Stowe 2, Oxbow 0
Stowe scored a goal in each half in a season-opening win at home.
“You definitely saw some nerves out there, but overall we played well,” Stowe coach Tyler Post said. “We had good ball movement. It was definitely sloppy at times but we got the win.”
It was the first varsity game for nearly two-thirds of the team. Two veterans, sophomore Izzy Mitchell and senior Wren Murphy, broke the ice for the Raiders nine minutes before halftime when Mitchell scored a one-timer from 14 yards out on a cross from Murphy.
“It was great. A great pass, great setup, great finish,” Post said. Stowe added an insurance goal five minutes after halftime, as Olivia Gianni scored on Lucia Lovell’s assist. They’re both sophomores who made varsity for the first time this year.
“They’ve worked a lot together. It’s good to see that partnership clicking,” Post said.
Stowe goalie Anika Wagner made three saves; Oxbow’s Makenna Simmons stopped five shots.
Stowe at Essex Invitational
Six Raiders ran at the Essex Invitational, kicking off their season at the prestigious event that features the top runners in the state.
Four Stowe boys — one short of a full team — ran in the event; John Lackey was 50th in 18:55.7, Charlie Alekson was 61st, Case Bradbury 75th and Sean McEleney 88th.
Lola Richards was 76th for the Stowe girls and Rosalyn Trowbridge was 88th.
Champlain Valley Union’s Alicia Veronneau won the girls 5,000-meter event in 19:06.6, Harwood’s Ava Thurston was second and Champlain Valley’s Alice Larson was third. Other local runners who did well included Lamoille’s MegAnne Gilmore (eighth) and Maggie McGee (10th) and Craftsbury’s Camille Bolduc (ninth).
Champlain Valley won the girls team event with 30 points, Essex was second, Burlington third and Harwood fourth.
The boys 5,000-meter race was won by Henry Farrington of Essex in 15:42.9; his teammate Brady Martisus was third, just behind U-32’s Waylon Kurts. Hazen Union freshman Cormac Leahy was the top local finisher in the boys race, coming in ninth.
Essex won the boys team event with 50 points and U-32 and Burlington tied for second with 85.
Race to the Top
The Stowe High cross-country team kicked off the season with the Northeast Delta Dental Race to the Top, a 4.3-mile run up Mount Mansfield’s Toll Road.
Stowe middle and high school runners Wyatt Sigler, Case Bradbury, John Lackey, Charlie Alekson and Lola Richards joined more than 500 runners and bikers on the grueling 2,564-foot climb to the summit, with Wyatt Sigler, an eighth-grader at Stowe Middle School, taking 35th overall at 45:32.
This year’s Division 3 Stowe High team, which includes nine returning runners and six new additions, completed its first official race of the season at the Essex Invitational on Aug. 31. Coach Becky McGovern says she was encouraged by the times, which were overall faster than last year.
The next race is Saturday, Sept. 7, in Craftsbury.