EAST MONTPELIER — The U-32 girls tennis team wrote the latest dramatic chapter in its undefeated season Monday, securing a 5-2 victory over Montpelier.
Three-set matches at No. 5 singles and No. 1 doubles went the Raiders’ way in the end, marking the second win over MHS in six days.
Robyn Dudley recovered from a first-set loss to finish up a 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 victory over Dominique Savard at No. 5 singles. Doubles partners Sierra Henderson and Zoie Beauregard also bounced back for U-32, snagging a 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 win over Grace Murphy and Azwayla Taylor. Ginger Knight, Lucy Krokenberger and Eva Jessup added points from the top of the singles order.
“The girls all played great today,” U-32 coach Tim Flynn said. “The top three singles players all played very well and moved the ball around the court. Robyn played a great, steady match at No. 5 singles. And we also got a win at No. 1 doubles with a really strong effort from Sierra and Zoie. They were a set down but figured out their strategy to come back and win the second set and tiebreaker.”
U-32 (4-0) will travel to play BFA-St. Albans at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Montpelier (1-4) will host Middlebury the same day.
Ginger Knight (U) def. Bella Luhr 6-3, 6-0
Lucy Krokenberger (U) def. Isabelle Boutin 6-3, 6-4
Eva Jessup (U) def. Meredith Stetter 6-3, 6-4
Lily Gingold (M) def. Addie Hannan 6-2, 0-6, 10-7
Robyn Dudley (U) def. Dominique Savard 4-6, 6-3, 12-10
Sierra Henderson and Zoie Beauregard (U) def. Grace Murphy and Azwayla Taylor 3-6, 6-1, 10-5
Christie Cecere and Daphne Lasner (M)) def. Tovah Williams and Anna Knauss 6-0, 6-2
U-32 6, Montpelier 1
MONTPELIER — A doubles sweep and four straight-set singles victories Monday gave the Raiders a regular-season sweep over the Solons.
U-32’s Basil Humke, Owen Myka-Smith, Jacob Bradley and Jack Morris triumphed in singles action. Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke won at No. 1 doubles, while Leo Foy and Gavin Young teamed up to win at No. 2 doubles.
“Leo and Gavin had never played together before, so it was nice to see them clicking,” U-32 coach Garrett Washburn said. “It was a little rocky in the first set, but in the second set they just took off.”
Players from both teams braved the wind and cold to finish the match. At one point during the match it was unclear if the weather was going to cooperate, raising concerns that the action might be halted.
“Everything was up in the air, and that’s when the rain started to come down and we thought the whole thing might get canceled,” Washburn said. “We were up 3-1 and we were more concerned about getting the match done. We paused for about 45 second for players and coaches to talk out on the court, just to make sure everyone was safe. And it seemed like the boys wanted to keep playing.”
U-32 (5-1) will host BFA-St. Albans at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Montpelier (3-4) will travel to play Middlebury the same day.
Ben Hancock-Song (M) def. Joe Franco 0-6, 6-3, 10-8
Basil Humke (U) def. Josh Golonka 6-1, 6-2
Owen Myka-Smith (U) def. Emmett Kolber 6-3, 7-5
Jacob Bradley (U) def. Greg Golonka 7-6(4), 6-3
Jack Morris (U) def. Willem Slade 6-4, 6-3
Finn Olsen and Kayl Humke (U) def. def. Joseph Mensah and Ryan McSweeney 6-2, 6-1
Leo Foy and Gavin Young (U) def. Ben Gambil and Sam Watson 6-4, 6-0
Spaulding 12, Mt. Abraham 0
BRISTOL — Myles Aja notched one goal and a season-high five assists Monday, helping the Crimson Tide (7-1) bounce back from their first defeat of the season.
Aiden Blouin (three goals, two assists) and Travis Roy (three goals, one assist) were also on fire around the cage. Cam Gosselin and Colby Berard scored two goals apiece, while Carter Dickinson (one goal, one assist) and Heath Atwood (one assist) rounded out the offensive contributors. On Saturday, the Tide fell against Hartford, 9-5.
“It’s nice to play a game so quickly after a loss, with only a two-day turnaround,” Spaulding coach Ian Thomas said. “It was a long bus ride to Mount Abe and it was great to see our guys respond well. The defense had a phenomenal game, and our main mission today was to get better in our 6-on-6 offense. And we really focused on our time of possession. We were trying to work on ourselves and our team system, so we’re ready against anyone we go out there against.”
