EAST MONTPELIER — The U-32 boys tennis team did not drop a set all afternoon during Wednesday’s 7-0 victory over BFA-St. Albans.
The Raiders were the picture of efficiency, finishing off the Bobwhites in less than 90 minutes. Basil Humke set the tone at the No. 1 singles position, winning 6-2, 6-1. Owen Myka-Smith was in cruise control at No. 2 singles, securing a 6-0, 6-2 victory. Jacob Bradley’s big first serve gave him some easy points on his way to a 6-0, 6-3 victory at No 3 singles. At No. 4 singles, Jack Morris wrapped up a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
“Jacob’s first serve was working really well today and he had quite a few aces,” U-32 coach Garrett Washburn said. “And both Jack and Owen played really consistent tennis throughout. Even though they gave up a couple of games in the second sets, they definitely played some solid tennis.”
The Raiders (6-1) will host North Country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Basil Humke def. Jacob Newman 6-2, 6-1
Owen Myka-Smith def. Nate Smullen 6-0, 6-2
Jacob Bradley def. Jayden Bedard 6-0, 6-3
Jack Morris def. Hunter Harris 6-1, 6-2
J.T. Nordsen won by forfeit
Kayl Humke and Malone Bruce def. Jose Gil and Losseliany Ramirez 6-1, 6-1
Tyler Maclnnes and Lance Henderson won by forfeit
BFA-St. Albans 5, U-32 2
ST. ALBANS — The Comets handed the Raiders their first loss of the season Wednesday after winning third-set tiebreakers at the top two singles positions.
BFA star Helen Barrow was in trouble during the late stages of her No. 1 singles duel, but she regrouped to earn a 6-1, 4-6, 10-7 victory over Ginger Knight. Lily Hebert picked up another point for the Comets at the No. 2 spot by defeating Lucy Krokenberger, 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.
“(Barrow) had to battle against some big ground strokes from her opponent,” BFA coach Laura Laramee said. “Her senior maturity and focus showed why she has gone 6-0 all season. … And (Hebert) kept going and going after every ball and playing every point like it was the most important point it is.”
U-32’s Addie Hannan cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Madysen Whitney at No. 4 singles. Raiders Sierra Henderson and Zoie Beauregard outlasted Maise Talbot and Lizzie Hill, 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-8, at No. 1 doubles.
“Sierra and Zoie played great,” U-32 coach Tim Flynn said.
U-32 (4-1) will travel to play North Country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. BFA-St. Albans (5-1) will face Harwood at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
Helen Barrow (B) def. Ginger Knight 6-1, 4-6, 10-7
Lily Hebert (B) def. Lucy Krokenberger 6-2, 4-6, 10-5
Chloe Dussault (B) def. Eva Jessup 6-1, 6-4
Addie Hannan (U) def. Madysen Whitney 6-0, 6-0
Lydia Hodgeman (B) def. Robyn Dudley 6-3, 6-2
Sierra Henderson and Zoie Beauregard (U) def. Maise Talbot and Lizzie Hill 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-8
Isabell Zemiank and Brianna Bean (B) def. Tovan Williams and Caitlin Dodge Prescott 7-5, 6-3
Williamstown 13, Danville 3
WILLIAMSTOWN — Three-sport standout Garrett Metcalf gave up four hits, issued no walks and racked up nine strikeouts to earn the victory on the mound Wednesday.
Metcalf threw all five innings and allowed two earned runs. Offensively, Williamstown’s Dalton Cody was 2-for-3 with a two-run double and three runs scored. Jacob Tassie belted a double and scored three times, while fellow Blue Devil Ethan Robie went 2-for-3 with a triple and a one-run single.
Danville led 2-1 after the first inning and held a 3-1 advantage after two. Williamstown scored five runs in the third inning and added four in the fourth to pull ahead for good.
“We got down early but we were able to fight back today,” Williamstown coach Troy Busconi said. “Garrett did an excellent job on the bump and the guys played much better defense behind him after the second inning.”
