Roundup: Mount Anthony splits at North-South Challenge

RUTLAND — The Mount Anthony boys basketball team started the season off with a big win, 69-58, over Essex in the opening round of the North-South Challenge at Rutland on Saturday.

MAU was led by Abe Amidon's 23 points, followed by Jack Bushee's 18. Gavin Johnson added eight in his first varsity game.

Robbie Meslin led Essex (0-1) with 19.

MAU hosts Fair Haven at Kates Gym on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Patriots edged by Essex

RUTLAND — The Mount Anthony girls basketball team fell, 43-33, to Essex, in the team's opener in the North-South Challenge on Saturday.

Grace Mahar had a monster game to start the year, with 17 points and 22 rebounds. Anna Iannotti and Kaity O'Brien pitched in with six points each.

MAU is 0-1 and go back to Rutland next Saturday for the final round of the Challenge, facing Spaulding.

Bulldogs fall to NC-LI

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton girls hockey team dropped its opener, 5-3, against the combined North Country-Lyndon Institute team.

BBA trailed 3-0 two minutes into the second period, but came back to tie it early in the third.

Julia Martin and Stella Turner each had a goal and an assist, while Charleigh Cathy added a score. Chloe MacDonald got on the scoresheet with an assist.

Martin started the comeback with her first goal, then Carthy made it 3-2 with the McDonald assist.

Less than a minute into the third, Turner scored herself on a shorthanded goal, assisted by Martin, but NC-LI scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes for the final margin.

In her first hockey game, freshman goalie Lola Herzog made 20 saves on 25 shots.

"Stella was a standout in her first game and Lola's performance in her first-ever hockey game was very encouraging," said BBA coach Ed Lewicki.

BBA travels to Barre to face D-I Spaulding on Wednesday.

Indians stay perfect with tournament victory

DELHI, N.Y. — The Cambridge girls basketball team won the Delaware Academy tournament with a victory over the hosts, Delhi, on Saturday, 40-28.

Sophie Phillips had 13 points to lead the Indians, who improve to 3-0 on the year. Helen Mooney and Victoria Dupuis each added 10 for Cambridge, who travel to Waterford on Wednesday.

Phillips and Mooney were named to the all-tournament team.

Patriots have success at opening meet

TROY, N.Y. — The Mount Anthony track team had some strong performances at the team's opening meet at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday.

The boys distance medley, consisting of Evan Page, Mattheu Longtin, Shawn Tobin and Cooper Mason, were third. The girls sprint medley, with the team of Rebecca Crosier, Paige Greenawalt, Aditi Patel and Zoey Amoroso were second overall.

Tobin was third in the 600 meters and sixth in the 55 hurdles. Skyler Hoyt was strong in the long jump with a fourth-place leap of 17 feet, 9.5 inches, while Mattheu Longtin was third in the 1,000 meters. Paige Greenawalt also reached the podium in the 1,000 meters, finishing second, while Crosier was second in the 300 meters and sixth in the long jump.

MAU goes back to Hudson Valley next Saturday.

The Cambridge indoor track team also competed in the event.

Miranda Seacord won the 55 meter dash in 7.6 seconds, while Vanessa Evans was second in the 1,500. Seacord was fourth in the long jump with a 13 feet, 6.75-inch leap.

On the boys side, Jonas Butz was sixth in the 55, and the sprint medley team was third. Tommy Danaher was sixth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump. Brendan Holcomb was fifth in the triple jump and third in the shot put.

SVC drops NECC game to Wheelock

BENNINGTON — The visiting Wheelock College women's basketball squad grabbed a 58-47 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory over Southern Vermont College Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

The Wildcats took a 24-20 edge into the locker room, and they were able to prevent SVC from making a comeback in the fourth quarter while connecting at the free throw line for the league victory.

SVC was led offensively by junior Maddy Main, who had a game-high 20 points to go with her seven rebounds and two assists, and sophomore Dani Biggers pulled down a team-best 12 boards while scoring nine points on the afternoon. Sophomore Taylor Mallett had seven points and five helpers for the Mountaineers as freshman Brenna Hudson registered eight points and five rebounds in the effort.

Wheelock's Katie Walsh, who entered the game with the 10th most double-doubles (5) in NCAA Division III, tallied another one as she totaled 10 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Emma Siver notched a team-leading 15 points while adding five assists, and Gaby Haywood pitched in with 13 points and four rebounds. Alivia Damper also reached double figures with 12 points.

Next up for both teams are Tuesday night games which will serve as their final Conference contests before the winter break; Southern Vermont (2-8, 1-2 NECC) heads to Becker College for a 6 p.m. showdown.

