The Rutland Raiders boys lacrosse team has begun their 2008 season at 0-3. After dropping the season opener to Woodstock, they hosted South Burlington last Thursday and fell to their guests 8-4. Zach Davidson and Taylor Devarney each had a hat trick to lead the Rebels to victory. Kyle Cassidy scored twice for the Raiders. Rutland fell to 0-3 last Saturday when the BFA-St. Albans Bobwhites came to town and saddled the hometown Raiders with a 5-0 shutout loss. BFA out-shot their hosts 21-13 on their way to the win. Nohea King scored four times and assisted on the Bobwhites only other goal to lead the offense. The game was the season opener for BFA-St. Albans. Senior goalie Matt Therriault made fourteen saves for the 0-3 Raiders. Lady Raiders start season strong The Rutland Raiders girls lacrosse team opened their season with an 8-3 win over the South Burlington Rebels last Friday in Rutland. Leah Houston scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Raiders offense. She was helped out by Hannah Wright who contributed two more goals and one assist to the win. Hannah Hoelscher and Shannon Kennelly added single goals to round out Rutlands scoring, while Raider goalie Jesse Wilson needed to stop just six shots to secure the win. Michelle Handy, Sydney Stevens and Annie Rendall all scored single goals for the 0-1 Rebels. Bruso steps down after stellar career Shirley Bruso, who stepped down last year after 28 years of coaching the Mill River Minutemen varsity softball team, was named the best high school softball coach in the nation by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Bruso picked up 303 wins in her 28 seasons, along with two Vermont state championships and five league titles, and was twice named Marble Valley League coach of the year. She also served on the Vermont Softball Coaches Association for 20 years. Hughes to lace up with Catamounts West Rutlands all-time leading scorer in high school basketball will keep his talent in Vermont and play for the University of Vermont Catamounts next season. Greg Hughes, who ended his four year Golden Horde career with 1,655 points, accepted an invitation last week to be a recruited walk-on for the University of Vermont mens basketball team next season. Hughes enters the competitive world of Division one basketball with solid fundamentals, and a complete offensive game that features a three point shot, along with the ability to drive or post up down low. Hughes, who was on the Free Press All-State third team in 2007, was selected for the Marble Valley League first team in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He was named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen Underclassmen in 2007. Hughes made the first team on this years Free Press All-State squad and was named the McDonalds pre-season All-American Vermont nominee this year. Hughes played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game in March and has been selected for the Vermont-Western Mass. Senior Challenge all-star game in June. Castleton State improves to 3-1 The Castleton State College Spartans improved to 3-1 in conference play with a home double-header sweep of the Becker College Hawks last Saturday. In the opening game, sophomore first basemen Ted Mills (Stockbridge, Vermont) went three-for-three at the plate with a double, two runs scored and a run batted in to lead the Spartans to a 7-1 win. He was helped out by senior designated hitter Billy Bruneau (Shaftsbury, Vermont,) freshman outfielder Dan Conley and senior shortstop Tony DiPietrantonio. Conley and DiPietrantonio each drove in two runs on one hit, while Bruneau two-for-three with an RBI. Rutlands own junior pitcher Rob Turner took care of business on the hill. Turner pitched all seven innings, giving up just one earned run on six hits, while striking out four, and issuing just one free pass to the Hawk hitters. Catcher Geoff Sinnott and third baseman Jim Ceglarek had four of the Hawks six hits by getting two apiece. One of Ceglareks hits was a double, the only extra base hit given up by Turner. Turner improved to 1 - 1 with the win. In the second game Castleton jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first three, and then survived a four run Hawk fourth inning, to hang on to win 7-4. Mills once again set the pace for the Spartans offense going two-for-three with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, making him five-for-six for the day at the plate with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs. He was helped out in the second game by senior center fielder Chris Ragis (South Burlington, Vermont,) and senior left fielder Lauck Blake (Hartland, Vermont.) Ragis blasted a two run double while Blake was one-for-two at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore right hander Chris Cook (Springfield, Vermont.) went the distance for the Spartans. In his seven innings of work he surrendered just one earned run on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. He improved to 2-2 with the win. The Hawks dropped to 3 - 16 overall and remain winless in six tries in conference play. The Spartans, after a dismal 1-10 start have won six out of their last nine to stand at 7-13 overall. They are 3-1 in conference play. The Spartans played two against Norwich and one against Williams this past week. This Saturday they are playing a double header at Thomas College, and then will travel to Farmington, Maine this Sunday for two more. All four games scheduled for this weekend are conference games.