LUDLOW -- Ludlow is home to one of only five men's rugby clubs in the state of Vermont, and is seeking men, ages 18 and up, who want to learn about the game, have experience, want to meet new people, or just want to be more active.

After at least 200 years of its existence, the sport of rugby is seeing a significant increase in popularity in America, after years of popularity abroad. A sport that was once part of the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1924, will once again enter the Olympic competition when the Summer Games roll around in 2016.

Players are considered either forwards or backs. The main job of the forwards is to get and keep possession of the ball. Those who are forwards are part of what is often referred to as "the pack." The role of the backs is to create opportunities for scoring.

During play, the ball may only be passed backwards. It may be kicked forward, run forward or move through a maul, or scrum, in a forward direction.

The team is asking the public to join them on Thursday, March 6 on Pond Street in Ludlow for an informational meeting. It is a chance to meet the current players, pick up a schedule, and learn more about the sport.

For more information contact Kyle Thompson at 802-591-1295 or by email at blackriverrugby@hotmail.com.

Twin Valley girls advance

WILMINGTON -- Colton Butler, Hannah Swanson and Savannah Nesbitt all recorded a double-double on Thursday night, leading the fifth-seeded Twin Valley girls basketball team to an easy 68-28 victory over Sharon in a Division 3 playdown.

"Talk about being on a roll. We're on a roll right now," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford, whose 17-4 team is on an 11-game winning streak.

Butler finished with a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, Swanson chipped in with 11 points and 10 boards, and Nesbitt had 10 points and 10 dimes. Sammy Cunningham-Darrah and Teya Johnson each netted nine points, while Christina Moore yanked down 13 caroms.

Suzy Moses scored a dozen points to pace Sharon.

"It should be an interesting rumble," said Hayford of Twin Valley's quarterfinal game at No. 4 Enosburg Falls on Saturday at 2 p.m. "We have similar styles. We both play a little 1-3-1 zone and also man."

Walker, G.S.P., Perra
prevail in men's hoops

BRATTLEBORO -- Winston Sailsmon had 25 points, Craig McCollough scored 22 points, and Brown Enterprises/Cota Oil beat Pancake Design, 91-87, in recent men's basketball action at Gibson-Aiken. Pancake's Adam Hargraves put away 32 points.

DMI fell to Perra Law, 98-82, with Brad Venice and Jarrod James racking up 22 points apiece, and Jim Derosia scoring 18 in the win. Marshall Gilbert carried DMI in the Div. 2 loss.

Luke Euphart scored 23 points and Corey Bauer had 17, in Brattleboro Ford/Subaru's 88-74 win versus W&B Maintenance. Kenny Howe (29 pts) and Keith Lyman (26 pts) led W&B.

In a D3 West matchup, Scott Derosia with 29 points gave G.S. Precision a 77-72 victory over Manifesto. TJ Perry managed 25 points in the loss.

Walker Farm took on Emerson's/Peter Havens, and defeated them 76-61, with Jadi Tavares (19 pts) and Nate Williams (18 pts) on the attack for the winners. Jim Bezanson scored 19 points to carry the Elliot Street business duo.

The Basketball Joes were led by Jake Hoak with 28 points in the team's 54-51 win versus VFW/Jouve. Ben Blanchard gave his VFW team 20 points and teammate Jeremy Felton had 19.

Farnum Cellulose snuck by Rice Appraisal, 59-57. Brian Fitzgerald scored 15 points and Ed Bartlett had 14 for Farnum, while Patrick Lallo had 20 points to lead Rice.

Currently, Walker Farm is ranked first in D3 East, the B-Town Ballers hold the top spot in D3 West, Browns Country Service sits atop the Div. 2 standings, and Pancake and Cota & Cota/Brown Enterprises are tied for first in Division 1.