Local roundup: White River Valley boys basketball finally hits hardwood

  • Carder Stratton

Staff Reports
Published: 2/22/2021 10:17:55 PM
Modified: 2/22/2021 10:17:53 PM

ORFORD — The Wildcats of White River Valley School finally hit the hardwood on Monday night. 

After a delayed start for all of Vermont, the Wildcats had to wait a little longer due to a case of COVID-19 in the school. But at Rivendell on Monday, White River Valley earned a 59-44 season-opening victory in a VPA Division IV showdown. 

The two teams clashed in last season’s quarterfinals with the Raptors advancing. The Wildcats pulled out the win this time, however, thanks to game-high 22 points from Carder Stratton. Weston Trombly had 13 more. 

“I’m very happy for our kids tonight and just being on the floor together as a team,” WRV coach Mike Gaudette said. “For our first game together this year, we got better as the game went on which is a positive sign. Both Carder (Stratton) and Wes (Trombly) were dominant on the boards tonight and gave us an inside presence.”

Rivendell (1-2) was led by Kyle Carter’s 20 points. Chris Pierce also added 10 points. 

WRV (1-0) led 29-23 at the half and allowed only seven third-quarter points to take a 42-30 entering the final frame. 

The Wildcats host their home opener on Thursday when Green Mountain visits. Rivendell welcomes Leland and Gray on Thursday. 

Hartford 75, Woodstock 53

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Danny Bushway had 19 points as the Hurricanes held a 22-13 lead after one quarter. They were up 39-23 at the break. 

Tarin Prior finished with 16 points and Jacob Seaver added 12 points for the hosts. 

Cooper Dorsogna led the Wasps with 18 points. Manny Pacheco and Alex Rice each had 10 for Woodstock (0-2). 

Hartford (4-0) hosts Brattleboro while the Wasps head to Bellows Falls on Thursday. 

Bellows Falls 90, Windsor 85

WESTMINSTER, Vt. – The Yellowjackets fall to 1-2 and host Springfield on Thursday. 


GIRLS BASKETBALLLakes Region 53, Thetford 40

THETFORD — Tied late in the first half at 22, Lakes Region hit two 3-pointers to take a six-point lead at the break that was never erased. 

The Panthers top-scorer for the night was Kelsey Smith, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Namya Benjamin added eight. 

Thetford (2-1) heads to U-32 on Thursday. 

Oxbow 41, Montpelier 40

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Solons poured in 14 points in the fourth quarter but their last-second shot fell short. 

Emma Parkin netted 19 points for the Olympians and Arianna Bolles had nine points. Rachel Spear recorded five points for Oxbow, which led 22-20 at the half. 

The O’s improve to 3-1 and host Randolph on Thursday. 

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