Local Roundup: Hartford, White River Valley open boys basketball playoffs with decisive wins

Noah Danieli

Noah Danieli

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Ruth Wilmott

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Published: 02-22-2024 8:01 PM

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Hartford 93, Mount St. Joseph 22

Key players: Hartford — Sophomores Ryan Murphy (16 points), Noah Danieli (15 points) and Kole Fotion (13 points); senior Brody Tyburski (12 points); Mount St. Joseph — Gavin Treanor (8 points)

Highlights: Top-ranked Hartford led 54-12 over 16th-seeded MSJ at halftime en route to the VPA Division II tournament victory. The Hurricanes advance to play ninth-ranked Lamoille in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Coach’s quote: “All 10 players scored, and I liked our intensity and focus. We have had a good week of practice and we look forward to Friday night.” — Hartford’s Mike Gaudette

Records: Hartford 20-1; Mount St. Joseph 5-16

White River Valley 88, Mill River 58

Key players: White River Valley — Braydon Russ (23 points), Wyatt Cadwell (16 points), Joey Ferris (14 points), Tattin Griffin (10 points), Donavan Craven (10 points); Mill River — Ryan Smith (22 points), Solan Aver (16 points)

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Highlights: Solid defensive pressure pushed the Wildcats to a second-round win in the VPA Division III tournament.

Coach’s quote: “Love the effort, was a fun fast-paced game.” — White River Valley’s D.J. Craven

Records: White river valley 19-2; Mill River 5-16


Thetford 53, Oxbow 34

Key players: Thetford — Whitney Lewis (20 points), Ruth Wilmott (15 points), Kelsey Bogie, Natalie Snider; Oxbow — Braylee Phelps (10 points), Brooke Osgood (8 points)

Highlights: The Thetford girls played solid defense and rebounded well to win their last game of the season. It was a real team effort.

Coach’s quote: “Tough loss; we are looking forward to the playoffs.” — Oxbow’s Barry Emerson

Records: Thetford 13-7; Oxbow 10-10


Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma 7
Monadnock-FM-ConVal 2

Key players: Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma — Seniors Tyler Christian (3 goals, 2 assists), Jack Clary (2 goals, 1 assist), Paddy Mooney (1 goal, 1 assist)

Highlights: Nine players found the scoresheet with points. Evan George and Logan Mason were tested in net and played well for the Raiders.

Coach’s quote: “Our puck movement in the first period was fun to watch. Great communication. All four of our goals in the first period had a first and second assist on the scoresheet. The scoresheet doesn’t show that each goal had a third and fourth assist.” — Lebanon-Stevens-Mascoma’s Dean Cashman

Records: Lebanon Stevens Mascoma 12-5-0 league, 14-5-0 overall ; Monadnock-Fall Mtn.-ConVal 1-16-0 league

Hanover 7, Pinkerton 3

Key players: Hanover — Bryce Morancy (21 saves), Jackson Souther (1 goal), Tim Rudd (2 assists), Henry Cotter (2 goals, 1 assist), Wyatt Seelig (1 goal, 2 assists)

Highlights: Pinkerton took a 3-2 lead at 6:13 of second period, but Hanover scored three goals in three-minute span late in the period and added two more in third period to pull away.

Coach’s quote: “Our special teams were huge. We scored three power-play goals (Lichtenstein, Nartowicz, Seelig) in four chances, and we killed all four power plays against us, controlling the puck for much of the time. The W keeps us in the hunt for a top-four finish.” — Hanover’s Dick Dodds

Records: Hanover 11-6-0 league, 13-7-0 overall; Pinkerton 8-9-0 overall


Hartford 3, CVU/MMU 1

Key players: Hartford — Nella Bowen, Zoe Zanleoni, Braelyn Park; Champlain Valley/Mount Mansfield — Ella Gilbert, Alex Walpole, Mackenzie Rivard

Highlights: Hartford led 1-0 until the third period. The Hurricanes’ Zoe Zanleoni put away two more goals in the third. Hartford put in their third-string skaters, and Champlain Valley/Mount Mansfield pulled their goalie for a six-on-five advantage to put one away with 16 seconds remaining in the game.

Coach’s quote: “Not a bad way to close out the season. We were able to practice some things we’ve been working on in the last few weeks, and we are able to play our (five-on-three power play) four times and work against some aggressive players. Everyone got into the game, tying a bow on the regular season.” — Hartford’s Kylie Young

Records: Hartford 13-6-1; Champlain Valley/Mt. Mansfield 3-15-2

Hanover 1, Woburn 1

Key players: Hanover — Maeve Lee (1 goal), Lucy Braga (1 assist), Eleanor Edson (16 saves), Julia Lawe (flying tonight); Woburn — Savannah Powers (1 goal), Cadence Pearce (30 saves)

Highlights: Maeve Lee split the Tanners’ defense and beat the Woburn goalie glove side with 4:11 left to tie the game. Eleanor Edson made some big saves early in the third period to keep it a one-goal game.

Coach’s quote: “A great high school game played at tournament intensity. We played well in all phases — won the possession-time battle and outshot them — but we had trouble finding the back of the net.” — Hanover’s John Dodds

Records: Hanover 12-4-2 overall, 11-3-2 league; Woburn 9-6-3 overall