Friday January 25, 2013

RUTLAND -- The Twin Valley boys basketball team fell behind 10-0 right out of the gate and wound up losing to West Rutland, 57-51, on Thursday evening.

"We got outrebounded, our defense wasn’t spectacular and we didn’t shoot well," said Wildcats coach Chris Brown.

Jordan Pease scored a game-high 18 points to pace the 7-3 Golden Horde. Dal Nesbitt (15 points), Sam Molner (11) and Colin Lozito (10) were the top guns for Twin Valley.

The 3-8 Wildcats will play at Mt. Everett on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Proctor 45, Leland & Gray 36

PROCTOR -- The Rebels suffered their second loss of the season, but their first defeat in regulation.

"A good team should be able to go there and win," said Leland & Gray coach Andrew Nystrom, who had trouble finding positives and couldn’t think of any individual standouts.

The 8-2 Rebels will play at Springfield on Tuesday.

Supporting girls hockey

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Colonels girl’s hockey players will be collecting donations to help support their team on Saturday Feb. 2 and Saturday Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Burrows Sports, the Brattleboro Food Coop, and perhaps the Putney Coop.

Hockey has many expenses and, although the school district funds a large portion of the costs, The Friends of Girl’s Hockey must raise the balance (as does the boys’ hockey team). This year, the Colonel girls still need to raise $5,000, so they are asking for your support. Your generous donation will help pay for ice time, travel to away games, uniforms, and other expenses.

There are 23 girls on the team this year, and many of them are new to hockey. They have held their own against some of the strongest teams in the state, including winning 2-1 against North Country on Jan. 21. Coaches Burke and Strong set high expectations, are great role models, and stress overall fitness, good nutrition and healthy habits.

In addition to keeping physically fit, the girls are learning many valuable life-lessons: responsibility, self-advocacy, commitment, time-management, and how to be an effective team member.

Keeping girl’s hockey alive and well helps the team this year and lays a foundation for next year’s team. What is raised this year helps to seed next year’s team/season as well as to make this season possible. The girls will be glad to receive your spare change on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9. You are always welcome to come cheer for them -- games continue through the end of February.

If you would like to mail a donation, make check payable to "Friends of Girls Hockey" in care of Larry Doucette, 56 Jelly Mill Hill, Dummerston, VT 05301-9651. If you have any questions or need more information, you may contact Larry at 802-254-2815.

Men’s Rec Basketball

BRATTLEBORO -- In Wednesday’s action at the Gibson-Aiken Center, UNFI outscored Basketball Joes 96-77 and Vermont Pressure Washing/Painting took care of Farnum Cellulose 74-53.

Scott Edwards knocked down five trifectas and finished with 27 points to pace UNFI, which got 20 more from Dave Nelson. Jake Hoak made six shots from beyond the arc and led the Joes with 22 points.

Colby Bonnette (20 points) did the damage for VPWP. Ian Boyd racked up 22 points for Farnum Cellulose.

Cota & Cota (5-1) is atop the Division 1 standings, just 1.5 games ahead of Sportsmen’s/Lawton’s. Brattleboro Subaru/Ford is leading Division 2 at 6-1, while Vermont Pressure Wasthing/Painting is the Division 3 boss at 6-1.