Local roundup: Mascoma punches back in D-IV football tourney opener (updated Nov. 3)

  • Rome Farnsworth

Staff Reports
Published: 10/24/2020 9:33:53 PM
Modified: 11/3/2020 7:23:23 PM

BRISTOL, N.H. — The Mascoma High football team lost its only three regular-season games in this quirky coronavirus-affected campaign, but coach Kyle Colburn maintained the lack of NHIAA Division IV competition on the slate had played a role.

Finally meeting a league foe in a very meaningful circumstance, the Royals put up an impressive show.

Quarterback Mike Evans ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third and Mascoma built a 32-0 halftime lead en route to a 45-8 rout of Newfound in a D-IV tournament play-in game on Saturday. Colburn and his crew were hoping to learn who they'd face next in the postseaon on Saturday night. Regardless of that news, they had a lot to savor.

“We're finally playing a team in our division,” Colbune said. “This is a group that I thought would do a lot in our division. We got a taste of the division with Fall Mountain (a 34-32 loss on Oct. 2); we played them well. Newport could beat Division I teams, it appears. But this is definitely our situation for the whole year if we'd had our schedule.”

The Royals lost to the Tigers (4-1) to open the season, 53-10, and sustained a 44-8 loss to D-II Hanover (4-1) in their other game on Oct. 9. They were supposed to play Newfound — and former Royals coach Ray Kershaw, last weekend, but that contest was canceled because of a positive COVID-19 test at the Bristol, N.H., school.

No matter. Mascoma (1-3) rolled behind Evans, who tossed a TD completion to Bryan Lowell to go with his two rushing scores, and Rome Farnsworth, who also ran for two touchdowns. Josh Evans and Damian Nestle also hit paydirt, and Elyas Jenkins booted three PATs in five attempts.

“They were just locked in,” Colburn said. “It was their first playoff victory, my first one as a head coach. We definitely have a good team; we've just not had a chance to show it.”

CROSS COUNTRYWRV's Miller sets mark

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — White River Valley's Anita Miller set a girls' course record at Hartford High's Maynard-Hagen Loop to win the Southern Vermont League championship on a day in which the Wildcat boys and Hurricane girls took team honors.

Miller's time of 21 minutes, 7.59 seconds was more than two minutes better than Mill River runner-up Annika Heintz (23:15.19). Hartford won the team championship behind the 4-5-6-7 finish of Meg Maclaury (24:01.87), Kayla Burnham (24:49.24), Rylee Burnham (25:10.68) and Clementine Philip (25:53.08).

The White River Valley boys posted the three best times after that of Otter Valley's Parker Todd (19:39). Danny Smith (20:05), Ryan Smith (20:40) and Kajiu Young (20:44) set the table for WRV, and Alex Madden cleaned it off with a 10th-place time of 21.22.

Jack Fornier was a team-best fifth for Hartford (20:49).

Boys team scores: WRV 19, Otter Valley 30, Hartford 33.

Girls team scores: Hartford 22, Springfield 37.

BOYS SOCCERMascoma 1, Sunapee 0

WEST CANAAN — Ben Seiler potted his 19th goal of the season on a second-half penalty kick, and the Royals (6-4-0) closed their schedule with a season sweep of the Lakers.

Already the all-time leading goal scorer in program history, the junior striker stretched his ongoing goal-scoring streak to nine matches with his 50th-minute PK. Mascoma also shut out Sunapee, 2-0, on Oct. 12.

The Royals are off until hosting either Kearsarge or Newround in a second-round NHIAA Division III tournament match on Wednesday.

Stevens 8, Newport 1

NEWPORT — Two-goal games from Dylan Chambers and Scott Campbell staked the Cardinals to a regular season-ending win over the Tigers at Sichol Field.

Noah Osgood, Luke Belisle, Kayden LaClair and Simon Demars accoutned for the Cards’ remaining scores. Sam Dalke and Trystan Lane each set up a pair of goals for Stevens, with Jason DeMars and Landon Norton-Avery also adding assists.

The Cardinals visit Bow in an NHIAA Division II tournament opener on Wednesday.

Sharon 1, Hartford 1 (OT)

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Riley Eastman and Tarin Prior traded unassisted goals, and the Phoenix (6-3-1) and Hurricanes (3-5-1) played to a draw at Hartford High School.

