WILMINGTON -- Taylor Raiche (12 points), Mikayla Dambrackas (11) and Brook Raiche (10) did the offensive damage on Monday to lead the West Rutland varsity girls basketball team to a 55-25 victory over Twin Valley.

"They had good balance. They have a lot of weapons," said Wildcats coach Buddy Hayford of the 5-0 Golden Horde.

Twin Valley entered the fourth quarter within nine points, trailing 30-21, but was outscored 23-4 over the final eight minutes.

Colton Butler had 10 points to lead the Wildcats and Sammy Cunningham-Darrah followed with six.

Twin Valley (3-2) will play at Vermont Christian on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Rice 46, Brattleboro 28

SPRINGFIELD -- The Rice girls basketball team took a 10-9 lead into the second quarter and then began pulling away.

"I was very pleased with the defense from our guards," said Colonels coach Paul Freed, whose team held the Rice star to just eight points.

Ari Harrison (9 points) and Maddy Derosia (5) did the offensive damage for the purple and white. Nina Goodhue scored four points, did a nice job on the boards and was a spark off the bench.

The 3-3 Colonels will play at Springfield on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Nordic Skiing

BRATTLEBORO -- On a snowy day atop a hardwood ridge high above Lake Willoughby, the BUHS varsity Nordic skiers competed in a 12-team field in their third race of the young season. Mother Nature’s rainy frown earlier in the week changed to a snowy smile and the conditions, freshly packed powder over a hard-frozen base, were excellent for this 5K (3.2 mile) freestyle xc event. The traditional Vermont-style race was the first statewide opportunity to see how each team’s talent stacked up against all others and the skiers were eager to test their mettle against one another.

Freshman Eve Pomazi was the top finisher for the Colonel girls in 42nd (26:25) followed closely by Catey Yost in 49th (27:05).

The BUHS boys finished in 7th place overall in a race that proved to be a barn-burner between MAU, CVU and U-32. MAU finally doused the challengers to take first with 36 points to CVU’s 43.

The Colonels were again paced by Declan King in 24th (19:23), with Oliver Pomazi hot on his tail in 27th (19:31), Jonathon Burdo 35th (20:22), Austin Nichols 40th (20:33), Spencer Loggia 43rd (21:13), Colby McGinn 48th (21:50), Tyler Clement 62nd (23:19), and Phelan Muller 63rd (23:21) in the field of 80.

Brattleboro’s next MVL race, the first classic style race of the season, will take place at Wild Wings Touring Center in Peru on Jan. 2.


MIDDLEBURY -- The Bellows Falls-Hartford wrestling team won the annual Hubie Wagner Invitational tournament with 241 points. Seventeen teams from New York and Vermont participated in the two-day event.

Austin Viens (113 pounds), Nolan Viens (145) and Patrick Libuda (152) all went undefeated and won their division title for Bellows Falls-Hartford. Jake Lober, Kyle Record, Steve Cerrone and Brendan Kendall all finished with just one loss in the tournament.

The Terriers will travel to Fair Haven today for the Slater Duals at 9 a.m.