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Local roundup: Royals pin a win over Tigers

  • Kimball Union Academy's Donte Pierre (7) tries to find a way to the net as Deerfield goaltender Justin Prete (1) watches and defender Brian Grant (19) pursues during the NEPSAC boys hockey game at Akerstrom Arena in Meriden, N.H., on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Visiting Deerfield skated away with a 3-1 win. (Valley News — Greg Fennell) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Mascoma High's Owen McKinney, right, tangles with Newport's Hayden Patenaude during their 195-pound wresting bout Wednesday at Mascoma. McKinney, a sophomore, pinned his opponent and the Royals won the dual meet, 24-22. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to » Buy this Image »

  • Newport High's Ritondo gets a grip on the head of Mascoma's Alana Cilbirth during the NHIAA Division III teams' dual meet at Mascoma. Ritondo pinned Cilbirth at 113 pounds but the Tigers fell, 24-22. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to » Buy this Image »

  • Newport High's Eric Wilkinson, left, and Mascoma's Cam Stebbins lock grips on each other's arms Wednesday during their NHIAA Division III teams' match at Mascoma. Stebbins won by pin and the Royals won the dual match, 24-22. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to » Buy this Image »

  • Newport High's Josh Sharron, top, grapples with Mascoma's Roman Farnsworth during the NHIAA Division III teams' Wednesday matchup at Mascoma. Sharron won by pin but the Tigers lost, 24-22. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to » Buy this Image »

  • Stevens High's Colby Shepard is lifted off the mat by Mascoma's Roman Farnsworth during an exhibition match Wednesday at Mascoma. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to » Buy this Image »

Staff Reports
Published: 1/22/2020 10:07:41 PM
Modified: 1/22/2020 10:09:41 PM

WEST CANAAN — The Mascoma High wrestling team defeated NHIAA Division III foe Newport on Wednesday, 24-22, with the significant help of two forfeits by the visiting Tigers. Newport couldn’t field competitors at 220 or 285 pounds, providing the Royals with the margin of victory.

“It’s always bittersweet to win by forfeit, but that’s going to happen with programs that have low numbers,” said Mascoma High coach Rick Simula, whose team improved to 6-4 overall and 4-1 in division action. “It works both ways, and there are times when we’re in their situation.”

Newport’s Anson Ritondo started the evening off with a hard-fought pin of Alana Cilbrith. Their 113-pound clash was delayed several minutes when Cilbrith’s nose began bleeding, and she later exited the gym with her nostrils stuffed with cotton.

Mascoma’s Cam Stebbins pinned state-ranked opponent Eric Wilkinson at 126 pounds, but Tiger Josh Sharron pinned Roman Farnsworth at 145 pounds to put the visitors up, 12-6.

Newport’s Mike Wilkinson won a decision over Asa Michetti at 152 pounds for a 16-6 lead, and that edge increased to 22-6 after the Royals forfeited at 160 pounds.

The hosts answered, however, when Owen McKinney pinned Hayden Patenaude at 195 pounds. The Tigers forfeited at 220 pounds and 285 pounds, giving Mascoma the victory.

The Royals competed without co-captains Dylan Pelton and Bryan Lowell, both of whom are injured. Stevens’ lone wrestler, freshman Colby Shepard, competed in one of two exhibition matches staged after the varsity contest.

— Tris Wykes


Deerfield 3, KUA 1

MERIDEN — The Wildcats (14-5-1) paid for a slow start, unable to catch Deerfield (5-5-3) after surrendering two early goals at Akerstrom Arena.

The Green’s Connor Guest beat Kimball Union goaltender Veeti Kohvakka at the 1:52 mark to open the scoring, and Drew Garzone doubled the lead unassisted just 40 seconds later, capitalizing when a KUA defender fell while retreating in his own zone.

Junior Luca Fantilli drew the Wildcats back to within a goal at 5:35, seconds after Kimball Union killed a minor penalty. Fantilli and center Tomas Mazura cruised into the Deerfield end on a two-on-two, with Mazura flipping a pass for Fantilli to convert from the left dot.

