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Local Roundup: Woodstock boys basketball ends 13-loss slide

  • Aaron Wilson

  • Alice Sperber

  • Manny Pacheco

  • Sabin Mitchell

Staff Reports
Published: 1/30/2020 10:06:15 PM
Modified: 1/30/2020 10:06:07 PM

Staff Reports

WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock High boys basketball team can celebrate for a night.

The Wasps pulled away from visiting Otter Valley on Thursday night at Dailey Gym to pick up a 63-48 victory, their first since early December to end a 13-game losing streak. Using a 23-point second quarter, Woodstock (2-13) led at the half, 34-19, and used its strong defense for easy baskets in the second half.

Leading the effort was Manny Pacheco with 17 points and Harrison Morse with 16 points. Cooper Dorsogna also had 16 points. The Wasps host Windsor on Tuesday night.

MVCS 49, Craftsbury 38

QUECHEE — Attacking the gaps and Craftsbury’s zone defense, the Eagles soared back to their winning ways.

MVCS (4-6) was led by Hunter Cooper’s 14 points and Cade Paquette added 12 points. Joel Roberts had nine points.

The Eagles visit Christ Covenant on Saturday.

Hanover 75, Merr. Valley 47

HANOVER — The Marauders led by just nine points at the half but used a 28-11 third quarter to pull away from the visitors and remain a perfect 11-0 overall and 9-0 in NHIAA Division II play.

Nolan Gantrish led Hanover with 24 points, and Jai White added 15 points. Hank Pikus and Charlie Adams each had eight points.

The Marauders got to the free-throw line often in the third quarter, shooting 8-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Hanover hosts Milford on Monday night.

Montpelier 65, Thetford 53

THETFORD — The Panthers (7-7) dropped their fourth game in a row in advance of Tuesday’s home game against Williamstown.

Harwood 50, Oxbow 34

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (3-11) stayed close with the Highlanders but proved unable to keep up with them, losing their fifth straight game.

Bryce Ilsley had a game-high 17 points for the O’s, who visit Lamoille on Tuesday.


WRV 51, Rivendell 32

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Howe sisters led a first-quarter White River Valley explosion, combining to score 12 of the Wildcats’ 21 opening-period points in a win over Rivendell.

Sarah Howe ended up with a game-high 14 points for WRV (8-3), with Sophie Howe scoring 11 on the night. Chelsie Trask came off the bench and added nine points, including four in the first period as the hosts built a 21-7 lead.

Cora Day finished with eight points for Rivendell (3-6), which received six points each from Kylie Taylor and Savannah Gray.

WRV hosts Mid Vermont Christian on Saturday.

The Raptors visit Bellows Falls on Monday.

Hartford 47, Brattleboro 37,

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Kennedy Mullen scored a team-high 16 points and Jasmine Jenkins added 12 points as the Hurricanes won for the third time in four starts.

Davan Murphy added eight points and Bailey Cameron contributed four points for the Canes.

Hartford (6-5) hosts Woodstock on Monday night.

Mid Vermont 54, Poultney 28

QUECHEE — Feeling a sense of urgency in the fourth quarter, the Eagles busted out for a 19-3 run to put the game away.

Hayley Goodwin led the charge with 23 points on the night. Her sister, Sydney, added nine points. Rachel Horner-Richardson scored seven points, and Lydia Eastman had six points.

Mid Vermont Christian (8-3) visits White River Valley on Saturday afternoon.


Woodstock duo dominates

MENDON, Vt. — Woodstock High’s Aaron Wilson and Alice Sperber each grabbed victories in their respective races at Pico Mountain on Thursday afternoon in a Southern Vermont District alpine ski giant slalom meet.

Wilson finished with an overall time of 1:31.95 to win the boys race despite not having the top time in either run. Sperber was second-fastest in both of her attempts but finished with a top overall time among the girls of 1:38.68 for the victory.

Taylor Blodorn (1:39.31) and Abi Masillo (1:40.11) followed right behind Sperber in the girls race with third and fourth place for the Wasps. Maggie Parker (1:41.45) joined the three in the top 10 with a sixth-place result.

Carl Gebhardt (1:36.17) finished fifth overall for Woodstock, and Stephen Bianchi (1:41.18) claimed ninth in the boys race.

Hartford’s Axel Heupler (1:44.51) was the top Hurricane finisher at 10th. Thetford’s Elizabeth Dixon (1:44.44) and Jack Hastings (1:46.47) each finished 14th in their respective races.

Woodstock travels to Bromley Mountain on Tuesday for its next race.


Hastings entering
Vermont Sports Hall of Fame

COLCHESTER, Vt. — Norwich native Jeff Hastings will be part of a 10-person class entering the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame later this year.

Hastings earned inclusion in the hall for his exploits as a ski jumper. He won the United States national crown on four occasions, and he narrowly missed winning a 120-meter hill medal at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.

Hastings also was the top U.S. competitor on the 90-meter hill that year. He is the first ski jumper to enter the hall.

The Vermont Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for April 25 in South Burlington. Tickets are available at


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



Hanover shines at Blackwater

ANDOVER, N.H. — The Hanover High jumping team brought home top honors at a meet hosted by Proctor Academy at the Blackwater Ski Area jump.

The Marauders’ Cam Forbush won the event with 121 points, built on superior style points.

Teammate Felix Estes (120.5 points) finished second. Teddy Ruth (119 points) had the longest jump of the day at 34 meters. Tristan Meyer finished eighth.

Sabin Mitchell was the top girl finisher in 15th place. Maya Holmes was second at 18th overall.

Hanover hosts a meet on Wednesday at Oak Hill.

Team scores: Hanover 388, Kennett 370.5, Sunapee 348.5, Plymouth 337.5, Concord 281, Proctor 257, Merrimack Valley 159.  

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