Local Roundup: Rivendell boys complete undefeated regular season

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Published: 2/25/2022 9:20:21 PM
Modified: 2/25/2022 9:20:21 PM

ORFORD — The Rivendell Academy boys basketball team finished a perfect regular season by going the extra few minutes in a 56-48 overtime win over Bellows Falls on Thursday night.

Trailing throughout the game, Rivendell (18-0) finally took the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Bellows Falls (15-5) — a top-five team in VPA Division III — was able to get a rebound bucket underneath the basket with seconds remaining to tie it in regulation. Overtime was all Rivendell, 8-0, and the undefeated season remained intact.

Eight players scored for the Raptors, led by Kyle Carter’s 21 points.

Rivendell coach Ross Convertino praised several of his players for their performance, including Carter for his shooting and defensive work, Chris Pierce’s big buckets late and Jameson Gilbert’s overall play.

“He had to battle (6-foot-7 Owen) LaRoss all evening, who is a good five inches taller and much longer,” Convertino said of Gilbert. “Jameson played his heart out making huge blocks, big-time rebounds and contesting everything around the rim and even flying out to shooters on the (three-point) line.”

LaRoss was held to eight points on the night.

Early foul trouble put Rivendell’s Harry Molesworth on the bench, and that hurt the Raptors defensively. BF led at halftime, 29-25, and was up by three points going into the last quarter.

“I thought our guys did a tremendous job battling both physically and mentally,” Convertino said. “Mentally, we never lost our composure or poise. The players certainly deserve all the credit, as they have had to play with a target on their back all season and take everyone’s best shot. I couldn’t be more proud of the way the kids responded tonight to adversity.”

Rivendell will be the top seed in the upcoming VPA Division IV playoffs, with seeds due on Monday.

White River Valley 48Twin Valley 29

WHITINGHAM, Vt. — The Wildcats played their third game in four days and now prepare for the playoffs with a regular season record of 14-4.

White River Valley jumped out early with 21 first-quarter points, including four three-pointers from senior Dominic Craven, who finished with 20 points.

Coach Mike Gaudette anticipates a No. 3 seed for his team in VPA Division IV playoffs.

Fair Haven 78Hartford 68

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Hurricanes dropped their final game of the regular season to the fourth-ranked team in Division II.

Fair Haven built 15-point halftime lead and extended it to 18 at the end of three quarters. Hartford put up 28 points in the last quarter, but it was not enough. Jacob Seaver led Hartford with 26 points, and Tarin Prior added 15.

Hartford finished the regular season at 14-5 and will likely be seeded sixth in the D-II draw.

Mount St. Joseph 75Windsor 46

RUTLAND — The Yellowjackets finished their regular season at 8-11 with a loss to the Mounties. Windsor will likely hit the road to open the D-III tournament next week.

Richford 63, Oxbow 44

RICHFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (1-14) have one game remaining on Saturday against Blue Mountain at home.

Harwood 56, Thetford 35

MORETOWN, Vt. — The Panthers ended the year at 4-15 and will travel to open the D-III playoffs next week.

Girls hockey Hanover 8Bishop Brady-Trinity 0

MANCHESTER — Rachel Rockmore, Maeve Lee and Kali McDonnell had two goals each and Lee added a pair of assists in the win.

Also finding the net was Nora Bradley with a goal and three assists and Rory Seelig, with one of each. Hannah Gardner had two assists and Gail Morse and MacKenzie Lu one each. Katie Smith made 15 saves for the shutout.

“Our third game in four days and a 9 p.m. start in Manchester could have been a recipe for trouble, but they came out with energy and focus,” said Hanover coach John Dodds. “We played pretty solid hockey at both ends of the rink.”

Hanover (14-3-0 league, 14-4-1 overall) is home on Saturday against Bishop Guertin.

Alpine skiing Stocken fifth at NHIAA MOC

FRANCONIA, N.H. — Hanover’s Wesley Stocken qualified for the Eastern High School Championships with his fifth-place finish in the slalom at the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Mittersill.

Stocken’s combined time for two runs was 1 minute, 17.53 seconds, less than six seconds behind the winner, Plymouth’s Dylan Welch.

Others boys racing for Hanover were Andrew McGuire (20th GS; 23rd slalom) and Adam Goodney (27th GS; 26th slalom). Among the girls, Sadie Higgins (13th in GS; 23rd slalom), Reilly Loughman (17th GS; 31st slalom), Riley McGuire (18th GS; 41st slalom), Mia Madden (20th GS; 33rd slalom) and Dahlia Fuld (23rd GS; 16th slalom) all competed.

About 80 racers participated in the MOC, including Lebanon’s Cassidy Adams, who was 18th in the girls slalom.

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