Three champs power Patriots

Saturday December 29, 2012


LOWELL, Mass. -- Jesse Webb, Miguel Calixto and Troy Gassaway each won individual crowns Friday to lead the Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team to a team total of 241 points and the overall crown in the 2013 Lowell Holiday Tournament.

Timberlane (N.H.) was second with 201 points and Natick (Mass.) was third at 151.5.

Gassaway went 5-0 in the tournament at 113 pounds, while Webb (285) was 5-0 and Calixto, still unbeaten this year, ended up 6-0 at 132 pounds. Tyler Mattison (170) also made the finals, finishing runner up.

Austin Price (182) took third and Brandon Marcoux-Schaefer (195) fourth after wrestling to the consolation finals.

Bailey Willard (138) and Kyle Fletcher (126) each wrestled back to finish seventh for the Patriots, who have not lost a tournament or dual yet this season.

BBA falls to Hartford

RUTLAND -- Hartford stung Burr and Burton Academy with an overtime winner to advance to the finals of the Rutland Holiday Tournament with a 5-4 result in boys hockey action Friday night.

Sean Paradis led the Bulldogs (1-3) with a pair of goals while Andy Ishu and Brock Pollard also scored. Zack Stewart finished with 30 saves for BBA, which wraps up the tournament in the consolation Saturday at 11:15 a.m.

Hoosick Falls advances

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School girls basketball team advanced to the finals of its own Hoosier Holiday Tournament with a 60-40 win against Albany Leadership Charter on Friday night.

Frankie Pearson led the charge for the Panthers (4-2) with 21 points. Rachel Pine added 16 points, going 6-of-7 at the free throw line. Kelly Pine chipped in with 10 points.

Hoosick Falls, which led 27-17 at halftime before exploding for 23 in the third quarter, faces Catskill in the championship on Saturday night. Albany Leadership meets Ravena in the consolation at 6 p.m.

MAU swimmers split against Pittsfield

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School girls swim team won nine of 11 events to roll to a 113-57 win against Pittsfield (Mass.) on Friday night while the Patriot boys suffered their first defeat of the year, falling to the Generals, 104-65.

Both Patriot squads are now 5-1 this season, leading the northern division of the Berkshire League.

Kate Ahearn set the pace for the MAU girls team with wins in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Bridget Ahearn (200 free), Heather Foley (200 individual medley), April Foley (50 free) and Kate Montague (100 breaststroke) also won individual races. MAU swept the three relays.

Ryan Spencer led the boys with wins in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke and Robert Murphy claimed the 100 breaststroke and the 500 free.

The Patriot boys won the 200 free relay as well.

Tide sinks Patriots in Rutland tournament

RUTLAND -- Up early and tied late with Spaulding, the Mount Anthony Union High School girls basketball team came up on the short side of a 33-27 loss on Friday night.

MAU (1-4) led 7-0 early and stood tied, 27-27, with three minutes to play but the Crimson Tide (2-2) closed the game on a 7-0 run to win.

Katie Thygesen (17 points) and Conner LaFrance (12 points) combined for most of the Spaulding scoring, while Brinkley Legacy and Lacy Parmenter paced MAU with seven apiece.

MAU held a 39-28 edge in rebounds and faces Essex Saturday night at 7 p.m., also in Rutland.

Mount Abe drops BBA

FAIR HAVEN -- An athletic Mount Abraham team raced out in front of Burr and Burton Academy to pick up a 49-29 win in girls basketball on Friday night.

"Our girls played hard and didn't give up ... Mount Abraham is a very athletic team," said BBA coach Terry Merrow.

Rory Halligan led BBA (1-3) with 10 points.

Otters stun Eagles

ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball team dropped its second straight close game, 56-54, against Otter Valley on Friday night at the Eagles Nest.

Arlington (0-3) led 25-23 at halftime and nearly went up by 10 in the second half before the Otters rallied. Rayleen Sherman led the Eagles with 19 points while Julia Lacoste added 13 and Jennah Lacoste chipped in with 12 rebounds.

Patriots hosting poker tournaments

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team is hosting a fundraising poker tournament on Jan. 4 at the Bennington Elks Lodge. Registration is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and has $40 buy-ins and a $25 re-buy.

Bennington Elks shoot

BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Elks Lodge will host its annual Hoop Shoot on Jan. 6. The event will take place at Mount Anthony Union High School starting at 12:30 p.m.

The contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 and a birth certificate is required at registration.

For more info, contact Dale Corbett at 447-0958.

Wrestling bottle drive

BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team will have its annual winter bottle drive on Jan. 6. If anyone would like to make arrangements for pick-up, call Jim Woodside at 802-442-5352 and leave a message.

Vt. Senior Games

SHELBURNE -- The Vermont Senior Games Association will hold state weightlifting championships at the Shelburne Health and Fitness Club on Feb. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. Competition is open to anyone age 50 and older by Dec. 31, 2013. Events in age groups will be held in leg extension, leg press, seated chest press and standing biceps curl. Fee is $35. To register, visit and click on weightlifting.


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