Local roundup: Vermont indoor sports allowed to expand practices, hold races for outdoor sports

  • Maxwell Galbraith, of Hanover, left, splits Mascoma's Ben Seiler, middle, and Cole Moulton, right, during the Marauders' 60-40 win in West Canaan, N.H., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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Published: 1/16/2021 8:23:59 AM
Modified: 1/16/2021 9:48:20 PM

MONTPELIER — Positive news.

That’s what Vermont high school winter sports athletes received on Friday when Gov. Phil Scott announced loosened restrictions for indoor team sports while allowing outdoor competition to begin.

Vermont will move into Phase II of the state’s sports and recreation guidance starting Monday. Teams will be allowed to hold drills with limited contact and intrasqaud scrimmages. A timetable for a return to competition against other teams hasn’t been set.

Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and snowboard and other outdoor sports can begin competing on Monday, however, races will be limited to 25.

According to a survey released on Wednesday by the National Federation of State High Schools Association, the Green Mountain State is one of eight states who haven’t announced a start date for basketball games.

BOYS BASKETBALL Mascoma 56, Hanover 44

HANOVER — Ben Seiler scored 23 points, Gabe Rock dropped a dozen more and the Royals team redeemed themselves from its opening night loss.

Mascoma dropped the season opener earlier in the week at home to the Marauders, 60-40. On Friday night, Mascoma (1-1) led 27-23 at the half and 37-32 at the end of the third quarter before pulling away from the hosts.

“I don’t think it’s that tough (to play a team twice in a week), but when you’re successful you can’t be complacent,” said Hanover coach Tim Winslow, whose team falls to 1-1. “I don’t think we were, but Mascoma came out hungry and they had no back down in them. Once they got the lead they didn’t look back. The thing that was the most impressive was the confidence they played with.”

Max Galbraith scored a team-high 16 points for the Marauders.

Hanover is off next week before returning to the hardwood on Jan. 26 at home against Fall Mountain. Winslow said he is searching for an opponent to play next week if possible.

The Royals host Lebanon on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball Hanover 69, Mascoma 23

WEST CANAAN — Nine players scored as the Marauders used a 23-3 first quarter to propel them to their second consecutive win over the Royals.

Melissa Whitmore scored 19 points and Stella Galanes knocked down two 3-pointers en route to 14 points for Hanover (2-0). The Marauders get their first taste of Divsion I on Monday when they visit Goffstown.

Liberti LaCasse finished with nine points and Madisun LaCasse had for Mascoma, which drops to 0-2 and visits Lebanon on Tuesday.

Ski Jumping Hanover wins opener

ANDOVER, N.H. — Cam Forbush won the Marauders first meet of the season with 122.5 points, thanks to recording the longest jump of the night at 32.5 meters against four other teams at Proctor Academy.

Teddy Ruth placed second with 119 points, and Pierce Hamlin was sixth with 105 points.

“It was an exceptional night of ski jumping,” Hanover coach Tom Dodds said. “Given the weather we have had to deal with and new rules associated with COVID the athletes were thrilled just to be out there and competing.”

First-year jumper Greta Holland placed second among the girls with 72 points. She also rounded out the scoring for Hanover with an overall finish of 16th.

The Marauders travel to Kennett on Friday for a four-team competition.

Team scores:Hanover 381.5, Kennett 380, Plymouth 370.5, Concord 176.5, Merrimack Valley 86.5.

Nordic Skiing Hanover sweeps

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Skating against Inter-Lakes and Plymouth, the Marauders boys squad took the top six spots to win the race. Simon (9:14.2) and Noah Phipps (9:44.0) led the charge for Hanover, taking first and second, respectively.

Finishing out the top six slots were Caleb Zuckerman (9.58.4), Adam Gilbert-Diamond (10:08.9), Taj Bagnato (10:38.3) and Luke Holmes (10:50.5).

Britta Arvold paced the Marauders on the girls side, placing second with a time of 11:43.9. Her teammates rounded out the rest of the top six: Sage Gilbert-Diamond (11:54.9) placed third, Margaret Frost (12:21.3) was fourth, Elsa May (12:26.0) grabbed fifth and June Clark (12:33.5) closed out the pack in sixth.

Hanover visits Fall Mountain next Saturday.

Boys team scores:Hanover 394, Inter-Lakes 358, Plymouth 347.

Girls team scores:Hanover 390, Plymouth 367, Inter-Lakes 149.

Alpine Skiing Kearsarge tops Lebanon

NEWBURY, N.H. — Cassidy Adams took third place in the slalom race with a time of 1:07.60 at Mount Sunapee in a dual meet with Kearsarge.

Her teammate Ayla Pearson (1:21.84) finished seventh and Marin Pearson (1:25.05) took fifth.

Roy Shapard (1:13.83) posted a third-place finish on the boys side of the slalom.The Raiders placed another in the top five, thanks to Noah Lamontagne (1:14.63) in fourth. Zach Bitler (1:34.05) clocked a two-race time for seventh.

In the girls giant slalom, Adams (49.88) skied to a fifth-place finish. Behind her was Marin Pearson (52.78) in eighth and Ayla Pearson (54.24) at ninth.

Lamontagne (46.38) moved up in the giant slalom with a third-place finish. Shapard (46.95) grabbed fifth and Bitler (52.20) was in seventh.

Lebanon returns to the slopes on Jan. 28 at Waterville Valley.

Boys team scores:Kearsarge 786, Lebanon 758.

Girls team scores:Kearsarge 780, Lebanon 764.

HS Athletics Newport on pause

NEWPORT — The Newport School District announced it was moving to remote learning at least until next Friday due to additional COVID-19 positive cases among students and staff in the district.

This means the Tigers won’t participate in any athletic competitions next week. The boys and girls basketball teams were set to play a home-and-home with Fall Mountain during the week.

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