Nordic state title, hoops milestones among winter highlights
BRATTLEBORO — Henry Thurber never experienced the agony of defeat in the fall, helping the Brattleboro Union High School varsity football team to a perfect 11-0 season.
And the junior was part of another powerhouse this winter.
BUHS skiers Sam Freitas-Eagan, Nolan Holmes, Declyn Tourville and Thurber teamed up to sweep the Division 1 Nordic boys state championship meet — winning the 5-kilometer individual classic and freestyle races along with the 4x2.5-kilometer classic and freestyle relays.
On the court, the Hinsdale girls and Twin Valley boys each reached the Final Four.
The third-seeded Lady Pacers got there despite talented center Angelina Nardolillo transferring to Northfield Mount Hermon before the season even started. Delaney Wilcox pumped in 21 points versus Moultonborough in a first-rounder and then Olivia Pangelinan led the way with 16 points against Farmington in the quarters, guiding Hinsdale to a third consecutive semifinal.
The Wildcats went 18-2 to earn the top seed in Division 4 and eventually fell to Proctor in the title game at the Barre Auditorium. Jack McHale (265 points), Dylan Dupuis (218 rebounds) and Colin McHale (84 assists) ended up as Twin Valley's leaders in the major statistical categories.
Others earning a postseason victory this winter were both Brattleboro hockey teams and the two Bellows Falls basketball teams.
When the BUHS boys beat Lyndon 3-1 on the ice in mid December, it was the 100th career victory for coach Eric Libardoni. Ryan Kelly and Taylor Goodell would later reach the 1,000-point milestone, joining Kyle Thibodeau, Jevy Rayner, Dani Rayner, Sara Lovell, Josh Allbee, Mike Farino, Jayne Barber, Debbie Higgins and Maureen Bresland on BF's grand list.
Bellows Falls sophomore Abby Broadley had a fine day at the Indoor Track State Championship Meet, winning the 3,000 in a state record time of 10:28 and also helping teammates Stephanie Ager, Maya Waryas and Molly Hodsden capture silver in the 4x800 relay. BF's Jon Carrington was the king in the shot put event on that day.
During the seventh annual Hoops for Hope game, which benefits the Alexis Giallella Scholarship, Leland & Gray freshman Hannah Greenwood went off for a team-high 16 points against Green Mountain. The area's other special event this winter took place on Dec. 14, when the BUHS girls hockey team raised more than $1,100 for the Brattleboro Memorial Oncology Department during the 10th annual Pink the Rink contest at Memorial Park.
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