Eastman gave the visitors the lead in the 24th minute. The advantage held until Prior’s goal with 8:42 left in regulation time. Ben Rodis turned aside three shots for TSA, while Shane Miller had six saves in the Hartford net.

“This was a beautiful way to end the regular season: two evenly matched teams competing hard but cleanly,” Sharon coadh Blake Fabrikant said. “I told my group that no other team in (VPA) Division IV will be as athletic or deep as Hartford moving forward, and the fact that we were able to play so evenly with them speaks volumes to our potential in the tournament. I am incredibly proud of our effort tonight.”

Both teams begin tournament play midweek.

St. Paul's 3, KUA 2

CONCORD — Junior Adeon Muyskens scored twice in the opening half for Kimball Union (3-1-0), but the Wildcats couldn't make the goals hold up.

Freshman Cabot McLaren assisted on Muyskens' opening strike, and KUA went into halftime holding a 2-1 lead. St. Paul's rallied in the second half, with the help of a defensive effort that prevented the Wildcats from earning a corner kick all afternoon.

KUA hosts Vermont Academy on Saturday.

GIRLS SOCCERWindsor 2, Green Mountain 1

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets (8-1-0) and Chieftains did all of their scoring in the opening half of a regular-season closing Southern Vermont League match at MacLeay-Royce Field.

Windsor scored four minutes into the contest, then spent the rest of it going toe to toe with their guest. Elliot Rupp and Evelyn Page provided the goals, Morgan McKeen had an assist and Adi Prior recorded eight saves in goal. Rylie Paul scoref for Green Mountain, with goalkeeper Alex Hutchins stopping nine shots.

“I can't be more proud of how my girls finished the game,” Windsor coach Jeff Bachey said. “They played all 80 minutes today and earned that win.”

The Jacks will likely get the third seed in the VPA Division III state tournament; the field will be officially revealed on Monday.

Thetford 6, Lyndon 1

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Emi Vaughn scored twice and Madi Powers converted a penalty kick as the Panthers (7-1-0) secured no worse than the second seed for the upcoming VPA Division III playoffs.

Emma Colby, Kathy Darrah and Addy Cadwell accounted for Thetford's remaining goals. Gevie Horster, Namya Benjamin and Madi Mousely joined Vaughn and Powers in the assist department. Emma Berard posted five saves in the goal.

The three-time defending state champions learn their opening tournament assignment on Monday.

Stevens 3, Newport 1

NEWPORT — The Cardinals (6-7-0) will enter the NHIAA Division II tournament riding a five-match winning streak after Maddy Minckler's two-goal effort powered a win over the Tigers (3-4-0).

Stella Lavertue also hit the back of the net for Stevens. Caidence Verill and Riley Murphy recorded assists.

The Cards host Lebanon to open the D-II draw on Thursday.

Sunapee 9, Mascoma 0

SUNAPEE — The Royals' inaugural varsity regular season closed without a victory as Abby Pollari scored three times and Fiona Nolan contributed two goals for the undefeated Lakers (8-0-0).

Brynn Smith, Natalie Austin and Sophie Hubert also recorded goals for Sunapee.

Mascoma (0-11-0) will open the NHIAA Division III tournament on Tuesday at home against Hopkinton.

Springfield 1, Hartford 0

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — The host Cosmos (6-3-1) netted the match’s only goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation play.

Erin Thompson “played a very solid game” in goal, Hartford coach Jeff Acker said. Acker also highlighted the defensive play of center back Katie Blood.

The loss will likely send the Hurricanes (4-5-0) on the road to open the VPA Division II tournament later this week.

VOLLEYBALLMVCS splits finales

QUECHEE — The Eagles closed out a 5-2 regular season by beating Montpelier before losing to South Burlington in their final two matches.

MVCS took the match from the Solons in straight sets, 25-23, 25-18, 25-19. Delaney Gross (seven kills, 12 assists) and Hayley Goodwin (five aces, 14 kills) led the Eagles’ attack. Sarah Bascom did a little bit of everything, with three aces, two assists, a kill and seven digs.

The Wolves blanked Mid Vermont in its final game, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19. Nykrisha Jenks paced the Eagles with five aces, nine assist and a kill on offense and six digs on defense. Sydney Goodwin had a team-high five kills.

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