against Tulane on Friday afternoon.


Colby-Sawyer’s Sugars makes all-GNAC team

NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer College junior Tianna Sugars made the all-Great Northeast Athletic Conference third team on Monday for her play during the Chargers’ recently concluded season.

Sugars, who made the all-North Atlantic Conference team last year, led Colby-Sawyer in scoring (16.3 points per game) and rebounding (10.8 per game). She was also a double-double machine, amassing 14 in 24 contests.

Sophomore MacKenzie Lovell also received recognition, making the league’s all-sportsmanship team.


Dartmouth at Wexford Invite

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — The Big Green, playing its first competitive rounds of 2019, is in 17th place out of 19 schools through the first day of the Wexford Plantation Invitational.

Jason Liu had the best day for Dartmouth on Monday, shooting 79-76—155 to sit in 52nd place out of 95 golfers taking to Wexford’s par-72, 6,913-yard layout. John Lazor opened with an 83 and was within one hole of completing his second round when darkness intervened.

He and three other golfers will finish their final holes on Tuesday morning before the third and final round. Temple holds a one-shot lead on Furman in the team competition.

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