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Local roundup: Rivendell boys hoop closes with win

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Staff Reports
Saturday, March 02, 2019

Staff Reports

BARRE, Vt. — The Rivendell Academy boys basketball team pulled out a narrow road win on Saturday night, topping Websterville by a final score of 47-45 at Spaulding High.

The Raptors outpaced the Warriors, 17-12, in the first quarter to take an early lead. Rivendell led, 26-19, at halftime and then held on in the second half after Websterville began chipping away for the entire second half to tighten the score.

“They sat in a zone, so the pace was a little slower than we would have liked,” Rivendell coach Ross Convertino said.

Convertino was proud to see his team continue to play smart, though with a different tempo of basketball than what it would typically prefer. The Raptors held off a last-minute attack by the Spartans and came out victorious on the night.

“Our guys showed resiliency. They did the little things along the way and played smart at the very end.” Convertino said. “Everybody who touched the floor contributed something, without a doubt.”

Luke Senn led Rivendell with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Zach Gould added 13 points. Porter Peloquin had a game-high 21 points for Websterville.

Rivendell lost its first seven games before turning things around, winning seven of the final 13 to finish 7-13 on the season. The Raptors will be on the road to open the VPA Division IV playoffs starting this week.

Sharon 59, Christ Covenant 40

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Freshman Tyler Chapin stepped up with a career-high 27 points to lead the Phoenix (13-7).

Sharon was playing shorthanded for most of the game after Olly Skeet-Browning had to leave in the first minute with an ankle injury. Fisher Kelley (12 points) battled foul trouble leaving coach Blake Fabrikant to turn to Chapin to carry the offensive load.

“I told him he had to step up, and he did,” Fabrikant said. “He was really making plays on the offensive end. I was happy to see him taking the ball to the hoop, not just settling for outside shots.”

Chapin made four 3-pointers on his way to 27 points. Taylor Leonard added nine points. The defending VPA Division IV state champion Phoenix will open the playoffs at home as the No. 5 seed this week.

Lamoille 72, Oxbow 45

BRADFORD, Vt. — Hunter Wells (19 points) made five of the Lancers’ 12 3-pointers to lead Lamoille over the Olympians.

Both teams shot well from behind the arc on the night as Oxbow finished with seven 3s of their own. Adam Maxwell led the charge for the Olympians, finishing with 15 points, including a trio of 3s. Bryce Ilsley added eight points. Matt Emerson and Seth Carson each had six points.

Oxbow (8-12) will likely be visiting Green Mountain to open the VPA Division III playoffs this week, according to coach Steven Carson.

Boys Hockey

KUA 5, Lawrence Academy 1

MERIDEN — The second-seeded Wildcats shut down the third-seeded Spartans to lock up a place in the NEPSAC open division tourney championship game.

The Wildcats took an early lead when Paul Dore tipped in a shot by Zach Taylor early in the first period. Seth Stadheim followed with goal assisted by both Dore and Taylor. Zach Whitehead scored the next two goals for KUA, the first assisted by Sullivan Mack and the second assisted by Devan Newhook and Thomas Mazura. Arlo Merritt closed the scoring with a breakaway goal in the third period.

KUA plays in the NEPSAC championship game at St. Anselm’s Sullivan Arena at 5 p.m. on Sunday against Salisbury.

Dover 3
Lebanon-Stv.-Mount Royal 2

DOVER, N.H. — The Raiders’ season came to a close with a close loss to the Green Wave in the NHIAA Division II playoffs.

Seventh-seeded Lebanon had a pair of one-goal leads, beginning with a goal by Aidan Yates in the first period. After Dover tied it up early in the second, Andrew Duany put the visitors back in front with a goal; Jon Cloud assisted. The No. 2 seed Green Wave answered later in the second period and scored the game-winner in the third.

“Our guys played fantastic. We battled really hard, I’m so proud of our guys,” Raiders coach Jim Damren said. “We’re a hard team to play against; we show up in big games. We really came together. I love this group of guys, this was a fun group to coach. They did everything we asked and battled all the time.”

Goalie Hunter Robb made 29 saves for the Raiders, who finish at 9-9-2 overall, 8-8-2 in NHIAA play.

Brattleboro 4, Hartford 1

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The No. 10-seed Hurricanes held a lead in the second period but fell at the No. 7 seed Colonels in the first round of the VPA Division II playoffs.

Senior Jake Derosier scored unassisted early in the second to give Hartford a 1-0 lead. Brattleboro scored two goals on a five-minute major later in the second and then added two more in the third period.

Goalie Ross McFate made 21 saves for the Canes. Hartford will graduate Derosier, Billy Mann, Nick Cameron, Sam Johnson and Jonas Spaulding.

Girls Hockey

Woodstock 7, Hartford 1

WOODSTOCK — Allie Cimis had two goals and three assists to lead the Wasps over the Hurricanes in the opening round of the VPA Division II playoffs.

Faye Stevens added a goal and three assists. Kendyl Boisvert had a goal and one assist. Sami Yates, Lizzy Peck and Sophia Yates also scored for Woodstock (6-12-3). Goalie Bridgit Black made three saves for the Wasps, who held a 33-4 lead in shots.

Brianna Roberts scored for the Canes (2-17-2). Jasmine Wilson and Isabel Stack each had assists.

Woodstock visits No. 1 seed Burr & Burton on Tuesday.

Bowling

Windsor in Final Four

BARRE, Vt. — The Windsor bowling team lost in the semifinals of the VPA team championship tournament.

The Yellowjackets were seeded third and beat Essex in the best-of-seven Baker bowl quarterfinals, winning the first two games by scores of 175-134 and 188-157. Essex answered with wins in the next two before Windsor closed out the match with wins of 200-161 and 181-179 in the final two games.

Windsor then lost to eventual state champion South Burlington in the semis, falling in seven games. The Rebels closed out the state championship in four straight games over Randolph in the finals.

Eighth-seeded Hartford won a play-in match over No. 9 seed Burlington, taking the first two and final two games sandwiched around a pair of one-point losses. White River Valley was the No. 10 seed and lost a play-in match in four straight games.