Local roundup: WRV-Windsor boys soccer called off as COVID precaution; Canes win on Bessette strike

  • Tanner Bessette

  • Mid Vermont Christian's Delaney Gross (10) winds up for a kill off of a Nykrisha Jenks set during the Eagles' 3-0 sweep of Vermont Commons in a VPA Division I girls volleyball match on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Quechee, Vt.

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Published: 10/6/2020 6:44:26 PM
Modified: 10/7/2020 8:37:17 AM

SOUTH ROYALTON — The White River Valley School boys soccer team was set to visit Windsor on Tuesday afternoo, but the contest was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. 

In an email sent out to Wildcat families, WRVS principal Reed McCracken identified two individuals at the school who were in contact with someone over the weekend who tested positive for COVID. 

“In our efforts to keep everyone safe from COVID-19, we wanted to share this information with you and canceled our varsity boys soccer game this afternoon,” he wrote.

The individual was from out-of-state and doesn’t have any symptoms, neither do the two who were exposed. 

No makeup date for the game has been announced yet. 

This is the first documented sporting event in the Upper Valley this fall to be canceled because of COVID-19. 

Hartford 2, Woodstock 1

WOODSTOCK — Tanner Bessette found the back of the net in the 74th minute to lift the Hurricanes (2-2-0) over the rival Wasps (2-2-1).

“Both teams played really hard, as you’d expect in a Woodstock-Hartford game,” Canes coach Kevin Guilbault said. “I was very pleased with the fight the kids showed, they battled really hard and found a way to win despite perhaps not playing our best. I definitely see some growth within the team.”

Nick Martin scored in the fifth minute, with an assist to Bessette, to give Hartford the early 1-0 lead. Woodstock tied it up in the final minute before halftime with a penalty kick goal.

The game-winning tally was set up by Tarin Prior’s free kick from 25 yards out in the 74th minute. Prior rocketed a low shot into the wall; the ball ricocheted right to Bessette, who beat a defender one-on-one and fired a shot into the top corner of the goal from 25 yards out.

“I have to credit their keeper (Woodstock’s Tom Bisaillon), who tipped the shot. I thought he’d saved it for a second there,” Guilbault added.

Hartford keeper Shane Miller had six saves while anchoring a strong effort by the Canes’ defense. Bisaillon had five saves for Woodstock.

Hartford hosts Hanover in a rare cross-river matchup on Thursday. The Wasps are off until Oct. 14 when they will get another shot at the Canes, this time in White River Junction.

Hazen 10, Oxbow 0

HARDWICK, Vt. — The shorthanded Olympians (0-3-0) couldn’t keep pace with the Wildcats.

“With only one sub, our boys worked very hard. We had more opportunities on offense than in any other game (so far this season). We just got worn out by the end of each half,” Oxbow coach Andrew Fisher said.

Keeper Dakota Goodridge had 13 saves for the Olympians. Fisher also praised the play of Jeremiah Fifield, Carter Allen and Gavin Haskins. Oxbow visits Richford on Friday.

Harwood 4, Thetford 0

MORETOWN, Vt. — The Panthers (1-1-1) were shut out by the host Highlanders.

Thetford trailed, 1-0, at halftime and was still within one through 65 minutes of action before a late flurry by Harwood widened the gap. Keeper Ryen Wolf had 22 saves for the Panthers before yielding late to Jack Hogan, who saw his first varsity action to conclude the game.

The Panthers host Lamoille on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Cross CountryHartford sweeps

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes edged Otter Valley in both the boys and girls races in a home meet.

Jack Fournier led the Hartford boys in fourth place with a time of 21 minutes, 19 seconds. Teammate Jack Schneider was fifth (21:20), Finn Sunde was sixth (21:42) and Finn Walther was ninth (22:07).

Joel Roberts of Mid Vermont Christian was second in 19:18. The Eagles also had Ben Pedi take 12th (24:08).

