BRATTLEBORO -- Rolled up newspapers, a garden hose, and insecticides are said to be the best defenses when it comes to wasps.
And then there's Ian Cebek.
The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys lacrosse goalie, who made 16 saves when the Colonels defeated Woodstock 10-9 on May 13, will be asked to stave off the Wasps again in tonight's rematch on Natowich Field at 7.
At stake is a fourth consecutive Marble Valley League title for the 11-3 Colonels. Woodstock (10-3) will be attempting to slow down a slew of BUHS scorers, including Sam Siegel, Conner Elliott-Knaggs, Tanner Freeman, Brennen Zolnoski and Jack Gagnon. Freeman delivered the game-winning goal in the teams' first meeting.
The Colonels and Wasps are both in the state championship hunt as well. Champlain Valley Union (11-1) and South Burlington (10-2) are just ahead of them in the Division 1 standings, while 10-3 Middlebury is right in the mix, too.
The Twin Valley baseball team is also in contention. And that's really no surprise, since this group went undefeated on the pitch in the fall and was the runnerup on the basketball court in the winter.
Sam Molner, Colin Lozito, Dal Nesbitt, Cade Nesbitt and company entered Tuesday's game with an 8-5 record and are ranked third in Division 4. The Wildcats are only looking up at Blue Mountain (11-3) and MSJ (8-4) in the standings.
The Wildcats went on a five-game winning streak from May 10-20, including victories over Black River, Proctor, West Rutland, MSJ and Leland & Gray.
And it was on May 20 that the school's softball team stole the headlines, when Twin Valley pitcher Colton Butler threw a no-hitter against Bellows Falls. That's in the running for Reformer varsity performance of the season, along with a 4-for-5 day with two homers and eight RBI's by Leland & Gray softball player Jordan Gouger, BUHS birthday girl Maddy Derosia's 4-for-4 afternoon with seven runs batted in, and Zolnoski's seven-goal game versus Hartford for the Brattleboro boys lacrosse team.
The best nickname is also undecided at this point. Megan "Dirt" Siggins, "Jimmy Baseball" and "Zolo" are the frontrunners.
With just four days of regular-season games remaining, the Brattleboro baseball team seems to be playing its best at the right time and the BUHS softball team has a chance to pull off an unexpected repeat. Both are currently ranked sixth in Division 1.
Chris Groeger's gang blanked MAU, Fair Haven and Otter Valley in a span of 10 days this month, thanks to dominant pitching performances from Jimmy Mills and Danny Richardson. Hannah Wilson, who is replacing the great Kayla Wood, has shut out St. Johnsbury and Springfield for the BUHS softball team.
Shane Covey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.