WOODFORD -- The Marble Valley League (MVL) Classic Championships took place on Wednesday at Prospect Mountain. The conditions were fast and the racers needed good technique on the challenging downhill turns and the steep climbs.
Brattleboro’s Halie Lange picked up her second MVL title of the season, winning the Freestyle Championship last week and the Classic Championship on Wednesday. The 5.5K course featured a 15-second interval start and the random seeding gave Lange the advantage of starting 15 seconds behind her nearest competitor, Chloe Levins, of Rutland.
Lange finished the race 46 seconds ahead of Levins. Linnea Jahn maintained her top 10 position securing All-MVL status.
The boys’ team had another strong championship race, finishing third in the team scoring.
Graham Glennon once again came through as the BUHS top skier finishing in 5th place. Austin Nichols had one of his best races finishing second for the Colonels, and 15th overall. Colby McGinn and Jonathon Burdo also improved on their places from last week’s championship freestyle race finishing 22nd and 26th respectively.
The Freestyle and Classic State Championship races are on the immediate horizon. The Freestyle Race will be held at Craftsbury Outdoor Center on Feb. 21 and the Classic Race will be a return trip to Prospect Mountain on Feb. 26.
Leland & Gray 52,
Twin Valley 47
TOWNSHEND -- The Rebels beat the Wildcats in overtime Thursday night.
"It was a great fourth quarter for us," said L&G coach Andrew Nystrom. "Twin Valley had control for most of the game with good intensity. They owned the boards and played hard. I have to give them credit."
Riley Kenney nailed some crucial shots to keep the Rebs in the game, finishing his night with 12 points, all scored from downtown. Teammate Zach Wilkins guarded TV’s Colin Lozito--no easy task--to keep him to four points. "Lozito is always a challenge," noted Nystrom.
Down eight points with two minutes left in regulation, Leland & Gray tried a little bit of everything in the last quarter, according to Nystrom, to outscore the visitors.
Dal Nesbitt, "The Sniper", led Twin Valley with 19 points, and brother Cade Nesbitt had 11 on the evening.
The Rebels are 13-3 and will play at West Rutland on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., then Monday for a make-up game against the Wildcats at Green Mtn. at 5 p.m.
Twin Valley 38,
Bellows Falls 32
WESTMINSTER -- Twin Valley came back from a minor point deficit in the fourth quarter, to defeat Bellows Falls on Thursday night.
The Wildcats got out to a great start, with a 7-2 lead after the first quarter, as the team’s Abbi Molner knocked down her first 3 of night.
Bellows Falls had the lead at the break, 11-10. During the third quarter, the Terriers stayed on top, 23-19, with Emily Dufault scoring five points.
"It all came down to the fourth," said Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. "I think we played hard when it mattered most."
The Wildcats drained 19 points in the last quarter, with 13 of those coming from the line. Three field goals made up the other six points. During the fourth, Colton Butler made a few baskets, Sammy Cunningham-Darrah was perfect from the charity stripe while Molner went 5-for-9, and Jordan Niles splashed a 3-pointer.
Molner led the Wildcats with 12 points and four steals, Niles went away with eight points and three steals, while Cunningham had six points, three steals, and three assists. The Terriers had 17 steals.
Bellows Falls pulled down 32 boards, and the winners managed 30.
Dufault led Team Purple with 13 points, and Wilder had 10.
The 6-11 Wildcats will host Mt. Everett on Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m.
7th and 8th grade
CHARLESTOWN, N.H. -- Leland & Gray beat Charlestown in a semi-final contest at a tournament held at Fall Mountain Regional.
The Rebels were behind midway through the first quarter, then outscored the hosts 42-6 over the remainder of the matchup.
Molly O’Brien led with 12 points, and Caroline Tietz had 10 points.
L&G will play the winner of the Bellows Falls-Vilas game, Friday in Charlestown at 7:30 p.m.