Harrison Taggart poured in 18 points to lead his Mill River Minutemen to a 62-48 win over the visiting Mount Abraham Eagles in boys high school basketball last Friday evening in North Clarendon.
Matt Doaner (13 points) and Nate Halligan (10 points) contributed another 23 points between them. The MAUHS Eagles were paced by Shawn Marcelle and Bela Dobkowski who scored 14 and 12 respectively. Mount Abraham fell to 0-1 with the loss while the Minutemen improved to 2-0 with the win.
Fellow Addison County representative, the Middlebury Tigers, were also on the wrong end of another lopsided affair last Friday night. Mac Stannard scored 15 points and Bela Dobkowski added 11 more, and their Fair Haven Slaters rolled over the visiting Middlebury Tigers 61-36. Christian Doran contributed 8 points and 10 boards to the Slaters win. Middlebury, who dropped to 0-2 with the loss, was lead by Dennis Brodford with 16 points.
In Proctor the four time defending Division IV champion Proctor Phantoms, behind a balanced scoring attack and fantastic defense, easily dispatched the Rochester Rockets 52-23 to open their 2009-10 season. Zach Currier, Nate Salgo and Matt Dobart
had ten points apiece to lead Proctor. Rochester, who fell to 0-1 with the defeat was paced by Ethan White, who behind five 3-pointers, scored 17 of the Rockets 23 points.
The Proctor Phantoms girl's team opened up their season with an impressive win themselves last Friday night in Ludlow. Like the boys the ladies utilized stellar defense to hold a commanding 33 - 6 lead, and rolled on from their to defeat the Presidents in their own Tournament 57-22. Offensively Mikayla Tanner led the charge with 14 points, while her teammates Megan Carter and Carissa Elrick contributed ten piece to the win. Kaitelynd Palmer led the 0-1 Presidents with eight points.
In other girls action in Townsend the Fair Haven Slaters turned in an impressive 45-35 road win over the hometown Leland and Gray Rebels. Fair Haven's Val Sawin
led all scorers with 21 points, while freshman Ashley Goddard
MSJ Tip-Off Classic Underway
The Burr and Burton Bulldogs and the Twin Valley Wildcats both won their opening round game of the Annual MSJ Tip-Off Classic last Friday night in Rutland. The two were scheduled to meet in the tournament championship game last Monday night in Rutland, after this papers deadline.
In the opening game the Burr and Burton Bulldogs turned in a strong second half to pull away from and defeat the Otter Valley Otters 56-35. Burr and Burton Bulldogs Burr and Burton's Chris Antonez led all scorers with 19 points. Joseph Keefe added another 10 for the Bulldogs who opened their 2009 / 2010 season with the impressive 21 point victory. Joey Massores scoed 10 points to lead the Otters, who dropped to 0-2 with the loss.
In the second game the Twin Valley Wildcats jumped out to a 15-2 lead, and from their cruised to a 66-42 win over the tournament hosts MSJ Mounties. The Wildcats dominated the boards, ending with a 39-20 advantage. Eighteen of those rebounds were supplied by Troy Birch (11 rebounds) and Skyler Duncan (7 rebounds.) Senior Scott Hayford, who just missed a triple-double led the way with a dozen rebounds and was lso the game's leading scorer with 29 points. He added 9 assists to an already impressive performance. It was the opening game of the season for both clubs.
Lake Monsters Update
Times are a changing for the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2010. Game times that this. The Lake Monsters 2010 season season includes new start times for its weekend home games, the New York-Penn League team announced today.
Vermont home games on Saturdays will now start at 6:05 pm, an hour earlier from previous seasons. Sunday home games will now start at 1:05 p.m., except for the Lake Monsters home game on Sunday, July 4, which will start at 4:05 p.m.
In addition, the Lake Monsters annual afternoon game will become a morning game in 2010 when Vermont will host the Aberdeen Ironbirds starting at 11:05 a.m. on Thursday, July 25. All other weekday games Monday through Friday will continue to have start times of 7:05 p.m., while fans will be able to enter Centennial Field 1.5 hours before every game.
"We are extremely excited to introduce some new game times to our fans," General Manager Nate Cloutier said . "I can't think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer day than at a baseball game. Being outside in the summer with your family and friends is what makes Vermont so special."
Vermont's seventeenth New York-Penn League season will begin on Friday, June 18, when the Lake Monsters host the Lowell Spinners in the first of 38 home games at historic Centennial Field. The final home game of the season will be Friday, Aug. 27, against the Oneonta Tigers before the Lake Monsters head out on a nine-game roadtrip (Aug, 28-Sept. 5) to end the regular season.
With no changes in teams or divisions for the 2010 season, the Lake Monsters will once again compete in the Stedler Division with Lowell, Oneonta and Tri-City. Vermont will play home-and-away against the McNamara Division (Aberdeen, Brooklyn, Hudson Valley and Staten Island), while the Pinckney Division's Auburn, Batavia and Williamsport teams will visit Centennial Field.
The 2010 Vermont Lake Monsters coaching staff will have a familiar look as manager Jeff Garber and hitting coach Paul Sanagorski both return for their second season with the New York-Penn League team, the Washington Nationals announced today with the release of their minor league coordinators and field staffs. Garber led the 2009 Lake Monsters to a 33-41 record in his first season as manager in Vermont. TLake Monsters no. 12 manager in the team's 17 seasons, Garber will also be the fifth to manage more than one year at Vermont. It will also be his third year with the Nationals organization after serving as the Field Coordinator for the Washington Minor League system in 2008.
Sanagorski returns for his second straight season as hitting coach for the Lake Monsters, while Franklin Bravo will be Vermont's pitching coach in 2010. Bravo is another familiar face returning to the Lake Monsters, having been Vermont's pitching coach back in 2004. Bravo was also slated to be the Lake Monsters pitching coach in 2009 before being reassigned to Single-A Hagerstown shortly before the season started.
Lake Monsters pitching coach Joel Sanchez will hold that position with the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2010, while 2005 Vermont manager Bobby Williams will be the GCL Nationals Manager. Williams had spent the past three seasons as Washington's Player Development Director.
The Lake Monsters 2010 season begins on Friday, June 18, when Vermont hosts the Lowell Spinners at historic Centennial Field