Local roundup: Home course edge treats Hurricanes well at SVL XC Championship

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Published: 10/19/2021 11:04:55 PM
Modified: 10/19/2021 11:04:59 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — It was twice as nice for the Hartford High cross country teams.

The Hurricanes looked right at home in the Southern Vermont League B Championship meet on their home Maynard-Hagen Loop on Tuesday, winning titles in both the boys and girls events.

Hartford’s Gavin Farnsworth paced the boys to a win, finishing second overall with a time of 19 minutes, 30 seconds. Teammate Finn Walther was just behind in third at 19:55, followed by Bennett Moreno in fourth (20:01). It was the best time of the season for all three runners, and the three finishers in the top four spots helped the Canes distance themselves from second-place Springfield.

Bethany Davis led the Hartford girls in third overall (23:33), with teammate Meg MacLaury in sixth (24:59). Kayla Burnham took seventh (25:06), and Rylee Burnham was eighth (25:10). This marks the second straight SVL-B conference title for the Hurricane girls.

Anita Miller of White River Valley took second in the girls race in 21:22.

“I feel like the team has worked for this all season. They set their goals early and every student athlete worked to accomplish those goals,” Hartford coach Fatimah Shabazz said. “We still have states to look forward to, but I’m very proud of them today.”

Springfield’s Dylan Magoon won the boys race in 19:28. Annika Heintz of Mill River won the girls race in 21:05.

Boys team scores: Hartford 14, Springfield 31, Otter Valley 46.

Girls team scores: Hartford 19, Long Trail 36, Mill River 28.

Thetford girls win

WESTMINSTER, Vt. — The Panthers placed four runners in the top 11 to secure the SVL-A conference championship at Bellows Falls.

Madelyn Durkee led the Thetford girls in second overall in 19:54. Ava Hayden was eighth (21:11), Annie Hesser was ninth (21:24) and Charlize Brown took 11th (21:58). Woodstock’s Myra McNaughton was 10th in 21:41.

The Wasps took second in the boys race, led by Zed McNaughton in second overall with a time of 18:49. Danny Smith was fifth for Woodstock in 17:24, followed by James Underwood (sixth, 17:28) and Quinn Giordano (10th, 18:00).

Benjamin Mattern (eighth, 17:56) and Brady Sloop (ninth, 17:58) had top-10 showing for the Thetford boys.

Rutland’s Brady Geisler won the boys race in 16:18. Steph Ager won the girls race for host Bellows Falls in 19:21.

Boys team scores: Rutland 28, Woodstock 40, Burr & Burton 89, Thetford 93, Brattleboro 115, Mount Anthony 120.

Girls team scores: Thetford 46, Rutland 52, Bellows Falls 75, Burr & Burton 75, Mount Anthony 101, Brattleboro 142.

Boys SoccerHanover 8, Bishop Guertin 3

NASHUA, N.H. — Hanover (11-3-1) scored all eight of its goals in the final 27 minutes to rally from a 3-0 deficit on the road.

Eric Ringer had two goals and two assists to pace the explosive Hanover attack. Ryder Hayes scored the first Hanover goal, depositing a rebound of a Jacob Kubik-Pauw shot in the 54th minute. Jack Gardner added a goal six minutes later.

Murphy Hunt, Will Guerin, Sean Smith (his first varsity goal) and Hayes added goals for the final margin. Hayes’ second strike came when he headed home a corner by Jack McGrath.

Luke Ives added an assist for Hanover. Hanover currently sits in third place in the NHIAA Division I standings and will close the regular season at home against Winnacunnet on Thursday.

Mascoma 5, Winnisquam 4

TILTON, N.H. — The Royals (9-5-0) came out on top in a wild game against the Bears.

Zach Thompson answered an early Winnisquam goal in the 12th minute, scoring on a corner kick by Tanner Moulton. Moulton then countered another Bears goal with one of his own, assisted by James Thomas, for a 2-2 draw heading into halftime.

Thomas and Grant Suttie scored within the first 15 minutes of the second half to give Mascoma a 4-2 lead. Winnisquam snatched back momentum with a pair of goals to again knot the score, this time at 4-4 with just 10 minutes left in regulation.

Cole Moulton scored the eventual game-winner for Mascoma in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick. The PK resulted from a red card on a Winnisquam takedown of freshman Reuben Densmore, a play in which Densmore suffered what coach Keli Greene called a serious leg injury.

Keeper Isaiah Hogan made four saves for Mascoma, which visits Newfound on Friday.

Rivendell 2, Woodstock 1

WOODSTOCK — The Raptors (8-3-1) scored on a pair of long-range strikes to beat the Wasps (6-5-2).

Ezra Lockhart scored for Woodstock, with Bode Wood picking up the assist. The Wasps had numerous scoring chances in the final 10 minutes but couldn’t solve the Rivendell defense.

Woodstock visits Burr & Burton on Friday. Rivendell hosts Oxbow on Saturday.

Rutland 1, Hartford 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes (6-5-1) couldn’t find the back of the net in a battle with visiting Rutland.

The visitors scored on a corner kick that was redirected three separate times before finding its way for a goal. Hartford hosts Mount Anthony on Thursday.

Bow 3, Stevens 0

BOW, N.H. — The Cardinals dropped to 8-7-0 with the loss at the Falcons. Stevens hosts Pelham to conclude the regular season on Friday.

Girls SoccerRivendell 2, Oxbow 0

BRADFORD, Vt. — Elisia Sonsalla and Harper Traendly each scored to help the Raptors (8-4-1) outlast the Olympians (7-5-1).

Sonsalla scored in the 36th minute, and Traendly added the insurance goal in the 73rd. Shaylee Carter and Olivia Parker had assists for the Raptors, who outshot Oxbow, 14-4. Keeper Savannah Gray made four saves for Rivendell.

Makenna Simmons made 12 saves for Oxbow, including several great stops to keep the Olympians close according to coach Dan Thomas. Thomas also praised the play of McKenna Smith, Hazel Fahey and Rose Bohan.

“Despite the loss, we played a strong game today. We set up numerous quality passing plays in Rivendell’s half, but ultimately their defense held strong and shut down those opportunities,” Thomas said.

Rivendell hosts Bellows Falls on Thursday. Oxbow hosts Danville on Friday.

Lebanon 2, Merrimack Valley 0

PENACOOK, N.H. — The Raiders scored a pair of goals in the second half to top the Pride.

Mary Rainey opened the scoring in the 49th minute with assists to Catherine Cole and Delaney Deshane. Ella Longacre followed with an insurance goal five minutes later, converting a direct kick from 20 yards out.

Keeper Maddie Newton made six saves to record Lebanon’s sixth shutout of the season. The Raiders finish the regular season at Bow on Friday.

Bishop Guertin 2, Hanover 0

HANOVER — Hanover (4-9-2) put up a strong fight against a very strong squad from Bishop Guertin (14-1-0).

Coach Doug Kennedy praised the midfield work of Nora Bradley and the defensive play of Skouly Kachikis and Elsa Bolinger. Bishop Guertin scored in the 55th minute to break open what had been a scoreless battle.

“It was a well-fought defensive battle. All in all, a great effort by the Hanover girls,” Kennedy said.

Keeper Amelia Berthold made three saves for Hanover, which hosts Nashua South on Saturday at 11 a.m. to close the regular season.

Gilford 9, Mascoma 1

WEST CANAAN — The Royals (1-14-0) got on the board against Gilford (13-2-0) when Madisun LaCasse scored her team-best sixth goal of the season.

Emily Seiler picked up the assist for Mascoma, which hosts Laconia on Friday to conclude the regular season.

Bow 3, Stevens 2

CLAREMONT — The Cardinals came up just short in a matchup of two of the top teams in NHIAA D-II.

Brynn Murphy and Madalyn Minckler scored for Stevens (10-4-0). Bow improves to 14-1-0 with the win.

The Cardinals host Sunapee on Wednesday.

Lamoille 3, Thetford 2

THETFORD — The Panthers (3-8-1) lost a tight battle with the Lancers.

Mary Veracka scored in the first half for Thetford with an assist to Maddie Hatch. Madi Powers added a goal in the second half; Lily Welch assisted. Coach Dave Williams praised the defense led by Kiran Black and keeper Heidi Hewes (seven saves).

The Panthers wrap up the regular season at home against Randolph on Friday.

Stratton Mountain 3, White River Valley 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — The shorthanded Wildcats were shut out at home, dropping to 7-4-1 with the loss.

“We had a number of lineup changes today due to injuries and other factors. We had some players really step up into new roles,” WRV coach Kim Prestridge said. “We had our share of opportunities; I wish we could have put them away but sometimes the bounces don’t go your way.”

Keeper Ellie Prestridge made five saves, including one on a penalty kick, for the Wildcats. Coach Prestridge also praised the play of Amara Calhum-Flowers on defense and for substitutes Hannah Collins and Norah Harwood for stepping up and playing big minutes.

WRV visits Green Mountain on Thursday.

Field HockeyBurr & Burton 2, Woodstock 1

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Wasps (6-7-0) couldn’t hold an early lead at the Bulldogs.

Norah Harper put Woodstock in front, scoring on a penalty corner play in the first quarter with assists to Lily Gubbins and Natalie Parent. The Bulldogs answered later in the first and then scored the game-winner in the third in a scramble in front of the Woodstock goal.

Goalie Audrey Emery had seven saves for Woodstock, which hosts Brattleboro on Friday.

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