LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team traveled to Springfield, Mass. on Saturday for the Springfield Central festival, and the Patriots won all four dual meets they took part in.
MAU recorded a 55-12 win over Johnston, R.I., a 55-22 win over Massachusetts’ No. 1 program St. John’s Prep, a 71-3 win over Shawsheen Tech, and a 66-9 win over Lawrence, Mass.
The Patriots also had an impressive individual milestone, as heavyweight Jesse Webb picked up wins 199, 200, 201, and 202 during the day. Webb is just the fourth wrestler in the state, with the other three all MAU graduates, to get to 200, and he is 17 wins away from tying Rob LaBrake’s state record of 219 wins.
"He has worked hard to achieve that goal, and the key word is ‘goal,’" said MAU coach Scott Legacy. "After his freshman year he had a great year and knew it was in sight."
Webb picked up the win in the dual against St. John’s Prep.
Calvin Call (106 pounds), Tyler Raetz (113), Troy Gassaway (120), Dylan LaFountain (132), Damon Young (170), Austin Price (182), Tyler Mattison (195) and Webb (285) all went 4-0 on the day.
Bailey Willard (138) and Jack Luciano (220) both went 3-1, Darren Ruiz-Sauer(145), Noble Shaler (152) and Jacob Woodside (160) were all 2-2, and Rachel Haled (126) was 0-4 on the day.
The event was the end of a taxing 10-day stretch, where the team also topped the No. 1 team in Connecticut, Danbury, in a dual meet. The Patriots are now 19-0 in dual meets this season.
Ken Baker Classic
GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School finished fourth out of 16 teams at the Ken Baker Classic over the weekend.
The Panthers finished with 121.5 points, while Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George won with 151 points. Salem was second with 147.5. Cambridge Central School finished 14th with 15 points, and Burr and Burton Academy finished with three points.
Hoosick Fall’s Mike Mattat earned the Ken Baker ‘Never Give Up’ Award for his performance during the tournament, where he finished third at 138 pounds.
Hoosick Falls had champions in Nolan Foster (113 pounds) and Luis Weierbach (120). Foster won in the finals by tech fall while Weierbach pinned his opponent for the title.
The Panthers also had Tom Peabody (132) and Garret Wright (170) make the finals, although the duo fell in their final matches.
Derek Bird finished third at 182 for Hoosick Falls.
Cambridge had one wrestler make it into the final four, with Nate Winchester taking third at 220.
Only the championship and consolation final matches were available at press time.
MAU cheer second at UAlbany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Competing in the UAlbany Showdown, the Mount Anthony Union High School cheer team finished second in the Small Varsity team competition.
The Patriots were originally scheduled to compete in the non-tumbling portion of the competition, but were bumped up at the last minute according to coach Tiffany Hall.
MAU was the only team from Vermont at the event.
In their section, the Patriots finished second with 155.8 points, while Scotia-Glenville (N.Y.) finished in first with 182.3 points.
"It was very cool, a great experience," Hall said. "We enjoyed seeing how other teams compete from outside of Vermont."
The Patriots will compete again next weekend at Rutland, with states just over the horizon on Feb. 22.
Eagles win big
WOODSTOCK -- The Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball team turned a slim halftime margin into a 55-28 win over Woodstock on Saturday.
Julia Lacoste led the way for the Eagles, outscoring Woodstock herself with 30 points. Molly Elwell added 10 for Arlington, and Brooke Hawley chipped in with six.
Woodstock was led by Hannah Reali with eight points.
The Eagles took a 20-5 lead into the second quarter, but Woodstock trimmed the deficit to 25-17 going into the half before Arlington blew the game open in the third quarter.
With the win, Arlington improves to 7 -5. After dropping three-straight contests, the Eagles are currently on a three-game winning streak.
Nordic ski results
PERU -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Nordic ski teams swept the first Classical race of the season on Saturday, with the girls winning a dual meet over Brattleboro while the boys won a tri-meet over Rutland and Brattleboro.
The girls won with 10 points, with Abby Malmborg finishing first in 18 minutes, 47 seconds. Molly O’Callaghan and Erica Hale tied for third in a time of 19:06, and Kinsey Boudreau was sixth in 20:33.
