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Local Roundup: Record-breaking night for Lebanon’s Wright

  • Lebanon High's Rebecca Wright takes off for a layup Friday during a 69-22 defeat of NHIAA Division II foe Timberlane. The Owls' Hannah Collins is at right. Wright, a senior forward, set the program's career scoring record during the first quarter. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Lebanon High senior Rebecca Wright listens to Raiders coach Tim Kehoe speak to her accomplishments Friday after she set the program's career scoring record. Lebanon defeated NHIAA Division II foe Timberlane, 69-22. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Lebanon High's Rebecca Wright moves to score two of her 15 points Friday against visiting Timberlane. The senior set the Raiders career scoring record earlier in the NHIAA Division II contest. Owls Maria Censullo (21) and Alida Bates are at left. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Lebanon High's Sally Rainey (25) beats Timberlane's Autum Brooks to a loose ball Friday at Lang Metcalf Gymnasium. The Raiders won the NHIAA Division II game, 69-22. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

  • Lebanon High guard Megan Gradijan splits Timberlane's Hannah Collins, left, and Autum Brooks with a third-quarter bounce pass Friday at Lang Metcalf Gymnasium. The Raiders won the NHIAA Division II game, 69-22. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Staff Reports
Published: 2/14/2020 10:15:03 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 10:14:50 PM

LEBANON — Lebanon High’s Becky Wright scored 15 points to lead a 69-22 girls basketball defeat of NHIAA Division II foe Timberlane on Friday.

The third of those points came on a first-quarter free throw, giving Wright 1,636 in her career and pushing her past 1982 graduate Jayne Daigle atop the program’s career list.

“Becky’s a better kid than a basketball player, which is saying something, because she’s a heck of a basketball player,” said Raiders coach Tim Kehoe, whose team improved to 12-3 in division play and next plays at Coe-Brown Northwood on Wednesday. “She’s been great as a role model to younger kids, and she’s improved every year.”

Lebanon led, 29-4, shortly before halftime. Catherine Cole had 10 points, Caroline Borger and Caroline Laramie each scored eight points and Sally Rainey and Mikayla Thornton each added five.

Kehoe said Wright, who’s headed to play at NCAA Division II Southern New Hampshire University next fall, didn’t step on campus as a polished gem. He noted that while the Weathersfield, Vt., resident could have transferred or gone to prep school after several standout campaigns, she wanted to finish her career with her Lebanon friends and teammates.

“She came in as an average to below-average defensive player, but she’s really worked hard at that and at her shooting,” the coach said. “At this level, she plays inside quite a bit, but I think she’ll be a better college player because she’ll be on the perimeter more.

“A (6-foot-2) kid who can make a step back shot is hard to handle. I think she’ll be a great stretch-four guard.”

Kehoe said Wright — the two-time New Hampshire Division II player of the year — averaged 16 points per game as a freshman, jumped to 19 a year later and pushed that to 21 as a junior. She’s currently averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per contest, he said. Timberlane is 2-12.

— Tris Wykes

Hanover 67Hollis-Brookline 43

HANOVER — This battle of the unbeatens in NHIAA Division II turned into a Marauder romp on the strength of a 33-14 run over the second and third quarters.

“We rebounded very well, ran the floor very well. Our ball movement was the best it’s been all year, inside and out,” Hanover coach Dan O’Rourke said. “This was an all-around complete game on our part.”

Maddie McCorkle, who crossed the 1,000 career points barrier in Wednesday’s 79-40 win at Stevens, led the Marauders against the Cavaliers with 20 points.

“She both facilitates and scores, especially in big games. She put the team on her shoulders earlier this week against Lebanon and then again tonight. She’s a special player,” O’Rourke said.

Stella Galanes had 15 points, Bella Bardales had 10 and Melissa Whitmore had nine points for the Marauders. Hollis-Brookline led, 15-12, after the first quarter before Hanover took control by outscoring the visitors, 18-4, in the second quarter.

McCorkle is the fourth player in O’Rourke’s 20 years as head coach to score 1,000 points. Hanover (15-2 overall, 14-0 NHIAA) is now off until Friday when the Marauders visit Kennett.

Thetford 77, Randolph 18

RANDOLPH, Vt. — The Panthers took control from the start, building a 56-8 lead at halftime.

Emma Colby led 12 different Thetford scorers with 14 points. Grace Davis added 10, Emma Berard had nine and Casey MacVeagh had eight points.

Thetford (14-2) visits Montpelier on Monday.

Gilford 41, Mascoma 26

WEST CANAAN — The Royals led, 16-14, at halftime before the wheels came off after the break.

“We turned the ball over too much and gave them every opportunity to come back. I feel like we beat ourselves tonight,” Mascoma coach Walt Hammond said.

Michaela Dowd and Emily Moulton each had eight points for the Royals (6-10), wo play at Newfound on Monday.

Newfound 52, Newport 37

NEWPORT — Newfound scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to overtake the Tigers (3-13 overall, 3-11 NHIAA).

Greysan Beaulieu had 14 points for Newport. Riely Skarin and Alyssa Burr each had eight points. Beaulieu and Burr made a pair of 3-pointers each. Newport led, 22-19, at halftime.

The Tigers will visit Sunapee on Monday.

Con-Val 43, Stevens 37

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — The Cougars used a pair of 3-pointers and a 3-for-4 effort at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Cardinals (8-10, 6-9).

