TOWNSHEND -- The Leland & Gray boys basketball team trampled Springfield, 56-34, at their final regular season showdown. Drew Barnum led the winners with 16 points.
Andy Brown made his return to the court Friday for Senior Night. After being out of commission, Brown, who had six rebounds, "brought some much-needed energy to the team.," said Leland & Gray coach Andrew Nystrom.
The 6-4 standout was flanked by senior teammates and starters Barnum, Riley Kenney, Billy Nupp and Mike Bergeron.
Riley and Bergeron wrapped up their night with 10 points apiece, while Nupp added seven.
Springfield only outscored the hosts during the third quarter, but L&G bit back and sealed it with a 19-4 bucket fest, in the fourth.
The 15-5 Rebels are ranked No. 3 in the state, as they head towards their first playdown match, which will be held Wednesday.
Hinsdale 59, Nute 57 (2OT)
HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Pacers got their last regular season win at home, as they clipped visiting Nute, 59-57, in double overtime, Friday afternoon at the Stable.
Hunter Nichols had a game-high 24 points, while Matt Boggio chipped in with 12 and Andrew O’Keefe finished with 10.
Nute tied it up with four minutes left in regulation. Then O’Keefe buried a 3, and Boggio iced it with shots from the charity stripe.
The Hinsdale seniors, which include O’Keefe, Nichols, Evan Dunkley, and TJ LaBare, were honored Wednesday night. The Pacers are 3-15 as they head into the playoffs.
CRAFTSBURY -- The BUHS boys Nordic ski team sits in fourth after the freestyle portion of the two-leg Vermont state championships on Thursday at Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
Champlain Valley sits atop both the boys and girls standings in Division I, leading MAU 28-61 on the boys side. The CVU girls (30) also have a solid cushion on Mount Mansfield (62) and the Patriots (88).
Colonel Graham Glennon took 10th overall in the Division I individual race and led off on the 4 x 2.5K relay. Austin Lester anchored the relay to a fifth place finish. Oliver Pomazi and Declan King skied strong legs on the relay after their equally strong individual freestyle race.
Lester finished 27th in the individual race followed by his relay teammates, King (33rd, ) and Pomazi (38th). Sam Green and Colby McGinn finished close together in 46th and 47th followed by Jonathon Burdo (57th) and Jeff Kahler (71st).
In the BUHS girls Nordic race, Halie Lange successfully defended her State title, winning the individual freeestyle race with :26 seconds between her and the second place finisher, Taylor Spillane from CVU. Linnea Jahn (24th) finished in the Top 25 and Catey Yost debuted in her first varsity race and valiantly finished the 5.1K course in 73rd.
The action concludes on Tuesday at Prospect Mountain in Woodford for the Classic races beginning with the girls’ races at 10:30 a.m.
Nothin’ But Net
BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club’s 17th annual "Nothin’ But Net" Tournament will be held this year on Saturday, March 16 at Brattleboro Union High School.
It’s a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for the entire community. The net proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Fund.
Teams will compete in a double elimination format in divisions for adult men and women, middle school and high school boys and girls. New this year is an adult 40 plus division. Entry fees are $50 per adult team and $40 per student team. There will also be a 3-point contest for men and women and a free throw contest. Both are open to the public as well.
The registration deadline is Friday, March 15. Major sponsors include Entergy Vermont Yankee, Pepsi and Classic Hits 92.7 WKVT. For more information or to request a registration form, contact Toni Sewing at 802-254-0047. Players can also download a registration form at www.brattleborosunriserotary.org.