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Local roundup: Woodstock tandem wins state girls doubles tennis title


Staff Reports
Saturday, May 25, 2019

BURLINGTON — The Woodstock girls tennis duo of Kenzie Biele and Chloe Noble partnered to win the first individual state doubles championship in program history on Saturday at the Burlington Racquet Club.

Biele and Noble secured the title in comeback fashion, 2-6, 6-2, 13-11, over Stowe’s Abby Rice and Sage Lively. The Woodstock pair had to erase a 9-4 deficit in the third-set tiebreak to make their bit of history.

“Kenzie is relentless, and Chloe played the best she’s played in her career,” Woodstock coach Tom Hopewell said. “They came on strong.”

Hartford freshman star Phelan O’Keefe made a run all the way to the finals in singles before falling to CVU’s Sophie Dauerman, 6-7 (4-7), 3-6, to settle for second place. O’Keefe won a pair of marathon matches on Friday, 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 10-7 in the round of 16 and 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 10-7 in the quarterfinals later in the day. O’Keefe started the day on Saturday with a semifinal win over Skyler Graves of Stowe, 6-3, 6-4.

“It was a great run over two long days,” Hartford coach Iris Berezin said. “This is the first time a Hartford player went that deep into the tournament. I’m very proud of her.”

Woodstock’s Momo Biele lost a three-set thriller in the semifinals to Dauerman, 3-6, 6-4, 5-10.

Track & Field Two runners-up for Lowe

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. — Hartford sprinter Abayomi Lowe finished second in a pair of events in the New England qualifying meet.

Lowe set a school record in the 200-meter dash, finishing second in 22.30 seconds. Lowe added a second-place finish in the 400 meters (50.68). Teammate Luke Patriquin was fifth in the boys javelin (145 feet, 5 inches), beating his PR by 16 feet.

Kennedy Mullen had two second-place finishes of her own for the Hartford girls, in the 400 1:01.21) and the 800 (2:24.47). Mullen added a fifth-place showing in triple jump.

Maliya Sinclair won the discus for the Hartford girls with a personal-record toss of 116-8. Sinclair chipped in a fifth-place finish in the shot put.

Woodstock’s Faye Stevens cracked the top six of her events, finishing second in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the pole vault. Teammate Victoria Bassette was eighth in the 800 meters.

Jarret Rock had a trio of top-four finishes for the Oxbow boys, including third in the 200 dash (22.89). Rock was fourth in both the long jump and triple jump. Teammate Calvin Cook was fifth in the shot put. Kelly Daigle was second in the shot put and fourth in the discus for the Oxbow girls.

Riley Burkins led the Thetford boys, finishing fifth in high jump. Knute Linehan (triple jump) and Owen Deffner (3,000 meters) each had a sixth-place finish.

Eli Milligan was fourth in discus for the Windsor boys. Milligan added a sixth in shot put.

Top-six results secured spots in next month’s New England meet at Maine’s Thornton Academy.

Baseball WRV 7, Rivendell 6

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats capped a 15-0 regular season with a walkoff win in the bottom of the seventh inning against the visiting Raptors.

Jacob Barry’s bases-loaded RBI single provided the winning run for WRV. Rivendell scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score at 6-6 before the Wildcats answered in the bottom of the frame.

Ryan Woodbeck was 2-for-3 with a RBI for the Raptors (8-6). Leadoff batter Zach Gould had two hits and scored twice. Ty Newman had a two-run single. Dylan Ricker had a RBI triple and Charlie Bradley had a RBI single.

Hartford 27, Mill River 2 (5)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Nick Cameron and Riley Packard both had three-hit days as the Hurricanes (5-10) routed the Minutemen to close their regular season. The Canes had 16 hits as a team.

The win came 24 hours after a 5-1 loss at Rutland in which freshman Johnny Kaston impressed in his varsity debut. Kaston threw four innings, allowed five hits and got a 1-2-3 final frame.

