LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
METHUEN, Mass. -- The Mount Anthony Wrestling team traveled to Methuen, Mass. on Saturday for the Methuen Invitational, and the Patriots returned home as overall winners.
The Patriots won the even with 268.5 team points, topping second-place Springfield Central which had 197. North Andover finished third with 172 points.
MAU placed 12 of its 14 wrestlers on the day, with nine finalists and four champions.
Troy Gassaway continued his strong season with another four pins on Saturday, all in the first period, en route to the 120 pound championship.
At 182, Austin Price survived a long match in the finals to secure a 3-2 ultimate tie-breaker. Price went 3-0 on the day.
Tyler Mattison won at 195 with a 4-0 record, including three pints and a technical fall.
Jesse Webb was the fourth champion at 285, going 4-0 on the day with a win by pin in the finals against Kameron Anderson of Springfield Central. Webb beat Anderson earlier this season with a 1-0 decision.
Finishing second for the Patriots were Calvin Call (106), Dylan LaFountain (132), Noble Shaler (152), Damon Young (170) and Jack Luciano (220).
Tyler Raetz was third at 113, Darren Ruiz-Sauer was fifth at 145 and Jacob Woodside was fifth at 160.
Rachel Hale (126) and Bailey Willard were both 1-2 in their weight classes.
SVC men fall to Newbury
DeShawn Hamlet led all scorers with 29 points for SVC in the losing effort. Hamlet also added 11 rebounds and two blocks. Dolapo Olugbile added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Mountaineers.
Newbury was led by Mills Carrasco, who scored 25 points in the win.
SVC falls to 12-8 overall and 6-5 in the New England Collegiate Conference. SVC returns to action on Tuesday at home against Lesley University.
SVC women win at home
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College women’s basketball team kept its postseason hopes alive in a 58-53 victory over Newbury on Saturday.
Down 47-40 in the second half, SVC put together a 12-0 run to take the lead back, only to see Newbury regain the lead late with back-to-back baskets.
The Mountaineers, though, answered again with the final six points of the game, plus a block by Kala MacKenzie, to see out the contest.
Sarah McDonald led SVC with 19 points, while Amber Flagg added 13, nine assists and five steals. Javasha White and Mariah Anthony each had 10 points in the win.
SVC moves to 5-15, 3-10 in the New England Collegiate Conference, with the win. The team returns to action on Tuesday on the road at Becker College.
BBA hockey wins on road
LYNDON -- The Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team picked up its third win of the season in a 6-2 takedown of Lyndon Institute on Saturday.
Jack Ams struck twice for BBA in the win, while Max Ingison, Nolan Johnson, Nate Eisenman and James Doherty all chipped in with one goal for the Bulldogs. Zdenek Sindelar had three assists for BBA in the win.
The Bulldogs had to navigate a close opening period before pulling away, as Lyndon Institute trailed only 2-1 after 15 minutes of play. The Bulldogs, though, would score three in the second to take control of the contest.
Julian Woodrow made 12 saves in net for BBA, including a couple of key saves in the second period when the game was still 2-1.
Coach Joe Ferrara also pointed to the impact of Johnson, who was moved to a defenseman, in the Bulldogs’ win.
"He has made a huge difference," Ferrara said. "He has really given us a lot of stability back there."
BBA moves to 3-13 with the win, and returns to action on Wednesday against Brattleboro.
Bulldogs top Otters
BRANDON -- Giving up only 10 points in the second half, the Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team topped Otter Valley 39-23 on Saturday.
Hannah Nicholson led the way for BBA with 14 points, while Hailey Brockett sparked the strong second half with a three to open the scoring in the third and Maggie Oliver added nine points in the win.
Otter Valley was led by Amy Jones with 11 points.
BBA moves to 6-10 and the team returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Rutland.
Hoosac boys win big
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Hoosac School rolled to a 100-77 victory over Redemption Christian Academy on Saturday at Hoosac.
Unique McLean led the way with 44 points and 11 rebounds for Hoosac. McLean was also 11-for-14 from the free throw line. Charles Wingate added 20 points, five steals, and six assists in the win while Gregg Braithwaite had a double double of 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Hoosac returns to action on Wednesday, at home against Millbrook.
MARCY, N.Y. -- The Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball team swept its two matches at the State University of New York Institute of Technology Invitational on Saturday, topping the hosts 3-2 and Keuka College 3-1.
SVC is now 3-3 on the season.
In the 3-2 win over SUNYIT, the Mountaineers took the first game only to fall in the next two before rebounding to win the final two games and seal the win. Against Keuka, the Mountaineers took games one, two and four to win.
Anthony Barahona had 17 kills and 17 digs against SUNYIT to lead all players, and he added 14 kills in the win over Keuka.
Joey Dighton had 11 kills against SUNYIT and eight against Keuka.
Florentino Escovedo had 16 digs against SUNYIT and 11 against Keuka.
The men return to action next Saturday at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
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).
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 email@example.com 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.