Local Roundup: Stevens boys basketball gets new coach

  • Hanover High's Eric Goodney races past a gate during the giant slalom portion of the NHIAA Division II boys alpine skiing championships at Crotched Mountain in Bennington, N.H., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Goodney finished in 14th place with a two-run time of 1 minute, 1.18 seconds.

  • Doug Beaupre in 2006. (Valley News photograph)

  • Caitlin Slider

  • Aaron Wilson

Staff Reports
Published: 2/12/2020 10:16:57 PM

CLAREMONT — After winning only one game last season and losing eight of its first nine games this winter, Stevens High School has made a change in boys basketball coaches.

Dan Ryan stepped down as the Cardinals’ coach at the week’s outset, with athletic director Doug Beaupre replacing him. Beaupre was on the bench for Monday’s 41-38 road win over Plymouth. Stevens’ second victory of the season.

“I want to thank Dan for the many hours he put into the Stevens basketball program,” Beaupre said on Wednesday. “He is a class act and a respected member of the coaching world.”

Beaupre refused to elaborate on the reasons for Ryan’s dismissal.

“This is a personnel issue, and I am not at liberty to talk about coach Ryan’s departure,” Beaupre said.

Ryan, who had previously coached at InterLakes High School and Plymouth State University, turned down the opportunity to discuss the situation. He was 2-25 in his Stevens tenure, having taken over for Matthew Baird-Torney prior to the 2018-19 season.

The Cards dropped their first 13 games under Ryan last winter before getting a 54-51 win at Newport on Feb. 11, 2019, what turned out to be their only victory of that campaign. Stevens’ only other win with Ryan came last week, a 50-38 defeat of Fall Mountain at Carr Gymnasium.

— Poody Walsh and Greg Fennell

ALPINE SKIING

Woodstock sweeps Okemo GS

LUDLOW, Vt. — Alice Sperber and Aaron Wilson posted matching wins to lead Woodstock to a Vermont Southern District giant slalom victory at Okemo Mountain Resort.

Wilson earned a half-second decision among the boys with a two-run time of 1 minute, 41.51 seconds. Carl Gebhardt took fourth (1:44.84), Riley Quicker grabbed seventh (1:47.95) and Otto Nisimblatt claimed 12th (1:56.42) to help the Wasps secure a team victory as well.

Woodstock enjoyed a winning afternoon with the girls as well, led by Sperber’s top-of-the-field two-run clocking of 1:47.08. Tyler Blodorn (third; 1:48.12), Abi Masillo (fifth, 1:49.15) and Maggie Parker (eighth; 1:50.68) completed the Wasps’ scoring, which was also good enough for team honors. Both Sperber and Wilson won for the fourth time this winter.

Thetford had a pair of top-15s in the boys race, with Jack Hastings 11th (1:53.29) and Riley Burkins 13th (1:57.50). Hartford’s Alex Huepler landed in 10th place (1:51.24).

Boys team scores: Woodstock 24, Rutland 29, Burr & Burton 57, Thetford 66, MSJ 70, Hartford 94.

Girls team scores: Woodstock 17, Burr & Burton 30, Rutland 37.

Hanover boys fourth at states

BENNINGTON, N.H. — The Marauders couldn’t crack the top 10 and took a hit when two top skiers drew slalom disqualifications, ultimately landing in fourth place as a team in the NHIAA Division II boys state meet at Crotched Mountain.

Wesley Stocken led Hanover in the two-run giant slalom, landing in 12th place with a two-run time of 59.98 seconds. EricGoodney was 14th(1:01.18), Teddy Ruth took 18th (1:01.91) and Pierce Hamlin landed in 33rd (1:04.57) for Hanover.

Ruth finished 13th (1:25.80) in the two-run slalom, but both Stocken and Goodney took DQs on the first of their two runs to cut into Hanover’s fortunes. Hamlin (22nd; 1:32.06), Jordan Gottleib (24th; 1:32.72) and Owen Stannard (25th; 1:33.13) completed the Marauders’ scoring.

Plymouth’s Dylan Welch swept to wins in both races. Bow surprised two-time defending champion Kennett to win its sixth state alpine crown, but just its second in D-II.

Team scores: Bow 717, Kennett 698, Souhegan 689, Hanover 652, Hollis-Brookline 647, Plymouth 641, Oyster River 628, Con-Val 609, Kingswood 547.5, Pembroke 540, Portsmouth 521.5, John Stark 74.

