High School Action
There was plenty of local high school action over the last week, so lets get to it.
The two-time Div. III baseball state champion Leland & Gray Rebels recently kicked off their season with a bang, traveling to Ludlow and shutting out the Black River Presidents, 13-0.
Rebels senior starter Gabe Pozzi led the way to victory from the mound, pitching six shutout innings to get the win, while striking out 11 batters along the way.
Senior catcher Tyler Russell led the offensive charge, going 4-5 with double, home run, three RBI's and three runs scored.
The game was actually close for a while as Black River senior starter Chris Kawalski gave up just two runs in four innings, but the Rebels busted out for six runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to blow the game open.
Pozzi also helped his own cause with a double and triple, while Colin Nystrom and Zach Peterson pitched in with two hits each.
Staying in Ludlow, the Black River Lady Presidents softball team fared much better against the Lady Rebels, handing Leland & Gray their first loss of the year with an impressive, 12-1 victory.
Amanda Chambers went the distance for Black River, giving up no earned runs and four hits, while striking out six along the way. Chambers also helped her own cause with an RBI-single.
Offensively for the Lady Presidents, Sam Norton had three hits, Tina Valente added two, while Kaitlyn Palmer and Zoe Trimboli each scored three runs.
The win put Black River at 4-0 on the season, while Leland & Gray suffered their first loss in falling to 3-1 on the season.
In Chester, the Green Mountain Lady Chieftains improved their record to 4-0 with a 6-4 win over Mill River.
Green Mountain senior Sara Groshens went the distance for the win while scattering four hits.
Ashley Ralston paced the Lady Chief offense with two hits and three RBI's while Jenny Kennedy and Bailey Stauffer each had run-scoring doubles.
Staying in Chester, the Green Mountain baseball team recently suffered their first loss of the season, dropping an 8-6 decision to Mill River.
Jason Albert got the start for Green Mountain and took the loss, giving up seven hits and four earned runs, while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. Mike Cavacas pitched the final two innings, retiring six straight batters while striking out four.
The key factor in the Green Mountain loss however was the defense, committing six errors which led to four unearned runs.
"We just didn't play well," GM coach Eric Anderson told reporters after the game. "They took advantage of what we gave them and we gave them a lot."
Albert was also the offense stand out for the Chiefs, hitting a pair of home runs.
In Springfield, Lady Cosmos starter Ashley Richardson gave up three runs in the first inning to Bellows Falls, but then settled down and gave up only one hit the rest of the way in a 13-3 Springfield win over the Lady Terriers.
Offensively, the Lady Cosmos got contributions up and down the line up as nine different players hit safely, with key hits coming from Kristen Cook (bases-loaded triple) and Eibhilin Whittemore (two-run single).
Emma Shaw and Megan LaBeau got the two Terrier hits.
NFL Draft, Playoffs
The NFL draft is upon us, with many interesting questions surfacing around the league because not only is it believed to be the deepest draft in years, but a couple of potential high, first-round quarterbacks are coming off injuries, that have left questions about whether they could be "damaged goods."
Will the St. Louis Rams, who have the number-one pick and need a franchise quarterback, draft former Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, who is coming off major shoulder surgery?
Will former Notre Dame signal-caller Jimmy Clausen go in the first round? How about Texas QB Colt McCoy, as some draft boards have him going in the first round, while others think he's a second round talent.
Drafting a quarterback is probably the most important draft day decision a team can make. Choose the wrong quarterback and it can set a franchise back for years.
The NBA and NHL playoffs are under way and both the Celtics and Bruins look to fight their way out of the first round.
After losing Game One in Buffalo, the Bruins bounced back with a big, come-from-behind win over the Sabres in Game Two to even the series heading back to Boston.
Meanwhile the Celtics, who took the first game of their series against Miami, lost Kevin Garnett for Game Two after he threw an elbow in a tussle.