Panthers drop dual to Mechanicville

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls wrestling team won six out of eight contested matches, but Mechanicville-Stillwater won 48-36 on the strength of forfeits during their dual on Thursday night.

The match of the evening came at 138 pounds, as Hoosick's Matt Laporte edged out M-S's Dan Motta, 2-1, in 3OT. Motta tied the match in the third period to take it to overtime. Neither scored in the first extra period, but Laporte escaped in the next overtime and then rode Motta out for the victory.

Another good match was at 152, where Hoosick's Sam Richard trailed Mechanicville-Stillwater's Cody Gaudette 2-0 into the third period. In the third, Richard escaped for a point and then scored a takedown with 30 seconds left to win the match 3-2.

Other victories for the Panthers included pins by Liam McGarvin at 170 pounds, Craig Sawyer at 285, Logan Powers at 132 and Ethan Mattison at 145.

Gabe Fisher won by forfeit, while Roman Vyvial and Keegan Philpott were pinned.

The Panthers host the Hoosick Falls Duals on Saturday, wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m.

Cambridge remains unbeaten

GREENWICH, N.Y. — Cambridge's Sophie Phillips torched Greenwich Thursday night as the freshman scored 31 points in a 67-41 rout of the Witches on the road.

Phillips was strong from behind the arc, knocking down seven three-point shots in the contest.

Lilly Phillips added 14 for the Indians, while Fiona Mooney scored nine.

The win pushes Cambridge's record to 11-0 on the season, with a 6-0 record in Wasaren League play.

The Indians are back in action against Waterford at home today. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

SVC men's basketball

NEW LONDON, Conn. — Josh Borders and Mike Pierre combined for 54 points as the Southern Vermont men's basketball team knocked off Mitchell, 92-78, on Thursday night. Borders led the way with a game-high 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Pierre added 22 in an 8-of-15 shooting performance.

As a team, SVC shot better than 50 percent.

Mitchell was led by Domenico Santiago who had a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Steffen Brunson added 17 as Mitchell had four players in double figures.

SVC improves to 12-4 on the year and 4-1 in the New England Collegiate Conference. Mitchell drops to 8-8 overall and 4-1 in conference.

MAU basketball falls to Mill River

NORTH CLARENDON — The Mount Anthony boys basketball team was outscored 12-0 in the final few minutes as Mill River scored a 44-38 win on Wednesday night.

Abe Amidon, who led the team with 14 points, hit a three to give MAU a 38-32 lead, but the Minutemen kept MAU off the board the rest of the game.

DJ Nichols had 16 and Tyler Shelvey 14 for Mill River, who improves to 7-1 with their fifth straight victory. Mount Anthony drops to 6-3 after its second straight loss.

SVC men's volleyball fifth in preseason poll

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced the results of its 2018 men's volleyball preseason poll with Southern Vermont College being chosen by league coaches to finish fifth in the final standings.

The Mountaineers are looking to get back to the Conference postseason for the seventh time in the last eight years after making it into the playoff tournament in 2017 with a 3-9 mark against the league (6-22 overall).

Southern Vermont will be guided by first-year head coach Pat Robidoux who is excited to see what his team can do this season.

"These guys worked so hard during the first part of our preseason," Robidoux said. "I was really excited to see the progress that we made, and I believe this group of guys has what it takes to make this year very special. This conference has many talented teams; so for us, we will just have to put the emphasis on the small technical details which will make us better throughout the year. Our struggles will be different from our opponents, so we just have to respond to that adversity as best as we can."

SVC returns four players from last year's squad while bringing in seven newcomers to the program. Among those returning are senior Elmer Olivares and sophomore Te Hayward.

Olivares was named the NECC Player of the Week once last season and led the team in kills with 187; that figured helped him rank seventh in the Conference with 2.46 kills per set. Olivares also tallied 134 digs and 11 total blocks during the year.

Hayward was Southern Vermont's second-best offensive player in 2017 as he finished with 142 kills (1.58/set). He added 26 digs and 21 total blocks on the defensive end in his rookie season.

Robidoux believes that this season will be a great first step in building the team to be a perennial powerhouse in the Conference in the near future.

"This year, we have received a lot of attention for our men's program, and the guys have welcomed our recruits with open arms," he noted. "We have a family atmosphere here that we like to extend to our recruits so that they can see what we are building for the future of the program. Nothing will be more valuable to this 2018 team than this season, though, so all of our focus will be on getting this 2018 team stronger and more competitive throughout the year."

SVC begins the regular season campaign on January 30 when the Mountaineers visit SUNY Polytechnic Institute for a 6 p.m. first serve. Southern Vermont will lineup with Mass. Institute of Technology — a team ranked 12th in the AVCA preseason coaches poll — during a February 3 tri-match at Emerson College before hosting The Sage Colleges at 7 p.m. on February 6 for the Mountaineers' home opener.

Southern Vermont then starts NECC action on February 8 with a 7 p.m. home match against Elms College. SVC will hold Senior Day on Saturday, April 7 in conjunction with a home doubleheader against Lesley University.

Second Storm signup

BENNINGTON — Become a member of the 2017 New England Football League Maritime Division champions, the Southern Vermont Storm. The team is looking for players for next season in all positions.

The sign-up event will be on February 2 at 6 p.m. at JC's Tavern in Bennington.

For more information, contact Storm general manager Chris Cipperley at 518-728-7583.


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