LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- It was a day of records for the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team on Saturday at the MAU Jamboree, but the highlight of the day came when heavyweight Jesse Webb broke former Patriot Rob LaBrake's career win total by winning his 220th match, followed by three more to make Webb 223-9 all-time as a Patriot wrestler.
Webb captured the record against Mill River, when Webb pinned Caleb Bosch in 1 minute, 50 seconds. The win was indicative of the afternoon MAU had, as the team posted a school record for dual meet wins by going 5-0 on the day to finish with a 36-0 record for the regular season. The Patriots also captured every regular season tournament the team wrestled in.
MAU blanked Fair Haven (84-0), BBA (79-0), and John Stark, N.H. (78-0), and scored a 73-6 decision over Mill River and a 60-17 win over Bellows Falls.
"At this time of the year, we are still aiming for that performance where you can say ‘that is the best we could have done!'" said MAU coach Scott Legacy. "The good part about that is I feel that that is getting ready to happen. The post-season is here and we start a new level of focus and training, where the entire team will peak at the same time. The fun is just getting ready to start."
Calvin Call, Troy Gassaway, Dylan LaFountain, Noble Shaler, Jacob Woodside, Damon Young, Austin Price, Tyler Mattison, Jack Luciano and Webb all went 5-0 on the day, while Tyler Raetz, Taber Watson, and Darren Ruiz-Sauer were 4-1 and Quint Pierce, filling in for the injured Bailey Willard, went 3-2 for MAU.
"Some guys are really starting to peak, such as Darren and Jacob, while the others who have been steady all season continue to perform that way," Legacy said.
Bulldogs stay undefeated
FAIR HAVEN -- 17 games, 17 wins for the Burr and Burton Academy boys basketball team.
The Bulldogs stayed undefeated over the weekend, taking down Fair Haven 76-52 on Saturday.
Joey Shehadi led the Bulldogs with 29 points in the win, while Tyeshawn Gadson added 14 and Taylor Muench had 13 in the win.
Lucas Czarnecki led the way for Fair Haven with 13 points while Alex Fontaine added 11.
BBA has three games left in the regular season, all of which will be played this week. The Bulldogs start the stretch on Monday when they play host to Mt. St. Joseph for the third meeting between the two sides.
Patriots edge Minutemen
NORTH CLARENDON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball team built up a comfortble lead against Mill River midway through the second quarter, but the Patriots had to hang on the rest of the way to escape with a 68-64 win.
Up 28-6 in the second quarter, the Patriots saw the lead slip away was Mill River closed the gap going into halftime at 29-23.
In the third, Mill River would outscore MAU 27-19 to make it 50-48 at going into the final quarter.
And in the fourth, MAU would go on an early run to create some separation, only to have to weather a late storm from Mill River to walk out with the win.
Sean Brundage scored 29 for MAU in the win, while Tyler Champagne added 13 points.
Mark Goyette had 18 to lead Mill River.
MAU moves to 10-8, its first 10-win season since 2010, and returns to action on Tuesday for Senior Night.
Eagle boys fall in 2OT
ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Memorial High School boys basketball team dropped a two overtime heartbreaker on Saturday, falling to Blue Mountain 59-58 at home.
The Eagles went down after the first quarter, but coach Chris Taft said the team turned things around in a big way to climb back into the game and force overtime. At the end of regulation, the teams were tied 42-42.
In the first overtime, each team scored seven points to make it 49-49 going into the deciding frame.
In that final frame, Blue Mountain was able to outscore Arlington by one point to take the decision.
DJ Jennings led all scorers with 20 for Arlington, while Austin Hawley added 16 in the loss. Nick Gordon led Blue Mountain with 15 points.
Arlington falls to 1-16, and will play Black River on Tuesday.
Bulldogs top Rutland
RUTLAND -- Maggie Oliver scored nearly a third of her team's points as the Burr and Burton Academy girls basketball team topped Rutland 33-27 on Saturday.
Oliver scored 10 for the Bulldogs, who beat Rutland for the second time in the win while finishing the regular season 9-11. BBA is currently 11th in the VPA standings as of Sunday night, but final playoff pairings will be released Monday.
Rutland was led by Kristen Switzer with 11 points.
BBA girls hockey wins
MONTPELIER -- In a chippy contest on Saturday night, the Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team had enough patientece to top U-32 3-0.
The first period would be played out scoreless, with BBA coach Ed Lewicki describing the game as a "very chippy" contest.
"We dominated from a possession stand point, a shot standpoint, and it go pretty physical," Lewicki said. "We had to be patient."
And the patience paid off, as the Bulldogs went up 2-0 in the second to help secure the win.
Lucy Bisselle found the net first on an unassisted effort, and Mary Leech doubled the lead up on an unassisted effort of her own.
In the third, Aggie Bisselle rounded out the scoring on a pass from Leech during a power play.
Jen Dorr stopped 10 shots for the Bulldogs in the win.
BBA moves to 15-2-2, and will end the regular season on Wednesday against Middlebury. Middlebury is 15-3-1 entering the contest, meaning whichever team wins will secure the top seed in the Lake Division playoffs.
BBA boys just miss playoffs
STOWE -- The Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team ended the year with a 7-2 loss to Stowe on Saturday, leaving the Bulldogs one game short of the school's qualification procedures.
First-year coach Joe Ferrara said that he thought the school's policy was "a good rule", and also noted that his team didn't go down whimpering.
"We went down fighting," Ferrara said. "Stowe is second in the league, but we competed with them."
Stowe would jump out to an early 4-0 advantage and take the lead into the second period, but the Bulldogs were able to pull two back through Andy Ishu and Jack Ams to make it 4-2 in the second. Stowe was able to styme the rally, though, with a goal before the period ended.
Kevin Souls was in net for the Bulldogs, stopping 29 of the 36 shots sent his way. Joe Clark had three goals for Stowe while Andy Chambers had a goal and two assists.
The Bulldogs end the year with a 4-16 record, but will return nearly everyone on the roster for 2014-15.
"The kids competed hard all year. We only had two games with a full roster," Ferrara said. "We have everyone coming back next year, plus a couple coming in. This type of year can only help you as a team."