LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
GRAFTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys Nordic team won in a Classical quad meet today at Grafton Pond, while the girls took second place in a tri-meet.
The boys won with 29 points, edging out Woodstock with 33 and Burr and Burton Academy with 40.
Luke Keenan was the top finisher for MAU, finishing in fourth in a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds. Teammates Will Buckely and Nick Altland finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, while Thomas Hendery was the fourth placer for MAU, finishing in 14th for the Patriots.
BBA’s Scott Mooney was the top local finisher, finishing in third in 15:52. Woodstock’s Zane Fields was first overall in 15:37.
BBA’s Thomas Kittross was 10th, and the second placer for BBA, while teammate Anders Proft was right behind Kittross in 11th place. Simon Aborn was the fourth placer for BBA, finishing in 20th overall.
For the girls, Woodstock won the race with 17 points, while MAU was second with 33 and BBA was third with 68.
Helena Bigelow was second overall for BBA in 20:08, while Molly O’Callaghan was the top finisher for MAU in third, 10 seconds behind Bigelow.
MAU rounded out its scoring with Abby Malmborg in sixth, Kinsey Boudreau in 12th and Erica Hale in 13th.
BBA had Raili Utiger finish 23rd, Ali Leiter finish in 29th, and Amanda Mulroy finished 37th to round out the placers.
MAU and BBA will return to action next Thursday at Mt. Top for the start of the MVL Championships with a Classical race.
Bulldogs fall to Spaulding
BARRE -- The Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team was able to outshoot Spaulding during Wednesday’s hockey contest, but Spaulding won the battle 4-2 behind three goals in the first period.
BBA opened the scoring less than a minute into the contest when Morgan Bazyk scored on passes from Daisy Sullivan and Lucy Bisselle.
Spaulding answered, though, with goals from Julia Ormsbee, Talia Gariboldi and Cynthia Wilkins before the period ended to give the team a 3-1 edge.
In the second, BBA outshot Spaulding 9-5 but could not find the back of the net. In the third, BBA once again outshot Spaulding, this time 10-3, and managed to pull a goal back through Bazyk on a pass from Aggie Bisselle with 3:45 to play.
The Bulldogs could not find another goal, though, and Spaulding added an insurance goal late when Jessica Scott got on the breakaway and beat Kaylie Benson to make it 4-2.
Benson stopped 13 shots for BBA, while Morgan Gosselin made 27 saves for Spauling. Bazyk, who turned 18 on Wednesday, celebrated the milestone birthday with both of the goals for BBA.
BBA falls to 10-2-2, and play next on Saturday at home against Stowe at 5:45 p.m. It will be the Bulldogs’ Senior Night
Patriots win three
VERGENNES -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team swept its three dual meets on Wednesday, topping St. Johnsbury (69-6), Vergennes (69-6) and CVU (78-0).
Damon Young picked up his 100th win during the quad meet and went 3-0 for MAU.
Tyler Raetz, Calvin Call, Troy Gassaway, Rachel Hale, Dylan LaFountain, Austpin Price, Jack Luciano and Jesse Webb all went 3-0 along with Young.
Bailey Willard, Darren Ruiz-Sauer, Noble Shaler and Jacob Woodside all went 2-1.
MAU is now 22-0 in dual meets this season. The Patriots return to the mats on Saturday at the Meuthen (Mass.) Tournament.
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.