BBA did not compete as a full team, but Helena Bigelow finished second overall in the race in 18:54, while Ali Lieter was 13th in 23:50 and Amanda Mulroy was 15th in 25:15.
For the boys, MAU won with 18 points. Luke Keenan was second overall in 15:23, while Will Buckley was third in 16:06. Rutland’s Isaac Wright was first in 14:26. Nick Altland (6th) and Thomas Hendery (10th) rounded out the placing for the Patriots.
BBA skier Anders Proft was fourth overall in 16:52, while Owen Pollio finished 14th and Paton Marion finished in 22nd place.
Patriots second at Norwich
NORWICH --The Mount Anthony Union High School track team finished in second for both the boys’ and girls’ race at Norwich over the weekend.
The girls finished second out of 23 teams with 76.5 points. Essex won with 98.
Raheemah Madany was the lone individual to place first for the Patriots, winning the 55-meter race in a time of 7.44 seconds. Leniesha Williams was third in the race in 7.54.
The duo were also part of the 4x200 relay team that took first in a time of 1:53.14 along with Taylor Gruber and Chelsea Corrow. Gruber also took second in the 300 in 44.74 seconds and third in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8 inches.
The 4x400 team also finished first, with the group of Asuka Kosaki, Abbie Crosier, Hayley Richmond and Grace Page running a 4:31.40. Page finished second in the 600 in 1:43.84, while Kosaki was fifth in the 600 and Richmond was sixth.
In the shot put, Firdous Madany took second (33’) and Taylor Haynes was third (31’).
The boys were second out of 22 teams with 51.33 points, while South Burlington won with 79 points.
Andrew Brandmeyer was first in the 1000 in a time of 2:44.10, and was part of the 4x400 team that took first in 3:37.20 along with Andy Seward, Ben Seward and Brad Myers. Andy Seward finished second in the 600 in 1:29.24, while Ben Seward was third in the 300 in 38.54 and sixth in the long jump (17’ 11").
Nathaniel Durfee was second in the triple jump (37’ 5") and fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.64).
Matt Strano finished fifth in the 1000 (2:55.40) and the 4x200 team of Myers, Tanner Jelley, Alan Bernard and Durfee finished fourth in 1:42.34.
The Patriots are off next weekend, and return to Norwich on Feb. 8 for the state meet starting at 9 a.m.
Bulldogs skier sweep
PERU -- The Burr and Burton Academy alpine ski teams swept the Lewie Dean Memorial at Bromley Mountain on Friday.
Competing in giant slalom racing, the BBA girls finished first with 18 points, beating second-place Woodstock by 11 points.
The Bulldogs had all four placers finish in a row, with Sanderson Kemp finishing third in placing, fourth overall, with a two-run time of 1 minute, 17.34 seconds. Sarah Alpert (1:17.36), Katie Bourque (1:17.53), and Megan Knight (1:17.98) all finished right behind Kemp. Rutland’s Marina Rotella finished first in 1:16.17.
For the boys, BBA finished with 14 points, eight better than Woodstock.
The boys also had all four placers finish consecutively, with Ben Alexopoulos second overall in 1:12.32, followed by Tom Morgantini (1:13.02), Tim Swinarton (1:13.72) and Skyler Clark (1:13.74). Scott Trudel (1:16.19) and Richard Sherras (1:16.26) both finished in the top 10 overall, placing seventh and ninth, respectively.
BBA girls lose
ORLEANS -- The Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team fell in a close contest to Lake Region, 55-50, on Saturday afternoon.
Hannah Nicholson led the Bulldogs with 17 in the loss, while Tessa Roberts added 13 for BBA.
The Bulldogs fall to 5-8 with the loss.
Missisquoi too much for BBA
SWANTON -- The Missisquoi boys hockey team proved too much for Burr and Burton Academy on Saturday, as the Thunderbirds topped the Bulldogs 6-3.
Timmy Fournier scored twice for Missisquoi, while Jake Hubbard had a goal and four assists in the winning effort.
BBA falls to 2-11 with the loss.
