Bulldogs win state crown in Pom
VERGENNES >> The Burr and Burton Academy dance team won a state championship in the Pom discipline at the state tournament at Vergennes High School on Saturday. BBA finished just ahead of South Burlington in second and Colchester in third.
BBA was fourth in hip-hop, as Mount Mansfield won the discipline. Lamoille won the Jazz competition.
Mount Anthony was fifth out of eight teams in hip-hop, and fifth in Pom.
BBA girls hockey advances
MANCHESTER >> No. 7 seed Burr and Burton Academy got two goals from Aggie Bisselle, her 40th and 41st of the season, in a 3-1 win over No. 10 Brattleboro in an opening round playdown at Riley Rink on Saturday. Bisselle also assisted Natalia Sowulewska for the third goal for the Bulldogs (8-10-3), who advance to face No. 2 Mount Mansfield in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Molly Dingley stopped 10 shots for the win in net.
Hannah Carter scored for Brattleboro, who end the year at 4-15-2.
Bulldogs upend Harwood
MANCHESTER >> The No. 8 seed Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team had a pair of goals from senior Jack Ams to advance past No. 9 Harwood, 4-2.
BBA, who improves to 12-9, scored three times in the second period to grab the advantage from the Highlanders.
Alex Carpenter and Sam Cottrell also scored for BBA, who travel to No. 1 Woodstock for a matchup on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.
Jeremy Fleming made 24 saves, while Harwood's Dean Touchette had 26 saves. Eli Rivers and Hunter Wimble scored for the Highlanders, who finish the season at 9-11-1.
SVC men finish perfect NECC slate
BENNINGTON >> A balanced scoring attack saw the Southern Vermont College men's basketball team drain a team record 20 three-pointers Saturday afternoon as SVC wrapped up its regular season schedule with a 110-57 win over Daniel Webster College in New England Collegiate Conference action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC connected on six of its first seven shots from downtown in the opening seven minutes of play, storming out to a comfortable 33-2 lead that the Mountaineers would carry on to the sizeable victory. Southern Vermont went ahead 64-22 before halftime and then closed out the final 20 minutes with the upper hand to complete its second straight undefeated Conference schedule.
Saturday also served as SVC's Senior Day as the team recognized and honored its five departing players and student manager prior to tip-off: William Bromirski, Casey Hall, DeShawn Hamlet, Jeff James, Antoine White and Ryan McNall.
Six SVC players reached double figures, led by Bromirski who had 17 points on a 5-for-9 performance from beyond the arc. Sophomore Daemond Carter followed with 16 points in 16 minutes off the bench, going a perfect 5-for-5 from downtown. Hamlet had 14 points and five boards while Hall notched 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the year. Hamlet became just the third Mountaineer from either the men's or women's program to ever crack the 1,500 career point mark, now totaling 1,512 in his time at SVC.
James dished out a game-best five assists for Southern Vermont while Nate Goldsmith had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes of reserve time. Ervin Cook also came off the bench to notch a career-high 13 points for the Mountaineers, doing so in just 11 minutes of action.
It was the seventh time this season that the Mountaineers have reached triple digits in scoring.
Southern Vermont improves its record on the year to 22-3 and 16-0 in NECC play, extending its winning streak to 14 games; the Mountaineers have now taken their last six meetings with the Eagles. DWC finishes the regular season at 11-14 overall and 8-8 in league action with the loss.
The Mountaineers now have a chance to rest and prepare for next weekend's semifinal and championship rounds to be played at SVC February 26 and 27; Southern Vermont will play in the first semifinal matchup of Friday night at 6 p.m., its opponent to be determined by the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday night.
SVC women falter late vs Regis
BENNINGTON >> Trailing by just two after the third quarter Saturday afternoon, Southern Vermont College was outscored by 10 points in the final 10 minutes by a visiting Regis College squad to fall 77-65 in New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball action at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Pride led 37-33 at halftime before SVC closed in to make it a 58-56 ballgame going into the fourth. RC pulled away in the final stanza, finishing off the win in both teams' regular season finale.
Prior to the start of the game, Southern Vermont recognized and honored its five senior players and senior student manager: Shaniquewa Barnes, Amber Flagg, Kala MacKenzie, Marissa Myers, Turquoia Johnson and Kayla Dennison.
Flagg led the way with 24 points, setting the all-time college's scoring record with 1,786 points. She passed 2002 grad Charles Beekman's 1,770 total.
She was followed by Johnson who dropped 14 points and added a team-high 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year. MacKenzie also pulled down 10 boards while blocking two shots, and sophomore Danielle Simmons came off the bench to notch eight points in 13 minutes of action.
Regis sophomore Brittany Stone registered a game-high 28 points for the Pride, snagging a game-best 11 rebounds for the double-double; she was 9-for-11 from the floor and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Junior captain Amanda Hawkesworth chipped in with another 16 points, nine boards and a game-high seven assists, and freshman Sam D'Angelo had 14 points and four rebounds in reserve time for RC.
Southern Vermont (11-14, 8-10 NECC) takes the fifth seed in next week's postseason tournament, gearing up to visit fourth-seeded Elms College on Tuesday night; SVC split its season series with the Blazers. Regis (22-3, 18-0 NECC) will prepare to host the semifinal and championship rounds on Friday and Saturday, earning the first-round bye and No. 1 seed with its fifth straight undefeated Conference record; the Pride have now won all 90 of their NECC regular season games since joining the league for the 2011-12 season.
BBA, MAU compete at Rikert
MIDDLEBURY >> The Burr and Burton Academy boys Nordic ski team won Thursday's event at Rikert Touring Center.
BBA scored 25 points to top Brattleboro with 28, Woodstock's 39 and Mount Anthony's 46.
Scott Mooney finished first in 12 minutes, four seconds, while two other BBA skiers, Neil Thorley and Anders Proft, were sixth and eighth, respectively. Paton Marion was 24th to round out the scoring.
Mount Anthony's Thomas Hendery was the top Patriot, finishing 12th in 14:11. Bill Greenwald was 15th, Austin Buttle 18th and Noah Payne 20th.
On the girls side, Woodstock won with 24 points, followed closely by MAU's 29, BBA's 36 and Brattleboro's 55.
For BBA, Helena Bigelow was the top finisher in fourth, a time of 16:13. Raili Utiger was sixth and Carly Gayda 10th. Emily Williams rounded out the scoring in 24th. MAU's Erica Hale was fifth, in 16:29, while Allie Boudreau was seventh and Emily Altland right behind in eighth. Bri Zipprich rounded out the scoring in 13th.
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