Stevens spent most of the night chasing the game after scoring just five first-quarter points. Alyssa Paquette paced the Cards with 10 points, followed by eight from Sydney Miller and seven from Jaci Morin.

Newport visits Stevens on Tuesday.


Hollis-Brookline 70
Hanover 63

HOLLIS, N.H. — The Marauders’ undefeated run atop the NHIAA Division II standings came to an end at the hands of the Cavaliers (9-3).

Hollis used a balanced attack to gain a 34-25 halftime lead and withstood a fourth-quarter comeback attempt from Hanover (15-1, 13-1). Hank Pikus paced the Marauders with 19 points, followed by 16 from Nolan Gantrish, 13 from Charlie Adams and 10 from Jai White.

Hanover is off until hosting Kennett on Friday night.

WRV 54, Green Mountain 25

CHESTER, Vt. — The Wildcats (10-7) found their defensive form to break a three-game losing streak.

White River Valley, playing up a division, held the Chieftains to just eight first-half points. Dominic Craven paced the offense with 17 points, followed by 16 from Carder Stratton.

“Green Mountain is a good team, Division III and athletic as heck, and we defended them excellent tonight,” WRV coach Mike Gaudette said. “The last couple of games we lost our composure a bit, and tonight we played probably our best basketball in weeks. And we’re healthy, which helps a lot.”

The Wildcats host Twin Valley, the top team in the VPA D-IV standings, on Monday.

Sharon 77, Black River 48

LUDLOW, Vt. — The Tyler Chapin show rolled over the Presidents as the sophomore star had 38 points in three quarters of work to lead the Phoenix (8-9).

Chapin had 29 of his game-high total in Sharon’s explosive 38-point second quarter. If there was a blemish to found, it was when Chapin fouled out and missed the entire fourth quarter.

Sharon head coach Blake Fabrikant missed the game for family reasons but was replaced on the bench by his father, Kenny Fabrikant.

The Phoenix charges were up the task from the start, racing to a 53-20 lead at halftime.

Olly Skeet-Browning added 23 points and Riley Eastman had 10 points for Sharon. The Phoenix host West Rutland on Tuesday.

Rivendell 46, Bellows Falls 33

ORFORD — The Raptors improved to 16-1 with a strong defensive showing against the Terriers.

Kyle Carter had 13 points to pace Rivendell. Luke Senn added 12 and Zach Gould had 11 points.

“Our defense got it done in this one. It was senior night, they really wanted this game. The defense hit our rotations, got hands out on shooters and led to transition offense,” Rivendell coach Ross Convertino said.

The Raptors visit Leland & Gray on Saturday for a makeup game.

Gilford 54, Mascoma 46

GILFORD, N.H. — The Royals (9-6, 8-5) succumbed the combination of the Golden Eagles’ big floor and star scorer Adrian Siravo, who potted a game-high 27 points.

“I think we got too tired,” Mascoma coach Silas Ayres said. “They have a full 94-foot court — high school is usually 84 feet — and that wore us out. That’s a good advantage for them.”

Ben Seiler had four 3-pointers and 23 points to lead Mascoma, which received seven points from Ben Schwarz and six from Connor Thompson. The Royals take on Newfound on Monday.

ConVal 67, Stevens 24

CLAREMONT — The Cougars opened the game on a 19-3 run, dropping Stevens to 2-10.

Clay Wadsworth had 12 points to lead Stevens. Matt Jones added six points. The Cardinals will visit Newport on Tuesday.

Hartford 51, Springfield 40

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Eleven different players scored at least a field goal for the Hurricanes (8-10) in a win over the Cosmos.

Brandon Potter and Danny Bushway each had nine points to lead the way. Alex Bushway, Shea Bean and Dylan Morse had six points each. Hartford led, 35-26, at halftime.

The Canes will host Windsor on Saturday.

BOYS HOCKEY New Hampton 6, KUA 3

MERIDEN — The Wildcats (21-6-1) saw a seven-winning streak come to a close in a home loss to the Huskies (19-7-2).

Sullivan Mack posted a hat trick to account for all of Kimball Union’s goals. KUA held a 2-1 lead into the second period, but New Hampton reeled off three straight goals to turn the tide. Mack’s final goal, on a Tomas Mazura assist, cut the gap to one; the Huskies held on from there.

The Wildcats host Holderness on Saturday.

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Raider boys prevailin Gunstock freestyle race

GILFORD, N.H. — Despite not putting a skier on the podium, the Lebanon High boys used their depth to claim team honors on a tiebreaker during a 5K freestyle race at Gunstock Mountain.

Hopkinton’s Theodore Mollano nipped Concord’s Gavin Graham at the line for the individual win in 13 minutes, 39 seconds. Lebanon started showing up after that, with Sawyer Weale fourth (13:57), Nate Magari seventh (14:12), Seth Carl ninth (14:31) and Daniel Mladak 10th (14:33).

Although tied with Hopkinton on points, the Raiders earned the team win based on a superior combined time of their four scoring racers.

Lebanon’s girls were third, with three Raiders making the top 10. Ayla Weale took sixth (15:51), Zoe Chinn was eighth (16:01) and Maya Barnett tied for 10th (16:04) for Lebanon, which also saw Maria Goodwin in 14th (16:14).

Boys team scores: Lebanon 374, Hopkinton 374, Concord 367, Bow 365, Manchester 330.

Girls team scores: Hopkinton 383, Concord 369, Lebanon 367.5, Bow 345.5, Manchester 345.

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