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Local roundup: BFA-Fairfax too much for Olympians

  • Chad Wescott, Oxbow High's first-year football coach, commiserates with Jace Page during the final minutes of Saturday's 44-7 loss to visiting BFA-Fairfax. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Oxbow High's John Moore flips into the air after being hit Saturday by BFA-Fairfax defender Cameron Meunier (2). The visiting Bullets won the Vermont Division III contest, 44-7. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Oxbow High quarterback Cooper Simmons attempts to stiff-arm BFA-Fairfax's Owen Hutchins (88) before being sacked and fumbling Saturday. The visiting Bullets won the Vermont Division III game, 44-7. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Oxbow High receiver Hunter Locke goes up for a pass in the end zone Saturday with BFA-Fairfax's Noah Brock. The toss fell incomplete and the host Olympians lost the Vermont Division III game, 44-7. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • BFA-Fairfax runner Caden Getty (26) is surrounded Saturday by Oxbow defenders Dylan Shaw (56), John Moore (80), Memphis Cahill (62) and Kevin Ricker (4). The Olympians' Cooper Smith (27) is underneath the growing scrum. The visiting Bullets won the Vermont Division III game, 44-7. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Published: 9/21/2019 10:40:50 PM
Modified: 9/21/2019 10:40:48 PM

BRADFORD, Vt. — It was obvious from the first moments of Saturday’s Vermont Division III game that the Oxbow High football team was going to struggle up front against BFA-Fairfax.

The visiting Bullets exploited advantages in size, strength and experience throughout the contest, prevailing, 44-7, and causing the fourth quarter to be played in running time.

BFA-Fairfax “is probably the best team in the division,” said first-year Oxbow coach Chad Wescott, whose team trailed, 30-0, at halftime. “They definitely pushed us around today.”

BFA-Fairfax senior running back Noah Brock ran for touchdowns of 50 and 25 yards to give the visitors a 14-0 lead a minute into the second quarter. Caden Getty added a 28-yard scoring gallop and the Bullets led, 22-0, five minutes before intermission.

“Are you sick of getting punched in the mouth?” Wescott shouted to his team after that score. “How about we hit back? We can’t make plays going backwards.”

The Bullets (4-0) scored again a minute before halftime, Cameron Meunier throwing 10 yards to Shaun Gibson and Getty running for the conversion.

“Their line has been playing together for three or four years and we have a lot of sophomores on ours,” Wescott said.

“We were off with both the run and the pass and we couldn’t get any rhythm. We had almost 200 yards rushing last week (in routing Woodstock) but today, every time we got something going, we’d drop passes or commit penalties. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like that.”

Getty ran for a 16-yard touchdown and Gibson rambled 63 yards for another to end the Bullets’ scoring. Oxbow (2-2) avoided a shutout when Cooper Simmons threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Locke and Jace Page added the extra point with nine minutes remaining.

The Olympians are at Otter Valley next weekend, a game Wescott described as “definitely winnable” for his young team. BFA-Fairfax visits Springfield in a battle of unbeatens.

Campbell 36, Newport 0

LITCHFIELD, N.H. — Marius Edwards led the visitors’ defense with an interception, but the Tigers struggled to executive in the red zone on offense and trailed, 20-0, at halftime. Newport (1-2) next hosts Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton.

Poultney 35, Windsor 6

POULTNEY, Vt. — Conner Hart threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Place for the Yellowjackets’ lone score.

Caden Lockwood and Caleb Meagher played a strong game on defense for Windsor (0-4), which trailed 21-0 at the half. The Yellowjackets’ next game is a visit from Mill River on Saturday.

BOYS SOCCERNewport 6, Franklin 1

FRANKLIN, N.H. — Cooper Skarin scored four goals, two in the first half and two in the second, and the Tigers picked up their first victory.

Hayden Palmer scored for Newport (1-5-1) to tie the game at 1-1. That’s when Skarin, a senior forward, took over and scored twice to put the Tigers up 3-1 at the half.

Mason Martell added a goal in the second half and Garrett Harold made four stops for the Tigers, who travel to Sunapee on Tuesday.

White River Valley 3West Rutland 2

SOUTH ROYALTON — Paul Metzer scored two goals to lead White River Valley (1-4) to its first victory.

West Rutland took a 2-1 lead early in the second half. WRV’s Jacob Barry had a goal, and teammates Carder Stratton and Dominic Craven each contributed an assist. Goalie Timber Russell had three saves for the Wildcats, who host Leland & Gray on Tuesday.

North Country 2, Thetford 1

THETFORD — Thetford’s scoring came on a North Country own goal.

Panthers midfielder Liam Curtis’ throw-in was kicked back into North Country’s goal in in the second half. Ryan Malloy made nine saves for Thetford (2-5-0), which visits Peoples Academy on Tuesday.

Hanover 5, Portsmouth 2

HANOVER — Hanover’s Blake Palmer and Amane Matsuoka scored in the first two minutes and the hosts improved to 5-1.

With a 2-0 lead coming out of the half, the Marauders offensive attack picked right back up when sophomore Eric Ringer scored less than a minute into play.

Charlie Adams scored his ninth goal of the year, which brings his all-time goal count to 50, tying him for the program record. He also added an assist.

