Monday January 7, 2013

MANCHESTER -- On Friday night, Burr & Burton Academy hosted the first Marble Valley League race of the 2013 Nordic Season. Six Nordic teams competed at the Viking Nordic Center which was the venue for the series of freestyle wave start races. In the wave start format, two skiers started together in each wave, with a new wave starting every 15 seconds.

The first race of the evening was the high school girls 5K "A" race. Linnea Jahn drew a low bib number and was paired with Abby Malmborg from MAU in the first wave. Jahn and Malmborg tied for 10th place in last week’s race at Mt. Hor, so a head-to-head battle was anticipated and they did not disappoint.

The lead changed hands several times on the 3-lap course until the final lap when Jahn put the hammer down to put a 25-second gap on Malmborg at the finish. Jahn’s elapsed time was fast enough to earn her a seventh place overall finish.

Another matchup that turned heads was the one between Halie Lange from Brattleboro and Chloe Levins of Rutland. Both girls along with several others from northern Vermont are testing each other as they pursue their chance at a state title. Levins took it out hard and Lange wisely tucked in behind her. Each time they flew by the hairpin turn, designating a completed lap, one could sense the intensity. Lange waited until the last 400 meters to put on a "Petter Northug" sprint to pass Levins and beat her by 3 seconds.

At the conclusion of the girls’ race, the boys "A" race started lining up for the next 5km event. Graham Glennon was the first of the BUHS Nordic skiers to go out and he set an excellent pace for the rest of his team to follow. BUHS placed five of its skiers in the top 20.

Graham’s elapsed time of 17:36 was strong enough to secure him an overall fourth place finish. Glennon has developed into one of the top high school skiers in the state and usually continues to improve as the season progresses.

Oliver Pomazi had a career high team finish, as the team’s second finisher. He placed tenth overall in the final standings. Austin Lester was close behind with a 14th place finish followed by Jonathon Burdo (17th), Sam Green (18th) and Jeff Kahler (32nd).

In the boys "B" race, BUHS had several strong performances. Ninth grader Declan King, in his first high school race, finished first for BUHS and second overall. He was only four seconds out of first place. King was followed close behind by Sam Sherlock, who finished third overall, only eight seconds behind King.

Another first year racer, Colby McGinn, finished in sixth place one minute four seconds behind the winner. Tyler Clement also made his racing debut at Viking and continues to improve. He finished 14th overall.

The BUHS Nordic team will travel to Mt. Top in Chittenden, on Tuesday for the first classic race of the season. The girls varsity race starts at 2:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Brattleboro 46, BFA 41

ST. ALBANS -- The Colonels varsity girls basketball team just finished out a three-game road trip, which was very rewarding, according to the team’s coach Paul Freed.

In their last matchup, held Saturday, Brattleboro beat out Bellows Free Academy.

"We came out and got off to a great start with an early lead," said Freed. "I reminded the team that playing hard is not a skill, and we were going to give BFA 32 minutes of our absolute best."

The Colonels led 15-10 after one. Taylor Bird and Maddie Derosia contributed 10 points apiece in that quarter.

Both teams battled hard in the second and played dead even, scoring 10 points each for a 25-20 halftime Brattleboro lead.

Then BFA started to hit some outside shots, including two 3’s, giving the team their best quarter with 16 points. But the Colonels hung in with 11 of their own, heading into the fourth knotted at 36. "The place was rocking at this point," noted Freed.

BFA took the lead early and the crowd picked it up another level of volume. Brattleboro called a timeout to settle down. The Purple and White held them to two baskets and five total points.

"It wasn’t easy by any stretch," said Freed. "They got their second hoop and suddenly it was a one-point contest."

But Derosia and Bird hit 6-of-7 free throws in that final minute to seal the deal.

Derosia had 14 points and six rebounds, Bird had 11 points and five boards, and Meghan Powell racked up 10 with six boards. Harrison had a rough shooting day but contributed significantly in other ways leading the Colonels with 16 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

The 2-4 Colonels will host Spaulding on Tuesday at
7:30 p.m.