Patriots take Methuen; BBA clips Milton
LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
METHUEN, Mass. -- A short-handed Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team used four champions and four runners-up to win their sixth tournament of the season at the 18-team Methuen Invitational.
The Patriots finished with 218.5 points, head of Massachusetts schools Springfield Central (157) and North Andover (137.5).
"This is a tough tournament where you see many kids that you well see at the New Englands," MAU coach Scott Legacy said. "Our schedule has been full of nasty competition. Our goal is to get healthy down the stretch ... so that we can peak at the right time."
Troy Gassaway had two pins and a technical fall to win at 113 pounds. Voted the day’s outstanding wrestler, Miguel Calixto beat the hosts’ Paul Sughrue, previously unbeaten himself, to go 4-0 on the day at 132 pounds and remain undefeated this season.
Bailey Willard (138) went 4-0 with a slim, 2-1 win against Springfield Central’s Luis Quinones in the finals. Jesse Webb also won at 285, with a dominant showing that included two pins and a 13-1 major decision.
Dylan LaFountain (120), Houston Shaler (145), Tyler Mattison (170) and Brandon Marcoux-Shaefer (195) all placed second. Jack Luciano and Kyle Fletcher each battled back for third after one-point losses in the semifinals.
BBA wins 8th in a row
HIGHGATE -- A pair of 5-on-3 strikes were the difference for the Burr and Burton Academy boys hockey team Saturday as the Bulldogs blanked Milton, 2-0.
Andy Ishu scored both for the Bulldogs, whose eighth straight victory avenged a 4-1 defeat earlier this season and bumped their record to 9-3.
Zack Stewart made 24 saves in the win. Brandon Rhoades stopped 37 shots for Milton (5-3-2).
MAU Nordic sweeps
GRAFTON -- Finishing with 14 points apiece, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys and girls Nordic ski teams won comfortably on Saturday at Grafton Ponds.
The Mount Anthony girls topped Rutland (26 points) as the only other complete team in the field. Rebecca Romac took third to lead the Patriots. Erin Anderson (fifth), Abigail Malmborg (seventh) and Lauren Driscoll (eighth) rounded out the scoring. Freshman Erica Hale, in her first varsity race, finished 10th.
Brattleboro’s Halie Lange took first, edging Rutland’s Chloe Levins in a down-to-the-wire finish.
Brattleboro also had the top boy in the field, with Graham Glennon earning the win, but MAU swept the next five spots to win by 37 points.
Ben Faller was second, followed by Luke Keenan, Jeremiah Colbath and Will Buckley. Luke Johnas was sixth.
Patriot boys, girls 4th; Polen nears state record
NORTHFIELD -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys and girls indoor track teams each finished fourth out of more than 15 teams in competition at Norwich University on Saturday.
Essex won on the girls side and the South Burlington boys took top honors in the final tune-up before the state championships on Feb. 16.
A win in the 4x200-meter relay paced the girls, with Raheemah Madany, Leniesha Williams, Taylor Hockemeier and Shelby McLenithan finishing in 1 minute 49.7 seconds to win by 4 seconds.
The girls 4x800 team (Mckenzie Krawczyk, Nikki Comalli, Jazmine Hollister, Shelby Whitman) earned second. Taylor Haynes (shot put) and the Patriots 4x400 team each finished fourth, while Samantha Mears (high jump) and Shelby McLenithan (300) garnered sixth. Grace Page (300) and Krawczyk (1,000) were sixth.
A pair of relay wins powered the Mount Anthony boys to a 41-point total. The 4x400 crew (Ben Seward, Brad Myers, Andrew Brandmeyer, Andy Seward) won by 2 seconds and the 4x800 squad (A. Seward, Matt Strano, Zach Redden, Marc Brandmeyer) won by nearly 7 seconds.
Marc Brandmeyer notched a second-place finish in the 1,000, Nathaniel Durfee (55-meter hurdles) and Ben Seward (300) added thirds and the 4x200 team was fifth.
Competing in the New Balance Games at the New York City Armory, Mount Anthony’s Jon Polen, seeded eighth, finished fifth with a time of 7.69 seconds. The result smashed his previous school record (7.8) and is 0.01 off the Vermont state record.
