Ashley Boucher scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead her Rutland Raiders to a 7-1 victory over the Woodstock Wasps last Saturday, in Woodstock. Chelsea Hill matched Boucher with a pair of goals, while Chelsea Monaco, Kate Kurchena and Taylor Kresconko added one each to the Raider victory.
Deanna Rodolfy and Danielle Greco shared net duty and combined to make eight saves for Rutland, who improved to 6-4-2 with the win. Kelly McGinty scored for Woodstock who fell to 1-9 on the season. The Raiders out shot the Wasps 40-9, totally controlling the entire contest.
In other girls action last Saturday Gabby Collette scored a hat trick to lead her Union-32 Raiders to an easy 10-2 win over the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties in Montpelier. Jyneva Pickel contributed three assists for the Raiders who out shot their guest by a four-to-one margin. 36 shots to nine. Madison Ackerman and Colleen Shouldice scored for the Mounties. In the net MSJ goalie Katelyn Robertello stopped 26 shots. Union-32 improved to 7-4-1 with the win.
In boys action last Saturday in Rutland the Raiders played and lost a tough game with the Burlington Seahorses. Burlington scored twice in the final 4:30 to convert a 4-4 tie into a hard fought 6-4 win. Nate Wark, who scored the game winner with 4:30 left to play, led Burlington with a pair of goals and an assist. Adam Krol, Steven Ushakov, Logan Bara and Cam Tetrault added single goals for the Seahorses who improved to 6-7 with the win. Justin Delibac made 15 saves in the net to preserve the win. Taylor Porrier led the Raiders offense with a hat trick, while Matt Merritt added the other goal. Goalie Andrew Boyle
Kept Rutland in the game and gave them a legitimate shot at winning it right up to the end by stopping an impressive 40 shots.
The Mount Saint Joseph Mounties lost at home last Saturday, too, falling to the Harwood Highlanders 13-1. Joe Ducharme and T.J. Morse paced the fierce Highlander offense with a pair of goals each. Damien Gile chipped in with a goal and a pair of assists, while Nik Laskaris, Cam Wollensak, Ethan Vasseur, Adam Thompson, Anshe Lotspeich, Alex Thomas, Kaile Daley and Kevin Laflamme all added goals. Brian Ribbans scored the lone goal for MSJ. Landon Akin made 34 saves for the Mounties who are still looking for their first win. Harwood improved to 9-1-1 with the win.
Tiffany Johnson scored 16 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds to lead her Bellows Falls Academy Comets to a 53-41 win over the Rutland Raiders, last Saturday in girls high school basketball action. Her teammate Nicole Lawton narrowly missed out on a double-double of her own. Lawton scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the 12 point win. Megan Ballard and Megan Blongy had a dozen each in defeat for Rutland.
The undefeated Burr and Burton Bulldogs weren't even challenged last Friday night in North Clarendon by the hometown Mill River Minutemen. The high intensity Bulldog defense forced Mill River to turn the ball over 39 times, which allowed Burr and Burton to roll to an easy 52-20 win. Junior forward Abby Marsh led a well balanced offensive attack with a dozen points. Senior Logan Cavanaugh chipped in eight more and hauled in seven rebounds for Burr and Burton, who stand at a perfect 10-0 half way through their season. Rebecca Day scored nine points and Bagley added seven more for the 5-6 Minutemen.
In boys action last Friday night in Rutland the Burr and Burton Bulldogs put together a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter to survive a scare by the Mount Saint Joseph Mounties, winding up with a 57-46 win. Chris Antonez poured in 22 points, and big man Caleb Wiley added ten more while hauling down 18 rebounds to lead the Dogs of Manchester to their second straight win. The win elevated them to 6-4 on the year. Junior Matt Doaner
Paced the Mounties with 14 points, and Chris Reedy added another ten off the bench, along with six rebounds.
The same evening in Brattleboro Mark Comstock hit a lay up with just 3.4 seconds left in the game to lift the Rutland Raiders to an exciting 53-52 win over the Brattleboro Colonels. Cedric White had 19 points to lead the Raiders who improved to 9-3 with the win. Troy Davine contributed an additional 11, while Comstock had eight, including the game winner. The hometown Colonels had four players reach double digits in scoring. Adam Boyle and Shaun O'Connor led the way with 12 points apiece, while Joel Porter and Davine Freeman added 10 each.
That wasn't the only game with a nail biting finish last Friday. With just 2.6 seconds left to play in Woodstock Harrison Taggart hit two free throws to lift Mill River past the Wasps 58-56. Mill River's Austin Bicskei led all scorers with 26 points, and Taggart added sixteen more to the victory. Jake Lapan led the 9-3 Wasps with 17 points, while Kyle Poretto contributed 12 and Cal Derosia added another ten to the close loss.
The Proctor boys continue to roll. Last Friday in Proctor Curtis Robinson scored 23 points to lead the Phantoms to an easy 70-30 win over Green Mountain. After a 14-14 first quarter the Phantoms outscored their guests 56-16 over the final three quarters to cruise to the forty point win. Zach Currier followed him with 15 points, while Ryan Carter and Calvin Knowles added 11 and 10 respectively for the 11-0 Phantoms.