Local roundup: Last chance is the best chance at Hanover meet

  • Hanover's Colm Seigne.

  • Windsor's Adi Prior.

  • Woodstock's Sami Yates.

  • Rivendell's Zach Dexter.

Staff Reports
Friday, May 17, 2019

HANOVER — The Hanover High track team played to its strengths, getting double wins from a pair of girls as the Marauders hosted Lebanon and Bellows Falls at a last-chance meet on Friday on the Hanover oval.

In a tuneup for next weekend’s state meet, Hanover’s Christine Aman and Mary Hedrick both claimed two event victories. Aman won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 22.06 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:10.44, leading a Marauder sweep in both events. Hedrick claimed the shot put (28 feet, 1 inch) and the discus (85-1). Hanover also picked up wins from Abigail Feyrer (100 hurdles, 17.67), Macy Lawson (high jump, 4-6) and Anna Stafford (pole vault, 9-0).

The Marauders boys dominated the sprints. Kyle Doucette led a sweep of the 100 dash (11.64), Deveon Martin (23.99) and Moe Kado went 1-2 in the 200, and Colm Seigne (54.21) and Quincy McBride took the top two spots in the 400.

Collin Wainwright (shot put, 35-2.75) and Cole Ames (discus, 109-5.5) gave Lebanon’s boys two field-event victories. Sally Tretter took the girls 100 (13.80) and teammate Brianna DiBanico claimed the 400 (1:06.26).

Hanover and Lebanon head to the NHIAA Division II state meet at UNH on May 25.

BASEBALL Rivendell 14, Twinfield 1 (5)

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Luke Streeter needed just 66 pitches to throw an eight-strikeout one-hitter as the Raptors (6-3) rolled in a game originally scheduled for Orford but moved to Twinfield.

The Raptors put the contest away with a 10-run fifth inning, with Ty Newman’s two-run double serving as the key strike. Zach Dexter went 3-for-4 with two runs, Charlie Bradley (2-for-2, three runs) contributed a two-run double in the fifth, and Streeter and Ryan Woodbeck both had two hits for Rivendell.

The Raptors host Green Mountain on Saturday.

Thetford 14, U-32 8

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — Eamon Deffner earned the win with two innings of mid-game relief, getting plenty of support in the Panthers’ latest victory.

Aiden Cudhea led the TA charge with two riples and three runs on a 3-for-3 day. Ryan Pepe was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, Dylan Kuban went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Seth Boyce had two hits in two trips with a run. Deffner tamped down the Raiders’ offense to put Thetford in postion for the win.

The Panthers (7-3) head to Montpelier on Monday.

St. Thomas 15, Hanover 11

NORWICH — The Saints packed an eight-run rally into the top of the seventh inning — without the benefit of a base hit — and held on to top the Marauders (6-6).

St. Thomas trailed, 8-7, entering the seventh, taking charge thanks to seven walks and five Hanover errors in that frame alone. The Marauders had taken the lead in the home sixth when Jack Loftus tripled and scored on a Nolan Gantrish RBI single.

Gantrish had a 5-for-5 day at the plate, driving in five runs. Loftus finished with four hits, three runs and three RBIs, and Sam Gallimore went 2-for-4 with a run. Hanover plays its fifth game of the week — part of a seven-games-in-nine-days stretch — when it hosts ConVal on Saturday.

Leland & Gray 12Woodstock 2 (5)

WOODSTOCK — An error-filled fifth inning by the Woodstock defense allowed the visiting Rebels to score eight times and blow open a 4-2 contest at the time.

Despite the loss, junior pitcher Sam Mitchell threw well for the Wasps. Mitchell went 4⅓ innings and allowed just two earned runs against four hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Tom Bissaillon and Anthony Hendrick accounted for Woodstock’s runs batted in.

The Wasps host Poultney on Monday.

Stevens 11, Kennett 10

CONWAY, N.H. — The Cardinals (6-7) gave themselves a boost in their efforts to secure an NHIAA Division II playoff spot with a narrow road win over the Eagles (9-6).

Fourteen teams will make the state tournament; Friday’s win left Stevens tied with Pembroke for 13th place, a half-game ahead of 15th-ranked Souhegan. The Cards face another long day on Saturday with trips to Bow in the morning and Windsor in the afternoon.

SOFTBALL Fair Haven 12, Windsor 1

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (3-9) turned two double plays and “played some good heads-up ball,” coach Heather Stearns said, but couldn’t match the Slaters’ offensive output.

Fair Haven used a six-run sixth inning to pull away. Adi Prior had a big day for the Jacks with two singles, a triple and Windsor’s lone RBI. Peyton Richardson went the distance in the circle, fanning five, walking seven and allowing 11 hits.

Windsor hosts Thetford on Monday.

Leland & Gray 15Woodstock 12

WOODSTOCK — The Rebels outlasted the Wasps (5-8) in a seesaw affair.

Sami Yates led Woodstock with a triple, single and three RBIs. Cousin Mackenzie Yates added a two-run double for Woodstock.

“I thought the girls played well,” Woodstock coach Jane Hoisington said. “The other team hit a little better and caught a few more in the outfield; that was the difference.”

U-32 22, Thetford 15 (8)

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. — After rallying with a five-run seventh to force extra innings, the Panthers (2-5) lost their shortstop to injury and, without a substitute, had to finish with eight players.

“U-32 absolutely capitalized on the hole in the field,” Thetford coach Jesse Soulia said.