Bulldogs throttle Redhawks
SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Erin Thompson netted a hat trick and two assists for Burr and Burton Academy in a 9-4 win against Champlain Valley in girls hockey on Saturday.
Olivia Warren also scored twice for BBA, which improved to 5-6-1 on the season.
Bulldogs move to 10-2
MANCHESTER -- Eleven players scored for Burr and Burton Academy in a 60-41 win against Otter Valley in boys basketball on Saturday.
Jake Stalcup led the Bulldogs (10-2) with 12 points while Joey Shehadi had 10. Ryan Kelly led all scorers with 21 points for the Otters.
BBA, which hosts Brattleboro on Tuesday, led 30-13 at halftime.
Arlington trims Bucks
WELLS RIVER -- Alex Hawley and DJ Jennings combined for 43 points Saturday as Arlington Memorial High School used a third-quarter burst to beat Blue Mountain, 59-48, in boys basketball.
Hawley had 23 points, including 19 after halftime, and Jennings tallied 20, with 18 coming before the break for the Eagles (5-5).
Arlington led 29-28 at the half and outscored the Bucks (5-5) 18-6 in the third quarter. Damian Smith had 13 points to lead Blue Mountain.
Lake Region trumps BBA
WINDSOR -- Lake Region opened up a 25-14 halftime lead that it never gave back in a 43-37 win against Burr and Burton Academy in girls basketball at Windsor High School on Saturday.
Tyrah Urie led the Rangers (8-2) with 15 points.
Freshman Hannah Nicholson paced BBA (5-5) with 10 points while Claudia Mosher and Devin Brown added nine apiece.
Eagles sink Mountaineers
BENNINGTON -- Daniel Webster got 31 points from its bench to carry the Eagles over Southern Vermont College, 67-52, in New England Collegiate Conference men’s basketball on Saturday.
The 15-point difference matches that from the season’s earlier meeting at Daniel Webster in which the Mountaineers were defeated 87-72.
SVC senior captain Taeshon Johnson led all players with 17 points while sophomore captain Jermaine Campbell recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
The Mountaineers (0-18 overall, 0-10 NECC) turn to non-conference play Tuesday when they host Williams College at 7 p.m.
Daniel Webster tops SVC
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College women’s basketball team struggled to contain Daniel Webster’s graduate student and captain Vanessa Bosques who dropped a game-high 35 points in the Eagles’ 65-39 win Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
Mountaineer freshman captain Amber Flagg led her team with 15 points, a game-high four steals and a team-high three assists in the effort.
Following Flagg for the Mountaineers was freshman Javasha White who finished with eight points in her fifth start. She also led all players with 11 rebounds. Freshman Kala MacKenzie recorded a game-high six blocks to go along with her six rebounds and five points.
The Mountaineers (3-14 overall, 3-7 NECC) visit Becker College on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest.
S. Vt. Stars tryouts
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Stars AAU basketball team are having tryouts for an elite traveling girls’ team.
Anyone is eligible to try out, but serious candidates should have the equivalent of a varsity skill level.
Tryouts are Sunday at Mount Anthony Union High School from 1 to 3 p.m. and February 3 and 10 at Arlington Memorial High School at a time to be announced. It’s mandatory to attend at least two of the three tryout dates.
Monument Soccer signups
BENNINGTON -- The Monument Soccer Club has sign-ups next week at the Bennington Sports Center. Monument is a soccer club that participates in the Capital District Youth Soccer League in the spring and runs from April-June with a 10-game season.
Any interested boy or girl from U8-U18 can sign up.
More information can be found online at www.voltage
sportsclub.com under the Bennington Sports Center’s news section where people can download a registration packet. For more informaion, call the main office of the Sports Center at 802-681-7151.
Zemianek road race returns May 5
BENNINGTON -- The 35th annual Steve Zemianek Road Race will take place on May 5 at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington.
There are three different runs, a 3.8-mile course, a 10K course and a half-mile fun run for children.
The entry fee is $15 to pre-register and $3 for the fun run. A family of four can register at a reduced rate of $40.
Awards will be given to the top male and female runner and the top three in each age group.
For more information, call Dave at 802-688-7807.
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