SVC pulls out win on Senior Day
BENNINGTON — The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team chalked up an 85-69 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) win over Lesley University Saturday afternoon at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
SVC led 45-36 at the break, but the Lynx were able to get within five near the end of the second half. The Mountaineers proved to be too much in the final stretch, however, as they outscored LU 19-8 through the last six minutes of the game.
Prior to Saturday's tip-off, SVC celebrated its Senior Day and the hard work by six Mountaineers: Jackson Amankrah, Josh Borders, Kyle Depollar, Andre Hodo, Aaron Murray and Rohan Piple.
Hodo led Southern Vermont in a pair of categories as he notched 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Borders followed with 15 points, six boards, four assists and three steals while Murray scored 10 points in addition to grabbing six rebounds. Sophomores Kajuan Kinsey and Kiran Durant posted 15 and 10 points, respectively, while classmate Donnell Frayer Jr. had six points, eight rebounds and a season-high seven assists.
Lesley sophomore Chase Howard registered a game-best 29 points.
Southern Vermont (16-7, 10-5 NECC) wraps up the regular season on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. home game versus Mitchell College — that matchup looking to be crucial in determining playoff seeding for both teams.
Sawyer wins D-II heavyweight crown
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Hoosick Falls senior Craig Sawyer qualified for the New York state tournament over the weekend, winning the Section II, Division II crown at 285 pounds at the Cool Insuring Arena.
Sawyer went 3-0, winning his quarterfinal and semifinal by pin before decisioning Ravena's Christian Salvio in the final, 6-0.
Two other Panthers were runner-up. Gabe Fisher was second at 113 pounds, falling to Galway's Joey Scheeran in the ultimate tie breaker. At 132 pounds, Matt Laporte made the final, dropping a 20-5 tech fall to two-time state champ Trent Svingala of Maple Hill.
Ethan Mattison was fifth at 152 and Sam Richard was sixth after the two had to wrestle each other in the fifth place match. Mattison got the better of Richard with a fall at 2:27.
Brendan Grenoble finished 0-1 in his first state qualifier.
For Salem-Cambridge, Hunter Day was sixth at 160 pounds, winning his first two matches to reach the semifinal. Against Owen Lyons from Watervliet, Day dropped a 3-1 decision. Jamie Olvera was 3-3 at 145 pounds, while Jacob Haynes (99), Charlie Dill (106) and Jacob Lisowski (120) all went 2-2. Matt Gerber was 0-1 at 152 pounds.
Sawyer will move on to the state championships starting Feb. 22, while Fisher and Laporte await word if either will make the tournament as a wild card.
MAU's Brunache sets record
SAINT JOHNSBURY — The Mount Anthony indoor track team had the first section of its state championships Saturday with the weight throw at Saint Johnsbury.
Freshman Isaiah Brunache had a huge day for MAU. On his second throw of the day he threw 35-feet, 3.75 inches, which ended up placed him fourth in the event. His throw gave him the school record in the event by 0.25 inches.
"Isaiah is one of our hardest working athletes. To place fourth with a power throw as a freshman is huge," said Patriots coach Amanda Mullen. "We are excited to have him for outdoor and another three years."
Alison Simmons and Tristen Shays also qualified for states.
MAU will compete in the Vermont state meet Saturday at the University of Vermont starting at 1 p.m.
BBA girls slip past Lamoille
MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton girls basketball team took an early lead and held it throughout, beating Lamoille 44-32 on Saturday at E.H. Henry Gym.
Carol Herbert led the way with 18 points, followed by Cassie Pearce and Ashley Heaton with seven each. For Lamoille, Heidi Tinker scored a team-high 13.
BBA is 7-8 and host Fair Haven tonight at 7 p.m.
MAU at MVL Jamboree
FAIR HAVEN — The Mount Anthony wrestling team had its final tune-up for the state tournament on Saturday at the Marble Valley League Jamboree.
Out of 16 wrestlers participating for the Patriots, 10 were undefeated on the day.
That included Keenan Taylor and Sam Wilkins, who both went 5-0 with five pins. Hayden Gaudette was 4-0 at 285 with three pins. Landon Davis, Christian Burdick, Jack Ware, Keegan Coon, Stephen Brillon and Chris Mayer were all 3-0 and Sam Blackman won both his matches.
Kyle Hurley and Logan Sprague were 3-1, while Kaleb Carpenter and Adam Frost finished 2-2. Frost, wrestling at 160 pounds, met up with defending state champion Dakota Peters from Rutland, falling by a 9-4 decision.
Dakota Blair went 1-3 and Bobby Simmons was 0-3.
The state tournament will be at Essex High School starting on Feb. 22.
MMU third-period comeback sinks BBA
JERICHO — Trailing 4-1 in the third period, the Mount Mansfield boys hockey team roared back and finished the comeback with a game-winning goal with 29 seconds left as the Cougars edged BBA, 5-4, on Saturday.
Down by three, Patrick Burke scored 42 seconds into the period to cut the lead to 4-2. Less than a minute later, Will Hauf trimmed it to a 4-3 game before Macauley Bernier tied it 3:22 into the third.
With the game seeming to head into overtime, Burke scored the winner with 29 seconds left.
Burr and Burton got out to the lead early on led by two goals and an assist from Duncan Chamberlain, a goal from Hans Pedersen and a tally from Jakub Mulac. Johnny Miceli had three assists for BBA, who dropped to 7-7 on the year. Ethan Simonds had 23 saves.
BBA hosts Brattleboro on Wednesday at 8 p.m., part of a doubleheader with the BBA girls team.
SVC women fall
NEW LONDON, Conn. — A strong second half by Mitchell College helped the hosting Mariners top Southern Vermont College 74-34 Saturday afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) women's basketball tilt at Yarnall Athletic Center.
MC had a 35-20 lead at halftime, and the Mariners then kept SVC to single digits in each of the last two periods to run away with it.
Mountaineer freshman Julia Ryan had a team-high seven points in addition to three rebounds and two assists. Senior Maddy Main grabbed a team-best nine boards while freshman Liv Pressley posted six points for the visitors.
Southern Vermont (6-17, 4-12 NECC) is back at home for its next game — that being a 7 p.m.Tuesday tilt against Becker College.
Cambridge track competes in league meet
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Cambridge track teams participated in the Wasaren League meet on Sunday morning at the University at Albany.
The girls team finished fifth overall, while the boys were eighth out of nine.
For the girls, Cambridge placed in the top six in all three relays. They were second in the 4x800, the team of Lexi Alpy, Vanessa Evans, Anna Headwell and Madison Price finishing in 11 minutes, 12.69 seconds.
The 4x4 was third, with Evans, Headwell, Kaitlin Simon and Anna McNulty and the 4x200 was fourth, with Zoe Jansen, Simon, Price and Maddie Wiedl completing the race in 2:11.58.
Individually, Headwell was fourth in the 1,000 meters, Evans was fourth in the 1,500 and Alpy was fourth in the 3,000.
On the boys side, Cambridge placed in two of the relays. The 4x200 was third with Jordan Brown, Tommy English, Jacob Ruggles and Patrick Hughes finishing in 1:49.67. The 4x400 was fourth with Ruggles, Keaton Cossey, English and Brown making up the team.
Individually, Brown was fifth in the 300 and Cossey was fifth in the 3,200. Hughes was also fifth in the shotput with a heave of 34 feet, 1.25 inches. Chris LaBrake was sixth in the 1,600 and Liam Keith was sixth in the 55 hurdles.
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