GIRLS HOCKEY Spaulding 9, Hartford 2

BARRE, Vt. — Caitlin Slider kept up her torrid scoring pace with two unassisted goals, but the Hurricanes (0-15-0) proved no match for the VPA Division III-leading Crimson Tide (15-0-0).

“They’re probably going to run over everyone in the tournament,” Hartford coach Bill Goldsworthy said of Spaulding.

Slider scored in the first and third periods for Hartford, giving her a team-high nine goals on the season. She’s also scored six times in the Canes’ last four games.

Zoe Pfeiffer and Jacqueline Gour split nine saves for Hartford, which hosts Missisquoi on Saturday.

Woodstock 1, Rice 1 (OT)

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Wasps’ Skylar Haley scored with three minutes left in regulation to tie things up and force overtime in a tight battle with the Wolves.

Woodstock (6-10-1) outshot South Burlington, 37-18, but couldn’t solve the Wolves’ goalie for most of the game. Wasps netminder Ava Dodson was up to the task as well, making 17 saves including a pair of highlight saves in overtime.

Haley’s goal was unassisted and followed a South Burlington goal earlier in the final period. Woodstock returns to Cairns Arena on Saturday to face CVU.

Hanover 2, OR-Portsmouth 2 (OT)

WEST LEBANON — A Bobcat power-play goal with 3:46 left in regulation ultimately handed the Marauders (8-5-2, 8-3-2) their first blemish against NHIAA competition this winter.

Oyster River-Portsmouth took a 1-0 lead into the third period, mostly against the run of play. Hanover’s Sage McGinley-Smith scored twice in a 91-second span of the third stanza, with Gail Morse and Meredith Morhun earning assists. The late penalty opened the door for the visitors to net the tying goal late.

Hanover goaltender Katie Smith and OR-Portsmouth counterpart Amelie Cowieson both excelled in the extra frame, each making six saves. Smith finished the night with 16 stops, while Cowieson turned aside 35 shots.

Hanover meets Concord on Saturday.

BOYS HOCKEY Lebanon-Stevens-MRA 4, Spaulding 2

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Another quick start and another dominant night for the Raiders’ top line spelled a third win in four starts for Lebanon (5-9-0, 5-7-0).

Jon Cloud scored just 71 seconds into the contest on a Griffin Auch, with the two reversing roles nine minutes later after Spaulding had tied the game. The hosts caught Lebanon a second time in the second period, but Auch’s second goal of the night, on passes from Andrew Duany and Cloud at 13:42, put the visitors ahead to stay. Auch capped his first hat trick of the season on an unassisted breakaway with 36 seconds left in the game.

Toby Cromwell made 19 saves for the Raiders, who host Portsmouth-Newmarket on Saturday and visit Kingswood on Sunday.

Concord 7, Hanover 0

CONCORD — The Marauders (9-6-0 overall, 7-5-0 NHIAA) struggled in a tough matchup with Concord at Everett Arena.

“We had a difficult time breaking pucks out, a hard time solving their forecheck and as a result spent a lot of time in our own end,” Hanover coach Dick Dodds said. “And, we ran into a lot of penalty trouble.”

The Marauders host Manchester Memorial on Saturday.

KUA 6, Phillips Exeter 0

MERIDEN — The Wildcats (21-5-1) used a 52-12 advantage in shots on goal to dominate Phillips Exeter at Akerstrom Arena.

KUA had a 2-0 lead through eight minutes on goals from Bryce Bollman and Grant Eastwood. Sullivan struck for two goals later in the contest, with Adam Fantilli and Zach Whitehead (assist) providing the others. Tomas Mazura, Donte Pierre and Bobby May each contributed two assists.

Kimball Union hosts New Hampton on Friday afternoon.

BOYS BASKETBALL Hanover 63, Stevens 20

HANOVER — The NHIAA Division II-leading Marauders (15-0, 13-0) avoided a letdown following Monday’s last-gasp win at Lebanon by taking care of business early against the Cardinals (2-9).

Hank Pikus, whose overtime buzzer-beater secured the victory 48 hours earlier, had a game-high 19 points to pace Hanover, which held a 26-5 lead after one quarter. Jai White finished with 12 points, and Nolan Gantrish and Max Galbraith each had seven points. The Marauders visit Hollis-Brookline on Friday.