Sharon 16, Twinfield 5 (6)

PLAINFIELD, Vt. — Jamie Potter’s 4-for-4 afternoon helped the Phoenix (2-7) cap its regular season with a solid victory.

Josh King and Ronald Johnson both had two-hit days for Sharon, Johnson added a walk and joined Jacob Gilman in scoring a team-high three runs. Taylor Leonard, Parker Bogardus and Gilman split the pitching, tossing three innings each.

Softball Hartford 8, Mill River 7

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Sam Gibbs fanned eight in a complete-game effort, taking advantage of several key defensive plays as the Hurricanes (4-12) closed their regular season with a win.

Bianca Severance led the offense with three hits, and Bailey Cameron contributed two. Kelsie Thibodeau and Hailie Buffum had big plays on defense.

WRV 16, Thetford 0

THETFORD — Chelsie Trask tossed a complete-game one-hitter as the Wildcats (13-2) beat the Panthers (3-10).

Paige Ballantine (3-for-4), Blake Southworth (2-for-3) and Hannah White (4-for-4) all included doubles in big days at the plate. Trask fanned seven and allowed her only hit to TA’s Becca Wells.

Boys Lacrosse Hartford 5, Otter Valley 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes outlasted a 24-save performance by Otter Valley goalie Aleg Stevens to lock up the No. 2 seed in the VPA Division II playoffs.

Dawson Nalette had two goals to pace the Canes (11-4). Jake Derosier and Reece Thompson each had a goal and an assist. Carter Nalette also scored. Hunter Hutchinson, Andy Knight and Jonas Spaulding had assist each. Goalie Tarin Prior made 12 saves to get the win.

Woodstock 12Burr & Burton 11 (OT)

WOODSTOCK — Senior Lucas Piconi had five goals and freshman Keaton Piconi scored the overtime game-winner to help the Wasps close the regular season at 11-4.

Keaton Piconi finished with four goals and three assists. Andrew Gubbins added three goals and two assists. Ora Astbury also had two assists. Cory White, Caden White, Jed Astbury and Charles Green had one assist each. Goalie Gabe Marsicovetere made 15 saves for Woodstock.

The Wasps trailed, 7-4, at halftime before scoring six goals in the third period to knot the score at 10-10.

Girls Lacrosse Hartford 12, Woodstock 9

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes held off a Woodstock charge in the second half to close the regular season with a win.

Zoey Pfeiffer had a game-high five goals for Hartford (10-5). The Canes led, 7-2, at halftime before holding on as Woodstock scored seven goals after the break.

Alice Dwyer had three goals and an assist for the Canes. Carolyn North had a goal and an assist. Greer McCarty, Emily Ricker and Makenna Druge each had a goal. Caroline Hamilton had one assist. Goalie Emi Harlow made 10 saves.

Gina Sorrentino had four goals to lead the Wasps (2-13). Sidney Pilot added a goal and an assist. Izzy Jones, Audrey Eggum, Addie Gray and Sophie Yates had one goal each. Goalie Kai Albers stopped 16 shots.

CREW Hanover wins at New Englands

WORCESTER, Mass. — The Marauders’ top boats both rowed to petite finals wins at the New England Interscholastic Championships.

The boys beat back a last-second sprint from St. John’s Prep to win its race. The girls were third in their heat but roared back for a win in their petite final, beating Shrewsbury by two boat lengths and avenging an earlier loss to Hingham by 15 seconds. The girls second boat passed Andover to take fourth in their grand final.

The Marauders finished the day as the top public school team in three of the meet’s five finals.

COLLEGE TRACKBig Green ends outdoor season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Dartmouth women’s season came to an end Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Regional.

Junior Cha’Mia Rothwell finished her season with a 13.53 in the quarterfinals of the 100-meter hurdles. Her time was good for 22nd in the region, but did not punch her ticket to the NCAA national meet in two weeks.

Teammate Julia Stevenson ran a 17:06.25 to take 35th in the 5,000 meters. The junior also was unable to advance to the NCAA Championship.