Local Hoops Action
In Brattleboro boys' basketball action, the Colonels recently travelled to Hartford, easily knocking off the Hurricanes 51-35.
After a slow first half in which Brattleboro held just a 29-16 lead, the coach Joe Rivers squad kicked it into high gear in the second half and running away to the 16-point win.
Senior Dave Freeman led all scorers with 15 points, while Adam Boyle pitched in with 12 points and eight rebounds.
The victory put Brattleboro (at press time) at an impressive 11-4 on the season.
In Rutland, the Lady Raiders hoop squad has been getting rave reviews all season for their jail house defense, and this past weekend was no different as the Raiders crushed St. Johnsbury, 41-26.
How good was the defense? After not allowing St. Johnsbury a single point in the first quarter, they took a 24-2 lead into halftime. That's right, they gave up two points in the half!
Although St. Johnsbury is just 6-9 on the season, they have beaten a couple of Division I teams, so this was no slouch-team going up against the Raiders.
Sophomore Meghan Ballard led the Raiders with 17 points, including a couple 3-pointers, while Kelsey Forte pitched in with 11 points and Alyssa Moore added eight.
Moran and Britney Lane led St. Johnsbury with eight points apiece while Amanda Kay pitched in with five.
In Proctor, the Lady phantoms recently cruised to an easy, 55-19 win over the Black River Lady Presidents.
Led by Mikayla Tanner's 15 points and nine rebounds, the Phantoms all-around game proved too much for the Black River. Mikayla McCormack also added 10 points for Proctor, who improved to 6-10 on the season.
Angie Valente led the way for the Lady Presidents with six points.
The Burr & Burton Academy Lady Bulldogs hoop squad continues to roll, recently travelling to Brandon and easily knocking off Otter Valley, 62-38.
Jenna Hoffman led way for the Bulldogs with 19 points, while Kelsey Kelleher added 10. Kristy Pinkham led the Otters with 13.
The win (at press time) put the Lady Bulldogs at an impressive 13-2 record on the season.
Local Hockey Action
Staying in Manchester, the Lady Bulldog hockey squad recently travelled to White River Junction, dropping a tough, 7-4 loss to the Lady Hurricanes.
Taylor Steadman had two of her three goals in a four-goal third period for the Hurricanes as they pulled away after taking a 3-2 lead through two periods.
Steadman also had three assists and Linnea Burnham two goals for the Hurricanes, who are now 10-5 on the season.
Piper Ferrone had three assists for BBA, who are now3-12-1 on the season.
Jenny Coppin score two goals for the Bulldogs, while Megan Miskovsky and Hannah Corkum each scored a goal. Despite the loss, Megan Chandler had 21 saves in net for BBA.
Taylor Thibodeau and Bethany Bouthillier also scored for Hartford, which got 16 saves from Beth Potter.
Local College Hoops
In local mens' college hoops action, Castleton State College recently travelled to Waterville, ME., beating the Thomas College Terriers, 69-59.
Castleton's Derek Faragon led the way for the Spartans with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Jared Paul added 20 and West Rutland's own Greg Hughes had six points and a team-high five assists.
The win put Castleton at 10-7 on the season, while Thomas fell to 12-3. Francisco Alicea led Thomas with 17 points.
In Farmington, Maine, Green Mountain College lost a tough one to Maine-Farmington, 68-45. Rui Carmo led the way for GMC with 20 point and eight rebounds.