LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BERLIN, Conn. -- Ten Mount Anthony Union High School wrestlers either won individual championships or finished runner-up as the Patriots routed the field at the CJ McCormack Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
MAU scored 287 points, well ahead of second-place New Milford (Conn.), Springfield (Mass.) Central and fourth-place Ledyard (Conn.)
All four teams won their respective state championships as teams last season.
"The competition level was tough with most matches being dog fights, over half the field is comprised of teams who won their state division last year," said MAU coach Scott Legacy.
Individual champions included Ashdin Schaefer (101 pounds), Dylan LaFountain (133), Austin Price (183), Jesse Webb (286) and Troy Gassaway, who pinned all three of his opponents and was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler.
Gassaway, competing at 121 pounds, beat Joseph Rossetti, last year’s New England runner-up at 106, in 1:56 in the final.
"Troy is on fire and working very hard, he is turning heads right now," Legacy said.
Other finalists for MAU included Calvin Call at 107, Tyler Raetz (113), Bailey Willard (138), Tyler Mattison (195) and Jack Luciano (220). Mattison fell in the final to Angus Cowell, the fourth-ranked 195-pounder in the country, according to FloWrestling.
Taber Watson, Jacob Woodside and Damon Young all came back from losses to wrestle for third. From the Mount Anthony B squad, Perle Webb placed fourth at 286.
"We had a solid team performance with everyone competing," Legacy said.
MAU track on podium
HANOVER, N.H. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School track teams both reached the podium with solid performances at Leverone Field House at Dartmouth College on Saturday.
The girls team was runner-up with 40.5 points, while the boys took third overall with 21 points.
On the girls side, the 4x200 relay team of Taylor Gruber, Raheemah Madany, Chelsea Corrow and Leniesha Williams was victorious in 1 minute, 53.39 seconds, just ahead of Lebanon (N.H.).
Williams also snagged three other top 4 finishes -- 2nd in the 55 meters, 3rd in the 300 meters and 4th in the long jump.
Taylor Haynes scored a runner-up finish in the shotput with a throw of 32 feet, 3.5 inches, while Raheemah Madany was third in the 55 meters.
For the boys, the relays were strongest. MAU won the 4x400 in 3:42.10 with the team of Andrew Brandmeyer, Andy Seward, PJ Seward and Ben Seward. Then in the 4x200, MAU was fourth with Alan Bernard, Tanner Jelley, Owen Page and Nathaniel Durfee doing the honors.
Patriots top Essex
RUTLAND -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball team used what coach Dan Sleeman called a ‘phenomenal’ performance at the free throw line to squeak past Essex, 77-71, at the Rutland tournament on Saturday.
MAU (2-1) was 28-for-36 from the free throw line, including 13-of-16 in the decisive fourth quarter.
Down at the half, the Patriots outscored Essex, 25-14 in the third to take the lead into the fourth. With 3:36 in the fourth, Sean Brundage hit a shot to give MAU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Brundage led the way for the Patriots with 27 points and six rebounds, while Tyler Champagne had the most productive game of his young career with 21 points.
"I told the guys that I think the Rice game could be a turning point. We beat a quality team on the road," Sleeman said. "After having some major adversity, I could see it in their eyes that they listened to the coaches. We made the moves we had to make. It was a gritty road win."
Mountaineers fall in Holiday Classic
FREDERICK, Md. - After trailing by five at halftime, that margin would be closest Southern Vermont College would cut the Hood College lead to in the second period as the Blazers won the Second Annual Rotary Club of Frederick Holiday Classic, 80-66, Sunday afternoon on their home court in non-conference men’s basketball action.
With the loss, the Mountaineers fall to 7-3 on the season, finishing the non-league schedule with a 6-3 mark. Hood improves its record to 5-4 with the win.
Southern Vermont freshman Rayshawn Taylor led the team with 20 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists while sophomore forward DeShawn Hamlet notched his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-best 11 boards, adding two blocked shots to his line. They were both named to the Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team for their weekend’s performances.
Three starting Blazers made their way to double-digit points with senior guard Justin Bowens leading the way at 15 while junior guard Chris Cook followed with 14.
Hood’s full court press proved problematic for SVC as the Mountaineers turned the ball over on their first two possessions under the pressure. The Blazers led by as many as 13 (30-17) after another trey. The Mountaineers closed out the last seven minutes with a 15-7 advantage, capping off the run with a 3-ball by freshman guard Jordan Alston with 40 seconds to play in the half to go into the locker room down just 37-32.
Southern Vermont would not go quietly and started to close the gap. Taylor took the ball near midcourt and went all the way to the rim, laying it in to make it a five-point game (62-57). But that would be as close as Southern Vermont would get. Southern Vermont is off until after the winter break when the Mountaineers return to New England Collegiate Conference action with a Jan. 7 tip at Becker College (7 p.m.).