SVC men fall to Elms
BENNINGTON -- Playing in a crucial New England Collegiate Conference game against Elms College on Saturday, the Southern Vermont College men’s basketball team could not convert on a game-tying three attempt with 10 seconds left before falling 73-70.
The teams battled throughout the contest, with 12 lead changes and six ties alone through the final 12 minutes of the first half.
In the second half, Elms would have to battle back after going down 55-49, scoring the go ahead bucket to take a 66-65 lead.
Eddie Mack III had a career-best night, and game-high, with 22 points on 5-of-8 shooting from distance, while Blair Banners had 12 points and nine rebounds and Izzy Melton had 12 points off the bench.
Elms was led by Kenny Lockett and Andre French, who both had 18 points. Isaiah Odunlami had the only double-double of the game, posting 14 points and 13 rebounds for Elms.
SVC falls to 12-6, 6-3 in the NECC, while Elms improves to 8-10, 6-3.
SVC returns to action Thursday, when the Mountaineers host Becker College in a 7 p.m. contest.
SVC women downed
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Southern Vermont College women’s basketball team fell to Lesley University 64-51 on Saturday afternoon.
Javasha White led the Mountaineers with her first double-double of the season, posting 10 points and 12 rebounds. Amber Flagg and Sarah McDonald each added 12, while McDonald also had four blocks.
Lesley was led by Emily Fleming and Ari Dimou, who combined to score 33 in the win.
SVC falls to 4-14, 2-9 in the NECC, while Lesley improves to 2-16, 2-9.
SVC returns to action on Tuesday, at home against Elms College in a 7 p.m. contest.
SVC volleyball goes 1-2
BENNINGTON -- Playing in the JWU Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday and playing Emmanuel College on Sunday, the Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball team posted a 1-2 record.
The Mountaineers started Saturday with a loss to Lasell by a score of 3-0, but rebounded to top the Community College of Rhode Island 3-1 in the night cap.
In the win over CCRI, the Mountaineers won the first set 25-19, fell in the second 26-24, before winning the third set (25-12) and the fourth (25-17).
Anthony Ayala had 37 aces for the Mountaineers in the win, while Scott Fitzgerald had 13 kills and Florentino Escovedo added 11.
SVC fell to Emmanuel 3-0.
Youth nights at MAU
The Mount Anthony Union High School Athletic Department is once again sponsoring a pair of Youth Basketball Nights for the boys and girls area youth basketball players.
Boys youth night will be on Monday, Feb. 10, when the Patriot JV and varsity boys basketball teams host Burr and Burton with JV action starting at 6, and varsity at 7:30 p.m. All boys playing in the MAYAA Basketball League will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.
Girls youth night will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, when the MAU JV and varsity girls basketball teams play host to Rutland. JV action starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7:00. All girls playing in the MAYAA Basketball League will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.
At the halftime of each junior varsity game there will be a 10-minute exhibition game featuring two MAYAA teams. A drawing for a basketball signed by the varsity team will be held after the exhibition game for the MAYAA participants in attendance.
BENNINGTON -- Mt. Anthony Lacrosse Association will hold 2014 spring registration on February 25 and 26 at the Bennington Rec Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls grades K thru 8.
Scholarships and equipment are available. The season starts April 1. For more information you can visit www.malavt.com or contact Barbara Morrissey at 802 442 6777 (evenings).
MAU youth wrestling
BENNINGTON -- Wrestling sign-ups are still taking place for youth wrestlers in the area.
For those interested, contact Wayne Call at 802-952-8932.
Mack Attack AAU sign-ups
ARLINGTON -- The Mack Attack AAU girls’ basketball season will begin practicing on March 9, and sign-ups are ongoing.
The team provides participants with an opportunity to improve basketball skills and knowledge through a challenging level of play. Girls ages 8-17 who are interested in participating should contact coach Kerry Csizmesia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-326-5024. Information about the season can be found at www.mackattackaau.org.
Girls can register ahead of March 9 or meet with coach Csizmesia at the first practice.
Storm head coach search
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm semi-pro football team is searching for a new head coach for the 2014 season. If interested, call the Storm hotline at 802-681-9085.