In boys high school basketball action last Saturday in Bristol, the Mount Abraham Eagles, behind a 20-4 fourth quarter run, defeated the Milton Thunderbirds 56-30.
Bela Dobkowski led the victorious Eagles with 18 points while Corey Kimble and Kyle Kayhart contributed an additional 10 apiece. Mike Bordeaux led the 2-11 Thunderbirds with 11 points. Mount Abraham improved to 6-8 with the win.
In Swanton on the same night Connor Merrill poured in 25 points to lead the Vergennes Commodores past Missisquoi Valley Union 68-61. Josh Carter (16 points) and Cameron Curler (14 points) combined to yield another 30 points to the victorious Commodores, who improved to 11-2 with the win. Ben Fournier pumped in 21 points and Dillon O'Brien another 12 for MVU, who dropped to 6-8 with the loss.
Last Friday night in Bristol Nicole Brown nailed a clutch shot to lift the Middlebury Tigers past their Addison County rivals,.the Mount Abraham Eagles, 36 -35, in girls high school basketball action. Kattie Ritter paced the victorious Tigers with 15 points, while Jade Dingler led the 5-7 Eagles with nine points.
In other girls action last Friday in Vergennes, South Burlington High School, led by Kelsey Beynnon with 18 points, crushed the hometown Commodores 53-20. Rachel Crews contributed another dozen for the victorious SBHS, while Allison Provost led the 2-8 Commodores with nine points.
Commodores take seventh
The Vergennes Commodores wrestling squad captured seventh place at the Michael J. Baker Wrestling Classic, held last Saturday in Essex. Vergennes finished with 118.5 points, 26.5 better than eighth place finisher Essex and 13 points behind the Beekmantown, N.Y., team, who captured sixth. Mike Strong led the Commodores by winning the 285 pound division, defeating Tyler DeBardino of Deering, Maine in the finals, 6-3. Fellow Commodore Damien Strona made the finals in the 189 pound division, where he was defeated 4-2 by Rueben Stone of Spaulding. The multiple team tournament, which featured schools from Maine, New York and Vermont, was won by Massabesic High School in Maine with 222.5 points.
Skating to a tie
In boys high school hockey action last Saturday, in Morrisville, Middlebury's Steven Kallen scored twice in the opening period to stake his Tigers to an early 2-0 lead over the hometown People's Academy. Middlebury would hold that advantage through the second period, but Peoples would get third period goals from Nick Dewey and Avery Cochran.
To tie the contest at 2-2, and that is how this contest would end. Craig Camara stopped 17 shots for the Tigers, while People's goalie Jameson Beattie preserved the tie with 27 saves.
On the same day in South Burlington Amanda Armell (three goals) and Molly Howard (two goals) combined to score five goals, as Champlain Valley Union breezed past the Middlebury Tigers 9-1 in girls hockey action. Maggie Ryan, Kate Ford and Hannah Johnson also tallied goals for CVU, who improved to 6-5-2 with the win. Casey O' Donohue scored the lone Tiger goal, while Ashley Howlett posted 37 saves for Middlebury, who fell to 2-12 with the tie. CVU goalie Nicole Bonneau made 19 saves.
Panthers on a roll
The Middlebury Panthers men's basketball team extended their winning streak to 11 straight games with a pair of road wins last weekend, and now stand at an impressive 16-2 on the year.
Last Friday night in New London, Connecticut senior guard Ben Rudin pumped in 14 points to lead the Panthers past Connecticut College 69-50. Rudin added four assists and four steals to his points, while Tim Edwards (nine rebounds) and Andrew Locke (eight rebounds) hauled in seventeen boards between them. The Panthers out rebounded their hosts 39-28. Ulises Veras poured in thirteen points and Shavar Bernier added 11 more for Connecticut College, which fell to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in conference play with the loss.
Rudin (18 points) and Edwards (17 points) took control again Saturday in Middletown, Connecticut, combining to score 35 points, leading their Panthers to a 67-60 win over Wesleyan College. Locke, once again came through on the boards, leading Middlebury, who are now 4-0 in conference play, with 11 rebounds. Wesleyan's Jason Mendell led all scorers with 22 points. David Maltz added another eleven for Wesleyan, who fell to 5-11 overall, and 1-3 in the NESCAC Conference.
The Panthers will host Williams College this Saturday. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.
The 2009 Vermont Lake Monsters field staff will consist of manager Jeff Garber, pitching coach Franklyn Bravo, hitting coach Sergio Mendez and athletic trainer Wilkin Perez, the Washington Nationals announced last Thursday with the naming of their New York-Penn League coaching staff.
This will be Garber's first season as Lake Monsters manager after he joined Washington in 2008 as the Nationals Minor League Field Coordinator. Prior to joining the Nationals, Garber spent 20 years in the Kansas City Royals organization as a player, coach and manager.
Garber spent six seasons as a manager in the Kansas City organization from 1997-2002, managing at Single-A Spokane in 1997-1998 and at Single-A Wilmington 1999-2002. He was then the Royals Minor League Field Coordinator in 2007.
Drafted by Kansas City in the 10th round of the 1988, Garber played in the Royals minor league system 1988-95. In 2000 he was honored by Kansas City with the Dick Howser award for contributions to the Royals organization.
Bravo begins his second stint with the Lake Monsters , having served as Vermont 's pitching coach back in 2004. Bravo has spent the last four seasons as the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Nationals and oversaw a pitching staff that finished the 2008 season with the sixth-best ERA (3.57) out of 16 teams in the Gulf Coast League.
Mendez joins the Lake Monsters staff for the first time after spending the 2008 season as a bench coach with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. Mendez was the manager of the Dominican Summer League Nationals for three seasons (2005-2007) and was named DSL Manager of the Year in 2007 after guiding his team to a 49-15 record.
Perez joins the Lake Monsters after serving as the athletic trainer for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2008.
The Lake Monsters 2009 season opens on June 19th at Lowell with the home opener June 22nd against Tri-City. Single-game tickets can be purchased on the team website at www.vermontlakemonsters.com, while season tickets and mini-packages can be purchased on the website, by phone at 655-4200 or in the Lake Monsters front office at the King Street Ferry Dock.