RIPTON -- BUHS varsity skiers Oliver Pomazi, Jon Burdo, Nevada Powers, Eve Pomazi and Catey Yost all performed very well against the best high school skiers in the state in a pair of races at Middlebury College’s Rikert Ski Touring Center.
It snowed all day and the downhill corners were very icy, according to Brattleboro coach Charles La Rosa. There were mass starts, with 23 schools and over 400 racers competing in the 5.5km varsity races and 3km JV and middle school races.
"There were several multi-skier crashes on the downhill corners. It made for very exciting races for both skiers and spectators. Outstanding performances by the winners in each category who managed to break away from the pack and score decisive victories," noted coach La Rosa.
In the boys JV race, BUHS skier Jonah Koch took a narrow lead at the mass start and was the first to enter the woods. He stretched out his lead over the last half of the course to take the win.
Isaac Freitas-Eagan did very well in his first middle school race. Hannah McNeill showed dogged determination in middle school race against more experienced competition.
Brattleboro 39, Otter Valley 25
BRANDON -- Maddie Derosia and Ari Harrison each scored 11 points to lead the Colonels.
"Our defense was superb. We were moving our feet much better and we rebounded well," said BUHS coach Paul Freed.
Harrison also finished with nine boards. Meghan Powell chipped in with four points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists.
"We wanted to get off to a good start and try to keep the place from going crazy. We came out and did just that," stated Freed, whose team took a 14-5 lead in the first quarter.
The 8-4 Colonels will host Springfield on Thursday.
Twin Valley 52,
Leland & Gray 32
WILMINGTON -- Sammy Cunningham-Darrah racked up 16 points, including three trifectas in the first quarter, as the Wildcats improved to 7-4 overall.
"We really owned the boards," noted Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford, whose team outrebounded the Rebels 45-22.
Savannah Nesbitt had 15 points, five steals and five assists for the winners. Hannah Swanson ripped down 20 boards.
Rachel Borgesen paced the 3-7 Rebels with 15 points.
Brattleboro 4, Mt. Mansfield 3
STOWE -- Cooper Turner-Renaud scored the Colonels’ fourth goal to lift the Brattleboro boys hockey team to a 4-3 victory over Mt. Mansfield on Monday afternoon.
"The boys were really pumped up," said BUHS coach Eric Libardoni, whose team improves to 4-8. "It was crazy and they battled the whole game."
Mt. Mansfield knotted it up 3-3 in the third and Turner-Renaud put away the winning goal with a minute left. The hosts scored two 5-on-3 goals against the Colonels throughout the contest.
Braxton Lynn, Declan Lonergan and Jon Curtis also had goals for Brattleboro. Evan Perkins had two assists and Curtis had three assists.
Brattleboro will play at Lyndon on Wednesday.
JV Girls Basketball
Leland and Gray 37,
Twin Valley 32
WILMINGTON -- It was a high-paced game on both ends of the floor, according to Rebels coach Phoebe Connolly.
"We had difficulty getting shots to fall but had a strong second quarter and overtime to come through with the win," said Connolly.
Molly O’Brien led Leland & Gray with 14 points while Madison Russ came off the bench with six points.