Clayton Wadsworth led Stevens with nine points. The Cards host Con-Val on Friday.

KUA 77, Tilton 62

MERIDEN — The Wildcats put four players in double figures for their latest NEPSAC Class AA win.

Rob Brown and Rob McRae shared game-high honors with 19 points apiece for Kimball Union (18-3). Matt Price connected for 16 points, and Andrew Hartel added 11 for KUA, which held a 42-31 halftime lead.

The Wildcats head to Maine for a date at Bridgton Academy on Saturday.

Lebanon 67, Kearsarge 62

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — The Raiders (11-3, 9-2) shook off any effects from Monday’s OT loss to Hanover by edging the Cougars to complete a two-game season series sweep.

Lebanon trailed all night, finally gaining a lead in the fourth quarter. Jon Willeman hit two big 3-pointers to help clinch the win for the visitors, who also enjoyed a game from Jack Stone.

Lebanon is off until hosting Pelham on Tuesday. The teams entered Thursday tied for fourth place in NHIAA Division II.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Lebanon 53, Kearsarge 25

NORTH SUTTON, N.H. — Rebecca Wright had 15 points while inching closer to breaking the all-time Lebanon program scoring record in a win at the Cougars.

Wright is now just three points away from breaking the program record of Jayne Daigle, a 1982 Lebanon graduate. Wright will get her chance to set the mark at home on Friday night, senior night, against Timberlane.

The Raiders went on an 18-0 run in the second quarter to turn a 15-12 first-quarter lead into a comfortable halftime edge. Megan Gradijan and Sally Rainey each added 10 points for Lebanon (13-4 overall, 11-3 NHIAA). Catherine Cole had eight points.

Hanover 79, Stevens 40

CLAREMONT — The Marauders (14-2 overall, 13-0 NHIAA) used a 20-8 run in the second quarter to pull away from Stevens (8-9, 6-8).

Maddie McCorkle had 22 points to lead 10 different Hanover scorers. Stella Galanes and Willa Parkins each had 12 points. Charlotte Johnson added 11 points. Hanover led, 42-21, at halftime.

Sydney Miller paced Stevens with 16 points.

Both teams play on Friday, with the Marauders hosting Hollis-Brookline in a battle of undefeateds and the Cardinals heading to Con-Val.

Hartford 59, Lyndon 54 (OT)

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Kennedy Mullen made a pair of 3-pointers in overtime to help the Hurricanes (9-6) outlast the Vikings.

Jasmine Jenkins led three double-digit Hartford scorers with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Mullen finished with 17 points. Davan Murphy added a key 3-pointer in overtime and finished with 10 points.

The Canes will host Windsor on Saturday at 2:30.

Oxbow 58, Williamstown 33

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians built a 33-9 lead at halftime in a win over the Blue Devils.

Tiffany Longmoore drained four 3-pointers on her way to 14 points for Oxbow (10-4). Emma DeGoosh added 13 points and Arianna Bolles had 10 points. Melanie Neil chipped in eight points.

Oxbow will host Lamoille on Saturday in a makeup game.

NORDIC SKIING

Marauders sweep CVCs

ANDOVER, N.H. — Hanover High placed four boys in the top five and four girls in the top eight to sweep the Connecticut Valley Conference title at Proctor Academy on Wednesday.

Noah Phipps, Simon Phipps and Adam Gilbert-Diamond claimed the three podium positions in the boys race. Noah Phipps completed the 4.8-kilometer free style race in 12 minutes, 52.8 seconds, Simon Phipps (12:53.6) was less than a second behind and Gilbert-Diamond claimed third (13:27.0). Diego Aspinwall completed Hanover’s scoring in fifth place (13:29.5).

Kearsarge’s Marlia Richer won the girls race (15.05.6), but Hanover depth won the team decision. Meg Frost (15:53.7), Sage Gilbert-Diamond (16:13.2), Elsa May (16:25.2) and Britta Arvold (16:40.2) recorded a 3-5-6-8 result for the Marauders.

Boys team scores: Hanover 11, Kearsarge 36, Fall Mountian 40, Keene 54.

Girls team scores: Hanover 22, Kearsarge 26, Fall Mountain 33, Keene 55.




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