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Local roundup: Lebanon, Hanover ace NHIAA boys tennis assignments

  • Karsten Hansen

Staff Reports
Published: 5/27/2021 10:22:17 PM
Modified: 5/28/2021 9:42:34 AM

LEBANON — The playoff run for the Lebanon High boys tennis team got off to a flawless start on Thursday afternoon when the Raiders dropped just two games in a 9-0 sweep of Kingswood to open NHIAA Division II postseason play at the CCBA courts.

Mason and Nolan Arado set the tone in the top two singles matches for Lebanon, each winning by 8-0 scores. Seamus Hickey, Kian Schifferdecker and Finn Ericson also won, 8-0. Karsten Hansen added an 8-1 win at No. 4 singles.

The Arados completed a perfect afternoon with an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles. Hickey and Hansen won, 8-1, at No. 2. Tyler St. Martin and Jake Hibner then wrapped a bow on things with an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles.

Lebanon (7-0) will regroup over the holiday weekend and face either Bow or Kennett in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Hanover 9, Keene 0

KEENE, N.H. — Playing on the road to open the NHIAA Division I playoffs due to random geographic seedings for the first round, Hanover disposed of the Blackbirds.

Evan Yang got things started with an 8-1 win at No. 1 singles. Alex Rockmore won a battle at No. 2, 8-4. Kevin Pillsbury (8-0), Zhiwen Liu (8-1), Alex Stevens (8-1) and Charlie Birkmeyer (8-0) all added strong singles wins for Hanover.

Yang and Rockmoore added an 8-1 win in the top doubles match. Pillsbury/Stevens (8-2) and Liu/Zach Pearson (8-1) also won their doubles matches.

Hanover (11-2) will face either Nashua North or Nashua South in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

GIRLS TENNIS MSJ 5, Hartford 2

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — In one of their most competitive matches — and at 3½ hours probably their longest — of the season, the Hurricanes fell to 0-10 in their season finale despite several close contests.

No. 1 singles player Nyah Jenks grabbed a point with a 6-1, 4-6, 10-5 victory over Sophia Hussak. No. 2 doubles tandem Ceci Wendling and Silvia Hae were 6-1, 6-1 winners for Hartford.

The Canes’ Arianna Heijn Toni Harper and Alex Gray all came up short in regulation or third-set tiebreakers, as did first doubles tandem Bebhinn Knudsen and Maggie Dumont.

BASEBALL Hanover 15, Lebanon 0 (5)

NORWICH — Hanover (13-0) picked up where it left off from Wednesday’s storm-suspended game to beat the Raiders (7-6) and complete an undefeated regular season.

Up 5-0 in the third, the hosts extended what had been a four-run third to nine runs after resuming play. Hanover ultimately combined 14 hits with five Lebanon errors for its ninth run-rule win of 2021.

Leadoff guy Ben Williams went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and teammates Wes Stocken and John Hill had 2-for-4 days for Hanover, which also picked up two RBIs each from Stocken, Sam Sacerdote and Mason Gantrish. Trevor Pierce threw two innings of hitless relief to close out the game. Calvin Bates had Lebanon’s sole hit in the contest.

Lebanon visits Bow to open the NHIAA Division II tournament on Monday. Hanover is off until a Thursday date with either Stevens or John Stark.

Hartford 8, St. Johnsbury 0

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — Alex Bushway threw six innings of no-hit ball and the Hurricanes (13-0) used a four-run sixth inning to get some distance on the Hilltoppers (3-12).

Hartford owned just a 2-0 lead before its late-game explosion. Bushway largely made it unnecessary with a complete-game one-hitter featuring five strikeouts and no walks.

Danny Bushway had two hits and an RBI, Jacob Dwinell scored three times and had a hit, and Cam Tucker contributed two hits and two runs for the Canes.

Hartford hosts Otter Valley for its senior night game on Saturday.

White River Valley 10, Springfield 1

SOUTH ROYALTON — Curtis Barry struck out eight in a complete-game victory to help the Wildcats improve to 13-0.

Barry walked just two while allowing one earned run for WRV. Catcher Tyler Ballentine drew praise from coach Devin Cilley for throwing out multiple runners trying to steal second base. Defense starred all afternoon as the Wildcats turned a pair of double plays.

Jamesen Rousell was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI while playing a good defensive game in left field. Austin Tracy was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Carder Stratton had two hits and drove in a pair. Jacob Barry and Arliss Spaulding each had hits and scored a run.

The Wildcats will host Bellows Falls on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Stevens 12, Mascoma 3

CLAREMONT — Dylan Chambers struck out 17 in a dominant effort for the Cardinals (7-5) against the Royals (0-10).

Chambers allowed just one earned run along with three hits and walked two. Chambers helped his own cause with two hits and two RBIs. Zack Bundy also had two hits to drive in one. Dom Puksta had a two-run single.

Senior Owen Taylor had an RBI single on senior night. Classmate Caden Ferland also had a hit and drove in one. Senior Bryce Weymouth tore a hamstring early in the season but returned to pick up a pinch-hit single.

Stevens concludes the regular season at Fall Mountain on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Thetford 25, Randolph 2 (5)

RANDOLPH, Vt. — Ryan Malloy had a career day at the plate for Thetford, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and nine RBIs.

Jacob Gilman added a grand slam and was 2-for-5 with four runs scored. Logan Brinkman was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple while scoring three runs. Nolan Pepe singled, walked twice and drove in two. Ethan Marshia was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and pitched four innings, striking out two. Jackson Kingsbury walked four times and scored three runs.