Williamstown (5-3) will host Enosburg at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Harwood 16, U-32 4
DUXBURY — Ely Kalkstein netted six goals for the Highlanders (6-3) on Wednesday in a rematch of last year’s Division II championship.
Harwood led 7-1 after the first quarter and added four unanswered goals before halftime. During the third quarter, the Raiders found the back of the net again, but the Highlanders tacked on two more for a 13-2 lead to start the fourth.
“U-32 is a very young team and their coach, A.J. (Waskow), is doing a great job with those guys,” Harwood coach Russell Beilke said. “And they are going to be up and coming.”
Jonathan O’Brien scored three goals for HU and Jake Lynn had two goals. Luke Groom, Sawyer Simmons, Finn O’Hara, Jake Wells and Mike Aiken each tallied one goal.
“I told the boys partway through the game that every quarter matters, and that what we put in is what we get out,” Beilke said.
Goalie Sully O’Hara made nine saves in three quarters of action for Harwood, while Max Kissner stopped 12 shots for U-32. The Raiders offense was paced by Jacob Ehret (three goals) and Nick Hood (one goal).
“We worked for possession and we worked for good shots,” Beilke said. “We tried to stop fast breaks so that we could work on the things that we needed to do. We needed to work on clears, and we needed to work on rides and our offensive sets. So those were all opportunities that we took advantage of.”
U-32 (0-7) will host Spaulding at 4 p.m. Friday. Harwood will travel to play St. Johnsbury at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Montpelier 9, Killington 3
MONTPELIER — The Solons improved to 2-5 with Wednesday’s victory.
U-32 17, Lamoille 4
HYDE PARK — Emily Ehret and Cypress Levitt each tallied four goals Wednesday, lifting the Raiders past the Lancers.
The defending Division II champs lead 12-3 at halftime. The Raiders gained possession early and often, winning 17 of the 22 draw controls. U-32’s players were also connecting on their passes with seven assisted goals. Ehret (two assists, five draw controls), Levitt (one assist, 11 draw controls), Sasha Kennedy (three goals) and Charlotte Harris (two goals) paced the Raiders attack. Kathryn Jones made seven saves in net. U-32 (6-1) will get a chance to avenge its only loss of the season Thursday during its home opener at 4:30 p.m. against Vergennes.
Vergennes 10, Harwood 0
VERGENNES — Leah Croke, Jalen Cook and Grace Harvey tucked away two goals apiece for the Commodores (9-0) on Wednesday.
Harriet Anderson, Siobhan Eagan, Ryley Olsen and Marley Keith also scored and teammate Ashley Tierney made one save in the shutout. Goalie Emma Caffry stopped 20 shots for Harwood (2-6). The Highlanders will travel to play Lamoille at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Rice 18, Spaulding 1
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Hadley Murphy and Barre product Lisa McNamara both recorded three goals and one assist Wednesday.
Caroline McClintock (three goals), Alex Dostie (two goals, two assists), Annika Hanson (two goals, one assist) and Melanie Dostie (two goals) rounded out Rice’s top scorers. Cathryn Senesac and Deena Jacunski finished with one goal and one assist for the Green Knights (8-4). Teammate Abby Hay also scored and Rice goalies Abi Jacunski and Kat Hoff combined to make five saves. Aubrey Benoit scored for the Tide and teammate Cheyenne Hathaway made five saves in front of the cage.
Spaulding (1-8) will host Colchester at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Montpelier 15, Rice 4
MONTPELIER — Anders Shenholm assisted Hayden Ellms for a highlight-reel catch in the end zone to put an exclamation point on Wednesday’s victory.
“Rice made a one-throw score, and then the very next point we answered by making a one-throw score from Anders to Hayden,” MHS coach Anne Watson said. “Hayden had to run basically the entire length of the field to chase it down.”
The Solons were patient on offense, leading to relatively few turnovers.
“We had consistent catches and throws,” Watson said. “And at this level of the game, that’s what makes or breaks a team.”
Montpelier (6-0) will travel to play Long Trail at 5 p.m. Friday.