BRATTLEBORO -- Dal Nesbitt scored 32 points to get to 1,000 for his career in the Twin Valley boys basketball team’s recent 76-67 victory over West Rutland. And on Saturday in Bennington, Bellows Falls-Hartford junior Austin Viens went 5-0 to eclipse the 100-victory mark as a varsity wrestler.
Needing 32 points to reach a grand, Nesbitt got to 1,000 by burying a free throw with 1:30 remaining. Colin Lozito (15 points, 11 assists) had a double-double for Twin Valley, Sam Molner also scored 15 points, and Cade Nesbitt played solid defense versus West Rutland’s Jordan Pease.
The Wildcats improved to 16-1 with the win.
Rice 72, Brattleboro 48
S. BURLINGTON -- Four players scored in double figures, led by Ben Shungu’s game-high 20 points as Rice improved to 14-3 overall. Chris McAuliffe finished with 14 points to pace the 9-8 Colonels in Saturday’s game.
BENNINGTON -- The Bellows Falls-Hartford team went 4-1 at the MAU Jamboree. They defeated John Stark of New Hampshire, Burr and Burton, Rutland and Fair Haven, and lost to the host Patriots.
Viens went 5-0 in the 113-pound weight class, including a 3-2 decision over Tyler Raetz -- the state’s top-ranked wrestler in that division -- of Mount Anthony in the final.
"Raetz is an outstanding wrestler who has defeated some top New England wrestlers this season. That was quite the accomplishment for Austin. This victory gave him a perfect in-state record and will seed him No. 1 for the state championships in two weeks. Austin ended his season record at 34-3," noted Bellows Falls-Hartford coach Claude Weyant.
Senior Nolan Viens improved to 42-0 on the season by going 5-0 on the day at 145 pounds. He will be seeded first in the state tournament.
Steve Cerrone, John Harris, Patrick Libuda, Kyle Record and Jake Lober all went 4-1 for Bellows Falls-Hartford. Jaleel Denson finished with a 3-2 mark.
"It has been an exciting and amazing regular season right to the end," stated Weyant. "Our varsity lineup has had 306 individual wins and 125 individual loses. The team ended the season with a 13-3 dual meet record. We have won three tournament championships, three second place, and one third place tournament finish.
The next varsity event will be the state championships on Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday March 1, at MAU. Wrestling on Friday is expected to start at 5 p.m.
Brattleboro 1, Harwood 1
HARWOOD -- Brattleboro’s Brennan Zolnoski and Harwood’s Ty Delphia each scored in the first period of Saturday’s deadlock. Greg DiSilva made 33 saves for the 5-12-1 Colonels.
BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Figure Skating Club sent seven girls to the Walla Bear competition in Fitchburg, Mass., on Saturday. As a club, the girls participated in 11 events and brought home 11 medals -- seven of them gold. The skaters are all coached by Stacy Chickering, Suzanne McCaughtry and Megan Chickering.
During the Basic Skills portion of the competition, Abigail Squires and Casey Conkling both of Brattleboro received gold medals in Basic Three Elements. Jaden Conkling of Brattleboro received a gold medal in Basic Four Elements. Soha Sherwani of Brattleboro received two silver medals in Basic Four Elements and Basic Four Program. Emma Fuller of Swanzey, N.H., received two gold medals in Basic Seven Elements and Basic Seven Program.
During the Freestyle portion of the competition, Rachel Racco of Putney received two gold medals in Free Skate One Program and Free Skate One Compulsory. Rose Dumaine of Jacksonville received a silver medal in the Pre-Preliminary Program and a bronze in Pre-Preliminary Showcase.
These skaters, along with the rest of the Brattleboro Figure Skating Club, closed out the weekend participating in their annual show as part of the Winter Carnival.