The Panthers scored nine runs in the first inning and then another eight in the second to remove all doubt. Thetford (11-3) now awaits seeding for the VPA Division III playoffs.

Lake Region 13, Oxbow 1

ORLEANS, Vt. — The Olympians (3-11) saw their ongoing losing streak extend to seven games at the hands of the Rangers (5-9).

Oxbow closes its regular season at North Country on Saturday morning.

Sunapee 15, Newport 0

SUNAPEE — The Tigers closed out a 2-8 regular season with a loss to the Lakers.

Newport opens the NHIAA Division III tournament next week.

SOFTBALL Oxbow 17, Lake Region 5 (5)

ORLEANS, Vt. — Anastase Bourgeois struck out 11 in five strong innings for Oxbow (12-1).

Hadlee Allen, Aspen Longmoore, Taylor Bean and Lily Lahaye each had a pair of hits for the Olympians. Alexa Kosakowski, Emma DeGoosh and Faith Eastman had one hit each. Allen and Kosakowski collected four RBIs apiece.

Oxbow will host BFA-Fairfax on Saturday at 11 a.m. to tie a bow on the regular season.

Brattleboro 5, Windsor 4 (8)

WINDSOR — The Yellowjackets’ bats went cold after a three-run first inning in a loss to the visiting VPA Division I Colonels.

Peyton Richardson pitched all eight innings for D-III Windsor (8-4), allowing 10 hits while striking out six. The Jacks finally found paydirt again in the home half of the seventh when Alyssa Slocum drove in Hannah Wood with a game-tying run, knotting the score at 4-4.

Wood and Adi Prior each had two hits for Windsor. Mya Harriman had a two-run single to key the first-inning rally. The Jacks close the regular season at Springfield on Saturday at 1 p.m.

White River Valley 23, Woodstock 7 (5)

WOODSTOCK — White River Valley (14-0) moved within one win of an undefeated regular season with a road win over Woodstock (1-10).

WRV established a lead immediately with three runs in the first inning. The Wildcats exploded for 15 runs in the third. Woodstock rallied for six runs in the fifth, but the Wasps had too much ground to recover.

Junior Julia Morse went 2-for-3 with two walks, four RBIs and two runs scored for WRV. Senior Fiona Vaillancourt pitched three innings and gave up one earned run on two hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

Junior Emma Tarleton delivered a third-inning RBI single for Woodstock.

Both teams are back in action Saturday, when White River Valley hosts West Rutland and Woodstock faces Bellows Falls on the road.

Lebanon 19, Hanover 13

NORWICH — The Raiders (4-9) rapped out 18 hits to complete a season sweep of Hanover (2-10) at the Dresden Athletic Fields.

Cassady Coates had four hits in six trips to the plate for Lebanon and scored three times. Piper Morgan also scored three runs on a 3-for-6 day.

Skouly Kachikis paced Hanover with a game-high four runs. Emilee Jones went the distance in the circle.

The teams begin their respective NHIAA state tournaments next week.

St. Johnsbury 21, Hartford 0

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — The Hurricanes dropped to 4- with a loss to the fifth-ranked team in VPA Division I.

Hartford closes the regular season at Otter Valley on Saturday.

Sunapee 13, Newport 9

SUNAPEE — The Lakers (11-4), among the top teams in NHIAA Division IV, completed a regular-season sweep of the D-III Tigers (9-3).

Newport closes its schedule at Conant on Friday.

Poultney 25, Thetford-Rivendell 5

THETFORD — The Panthers fell to 2-8 with the loss to the No. 2 team in VPA Division IV.

Thetford-Rivendell awaits its seeding in the D-III tourney next week.

John Stark 7, Stevens 1

WEARE, N.H. — The Generals (8-4) overwhelmed the Cardinals (8-2) in a potential NHIAA Division II tournaent preview.

Stevens will close out its schedule with a visit from Mascoma on Friday night.

BOYS LACROSSE Lebanon 11, Stevens 3

LEBANON — Simon Amaro scored twice and Griffin Auch set up a pair of goals and netted one of his own as the Raiders (6-6) topped the Cardinals to wrap up the regular season.

Lebanon spread the offense around, with C.J. Childs, Alisdair MacPhail, Griffin Urnezis, Noah Mekus, Aidan Lewis, Ben Twarog (assist), Ryan Neu and Alex Blish all denting the net. Jake Kriplin, Hunter Grant and Cesar Salcedo provided assists, and netminder James Barnett posted three saves.

Lebanon hosts either Monadnock or Kearsarge in an NHIAA Division III quarterfinal on June 5.

Keene 13, Hanover 6

KEENE, N.H. — The Blackbirds led from the opening quarter onward in a regular season-closing win over Hanover (4-6).

Keene held a 2-1 lead after one period, extending it to 6-2 at the half and 9-3 after three quarters. Jack Badams led Hanover with three goals and an assist. Brett Simmons, Seamus Murphy and Brendan Logan also scored, Noah Fahey served three assists and Angus Few had one. Danny Pitiger stopped 12 shots.

Hanover hosts Kennett to open the NHIAA Division II tournament on Monday.

GIRLS LACROSSE Windham 18, Hanover 12

HANOVER — Hanover finished a 6-4 campaign with its second loss to the Jaguars this week.

Tournament play begins with a visit from Merrimack Valley on Wednesday.

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