BRATTLEBORO -- The Colonels played Spaulding over the weekend in the rain, and beat them 11-9. "Spaulding is definitely a new team and more challenging than we have seen them in the past," said girls LAX coach Shannon Garrett. "We came out incredibly physical in the first half and got three cards quick and played man down for several minutes."

Garrett said that aggression came from the team's desire for possession and not having played in a game for three weeks. "The kids were amped and showed up hungry," she said. "We were looking for the fast break in the first half and played hard and fast."

Composure proved to be the name of the Colonels' game for the second half, scoring off of long settled possessions. They found that rhythm and played at a tempo that they are much more comfortable with.

Defense faced a major challenge as Spaulding showed they liked to run and gun. The Brattleboro defense communicated through every victory though, and every poor decision.

"I tell them they can never make a mistake if they communicate through it," said Garrett. "They really impressed me, with their directive talk."

Spaulding worked for every single goal and had impressive shot placement. Both Colonels goalies, Gaia Uman (who handled the first half) and Marissa "Sharky" Semenovich (second half) were completely focused and confident leaders in the defensive end, according to their coach.

"Other defensive leaders are the voices of Haley George and Kate Donavan, who have taken ownership of the defense and not only set an example in the way they play but in teaching new variety to underclassmen on how to be fierce competitors."

The home team had strong play off the draw and throughout transition thanks to the hard blue collar effort of Abbie Lesure, Megan Siggins, and Anna Burch. "They were my groundball and 50/50 ball warriors which usually determines who ends up on top," noted Garrett.

Lizzie Clark was huge in setting the tempo for the second half for the attack which got the Colonels back into their rhythm. Big scorers and play makers were high scorer Alex Fellows with three goals, Hannah Lynde, Abbie Lesure, and Megan Siggins with two goals apiece, and Anna Burch and Lizzie Clark each adding one to the final.

Brattleboro will host MAU on Thursday at 7.

Baseball

Rebels win back-to-back games

TOWNSHEND -- The L&G boys took two wins this week to improve to 3-1. On Monday the team got redemption against Green Mtn., with a 5-4 victory. Josh Donna went four innings for 5Ks, giving up three hits and two walks.

Jeremy Bovat allowed two runs during relief pitching with five strike outs during his varsity appearance.

Donna was big at the plate going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, while Bovat was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

In Tuesday's game, the Rebs beat West Rutland, 11-7. "We came out flat but got things going," said Leland and Gray coach Eric Durocher, whose team was down 6-0 at the bottom of the third.

Adam Beattie had trouble finding his footing on the hill, but Owen Beattie came in, in the second, and pitched through the fifth, striking out seven batters while scattering two hits. "Owen's finding his groove pretty early," noted Durocher.

The Rebels' bats were dead until the fourth. The team scored five runs in that inning, then another six in the sixth.

Leland & Gray will host Twin Valley on Thursday at 4:30.

Pittsfield 11, Hinsdale 0

HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Pacers got blown out by visiting Pittsfield on Monday, dropping them to 0-3 on the season.

Hunter Brooks gave up eight runs over six innings on the mound. Pittsfield was up 3-0 by the end of the fifth. "We had some defensive miscues in the sixth," said Pacers coach Bradley Venice. "It's the story of our season."

Hinsdale will host Wilton-Lyndeborough today at 4.

Boys Tennis

Woodstock 6, Brattleboro 1

BRATTLEBORO -- With a shortage of players, the BUHS boys took their fifth loss Monday. Lachlan Francis got the Brattleboro win in a 2-hour marathon match, 6-7, 7-6, 10-8. The team had to forfeit their second doubles match.

Girls Tennis

Woodstock 4, Brattleboro 3

BRATTLEBORO -- "I continue to be be pleased with our depth. We have talented athletes throughout the line up," said BUHS tennis coach Tom Weber about his team.

And even though they're improving with every match, the girls came close but found themselves still searching for their first win of the season after falling to Woodstock, Monday at the BUHS courts.

Brattleboro's Taylor Bird battled Morgan Hartman for a 6-1, 5-7, 10-7 victory.

"Bird's win was sweet," noted Weber. "I can't say that I'm surprised. She can really move, she is tough as nails and she keeps the ball in play. Plus she's bright and figures things out."

Grace Willingham and Jaida Henry downed Emma King and Elke Gersharte, 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 doubles, and Aliza Racine and Danielle Looman took a No. 2 doubles win over Rose O'Brien and Sarah Frudisen, 6-2, 6-7, 10-5.

"It was close, yet not so close," said Weber. "4-3 sounds good and the three wins were nice. We won two pressure matches in third set tiebreakers. However, with the four losses, they got us pretty good. So today I can't say we almost had them."

Softball

West Rutland 17, Bellows Falls 2

WESTMINSTER -- "It was one of those games and one of those days where I couldn't wait to get home and have dinner and close my eyes and get through the next day," said BFUHS coach Peter Fry about his Terriers' latest loss to the Golden Horde on Monday.

Bellows Falls went up 2-0 in the first inning on a two-run shot over the center field fence by Chelsea Wilder. The Terriers allowed two runs and from there the flood gates were opened.

"We just couldn't do anything right," said Fry. "One mistake led to another. They got to us and they steamrolled us."

Stephanie Parsons had a single for the 1-1 Terriers.

L&G girls drop two

TOWNSHEND -- The Rebels dropped two games, their first on Monday versus Hartford, 4-1. Hurler Elizabeth Symanski went the distance against Hartford with 6Ks and one walk. Emily Stockwell drove the Rebs' Kori Coburn in with a sacrifice single for the lone run.

On Tuesday, L&G lost to Green Mtn., 8-4. The score was tied up, 4-4 by the top of the eighth. Symanski gave up six runs off of two hits, struck out seven and walked four batters.

The 1-3 Rebels will host Otter Valley on Thursday at 4:30.

Coach and studio
voted top pick

WESTMINSTER -- Le Studio Gymnastics was voted USA Gymnastics top pick for club/coach of the year. Now in its 35th season, Le Studio stands head and shoulders above the rest in developing both recreational and competitive gymnasts, as well as after-school programming and summer camps.

Nominees for this annual honor are judged based on coaching resume, knowledge, professionalism, sportsmanship and volunteerism.

Head coach, and owner Kathy St. Pierre said, "I am so honored that Le Studio Gymnastics is viewed so highly. Our coaches and athletes work every day to make it a place for success in all levels of this sport."

St. Pierre, along with Brian Post, Andrew Bearse, and Brianna Worcestor, work daily with instructional class gymnasts and competitive team girls and boys from ages 2-18.

"Our competitive program has come a long way in our 35 year history," said St. Pierre. "This year we had top ranked junior Olympic athletes and team state success in every level. All of the athletes that were eligible, made the regional championship team."