MAU, BBA compete in Day 2 of Nordic championships
RIPTON >> The Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton Academy Nordic ski teams each finished their seasons on Day 2 of the state tournament at Rikert Touring Center on Thursday.
On the girls side, Mount Anthony finished fifth overall in Division I, behind the champion North Country, CVU, Mount Mansfield and Burlington.
Individually in the 5K classic race, Erica Hale was the first Patriot across the line in 10th place overall with a time of 16 minutes, 59.6 seconds. Allie Boudreau was next in 20th (17:46.7) with Emily Altland in 27th, Bri Zipprich in 29th. Olivia Salem, Bethany Hassett, Kori Bow and Kalina Korzec also competed. In the classic relay, MAU was fifth overall in 31:42.8.
In Division II, BBA was fourth as a team, behind U-32, Woodstock and Harwood. Helena Bigelow finished fourth in the individual race in a time of 16:15.7. Raili Utiger was 12th, Carly Gayda was 16th and Emily Williams was 35th. In the relay, BBA was fourth in 31:35.1.
On the boys side, BBA's Scott Mooney won the individual event, completing the course in 12:31.2. Neil Thorley was ninth in 13:42, Anders Proft was 14th and Max Mackson was 50th overall.
BBA's relay was fifth in 25:35.8 and the team ended up sixth after the two-day championship event, behind the winners in Middlebury. U-32 was second, Stowe third, Harwood fourth and Woodstock fifth.
For Mount Anthony, Thomas Hendery was the top finisher in 17th overall in 15:01.9. Austin Buttle was 30th, Ben Doucette as 35th, Noah Payne 40th and Bill Greenwald 41st.
Peter Drew, Clayton Schroeder and Liam Drew rounded out the roster. MAU's relay ended up fifth in Division I in 27:13.5.
As a team, MAU was sixth overall. Mount Mansfield was first with 49 points, CVU was second, Brattleboro third, Burlington fourth and Colchester fifth.
BBA boys hockey falls in semifinal
STOWE >> After scoring the opening goal of the Division II boys hockey semifinal against Stowe on Thursday, the Burr and Burton Academy team saw its season end in a 5-1 loss to the Raiders.
Sam Cottrell scored in the first period to give BBA a 1-0 lead, but Chad Haggerty tied it at 1-1 seconds later, a score the teams took to the second period.
In the second, Max Carr gave Stowe the lead with the eventual game-winning goal to make it 2-1, then Jackson Felis scored on a Stowe power play to make it 3-1 with two minutes remaining in the period.
Carr scored with 10 minutes left in the third to extend the advantage to 4-1, and Felis made it 5-1 with a goal in the final minutes.
BBA finishes the season at 13-10, while Stowe is 18-5 and advances to the Division II title game for the third straight season.
BBA competes in Slalom championships
HANCOCK >> The Burr and Burton Academy alpine ski teams competed at the slalom state championships on Thursday at the Middlebury Snow Bowl.
On the boys side, Scott Trudel was the top finisher in 14th in a two-run time of 1 minute, 18.90 seconds. Teammates Ryan Duddy and Blake Greene were right behind in 15th and 16th, respectively. Jackson Ameden was 22nd.
On the girls side, Lydia Morgantini was the top Bulldog in 12th in a time of 1:25.07. Julie Ann McNealus was 14th in 1:26.81. Megan Quinn was 30th, Sara Lochner was 49th and Julia Dapron was 51st.
SVC softball picked eighth of 10 teams in preseason poll
BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont College softball team was selected to finish eighth in the 2016 New England Collegiate Conference standings as announced in the league's preseason coaches poll released on Thursday.
SVC, led by third-year head coach Alyssa Davis, will look to improve upon its 11-14 overall record from 2015 which tied the team's single season wins record. The Mountaineers were 7-11 in league play, just missing out on a postseason berth after losing the three-way tiebreaker while finishing with the same mark as two other Conference squads.
"I think the 2016 season is looking bright," Davis said. "This season's incoming class is very talented and is a strong mix that blends well with the returners we have coming back."
Davis returns three Mountaineers from last year's team while welcoming in 11 new faces to the program. Among those coming back for SVC is senior captain Rachel Robtoy, a four-year starter for the team who will anchor down the middle infield once again. She led the squad in runs scored in 2015 with 22 and was third on the team with 23 hits. She tallied a .311 batting average and 13 RBIs, and her 13 walks tied for the second-highest single season mark in team history. Robtoy was selected as an All-NECC Honorable Mention for her performance.
Also returning for SVC is a pair of seasoned utility players in senior Michelle Flores and junior Lissa Soler. Flores registered 12 runs scored, eight walks and five RBIs from the batter's box as Soler added another seven runs, 10 walks and two RBI.
A great deal of athleticism comes to the team as eight of the 11 newcomers are multi-sport athletes at Southern Vermont. Also included in the pool of first-time Mountaineers will be sophomore transfer Nicole Matthews who comes to SVC by way of St. Lawrence University. In 2014, she was selected to the All-Liberty League First Team after hitting .368 for the Saints with eight extra-base hits. She tallied 15 RBIs at the plate and made just two errors in 126 chances on the defensive end for a .984 fielding percentage.
"We are all looking to get ourselves back into postseason play this year and make another run to continue bettering this program," Davis continued. "Currently, everyone is doing well and working hard. There are a few kinks to be worked out from now through Spring Training. We look to come out of Spring Training ready to compete immediately in conference play and really peak come April. Leadership is key after graduating a solid senior class, along with some younger players stepping up to fill some key positions and team roles."
Southern Vermont embarks next week on its yearly spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the FastPitch Dreams/Snowbird Softball Spring Classic, starting the regular season on March 14 with the first of six games to be played in the Palmetto State. The Mountaineers then return north to open up the NECC schedule, visiting Regis College on March 22 for a league doubleheader. SVC is set to hold its home opener on Saturday, April 2 for a twin bill with Becker College, and the team will hold its Senior Day on Saturday, April 23 during a season finale with Mitchell College.
With five of the 10 first-place votes cast by the league skippers, 2015 NECC tournament champion Elms College was projected to finish at the top of the standings this year. Mitchell College, a team that took last year's regular season title, was second in the poll with their three top nods helping the Mariners narrowly edge Becker College which sits at third in the Conference poll.
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