LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys and girls swim teams posted a pair of convincing victories to start the season on Friday against Wahconah (Mass.). The boys cleaned up, 99-65, while the girls cruised 102-68.
The girls notched nine firsts and three second-place finishes while the boys won eight events and took second three times.
Heather Foley led the top scorers for the MAU girls with four firsts, including two relays. Kate Ahearn and Emily Barlow had three firsts apiece, while Kate Montague had three firsts and a second. Phebe Hall swam on two winning relays, as did April Foley who also added a runner-up.
Cyonn Alexander had a first and a second, while Bridget Ahearn (two), KC Tiffany and Logan Carpenter also claimed second.
Ryan Spencer and Robert Murphy each recorded four wins to pace the MAU boys while Isaiah Severs won three races and Brian Steinhoff two. Freshman Kevin Gorey won the 100 freestyle to go along with a second-place finish.
MAU successful on first day of Marino tournament
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eight Mount Anthony Union High School wrestlers remain undefeated after the first day of the Matthew Marino Tournament at Webster-Schroeder High School. Calvin Call (99), Tyler Raetz (106), Troy Gassaway (113), Garrett Derosia (120), Miguel Calixto (132), Austin Price (182), Brandon Marcoux-Schaefer (195) and Jesse Webb (285) are a combined 22-0 so far.
Bailey Willard, Dylan LaFountain and Damon Young were all 2-1 and Jack Luciano was 3-2 at 220. Houston Shaler, Kyle Fletcher and Justin Morse all picked up victories.
The tournament continues tomorrow in Rochester.
Valley stymies Panthers
SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Central School held Hoosic Valley sharpshooter to just six points in the first half but struggled to break through the Indians' swarming defense en route to a 45-26 loss in Wasaren League girls basketball on Friday night.
The defending state champion Indians (2-2) pulled away to a 17-2 lead after one quarter and held a 20-7 edge at halftime thanks to their stout defense.
"I thought if we could shut Chapko down we'd have a chance but they had other girls step up," HFCS coach Eamonn DeGraaf said.
Chapko finished with 16 points on the night, while Rachel Pine led the Panthers (0-2) with 10 and Olivia Schneider chipped in with 5.
Tamarac tops Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Briana Matazinski and Jenna Erickson combined for 32 points as Tamarac upended Cambridge Central School, 50-31, in the Indians' season-opening girls basketball game on Friday night.
Jean Brownell paced the Indians (0-1) with 12 points.
Olivia Mooney added seven points and Erica LaFlamme had six for CCS.
Tamarac (3-0) led 30-12 at halftime. Cambridge outscored the visitors 10-7 in the fourth quarter.
SVC lends hand for Sandy victims
BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, donations will be accepted for victims of Superstorm Sandy at the Southern Vermont College men's and women's basketball games.
Winter clothing is preferred, but nonperishable food items and cleaning supplies will also be taken.
The charitable donations and collegiate basketball action go hand-in-hand, with the SVC men playing at 1 p.m. and the women at 3 p.m., both facing off against NECC opponent Newbury College.