Local roundup: Windsor football assumes VPA D-III frontrunner role

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Published: 10/16/2021 10:23:41 PM
Modified: 10/17/2021 9:25:53 AM

WINDSOR — The Windsor High football team has established itself as the bunch to beat in the upcoming VPA Division III state tournament.

The Yellowjackets ran for seven touchdowns on their way to a 54-35 shootout win over BFA-Fairfax at MacLeay-Royce Field on Saturday afternoon. The win left Windsor as the sole remaining undefeated team in the division with one week left in the regular season.

Senior Ben Gilbert had three scores on the ground, one from about 40 yards, and juniors Maison Fortin and Travis McAllister had two each. The other score was a pass to senior Austin Gauld for a 30-yard touchdown.

Windsor (7-0) was up, 34-14, at halftime before BFA (5-1) closed to 34-28 after returning the second-half kickoff for a touchdown and adding another score.

"They played very hard," WIndsor coach Greg Balch said. "It was a tough game against a good opponent. They were by far the best opponent, so I am very proud of our efforts."

Balch said his team handled some "adversity," including a fumble on the 1-yard line and a bad snap on a punt as well.

The Jacks go for the perfect regular season at rival Woodstock on Friday night.

Lebanon 47, John Stark 0

LEBANON — In a game split between dry and soaked, the Raiders (6-0) maintained their unbeaten ways by shutting out the Generals.

Nyeoti Punni did must of the pre-rain work for Lebanon, scoring the first three touchdowns of the game, including one on a punt return, before the contest was eight minutes old. The Raiders had the final margin of victory in hand by halftime, with CJ Childs recording running and receiving points to go with TDs from Cole Shambo and Talun Patkul.

Tanner Ames booted five extra points for the Raiders, who visit Hanover on Friday.

Otter Valley 41, Woodstock 35 (OT)

BRANDON, Vt. — The Wasps (5-2) sustained a hiccup in their bid for home field in the VPA D-III quarterfinals, dropping a tight overtime contest to the Otters (5-2).

Tied at the half at 14-14, Woodstock opened a 28-22 cushion by the third-quarter horn only to have the hosts rally. Corey White ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Wasps, who also picked up rushing Tds from Brooks Ruderman and Willy Underwood along with a Colby Eaton scoring toss to Eric Blanchard.

Woodstock entertains Windsor on Friday.

Oxbow 33, Poultney 22

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (1-5) broke through for their first win of the season, dropping the Blue Devils. Oxbow closes its schedule at home against BFA-Fairfax on Saturday.

Mascoma 34, Franklin 0

WEST CANAAN — The Royals evened their record at 3-3 and maintained a spot in the NHIAA Division IV playoff picture with a blanking of the Golden Tornadoes.

Mascoma travels to Newport on Saturday.

Newport 24, Epping-Newmarket 12

NEWPORT — Playing for the first time in three weeks, the Tigers (5-0) stayed unbeaten while handing the Blue Devils (4-1) their first defeat.

Newport had a bye two weeks ago and had last week’s contest with Raymond canceled because of rising COVID-19 case counts. The Rams have lost their last three games on the schedule as a result.

The Tigers host Mascoma on Saturday.

Trinity 48, Stevens 0

MANCHESTER — The Cardinals (3-4) saw the end of a two-win streak in a loss to the Pioneers. Stevens returns to Barnes Park on Friday for its final home game of the season, hosting Campbell.

BOYS SOCCERLebanon 4, Hollis-Brookline 0

LEBANON — An early goal and a hat trick for sophomore Nick Brill provided the scoring for the Raiders.

Senior Krists Putans scored nine seconds in with an assist by Brill followed by Brill's first goal at the 4:30 mark from Putans.

Brill's second goal came on an assist by senior Ben Katz at the 29-minute mark, and Brill scored again three minutes later with Putans getting his second assist. Easton Wykes had five saves for Lebanon.

The teams were tied for third in NHIAA Division II going into Saturday match.

Lebanon (12-2-0) travels to Merrimack Valley on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCEROxbow 1, Winooski 0

WINOOSKI, Vt. — Sophia Hayes caught up to an Avery Bruce through ball and drove it home in the 74th minute for the decider for the Olympians (7-4-1).

Makenna Simmons threw a four-save shutout in goal for Oxbow, which has won two straight. The O's host Rivendell on Tuesday.

Rivendell 5, Hazen 0

ORFORD — The Raptors were strong both offensively with great passing and disciplined and organized defensively for the shutout, said coach Tim Goodwin

Freshman Shaylee Carter opened the scoring at the eight-minute mark, with senior Kylie Taylor adding two goals at the 31st and 43rd minutes. Olivia Parker and senior Iris Fukushima also scored, with assists on the day from Harper Traendly, Lindsay O'Hearn (two), Elisia Sonsalla and Ryleigh Butler. Savannah Gray had two saves in goal.

Though she didn't score, freshman Erin Ricker had a solid game. "She played outside back and had 30 recoveries today and controlled her side," Goodwin noted.

Rivendell (6-4-1) travels to Oxbow on Tuesday.

White River Valley 4, BFA-Fairfax 0

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — Junior Jillian Barry had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Wildcats.

One of Barry's goals curved in off a corner kick, and Barry assisted on freshman Norah Harwood's score off another corner kick. Junior Ellie Prestridge also scored, and sophomore Tanner Drury and junior Claire Allen each had an assist.