Lily Vaughan threw a complete game with seven strikeouts and just two walks for TA, which played as the home team. Becca Wells went 4-for-6 with three singles and a double, and Crystal Parshley contributed a single and double.

St. Thomas 27, Hanover 9 (6)

HANOVER — The Marauders (1-10) racked up 14 hits in a loss to St. Thomas.

Bella Bardales had four hits, two runs and two RBIs for Hanover, and she also gave the Marauders some relief innings in the circle because of a pitching shortage. Olivia Peterson, Bri Elder, Izzy Kachikis and Haily Stewart added two hits apiece for Hanover, which greets ConVal at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Groveton 7, Woodsville 6

GROVETON, N.H. — The host Purple Eagles snapped a 6-6 tied in the sixth to send the Engineers to 9-4.

Emily Prest had three hits, three runs and three stolen bases for Woodsville, while teammates Morgan Wagstaff, Emma Restelli and Sarah Britton added two hits apiece.

Kennett 15, Stevens 3

CONWAY, N.H. — Despite the defeat, the Cardinals (6-8) remain in contention for an NHIAA D-II tournament slot with three games left in the regular season. Stevens visits Bow on Saturday morning.

BOYS LACROSSE Pelham 25, Stevens 4

CLAREMONT — The Cards dropped to 0-10. They’re off until they pay Campbell a visit on Wednesday.

BOYS TENNIS Woodstock 4Mount Anthony 3

WOODSTOCK — Noah Anderson and Nixon Malik won third-set tiebreakers within minutes of each other to help the Wasps (8-2) rally past the Patriots (8-2) at the Woodstock Athletic Center.

Third singles player Blake Heston (6-1, 6-1) and first doubles tandem Henry Green and Danny Drebber (6-3, 6-3) staked Woodstock to a 2-0 lead only to see MAU rip off three straight points to set up the finale. Anderson, at fourth singles, rallied past Gabe Niles, 6-7, 6-2, 10-3, sending both teams over to Malik’s fifth singles match, which the Woodstock freshman claimed moments later, 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.

“Noah was so aggressive in that third-set tiebreak; he took control of points and was hitting winners,” Woodstock coach Dave Miles said. “Nixon also played aggressively in the tiebreaker. He’s just a freshman. It’s just his third singles match, but he’s won all three in three sets.”

The Wasps, who entered the day ranked sixth in VPA Division I, close their regular season on Monday, hosting Burr & Burton.

Hanover 7, Londonderry 2

HANOVER — The Marauders (12-1) swept their doubles matches in a win over Londonderry.

The duos of Aidan Biglow and Evan Yang (8-1), Alex Rockmore and Matt Bonner (8-4) and Alec McDevitt and Gary Li (8-2) won easily, while Biglow (8-4), Li (8-2), Trevor Siegel (8-1) and Chris Lee (8-2) prevailed in singles. The Marauders visit Manchester Memorial on Sunday.

Middlebury 7, Hartford 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Ethan Sneddon, the Hurricanes’ lone senior, provided one of the home team’s highlights during a senior day loss to the Tigers.

Sneddon dueled Middlebury’s Spencer Doran through the first set of their match before dropping a 7-6, 6-0 decision.

Junior Nick Jones also took his foe, Hunter Munteanu, to the limit at third singles, eventually falling 6-2, 5-7, 10-6.

GIRLS TENNIS Hanover 9, Londonderry 0

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — The Marauders (7-6) kept their NHIAA Division I playoff hopes alive by blanking the Lancers.

Eleanor van Aalst, Brooke Voelker, Carly Miles, Emma Watson, Lyric Wilson and Bella Malo claimed singles wins, with van Aalst, Voelker and Watson claiming 8-0 shutouts. Hanover wasn’t challenged in doubles, surrendering just one game out of 25 played.

The Marauders, who broke a five-match losing streak, are battling Concord, Dover, Merrimack and Alvirne for the eighth and final D-I tournament spot. They’ll close their regular season at Salem on Saturday morning.

Woodstock 8, BF 0Woodstock 7, BF 1

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Playing first-to-eight-games pro sets to get in a doubleheader, the Wasps (11-0) ran their three-year winning streak to 29 matches with a sweep of Bellows Falls.

Lydia Howe (8-2, 8-0), Katey McMaster (8-1, 8-1), Maggie Rice (8-3, 8-2) and Tierney Dugan (8-0, 8-1) dominated in singles action for Woodstock, winning two matches apiece. The Wasps wrap up the regular season with a trip to Burr & Burton on Tuesday.

Conant 7, Stevens 0

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Cardinals (1-12) wrapped up their first season with coach Gary Cullison with a loss to Conant (12-2), the fourth-ranked team in NHIAA Division III entering the day.

Quinn McCaffrey had the strongest match for Stevens, dropping an 8-3 decision to Victoria Bennett at fourth-singles. Four of the Cards’ six regular starters missed the contest. The match took place at Kearsarge Regional High School because of slippery conditions on the Cardinals’ home courts at Monadnock Park.

College Track Eight headed to regionals

HANOVER — Eight members of the Dartmouth College track and field team — four men and four women — are heading to Florida for the NCAA East Regionals.

Tim Zepf (800-meter run), Max Frye (400 hurdles), Cole Andrus (javelin) and Ben Ose (pole vault) will represent the men. The women are sending Cha’Mia Rothwell (100 hurdles), Julia Stevenson (5,000 meters), Lauren Sapone (steeplechase) and Maria Garman (high jump).

The University of North Florida is hosting the meet at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville. The meet begins on Thursday.