Tuesday January 15, 2013

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team racked up 114 points and placed seventh in the Northbridge Tournament on Saturday. The Terriers were the only Vermont team involved and they went up against 20 schools from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Junior Patrick Libuda won his first championship at the 138-pound weight class. After winning his first three matches, Libuda went into triple overtime against Joe Martinez from Toll Gate, R.I., and eventually prevailed, 4-1. Libuda had not wrestled for several weeks due to injury.

"He was outstanding," stated coach Claude Weyant. "We work our wrestlers hard at practices, which paid off in those overtime periods. He had that winning determination to the end. It was great to see him winthat first big one."

Junior captain Nolan Viens (145) improved to 24-0 on the season by winning his fifth consecutive tournament title. He defeated Reed Nelson of Rhode Island, 8-0, in the final.

Sophomore Austin Viens improved his season record to 21-4 and placed second. In the title bout, he was pinned by the undefeated Omar Vasquez from Marlborough, Mass.

Steve Cerrone (132) went 4-1 and placed third in the tournament, Kyle Record (152) improved to 24-4 on the season and took fifth place, John Harris (220) went 1-1 on the day, and Shane Brown (182) showed off some nice moves.

The Terriers will compete at Franklin County Tech High School in Turners Falls, Mass., on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Girls Basketball

Brattleboro 45, Amherst 33

AMHERST, Mass. -- Already excited because he has tickets to Sunday’s AFC Championship game, Colonels coach Paul Freed was jumping for joy after his team earned its third win of the season.

"Our defense was incredible," said Freed. "Alyssa Bezanson scored our first basket and then set the tone for us defensively.

The purple and white held the hosts to single digits in the first three quarters, before giving up 11 in the fourth. Brattleboro took an 18-14 advantage to the break.

Kayla Savage paced the winners with 19 points -- all coming in the last three quarters of play.

"She’s so calm. She just waited for the ball to be reversed and took open shots," noted the BUHS coach.

Abbie Lesure chipped in with eight points, including two clutch 3’s, and Bezanson finished with six points. Both players grabbed six boards, while Ari Harrison pulled down 13 caroms.

The 3-7 Colonels will play at Hartford on Tuesday.

MSJ 46, Leland & Gray 33

RUTLAND -- Following an extended break, the Rebels found themselves tied at 22-22 before the Green Wave pulled away in the second half.

"We were flat. It looked like we had been off for three weeks," said Leland & Gray coach Gregg Morrow.

Megan Eaton powered the winners with 14 points. Haley Buffum (14 points, 8 rebounds) and Alex Morrow (5 points, 4 rebounds) were the standouts for the visitors, which got some solid defense from Casey Williams and three points out of Elizabeth Gallup.

The 5-2 Rebels will play at Arlington on Thursday.

Boys Basketball

Twin Valley 57, Arlington 54

ARLINGTON -- Colin Lozito had another double-double (16 points, 10 assists) and his Wildcats improved to 3-6 overall.

"He totally took over in the second half. It was more so with his passing. He could penetrate at will and just dish off," said Twin Valley coach Chris Brown.

Dal Nesbitt scored a team-high 18 points for the victors and Sam Molner chipped in with 11. Molner, Eli Park and DJ Lazell did a fine job defensively on center DJ Jennings, who finished with 15 points.

"I’m ecstatic. I’m more happy for the team, because they work their tails off in practice and have suffered some tough losses," added Brown.

Twin Valley will play at Leland & Gray on Wednesday.

Men’s Rec Basketball

BRATTLEBORO -- Joel Porter went off for a league-high 40 points on Sunday to help Southern Vermont Painting to a 92-72 victory over Basketball Joes in a Division 3 contest.

Jeff Dixon poured in 34 points and Kris Kachelmeyer finished with 30 when Local Sports Team topped Chad’s Team 101-76. GSP Coating’s Joe Hunt buried seven trifectas, while Kachelmeyer drained six and Timmy Fellows of Sporty’s/Lawton’s netted five of his own.

The standings look like this: Division 1 -- Cota & Cota 5-1, Sportsmen’s 4-3, Local Sports Team 3-3, Chad’s Team 1-6. Division 2 -- DMI 6-1, Brattleboro Subaru/Ford 5-1, W&B Maintenance 4-3, Perra Law 3-3, The Marina 1-5, Deerhill Inn 0-6. Division 3 -- VT Pressure Washing 5-1, Lane Construction 5-1, Walker Farm 5-2, Rice Appraisal 4-3, Basketball Joes 4-3, GSP Coating 4-3, UNFI 3-4, GS Precision 3-4, Members 1st Credit Union 2-4, Farnum Cellulose 1-6, CHSVT 1-6.

Middle School Hoops

TOWNSHEND -- Julianne Liebow scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Leland & Gray seventh graders to an easy 31-3 victory over Dummerston. The Rebels, who played great team defense according to their coach, will take on Black River on Thursday.