Spaulding led 3-0 after the first quarter and held a 7-0 halftime lead before adding two goals in the third quarter. Goalie Attilio Perantoni made seven saves in the shutout, while Aidan Danyow stopped 16 shots for the Eagles. Gosselin went 13 of 15 on face-offs and teammate Owen Barr caused four turnovers.
“Owen has really been playing well on defense,” Thomas said. “Mount Abe had some fast players and they could have burnt us, but we were able to hold things down on defense.”
Spaulding will host Lamoille at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Harwood 12, Hartford 8
HARTFORD — Ely Kalkstein scored seven goals Monday night as the Highlanders snapped the Hurricanes’ six-game winning streak.
“It was one of those gut-check, signature wins where we were finally able to put things together. This was the first game that we played with heart from the opening face-off all the way to end,” Harwood coach Russell Beilke said.
Earlier in the season, Hartford earned a 9-6 victory over HU, snapping the Highlanders’ 19-game winning streak. The rematch was tight throughout, with Harwood building a 4-3 halftime lead.
“Eamon Gilhuly won over 80% of the face-offs today — he was just unbelievable,” Beilke said. “He has played there all season-long and he had the eye of the tiger today. He was fired up and definitely feeling it. And (goalie) Sully O’Hara played extremely well down the stretch when we needed it.”
Harwood improves to 5-3, while Hartford falls to 8-2. The Highlanders will host U-32 at 4 p.m. Wednesday in a championship rematch.
GMVS 15, Montpelier 5
FAYSTON — Gumbies standout Jackson Jewell was a rock star Monday.
Jewell tucked away five goals for GMVS. Josh Valentine (four goals) and Brian Bushey (three goals) added plenty of insurance goals for the home team. Gavin Dewey, Cody Waterfall and Seb Segre also scored for the Gumbies (3-3) and teammate Christian Riis stopped eight shots in front of the goal. Quinn Mills (three goals) and Sina Fallahi (two goals) paced Montpelier. The Solons (1-5) will host Killington at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
U-32 13, Mt. Mansfield 12
JERICHO — The return of Ella Lyford on Monday was bad news for the Cougars.
Lyford scored six times and dished out two assists for the Raiders, supplying her team with two crucial goals in the second half. Mount Mansfield led 8-6 at halftime before U-32 battled back, grabbing a 12-10 advantage with 10 minutes remaining.
Cypress Levitt contributed five goals and two assists for U-32. Teammate Kaylee Thayer moved up to an attacking position for a few possessions and scored two goals. Levitt won six draw controls and teammate Emily Ehret won four. Sophia Heinz (one save) and Kathryn Jones (nine saves) combined efforts in goal for U-32.
“We managed to stay a goal ahead and we successfully stalled at the end. They’re a good team and they have good skills, so it was good to get the win," Raiders coach Emilie Connor said. "We hadn’t played since our loss to Vergennes a week ago, and it was a tough week to get through with some cancelled games. We’re looking forward to a busy week and it’s great to have Ella back. She was away for two weeks and she fills a pretty big spot in the attack. It feels like our team is finally complete.”
U-32 (5-1) will travel to play Lamoille at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
St. Johnsbury 12, Spaulding 7
BARRE — The Hilltoppers faced a tough struggle against a recharged Crimson Tide side during Monday’s victory.
St. Johnsbury beat the Tide for the second time in three days, but the rematch was nothing like Saturday’s 14-0 romp. Spaulding stayed within striking distance most of the way before Lilly Leach (four goals) and the Hilltoppers locked up their third straight win. Ella Ceppetelli, Polly Curier and Ellie Rice added two goals apiece to support Leach. Goalies Grace Phelps (seven saves) and Catherine Douglas (three saves) split time for St. Johnsbury (5-4).
Amber McGinley stopped 16 shots for Spaulding. Morgan Mast and Madison Henderson led the Crimson Tide offensively with two goals apiece. Hailey Lafaille and Zoe Tewksbury tallied one goal and one assist for the Tide and teammate Lia Rubel also scored. Spaulding (1-7) will travel to play Rice at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Hartford 16, Harwood 6
HARTFORD — The Hurricanes scored eight goals in each half to overwhelm the Highlanders during Monday’s rainy battle.