The Hurricanes placed four straight runners in the top five in the girls race, led by Meg Maclaury in second (24:58), followed by Kayla Burnham (third, 25:33), Clementine Philip (fourth, 25:58) and Rylee Burnham (fifth, 26:11).

Boys team scores: Hartford 15, Otter Valley 18.

Girls team scores: Hartford 9, Otter Valley 21.

WRV, Craftsbury visit Thetford

THETFORD — Craftsbury dominated in a combined boys-girls race at Thetford, taking the top six spots overall.

Ryan Smith of White River Valley was seventh among the boys in 20:09, just ahead of teammates Danny Smith in eighth (20:31). The Wildcats’ Anita Miller was ninth overall, first among girls, in 20:43.

Jack Hastings of Thetford took 12th overall in 21:31, ahead of the Panthers’ Ben Mattern in 13th (21:33). Thetford’s Madelyn Durkee was 16th overall, third for girls, in 21:47.

“Our girls ran well today, with lots of season bests and personal records. As a group, they showed a lot of grit and determination,” Thetford coach Joe Deffner said.

GolfWoodstock’s Dean fourth at VPA girls state tourney

SWANTON, Vt. — Woodstock senior Emily Dean claimed fourth place in the VPA Division II state girls championship tournament at Champlain Country Club.

Dean shot a 25-over-par 96 in her final appearance for the Wasps. Lake Region’s Tia Martinez won the D-II individual title with an 83, the same score Burr & Burton’s Kaylie Porter shot to win the D-I title.

Hanover tops Keene

FAIRLEE — Spencer Lawe and Adam Goodney each shot 3-over-par rounds of 37 on the front nine at Lake Morey Country Club to lead the Marauders over Keene.

Ben Plottner added a 38 and John Hill had 41. Natalie Morhun and Casey Graham each shot 43 to round out the Hanover scoring rounds. The Marauders finished with a team score of 196 to beat Keene (203).

VolleyballHanover 3, Mascoma 0

HANOVER — The Marauders swept the Royals (25-21, 25-18 and 25-14) to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Emily Gammell had a strong service game for Hanover, tallying 11 aces. Gammell added five kills. Alice Rodi had seven kills and a pair of aces. Esther Hacker had four kills. Katie Peterson had a team-best 19 digs and four aces.

“The match was very competitive, back and forth in all three sets. (Mascoma has) a great defense. Our servers once again really carried us, like they have time and time again this year,” Hanover coach Megan McFarland said.

The Royals dropped to 3-2 with the loss. The teams will face off again on Saturday, this time at Mascoma.

MVCS 3, Vermont Commons 0

QUECHEE — The Eagles finally got their coronavirus-adjusted outdoor schedule underway with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-20 sweep.

Delaney Gross, Nykrisha Jenks and Hayley Goodwin led the way with their service games, co-coach Tom Evans noted. Gross had a 12-point run in the opening set, and Jenks followed up with an 11-point run in the second.

“Great first game,” Evans said. “Nice to get the season started.”

MVCS (1-0) hosts St. Johnsbury on Friday.

College BaseballWhalen elected ABCA vice president

HANOVER — Longtime Dartmouth baseball head coach Bob Whalen has been elected as a vice president with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Whalen will assume his position following the 2021 ABCA convention in January and will chair the Lefty Gomez Award Committee while continuing to serve on the executive committee and ABCA board of directors. Whalen has been head coach at Dartmouth since 1990 and has led the Big Green to two Ivy League titles and 602 overall wins.

MEN’S HOCKEYBig Green’s Strong joining ECHL team

READING, Pa. — The ECHL’s Reading Royals announced the signing of former Dartmouth men’s hockey alternate captain Cam Strong to a professional contract on Tuesday.

Strong finished his playing career last season after four years and 119 games as a member of the Big Green. He played in all 31 contests last winter, scoring six goals and adding two assists. He had 22 goals and 10 assists over his Big Green career.

The Royals will celebrate their 20th season during the 2020-21 campaign, which is set to begin Dec. 4.

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