Mountaineers streak to start season at 5

BRONX, N.Y. — Southern Vermont College suffered its first men's basketball loss of the season Saturday afternoon as the visiting Mountaineers fell 96-71 to Lehman College in non-conference play at the Apex Center.

SVC junior Andre Hodo tallied team-highs of 14 points and eight rebounds while senior Daemond Carter came off the bench to notch 12 points in 20 minutes of reserve time. Senior Mike Pierre had 10 points and seven boards, and junior Josh Borders had six points and four assists in the effort.

The Lightning went up with a strong 51-24 upper hand through the first 20 minutes of action, and that cushion would be big enough for them to continue on for the win.

The Mountaineers are now 6-1 on the year with the loss snapping their 20-game regular season winning streak which dated back to January 10.

Southern Vermont is back at home for its next game as the Mountaineers host Fisher College on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Patriots split in the pool

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Friday, the Mount Anthony swim team split with Taconic, with the boys winning 90-10 and the girls falling 90-79.

The boys won all of their events, including the 200 medley relay of Caden Watson, Anthony Mazzola, Zach LaForest, and Lucas Reutter.

Morgan Flynn was a double winner in the 200 free and 100 fly. Zach LaForest won both the 50 and 100 freestyle, while Anthony Mazzola had a great evening winning the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Ethan Bennett, a new swimmer for MAU, was strong in the 200 free, finishing second. Another rookie swimmer, Aaron Mattison, was third in the 50 free.

On the girls side, Grace Burhans won the 200 free by more than 22 seconds and Shaana Staab won the 100 free by a large margin. The 200 free relay of Grace Burhans, Emily Calder, Mary Mendez, and Shaana Staab outswam their next closest competitors by nearly 11 seconds. Newcomers Andrea Kaufer, Chayla Greenslet, Lacy Anderson, and Kat Bruneau showed a fabulous effort in their 200 free relay, finishing in third place.

The Patriots will host New Lebanon on Friday at the Bennington Rec Center.

Panthers surge past Spa Catholic

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Logan Thayne had a breakout game, scoring 29 points in a 53-34 victory over Saratoga Catholic on Friday night.

Lillian Hickey added 10 for the Panthers. Ani Crocker led the Saints with 11 points.

Hoosick Falls improves to 2-3 and travel to Tamarac on Wednesday.

Arlington girls open season with victory

TOWNSHEND — The Arlington girls basketball team began the year with a 45-28 win over Leland & Gray on Friday night.

Haley Mattison led the way with 16 points, while the Eagles got strong defensive efforts from Xandria Hoyt and Gracie Smith in the win.

MAU Nordic Ski team fundraiser

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Nordic ski team is running a Christmas tree pick-up fundraiser Saturday, January 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MAU athletes will come to interested people's homes and take their tree away to be chopped into gardening mulch.

The team is hoping to raise $2,000 for equipment and wax.

The suggested donation to the team is $5-15, or more if you would like.

To schedule pick-up, please contact Rachel at 802-681-5177 or

Catamount wrestling sign-ups

BENNINGTON — Catamount Wrestling Club sign-ups are December 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mount Anthony Union High School in the cafeteria.

There is a MAU wrestling match that night and all the wrestlers that sign up will get in free.

The starting date for the club is the first week of January.

They are also looking for volunteers to help with coaching. For more information, contact Paul Monick at 315-263-3517 or go to Facebook and search Catamount Wrestling Club.

American Poolplayers Association looking for players

BRATTLEBORO — The APA Pool League, sanctioned by the American Poolplayers Association (APA), is now forming teams throughout Windham, Windsor and Bennington counties in Southern Vermont under the guidance of the new franchisee owner, Kala Fisher.

"I'm excited to bring APA League Play back to the area. Pool is a great way to have fun while getting to know new people," said Fisher.

Each APA Pool League team consists of five to eight amateur players who compete seasonally or year-round in weekly league play. The APA's copyrighted handicap system, The Equalizer, gives amateur players the opportunity to compete equally with players of different levels of skill. By participating in weekly league play, members can qualify to compete in three Championships that award over $1.5 Million in guaranteed cash and prizes every year.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States,as the Canadian Pool League in Canada, and the Japanese Pool League in Japan. Nearly 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year — the APA World Pool Championships, the APA Poolplayer Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship — that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 million in cash and prizes annually.

For more information or to get signed up with the APA, please contact Kala Fisher at 978-790-3251 or by email at Or you can visit the official APA website at


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