CRAFTSBURY -- The top high school cross country skiers in Vermont competed on Sunday at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. At stake was the opportunity to be named to the Vermont Elite Nordic Team. The top 20 finishers in Sunday’s races qualified for either the New England J2 Championships or the Eastern High School Championships.
Declan King, in his first year of high school racing, earned a spot on Team Vermont and will be traveling to Holderness, N.H., with the other 19 Vermont qualifiers. Every year, this race brings together 225 of the best junior 2 (ages 14-15) Nordic skiers in the northeast.
This year’s participating teams include: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, with guest teams from the Great Lakes Region and Idaho.
Senior Graham Glennon qualified for a return to the Vermont Elite Team for the TD Bank Eastern High School Championships in Presque Isle, Maine. The TD Bank Eastern High School Championships is the premier event for high school and prep school racers in New England and New York. Competition between states is highly competitive. Last year, Team Vermont dominated the other states during the three days of racing.
Leland & Gray 46,
Bellows Falls 41 (OT)
BELLOWS FALLS -- Drew Barnum had a couple of putbacks in overtime to lead the Rebels on Monday night.
"They are long and they contested a lot of our shots," said Terriers coach Evan Chadwick when asked what the difference was in OT.
Billy Nupp and Barnum each scored a dozen points to pace the 12-3 Rebels. Nupp buried three trifectas in the third quarter, while Zach Wilkins drained one with 50 seconds left in regulation to tie it.
Kendrick Mills went off for a game-high 25 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the 4-10 Terriers. Mike Labeau added eight.
"Mills can penetrate and get into the paint," said Rebels coach Andrew Nystrom. "The only time we really played well was in overtime."
Twin Valley 74,
Black River 27
WILMINGTON -- Colin Lozito had a double-double (15 points, 13 assists) against the winless Presidents.
"Everybody got in the game. It was a great team win. It was fun to see our guys working together," noted Twin Valley coach Chris Brown.
Dal and Cade Nesbitt scored 22 and 14 points respectively for the 6-10 Wildcats, who will now play at Leland & Gray.
Men’s Rec Basketball
BRATTLEBORO -- Three different teams scored in triple figures during recent men’s basketball action at the Gibson-Aiken Center. The Marina defeated Deerhill Inn 112-109 in the shootout of the year on Sunday, while Cota & Cota put up 112 points in a rout of DMI on Wednesday.
The Marina’s Luke Overman was the top gun with 44 points. Deerhill Inn’s Gary Castle racked up 42, Southern Vermont Painting’s Ryan Boyle drained 11 trifectas and finished with 37 points, UNFI’s Scott Edwards also scored 37, and Eric Fellows of GSP ended up with 30.
Rice Appraisal and Walker Farm played the best team defense, as the former held Members 1st to 63 points and the latter limited GSP Coating to 64 points.
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Indoor Action Sports will host an overnight men’s softball tournament on Feb. 23. The one-pitch tournament is under the direction of the Bears Softball Organization and a cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning team. For more information, contact Josh Talbot at 978-895-9226.
Hinsdale Basketball Changes
HINSDALE, N.H. -- Due to the recent snowstorm, the following changes have been made: Team Unified will play at Hanover today and then host Keene on Thursday at 4 p.m., the Hinsdale varsity girls will host Nute on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., and the Hinsdale varsity boys will host Nute on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m.
BRATTLEBORO -- Fly tying instruction will be held on Wednesdays at the Sportsmen’s Inc. for all skill levels, beginning on Feb. 13. For more information, call 802-251-5252.