BUHS boys lax stay perfect in MVL


The Brattleboro boys lacrosse team defeated Woodstock, 10-8, in a Marble Valley League matchup Tuesday night in Woodstock.

The Colonels erased an early 2-0 deficit with Brennen Zolnoski, Tanner Freeman and Sam Siegel scoring goals to give the Colonels a 3-2 lead after one quarter.

Tied at three in the second quarter, Conner Elliott-Knaggs scored back to back goals putting the Colonels back up 5-3. Up 5-4 entering the second half, freshman Jack Gagnon found the hot hand, scoring three of the game’s next four goals, helping give the purple and white an 8-5 lead entering the final quarter.

As Woodstock did in fourth-quarter comeback wins over MAU and Essex, the Wasps came out firing in the fourth quarter, tying the game at eight and gaining confidence. The Colonels aren’t a team that rolls over, however, and demonstrated their own will to win.

With both teams having scoring opportunities, it was Tanner Freeman who came through for the Colonels -- finding the back of the net for the eventual game winner and then sealing the game two minutes later.

"This was a great game. Woodstock has a proud tradition, and both teams worked hard to get the win. For us, it was our fifth game in 11 days and to withstand Woodstock at the end says a lot about our team," said BUHS coach Chris Sawyer.

Goalkeeper Ian Cebek made 16 saves, including some big stops down the stretch, for the winners.

Brattleboro improved to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the Marble Valley League, while the Wasps dropped to 3-1 in the MVL.

Girls Tennis

Brattleboro 6, Bellows Falls 1

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro girls tennis team trounced Bellows Falls, 6-1, on Wednesday.

"We were looking to get one more win to get us into the playoffs. I know the team is pleased to accomplish this," said Colonels coach Tom Weber, who added that the young Terriers gave his team a tough match.

Katie Tsukamoto, Jenn Hutton, Grace Willingham, Aliza Racine and Greta Larson swept the singles matches for the Colonels, while Danielle Looman-Emily Tanis added a victory at No. 1 doubles.

At second doubles, Nora Bright and Ellie Guyon prevailed 6-2, 6-4 for Bellows Falls.

The 4-8 Colonels will play at Woodstock on Monday.


Leland & Gray 2, Springfield 0

TOWNSHEND -- "Elizabeth Squared" teamed up for a two-hit shutout, with pitcher Elizabeth Symanski fanning two and walking four, and catcher Elizabeth Gallup keeping everything in front of her and also throwing out an attempted base thief early on.

"I know we can compete with the rest of the teams on our schedule," said Rebels coach Tammy Claussen, whose team improved to 4-6 overall.

Leland & Gray scored both of its runs in the first frame, on freshman Jessi Stockwell’s two-run single.

Green Mountain 6,

Bellows Falls 1

WESTMINSTER -- Brook James had a pair of hits to lead the Terriers on Wednesday night. Emily Stoddard, Steph Parsons and Tasha Long all hit safely.

"We played well against a good, quality team. That’s one of the best pitchers that we have faced," said Bellows Falls coach Pete Fry.

Chelsea Wilder and Murphy Hicks took turns in the circle for the 5-3 Terriers.

Newport 6, Hinsdale 0

NEWPORT, N.H. -- Elise Atkins (3 K’s, 9 hits) suffered the loss on Wednesday.

"We’re in a funk right now. We’re not hitting or playing good defense," said Hinsdale coach Terry Bonnette, whose 6-5 Pacers will host Derryfield on Friday.

Skylar Bonnette, Bridget Bourne, Kelsey Spindler and Skyler LeClair all had one hit for Hinsdale.


Twin Valley 8, Proctor 1

WILMINGTON -- Dylan Johnson had three doubles and drove in four runs to pace the Wildcats, who improved to 5-4 overall. Dal Nesbitt and Sam Molner each went 2-for-4, while Molner also picked up the win.

Babe Ruth

BRATTLEBORO -- After several years of guiding the Brattleboro Babe Ruth League, Wayne and Bev Wright are handing the league off to a new President (Patrick Keppel) and vice president (Andrew Cavanaugh).

"We really owe a debt of gratitude to Wayne and Bev, as well as to the Eagles for their generous support," Keppel noted. "They’re handing the league off in great shape."

However, participation has fallen off some over the years, and Keppel and Cavanaugh are hoping to expand the league from its current three teams by reaching out to area schools.

Cavanaugh, who played in the Babe Ruth League, is excited to put new energy into the league.

Babe Ruth teams will play a schedule of 10 games at the Dummerston Field from around June 2 to July 5. The next few weekends in July, tournament teams from each age group will compete for state Babe Ruth titles. Last year, Brattleboro’s 13-year-olds won the State Championship and advanced to the Regionals.

Registration will be held on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Brattleboro Fraternal Order of Eagles on Chickering Road (off Putney Road behind River Valley Credit Union). Registration forms are also available by email at patrick.keppel@necmusic.edu. The player fee is $60.

Those with questions, can call Patrick at 802-579-6400 or Andrew at 802-779-5553.

Tennis League

BRATTLEBORO -- Registration for the Singles Tennis League closes Wednesday, May 28.

The Brattleboro Outing Club is hosting a league for all tennis players: beginner, intermediate and advanced. You don’t have to be a BOC tennis member to play in the league.

The league format will be five matches played in five weeks. The Brattleboro Clay Court Tennis League is composed of six divisions, each division having members of similar skill level.

Skill levels range from beginner to advanced and will be composed of men, women, juniors, and seniors competing against one another.

Each player is scheduled for five singles matches which will be played on a once-a-week basis at the convenience of both players with divisional champions determined during a playoff weekend at the end of the five-week play period.

Registration for the league closes on Wednesday, May 28, with play beginning on Monday, June 2. The playoffs are scheduled for June 14. The fee for BOC members is $10 and the fee for non-members is $25.

For further information and registration forms, call Phil at 802-257-7345 or email brsports@sover.net


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