Harwood built a 3-0 lead in the opening five minutes and possessed the ball off the draw for lengthy stretches. The Hurricanes (6-4) surged at the end of the first half, carrying an 8-4 lead into the break. Kelly Tynan and Anne Fennelly each scored twice for the Highlanders, while Anna Kudriavetz and Erica Dow added single goals.
“We continue to make strides as a team and will continue to work on the fundamentals in the final few weeks,” Harwood coach Hillary Wheeler said.
Harwood (2-5) will travel to play Vergennes (7-0) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Randolph 17, Thetford 3
RANDOLPH — Winning pitcher Becky Johnson was sharp from start to finish Monday, scattering five hits against the Panthers.
Johnson issued two walks and recorded 10 strikeouts to power the Galloping Ghosts.
“She had time to focus today and she approached it like a job,” Randolph coach Brandi Comette said. “It got windy and rain started coming down. And she only faced 10 batters in the last 10 innings. As the weather got worse, she got stronger.”
Losing pitcher Lili Vaughan issued two walks, recorded four strikeouts and gave up 14 hits. The Ghosts pulled away for good by scoring 11 runs in the third inning. Randolph’s Ella Davignon went 3-for-4 with a triple and a double. Teammate Tricia Eaccarino went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Hayley Messier went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, while fellow Ghost Natalie Messier was 3-for-4. Thetford’s Becca Wells went 2-for-3 with a double.
Randolph (5-7) will host Harwood at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Oxbow 3, White River 0
BRADFORD — Madison Fornwalt was one out away from a perfect game Monday and wound up settling for a shutout.
Fornwalt recorded 20 strikeouts while allowing no hits and issuing zero walks. With two outs in the seventh inning, a Wildcats batter reached base on a throwing error. Oxbow’s Amber Glaude recorded a one-run double, Fornwalt recorded a sacrifice fly and Melanie Neil also had an RBI.
“These close games are good — they build character going into the playoffs,” Oxbow coach Carl Hildebrand said. “And the players remained calm and kept their heads the whole time.”
The Olympians (10-0) will travel to play Lake Region at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Lake Region 19, U-32 11
ORLEANS — The Rangers gave up 11 runs for the third straight game Monday but they still earned their second victory during that span.
U-32 and Lake Region combined for 21 hits and 11 errors, with a big fourth inning giving the Rangers all the momentum. Winning pitcher Jessica Piers allowed nine hits, recorded five strikeouts and issued three walks during seven innings. Losing pitcher Elizabeth Guthrie gave up eight hits and recorded two strikeouts over five innings.
Lake Region led 3-1 after the first inning and held a 4-3 advantage after two innings. The score was tied at 4 in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Rangers exploded for seven runs. Lake Region led 15-5 after five innings and 19-9 after six.
U-32’s Sage Winner went 3-for-4 with a double. Brianna Rich (2-for-5) and Maia Castonguay (double) were also solid at the plate for the Raiders. Lake Region’s top hitters were Alexis Sicard (3-for-5, double), Denise Goodridge (3-for-4), Autumn Perron (2-for-3), Jessica Piers (2-for-4) and Lily Hoyt (double).
U-32 (3-3) will travel to play Danville at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Oxbow 3, Montpelier 0
MONTPELIER — Olympians ace Cody Grant threw a three-hitter Monday, leaving Solons starter Avery Paull as the tough-luck loser.
Grant issued one walk and registered five strikeouts over seven innings. He went 2-for-3 at the plate.
“(Grant) changed speeds, he had a nice curveball and he kept us off-balance all game,” Montpelier coach J.B. McCarthy said. “Most every inning he got us in order.”
Paull suffered the loss after allowing four hits in the complete-game performance. Nathan Larosa, Oliver Plavin and Paull recorded hits for MHS. The Solons had the bases loaded with one out in the third inning, but the Olympians defense escaped the jam unscathed.
“We had a great game on the mound and on defense — we just needed a couple hits,” McCarthy said. “It was cold, the wind was blowing and it was spitting rain. Neither team really hit the ball — it’s just hard when it’s like that. But our bats have disappeared lately. We’ve scored two runs in the past two games, and that’s not high school baseball.”
The Solons (3-4) will host U-32 at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Montpelier Recreation Field.