Both the boys and girls high school hockey ended their regular seasons last Saturday. Read below to see how some of the local teams fared in their season finale, and where they stood record wise headed into the post season tournament.
In South Burlington, Nick Williams scored with two and a half minutes left in the game to give his Bellows Falls Academy Bobwhites an exciting 3-2 win over the visiting Champlain Valley Union Redhawks. Conner Roberts scored the Bobwhites first two goals, while goalies Taylor Pearl (17 saves) and Taylor Kilburn (five saves) preserved the win by combining to stop 22 CVU shots. Matt Palmer and Mike Schreiner contributed a pair of assists each for BFA, who ended their regular season dead even at 10-10.
Mayson Kropf and Kyle Logan scored the Redhawks two goals, while Sam Parent, Robbie Dobrowski, Erick MacLean and Nate Lacroix all added assists. In the net Mark Albertson made 23 saves for the Redhawks, who enter the post season at 10-8-2.
In Middlebury Andrew Myhre pounded in a pair of goals while leading his Middlebury Tigers to 3-2 win over the visiting Woodstock Wasps. Graham Barlow also scored for the victorious Tigers while Sawyer Hescock contributed to the winning effort with a pair of assists. Middlebury goalie Craig Camara protected the win while making nine saves for the Tigers, who wound up 8-9-2 on the year. For Woodstock Derek Osborne led the way with one goal and one assist while Matt Mitchell provided their other goal. Wasp goalie Jared Walker made 16 saves to keep the game close.
In girl's action came back from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat Spaulding 3-2. Amanda Armell, Alyx Rivard and Maggie Ryan scored for CVU, while Nicole Sisk preserved the win with 17 saves. Zoe Bailey and Julie Morris scored for Spaulding. Goalie Gabbie Willey saved 15 for the Crimson Tide, who fell to 15-3 with the heartbreaking loss. CVU finished their regular season at 15-4-1 with the come from behind win.
Redhawks Rout Lakers 62-43
Jake Donnelly scored 27 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to lead his Champlain Valley Union Redhawks to a 62-43 win over the Colchester Lakers in high school basketball last Friday night in Hinesburg. Will Hurd contributed another 10 for CVU, who improved to 15-4 with the win. The Lakers, who fell to 1-17 on the year, were led by Jack Leclerc (15 points) and Nate Hodge (11 points.)
Things weren't nearly as good for the Mount Abraham Eagles last Friday when they hosted the Milton Yellow Jackets. Behind an incredibly impressive 28-6 second quarter the visiting Yellow Jackets cruised to an 81-54 win. Ricky Robair led the way for Milton by pumping in 19 points. Corey Chase provided another 15, for Milton, who evened up at 9-9 with the win. Cory Chase (13 points) and Mike Bordeaux (11 points) also reached double-digit figures in scoring for CVU. Shawn Marcelle led the hometown Eagles with 14 points, while Cam Skerritt-Perta and Bela Dobkowski contributed another 11 apiece. The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-13 on the year.
In Vergennes the same evening Connor Merrill poured in 28 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to lead his Commodores to a 52-36 win over the visiting Middlebury Tigers. Logan Williams added another 11 points, and Jake Bushee hauled in 11 boards for Vergennes, who improved to 10-8 with the win. The Tigers, who dropped to a dismal 1-17 on the year, were led by Brendan Burrell with 15 points.
Spring Has Nearly Sprung
Good news. Spring is just around the corner. All the signs are there. No, don't look for that first Robin, or a flock of geese flying north. Instead look to your local sports page. That is where all the signs of spring will leap off the page at you. What signs am I talking about?
For starters this past week girls high school basketball, along with boys an girls high school hockey began their post season tournaments. The boys basketball teams wrapped up their regular season this week, and their tournaments start next week. The guard is changing from the winter season to the spring season.
What about the professional level? Yes, the signs there are even clearer. The Superbowl is over and the NBA has played their all-star game, and their second half of the season, a majority of which is a spring time activity, is already underway. It becomes even more obvious when you look south. The boys of summer are back at work. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training this weekend, and position players will be reporting next week. The Baseball preview magazines are everywhere on the magazine racks, and my three fantasy baseball leagues are setting draft dates, finding out who is in and who is out, and they keep pestering me for my keepers. Within two weeks they will be playing baseball games in Florida and Arizona. And to me, when that happens, and I don't care if we have six feet of snow on the ground here in Vermont, that is when spring officially starts.
I do enjoy Christmas, watching football and coaching junior varsity basketball. All wintertime activities. But nothing beats the arrival of the warm weather, long sunny days and the crack of the bat as baseball gets underway. Opening day is my favorite day of the year. Yes, I am a baseball junkie. But all is okay. I have survived another Vermont winter and I am about to get my fix that will last eight months. All is good. I am truly happy again. Go Red Sox.