Brattleboro track teams sweep MAU meet
BENNINGTON — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity boys and girls track teams swept Tuesday's meet at MAU, scoring 218 and 146 points respectively. The Twin Valley boys and girls teams wound up third and sixth overall.
Dan Burdo won the 400 and 800 to lead the BUHS boys. Dani Wood (100, 100 hurdles) and Sarah Gallagher (1500, 3000) each struck gold twice for the Colonel girls.
Other Brattleboro athletes that qualified for the state meet were: Delaney Bullock (1500), Liz Morse (3000), Ellery Logia (3000), Asia Desmarais (shot put), Isiah Gilbeau (javelin), Josh Hanson (javelin), Josh Meachen (1500 and 3000), Jonah Koch (800 and 1500), John Lonardo (discus), Evan Koch (300 hurdles) and Jackson Buettner (300 hurdles).
The Hinsdale boys and girls track teams each placed seventh in a meet at Stevens. Elijah Simeon won the javelin with a throw of 127-8 to lead the Pacers, which qualified him for the Division 3 championships. Hinsdale, which had 23 personal bests on the day, will compete at Mascenic on Saturday.
BENNINGTON >> Brattleboro defeated MAU 6-1, however it was the closest and most interesting match of the season to date for the purple and white. The final outcome was constantly in doubt as players battled back and forth in both singles and doubles. In the end, three of the matches were determined by 10-point tiebreakers after the players on the court evened their matches at one set all.
"The tiebreakers were all highly competitive with swings in either direction. Brattleboro, through grit and determination, pulled out all three of the tiebreakers with scores of 10-7 as most of the crowd was on its feet," said BUHS coach Charlie La Rosa.
Martin Sipowicz, Alex Shuey, Tom Szpila and Jack Spanierman all won a singles match for the Colonels. Brattleboro's doubles teams of Cole Merkle-Spencer Butter and Rowan Kidder-Forest Zabriskie were also victorious.
Brattleboro, now 6-2, will travel to Fair Haven on Friday.
WOODSTOCK >> Woodstock defeated the Bellows Falls girls 7-0 and the Bellows Falls boys 5-2. The Bellows Falls victories came at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, from Simon Bupp-Chickering and Franco Marengo respectively.
WESTMINSTER >> Brady Illingworth struck out 16 and fired a one-hit shutout as Bellows Falls sunk Springfield, 4-0. Illingworth helped himself with a 12-pitch at-bat in the fourth and eventually delivered a two-run single. Liam Hackett contributed with a beautiful squeeze bunt and Reed Coursen went 2 for 3 for the Terriers, who will face Fair Haven on Friday.
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WILMINGTON >> Twin Valley erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning to beat Black River, 8-1. Chris Robinson reached on a bunt to start the rally and Ethan Fox added an RBI single. James McGovern threw a two-hitter for the 3-3 Wildcats, who will take on Green Mountain today.
HINSDALE, N.H. >> Hinsdale was defeated by Wilton, 13-1, thanks in part to eight walks and six errors. Hannah Lynch and Vivian Braun each had a hit for the Pacers, while Lynch also drove in her team's only run.
BRATTLEBORO >> In a game shortened by darkness after five full innings, the Reds defeated the Giants 5-1. Huxley Holcombe threw 4.2 innings of one-hit baseball and Turner Clews scored two runs for the guests. Sam Hall started for the Giants and allowed only one hit. Thaddeus Sawyer, the Giants starter in left field, got his first Little League hit on a chopper down the third base line.
The Athletics shut out the Red Sox, 10-0, with dominant pitching from Zinabu McNeice and Alex Bingham. Bingham also contributed with the bat, hitting a single and a double that nearly cleared the center field wall. Karson Elliot and Morgan VanIderstine also had key hits for the A's. Red Sox second baseman Sam Henry was on base twice while veterans Jack Pattison and Ryan Bird each had big hits.
BRATTLEBORO >> The Green Mountain Raptors 7th grade AAU basketball team walked away with the winning trophy at the VT-NY Spartan Invitational held in Rutland and surrounding towns April 30 to May 1.
The Raptors kicked off play Saturday morning with a convincing win over the host Spartans 45-40. Raptors Gabe Packard contributed a solid effort with 10 rebounds and eight points.
In the afternoon matchup, the Raptors played the Hartford Wolfpack. The Raptors broke away in the second half when Greg Fitzgerald poured in three consecutive 3 pointers to help his team coast to an easy 42-26 win.
Sunday, the Raptors needed to win their matchup against the 802 Raptors to move into the championship game. The Green Mountain Raptors guaranteed their place in the finals with a 43-38 win that featured solid team defense and outstanding play by center Spencer Lawrence who grabbed 13 rebounds and scored 10 points.
The tourney championship game pitted the Raptors against foe Rutland Bandits. The Raptors had lost two games to the Bandits in tournaments earlier in the season. The first half of the game was an intense defensive battle and the Bandits took a 17-16 lead to the break. In the second half, the game broke open at about the 10-minute mark when Fitzgerald quickly hit three trifectas. Trinley Warren scored a trey to help the Raptors take a 37-35 lead with 1:17 remaining. The Bandits tied it up 37-37 with 54 seconds to go. The Raptors took back the lead at the 33-second mark when Fitzgerald drove the lane for a quick two. With 16 seconds remaining, Alex Lier pulled down a rebound then hit a cutting Fitzgerald with a pass for an easy layup to seal a 41-37 Raptors win.
"Our guys really upped their game and played their best team defense of the season. I'm really proud of them. It's a great group to coach," said Raptors head coach Luke Freed.
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