WRV had 18 shots and 12 corner kicks. Prestridge and senior Julia Morse combined in goal for the shutout.

WRV coach Kim Prestridge praised several players for their hard work on defense and in midfield. She also noted the "selfless" play of Barry, senior Wynter Simack, junior Ella Perreault and sophomore Amara Calhum-Flowers.

"They put passes together and controlled the ball so well for us today," Prestridge said.

White River Valley (8-3-1) is home to Stratton Mountain on Tuesday.

Thetford 3, Lyndon 0

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The Panthers led 1-0 at the half after junior Hannah Williams redirected a corner kick from senior Kiran Black. After the break, senior Madi Powers made it 2-0, then Williams scored again unassisted. Freshman Heidi Hewes had five saves.

Thetford (3-7-1) is home to Lamoille on Tuesday.

Hollis-Brookline 2, Lebanon 1

LEBANON - Senior Ella Longacre's goal from 30 yards out on a direct kick knotted the game at one at halftime before Hollis-Brookline scored the game winner in the second half.

Junior goalkeeper Maddy Newton had nine saves for Lebanon.

Lebanon (9-5) travels to Merrimack Valley on Tuesday

Berlin 3, Mascoma 1

BERLIN, N.H. — Mascoma junior Madisun LaCasse scored her fifth goal of the season on a penalty kick and junior goalkeeper Emma Bill made 12 saves.

Mascoma (1-13-0) is home to Gilford on Tuesday.

Oyster River 1, Stevens 0

DURHAM, N.H. — The Cardinals slipped to 10-3 and are home to Bow on Tuesday.

FIELD HOCKEYLebanon 8, Pembroke 0

LEBANON Seniors Molly Smith and Sally Tretter and junior Meg Thompson each scored twice for the Raiders, and Smith added three assists to her day's work and Tretter one as Lebanon wrapped up an 11-2-2 regular season.

Also finding the net were seniors Amalia Hickey and Claire Thibodeau, her first varsity goal to go along with an assist. Junior Mikayla Thornton and senior Abigail Pauls had an assist each.

Junior Ashlee Blashock had three saves.

"Great homecoming game," said Lebanon coach Amanda Valliere. "The team played well, supported one another and had fun."

Lebanon will learn its opening NHIAA Division II tournament assignment on Monday

GOLFWilkinson, Shapard T5 at states

CONCORD — Stevens High's Reeve Wilkinson and Lebanon's Roy Shapard closed their golf seasons by finishing in the Division III top five at the NHIAA individual state tournament at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

Wilkinson, fourth in Tuesday's opening round at Laconia Country Club, stayed there after an 8-over-par 80 at the Beav for a 36-hole tally of 13-over 157. Shapard jumped a couple of notches in the standings with a 7-over 79 on Saturday, sharing fifth with John Stark's Kyle Provencher at 15-over 159.

Hanover's Spencer Lawe carded a 10-over 82 on Saturday. Combined with his 6-over 77 score from Thursday's D-I team round at The Overlook in Hollis, Lawe shared 11th place in his division at 16-over 159.

CROSS COUNTRYMascoma nips Prospect Mountain

ALTON, N.H. — Freshman Gunner Currier and senior Jack Buffington led the way as the Royals won a dual meet, narrowly edging the host Timberwolves.

Currier recorded a personal record and was second overall with a time of 18 minutes, 22 seconds. Buffington took third at 18:51.

The Mascoma girls placed second, led by third-place Leah Caron (23:34) and fifth-place Danni Caron (24:22). The Royals will next run in the NHIAA Division III state meet in Manchester’s Derryfield Park on Oct. 30.

Hanover boys fifth among the Bears

NORTHWOOD, N.H. — The Hanover boys placed fifth among 18 teams at Coe-Brown's Black Bear Invitational.

Senior Spencer May led Hanover with a ninth-place finish overall (17:11), followed by junior Mack Levy in 17th (17:42), sophomore Will Parker in 22nd (17:50) and senior Luke Holmes in 27th (17:56).

The girls, 10th out of 17 teams in their race, were led by sophomore Sarah Glueck in 14th (21:04), senior Charlotte Tagupa in 32nd (22:17), senior Ayla Wager in 59th (24:07), sophomore Lily Terry in 62nd (24:32) and freshman Elizabeth Staats in 72nd (25:09).

Hanover coach Eric Picconni said his teams performed well in fields or more than 100 runners.

"The boys laced up against most of the toughest teams in the states and, after a bold start and some climbing up the ladder during the race, Spencer notched a top-10 slot," Picconni said.

"The girls ran a good race too. Sarah also flew out of the start and chased down those in front of her who went out a bit too fast. Charlotte had a great individual performance."

Limited Oxbow at NVACs

CRAFTSBURY COMMONS, Vt. — With a small roster because of illness and PSATs, Oxbow junior Abigail Carson led the way at the NVAC Mountain Division meet at the Craftsbury School.

Carson was 59th among 81 runners with a time of 29:14 in the 5K race. Senior Nora Fahey was 63rd (30:58).

For the boys, freshman Moses Andrews was 77th among 90 runners with a time of 26:16, a personal record, followed by junior Aidan Morse in 80th (27:24) and junior Hayden Palmer in 85th (29:25).

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