Brattleboro Nordic teams sweep opener
WOODFORD — Bella Thurber earned gold and Henry Thurber placed third to power the Brattleboro Union High School varsity Nordic teams to victory in Saturday's season opener at Prospect Mountain.
"Not only did the seasoned members of the team perform to their potential, but also new arrivals showed their stuff," stated BUHS coach Amanda Dixon.
Liz Morse captured silver, Elery Loggia grabbed bronze, Annie Takacs finished fifth and Bella Takacs wound up seventh as the BUHS girls cruised to victory in the four-school meet.
"Showing big improvement this year was 10th place finisher Angelika Toomey, who skied with quick tempo up the steepest climbs on the course," noted coach Dixon.
The Brattleboro boys also finished ahead of MAU, BFA, and Burr and Burton. Freshmen Henry Thurber (3rd), Sam Freitas-Eagan (4th) and Nolan Holmes (6th) led the way for the Colonels, while Galen Fletcher (9th) and Colin Costa-Walsh (12th) rounded out the team's top five.
Top BUHS skiers Isaac Freitas-Eagan, Evan Koch and Sarah Gallagher missed the opener because they were competing in an Eastern Cup event in Fort Kent, Maine.
First-year skier Declyn Tourville won the JV boys race by over a minute.
Brattleboro Girls Ice Hockey
Adrianna Dostie had a hat trick and Callie Parks (1 goal, 2 assists) also delivered to guide Missisquoi Valley to a 9-0 rout of the Colonels.
Makyla Bombardier made 10 saves for the shutout, with several of those coming during Brattleboro's 5-on-3 powerplay. Missisquoi took a 2-0 lead in the first period and added four more tallies in the second.
Elisa Petrie stopped 29 shots for the 0-1 Colonels.
Brattleboro Girls Basketball
Josie Choiniere went off for 17 points, eight assists and three steals as Saint Johnsbury steamrolled the Colonels, 66-27.
Sadie Stetson chipped in with 13 points, nine assists, seven boards and three steals. Saleena Porter (12 points, 7 rebounds) also had a fine game for the Hilltoppers (2-0).
Rachael Rooney finished with 11 points to lead the 2-1 Colonels.
Brattleboro Boys Basketball
South Burlington made 13 trifectas for the second game in a row and outscored the Colonels 92-37.
Evan Parker pumped in a game-high 16 points for the victors. Owen MacDonough and Brendan Bridge added 13 apiece, while Ben Moran and Hakeem Fuad each ended up with 12.
Jack Price and Charlie Galanes scored 11 and 10 points respectively for the 0-2 Colonels.
Bellows Falls Boys Basketball
The Terriers stole the ball a dozen times, leading to a 54-41 decision over rival Springfield.
"That was our best defensive outing all year, including scrimmages," said winning coach Ryan Stoodley. "It was a back and forth game, but we settled down and took control of the game. The defense stepped it up."
Ryan Kelly scored 16 points and Shane Clark added 10 of his own for the 1-1 Terriers, who will host Woodstock on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Twin Valley Boys Basketball
Joe Valareio went off for 18 points to help Proctor to a 57-47 win over the Wildcats in the opening round of the Bob Abe Tourney. Dylan Howe (12 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists) had a huge game for Twin Valley.
In Round 2, the Wildcats fell to Otter Valley 49-38. Howe scored a career-high 15 points and Logan Park pitched in with nine points and a dozen caroms.
Dylan Mackie paced the Otters with 25 points.
Twin Valley Girls Basketball
Six different players scored for the Wildcats in a 42-36 loss to West Rutland.
"We were competitive throughout the game," remarked Twin Valley coach Buddy Hayford. "We improved in the turnover department with only 17. All 10 girls saw the floor and made contributions."
Tayler Courchesne had 10 points and seven rebounds for Twin Valley (0-2). Jarrett Niles followed with four points and three boards, while Morgen Janovsky and Sadie Boyd chipped in with three points each.
Hinsdale Girls Basketball
The Pacers lost their opener to Colebrook 56-39, bounced back with a 40-21 victory over Portsmouth Christian, and then downed Pittsfield 51-20.
Hinsdale's Delaney Wilcox scored 16 points and Angelina Nardolillo added 14 in the opener. Nardolillo poured in 13 points against Portsmouth Christian, while Mariah Nichols followed with 11 points and Wilcox netted nine.
Nichols (11 points), Nardolillo (11) and Olivia Pangelinan (7) did the damage versus Pittsfield.
Hinsdale Boys Basketball
On a night when the late Tony Fecto was honored, the Pacers outscored Portsmouth Christian 68-51. Caleb Steever had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the winners. Peter McCosker followed with 14 points, while Ryan Boggio and Nate O'Melia each finished with a double-double.
"The Hinsdale Athletic Program dedicated a jersey to one of Hinsdale's longtime sports fans. Tony would be at any Pacer game that was going on, be it soccer, basketball, baseball or softball," said Pacers coach Carl Anderson.
On Saturday night, reigning D-4 Player of the Year Cam Darrah exploded for 24 points and Pittsfield edged Hinsdale 59-53. Steever (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Danny Roberts (13 points) did the damage for the Pacers.
Area Sports Schedule
Leland & Gray boys basketball hosts Long Trail, 7 p.m.
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