Roundup: Hess leads Arlington past Poultney

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ARLINGTON — The Arlington girls basketball team led throughout as they topped Poultney 44-33 at home Thursday night.

Kierstyn Hess led the way for the Eagles with 19 points.

Schuylar Nolan added 11 points, while Haley Mattison chipped in eight and Gillian Calkins had six.

Arlington improves to 7-11 on the year.

LTS beats Black River

LUDLOW — The Long Trail boys basketball team picked up a nice road win Thursday night, beating Black River 54-43.

Liam Murphy had a double-double for LTS with 18 points and 20 rebounds.

Jackson Washburn led Long Trail with 21 points.

SVC falls to Becker

BENNINGTON — The Southern Vermont College women's basketball team fell in its final home game of the year Thursday night at the Mountaineer Athletic Center as Becker College took home a 49-30 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) victory.

The Hawks pulled away at the end of the second quarter to bring a 25-10 upper hand to the locker room, and they maintained the separation through the final 20 minutes for the win.

SVC junior Taylor Mallett led the team with seven points and she also had three steals on the night. Senior Maddy Main had six points while tying the game-high of seven rebounds in her final collegiate game at the MAC.

The Mountaineers (6-18, 4-13 NECC) finish the regular season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. tip-off at Elms College.

HF wrestlers earn at-large bids

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — A pair of Hoosick Falls wrestlers earned at-large bids for the New York state tournament.

At 113, Gabe Fisher earned an at-large bid, while Matt LaPorte did as well for the Panthers, at 132.

The state meet is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

SMS podiums at U16

STOWE — Stratton Mountain School Alpine athletes traveled North to Stowe on Monday for the VARA U16 State Championships, with Erik Holm and Matilde Schwencke each earning third place podiums.

Racing Super-G, Holm and Schwencke were joined by three SMS peers in the top-15 competitors. Tess Beyer won ninth overall, followed by Eliza Sullivan in 15th. Brett Haber rounded out the results for the SMS men, finishing 13th overall.

SVC softball tabbed 10th

MARSHFIELD, Mass. — After missing out on making the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) playoffs last year, the Southern Vermont College softball team is working hard this season in order to get back into the championship tournament in 2019.

The league released the results of its preseason poll on Thursday with the Mountaineers being listed 10th in the ranking.

SVC went 3-29 last year with a 3-13 mark in conference play.

First-year head coach Emily McDonough took the reins for Southern Vermont in June and knows that it will be no easy task in earning a postseason berth.

"My expectation is to get better every day," McDonough said. "As a young team, we have a lot to learn and build upon. The games early in our season will help us prepare for our NECC schedule. I think the biggest challenge for our young team will be staying mentally tough when adversity strikes. We hope to learn and grow from our mistakes and continue to build on our successes. We hope to develop a mindset that will help our players compartmentalize the game for optimal success."

McDonough will be leading a squad which returns three players from last year. Junior Taylor Jarosz will once again roam the outfield while sophomore Mackenzie Rumrill will split her time between third base and behind the dish. Fellow sophomore Tessa Sheades is expected to have appearances in both the infield and the outfield for SVC.

Complementing those Mountaineers are seven newcomers; included in that group is a junior and a sophomore transfer, as well as five freshmen.

SVC will begin the regular season against Northern Vermont University-Lyndon at the Adirondack Sports Complex on March 1 before heading to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for eight games between March 18-22. Southern Vermont's home opener is also the team's first NECC series — that being against Dean College on March 30.


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