Late in the second half Patrick Osborn scored his first career goal to extend Hanover’s lead to 5-0. The Marauders travel to Manchester Central on Tuesday.

Rivendell 4Stratton Mountain 1

ORFORD — Senior captain Zach Gould scored twice to lead Rivendell to its sixth consecutive victory.

Derek Vogelien scored first for the Raptors on a pass from Sean Maddock. A.J. Debois scored nine minutes later with an assist from Ander Alba Erazo.

Kyle Carter and Dylan Ricker assisted on Gould’s goals. Rivendell (6-1) plays Tuesday at home against Bellows Falls.

FIELD HOCKEYWindsor 11, Fair Haven 0

WINDSOR — Eight players scored for Windsor (4-0-1).

Hannah Wood, Angelina Bigwood and Chloe Husser each scored two goals for the Yellowjackets, who have scored 34 goals in six games. Peyton Richardson, Karen Kapuscinski, Alyssa Slocum, Ashley Grela and Sadi Balch also added goals.

Kapuscinksi contributed two assists, and Wood and Megan Holling each had one.

Windsor goalie Lindsey Young recorded the shutout with no shots on net. Through six games, the Yellowjackets have allowed just seven goals. They travel Wednesday to Otter Valley.

Hanover 3, Merrimack Valley 1

CONCORD — Down 1-0 after 18 minutes off play, the Marauders scored three times to improve to 6-0.

Miranda Galbraith tied the game at 1-1 on a cross from Anna Stafford. Hanover took the lead with six minutes remaining in the half when Kate Blaisdell found an open Hillary Mackall.

The Marauders added to their lead when Macy Curtis’ shot was tipped in by Katie Naughton. Goalie Ella Edmonds made seven saves for Hanover, which hits the road Tuesday to Hollis Brookline.

GIRLS SOCCERWindsor 3, Rivendell 0

ORFORD — Holly Putnam scored in the 14th minute on a pass from Elliot Rupp to put Windsor (4-1-1) up early.

In the 20th minute of the second half, Evelyn Page scored off a rebound to put the Yellowjackets up 2-0. Two minutes later off of a corner kick, Adi Prior passed to Kate Murphy for Windsor’s third goal. Prior started the game in net and made five saves. In the second half, Natalie Nichols stopped four shots to finish off the combined shutout.

Windsor hosts Stevens on Tuesday. Rivendell (3-3) visits Bellows Falls.

CROSS COUNTRYHanover boys placeat Manchester Invitational

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Hanover boys cross country team placed second out of 43 teams in the small-school race at the Manchester Invitiational.

The Marauders were led by Trevor Siegel’s time of 17:52, good for 27th out of 295 runners. Teammates Ian Nolon (18:15), Daniel Frost (18:18), Matthew Bonner (18:20) and Mack Levy (18:29) rounded out the scorers for Hanover.

On the girls side, the Marauders finished eighth out of 37 teams in the small-school race. Christine Aman clocked in a time of 21:05, and finished in 18th place for Hanover. She was followed by teammates Caroline Loescher (21:59), Charlotte Tagupa (22:31), Lauren Eiler (22:44) and Catherine Bregou (23:30).

Hanover’s next race is the Coe-Brown Black Bear Invitational.

WOMEN’S RUGBYHarvard 50, Dartmouth 34

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sophomore Ariana Ramsey led the Big Green (1-1) with her three tries for a total of 15 points. Junior Idia Ihensekhien followed with two.

“We learned a couple of tough lessons that we absolutely need to learn today,” head coach Katie Dowty said in a Dartmouth release. “It’s a competitive league and we have to be able to ride the highs and lows of a game without being too affected by either.”

With fewer than eight minutes remaining, Ramsey and Ihensekhien got on the board again, while sophomore Ale Ada scored her first try of the game. Still, it wasn’t enough.

The Big Green’s home opener is Oct. 5 against Army.

VOLLEYBALLDartmouth 3, Holy Cross 0

STORRS, Conn. — Dartmouth closed out the Dog Pound Challenge with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-22, 25-10) of Holy Cross.

Freshman Makenzie Arent recorded her second consecutive double-double with 20 assists and 12 digs. She also recorded a team-high four aces. Junior Elise Petit contributed nine kills and 14 digs for the Big Green.

Arent and classmate Grace Wiczek were both named to the all-tournament team.

Dartmouth (4-5) begins a five-game Ivy road trip, starting with Harvard on Saturday.

WOMEN’S TENNISDartmouth picks upfive match wins

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Big Green won five matches against Rhode Island at the Harvard Tournament.

Junior Racquel Lyn and freshman Chidimma Okpara teamed up to win their doubles match 6-3, while freshmen Jennifer Gadalov and Ashley Hess had a 6-1 win.

Okpara picked up a 6-4 singles win, and Gadalov won 6-3. Dartmouth will play one match Sunday against Boston College.

MEN’S GOLFLiu leads Dartmouth

HANOVER — The Big Green finished the opening round of the Dartmouth Invitational at Hanover Country Club in a tie for third with a 1-under par with a 283.

Junior Jason Liu carded a 2-under 69.

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