Local roundup: Raiders break two longstanding school marks at Londonderry meet

  • Biranhu Harriman —Tris Wykes

  • Nyeoti Punni —Tris Wykes

  • Nick Lamontagne —Tris Wykes

Staff Reports
Published: 5/21/2022 10:16:15 PM
Modified: 5/21/2022 10:15:55 PM

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — The Lebanon High track team enjoyed a record-setting day at the R.E.A.L Invitational on Saturday, an unscored meet giving individual competitors a last chance to shine before next weekend’s NHIAA championship meets. Most of the teams in attendance were from Division I, but other select programs were also invited.

While tuning up for next weekend’s NHIAA Division II title event at Pelham High, the Raiders received a 200-meter time of 22.19 seconds from senior Nyeoti Punni, who earned a second-place finish and broke Reggie Johnson’s 51-year old school record of 22.30. Punni was also third in the 100 meters.

In the 1,600 meters, Birhanu Harriman ran 4:24.04 to break Wegene Wells-Bogue’s 17-year old school record of 4:24.82. Harriman ran a lap of the 3,200 before exiting in discomfort. The junior’s performance at Sanborn last month has him two seconds behind the school record in that event.

Lebanon’s Tommy Wolfe finished third in the 3,200, and the Raiders 4x100 relay team was sixth. Newport freshman Maddox Lovely was second in the 200 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles. Taylor Fellows was sixth in the 800.

Lebanon coach Kevin Lozeau said a memorable moment occurred during the 110-meter hurdles when an adjacent competitor fell and knocked a hurdle into the lane of Lebanon’s Nick Lamontagne. The junior stopped to tend to his fallen foe before finishing the competition. He was also fourth in the 300 hurdles.

“Most guys would have kept running and been upset that they were interfered with,” Lozeau said. “But Nick stopped for 10 or 15 seconds to make sure the other kid was OK. He’s just a really good person.”

Lamontagne is ranked third in Division II in the 300 hurdles despite having only run the event four times in his life, Lozeau said. That out-of-nowhere performance has the coach thinking his man is a dark-horse candidate for a title next weekend and that the Raiders could be in the hunt for second behind powerful and deep Coe-Brown.

Boys tennis Lebanon 7, Portsmouth 2

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Mason and Nolan Arado remained undefeated in doubles play and each won their singles matches against the Clippers (6-6).

In singles, Mason won, 8-1, and Nolan prevailed, 8-3. Other Raider singles winners were Baden Schifferdecker (8-2), Will Katz (9-7) and Kyle Hines (9-7).

The Arados won, 8-1, in doubles, and Katz and Schifferdecker won, 8-2. The Raiders’ Hines and Seth Carl lost, 4-8. Lebanon finished the regular season at 12-1 and should be the second seed in the upcoming NHIAA D-II state tournament behind undefeated Oyster River.

Baseball Thetford 4, North Country 2

THETFORD — The Panthers scored four runs in the first inning and held North Country hitless until the seventh, with Ethan Marshia throwing no-hit ball for four frames.

Mack Briglin, who pitched the last three innings and allowed two runs on two hits, had two hits at the plate. Jacob Gilman had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs.

“We played exceptional defense today,” said Thetford coach Phil Chaput. “Ethan and Mack pitched great for us, throwing a lot of strikes. It was a nice senior day for the two of them. Jacob did really well and powered our offense today.”

Thetford (8-3) is home against Hazen on Tuesday.

Rivendell 14, Poultney 0

POULTNEY, Vt. — Raptors freshman Will Knowles allowed two hits and struck out seven batters during five innings for the visitors, who improved to 6-5.

“Will gave us exactly what we needed after a two-hour plus drive on a hot day,” said Rivendell coach Eric Reichert. “He pounded the strike zone all day and, as a result, the defense was on their toes making both the simple plays and the complex plays.”

Rowan Halsey-Leckerling had two doubles and seven other Raptors had a hit each. After a scoreless first, the Raptors scored six in the second and three more in the third en route to the win.

Rivendell hosts Proctor on Thursday.

Rutland 13, Windsor 2

WINDSOR — Rutland broke open a two-run game with four tallies during the third inning and five more during the fifth.

Windsor managed two hits overall, one each from Lee Bevis and Charles Palmer. Jonathan Clark pitched three innings, giving up six hits and eight runs, two of them earned, as the Yellowjackets committed four errors. Windsor (4-8) is at Hartford on Monday.

Green Mountain 14, Woodstock 0

WOODSTOCK — The Chieftans improved to 9-3. Woodstock fell to 5-6 and hosts Fair Haven on Monday.

Softball Woodstock 13, Randolph 5

WOODSTOCK — Woodstock improved to 5-4 and hosts Hartford (7-5) on Tuesday.

Oxbow 6, Lamoille 1

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians got key hits when they needed them, played errorless ball and received another strong day from freshman Anastase Bourgeois in the circle.

Bourgeois struck out 11 while allowing just one hit and one run.

Maggi Ellsworth’s single in the second inning put Oxbow up, 2-0. Also getting a hit for Oxbow were Taylor Bean, Hadlee Allen, Makenna Simmons, Alexa Kosakowski and Bourgeois. Simmons handled 12 chances in the field and also cut down a Lamoille baserunner trying to steal third.

“We definitely struggled at the plate today, but we hit when we needed to,” said Oxbow coach Chuck Simmons. “Our defense was solid today, which helped with the win.”

Oxbow (9-3) is at White River Valley (0-12) on Monday.

Boys Lacrosse Hartford 15, Stowe 4

STOWE, Vt. — Joseph Barwood scored eight times, including his 100th career goal, and added two assists as the Hurricanes rolled.

Aidan Booyaharn tallied three times with four assists. Brayden Trombley scored twice, and Ryan Spaulding struck once. Hartford (10-1) plays at Milton (2-10) on Monday.

Girls Lacrosse Hanover 18, Kingswood 5

HANOVER — Seniors Lia Naughton and Caroline Adams led the Bears with a combined 13 goals and five assists.

Naughton scored seven goals and added two helpers. Adams had six goals and set up three others as the Bears improved to 8-3 and dropped Kingswood to 7-4.

Lauren Eiler scored three times, and Kalie McDonnell and Maggie Higgins had a goal each. Hanover hosts Winnacunnet on Tuesday and travels to Memorial-West (2-12) on Friday to conclude its regular season.

Crew Hanover dominates races on Connecticut

HANOVER — The Bears’ crew team won eight of 10 races against teams from Hingham and Tabor, Mass., in the 1,400-meter upstream event.

The girls’ five boats and the boys’ top three boats all won. The closest race for Hanover was the second boys boat, which won by two seconds over Tabor.

“It was great preparation for New Englands, which is next weekend,” said Hanover coach Julie Stevenson. “All the boats which could qualify on the boys and girls side did, so we will be taking six boats.”

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