KUA spent the rest of the contest unsuccessfully working around a Deerfield defense that kept the Wildcats’ shots to the perimeter. Deerfield goalie Justin Prete saw few high-quality chances from Kimball Union, and the visitors’ Ben Zimmerman ended the drama by hitting the empty net with 1:10 to play.

KUA, which saw a six-game winning streak end, heads to Brewster Academy on Friday night, then returns home for a nonleague affair with Quebec’s Stanstead College on Saturday.

Harwood 3, Hartford 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes overcame a two-goal deficit, but league-leading Harwood scored the game-winner with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining.

The visitors jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but Hartford (7-4-1) started its comeback with 2:13 to play in the stanza when Ozzie DeFelice scored on a pass from Jackson Balch.

The Canes tied it with 4:31 to play in regulation when DeFelice tallied another goal, this time thanks to Connor Tierney and Blaine Gour.

Colby Boyce made 25 stops in net for Hartford, which visits Burlington on Saturday.

GIRLS HOCKEY Vermont Academy 4, KUA 1

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. — The Wildcats (7-5-0) fell for the third time in four games and will travel to Concord on Friday to take on St. Paul’s.


Oxbow 49, Williamstown 31

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — The Olympians kept up the drumbeat by blanking the Blue Devils in the first quarter en route to their seventh straight victory.

Oxbow (7-1) held a 6-0 lead after one period, opening it up to 20-9 by halftime and 32-13 by the third-intermission horn. The O’s defense held Williamstown to just seven field goals on the night.

Tiffany Longmoore led a varied Oxbow attack with 13 points, followed by seven from Emma Parkin and six apiece from Alexa Kosakowski and Melanie Neil.

Oxbow entertains Thetford on Friday in a battle of teams near the top of the VPA Division III standings.

Thetford 71, Montpelier 20

THETFORD — On their cancer awareness night, the Panthers (9-1) received contributions up and down the roster in a tuneup for Friday’s showdown with Oxbow.

The Thetford offense shot 32-of-77 (41.5%) and picked up points from 10 different players. Kelsey Smith had a game-high 14 points for TA, with Becca Wells netting 13 and Casey MacVeagh accumulating 10. Grace Davis and Emma Colby both had seven-point efforts for Thetford.

The Panthers make the short trip to Oxbow on Friday night.

Tilton 68, KUA 37

TILTON, N.H. — The Wildcats (4-7) dropped their fourth game in a row and will head to Holderness on Wednesday.


PROCTOR, Vt. — The Phantoms stepped on the gas at halftime, outscoring White River Valley by a 42-26 count to pull away.

Carder Stratton had 16 points and Tyler Slack added a career-high nine for the Wildcats, whose last two games — including a three-point loss at Rivendell over the weekend — have come against two of the top teams in VPA Division IV.

“We’re playing tough teams, but that’s OK with us,” WRV coach Mike Gaudette said. “It gets us ready for the tournament. It makes us better basketball players.”

White River Valley hosts Woodstock on Saturday.

KUA 99, Tilton 81

TILTON, N.H. — The Wildcats (11-3) produced a convincing victory in a NEPSAC Class AA contest.

Kimball Union held a seven-point lead at halftime, then scored the first three hoops of the second half. to get its advantage to double digits. The Rams cut the gap to eight points with seven minutes remaining only to have the visitors slam the door.

Six Wildcats scored, all in double figures, led by Rob McRae’s 21-point effort. Matt Price had 19 points, Rob Brown added 18, Quin Guth had 15, and Andrew Hartel and Dayion Thompson both scored 13.

Vermont Academy pays Kimball Union a visit on Saturday.


Scores that missed Wednesday’s paper due to deadline. Find updates online at

BOYS BASKETBALL Newport 48, Stevens 38

CLAREMONT — Will Cross scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the second quarter to help the Tigers (1-6, 2-8) win their first NHIAA game of the season and break an overall six-game losing streak.

Cross’s output helped Newport establish a 27-18 halftime lead, and the Tigers kept Stevens (0-6 league and overall) from mounting a comeback by holding the Cardinals to just five third-quarter points.

Sean Moody contributed 10 points and David Hutchinson added nine for Newport, matching his season high. Tyler Bonneau had 10 points and Clay Wadsworth netted nine for the Cardinals.

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