METHUEN, MASS. — The Mount Anthony wrestling team finished second at the Methuen Invitational out of 19 teams on Saturday.
Host Methuen won the tournament with 250.5 points to Mount Anthony's 238.
Both teams placed 11 wrestlers and had five champions. Methuen had three runner up finishes to MAU's two, while MAU had one third and three 5th places to Methuen's two 4th places and one sixth. MAU was wrestling without captain Calvin Call and did not enter his weight class because he was a late scratch.
"We tried hard to overcome an empty weight class against a very strong Methuen team," said Mount Anthony coach Scott Legacy. "We also had to overcome a lot of early round byes where we didn't score points. In a tournament this tough, every point counts."
Champions for the Patriots included Tyson Sauer, Ashdin Schaefer, Keenan Taylor, Tyler Raetz and Dakota King. Sauer was 3-0, while Schaefer was 3-0 with all pins. Taylor had two pins and a tech fall, while Raetz was 4-0 with two falls and a tech. King was 3-0 at 195 pounds.
"Ashdin was dominate today and Keenan is a freshman on the rise and doing great things," Legacy said. "Tyler is much improved this year and tough in all positions and Dakota is on a win streak as of late. He's wrestling at a high level right now and has progressed tremendously during the season."
Calvin Hayford was second at 285 and A.J. Wright was second at 182, while Tyler Burgess wrestled back for third after a loss in the semifinals at 160 pounds.
Chris Mayer, Austin Prendergast and Sebastian Rocher all were fifth, with Prendergast going 3-2 with both of his losses in overtime.
Gage McLaughlin was 2-2 and Austin Condo was 1-2.
MAU cheer third
RUTLAND >> The Mount Anthony varsity cheerleading team placed third in the large varsity division of the Central Vermont Cheerleading competition on Saturday.
Placing first in their division was Poultney and second was Vergennes. Mount Anthony Middle School placed fifth in the Middle School division, the first time an MAUMS team has competed in four years.
SVC men clinch playoff spot
BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team will add a 26th game to its season schedule as the Mountaineers secured a New England Collegiate Conference playoff berth with an 83-56 home win over Lesley University Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC led 42-26 at halftime and then outscored the Lynx by 11 points in the second stanza for the season sweep of LU.
Saturday saw the coaching staffs from both teams take part in the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Week, raising over $500 for the ACS between admissions proceeds and the day's 50/50 raffle.
Mountaineer junior Rayshawn Taylor led all players with a season-best 20 points in 18 minutes off the bench, adding five rebounds and two assists in the win. Casey Hall followed with 12 points and another five boards while Davante Jordan had 11 points and three steals in reserve time. DeShawn Hamlet tallied 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and Drew Wimbush came off the pine to register a season-best eight points in just eight minutes.
Southern Vermont improves to 16-3 on the year and 10-0 against the league, now having won its last six straight meetings with the Lynx. Lesley falls to 4-16 overall and 3-8 in NECC action. The Mountaineers next head to Newbury College on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. league contest.
Barnes sets career-high vs Lynx
BENNINGTON >> A double-digit lead after the opening quarter was never threatened the rest of the way for Southern Vermont College Saturday afternoon as the hosting Mountaineers carried their offensive success to an 88-43 win over Lesley University in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC led 46-15 at halftime and continued to outscore the Lynx in each of the remaining periods to win its fourth straight meeting with LU.
Senior Shaniquewa Barnes had a stellar outing, dropping a career and game-high 30 points while grabbing 12 boards for her seventh double-double of the year; she also notched four steals and two assists on the day and shot a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Chloe Longe followed with 16 points and nine rebounds as classmate Danielle Simmons came off the bench to tally 13 points and another nine boards. Freshman Amber Lesure had a solid game in her first collegiate start, going 3-for-3 from downtown to register a season-best 12 points. Junior captain Amber Dow was a pest to the Lynx, swiping a career-high eight steals on the defensive side while chipping in with eight points.
SVC shot a season-high 51.7 percent (30-for-58) on field goal attempts for the day while holding Lesley to a 31 percent (18-for-58) clip from the floor.
The Mountaineers improve to 11-8 on the year and 8-4 in the NECC as Lesley falls to 1-16 overall (0-10 NECC). Southern Vermont takes to the road for its next game, visiting Becker College on Tuesday for an 8 p.m. NECC tip-off.
MAU swim swept (Friday)
PITTSFIELD, MASS. >> The Mount Anthony swim team were swept by Pittsfield on Friday in the final meet of the regular season for the Patriots.
The Pittsfield boys won 73-20, while the girls score was much closer at 50-44.
Winners for the Patriots boys include Zach LaForest in the 50 freestyle. He also finished second in the 500 freestyle, less than a second behind the winner, Cian Troy.
On the girls side, individual winners were Phebe Hall in the 200 free and the 100 breastroke and Bridget Ahearn in the 50 and 100 free. Jena Staab also won the 100 butterfly. MAU won two of the three relays and the meet came down to the final event, the 400 free relay, a race that Pittsfield won and MAU finished second.
MAU will travel to Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday.