After defeating BFA-St. Albans in the opening round of the Division I Girls Basketball Tournament, the fourth-seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks were upset in the quarterfinals last Saturday, 40-37 by the no. 12 seeded Saint Johnsbury Hilltoppers.
The Hilltoppers, earlier in the week, knocked off fifth-seeded Rice 45-39, were led by Amanda Kay and Britney Lane in their second straight post season upset. Kay led the charge with 14 points, while Lane contributed another 13 to the huge win. The win earned them a spot in the Final Four at Barre, where they were scheduled to face their toughest test yet, the top seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs this past Wednesday in the semifinals. If they managed a third straight upset in that one then they will face either Rutland or Burlington this weekend for the Division I State Championship.
Allison Gannon, Kendal Kohlasch and Shae Hulburt scoreded 10 points each for CVU, who finished their season at 17-5.
The Redhawks weren't the only team to be derailed in the quarterfinals. In Division II the Mount Abraham Eagles, Vergennes Commodores and Middlebury Tigers all won their play down games, only to be eliminated in the quarterfinals last weekend.
After eliminating the Springfield Cosmos 64-42 in their opening round game the seventh seeded Mount Abraham Eagles 2010 season ended at Hyde Park last Saturday when they were defeated in the Division II quarterfinals 59-36 by the second seeded Lamoille Lancers. Chelsea Dunham scored 15 points to lead the Lancers. She was helped by Katie Lafreniere who added 11 more.
The Lancers pulled away from the Eagles in the third quarter when they outscored their guests 17-5. Lamoille earned their seventh straight trip to the final four at Barre, and with a 20-1 record they hold high hopes for a state championship. They were scheduled to face the third-seeded Fair Haven Slaters in the semifinals this past Wednesday. If they won that one then they would face either the fourth-seeded Lyndon Vikings, or the top-seeded Milton Yellowjackets this Saturday for the Division II State Championship.
Mount Abraham, who ends their season at 9-13, were led by Sara Sayler and Jen Loyer with 10 points each.
The eighth-seeded Vergennes Commodores squeaked by the ninth-seeded Union-32 Raiders 49-45 in the opening round of the playoffs, only to be eliminated by the top-seeded Milton Yellow Jackets 58-33 in the quarterfinals last Friday night. Brittany Rice led Milton's offense with 21 points, while Kaitlin Geary complimented her with 15 more in the 25 point win. Milton was scheduled to face the fourth-seeded Lyndon Vikings this past Monday. If they won that one, then will face either the second seeded Lamoille Lancers, or the third-seeded Fair Haven Slaters this Saturday for the Division II State Championship.
Vergennes, who finished their 2010 season with a 7-15 record, were led by Allison Provost with 13 points. Kathleen VanWyck added eight more while Hannah Curler contributed another seven for Vergennes season finale.
The fifth seeded Middlebury Tigers also got past the first round of the playoffs by defeating the twelfth seeded Missisquoi Thunderbirds 48-30. But like the Eagles, Commodores and Redhawks, that is as far as they would go. Last Friday night in Lyndon the Tigers fell to the fourth-seeded Lyndon Vikings 47-35.
CVU upsets South Burlington
Going into the playoffs the seventh-seeded Champlain Valley Union Redhawks boys hockey team lost their final three games of the regular season and things weren't looking bright. But in sports one game can change everything, just like it did for CVU last Saturday in South Burlington. Kyle Logan and Robbie Dobrowski scored two goals each to lead CVU to 6-3 Division I quarterfinal upset over the second seeded Rebels. Derek Goodwin and added single goals for the Redhawks, while goalie Mark Albertson preserved the win with 15 saves. CVU, who will be seeking their second straight Division I state championship, were scheduled to play North Country in the semifinals last Tuesday.
Alex Bartlett knocked down a pair and Tom Carlaccini added another for South Burlington, who despite the loss got a great performance from their goalie Alex Bliss in what proved to be their final game for the 2010 season. Bliss had 21 saves in defeat for the disappointed Rebels.